FBI scrutiny of Kushner began when intelligence reports of Flynn’s contacts with Russians included mentions of U.S. citizens, whose names were redacted because of U.S. privacy laws. This prompted investigators to ask U.S. intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current U.S. law enforcement official said. Kushner’s was one of the names that was revealed, the official said, prompting a closer look at the president’s son-in-law’s dealings with Kislyak and other Russians.
Poor Donald Trump. All he wanted to do was hold his wife’s hand — and she slapped his paw away in public. But as Danziger would remind him, at least he still has Putin.
“There’s . . . there’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at a private meeting of Republican Congressional leaders last June. When his colleagues laughed, McCarthy added, “Swear to God.”
Whatever vanity impels Trump to talk about Andrew Jackson, Danziger considers his remarks about the Civil War indicative of deep and dangerous stupidity.
With growing dissatisfaction in Russia over Vladimir Putin’s corrupt regime, his most prominent critic and political opponent Alexei Navalny can expect to be thrown in prison again — precisely as drawn by Danziger.
Having spent the past many years doing maximum possible damage to American democracy, it’s easy to imagine — as Danziger does — that Mitch McConnell would resent the Kremlin butting in. That must be why he kept the Russian hacking a secret last year.
Last week Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian legislator, found out that criticizing Vladimir Putin and his friends is a very unhealthy activity. As noted by Danziger, a gunman shot Voronenkov on the street in Kiev, Ukraine, just days before he was scheduled to testify against Viktor Yanukovych (the ex-president of Ukraine and Putin puppet who employed Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort). Voronenkov is the latest in a series of Russian legislators, diplomats, and other officials to die more or less mysteriously abroad over the past several months. Next semester, the Russian studies curriculum will include screenings of The Godfather.
The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.
It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.
Rod Rosenstein, a top federal prosecutor nominated by President Trump to be deputy attorney general, testified that he was “not aware” of any reason he couldn’t oversee such a probe of Kremlin-led election interference.
Now that Sessions has stepped aside, Lawyers and Justice Department officials are poring through statutes and scratching their collective heads over who has authority to sign warrants for the FBI’s electronic surveillance of the Russians and Trump associates implicated in the probe.
If there were a starting point for the political turmoil around members of Donald Trump’s inner circle and their ties to Russia, it likely would be last June 15. On that day, news broke of a computer penetration. It seemed like a minor event, not unlike the famous political break-in 44 years earlier at the Watergate complex that became synonymous with political scandal.
The Swedish government enacted a new law reintroducing compulsory military service for the first time since 2010, and for the first time ever on a gender-equal basis. The reason for the change is a response to Russia’s military activity over the last three years.
Imagine if Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were Facebook friends. What would their “friendversary” video look like? The Nix Bros, who are known for their political comedy videos, take this very question and turn it into reality with a downright hilarious, yet utterly terrifying, viral video.
His diplomatic career has encompassed the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the inexorable-seeming rise of one Vladimir Putin. Now Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, finds himself in a harsh and unwanted spotlight over contacts with Donald Trump’s campaign team.
Certainly, we are in a hyper-partisan age. But does that mean partisans set aside every principle they ever held dear and watch democratic norms be destroyed just to protect a president from their party? Are institutional checks and balances meaningless?
Obama White House officials reportedly pursued a deliberate strategy aimed at preserving evidence of Russian election meddling for investigators to ensure this type of interference was not repeated.
Some Russia-watchers question whether Moscow’s arm’s-length stance reflects a genuine change of heart over Trump, or is simply a bid to reduce growing attention being paid in Washington to the U.S. president’s eye-catching affinity with the autocratic Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Last year, when he was still a Senator, Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador — twice. But he failed to mention those meetings when questioned about Russia during his confirmation hearing.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) decried the breach of protocol as “another example of this administration abandoning transparency and trying to jam nominees through.” He called the refusal to release the questions “so typical of this administration that stonewalls.”
Wilbur J. Ross, Jr., the billionaire investor who is one of Donald Trump’s closest advisors on trade and economics, has extensive Russian financial ties that the Senate must thoroughly explore before voting on his nomination as Commerce Secretary.
Most Republicans have either downplayed a need for an independent probe into Russia’s activities or rejected the idea entirely. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to call for greater urgency amid FBI investigations and in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ support for Donald Trump during the primary campaign.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the page from its official website, featuring five reports from U.S. and British media. The publications are dramatically shown on the site, stamped with red text “Fake” above a Russian language disclaimer stating: “This material contains data, not corresponding to the truth.”
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, appointed by Trump on Monday, is known for being strongly driven by integrity —a quality that critics felt Mike Flynn lacked. How to approach Russia is likely to be one of the crucial areas where McMaster and Flynn differ.
Call it what you will: Flynnghazi. Russiagate. The Crackpot Dome scandal. No matter the sobriquet attached to the inappropriate discussions between the Russian ambassador and Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, the growing cancer from this case is not going away.