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The curious case of Jared Kushner and the Israel lobby – Middle East Eye
Trump faces new obstruction allegations in Russia scandal – MSNBC
Jared Kushner reportedly ‘100 percent’ behind the push to get Tillerson fired – Business Insider
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to the FBI
2016 Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts – KPAX-TV
Please Enjoy This Clip of Michael Flynn Leading a Lock Her Up Chant
If Trump pressured senators to end the Russia probe, it’s not a good look – Washington Post
What Did Michael Flynn Lie About? Everything to Know About the Biggest Robert Mueller Charge Yet – Newsweek
The four people charged so far in Russia investigation – USA TODAY
Donald Trump, Jared Kushner Could Be Next After Michael Flynn Charged By Mueller With Lying To The FBI – Newsweek
Jared Kushner to speak at Saban Forum – The Jerusalem Post
Mike Flynn took part in Trump-Putin call four days after lying to FBI about Russia talks – Raw Story
Flynn Indictment Shows He Committed a More Serious Offense Than Lying to the FBI
Timeline: What Flynn copped to and what he didn’t – Washington Post
Donald Trump begins shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI – New York Times
The four men charged in US probe of Trump-Russia ties – Daily Mail
No, the Mueller probe isn’t politically motivated – Washington Post
10:49 AM 11/30/2017 Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard.
MI6 lays bare the growing Russian threat – The Times
Cotton cements his rise under Trump – Politico
“It Was Just the Two of Them: Could Obama Be Questioned About Trump and Flynn? – Vanity Fair
Randy Credico, gadfly New York candidate, drawn into Russia probe – Newsday
Jeff Sessions screws up and tells Robert Mueller exactly how to nail Donald Trump
Youre not just imagining it: psychologists say Donald Trump is even further off the deep end than ever

 

Saved Stories – None
The curious case of Jared Kushner and the Israel lobby – Middle East Eye


Middle East Eye
The curious case of Jared Kushner and the Israel lobby
Middle East Eye
Many analysts who study the region question whether the US putting all its eggs in the Saudi basket is wise considering the unpopularity of the autocratic-theocratic regime both in the region and the world. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported a
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Trump faces new obstruction allegations in Russia scandal – MSNBC


MSNBC
Trump faces new obstruction allegations in Russia scandal
MSNBC
President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen 
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Jared Kushner reportedly ‘100 percent’ behind the push to get Tillerson fired – Business Insider


Business Insider
Jared Kushner reportedly ‘100 percent’ behind the push to get Tillerson fired
Business Insider
A plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from his Cabinet-level post was orchestrated in part by President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to multiple sources, one of whom said the two senior administration officials have “been 
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Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to the FBI

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of making false statements to federal authorities and agreed to cooperate with the ongoing federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In his plea, Flynn also said that Trump transition officials directed him to make contacts with the Russian government.

“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country,” Flynn said in a statement. “I accept full responsibility for my actions.

After just 22 days as Trump’s first national security adviser, Flynn was fired from his post in February amid revelations that he had lied to federal authorities about discussing US sanctions imposed on the Russian government with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sally Yates, the acting attorney general at the time, warned White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn’s misrepresentations of his Kislyak contacts could make him vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Despite Yates’ concerns, Trump did not fire Flynn until 18 days later.

Former FBI director James Comey told the Senate intelligence committee in June that Trump had asked him to drop any investigations into whether Flynn had lied to the FBI about his discussions with Kislyak. I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump said, according to Comey. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.

Comey did not drop the matter, and three months later, Trump fired him from his job leading the FBI.

The charges come on the heels of October’s indictments of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and his longtime business associate Rick Gates on charges related to tax violations, money laundering, and a plot to conspire against the United States. In August 2016, Manafort was forced to resign from Trump’s campaign after numerous outlets reported on his previously undisclosed lobbying work on behalf of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian political party.

This post has been updated throughout.

2016 Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts – KPAX-TV

2016 Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts
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(CNN) — Here’s a look at investigations into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For details about computer hacking during the campaign, visit 2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking Fast Facts

Please Enjoy This Clip of Michael Flynn Leading a Lock Her Up Chant

Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser for President Donald Trump, is expected to plead guilty on Friday to lying to federal investigators about his interactions with a Russian official after the 2016 election.

Flynn’s confession to having committed a federal crime comes with a special degree of irony, as he was one of the most prominent Trump supporters to lead a “lock her up” chant calling for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment. “If I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today,” he declared at the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

Clinton has never been charged with a federal crime. Here he is leading the chant:

If Trump pressured senators to end the Russia probe, it’s not a good look – Washington Post


Washington Post
If Trump pressured senators to end the Russia probe, it’s not a good look
Washington Post
Over the summer, President Trump repeatedly urged Senate Republican leaders to end their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reported Thursday. It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can 
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What Did Michael Flynn Lie About? Everything to Know About the Biggest Robert Mueller Charge Yet – Newsweek


USA TODAY
What Did Michael Flynn Lie About? Everything to Know About the Biggest Robert Mueller Charge Yet
Newsweek
Updated | Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to federal agents. The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller had announced the charge against Flynn earlier on Friday. Mueller is 
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The four people charged so far in Russia investigation – USA TODAY


USA TODAY
The four people charged so far in Russia investigation
USA TODAY
Connection To Trump: Served as National Security Adviser in Trump’s White House for less than one month. The day after his Feb. 13 resignation, Flynn emerged as a central figure in yet another episode in the White House-Russia controversy. Former FBI 
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Donald Trump, Jared Kushner Could Be Next After Michael Flynn Charged By Mueller With Lying To The FBI – Newsweek


Newsweek
Donald Trump, Jared Kushner Could Be Next After Michael Flynn Charged By Mueller With Lying To The FBI
Newsweek
He is the first member of Trump’s administration, rather than campaign workers, to face charges in Mueller’s probe. Friday’s announcement could have implications, too, for Jared Kushner. Trump’s son-in-law was present along with Flynn at a meeting with 
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Jared Kushner to speak at Saban Forum – The Jerusalem Post


The Jerusalem Post
Jared Kushner to speak at Saban Forum
The Jerusalem Post
The Saban Forum is a US-Israeli dialogue, hosted by the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization. Be the first to know – Join our Facebook page. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi 

Mike Flynn took part in Trump-Putin call four days after lying to FBI about Russia talks – Raw Story


Raw Story
Mike Flynn took part in Trump-Putin call four days after lying to FBI about Russia talks
Raw Story
The FBI director promised Trump his honesty, but the president pressed him to assure his honest loyalty which Comey refused to grant. On Jan. 28, one week and one day into the administration, Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin 
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Flynn Indictment Shows He Committed a More Serious Offense Than Lying to the FBI

On Friday morning, special counsel Robert Mueller announced that he had indicted Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s short-lived national security adviser (who had led the “lock her up” cheers at the last Republican convention), on two counts of lying to the FBI and soon after that Flynn pleaded guilty in a federal court in Washington as part of a cooperation deal with Mueller. This means that both Trump’s top campaign official, Paul Manafort, and his top national security campaign aide now stand accused of criminal activity.

Mueller released a two-page “information” document detailing the two counts. The first was no shocker: that Flynn had lied to FBI agents about a conversation he had with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, in December 2016, during the presidential transition. Flynn told the agents that he had not asked Kislyak to restrain Russia’s response to sanctions President Barack Obama was imposing on Moscow for its underhanded meddling in the 2016 campaign. He also told the agents that he did not recall that Kislyak had said that Moscow would indeed moderate its response as a result of his request. But according to Mueller, Flynn had made the request and knew Moscow had done what he asked.

It has been previously reported that there was evidencemost likely intelligence interceptssuggesting Flynn had lied about this interaction with Kislyak. On the day of that conversation, when it appeared Russia would indeed not be responding harshly to the Obama sanctions, Trump tweeted, “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart.”

The other count expands the story. It notes that on December 22, 2016, Flynn had asked Kislyak to delay or vote against a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s construction of settlements in disputed territories, but that Flynn denied doing so when interviewed by the FBI. Israel was fighting hard against the resolution and requested that the Obama administration veto the measure. At the time, Trump publicly sided with the Israeli government. The resolution was approved on December 23, with the United States abstaining.

Israeli officials, it was known, had reached out to Trump transition team officials prior to the vote in an effort to delay the vote or block the resolution. Those Trump officials included Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Stephen Bannon, then Trump’s chief strategist. Mueller’s indictment discloses that Flynn was part of this endeavor and took concrete steps to thwart the foreign policy of the Obama administration in its final month. (Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Mueller was investigating Kushner’s conversation with Israeli officials about this matter. The newspaper noted that a 1799 law called the Logan Act prohibits Americans from communicating with foreign officials to influence an overseas governments actions related to a conflict with the United States. No one has ever been successfully prosecuted under this law.)

This part of the indictment shows that prior to Trump’s inauguration, Flynn went beyond attempting to establish a modus vivendi with Moscow. He was secretly asking Kislyak for a favor. (Moscow did not oblige him in this instance.)

That is quite a picture. On October 7, 2016, the US intelligence community released a statement declaring that Russia was behind the hack-and-dump operation that targeted Democrats in order to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. (That statement also suggested that Russia had explored penetrating US vote-counting systems.) About two months earlier, Trump and Flynn had received an intelligence briefing that included information about Russia’s clandestine efforts to subvert the election. Yet during the transition, Flynn, as Trump’s representative, was covertly trying to enlist Moscow’s assistance to undermine existing US policy.

For Moscow, this requestand Flynn’s subsequent plea for a light response to Obama’s sanctionscertainly could be read as an encouraging sign and a signal that Trump was not upset about Vladimir Putin’s intervention in the campaign. Flynn was sending a clear message to Putin’s man in Washington that he and Trump were more interested in partnering with Russia than in holding it accountableor preventing Putin from future attacks on elections in the United States or elsewhere.

That might not have been illegal. But as bad as it is to lie to the FBI, countenancing Russia’s assault on American democracy is a far graver offense.

Timeline: What Flynn copped to and what he didn’t – Washington Post


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Timeline: What Flynn copped to and what he didn’t
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Donald Trump begins shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic

Now that even Donald Trump knows he’s hosed in the Russia scandal, the big question has been how he’s going to plot his endgame. In the month since the arrests of his associates began, and in the week since top adviser Michael Flynn decided to cut a plea deal against him, Trump has gone off the deep end on Twitter and in his public remarks. Now he’s moving beyond words and taking action, but that action looks a lot like shuffling the deck chairs as his ship sinks.

On Thursday, it leaked to the media that Trump is planning to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Once that happens, Trump will promote CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been on the job for less than a year, to Secretary of State. Then he’ll promote Senator Tom Cotton, who is less than halfway through his first term, to CIA Director. Then the Republican Governor of Arkansas will appoint someone to replace Tom Cotton.

What does all of this accomplish? Literally nothing. Trump will be going from one comically unqualified Secretary of State to another. On top of it, he appointed Pompeo to run the CIA in the hope that Pompeo would misuse the position to sabotage the Trump-Russia investigation, and that hasn’t worked. It’s unlikely that Cotton will have any greater success in that regard. The only thing Trump will gain here is the satisfaction of getting to fire Tillerson, who committed the crime of calling Trump a “moron” behind his back.

So this is how Donald Trump is using the limited time and dwindling political capital he has left. He’s not using it to try to save himself. Instead, as his Trump-Russia scandal prepares to completely sink him, he’s focused on settling internal scores with an ally who made an out-of-turn remark while frustrated one day. He’s sunk.

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Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI – New York Times


Chicago Tribune
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI
New York Times
WASHINGTON President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition, bringing the special
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The four men charged in US probe of Trump-Russia ties – Daily Mail

The four men charged in US probe of Trump-Russia ties
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Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos, a Chicago-based international energy lawyer, pleaded guilty on Oct. 30 to lying to FBI agents about contacts with people who claimed to have ties to top Russian officials. It was the 

No, the Mueller probe isn’t politically motivated – Washington Post


Washington Post
No, the Mueller probe isn’t politically motivated
Washington Post
There has been a lot of debate recently about the criminalization of politics. Among those concerned about the issue, a prominent voice belongs to Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz. On television, on Twitter and most recently in an op-ed 

10:49 AM 11/30/2017 Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard.

Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard. I think part of it is he has signaled his frustrations with his current job, which would make the transition much easier, the second State Department staffer said. He is already a … Continue reading“10:49 AM 11/30/2017 – Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard.”
MI6 lays bare the growing Russian threat – The Times

MI6 lays bare the growing Russian threat
The Times
As Victor Madeira, a specialist in Russian spookdom, told parliament last year, the combined strength of all Britain’s defence attachés, the Intelligence and Royal Signals Corps, plus all other army, navy and air force intelligence, surveillance and 

Cotton cements his rise under Trump – Politico


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Cotton cements his rise under Trump
Politico
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“It Was Just the Two of Them: Could Obama Be Questioned About Trump and Flynn? – Vanity Fair


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Randy Credico, gadfly New York candidate, drawn into Russia probe – Newsday


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Jeff Sessions screws up and tells Robert Mueller exactly how to nail Donald Trump

All along, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been trying to walk a tightrope between protecting himself in the Trump-Russia scandal (so he won’t go to prison) and avoiding saying anything incriminating about Donald Trump in the scandal (so he won’t get fired). He lied to protect himself and Trump during his Senate confirmation hearings, and when that backfired, he recused himself from the investigation in order to protect himself at Trump’s expense. He’s continued to play that game all year but now he’s finally blown it.

During numerous hearings before Congress this year, Sessions has relied on a combination of saying he couldn’t recall the answer to any given question in some instances, and saying he wasn’t allowed to answer the question due to executive privilege in other instances. Whenever incriminating evidence has surfaced, he’s suddenly and conveniently remembered that specific event accordingly. Because his Republican pals control the majority on these congressional committees, Sessions has been able to slide along with this nonsense without being held in contempt of Congress, until now.

The tricky part to refusing to answer certain questions is that you end up giving yourself away when you then choose to answer other questions. Whenever Jeff Sessions has faced an accusation that he thought he could get away with steadfastly denying, he’s done so. For instance, when Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff asked Sessions today whether he “was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation,” Sessions refused to answer the question. Oops.

Here’s the problem: Jeff Sessions just tacitly admitted that Donald Trump did ask him to hinder the Russia investigation. It tells Special Counsel Robert Mueller precisely where to dig when it comes to nailing Trump for obstruction of justice. Perhaps more importantly, it tells Mueller precisely what to ask Sessions when he inevitably interviews him and Sessions won’t be able to get away with dodging the question when Mueller asks it. Sessions may have just backed himself into eventually having to cut a deal with Mueller against Trump.

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Youre not just imagining it: psychologists say Donald Trump is even further off the deep end than ever

Over the past month in general since the arrests of his underlings began, and over the past week in particular since Michael Flynn decided to cut a plea deal against him, it’s felt like Donald Trump has gone even further off the deep end than usual. His tweets have seemed even more horrid and inappropriate. His public appearances have seemed even more grotesque. It turns out it’s not just fatigue that’s causing you to think Trump is getting psychologically worse; experts are now confirming that he is getting worse.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine has written a letter to the editor of the New York Times in which she spells out that Donald Trump is in fact in rapid psychological decline. She says she represents thousands of psychologists who agree with her general assessment. Here’s the most damning portion of Dr. Lee’s view:

“We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger. Ordinarily, we carry out a routine process for treating people who are dangerous: containment, removal from access to weapons and an urgent evaluation.”

That’s right, medical doctors now believe Donald Trump’s psychological condition has worsened to the point that they don’t even believe it’s safe for him to be around personal weapons such as handguns or knives or blunt objects. Yet because the Republican Congress is still trying to prop Trump up a bit longer in order to pass its tax scam, the clinically unstable Trump has access to nuclear weapons. You can read Dr. Lee’s full letter to the editor here.

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