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 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 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Trump fan base appears to be weakening with signs of Bannon departure.
Earlier this week, Vojvodic launched a Facebook group called, “The concerned support base of President Trump,” which quickly drew several dozen sign-ups. She also changed the banner on her Facebook page to a picture of Bannon accompanied by the declaration:
“Mr. President: I stand with Steve Bannon.”
“I’m not so infatuated with Trump that I can’t see the facts,” she said. “People’s belief, their trust in him, it’s declining.”
The swiftness and abruptness of Trump’s shift from bomb-throwing populist outsider to a more mainstream brand of Republican has taken the president’s stalwarts by surprise. More from Politico here.
The Bannon alt-right wing populists are rattled. Trump’s flip-flopping and intervening in Syria this week show signs the right is increasingly becoming alarmed. Now Trump has released a MOAB in Afghanistan and some can hardly contain themselves. What is a alt-right nationalist to do? Where can he possibly go?
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.