If you believe Late Night with Seth Meyers deserves an Emmy — as many of us do — your wise judgment is corroborated by the latest tour de force installment of A Closer Look. Reviewing the Paul Manafort plea deal and the Brett Kavanaugh assault accusation, Meyers delivers sharp insight on both scandals as well […]
Democrats in Congress are demanding that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings be delayed due to the indictments of Trump associates Paul Manafort (with an eight-count conviction, no less) and Michael Cohen. To be realistic, the statements are political. Kavanaugh’s competence (or lack thereof) is independent of Manafort and Cohen’s tax evasions and other misdeeds, though […]
Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s list of questions for President Donald Trump includes a wide-ranging list of topics and raises issues that appear to be tied to investigations about obstructing justice and coordinating with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a report published by the New York Times Monday night. One question, for example, that […]
Subtle as ever, Donald Trump sent a clear signal to former aides with his unexpected pardon of Lewis “Scooter” Libby on Friday afternoon: If you cover my ass when the special counsel asks questions, and you too can expect presidential clemency. “I don’t know Mr. Libby, but for years I have heard that he has […]
In a new book, former White House strategist Steve Bannon denounces the Trump campaign’s 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer as “treasonous,” “unpatriotic,” and “bad shit “. The Breitbart executive also says revelations about “money laundering” will emerge from ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the presidential race. And he warns of the fate of […]
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has surrendered to federal authorities following indictments of him and an aide, Rick Gates, by special counsel Robert Mueller. The Department of Justice issued a statement disclosing that Manafort and Gates were indicted on 12 counts including “conspiracy against the United States” as well as conspiracy to launder money, […]
For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans that their presidential campaign had “absolutely no contact” with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election. Among those who issued the most vehement denials were Paul Manafort, the Washington influence peddler who served as campaign manager, and eldest son Donald J. Trump, Jr., who called any such suggestions “disgusting.”
The FBI is closely examining Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as a person of interest in its ongoing investigation of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election and related matters. Investigators are scrutinizing an extensive series of meetings that Kushner held with Russians, according to those news outlets, which quoted sources close to the probe.
With Paul Manafort long ousted from Trump’s inner circle, and Steve Bannon apparently headed toward the White House exit, Danziger foresees an ominous partnership between these practitioners of dark politics.
Coming two days after FBI director James Comey confirmed that agency has been investigating the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian interference in the election since July 2016, the CNN report is stunning but not surprising. It also follows an Associated Press report on Tuesday that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, had secretly devised a plan as early as 2005 to “greatly aid” the Putin regime by influencing the U .S. government and media.
When dealing with high-level Russian business associates, you are bound to encounter intelligence officials. The question is: If Russian intelligence officers approached other members of team Trump, who may have also conducted business in Russia, or with Russian associates, would they have known who they were really be dealing with?
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that there had been no pre-election contact between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials. But given the uproar over Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador, questions about ties between the Kremlin and the new U.S. administration are likely to linger for some time.
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. The intercepts alarmed U.S. intelligence because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Trump was speaking glowingly about Russian President Vladimir Putin.