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Donald Trump: Anthony Scaramucci Fawns Over Trump At White House Press Briefing
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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
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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
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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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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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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

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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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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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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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