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Trump personality profile – Google News: Trump’s New White House Hire Knows How to Fight the Press – Hollywood Reporter
Donald Trump: Anthony Scaramucci Fawns Over Trump At White House Press Briefing
Donald Trump: The NRA’s Spokeswoman Is Not Happy With Trump’s Latest Hire
Donald Trump: Few Americans Want To See The GOP Keep Trying To Repeal Obamacare
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Trump’s Russian Laundromat – New Republic
Can Anyone Find a Pattern? – TPM (blog)
Why Muller is Investigating Trump’s Business Ties – Roughly Explained (blog)
The Early Edition: July 21, 2017
Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties – The Guardian
Putin Trump – Google News: Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia – Washington Post
Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties
Mike Nova  @mikenov: Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? Michael Novakhov In My Opinion
President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal. – Vox
Spicer steps down as White House press secretary reports
Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides – Federal Times
Why Sean Spicer Resigned: 5 Times He Didn’t Get Along With The Trump White House – Newsweek
President Trump’s essentially unlimited pardon power, explained – Vox
Lavrov bewildered US special services give no facts of Russia’s meddling in US election – TASS
Scaramucci is the perfect fit for Trump’s communications chief – CNBC
Russia V Trump: Latest Russian news Is Trump working with Putin for world domination? – Express.co.uk
Putin Trump – Google News: Is Trump Bad News for Putin? – The Atlantic
Is Trump Bad News for Putin? – The Atlantic
Anthony Scaramucci once called Donald Trump anti-American and a hack on Fox – Salon
Democrats were incensed over Comey’s firing, but they’re not vowing to fight his replacement – Vox
Donald Trump’s terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political career – The Verge
Sean Spicer resigns as Trump spokesman in latest White House shakeup – Los Angeles Times
Europe needn’t worry that proposed American sanctions on Russia will hit its gas supply – Scroll.in
As Trump’s Feud with Mueller Escalates, the GOP May Face a Defining Choice – National Review
Yes, Trump can legally pardon himself or his family. No, he shouldn’t. – Washington Post

 

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Strange and other GOP Senate candidates downplay Trump, Sessions friction
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Dr. Randy Brinson, former head of the Christian Coalition of Alabama who is also a GOP candidate for Senate, called theRussian probe a Democratic-backed “witch hunt.” “(Sessions and Trump) are frustrated. It’s keeping them from getting the agenda to …

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This is not the first time the Defense Department has withheld Pakistan military reimbursement, and Mr. Mattis said it did not mean the Trump administration had settled on a new, tougher stance toward the Pakistanis. This is an assessment of the 

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A comprehensive vote-tracking analysis is published by David Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. According to … So “3 million votes” would be enough to hand Trump the popular-vote victory as well as an Electoral College victory.

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Trump Investigations: Michael Novakhov In My Opinion: Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? by mikenova Friday July 21st, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both?by mikenova Friday July 21st, 2017 at 5:40 PM Michael Novakhov In My Opinion 1 Share Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia Read the whole story · · … Continue reading“Michael Novakhov In My Opinion: Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? – by mikenova Friday July 21st, 2017 at 5:40 PM”

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Press secretary resigns wont work for new communications director Priebus furious… Bannon livid

Get the days politics news in 60 seconds every weekday. By Tom McCarthy

Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary after Donald Trump decided to hire a former hedge fund manager and Trump transition staffer, Anthony Scaramucci, as communications director aka Spicers boss.

Six months and out

There was some head-scratching as to why Spicer, who prevaricated energetically for Trump even as Trump contradicted and sidelined him, suddenly resigned over a hiring decision.

Sean Spicer lowlights

I won’t believe Sean Spicer resigned until he denies it.

Scaramucci took questions from reporters after announcing that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would take Spicers job. Scaramucci denied friction with Reince Priebus and listed people he loved, especially including the president but notably excluding Steve Bannon.

Who is Anthony Scaramucci?

Reince Priebus furious, per multiple who spoke w him. He has tried blocking Scaramucci at various points.

People in Trump world say Bannon remains livid about Scaramucci hiring.

Personally, I think baghdad bob is off to a great start.pic.twitter.com/d1wfgN9zFa

The healthcare bill is absolutely alive and they’re gonna try like hell to jam it through under cover of confusion.

Reports that Trump lawyers were digging for dirt on special counsel Robert Mueller fueled speculation that Trump was considering firing him. There is no possible way anybody at the White House could be seriously thinking about firing Mueller, GOP senator Bob Corker said.

Democrats: this is disturbing

The Senate judiciary committee, which has invited testimony next week from Donald Trump Jr and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, said it was in talks with representatives of the pair suggesting the invitation may not have been fully accepted.

Soviet intelligence ties

JUST IN: Press secretary for Senate Judiciary Comte says they’ve still not confirmed Manafort, Don Jr., or Simpson’s testimony next week. pic.twitter.com/XXigKsz6TB

@Scaramucci OUT. pic.twitter.com/DI7bux3l2a

Will always remember watching this surreal beginning to the Trump administration. pic.twitter.com/SahSoWiWZS

In the past, presidents personally announced the appointment or departure of a press secretary. pic.twitter.com/yBVwF8N2of

So Sad: Steve Bannon Is The Only One Who Signed Sean Spicers Goodbye Card And He Thought It Was A Lunch Order https://t.co/KLw6CAc1fA pic.twitter.com/n0Cb8DriZb

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When Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wed Scottish actress Louise Linton in Washington on June 24, President Trump and First Lady Melania were in attendance while VP Mike Pence officiated. Chief of staff Reince Priebus was there, as was … ofTrump’s 
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Who is new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci?Los Angeles Times
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With messaging like, the president has really good karma, we know were in for a wild ride with new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

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Donald Trump: The NRA’s Spokeswoman Is Not Happy With Trump’s Latest Hire

Anthony Scaramucci is pro-gun control and a “concerning” pick, Dana Loesch said in a now-deleted tweet.

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Donald Trump: Few Americans Want To See The GOP Keep Trying To Repeal Obamacare

The public is split on whether or not they think a repeal is still in the picture.

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was fired for misleading Pence and is now under federal investigation. Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump during the campaign, was publicly rebuked by the president in a New York Times interview 

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Neither former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani nor New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended up with major administration posts. And things haven’t gone swimmingly for some of the Trump campaign loyalists who ended up inside the administration.

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Neither former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani nor New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended up with major administration posts. And things haven’t gone swimmingly for some of the Trump campaign loyalists who ended up inside the administration.

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Fast-forward to this week and Trump, now president, has nominated Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia. Back in 2015, one Anthony Scaramucci called Trump a hack politician. On Friday, he was hired to lead the White House communications …

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This week’s eye-popping constitutional question: Can President Trump pardon himself for criminal wrongdoing? With the Russia scandal swirling more intensely around the White House every week, the Washington Post reported Friday morning that the …
Looking for normalcy in Washington? Don’t look to Trump and his White House.Washington Post
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thinks the media coverage of President Trump’s undisclosed dinner conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin has been taken out of proportion, he told reporters at the Pentagon Friday. “People do get up and go see …
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Trump’s Russian Laundromat – New Republic


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Trump’s Russian Laundromat
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In 1974, when he was eight years old, Felix Sater and his family emigrated from Moscow to Brighton Beach. According to the FBI, his fatherwho was convicted for extorting local restaurants, grocery stores, and a medical clinicwas a Mogilevich boss 

Can Anyone Find a Pattern? – TPM (blog)


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Can Anyone Find a Pattern?
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As Allegra Kirkland explains here, back in early February, Cohen and mafia-linked Trump Organization associate Felix Satermet at the Loews Regency hotel in Manhattan with Andrii Artemenko, a Trumpish, pro-Russian Ukrainian parliamentarian to discuss …

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Bayrock’s founder is Felix Sater, whose father Mickhail Sheferofsky (also known as Mike Sater) was a Russian organized crime boss, according to a lawsuit. Mike Sater pled guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit extortion. Like his father

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The Early Edition: July 21, 2017

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

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Ways to limit or weaken special counsel Robert Muellers Trump-Russia investigation are being explored by some of President Trumps lawyersafter Trump asked his advisers about his powers to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the investigation, with Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger report at the Washington Post.

Trump’s legal team is also reportedly amassing allegations of conflicts of interest against Mueller,an allegation disputed by a source with knowledge of the discussion who spoke to Eli Watkins at CNN.

It would be extremely disturbing if President Trump were thinking of pardoning aides who could be implicated in the Trump-Russia investigation, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) said yesterday following reports that the president was consulting with advisers on his pardoning powers in connection to the probe. The Guardian reports.

It would be a mistake to fire Mueller, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee said yesterday, Olivia Beavers reporting at the Hill.

The spokesperson for President Trumps legal team Mark Corallo resigned because he disagreed with its reported strategy of discrediting or limiting the team directing the Trump-Russia investigation, Josh Dawsey reports at POLITICO.

Trumps lawyer Marc Kasowitz role is being reduced and he is no longer running the legal strategy, which will now be handled by internal White House lawyer Ty Cobb, according to two people familiar with the matter, who added that Kasowitz could leave the team altogether. Josh Dawsey reports at POLITICO.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking at transactions involving Trumps businessesand those of his associates as part of the Russia probe despite the presidents warning earlier this week that he would cross the line by looking into his finances, Greg Farrell and Christian Berthelsen report at Bloomberg.

There was no question that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, President Trumps homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert and C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado yesterday, Kevin Johnson reporting at USA Today.

Possible money laundering by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia probe, Erica Orden reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Paul Manaforts request to retract an article reporting that the former Trump campaign manager was in debt to pro-Russia interests by up to $17 million before he joined the campaign last year was denied by the New York Times, Hadas Gold reports at POLITICO.

With the presidents son, son-in-law and former campaign manager due to testify July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian influence on the U.S. election, Michelle Ye Hee Lee provides a timeline of Donald Trump Jr.s contradictory statements about his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at the Washington Post.

Everything is fine because nothing happened between Trump and the Kremlin. The New York TimesAndrew Rosenthal sets out where things stand according to the wisdom President Trump imparted in his New York Times interview this week, concluding that the Trump team is not evil or corrupt but ignorant and poorly informed, which explains why they have trouble making moral judgments that most children could make.

Americans are in danger of forgetting how a president who respected his or her office and the Constitution and had nothing to hide would speak and behave. The Washington Post editorial boardimagines what an ethical president would have said in Trumps interview this week.

It is paramount that the Trump administration follows through on the steps taken by its predecessorto make clear that the U.S. is united in opposition to Russian interference and that further attempts will not succeed. Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff from 2013-2017, describes the events that took place inside the Obama administration last fall at the Washington Post.

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to remain in his role despite comments from the president that he would not have nominated him if hed known he would recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation in an interview this week, Sessions said yesterday, Robert Costa, Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky reporting at the Washington Post.

President Trump still has confidence in Sessions, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckerbee insisted yesterday, but reiterated that Trump was disappointed with Sessions decision to recuse himself from matters related to Russian interference. Niall Stanage reports at the Hill.

President Trump still has confidence in Sessions, but the better question is does Sessions still have confidence in the president? Trump needs Sessions now more than ever, and if he quits, it might be hard to find someone willing to replace him, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

This is not the typical Trump administration feud. For Trump, Sessions decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation triggered everything that has happened since, explain Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times.

RUSSIA

The Treasury Department imposed a $2 million fine on Secretary of State Rex Tillersons former company ExxonMobil for violating Ukraine-related sanction in May 2014 by signing eight legal documents related to oil and gas projects in Russia with Igor Sechin, a close ally of Prussian President Putin, according to Treasurys Office of Foreign Assets Control. Robbie Gramer and Noah Buyon report at Foreign Policy.

Exxon filed a legal complaint against the Treasury Department that called the fine unlawful and fundamentally unfair yesterday, this latest confrontation demonstrating the flipside of Trumps strategy of filling his cabinet with titans of industry in the hope that their corporate expertise would help them confront global issues, suggest Damian Paletta and Carol Morello at the Washington Post.

G.O.P. lawmakers gave their clearest indication yet yesterday that the Russia sanctions bill would ultimately move forward without the changes to language that would empower Congress to block President Trump from any attempt to ease or end sanctions sought by the White House, reports Elana Schor at POLITICO.

A resolution to the impasse stemming from procedural spats and policy objections over the Russia sanctions bill should be more or less reached over the next 24 hours, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during an exchange on the House floor with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) yesterday, Cristina Marcos reports at the Hill.

SYRIA

Fighting has broken out between the al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al Sham (H.T.S.) and the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham in Syrias rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, as H.T.S. attempt to capture a main border crossing point with Turkey, the AP reports in rolling coverage.

Syrian government forces and the Lebanese group Hezbollah launched an operation on the Syrian-Lebanese border to clear out fighters from the Arsal area, the Lebanese army deploying reinforcements on the outskirts of Arsal in anticipation of fighters fleeing into Lebanon, Al Jazeerareports.

Significant gains in the early stages of the Syrian-Lebanese operation were reported by Hezbollahs media, Laila Bassam and Tom Perry report at Reuters.

Insurgents ambushed a Syrian military unit killing 28 government troops near the capital of Damascus yesterday, according to an opposition activist and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the ambush taking place in the rebel-held village of Rihan. The AP reports.

We definitely feel betrayed, Gen. Tlass al-Salameh of Osoud al-Sharqiya, a group affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, said yesterday, commenting on President Trumps decision to end the C.I.A. program supporting Syrian rebels, other rebel commanders stating that the decision would boost President Bashar al-Assads regime and strengthen Iran. Erin Cunningham and Heba Habib report at the Washington Post.

The C.I.A. program in Syria was doomed from the beginning as it was too late, too limited and too dependent on dubious partners, and the program provided Russia with a pretext for military intervention in September 2015. David Ignatius suggests what could have been done differently at the Washington Post.

I have no doubt we have the support of Congress, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters yesterday following a briefing with lawmakers on the Trump administrations strategy to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, with some expressing confidence and others concerned about the lack of an endgame. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

Israels Operation Good Neighbor has provided treatment and humanitarian aid for Syrian civilians, the project, which started in June 2016, demonstrating cooperation between Syrians and Israelis, providing security benefits for Israel on its border with Syria, and burnishing the reputation of Israels military. Isabel Kershner reports at the New York Times.

The Islamic States affiliates have successfully set up provinces across the world proving that despite the fall of the Islamic States caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the organization has transformed the political ideology of the insurgent groups that joined its caliphate project, Yaroslav Trofimov writes at the Wall Street Journal.

Once again President Trump has proved his subservience to Russias interests and worldview in cutting off aid to American proxies in Syria, and concessions without reciprocation made against the advice of foreign policy advisers smacks more of payoff than outreach with the result that America is strategically and morally disarmed, writes Michael Gerson at the Washington Post.

The KOREAN PENINSULA

The most important thing the Trump administration can do is separate North Korea from its dangerous leader, C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said yesterday in what CNNs Eli Watkins cites as some of the most aggressive comments yet from the administration on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea was urged to respond to South Koreas proposal to hold talks this week at the border truce village of Panmunjom by defense ministry spokesperson Moon Sang-Kyun after it ignored the original offer made Monday, Al Jazeera reports.

The U.S. will ban its citizens from traveling to North Korea, the ban due to take effect 30 days after its announcement on July 27, according to two tour agencies that operate there. The U.S. has not confirmed the claims, the BBC reports.

The U.K. stands shoulder to shoulder with Japan in putting an end to North Koreas nuclear and missile programs, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said today after meeting his Japanese counterpart in Fumio Kishida, the AP reports.

Why hasnt North Korea responded to the Souths offer of talks? The APs Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung offer some explanations, with the caveat that outside knowledge of decision-making under Kim Jong-un is limited.

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE       

A decree amending provisions of a law on combating terrorism and providing definitions of terms such as financing terrorism was issued by Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday, coming soon after an agreement between Qatar and the U.S. on committing to efforts to tackle terrorism was signed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a recent visit to Doha, Al Jazeerareports.

The cyberattack on Qatars official media originated from U.A.E., according to Qatars Ministry of Interior, stating that the sophistication of the hack, which attributed false quotes to Qatars Emir, was supported by state resources. Al Jazeera reports.

Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on Gulf countries to continue face-to-face talks as soon as possible,” making the comments yesterday following a meeting with Qatars Foreign Minister and a day after meeting with a top U.A.E. official. Al Jazeera reports in rolling coverage.

IRAQ

An execution site has been discovered in the recently recaptured Iraqi city of Mosul, according to Human Rights Watch, the rights group raising concerns about allegations of ill-treatment and extrajudicial killings with the government in Baghdad, Al Jazeera reports.

Families accused of having relatives in the Islamic State group have been forcibly displaced to Shahama camp by the Popular Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.), which has been described as an open-air prison by Human Rights Watch, the head of the P.M.F. stating that they were being sent to the camp for their own protection. Al Jazeera reports.

The violence in Iraq will not end while perpetrators of abuse and extrajudicial killing act with impunity and the actions of some within the security services will lead to anger, mistrust and, inevitably, more violence and instability. Zaid al-Ali writes at Al Jazeera.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 20 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on July 19. Separately, partner forces conducted six strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

Israeli police are prepared for disturbances and violence in Jerusalem today following the Israeli governments decision to keep in place controversial security measures introduced Sunday after three Palestinian Israeli gunmen emerged from the al-Aqsa mosque a contested holy site revered by Muslims and Jews and killed two Israeli police officers on Friday, Ruth Eglash reports at the Washington Post.

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police near the contested site yesterday over the installation of metal detectors, and Muslim clerics have called for mass protests today, Aron Heller and Ilan Ben Zion report at the AP.

Metal detectors will remain in place at the contested holy site, Israeli police confirmed today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asking the U.S. to intervene urgently to persuade Israel to remove the detectors, according to a senior Palestinian official. The AP reports in rolling coverage.

Muslim men under the age of 50 will not be allowed near the site, Israeli police said today, as tensions rise in Jerusalem and some Palestinians fear that Israel is trying to retake the site by stealth, Al Jazeera reports.

Hamas warned Israel against crossing a red line yesterday, the leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh stating Israels policy of closure and collective punishment of Palestinians will not be tolerated, Al Jazeera reports.

World leaders have raised concerns about the escalating tensions in Jerusalem and some countries, such as Turkey and Lebanon, have condemned Israels restrictions on access to the al-Aqsa Mosque, Al Jazeera reports.

THE PHILIPPINES

The Islamic States central command in Syria has sent tens of thousands of dollars to militants in the Philippines in the last year, most likely assisting their seizure of the city of Marawi, according to a report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict released today, Jon Emont and Felipe Villamor report at the New York Times.

Warnings of further attacks by militants in Southeast Asia including on foreigners as the battle between Philippine forces and Islamic State-linked fighters in the southern city of Marawi are also contained in the report, Reuters Tom Allard reports.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

President Trump has offered the post of U.S. ambassador to Germany to Richard Grenell, a Republican diplomatic aide who served four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. and worked closely with the George W. Bush administration, Maggie Haberman reports at the New York Times.

The U.S. warned South Sudan yesterday that it would review its position and priorities on support for the [2015] peace agreement if South Sudans leaders failed to participate in a high-level forum aimed at resolving the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

The U.S. should honor its wartime allies by expanding the special immigration visa program and giving Iraqi and Afghani immigrants the opportunity to thrive once in the U.S., Matt Zeller writes at the Washington Post.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Air Force Gen. Paul Selvas nomination to be the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for another two years was approved by voice vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, while the panel by voice vote favorably reported several nominations for civilian Pentagon roles, all of which will now go to the full Senate for a vote. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

A Chinese flotilla is heading for the Baltic Sea where it will engage in military exercises with the Russian Navy, the first ever joint China-Russia operation in European waters, CNNs Brad Lendon and Steve George report.

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Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties – The Guardian


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Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties
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Kaveladze, a 52-year-old executive at a Moscow-based property firm with ties to Trump, was found in 2000 to have created hundreds of shell companies for a $1.4bn scheme that US investigators suspected was used to launder Russian money through …
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Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties

Irakly Kaveladzes partner Boris Goldstein was a Soviet-born banker whose ties to former KGB officials attracted interest from US investigators in the 1990s

A Russian participant in the notorious meeting held by Donald Trumps son at Trump Tower last year had a business partner who was linked by US authorities to former Soviet intelligence officials.

Irakly Kaveladze was identified this week as the eighth attendee of the June 2016 meeting, which has become central to questions over Russian interference in last years presidential election.

Related: Eighth person at Trump Jr meeting was accused of money laundering

Related: Report that Trump considering pardons for family and aides is ‘disturbing’ – Democrats

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President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal. – Vox


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President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal.
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Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – by mikenova Friday July 21st, 2017 at 5:40 PM

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Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both?

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Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both?

“Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia”

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Trump 18%: First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul, his honor, and his country after it? 

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First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.)

“In return for lending his name to the project, Trump would get 18 percent of the profits—without putting up any of his own money.”

Did he also sell his soul, his honor, and his country after this “first step”? For how much? Mr. Mueller, give us your estimate for this bottom line, please, for the legal accuracy and correctness. Not that these figures matter that much, it does not really make much of a difference in this instance, if he did it for $1 or $1B. What matters if he did it, which still is very hard to believe.

After denial and deception come confrontation, “bargaining”, and acceptance of this possibility. Which is also hard to do.

“If you’re in relations with the Russian mafia, they’re the boss, you’re the apprentice. They can say “fired.” And they have compromised him. And they are also an arm of the Russian government. Russia is a mafia state. And I think what’s extraordinary, what Putin’s greatest achievement is, that he has weaponized organized crime so that it’s effectively a powerful foreign policy tool, and they’ve compromised the man who happens to be president of the United States now.”

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Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! 

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Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! 

Dolly Lenz, a New York real estate broker, told USA Today that she sold some 65 units in Trump World Tower to Russians. “I had contacts in Moscow looking to invest in the United States,” Lenz said. “They all wanted to meet Donald.”

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“Last October, an investigation by the Miami Herald found that at least 13 buyers in the Florida complex have been the target of government investigations, either personally or through their companies, including “members of a Russian-American organized crime group.” Two buyers in Sunny Isles, Anatoly Golubchik and Michael Sall, were convicted for taking part in a massive international gambling and money-laundering syndicate that was run out of Trump Tower in New York. The ring, according to the FBI, was operating under the protection of the Russian mafia…

In April 2013, a little more than two years before Trump rode the escalator to the ground floor of Trump Tower to kick off his presidential campaign, police burst into Unit 63A of the high-rise and rounded up 29 suspects in two gambling rings. The operation, which prosecutors called “the world’s largest sports book,” was run out of condos in Trump Tower—including the entire fifty-first floor of the building. In addition, unit 63A—a condo directly below one owned by Trump—served as the headquarters for a “sophisticated money-laundering scheme” that moved an estimated $100 million out of the former Soviet Union, through shell companies in Cyprus, and into investments in the United States. The entire operation, prosecutors say, was working under the protection of Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, whom the FBI identified as a top Russian vor closely allied with Semion Mogilevich. In a single two-month stretch, according to the federal indictment, the money launderers paid Tokhtakhounov $10 million.”

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Why Donald Trump and his circle were not investigated and prosecuted on money laundering charges earlier?! 

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Why Donald Trump and his circle were not investigated and prosecuted on money laundering charges earlier; before he started his election campaign and before he became a U.S. President?!

This is the great error of omission on the part of the FBI.

Investigate the FBI investigators! Reform the FBI! Prevent this scandal, this historical drama and political tragicomedy, this humiliation of the American political culture on the world stage, from happening ever again!

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This quote is an example and an illustration of the FBI’s ineptness:

“The FBI also struggled to figure out where Ivankov lived. “We were looking around, looking around, looking around,” James Moody, chief of the bureau’s organized crime section, told Friedman. “We had to go out and really beat the bushes. And then we found out that he was living in a luxury condo in Trump Tower.””

FBI: think deeper, search better, including under your very noses, and very possible, among your own “valiant midst”.

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The Early Edition: July 21, 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. Here’s today’s news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Ways to limit or weaken special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation are being explored by some of President Trump’s lawyers after Trump asked his advisers about his powers to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the investigation, with Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger report at the Washington Post.

Trump’s legal team is also reportedly amassing allegations of conflicts of interest against Mueller, an allegation disputed by a source with knowledge of the discussion who spoke to Eli Watkins at CNN.

It would be “extremely disturbing” if President Trump were thinking of pardoning aides who could be implicated in the Trump-Russia investigation, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) said yesterday following reports that the president was consulting with advisers on his pardoning powers in connection to the probe. The Guardian reports.

It would be a “mistake” to fire Mueller, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee said yesterday, Olivia Beavers reporting at the Hill.

The spokesperson for President Trump’s legal team Mark Corallo resigned because he disagreed with its reported strategy of discrediting or limiting the team directing the Trump-Russia investigation, Josh Dawsey reports at POLITICO.

Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz’ role is being reduced and he is no longer running the legal strategy, which will now be handled by internal White House lawyer Ty Cobb, according to two people familiar with the matter, who added that Kasowitz could leave the team altogether. Josh Dawsey reports at POLITICO.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking at transactions involving Trump’s businesses and those of his associates as part of the Russia probe despite the president’s warning earlier this week that he would cross the line by looking into his finances, Greg Farrell and Christian Berthelsen report at Bloomberg.

There was no question that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, President Trump’s homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert and C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado yesterday, Kevin Johnson reporting at USA Today.

Possible money laundering by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia probe, Erica Orden reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Paul Manafort’s request to retract an article reporting that the former Trump campaign manager was in debt to pro-Russia interests by up to $17 million before he joined the campaign last year was denied by the New York Times, Hadas Gold reports at POLITICO.

With the president’s son, son-in-law and former campaign manager due to testify July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian influence on the U.S. election, Michelle Ye Hee Lee provides a timeline of Donald Trump Jr.’s contradictory statements about his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at the Washington Post.

“Everything is fine because nothing happened between Trump and the Kremlin.” The New York Times’ Andrew Rosenthal sets out where things stand according to the wisdom President Trump imparted in his New York Times interview this week, concluding that the Trump team is not evil or corrupt but ignorant and poorly informed, which explains why they have “trouble making moral judgments that most children could make.”

Americans are in danger of forgetting how a president who respected his or her office and the Constitution and had nothing to hide would speak and behave. The Washington Post editorial boardimagines what an “ethical president” would have said in Trump’s interview this week.

It is paramount that the Trump administration follows through on the steps taken by its predecessor to make clear that the U.S. is united in opposition to Russian interference and that further attempts will not succeed. Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff from 2013-2017, describes the events that took place inside the Obama administration last fall at the Washington Post.

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to remain in his role despite comments from the president that he would not have nominated him if he’d known he would recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation in an interview this week, Sessions said yesterday, Robert Costa, Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky reporting at the Washington Post.

President Trump still has confidence in Sessions, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckerbee insisted yesterday, but reiterated that Trump was “disappointed” with Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from matters related to Russian interference. Niall Stanage reports at the Hill.

President Trump still has confidence in Sessions, but the better question is does Sessions still have confidence in the president? Trump needs Sessions now more than ever, and if he quits, it might be hard to find someone willing to replace him, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

This is not the typical Trump administration feud. For Trump, Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation triggered everything that has happened since, explain Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times.

RUSSIA

The Treasury Department imposed a $2 million fine on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s former company ExxonMobil for violating Ukraine-related sanction in May 2014 by “signing eight legal documents related to oil and gas projects in Russia with Igor Sechin,” a close ally of Prussian President Putin, according to Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Robbie Gramer and Noah Buyon report at Foreign Policy.

Exxon filed a legal complaint against the Treasury Department that called the fine “unlawful” and “fundamentally unfair” yesterday, this latest confrontation demonstrating the flipside of Trump’s strategy of filling his cabinet with titans of industry in the hope that their corporate expertise would help them confront global issues, suggest Damian Paletta and Carol Morello at the Washington Post.

G.O.P. lawmakers gave their clearest indication yet yesterday that the Russia sanctions bill would ultimately move forward without the changes to language that would empower Congress to block President Trump from any attempt to ease or end sanctions sought by the White House, reports Elana Schor at POLITICO.

A resolution to the impasse stemming from procedural spats and policy objections over the Russia sanctions bill should be “more or less” reached “over the next 24 hours,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during an exchange on the House floor with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) yesterday, Cristina Marcos reports at the Hill.

SYRIA

Fighting has broken out between the al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (H.T.S.) and the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, as H.T.S. attempt to capture a main border crossing point with Turkey, the AP reports in rolling coverage.

Syrian government forces and the Lebanese group Hezbollah launched an operation on the Syrian-Lebanese border to clear out fighters from the Arsal area, the Lebanese army deploying reinforcements on the outskirts of Arsal in anticipation of fighters fleeing into Lebanon, Al Jazeera reports.

Significant gains in the early stages of the Syrian-Lebanese operation were reported by Hezbollah’s media, Laila Bassam and Tom Perry report at Reuters.

Insurgents ambushed a Syrian military unit killing 28 government troops near the capital of Damascus yesterday, according to an opposition activist and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the ambush taking place in the rebel-held village of Rihan. The AP reports.

“We definitely feel betrayed,” Gen. Tlass al-Salameh of Osoud al-Sharqiya, a group affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, said yesterday, commenting on President Trump’s decision to end the C.I.A. program supporting Syrian rebels, other rebel commanders stating that the decision would boost President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and strengthen Iran. Erin Cunningham and Heba Habib report at the Washington Post.

The C.I.A. program in Syria was doomed from the beginning as it was “too late, too limited and too dependent on dubious partners,” and the program provided Russia with a pretext for military intervention in September 2015. David Ignatius suggests what could have been done differently at the Washington Post.

“I have no doubt we have the support of Congress,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters yesterday following a briefing with lawmakers on the Trump administration’s strategy to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, with some expressing confidence and others concerned about the lack of an endgame. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

Israel’s “Operation Good Neighbor” has provided treatment and humanitarian aid for Syrian civilians, the project, which started in June 2016, demonstrating cooperation between Syrians and Israelis, providing security benefits for Israel on its border with Syria, and burnishing the reputation of Israel’s military. Isabel Kershner reports at the New York Times.

The Islamic State’s affiliates have successfully set up “provinces” across the world proving that despite the fall of the Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, the organization has transformed the political ideology of the insurgent groups that joined its caliphate project, Yaroslav Trofimov writes at the Wall Street Journal.

Once again President Trump has proved his subservience to Russia’s interests and worldview in cutting off aid to American proxies in Syria, and concessions without reciprocation made against the advice of foreign policy advisers “smacks more of payoff than outreach” with the result that America is strategically and morally disarmed, writes Michael Gerson at the Washington Post.

The KOREAN PENINSULA

The “most important” thing the Trump administration can do is “separate” North Korea from its “dangerous” leader, C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said yesterday in what CNN’s Eli Watkins cites as “some of the most aggressive comments yet” from the administration on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea was urged to respond to South Korea’s proposal to hold talks this week at the border truce village of Panmunjom by defense ministry spokesperson Moon Sang-Kyun after it ignored the original offer made Monday, Al Jazeera reports.

The U.S. will ban its citizens from traveling to North Korea, the ban due to take effect 30 days after its announcement on July 27, according to two tour agencies that operate there. The U.S. has not confirmed the claims, the BBC reports.

The U.K. stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Japan in putting an end to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said today after meeting his Japanese counterpart in Fumio Kishida, the AP reports.

Why hasn’t North Korea responded to the South’s offer of talks? The AP’s Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung offer some explanations, with the caveat that outside knowledge of decision-making under Kim Jong-un is limited.

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE       

A decree amending provisions of a law on “combating terrorism” and providing definitions of terms such as “financing terrorism” was issued by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday, coming soon after an agreement between Qatar and the U.S. on committing to efforts to tackle terrorism was signed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a recent visit to Doha, Al Jazeerareports.

The cyberattack on Qatar’s official media originated from U.A.E., according to Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, stating that the sophistication of the hack, which attributed false quotes to Qatar’s Emir, was supported by “state resources.” Al Jazeera reports.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on Gulf countries to “continue face-to-face talks as soon as possible,” making the comments yesterday following a meeting with Qatar’s Foreign Minister and a day after meeting with a top U.A.E. official. Al Jazeera reports in rolling coverage.

IRAQ

An execution site has been discovered in the recently recaptured Iraqi city of Mosul, according to Human Rights Watch, the rights group raising concerns about allegations of ill-treatment and extrajudicial killings with the government in Baghdad, Al Jazeera reports.

Families accused of having relatives in the Islamic State group have been forcibly displaced to Shahama camp by the Popular Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.), which has been described as an “open-air prison” by Human Rights Watch, the head of the P.M.F. stating that they were being sent to the camp for their own protection. Al Jazeera reports.

The violence in Iraq will not end while perpetrators of abuse and extrajudicial killing act with impunityand the actions of some within the security services will lead to anger, mistrust and, inevitably, more violence and instability. Zaid al-Ali writes at Al Jazeera.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 20 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on July 19. Separately, partner forces conducted six strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

Israeli police are prepared for disturbances and violence in Jerusalem today following the Israeli government’s decision to keep in place controversial security measures introduced Sunday after three Palestinian Israeli gunmen emerged from the al-Aqsa mosque – a contested holy site revered by Muslims and Jews – and killed two Israeli police officers on Friday, Ruth Eglash reports at the Washington Post.

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police near the contested site yesterday over the installation of metal detectors, and Muslim clerics have called for mass protests today, Aron Heller and Ilan Ben Zion report at the AP.

Metal detectors will remain in place at the contested holy site, Israeli police confirmed today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asking the U.S. to “intervene urgently” to persuade Israel to remove the detectors, according to a senior Palestinian official. The AP reports in rolling coverage.

Muslim men under the age of 50 will not be allowed near the site, Israeli police said today, as tensions rise in Jerusalem and some Palestinians fear that Israel is trying to retake the site by stealth, Al Jazeera reports.

Hamas warned Israel against crossing a “red line” yesterday, the leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh stating Israel’s policy of “closure and collective punishment” of Palestinians “will not be tolerated,” Al Jazeera reports.

World leaders have raised concerns about the escalating tensions in Jerusalem and some countries, such as Turkey and Lebanon, have condemned Israel’s restrictions on access to the al-Aqsa Mosque, Al Jazeera reports.

THE PHILIPPINES

The Islamic State’s central command in Syria has sent tens of thousands of dollars to militants in the Philippines in the last year, most likely assisting their seizure of the city of Marawi, according to a report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict released today, Jon Emont and Felipe Villamor report at the New York Times.

Warnings of further attacks by militants in Southeast Asia including on foreigners as the battle between Philippine forces and Islamic State-linked fighters in the southern city of Marawi are also contained in the report, Reuters’ Tom Allard reports.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

President Trump has offered the post of U.S. ambassador to Germany to Richard Grenell, a Republican diplomatic aide who served four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. and worked closely with the George W. Bush administration, Maggie Haberman reports at the New York Times.

The U.S. warned South Sudan yesterday that it would review its “position and priorities on support for the [2015] peace agreement” if South Sudan’s leaders failed to participate in a high-level forum aimed at resolving the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

The U.S. should honor its wartime allies by expanding the special immigration visa program and giving Iraqi and Afghani immigrants the opportunity to thrive once in the U.S., Matt Zeller writes at the Washington Post.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva’s nomination to be the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for another two years was approved by voice vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, while the panel by voice vote favorably reported several nominations for civilian Pentagon roles, all of which will now go to the full Senate for a vote. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

A Chinese flotilla is heading for the Baltic Sea where it will engage in military exercises with the Russian Navy, the first ever joint China-Russia operation in European waters, CNN’s Brad Lendon and Steve George report.

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UPDATE: Spicer abruptly resigns as Trump press secretary | Election 2016 Live

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WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump’s White House “could benefit from a clean slate.”

Spicer quit in protest over the hiring of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci, objecting to what Spicer considered his lack of qualifications and to the direction of the press operation, according to people familiar with the situation.

As his first act on the job, Scaramucci announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be the new press secretary. She had been Spicer’s deputy.

The shake-up on the communications team comes as Trump is suffering from dismal approval ratings and struggling to advance his agenda. The president has been frustrated by all the attention devoted to investigations of allegations of his election campaign’s connections to Russia.

Trump, who watches the press briefings closely and believes he is his own best spokesman, in a statement saluted Spicer’s “great ratings” on TV and said he was “grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people.”

Scaramucci, in a briefing room appearance after his appointment was made official, flashed the television skills that Trump has long valued: He praised Trump’s political instincts and competitiveness, cracked a few self-deprecating jokes and battled with reporters who categorized the West Wing as dysfunctional, saying “there is a disconnect” between the media and the way the public sees the president.

Spicer said during a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press that he felt it would be best for Scaramucci to build his own operation “and chart a new way forward.” He tweeted that it had been an “honor” and “privilege” to serve Trump and that he would remain in his post through August.

His decision to quit was sudden and took advisers inside and outside the White House by surprise, according to the people with knowledge of the decision. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

Spicer’s daily press briefings had become must-watch television until recent weeks when he took on a more behind-the-scenes role. Sanders had largely taken over the briefings, turning them into off-camera events.

Scaramucci did not commit to putting the briefings back on camera full-time. He also made clear that he would continue the West Wing’s plan to push back against media reports it doesn’t like — and would do a better job of selling its victories.

“The president is a winner. And we’re going to do a lot of winning,” Scaramucci said.

Spicer had long sought the strategic communications job for himself and had been managing that role along with his press secretary duties for nearly two months.

Spicer spent several years leading communications at the Republican National Committee before helping Trump’s campaign in the general election. He is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the former RNC chair, and several of the lower-ranking aides in the White House communications shop.

Priebus told The Associated Press that he supports Scaramucci “100 percent,” despite reportedly trying to prevent the financier from getting multiple administration positions.

“We go back a long, long way and are very good friends,” Priebus said of Scaramucci. “All good here.”

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Spicer also complimented Scaramucci, a New York financier and frequent defender of the president who was a staple at Trump Tower during the president’s transition, saying “It’ll be great, he’s a tough guy.”

Scaramucci is expected to play a visible role as one of Trump’s defenders on television. But Spicer and other officials questioned his hiring as communications director ahead of the president’s push to overhaul the tax system and other policy issues.

Spicer and other press staffers had been feeling that they finally had the press shop operating effectively, aside from matters related to the Russia investigation, said one of the people familiar with the situation.

Scaramucci’s hire was a surprise. He had been told by the administration that he would be nominated as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental economic organization that includes the world’s better-off countries.

Spicer’s tenure got off to a rocky start. On Trump’s first full day in office, he lambasted journalists over coverage of the crowd size at the inauguration and stormed out of the briefing room without answering questions.

Spicer, who often displayed a fiery demeanor in tense on-camera exchanges with reporters, became part of culture in the way few people in his job have, particularly through an indelible impersonation by Melissa McCarthy on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

She portrayed Spicer as a hostile figure who tore through the briefing room on a portable podium, willing to attack the press.

A Roman Catholic, Spicer was dealt a blow when Trump excluded him from a group of White House staffers and Trump family members who got to meet Pope Francis when Trump visited the Vatican during his first foreign trip in May.

Spicer remained loyal to Trump but frequently battled perceptions that he was not plugged in to what the president was thinking, and had to worry that Trump was watching and critiquing his performance from the Oval Office.

The resignation comes a day after Mark Corallo, the spokesman for the president’s outside legal team, left his post. And in a separate move, former White House aide Katie Walsh is returning to the RNC, spokesman Ryan Mahoney said. Walsh will serve as an adviser on data and digital issues, and the appointment is unrelated to the White House personnel changes, he said.

Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire, Darlene Superville, Vivian Salama and Jill Colvin in Washington and David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.

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Mike Nova – @mikenov: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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Members of President Donald Trump’s legal team are exploring ways to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, The Washington Post reports this morning. The New York Times describes how Trump’s lawyers and aides have been combing through the backgrounds of Mueller’s team in the hopes of getting them—or even Mueller himself—recused from the investigation. Trump has reportedly asked his advisers about his ability to pardon members of his administration, his family, and even himself, though two sources said these discussions are purely theoretical. The president has expressed frustration over the fact that the Mueller probe may delve deeply into Trump and his associates’ financial dealings.

Additionally, Mueller has asked White House staff to preserve all documents related to the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and figures linked to the Kremlin, including the Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Though Veselnitskaya has denied ever acting as an agent of the Russian government, Reuters reports that she represented the Russian FSB spy agency in a property dispute from 2005 through 2013.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has threatened to subpoena Donald Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort if they refuse to testify before the committee voluntarily at its upcoming Wednesday hearing on the Trump Tower meeting, CNN reports. Manafort also attended the meeting with Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. during his time as manager of the Trump campaign, along with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, the Times reports. He allegedly cited his disagreement with Trump’s decision to appoint wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director. Trump decided to shake up his legal and communications team in response to the Mueller probe and a stalling domestic agenda, the Post reports. Longtime personal attorney Marc Kasowitz will step back from leading the legal team, with Washington white-collar crime attorney John M. Dowd taking control. Spokesman for the outside legal team Mark Corallo resigned Thursday after just two months in the position. Trump brought attorney Ty Cobb onto the White House team last week to coordinate internal responses to the Russia probe.

Yesterday, the Department of Justice and Europol announced the largest-ever sting against dark web black markets in history, Wired reports. Dutch authorities had quietly taken over a dark web market called Hansa, but continued to allow it to operate. Once the FBI took down another popular market, AlphaBay, users flocked to Hansa. Authorities were then able to gather information on thousands of users, including postal addresses and messages.

In a highly unusual move, Trump met with his nominee for the U.S. Attorney for D.C. prior to her selection, CNN reports. Jessie K. Liu said in her disclosure to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had met with the president during her interview process, but noted that no one had asked for a loyalty pledge such as Trump requested of former FBI Director James Comey, nor had she given one. Several former U.S. attorneys and law enforcement officials said such a meeting would have been unheard of in past administrations because it could undermine the insulation of U.S. attorneys from political influence. Others said the meeting was not a cause for concern given the importance of the position.

The Treasury Department has fined ExxonMobil $2 million for sanctions violations committed during now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s tenure as CEO,  Foreign Policy reports. The Department claims that Exxon showed “reckless disregard” for sanctions against Russia and also damaged Ukraine-related sanctions. The company is fighting the fine in federal court.

China dispatched a warship to the Baltic Sea to conduct the first-ever China-Russia joint naval exercises in European waters, CNN reports. Both the advanced technology of the warship and the decision to conduct the exercises so close to Europe has captured the attention of NATO. China experts say the move is an effort to demonstrate the country’s military strength and an increasingly global reach.

The Department of Defense blocked the disbursement to Pakistan of $300 million initially designated to reimburse the country for its fight against terrorist groups, Foreign Policy reports. The Pentagon said that Defense Secretary James Mattis could not adequately certify that Pakistan had taken “sufficient action” against the Haqqani Network terrorist organization. A report released by the Pentagon last week came to a similar conclusion, criticizing Pakistan’s failure to take substantial action against the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban and for failing to limit the threat that the groups pose to U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

The Navy has its first female candidates for two elite special operations positions previously closed to women, NPR reports. One candidate is in the pipeline to become a SEAL officer, while the other will attempt to become a special warfare combatant crewman. The two will need to complete extremely rigorous training programs with high attrition rates before landing the positions.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Lawfare published a chapter from Charles Black Jr.’s 1974 Impeachment: A Handbook exploring the parameters of what constitutes an impeachable offense.

Jane Chong applied Black’s guide to the issues surrounding the Trump administration.

Benjamin Wittes discussed Trump’s attack on federal law enforcement in his Times interview.

Jack Goldsmith examined the interview’s implications for the independence of the Justice Department.

Bob Bauer considered what the interview revealed about Trump’s legal position and potential difficulties.

Murray Scot Tanner analyzed the offensive shift in China’s new National Intelligence Law.

Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.

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5 things to know about money laundering

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Money laundering may be an age-old crime, but it’s not at all behind the times.

Reports that President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is under investigation for possible money laundering are putting a fresh spotlight on the crime, which is thought to touch trillions of dollars in assets each year.

As a term, money laundering covers a broad range of techniques to hide ill-gotten gains from criminal activities. While governments and banks have developed new technology for tracking dirty money, money-launderers are also taking advantage of tech, relying on strategies such as online gaming and digital currency to “clean” their assets.

As much as $2 trillion in assets are estimated to be money-laundered annually, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, although the inter-governmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) says it’s difficult to accurately assess the scope of the problem given its illicit nature.

Money laundering doesn’t just affect criminals. The FATF notes that it can allow organized crime to take control of portions of a country’s economy or, through bribery, gain influence over public officials.

Following are five things to know about money laundering:

How is technology changing money laundering? The anonymity of the internet and digital currencies are creating new outlets for money launderers. “Dirty” money can be put into online marketplaces, such as gaming platforms, and cashed out as “clean” money, according to a paper from cybersecurity expert Jean-Loup Richet. Some of those methods are simply updated versions of older techniques, such as a “mule” scam, where unwitting consumers are asked to do a favor for a stranger who sometimes claims to be a high-ranking official. Those favors can include transferring assets, which allows the criminal to clean their profits through their victim’s accounts. Others are newer, such as relying on digital currencies and online games such as World of Warcraft, where scammers can open accounts, send digital money to associates in other countries who then cash it out.

How do criminals launder money through real estate? Illicit funds can be made to seem legitimate through real estate by by being funneled through limited liability companies that then purchase real estate, according to the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN. Criminals also rely on shell companies to buy real estate in all-cash transactions, often for luxury real estate in New York City and Miami, according to the agency.

Aren’t only shady organizations involved in money laundering? Actually, no. Some large banks and corporations have been charged with the crime, such as in the case of Wachovia Bank, which settled allegations of money laundering for $150 million in 2010. The bank admitted a “failure to identify, detect and report suspicious transactions.” Other well-known banks that have been accused of money laundering include HSBC, Bank of China and Credit Suisse, among others.

What type of money laundering is tied to Russia? One of the biggest scams was the so-called “Russian Laundromat,” a scheme uncovered by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an investigative reporting group. The Russian Laundromat funneled at least $20 billion out of Russia and into dozens of other countries through shell companies, with the group noting the money may have been diverted from the Russian treasury using methods ranging from fraud to tax evasion, the group found.

In a more recent case, the Department of Justice settled a $230 million money-laundering case earlier this year just days before the trial. The case involved Russian executive Denis Katsyv, the owner of Prevezon Holdings, with U.S. officials seeking to seize Manhattan real estate and other assets they alleged were used to launder money through a fraudulent tax refund scheme.

What are the major money-laundering countries? According to the U.S. State Department’s assessment of countries of “primary concern,” there are dozens of nations whose financial firms are said to launder money for drug traffickers, including the United Kingdom, Russia and China. Another study of developing countries found that China and Russia are the No. 1 and No. 2 countries involved in illicit money outflows.

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U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has widened his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mueller is looking into Trump’s financial dealings with with unsavory Russian businessman, including mobsters and corrupt Kremlin officials.

Mueller has his work cut out for him — the August/September issue of The New Republic has an in-depth article about Trump’s decades-long ties to Russian mafia.” Only someone brainwashed by ideology could read this article and not think Trump has been up to no good for a very long time.

From The New Republic’s press release:

In “Trump’s Russian Laundromat,” veteran journalist Craig Unger details how the Russian mafia has used the president’s properties—including Trump Tower and the Trump Taj Majal—as a way to launder money and hide assets. “Whether Trump knew it or not,” writes Unger, “Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.”

Based entirely on the extensive public record, the piece offers the most comprehensive overview of the deep debt that the president owes the Russian mafia. “The extent of Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia—and the degree to which he relied on them for his entire business model—is striking,” says Eric Bates, editor of the New Republic. “After reading this story, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the president continues to exhibit a deep loyalty to the world of shady Russian operatives who have invested vast sums in his properties.”

Trump’s lawyer says the new direction Mueller is moving leads to a forbidden zone. From Bloomberg:

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said on Thursday that he was unaware of the inquiry into Trump’s businesses by the two-months-old investigation and considered it beyond the scope of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be examining.

Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the Special counsel; are unrelated to the election of 2016 or any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and most importantly, are well beyond any Statute of Limitation imposed by the United States Code,” he wrote in an email.

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Is Robert Mueller Examining Trump’s Links to Mogilevich?

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800x-1Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (left) and Dmitry Firtash (right)

As we noted earlier here and here, among the many dictators, despots, and shady foreigners who called Trump Tower home were members of the Russian Mafia with connections to Semion Mogilevich, said to be the most dangerous Mobster in the world.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Trump’s links to Russia, may also be taking an interest in Trump’s ties to Mogilevich, a man the FBI says is involved in weapons trafficking, contract murders, extortion, drug trafficking, and prostitution on an international scale.

As described in Wired, among the prosecutors and investigators hired by Mueller, is one Lisa Page:

Also, while the Special Counsel’s office has yet to make any formal announcements about Mueller’s team, it appears he has recruited an experienced Justice Department trial attorney, Lisa Page, a little-known figure outside the halls of Main Justice but one whose résumé boasts intriguing hints about where Mueller’s Russia investigation might lead. Page has deep experience with money laundering and organized crime cases, including investigations where she’s partnered with an FBI task force in Budapest, Hungary, that focuses on eastern European organized crime. That Budapest task force helped put together the still-unfolding money laundering case against Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash…

The hiring of Page, which was confirmed by a Mueller spokesman in The New York Times, gives the special counsel a team member with knowledge of not only Dmitry Firtash, but of the man who is believed to stand behind him: Semion Mogilevich.

Full disclosure: Firtash hired the Washington law firm Akin Gump to clear him of links to Mogilevich. I profiled Akin Gump partner Mark MacDougall in this 2008 piece.

Firtash, pictured above, made his fortune in the 2000s in the natural gas sector. In 2004, Firtash and a minority partner emerged with 50 percent ownership of a murky Swiss company called RosUkrEnergo (RUE). RUE extracts gas from Central Asia and acts an intermediary between Russia and Ukraine for the delivery of gas.  The other half of RUE is held by Gazprom, the gas giant controlled by the Russian government, which shows that Firtash has close ties with the Kremlin.

Billions of dollars flowed through RUE and some of that money was allegedly siphoned off by Semion Mogilevich, who U.S. government officials say (see here) is the man behind the curtain at the gas company. One of the few willing to say this publicly was Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, a political enemy of Firtash, who got thrown in jail for her troubles. Notably, Firtash’s stake in RUE remained a secret for two years.

Intelligence Online, a Paris-based news organization with deep sources in the spy world, published this handy chart of the Firtash/Mogilevich connections, under the headline “The Tip of the Mogilevich Iceberg:”

Mog:RUE

Firtash admitted to William Taylor, the US ambassador to the Ukraine, that he has had dealings with Mogilevich, according to a 2008 State Department cable leaked by Wikileaks:

(S) The Ambassador asked Firtash to address his alleged ties to Russian organized crime bosses like Semyon Mogilievich. Firtash answered that many Westerners do not understand what Ukraine was like after the break up of the Soviet Union, adding that when a government cannot rule effectively, the country is ruled by “the laws of the streets.” He noted that it was impossible to approach a government official for any reason without also meeting with an organized crime member at the same time. Firtash acknowledged that he needed, and received, permission from Mogilievich when he established various businesses, but he denied any close relationship to him.

And in this October 2009 press release, the FBI took note of Mogilevich’s control of natural gas supplies. “Through his extensive international criminal network, Mogilevich controls extensive natural gas pipelines in Eastern Europe,” the bureau wrote in a veiled reference to RUE.

The question is what is the nature of the relationship between Firtash and Mogilevich. Is it a thing of the past, as Firtash insists? Or is Firtash a front man for Mogilevich?

Presumably, the FBI — and, by extension, Lisa Page — knows the answer. The bureau has been investigating Firtash since 2006, according to The New York Times. A year before that, the FBI passed their counterparts in the Austrian police a confidential report naming Firtash as a “senior member” of the Semion Mogilevich Organization, according to a  2008 report by Roman Kupchinsky, an analyst with Radio Free Europe.

Page’s work in Budapest involved her deeply in the Firtash/Mogilevich world. The Wired article suggests she worked on the case that led to Firtash’s arrest in Vienna in 2014. Firtash was indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago on charges of plotting a bribery scheme to set up a $500 million titanium business in India. He remains free after a Russian billionaire friend posted bail of $174 million but cannot leave Austria.

And Budapest is also a home of sorts for Mogilevich. He resided in Budapest when he ran a pump-and-dump scheme through a publicly traded front company called YBM Magnex Inc. Mogilevich was indicted in 2003 on charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering in YBM Magnex.

So, what does this have to do with President Trump?

Firtash was a business partner of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was deeply involved in Ukrainian politics. Manafort advised Viktor Yanukovych on his successful 2010 campaign for the presidency of Ukraine. He resigned from the Trump campaign after The New York Times found a handwritten ledger showing that Yanukovych paid Manfort $12.7 million in cash.

While he was assisting Yanukovych, Manafort became business partners with Firtash. The two men explored developing a 65-floor tower on the site of the Drake Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

A 2011 lawsuit filed in New York by Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister, called this partnership between Firtash and Manafort a means of laundering the proceeds of gas deals between the Ukraine and Russia. Firtash says that the lawsuit was full of lies, but he confirmed to Bloomberg Businessweek that he did put $25 million in an escrow account for the developers of the Drake project that Manafort helped him set up. The deal collapsed and the tower was never built.

It’s a good bet to say that we only know a little of this story, which is buried in the files of the FBI and the US intelligence community. But Trump Tower’s role as a home away from home for Russian mobsters with Mogilevich and his unhinged, self-destructive reactions to anyone probing into Russia suggests that there is more, much more to come. Stay tuned.

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Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

One adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.

“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’ ” a close adviser said.

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With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.

A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.

Responding to this story on Friday after it was published late Thursday, one of Trump’s attorneys, John Dowd, said it was “not true” and “nonsense.”

“The President’s lawyers are cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller on behalf of the President,” he said.

Other advisers said the president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller’s probe could reach into his and his family’s finances.

Trump has been fuming about the probe in recent weeks as he has been informed about the legal questions that he and his family could face. His primary frustration centers on why allegations that his campaign coordinated with Russia should spread into scrutinizing many years of Trump dealmaking. He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.

Trump has repeatedly refused to make his tax returns public after first claiming he could not do so because he was under audit or after promising to release them after an IRS audit was completed. All presidents since Jimmy Carter have released their tax returns.

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Further adding to the challenges facing Trump’s outside lawyers, the team’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, resigned on Thursday, according to two people familiar with his departure. Corallo did not respond to immediate requests for comment.

“If you’re looking at Russian collusion, the president’s tax returns would be outside that investigation,” said a close adviser to the president.

Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s private lawyers, said in an interview Thursday that the president and his legal team are intent on making sure Mueller stays within the boundaries of his assignment as special counsel. He said they will complain directly to Mueller if necessary.

“The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel’s office and any changes in the scope of the investigation,” Sekulow said. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate. If there’s drifting, we’re going to object.”

Sekulow cited Bloomberg News reports that Mueller is scrutinizing some of Trump’s business dealings, including with a Russian oligarch who purchased a Palm Beach mansion from Trump for $95 million in 2008.

“They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago,” Sekulow said. “In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”

The president has long called the FBI investigation into his campaign’s possible coordination with the Russians a “witch hunt.” But now, Trump is coming face-to-face with a powerful investigative team that is able to study evidence of any crime it encounters in the probe — including tax fraud, lying to federal agents and interference in the investigation.

“This is Ken Starr times 1,000,” said one lawyer involved in the case, referring to the independent counsel who oversaw an investigation that eventually led to House impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. “Of course, it’s going to go into his finances.”

Following Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey — in part because of his displeasure with the FBI’s Russia investigation — Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in a written order. That order gave Mueller broad authority to investigate links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and any crimes committed in response to the investigation, such as perjury or obstruction of justice.

Mueller’s probe has already expanded to include an examination of whether Trump obstructed justice in his dealings with Comey, as well as the business activities of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.

Trump’s team could potentially challenge whether a broad probe of Trump’s finances prior to his candidacy could be considered a matter that arose “directly” from an inquiry into possible collusion with a foreign government.

The president’s legal representatives have also identified what they allege are several conflicts of interest facing Mueller, such as donations to Democrats by some of his prosecutors.

Another potential conflict claim is an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011, two White House advisers said. A spokesman for Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller, who was FBI director at the time, left the club.

Trump also took public aim on Wednesday at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, whose actions led to Mueller’s appointment. In an interview with the New York Times Wednesday, the president said he never would have nominated Sessions if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the case.

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Some Republicans in frequent touch with the White House said they viewed the president’s decision to publicly air his disappointment with Sessions as a warning sign that the attorney general’s days were numbered. Several senior aides were described as “stunned” when Sessions announced Thursday morning he would stay on at the Justice Department.

Another Republican in touch with the administration described the public steps as part of a broader effort aimed at “laying the groundwork to fire” Mueller.

“Who attacks their entire Justice Department?” this person said. “It’s insane.”

Law enforcement officials described Sessions as increasingly distant from the White House and the FBI because of the strains of the Russia investigation.

Traditionally, Justice Department leaders have sought to maintain a certain degree of autonomy from the White House as a means of ensuring prosecutorial independence.

But Sessions’s situation is more unusual, law enforcement officials said, because he has angered the president for apparently being too independent while also angering many at the FBI for his role in the president’s firing of Comey.

As a result, there is far less communication among those three key parts of the government than in years past, several officials said.

Currently, the discussions of pardoning authority by Trump’s legal team are purely theoretical, according to two people familiar with the ongoing conversations. But if Trump pardoned himself in the face of the ongoing Mueller investigation, it would set off a legal and political firestorm, first around the question of whether a president can use the constitutional pardon power in that way.

“This is a fiercely debated but unresolved legal question,” said Brian C. Kalt, a constitutional law expert at Michigan State University who has written extensively on the question.

The power to pardon is granted to the president in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, which gives the commander in chief the power to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” That means pardon authority extends to federal criminal prosecution but not to state level or impeachment inquiries.

No president has sought to pardon himself, so no courts have reviewed it. Although Kalt says the weight of the law argues against a president pardoning himself, he says the question is open and predicts such an action would move through the courts all the way to the Supreme Court.

“There is no predicting what would happen,” said Kalt, author of the book, “Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies.” It includes chapters on the ongoing debate over whether presidents can be prosecuted while in office and on whether a president can issue a pardon to himself.

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Other White House advisers have tried to temper Trump, urging him to simply cooperate with the probe and stay silent on his feelings about the investigation.

On Monday, lawyer Ty Cobb, newly brought into the White House to handle responses to the Russian probe, convened a meeting with the president and his team of lawyers, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Cobb, who is not yet on the White House payroll, was described as attempting to instill some discipline in how the White House handles queries about the case. But Trump surprised many of his aides by speaking at length about the probe to the New York Times two days later. Cobb, who officially joins the White House team at the end of the month, declined to comment for this article.

Some note that the Constitution does not explicitly prohibit a president from pardoning himself. On the other side, experts say that by definition a pardon is something you can only give to someone else. There is also a common-law canon that prohibits individuals from serving as a judge in their own case. “For example, we would not allow a judge to preside over his or her own trial,” Kalt said.

A president can pardon an individual at any point, including before the person is charged with a crime, and the scope of a presidential pardon can be very broad. President Gerald Ford pardoned former president Richard M. Nixon preemptively for offenses he “committed or may have committed” while in office.

Devlin Barrett and Sari Horwitz contributed to this report.

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mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices. Members of President Donald Trump’s legal team are exploring ways to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the T…

» Sean Spicer angrily resigns, Reince Priebus about to resign, as Donald Trump’s fake White House collapses
21/07/17 15:28 from Saved Stories – None
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has abruptly and angrily resigned, after Fox News talking head Anthony Scaramucci was hired as his new boss without any warning. The fallout is now playing out swiftly, with White House Chief of St…

» German Intelligence – Google Search
21/07/17 15:16 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from German Intelligence – Google News. German intelligence accused of ‘spying on USA’ Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 22, 2017 But according to new allegations published by Spiegel magazine on Thursday, Germany’s BND in…

» russian mafia – Google Search
21/07/17 15:16 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from russian mafia – Google News. Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What … Democracy Now! – 3 hours ago A new exposé and cover story in the September issue of the New Republic, …

» Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances
21/07/17 15:16 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . Posted: Jul 20, 2017 5:08 AM EDT &lt;em class=”wnDate”&gt;Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:08 AM EDT&lt;/em&gt; Updated: Jul 20, 2017 6:48 PM EDT &lt;em class=”wnDate”&gt;Thursday, July 20, 2…

» Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump
21/07/17 15:16 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . The president’s favorite financial institution. By Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg/Getty Image. Among the many mysteries surrounding Donald Trump’s finances as a real-estate mogul—and the conflict…

» Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probe
21/07/17 15:16 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON —  The special counsel is now looking into the Trump business empire as part of its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and whether anyone in the Trump campai…

» How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool
21/07/17 15:16 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . From left; by John Lamparski/WireImage, by Yury Martyanov/Kommersant/Getty Images, by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Image. In the fall of 2012, I was in Moscow, at the embassy of a small Middle Eas…

» How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool – Vanity Fair
21/07/17 15:16 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from Russian Intelligence services – Google News. Vanity Fair How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool Vanity Fair I once asked the late spymaster Tennent Bagley about the relative sophistication of Russi…

» Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team
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» Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump for Russian money laundering
21/07/17 15:15 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from Palmer Report. Yesterday the New York Times asked Donald Trump how he would react if Special Counsel Robert Mueller began investigating his finances. Trump responded by threatening to fire Mueller if he di…

» 6:36 AM 7/21/2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump for Russian money laundering | Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team
21/07/17 15:15 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from Trump Investigations. We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis – New Republic Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump – Chicago Tribune Eric Holder: Trump hinderin…

» trump money laundering – Google Search
21/07/17 15:15 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from trump money laundering – Google News. Maybe What Russia Wants From Trump Is Permission to Launder Its … Slate Magazine (blog) – 10 hours ago “The roots of Mueller’s follow-the-money investigation lie in …

» Special Counsel Investigating Possible Money Laundering by Paul Manafort – Google Search
21/07/17 15:15 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from Special Counsel Investigating Possible Money Laundering by Paul Manafort – Google News. Special Counsel Investigating Possible Money Laundering by Paul … Wall Street Journal (subscription) – 13 hours ago…

» Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia
21/07/17 15:15 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH : Well, we’ll go now to a new article called “Married to the Mob: What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia.” Those are the words on …

» Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation
21/07/17 15:15 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts o…

» mueller has trump tax returns – Google Search
21/07/17 15:15 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from mueller has trump tax returns – Google News. Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation Washington Post – 45 minutes ago He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning …

» Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business transactions / Boing Boing
21/07/17 15:01 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story from Boing Boing. U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has widened his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mueller is looking into Trump’s financial dea…

» mikenov on Twitter: 5 things to know about money laundering cbsnews.com/news/5-things-…
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5 things to know about money laundering cbsnews.com/news/5-things-… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 6:53pm mikenov on Twitter

» The Russian Laundromat – Google Search
21/07/17 14:52 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from The Russian Laundromat – Google News. Trump’s Russian Laundromat New Republic – Jul 13, 2017 In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-ye…

» 5 things to know about money laundering
21/07/17 14:50 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Money laundering may be an age-old crime, but it’s not at all behind the times.  Reports that President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is under  investigation for possible mo…

» mikenov on Twitter: Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… … pic.twitter.com/Sl1WUZJkwP
21/07/17 14:28 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… … pic.twitter.com/Sl1WUZJkwP Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 6:28pm mikenov on Twitter

» mikenov on Twitter: Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 14:27 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 6:27pm mikenov on Twitter

» mikenov on Twitter: Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and TrumpFriday July 21st, 2017 at 1:11 PM – Trump Investigations trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 14:25 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and TrumpFriday July 21st, 2017 at 1:11 PM – Trump Investigations trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 6:25pm mikenov on Twitter

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» mikenov on Twitter: Saved Stories: Trump shakes up legal team in face of widening Russia probe trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 13:23 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Saved Stories: Trump shakes up legal team in face of widening Russia probe trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 5:23pm mikenov on Twitter

» Trump shakes up legal team in face of widening Russia probe – USA TODAY
21/07/17 13:00 from Saved Stories – None
USA TODAY Trump shakes up legal team in face of widening Russia probe USA TODAY In a dramatic shakeup of President Trump’s personal legal team, chief counsel Marc Kasowitz stepped aside after the president expressed deep concern for the …

» The Russian lawyer that met with Donald Trump Jr. once represented Russian security service – Salon
21/07/17 13:00 from Saved Stories – None
Salon The Russian lawyer that met with Donald Trump Jr. once represented Russian security service Salon One of the lingering questions about a controversial meeting last year between Donald Trump Jr. and Russians claiming to have informa…

» Even With Trump Warning, Mueller Likely to Probe Finances – Jackson Free Press
21/07/17 12:59 from Saved Stories – None
Jackson Free Press Even With Trump Warning, Mueller Likely to Probe Finances Jackson Free Press President Donald Trump’s growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning that special counsel Ro…

» Gormley: Trump’s Russian problem – layer on layer of unacceptable behaviour – Ottawa Citizen
21/07/17 12:59 from Saved Stories – None
Gormley: Trump’s Russian problem – layer on layer of unacceptable behaviour Ottawa Citizen For the purposes of determining whether Donald Trump should remain in office, it doesn’t matter whether a crime was committed in his and his assoc…

» Lavrov mocks fuss over Trump-Putin meetings: ‘Maybe they went to the toilet together’ – The Hill
21/07/17 12:59 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill Lavrov mocks fuss over Trump – Putin meetings: ‘Maybe they went to the toilet together’ The Hill Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday mocked the attention paid to meetings between President Trump and Russian leader V…

» Lawyer who met with Trump Jr. had Russian intelligence connections – Washington Post
21/07/17 12:59 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Lawyer who met with Trump Jr. had Russian intelligence connections Washington Post MOSCOW — The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and other senior advisers to the Republican presidential candidate in a highly s…

» Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia – Washington Post
21/07/17 12:59 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia Washington Post Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took a break from dealing with his brain-cancer diagnosis on Thursday to rebuke the White House. After The Washington Post on Wedn…

» Spicer resigns, Scaramucci to be White House communications director – Washington Post
21/07/17 12:58 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Spicer resigns, Scaramucci to be White House communications director Washington Post The chaos engulfing President Trump and his orbit intensified Friday, as Trump moved to shake up his legal and White House communication…

» mikenov on Twitter: Mike Nova – @mikenov: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 12:00 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Mike Nova – @mikenov: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 4:00pm mikenov on Twitter

» mikenov on Twitter: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… … pic.twitter.com/s9AjzCpX5U
21/07/17 11:55 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… … pic.twitter.com/s9AjzCpX5U Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 3:55pm mikenov on Twitter

» mikenov on Twitter: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 11:53 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 3:53pm mikenov on Twitter

» Sites and Blogs Review: Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both?
21/07/17 11:52 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? “Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia” Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion Sites and Blogs Review

» Trump is “married to the Mob” – Google Search
21/07/17 11:50 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Trump is “married to the Mob” – Google News. Married to the Mob : Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What … Democracy Now! – Jul 20, 2017 A new exposé and cover story in the September…

» mikenov on Twitter: Is Robert Mueller Examining Trump’s Links to Mogilevich? Friday July 21st, 2017 at 11:40 AM – Trump Investigations trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 11:44 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Is Robert Mueller Examining Trump’s Links to Mogilevich? Friday July 21st, 2017 at 11:40 AM – Trump Investigations trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 3:44pm mikenov on Twitter

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21/07/17 11:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from mogilevich putin – Google News. Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What … Democracy Now! – Jul 20, 2017 And I think what’s extraordinary, what Putin’s greatest achievement is, th…

» Is Robert Mueller Examining Trump’s Links to Mogilevich?
21/07/17 11:40 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from TrumP Россия. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (left) and Dmitry Firtash (right) As we noted earlier  here and here , among the many dictators, despots, and shady foreigners who called Tru…

» Sites and Blogs Review: Web World Times – wwtimes.com: Is Robert Mueller Examining Trump’s Links to Mogilevich? | TrumP Россия
21/07/17 11:40 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
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» Mueller Said to Be Looking into 2008 Palm Beach Mansion Sale
21/07/17 11:39 from Saved Stories – None
Bloomberg reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has decided that Trump’s sale of his Palm Beach mansion to a Russian billionaire is worth a deeper look. As readers of this site know, Dmitry Rybolovlev , the Russian fertilizer…

» mogilevich – Google Search
21/07/17 11:31 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from mogilevich – Google News. Trump’s Russian Laundromat New Republic – Jul 13, 2017 His family ties, in fact, led straight to the top: His brother ran a $150 million stock scam with none other than Semion Mog…

» Trump, mogilevich, putin – Google Search
21/07/17 11:10 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Trump, mogilevich, putin – Google News. Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What … Democracy Now! – Jul 20, 2017 Unger writes, quote, “Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobste…

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21/07/17 10:40 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks mikenova shared this story from trump, putin, mob – Google News trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:40pm mikenov on Twitter

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» mikenov on Twitter: CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’ trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 10:37 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’ trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:37pm mikenov on Twitter

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21/07/17 10:37 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’ 10:33 AM 7/21/2017 – Trump News Review: Saved and Shared Articles: Trump reshuffling legal team – CNN | CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’ | Speci…

» mikenov on Twitter: Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 10:31 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:31pm mikenov on Twitter

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Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia 10:27 AM 7/21/2017 – Trump, Putin, and the Mob – News Review: Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia – Washington Post | Trump’s war with his Justice Department: Just his latest with major insti…

» mikenov on Twitter: Trump, Putin, and the Mob – News Review – Trump Investigations trumpinvestigations.org/trump-putin-an…
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Trump, Putin, and the Mob – News Review – Trump Investigations trumpinvestigations.org/trump-putin-an… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:24pm mikenov on Twitter

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» Will the Russians Hack Germany, Too? – New York Times
21/07/17 10:16 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Will the Russians Hack Germany, Too? New York Times German intelligence services attributed the attack to Fancy Bear, a group of hackers that was also behind the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the “La Rép…

» mikenov on Twitter: 10:08 AM 7/21/2017 – We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis – Web World Times – wwtimes.com wwtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 10:12 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
10:08 AM 7/21/2017 – We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis – Web World Times – wwtimes.com wwtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:12pm mikenov on Twitter

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» Sites and Blogs Review: Web World Times – wwtimes.com: 10:08 AM 7/21/2017 – We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis – New Republic
21/07/17 10:08 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
1. News in Photos from mikenova (4 sites) WSJ.com: World News: Among Iraqis Freed From ISIS, Resentment Festers Iraqs government is struggling to rebuild Sunni areas liberated from Islamic Statea challenge in any effort to end a cycle of…

» mikenov on Twitter: Trump 18%: First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul?webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… pic.twitter.com/vBaXLwuiUW
21/07/17 10:02 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Trump 18%: First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul? webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… pic.twitter.com/vBaXLwuiUW Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:02pm mikenov…

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21/07/17 10:02 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Trump 18%!:(MISSING) First Trump sold his name, at 18%!c(MISSING)ommission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul? https://t.co/gdZFnOD1oc https://t.co/vBaXLwuiUW Mike Nova on Twitter “Trump 18%!:(MISSING) First Trum…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Trump 18%!:(MISSING) First Trump sold his name, at 18%!c(MISSING)ommission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul?
21/07/17 10:01 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
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» mikenov on Twitter: Trump 18%: First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul?webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 10:01 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Trump 18%: First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul? webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 2:01pm mikenov on Twitter

» Sites and Blogs Review: Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion: Trump 18%: First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul, his honor, and his country after it?
21/07/17 09:59 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) “In return for lending his name to the project, Trump would  get  18 percent of the profits—without putting up any of his own money.” Did he…

» Trump sold his name for 18% – Google Search
21/07/17 09:58 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
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21/07/17 09:27 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from trump, putin, mob – Google News. Married to the Mob : Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What … Democracy Now! – 22 hours ago Without the Russian mafia , it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! https://t.co/weE7okaAap … https://t.co/yYd8DWzePD
21/07/17 09:14 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! https://t.co/weE7okaAap … https://t.co/yYd8DWzePD Mike Nova on Twitter “Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just ca…

» mikenov on Twitter: Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… … pic.twitter.com/yYd8DWzePD
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Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… … pic.twitter.com/yYd8DWzePD Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 1:14pm mikenov on Twitter

» mikenov on Twitter: Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2…
21/07/17 09:14 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are!  webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 1:14pm mikenov on Twitter

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Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are! Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are!  – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion Rename …

» Sites and Blogs Review: Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion: Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are!
21/07/17 09:13 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are!  Dolly Lenz , a New York real estate broker,  told   USA Today  that she sold some 65 units in Trump World Tower to …

» Trump Tower is Russian Mob Tower – Google Search
21/07/17 09:11 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
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» mueller has trump financial papers – Google Search
21/07/17 09:02 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from mueller has trump financial papers – Google News. Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe financial ties to … Chicago Tribune – 12 hours ago Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe fina…

» mikenov on Twitter: Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation wapo.st/2uH7sqO?tid=ss…
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» Sites and Blogs Review: Web World Times – wwtimes.com: Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation – The Washington Post
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» mikenov on Twitter: “Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States”: trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2…
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» mikenov on Twitter: Why Donald Trump and his circle were not investigated and prosecuted on money laundering charges earlier?! webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2… … pic.twitter.com/aPQufRmBT8
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» mikenov on Twitter: Why Donald Trump and his circle were not investigated and prosecuted on money laundering charges earlier?! webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/2…
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» Sites and Blogs Review: Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion: Why Donald Trump and his circle were not investigated and prosecuted on money laundering charges earlier?!
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Why Donald Trump and his circle were not investigated and prosecuted on money laundering charges earlier;  before he started his election campaign and before he became a U.S. President?! This is the great error of omission on the part of…

» Sites and Blogs Review: Web World Times – wwtimes.com: Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia | Democracy Now!
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» mikenov on Twitter: 6:36 AM 7/21/2017: Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump for Russian money laundering – Trump Investigations – trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/07/2… pic.twitter.com/VVb5Z26209
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» We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis – New Republic
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New Republic We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis New Republic The loud hum of chaos and spectacle engulfing the Trump administration is drowning out a creeping reality: We are on the brink of an authoritarian crisis that will m…

» Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump – Chicago Tribune
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Chicago Tribune Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump Chicago Tribune Nothing is more important to President Donald Trump than loyalty — to him. In business and in politics, …. To make the comparison, Trump drew on…

» Eric Holder: Trump hindering Mueller investigation ‘creates issues of constitutional and criminal dimension’ – Washington Examiner
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Eric Holder: Trump hindering Mueller investigation ‘creates issues of constitutional and criminal dimension’ Washington Examiner Eric Holder, who served as attorney general under former President Barack Obama, warned President Trump agai…

» Trump reshuffling legal team – CNN
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CNN Trump reshuffling legal team CNN Meanwhile, Mark Corallo has resigned from his position as spokesman and communications strategist for Trump’s legal team, a senior administration official told CNN Thursday night. Corallo did not resp…

» CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’
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Mike Pompeo describes the US-Russia relationship as complicated but hopes there will be areas where they can cooperate The CIA director, Mike Pompeo, said on Thursday that Russia had no plans to leave Syria and would continue to try to m…

» Trump Trains His Sights on Mueller’s Investigation – The Atlantic
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The Atlantic Trump Trains His Sights on Mueller’s Investigation The Atlantic Trump displayed flashes of that anger during a lengthy interview Wednesday with the Times, in which he flitted between channeling his ire towards Mueller, Attor…

» Report: Robert Mueller likely already has Donald Trump’s tax returns
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Donald Trump is so far behind the media and the public when it comes to his own scandals, he just recently learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the power to pull his tax returns as part of the Russia investigation. The rest of…

» WaPo & NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut Mueller – CNN
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CNN WaPo & NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut Mueller CNN According to the Times, Trump’s team of lawyers and aides are undertaking a wide-ranging search for conflicts of interest among Mueller and his team — including Mueller…

» Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances – Military Times
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Military Times Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances Military Times WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning that special couns…

» Marc Kasowitz becomes the second member of Donald Trump’s legal team to quit today
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The legal team representing Donald Trump in the Russia scandal had a headcount of five when the day began. That headcount is now at three. Attorney Marc Kasowitz has officially quit this evening, just weeks after Trump hired him specific…

» Trump Ends Syrian Regime Change Campaign – Antiwar.com
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News18 Trump Ends Syrian Regime Change Campaign Antiwar.com Simultaneously, Mrs. Clinton started denouncing Putin as the modern-day equivalent of Hitler, and the foreign policy mandarins in Washington began to characterize “ Putinism ,” …

» We’re Vladimir Putin’s plaything – St. Augustine Record
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St. Augustine Record We’re Vladimir Putin’s plaything St. Augustine Record Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s erstwhile campaign manager, had some questionable Russian business interests and resigned well before the election. All these storie…

» Donald Trump’s weird new denial of the Pee Pee Tape may be the dumbest thing he’s said yet
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Donald Trump is still talking about the Pee Pee Tape. Former FBI Director James Comey has previously said that Trump once called him up out of the blue to insist that he’d never done anything with Russian hookers, as had been alleg…

» How Trump Set Poland on the Path to Dictatorship – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast How Trump Set Poland on the Path to Dictatorship Daily Beast This month the government’s most authoritarian tendencies were encouraged by the July 6 visit of U.S. President Donald Trump , and now a different sort of transitio…

» When Will Republicans Learn That Donald Trump Hates Them? – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast When Will Republicans Learn That Donald Trump Hates Them? Daily Beast Six months in to the Trump presidency and you need a steady diet of fentanyl, Thunderbird, and head trauma to believe that Donald Trump is a master negotia…

» Trump’s Business Partner Tries to Erase his Prostitution Bust From Web – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast Trump’s Business Partner Tries to Erase his Prostitution Bust From Web Daily Beast Arif, a former Soviet trade minister whose company once prospected for the Trump Organization in Russia and Eastern Europe , has demanded the …

» felix sater – Google News: Trump’s Business Partner Tries to Erase his Prostitution Bust From Web – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast Trump’s Business Partner Tries to Erase his Prostitution Bust From Web Daily Beast Through Bayrock, Sater and Arif helped finance the Trump SoHo Hotel under a licensing deal with the president’s company. The firm “was a key s…

» mikenov on Twitter: Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team mediaite.com/online/marc-ka… via @mediaite
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» Donald Trump’s lawyers investigating special counsel Robert Mueller’s team
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Effort reportedly includes exploring the political affiliations of Mueller’s investigators and their work history Donald Trump’s legal team is looking for conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigat…

» Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team – Mediaite
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Mediaite Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team Mediaite … as President Trump’s personal attorney and his spokesman Mark Corrallo has also resigned from Trump’s legal team. Kasowitz is best known to the public for giving Trump’s…

» Why Would You Want Putin as a Friend? – National Review
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Why Would You Want Putin as a Friend? National Review Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election , it is undisputed that candidate Tr…

» Mona Charen: Why Would You Want Putin As A Friend? – Investor’s Business Daily
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Los Angeles Times Mona Charen: Why Would You Want Putin As A Friend? Investor’s Business Daily The West’s intelligence services are also favorite bugbears of Russian media. As Paul Gregory recounts, “Virtually every truckers’ strike…

» Be careful cozying up to Putin – STLtoday.com
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STLtoday.com Be careful cozying up to Putin STLtoday.com FILE – In this July 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump had a second, previously un…

» Donald Trump impeachment process: How would it work, how long would it take? – NEWS.com.au
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NEWS.com.au Donald Trump impeachment process: How would it work, how long would it take? NEWS.com.au THE IMPEACHMENT MYTH. An analysis of the impeachment process — I mpeachment 101: The history, process and prospect of a Trump impeachmen…

» For the GOP, fear and loathing is a winning message – Miami Herald (blog)
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Miami Herald (blog) For the GOP, fear and loathing is a winning message Miami Herald (blog) It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Repub…

» Timeline: Donald Trump Jr.’s contradictory statements about the Russia meeting – Washington Post
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Washington Post Timeline: Donald Trump Jr.’s contradictory statements about the Russia meeting Washington Post Now we know that just one month before this interview, Trump Jr. set up a meeting with a Russian attorney whom he believed wou…

» US must be nation of laws – Scranton Times-Tribune
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Scranton Times-Tribune US must be nation of laws Scranton Times-Tribune After Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed on four separate attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Trump said he likely would …

» Will Mike Pence Pardon Donald Trump? – The National Memo (blog)
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Will Mike Pence Pardon Donald Trump ? The National Memo (blog) Unless Democrats retake Congress in 2018, the chance that elected Republicans will admit they’ve been enabling a “ liar ” and an “idiot”—words that polled Americans call Trum…

» Donald Trump’s History Lessons – New York Times
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New York Times Donald Trump’s History Lessons New York Times President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France reviewing troops in Paris this month. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. WASHINGTON — In December 2015, Steve Ba…

» US Sanctions Against Russia Never Go Away — They Just Evolve – NPR
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NPR US Sanctions Against Russia Never Go Away — They Just Evolve NPR Obama followed up with additional punitive steps after Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine, and then again after Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election …

» Trump’s Recently Disclosed Putin Conversation Is ‘Nixon All Over Again’ – NPR
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NPR Trump’s Recently Disclosed Putin Conversation Is ‘Nixon All Over Again’ NPR And he says that also goes for President Trump , who acknowledged this week that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a previously undisclosed discus…

» Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides – WSAV-TV
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News18 Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides WSAV-TV A 2001 Justice Department memo warned that no nation, including the United States, was immune from the threat posed by Russian organized crime . The special counsel inv…

» A Top Republican Wants You To Believe Russia Was Behind That Famous Trump Dossier
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But Sen. Chuck Grassley’s insinuations don’t add up.

» Trump’s Russiagate Attorney Is Himself Entangled in Russian Corruption – The Nation.
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The Nation. Trump’s Russiagate Attorney Is Himself Entangled in Russian Corruption The Nation. Marc Kasowitz—Donald Trump’s long-time lawyer who’s representing the president in the ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign co…

» A Top Republican Wants You To Believe Russia Was Behind That Famous Trump Dossier – HuffPost
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HuffPost A Top Republican Wants You To Believe Russia Was Behind That Famous Trump Dossier HuffPost By casting Fusion as a tool of the Kremlin, Grassley could undermine the credibility of compromising allegations about Trump’s Russian ti…

» What do Trump and Putin want from each other? – Aljazeera.com
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Aljazeera.com What do Trump and Putin want from each other? Aljazeera.com Just this week it emerged that at the recent G20 Summit Trump spoke with Putin for an hour, according to witnesses ( Trump claims the meeting was much shorter) wit…

» Trump-Mueller tensions escalate – The Hill
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The Hill Trump -Mueller tensions escalate The Hill President Trump is ramping up his criticism of Robert Mueller, warning that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference would cross the line by looking into his finan…

» Here’s What Trump Has Done Right in His First 6 Months – Fortune
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Fortune Here’s What Trump Has Done Right in His First 6 Months Fortune President Donald Trump came to power as a wrecking ball. His campaign promise to “drain the swamp” captured the public’s disdain for the status quo in Washington. His…

» Why Donald Trump Can’t Quit ‘The Failing’ New York Times
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Even as he constantly discredits the newspaper, he seems to seek its approval.

» Why seek Putin as a friend? – Albany Democrat Herald
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Why seek Putin as a friend? Albany Democrat Herald Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald…

» New questions in Russia probe – Harvard Gazette
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Harvard Gazette New questions in Russia probe Harvard Gazette President Trump’s repeated insistence that no one in his campaign was aware of or involved in Russian interference in the 2016 election is now in doubt after the president’s e…

» The Trump Jr. Meeting: A Smoking Gun? – National Review
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National Review The Trump Jr. Meeting: A Smoking Gun? National Review The visceral reaction of these writers was that there was something terribly abnormal or unethical about Trump Jr. being eager to meet with Goldstone and his Russian c…

» In break with Trump, top Homeland Security officials affirm Russia’s election meddling – USA TODAY
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USA TODAY In break with Trump , top Homeland Security officials affirm Russia’s election meddling USA TODAY ASPEN, Colo. – President Trump still won’t say whether he believes thinks the Russia government meddled in the presidential elect…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Is Donald Trump Shrinking the GOP? – National Review
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National Review Is Donald Trump Shrinking the GOP? National Review Over at the New York Times, Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan highlights interesting research indicating that Republican loyalty to Trump may be overstated. Yes, overwhelming per…

» Is Donald Trump Shrinking the GOP? – National Review
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National Review Is Donald Trump Shrinking the GOP ? National Review Over at the New York Times, Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan highlights interesting research indicating that Republican loyalty to Trump may be overstated. Yes, overwhelming pe…

» Congress Warns Donald Trump That It Will Be Toxic If He Fires Bob Mueller – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast Congress Warns Donald Trump That It Will Be Toxic If He Fires Bob Mueller Daily Beast Heinrich sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is also investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion between …

» ‘I have headaches’: Who is annoying Trump in the Russia probe – Washington Post
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Washington Post ‘I have headaches’: Who is annoying Trump in the Russia probe Washington Post Sessions was one of the first senators to endorse Trump when he was still a candidate and has been one of his most ardent supporters. The comme…

» Mike Pence’s Master Plan Goes Up in Smoke – Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair Mike Pence’s Master Plan Goes Up in Smoke Vanity Fair When Pence denied knowing about Michael Flynn’s lobbying work, Representative Elijah Cummings—the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee—rebuked the defense. Duri…

» Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances – Miami Herald
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Miami Herald Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances Miami Herald She also reiterated Trump’s concern about the scope of Mueller’s investigation , saying it “should stay in the confines of meddling, Russia meddling…

» Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances – News 12 Brooklyn
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News 12 Brooklyn Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances News 12 Brooklyn WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning that spec…

» Swamp Denizen Robert Mueller Crosses Trump’s ‘Red Line’ – Live Trading News
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Live Trading News Swamp Denizen Robert Mueller Crosses Trump’s ‘Red Line’ Live Trading News According to reports Mr. Mueller is said to be probing potential obstruction of justice by President Trump over his decision to sack the politici…

» CNN’s ‘Declassified’ Set to Detail Russian Sleeper Agents: ‘People Love a Good Spy Story’ – TheWrap
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TheWrap CNN’s ‘Declassified’ Set to Detail Russian Sleeper Agents: ‘People Love a Good Spy Story’ TheWrap Having the possibility of a spy living next door draws people in who are not only interested in spy stories, but also those who are…

» Congress likely to tie Trump’s hands on Russia sanctions – Politico
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Politico Congress likely to tie Trump’s hands on Russia sanctions Politico A White House effort to secure changes to a Russia sanctions bill constraining President Donald Trump appears likely to fall short, in a major rebuff by the GOP-l…

» Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now? – Creators Syndicate
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Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now? Creators Syndicate At the NCRI conference in Paris in July where Gingrich spoke, and the speaking fees were reportedly excellent, John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani were also on hand. Calling Iran’s twice-electe…

» Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump – Washington Post
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Washington Post Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump Washington Post To make the comparison, Trump drew on the work of psychoanalyst Michael Maccoby, who wrote the book “The Productive Narcissist .” In an interview …

» Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia – Washington Post
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Washington Post Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia Washington Post Does it come from Trump’s bad case of authoritarianism envy? A fundamental sympathy with European right-wing, anti-democratic populism? An exposure to pressure from…

» Donald Trump said he sat with Putin because Japan’s First Lady doesn’t speak English, but she does – The Independent
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The Independent Donald Trump said he sat with Putin because Japan’s First Lady doesn’t speak English, but she does The Independent Donald Trump appears to have been ignored by the Japanese first lady at the final dinner at the G20 summit…

» Trump’s war with his Justice Department: Just his latest with major institutions and alliances – Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times Trump’s war with his Justice Department: Just his latest with major institutions and alliances Los Angeles Times Trump has repeatedly called the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the U.S. electi…

» AP: Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances Posted: Jul 20, 2017 5:08 AM EDT Updated: Jul 20, 2017 6:48 PM EDT
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7.20.17 Supreme Court allows Trump refugee ban but backs broader exemptions for relatives – The Washington Post FBI turns over 7,000 documents from Weiner laptop in Clinton-tied case | Fox News Trump – 7.20.17 Even with …

» Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probe – CBS News
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CBS News Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probe CBS News WASHINGTON — The special counsel is now looking into the Trump business empire as part of its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, an…

» How Russia hacked American faith in the democratic process – PBS NewsHour
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PBS NewsHour How Russia hacked American faith in the democratic process PBS NewsHour What did the Russian government really do to the American voting process and confidence in its efforts to meddle with the 2016 election ? A new cover st…

» Commentary: Russia scandal, Trump’s ineptness mean Putin is winning – Austin American-Statesman
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Austin American-Statesman Commentary: Russia scandal, Trump’s ineptness mean Putin is winning Austin American-Statesman My writer friend Brad in Oklahoma has an idea for a book about President Donald Trump . Not a nonfiction tell-all. Mo…

» Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe financial ties to Russia – Chicago Tribune
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Chicago Tribune Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe financial ties to Russia Chicago Tribune Several of Trump’s family members and close advisers have already become ensnared in the investigations , including son Donald Trum…

» Maybe What Russia Wants From Trump Is Permission to Launder Its Dirty Money – Slate Magazine (blog)
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Slate Magazine (blog) Maybe What Russia Wants From Trump Is Permission to Launder Its Dirty Money Slate Magazine (blog) Bloomberg reported Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump’s business connections …

» Who Is the Russian Lobbyist Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.? – Pacific Standard
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Pacific Standard Who Is the Russian Lobbyist Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.? Pacific Standard He says he’s long retired from that work, but some American officials suspect he still has ties to Russian intelligence . 0. SHARES. Donald Trum…

» Trump’s Fury Erodes His Relationship With Sessions, an Early Ally – New York Times
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New York Times Trump’s Fury Erodes His Relationship With Sessions, an Early Ally New York Times Attorney General Jeff Sessions deflected questions about whether he can continue to serve in his post after President Trump in a New York Tim…

» Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation – Washington Post
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Washington Post Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation Washington Post Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, bui…

» Republican pundit: Donald Trump finally understands how screwed he is
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Donald Trump has been at profound risk of being taken down by his scandals from the moment he was named the winner of the election. Between his treasonous plot with Russia to rig the election, and his decades of financial crimes, the spo…

» Donald Trump knows he’s finished, begins inquiring about whether he can pardon himself and his kids
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Yesterday I wrote that I was seeing clear signs Donald Trump’s kids had begun trying to steer him toward pardoning them – and himself – and then resigning ( link ). As of this evening, there is now official confirmation that Trump …

» Donald Trump Is “Curious” About His Pardoning Power – Mother Jones
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Mother Jones Donald Trump Is “Curious” About His Pardoning Power Mother Jones Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people….B…

» CIA Director Mike Pompeo: ‘Of course’ Russia interfered in the 2016 election, ‘and the one before that’ – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner CIA Director Mike Pompeo: ‘Of course’ Russia interfered in the 2016 election , ‘and the one before that’ Washington Examiner CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday he is “confident” Russia meddled in the 201…

» mikenov on Twitter: How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/h…
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How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/h… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 1:20am mikenov on Twitter

» Sites and Blogs Review: Web World Times – wwtimes.com: How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool | Vanity Fair
20/07/17 21:20 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
He and his coterie of idiots, nihilists, and opportunists were the perfect prey for Putin’s spell. Source: How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool | Vanity Fair Web World Times – wwtimes.com Sites and Blogs Review

» mikenov on Twitter: Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probe cbsnews.com/news/trumps-bu…
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Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probe cbsnews.com/news/trumps-bu… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 1:19am mikenov on Twitter

» mikenov on Twitter: Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/d…
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Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/d… Posted by mikenov on Friday, July 21st, 2017 12:04am mikenov on Twitter

» Sites and Blogs Review: Web World Times – wwtimes.com: Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump | Vanity Fair
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Regulators are scrutinizing hundreds of millions in loans and a subpoena from Robert Mueller is expected. Source: Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump | Vanity Fair Web World Times – wwtimes.com Sites and Blogs Review

» Trump’s public Russia comments could cause legal headaches for him — and his kids – Politico
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Politico Trump’s public Russia comments could cause legal headaches for him — and his kids Politico President Donald Trump’s decision to talk off the cuff about the Russia probe to reporters allowed him to put out his version of events—b…

» Why did Putin talk to Trump about ‘adoption’? – BBC News
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BBC News Why did Putin talk to Trump about ‘adoption’? BBC News Buried in the middle of the wide-ranging interview Donald Trump granted the New York Times on Wednesday was an interesting tidbit. What, exactly, did the US president and Vl…

» Senate threatens to send U.S. Marshals after Donald Trump Jr.
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After Donald Trump Jr. publicly expressed his willingness to testify before Congress about his role in his father’s Russia scandal, the Senate Judiciary Committee promptly called his bluff by putting him on the schedule for this up…

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The president was surprisingly candid with his criticism of Jeff Sessions and the FBI, questionable knowledge on US healthcare and rationale for striking Syria Donald Trump sat down for an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday t…

» mikenov on Twitter: Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances brooklyn.news12.com/story/35928072…
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» 1:06 PM 7/20/2017 -Social Media Review: In Interview, Trump Expresses Anger at Sessions and Comey, and Warns Mueller
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» Hanson: How America became Vladimir Putin’s puppet – The Mercury News
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» McCain: Trump playing into Putin’s hands by canceling Syrian rebel program – The Hill
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» FBI turns over 7000 documents from Weiner laptop in Clinton-tied case – Fox News
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» Mueller Russia probe examines Trump business dealings
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» Attorney General Sessions Brushes off Trump Criticism – U.S. News & World Report
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Attorney General Sessions Brushes off Trump Criticism U.S. News & World Report Deutsche Bank, which has loaned the Trump Organization family business millions of dollars for real-estate ventures, late last month rejected demands by Democ…

» Who is Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick for FBI director? – Fox News
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Fox News Who is Christopher Wray, Trump’s pick for FBI director? Fox News Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a Thursday statement, “His unanimous support by the Judiciary Committee today is a strong …

» Jeff Sessions on Trump criticism: I’ll stay ‘as long as appropriate’ – video
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US attorney general Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein hit back at criticism levelled at them by President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Sessions saying he will remain in his post ‘as long as that is appropriate’. Rosenstein to…

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Work on forming bilateral group under way despite anxiety in Washington

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President attacked Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from Russia probe

» The Inadvisable President – The Atlantic
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The Atlantic The Inadvisable President The Atlantic A test of that loyalty came soon enough, on February 14, when Trump spoke to Comey alone and asked him to kill an FBI investigation into Michael Flynn, who had recently been forced to r…

» Finsbury Park terror attack: Darren Osborne, accused of mowing down Muslims, to face trial in New Year – Evening Standard
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Evening Standard Finsbury Park terror attack: Darren Osborne, accused of mowing down Muslims, to face trial in New Year Evening Standard A man accused of mowing down a Muslim man in the Finsbury Park terror attack is due to face trial in…

» Rights watchdog flags new leaders’ authoritarianism – BusinessWorld Online Edition
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Rights watchdog flags new leaders’ authoritarianism BusinessWorld Online Edition US PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump and his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo R. Duterte, are among a new breed of leaders around the world who seek to use their dem…

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Phys.Org US, European police say ‘dark web’ markets shut down Phys.Org Wainwright said the investigation had resulted in the identification of numerous organized crime figures and that intelligence leads have been distributed to law enfo…

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This morning, Benjamin This morning, Ben Wittes wrote in strong terms about the extraordinary interview the President gave the New York Time s and what it reveals about Trump’s understanding of legal institutions and the rule of law. The…

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» Former Moscow Reporter Susan Glasser on the Books That Explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia – Freepress Online
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Former Moscow Reporter Susan Glasser on the Books That Explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia Freepress Online Gaddy and Hill, who is now the top Russia hand on Trump’s National Security Council, portray the enigmatic president in all the vario…

» Dollar lurches lower on Mueller Trump probe report
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» Paul Manafort Reportedly Owed Millions to Russian Oligarch Before Joining Trump Campaign – Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair Paul Manafort Reportedly Owed Millions to Russian Oligarch Before Joining Trump Campaign Vanity Fair Before joining Donald Trump last March as an unpaid campaign manager, Paul Manafort reportedly owed as much as $17 million t…

» Jeff Sessions says he’ll keep job ‘as long as appropriate’ despite Trump’s criticism
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Attorney general speaks after Donald Trump’s comments that he would not have hired Sessions had he known Sessions he would recuse himself from Russia inquiry The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions , said on Thursday that he would continu…

» Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia – Democracy Now!
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» “Trump and the Russian Money Trail”: Trump’s Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades – Democracy Now!
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» Jeff Sessions Brushes Off Resignation Rumors After Scathing Trump Interview
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Trump was displeased that Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe, he told The New York Times.

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Newsweek Can Trump Pardon Flynn? Kushner? Donald Jr.? Manafort? Can He Pardon Himself? Newsweek Over the weekend, one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers, Jay Sekulow, refused to rule out the possibility that the president would…

» Daily Reads: Trump Attacks His Top Judicial Officers; Congress Wants to Criminalize Speech – BillMoyers.com
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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Justice Department Indicts Al Qaeda Suspect in Federal Court

The New York Times reports that the Justice Department has brought Al Qaeda suspect Ali Charaf Damache to Philadelphia to face prosecution in federal court. The full indictment can be found below.

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Palmer Report: In honor of Sean Spicers resignation, here are some of his biggest screw-ups

What, you thought we were going to be nice to Sean Spicer just because he’s resigning? That man spent the past six months helping to prop up Donald Trump’s treasonous and disastrous administration. So Spicer gets no sympathy from us here. Instead, in honor of his resignation, here’s a quick look back at some of his biggest screw-ups on the job.– Sean Spicer once spent an entire press briefing lying about the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd, while wearing the wrong sized suit.

– Spicer accidentally tweeted his own password, then had to be assigned a new password, and ended up tweeting it as well.

– Spicer tried to minimize the evil of Adolf Hitler by comparing him favorably Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, while getting Assad’s name wrong in four different ways.

– At various points Sean Spicer has invented fictional world leaders “Joe Trudeau” and “Malcolm Trumble” while also inventing the “Majinsky act.”

– Sean Spicer once tweeted “pot” for no apparent reason:

– During his very first briefing room appearance, Sean Spicer started off by saying “I know our fish…”

– Spicer once wore an upside down American flag pin during a briefing, so some suggested it may have been a cry for help instead of an error.

– And by last Friday, Sean Spicer had given up on the job to the point that he was just tweeting baseball scores.

We should probably give Sean Spicer credit for having the guts to resign once it was made clear to him by Donald Trump that he was no longer wanted on the job. That opposed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was publicly told to hit the road this week and is still sticking around anyway. Now that Spicer is resigning, we wish nothing but the best for Melissa McCarthy in her future acting endeavors.

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Palmer Report: Sean Spicer angrily resigns, Reince Priebus about to resign, as Donald Trumps fake White House collapses

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has abruptly and angrily resigned, after Fox News talking head Anthony Scaramucci was hired as his new boss without any warning. The fallout is now playing out swiftly, with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said to be furious and the next to resign, as the Donald Trump administration continues to collapse in real time today and the fallout may just be getting started.Spicer is publicly making nice on his way out the door, tweeting that “It’s been an honor & a privilege” (link). But behind the scenes, things are a different story. Spicer told Donald Trump that hiring Anthony Scaramucci to be the new White House Communications Director would be a “major mistake” according to the New York Times (link), and then he resigned in protest when Trump hired him anyway. The move isn’t sitting well with some other people in the administration. MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid stated that according to one of her Republican sources, “Priebus is next” to resign.

Meanwhile Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been promoted to take Sean Spicer’s place as Press Secretary, a job she’d largely already been doing for months in terms of handling press briefings. This despite the fact that she’s been consistently subpar as a briefer, and arguably even more inept at it than Spicer was. So who is Anthony Scaramucci? It appears Donald Trump hired him on the basis of his friendship with Fox News host Sean Hannity. Or perhaps Trump has become so addled that he thinks Scaramucci is the “will you do the fandango” character from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Some have posited that Donald Trump may be making these moves today to try to stir up controversy, in the hope of distracting from his exploding Russia scandal and his disastrous recent New York Times interview. However, if that’s the case, then Trump has only further served to underline that his White House is in full collapse.

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Members of President Donald Trumps legal team are exploring ways to undermine special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, The Washington Post reports this morning. The New York Times describes how Trumps lawyers and aides have been combing through the backgrounds of Muellers team in the hopes of getting themor even Mueller himselfrecused from the investigation. Trump has reportedly asked his advisers about his ability to pardon members of his administration, his family, and even himself, though two sources said these discussions are purely theoretical. The president has expressed frustration over the fact that the Mueller probe may delve deeply into Trump and his associates financial dealings.Additionally, Mueller has asked White House staff to preserve all documents related to the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and figures linked to the Kremlin, including the Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Though Veselnitskaya has denied ever acting as an agent of the Russian government, Reuters reports that she represented the Russian FSB spy agency in a property dispute from 2005 through 2013.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has threatened to subpoena Donald Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort if they refuse to testify before the committee voluntarily at its upcoming Wednesday hearing on the Trump Tower meeting, CNN reports. Manafort also attended the meeting with Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. during his time as manager of the Trump campaign, along with the presidents son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, the Times reports. He allegedly cited his disagreement with Trumps decision to appoint wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director. Trump decided to shake up his legal and communications team in response to the Mueller probe and a stalling domestic agenda, the Post reports. Longtime personal attorney Marc Kasowitz will step back from leading the legal team, with Washington white-collar crime attorney John M. Dowd taking control. Spokesman for the outside legal team Mark Corallo resignedThursday after just two months in the position. Trump brought attorney Ty Cobb onto the White House team last week to coordinate internal responses to the Russia probe.

Yesterday, the Department of Justice and Europol announced the largest-ever sting against dark web black markets in history, Wired reports. Dutch authorities had quietly taken over a dark web market called Hansa, but continued to allow it to operate. Once the FBI took down another popular market, AlphaBay, users flocked to Hansa. Authorities were then able to gather information on thousands of users, including postal addresses and messages.

In a highly unusual move, Trump met with his nominee for the U.S. Attorney for D.C. prior to her selection, CNN reports. Jessie K. Liu said in her disclosure to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had met with the president during her interview process, but noted that no one had asked for a loyalty pledge such as Trump requested of former FBI Director James Comey, nor had she given one. Several former U.S. attorneys and law enforcement officials said such a meeting would have been unheard of in past administrations because it could undermine the insulation of U.S. attorneys from political influence. Others said the meeting was not a cause for concern given the importance of the position.

The Treasury Department has fined ExxonMobil $2 million for sanctions violations committed during now-Secretary of State Rex Tillersons tenure as CEO,  Foreign Policy reports. The Department claims that Exxon showed reckless disregard for sanctions against Russia and also damaged Ukraine-related sanctions. The company is fighting the fine in federal court.

China dispatched a warship to the Baltic Sea to conduct the first-ever China-Russia joint naval exercises in European waters, CNN reports. Both the advanced technology of the warship and the decision to conduct the exercises so close to Europe has captured the attention of NATO. China experts say the move is an effort to demonstrate the countrys military strength and an increasingly global reach.

The Department of Defense blocked the disbursement to Pakistan of $300 million initially designated to reimburse the country for its fight against terrorist groups, Foreign Policy reports. The Pentagon said that Defense Secretary James Mattis could not adequately certify that Pakistan had taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network terrorist organization. A report released by the Pentagon last week came to a similar conclusion, criticizing Pakistans failure to take substantial action against the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban and for failing to limit the threat that the groups pose to U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

The Navy has its first female candidates for two elite special operations positions previously closed to women, NPR reports. One candidate is in the pipeline to become a SEAL officer, while the other will attempt to become a special warfare combatant crewman. The two will need to complete extremely rigorous training programs with high attrition rates before landing the positions.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Lawfare published a chapter from Charles Black Jr.s 1974 Impeachment: A Handbook exploring the parameters of what constitutes an impeachable offense.

Jane Chong applied Blacks guide to the issues surrounding the Trump administration.

Benjamin Wittes discussed Trumps attack on federal law enforcement in his Times interview.

Jack Goldsmith examined the interviews implications for the independence of the Justice Department.

Bob Bauer considered what the interview revealed about Trumps legal position and potential difficulties.

Murray Scot Tanner analyzed the offensive shift in Chinas new National Intelligence Law.

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Pretextual Protectionism? The Perils of Invoking the WTO National Security Exception

On Wednesday, Axios wrote a piece outlining how President Trumps own statements could threaten his trade policy objectives: President Trump wants to invoke a national security provision to stop the dumping of cheap steel into America, but trade lawyers believe Trump’s public statements and dubious legal reasoningcould expose the administration to significant legal problems.Candidate Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign criticizing free trade and threatening to renegotiate international trade agreements or pull the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Now, as president, Trump has instructed the Commerce Department to investigate whether steel imports threaten national security and whether to invoke an obscure national security exception to circumvent the WTOs restrictions on tariffs and nontariff barriers. (The same statute that authorizes the investigation  19 U.S.C. §1862 also gives the government domestic statutory authority to impose trade barriers for national security reasons.) His final decision, expected any day, could have unprecedented consequences for international trade and the laws and institutions that govern it.

Invoking this exception is no small matter: lawyers call it the nuclear option and the third rail of international trade, deployed by world leaders acting like cowboys. U.S. military officialspolicymakersinterest groups, and commentators warn that using the exception will have serious legal, policy, and commercial consequences. NATO members have considered retaliatory tariffs. Even the Canadians grumbled. And while many international trade experts insist the President would not dare, the market begs to differ: steel stocks shots up last week after Trump doubled-down on his promise.

Below is a brief overview of the controversial move that the White House is considering, as well as background on the national security exception that they might invoke to justify it.

 

What is Trumps steel proposal and why does it matter?

Trumps prospective use of the national security exception focuses on China. Throughout the campaign, Trump derided China for dumping cheap steel into the U.S. market. In April, Trump directed the Commerce Department to investigate whether U.S. steel imports constituted a threat to national security. And as recently as last week, the President threatened to use steel tariffs to pressure China to take bolder steps to defuse the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Axios already noted that the President actually cannot invoke the national security exception as a response to Chinese dumping:

the White House might never be able to use its preferred defense for steel tariffs using the GATT [General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade] because the WTO already has a superseding Anti-Dumping Agreement that specifically disciplines such casesand it doesn’t allow for a dumping case based on “national security” or contain any national security exceptions. Given that the administration has been clear that dumping is a centerpiece of its Section 232 investigation, a WTO member could choose bring a legal challenge under the Anti-Dumping Agreement to preempt the administration’s Article XXI plan.

But regardless of how the legal argument would hold up, that the White House is even considering using the provision raises another specific fear: the president could invoke the national security exception as a pretext for unrelated protectionist objectives. The administration has repeatedly criticized foreign imports on grounds other than security. The White House might, therefore, struggle to convince the international community that the motive behind a particular invocation of the provision was limited to national security interests. (The quick change in the stated motive behind dismissing FBI Director James Comey may signal that the President himself may not even be able to toe the line for long.) If the rationale sounded pretextual, then not only would it undermine U.S. credibility abroad, but other countries may also use the security exceptionswhich, as will be explained later, are not subject to WTO reviewto justify the trade policies they prefer, reducing the international role of the WTO and potentially fomenting trade wars.

But the outcome is not much better if the president could demonstrate that he was genuinely using the exception for a bona fide national security purpose. Even when legitimately serving a security interest, invoking the exception risks normalizing a treaty provision whose use its drafters and original signatories feared and hoped would only increase buy-in to the GATT. If countries raised tariffs each time that doing so might serve their national security interests, then there would be no place for an international trade arbitrator. In fact, among the stated objectives of the WTO is to promote peace and security by opening national markets to international trade the point being that sacrificing some short term interest might promote security in the long run.

 

What is the national security exception?

The national security exception exempts countries from WTO regulations under certain conditions. It exists to encourage countries to participate in the WTO; the drafters of the GATT recognized that countries would be loath to join any agreement that did not allow them to protect their security interests without fear of arbitration. They thus sought to create a specific set of exceptions to strike a balance which would take care of real security interests while limiting the exception so as to prevent the adoption of protection for maintaining industries under every conceivable circumstances.

To that end, Article XXI of the GATT sets out three conditions for exceptions on the basis of security interests:

Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed

  1. to require any contracting party to furnish any information the disclosure of which it considers contrary to its essential security interests; or
  2. to prevent any contracting party from taking any action which it considers necessary for the protection of its essential security interests
    1. relating to fissionable materials or the materials from which they are derived;
    2. relating to the traffic in arms, ammunition and implements of war and to such traffic in other goods and materials as is carried on directly or indirectly for the purpose of supplying;
    3. taken in time of war or other emergency in international relations; or
  3. to prevent any contracting party from taking any action in pursuance of its obligations under the United Nations Charter for the maintenance of international peace and security

The drafters thought these exceptions would ameliorate the most important concerns of potential signatories. Part (a) allows countries to protect sensitive national security information that might otherwise be required in WTO proceedings. That might be reasonably read to include information that in the U.S., would be classified under Executive Order 13526. But it could also include other information that carries security implications, like government opinions and priorities. In response to a Czechoslovak complaint about U.S. national security export controls in 1949, the U.S. delegation to the GATT invoked Article XXI(b) in declining to provide the names of the commodities that it considers to be the most strategic.

Part (b) exempts countries from taking otherwise prohibited actions related to the transfer of raw or refined nuclear material, the traffic in weapons and other tools of war, and other steps taken during times of war or other international emergencies. Contracting parties have invoked these provisions in a range of situations. In 1975, the Swedish government used the spirit of Article XXI to defend an import-quota on certain types of shoes, borrowing language from part (b)(iii) in formal documentation. It believed that low domestic production had threatened the countrys ability to secure the provision of essential products necessary to meet basic needs in case of war or other conflict in international relations. In another case, the United States raised the provisions to justify a trade ban against the Sandinista Nicaraguan government in 1985.

Part (c) applies narrowly to grant immunity from arbitration to countries that impose trade restrictions as a component of U.N. authorized sanctions regimes or other tools of international economic statecraft. Countries sometimes cite it to explain low trade levels with sanctioned countries on balance-of-payments documentation.

 

What counts as a security interest?

The drafting commissions recognized that ultimately, avoiding abuse depended on the restraint of WTO members. Countries on the receiving end of perceived unfair national security-related trade barriers unsurprisingly tend to argue for narrow interpretations of national security interests and urge caution when invoking the exceptions. The GATT and WTO, however, have generally interpreted the provision to mean that no WTO Member nor group of Members, and no WTO panel or other adjudicatory body, has any right to determine whether a measure taken by a sanctioning member satisfies the requirements.

The lack of reviewability does not prevent public criticism for expansive definitions of essential security intereststhe international community harshly criticized Sweden for the aforementioned footwear case. Still, the fact remains that contracting parties enjoy something approaching immunity from WTO review when exercising their national security prerogatives.

Probably the most prominent articulation of the self-judging nature of Article XXI was in a 1961 dispute between Ghana and Portugal. Ghana, a party to the GATT, cited Article XXI(b)(iii) as justification to boycott goods from Portugal, whose colonial government in Angola was at war with several revolutionary groups. Ghana justified an embargo against Portugal, arguing that “under this Article each contracting party was the sole judge of what was necessary in its essential security interest. There could therefore be no objection to Ghana regarding the boycott of goods as justified by security interests.” The understanding from 1961 remains the same today: individual countries are their own judges for the purposes of the national security exception.

 

Where does that leave President Trumps steel plan?

That Article XXI is a self-judging provision raises the stakes of if and how the president chooses to use it. Even if Axios is right to say that the provision will not help in the current China dumping matter, the history of the exception suggests it probably serves U.S. interests best by remaining obscure. But like so many domestic and international norms that past presidents have observed, the notion that the national security exception will remain an exception is not a matter of law but of the White Houses calculation and judgment. The future of the current system of international trade may hang in the balance.

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trump as putin’s puppet – Google News: Putin’s No Good, But Where’s the Alternative? – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Putin’s No Good, But Where’s the Alternative?
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Donald Trump. In Russia, it was just two middle-aged men without any power and with dubious political futures, moderated by the former editor of a liberal TV channel. Nonetheless, hundreds of thousands tuned in live, and some 1.5 million had watchedand more »

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Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Omission of Online Ads From the Law Could Impact Investigation Into Election Interference – Bigger Law Firm Magazine
 

Omission of Online Ads From the Law Could Impact Investigation Into Election Interference
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Lawyers also think that the omission of online ads could pose a possible challenge for those involved in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election of 2016. Since 1974, the United States has forbidden foreign and more »

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Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides
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Mueller Can Pursue Whatever Crimes He Uncovers
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Trump later acknowledged publicly that Comey was fired because of the federal investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and what U.S. intelligence agencies have said was a Russian effort to help Trump win the 2016 
Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probeCBS News
Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigationWashington Post
Trump legal team looking to investigate Robert Mueller’s investigative teamChicago Tribune
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russian organized crime in us – Google News: 5 things to know about money laundering – CBS News
 


Slate Magazine (blog)
5 things to know about money laundering
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What type of money laundering is tied to Russia? One of the biggest scams was the so-called “Russian Laundromat,” a scheme uncovered by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an investigative reporting group. The RussianLaundromat …
Maybe What Russia Wants From Trump Is Permission to Launder Its Dirty MoneySlate Magazine (blog)
The Closer Mueller Probe Gets To Trump, The More He CracksTPM
Under Fire, Trump Rages Against His Russia InvestigatorsVanity Fair
The Nation. –Daily Mail –Roughly Explained (blog) –Washington Post
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michael flynn – Google News: Former Trump Adviser Flynn Consulting Again, Says Brother – U.S. News & World Report
 

Former Trump Adviser Flynn Consulting Again, Says Brother
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1, 2017 file photo, tne-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms and more »

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Donald Trump | The Guardian: White House holds press briefing after Sean Spicer quits live updates
 

Heres Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Slow news day? she cracks. Nobody laughs. Camera shutters click.

Related: Trump’s ‘Made in America’ week: the president’s hypocrisy is on display

Wonder if @melissamccarthy is studying @Scaramucci tape?

SNL isnt back with new episodes until October, so maybe she should wait to see if he sticks?

Reuters has a camera on Spicers house, apparently. A la Comey.

Get a grip, Reuters.https://t.co/dRY7pt8m9r

This is real pic.twitter.com/sSyMf0mWK7

Heres Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, calling Trump a political hack and otherwise impugning him, with good old New York vigor, a couple years ago #communication:

Scaramucci on Trump, Aug 2015: a hack anti-American bullies association dont like the way he talks about women https://t.co/s8BW4RPloK pic.twitter.com/fvEtTiW2Eo

Slow clap:

I won’t believe Sean Spicer resigned until he denies it.

Why was Scaramuccis hiring the last straw for Spicer, after everything else?

Spicer was fine with all the lying, chaos, corruption and personal embarrassment but the new communications director was a bridge too far?

This is the hill you die on?

The things these guys choose to care about are beyond me. https://t.co/ujpxsXLNE6

This tweet about the very high rate of turnover very early on in the Trump administration does not even take into account the musical chairs of lawyers they have going:

By August, this admin will have seen departures of NSA, deputy COS, comms director, press sect and VP’s COS. Fwiw, that’s not normal.

Two of these amigos are reported to strenuously object to the third:

BREAKING: @seanhannity will now be speaking with Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci on his show tonight on FOX News https://t.co/PnA2S80yo2

Addressing his resignation, Spicer has said that the White House was at a point where Trump could benefit from a clean slate, AP reports.

BREAKING: Press secretary Sean Spicer on his resignation: White House at point where Trump “could benefit from a clean slate.”

It began like a hurricane as he ranted at reporters and, channeling his masters voice, declared war on reality itself. It ended exactly half a year later, petering out like a drizzle of rain.

Sean Spicer quit as White House press secretary on Friday after it became clear Donald Trump was hiring Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.

Related: Sean Spicer quits and the world loses another reality TV celebrity

Heres a video feed of the room well stick it atop the blog too:

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 21 July 2017 White House press briefing, scheduled to begin at 2pm ET.

Out of habit we almost typed daily press briefing, but the fact is that the White House has not had one of these, on-camera, for three weeks.

Related: A history of Sean Spicer’s gaffes as White House press secretary

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Donald Trump | The Guardian

Elections 2016 Investigation videos – Google News: White House, Dems Work The Referees In Public Battle Over Russia Probes – NPR
 


Malay Mail Online
White House, Dems Work The Referees In Public Battle Over Russia Probes
NPR
The White House also is compiling dirt on the team of lawyers and other staffers who have joined Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Trump’s potential connections to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election 
Can Mueller do that? Inquiry now crosses Trump’s ‘red line’ (VIDEO)Malay Mail Online
Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe financesMiami Herald
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Elections 2016 Investigation videos – Google News

Trump Investigations: Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trumps business transactions / Boing Boing Friday July 21st, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business transactions / Boing Boing Friday July 21st, 2017 at 1:11 PM Boing Boing 1 Share U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has widened his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mueller is looking into Trump’s financial dealings with with unsavory Russian businessman, including … Continue reading“Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business transactions / Boing Boing Friday July 21st, 2017 at 1:11 PM”Trump Investigations
Trump – Google News: Trump plans to nominate non-scientist to head science at USDA – CNN
 


CNN
Trump plans to nominate non-scientist to head science at USDA
CNN
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump plans to nominate his longtime campaign aide Sam Clovis to head science at the US Department of Agriculture, despite the fact that Clovis lacks a background in science and a congressional rule maintains that the …and more »

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Trump Investigations: 2:20 PM 7/21/2017 Links Review

Trump – 7.21.17 6:36 AM 7/21/2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump for Russian money laundering | Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trumps Legal Team Trump Investigations Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States: Trump and money laundering News … Continue reading“2:20 PM 7/21/2017 – Links Review”

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michael flynn – Google News: An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House – Miami Herald
 


Washington Post
An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House
Miami Herald
Yates was also pivotal in drawing the White House’s attention to national security adviser Michael Flynn’s apparent misrepresentations of his conversations with the Russian ambassador. Feb. 13. Michael Flynn resigns after 23 days on the job. Flynn’s …
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Trump FBI file – Google News: An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House – Sacramento Bee
 


CBC.ca
An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House
Sacramento Bee
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District, refuses to comply and is fired. He’d been told by Trump that he could retain his position when the two met in November at Trump Tower. May 9. FBI director James Comey is fired by Trump.
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trump criminal investigation – Google News: Trump Can’t Escape the States – Slate Magazine
 


Slate Magazine
Trump Can’t Escape the States
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But if he were to issue a pardon in exchange for a bribe with criminal intent, he should be prosecuted for bribery. In this case, if Trump pardons with corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation, he should be impeached and prosecuted for obstruction 
How Donald Trump could pardon his family, or even himselfChicago Tribuneall 11 news articles »

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organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Trump Can’t Escape the States – Slate Magazine
 


Slate Magazine
Trump Can’t Escape the States
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… power under state criminal law. State attorneys general could use their quo warranto power to investigate the TrumpOrganization, fraud, and money laundering from Russian sources. A congressional committee, such as the SenateIntelligence Committee and more »

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Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties – The Guardian
 


The Guardian
Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties
The Guardian
Kaveladze, a 52-year-old executive at a Moscow-based property firm with ties to Trump, was found in 2000 to have created hundreds of shell companies for a $1.4bn scheme that US investigators suspected was used to launder Russian money through …
Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe financial ties to RussiaChicago Tribune
Congress likely to tie Trump’s hands on Russia sanctionsPolitico
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Putin Trump – Google News: Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia
Washington Post
After The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed the Trump administration’s recent decision to halt a CIA program to arm moderate Syrian rebels, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman accused it of playing right into the hands of VladimirPutin..and more »

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Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties

Irakly Kaveladzes partner Boris Goldstein was a Soviet-born banker whose ties to former KGB officials attracted interest from US investigators in the 1990sA Russian participant in the notorious meeting held by Donald Trumps son at Trump Tower last year had a business partner who was linked by US authorities to former Soviet intelligence officials.

Irakly Kaveladze was identified this week as the eighth attendee of the June 2016 meeting, which has become central to questions over Russian interference in last years presidential election.

Related: Eighth person at Trump Jr meeting was accused of money laundering

Related: Report that Trump considering pardons for family and aides is ‘disturbing’ – Democrats

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President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal. – Vox
 


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President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal.
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President Trump’s lawyers are exploring the potential uses of presidential pardons including whether the president can pardon himself as part of an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, according to a new 
Donald Trump Reportedly Has Asked His Lawyers If He’s Allowed to Pardon HimselfGQ Magazine
Ambrose: What Trump Jr.’s Russian adventure tells usDaily Commercial 
Can Donald Trump actually pardon himself?Salon
Washington PostSlate Magazine
 
President Trump Can Preemptively Pardon His Advisers And Family, But Will He?Forbes
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Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides – Federal Times
 

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides
Federal Times
The focus on potential conflicts with Mueller’s team may well be an effort to distract from snowballing federal and congressional investigations into possible election year coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia. While Trumphas assailed the … 

Why Sean Spicer Resigned: 5 Times He Didn’t Get Along With The Trump White House – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Why Sean Spicer Resigned: 5 Times He Didn’t Get Along With The Trump White House
Newsweek
The reported reason for now-former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s resignation Friday was President Donald Trump’s naming of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, according to The New York Times. But it’s quite obvious that …
Report: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resignsWKYC-TV
Sean Spicer Resigns As White House Press SecretaryHuffPost
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President Trump’s essentially unlimited pardon power, explained – Vox
 


Vox
President Trump’s essentially unlimited pardon power, explained
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President Andrew Johnson had pardoned Garland, and Garland argued that this shielded him from disbarment under the law. The Supreme Court agreed, … That being said, because most observers believe the president cannot be indicted while in office (and 
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The Closer Mueller Probe Gets To Trump, The More He CracksTPM
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Lavrov bewildered US special services give no facts of Russia’s meddling in US election – TASS
 

Lavrov bewildered US special services give no facts of Russia’s meddling in US election
TASS
MOSCOW, July 21. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is puzzled that the experienced intelligence and specialservices of the United States have failed to present to the public any facts of Russia’s meddling with the US presidential election and more »

Scaramucci is the perfect fit for Trump’s communications chief – CNBC
 


CNBC
Scaramucci is the perfect fit for Trump’s communications chief
CNBC
Remember that then-candidate Trump won the nomination by repeatedly embarrassing more than a dozen establishmentGOP candidates in the primary season with his brash rhetoric and large margins of victory. After he won the nomination last summer and …
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Russia V Trump: Latest Russian news Is Trump working with Putin for world domination?
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It emerged this week that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had another, previously undisclosed meeting on the end of a dinner at the G20. The Russian Foreign Minister has now told NBC News that the world leaders might have met even much more than …
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Is Trump Bad News for For Putin?
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When it emerged that Donald Trump had had a second, unscheduled and unsupervised chat with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, the media’s already-overstressed conspirometer dialed up to 11. But what if the real story now is less one of collusion … 
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Is Trump Bad News for For Putin?
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Anthony Scaramucci once called Donald Trump anti-American and a hack on Fox
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The politicians don’t want to go at Trump because he’s got a big mouth and he’s afraid he’s going to light ’em up on Fox and other places, but I’m not a politician. Bring it. You’re an inherited-money dude from Queens County. Bring it, Donald. Bring it.
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Senate Democrats were outraged when President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this May, calling the decision Nixonian and possibly part of a cover-up over Russian election interference. But they now appear to be doing little to stand in … 
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Donald Trump’s terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political career
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Donald Trump’s name is linked to steaks, hotels, vodka, and an isolationist political platform. Some of these ventures have succeeded, many have failed, and the last one has put him in the White House. Less known, however, is the time he tried to clone … 

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Sean Spicer resigns as Trump spokesman in latest White House shakeup
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Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with his administration’s agenda being overshadowed by the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and what he sees as the inability of the White House communications team to and more »

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Europe needn’t worry that proposed American sanctions on Russia will hit its gas supply
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President Trump is reportedly looking into using his pardon power in response to an expanding special counsel investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election. If he really did pardon his aides, his family or himself to … Trump can do so in 
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Heres Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Slow news day? she cracks. Nobody laughs. Camera shutters click.

Related: Trump’s ‘Made in America’ week: the president’s hypocrisy is on display

Wonder if @melissamccarthy is studying @Scaramucci tape?

SNL isnt back with new episodes until October, so maybe she should wait to see if he sticks?

Reuters has a camera on Spicers house, apparently. A la Comey.

Get a grip, Reuters.https://t.co/dRY7pt8m9r

This is real pic.twitter.com/sSyMf0mWK7

Heres Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, calling Trump a political hack and otherwise impugning him, with good old New York vigor, a couple years ago #communication:

Scaramucci on Trump, Aug 2015: a hack anti-American bullies association dont like the way he talks about women https://t.co/s8BW4RPloK pic.twitter.com/fvEtTiW2Eo

Slow clap:

I won’t believe Sean Spicer resigned until he denies it.

Why was Scaramuccis hiring the last straw for Spicer, after everything else?

Spicer was fine with all the lying, chaos, corruption and personal embarrassment but the new communications director was a bridge too far?

This is the hill you die on?

The things these guys choose to care about are beyond me. https://t.co/ujpxsXLNE6

This tweet about the very high rate of turnover very early on in the Trump administration does not even take into account the musical chairs of lawyers they have going:

By August, this admin will have seen departures of NSA, deputy COS, comms director, press sect and VP’s COS. Fwiw, that’s not normal.

Two of these amigos are reported to strenuously object to the third:

BREAKING: @seanhannity will now be speaking with Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci on his show tonight on FOX News https://t.co/PnA2S80yo2

Addressing his resignation, Spicer has said that the White House was at a point where Trump could benefit from a clean slate, AP reports.

BREAKING: Press secretary Sean Spicer on his resignation: White House at point where Trump “could benefit from a clean slate.”

It began like a hurricane as he ranted at reporters and, channeling his masters voice, declared war on reality itself. It ended exactly half a year later, petering out like a drizzle of rain.

Sean Spicer quit as White House press secretary on Friday after it became clear Donald Trump was hiring Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.

Related: Sean Spicer quits and the world loses another reality TV celebrity

Heres a video feed of the room well stick it atop the blog too:

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 21 July 2017 White House press briefing, scheduled to begin at 2pm ET.

Out of habit we almost typed daily press briefing, but the fact is that the White House has not had one of these, on-camera, for three weeks.

Related: A history of Sean Spicer’s gaffes as White House press secretary

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U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has widened his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mueller is looking into Trump’s financial dealings with with unsavory Russian businessman, including mobsters and corrupt Kremlin officials.

Mueller has his work cut out for him — the August/September issue of The New Republic has an in-depth article about Trump’s decades-long ties to Russian mafia.” Only someone brainwashed by ideology could read this article and not think Trump has been up to no good for a very long time.

From The New Republic’s press release:

In “Trump’s Russian Laundromat,” veteran journalist Craig Unger details how the Russian mafia has used the president’s properties—including Trump Tower and the Trump Taj Majal—as a way to launder money and hide assets. “Whether Trump knew it or not,” writes Unger, “Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.”

Based entirely on the extensive public record, the piece offers the most comprehensive overview of the deep debt that the president owes the Russian mafia. “The extent of Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia—and the degree to which he relied on them for his entire business model—is striking,” says Eric Bates, editor of the New Republic. “After reading this story, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the president continues to exhibit a deep loyalty to the world of shady Russian operatives who have invested vast sums in his properties.”

Trump’s lawyer says the new direction Mueller is moving leads to a forbidden zone. From Bloomberg:

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said on Thursday that he was unaware of the inquiry into Trump’s businesses by the two-months-old investigation and considered it beyond the scope of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be examining.

Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the Special counsel; are unrelated to the election of 2016 or any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and most importantly, are well beyond any Statute of Limitation imposed by the United States Code,” he wrote in an email.

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800x-1Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (left) and Dmitry Firtash (right)

As we noted earlier here and here, among the many dictators, despots, and shady foreigners who called Trump Tower home were members of the Russian Mafia with connections to Semion Mogilevich, said to be the most dangerous Mobster in the world.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Trump’s links to Russia, may also be taking an interest in Trump’s ties to Mogilevich, a man the FBI says is involved in weapons trafficking, contract murders, extortion, drug trafficking, and prostitution on an international scale.

As described in Wired, among the prosecutors and investigators hired by Mueller, is one Lisa Page:

Also, while the Special Counsel’s office has yet to make any formal announcements about Mueller’s team, it appears he has recruited an experienced Justice Department trial attorney, Lisa Page, a little-known figure outside the halls of Main Justice but one whose résumé boasts intriguing hints about where Mueller’s Russia investigation might lead. Page has deep experience with money laundering and organized crime cases, including investigations where she’s partnered with an FBI task force in Budapest, Hungary, that focuses on eastern European organized crime. That Budapest task force helped put together the still-unfolding money laundering case against Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash…

The hiring of Page, which was confirmed by a Mueller spokesman in The New York Times, gives the special counsel a team member with knowledge of not only Dmitry Firtash, but of the man who is believed to stand behind him: Semion Mogilevich.

Full disclosure: Firtash hired the Washington law firm Akin Gump to clear him of links to Mogilevich. I profiled Akin Gump partner Mark MacDougall in this 2008 piece.

Firtash, pictured above, made his fortune in the 2000s in the natural gas sector. In 2004, Firtash and a minority partner emerged with 50 percent ownership of a murky Swiss company called RosUkrEnergo (RUE). RUE extracts gas from Central Asia and acts an intermediary between Russia and Ukraine for the delivery of gas.  The other half of RUE is held by Gazprom, the gas giant controlled by the Russian government, which shows that Firtash has close ties with the Kremlin.

Billions of dollars flowed through RUE and some of that money was allegedly siphoned off by Semion Mogilevich, who U.S. government officials say (see here) is the man behind the curtain at the gas company. One of the few willing to say this publicly was Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, a political enemy of Firtash, who got thrown in jail for her troubles. Notably, Firtash’s stake in RUE remained a secret for two years.

Intelligence Online, a Paris-based news organization with deep sources in the spy world, published this handy chart of the Firtash/Mogilevich connections, under the headline “The Tip of the Mogilevich Iceberg:”

Mog:RUE

Firtash admitted to William Taylor, the US ambassador to the Ukraine, that he has had dealings with Mogilevich, according to a 2008 State Department cable leaked by Wikileaks:

(S) The Ambassador asked Firtash to address his alleged ties to Russian organized crime bosses like Semyon Mogilievich. Firtash answered that many Westerners do not understand what Ukraine was like after the break up of the Soviet Union, adding that when a government cannot rule effectively, the country is ruled by “the laws of the streets.” He noted that it was impossible to approach a government official for any reason without also meeting with an organized crime member at the same time. Firtash acknowledged that he needed, and received, permission from Mogilievich when he established various businesses, but he denied any close relationship to him.

And in this October 2009 press release, the FBI took note of Mogilevich’s control of natural gas supplies. “Through his extensive international criminal network, Mogilevich controls extensive natural gas pipelines in Eastern Europe,” the bureau wrote in a veiled reference to RUE.

The question is what is the nature of the relationship between Firtash and Mogilevich. Is it a thing of the past, as Firtash insists? Or is Firtash a front man for Mogilevich?

Presumably, the FBI — and, by extension, Lisa Page — knows the answer. The bureau has been investigating Firtash since 2006, according to The New York Times. A year before that, the FBI passed their counterparts in the Austrian police a confidential report naming Firtash as a “senior member” of the Semion Mogilevich Organization, according to a  2008 report by Roman Kupchinsky, an analyst with Radio Free Europe.

Page’s work in Budapest involved her deeply in the Firtash/Mogilevich world. The Wired article suggests she worked on the case that led to Firtash’s arrest in Vienna in 2014. Firtash was indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago on charges of plotting a bribery scheme to set up a $500 million titanium business in India. He remains free after a Russian billionaire friend posted bail of $174 million but cannot leave Austria.

And Budapest is also a home of sorts for Mogilevich. He resided in Budapest when he ran a pump-and-dump scheme through a publicly traded front company called YBM Magnex Inc. Mogilevich was indicted in 2003 on charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering in YBM Magnex.

So, what does this have to do with President Trump?

Firtash was a business partner of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was deeply involved in Ukrainian politics. Manafort advised Viktor Yanukovych on his successful 2010 campaign for the presidency of Ukraine. He resigned from the Trump campaign after The New York Times found a handwritten ledger showing that Yanukovych paid Manfort $12.7 million in cash.

While he was assisting Yanukovych, Manafort became business partners with Firtash. The two men explored developing a 65-floor tower on the site of the Drake Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

A 2011 lawsuit filed in New York by Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister, called this partnership between Firtash and Manafort a means of laundering the proceeds of gas deals between the Ukraine and Russia. Firtash says that the lawsuit was full of lies, but he confirmed to Bloomberg Businessweek that he did put $25 million in an escrow account for the developers of the Drake project that Manafort helped him set up. The deal collapsed and the tower was never built.

It’s a good bet to say that we only know a little of this story, which is buried in the files of the FBI and the US intelligence community. But Trump Tower’s role as a home away from home for Russian mobsters with Mogilevich and his unhinged, self-destructive reactions to anyone probing into Russia suggests that there is more, much more to come. Stay tuned.

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Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

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“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’ ” a close adviser said.

Fact Check: Do the political preferences of Mueller’s team risk its independence?

President Trump suggested the special prosecutor’s team might not be fair, impartial investigators because of previous political contributions, legal clients and personal friends. President Trump suggested the special prosecutor’s team might not be fair, impartial investigators. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

(Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.

A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.

Responding to this story on Friday after it was published late Thursday, one of Trump’s attorneys, John Dowd, said it was “not true” and “nonsense.”

“The President’s lawyers are cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller on behalf of the President,” he said.

Other advisers said the president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller’s probe could reach into his and his family’s finances.

Trump has been fuming about the probe in recent weeks as he has been informed about the legal questions that he and his family could face. His primary frustration centers on why allegations that his campaign coordinated with Russia should spread into scrutinizing many years of Trump dealmaking. He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.

Trump has repeatedly refused to make his tax returns public after first claiming he could not do so because he was under audit or after promising to release them after an IRS audit was completed. All presidents since Jimmy Carter have released their tax returns.

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Further adding to the challenges facing Trump’s outside lawyers, the team’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, resigned on Thursday, according to two people familiar with his departure. Corallo did not respond to immediate requests for comment.

“If you’re looking at Russian collusion, the president’s tax returns would be outside that investigation,” said a close adviser to the president.

Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s private lawyers, said in an interview Thursday that the president and his legal team are intent on making sure Mueller stays within the boundaries of his assignment as special counsel. He said they will complain directly to Mueller if necessary.

“The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel’s office and any changes in the scope of the investigation,” Sekulow said. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate. If there’s drifting, we’re going to object.”

Sekulow cited Bloomberg News reports that Mueller is scrutinizing some of Trump’s business dealings, including with a Russian oligarch who purchased a Palm Beach mansion from Trump for $95 million in 2008.

“They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago,” Sekulow said. “In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”

The president has long called the FBI investigation into his campaign’s possible coordination with the Russians a “witch hunt.” But now, Trump is coming face-to-face with a powerful investigative team that is able to study evidence of any crime it encounters in the probe — including tax fraud, lying to federal agents and interference in the investigation.

“This is Ken Starr times 1,000,” said one lawyer involved in the case, referring to the independent counsel who oversaw an investigation that eventually led to House impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. “Of course, it’s going to go into his finances.”

Following Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey — in part because of his displeasure with the FBI’s Russia investigation — Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in a written order. That order gave Mueller broad authority to investigate links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and any crimes committed in response to the investigation, such as perjury or obstruction of justice.

Mueller’s probe has already expanded to include an examination of whether Trump obstructed justice in his dealings with Comey, as well as the business activities of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.

Trump’s team could potentially challenge whether a broad probe of Trump’s finances prior to his candidacy could be considered a matter that arose “directly” from an inquiry into possible collusion with a foreign government.

The president’s legal representatives have also identified what they allege are several conflicts of interest facing Mueller, such as donations to Democrats by some of his prosecutors.

Another potential conflict claim is an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011, two White House advisers said. A spokesman for Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller, who was FBI director at the time, left the club.

Trump also took public aim on Wednesday at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, whose actions led to Mueller’s appointment. In an interview with the New York Times Wednesday, the president said he never would have nominated Sessions if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the case.

[Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump]

Some Republicans in frequent touch with the White House said they viewed the president’s decision to publicly air his disappointment with Sessions as a warning sign that the attorney general’s days were numbered. Several senior aides were described as “stunned” when Sessions announced Thursday morning he would stay on at the Justice Department.

Another Republican in touch with the administration described the public steps as part of a broader effort aimed at “laying the groundwork to fire” Mueller.

“Who attacks their entire Justice Department?” this person said. “It’s insane.”

Law enforcement officials described Sessions as increasingly distant from the White House and the FBI because of the strains of the Russia investigation.

Traditionally, Justice Department leaders have sought to maintain a certain degree of autonomy from the White House as a means of ensuring prosecutorial independence.

But Sessions’s situation is more unusual, law enforcement officials said, because he has angered the president for apparently being too independent while also angering many at the FBI for his role in the president’s firing of Comey.

As a result, there is far less communication among those three key parts of the government than in years past, several officials said.

Currently, the discussions of pardoning authority by Trump’s legal team are purely theoretical, according to two people familiar with the ongoing conversations. But if Trump pardoned himself in the face of the ongoing Mueller investigation, it would set off a legal and political firestorm, first around the question of whether a president can use the constitutional pardon power in that way.

“This is a fiercely debated but unresolved legal question,” said Brian C. Kalt, a constitutional law expert at Michigan State University who has written extensively on the question.

The power to pardon is granted to the president in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, which gives the commander in chief the power to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” That means pardon authority extends to federal criminal prosecution but not to state level or impeachment inquiries.

No president has sought to pardon himself, so no courts have reviewed it. Although Kalt says the weight of the law argues against a president pardoning himself, he says the question is open and predicts such an action would move through the courts all the way to the Supreme Court.

“There is no predicting what would happen,” said Kalt, author of the book, “Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies.” It includes chapters on the ongoing debate over whether presidents can be prosecuted while in office and on whether a president can issue a pardon to himself.

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Other White House advisers have tried to temper Trump, urging him to simply cooperate with the probe and stay silent on his feelings about the investigation.

On Monday, lawyer Ty Cobb, newly brought into the White House to handle responses to the Russian probe, convened a meeting with the president and his team of lawyers, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Cobb, who is not yet on the White House payroll, was described as attempting to instill some discipline in how the White House handles queries about the case. But Trump surprised many of his aides by speaking at length about the probe to the New York Times two days later. Cobb, who officially joins the White House team at the end of the month, declined to comment for this article.

Some note that the Constitution does not explicitly prohibit a president from pardoning himself. On the other side, experts say that by definition a pardon is something you can only give to someone else. There is also a common-law canon that prohibits individuals from serving as a judge in their own case. “For example, we would not allow a judge to preside over his or her own trial,” Kalt said.

A president can pardon an individual at any point, including before the person is charged with a crime, and the scope of a presidential pardon can be very broad. President Gerald Ford pardoned former president Richard M. Nixon preemptively for offenses he “committed or may have committed” while in office.

Devlin Barrett and Sari Horwitz contributed to this report.

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Trump – 7.21.17

6:36 AM 7/21/2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump for Russian money laundering | Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team – Trump Investigations
“Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States”: Trump and money laundering – News Review – 7:19 AM 7/21/2017 – Trump Investigations
Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation – The Washington Post
Breaking: Special counsel investigating possible money laundering by Paul Manafort « Hot Air Headlines
Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia | Democracy Now!
Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trump’s Legal Team | Mediaite
Donald Trump’s History Lessons – The New York Times
trump money laundering – Google Search
Special Counsel Investigating Possible Money Laundering by Paul Manafort – Google Search
mueller has trump tax returns – Google Search
mueller has trump financial papers – Google Search
Trump Tower is Russian Mob Tower – Google Search
trump, putin, mob – Google Search
Trump 18% – Google Search
Trump sold his name for 18% – Google Search
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10:27 AM 7/21/2017 – Trump, Putin, and the Mob – News Review: Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia – Washington Post | Trump’s war with his Justice Department: Just his latest with major institutions and alliances – Los Angeles Times | Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probe – CBS News – Trump Investigations
10:33 AM 7/21/2017 – Trump News Review: Saved and Shared Articles: Trump reshuffling legal team – CNN | CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and ‘stick it to America’ | Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump for Russian money laundering – Trump Investigations
» trump, putin, mob – Google Search 21/07/17 09:27 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks mikenova shared this story from trump, putin, mob – Google News. Married to the Mob : Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What … Democracy Now! – 22 hours ago Without the Russian mafia , it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be… – Trump Investigations
Is Robert Mueller Examining Trump’s Links to Mogilevich? | TrumP Россия
Is Robert Mueller Examining Trump’s Links to Mogilevich? Friday July 21st, 2017 at 11:40 AM – Trump Investigations
Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business transactions / Boing Boing
Mike Nova – @mikenov: Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion – Trump Investigations
Saved Stories: Trump shakes up legal team in face of widening Russia probe – USA TODAY | Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Mueller is now looking into ties between Russia and Trump’s business transactions / Boing Boing – Trump Investigations

My Opinion – 7.21.17

Why Donald Trump and his circle were not investigated and prosecuted on money laundering charges earlier?! – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
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Rename the “Trump Tower” into the “Trump Russian Mob Tower”, just call the things what they are!  – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
Trump 18%: First Trump sold his name, at 18% commission. (I wouldn’t buy it for a penny.) Did he also sell his soul, his honor, and his country after it? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
Trump is “married to the Mob”: literally, figuratively, or both? – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion

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Trump – 7.20.17

Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions – Bloomberg
6:18 AM 7/20/2017 – Trump warns Mueller against investigating his family’s finances beyond Russia probe – The Hill |  Trump Is His Own Worst Enemy – New York Times |  Trump says Comey tried to ‘leverage’ dossier: report – The Hill |  Exce
Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation | Business | The Guardian
Big German Bank, Key to Trump’s Finances, Faces New Scrutiny – The New York Times
Excerpts From The Times’s Interview With Trump – The New York Times
Why Not Call It Treason?
Trump rages at Sessions in New York Times interview | Election 2016 Live | nwitimes.com
Louise Mensch’s Donald Trump & Russia Conspiracy Theories | National Review
Trump Is His Own Worst Enemy – The New York Times
Trump warns Mueller against investigating his family’s finances beyond Russia probe | TheHill
7:12 AM 7/20/2017 – Trump Links and News: Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation | Business | The Guardian | Big German Bank, Key to Trump’s Finances, Faces New Scrutiny – The New York Times – Trump Investigations
Did Trump Intend to Fire FBI Director James Comey All Along? | HuffPost
Trump’s favourite G20 dinner date? An authoritarian, of course | Lawrence Douglas | Opinion | The Guardian
The Russians at Trump Tower meeting – CNNPolitics.com
The Daily 202: Trump shows disdain for rule of law with new attacks on Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller – The Washington Post
Jared Kushner security clearance targeted by Debbie Wasserman Schultz – Business Insider
Jared Kushner Keeps Making the Russia Scandal So Much Worse
Michael Flynn Cooperating With FBI Russia Investigation, Senator Claims
The Trumps of Russia? How billionaire Agalarov family ended up in the spotlight | World news | The Guardian
10:12 AM 7/20/2017 – Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: The Trump Interview and DOJ Independence – Trump Investigations
Former intelligence chief Clapper: Trump Jr. meeting was ‘classic, textbook Soviet and now Russian statecraft’ | TheHill
Thursday July 20th, 2017 at 12:07 PM – Trump Investigations: Trump Links and News: Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas | AP Top News at 3:58 p.m. EDT: Russian-American at Trump Jr. meeting is ex-military officer by By ERIC TUCKER and STEPHEN BRAUN Friday
» Former Moscow Reporter Susan Glasser on the Books That Explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia – Freepress Online 20/07/17 12:46 from Saved Stories – None Former Moscow Reporter Susan Glasser on the Books That Explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia Freepres
3:21 PM 7/20/2017 – Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions – Bloomberg |  Trump set a red line for Robert Mueller. And now Mueller has reportedly crossed it. – The Washington Post |  Mueller Russia probe examines Trump business deali
Mueller Russia probe examines Trump business dealings – Business Insider
With Trump and Russia, it’s all about the money – The Washington Post
Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances – Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances Posted: Jul 20, 2017 5:08 AM EDT Updated: Jul 20, 2017 6:48 PM EDT
Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump | Vanity Fair
Trump set a red line for Robert Mueller. And now Mueller has reportedly crossed it. – The Washington Post
Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probe – CBS News
How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool | Vanity Fair

Trump – 7.19.17

7:25 AM 7/19/2017 – Recent Posts and Tweets – Trump Investigations
Six ways Trump is ‘dismantling’ the US after six months in office | US news | The Guardian
SECRET TRUMP-PUTIN MEETING – The Early Edition: July 19, 2017 by Zoë Chapman – Trump Investigations
Ian Bremmer – Wikipedia
Ian Bremmer on Trump-Putin Meeting: Charlie Rose – Bloomberg
The Seven Circles of Donald Trump’s Russia Inferno | Foreign Policy
10:22 AM 7/19/2017 – Russia’s Info War on the U.S.: Over the past three years, Russia has implemented and run the most effective and efficient influence campaign in world history. – Russia’s Info War on the U.S. Started in 2014 – Trump Investigations
Trump Quietly Gives Putin What He Wants | commentary
Ike Kaveladze, Russian oligarch’s rep, identified as eighth participant at Trump Tower meeting – Washington Times

Trump – 7.18.17

6:57 PM 7/18/2017 – Trump Jr., ex-campaign head given nod to testify in Congress: Senator – Reuters – Trump Investigations
How Steve Bannon and Donald Trump Rode the Honey Badger Into the White House – The New York Times
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Everywhere You Look, We’ve Downgraded Real Problems Into Mere ‘Issues’ – The New York Times
Eighth person at Trump Jr meeting was accused of money laundering | World news | The Guardian
Ian Bremmer: Trump, Putin held second informal meeting at G-20 | TheHill
Senate intel panel wants to interview everyone at Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting
15 Gross Things White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon Has Said | HuffPost
Report: Prosecutors demand records on Chicago bank’s loans to Paul Manafort – Chicago Tribune
The Latest Confirmed Attendee Of The Don Jr. Meeting Is Believed To Have Overseen Massive Russian Money Laundering SchemesDon Jr. Meeting Attendee Ike Kaveladze Oversaw Money Laundering Scheme
The Agalarovs, Who Set Up the Trump-Russia Meeting, Are Selling Their Jersey Mansions – Mother Jones
» Trump set out to uproot Obama’s legacy; so far, that’s failed – Los Angeles Times 18/07/17 18:47 from Saved Stories – None Los Angeles Times Trump set out to uproot Obama’s legacy; so far, that’s failed Los Angeles Times Rarely has a pres
TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION The Early Edition: July 18, 2017 by Zoë Chapman – Trump Investigations
Ike Kaveladze, an employee of Russian developers Emin and Aras Agalarov, attended as the Agalarov’s representative the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, The Washington Post reports. – Lawfare – Hard Na
7:21 PM 7/18/2017 – Trump News Daily – Trump Investigations
Recent Posts – 7.18.17 – Trump Investigations
How Can Journalists Cross Cultural Divides in the Age of Trump? – Pacific Standard
Trump to nominate Huntsman as Russia ambassador: White House
Trump, Putin met for nearly an hour in second G20 meeting – CNNPolitics.com
Trump and Putin Held a Second, Undisclosed, Private Conversation – The New York Times
‘A timeline of treason” Watch Keith Olbermann connect the dots of Trump’s ties to Putin’s Russia
Watch ‘The Resistance’ with Keith Olbermann | GQ
Putin Is Helping Trump Because He Wants to Protect His Secret Stash of Money, Businessman Claims
Putin is helping Trump because he wants to protect his secret stash of money, a U.S. businessman claims http://www.newsweek. – Trump Investigations
(52) Trump had second G20 conversation with Putin – YouTube
(52) Donald Trump Jr: New Revelations Come To Light In Meeting | Morning Joe | MSNBC – YouTube
Trump and Putin had second secret meeting at G20 | Daily Mail Online
Juan Williams: Trump’s war on US intelligence | Fox News

7.16.17

How the Don Jr. meeting fits into the larger Putin game plan (opinion) – CNN.com
Milbank: ‘Rookie mistakes’ maturing into gross incompetence | The Columbian
Blog: Psychiatry professors call on Congress to impeach Trump
Poll finds Trump’s standing weakened since springtime – The Washington Post
Secret Service contradicts president’s lawyer in wake of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians – Chicago Tribune
CIA Director Pompeo Admits Convincing Trump Over Disproven Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization
8:47 PM 7/16/2017 – Trump News: How Has Supporting Trump Worked Out for Russia? – New York Magazine – Trump Investigations
How Has Supporting Trump Worked Out for Russia?
Trump’s ties to Russia are deep
Democrats say Trump Jr.’s meeting takes Russia probe to a ‘new level’ – Los Angeles Times | Germany’s Not Such a Great Candidate to Lead the Free World Either – Daily Beast | Trump’s ties to Russia are deep – Foster’s Daily Democrat | Leonard Pitts Jr.: What is wrong with Trump? – Manhattan Mercury – Trump Investigations
» Trump: Don Jr.’s Russia scandal is just fake news – NEWS.com.au 16/07/17 16:32 from Saved Stories – None NEWS.com.au Trump: Don Jr.’s Russia scandal is just fake news NEWS.com.au Sixty-six per cent of those surveyed said they don’t trust him to negotiate with world leaders or with Mr Putin , who the US intelligence community said directed t… – Trump Investigations

7.17.17

Trump Goes on Attack as Russia Revelations Appear to Take Toll – The New York Times
The Top Jobs in Trump’s Administration Are Mostly Vacant: Who’s to Blame? – The New York Times
Russia Isn’t Delivering for Donald Trump – The New York Times
Most Americans think Trump Jr.’s meeting was inappropriate — but few were newly convinced of collusion – The Washington Post
Donald Trump approval rating at 70-year low as Russia scandal swirls | US news | The Guardian
Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy? – The New York Times
Juan Williams: Trump’s war on U.S. intelligence | TheHill
A running list of Trumpland’s often-shifting stories on their Russia ties – Vox
Not A Game: Erdogan, Maduro, Trump And The Thirst For Power – Worldcrunch
How Impeachment Works, and Why Donald… – Trump Investigations
The Real Crimes of Russiagate, by Patrick Buchanan | Creators Syndicate
News about #TrumpRussia on Twitter
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Trump, mogilevich, putin – Google Search

7.21.17

Posts – 7.21.17

10:08 AM 7/21/2017 – We’re on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis – New Republic – Web World Times – wwtimes.com

My Opinions

Trump As Obama’s Legacy: It looks like the American people will be ready to fire Trump after he completes his mission of de-Obamafication, and their rage subsides | Special counsel submits his proposed budget, but won’t make it public Sunday July 9th, 2017 at 7: – The Web -WebWorldTimes.com
Comey The High Priest and Trump The Meddlesome King – The World Web Times – Home Page – wwtimes.com
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RUSSIA and THE WEST – РОССИЯ и ЗАПАД: Oh, Yeah, Put Some Lipstick On That Pig! Or: The Lessons Of Meddling – by Michael Novakhov
Who stole the 2016 US Presidential Elections? The Big Questions In The Age Of Chutzpah – The Web World Times – wwtimes.com
» “Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia” – M.N.: What’s the big news?! Kremlin believes this for about the last 100 years… 10/07/17 17:13 from Saved Stories – Shared Articles
Miosotis Familia’s murder is Russian Mafia’s response to Mueller’s investigation: “Here are my mouth and my ears for you. The Family-Bratva” https://t.co/g4XSiNoIVI – Shared Articles
Who stole the 2016 US Presidential Elections? The Big Questions In The Age Of Chutzpah – The Web World Times – wwtimes.com
The Russian Hope Eternal… – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
11:16 AM 7/19/2017 – Stop the “fake news” of all sorts and kinds and Russia’s Info War on the U.S.: introduce the Information Consumer Protection Bill. They say, that the truth is a daylight or the disinfectant: everyone benefits from it – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
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