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Saturday Bombshell: Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

By Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman and David D. Kirkpatrick
May 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor.

The meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office, according to several people with knowledge of their encounters.

Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on Aug. 3, 2016. The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump.

The company, which employed several Israeli former intelligence officers, specialized in collecting information and shaping opinion through social media.

More: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/19/us/politics/trump-jr-saudi-uae-nader-prince-zamel.html

Big article by Buzzfeed: The definitive story on Trump Moscow.

The Definitive Story Of How Trump’s Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign

On the day of the third Republican presidential debate, Trump personally signed the letter of intent.

All through the hot summer campaign of 2016, as Donald Trump and his aides dismissed talk of unseemly ties to Moscow, two of his key business partners were working furiously on a secret track: negotiations to build what would have been the tallest building in Europe and an icon of the Trump empire — the Trump World Tower Moscow.

Talks to construct the 100-story building continued even as the presidential candidate alternately bragged about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and rejected suggestions of Russian influence, and as Russian agents worked to sway US public opinion on Trump’s behalf.

While fragments of the Trump Moscow venture have trickled out — most recently in a report last night by Yahoo News — this is the definitive story of the Moscow tower, told from a trove of emails, text messages, congressional testimony, architectural renderings, and other documents obtained exclusively by BuzzFeed News, as well as interviews with key players and investigators. The documents reveal a detailed and plausible plan, well-connected Russian counterparts, and an effort that extended from spearfishing with a Russian developer on a private island to planning for a mid-campaign trip to Moscow for the presidential candidate himself.

The tower — a sheer, glass-encased obelisk situated on a river — would have soared above every other building in Moscow, the architectural drawings show. And the sharply angled skyscraper would have climaxed in a diamond-shaped pinnacle emblazoned with the word “Trump,” putting his name atop the continent’s tallest structure.

More: https://www.buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier/trump-moscow-micheal-cohen-felix-sater-campaign?utm_term=.ryq5K6P3o#.amDEr2mGa


Benjamin Wittes

This is, assuming it’s true, a holy shit story: While Trump was preparing for the Republican convention in spring 2016, Michael Cohen was still negotiating Trump Tower Moscow and was working on a Trump-Putin meeting to take place after the convention to finalize the deal.
https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/997151527725862912
In addition, the Trump Organization was negotiating on the project with a Russian spy.
https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/997151537246896128

Read the whole thing.

Read the whole thing.




(Another) Russian Ambassador to Portugal Oleg Belous dies suddenly at age of 66 - foreign ministry

Russian Ambassador to Portugal Oleg Belous dies suddenly at age of 66 - foreign ministry

MOSCOW, May 9. /TASS/. Russian Ambassador to Portugal Oleg Belous has died in Lisbon at the age of 66, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"The Russian foreign ministry deeply regrets to announce that Russian Ambassador to Portugal Oleg Belous died suddenly in Lisbon on May 8, 2018," the ministry said.

Oleg Belous was born in 1951. After graduation from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, he joined the foreign ministry in 1973.

In 1996-1998, he was director of the ministry’s European cooperation department and was Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 1998-2001.

More: http://tass.com/politics/1003483

An extensive Analysis of the questions Mueller wants to ask Trump

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During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?

*Intelligence Community Assessment and Mueller's indictment of Russians both confirm that Russia had an explicit goal of trying to help elect Donald Trump through hacking/disseminating damaging information on Clinton and pushing fake news/disinformation online.
*The Intelligence Community has explicit intelligence indicating this order came directly from Putin.
*Papadapolous plead guilty to lying to the FBI and had been reported by our allies to have been discussing Russia having Clinton emails before it was publicly known.
*This was the official start of the FBI investigation
*Trump had asked Russia publicly to find Hillary's missing emails
*Trump and his campaign frequently promoted Wikileaks
*Trump Jr appears to have gotten some communication from Wikileaks during the election
*Roger Stone spoke with both Assange and Guccifer 2.0 during the election
*The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower claims that Bannon was early on testing messaging for Putin/Russia
*The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower claims a Russian Official was asking questions in regards to targeting for unknown reasons
*SCL Group (tied to Cambridge Analytica) had paid Flynn
*Mueller has already indicted the Russian Internet Research Agency and multiple individuals in response to their involvement and interference in the 2016 election.
*Multiple Trump associates promoted accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency during the election.

Interference was wide spread and Trump's team seemed willing to work with Russia on multiple occasions. Its again a question of whether or not this is some widespread campaign conspiracy that Trump somehow didn't know about (unlikely) or was part of a coordinated plan.

More: https://www.reddit.com/r/TrumpInvestigation/comments/8g68g7/an_extensive_analysis_of_the_questions_mueller/


NEW: Sean Hannity revealed as secret owner behind shell companies that have spent $90m buying 870+ h

NEW: Sean Hannity revealed as secret owner behind shell companies that have spent $90m buying 870+ homes across the US – with help from HUD and foreclosures
https://twitter.com/jonswaine/status/988186772302680064


Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire

Fox News host who said Trump’s fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson last year


When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael Cohen, the Fox News host insisted their discussions had been limited to the subject of buying property.

“I’ve said many times on my radio show: I hate the stock market, I prefer real estate. Michael knows real estate,” Hannity said on television, a few hours after the dramatic hearing in Manhattan, where Cohen is under criminal investigation.

Hannity’s chosen investment strategy is confirmed by thousands of pages of public records reviewed by the Guardian, which detail a real estate portfolio of remarkable scale that has not previously been reported.

The records link Hannity to a group of shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade. The properties range from luxurious mansions to rentals for low-income families. Hannity is the hidden owner behind some of the shell companies and his attorney did not dispute that he owns all of them.

More: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/22/michael-cohen-sean-hannity-property-real-estate-ben-carson-hud?CMP=share_btn_tw

DNC complaint releases new timeline of hack:

DNC complaint releases new timeline of hack:

(APT29 initial compromise: June 27, 2015)

[Panama papers]: Apr 3, 2016

[Panama papers implicates Putin]: Apr 6

APT28 initial compromise: Apr 18, 2016

[DCleaks,com registered]: Apr 19

APT28 exfil: Apr 22

Breach discovered: Apr 28

https://twitter.com/pwnallthethings/status/987381581986885632

Summary of a Comey interview that just might surprise you

In an interview with David Remnick, James Comey dodges a question about Rudy joining Trump’s team: “I don’t know what to make of it....There’s no doubt he’s a smart and skilled attorney.”
https://twitter.com/maxwelltani/status/987108878872645632

Remnick asks Comey why he didn’t investigate Trump’s businesses when Comey was a US attorney in NY. Comey did not really have an answer.

Comey says he doesn’t know whether Trump has an FBI file, adds: “And if I knew I wouldn’t tell you.”

Comey says he’s voting next election. He adds that the last time he thought of myself as a Republican was 2012, says he’s not going to be a Democrat, and his political affiliation is “a neither.”

Asked about @NateSilver538’s claim that the Comey letter decided the election, Comey says “I hope that’s not true.” He adds that he hopes another academic study is released contradicting Silver.

Comey says he wishes Anthony Weiner had never been born.

Comey says his wife asked him why he told @jaketapper he didn’t dislike Trump. Comey says he actually feels sorry for Trump because “he has an emptiness inside of him and a need for affirmation I’ve never seen in an adult.”

There it is: Comey says we’d probably be better off if Hillary Clinton was president, adds that the country bears responsibility for poor presidential choices.

AP has Comey memos. Update: ***Here they are.***

BREAKING: AP obtains memos drafted by former FBI Director James Comey on interactions with President Donald Trump
https://twitter.com/AP/status/987126490889408512


Looks like we'll get to see them.

Update:

Ah, here are those James Comey memos uploaded by the AP:

https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/987133099497672704


https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4442900-Ex-FBI-Director-James-Comey-s-memos.html

Manafort Suspected of Serving as Back Channel to Russia, DOJ Says

Source: Bloomberg

*Prosecutors defend Mueller’s actions in pursuing Manafort
*Judge weighing whether Mueller exceeded his authority

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stemmed in part from his suspected role as a “back channel” between the campaign and Russians intent on meddling in the election, a Justice Department lawyer told a judge.

The disclosure by U.S. prosecutors came Thursday during a hearing on whether Mueller exceeded his authority in indicting Manafort on charges of laundering millions of dollars while acting as an unregistered agent of the Ukrainian government. Manafort’s lawyers say those alleged crimes have nothing to do with Mueller’s central mission -- to determine whether anyone in the Trump campaign had links to the Russian government.

Defense attorney Kevin Downing argued anew to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington that even Mueller’s appointment order permitting him to probe “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” wouldn’t cover the political consulting work that Manafort did in Ukraine for a decade.



Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-04-19/manafort-probed-as-back-channel-to-russia-u-s-lawyer-says?__twitter_impression=true

British regulator opens seven investigations into Russia's RT news channel

British regulator opens seven investigations into Russia's RT news channel https://reut.rs/2JWEkRN
https://twitter.com/ReutersUS/status/986582736247971840


Russia's RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case

ONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programs which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month.

The poisoning, which Britain blamed on Russia, prompted the biggest Western expulsions of diplomats since the height of the Cold War. Russia has denied any involvement and suggested Britain carried out the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

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Russia has warned that every British media outlet, such as the British Broadcasting Corporation, will be kicked out if Britain shuts down RT, a channel launched in 2005 and financed by the Russian state to project what it says is a Russian viewpoint on major global events.

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Russian officials say RT is a way for Moscow to compete with the dominance of global media companies based in the United States and Britain, which they say offer a particular view of the world.

More: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia/russias-rt-faces-seven-investigations-in-britain-over-broadcasts-since-skripal-case-idUSKBN1HP1CM?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5ad73a5604d3012760ca75af&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter
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