5:43 PM 12/5/2017 – Mueller’s Russia Probe Tops $6.7M So Far – U.S. News & World Report

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Three steps Republicans should take to start reining in Trump – Washington Post
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Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom – NBCNews.com
UK terror attacks: Review reveals what MI5 knew about Manchester, London Bridge and Westminster attackers – The Independent
Government Makes Manafort’s Lawyer a Key Witness Against HimHo-hum? – Law.com
US to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East Leaders – New York Times
With Syria Strikes, Israel Atempts to Send a Message to Trump and Putin – The Weekly Standard
Robert Mueller goes for the jugular
Deutsche Bank asked for Trump accounts – The Australian
Survey: two in three Trump supporters want a president who breaks the rules
US arrests at border fell while Ice arrests rose during Trump’s first eight months
A Top FBI Official Sent Anti-Trump Texts. Does That Discredit the Russia Probe? – POLITICO Magazine
Deportations Of Noncriminals Rise As ICE Casts Wider Net
Trump lawyers say judge lacks jurisdiction in defamation lawsuit – Reuters.com
Gregg Jarrett: How an FBI official with a political agenda corrupted both Mueller, Comey investigations – Fox News (blog)
Donald Trump Is Guilty – Foreign Policy (blog)
Donald Trumps attorneys go off the deep end after Robert Mueller seizes Trumps bank records
The Method In His Madness
Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition – TIME
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation – Financial Times
Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight? – Chicago Tribune
Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks – Modern Diplomacy
Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili – CBC.ca
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Mueller’s Russia Probe Tops $6.7M So Far – U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report
Mueller’s Russia Probe Tops $6.7M So Far
U.S. News & World Report
In the late 1990s, independent counsel Kenneth Starr and his successor, Robert Ray, spent more than $52 million toinvestigate President Bill Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton. Those investigations lasted 4 1/2 years and didn’t include a 
What you missed over the weekend in the Russia investigationWashington Post
Mueller Removed Top Agent in Russia Inquiry Over Possible Anti-Trump TextsNew York Times
This investigation into Trump’s campaign is way out of controlThe Hill
TIME –Fox News –CNN
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Three steps Republicans should take to start reining in Trump – Washington Post


Washington Post
Three steps Republicans should take to start reining in Trump
Washington Post
Now that former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with Mueller, preventing Trump from rashly firing the special counsel is more important than ever. Two bipartisan bills have already been 

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Rudy Giuliani – Google News: Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom – NBCNews.com


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Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom
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A gold trader who has become a star witness in a U.S. sanctions-busting trial was asked Tuesday about his hiring of Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to find a “political” resolution after prosecutors initially rebuffed his bid to cut a deal. “Within  
Turkish Banker’s Lawyers Launch Methodical Attack on Gold TraderBloomberg
Turkish gold trader says he’s not angry over failed bids to dodge prosecution for US sanctions violationsNew York Daily News

Turkey detains 17 in graft case as Erdogan denounces US ‘plot’Digital Journal

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Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom – NBCNews.com


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Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom
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A gold trader who has become a star witness in a U.S. sanctions-busting trial was asked Tuesday about his hiring of Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to find a “political” resolution after prosecutors initially rebuffed his bid to cut a deal. “Within  
Gold Trader Says He Never Liked Turkish Banker Facing TrialU.S. News & World Report
Turkish Banker’s Lawyers Launch Methodical Attack on Gold TraderBloomberg
Turkish gold trader says he’s not angry over failed bids to dodge prosecution for US sanctions violationsNew York Daily News
 
Turkey detains 17 in graft case as Erdogan denounces US ‘plot’

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UK terror attacks: Review reveals what MI5 knew about Manchester, London Bridge and Westminster attackers – The Independent

UK terror attacks: Review reveals what MI5 knew about Manchester, London Bridge and Westminster attackers
The Independent
Butt was under live investigation as the principal subject of an MI5 operation opened in mid-2015 following information suggesting he wanted to commit a terror attack in the UK. Redouane was known for immigration offences but had no police orterror 

Government Makes Manafort’s Lawyer a Key Witness Against HimHo-hum? – Law.com


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Government Makes Manafort’s Lawyer a Key Witness Against HimHo-hum?
Law.com
White-Collar Crime columnists Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert write: Mostly lost among the headlines regarding the first charges to be brought by Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel’s Office investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S

US to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East Leaders – New York Times


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US to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East Leaders East… 
New York Times
President Trump told Israeli and Arab leaders on Tuesday that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a symbolically fraught move that would upend decades of American policy and upset efforts to broker peace between Israel and the  
Trump tells Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians he intends to move the US Embassy in Israel to JerusalemWashington Post

Turkey joins US allies in warning Trump not to recognize JerusalemCNN
Trump tells Palestinians and Jordanians he intends to move US Embassy to Jerusalem, leaders sayWashington Post
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With Syria Strikes, Israel Atempts to Send a Message to Trump and Putin – The Weekly Standard


The Weekly Standard
With Syria Strikes, Israel Atempts to Send a Message to Trump and Putin
The Weekly Standard
Israeli jets targeted the same site in January 2013 destroying a convoy of Russian-made SA-17 missiles being transferred to Hezbollah. While the message to Assad and Iran was unmistakable, Israel hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin will take note 

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Robert Mueller goes for the jugular

What, you thought this was going to be an article about how Special Counsel Robert Mueller got Michael Flynn to cut a deal? No, that’s last week’s news, though it’s huge, and it’s still having cascading ramifications. Instead, as of today, we’re looking at a whole new ballgame when it comes to Mueller’s approach to Donald Trump. Mueller is now doing what some thought he would never do: he’s going squarely after Trump’s financial connections to Russia.

Mueller has a subpoena for Donald Trump’s financial records to Deutsche Bank in Germany, according to reports today from several major news outlets. This isn’t just any bank. For years, Deutsche has been loaning unusually large sums of money to Trump, even after most other banks worldwide had concluded that Trump was too poor of a credit risk. Even after Deutsche fell on its own financial troubles a few years ago, it continued to loan enough money to Trump to keep him afloat.

In January, Deutsche was busted by U.S. and European regulators for laundering billions of dollars of Russian money into the hands of U.S. clients in cities like New York City. At the time, Palmer Report pointed out that this almost certainly meant Deutsche Bank’s “loans” to Donald Trump were merely a front for funneling Russian money to him, but we couldn’t prove it. Now Robert Mueller is seeking to indeed prove it. But there’s more to his subpoena than one might initially think.

Why is Mueller choosing now to go after Deutsche Bank? If we were able to figure out earlier this year that it was how Russia was funneling money to Donald Trump, then Mueller figured it out a long time ago as well. The timing of his subpoena suggests that he has something now which will allow him to use the Deutsche financial records to prove a larger money laundering trail.

Robert Mueller couldn’t have gotten this from Michael Flynn; that’s a whole different money trail. Paul Manafort could probably provide strong evidence on the Trump-Deutsche-Russia connection, but there’s no indication that Manafort has been cooperating since his arrest. This means Mueller must have some other basis for going after Deutsche Bank to get to Trump. What is it? No one knows, and that’s the whole point. Mueller has always been three steps ahead. Now he’s going for the jugular by proving that Trump really is a financial puppet of Russia.

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Deutsche Bank asked for Trump accounts – The Australian

Deutsche Bank asked for Trump accounts
The Australian
Germany’s largest bank received a subpoena from Mueller several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person said, without giving details, adding key documents had been handed over in the meantime. Deutsche Bank 

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Survey: two in three Trump supporters want a president who breaks the rules

The latest American Values Survey finds a deepening polarisation, as Trump diehards stay loyal but fractures appear in the Republican party

The spectre of authoritarian leadership has been raised by a survey that shows two in three Donald Trump supporters think America needs a president willing to break rules in order to set the country right.

The eighth annual American Values Survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) revealed fractures in the Republican party and deepening polarisation in America.

Related: ‘Where did you go, Ivanka?’ How the first daughter’s family leave plan fizzled

What drove appeal for Trump in the primaries … has been a sense of fear among different groups of Republicans

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US arrests at border fell while Ice arrests rose during Trump’s first eight months

From Trumps inauguration to the end of September, there was a 40% increase in arrests by Ice and many of those arrested had deep connections in the US

US immigration officials on Tuesday said arrests at the border have fallen in Donald Trumps first eight months in office while rates of people arrested away from the border soared.

Related: Torn apart: the American families hit by Trump’s immigration crackdown

Related: Central America’s rampant violence fuels an invisible refugee crisis

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A Top FBI Official Sent Anti-Trump Texts. Does That Discredit the Russia Probe? – POLITICO Magazine


POLITICO Magazine
A Top FBI Official Sent Anti-Trump Texts. Does That Discredit the Russia Probe?
POLITICO Magazine
The statute only prohibits civil servants from engaging in political activity, which is directed at the promotion of or advocacy against a political party, group or candidate. Strzok allegedly sent text messages to a colleague mocking President Trump 
ABC Suspends Reporter Brian Ross Over Erroneous Report About TrumpNew York Times
What is Trump so desperate to cover up?Washington Post
ABC’s Brian Ross suspended for erroneous report on Flynn plea dealBBC News
PBS NewsHour –Newsweek –Reuters
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Deportations Of Noncriminals Rise As ICE Casts Wider Net

The number of undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions deported from the U.S. interior rose dramatically in Trump’s first year in office.

Trump lawyers say judge lacks jurisdiction in defamation lawsuit – Reuters.com


Reuters.com
Trump lawyers say judge lacks jurisdiction in defamation lawsuit
Reuters.com
The lawsuit cited as examples of defamation numerous posts from Trump’s Twitter account, including one from Oct. 15, 2016 that said, Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Zervos’s lawyers 
Trump lawyers to ask judge to throw out defamation lawsuit by Trump accuser: reportThe Hill
Trump Asks Judge to Dismiss Accuser’s Defamation CaseBloomberg

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Gregg Jarrett: How an FBI official with a political agenda corrupted both Mueller, Comey investigations – Fox News (blog)


Fox News (blog)
Gregg Jarrett: How an FBI official with a political agenda corrupted both Mueller, Comey investigations
Fox News (blog)
In the meantime, the Department of Justice must now, belatedly, reopen the Clinton email case and reexamine fairly and impartially all of the evidence to determine whether criminal charges against her should be sought. The statute of limitations has 

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Donald Trump Is Guilty – Foreign Policy (blog)


Foreign Policy (blog)
Donald Trump Is Guilty
Foreign Policy (blog)
By now, any sentient being who is capable of rational thought about the U.S. president (a category that admittedly excludes his more fervent fans) must grasp the likelihood that there was a quid pro quo between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin 
Trump’s Russia defense in disarrayCNN
Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight?Chicago Tribune
Donald Trump falsely claims Hillary Clinton lied to FBIPolitiFact
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Donald Trumps attorneys go off the deep end after Robert Mueller seizes Trumps bank records

Earlier today several major news outlets reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has seized Donald Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank, which should uncover the money pipeline from Russia to Trump. This prompted Trump’s attorneys to frantically insist that the story is fake news. Various news outlets have responded by re-confirming the story. It appears Trump’s attorneys are trying to snow their own client, in the desperate hope of keeping him from lashing out.

Unless Reuters and several other respected news outlets have all simultaneously published the same fake story, which is nearly inconceivable, the story is true. This means Mueller really is going after Trump’s finances. Moreover, he’s boldly doing it at a time when the media is pushing the notion that Trump is about to fire Mueller. This means Mueller knows something we don’t about his job security, and he’s concluded he can’t be fired, so he’s going for the jugular. But what are Trump’s attorneys up to?

It appears Trump’s legal team is publicly shooting down this story in the hope of getting a message across to Trump himself that there’s nothing to worry about. Trump’s attorneys don’t want him hitting the panic button and firing Mueller, which would probably lead to his swift ouster. You can debate whether you think Trump’s attorneys are simply trying to protect him by keeping him from firing Mueller, or they just don’t want their paychecks to stop coming in yet.

But regardless of their motivation, Donald Trump’s lawyers are publicly going off the deep end by yelling “fake news” at a story that they cannot possibly know is fake news. They’re reacting just like Trump typically does. It all seems to be nothing more than a show in order to keep their client calm. After all, they’ve been trying to convince him all along that Robert Mueller isn’t targeting him, and that the Russia probe will be over soon. If he’s buying that nonsense, he’ll buy anything his attorneys tell him.

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The Method In His Madness

Dont expect the outbursts, the Islamophobic tweets or any of it to end soon. It rallies the base. It works and he knows it.

Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition – TIME


TIME
Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition
TIME
(JERUSALEM) Vociferous Arab and Muslim opposition was building Tuesday to any possible U.S. recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as European leaders expressed concern about harm to fragile Mideast peace efforts. PresidentDonald 
Turkey joins US allies in warning Trump not to recognize JerusalemCNN
Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing ‘red line’BBC News
Donald Trump tells Palestinian president he intends to move US embassy to JerusalemThe Independent
The Guardian –Sky News
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Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation – Financial Times


Financial Times
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation
Financial Times
A person with direct knowledge of the German bank’s actions told the Financial Times that the production of Trump-related documents had begun several weeks ago. Deutsche could not hand over client information without a subpoena, said a second person 
Mueller Demands Trump’s Deutsche Bank Account Details, Where President Owes Millions: ReportNewsweek
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and RussiansDaily Beast
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With TrumpNPR
Vox –New York Magazine –Reuters
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Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight? – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune
Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight?
Chicago Tribune
Taking a step back, one has to believe Trump and his top aides were acting suspiciously and lying about something that was not a problem or, instead, that they were deathly afraid something else about the Trump-Russia relationship was going to come out 
Robert Mueller’s Investigation Has Transformed the White House Into a Paranoid HellscapeGQ Magazine
The madness of King DonaldThe Japan Times
White House paranoid: ‘Everyone thinks they’re being recorded’Politico

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Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks – Modern Diplomacy

Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks
Modern Diplomacy
Mady Delvaux (S&D, LU), co-rapporteur, said: Large sums of cash, be it banknotes or gold bullion, are often used for criminalactivities such as money laundering or terrorist financing. With this legislation, we give our authorities the tools they 

Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili – CBC.ca


CBC.ca
Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili
CBC.ca
Police put him in the back of van, but Saakashvili’s enraged partisans were having none of it. They battled through tear gas and pepper spray to spring him (watch the video). After his liberation, Saakashvili led a march to the Ukrainian parliament 

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Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia inquiry cost $3.2m in first four months

  • Cost of investigation reaches $6.7m when other expenses taken into account
  • Office of special counsel releases details of costs between May and September

Robert Muellers investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin to try to sway the 2016 presidential election has cost taxpayers $3.2m over its first four months.

That is roughly the same estimated cost as a single presidential golfing trip to Mar-a-Lago.

Related: Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller

Related: Was Michael Flynn asked to wear a wire in Mueller hunt for evidence on Russia?

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Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition – TIME
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation – Financial Times
Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight? – Chicago Tribune
Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks – Modern Diplomacy
Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili – CBC.ca
Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia inquiry cost $3.2m in first four months
What’s The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism – HuffPost
Whats The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism
Trump risks backlash as he prepares to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Abbas urges Putin, Pope to intervene ahead of Trump decision – The Jerusalem Post
Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency – Washington Post
Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe – ABC News
Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months – Washington Post
Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy – Washington Post
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A ‘Red Line.’ That’s Exactly What Robert Mueller Is Now Doing.
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump – NPR
Trump Tells Palestinian President He Intends To Move U.S. Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem
GOP Brings Back Support for Roy Moore
“Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks – People’s World
Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist – The Nation.
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe? – Common Dreams
Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI? – Hot Air
Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem – Financial Times

 

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The Method In His Madness

Dont expect the outbursts, the Islamophobic tweets or any of it to end soon. It rallies the base. It works and he knows it.

Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition – TIME


TIME
Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition
TIME
(JERUSALEM) Vociferous Arab and Muslim opposition was building Tuesday to any possible U.S. recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as European leaders expressed concern about harm to fragile Mideast peace efforts. PresidentDonald 
Turkey joins US allies in warning Trump not to recognize JerusalemCNN
Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing ‘red line’BBC News
Donald Trump tells Palestinian president he intends to move US embassy to JerusalemThe Independent
The Guardian –Sky News
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Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation – Financial Times


Financial Times
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation
Financial Times
A person with direct knowledge of the German bank’s actions told the Financial Times that the production of Trump-related documents had begun several weeks ago. Deutsche could not hand over client information without a subpoena, said a second person 
Mueller Demands Trump’s Deutsche Bank Account Details, Where President Owes Millions: ReportNewsweek
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and RussiansDaily Beast
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With TrumpNPR
Vox –New York Magazine –Reuters
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Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight? – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune
Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight?
Chicago Tribune
Taking a step back, one has to believe Trump and his top aides were acting suspiciously and lying about something that was not a problem or, instead, that they were deathly afraid something else about the Trump-Russia relationship was going to come out 
Robert Mueller’s Investigation Has Transformed the White House Into a Paranoid HellscapeGQ Magazine
The madness of King DonaldThe Japan Times
White House paranoid: ‘Everyone thinks they’re being recorded’Politico

all 583 news articles »

Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks – Modern Diplomacy

Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks
Modern Diplomacy
Mady Delvaux (S&D, LU), co-rapporteur, said: Large sums of cash, be it banknotes or gold bullion, are often used for criminalactivities such as money laundering or terrorist financing. With this legislation, we give our authorities the tools they 

Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili – CBC.ca


CBC.ca
Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili
CBC.ca
Police put him in the back of van, but Saakashvili’s enraged partisans were having none of it. They battled through tear gas and pepper spray to spring him (watch the video). After his liberation, Saakashvili led a march to the Ukrainian parliament 

and more »

Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia inquiry cost $3.2m in first four months

  • Cost of investigation reaches $6.7m when other expenses taken into account
  • Office of special counsel releases details of costs between May and September

Robert Muellers investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin to try to sway the 2016 presidential election has cost taxpayers $3.2m over its first four months.

That is roughly the same estimated cost as a single presidential golfing trip to Mar-a-Lago.

Related: Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller

Related: Was Michael Flynn asked to wear a wire in Mueller hunt for evidence on Russia?

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What’s The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism – HuffPost

What’s The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism
HuffPost
He was a rich businessman, an outspoken outsider with a love of conspiracy theories. And he was a populist running for president. In 1990, when Donald Trump was still beyond the furthest outskirts of American politics, Stanislaw Tyminski was trying to 

Whats The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism

When it comes to Trump’s version of populism, Eastern Europe led the way.

Trump risks backlash as he prepares to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

  • President calls Abbas to announce break with decades of US diplomacy
  • Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as capital of future state

Donald Trump appeared on the verge of formally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a move that would upend decades of US presidential diplomacy and could trigger unrest across the Middle East.

The suggestion came ahead of a key speech on the issue on Wednesday, as Trump called the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and other Arab leaders, to tell them that he plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Related: Why would moving the US embassy to Jerusalem be so contentious?

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Abbas urges Putin, Pope to intervene ahead of Trump decision – The Jerusalem Post


The Jerusalem Post
Abbas urges Putin, Pope to intervene ahead of Trump decision
The Jerusalem Post
While Trump signed a six-month waiver in June, he failed to sign a new waiver earlier this week. Later on Tuesday, Trumpalso spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi warned Trump of taking measures that would undermine the chances of 
Russia’s Putin tells Palestinians’ Abbas he supports talks on Jerusalem – KremlinReuters

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Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency – Washington Post


Washington Post
Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency
Washington Post
According to automated transcripts from TVEyes, the two hosts and their guests mentioned the FBI nearly 80 times over the course of the two hours. The word Trump was said 62 times and the word Hillary 60 times. The next two most commonly 
Trump: Fired National Security Adviser Treated UnfairlyVoice of America
Can Presidents Obstruct Justice? The Latest Trump Fight, ExplainedNew York Times
Prosecutor: No evidence Trump knew Flynn lied to FBIWND.com
POLITICO Magazine –LifeZette
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Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe – ABC News


CBS News
Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe
ABC News
Later this week, members of the House Intelligence Committee will be interviewing Felix Sater, a one-time Trump business partner who helped develop the Trump SoHo project. Mueller is investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election 
Robert Mueller is targeting Trump family’s money, ties to bankThe Grio

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Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months – Washington Post


Washington Post
Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months
Washington Post
Mueller was appointed special counsel in May, after President Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey. The Justice Department’s report covered the period from May 17 to Sept. 30. Though Mueller’s investigation is not yet a year old, his team of 
Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank RecordsBloomberg
Mueller’s Trump-Russia Probe Cost Nearly $7M So FarNewsmax

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Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy – Washington Post


Washington Post
Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy
Washington Post
Ivan Kurilla is a professor of history and international relations at the European University at St. Petersburg. ST. PETERSBURG Russians are watching the unfolding scandal of their country’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election with a mixture of 
Top Vladimir Putin Critic Pays Visit To SCFITSNews
Trump has been torture for foreign correspondents in RussiaBusiness Insider
Who’s an Oligarch? Rich Russians Fret Over US Sanctions LabelBloomberg
Financial Times
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

The Supreme Court permitted the administration to fully enforce the Sept. 24 revised travel ban order pending litigation in federal appellate courts, the Washington Post reported. In orders issued Monday, the justices lifted injunctions from the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals that exempted individuals with bona fide relationships with family members or organizations in the U.S. from the ban. Challenges to the banwhich restricts travel from eight countries, including six Muslim-majority nationswill proceed in the coming weeks in the Fourth and Ninth circuit courts.

The U.N. dispatched its top diplomat to North Korea for talks about its nuclear program, the Wall Street Journal reported. Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N. undersecretary general for political affairs, will meet North Koreas foreign minister and other senior officials in a three-day trip to Pyongyang.

The chief U.N. human rights official said Myanmars security forces may have committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, Reuters reported. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said that the burning of villages, murders of civilians, widespread rape and indiscriminate shootings of Rohingya people by Myanmars military forces could amount to genocide. Zeid called for the establishment of an international inquiry into crimes committed in Myanmar. Myanmar denies that its forces carried out atrocities against the Rohingya, a group whose very existence it contests.

Prosecutors from the special counsel investigation withdrew their support for a bail deal with Paul Manafort, saying Manafort was writing an editorial defending his political activities in Ukraine to be published under the name of a third party, the Post reported. In a court filing, the prosecutors said Manafort violated a court order to limit his public statements by ghostwriting an editorial about his activities in Ukraine as recently as Nov. 30. They also said Manafort was working with a partner assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.

The special counsel subpoenaed President Donald Trumps financial records from Deutsche Bank, the Journal reported. The subpoena requested records related to Trumps business dealings with the bank, which the Journal described as Trumps primary lender in recent years.. Deutsche Bank has provided over $300 million in financing to Trump and entities affiliated with him.

Emails between KT McFarland, the former deputy national security adviser, and transition officials raised questions about the accuracy of McFarlands testimony to senators this summer about her knowledge of Michael Flynns contacts with Russian officials, the New York Times reported. Emails showed McFarland knew at the time about a phone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. In July, McFarland testified that she was not aware of contacts between Flynn and Kislyak. On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the nature of his discussions with Kislyak.

The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, a move that Middle Eastern leaders have strongly condemned, the Times reported. President Trump informed Palestinian and Israeli leaders of the decision in phone calls on Tuesday. Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas he plans to eventually move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a decision Abbas told him could undermine the Israel-Palestine peace process. However, Trump is expected to sign a waiver on Wednesday that would keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv for the next six months.

The son of the recently killed Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would fight against Houthi rebels to avenge his fathers death, the Times reported. Ahmed Ali Saleh, speaking from his exile in the United Arab Emirates, vowed to push the Houthi rebels that killed his father out of Yemen. Saleh was a top military commander under his fathers government. Fighting between rival rebel factions in Sanaa, Yemens capital, has ceased, leaving more than a hundred people dead, according to Reuters. Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition hit the city in retaliation for Salehs death.

Protesters freed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili after Ukrainian police took him into custody, the Post reported. It is was unclear why police attempted to detain him. Saakashvili called for protests against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a former ally. Saakashvili has gained popularity in Ukraine for his strong anti-Russia stance, but the Ukrainian government has taken steps to constrain his political rise, including revoking his passport.

The Kremlin denied that information from Michael Flynn influenced Vladimir Putin to modulate the Russian response to U.S. sanctions enacted last year, NBC News reported. A Kremlin spokesperson said Flynns request for Russia to hold off responding to sanctions designed to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election played no role in Putins decision to not retaliate.

The Times published an interactive feature examining whether Saudi missile defense systems actually intercepted a missile from Yemen aimed at the Riyadh airport.

Politicos Ali Watkins detailed how a top terrorist interrogation team has struggled to find bureaucratic backing in the national security establishment.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Robert Chesney argued that the government’s arguments in ACLU v. Mattis raise troubling questions about the governments ability to block the exercise of the writ of habeas corpus.

Bob Bauer discussed how the lies from Trump associates will affect the special counsel investigations focus on collusion.

Eliot Kim updated Water Wars, covering the ASEAN summit and Japan-China maritime talks.

Stewart Baker defended expanding protections against unmasking and the leaking of intelligence information.

Vanessa Sauter posted the criminal information and plea agreement from the case against an NSA employee who took classified documents to his home.

Benjamin Wittes listed five questions for Alan Dershowitz to answer about his argument that the Russia investigation is the criminalization of political differences.

Matthew Kahn posted the Supreme Court orders staying the partial injunctions against the revised travel ban.

Peter Margulies detailed the context for the Supreme Courts travel ban orders.

Josh Blackman argued that the Supreme Court order suggests the government will prevail against the challenges to the travel ban.

 

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Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A ‘Red Line.’ That’s Exactly What Robert Mueller Is Now Doing.

Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on Trump’s finances for his Russia investigation.

Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump – NPR


NPR
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump
NPR
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly subpoenaed Trump family financial records from the German financial giant Deutsche Bank, a move that could signal a major new direction for his inquiry. Deutsche Bank has so far not 
Trump-Russia probe: Mueller ‘demands Deutsche Bank data’BBC News
Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probeABC News
Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: SourceCNBC
Reuters –CBS News –Bloomberg
all 133 news articles »
Trump Tells Palestinian President He Intends To Move U.S. Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem

The move would endorse Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy.

GOP Brings Back Support for Roy Moore

The Republican National Committee has restarted funding Roy Moores Alabama Senate campaign. It had stopped giving cash to Moore after multiple allegations of child molestation were leveled against him.

“Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks – People’s World

Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks
People’s World
A new Netflix original documentary created by filmmakers Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme traces the life and scandalous career of right-wing political operative Roger Stone, who’s been an influential member of Team Trump for decades. With 

Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist – The Nation.


The Nation.
Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist
The Nation.
Trump’s major contribution has been to push for measureselimination of the estate tax, elimination of the alternative minimum tax, lower taxes on pass through incomethat will fill his own pockets. The tax bill Republicans are trying to ramrod 
Wall Street sets record highs after passage of Donald Trump’s tax cutsThe Guardian
Would Donald Trump’s tax plan really help ordinary working Americans and boost US growth?The Independent

all 1,362 news articles »

What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe? – Common Dreams


Common Dreams
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe?
Common Dreams
They’d suffered the early consequences of the shock therapy economic reforms that would soon be introduced across much ofEastern Europe and, after 1991, Russia. Although the Polish economy had finally stabilized, unemployment had, by the end of 1990 

and more »

Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI? – Hot Air


Hot Air
Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI?
Hot Air
Comey was asked about Abedin’s and Mills’s lies during congressional testimony last year and spun his decision not to recommend charges by claiming that, hey, sometimes people misremember things and sometimes those things aren’t essential to a case 

Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem – Financial Times


Financial Times
Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem
Financial Times
Mahmoud Abbas warned Donald Trump of the dangerous consequences of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem after the US president informed the Palestinian leader he planned to move the mission, a Palestinian spokesman said. Nabil Abu Rdainah 

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  • Prosecutors from the special counsel investigation withdrew their support for a bail deal with Paul Manafort, saying Manafort was writing an editorial defending his political activities in Ukraine to be published under the name of a third party, the Post reported. In a court filing, the prosecutors said Manafort violated a court order to limit his public statements by ghostwriting an editorial about his activities in Ukraine as recently as Nov. 30. They also said Manafort was working with a partner assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.
  • The special counsel subpoenaed President Donald Trumps financial records from Deutsche Bank, the Journal reported. The subpoena requested records related to Trumps business dealings with the bank, which the Journal described as Trumps primary lender in recent years.. Deutsche Bank has provided over $300 million in financing to Trump and entities affiliated with him.
  • Emails between KT McFarland, the former deputy national security adviser, and transition officials raised questions about the accuracy of McFarlands testimony to senators this summer about her knowledge of Michael Flynns contacts with Russian officials, the New York Times reported. Emails showed McFarland knew at the time about a phone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. In July, McFarland testified that she was not aware of contacts between Flynn and Kislyak. On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the nature of his discussions with Kislyak.
  • The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, a move that Middle Eastern leaders have strongly condemned, the Times reported. President Trump informed Palestinian and Israeli leaders of the decision in phone calls on Tuesday. Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas he plans to eventually move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a decision Abbas told him could undermine the Israel-Palestine peace process. However, Trump is expected to sign a waiver on Wednesday that would keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv for the next six months.

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Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency – Washington Post

Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe – ABC News

Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months – Washington Post

Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy – Washington Post

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A ‘Red Line.’ That’s Exactly What Robert Mueller Is Now Doing.
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump – NPR
Trump Tells Palestinian President He Intends To Move U.S. Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem
GOP Brings Back Support for Roy Moore
“Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks – People’s World
Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist – The Nation.
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe? – Common Dreams
Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI? – Hot Air
Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem – Financial Times
The British government was just told to get tougher on the rising threat of far-right terror – Business Insider
The Dangers of Speculating About Trump’s Mental Health – Medscape
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and Russians – Daily Beast
Flynn Plea Deal: Proof of Collusion? Not Even Close – The New American
Obstruction of justice watch: Trump attacks the FBI – The Hill
Lavrov Says ‘Key Issues’ Regarding Caspian Legal Status Solved
Twitter Search / engcrimerussia: French Prosecutor: Russian Senator Kerimov smuggled “suitcases with cash” into France https://en.crimerussia.com/financialcrimes/french-prosecutor-s-office-russian-senator-kerimov-smuggles-suitcases-with-money-into-france/ pic.twitter.com/EyMsg8Ozgq
French Prosecutor: Russian Senator Kerimov smuggled “suitcases with cash” into France https://en.crimerussia.com/financialcrimes/french-prosecutor-s-office-russian-senator-kerimov-smuggles-suitcases-with-money-into-france/ pic.twitter.com/EyMsg8Ozgq
Investigative Committee asks for Interpol arrest warrant for Telman Ismailov https://en.crimerussia.com/contractkillings/investigative-committee-asks-for-interpol-arrest-warrant-for-telman-ismailov-/ pic.twitter.com/JpQXd6dZj3
Russian oligarchs mull on taking assets back to country as new US sanctions to be announced soon https://en.crimerussia.com/oligarchs/oligarchs-desperately-seeking-a-way-to-recover-capital-from-abroad/  #sanctionspic.twitter.com/9N04HWDDQc
Case of embezzlement in construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome initiated https://en.crimerussia.com/corruption/case-of-embezzlement-in-construction-of-vostochny-cosmodrome-initiated/ pic.twitter.com/h73GFAAAIb

 

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Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency – Washington Post
 


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Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency
Washington Post
According to automated transcripts from TVEyes, the two hosts and their guests mentioned the FBI nearly 80 times over the course of the two hours. The word Trump was said 62 times and the word Hillary 60 times. The next two most commonly 
Trump: Fired National Security Adviser Treated UnfairlyVoice of America
Can Presidents Obstruct Justice? The Latest Trump Fight, ExplainedNew York Times
Prosecutor: No evidence Trump knew Flynn lied to FBIWND.com
POLITICO Magazine –LifeZette
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Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe – ABC News
 


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Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe
ABC News
Later this week, members of the House Intelligence Committee will be interviewing Felix Sater, a one-time Trump business partner who helped develop the Trump SoHo project. Mueller is investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election 
Robert Mueller is targeting Trump family’s money, ties to bankThe Grioall 133 news articles »
Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months
Washington Post
Mueller was appointed special counsel in May, after President Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey. The Justice Department’s report covered the period from May 17 to Sept. 30. Though Mueller’s investigation is not yet a year old, his team of 
Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank RecordsBloomberg
Mueller’s Trump-Russia Probe Cost Nearly $7M So FarNewsmaxall 132 news articles »
Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy
Washington Post
Ivan Kurilla is a professor of history and international relations at the European University at St. Petersburg. ST. PETERSBURG Russians are watching the unfolding scandal of their country’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election with a mixture of 
Top Vladimir Putin Critic Pays Visit To SCFITSNews
Trump has been torture for foreign correspondents in RussiaBusiness Insider
Who’s an Oligarch? Rich Russians Fret Over US Sanctions LabelBloomberg
Financial Times
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

The Supreme Court permitted the administration to fully enforce the Sept. 24 revised travel ban order pending litigation in federal appellate courts, the Washington Post reported. In orders issued Monday, the justices lifted injunctions from the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals that exempted individuals with bona fide relationships with family members or organizations in the U.S. from the ban. Challenges to the banwhich restricts travel from eight countries, including six Muslim-majority nationswill proceed in the coming weeks in the Fourth and Ninth circuit courts.The U.N. dispatched its top diplomat to North Korea for talks about its nuclear program, the Wall Street Journal reported. Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N. undersecretary general for political affairs, will meet North Koreas foreign minister and other senior officials in a three-day trip to Pyongyang.The chief U.N. human rights official said Myanmars security forces may have committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, Reuters reported. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said that the burning of villages, murders of civilians, widespread rape and indiscriminate shootings of Rohingya people by Myanmars military forces could amount to genocide. Zeid called for the establishment of an international inquiry into crimes committed in Myanmar. Myanmar denies that its forces carried out atrocities against the Rohingya, a group whose very existence it contests.

Prosecutors from the special counsel investigation withdrew their support for a bail deal with Paul Manafort, saying Manafort was writing an editorial defending his political activities in Ukraine to be published under the name of a third party, the Post reported. In a court filing, the prosecutors said Manafort violated a court order to limit his public statements by ghostwriting an editorial about his activities in Ukraine as recently as Nov. 30. They also said Manafort was working with a partner assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.

The special counsel subpoenaed President Donald Trumps financial records from Deutsche Bank, the Journal reported. The subpoena requested records related to Trumps business dealings with the bank, which the Journal described as Trumps primary lender in recent years.. Deutsche Bank has provided over $300 million in financing to Trump and entities affiliated with him.

Emails between KT McFarland, the former deputy national security adviser, and transition officials raised questions about the accuracy of McFarlands testimony to senators this summer about her knowledge of Michael Flynns contacts with Russian officials, the New York Times reported. Emails showed McFarland knew at the time about a phone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. In July, McFarland testified that she was not aware of contacts between Flynn and Kislyak. On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the nature of his discussions with Kislyak.

The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, a move that Middle Eastern leaders have strongly condemned, the Times reported. President Trump informed Palestinian and Israeli leaders of the decision in phone calls on Tuesday. Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas he plans to eventually move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a decision Abbas told him could undermine the Israel-Palestine peace process. However, Trump is expected to sign a waiver on Wednesday that would keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv for the next six months.

The son of the recently killed Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would fight against Houthi rebels to avenge his fathers death, the Times reported. Ahmed Ali Saleh, speaking from his exile in the United Arab Emirates, vowed to push the Houthi rebels that killed his father out of Yemen. Saleh was a top military commander under his fathers government. Fighting between rival rebel factions in Sanaa, Yemens capital, has ceased, leaving more than a hundred people dead, according to Reuters. Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition hit the city in retaliation for Salehs death.

Protesters freed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili after Ukrainian police took him into custody, the Post reported. It is was unclear why police attempted to detain him. Saakashvili called for protests against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a former ally. Saakashvili has gained popularity in Ukraine for his strong anti-Russia stance, but the Ukrainian government has taken steps to constrain his political rise, including revoking his passport.

The Kremlin denied that information from Michael Flynn influenced Vladimir Putin to modulate the Russian response to U.S. sanctions enacted last year, NBC News reported. A Kremlin spokesperson said Flynns request for Russia to hold off responding to sanctions designed to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election played no role in Putins decision to not retaliate.

The Times published an interactive feature examining whether Saudi missile defense systems actually intercepted a missile from Yemen aimed at the Riyadh airport.

Politicos Ali Watkins detailed how a top terrorist interrogation team has struggled to find bureaucratic backing in the national security establishment.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Robert Chesney argued that the government’s arguments in ACLU v. Mattis raise troubling questions about the governments ability to block the exercise of the writ of habeas corpus.

Bob Bauer discussed how the lies from Trump associates will affect the special counsel investigations focus on collusion.

Eliot Kim updated Water Wars, covering the ASEAN summit and Japan-China maritime talks.

Stewart Baker defended expanding protections against unmasking and the leaking of intelligence information.

Vanessa Sauter posted the criminal information and plea agreement from the case against an NSA employee who took classified documents to his home.

Benjamin Wittes listed five questions for Alan Dershowitz to answer about his argument that the Russia investigation is the criminalization of political differences.

Matthew Kahn posted the Supreme Court orders staying the partial injunctions against the revised travel ban.

Peter Margulies detailed the context for the Supreme Courts travel ban orders.

Josh Blackman argued that the Supreme Court order suggests the government will prevail against the challenges to the travel ban.

 

Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.

Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A ‘Red Line.’ That’s Exactly What Robert Mueller Is Now Doing.

Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on Trump’s finances for his Russia investigation.
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump – NPR
 


NPR
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump
NPR
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly subpoenaed Trump family financial records from the German financial giant Deutsche Bank, a move that could signal a major new direction for his inquiry. Deutsche Bank has so far not 
Trump-Russia probe: Mueller ‘demands Deutsche Bank data’BBC News
Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probeABC News
Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: SourceCNBC
Reuters –CBS News –Bloomberg
all 133 news articles »
Trump Tells Palestinian President He Intends To Move U.S. Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem

The move would endorse Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy.
GOP Brings Back Support for Roy Moore

The Republican National Committee has restarted funding Roy Moores Alabama Senate campaign. It had stopped giving cash to Moore after multiple allegations of child molestation were leveled against him.
“Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks – People’s World
 

Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks
People’s World
A new Netflix original documentary created by filmmakers Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme traces the life and scandalous career of right-wing political operative Roger Stone, who’s been an influential member of Team Trump for decades. With 
Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist – The Nation.
 


The Nation.
Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist
The Nation.
Trump’s major contribution has been to push for measureselimination of the estate tax, elimination of the alternative minimum tax, lower taxes on pass through incomethat will fill his own pockets. The tax bill Republicans are trying to ramrod 
Wall Street sets record highs after passage of Donald Trump’s tax cutsThe Guardian
Would Donald Trump’s tax plan really help ordinary working Americans and boost US growth?The Independentall 1,362 news articles »
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe? – Common Dreams
 


Common Dreams
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe?
Common Dreams
They’d suffered the early consequences of the shock therapy economic reforms that would soon be introduced across much ofEastern Europe and, after 1991, Russia. Although the Polish economy had finally stabilized, unemployment had, by the end of 1990 and more »
Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI? – Hot Air
 


Hot Air
Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI?
Hot Air
Comey was asked about Abedin’s and Mills’s lies during congressional testimony last year and spun his decision not to recommend charges by claiming that, hey, sometimes people misremember things and sometimes those things aren’t essential to a case 
Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem – Financial Times
 


Financial Times
Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem
Financial Times
Mahmoud Abbas warned Donald Trump of the dangerous consequences of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem after the US president informed the Palestinian leader he planned to move the mission, a Palestinian spokesman said. Nabil Abu Rdainah and more »
The British government was just told to get tougher on the rising threat of far-right terror – Business Insider
 


Business Insider
The British government was just told to get tougher on the rising threat of far-right terror
Business Insider
It was hard, however, to quantify the number of thwarted attacks from far-right extremists “in part because of uncertainty as to whether a lone actor was actually planning an attack and, if so, whether it would have crossed the threshold from hate 
The Dangers of Speculating About Trump’s Mental Health – Medscape
 


Medscape
The Dangers of Speculating About Trump’s Mental Health
Medscape
In full disclosure, I was an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign for mental health policy and contributed to hermental health agenda that was released in August 2016 during the campaign. I was also present at the Javits Center onelection 
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and Russians – Daily Beast
 


Daily Beast
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and Russians
Daily Beast
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly taken an interest in the massive bank responsible for helping Robert Mercer Trumpism’s most generous billionaire backer allegedly dodge paying billions in taxes. Reuters confirmed on Tuesday a
Robert Mueller’s investigation into TrumpRussia ties has cost nearly $7MGlobalnews.ca
Robert Mueller’s investigation has cost over $3 million in its first four and a half monthsBusiness Insiderall 114 news articles »
Flynn Plea Deal: Proof of Collusion? Not Even Close – The New American
 


Politico
Flynn Plea Deal: Proof of Collusion? Not Even Close
The New American
Let’s unpack that. Obama apparently peeved that his party’s candidate lost and in a move that seems designed to lend false credibility to allegations of Trump/Russia collusion tossed a grenade (or in this case, a Molotov cocktail) over his 
Trump After Dark: Moscow Rules editionPolitico
FBI agent dismissed from Mueller probe changed Comey’s description of Clinton to ‘extremely careless’CNN
Trump’s morning tweetstorm appears to have been inspired by ‘Fox & Friends’Los Angeles Times
The Independent –Twitter –Axios
all 455 news articles »
Obstruction of justice watch: Trump attacks the FBI – The Hill
 


The Hill
Obstruction of justice watch: Trump attacks the FBI
The Hill
One by one, Trump has attacked, condemned, threatened and sought to discredit institutions of government that are investigating, exposing and countering the Russian attacks that are the subject of the investigations. Trump owes the men and women of the 
Are Trump’s reckless tweets actually a danger?WTHITV.comall 463 news articles »
Lavrov Says ‘Key Issues’ Regarding Caspian Legal Status Solved

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the five Caspian states have agreed on “all the outstanding key issues” regarding the legal status of the Caspian Sea.
Twitter Search / engcrimerussia: French Prosecutor: Russian Senator Kerimov smuggled “suitcases with cash” into France https://en.crimerussia.com/financialcrimes/french-prosecutor-s-office-russian-senator-kerimov-smuggles-suitcases-with-money-into-france/ pic.twitter.com/EyMsg8Ozgq
 

French Prosecutor: Russian Senator Kerimov smuggled “suitcases with cash” into Francehttps://en.crimerussia.com/financialcrimes/french-prosecutor-s-office-russian-senator-kerimov-smuggles-suitcases-with-money-into-france/ … 

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French Prosecutor: Russian Senator Kerimov smuggled “suitcases with cash” into France https://en.crimerussia.com/financialcrimes/french-prosecutor-s-office-russian-senator-kerimov-smuggles-suitcases-with-money-into-france/ pic.twitter.com/EyMsg8Ozgq
 

French Prosecutor: Russian Senator Kerimov smuggled “suitcases with cash” into Francehttps://en.crimerussia.com/financialcrimes/french-prosecutor-s-office-russian-senator-kerimov-smuggles-suitcases-with-money-into-france/ … 

Investigative Committee asks for Interpol arrest warrant for Telman Ismailov https://en.crimerussia.com/contractkillings/investigative-committee-asks-for-interpol-arrest-warrant-for-telman-ismailov-/ pic.twitter.com/JpQXd6dZj3
 

Investigative Committee asks for Interpol arrest warrant for Telman Ismailovhttps://en.crimerussia.com/contractkillings/investigative-committee-asks-for-interpol-arrest-warrant-for-telman-ismailov-/ … 

Russian oligarchs mull on taking assets back to country as new US sanctions to be announced soon https://en.crimerussia.com/oligarchs/oligarchs-desperately-seeking-a-way-to-recover-capital-from-abroad/  #sanctionspic.twitter.com/9N04HWDDQc
 

Russian oligarchs mull on taking assets back to country as new US sanctions to be announced soonhttps://en.crimerussia.com/oligarchs/oligarchs-desperately-seeking-a-way-to-recover-capital-from-abroad/ …  

Case of embezzlement in construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome initiated https://en.crimerussia.com/corruption/case-of-embezzlement-in-construction-of-vostochny-cosmodrome-initiated/ pic.twitter.com/h73GFAAAIb
 

Case of embezzlement in construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome initiatedhttps://en.crimerussia.com/corruption/case-of-embezzlement-in-construction-of-vostochny-cosmodrome-initiated/ … 


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Investigative Committee asks for Interpol arrest warrant for Telman Ismailov

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The former owner of the Moscow Cherkizovsky market is accused in absentia of arranging two murders.

The Central Directorate of the Investigative Committee for Major Investigations has issued a decree charging Telman Ismailov with arrangement of murders. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation is to get all the materials needed to issue an Interpol arrest warrant for Telman Ismailov.

The former owner of Cherkizon is charged with two murders and illegal arms trafficking.

“According to the investigation, Telman Ismailov orchestrated the murders of two businessmen: Vladimir Savkin and Yuri Brylev,” the Investigative Committee reported.

The investigators also noted that Telman Ismailov developed the contract killings scheme together with his brothers Rafik and Vagif Ismailov.

Mehman Karimov is believed to have perpetrated the contract killings and he is already in custody. According to investigators, on May 15, 2016, Karimov committed a double murder on the Novorizhskoe Highway in the Moscow region. His victims were the owner of a few malls Vladimir Savkin and the founder of Lublino Motors Yuri Brylev. After that, Rafik Ismailov, following their plan, picked the killer up and took him away. Rafik Ismailov was subsequently detained, too, and is now in custody.

Telman Ismailov and his other brother Vagif Ismailov are on the run. They were convicted to custody in absentia in late October, and Telman Ismailov was put on the international wanted list on November 13. Telman is going to be put on the Interpol wanted list as soon as the papers are ready.

Earlier Telman Ismailov reportedly asked for political asylum in France. The runaway oligarch backed his request saying he had some compromising materials about all the acting chiefs of all the law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation. So if France grants him asylum after all, Ismailov promises to disclose all the dirt he allegedly has to the foreign country.

According to CrimeRussia sources, Ismailov had moved from Turkey to France as the Turkish law enforcement agencies also questioned his credibility. The sources said that Ismailov could have been involved in the murder of thief in law Rovshan Lenkoransky in Istanbul.

Russian Senator Kerimov smuggled “suitcases with cash” into France

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The total amount of cash imported by the Senator varies from 500 million to 750 million euros.

Public prosecutor of Nice Jean-Michel Pretre, seeking the arrest of Russian Senator Suleyman Kerimov, said that he smuggled cash in suitcases (20 million euros in each). In addition, part of the funds was transferred to bank accounts. All the money, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, was in store for laundering by buying real estate and registering it for formal owners. At the same time, in order to avoid large taxes, the purchased villas were declared at a lower cost. For example, one of the villas was purchased for 37 million euros, whereas its former owners put it for sale for 150 million euros. As a result, the Prosecutor’s Office believes, tens of millions of euros in cash and up to 5 million euros of commissions were added to the cost of the villa.

Previously, France 3 reported that Kerimov was accused of underpayment of taxes amounting to 400 million euros. And the total amount of illegally imported money varies, according to preliminary data, between 500 million and 750 million euros.

Recall, Russian oligarch and Senator from Dagestan Suleyman Kerimov was detained on suspicion of laundering money received as a result of tax fraud in France on November 20. Two days later, the oligarch was released on bail of 5 million euros. At the same time Kerimov has been banned from leaving the Maritime Alps until the investigation is completed. In addition, he had to pass a Russian passport and appear in the police dept every Friday. The Russian billionaire is suspected of buying expensive villas on the French Riviera, registered with a frontman, at a reduced price.

Earlier, Russian businessmen and artists signed a letter in support of Suleyman Kerimov. A letter addressed to French President Emmanuel Macron was sent to the French embassy in Moscow. 13 Russian knights of the Legion of Honor, the highest award of France, signed it. Businessman Mikhail Prokhorov, his sister, publisher Irina Prokhorova, Head of Sberbank German Gref, directors Pavel Lungin and Andrey Konchalovsky, former General Director of the Bolshoi Theater Anatoly Iksanov, former President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yury Osipov, sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, conductor Valery Gergiev, conductor Yury Bashmet, art critic Olga Sviblova, writer Victor Erofeev and deputy, polar explorer Artur Chilingarov subscribed their names to it.

The signatories hope that the French side will treat the member of the Federation Council with “humanity and humanism, so that his life is not endangered, so that he is allowed to return to the medical help necessary to maintain his life.” They remind that Kerimov suffered in a car accident in 2006 and now “his life is supported by a team of doctors, who provide him with a permanent complex treatment.” Knights ask the French President to release Kerimov for the sake of friendship between countries and for humanitarian reasons.

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Germans view President Donald Trump as a greater threat to their country’s foreign policy than either the North Korean regime or Vladimir Putin’s Russia, according to a new poll. The poll conducted by the Koerber Foundation, a German non-profit 

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Donald Trump’s banking information has formally been turned over to Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who isinvestigating whether the president’s campaign conspired with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election. Deutsche Bank, the German 
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Deutsche Bank, Donald Trumps biggest lender, is forced to submit documents after special prosecutor issues subpoena

Donald Trumps banking information has formally been turned over to Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating whether the presidents campaign conspired with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election.

Deutsche Bank, the German bank that serves as Trumps biggest lender, was forced to submit documents about its client relationship with the president and some of his family members, who are also Deutsche clients, after Mueller issued the bank with a subpoena for information, according to multiple media reports. The news was first reported by Handelsblatt, the German newspaper.

Related: Deutsche Bank examined Trump’s account for Russia links

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Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West became accustomed to a diminished Russia. To see it reasserting itself today in its traditional spheres of influence Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Baltic states, Central Asia is 

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As special counsel Mr Mueller, who headed the FBI for more than a decade, has the powers to subpoena records and bringcriminal charges. He can also prosecute anyone who interferes in his investigation through crimes including perjury, obstruction of 

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Middle Eastern Allies Threaten To Cut Ties With Trump Over Jerusalem Announcement

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Recognizing the city as Israel’s official capital wold be “the red line of Muslims,” according to Turkey.

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President Donald Trump has been questioning the validity of his infamous Access Hollywood, but his Vice President’s wife reportedly has her own opinion of the man caught boasting of sexually harassing women: reprehensiblejust totally vile.” Karen
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Russia has denied meddling in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion. A disclosure document posted on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics website in June showed liabilities for Trump of at least $130 million to Deutsche Bank Trust
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Jay Sekulow told The New Yorker that even if collusion happened, it would violate no criminal statute.

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Donald Trump’s personal bank details have been handed over to special counsel Robert Mueller.

The prosecutor issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank AG in a bid to unearth its relationship with the president and his family as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 election.

Woman who disappeared after Tinder date is found deadThe bank issued a vague statement. It read: ‘Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries.’

It comes after calls from Democratic law makers to provide more information on the $300 million Trump owed the bank for previous real estate deals, reports Bloomberg.

Mueller has so far indicted four people: Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his associate Rick Gates, Trump’s ex-adviser George Papadopoulos, and — last week — Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Flynn pleaded guilty to making multiple false statements to the FBI about making contact with Russian officials before taking officer in February this year.

Damagingly, he claims he was instructed to do so by a senior official in the Trump administration. This person is believed to be Jared Kushner.

Elephant has leg broken by humans to show it who’s boss after mating seasonFurthermore, it is thought Flynn entered into a plea agreement in which he must now fully cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. It basically means he might be about to throw Trump under the bus.

The reality of these charges throws much doubt on Trump’s theory that Russia meddling is nothing more than Democratic drama peddled by anti-Trumpers after he won the election.

And — more concerning for Trump — it gives greater weight to the chances of impeachment.

Any president can be impeached if they’re convicted of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

If a clear link is found between Trump and collusion with Russia, he could be in breach of one or more parts of the constitution and, ultimately, get impeached.

The Democrats have been warned to hold off on pushing impeachment articles against Trump for now in case Mueller’s investigation finds a smoking gun.

Director Defends F.B.I. After Trump Says Bureau Is in Tatters

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Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, did not mention the president in defending the agencys work force as focused on our critical mission.

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Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel investigating President Donald Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia, has reportedly subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by Trump and his family. Deutsche Bank has loaned the Trump organization millions 
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Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on Trump’s finances for his Russia investigation.
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Trump Tells Palestinian President He Intends To Move U.S. Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem

The move would endorse Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy.

GOP Brings Back Support for Roy Moore

The Republican National Committee has restarted funding Roy Moores Alabama Senate campaign. It had stopped giving cash to Moore after multiple allegations of child molestation were leveled against him.

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Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks
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Comey was asked about Abedin’s and Mills’s lies during congressional testimony last year and spun his decision not to recommend charges by claiming that, hey, sometimes people misremember things and sometimes those things aren’t essential to a case 

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Mahmoud Abbas warned Donald Trump of the dangerous consequences of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem after the US president informed the Palestinian leader he planned to move the mission, a Palestinian spokesman said. Nabil Abu Rdainah 

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It was hard, however, to quantify the number of thwarted attacks from far-right extremists “in part because of uncertainty as to whether a lone actor was actually planning an attack and, if so, whether it would have crossed the threshold from hate 

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly taken an interest in the massive bank responsible for helping Robert Mercer Trumpism’s most generous billionaire backer allegedly dodge paying billions in taxes. Reuters confirmed on Tuesday a
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the five Caspian states have agreed on “all the outstanding key issues” regarding the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

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All the questions Flynn’s plea deal raises – Washington Post


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All the questions Flynn’s plea deal raises
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What connect, if any, exists between Russian officials and the Trump campaign data operation conducted by Cambridge Analytica and overseen by Kushner? Did Trump ever promise Flynn he would pardon him or stop the prosecution? Did he tell Flynn he’d fire 

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Fired FBI official at center of Flynn, Clinton, dossier controversies revealed
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Strzok’s bias has made him a poster child for Trump and his supporters, who believe the Mueller probe into alleged campaign collusion with Russia is biased. Report: ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE Now it all starts to make sense 
Old Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweet about ‘attacking FBI‘ goes viral after Trump’s tweetstormThe Daily Dot
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Trump’s ‘FBI in tatters’ tweet draws telling response
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Trump lashes out at own FBI in a series of tweetsChicago Sun-Times
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Mueller Details $3M Spent on Early Months of Russia Probe – U.S. News & World Report


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Mueller Details $3M Spent on Early Months of Russia Probe
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Special Counsel Mueller’s office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

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All the questions Flynn’s plea deal raises – Washington Post
 


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All the questions Flynn’s plea deal raises
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Fired FBI official at center of Flynn, Clinton, dossier controversies revealed – Fox News
 


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Fired FBI official at center of Flynn, Clinton, dossier controversies revealed
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Strzok’s bias has made him a poster child for Trump and his supporters, who believe the Mueller probe into alleged campaign collusion with Russia is biased. Report: ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE Now it all starts to make sense 
Old Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweet about ‘attacking FBI‘ goes viral after Trump’s tweetstormThe Daily Dot
Frustrated Trump lashes out at FBIThe Hill
The FBI agent Mueller ousted was behind 2 critical turning points in the Clinton and Trump-Russia investigationsBusiness Insider
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Trump’s ‘FBI in tatters’ tweet draws telling response – CNBC
 


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Trump’s ‘FBI in tatters’ tweet draws telling response
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But the people pushing back may have done more to hurt the FBI than anything coming out of the White House. Just to recap, we learned this weekend that special counsel Robert Mueller removed a top FBI agent from his team after the Justice Department 
Trump lashes out at own FBI in a series of tweetsChicago Sun-Times
Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says FBI Is in ‘Tatters’New York Times
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Mueller Details $3M Spent on Early Months of Russia Probe – U.S. News & World Report
 


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Mueller Details $3M Spent on Early Months of Russia Probe
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Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller say Manafort has been working on an op-ed with a longtime colleague assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service. Court papers say that Manafort and the colleague sought to publish the and more »

Special Counsel Mueller’s office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

Trump versus the FBI – Greensboro News & Record (blog)
 


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Trump versus the FBI
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FBI Director Christopher Wray offered reassurances to employees after the agency was maligned by President Donald Trump, The New York Times reported last night. I hope Wray will lodge a strong complaint directly with Trump. “After years of Comey, with and more »

Is Vladimir Putin really the evil genius behind Donald Trump? – TheRecord.com
 


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Is Vladimir Putin really the evil genius behind Donald Trump?
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Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West became accustomed to a diminished Russia. To see it reasserting itself today in its traditional spheres of influence Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Baltic states, Central Asia is and more »

Billy Bush Slams Trump Over Tape Denials, Says ‘Enough’s Enough’

“That is your voice, I was there, you were there, thats your voice on the tape.”
Stephen Colbert Has Found The Perfect Christmas Present For Donald Trump

The president’s probably not going to appreciate the thought.
Hannity Loses It Over ABC News’ Michael Flynn Error: ‘Journalism Is Dead’

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Germans see Trump as bigger problem than North Korea or Russia – Reuters
 


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Germans see Trump as bigger problem than North Korea or Russia
Reuters
That may reflect the fact that neither Merkel nor her main challengers in the recent election campaign talked much about how Germany should respond to the challenges posed by Trump’s disruptive presidency and Britain’s looming departure from theand more »

Huma Abedin Lied to the FBI and Got Away With It – FrontPage Magazine
 


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Huma Abedin Lied to the FBI and Got Away With It
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hrc email coming back is server okay? Mills asked in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and Justin Cooper, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton who helped set up the Clinton server. Ur funny. We are on the same server, Cooper replied. And in a Jan. 9  
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Russia designates Radio Free Europe and Voice of America as ‘foreign agents’
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Russia’s justice ministry said in a statement on its website that it was now formally designating U.S. government-sponsored VOA and RFE/RL, along with seven separate Russian or local-language news outlets run by RFE/RL, as fulfilling the role of 
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Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank Records – Bloomberg
 


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Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank Records
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Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens. Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several 
Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert MuellerThe Guardian
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Mike Flynn – Google News: The 10 Events You Need To Know To Understand The Michael Flynn Story – NPR
 


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The 10 Events You Need To Know To Understand The Michael Flynn Story
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15, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence makes a case to CBS’ Face the Nation. “What I can confirm, having spoken to him about it, is that those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the United States took action to expel diplomats 
What Trump has said about Michael Flynn since firing himABC News 
Trump hits FBI, Clinton as debate over Mike Flynn plea intensifiesFox News
 
Michael Flynn’s Lawyer Bills Are Being Paid by Trump-Supporter Donations Following Guilty PleaNewsweek

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Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing ‘red line’ – BBC News
 


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Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing ‘red line’
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Turkey’s president has warned it could sever ties with Israel if the US recognises Jerusalem as its capital. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such a move would cross a “red line” for Muslims. A growing number of countries have urged Donald Trump not to make  
Trump misses deadline over moving US embassy to JerusalemThe Guardian
 
US, foreign officials warn Trump not to call Jerusalem Israel’s capitalCNBC

Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will cause ‘major catastrophe’, Middle East leaders warnThe Independentall 1,255 1,205 news articles »

Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: Source – CNBC
 


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Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: Source
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Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday. Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S 
Trump-Russia probe: Mueller ‘demands Deutsche Bank data’BBC News
Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank RecordsBloomberg
Report: Special counsel subpoenas Deutsche Bank for Trump account dataCBS News
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Ukraine detains former Georgian president; supporters rally – WPXI Pittsburgh
 


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Ukraine detains former Georgian president; supporters rally
WPXI Pittsburgh
Saakashvili’s stand-off with Poroshenko ignited long-simmering popular discontent with the slow pace of Poroshenko’s much-promised reforms. The Security Service said in a statement that Saakashvili is facing a criminal investigation for “assisting and more »

Trump Is Bigger Threat Than Kim Jong-Un And Vladimir Putin, Germans Believe – Newsweek
 


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Trump Is Bigger Threat Than Kim Jong-Un And Vladimir Putin, Germans Believe
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Germans view President Donald Trump as a greater threat to their country’s foreign policy than either the North Korean regime or Vladimir Putin’s Russia, according to a new poll. The poll conducted by the Koerber Foundation, a German non-profit and more »

Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller – The Guardian
 


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Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller
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Donald Trump’s banking information has formally been turned over to Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who isinvestigating whether the president’s campaign conspired with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election. Deutsche Bank, the German 
Report: Special counsel subpoenas Deutsche Bank for Trump account dataCBS News
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Trump’s Russia defense in disarray
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A sequence of reflexive tweets and comments about the Russia probe from the White House and Trump’s legal team has spectacularly backfired, suggesting that the administration was knocked off balance by news of Michael Flynn’s plea deal and raising 
Trump Isn’t Above the LawThe Atlantic
 
CNN on Monday reported that White House counsel Donald McGahn told Trump he believed Flynn had not told the truth in his interview with the FBI or to Pence. McGahn did not tell the President that Flynn had violated the law in his FBI interview or was

A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justiceWashington Post 
Trump’s lawyer sparks intense debate on obstruction of justiceThe Hill
 
FBI ‘Destroyed’ Flynn’s Life for Lying, Trump Says, but ‘Nothing Happened’ to Clinton

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Trump’s lawyers mount a new defense: A president can’t obstruct justice. Is that true?USA TODAY
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The more we find out about Jame’s Comey’s tenure at the FBI, the more it seems that he isn’t quite the honorable picture of competence that the media would have us believe. Of course, they only think that when the discussion is about Comey’sdislike 

Secret Manafort op-ed said to have Russia tie – Arkansas Online


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WASHINGTON — While facing several felony charges, Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President DonaldTrump, has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague “assessed to have ties” to a Russian intelligence service, according 

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Germany’s largest bank received a subpoena from Mueller several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person added, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published on Tuesday. Deutsche Bank, which has 
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But Putin and his associates have long peddled a conspiracy theory that accuses the United States of engineering popular uprisings in Serbia in 2000, Georgia in 2003, Ukraine in 2004 and 2014, Kyrgyzstan in 2005, and throughout the Arab world in 2010 

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Should the President be leery of the intelligence community?
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Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Goes To Bat Against FBI And Robert Mueller For Trump

The newspaper has published a series of pieces critical of the investigation into Russian election interference.

Report: Robert Mueller Issues Subpoena For Info On Trump Bank Accounts

Deutsche Bank has loaned the Trump organization millions of dollars for real estate ventures. 

The Early Edition: December 5, 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.

The TRAVEL BAN

The Supreme Court decided in a brief yesterday that the Trump administrations travel ban can be fully implemented while lawsuits challenging the executive order are ongoing. The decision permitting immediate enforcement was made following an emergency request by the administration, however the Supreme Court has yet to hear a full case on the travel ban. Brent Kendall reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Supreme Court brief urged the appeals courts to determine the third version of the travel ban swiftly, the latest version restricts travel from eight nations, including six predominantly Muslim countries. Adam Liptak reports at the New York Times.

The decision sends a positive signal to the Trump administration that it has a chance of prevailing at the Supreme Court when it hears a full case, the Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the courts action was a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people. Robert Barnes reports at the Washington Post.

Its unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) said yesterday, arguing that the president has consistently displayed anti-Muslim prejudice, most recently through the sharing of videos from a far-right British political group. The BBC reports.

The Supreme Courts intervention understood that opposition to a policy is not justification for judges to ignore the law, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) questioned whether senior Trump transition official K.T. McFarland gave false testimony in her answers about her knowledge of former national security adviser Michael Flynns contacts with the former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Booker raised the issue in a statement yesterday following court documents released on Friday that indicated that senior members of Trumps transition team were aware of Flynns conversations with Kislyak in December 2016. Michael S. Schmidt and Sharon LaFraniere report at the New York Times.

The White House chief lawyer Donald McGahn told Trump in January that he believed Flynn should be fired as he had misled the F.B.I. and lied to Vice President Mike Pence, a source familiar with the matter said yesterday, McGahns conversation with Trump was based on his conversation with then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Kara Scannell reports at CNN.

I feel badly for General Flynn, Trump told reporters yesterday, saying that his former national security adviser was being treated unfairly, Reuters reporting.

The president makes his own decisions, guided solely by Russias national interests, the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said yesterday, responding to suggestions that Russian president Vladimir Putin was influenced by Trumps transition team not to retaliate to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration over Russian interference in the 2016 election. According to court papers released as part of Flynns plea deal, Flynn had urged the Kremlin not to respond immediately to the imposition of sanctions, Kislyak then told Flynn that Russia had decided to moderate its response as a result of his request. Ivan Nechepurenko reports at the New York Times.

Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort drafted an opinion piece about his political work for Ukraine with a Russian colleague as recently as Nov. 30, a prosecutor working for special counsel Robert Muellers team which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election alleged in a court filing. The opinion piece was not published after prosecutors warned Manaforts attorneys that it would have violated a Nov. 8 court order not to discuss the case publicly. Sarah N. Lynch reports at Reuters.

As a consequence of Manaforts alleged work on an editorial, Muellers team withdrew their support for a less restrictive bail deal, with prosecutors accusing Manafort of ghostwriting the opinion piece to influence the publics opinion, and his actions had shown that he is willing to violate a Court Order. Del Quentin Wilber reports at the Wall Street Journal.

A person closed to Manafort identified the Russian colleague as Konstantin V. Kilimnik, who has been a close associate of Manaforts for many years during his work in Ukraine and the two maintained contact throughout the 2016 election campaign. Kenneth P. Vogel reports at the New York Times.

Trumps personal lawyer John Dowd asserted that a president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer, however this assertion was met with incredulity by some senior White House officials and the interpretation has been disputed by many legal scholars. Sari Horwitz and Philip Rucker explain at the Washington Post.

The former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta appeared before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday in a private session and answered questions about the Russian interference in the 2016 election, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

The President has been frustrated by the revelations about former top F.B.I. official Peter Strzok, who had been a member of Muellers team and was reportedly biased against Trump and a supporter of former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, which partly explains some of his tweets and comments bashing the F.B.I., according to sources close to the White House. Jordan Fabian reports at the Hill.

Trumps defense team has repeatedly changed its position on the Russia investigation, Dana Milbank breaks down the various defenses that have been proffered over the past year at the Washington Post.

The Vice Presidents aides have consistently maintained that Pence knew nothing about any contact between the Trump campaign and various foreign actors, Matthew Nussbaum explains at POLITICO.

The Trump team should be concerned about the Logan Act following Flynns guilty plea, the Act makes it a crime for a private citizen to communicate with foreign officials without authority and with the intention of influencing the measures or conduct of any foreign government in a dispute with the U.S., Daniel Hemel and Eric Posner write at the New York Times.

The president can obstruct justice, the arguments put forward by Dowd were unpersuasive and followed the bizarre claim that he had drafted the tweet from the Presidents Twitter account that suggested Trump knew Flynn had committed a federal crime at the time he had fired F.B.I. Director James Comey. The New York Times editorial board writes.

The Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to investigate the former F.B.I. official Peter Strzok, Hugh Hewitt writes at the Washington Post.

The motivations and methods of Muellers team and the F.B.I. raise troubling questions, including the potential bias of individuals, the withholding of important information from Congress, and the defying of legal subpoenas related to surveillance warrants and the controversial dossier compiled by former British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Trump is expected to outline a new policy tomorrow on recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital and whether to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, according to an administration official, the Trump administration missed yesterdays deadline for signing a waiver delaying a move of the embassy, signaling a possible shift in U.S. policy. Loveday Morris reports at the Washington Post.

Arab leaders urged the Trump administration not to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, warning that the move would trigger widespread violence and undermine efforts to negotiate a peace plan between Israel and Palestine. Dion Nissenbaum, Felicia Schwartz and Rory Jones report at the Wall Street Journal.

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital would be the kiss of death to the two-state solution, the Palestine Liberation Organizations (P.L.O.) chief representative in Washington said yesterday, warning that such a step would have catastrophic consequences. Yara Bayoumy reports at Reuters.

Mr. Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims, the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a televised speech yesterday, warning that Turkey would consider cutting diplomatic ties if the administration recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The BBC reports.

Saudi Arabias ambassador to the U.S. and the French President Emmanuel Macron expressed concern about plans to recognize Jerusalem, the Saudi ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman said that any announcement prior to a final settlement would have a detrimental impact on the peace process and would heighten tensions in the region. Nicole Gaouette and Elise Labott report at CNN 

Any action that would undermine the two-state solution must absolutely be avoided, the E.U.s top foreign affairs diplomat Federica Mogherini warned today, saying that a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states. Reuters reporting.

The State Department has warned U.S. embassies across the world to heighten security ahead of a possible announcement of the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israels capital, Nahal Toosi reports at POLITICO.

YEMEN

Yemens former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed yesterday in Yemen, the authoritarian leader was ousted following the Arab Spring uprisings, after which Yemen descended into a civil war and Saleh then struck an unlikely alliance with the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to drive out the internationally recognized government of his successor, President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who has been in an exile in Saudi Arabia since 2015. T. Rees Shapiro reports at the Washington Post.

Saleh was killed by the Houthi rebels after the Saleh-Houthi alliance collapsed last week, on Saturday Saleh had offered to engage with dialogue with the Saudi-led military coalition. Mohammed al-Kibsi, Saleh al-Batati and Asa Fitch report at the Wall Street Journal.

The death of Saleh could make it harder to negotiate an end to the conflict, which has now further intensified in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, and the Houthi leader hailed the news as a great and significant occasion. The BBC reports.

Salehs death will lead to a struggle for control of Sanaa and potentially escalate the tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who have supported opposite sides in the Yemen war. Tim Lister reports at CNN.

Hadi called for an uprising against the Houthis following the assassination of Saleh, urging Yemenis to end the control of these criminal gangs and build a new united Yemen. Al Jazeera reports.

Salehs son called for revenge against the Houthis and said that he would lead the battle until the last Houthi is thrown out of Yemen the blood of my father will be hell ringing in the ears of Iran. The intervention by Ahmed Ali Saleh could shift the balance of power yet again, Reuters reports.

The Houthis have been strengthened following Salehs death, at least in the short term, and the events of the past week reveal a change in the dynamics of the war. Saeed Kamali Dehghan explains at the Guardian.

The claims that Saudi Arabias U.S.-supplied Patriot missile defense system successfully thwarted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels last month has been questioned by experts, Max Fisher, Eric Schmitt, Audrey Carlsen and Malachy Browne reveal at the New York Times.

Salehs death increases the urgent need for a resolution to the Yemen war, while there are no clear concept of the good guys and bad guys it is clear that any chance of peace must involve an end to Saudi Arabias destructive bombing and the Trump administrations support for it. The New York Times editorial board writes.

NORTH KOREA

The U.N. chief diplomat Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to travel to North Korea today for wide-ranging policy dialogue following an invitation from Pyongyang, meetings have been arranged with the North Korean foreign minister and vice president, but not the leader Kim Jong-un. Farnaz Fassihi reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The trip comes amid increased tensions on the Peninsula and the latest North Korean missile test, which took place on Nov. 29, Adam Taylor reports at the Washington Post.

SYRIA

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that it would strike the country if it allows Iran to set up military bases there, it is unclear when the message was sent but it came before pro-Assad media reported an Israeli airstrike on an Iranian-controlled military base near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday.  Rory Jones reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Israel fired missiles at a Syrian military facility near Damascus last night, which were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, according to Lebanons Al-Mayadeen channel. Al Jazeera reports.

The Assad regime is no longer capable of achieving a military victory, senior U.S. officials have contended, pushing back against the Russias assessment of the conflict and pointing out the vulnerability of the forces supporting the Syrian President. Missy Ryan reports at the Washington Post.

The Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan today said that Turkey would very soon completely destroy those in Syria linked to Kurdish militants, Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish Y.P.G. militia as an extension of the proscribed Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.). Reuters reports.

The Trump administration has given Iran and Russia a free hand in Syria to its detriment, Russia has shown that it is not serious about the U.N. Security Council resolution 2254 which aims for a political solution to the conflict, and Iran has been strengthened in the region, now posing a greater threat to Israel. Dennis Ross writes at the Wall Street Journal.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 33 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between December 1 and December 3. [Central Command]

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE

The rulers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and U.A.E. have skipped the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) being held in Kuwait today, sending lower ranking officials instead. The three nations, along with Egypt blockaded Qatar on June 5, the AP reports.

Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. have formed a new military and trade partnership separate from the G.C.C., the U.A.E. foreign ministry said in a statement today, amid a crisis in the G.C.C. since the blockade of Qatar. Al Jazeera reports.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Lebanons Prime Minister Saad Hariri has today rescinded his resignation, the Lebanese government said in a statement, saying that all members of the government had agreed to dissociate themselves from all conflicts, disputes, wars or the internal affairs of brother Arab countries. Reuters reports.

Congress has reached an impasse over competing proposals that authorize electronic surveillance programs against foreigners outside the U.S., with lawmakers from both sides divided over Section 702 of the F.I.S.A. Amendments Act and the need to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens. Byron Tau reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and seven affiliated news service have been designated as foreign agents by the Russian justice ministry, which has taken the action in retaliation to a U.S. Justice Department requirement that the Russia Today (R.T.) news channel register as a foreign agent. David Filipov reports at the Washington Post.

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Donald Trump’s personal bank details have been handed over to special counsel Robert Mueller.

The prosecutor issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank AG in a bid to unearth its relationship with the president and his family as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 election.

Woman who disappeared after Tinder date is found deadThe bank issued a vague statement. It read: ‘Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries.’

It comes after calls from Democratic law makers to provide more information on the $300 million Trump owed the bank for previous real estate deals, reports Bloomberg.

Mueller has so far indicted four people: Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his associate Rick Gates, Trump’s ex-adviser George Papadopoulos, and — last week — Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Flynn pleaded guilty to making multiple false statements to the FBI about making contact with Russian officials before taking officer in February this year.

Damagingly, he claims he was instructed to do so by a senior official in the Trump administration. This person is believed to be Jared Kushner.

Elephant has leg broken by humans to show it who’s boss after mating seasonFurthermore, it is thought Flynn entered into a plea agreement in which he must now fully cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. It basically means he might be about to throw Trump under the bus.

The reality of these charges throws much doubt on Trump’s theory that Russia meddling is nothing more than Democratic drama peddled by anti-Trumpers after he won the election.

And — more concerning for Trump — it gives greater weight to the chances of impeachment.

Any president can be impeached if they’re convicted of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

If a clear link is found between Trump and collusion with Russia, he could be in breach of one or more parts of the constitution and, ultimately, get impeached.

The Democrats have been warned to hold off on pushing impeachment articles against Trump for now in case Mueller’s investigation finds a smoking gun.

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