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House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas McGahn In Obstruction Inquiry

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to former White House counsel Don McGahn on Monday, asking for documents and testimony relating to allegations that President Trump committed obstruction of justice. The subpoena — issued by House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) — asks McGahn to testify in public on May 21. The request also provides a May 7 deadline for the former White House counsel to hand over documents on matters ranging from attempts to fire special counsel Robert Muell...
Tags: Muckraker, House Judiciary Committee, McGahn, Trump swamp, Josh Kovensky


The Longstanding Trump-Russia Unknowns That Mueller Finally Answered

Reporting over the past two years surfaced dozens of mysterious interactions between the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement with Russian government officials and businessmen. The Mueller report, at long last, provided some answers.  Here are some of the key unknowns in the Trump-Russia story that the special counsel’s probe helped clear up. Ineptitude or corruption? The tale of Jared Kushner White House son-in-law Jared Kushner drew scrutiny for his contacts with Russian government off...
Tags: Five points, Mueller report, Russia probe, Josh Kovensky


READ: Trump Sues Cummings To Halt Probe Into His Finances

Personal attorneys for President Trump and his businesses sued House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Monday in a high-profile bid to stop the body’s investigation into the President’s finances. Referring to House investigators as “the Democrat Party,” the lawsuit aims to quash a subpoena that Cummings issued to accounting firm Mazars USA for years of financial information from Trump and seven of his companies. “The Democrat Party, with its newfound control of the U.S. H...
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Here’s How The Mueller Probe Was Hindered By Lies, Evidence Deletion

The special counsel investigation is over, but that doesn’t mean it’s complete. Robert Mueller’s report lays out multiple examples of ways the investigation was “impaired,” either by lying witnesses or by successful deletion of key conversations. “Several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign lied to the Office, and to Congress, about their interactions with Russian-affiliated individuals and related matters,” the redacted report reads. “Those lies materially impaired the investigati...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Russia, Fbi, United States, Moscow, Wikileaks, Trump, Roger Stone, Mueller, John Podesta, Papadopoulos, Robert Mueller, Trump Campaign, Andrew Weissmann


Trump And Russia Worked Towards The Same Goal In 2016

In the heady days of late July 2016, Donald Trump was ready for Russian help. That much is clear from the Mueller report, which recounts how Trump repeatedly told Michael Flynn to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails after publicly asking Russia to “find” them. That episode fits a broader pattern.  Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump underlings and hangers-on — both in Russia and the United States — tried to leverage Trump’s chaotic presidential campaign for their mutual advantage. As ...
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, New York City, Dnc, Hillary Clinton, United States, Nato, Moscow, The Office, Gazprom, Wikileaks, Smith, Donald Trump, Gates, Clinton


Trump Campaign Was Deeply Co-opted By Russian Influence Operation

While special counsel Robert Mueller was unable to establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government, his redacted report paints a picture of a campaign deeply co-opted by a multi-prong Russian influence campaign. The report details how over several months in the summer of 2016, different Russian intelligence operatives were able to alternately use the operation as an instrument for its own ends, receive inside information on the inner workings of the Trump cam...
Tags: News, Russia, New York City, Ukraine, Intelligence, Fbi, National Security, Ira, Department Of Justice, Doj, Gates, Sally Yates, Trump, KGB, Flynn, Internet Research Agency


Trump Was Ready For Trump Tower Moscow Trip During Campaign

Donald Trump was willing to go to Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign for discussions on the Moscow Tower project, a redacted version of the Mueller report states. The report states that longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told the special counsel that Trump had opportunities to travel to Russia in late 2015 and in spring 2016. “According to Cohen, Trump indicated a willingness to travel if it would assist the project significantly,” the document reads. “On one occasion, Trump told C...
Tags: News, Russia, Ap, Fbi, Moscow, Mafia, Donald Trump, Russian Federation, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Corey Lewandowski, Lewandowski, Ivanka Trump, Mueller, Sater


Trump Told Flynn To Get Deleted Clinton Emails, Mueller Report Says

After publicly calling for Russia to hack a cache of 30,000 deleted emails belonging to Hillary Clinton, Trump told Michael Flynn to find them, the redacted Mueller report states. “Trump asked individuals affiliated with his Campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails,” the document reads. The redacted report goes on to cite FBI interviews with Flynn as saying that Trump “made this request repeatedly, and Flynn subsequently contacted multiple people in an effort to obtain the emails.” Those t...
Tags: News, Senate, Russia, Fbi, Gop, Prince, Smith, Clinton, Trump, Flynn, Peter Smith, Mueller, Michael Flynn, Erik Prince, Hillary Clinton Trump, SAM CLOVIS


Mueller Did Not Establish ‘Collusion,’ But Notes Lies, Deleted Comms ‘Impaired’ Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign and the Russian government worked together for the President’s victory in 2016, a redacted version of the Mueller report states. The special counsel wrote that while the Russian government recognized that it stood to gain from a Trump presidency, and while the Trump campaign understood that it would benefit from the Russian interference campaign, it could not find evidence establishing a conspiracy betwee...
Tags: News, Russia, The Office, Wikileaks, Trump, Internet Research Agency, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Collusion, Russia Probe, Clinton Mueller, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Mueller report


Barr Trumpets ‘No Collusion’ Before Releasing Redacted Mueller Report

Attorney General Bill Barr gave Trump a full-throated “no collusion” seal of approval during his Thursday press conference preceding the public release of the redacted Mueller report, repeating variations of the phrase at least five times during the 25-minute presser. The long-awaited press conference was widely seen as an effort to provide spin on the redacted report hours before its public release, with all the major networks airing Barr’s remarks as he repeated a favorite line of the presi...
Tags: News, Congress, Wikileaks, Trump, Donald J Trump, Internet Research Agency, Mueller, Barr, Russia Probe, Bill Barr, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Mueller report


Mueller Did Not Establish ‘Collusion,’ But Says Trump Knew Russian Meddling Helped

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign and the Russian government worked together for the President’s victory in 2016, a redacted version of the Mueller report states. The special counsel wrote that while the Russian government recognized that it stood to gain from a Trump presidency, and while the Trump campaign understood that it would benefit from the Russian interference campaign, it could not find evidence establishing a conspiracy betwee...
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Reports: DOJ Talked Mueller Report With White House Ahead Of Release

White House attorneys have had “numerous conversations” with Justice Department officials about the conclusion of the Mueller report, the New York Times reported, helping the President’s legal team prepare in advance for the document’s release. ABC News reported on Tuesday that the White House had “received a broad briefing on the report,” including that it would be divided into sections on alleged collusion and obstruction. “The talks have aided the president’s legal team as it prepares a re...
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WSJ: Trump Inaugural Donor Faces Second Criminal Probe

California federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Los Angeles businessman and Trump inaugural committee donor Imaad Zuberi, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The investigation comes after Manhattan federal prosecutors reportedly named Zuberi in a subpoena issued to the inaugural committee in February, purportedly as part of a broader probe into potential illegal foreign donations and influence peddling around the event. The California investigation reportedly ...
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NRA Sues Its Longtime Advertising Firm, Revealing Major Internal Dispute

NRATV has allegedly told the National Rifle Association that it can take key financial information about the groups’ relationship from its cold dead hands, according to a lawsuit the NRA filed on Friday. The complaint — filed by the NRA in Virginia’s Alexandria circuit court — demands that Oklahoma-based advertising firm and NRATV operator Ackerman McQueen hand over reams of documents that it has allegedly been withholding for months, saying that “its patience has run out.” The NRA appears to...
Tags: News, Guns, Virginia, Iran, New York Times, North, Oklahoma, Wall Street Journal, New York State, Alexandria, Nra, Columbine, National Rifle Association, Wayne Lapierre, Oliver North, Charlton Heston


READ: Cummings Issues Subpoena To Trump Accountant For Financial Info

This post has been updated. House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued a subpoena to Mazars USA accounting firm for detailed information on President Trump’s financial history on Monday. Cummings wrote in an April 12 memo to members of his committee that he planned on giving members until Monday at 11 a.m. to provide views before issuing the subpoena. “The Committee has full authority to investigate whether the President may have engaged in illegal conduct before and during...
Tags: News, House, Jordan, Committee, Trump, Jim Jordan, Elijah Cummings, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Treasury Department, Donald J Trump, Cummings, House Ways and Means, Meadows, Trump Foundation, House Oversight Committee


Feds Don’t Know If Alleged Assange Hack Succeeded

The government does not know if an alleged hacking conspiracy between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning succeeded, according to a newly released December 2017 affidavit from an FBI agent on the case. “While it remains unknown whether Manning and Assange were successful in cracking the password, a follow-up message from Assange to Manning on March 10, 2010, reflects that Assange was actively trying to crack the password pursuant to their  agreemen...
Tags: London, News, Washington, Fbi, Army, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Defense Department, Chelsea Manning, Assange, Don, Brown, Manning, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky


Trump Tells Personal Accountant To Ignore Dem Subpoena For His Financial Info

President Trump told his accountant to ignore a subpoena from House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a Monday letter, arguing the request is not “valid or enforceable.” In the letter, Trump personal attorneys William Consovoy and Stefan Passantino also wrote that the firm is “on notice” regarding the request and signaled that they could take legal action to shield Trump’s financial information. “We ask that Mazars provide us with at least 10-days notice so that we may ...
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Dems Signal They’re Ready For Legal Battle As Treasury Stalls On Trump Taxes

As the Treasury Department continues to stall on a request for Trump’s tax returns from the House Ways and Means Committee, House Democrats on Monday laid out their likely path forward for gaining access to the documents. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) told reporters on a press call that if the IRS does not comply with Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA)’s request for Trump’s tax info, he “would likely issue a subpoena.” Should that be refused, “a legal battle would begin to assert Congr...
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READ: Cummings Moves To Subpoena Trump Accountant For Financial Info

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is planning to send a subpoena to Mazars USA accounting firm for detailed information on PresidentTrump’s financial history. Cummings wrote in an April 12 memo to members of his committee that he planned on giving members until Monday at 11 AM to provide views before issuing the subpoena. “The Committee has full authority to investigate whether the President may have engaged in illegal conduct before and during his tenure in office,” Cumm...
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Feds Allege Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Knew Cindy Yang Event Was Cancelled

Yujing Zhang, the woman who allegedly tried to enter Mar-a-Lago carrying malware last month, knew the event she claimed to be attending had been cancelled, south Florida federal prosecutors said Friday in a newly filed indictment. “When asked whether she was authorized to be at the Mar-a-Lago Club and its grounds, the defendant stated she was there to attend a ‘United Nations Friendship Event,’ when in truth and in fact, and as the defendant then and there well knew, no such event was schedul...
Tags: Florida, News, Secret Service, Trump, Zhang, Mar a Lago Club, Mar-a-lago, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Josh Kovensky, Cindy Yang, Elizabeth Trump Grau, Yujing Zhang, United Nations Friendship Event


Counterintelligence Experts Explain Why Mar-a-Lago Is A Security Disaster

Mar-a-Lago has recently been revealed as a hub for influence peddlers and potential spies, leading to accusations from top Democrats and pundits that Trump’s winter White House doubles as a sieve for classified information. But what precisely makes it such a disaster for officials looking guard the nation’s secrets? Presidents regularly take selfies with random fans, exposing them to possible reputational risk. And it’s not new for the Secret Service to confront espionage issues — agents are...
Tags: News, North Korea, White House, Fbi, Secret Service, Cia, Trump, Yang, Zhang, Palm Beach, Miami Herald, Otis, MAR, Government Accountability Office, Winter White House, Soufan Group


Manafort-Linked Lobbyist Gets 36 Months Probation

International political consultant W. Sam Patten was sentenced to 36 months probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine on Friday for failing to register as a foreign agent, after spending months cooperating with federal prosecutors. Patten pleaded guilty in August 2018 to failing to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine, admitting in his plea that he helped steer $50,000 through a straw donor to the Trump inaugural committee to obtain tickets for his Ukrainian clients. U.S....
Tags: News, Ukraine, Patten, Soviet Union, Robert Mueller, Amy Berman Jackson, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Russia Probe, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker, Berman Jackson, Sam Patten, Josh Kovensky, Serhiy Lyovochkin, Inauguration investigation


Former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig Indicted For Lying To DOJ

D.C. federal prosecutors indicted former White House counsel Greg Craig on two charges of making false statements to the Justice Department on Thursday, in a spin-off from a case that began during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Craig is accused of concealing information from and making false statements to the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit, which enforces the country’s foreign lobbying law. Though the investigation into Craig began with Mueller, he ...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Ukraine, Manhattan, Doj, Justice Department, Craig, Mueller, Viktor Yanukovych, Southern District of New York, Skadden, Greg Craig, Robert Mueller, Yanukovych, Justice Department Read


Greg Craig Indicted For Lying To DOJ About Ukraine Work For Paul Manafort

D.C. federal prosecutors on Thursday indicted lawyer Greg Craig on two charges of making false statements to the Justice Department about his work for Ukraine and Paul Manafort, in a spin-off from a case that began during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Craig, a former White House counsel for President Obama, is accused of concealing information from and making false statements to the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit, which enforces the country’s forei...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Ukraine, New York Times, Manhattan, Justice Department, Craig, Kiev, Mueller, Viktor Yanukovych, Southern District of New York, Skadden, Greg Craig, Robert Mueller, Yanukovych


Assange Allies Try To Frame Indictment As Blow To Press Freedom

In the hours since a wild-haired Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, his allies have sought to cast the WikiLeaks founder as a falsely-accused free press champion. “This sets a dangerous precedent for all media organizations and journalists in Europe and elsewhere around the world,” Assange attorney Jennifer Robinson said at a Thursday press conference. “This precedent means that any journalist can be extradited for prosecution in the United States for having publ...
Tags: Europe, London, News, United States, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Defense Department, Chelsea Manning, Pollack, Jennifer Robinson, Assange, Robinson, TPM, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Kristinn Hrafnsson


Prosecutors Detail Computer Hacking Conspiracy Case Against Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange allegedly worked with U.S. military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to try to access a government computer network after Manning transferred thousands of internal files to the self-proclaimed transparency organization, federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment unsealed Thursday. The indictment — filed in the Eastern District of Virginia — offers the first look into what criminal behavior prosecutors have long believed they could pin on Assange, who has...
Tags: News, Obama, Eric Holder, State Department, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Defense Department, Chelsea Manning, Assange, Manning, Eastern District of Virginia, Wikileaks Manning, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Assange Assange


Mnuchin Declines To Meet Deadline On Trump Tax Return Request

The Trump administration will not meet an April 10 deadline issued by the House Ways and Means committee for President Trump’s tax returns, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wrote in a letter to Congress Wednesday. “The committee requests the materials by April 10, but the Treasury Department will not be able to complete its review of your request by that date,” Mnuchin wrote. Secretary Mnuchin’s response to Chairman Neal’s letter requesting President Trump’s tax returns: pic.twitter.com/X2Vs...
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IRS Commissioner Won’t Say Whose Job It Is To Fork Over Trump’s Returns

Whose job is it to give House Ways and Means Trump’s tax returns, as requested last week? IRS commissioner Chuck Rettig wouldn’t tell Senate Finance committee ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in testimony on Wednesday, instead replying that “we are a bureau of the Treasury, and Treasury supervises us.” Wyden called Neal’s request routine in his questioning, saying that congressional requests for tax information were so normal that a delegation order moving responsibility to reply from the...
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Mnuchin Ends Day On Capitol Hill With Threat To Never Return

Transition lens-wearing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin ended his day of testimony in Congress today with a threat to never return to the House Financial Services committee “voluntarily,” amid a tense exchange with committee chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). The argument began at the end of the hearing. Mnuchin had to depart early due to a meeting with a “foreign dignitary.” “It will be embarrassing if I keep this person waiting for longer,” Mnuchin told Waters, after being asked why he could...
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Mnuchin To Congress: I’ll Obey The Law, But That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Get Trump’s Returns

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he’d try his best to obey the law, but told lawmakers today that they shouldn’t read that to mean he’ll supply Trump’s tax returns, as requested. Mnuchin’s statement came as he was under questioning from House Financial Services committee member Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). Rep. Velazquez asked Mnuchin if he would meet an April 10 deadline for the request, filed last week by Ways and Means chair Rep. Richie Neal (D-NY). “I want to clarify my previous comments ...
Tags: News, Congress, Treasury, Irs, Trump, Velázquez, House Financial Services Committee, House Financial Services, Ways and Means, Mnuchin, Steve Mnuchin, Maxine Waters D CA, Trump Tax Returns, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Josh Kovensky