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House Judiciary Chair Lays Out Blistering Line Of Questioning For Whitaker Hearing

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to former hot tub salesman and current acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker today, laying out the questions Whitaker can expect to face at his Feb. 8 hearing before the committee. The questions, submitted so that Whitaker can check in advance whether the White House will invoke “executive privilege,” range from his controversial appointment on Nov. 7 to last week’s disputed Buzzfeed story. Most of the queries focus on wheth...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, House, Manhattan, Trump, Cohen, Whitaker, Michael Cohen, Jeff Sessions, Mueller, Matthew Whitaker, Nadler, House Judiciary, Muckraker, Trump Swamp


CNN: Mueller Probing Trump Relationship With NRA

The special counsel investigation is training its sights on the National Rifle Association’s links to the Trump campaign, CNN reported today. Former Trump campaign staffer Sam Nunberg told CNN that he had been asked about the campaign’s “dealings with the NRA” in a February 2018 interview with the special counsel’s office. The network cited Nunberg saying that prosecutors had asked about why Trump was selected as a speaker at the NRA’s 2015 annual meeting, months before he publicly announced ...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, Cnn, Trump, Nra, National Rifle Association, Mueller, Sam Nunberg, Nunberg, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Maria Butina, Butina, Josh Kovensky, NRA Nunberg


READ: Mystery Grand Jury Company Asks SCOTUS To Hear Appeal In Redacted Filing

An unknown company owned by a foreign government can proceed in filing a sealed request to ask the Supreme Court to consider its appeal of a Robert Mueller-linked grand jury subpoena, the court announced Tuesday. A redacted version of the request has been made available to the public. The move will allow the unnamed firm – reportedly a financial institution – a chance at winning an appeal before the Supreme Court. The mysterious company was ordered to file redacted versions of its court paper...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Cnn, United States, Alston Bird, Robert Mueller, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky


Embattled Trump Inaugural Committee Failed To Disclose Key Finances To IRS

President Trump’s inaugural committee failed to disclose to the IRS how much money it received in ticket revenue, TPM has found after reviewing the group’s tax filings, a failure that tax experts find perplexing.  The Trump inaugural committee’s failure to identify the revenue it generated from the sale of tickets and other perks broke with the practice of previous inaugural committees. In doing so, the tax return that the committee filed with the IRS obscured a key metric of how it raised its...
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Skadden Arps Settles With DOJ Over Manafort Ukraine Dealings

The prominent law firm Skadden Arps reached a civil settlement with federal law enforcement today over work it performed in Ukraine on Paul Manafort’s request, the Justice Department announced in a statement. The firm agreed to pay $4.6 million that it secretly received for the work that it performed on behalf of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, and agreed to retroactively register as a foreign agent of the Ukrainian government. Skadden wrote a report in 2012 whitewashing the Ukrainian gove...
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READ: IG Says GSA Failed To Address Emoluments Issue In Trump Post Office Hotel Lease

The General Services Administration ignored “issues under the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses” when it decided in March 2017 that President Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel was in full compliance of its lease of Washington’s Old Post Office Building. The IG investigation focused on whether GSA management followed correct decision-making procedures in addressing whether Trump’s D.C. hotel — located in the Old Post Office Building down the street from the White House — violated the Constitution...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, General Services Administration, Trump, GSA, Eric Trump, OPO, Don Jr, Trump Org, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Josh Kovensky, Trump Post Office Hotel Lease, Kris Durmer


READ: Mueller Releases Filing On How Manafort Broke Plea Agreement

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a detailed — but redacted — filing on Tuesday outlining why he believes Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement with prosecutors. With its heavy redactions, the filing at times reads like an extremely bland game of madlibs, with references to Manafort admitting certain things while the substance of what he allegedly admitted to falling under redaction. However, the unredacted sections shed at least a little bit of new light on what Manafort was being ...
Tags: News, Ukraine, Fbi, Trump, Mueller, Viktor Yanukovych, Robert Mueller, Trump Administration, Kilimnik, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Russia Probe, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Jeffrey Weiland


READ: Mueller Releases Filing On Why Manafort Broke Plea Agreement

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a detailed — but redacted — filing on Tuesday outlining why he believes Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement with prosecutors. The filing includes a declaration from Jeffrey Weiland, an FBI agent working on the case. The declaration lays out the background of Manafort’s purportedly brief period of cooperation with the government, including an episode after his guilty plea to witness tampering in which he denied that his Russian associate, Konstanti...
Tags: News, Fbi, Robert Mueller, Trump Administration, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Russia Probe, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Jeffrey Weiland


ABC: Mueller Subpoenas More Corsi, Stone Associates

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed more associates of insurance broker-turned-conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and GOP operative Roger Stone, ABC news reported Tuesday. Without naming the targets of the subpoenas, the report states that two people were asked to testify before a grand jury in December, and asked to preserve all communications with Corsi and Stone. A third witness — Corsi’s stepson Andrew Stettner — is scheduled to testify before the grand jury on Friday, Corsi annou...
Tags: News, Obama, Abc, Gop, John Kerry, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Abc News, Clinton, Roger Stone, Mueller, Corsi, Robert Mueller, Jerome Corsi, Corsi Stone, Stettner


Report: Mueller Investigating Trump Hotel Meeting With Nunes, Flynn, And Foreign Officials

The special counsel is investigating a pre-inauguration meeting between former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and dozens of foreign diplomats and officials, the Daily Beast reported Monday. The probe reportedly comes as part of a broader investigation into pay-for-play at the inauguration, and into whether the inaugural committee misappropriated the record $107 million it purportedly took in from donors. The meeting in question occurred on Jan. 18 at the Tru...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Russia, Los Angeles, Capitol Hill, Republican, House Intelligence Committee, Trump, Flynn, Trump International Hotel, Romney, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Cavusoglu, Michael Flynn, Devin Nunes


From Prison, Manafort Gives Up Connecticut Law License

Paul Manafort is a triple threat: convicted felon, shady lobbyist and attorney. But he’s dropping the third title, at least in his home state of Connecticut, moving to resign from the Connecticut bar and surrender his license. The move preempts a disbarment hearing that Manafort faced over his Connecticut law license, scheduled for Feb. 7, the Hartford Courant reports. “He has never maintained an office in Connecticut and is not employed by any law firm in Connecticut,” Manafort attorneys Fre...
Tags: News, Connecticut, New Britain, Hartford Courant, Courant, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Frederic Ury, Anthony LaBella, Paul Manafort Sr


Mueller Eyes Ukrainians Who Attended Trump Inauguration

The special counsel is looking at how a number of Ukrainian politicians secured seats at the Trump inauguration, the New York Times reported Thursday. The report comes amid indications that probes into the Trump inauguration — and what it did with the record $107 million it raised — are heating up. At the same time, peace plans that various Ukrainians were ferrying to Washington have also become a focus of the investigation. The Ukrainian politicos who attended Trump’s inauguration were happy...
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This Week: Acting Defense Sec — A Former Boeing Exec — Trashed Lockheed In Meetings

President Donald Trump has repeatedly invoked the “crisis” on the southern border as justification for his desired border wall, and has even threatened to declare an emergency — which he says he has an “absolute right” to do — in order to circumvent Congress and build a wall. But that doesn’t mean he can’t fundraise off of it, right? That’s just what Trump’s reelection campaign did ahead of his primetime Oval Office speech to the American people Tuesday night, emailing supporters: “We need to...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Senate, Defense, Wheeler, Lockheed Martin, Republican Party, Air Force, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Boeing, Defense Department, Scott Pruitt, Lockheed, Trump


Who Exactly Did Paul Manafort Give Trump Campaign Data To?

Yesterday the New York Times revised its revelation on who Manafort gave Trump campaign polling data to, shifting it from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to two Ukrainian clients of his: Rinat Akhmetov and Serhiy Lyovochkin. Both backed former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, and both find themselves frequently accused of supporting pro-Russian political movements in Ukraine. But who are they, really? And why would Manafort use his former Russian intelligence associate Konstantin Kilimnik...
Tags: News, Russia, European Union, Ukraine, New York Times, Kremlin, Stalin, Patten, Trump, Roger Stone, Donetsk, Interior Ministry, Viktor Yanukovych, Michael Caputo, Yanukovych, Rinat Akhmetov


What Donald Trump’s Tax Returns Will Reveal – And What They Won’t

President Trump’s tax returns have come to represent a kind of rosetta stone for the scandals around his administration: a singular set of documents that could reveal the president’s assorted business dealings, the true extent of his wealth, and the conflicts between his own self interest and his public duties. But what information would the returns actually show? Apart from the public interest in seeing how much the president pays (or does not pay) in taxes, and Trump’s secrecy in keeping th...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, Williams, House, New York Times, Michigan, Donald Trump, Irs, Trump, Greenberg Traurig, Donald J Trump, Greenberg, David Williams, FTI, Marla Maples


New Clues Emerge About The Mystery Mueller Grand Jury Case

Since an appeals court decision on Tuesday offered a few hints about the grand jury case believed to be linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, independent reports on Tuesday night and Wednesday offered additional clues about the unnamed international company fighting a subpoena. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the company is a “foreign financial institution.” CNN followed with a story Wednesday reporting that law firm Alston & Bird, which has represented Russian o...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Russia, Cnn, The Washington Post, Ketchum, Alston Bird, Robert Mueller, Brian Boone, Oleg Deripaska, Russia Probe, Vladimir Potanin, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Potanin, CNN Alston Bird


What We Know About The Russian Manafort Contacted During The 2016 Campaign

Editor’s note: Shortly after this piece was published, the New York Times retracted its Tuesday report that Manafort asked for 2016 polling data to be shared with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The New York Times issued a correction stating that Manafort asked for the data to be shared with two Ukrainian oligarchs, Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov. We have updated this piece to reflect that correction. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to Russian figures have been simmeri...
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What We Know About The Russians Manafort Contacted During The 2016 Campaign

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to two Russian figures have been simmering at the surface of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe for more than a year, but Tuesday’s revelation that Manafort stands accused of seeking to share campaign polling data with those Russians brought the relationships fully into focus. The redaction error in a court filing from Manafort’s lawyers, as well as a  more firmly linked Manafort’s time working for Trump to the lobbyist’s longtime busines...
Tags: New York, London, News, White House, Virginia, Russia, Ukraine, Intel, Fbi, Atlantic, Gop, New York Times, Moscow, Manhattan, Madrid, Rudy Giuliani


This Must Be the Kilimnik Peace Plan

The new Manafort filing refers to Manafort conceding that he had discussed a “peace plan” for Ukraine with Konstantin Kilimnik on “more than one occasion”. What peace plan? Felix Sater says it’s not the same one he and Michael Cohen met with that Ukrainian lawmaker about. But Josh Kovensky points out to me that it’s almost certainly this one, which was reported in January 2017 as Kilimnik’s plan. This is from a February 23, 2017 by Radio Free Europe … The most recent of the new peace plans cam...
Tags: News, France, Ukraine, Normandy, Moscow, Donald Trump, Josh Marshall, Minsk, Michael Cohen, Donetsk, Poroshenko, Ukraine Russia Germany, Kyiv, Radio Free Europe, Donbas, Yanukovych


Manafort Spox: Madrid Meeting With Kilimnik Happened In 2017, Not In 2016

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with his business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who has been linked to a Russian intelligence agency by Robert Mueller, in early 2017, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni told TPM Tuesday evening. The statement came after a court filing earlier in the day suggested the meeting took place while Manafort worked for the Trump campaign. Maloni wrote in an email that the meeting took place “after the campaign” in “Jan or Feb 2017.” Attorneys for Manafo...
Tags: News, Ukraine, Madrid, Trump, Mueller, Grand Cayman Island, Radio Free Europe, Robert Mueller, Kilimnik, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Jason Maloni, Maloni, Russia Probe, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker


Wyden Reintroduces Bill To Force Trump To Disclose Taxes

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced a bill Thursday that would force sitting presidents to release their tax returns publicly. Wyden first proposed the measure after Trump became the all-but-assured Republican nominee in May 2016. The bill would require both sitting presidents and presidential nominees to disclose their tax returns. Wyden’s reintroduction of the bill follows on a House proposal to require presidential nominees to disclose the past 10 years of their tax returns. At the same tim...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, House, Treasury, Republican, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Trump, Treasury Department, Ways and Means Committee, Steve Mnuchin, Richard Neal D MA, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Josh Kovensky


Dems Won’t Immediately Demand Trump’s Tax Returns

House Democrats are planning on waiting before requesting Trump’s tax returns, Politico reported Wednesday. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) took the helm of the Ways and Means Committee today, making him the only Democrat in Congress with the authority to request individual tax returns from the Treasury, under a little-known Twenties-era law. “[Neal] wants to lay out a case about why presidents should be disclosing their tax returns before he formally forces him to do it,” Ways and Means Committee s...
Tags: News, Congress, Politico, House, Treasury, Trump, Neal, Gerald Ford, Ways and Means Committee, Dan Rubin, Steve Mnuchin, Richard Neal D MA, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Josh Kovensky, Politico Neal


Manafort’s Intermediary With Russian Oligarch Tracked Down At Greek Confab

When Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was looking to trade in his access to the campaign to pay off his debts to a Russian oligarch, he looked to a former spy named Victor Boyarkin. Now, Time magazine has tracked Boyarkin down to a conference in Greece hosted by a friend of Vladimir Putin’s. The Dec. 29 report chronicles how the magazine went on a hunt for Boyarkin, just weeks before the U.S. government slapped sanctions on Manafort’s Russian associate. The man is a little-known but cruc...
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Filing In Patten Case Deepens Mystery About His Cooperation With The Feds

A mystery filing in the case of W. Sam Patten, the D.C. lobbyist who pleaded guilty to acting as an unregistered foreign agent in August, adds a curious wrinkle to what has generally been regarded as a relatively minor case. On New Year’s Eve, prosecutors moved to keep a routine status update in Patten’s case entirely under wraps. The joint status reports filed after plea agreements but before sentencing have typically included a broad reference to the defendant’s ongoing cooperation. The fac...
Tags: News, Congress, Ukraine, Senate Intelligence Committee, Patten, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker, Sam Patten, Josh Kovensky, Serhiy Lovochkin


Report: Foreign Intel Agencies Placed Michael Cohen’s Cell Phone Near Prague

Foreign intelligence agencies have data placing Michael Cohen’s cell phone near Prague in summer 2016, according to a Thursday report from McClatchy. Relying on four unnamed sources with “foreign intelligence connections,” the story would confirm a key, albeit disputed, detail in the dossier alleging collusion between Trump and the Kremlin produced by former British spy Christopher Steele. McClatchy reported in April that Mueller had obtained evidence confirming that Cohen was in Prague at th...
Tags: News, Russia, Prague, Kremlin, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Mueller, McClatchy, Lanny Davis, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, McClatchy Relying, Christopher Steele McClatchy


Appeals Court Grants Trump Request To Halt Emoluments Case Over Shutdown

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals froze a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the constitution’s emoluments clause, after DOJ attorneys asked for a halt to their appeal, saying that the ongoing government shutdown will prevent them from doing their work. “The Department does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” DOJ attorneys representing Trump in the case wrote in a Wednesday filing. The appeals court approved the request the same day. “The briefing schedule is suspended pendin...
Tags: News, Maryland, California, Washington, Dc, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Department, U S Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, Robert Mueller, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Jerome Corsi, Congress DOJ


WSJ: Whitaker Fudged Academic Honors On Resume, Gov Documents

Acting Attorney General and former hot tub salesman Matthew Whitaker claimed he earned “All-American” academic honors during his University of Iowa football days on his resume and on government applications, but there’s no record of it being true, the Wall Street Journal found. Whitaker claimed to have achieved the status of “Academic All-American” while he was a tight end at the University of Iowa in the early 1990s. The College Sports Information Directors of America told the Journal it had...
Tags: News, America, Iowa, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Journal, WSJ, Ftc, Whitaker, GPA, University of Iowa, Matthew Whitaker, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Josh Kovensky, Whitaker Whitaker


NYT: The Bone Spurs Diagnosis That Let Trump Dodge Vietnam May Have Been Bogus

Trump may have dodged the Vietnam draft through a bogus bone spurs diagnosis, the New York Times reports. The daughters of Queens podiatrist Larry Braunstein, who rented his office space from Trump’s father Fred C. Trump, told the newspaper that their father diagnosed the future president with bone spurs to render him ineligible for the draft. “I know it was a favor,” one daughter, Dr. Elysa Braunstein, told the newspaper. “But did he examine him? I don’t know.” Braunstein added in the articl...
Tags: News, New York Times, Queens, University of Pennsylvania, Vietnam, Times, Trump, Fred Trump, Weinstein, Fred C Trump, Braunstein, Muckraker, Trump Family Corruption, Josh Kovensky, Larry Braunstein, Trump Dodge Vietnam


Federal Appeals Courts Halts Emoluments Case While Trump Appeals

A federal appeals Thursday froze a lower court case accusing Trump of violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause, halting discovery in the matter pending the resolution of the appeal. Justice Department attorneys representing Trump had argued for an immediate halt in the matter, brought by the attorneys general for Maryland and Washington DC. The lower court judge had denied a motion to dismiss from Trump, and allowed the state attorneys general to commence discovery earlier this month. T...
Tags: News, Maryland, Washington, Justice Department, Trump, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Emoluments, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky


Buzzfeed: Treasury Officials Fielded Info Requests From Unofficial Russian Email Accounts

Treasury Department officials fielded financial information requests on American citizens from the Russian government in the run-up to the 2016 election, Buzzfeed news reports. The communications appeared to occur amid management and organizational issues at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Treasury’s illicit finance monitoring and prevention division. The communication with unofficial email addresses set up by Russia, as opposed to use of a secure network, was occurring...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Russia, Treasury, Treasury Department, FinCEN, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky