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Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin
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WASHINGTON A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter 
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Palmer Report: After she bailed on Donald Trumps Asia trip, Melania mysteriously turned up alone in Alaska

During Donald Trump’s Asia trip, his wife Melania stayed behind in China while he traveled on to Vietnam to meet with Vladimir Putin. The official story was that she wanted to visit the zoo, which sounded suspect to begin with, particularly as it came out of nowhere without any public announcement in advance. Now we know that Melania traveled home from Asia by herself, and she ended up in Alaska of all places.Melania Trump stopped in Alaska on Friday, November 10th, on her way home from Asia. The official explanation was that her plane needed to refuel, and she used the time to visit an elementary school, according to a report from Alaska Public Media (link). This means that Melania didn’t merely take a few days away from Donald in order to visit a Chinese zoo, as the administration claimed at the time. In actuality she bailed on the entire remainder of Donald’s Asia trip, and she traveled home alone. There’s more.As Palmer Report pointed out at the time, something was very off about Melania’s decision to bail on Donald’s trip to begin with. The split wasn’t originally known to have been part of the schedule, and it came off like an arbitrary excuse. Just hours later, Donald posted his first reckless tweets of the entire trip, and they ended up being arguably his most berserk of all time (“haters and losers” and “short and fat” etc), suggesting that either she bailed because he’d gone off the deep end, or she bailed and it caused him to go off the deep end.

Now we know that Melania Trump didn’t just go to the zoo. She decided to get away from Donald Trump for the entire remainder of his Asia trip. It’s plausible that her plane really did need to refuel in Alaska, but at this point it sounds like she may have simply been looking for an excuse to stay away even longer. We’ll keep digging.

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Soon after Mr. Torshin’s outreach fizzled, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, arranged a meeting at Trump Tower after being told that a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin would bring damaging information about Mrs. Clinton to the meeting.
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Palmer Report: The guy behind the Trump-Russia dossier reveals how the Kremlin snuck money to Donald Trump

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele helped push Donald Trump’s Russia scandal into the public eye with his “Trump Russia dossier” which laid out how the Kremlin spent years cultivating and compromising Trump ahead of his run for president. The dossier was initially attacked by the American mainstream media in vicious fashion, but many of its claims have since proven true, and none of its claims have been proven false. Now Steele is revealing new information which could blow the entire scandal wide open.Steele, who is British, has long been hesitant to speak to American investigators or even set foot in the United States, perhaps out of fear of retaliation from Donald Trump. He recently spoke to British publication The Guardian about the Trump-Russia scandal, and shared a new clue which might end up revealing the entire puzzle (link). Steele said that the loan amounts don’t match up with the actual values of the hotel deals and land deals between Trump and Kremlin-tied investors.He didn’t go on to say which deals in particular he was referring to, but there are a number of possible explanations. For instance, he may have been referring to the Trump Soho real real estate deal in New York. The Trump Organization partnered with convicted Russian mafia money laundering figure Felix Sater on that deal. It’s also possible he may have been alluding the massive loans that Deutsche Bank has continued to float to Donald Trump over the years, even after he became a poor credit risk, and the fact that Deutsche Bank was busted this year for laundering Russian money.

In any case, while Christopher Steele’s Trump-Russia dossier is most popularly known for its still-unproven “Pee Pee Tape” allegation, other key aspects of his dossier have been proven true. His research is credible enough that his new “follow the money” reveal should be taken seriously.

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Palmer Report: This is going to be Donald Trumps most whacked out weekend yet

For mainstream Americans who are hoping the country survives the illegitimate reign of Donald Trump, the conundrum is whether or not they want him even trying to do the job. Everything he touches dies, so one theory is that we’re best off if he simply sits back and lazily does nothing at all. The problem is that when Trump isn’t focused on screwing up the job, and he has free time to himself, he tends to go looking for trouble. That’s why this weekend is going to be one of Trump’s most whacked out yet.Kyle Griffin, producer for MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, tweeted on Friday night that “Trump has no public events scheduled this weekend, according to the White House.” This cannot be good news for him. As Palmer Report recently pointed out (link), Trump’s recent lack of boorish tweets since he got back from his Asia trip suggests that he’s run out of gas. But even if he doesn’t go berserk on Twitter this weekend, evidence suggests that he’ll find other ways to get into trouble.Several months ago, after bad weather derailed his weekend golf outing, Donald Trump sat and stewed about the Trump-Russia investigation and had adviser Stephen Miller write a letter plotting the firing of FBI Director James Comey. That letter is now evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Trump.

Donald Trump is now at a low point in his already sinking tenure. His Asia trip went nowhere and seemed to physically and mentally break him. His son and son-in-law both managed to get into much deeper legal trouble in the Trump-Russia scandal while he was out of the country. Whether it ends up playing out in embarrassing public view or behind the scenes, this empty-schedule weekend is going to be one of Trump’s most whacked out yet.

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Just Security: Kushners Unsatisfactory Senate Document Production
 

The most incendiary part of a stinging letter from Senate Judiciary Committee leaders to Jared Kushners counsel, Abbe Lowell, is the committees disclosure that other parties have produced documents concerning a Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite which Mr. Kushner also forwarded.

That sounds like a major piece of evidence in the broader context of Russian election interference and allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia. However, it is impossible to assess the significance of the email referenced without more information. Who wrote that email? When was it written, i.e., how does it fit into the overall timeline of events? To whom was it sent when Kushner was copied? To whom did Kushner forward it? Who produced it to the committee? The committee has possession of the underlying email, but what Kushner did with it could reveal significant evidence that might not have been in the possession of the person who produced it.

In their letter to Lowell, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) accuse Kushner of failing to provide other documents also requested by the committee. In particular, they note that other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Mr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official. Additionally, other parties also produced email communications with Sergei Millian, on which Kushner was copied. Millian, a Belarus businessman, is apparently identified as Source D in Christopher Steeles dossier. They also note that Kushner has not produced any responsive phone records that we presume exist.

Beyond the Russia overture bombshell, their letter reveals several other dynamics at play in the congressional investigations of Russian interference.

A Bipartisan Show of Force. Of note, the letter is signed by both Grassley and Feinstein. A bipartisan committee leadership letter sends an unmistakable signal to Kushners team that the Senate Judiciary Committee is escalating its pressure. Grassleys participation brings with it a credible implicit threat of a subpoena. Under the committees rules, the Chairman of the Committee, with the agreement of the Ranking Member or by a vote of the Committee, may subpoena the attendance of a witness at a Committee or Subcommittee hearing or Committee deposition, or the production of memoranda, documents, records, or any other materials. The measured tone of the letter still presumes Lowells goodwill. (It appears that your search may have overlooked several documents.) While the Committees patience has been tried, it has not been lost.

The message is clear: Stop playing word games and conduct a thorough and diligent search, or else a subpoena will be forthcoming. The committee gave a two-week deadline of Nov. 27, 2017. Grassley and Feinstein may not react well to Lowells public statement in response to the letter, reported here. In it, Lowell argued Kushner had provided the committee with all relevant documents that had to do with Kushners calls, contacts, or meetings with Russians during the campaign and transition, which he characterizes as the sum of the committees request. That is clearly not how the committee interpreted its own document request.

Dawdling on Executive Privilege Non-ClaimsThe letter notes that Kushners team has raised concerns that certain documents might implicate the Presidents Executive Privilege and declined to produce those documents. Based on Lowells public statement Thursday, it sounds like Kushner has thus far declined to produce any documents from after the inauguration that are responsive to the committees request. The committee asks Lowell to work with White House counsel to resolve executive privilege claims or provide a privilege log describing the documents over which President Donald Trump is asserting executive privilege. As I have written previously, from the executive branch perspective executive privilege claims do not ripen for presidential determination until a document is compelled by subpoena, and even then not until the congressional committee has scheduled a contempt vote for noncompliance.   Therefore, I anticipate the only way the committee will ever hope to obtain access to those documents is by subpoenaing them, and then holding Kushner to account for failure to produce them by means of contempt. At that point, Trump will have to decide whether he is going assert privilege with all the attendant political consequences. That is an important decision that requires a legal and political defense. Unless Grassley holds up judicial nominations in return for document access (which is probably a nonstarter for a chairman who just tore up the century-old blue-slip process), the only way the committee can force the issue is by means of its powers of compulsion. With respect to an executive privilege log, should this ever escalate to subpoena enforcement litigation, an opinion in the Fast and Furious congressional subpoena litigation (my analysis here) indicates the court would likely expect Kushner and the White House to have provided a log during negotiations between the legislative and executive branches.

Inter-Committee Rivalries & Intramurals. Lowell appears to be making the understandable, but likely futile, attempt to limit Kushner from having multiple interviews with investigators. Grassley and Feinstein seek Kushners assistance in obtaining transcripts of his interviews with the House and Senate intelligence committees. It is clear that, notwithstanding Kushners consent, the intelligence committees have declined to provide transcripts to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Those committees, in particular, have authorities that prohibit sharing intelligence sources and methods with other senators. While all Senators have access to classified intelligence assessments, access to intelligence sources and methods, programs, and budgets is generally limited to Intelligence Committee members (and to members of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee). They also have rules restricting disclosure of sensitive documents to other committees without prior approval by the bipartisan committee leadership. The intelligence committees use their jurisdictional provisions to safeguard their access to the intelligence community but also to protect their turf from other perceived encroachments by other committees.

It will be interesting to watch how this burgeoning dispute unfolds. We should get some public indication as to the committees level of satisfaction with Kushners response after Nov. 27.

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Russia blocked the extension of the U.N. investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the Washington Post reported. Russias representative to the Security Council vetoed a resolution that the U.S. introduced to prolong the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), the U.N. probe created to find the responsible parties for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia had criticized the JIMs latest report for blaming the Syrian government for the April sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun. The investigations term expired on Thursday.China reiterated its position that the U.S. and South Korea should stop conducting joint military exercises in exchange for a freeze in North Korean nuclear testing, the Post reported. The White House said President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed to disagree about the proposed approach. Earlier this week, Trump said Xi had told him the freeze-for-freeze proposal would not work. In response, China insisted it still supported the proposal. Separately, North Koreas envoy to the U.N. said it would not begin negotiations about its nuclear program unless the U.S. and South Korea end their military exercises, according to Reuters. He also said he expected the U.S. to impose more sanctions in the coming months.Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the Trump campaign to obtain Russia-related documents from several top officials, the Wall Street Journal reported. Despite the Trump campaigns insistence that it is cooperating with the special counsel inquiry, in mid-October Muellers team issued an order requesting documents from at least a dozen senior campaign aides for documents and emails containing Russia-related keywords. Separately, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Jared Kushner received emails in September 2016 about Wikileaks and about a Russian overture, Politico reported. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein requested the emails in a letter they sent to Kushners attorney on Thursday.

George Papadopoulos bragged to Greek journalists last year about a phone call with Donald Trump relating to his role in the Trump campaign, Politico reported. The claims would contradict assertions from senior Trump campaign leaders, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Papadopoulos was not an important part of the campaign. Papadopoulos also told journalists in Greece that he was authorized to represent the campaign to foreign leaders.

Sergei Kislyak, Russias former ambassador to the United States, said he could not name all the Trump campaign officials he has met or spoken with, CNBC reported. In an interview with a Russian news channel, Kislyak said naming all Trump officials he had interactions with would take over twenty minutes. Kisylaks undisclosed meeting with Jeff Sessions prompted Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation last March.

A suicide bombing in Kabul killed twelve people in a blast near a meeting for one of the countrys leading political parties, the Post reported. The Islamic State issued an unsubstantiated claim of responsibility for the bombing while the Taliban denied involvement.

Saad Hariri, the recently-resigned former Lebanese prime minister, accepted an invitation to make an official visit to France, the Post reported. After meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Riyadh, Hariri said he would visit Paris soon. Lebanons president has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. On Wednesday, Hariri said he would return to Lebanon within two days, a deadline that has now expired. Frances president, Emmanuel Macron, emphasized that the French invitation was not an offer of political exile.

The Pentagon is developing plans for a ballistic missile that would violate the terms of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the Journal reported. U.S. officials said the proposed design is not intended for production but rather to showcase to Russia how the U.S. would respond if Russia continues to violate the INF Treaty. Top Defense Department officials have said that the Russian-deployed cruise missile is in breach of the treatys terms. For its part, Russia says U.S. missile defense systems in Europe are in violation of the agreement.

Cambodias Supreme Court dissolved the leading opposition party, consolidating power for Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to the Journal. The Prime Ministers government had sued the Cambodian National Rescue Party after accusing its leader of treason in connection with an alleged plot for a U.S.-backed coup. The Supreme Courts action makes Cambodia a one-party state; the high courts judges are widely viewed as allies of the prime minister, says the Journal. A European Union spokesperson said the move made Cambodias upcoming election process illegitimate.

A Human Rights Watch report said Myanmars military systematically raped Rohingya Muslim women and girls, the New York Times reported. The report, based on interviews with 52 Rohingya women and girls, said uniformed military personnel raped hundreds of people before and during attacks on Rohingya villages. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently called on Myanmar to investigate reports of atrocities committed by its security forces. A Times report from last month details, with graphic images and witness accounts, the atrocities that the military has perpetrated against the Rohingya. The U.N. has called the atrocities ethnic cleansing.

The Senate passed the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018, according to Reuters. The $700 billion defense spending bill will now go to the White House for the presidents signature or veto. Trump is expected to sign the bill.

Russias justice ministry warned U.S. media outlets they might have to register as foreign agents under the terms of a bill that will soon go to the upper house of Russias parliament, the BBC reported. The ministry warned outlets associated with Voice of America and Radio Free Europe that they could face restrictions on their operations if they fail to register under and abide by new regulations. The proposed law is in retaliation for the U.S. Department of Justices enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act on Russia-backed RT and Sputnik.

The State Department said the U.S. would consider removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to the Times. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said Sudans removal from the list was conditional on it making further progress in cooperation with the U.S. against terrorism and on human rights issues.

The New York Times Magazines Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal wrote about the uncounted civilian toll of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

 

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The former Russian ambassador at the heart of the TrumpRussia election meddling allegations said Wednesday it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the president’s former campaign team members he has spoken with, while again denying …
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