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Goodbye Mattis, Goodbye Syria, Hello 2019  Defense One

Dramatic shifts abound as Trump puts US military’s war plans in doubt, Democrats resurge in Congress, and the Pentagon gets a new boss.

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It is not a big surprise to many that congressional Republicans are once again exhibiting excessive levels of projection and hypocrisy. As Palmer Report has documented, the hypocrisy of Donald Trump knows no bounds. Whether it was Trump’s false accusations that Hillary was somehow cheating in the election, while he was secretly conspiring with foreign adversaries to subvert democracy, or claiming the Clintons were violating laws concerning charitable foundations, while using donations to his family “charity” to pad his own pockets, it appears all his accusations of wrongdoing against others have actually been committed by Trump himself.




It now turns out that Trump’s feigned outrage against illegal immigration is just another example of his own hypocrisy. New Jersey investigators, in coordination with the FBI, are scrutinizing allegations that supervisors at Trump’s Bedminster golf club were providing false social security numbers and fake green cards to workers that were violating federal laws and in the country illegally. According to the Daily News, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also investigating these claims.




Anibal Romero, an attorney representing several of the undocumented immigrants, has confirmed that managers at Trump’s resort provided the fake documents. He’s been working with Mueller’s team, the FBI, and New Jersey’s Attorney General. Romero has publicly stated his concerns for his clients’ rights, especially when Jeff Sessions was the United States Attorney General. “I wasn’t sure, one, if they’d take me seriously and, two, if this could backfire on my clients,” Romero stated in referencing his dilemma while Sessions still headed the Department of Justice.



This is not the first time that Donald Trump’s public statements on immigration have conflicted with his history of hiring workers at his personal properties. While he has continually utilized fear mongering against immigrants to rile up his base, Trump has a long history of hiring immigrants. This past summer, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida attempted to hire 78 foreign workers with H-2B visas. While Trump and his supporters continue to spew vitriol and propaganda disparaging immigrants, it is important to remember that Trump’s hypocrisy, and love of money, will always trump his supposed principles.



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Departure of Trump’s GOP critics in Senate leaves a void  Wink News

Trump’s most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are close to completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who will take their place.

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Goodbye Mattis, Goodbye Syria, Hello 2019  Defense One

Dramatic shifts as Trump puts US military’s wars in doubt, Congress shifts power, and the Pentagon gets a new boss.

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Incoming Utah senator says president has abandoned allies and failed to lead a ‘divided, resentful and angry’ nation

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate and incoming US senator, has sharply criticised Donald Trump both personally and professionally, accusing him of deserting the nation’s allies and lacking the character to lead a “divided” nation.

In a Washington Post essay published on Tuesday evening, Romney said Trump’s presidency “made a deep descent” in December and blamed him for the departures of defence secretary Jim Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Related: Will Mitt Romney be a thorn in Trump’s side if he wins Utah Senate race?

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Exhibit A: How McKinsey got entangled in a bribery case  The Australian Financial Review

McKinsey set out to help Boeing find titanium for its new Dreamliner, but the planned deal with a Ukrainian oligarch and an Indian mine ended in grief.

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For some high-profile people accused of wrongdoing in 2018, special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investig…

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President Donald Trump “has not risen to the mantle” of his office, and his “words and actions have caused dismay around the world,” Mitt Romney wrote …

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Incoming Sen. Romney: Trump hasn’t ‘risen to the mantle’ of presidency  Fox News

Mitt Romney, a Republican senator-elect for the state of Utah, wrote in a scathing op-ed that President Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

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(Reuters Breakingviews) – In Mel Brooks’ seminal 1977 Hitchcock parody “High Anxiety”, much of the action revolves around the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the …

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Invitation to FBI academy ‘highlight’ of career for SJ Delta College police chief  Stockton Record

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U.S. citizen Paul Whelan’s family says he was in Russia for a wedding when he was arrested on espionage charges by the Federal Security *Service*, or FSB, the …

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President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani tweeted Sunday that it’s time for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to “put up or shut up,” but former federal prosecutor John Lauro believes it could be “many, many months” before Mueller submits his final report on the Russia probe.

Giuliani followed up his “challenge” to the special counsel with another tweet Monday, calling for an end to the “Mueller Witch Hunt.”

On “America’s News HQ” Tuesday, Lauro, who worked in the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, said the tough rhetoric is “typical Rudy.”


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Lauro said Giuliani is correct that Mueller has not yet revealed any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but he noted that Mueller’s team has successfully secured multiple indictments and guilty pleas from former Trump associates and Russian nationals for other crimes.

Lauro said the timeline is “entirely in Mueller’s hands,” and he predicted that the release of his report could be “many, many months away.”

“The way that the Justice Department procedure works is that the report goes to the attorney general, and then the attorney general decides how much of the report to make public,” Lauro explained. “I suspect that Mueller will not turn over a report until there is an actual … appointed attorney general in place.”

He said if that’s the case, then Mueller will wait for a permanent replacement to take over for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Trump has nominated William Barr, the George H.W. Bush-era leader of the Justice Department, as his next attorney general, but leading Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have expressed concerns about Barr and predicted a lengthy confirmation process.


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FILE – In this April 21, 2013 file photo, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. Federal prosecutors concede that they misinterpreted text messages when they alleged that Butina, a Russian woman accused of working as a secret agent traded sex for access. Prosecutors acknowledged the mistake in a court filing in the case of Butina, charged with working as a covert agent and trying to establish back-channel lines of communication to the Kremlin. (AP Photo/File)(Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON — A U.S. citizen’s detention in Moscow on suspicion of espionage could be the opening gambit in a Cold War-style spy drama — one overshadowed by a young Russian woman’s pending sentencing in the United States and the ongoing Russia investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Russia’s domestic security agency, the FSB, announced Monday that an American identified as Paul Whelan was taken into custody Friday and a criminal investigation had been opened against him. The brief statement said Whelan was detained amid an “espionage mission,” but provided no details.

In Russia, a conviction for spying could carry a 20-year prison sentence.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said American authorities had been notified of the detention, and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow referred queries to the State Department. The department said the U.S. had requested consular access.

The episode coincides with a fraught period for U.S.-Russia relations. In addition to the Mueller probe, which has been yielding a growing trove of indictments, tensions have been running high over recent developments in Ukraine, including Russia’s seizure of two Ukrainian warships in November, and Moscow’s role in the war in Syria.

The FSB announcement raised immediate speculation about the case of Maria Butina, a Russian national who made a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors and pleaded guilty last month in Washington to conspiracy charges.

Butina, who agreed to cooperate with U.S. investigators, acknowledged she had worked to infiltrate politically conservative organizations like the National Rifle Association, working as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of the Russian government.

The felony charge that the 30-year-old pleaded guilty to carries a five-year prison term, but the estimated sentencing guidelines are considerably lighter: zero to six months in prison. After being freed, Butina would face deportation.

Retired CIA official Steven L. Hall, a former head of Russia operations in Moscow, suggested a link between that case and the accusations against Whelan. “The Russians LOVE reciprocity,” he wrote on Twitter. “Think Maria Butina.”

Russia has sent mixed signals on the Butina case. President Vladimir Putin has said she is not known to any of the country’s spy agencies. But after the former graduate student’s arrest, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spearheaded a high-profile social media campaign in her defense, characterizing her as a political prisoner and at one point using her image as its Twitter avatar.

Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin arrives to vote at a polling station during Russia’s presidential election in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election Sunday isn’t in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term, and many Russian workers are facing intense pressure to do so. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP) (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov / AP)

Little was immediately known about Whelan — even the English-language spelling of his name was not certain. That rendering came not from the FSB’s announcement but from the English-language service of Russia’s official Tass news agency.

A number of Russians have been indicted by Mueller as part of his ongoing investigation of links between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign, although none of those charged was in the U.S. and there is little prospect of them ever standing trial.

In July, Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in connection with cyberattacks including the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Those charges constituted the clearest and most detailed accusations yet by U.S. investigators regarding Russian interference in the 2016 vote.

Nearly a year ago, an additional 13 Russians and three Russian companies were charged in connection with election-tampering. Those charges, in February, also centered on Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign.

The Kremlin has denied any state-directed interference in the 2016 election, and Trump has denied any coordination with Moscow on the part of his campaign. But Trump’s presidency has been colored by his continued dismissal of U.S. intelligence findings on Russia’s interference and by his striking public deferrals to Putin, most notably following a summit in July in Helsinki, Finland.

Over the last 18 months, the president has taken to Twitter hundreds of times to angrily denounce Mueller’s investigation as a politically motivated “witch hunt.”

Western nations moved to punish Moscow after the 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, imposing a range of sanctions against individuals and corporate entities. The poisoning in May, on British soil, of turncoat Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter drew another round of diplomatic reprisals.

The pair survived the poisoning with a military-grade nerve agent, and Russia issued months of aggrieved denials of involvement even after painstakingly reconstructed British surveillance showed two Russian agents making their way to the town of Salisbury, where the attack took place.

On Sunday, Putin conveyed a New Year’s greeting to Trump, in which he called Russian-U.S. ties the key factor in ensuring “strategic stability and international security.”

Times staff writer Tracy Wilkinson in Washington contributed to this report.

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Trump attacks McChrystal after retired general called Trump immoral  CNN

In one of his first tweets of the new year, President Donald Trump attacked retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal after he criticized the President on …

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U. S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who were trying to breach the border fence in …

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