Tag: Russia

House Republicans Release Nunes Memo Without Redactions

Watch MSNBC LIVE CLICK HERE FOR POLITICS STREAM President Trump on Friday approved the complete declassification of a controversial memo compiled by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. The four-page memo, compiled by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), was subsequently released by the House. It purports to contain proof of “a troubling breakdown of legal processes…

Trump Says He’s Willing To Testify Under Oath To Mueller

President Trump said on Wednesday he is “looking forward” to speaking under oath with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Speaking to reporters as he prepared to leave for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump also said the interview could come in…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Was Interviewed By Robert Mueller Last Week

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was “questioned for several hours last week” by special counsel Robert Mueller, a Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday morning. This marks the first time Mueller has interviewed someone from Trump’s Cabinet. Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigations into the Trump team’s possible collusion with Russia during 2016 presidential election…

Cybersecurity Firm: Russia-linked Hackers Targeting US Senate

The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said Friday. The revelation suggests the group often nicknamed Fancy Bear, whose hacking campaign scrambled the 2016 U.S. electoral contest, is still busy trying to…

Report: Trump Is Seeking To Avoid Direct Mueller Interview

President Trump’s legal team has been discussing how he could avoid an interview with the FBI or special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators as part of the probe into Russian meddling in during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report from NBC News. Such internal discussions reportedly began just after Paul Manafort, the former…

Paul Manafort Sues Robert Mueller, The Department Of Justice

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is suing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the Department of Justice. Manafort has been indicted for financial crimes to which he has pleaded not guilty; his lawyers now claim he was improperly targeted by Mueller. Rosenstein appointed Mueller last spring to oversee the…

After Criticizing FBI, Trump Speaks At FBI National Academy Graduation

Just moments before speaking at the FBI national training academy, President Trump continued to bash the bureau. “When you look at what’s going on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry,” the president said as he departed the White House for the academy at Quantico, Virginia. His comment came in…

Mueller Issues Subpoena To Deutsche Bank In Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest bank, in a possible sign the investigation into Russian election interference may be expanding toward the finances of President Donald Trump or other individuals under scrutiny by the special counsel. Mueller sought records from Deutsche Bank, a source familiar with the subpoena told the…

Trump Jr. Testifies He Can’t Discuss Conversation He Had With His Father

Donald Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday he couldn’t discuss a conversation he had with his father this summer because of attorney-client privilege. Neither Trump is an attorney or the other’s client, but according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Trump Jr. claimed there was a lawyer in the room during their discussion…

Flynn To Testify Trump Directed Him To Make Contact With The Russians

Michael Flynn will reportedly testify that President Trump instructed him to make contact with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, ABC News reported on Friday. “[Flynn] is prepared to testify…against President Trump, against members of the Trump family, and others in the White House,” Brian Ross reported. He added that Flynn’s testimony, as such, would…

Trump Requested Top Republicans End Senate Russia Probe

This summer, President Trump asked Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and other senior Republicans in the Senate multiple times to bring to a close the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, several lawmakers and aides told The New York Times. “It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope…

Kremlin: Trump And Putin Set To Meet In Vietnam

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump are currently setting up their next meeting on Friday at an economic summit in Vietnam, according to the Kremlin. “Right now the time of the meeting is being agreed” for their face-to-face on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation leaders’ meeting, presidential aide, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters…

John Oliver: Trump Using ‘Incompetence’ Defense In Russia Probe

John Oliver started his Last Week Tonight show by first acknowledging the horrific mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a heavily armed gunman massacred 26 people. “Obviously our thoughts are with the people of Texas after today’s horrific incident, details of which are still unfolding as I speak,” said…

Trump Jr. Hinted At Review Of Anti-Russia Magnitsky Law

The Russian lawyer who was present for a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with top campaign aides says Donald Trump Jr. indicated to her that a law targeting Russia could be re-evaluated if his father triumphed in the election, according to a Bloomberg News report. The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said she went to the meeting…

Trump: I Don’t Remember Much About Meeting With Papadopoulos

On his way out the door to head to Hawaii and then China, President Trump said Friday that he does not “remember much” about meeting with former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, whose guilty plea last month was revealed Monday as part of a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “It was a…

Trump Attacks ‘Low Level’ George Papadopoulos: He Was the Coffee Boy

The morning after news broke of his secret guilty plea over his contacts with Russian agents, former Trump foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulous, of course, came under attack on Twitter from his old boss. “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!” President…

Trump Explodes In Tweets After Manafort Charges: ‘NO COLLUSION!’

Shortly after it was reported that Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos—all on President Trump’s campaign—were charged by special counselor Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, the president himself, predictably, fired off a series of tweets weighing in on the bombshell news. “Sorry, but this is years ago,…

Trump Ex Foreign Policy Adviser George Papadopoulos Pleads Guilty

A former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, secretly pleaded guilty as part of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Bloomberg News’ Tom Schoenberg reports. Papadopoulos had suggested that Donald Trump meet with top Russian leaders during the campaign. He pleaded guilty to making…

Fox & Friends Cover Hamburger Emoji As CNN, MSNBC Break Manafort Arrest

Fox News repeatedly interrupted its coverage of Paul Manafort’s indictment on Monday morning. The news network decided to highlight a number of stories that didn’t revolve around President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief, including a story about a cheeseburger emoji. “I googled it and it showed the cheese should be on top of the burger,”…

John Oliver Really Hopes Jared Kushner Gets Indicted By Robert Mueller

On Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight John Oliver hopes that the first person indicted by Mueller in his Russia probe is none other than Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. “I know right now all anyone can think about is the reported indictments coming from Robert Mueller—please let it be Jared, please let it be Jared,…

Robert Mueller Now Investigating Tony Podesta

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal probe has now expanded to include Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group, NBC News reported Monday. The special counsel began looking into the Democratic power-player and his lobbying group after probing the finances of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort. “Manafort had organized a public-relations campaign for a nonprofit called…

Jeff Sessions Testifies On Comey, Russia Investigation At Senate Hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday refused to discuss with the Senate judiciary committee his “confidential conversations with the President,” saying it remains up to the President to claim or waive executive privilege. “I can neither assert executive privilege neither can I disclose today the contents of my confidential conversations with the President,” Sessions said.…

Report: Twitter Erased Data Potentially Crucial to Russia Probes

Twitter, which may have been one of Russia’s most effective weapons in its efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, erased user data and posts that would have been valuable to investigators probing the interference, Politico reports. Cybersecurity officials said the site’s strict privacy policy may have led to deletions of the information, which…

Pokémon Go Apparently Used In Russian Election Meddling

Russian agents used the game Pokémon Go as a tool to influence the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report by CNN. A Russian-linked account masquerading as a Black Lives Matter activist group called Don’t Shoot Us apparently had the “dual goal of galvanizing African-Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view black…

Report: Manafort Offered Russian Magnate ‘Private Briefings’ On Campaign

While he was still serving as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort sent an email to an employee of his consulting business in Kiev requesting he tell a Russian billionaire with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin that if he wanted “private briefings” on the presidential race, Manafort would set it up, several people…

Dems To Mueller: Flynn Broke The Law On Security Forms

Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not disclose a trip he took to arrange a $100 billion Saudi-Russia business deal in his application for security clearance, House Democrats claim in a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller. Further, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and New York Rep. Eliot Engel say responses from Flynn…

Trump Reportedly Called Sessions ‘Idiot’ & Told Him Resign

After finding out that the deputy attorney general had appointed a special counsel to take over the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, President Trump went off on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, blaming Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation and demanding his resignation, several current and former administration officials…

Trump Jr. To Testify Privately Before Senate Panel About Russia Meeting

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son and executive director of the Trump Organization, will meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to discuss a June 2016 meeting he set up with a Kremlin-backed lawyer and other Russians promising compromising information on Hillary Clinton. Trump’s testimony, originally scheduled for July, will be transcribed but…

Putin: President Trump Is ‘Not My Bride’

Russian President Vladimir Putin still has hope for improving relations with the United States under the leadership of President Trump, he said Tuesday. But Putin took issue with questions from reporters asking whether he was disappointed in the American president, calling it “naive” to ask. “He’s not my bride, and I’m also not his bride…