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Mueller’s latest request suggests trouble for Trump’s White House – MSNBC
Is Ivanka Trump a target of investigation now? It seems inevitable – Salon
Pro-Russia Czech President To Meet With Putin In Sochi – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
After Sutherland Springs, Congress takes steps to improve mental health care for veterans – Houston Chronicle
Mueller may be close to wrapping up a significant part of the Russia investigation – Business Insider
Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department – ABC News
Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation – ABC News
Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation – ABC News
An American Journalist Is Facing A Felony Trial This Week — In The United States
Confirmed: Robert Mueller knows about even more Trump-Russia meetings than the public does
Confirmed: Robert Mueller has far more Trump-Russia evidence than previously known
Insider: Donald Trumps staff panicking as Robert Mueller chews through them like Pac-Man
Mueller requested DOJ hand over documents related to Comey firing: report – The Hill
Clinton Believes Russian Disinformation, GOP Voter Suppression ‘Likely’ Cost Her Wisconsin
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Serbian PM insists Russian ties are no obstacle to EU membership – Financial Times
Donald Trumps ticking clock may expire after Thanksgiving
Report: Mueller’s Russia Probe Seeks Justice Department Emails on Comey Firing – Daily Beast
Robert Mueller is going after the Department of Justice to take down Donald Trump
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Should The FBI Be Abolished? – American Spectator
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The Early Edition: November 20, 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

White House aides have been divided in their assessment of the investigations into Trump-Russia ties, with some noting the progress of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation and anxious about the scope of the probe, and others more optimistic having taken on board the message of White House lawyer Ty Cobb that Muellers focus on the White House would conclude before or just after the new year. Ashley Parker and Carol D. Leonnig report at the Washington Post.

A senior Russian official proposed a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump in May 2016 through an email with the subject entitled Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite, according to a source who has seen the message. According to other sources, the presidents son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner sent a message to top Trump campaign officials rejecting the proposal, Matt Apuzzo, Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman report at the New York Times.

Kushner has been under increased scrutiny following the revelation by Senate Judiciary Committee leaders last week that he failed to turn over the document about the Russian backdoor overture, the latest revelations adding to the host questions that have been raised about Kushner, including the status of his security clearance and his role in the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Muellers team have issued a directive to the Justice Department within the past month calling on the department to turn over a range of documents that include material related to the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey and the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigations. Mike Levine reports at ABC News.

The publicist Rob Goldstone is ready to be interviewed by Muellers team, according to sources familiar with the matter. Goldstone helped to arrange a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., other key Trump campaign officials and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016, Robert Windrem reports at NBC News.

Social media and tech companies have increased their lobbying efforts amid increased scrutiny of their role in the 2016 U.S. election and the use of their online platforms by Russian operatives, Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

The editor in chief of the Kushner-owned and published New York Observer helped to arrange a no-holds-barred interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in October 2014, the interview was conducted by a freelance reporter for the Observer. Jenna McLaughlin explains the potential significance of the interview at Foreign Policy.

The five key things to know about the connections between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks are set out by Morgan Chalfant at the Hill.

A background to Trumps 1987 trip to Moscow is revealed by Luke Harding at POLITICO Magazine.

Did Putins attempts to influence the 2016 election pay off? Fred Hiatt asks at the Washington Post, arguing that Russia has successfully undermined the U.S. and its democracy over the last year.

NORTH KOREA

A special envoy for the Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed issues of mutual concern with senior North Korean officials at the weekend, according to North Koreas K.C.N.A. news agency, the conversations included the situation of the Korean Peninsula and region and bilateral relations. Choe Sang-hun reports at the New York Times.

There is a possibility that North Korea could fire an array of ballistic missiles this year to ratchet up its threats against the United States, a member of South Koreas parliamentary intelligence committee said today, following a briefing by Seouls National Intelligence Service. Hyonhee Shin reports at Reuters.

Trumps visit to South Korea actually led to an improvement in our bilateral relations, the chairperson of South Koreas Liberal Democratic Party said Friday, adding that the trip may have highlighted to the president the need for a peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times 

SYRIA

The Syrian army and its allies have retaken the town of Albu Kamal from the Islamic State group, a Hezbollah-run media unit said yesterday, the pro-government forces recapturing the town having lost it in a counter-attack earlier this month. There are now only a few pockets of Islamic State group held territories in Syria, Reuters reports.

The Syrian armys bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region killed at least 14 civilians on Saturday, the region near the capital of Damascus is supposed to be part of a de-escalation zone. The AFP reports.

Russia, Iran and Turkey-brokered de-escalation zones have not stopped siege and bombardment tactics against rebel-held areas carried out primarily by the Syrian army, leading to increased skepticism of the ceasefire deals which were reached this year in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Nada Homsi and Anne Barnard report at the New York Times.

Russia, Turkey and Iran are scheduled to meet on Wednesday in the Russian coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian civil war, the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov saying that only those three countries were included because they are the guarantors of the political settlement and stability and security that we see now in Syria. Al Jazeera reports.

A gathering in Saudi Arabias capital of Riyadh to discuss the future of Syria is scheduled to take place on the same day as the talks being hosted in Russia, the Riyadh talks will include up to 30 groups opposed to Assad. Patrick Wintour reports at the Guardian.

A commander in Irans Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) was killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State group, along with a lower-ranking fighter, according to Irans Fars news agency. Reuters reports.

Russias veto of the resolution renewing the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (J.I.M.) investigating chemical weapons use in Syria last week was a public embarrassment for the Trump administration and the failure of the resolution shows that the administration must be willing to do more than cede Syria to the Syria-Iran-Russia axis. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

The U.S. must acknowledge and then counter Irans strategy in Syria, which includes supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to retake all of Syria in order to advance Tehrans aim to establish a land bridge to Beirut a strategy that threatens U.S. national security interests. Josh Rogin writes at the Washington Post.

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

LEBANON

The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with the French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday amid increased speculation over his status in Saudi Arabia, Hariri resigned on Nov. 4 from the Saudi capital of Riyadh via a televised announcement citing Iran and Hezbollahs destructive role in Lebanon and the region as the reason for his decision. Alissa J. Rubin, Anne Barnard and Elian Peltier report at the New York Times.

I will be going to Beirut in the next few days, Hariri said Saturday, saying that he would clarify his status and discuss his resignation with the Lebanese President Michel Aoun. Erin Cunningham and James McAuley report at the Washington Post.

Hariri will travel to Egypt tomorrow to meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Hariris office said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

The Trump administration has been pushing for a swift resolution of the impasse in Lebanon so that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia can focus on the threat posed by Iran and its allies, the plans to deter Iran include ways to strengthen Saudi Arabias missile defense capabilities, Dion Nissenbaum and Felicia Schwartz report at the Wall Street Journal.

Saudi Arabia persuaded most of the 22 Arab League states to condemn Irans Hezbollah ally as a terrorist organization at an emergency meeting yesterday, the Bahraini Foreign Minister claimed at the gathering that Lebanon was subject to full control by Hezbollah. Ben Wedeman reports at CNN.

 We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, an Israeli minister and member of the security cabinet said yesterday, revealing secret dealings between Saudi Arabia and Israel amid concerns from both countries about the threat posed by Iran. Jeffrey Heller and Stephen Kalin report at Reuters.

The normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel without a resolution of the Palestinian issue will be detrimental to both Palestine and Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Fraihat writes at Al Jazeera, saying that the forthcoming plan devised by Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner would practically fragment the Saudi-sponsored 2002 Arab Peace Plan and that if the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues this strategy he risks delegitimizing Saudi Arabia in the Muslim world and playing into Irans hands.

IRAN

The Trump administration must start by looking at Irans role in Syria and Iraq if it seeks to limit Tehrans influence, Iran has overreached in Syria and does not have complete dominance in Iraq, and these provide the sites for strategic gains for the U.S. rather than Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain or the 2015 nuclear deal. Kenneth M. Pollack and Bilal Y. Saab write at the Wall Street Journal.

The Justice Department are preparing to announce criminal cases against Iran or Iranian nationals, some officials have expressed concern that the revelations are motivated by the Trump administrations desire for Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran. Devlin Barrett reports at the Washington Post.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

The Trump administration warned the Palestine Liberation Organization (P.L.O.) last week that it may have to close its office in Washington, the State Department saying that calls by the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in September for an investigation and the prosecution of Israeli officials through the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) violate conditions imposed by Congress. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

A decision to close the P.L.O. office would be an unprecedented step in the history of U.S.-Palestinian relations, Abbas said Saturday, saying that the move would have dangerous consequences for peace, a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office said it was a matter of U.S. law and that Israel would look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. to advance peace and security in the region. Loveday Morris and Carol Morello report at the Washington Post.

We will put on hold all our communications with this American administration, the senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Saturday in response to the decision, the AP reporting.

SOMALIA

The U.S. military has significantly increased its air campaign against al-Qaeda-backed al-Shabaab militants in Somalia over five days beginning Nov. 9, the increased efforts following a deadly truck attack in Mogadishu last month. Eric Schmitt reports at the New York Times.

The U.S. military presence in Somalia is the largest since the 1993 Black Hawk Down battle, the increase signaling a policy shift that includes the expansion of U.S. advise and support missions for Somali troops. Wesley Morgan reports at POLITICO.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

A recommendation to finance and sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government will be put forward to the president, according to a State Department official; if accepted it would mark a major shift in policy. Tara Palmeri reports at ABC News.

An analysis of the Trump administrations policy toward Cuba is provided by Melanie Zanona at the Hill.

U.S. governors, mayors and other leading figures have been building international partnerships while the Trump administration pursues its America first agenda, with cities increasingly bypassing national governments to conduct diplomacy, but leading to the possibility of an ever-greater divide between cosmopolitan centers and other parts of the country. Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has shown that business experience isnt easily transferable to government, the New York Times editorial board writes, citing concerns over Tillersons reorganization of the State Department, the poor morale in the Department, and the lack of coherent policy as reasons why his position may be questioned.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Gen. John Hyten said he would resist Trump if he ordered an illegal nuclear strike in comments to a security forum at the weekend, Reuters reporting.

Pressure from the Taliban on the Afghan Army has been affecting its ability to recruit, Najim Rashim and Mujib Mashal report at the New York Times.

The U.S. military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol after a fatal car crash yesterday, in which a Marine soldier reportedly had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. Anna Fifield reports at the Washington Post.

I should have left them in jail, Trump tweeted yesterday about the three college basketball players who were released from custody in China last week after being accused of shoplifting, making the comments after the father of one of the players minimized Trumps role in the players release. Gabriel T. Rubin reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The latest updates on the situation in Zimbabwe following last weeks military takeover are provided at Al Jazeera.

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Hicks was present during several moments leading up to Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James ComeyComey’s firing makes up the basis of an obstruction-of-justice case Mueller is building against Trump, and experts say that if Mueller is ready to …
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Trump, however, has openly expressed disdain for the federal probe, and since his days on the campaign trail he has questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s unanimous conclusion that Russia tried to meddle in last year’s presidential election.

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Next to the growing investigation into Russian meddling in the trump campaign. As the president’s son-in-law faces new questions about wikileaks. David Wright is at the white house tonight with the latest. Reporter: Tonight, the president’s son and son 
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An American Journalist Is Facing A Felony Trial This Week — In The United States

A photojournalist facing a criminal trial on several felony charges sounds like something that would happen in another country. So this article is written in the style that would be used if it did.

Confirmed: Robert Mueller knows about even more Trump-Russia meetings than the public does

All along, it’s appeared that Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows far more about Donald Trump’s Russia scandal than Congress, the media, or the public knows. Although Mueller keeps his cards close to the vest, his actions periodically suggest that he’s several steps ahead of the game. Now comes confirmation that Mueller knows about a whole new set of Trump-Russia meetings that are not yet public.

Buried all the way down in the fifteenth paragraph of a new Washington Post article, you’ll find this key revelation: “Witnesses questioned by Muellers team warn that investigators are asking about other foreign contacts and meetings that have not yet become public, and to expect a series of new revelations.” (link). In other words, this week the media managed to expose Donald Trump Jr’s contacts with WikiLeaks and Jared Kushner’s contacts with a suspected Russian mobster, and yet those are stillfar from the last of the Trump-Russia contacts that Mueller already knows about.

So just what are we looking at here? The WaPo article hints that many of the secret meetings involved Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who is reportedly on the verge of being arrested on a variety of charges which may include conspiracy to commit kidnapping (Flynn denies the charges). So even as the media has been recently exposing Trump-Russia meetings involving members of Donald Trump’s family, Robert Mueller is focused on Trump-Russia meetings of an entirely different nature.

Another remarkable part of the WaPo article in question is the revelation that Donald Trump and his attorney Ty Cobb are both insisting Robert Mueller’s investigation will be completed soon, and that Trump will be exonerated. That’s nothing short of delusional. Mueller is just getting started, and has only arrested three of the dozens of Trump-Russia players he’s targeting. Moreover, Mueller’s entire gameplan is based around getting these targets to flip on Trump himself. Trump isn’t just a target of the investigation; he’s the target.

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Confirmed: Robert Mueller has far more Trump-Russia evidence than previously known

Confirmed: Robert Mueller has far more Trump-Russia evidence than previously known

Confirmed: Robert Mueller has far more Trump-Russia evidence than previously known

Robert Mueller is WAY out ahead of the rest of us

Insider: Donald Trumps staff panicking as Robert Mueller chews through them like Pac-Man

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally managed to breach Donald Trump’s inner circle. It was revealed last week that he interviewed White House senior adviser Stephen Miller about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. Now it turns out Mueller is aggressively working his way through Trump’s top people as we speak, and it’s clearly making them nervous. In fact one insider says they’re panicking as Mueller kicks into high gear.

A Trump White House insider claims that Mueller is chewing through Trump’s senior staff “like Pac-Man” and that they’re all panicked about how deep the investigation is running, summing it up by saying that “its going to be a long winter,” according to a new Washington Post report (link). That same article points to Hope Hicks and Don McGahn as being Mueller’s next two targets, which offers some hints about what Mueller is specifically pursuing.

Hope Hicks is essentially the gatekeeper for Donald Trump himself, filtering his emails and deciding what to loop him in on. This week it was revealed that Hicks was aware of Donald Trump Jr’s ongoing coordination with WikiLeaks, which means almost for certain that Donald Trump knew. Hicks will have to decide whether to admit to Mueller that Trump knew, or commit obstruction of justice by refusing to truthfully answer the question. White House counsel Don McGahn nixed a letter that Trump and Miller wrote justifying the firing of FBI Director James Comey. McGahn will have to decide whether to risk incriminating Trump, or risk incriminating himself. He does not share attorney-client privilege with Trump.

It’s important to keep in mind that Robert Mueller has consistently been several steps ahead of the media and the public when it comes to these matters. For instance it was widely reported by the media that Mueller’s first White House senior staff target would be Hope Hicks. Then it was later revealed that Mueller had already interviewed Stephen Miller instead. The “Pac-Man” reference strongly suggests that Mueller has already interviewed far more of Trump’s inner circle than is publicly known.

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Serbian PM insists Russian ties are no obstacle to EU membership – Financial Times


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Donald Trumps ticking clock may expire after Thanksgiving

Since the start of Donald Trump’s illegitimate and toxically unpopular presidency, the public has asked the same question every day: why hasn’t he been ousted yet? The simple answer is that because his approval rating hasn’t yet dropped into the twenties, the Republican-controlled Congress doesn’t feel like it has to oust him. But the main reason they’ve been keeping him around may be about to expire.

The Republican Congress is still trying to find a way to pass its tax scam legislation for the wealthy. But up to this point, every major piece of legislation it’s attempted has failed, partly due to Trump’s instability and unpopularity. The real reason the GOP wants Trump to remain in place: it’s been allowing the party to ram through the appointment of several conservative federal judges. However, according to Axios (link), that streak may be about to end after Thanksgiving.

In fact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been ramming through the confirmations of these judges as quickly as he can. Trump’s instability means that he could self destruct on his own at any minute and once he does, the focus will be on his demise and ouster, making Senate confirmations more difficult. But even if Trump doesn’t self destruct, the Republicans in Congress are increasingly uneasy about the idea of leaving him in power as they head into the midterms. They just got wiped out across the nation in the November 2017 elections, as a direct result of Trump’s unpopularity.

Once the Republican Congress finishes ramming through its judges after Thanksgiving, it’ll be in position to strategically throw Donald Trump overboard. Once he’s out the door, Trump’s crimes in the Russia scandal will no longer directly be the party’s problem. The GOP’s haste with confirmations, a process which now appears to be reaching its conclusion, suggests that it may be ready to oust Trump soon. Tick tock.

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Robert Mueller is going after the Department of Justice to take down Donald Trump

A few days ago, it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the Donald Trump campaign a month ago. It served as a reminder that Mueller is always several steps ahead of the media and the public. It also demonstrates that Mueller is going directly after Trump himself, and not merely settling for taking down Trump’s underlings. Now another new development points to how Mueller plans to get to Trump.

Mueller has requested a treasure trove of documents from the Department of Justice which relate to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, according to an ABC News report (link). This means Mueller is targeting Trump for obstruction of justice. It also suggests that Mueller may be targeting Sessions for some criminal charge related to the reason he had to recuse himself.

The article in question makes no reference to subpoenas, which means that as of yet, the DOJ hasn’t said no to anything Mueller is requesting. Ironically, because Sessions has recused himself, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will make any decisions on what evidence to turn over, meaning Sessions can’t prevent incriminating evidence against himself from being turned over. Rosenstein can be counted on to cooperate with Mueller, as it was Rosenstein who appointed Mueller to begin with.

Although Robert Mueller can be counted on to pursue every possible criminal charge against Donald Trump, ranging from conspiracy against the United States to money laundering on down, proving obstruction of justice will likely be his quickest and most efficient path for establishing Trump’s criminal nature. Now we know that Mueller is going after the Department of Justice to not only prove Trump guilty of obstruction of justice, but likely to take down Jeff Sessions as well.

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Pro-Russia Czech President To Meet With Putin In Sochi
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In 2016, he blasted the United States for its illegitimate involvement in Syria’s civil war, while praising Russia’s antiterror campaign in the Middle East country. … He is expected to seek reelection in the presidential election scheduled for  

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Mueller may be close to wrapping up a significant part of the Russia investigation
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Hicks was present during several moments leading up to Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James ComeyComey’s firing makes up the basis of an obstruction-of-justice case Mueller is building against Trump, and experts say that if Mueller is ready to …
Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice DepartmentABC Newsall 6 news articles »

Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department – ABC News
 

Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department
ABC News
Trump, however, has openly expressed disdain for the federal probe, and since his days on the campaign trail he has questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s unanimous conclusion that Russia tried to meddle in last year’s presidential election.and more »

Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation – ABC News
 


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Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation
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Next to the growing investigation into Russian meddling in the trump campaign. As the president’s son-in-law faces new questions about wikileaks. David Wright is at the white house tonight with the latest. Reporter: Tonight, the president’s son and son 
British publicist who arranged Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer breaks silence on collusion claimsThe Independent
Rob Goldstone comes clean over Donald Trump and dirt on Hillary ClintonThe Timesall 17 news articles »

 Donald Trump – Google News

Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation – ABC News
 


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Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation
ABC News
Next to the growing investigation into Russian meddling in the trump campaign. As the president’s son-in-law faces new questions about wikileaks. David Wright is at the white house tonight with the latest. Reporter: Tonight, the president’s son and son 
British publicist who arranged Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer breaks silence on collusion claimsThe Independent
Rob Goldstone comes clean over Donald Trump and dirt on Hillary ClintonThe Timesall 17 news articles »

An American Journalist Is Facing A Felony Trial This Week — In The United States

A photojournalist facing a criminal trial on several felony charges sounds like something that would happen in another country. So this article is written in the style that would be used if it did.
Confirmed: Robert Mueller knows about even more Trump-Russia meetings than the public does

All along, it’s appeared that Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows far more about Donald Trump’s Russia scandal than Congress, the media, or the public knows. Although Mueller keeps his cards close to the vest, his actions periodically suggest that he’s several steps ahead of the game. Now comes confirmation that Mueller knows about a whole new set of Trump-Russia meetings that are not yet public.Buried all the way down in the fifteenth paragraph of a new Washington Post article, you’ll find this key revelation: “Witnesses questioned by Muellers team warn that investigators are asking about other foreign contacts and meetings that have not yet become public, and to expect a series of new revelations.” (link). In other words, this week the media managed to expose Donald Trump Jr’s contacts with WikiLeaks and Jared Kushner’s contacts with a suspected Russian mobster, and yet those are stillfar from the last of the Trump-Russia contacts that Mueller already knows about.

So just what are we looking at here? The WaPo article hints that many of the secret meetings involved Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who is reportedly on the verge of being arrested on a variety of charges which may include conspiracy to commit kidnapping (Flynn denies the charges). So even as the media has been recently exposing Trump-Russia meetings involving members of Donald Trump’s family, Robert Mueller is focused on Trump-Russia meetings of an entirely different nature.

Another remarkable part of the WaPo article in question is the revelation that Donald Trump and his attorney Ty Cobb are both insisting Robert Mueller’s investigation will be completed soon, and that Trump will be exonerated. That’s nothing short of delusional. Mueller is just getting started, and has only arrested three of the dozens of Trump-Russia players he’s targeting. Moreover, Mueller’s entire gameplan is based around getting these targets to flip on Trump himself. Trump isn’t just a target of the investigation; he’s the target.

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Confirmed: Robert Mueller has far more Trump-Russia evidence than previously known

Confirmed: Robert Mueller has far more Trump-Russia evidence than previously knownConfirmed: Robert Mueller has far more Trump-Russia evidence than previously known

Robert Mueller is WAY out ahead of the rest of us
Insider: Donald Trumps staff panicking as Robert Mueller chews through them like Pac-Man

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally managed to breach Donald Trump’s inner circle. It was revealed last week that he interviewed White House senior adviser Stephen Miller about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. Now it turns out Mueller is aggressively working his way through Trump’s top people as we speak, and it’s clearly making them nervous. In fact one insider says they’re panicking as Mueller kicks into high gear.A Trump White House insider claims that Mueller is chewing through Trump’s senior staff “like Pac-Man” and that they’re all panicked about how deep the investigation is running, summing it up by saying that “its going to be a long winter,” according to a new Washington Post report (link). That same article points to Hope Hicks and Don McGahn as being Mueller’s next two targets, which offers some hints about what Mueller is specifically pursuing.

Hope Hicks is essentially the gatekeeper for Donald Trump himself, filtering his emails and deciding what to loop him in on. This week it was revealed that Hicks was aware of Donald Trump Jr’s ongoing coordination with WikiLeaks, which means almost for certain that Donald Trump knew. Hicks will have to decide whether to admit to Mueller that Trump knew, or commit obstruction of justice by refusing to truthfully answer the question. White House counsel Don McGahn nixed a letter that Trump and Miller wrote justifying the firing of FBI Director James Comey. McGahn will have to decide whether to risk incriminating Trump, or risk incriminating himself. He does not share attorney-client privilege with Trump.

It’s important to keep in mind that Robert Mueller has consistently been several steps ahead of the media and the public when it comes to these matters. For instance it was widely reported by the media that Mueller’s first White House senior staff target would be Hope Hicks. Then it was later revealed that Mueller had already interviewed Stephen Miller instead. The “Pac-Man” reference strongly suggests that Mueller has already interviewed far more of Trump’s inner circle than is publicly known.

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Mueller requested DOJ hand over documents related to Comey firing: report – The Hill
 


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Clinton Believes Russian Disinformation, GOP Voter Suppression ‘Likely’ Cost Her Wisconsin

There are “lots of questions” about the “legitimacy” of Trump’s victory, she says in an interview.
Insider: Donald Trumps staff panicking as Robert Mueller chews through them “like Pac-Man”

Insider: Donald Trumps staff panicking as Robert Mueller chews through them “like Pac-Man”Insider: Donald Trumps staff panicking as Robert Mueller chews through them “like Pac-Man”

Robert Mueller is far ahead of what was previously known
Serbian PM insists Russian ties are no obstacle to EU membership – Financial Times
 


Financial Times
Serbian PM insists Russian ties are no obstacle to EU membership
Financial Times
European officials who are increasingly wary of Russia’s influence in the Balkans accuse Moscow of stoking unrest in the region and view Belgrade’s east-west balancing act warily. The US is also urging clarity from Belgrade on its strategic and more »

Donald Trumps ticking clock may expire after Thanksgiving

Since the start of Donald Trump’s illegitimate and toxically unpopular presidency, the public has asked the same question every day: why hasn’t he been ousted yet? The simple answer is that because his approval rating hasn’t yet dropped into the twenties, the Republican-controlled Congress doesn’t feel like it has to oust him. But the main reason they’ve been keeping him around may be about to expire.The Republican Congress is still trying to find a way to pass its tax scam legislation for the wealthy. But up to this point, every major piece of legislation it’s attempted has failed, partly due to Trump’s instability and unpopularity. The real reason the GOP wants Trump to remain in place: it’s been allowing the party to ram through the appointment of several conservative federal judges. However, according to Axios (link), that streak may be about to end after Thanksgiving.

In fact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been ramming through the confirmations of these judges as quickly as he can. Trump’s instability means that he could self destruct on his own at any minute and once he does, the focus will be on his demise and ouster, making Senate confirmations more difficult. But even if Trump doesn’t self destruct, the Republicans in Congress are increasingly uneasy about the idea of leaving him in power as they head into the midterms. They just got wiped out across the nation in the November 2017 elections, as a direct result of Trump’s unpopularity.

Once the Republican Congress finishes ramming through its judges after Thanksgiving, it’ll be in position to strategically throw Donald Trump overboard. Once he’s out the door, Trump’s crimes in the Russia scandal will no longer directly be the party’s problem. The GOP’s haste with confirmations, a process which now appears to be reaching its conclusion, suggests that it may be ready to oust Trump soon. Tick tock.

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Report: Mueller’s Russia Probe Seeks Justice Department Emails on Comey Firing – Daily Beast
 


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Report: Mueller’s Russia Probe Seeks Justice Department Emails on Comey Firing
Daily Beast
Investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia election collusion probe have directed the Justice Department to hand over communications on former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, ABC News reports. Citing a source familiar with the matter
Mueller requested DOJ hand over documents related to Comey firing: reportThe Hill
Mueller Wants to Know More About the Justice Department’s Role in Comey’s FiringNew York Magazine
Mueller asks Justice Department to hand over documents about Comey’s firing: reportNew York Daily News
Business InsiderABC News The Independent
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Robert Mueller is going after the Department of Justice to take down Donald Trump

A few days ago, it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the Donald Trump campaign a month ago. It served as a reminder that Mueller is always several steps ahead of the media and the public. It also demonstrates that Mueller is going directly after Trump himself, and not merely settling for taking down Trump’s underlings. Now another new development points to how Mueller plans to get to Trump.Mueller has requested a treasure trove of documents from the Department of Justice which relate to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, according to an ABC News report (link). This means Mueller is targeting Trump for obstruction of justice. It also suggests that Mueller may be targeting Sessions for some criminal charge related to the reason he had to recuse himself.

The article in question makes no reference to subpoenas, which means that as of yet, the DOJ hasn’t said no to anything Mueller is requesting. Ironically, because Sessions has recused himself, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will make any decisions on what evidence to turn over, meaning Sessions can’t prevent incriminating evidence against himself from being turned over. Rosenstein can be counted on to cooperate with Mueller, as it was Rosenstein who appointed Mueller to begin with.

Although Robert Mueller can be counted on to pursue every possible criminal charge against Donald Trump, ranging from conspiracy against the United States to money laundering on down, proving obstruction of justice will likely be his quickest and most efficient path for establishing Trump’s criminal nature. Now we know that Mueller is going after the Department of Justice to not only prove Trump guilty of obstruction of justice, but likely to take down Jeff Sessions as well.

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Letter: Trump wants to abuse power by targeting political opponents – UNM Daily Lobo
 

Letter: Trump wants to abuse power by targeting political opponents
UNM Daily Lobo
The saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department, Trump said. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would 

Should The FBI Be Abolished? – American Spectator
 


American Spectator
Should The FBI Be Abolished?
American Spectator
On top of all that, former FBI director Robert Mueller now Special Counsel is investigating Trump for collusion with Russia when the evidence is now revealing that the only party that colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 campaign was and more »

AP News in Brief at 12:04 am EST – Washington Post
 

AP News in Brief at 12:04 am EST
Washington Post
Mixed signals sent on fate of tax bill’s health provision. WASHINGTON Two of President Donald Trump’s leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to and more »

Has Trump spoiled online dating for millennials? – Washington Examiner
 


Washington Examiner
Has Trump spoiled online dating for millennials?
Washington Examiner
Some liberals have gone so far as to abandon the online dating scene altogether due to their Trump anxiety. Dawoon Kang, co-founder and COO of Coffee Meets Bagel, reported a decrease in activity and fewer sign-ups during the election, the inauguration, … 

Putin Trump – Google News: Dan Hannan: The Republicans’ astonishing, Orwellian change of heart on Putin – Washington Examiner
 


Washington Examiner
Dan Hannan: The Republicans’ astonishing, Orwellian change of heart on Putin
Washington Examiner
Look at the acrobatics performed by many (not all) Trump supporters over Russian President Vladimir Putin. Until recently, suspicion of Russia’s strongman was common to almost every Republican. Social conservatives, free-marketeers, foreign policy  

 Putin Trump – Google News

Trump Tears Into Jeff Flake On Twitter After Senator Says GOP Is ‘Toast’

No, you’re toast, Trump tells “Jeff Flake(y).”
A year after Donald Trump’s election, we need more than hope – The Diamondback
 


The Diamondback
A year after Donald Trump’s election, we need more than hope
The Diamondback
My colleague Sarah Riback recently wrote a column about the importance of hope in the face of the Trump administration and how the country has transformed in the first year of his presidency. Although she made solid points about keeping a positive  

Rigged election: Steve Bannon and Paul Manafort knew which swing states Donald Trump would win

As the investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal continues to take new turns, some older pieces of the puzzle have now become crucial in the proper context. New attention is being focused on Cambridge Analytica, the voter data analysis arm of the Trump campaign, which has been caught admitting in an email that it was seeking to conspire with Russian-controlled cyberterrorist Julian Assange. Before Steve Bannon took over the Trump campaign, he had been the head of the company in question.This casts a very old piece of information about Steve Bannon in a very new light. Just days after Donald Trump shockingly won the election, an entertainment outlet called The Hollywood Reporter revealed that one of its reporters had spoken with Steve Bannon several months before the election. At the time, Bannon asserted that Donald Trump was going to win the states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan (link). So is Bannon merely an uncanny guesser, or were these swing states rigged by Cambridge Analytica and Russia?

Steve Bannon did a terrible job of running the Donald Trump campaign when it came to these swing states. For instance he had Trump speaking in black churches in Michigan, which didn’t gain him a single new vote. Instead it seemed more like Bannon had sent Trump to Michigan near the end of the election simply for the sake of appearances, as if someone had told him Trump was going to magically win Michigan, and they should try to create a plausible explanation for it.

Furthermore, before the election, Paul Manafort also told Donald Trump to go to Michigan (see the 21st paragraph of this Bloomberg article). This was after Manafort had been forced to resign from the campaign due to his close financial ties to the Kremlin. Once again, it all raises the question of whether Trump’s dirtiest advisers were all psychics, or whether Russia rigged the vote totals in certain swing states such that that they knew for a fact which states he would win.

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