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08.11.2018 - 05:55 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump just seized control of the Russia probe

In firing Sessions — by tweet, natch — Trump announced that Matt Whitaker, Sessions‘ chief of staff at Justice, would become the acting Attorney General, a post he can hold for roughly 200 days because he has not been confirmed previously by the Senate.

But even having Whitaker in the job for the next 100 days could be enough for Trump. Whitaker has been openly critical of the breadth of Mueller’s investigation and even mused on this chain of events in a 2017 interview with CNN:

31.10.2018 - 05:33 [ Vox.com ]

The incredibly shoddy plot to smear Robert Mueller, explained

Exactly what was going on remains unclear — including the object of the apparent scheme. But it spilled into public view after pro-Trump Twitter personality Jacob Wohl ominously suggested Monday night that a story about such allegations was coming, and journalists who had heard about this shady operation reacted with alarm on Twitter, saying it seemed to be a smear attempt.

31.10.2018 - 05:29 [ Spiegel.de ]

Robert Mueller: FBI ermittelt wegen mutmaßlicher Schmierkampagne gegen Sonderermittler

Die Frau soll auch gesagt haben, dass der Anrufer nach seinen eigenen Angaben für den rechtsgerichteten Lobbyisten und Radiomoderator Jack Burkman arbeite.

Burkman bestätigte laut Nachrichtenagentur Reuters, mit fünf Frauen gesprochen zu haben, die angeblich Vorwürfe der sexuellen Belästigung gegen Mueller erheben. Burkman bestritt aber, dass er die Frauen für diese angebliche Information bezahlt habe.

10.10.2018 - 05:49 [ CNN ]

New York Times: Top Trump campaign official requested online manipulation plans from Israeli company

The campaign official, Rick Gates, was ultimately not interested in the company’s work, a person with knowledge of the discussions told the Times.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating Russian interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election, have obtained copies of the proposals and questioned Psy-Group employees, according to people familiar with those interviews, the Times reports.

10.10.2018 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Mueller Probe: Israeli Firm, Trump Campaign Discussed Smearing Rivals in 2016

According to the report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating foreign interference in the 2016 election, is closely examining these contacts. His office, the report said, has interviewed workers from Psy-Group and collected documents from the company’s headquarters in Israel.

10.10.2018 - 05:38 [ New York Times ]

Rick Gates Sought Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm for Trump Campaign

A third proposal by the company, Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, sketched out a monthslong plan to help Mr. Trump by using social media to help expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions. The proposals, part of what Psy-Group called “Project Rome,” used code names to identify the players — Mr. Trump was “Lion” and Mrs. Clinton was “Forest.” Mr. Cruz, who Trump campaign officials feared might lead a revolt over the Republican presidential nomination, was “Bear.”

10.10.2018 - 05:34 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Trump team asked Israel firm to create election smear campaign

Psy-Group has also alleged to have been involved in Israel’s efforts against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Times of Israel reported that these revelations, which came to light in a separate investigation, showed that Psy-Group registered the website outlawbds.com. The site was believed to contain a “blacklist” with photos and email addresses of individuals believed to support BDS, but outlawbds.com has since disappeared from the internet.

29.09.2018 - 09:21 [ thisisinsider.com ]

Top House Republican will meet with Rod Rosenstein ‚in the coming weeks‘ over report he discussed secretly recording Trump

The Republican Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte asked Rod Rosenstein for a meeting to discuss a report that the deputy attorney general said he was willing to secretly record President Donald Trump.
The report The New York Times published on September 21 cited sources who said Rosenstein wanted to expose the chaos in the White House and potentially build a case for invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

25.09.2018 - 08:31 [ KSNT.com ]

Rosenstein decision postponed as he and Trump set meeting for Thursday

Rob Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General whose job hangs in the balance, had been expected to learn his fate Monday, but NBC News reports the meeting with President Trump has been postponed until Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C..

22.09.2018 - 13:37 [ CNN ]

Wolf Blitzer analyzes Rosenstein’s ’so-called denial‘

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discusses the statement released by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the New York Times reported that he discussed secretly recording President Trump in 2017 and discussed plans to use the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

22.09.2018 - 13:36 [ orf.at ]

Trump-Absetzung: US-Vizejustizminister dementiert Ideen

Dem jetzigen Bericht der Zeitung zufolge soll Rosenstein im Mai vergangenen Jahres in internen Diskussionen auch vorgeschlagen haben, dass Trumps Äußerungen hinter verschlossenen Türen mitgeschnitten werden könnten – und zwar mit dem Ziel, das „Chaos“ im Weißen Haus offenzulegen. Das Blatt zitierte mehrere anonyme Quellen, die über Rosensteins Äußerungen in Kenntnis gesetzt worden seien.

22.09.2018 - 13:28 [ New York Times ]

Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.

22.09.2018 - 13:18 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Stellvertretender US-Justizminister Rosenstein soll Abhöraktion gegen Trump vorgeschlagen haben

Der amerikanische Vize-Justizminister Rosenstein gerät in Bedrängnis: Er soll 2017 vorgeschlagen haben, Trump abzuhören.
Rosenstein dementiert den Abhörplan. Es gibt Debatten, ob seine Äußerung damals ernst oder sarkastisch gemeint war.
Rosenstein verantwortet die Russland-Ermittlungen von Sonderermittler Mueller.

15.09.2018 - 08:51 [ Spiegel.de ]

Trumps Ex-Wahlkampfchef: Manafort kooperiert mit Sonderermittler Mueller

Die Vereinbarung ist Teil eines Deals im zweiten Prozess gegen Manafort. Am Freitag bekannte er sich in dem Verfahren in zwei Punkten schuldig: Verschwörung zum Betrug an den Vereinigten Staaten und Verschwörung zur Behinderung der Justiz. Details zu der Mueller-Kooperation wurden zunächst nicht bekannt.

03.09.2018 - 07:03 [ FoxNews.com ]

DOJ’s Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‚in the loop‘ about anti-Trump dossier, sources say

(30.8.2018) The sources said Ohr’s outreach about the dossier – as well as its author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele; the opposition research firm behind it, Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS; and his wife Nellie Ohr’s work for Fusion – occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts. Ohr’s network of contacts on the dossier included: former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case.

22.08.2018 - 08:12 [ Reuters ]

Commentary: The messy meaning of the Manafort and Cohen cases

The mixed verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, along with the guilty plea on campaign finance violations by the U.S. president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is a sign of just how messy – and perhaps inconclusive – Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will be. But Tuesday’s events also point to a broader destabilization in U.S. politics.

20.08.2018 - 10:16 [ New York Times ]

Trump Lawyers’ Sudden Realization: They Don’t Know What Don McGahn Told Mueller’s Team

After Mr. McGahn was initially interviewed by the special counsel’s office in November, Mr. Trump’s lawyers never asked for a complete description of what Mr. McGahn had said, according to a person close to the president.

Mr. McGahn’s lawyer, William A. Burck, gave the president’s lawyers a short overview of the interview but few details, and he did not inform them of what Mr. McGahn said in subsequent interactions with the investigators, according to a person close to Mr. Trump.

01.08.2018 - 21:51 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. He worked for me for a very short time. Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion – a Hoax!

01.08.2018 - 21:51 [ ABC News ]

Trump to Sessions: Shut down Russia probe

„This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!“ Trump wrote, in the third of a series of tweets.

01.08.2018 - 21:44 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump just tweeted something new about the Russia investigation — and it’s huge

Trump’s lawyers immediately sought to walk the tweet back. Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Dana Bash that Trump was „was expressing his opinion on his favorite medium, Twitter, for asserting his First Amendment rights“ and said the tweet wasn’t a demand.

20.07.2018 - 03:23 [ Philip M. Giraldi / |Strategic Culture Foundation ]

The Establishment Strikes Back

The Helsinki Summit between the two leaders was critically important to anyone interested in preserving the planet Earth as we know it and there was no reason at all to release a non-time sensitive document that was clearly intended to cast a shadow over the proceedings. In fact, the surfacing of the indictment might easily be explained as a deliberate attempt by a politicized Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller to torpedo President Trump over concerns that he might actually come to some understanding with Putin.

14.07.2018 - 12:57 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Russland-Ermittlungen: Muellers neue Anklagen bringen Trump in Verlegenheit

US-Sonderermittler Mueller hat zwölf russische Geheimdienstmitarbeiter wegen der Hacker-Angriffe im Wahlkampf 2016 angeklagt.
Erstmals wird damit direkt die russische Regierung für die Hacks gegen das Clinton-Team und Wahl-Behörden verantwortlich gemacht.
Vor dem Gipfeltreffen zwischen Trump und Putin bringt das die US-Regierung in Verlegenheit.

15.06.2018 - 18:04 [ Raw Story ]

Paul Manafort jailed on witness tampering charges

Paul Manafort was jailed Friday on new charges of witness tampering filed against him last week by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The former Trump campaign chairman was arraigned after his indictment on the new charges, and a judge granted Mueller’s request for Manafort’s $10 million bail to be revoked.

07.06.2018 - 10:57 [ CNBC ]

Russian leader Vladimir Putin: President Trump and I ‚regularly talk over the phone‘

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump talk „regularly,“ the Russian president told an Austrian news outlet ahead of his visit to Vienna.
He also addressed the possibility of a summit between the U.S. and Russia.

23.05.2018 - 20:07 [ New York Times ]

How the Mueller Investigation Could Play Out for Trump

But for now, there are several other potential outcomes while Mr. Trump is president. The New York Times spoke to defense lawyers, legal experts and former Justice Department officials to determine how the Mueller investigation may play out for Mr. Trump. The Times explored the likeliest outcomes in this little-tested area of the law; some have nearly endless permutations that are not covered here.

21.05.2018 - 17:59 [ calcalistech.com ]

Israeli Company Investigated by Robert Mueller’s Team Shuts Down

Psy-Group, the company headed by the Israeli media specialist Joel Zamel, who is reportedly being investigated in connection with the alleged illegal intervention in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, has shut down, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity.

20.05.2018 - 08:18 [ Spiegel.de ]

Treffen im Trump Tower: Golfmonarchien boten Trump Hilfe für Wahl an

Arrangiert worden sei das Treffen – es fand im Trump Tower in New York statt – von Erik Prince, Gründer der Sicherheits- und Söldnerfirma Blackwater. Ebenfalls anwesend gewesen sei Joel Zamel, Mitgründer eines israelischen Beratungsunternehmens. Prince ist auch Ehemann der heutigen Erziehungsministerin Betsy DeVos.

20.05.2018 - 06:27 [ ORF.at ]

„NYT“: Golfmonarchien wollten Trump bei Wahl 2016 helfen

Arrangiert worden sei das Treffen – im Trump Tower in New York – von Erik Prince, Gründer der Sicherheits- und Söldnerfirma Blackwater. Ebenfalls anwesend sei Joel Zamel gewesen, Mitgründer eines israelischen Beratungsunternehmens. Prince ist auch Ehemann der heutigen Erziehungsministerin Betsy DeVos.

19.05.2018 - 21:33 [ New York Times ]

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

There were concerns inside the company, Psy-Group, about the plan’s legality, according to one person familiar with the effort. The company, whose motto is “shape reality,” consulted an American law firm, and was told that it would be illegal if any non-Americans were involved in the effort.

Mr. Zamel, the founder of Psy-Group and one of its owners, has been questioned about the August 2016 meeting by investigators for the special counsel, and at least two F.B.I. agents working on the inquiry have traveled to Israel to interview employees of the company who worked on the proposal.

19.05.2018 - 21:31 [ Haaretz ]

Mueller Investigators Questioned Witnesses in Israel and Seized Computers, Report Says

The report, citing four sources, said that a company linked to Zamel, Psy-Group, was working on an online manipulation campaign that involved usage thousands of fake social media accounts to help Trump get elected. The report, Zamel himself was questioned by Mueller’s investigators and at least two FBI agents were sent to Israel to interview the company’s employees. Mueller’s team also worked with the Israel Police to seize computers of one of Zamel’s firms. The New York Times notes that there were concerns inside the company about the plan’s legality, since U.S. law prohibits non-Americans from being involved in the election.

11.05.2018 - 15:38 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Law Firm Dumps Giuliani After Train Wreck Interviews

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who has become one of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys, abruptly resigned from his law firm following a string of unhinged media appearances. Giuliani and the firm, Greenberg Traurig, released a joint statement on Thursday saying that the resignation was effective a day earlier.

09.05.2018 - 23:30 [ CNN ]

Exclusive: Mueller’s team questions Russian oligarch about payments to Cohen

The attorney for Stormy Daniels — the porn star who received $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump a decade ago — produced information Tuesday evening that appears to add further details to CNN’s reporting. Michael Avenatti alleged that Cohen received half a million dollars from a company affiliated with Vekselberg in the months after the presidential election.

09.05.2018 - 23:27 [ New York Times ]

Viktor Vekselberg, Russian Billionaire, Was Questioned by Mueller’s Investigators

(4.5.2018) Federal agents working with Mr. Mueller stopped Mr. Vekselberg, a billionaire businessman, at a New York-area airport this year, searched his electronic devices and questioned him, according to people familiar with the matter. They confronted him after he stepped off a private plane about two months ago, according to one of the people.

There is no indication that Mr. Mueller suspects Mr. Vekselberg of wrongdoing. But Mr. Vekselberg attended the presidential inauguration last year,

06.05.2018 - 19:12 [ CNN ]

Giuliani doesn’t rule out that Trump could take Fifth Amendment in Mueller probe

President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, did not rule out Sunday that the President could plead the Fifth Amendment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
„How can I ever be confident of that?“ Giuliani told anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC News‘ „This Week.“

04.05.2018 - 08:11 [ Washington Post ]

To search Michael Cohen’s home and office, the FBI had to clear a higher-than-normal bar

Here’s what we don’t know: We don’t know specifically what the FBI was looking for when it raided the office of Michael Cohen, high-profile attorney for the Trump Organization. We don’t know what they found; we don’t know what investigations might be bolstered or curtailed by the evidence they seized.

What we do know, though, is interesting enough. The raid, which covered Cohen’s office and, according to the Wall Street Journal, his home and a Manhattan hotel room, included the seizure of information about the payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election and it included communications between Cohen and President Trump — meaning it included communication between an attorney and his client.

03.05.2018 - 20:14 [ CNN ]

Trump and Mueller are closing in on open war

It was always theoretically possible that the Russia investigation could end with the President and the special counsel on either side of a constitutional showdown. But a breakneck sequence of events over the last two days may have made the nightmare scenario increasingly likely.

02.05.2018 - 09:01 [ ORF.at ]

Bericht: Mueller drohte mit Vorladung Trumps

US-Sonderermittler Robert Mueller soll einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge den Anwälten von Donald Trump damit gedroht haben, den US-Präsidenten zu einer Anhörung vor einer Grand Jury vorzuladen, sollte er eine Befragung durch die Ermittler verweigern. Mueller habe das bei einem Treffen mit Trumps Anwaltsteam am 5. März gesagt, berichtete die „Washington Post“ gestern Abend.

10.04.2018 - 03:29 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s tirade after the Michael Cohen raid, annotated

TRUMP: So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys — a good man. And it’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down. We’ve given, I believe, over a million pages‘ worth of documents to the Special Counsel.

They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria and we’re talking about a lot of serious things. We’re the greatest fighting force ever. And I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now — and actually, much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination, it started.

And it’s a disgrace. It’s, frankly, a real disgrace. It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense.