EXCLUSIVE via @Reuters: Trump says he would consider lifting sanctions on Russia, that an interview with Mueller "could be a perjury trap," and that he's stayed out of Mueller probe but does not have to AND he could 'run it' if he wanted. NUTS. #Maddowreut.rs/2N4BlI3
Worried Trump's legal team was setting him up to take the fall in the obstruction probe, Don McGahn, determined not to become 'Trump's John Dean' [who was imprisoned in the Watergate scandal], "decided to fully cooperate with Mueller."
This reeks of more Don McGahn PR spin. Buried in the piece, which reiterates McGahn's 'extensive cooperation' with Mueller's obstruction probe, is this: "McGahn cautioned investigators that he never saw Trump go beyond his legal authorities." 🙄 #Maddow
Don McGahn's lawyer, Bill Burck, claims his client is "fully cooperating" with Mueller's obstruction probe. So why is he staying on at the White House? Other than to continue doling out judicial appointments and pardons that is... #Maddow
BREAKING: Mueller recommends the judge sentence George Papadopoulos to up to 6 months in prison for lying to the FBI. Papadopoulos was hoping for probation but Mueller's recommendation is an indication that their cooperation agreement has broken down.
Also in @awprokop's thread: Lengthy footnote in which Mueller team rebuts Simona's recent [false & misleading] press comments re Papadopoulos' interaction with Professor Mitsfud – which echoed a recent FOX News conspiracy theory. @Kris_Sacrebleu#Maddow
Mueller team: In addition to not providing substantial assistance, Papadopoulos's Jan 2017 lies hindered FBI's ability to effectively question Mifsud when they interviewed him 2 weeks later. Afterward, Mifsud fled the US & hasn't returned since. #Maddow
This is rich. Rand Paul wants the Trump admin to lift sanctions on Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, who 'allegedly' met with Michael Cohen in Prague in Aug 2016 re Russia's help in electing Trump and who DID meet with Rohrabacher in Apr 2016. #Maddow
-APR: Konstantin Kosachev facilitates a meeting between Rohrabacher & Russia Prosecutor General Chaika’s office
-JUN: Don Jr, Kushner, Manafort meet w Chaika informant, Veselnitskaya
-AUG: Michael Cohen reportedly meets w Kosachev in Prague #Maddow
APR 2016: During Rohrabacher's Moscow trip, Konstantin Kosachev urged him to meet with Russian Prosecutor General Chaika's office about the "Magnitsky affair." Rohrabacher did so and they gave him a document which he brought back to Washington. #Maddowpoliti.co/2IrzzxS
Aug 17, 2016: The FBI warned Trump that Russia would try to spy on/infiltrate his campaign & urged him to alert FBI of any overtures. By then, ≥7 Trump officials had contacts w/Russians. None were reported to FBI. #Maddow
MAR: Papadopoulos met w Russians re dirt on HRC
MAY: Don Jr met w Russians, Butina & Torshin
JUN: Don Jr/Kushner/Manafort met w Russians re dirt on HRC
JUL: Carter Page WENT TO RUSSIA
AUG: FBI urged Trump team to report any overtures by Russians
NONE were reported. #Maddow
Also, @LindseyGrahamSC, this ridiculous question was asked & answered by your comrade @ChuckGrassley in Sep 2017, so spare us your completely false claims that the FBI didn't warn poor, stupid Trump that Russia would try to infiltrate his campaign. #Maddow
Trump gears up to strip more security clearances as part of his escalating attack against officials tied to the Russia probe. Trump has already fired or threatened to fire nearly a dozen current & former officials associated with the investigation. #Maddowwapo.st/2MTdP0p?tid=ss…
RECALL: Immediately following Comey's testimony re his firing in JUN 2017, Trump ordered a smear campaign targeting FBI officials who could corroborate Comey's account that Trump told him to drop the Flynn probe: McCabe, Baker, Rybicki & Lisa Page. #Maddow
Jurors asked 2 questions re Manafort's tax filing & foreign bank account disclosure charges [issues the defense raised so maybe not a good sign], if the indictment could be part of the exhibit list, and if the judge could redefine "reasonable doubt."
Prosecutors said that Manafort should have filed an FBAR for years 2008-2014 but the defense argued Manafort's ownership of his foreign accounts [a flat 50%] was under the threshold that triggers an FBAR requirement [50%]. #Maddow
Retired Navy admiral William McRaven, who oversaw the raid that killed bin Laden: "I'd consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance too, so I can add my name to the list of men & women who have spoken up against your presidency." #Maddowwapo.st/2OG8gCS?tid=ss…
"You've embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation. If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken." #Maddow
Retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden: "On Feb 17th, President Trump said the news media is the enemy of the American people. This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime." #Maddowwapo.st/2lfbpLK
Omarosa secretly recorded her phone call with Lara Trump immediately following her firing in which Lara Trump offers her $15K per month hush money which would be financed via "small donors for the most part."
'Small donors' ==> that's YOU, MAGA fools. #Maddow
"It's an abuse of power. It's retribution against a political opponent .. When you look at an administration where Omarosa or Jared Kushner or Ivanka Trump have security clearances and John Brennan does not, then you know something is askew": Steve Schmidt
#Maddow: "The practical effect” of Trump’s move to terminate the security clearance of former intelligence officials is to “interfere with that former official accessing his/her own notes and files” to use during key testimony (v @Politics_PR) #TrumpRussia
@craigunger ◉ HOUSE OF TRUMP HOUSE OF PUTIN author @craigunger: Transcripts from Ukrainian intelligence reveal Putin’s meeting with Semion Mogilevich, the brains behind the Russian mafia, which is another arm of the KGB/FSB and has a long history with Trump. #Maddow
@craigunger "...greatest intelligence operation in history, through which the Russian Mafia & Russian intelligence successfully targeted, compromised, & implanted a willfully ignorant or inexplicably unaware Russian asset in the White House."
Read THIS book! #Maddow
@craigunger "No doubt Trump would have been compromised when he visited Moscow in 1987." Oleg Kalugin, former head of counterintelligence for the KGB, told author @craigunger that Trump would have had 'many young ladies at his disposal' - and Russia would have been watching.
#BREAKING Trump revokes ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads statement calling him a liar and says he’s sowing division and chaos. Reads off more names of top Trump critics.
Reporter to Sarah HS: The List of people whose security clearances TRump is considering revoking besides John Brennan’s are only Democrats. Why should Americans have confidence you’re taking this seriously if not a single Republican—not even Flynn who lied to FBI—is on that list?
The White House truly was Kremlin annex today. Petty vindictive Trump abuses power to blacklist ppl who happen to know about Russia, smearing & intimidating them for exercising their First Amendment right to criticize a dangerously unfit POTUS. Send gratitude, follow @JohnBrennan
Now-deceased GOP operative Peter Smith remains an important figure in the government's investigation. The FBI subpoenaed Northern Trust for Smith’s bank records last Dec to learn whether he paid anyone connected with the Russian government.
Recall, in his "KLS Research Packet," Peter Smith [GOP activist who sought Clinton emails] listed Trump campaign officials involved in his project: Mike Flynn, Flynn Jr, Kellyanne Conway, Sam Clovis, & Bannon. Smith also had direct access to Flynn. #Maddow
ICYMI: Now-deceased Peter Smith [GOP activist who sought Clinton emails] had known Kellyanne Conway's husband George for decades – since their efforts in the 90's to take down Bill Clinton [they were involved in Troopergate & Paula Jones lawsuit]. #Maddow
Rick Gates was no coffee boy. After his boss Manafort left the campaign, "Gates remained entrenched in Trump operation" – as deputy chair of Trump's campaign AND inaugural cmte [managing the murky $107M inaugural fund] and an organizer w Parscale of a pro-Trump super PAC. #Maddow
Rick Gates admitted at Manafort's trial to misusing Trump inauguration funds to cover personal expenses, raising new questions about how well the inaugural committee tracked the most expensive inauguration in history, partially funded by Russians. #Maddowbit.ly/2OzZWoa
When accused Russian spy Maria Butina needed money from oligarch Konstantin Nikolaev, she went to Igor Pisarsky, whose clients include Alfa Bank, Vekselberg's Skolkovo, & Rostec – AND whose charity gave an award to Trump associate, SERGEI MILLIAN. #Maddowthebea.st/2OXVy3y?source…
Accused Russian spy Maria Butina’s secret money man in Moscow, Igor Pisarsky, founded the Silver Archer award. In 2015, "the Silver Archer's most prestigious category, 'Persona,' was awarded to Sergey Millian." @annanemtsova#Maddowbit.ly/2M4Wa9I
Accused Russian spy Maria Butina’s secret money man was Igor Pisarsky, whose clients include Skolkovo, which is controlled by Viktor Vekselberg [Russian oligarch who paid Michael Cohen $500K] and was flagged by the FBI as a Moscow spying campaign. #Maddow
Melania sponsored her parents for their green cards, which allowed them to live in the US indefinitely & paved the way for citizenship <= THIS is exactly what Trump calls 'chain migration' and is trying to ban – except for white people, obviously. #Maddowcnn.it/2vwlqvj
Secret audi recording obtained by the @Maddow show captures GOP's Nunes saying Rosenstein impeachment has stalled because it would delay Kavanaugh's confirmation. "Do you want the Senate to drop everything & not confirm the Supreme Court justice?" #Maddownbcnews.to/2OSDUOH
Secret *audio recording – not a secret Audi recording, obviously 🤓
Devin Nunes admitted that House GOP will impeach Rosenstein after Kavanaugh is confirmed as SCOTUS & that House GOP MUST maintain majority because if "Sessions won't unrecuse & Mueller won't clear Trump, we're the only ones" who can protect Trump. #Maddow
#Maddow Scoop: GOP congressman Devin Nunes (Top Trump propagandist on House Intel Cmte undermining Russia probe) was overheard at a GOP fundraiser criticizing Trump tweets as “cringe” worthy. He also acknowledges using stolen emails in a campaign is “criminal.” #TrumpRussia
#Maddow Nunes: “If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones.” GOP leadership is secretly on board with Rosenstein impeachment. But don’t won’t divert Senate from Kavanaugh confirmation. So GOP plan to do it after he’s confirmed. #VOTEBLUE
#Maddow's scoop is damning for Nunes, showing his corruption & abuse of power for Trump. But Paul Ryan is House speaker, and he's known about all of it. He's been on board since at least his "don't leak"; keep it in the "family." GOP family is more mob-like than we ever imagined.
The Mar-a-Lago troika secretly running the VA consists of Marvel Entertainment chairman & longtime Trump acquaintance Ike Perlmutter, lawyer Marc Sherman, and Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz – none of whom ever served in the US military or government. Trump's oligarchs. #Maddow
READ this piece by @iarnsdorf: "Shadow Rulers of the VA"
Three Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping Trump’s VA policies. Besides advocating for friends’ interests, some of the Mar-a-Lago troika’s interventions served their own purposes. #Maddowpropublica.org/article/ike-pe…
Rick Gates revealed that he & Manafort also worked for Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, who in 2015, donated $150K to Trump's self-dealing foundation in exchange for Trump doing a 20-minute video call. The payment is under scrutiny by Mueller. #Maddownyti.ms/2MeuazA
Apr 9, 2018: Mueller is investigating a $150K payment to Trump’s foundation from Ukrainian steel magnate Victor Pinchuk [a client of Rick Gates & Manafort]. The donation, solicited by Michael Cohen, was the largest the foundation received in 2015. #Maddow
Former IRS division chief overseeing tax-exempt orgs: Victor Pinchuk's payment to Trump's charity “is curious because it came during a campaign from a foreigner & is an unusual amount for such a short speech. Looks like an effort to buy influence.” #Maddow
Rick Gates: Paul Manafort & I had 15 foreign accounts we did not report to the federal government, and we knew it was illegal. I did not submit the required forms "at Mr. Manafort's direction." #Maddow