Trump Campaign Paid $50,000 from Campain Donations To Trump Jr.’s Lawyer Days Before Bombshell NYT Report

Trump Campaign Paid $50,000 from Campain Donations To Trump Jr.’s Lawyer Days Before Bombshell NYT Report

In newly filed campaign disclosure forms, President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign committee has disclosed that it paid a $50,000 retainer to criminal defense attorney Alan S. Futerfas who represents his son Donald Trump Jr. The timing of the payment is certainly raising eyebrows. Trump claimed he found out about the controversial meeting his son held with a Kremlin-linked lawyer around the time the New York Times first reported it, but the payment to Trump Jr.’s lawyer was made eleven days before. 

According to the disclosure forms, Trump’s presidential campaign made a $50,000 payment to Futerfas’ law firm on June 27, 2017. The first story about Trump Jr.’s meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya went up on the New York Times website on July 8, 2017, 11 days after the payment was made. On July 12, in an exchange with reporters on Air Force One en route to Paris, Trump said, 

“I only heard about it [Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian lawyer] two or three days ago.” 

More from the Huffington Post here.

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s directed involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.  More from the Washington Post here. 

The Putin Interviews (Showtime Documentary Films)

The Invention of Russia: The Rise of Putin and the Age of Fake News

Trump lies about personal meeting with Russian Ambassador Kislyak despite prior statements he had no meeting with any Russian official during 2016 campaign.

Trump lies about personal meeting with Russian Ambassador Kislyak despite prior statements he had no meeting with any Russian official during 2016 campaign.

Trump personally met with Russian ambassador during campaign. Trump has repeatedly denied meeting with any Russian officials as a candidate.

Trump personally met with the Russian ambassador on April 27, 2016, prior to a major foreign policy speech. The Wall Street Journal, in a report that was little-noticed at the time but was recently picked up by AMERICABlog News, reported the meeting last year.

A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.

More on this story from ThinkProgress here.

Paul Manafort says Russians failed to influence him in 2016 election hacking, but did they really?  Russians routinely use unwitting agents.  

Paul Manafort says Russians failed to influence him in 2016 election hacking, but did they really?  Russians routinely use unwitting agents.  

“If there ever was any effort by Russians to influence me, I was unaware, and they would have failed,” Mr. Manafort said in a statement. “I did not collude with the Russians to influence the elections.”

Whether the Russians worked directly with any Trump advisers is one of the central questions that federal investigators, now led by Robert S. Mueller III, the newly appointed special counsel, are seeking to answer. President Trump, for his part, has dismissed talk of Russian interference in the election as “fake news,” insisting there was no contact between his campaign and Russian officials.  Read the story from the New York Times here.

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The New York Times  is reporting that top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides last summer involving Paul Manafort. A former partner of Manafort, Russian aluminum oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska  is now seeking immunity for his testimony.  Read the current story from the New York Times here.

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In his excellent testimony March 30 before the Senate intelligence committee, Thomas Rid, a professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, explains how Russia has perfected the art of exploiting unwitting agents.  The Atlantic explains how Russians dupe people into unwitting agents here.  

Trump transition team, including Mike Pence, was well aware Michael Flynn was under federal investigation at time he was hired at National Security Advisor.  

Trump transition team, including Mike Pence, was well aware Michael Flynn was under federal investigation at time he was hired at National Security Advisor.

Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.

Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser. The job gave Mr. Flynn access to the president and nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies.  More from the New York Times here. 

Comey and Rogers testify before House Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in 2016 election.

Comey and Rogers testify before House Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in 2016 election.

The Washington Post has posted a full transcript from the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

The full transcript is here.  


Watch Adam Schiff ‘s full Opening Statement on Trump wiretapping claims at FBI Comey hearing on March 20, 2017 here. 

Vice President Mike Pence found to have used private email server as Indiana Governor while criticizing Clinton during campaign — what a hypocrite!

Vice President Mike Pence found to have used private email server as Indiana Governor while criticizing Clinton during campaign -- what a hypocrite!

Vice President Mike Pence found to have used private email server as Indiana Governor while criticizing Clinton during campaign — what a hypocrite!

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump, Pence, and many of their campaign associates routinely criticized Democrat Hillary Clinton, whose campaign was embroiled in an FBI investigation over her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

Vice President Mike Pence used his personal AOL email account to communicate with top advisers for official business while serving as the governor of Indiana, according to a report by The Indianapolis Star on Thursday.
The emails, which were part of a public-records request, discussed matters related to security both local and abroad – from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to global terrorist attacks.   More from Business Insider here. 

Our Vice President appears to be another hypocrite at the highest levels, what do you think? 

White House administration advisors Conway and Bannon are members of secret hate society Council for National Policy.

White House administration advisors Conway and Bannon are members of secret hate society Council for National Policy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has revealed that longtime Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News operation, were named on Aug. 17 as, respectively, the Trump campaign’s manager and its chief executive officer. The appointment of Bannon was by far the more controversial choice, given his role at a “news” outlet known for bashing immigrants, Muslims, women and others.

The CNP is an intensely secretive and shadowy group of what The New York Times once described as “the most powerful conservatives in the country.” It is so tight-lipped that it tells people not to admit their membership or even name the group. Revealing when or where the group meets, or what it discusses, is also forbidden. The organization, which can only be joined by invitation and at a cost of thousands of dollars, strives mightily to keep its membership rolls secret.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which publishes Hatewatch, obtained a copy this spring of the CNP’s 2014 membership directory, a closely held document. It shows that Conway was a member of the CNP’s executive committee that year, and that Bannon was a regular member. It is not known if they remain.  More from SPLC here.  

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon could face criminal charges for monies received from PAC during campaign. 

White House Advisor Steve Bannon could face criminal charges for monies received from PAC during campaign.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon could face criminal charges for monies received from PAC during campaign.

A campaign ethics watchdog and a political group are now calling on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the FBI to investigate those connections because they believe the entanglements between the Mercers, the super PAC and the Trump campaign are illegal.

The FEC complaint could result in a monetary penalty—if its six commissioners decide to investigate, which Fischer says they rarely do. That could be why the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, part of the super PAC Keep America Great, is pursuing criminal charges instead of an FEC wrist slap. The coalition said in a November 15 statement that it had reported Bannon to the FBI over his allegedly receiving PAC money during the course of the campaign. The full amount from the super PAC to Glittering Steel was $950,090. “What we uncovered was almost a million dollars’ worth of payments that went to Bannon’s company,” the coalition’s Scott Dworkin tells Newsweek. “That in its own right is a felony.” (In his response, Gidley reiterated that Bannon was not associated with the super PAC.). Read the full article from Newsweek here.  

Steve Bannon helped propel Donald Trump to the White House.  Trump himself has admitted to FEC violations.  Is it any wonder that these two people have colluded in their attempts to bring forth a Trump victory at any cost?  Please add your comments below.