Just Security: The Early Edition: November 6, 2017 – Monday November 6th, 2017 at 10:39 AM
Enough evidence has been gathered by special counsel Robert Mueller to bring charges against Trumps former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn, according to sources familiar with the matter, investigators will be speaking to multiple witnesses to gather more information about Flynns lobbying work which has been under scrutiny for months due to the Flynn Intel Groups links to Russia. Julia Ainsley, Carol E. Lee and Ken Dilanian report at NBC News.
The Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has business connections with Russian President Vladimir Putins family and inner circle according to documents leaked over the weekend, known as the Paradise Papers, Ross did not fully disclose the financial ties during the confirmation process and the revelations come amid congressional investigations and Muellers investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Carol Morello reports at the Washington Post.
The revelations about Ross creates a potential conflict with his role in the administration and raises ethical concerns. Mike McIntre, Sasha Chavkin and Martha M. Hamilton report at the New York Times.
Secretary Ross misled me, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the American people, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in a statement yesterday, adding that the financial disclosures are like a Russian nesting doll, with blatant conflicts of interest carefully hidden within seemingly innocuous holding companies. Barney Jopson reports at the Financial Times.
The Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page met with Russian government officials during a trip to Moscow in July 2016, Page said in testimony to the House Intelligence Committee last week, contradicting previous accounts of his trip to Moscow, Mark Mazetti and Adam Goldman report at the New York Times.
The House Intelligence Committee has called on Trumps security chief Keith Schiller to testify tomorrow in relation to their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and lawmakers are expected to ask about the details contained in the dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Carol D. Leonnig and Greg Miller report at the Washington Post.
Kremlin finances supported Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to invest millions of dollars in Facebook and Twitter through the Russian state-controlled V.T.B. bank and the government-controlled Gazprom Investholding financial institution, however there has been no suggestion that Milner or his companies have direct connections to Russias online propaganda campaign. Jesse Drucker reports at the New York Times.
Milner invested $850,000 in a startup co-founded by Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner according to the Paradise Papers, a revelation that is likely to attract more questions about Kushners business ties and possible connections to the Kremlin. Andrew Desiderio reports at The Daily Beast.
At least nine Trump associates had contacts with Russian during the 2016 U.S. election campaign or the presidential transition, the documents that were released last week as part of the Trump campaign adviser George Papadopouloss guilty plea show that Muellers team has an interest in a range of individuals, however the question remains whether the connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian operatives amounted to a concerted Russian government campaign or were isolated coincidences. Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Carol D. Leonnig explain at the Washington Post.
The potential legal battles in the charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Rick Gates are set out by Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Gerstein at POLITICO.
The role of Gates has been under the spotlight and Michael Kranish and Tom Hamburger explain at the Washington Post how he has come to attention.
The importance of Josef Mifsud, the professor referred to in Trump campaign adviser George Papadopouloss guilty plea, and who offered to be a conduit between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, is analyzed by Griff Witte and Karla Adam at the Washington Post.