Archiv: affairs / scandals


08.12.2019 - 18:00 [ Haaretz ]

Needed: A Commission of Inquiry Into the Submarine Affair

The corruption involved in the purchase of submarines and ships from the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp makes it among the worst such affairs in Israel’s history. It involves bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering by a criminal network that functioned at the highest levels of Israel’s government and business people between 2009 and 2019 , funnelling government funds from the defense budget into private pockets, by swaying decisions regarding purchases from the German shipbuilder.

08.12.2019 - 15:52 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Shocking photo shows paedo Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein & ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell at Beatrice’s 18th birthday bash

DEPRAVED Jeffrey Epstein, his alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell and disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein grin at Princess Beatrice’s Windsor Castle party.

06.12.2019 - 16:47 [ Haaretz ]

Damage to Israel’s Security Inflicted by Submarine Affair Will Linger for Decades

The agreement with ThyssenKrupp included provisions for what would happen if corruption were discovered on the German end; in that situation, the corporation would be able to cancel the existing deals. But it included no provisions on what would happen if corruption were discovered on the Israeli end.

06.12.2019 - 16:37 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu lawyer to be charged with money-laundering: judiciary

Israel’s attorney general said Thursday he intends to charge the personal lawyer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with money-laundering in the state’s purchase of submarines from German firm Thyssenkrupp.

The justice ministry said that charges were also expected against a businessman who represented the firm in Israel and against a former head of the Israeli navy.

03.10.2019 - 12:03 [ theGuardian.com ]

‚We’re not fooling around‘: Pelosi and Schiff stand firm as Trump fumes

Elijah Cummings, the chair of the House oversight committee, revealed that it would issue a subpoena to the White House if it failed to hand over documents on contacts with Ukraine by Friday.

“I do not take this step lightly,” Cummings said, saying the White House had stonewalled on demands for cooperation for several weeks.

28.09.2019 - 03:36 [ The New York Times ]

Kurt Volker, Trump’s Envoy for Ukraine, Resigns

Mr. Volker, who told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday that he was stepping down, offered no public explanation but a person informed about his decision said he concluded that it was impossible to be effective in his assignment given the developments of recent days.

28.09.2019 - 02:08 [ Reuters ]

U.S. House panel to hear from inspector general on whistleblower complaint

A U.S. House of Representatives committee will hear closed-door testimony from the intelligence community’s inspector general on Oct. 4, a congressional official said on Friday.

28.09.2019 - 00:36 [ Reuters ]

House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for Ukraine documents

The House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees which announced the subpoena also scheduled depositions for five State Department officials over the next two weeks, including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

25.09.2019 - 17:59 [ theHill.com ]

READ: Transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian president

The Trump administration on Wednesday released a five-page transcript of President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The White House had faced mounting pressure to release the transcript amid scrutiny over reports that Trump urged Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

10.08.2019 - 22:22 [ Philip M. Giraldi / American Herald Tribune ]

Jeffrey Epstein RIP: But Many More Questions Remain to be Answered

So, he is dead but did he do it himself or was he helped? There are many prominent individuals and powerful government agencies that will be very pleased that he is gone as most of his secrets will have gone to the grave with him.

10.08.2019 - 19:54 [ theHill.com ]

Ocasio-Cortez demands ‚answers‘ after Epstein found dead in jail cell

Multiple media outlets reported Saturday that Epstein’s body was discovered in his jail cell about 7:30 a.m. at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

Many immediately began questioning the details surrounding his death after Epstein was reportedly put on suicide watch in late July following a possible suicide attempt.

28.07.2019 - 14:15 [ Elijah E. Cummings, Abgeordneter des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on. Because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children, and your children’s children, and generations yet unborn we’ve got to guard this moment…this is our watch.

(24.07.2019)

25.07.2019 - 13:15 [ theHill.com ]

Scandal in Puerto Rico threatens chance at statehood

(18.07.2019)

These protests need to be seen with the larger context of the political contest in Puerto Rico, particularly with regards to the status issue. Although it is true that people of all persuasions have asked for the resignation of Rosselló, it is also clear that the protests are being politically co-opted by the territorial and pro-independence factions — here in Puerto Rico and in the mainland — which are utilizing his egregious missteps as a cudgel to oppose statehood.

22.07.2019 - 13:41 [ Haaretz ]

Answering Barak, Daily Mail Says It Stands by Epstein Article, Rejects ‚Malicious‘ Motives

(18.07.2019)

In its statement the tabloid said: „DailyMail.com stands by its recent story concerning Ehud Barak’s relationship with the convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein 100 percent.“

„We note that Mr. Barak’s assertion that he was not party to Mr. Epstein’s illegal activities is a denial of a claim we have never made,“ the Daily Mail said in their statement, adding that the story only referenced the content of the photos.

26.06.2019 - 07:18 [ CNN ]

Mueller to testify publicly on July 17 following a subpoena

„Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates‘ obstruction of the investigation into that attack,“ House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in a joint statement.

12.06.2019 - 08:15 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

“Someone should call Obama up. The Obama Administration spied on a rival presidential campaign using Federal Agencies. I mean, that seems like a headline to me?” @TuckerCarlson It will all start coming out, and the Witch Hunt will end. Presidential Harassment!

12.06.2019 - 08:13 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Phil Mudd: „Clock Ticking“ For Democrats Before Barr Finds Out How Trump Probe Started

(04.06.2019)

Retired CIA operative and CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd talks about British national Christopher Steele, author of the infamous Steele dossier, deciding to talk with U.S. officials about his part in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Mudd predicts things are going to get „ugly“ when Attorney General Bill Barr concludes how the probe was initiated which will give the Trump White House „ammo.“

06.06.2019 - 19:52 [ Techdirt ]

AG William Barr Doesn’t Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It’s OK If It Spies On Everyone Else

Let me restate that: William Barr is opposed to certain, very narrow subsets of domestic surveillance. Specifically, Barr doesn’t think the government should have spied on Trump and his campaign staff, if that’s what actually happened, which Barr doesn’t actually seem to know.

But if you’re literally anyone else, domestic surveillance is just another name for national security, whether you’re a random Verizon customer or one of the world’s most useful websites.

The Wikimedia Foundation sued the federal government over domestic surveillance back in 2015. The suit lives on four years later …

05.06.2019 - 09:28 [ theHill.com ]

Report: Christopher Steele agrees to be questioned by US officials over his relationship with FBI

A source close to Steele told The Times he will meet with investigators in London in the coming weeks. Republicans have long alleged it was Steele’s dossier that improperly led to an FBI inquiry, which ultimately morphed into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump and campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

05.06.2019 - 09:24 [ DailyMail..co.uk ]

Golden showers dossier author Christopher Steele WILL speak to U.S. authorities investigating how claims Trump colluded with Russia began

– The former British intelligence officer authored what became known as the golden showers dossier
– Congressional investigators sought to interview him without success
– He will meet with unidentified U.S. investigators, a source close to him told the Times of London
– Attorney General Bill Barr ordered a new investigation of the origins of the Russia probe
– The Mueller report did not confirm salacious claims from the dossier
– The report did include a footnote about a Georgian businessman who told Michael Cohen he had ’stopped flow‘ of ’some tapes‘

01.06.2019 - 20:27 [ ABC News ]

House Intelligence chair to spy agencies: Tell us what Barr asks for

„This approach threatens national security by subverting longstanding rules and practices that obligate you and other heads of [intelligence community] agencies to safeguard sources and methods and prevent the politicization of intelligence and law enforcement,“ Schiff wrote in the letter to Coats, which was also sent to the heads of the CIA, NSA and FBI.

01.06.2019 - 20:22 [ Bloomberg ]

Barr Doubts Intelligence Accounts of Trump-Russia Probe’s Origin

Attorney General William Barr said he’s not satisfied so far with official accounts justifying the counterintelligence investigation into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was involved in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“These counterintelligence activities that were directed at the Trump campaign, were not done in the normal course and not through the normal procedures as a far as I can tell,” Barr told “CBS This Morning” in an interview broadcast Friday.

01.06.2019 - 20:18 [ Fox News ]

Barr has not received ’satisfactory‘ answers from intelligence community in Russia probe origins review

Last month, Barr announced he had assembled a team to review the FBI’s original Russia probe which was opened in the summer of 2016. Barr appointed U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to lead the investigation which will focus on the use of FBI informants as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.

But Barr, in an interview with CBS News that aired Friday, said he has more questions than answers at this point in the probe.

30.05.2019 - 16:25 [ CNN ]

US intelligence partners wary of Barr’s Russia review

Key allies who share intelligence with the United States could soon be dragged into the middle of Attorney General Bill Barr’s politically-charged Justice Department review of how the Russia investigation began.
President Donald Trump has said he wants Barr to look into the role key intelligence partners, including the United Kingdom and Australia, played in the origins of Russia probe.

24.05.2019 - 05:45 [ WTOC.com ]

Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies

The move marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to „investigate the investigators,“ as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump.

24.05.2019 - 05:34 [ Washington Post ]

Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe

President Trump has granted Attorney General William P. Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late Thursday that orders U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate promptly with Barr’s audit of the investigation into Russia’s election interference in 2016.

24.05.2019 - 05:29 [ TownHall.com ]

BREAKING: Trump Approves Declassification of Documents Related to 2016 Election Spying

The declassification of documents applies to the Department of State, Treasury, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, CIA and the Director of National Intelligence.

24.05.2019 - 04:59 [ CNN ]

These House Democrats are calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump

By CNN’s count, there are at least 35 House Democrats who’ve made public comments advocating at least for starting the impeachment inquiry process — while some have gone further.
House Democrats who have publicly state they at least support starting an impeachment inquiry:

24.05.2019 - 04:48 [ Washington Post ]

Does President Trump actually want to be impeached?

Some legal experts have argued that there is a simple solution to this standoff: The legitimate legislative purpose could be easily satisfied by launching impeachment proceedings.

23.05.2019 - 04:20 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Trump Has Temper Tantrum With Nancy Pelosi

Trump ran away from Nancy Pelosi today… Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

23.05.2019 - 04:11 [ New York Times ]

Trump, Angered by ‘Phony’ Inquiries, Blows Up Meeting With Pelosi and Schumer

President Trump abruptly blew up a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday, declaring that he could not work with them until they stopped investigating him and lashing out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing him of a cover-up.

He then marched out into the Rose Garden, where reporters had been gathered, and delivered a statement bristling with anger as he demanded that Democrats “get these phony investigations over with.”

21.05.2019 - 09:32 [ theGuardian.com ]

Austrian government collapses after far-right minister fired

Austria’s far-right interior minister, Herbert Kickl, has been fired in the wake of the “Ibiza” corruption scandal that has engulfed the Freedom party (FPÖ), leading to the complete collapse of the country’s governing coalition.

In response to the sacking, the remaining Freedom party ministers resigned from their posts, which included the ministries for defence, work and transport.

21.05.2019 - 08:42 [ Haaretz ]

Embroiled Israeli Spin Doctor Rocks Austria With ‚anti-Semitic‘ Campaign Against Chancellor Candidate

(05.10.2017)

For several months Silberstein was an adviser to the Social Democratic Party, headed by Chancellor Christian Kern. A few days ago, media outlets including the investigative magazine Profil and the daily Die Presse reported that around four months ago, Silberstein put together a team of Israelis and Austrians who from their Vienna headquarters ran two Facebook sites on which they attacked Kurz, Kern’s rival, in a particularly hard-nosed style.

05.05.2019 - 23:26 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson urged to force Theresa May to hold judge-led inquiry into sacking over Huawei leak

The former defence secretary is being urged by friends to table a Parliamentary motion demanding a new investigation, which would almost certainly be backed by opposition parties and a number of Tory MPs.

He is also weighing up whether to engineer his own “Geoffrey Howe moment” by making a speech in the Commons that could hasten Theresa May’s downfall, in the same way that the former deputy PM triggered the leadership contest that ended Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

05.05.2019 - 16:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Gavin Williamson calls for investigation into Huawei leak inquiry

He said that police had not been provided with evidence by the Cabinet Office that a crime has been committed and no crime had been alleged by the “owner of the material”.

05.05.2019 - 16:36 [ Sky News ]

Gavin Williamson accuses May of ‚classic smear‘ over diabetes claim

According to various reports citing government sources, Mr Williamson had told fellow Tories Mrs May’s health makes her unfit to be prime minister.

A Downing Street source said the briefings did not come from No 10.

04.05.2019 - 15:32 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Theresa May refuses to release Huawei leak report to sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson

Meanwhile, there will be no criminal investigation into the affair – after the government refused to refer it to the police, despite experts warning of a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

Ms May was asked three times if she would bow to Mr Williamson’s request to be handed a copy of the conclusions reached by Mark Sedwill, the national security adviser, but refused to budge.

03.05.2019 - 16:22 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson accuses Whitehall chief of framing him for Huawei secrets leak

As the latest scandal to rock Theresa May’s government engulfed Westminster for a second day;
– Labour chiefs united with some Tory MPs to demand a police probe is mounted to get to the bottom of what happened.
– Mr Williamson said he would personally welcome a criminal investigation as the only was to “clear” his name.

03.05.2019 - 16:20 [ Financial Times / Youtube ]

Gavin Williamson’s exit: the first sacking of its kind in a generation

FT Whitehall correspondent Sebastian Payne on the reasons why Gavin Williamson became the first UK cabinet minister in a generation to be fired following a leak inquiry.

03.05.2019 - 10:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson: Fired defence secretary denied access to copy of Huawei leaks report

Gavin Williamson has been refused a copy of the report of the investigation which claimed he leaked secrets from the National Security Council, The Independent has learnt.

The former defence secretary believes that the release of the report will prove the weakness of the case against him which led to his firing.

03.05.2019 - 10:32 [ Reuters ]

UK investigated Huawei leak because it came from top intel briefing: UK PM spokesman

The British government needed to investigate the disclosure of secret information relating to Chinese telecoms company Huawei because it came from a classified intelligence briefing, the prime minister’s spokesman said on Thursday.

03.05.2019 - 10:25 [ Forbes ]

U.S. Threatens U.K. On Huawei And Intelligence-Sharing

(29.04.2019)

On Monday, the U.S. sent a stark message across the Atlantic: „It is the United States’ position that putting Huawei or any other untrustworthy vendor in any part of the 5G telecommunications network is a risk,” said Robert Strayer, as reported by Reuters. This can hardly come as a surprise to the U.K. Washington has made no secret of its binary view of Huawei’s equipment, and the U.K. is its closest ally, even within the Five Eyes.

03.05.2019 - 10:21 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to warn Theresa May over Huawei as leak scandal turns to farce

Mike Pompeo will say in a face-to-face meeting next Wednesday that the Chinese technology company poses a risk to British citizens and could breach privacy protections when he meets the Prime Minister and Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, in London.

The former head of the CIA will make clear that giving Huawei access could throw US-UK technology partnerships into doubt, according to a senior US State Department official, who said spelling out the risks was „imperative“.

02.05.2019 - 16:50 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson demands police probe into HIMSELF claiming it’s the only way to clear his name over leak which got him sacked

Scotland Yard are on standby to launch a probe into claims the ex-Defence Secretary leaked spy secrets.
But they can’t start their investigation unless they get the green light from No10 – and Theresa May is reluctant to get the cops involved.

02.05.2019 - 13:09 [ AOL.co.uk ]

Police must decide on prosecution over Huawei leak, says Hunt

Responding to a question from the Press Association during a visit to Ethiopia, Mr Hunt said: “Let me say that, when it comes to issues like whether there should be a police investigation or not, there’s a very, very important principle of our system that those decisions are not made by politicians, they are made independently by police.

“And that has to be the correct way forward in this situation.”

02.05.2019 - 13:06 [ ITV.com ]

No need to refer Huawei leak to police, Cabinet Secretary says

„The Prime Minister has said she now considers that this matter has been closed and the Cabinet Secretary does not consider it necessary to refer it to the police, but we would of course cooperate fully should the police themselves consider that an investigation were necessary.“

Lidington’s remarks were echoed by Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill – the most senior civil servant in the UK – who said he did not believe it necessary to refer the matter to the police.

19.04.2019 - 17:04 [ Glenn Greenwald ‏/ Twitter ]

There is, needless to say, no hint or suggestion in the Mueller Report that Paul Manafort visited Julian Assange ever in his life, let alone 3 times in the Ecuadorian Embassy during the election. It would obviously be there if it happened. How can the @guardian not retract this??