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An investor who claims his life has been threatened by the Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has a clear motive for backing a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Moscow lawyer. And that motive is millions of dollars of Putin’s personal cash.

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya urged the U.S. president’s eldest son to help drop U.S. sanctions during the meeting. Putin’s money, said investor Bill Browder during an interview Tuesday on CBS This Morning, is vulnerable to those sanctions under the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 American anti-corruption law that has frozen the assets of 44 Russians.

During the interview, Browder said that he fears “for my life.” He said he has been threatened personally “by agents of the Russian government” and current Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev.

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Browder will testify Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian foreign agents working in the U.S. His testimony is connected to Trump Jr.’s meeting and is part of the Senate’s Russia investigation into whether the Trump campaign worked to help Russia interfere in the U.S. election.

Browder’s testimony follows Trump Jr.’s publication last week of several emails organizing a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya June 2016, during the election campaign. In those emails, Trump Jr. is told Veselnitskaya has dirt on his father’s election opponent Hillary Clinton and that this information is part of a Kremlin plot to support his father’s run for president.

In return, Veselnitskaya asked Trump Jr. for his father’s help to lift the sanctions of the Magnitsky Act.

An unnamed representative of Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov and former Russian military officer turned anti-Magnitsky Act lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, were also in the meeting, alongside the Trump campaign’s chairman, Paul Manafort, and President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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The Magnitsky Act is named after Browder’s former employee, a lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky who uncovered a $232 million fraud by Russian officials to siphon from the state treasury.

At the time of the fraud, Browder’s investment firm Hermitage Capital Management was one of the largest foreign investors in Russia. Browder soon learned through Magnitsky that people conducting the fraud were siphoning from the taxes paid by his companies in Russia. Magnitsky was arrested and died in a Russian jail in 2009.

“We’ve been able to trace from the crime that Sergei Magnitsky exposed—a $232 million tax rebate fraud—and we’ve been able to trace some of that money from the fraud to a man named Sergei Roldugin who was exposed in the Panama Papers as Putin’s trustee or nominee—this is the famous $2 billion cellist,” Browder said.

Roldugin, a cellist, is a close friend of Putin’s. Despite his work as a musician, he has gathered a fortune of hundreds of millions and is a representative of offshore companies with cash flows of up to $2 billion. Putin said that all the money his friend has earned is through “acquiring musical instruments from abroad and bringing them to Russia.” The billions have been traced to Putin.

Through his friend Roldugin, “Putin has gotten some of the money” that was taken in the fraud, said Browder. “And because Putin has gotten some of the money, that means that all of Putin’s money in the West is potentially exposed and could be frozen” under the Magnitsky Act, he added.

Lifting the sanctions on Russians imposed by the anti-corruption law, Browder said, “is just a very venal, personal thing for Vladimir Putin that he doesn’t want his money frozen.”

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Jon Huntsman, an envoy to China under former Democratic President Barack Obama, as U.S. ambassador to Russia, the White House said on Tuesday.

The job, all the more high-profile because of allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

If confirmed, Huntsman, who has long been expected to be Trump’s pick for the job, will head to Moscow as the U.S. Congress and a special counsel investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and allegations that Trump’s campaign had ties to Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the interference, and Trump has said there was no collusion with Moscow.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor, was U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011. He has served in the administrations of five U.S. presidents and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Trump has said he wants to improve relations with Russia.

The Republican president met with Putin in Germany at the gathering of G20 leaders there earlier this month and officials said he raised the issue of Russian meddling in the election before moving on to other issues such as the war in Syria.

Reports in March that Huntsman would get the Moscow envoy post were greeted with mixed reviews in Moscow, with one politician saying he was “not a dove” and the Kremlin saying it would welcome anyone who was a “convinced proponent” of establishing a dialogue with Russia.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s eldest son and former campaign chairman can testify publicly before U.S. Senate committees, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein told CNN on Tuesday.

Feinstein said Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, has said Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort were free to testify.

Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is among the congressional panels pursuing Russia investigations.

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TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION The Early Edition: July 18, 2017 by Zoë Chapman Tuesday July 18th, 2017 at 7:05 PM An unnamed eight person was at the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June, according to Trump Jr.s attorney Alan Futerfas, who told CNNs Pamela Brown that the individual, an American citizen who was not employed by … Continue reading“TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION The Early Edition: July 18, 2017 by Zoë Chapman”

Ike Kaveladze, an employee of Russian developers Emin and Aras Agalarov, attended as the Agalarovs representative the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, The Washington Post reports. Lawfare Hard National Security Choices

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary by Alex Potcovaru Tuesday July 18th, 2017 at 7:12 PM Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices 1 Share Ike Kaveladze, an employee of Russian developers Emin and Aras Agalarov, attended as the Agalarovs representative the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, The Washington Post reports. That revelation brings the known number … Continue reading“Ike Kaveladze, an employee of Russian developers Emin and Aras Agalarov, attended as the Agalarovs representative the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, The Washington Post reports. – Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices”

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Ike Kaveladze, an employee of Russian developers Emin and Aras Agalarov, attended as the Agalarovs representative the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, The Washington Post reports. That revelation brings the known number of individuals at the meeting to eight. Scott Balber, an attorney for the Agalarovs, said that Kaveladze is a U.S. citizen and a vice president with the Agalarovs Crocus Group. Balber said Kaveladze thought he would serve as a translator, but it was unnecessary when Veselnitskaya brought her own. Kaveladze agreed to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Muellers team in the first public indication that Muellers is looking into the meeting as a part of its inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says that Mueller has no problem with Trump Jr. or former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also attended the June 2016 meeting, being called to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The growing cast of high-profile, high-price private lawyers representing clients in Russia-investigation matters misalign their goals and interests, the AP reports. Given the interconnected nature of the investigation and attorneys goal to protect their client, jostling and conflict are expected that may leave lower-level aides exposed and struggling to afford growing legal fees.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine declared the creation of a new state called Malorossiya that they say will eventually encompass all Ukrainian territory, the AP reports. The announcement, just a day before another round of peace talks was scheduled to begin, risks scuttling the negotiations. Separatists took control of territory in the eastern region of the country that borders Russia in April 2014 following Russias annexation of Crimea. A 2015 ceasefire agreement helped reduce violence but has yet to resolve to the broader conflict.

U.S. officials report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will close the Office of Global Criminal Justice, the division responsible for coordinating the U.S. response to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, Foreign Policy reports. The Offices special coordinator allegedly received word that he would be reassigned to a different office. Critics have said the move would send the wrong signals to the world and would damage the U.S.s ability to hold war criminals accountable. Beth Van Shaack at Just Security broke the story, writing that it is part of a reorganization of the Under-Secretariat for Civilian Security, Democracy & Human Rights. This development is not the first time the status of the office has been in limbothe Obama administration also considered downgrading the office and folding it into a different division. The State Department has not confirmed the closure, and one official said that it was pure speculation.

Tillerson has hired consultants at Deloitte and Insigniam to help restructure the State Department, The New York Times reports. Five committees will evaluate the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development and provide recommendations for improvement. A survey of employees conducted by Insigniam found frustration with the structure of the State Department, a lack of accountability, and poor employee treatment. Improvements in the departments information technology is also under consideration.

A leaked memo attributed to Britains National Cybersecurity Centre says that nation-state hackers targeted and likely compromised the U.K. energy sector, The Guardian reports. The memo implied direct connections originating at the hackers control centers to computers related to the energy sector. Concerns over infrastructure vulnerabilities continue to grow: Russia-backed hackers attackedIrelands power grid just several days ago.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FBI can secretly issue surveillance orders to communications companies for customer data, Reuters reports. The three-judge panel said that the gag orders that accompany the FBI national security letters (NSLs) do not violate the First Amendment rights of the companies that receive the request. Two companies sued the government to be able to notify their customers of five NSLs they received between 2011 and 2013. The Ninth Circuit ruling upheld the lower courts decision.

The Trump administration is entrenching anti-Muslim immigration policies through bureaucratic means that have largely gone under the radar, Farhana Khera and Jonathan J. Smith argue in a Timesop-ed. The authors detail increasing administrative hurdles and the strengthening of restrictions that are not subject to court review. They say these barriers will firmly establish a bias against Muslims in the immigration process.

Trump threatened Venezuela with strong and swift economic actions if controversial president Nicolas Maduro installs his new Constituent Assembly that will have the power to rewrite the constitution, CNN reports. The National Assembly is the current legislative body and is controlled by Maduros opponents. About 7.2 million people cast their votes in a nonbinding referendum on Sunday, with 98% voting against the new Constituent Assembly, calling for new elections before Maduros term expires in early 2019, and voting for the armed forces to defend the current constitution. Venezuela finds itself in the midst of an economic crisis and popular protests against the Maduro administration.

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Jimmy Chalk and Sarah Grant reviewed the Arbitral Tribunal ruling one year later in this weeks Water Wars.

Robert Litt argued against an expansion of the FBI Directors independence.

John Villasenor discussed the mathematical impossibility of the Australian Parliaments planned legislation that will require companies to break into end-to-end encrypted messages.

Herb Lin argued that its not always a bad idea to cooperate with bad actors in cyberspace, countering Paul Rosenzweigs piece from last week.

Rosenzweig urged members of the Intelligence Community to stop leaking.

Bob Bauer questioned which ethical standard Donald Trump was defending when he argued that most politicians would have taken the Russian attorney meeting at Trump Tower.

Matthew Kahn posted The Week That Will Be.

Wyatt Hoffman and Ariel E. Levite examined the benefits and drawbacks to corporate active cyber defense.

Benjamin Wittes predicted that a civil suit filed against the Trump campaign and Roger Stone will produce a trove of information if it reaches the discovery phase.

Stewart Baker posted the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, in which the group discusses federal IT procurement, NotPetya, the Chinese cyber crackdown, and much more.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck published the National Security Law Podcast, in which they did a deep dive on the 2001 AUMF.

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The Early Edition: July 18, 2017

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

IRAN

Iran is complying with the nuclear deal, the Trump administration certified to Congress last night, following reports from international monitors and other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (J.C.P.O.A.) that Iran is meeting the terms of the agreement. Karen De Young reports at the Washington Post.

Iran is unquestionably in default of the spirit of the J.C.P.O.A., a senior administration official stated yesterday after the re-certification, which was grudgingly given, Irans Foreign Minister Javad Zarif saying before the certification that the Trump administrations contradictory messages were difficult for Iran to interpret. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Trump administration plans additional sanctions to combat Irans other malign activities, a senior administration official stated yesterday, adding that the administration would take measures against Tehran for its support for terrorism, abuse of human rights, backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its anti-Israel stance. Mallory Shelbourne reports at the Hill.

Trump administration officials also cited Irans development of intercontinental ballistic missiles as a reason for further sanctions, Al Jazeera reports.

European allies want to work with the U.S. to interpret the J.C.P.O.A. more strictly, three senior U.S. administration officials said in a call with reporters yesterday, Jeremy Diamond reporting at CNN.

Putting the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) on the U.S. terrorist list can be very costly to the United States and its military bases and forces in the region. The Chief of Staff of Irans Armed Services Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri threatened to target American bases and forces in the region if the U.S. went ahead with classifying the I.R.G.C. as terrorists yesterday, Saleh Hamid reporting at Al Arabiya.

Two Iranian nationals have been charged by U.S. authorities in an alleged scheme to steal and re-sell software to Iran, which included hacking into a Vermont technology firm, Joe Uchill at the Hillreporting that a third member of the criminal enterprise has already pleaded guilty to the charges.

The third member of the alleged scheme to re-sell computer software will not be punished, despite admitting guilt, due to a pardon granted by President Obama last year as part of the nuclear deal, Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

Chinese-American student Xiyue Wang detained in Iran is innocent of all charges against him, his professor at Princeton has said, the student having been charged for infiltrating Iran and passing confidential information about Iran to the U.S. State Department. Adam Schreck reports at the AP.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

An unnamed eight person was at the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June, according to Trump Jr.s attorney Alan Futerfas, who told CNNs Pamela Brown that the individual, an American citizen who was not employed by the Russian government, was there on behalf of the Agalarovs who had requested the meeting be set up.

Thats politics! President Trump described the Trump Jr.-Veselnitskaya meeting last year as routine via Twitter yesterday, an assertion subsequently repeated by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Maggie Haberman reports at the New York Times.

There was nothing that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for a discussion about adoption and the Magnitsky Act during the meeting last year, Spicer insisted yesterday, Matthew Nussbaum reports at POLITICO.

The lawyer hired by the White House to handle the Russia probe did not sign off on Trumps tweetdefending the meeting his son held during his campaign, Spicer confirmed yesterday, Jordan Fabian reports at the Hill.

Dont you get it, guys? The Trumps need to realize that anything potentially damaging to them will come out in the Trump-Russia investigations being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate intelligence committees and denouncing leaks as fake news will not succeed as a counter-strategy. The Wall Street Journal editorial board urges the president to change tactics to a strategy of radical transparency.

The master of kompromat the Russian tactic of spreading damaging information to discredit a rival or an enemy Yuri Y. Chaika is widely considered to have been the source of the incriminating information on Hillary Clinton that Donald Trump Jr. was offered at the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year, which makes it strange that by the accounts of those present at that meeting the information fell flat, writes Andrew E. Kramer at the New York Times.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has filed three updates to his national security questionnaire since he submitted it in mid-January significant because submitting false information is a federal crime and, through the lens of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation of potential Trump-Russia collusion, could be viewed as attempts to cover up meetings with Russian officials, explains Matt Zapotosky at the Washington Post.

RUSSIA

Russia reserves the right to retaliate against the U.S. for its illegal seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds last year, Russias Foreign Ministry said in a statement today after a meeting in Washington yesterday ended without resolution on the issue, NBC News reports.

We think that the diplomatic property must be returned without any conditions and talks, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told CNNs Mary Ilyushina and Hilary Clarke yesterday, while White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred reporters to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who he claimed had been having discussions when asked to comment on yesterdays meeting.

President Putin seems never to miss an opportunity to expand Russias presence in the Middle East,and President Trump is handing him opportunity after opportunity, from taking to Twitter to help Saudi Arabia split a Sunni Muslim alliance that was supposed to fight the Islamic State, prompting Qatar and Turkey to move closer together and become open to cooperation with Russia and Iran, to agreeing to a cease-fire in Syria that assumed the lasting presence of Russian influence in the Syrian war during his meeting with Putin in Germany two weeks back, writes Vali R. Nasr at the New York Times.

SYRIA

The U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on western Raqqa yesterday, supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) advancing on the Islamic States de facto capital in Syria where approximately 50,000 civilians remain trapped, Al Jazeera reports.

The battle for Raqqa has intensified as the S.D.F. combat militants in the center of the city, the S.D.F. claiming that they have taken positions near Raqqas Old Mosque, the AP reports.

A suicide bomb killed four people at a Kurdish-controlled checkpoint in northeastern Syria today, approximately 19 miles from the Syria-Turkish border, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reports.

There is no information one way or the other about Baghdadis whereabouts or his status, Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis told reporters yesterday, responding to comments from a top Kurdish counterterrorism official that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not dead. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 22 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on July 16. Separately, partner forces conducted nine strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE

The U.A.E.s hacking of Qatars government news site was unfortunate and represented a clear violation and breach of international law, the head of Qatars government communications office Sheikh Saif bin Ahmad Al Thani said yesterday, responding to Sundays Washington Post story that the U.A.E. orchestrated the hack, the AP reports.

The Saudi and Emirati-led blockade of Qatar is failing, forcing Qatar closer to Turkey and Iran rather than succeeding in bringing Qatar to heel, and the four Arab nations neglected to consider what would happen if Qatar refused to acquiesce to their demands, Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

Egypt insisted that it would maintain measures against Qatar until the demands made by four Arab nations have been met, Egypts Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said yesterday in a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, Al Jazeera reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar next week to discuss the ongoing crisis, according to Erdoğans office. Al Jazeera reports in rolling coverage.

Egypt announced the end of visa-free entry for Qatari citizens yesterday, Egypts foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid stating that [it] does not make sense to keep making exceptions for Qatar and giving it privileges in light of its current positions, Al Jazeera reports.

AFGHANISTAN

The Trump administrations forthcoming Afghanistan strategy will include a Pakistan angle, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters yesterday, adding that the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has a key role to play in formulating the strategy, Anwar Iqbal reporting at DAWN.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistans capital Kabul are almost twice as high as in the war-torn Helmand province due to a rise in large-scale militant attacks, according to the U.N. Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (U.N.A.M.A.), Jessica Donati reporting at the Wall Street Journal.

The KOREAN PENINSULA

Now is the time for increased pressure on North Korea, not dialogue with it, in response to the new level of threat it presents following its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, Japan said yesterday, Edith M. Lederer reporting at the AP.

Russia is not very worried about North Korean missiles despite U.S. efforts to involve Russia in the search for a solution to the North Korea crisis, one reason for this being self-interest – there are a surprising number of economic ties between Russian and North Korea   another being that Moscows view of North Korea is far more sanguine than the U.S., and another being the fact that the Kremlin like Beijing – has no interest in seeing the North Korean government replaced by a unified Korea allied with America, writes Chris Miller at Foreign Policy.

There is no deal to strike with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Daniel Blumenthal and Derek Scissors writing at the Wall Street Journal argue that the only solution to the North Korea crisis is to remove Kim, the only question being how: war would be costly, and the best approach would be to put serious pressure on China to cut off its trade with North Korea.

The STATE DEPARTMENT

The U.S. campaign against mass atrocities is being downgraded by Secretary of State Rex Tillersonwho is shuttering the Foggy Bottom office that has worked for the past two decades to hold war criminals accountable, several former U.S. officials have disclosed, a State Department spokesperson neither confirming nor denying the office was being shuttered, but a senior State Department official claiming that it was pure speculation that the war crimes office was closing, reports Colum Lynch at Foreign Policy.

Tillersons plans to restructure his department involve five committees that will analyze different aspects of the department, including one committee dedicated to ensuring that foreign assistance programs are aligned with national priorities, with Tillerson enlisting the help of two consulting groups, according to a cable issued to embassies around the world, Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

A letter urging Tillerson not to eliminate the State Department office that deals with refugees,arguing that a decision to transfer responsibility to other agencies would undercut U.S. diplomatic leverage in dealing with foreign crises was sent to the secretary of state by former U.S. diplomats and national security officials yesterday, Reuters reports.

The MUSLIM BAN

Grandparents of U.S. citizens are now eligible to receive U.S. visas under the Trump administrations revised travel ban restricting entry to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, according to a State Department memo reflecting the latest court ruling on the executive order seen by ReutersArshad Mohammed and Yeganeh Torbati.

The Trump administration has already begun imposing its travel ban through deceptively boring alternative means that have been obscured amid the furore over the ban and the impending showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court: increasing administrative hurdles and cementing or expanding existing travel restrictions that are not currently being reviewed by the courts, the collective impact of which will be that a permanent Muslim ban is enshrined into American immigration policy, write Farhana Khera and Johnathan J. Smith, president and executive director and legal director respectively of civil rights legal organization Muslim Advocates writing at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

President Trump joined other world leaders in calling for Venezuelas President Nicolás Maduro to discard plans for a constituent assembly that could dissolve parliament, rewrite the countrys constitution and cement Maduros grip on power yesterday, Trump issuing his strongest statement yet on the issue in which he said that if Mauro pressed ahead the U.S. would take strong and swift economic sanctions, Gideon Long reports at the Financial Times.

Turkeys relationship with the U.S. requires U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen to be immediately arrested, Turkeys Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said yesterday, stating that Güllen, who is accused of being behind last years failed coup in Turkey, continues to pose a threat. Hürriyet Daily News reports.

Jordanian soldier First Sgt. Ma-arik al-Tawayha was convicted of the murder of three U.S. soldiers,whom he shot at an air base in November, and sentenced to live in prison yesterday following a trial which lasted over a month and which failed to establish a motive for the killings. Rana F. Sweis reports at the New York Times.

Gag order issues with warrant-like national security letters do not violate the First Amendment, the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday, Joe Uchill reports at the Hill.

A new state was announced by separatists in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine today, casting further doubt on the 2015 cease-fire deal that was intended to stop fighting and bring the areas concerns back into Kievs fold, Nataliya Vasilyeva reports at the AP.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Philippine Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of next year to give him time to subdue an Islamic State-inspired rebel movement today, Reuters Martin Perry reports.

The U.N. expressed concerns that people taken prisoner by members of the Libyan National Army (L.N.A.) after recent fighting in Benghazi may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution and called for the L.N.A., which is fighting for control of central and southern Libya with forces linked to the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli and others, to investigate. Reuters reports.

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The Agalarovs, Who Set Up the Trump-Russia Meeting, Are Selling Their Jersey Mansions Mother Jones

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Aras Agalarov’s Alpine, N.J. home was listed in June for $6,988,000.Zillow

The billionaire Russian real estate magnate and his pop singer son who helped arrange the June 2016 meeting where Trump campaign officials hoped to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Kremlin are looking to get out of the United States—or, at least, out of New Jersey.

Aras Agalarov, who in 2013 received an Order of Honor award from Vladimir Putin for his construction work in Russia, last month listed a seven-bedroom, 10 bathroom, French-manor style home he owns in Alpine, New Jersey, fully-furnished. People involved in the sale said a buyer signed a contract to purchase the home last week, for just under the $6,900,000 asking price, though the sale is still pending. That’s a whopping discount from the $9.3 million Agalarov paid in 2005 for what Sotheby’s touted as a “stunning private oasis.”

Aras Agalarov’s Alpine, New Jersey-home comes fully furnished. Drapes included.

The “one of kind French manor estate” sits on 2.5 acres of land and includes a fountain.

Agalarov’s son Emin, meanwhile, has spent two-plus years attempting to unload a slightly more modest six bed, eight bath “stunning brick colonial” he owns in nearby Demarest. Emin, who was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, attended high school for two years in Tenafly, New Jersey.

After putting the property on the market in April 2015 for $3.3 million, the younger Agalarov is now offering the manse for $2.9 million, just shy of the $3 million his family spent on the home in 2008.

Emin Agalarov’s multi-million-dollar home.

The home features a “spectacular great room” with French doors.

According to emails released by Trump Jr.—after he learned the New York Times was on this story—the Agalorovs helped set up the Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, expected to receive negative material on Clinton from a Kremlin-connected attorney.

Aras Agalarov’s home went on the market on June 15—about three weeks before the Times, in a seriesof reports, broke the news of the meeting. Sometime in June, the Trump camp learned that the Agalarov-brokered meeting would probably become public as a result of Kushner filing an amended security clearance form that listed the meeting. (Probably that same month, Trump Jr. hired a lawyer. A lawyer for Trump Jr. received an initial payment from the Trump campaign on June 27.)

Aras Agalarov’s home boasts a double bridal staircase.

The wet bar includes a built-in aquarium.

The buyer will find out where a spiral staircase from the master bedroom goes.

The Trump and Agalarov families formed a relationship in 2013, when they partnered to hold the 2013 Miss Universe contest at a Moscow-area concert pavilion, Crocus City Hall, which Aras Agalarov owns. Emin Agalarov performed at the event. Trump Sr. later appeared in one of the singer’s videos. Aras Agalarov made his fortune building shopping malls in Russia, but won Putin’s favor by building important national projects, such as two stadiums for the 2018 World Cup.

Like many before them, the Agalarovs, say they moved to New Jersey for the schools. Emin told <a href=”http://NJ.com” rel=”nofollow”>NJ.com</a> in 2014 that his father, while living in Manhattan, bought the Alpine home so that Emin could attend Tenafly High School for his junior and senior years. Emin then went to college in the United States at Marymount Manhattan before returning to Russia in 2001. The singer kept his home and still “considers himself something of a Jersey guy,” <a href=”http://NJ.com” rel=”nofollow”>NJ.com</a> reported.

The listing agent on both the Agalarov homes is Sheila Agalarova, who is Aras Agalarov’s daughter and Emin’s sister.

The front hall of Emin Agalarov’s home.

The fully furnished basement includes a home theater.

Emin Agalarov’s home is just a few blocks from a property owned by senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and her husband George. They paid $6 million for the property in 2007. In 2011, Forbes ranked the 07620 zip code belonging to Alpine as the most expensive in the country, with a median home value of about $4.3 million.

While it might seem odd that a family that made billions in Russian real estate is posed to take a drubbing in the New York suburbs, James Collins, who represented the sellers of the Demarest property in 2008, said the performer’s difficulty finding a buyer reflects the state of “the whole Tri-State market,” where high-priced homes are often remaining on the market for long stretches, even years.

But the agent involved in the sale said that Aras Agalarov had offered his home for a low enough price to unload it fast. “At a more realistic price they sell quicker,” the agent said.

There is more evidence Russia interfered in the election. Fewer Trump supporters believe it.

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The evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election has only grown since Donald Trump took office. Yet a whopping 72 percent of Trump voters believe the whole story is “fake news.” A mere 14 percent believe there’s anything to the Russia story.

That’s according to an astonishing new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling. Here some additional highlights:

  • Fewer than half of Trump voters (45 percent) believe Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton; 32 percent don’t believe the meeting even took place; 24 percent are unsure.
  • 13 percent of Trump voters think there was knowing collusion — as in, that Trump’s team actively worked with the Russians — to gain an advantage in the election, whereas 81 percent say it didn’t happen at all.

A July 15 ABC/Washington Post poll found a similarly disturbing trend: Only 9 percent of Republicans polled said they believe Russia tried to influence the election, which was down — yes, down — from 18 percent in April.

This is all despite the fact that:

  • The US intelligence community has unanimously stated that Russia tried to influence the election to help Trump win.
  • Donald Trump Jr. personally tweeted out a series of emails in which he explicitly states that he would “love” to set up the meeting as long as the Russian lawyer had incriminating information on Clinton.
  • He has since admitted that he did, in fact, attend said meeting.
  • The president himself basically admitted that the meeting happened.

This is staggering. It means that even when Trump and his team openly admit to doing something — regardless of whether they believe that thing is bad or illegal — some Trump supporters will stillrefuse to believe it.

Trump supporters just don’t want to believe the Russia story

A quick look at the crosstabs of the poll show there is a clear partisan split when it comes to what people think about Russia’s involvement in the election. Those who voted for Trump are a lot less likely to believe the story than those who voted for Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein.

Public Policy PollingAnecdotal evidence also seems to support this finding. When my colleague Lindsay Maizland traveled to her home state of Michigan — a state Trump won in the election — in July, she found that people there overwhelmingly believe the whole Russia story is “fake news.”

People told her that they feel ignored by the Washington establishment, hate the “liberal media,” and couldn’t care less about the Russia investigation. They saw it as a distraction from what America should be focusing on: the return of jobs to areas that have been neglected by Washington for years.

Still, that real, verifiable facts that come directly from the Trump family themselves don’t seem to be able to change opinions about the veracity of at least some aspects of the Russia story is troubling. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that people don’t like learning information they are predisposed to disagree with, as my colleague Brian Resnick discovered. Clearly the Russia story is something Trump supporters just don’t want to face.

That’s going to be a problem, though, as the evidence piles up that Russia did a lot more to influence the election than the president wants to admit. Worse, it may mean that some Americans might not even care that Russia orchestrated one of the greatest attacks on US democracy in our country’s history.

Senate intel panel wants to interview everyone at Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday that wanted to interview President Donald Trump’s son, campaign chairman and everyone else who was at a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

“Sure, sure,” the committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Richard Burr, told reporters when asked if he wanted the committee to call in the attendees.

Senator Mark Warner, the panel’s Democratic vice chairman, also said the committee wanted to see everyone who had been at the meeting.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Eric Beech

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Ty Cobb, a partner in the investigations practice of the law firm Hogan Lovells, was appointed as White House special counsel by President Donald Trump on July 15, 2017.(Photo: Hogan Lovells)

WASHINGTON — President Trump has for months decried the investigations into his campaign’s ties to Russia as the greatest “witch hunt” in American political history. But Trump’s quiet appointment of prominent Washington criminal attorney Ty Cobb as White House special counsel shows just how seriously he’s taking them.

Trump’s outside legal team is already sprawling. Marc Kasowitz, his longtime corporate lawyer, is leading a team of four attorneys to shield him from potential peril of three congressional committees and a special Justice Department counsel investigating possible collusion with Russians who sought to influence the election by hacking Democrats.

Yet by tapping former federal prosecutor Cobb as White House point man for the Russia probes, Trump is sending a clear signal that an internal legal bulwark is equally necessary to keep the administration from being consumed by the growing storm of questions about his campaign’s ties to Russian-linked operatives.

“He brings to the White House a lot of experience the president has not had,’’ said John Dowd, a prominent member of Trump’s outside legal team who recommended Cobb for the job.

Cobb will come to the White House at a particularly tense time, after revelations the president’s son, son-in-law, and former campaign chief took a highly controversial meeting in June 2016 in the hopes of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. And it’s increasingly clear the current White House staff lacks the bandwidth to defend a president facing a criminal investigation.

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“Ty’s easily one of the best lawyers in Washington, if not the country,’’ Dowd said. “Given the load they have (at the White House), they need someone like him.’’

Cobb, who has built a formidable reputation as a criminal lawyer and crisis manager, is meant to be a counterpoint to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, an expert in election law and former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission.

The addition of Cobb to the White House post also equips Trump with a seasoned criminal lawyer available to advise at any time.

He will also serve as a conduit to Trump’s hard-charging chief outside legal counsel Kasowitz, who does not possess Cobb’s criminal law expertise. Kasowitz, who has also been under scrutiny lately for firing off profanity-laden emails to a stranger, also must commute from his New York offices for occasional meetings with his client.

A former federal prosecutor in Baltimore, Cobb headed the office’s criminal division and organized crime task force. In private practice, he represented a far-flung roster of clients in bribery and corruption cases in 44 states and 35 countries, according to his firm Hogan Lovells.

Among his clients: former Democratic Party fundraiser John Huang, who emerged as a target of the Justice Department’s Campaign Finance Task Force during the Clinton administration. Huang pleaded guilty in 1999 for violating federal election law. The same year, Cobb successfully defended Hudson Foods related to a Justice investigation into a massive recall of beef contaminated by E. coli.

As a special White House counsel, Cobb will serve as the primary White House contact with the congressional investigating committees (the Senate and House Intelligence panels and the Senate Judiciary Committee), and special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is conducting the Justice Department’s wide-ranging criminal inquiry into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Cobb’s appointment also is expected to help relieve mounting pressure on chief White House counsel McGahn, who has been helping to direct both the White House response on Russia matters in addition to providing legal guidance on myriad policy issues confronting the administration.

“Within the counsel’s office, there are various attorneys that have different portfolios,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. “And while we have outside counsel (handling Russia-related matters), a lot of times the requests that we get…require us to go to counsel and say, ‘Can we answer that question? What can we say or can’t we say?”

In fact, the White House is seeking to model its Russia legal response effort in part off the one that President Clinton put together in the midst of the various Whitewater investigations during the 1990s into the real estate investments of the Clintons and their associates.

One difference: The Clintons assembled a unit of lawyers and other professionals within the administration; so far, Cobb is the only lawyer to be brought onto the White House staff with the specific portfolio to handle investigations.

Lanny Davis, among those who served as a special White House counsel during the Clinton administration, said lawyers recruited for such jobs need to come with an understanding of the complex intersection of the law, media and politics.

“Working in a White House under attack is like working in the midst of a political campaign,” Davis said. “The first rule is to get the bad news out. There can’t be any B.S. Building a support group for what (Cobb) will have to do is not going to be easy.”

Even with Cobb’s broad experience and formidable reputation, Davis said he will need something more than his own acumen: the support of the president.

“You can’t do the job without the backing of the president,” said Davis, cofounder of the crisis management firm Trident DMG.

Cobb’s friends and former associates said colorful lawyer, who bears the name of a distant relative and baseball great known for his relentless competitiveness on the field, is up for the challenges of the task – and Trump.

“He is not a fixer, he is not a political operative,” said Robert Weber, a longtime friend and former general counsel at IBM. “He is a pure lawyer. He understands the client. He knows there are no shortcuts, and that success depends on on hard work. He’s fearless.”

James Ulwick, a fellow former prosecutor in the Baltimore, described Cobb as “the guy on everybody’s short list when you need help.”

“He likes being the center of attention, he revels in that role,” Ulwick said. “Some people would shrink from that, not him.”

Ulwick said Cobb is a natural storyteller – a lover of literature and history – who possesses a keen sense of humor that have all worked in his favor countless times both in court and out. “He is used to the challenge of persuading large groups of people,” Ulwick said.

Cobb also brings another potentially valuable commodity to the job: a long-standing friendship with Mueller.

“He’s known (Mueller) for years,’’ Dowd said. “They are both professional acquaintances and good friends. They have great respect for one another.’’

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