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Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Trump’s inaugural committee [headed by Trump & Manafort longtime pal Tom Barrack] misspent the $107M it raised and if donors gave money in exchange for access to the administration.
by @rebeccaballhaus #Maddow on.wsj.com/2LgGU6a
Feds have asked cooperating witness Rick Gates, Trump's former deputy campaign chair and inaugural committee deputy chair, about the fund’s spending & donors. Mueller has also probed whether foreign money flowed to the inaugural fund. [It did.]
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"Trump continues to reject the judgments of US spy agencies on major foreign policy fronts...intelligence analysts frequently see troubling gaps between Trump’s public statements and the facts laid out for him in daily briefings."
by @gregpmiller #Maddow wapo.st/2ruXTIR?tid=ss…
Most notably, Trump has repeatedly undercut the CIA's assessment that Saudi Crown Prince MBS ordered Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a conclusion the CIA reached with a high degree of certainty. Trump has falsely described the CIA as having vague “feelings” on MBS' culpability.
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CIA employees were also staggered when Trump treated Putin's denials during the Helsinki presser as so “strong and powerful” that they offset CIA conclusions. “There was this gasp. You literally had people in panic mode watching it at Langley. On all floors. Just shock.”
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Maria BUTINA is about to plead guilty 👇👀
Recall: Maria BUTINA pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in July. She's now changed her plea to guilty.
NEW: Maria Butina, who has been accused of spying for Russia, will plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy as part of her plea deal.
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From the very start of the Trump administration – and even after Khashoggi's murder – Jared Kushner has been having private phone calls with Saudi Prince MBS, who has cultivated their friendship since 2016 by making the most of Kushner’s ignorance.
#Maddow nyti.ms/2zLH8xu
In Nov 2016, top aides to Saudi’s Prince Mohammed [MBS] met with Jared Kushner in New York after the election. The delegation made special note of "Kushner’s ignorance of Saudi Arabia" and that Kushner was clear about his own 'priorities' [financing for Kushner Cos?].
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Paul Manafort's lies to FBI and Mueller relate to, among other things: Manafort's interactions with Kilimnik; pertinent info about another DOJ investigation; AND Manfort’s contact with TRUMP administration officials.
#Maddow free.law/pdf/gov.uscour…
BREAKING: Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied about his contacts with TRUMP administration officials in 2018.
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A search of Manafort’s electronic documents revealed contacts with Trump admin officials – Manafort was in contact with a senior Trump admin official through FEB 2018. In a May 26, 2018 text, Manafort authorized a person to speak with a Trump admin official on his behalf.
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BREAKING: Federal Prosecutors say Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen should serve a "Substantial Term Of Imprisonment."
via @chrisgeidner @BuzzFeedNews #Maddow
buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
At Michael Cohen's initial meeting with the SCO on AUG 7, 2018 – which Cohen requested – he voluntarily provided info relevant to other aspects of the SCO’s ongoing investigation, but provided false answers when asked about the Moscow Project.
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From the Mueller filing: Michael Cohen explained that he did not pursue the proposed meeting in Russia [via Felix Sater] because he was working on the Moscow Project with a different individual who had his own connections to the Russian government.
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Sheldon Whitehouse: "William Barr's strange calls for the Justice Department to investigate fringe conspiracy theories involving the Clintons raise questions, both about his partisanship and judgment."
William Barr has said:
-More Clinton probes are needed
-Uranium One more worthy of investigation than collusion
-Comey firing was OK
-Mueller team's donations are too left-leaning
-It's ok for presidents to request specific inquiries
by @AaronBlake #Maddow wapo.st/2Uqsu7l
Michael Zeldin, former Special Assistant to Robert Mueller: Mueller will “have a tough road” convincing William Barr to use subpoenas.
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Lobbyists funded by the Saudi government paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s DC hotel within a month of the 2016 election – switching from a previously booked Northern VA hotel to Trump's in DEC 2016.
by @Fahrenthold & @OConnellPostbiz #Maddow
wapo.st/2G1zh4i?tid=ss…
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SCOOP by @woodruffbets @ErinBanco: The FBI in SEP sent a target letter to accused Russian spy Maria Butina's boyfriend, Paul Erickson, who lobbied [successfully] to have KT McFarland placed in the Trump admin as advisor to Trump's NSA, Mike Flynn.
#Maddow thebea.st/2QF8tLm
If charged under Section 951 as DOJ is considering, Paul Erickson, GOP operative & co conspirator of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, could be the first American embroiled in Mueller's probe to face an espionage charge.
by @woodruffbets @ErinBanco #Maddow
Erickson, facing possible espionage charges, pushed for KT McFarland to be named advisor to FLYNN, Trump's NSA.

KT's DEC 2016 email: "Sanctions could make it harder for Trump to ease tensions w/ Russia, which has just thrown the election to him."
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BREAKING: The Michael Flynn Sentencing Memo has just been released. It's only 13 pages and much of it – the good stuff – has been redacted.
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Mueller's office re Flynn: "Given the defendant's SUBSTANTIAL ASSISTANCE ...a sentence at the low end of the guideline range—including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration—is appropriate and warranted."
#Maddow cnb.cx/2UfY1ZS
Flynn Sentencing Memo: Flynn provided firsthand info re the content & context of interactions between the TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM and Russian government officials – including about the DEC 2016 UN Security Council vote criticizing Israel.
Hello, JARED KUSHNER & NIKKI HALEY.
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Emails prove, Trump, that YOUR personal attorney Michael Cohen was in direct contact with the Kremlin [Putin spox Dmitry Peskov] during the time the Russian government was interfering in the 2016 election to benefit YOU and YOU were changing Republican platform to benefit Russia.
COHEN spoke directly to TRUMP about TRUMP traveling to Russia & asked a senior campaign official about potential business travel to Russia.
MAY 2016, COHEN to SATER: "My trip before Cleveland. TRUMP once he becomes nominee after the convention."
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NEW: @WSJ has seen the classified CIA assessment on Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Crown Prince MBS sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser [Saud al-Qahtani], who oversaw the kill team, in the hours before & after the journalist’s death in OCT.
#Maddow on.wsj.com/2zAZMYW
According to the CIA, the electronic messages sent by Prince MBS were to Saud al-Qahtani, who supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi and who, during the same period, was in direct communication with the kill team’s leader in Istanbul.
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In AUG 2017, Prince MBS told associates that if his efforts to persuade Khashoggi to return to KSA were unsuccessful, “we could lure him outside of Saudi Arabia and make arrangements” – a statement the CIA say “seems to foreshadow the Saudi operation launched against Khashoggi.”
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After his March 2018 visit to Mar-a-Lago, Michael Cohen had reason to believe Trump would pardon him in return for lying about hush payments to Stormy Daniels. But days after the FBI raid, things went south so Cohen decide to "do the right thing."
#Maddow cnn.it/2DY9Ga7
MAR 2018: After a visit to Mar-a-Lago, Michael Cohen believed Trump would pardon him in exchange for "staying on message."
AUG 2018: Mueller investigators question Cohen about whether Trump offered him a pardon.
OOPSY
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SCOOP: The Trump Organization planned to give a $50M penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Putin. Cohen, then Trump’s personal lawyer discussed the idea with Putin spox Dmitry Peskov during the 2016 campaign.
by @a_cormier_ @JasonLeopold @BuzzFeedNews #Maddow bit.ly/2P6GTSw
“My idea was to give a $50M [Trump Tower Moscow] penthouse to Putin and charge $250M more for the rest of the units. All the oligarchs would line up to live in the same building as Putin.” Felix Sater told @BuzzFeedNews today. Cohen, Sater recalled, said, “Great idea.”
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Senate committees are scouring testimony for misleading statements in Russia probe and have made multiple criminal referrals to Mueller. "This is why people shouldn't lie in a congressional investigation," said GOP @SenatorBurr.
by @KenDilanianNBC #Maddow nbcnews.to/2zuWGpm
House Republicans blocked a Democratic effort in SEP to make all of its interview transcripts available to Mueller. Redacted transcripts of most interviews will be released publicly in DEC. Dems will send unredacted versions to Mueller after JAN 3.
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Per @RepSwalwell, the only House Intelligence Committee Russia probe interview transcript Mueller has seen is Carter Page's because Nunes has blocked every attempt by House Intel Cmte Dems to send any other transcripts to the special prosecutor.
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BREAKING: Trump's ex-attorney Michael Cohen is currently in a Manhattan federal courthouse to plead guilty to a NEW charge in the Mueller investigation – lying to Congress about the Russia probe re the timing of the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
#Maddow nyti.ms/2zvy5R8
Michael Cohen admitted that the Trump Tower Moscow project talks went on well into AUG 2016 [during the campaign] and he had discussions about it with INDIVIDUAL 1 [TRUMP] despite Trump's claims that the project ended before he became the nominee.
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Michael Cohen's plea today backs up this MAY 17, 2018 reporting by @JasonLeopold and @a_cormier_ about how the Trump Tower Moscow deal talks were ongoing during the 2016 campaign and that Trump was planning a Russia trip once he became the nominee.
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Mueller has questioned witnesses about an AUG 2016 boat trip Paul Manafort took with Tom Barrack after Manafort left Trump's campaign, reportedly trying to determine if on that trip, Manafort met with Kilimnik, who has ties to Russian intelligence.
#Maddow on.wsj.com/2E1nO39
Mueller Investigators alleged that Paul Manafort lied in interviews about his communications with Konstantin Kilimnik, whom the FBI has assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence and who Mueller charged earlier this year with witness tampering.
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FYI: Tom Barrack was interviewed by Mueller in early 2017. The interview focused on Barrack's close friend Paul Manafort, campaign & inaugural committee deputy chair Rick Gates, and financial matters re Trump's campaign, transition & inauguration.
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-A bone saw
-A recording of Jamal Khashoggi's actual murder
-A recording of Saudi hitman Maher Mutreb [personal body guard of MBS] speaking to an aide of MBS right after Khashoggi's killing: “Tell your boss… the deed Is done”

But yeah, "no smoking gun."
Trump's White House blocked CIA director Gina Haspel – who, unlike Mattis, heard the audio of Jamal Khashoggi's murder – or any other intelligence official from briefing the Senate on Khashoggi's murder.
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Trump tells the @nypost that a pardon for Paul Manafort is still a possibility: “It was never discussed [that's a LIE – Trump has discussed pardoning Manafort], but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?”
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Former Miami-Dade police sergeant Mike Fisten [also a homicide investigator & FBI Organized Crime Task Force member] said the FBI had enough evidence to put child-rapist Jeffrey Epstein away for a long time but was overruled by now-Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.
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In 2011, Jeffrey Epstein tried to have his sex offender status reduced in NY & now-DA Cyrus Vance argued on his behalf. The judge denied the petition, shocked that a prosecutor would make such a request for a serial sex offender who molested so many girls.
Runaway teen Virginia Roberts was working at Trump's Mar-a-Lago when she was lured by child-rapist Jeffrey Epstein into a life of depravity & sexual abuse. Epstein 'lent' her to other men, including his attorney, Alan Dershowitz.
by @jkbjournalist #Maddow miamiherald.com/news/local/art…
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Mueller has emails from Stone pal Jerome Corsi re WikiLeaks email dump. "Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps," Corsi wrote on AUG 2, 2016, referring to Assange. "One shortly after I'm back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging."
#Maddow nbcnews.to/2FI6bqs
JUL 25, 2016 email from Stone to Corsi: "Get to (Assange) [a]t Ecuadorian Embassy in London and get the pending (WikiLeaks) emails."
AUG 2, 2016 email from Corsi to Stone: WikiLeaks has info damaging to Clinton's campaign to be released in October.
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Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2013, 2015, & MAR 2016 – during the time he joined Trump’s campaign, months before emails hacked by Russia were published by WikiLeaks.
by @lukeharding1968 @yachay_dc #Maddow bit.ly/2RjkgvS
•➤ MAR 2016: Manafort secretly meets with Assange; Russian GRU officers begin the email hack.
•➤ JUN 2016: WikiLeaks emails the GRU via an intermediary seeking the DNC material.
•➤ JUL 2016: Putin’s spies sent the documents to WikiLeaks as an encrypted attachment.
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Recall, last week a court filing released in error suggested that the US Justice Department had secretly charged Julian Assange with a criminal offense.
#Maddow @Kris_Sacrebleu
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Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute James Comey & Hillary Clinton. Don McGahn & White House lawyers warned Trump in a memo that he could be impeached if he tried to force the Justice Dept to investigate his rivals.
by @nytmike #Maddow nyti.ms/2zk2G3V
ICYMI: Trump's acting AG Matt Whitaker privately counseled Trump this past spring on how he might pressure the Justice Dept to name a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton – around the time Trump told WH counsel he wanted HRC prosecuted.
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Trump lackey Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Hillary Clinton – advising Trump on launching a new special counsel to do so – while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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SCOOP: Now deceased GOP operative Peter Smith "met with several groups of hackers in a suburban Washington hotel AUG 27-28, 2016" as he pursued Clinton's emails. He also exchanged emails with Flynn AND Mattis in the final months of his life.
by @ByronTau on.wsj.com/2DJN8ui
Associate of now-deceased GOP activist Peter Smith: "We spoke with Flynn the day he left for his [DEC 2015] Moscow trip."
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