Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort received more than $17 million from a Ukrainian political party.
Paul Manafort, who was forced out as President Trump’s campaign chairman last summer after five months of infighting and criticism about his business dealings with pro-Russian interests, disclosed Tuesday that his consulting firm had received more than $17 million over two years from a Ukrainian political party with links to the Kremlin.
Anticorruption officials in Ukraine asserted at the time that the payments were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials. Mr. Manafort, who resigned his campaign post shortly after the article appeared, has denied receiving any cash, and state prosecutors in Ukraine have not accused him of wrongdoing.
The disclosures cap lengthy negotiations with officials at the Justice Department, which monitors activities of Americans who work on behalf of foreign political parties and governments. More from New York Times here.
FBI complaint filed against Trump associate Roger Stone for alleged treason.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump just announced that they’ve filed an FBI complaint against political strategist Roger Stone and the Trump campaign. They are not playing. The group, which is part of the Keep America Great PAC, allege Stone and the campaign were involved with WikiLeaks, and the “foreign government” behind it (read: Russia).
From the Saturday statement obtained by LawNewz.com: “Stone had fair warning before the most recent emails were released, and predicted back in August that Podesta would be at the center of the next string of hacks.” More from Law News here.
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The chief purveyor of fake news, Donald Trump has also been hanging a fake Time magazine cover in several of his golf clubs!
A framed, fake cover of Time Magazine featuring President Donald Trump has been prominently hung and displayed in at least four of Trump’s golf clubs. The former reality TV host has claimed in the past that he had appeared on the cover of Time twice before launching his political career, though he had only appeared once prior to his presidential run. More from Rolling Stone here!
Pew Research Center shows America’s standing has faultered with Trump presidency.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans chose a strange line of attack. As regular readers know, Obama’s GOP detractors seemed absolutely convinced that the Democratic president had done real damage to the United States’ international standing. The opposite was true, but GOP officials nevertheless argued, with unnerving vigor, that America had forfeited the admiration of the world — and it was Obama’s fault.
All of this was bizarre and sharply at odds with the evidence. But perhaps more importantly, it’s also terribly inconvenient for the GOP now that those same criticisms actually apply to a Republican president. More from the Maddow Blog here.
No wonder Trump is running scared from Mueller given foreign dealings, money laundering, and Russian investors.
The Washington Post reported that investigators are “looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates,” while the New York Times wrote:
“A former senior official said Mr. Mueller’s investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates. The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payments, probably by routing them through offshore banking centers.”
More from Foreign Policy here.
A definitive list of Trump’s lies!
JAN. 21 “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)
JAN. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.)
JAN. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.)
JAN. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama’s 2009 inauguration was much more heavily attended.)
JAN. 25 “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)” (The report never mentioned voter fraud.)
JAN. 25 “You had millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” (The real number is less than 1 million, according to the Urban Institute.)
JAN. 25 “So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can’t have that.” (There were no gun homicide victims in Chicago that day.)
And the lies continue, they go on and on and on.
See it here now as compiled by the New York Times.