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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Russian Pop Singer Linked To Trump Cancels US Tour

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

On Monday, NBC News reported that Emin Agalarov, a Russian pop star linked to President Donald Trump, announced that he is canceling his North American tour, citing his lawyers’ fears that he could be held as a material witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government:

In a video on Facebook, Agalarov claimed he had nixed the upcoming tour “against his will.” His lawyer said in a telephone interview with NBC News that he doesn’t want his client coming to America under fear of being held under a material witness warrant.



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Trump Mocks MLK Day With Drive-By Memorial Visit

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Trump made a quick and perfunctory visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., after a chorus of criticism pointing out that he never scheduled anything to honor the slain American icon.

For about 90 seconds, Trump and Mike Pence visited the King memorial. According to reporters in the presidential pool, Trump spent more time traveling to the location — 15 minutes — than at the statue.

He did not bother to mention Dr. King or his legacy, which has reached into the lives of every American for half a century.…

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Was Sanctions Relief For Oligarch A Favor To Putin?

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

We know that the Kremlin broke the law in its efforts to help get President Donald Trump elected. One of the central questions of the ongoing Russia investigations is: Did Trump and his team agree to give anything in return and then deliver on the promises in office?

There remain strong arguments that Trump has, in fact, delivered on his end of a potential quid pro quo. And on Monday, a report from the New York Times added to that evidence.

U.S. sanctions against Russia continue to rankle President Vladimir Putin, but one of his close allies is finally getting some relief.…

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