The Justice Dept has charged a Russian woman, Elena Khusyaynova, for conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 US election – the first criminal case against a foreign national for meddling in the 2018 Midterms. Prosecutors said she managed the finances of “Project Lakhta.” #Maddow
Elena Khusyaynova, whose "Project Lakhta" was funded by "Putin's chef" Yeveniy Prigozhin [indicted by Mueller], managed the $35M budget, which included paying activists in the US, social media ads, registering domain names, & buying proxy servers. #Maddow
A SoftBank subsidiary, whose CEO has deep ties to the Saudi govt & Crown Prince MBS, lent $57M to Jared Kushner's family business for its troubled Jersey City project in Oct 2017, the SAME month Jared took an unannounced trip to Riyadh & divulged classified intel to MBS. #Maddow
Oct 25, 2017: Jared Kushner left DC via commercial airline for an unannounced visit with Saudi Crown Prince MBS, catching intelligence officials off guard. “The two princes stayed up until nearly 4 am.” A week later, MBS launched his royal "purge." #Maddow
Oct 2017: The same month Jared Kushner shared classified intel with Saudi Crown Prince MBS on his unannounced trip to Riyadh, FORTRESS, a subsidiary of Saudi-linked SoftBank, lent $57M to Kushner companies for its long-delayed Jersey City project. #Maddowbit.ly/2yKs4yQ
Here are projects where Ivanka & Trump lied to buyers/investors to boost sales [fraud]:
•REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA
The White House is replacing the agency watchdog who was in the midst of 2 investigations into Trump ally Ryan Zinke. An internal HUD email announced Suzanne Tufts will become acting inspector general for Interior. "The Interior IG's office was unaware." @KenDilanianNBC#Maddow
After just 7 months at HUD, Suzanne Tufts, a long-time NY Republican attorney who was a GOP poll-watcher on Election Day 2016 in NY, will replace Deputy Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall, who was investigating Trump ally, Ryan Zinke. #Maddownbcnews.to/2OrGeQf
Story @maddow just covered, in which, GA Sec of State Brian Kemp [running for governor against @staceyabrams] knew in 2016 that GA's voting system, which was breached by Russian GRU, had critical vulnerabilities and whose election servers were wiped clean. bit.ly/2OIzHx5
"In Oct 2016, KOVALEV and co-conspirators targeted state & county offices responsible for administering the 2016 US elections. On Oct 28, 2016, they visited websites of certain counties in Georgia, Iowa, and Florida to identify vulnerabilities." #Maddow
An Apple Watch, hired jet, and mystery vehicle figure in the search for journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who "disappeared" inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi is an outspoken critic of Jared Kushner's good friend, Saudi Crown Prince MBS. #Maddowreut.rs/2RFB68Y
Trump's deputy campaign chair Rick Gates solicited proposals from Israeli company Psy-Group to create fake online identities and use social media manipulation to help Trump defeat Republican primary opponents & Hillary Clinton.
Psy-Group, which is owned by Joel Zamel [who met with Don Jr in AUG 2016] and staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, proposed using social media to amplify division among rival campaigns and factions to help Trump defeat Cruz & Clinton. #Maddow
Aug 3, 2016: Joel Zamel pitched Don Jr a plan to get Trump elected in a meeting arranged by Erik Prince. Zamel's firm, Psy-Group, offers services like "honey traps" & social media manipulation to influence campaigns [just like Cambridge Analytica]. #Maddow
NEW: As Russia was escalating its interference for Trump, Rick Gates sought Israeli PsyOp firm to create disinformation, fake news/identities to manipulate Republicans, seeing disruption effort as good for Trump in primary race. How desperate they were. nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/…
The Trump campaign was literally waging information warfare on Americans to get him elected. We saw it and felt the all-out assault. Whether from Russia or Israeli intel or both, Trump used propaganda to lie, distract, gaslight, demonize. It worked. And he's only gotten worse.
Interesting that Gates is the main guy seeking Israeli disinfo help. Manafort was king of manipulation/disinformation campaigns in Ukraine. And Manafort was ostensibly hired to corral Republicans. Did Manafort keep an eye on Russia's efforts while Gates looked for backup? #maddow
NEW: Feds Seize Oleg Deripaska’s NYC Mansion and find Roman Abramovich’s ex-wife, Dasha Zhukova [close friend of Ivanka & the Kushner brothers] & their children living there –– and Oleg Deripaska's estranged wife Polina is now dating Roman Abramovich. 🤔 @imthemadridista#Maddow
This seems like a huge power shift and bad news for Oleg Deripaska, whose entree into 'the Family' [small group of Yeltsin oligarchs who put Putin in power in return for safety & prosperity] was Polina, Yeltsin's step-granddaughter. @Kris_Sacrebleu#Maddow
Was there a connection between Russia's Alfa Bank and Trump's Campaign?
The Trump domain was shut down after @nytimes contacted Alfa Bank. “That shows a human interaction...Alfa Bank alerted Trump Org, which shut it down.”
cc @ljean by @NewYorker#Maddowbit.ly/2zUExlf
DNS traffic between Russia's Alfa Bank and Trump Tower coincided with Manafort’s time as campaign chair and continued after he left. "It could have been a messaging system" using Webmail to facilitate secret communications via 'foldering,' a method favored by Manafort. #Maddow
Prominent computer expert @ljean says the Alfa Bank-Trump Tower communication may have been used to coordinate the movement of data. Cambridge Analytica stole millions Facebook records, which could have been transferred to the Russian govt to guide US voter targeting. #Maddow
In a covert effort to obtain Clinton emails, now-deceased GOP operative Peter Smith raised at least $100,000 from wealthy donors under the guise of a "Scholarship Fund for Russian students" – after US IC warned of Russia's election interference. #Maddowon.wsj.com/2C08j9K
Peter Smith went to extraordinary lengths to ensure secrecy of his operation [to enlist Russian hackers to obtain Clinton emails], using a Gmail account named “Robert Tyler” that he and his associates communicated with by leaving notes for each other in the draft folder. #Maddow
Financier Charles Ortel spoke with Peter Smith on the phone hours before his death re a new project and Smith had sounded excited, brainstorming about next steps. Ortel was stunned Smith had taken his life soon after, leaving a note which read: “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.” #Maddow
SCOOP: A judge who sits on the DC circuit court with Kavanaugh sent a series of complaints about Kavanaugh to Chief Justice Roberts starting 3 weeks ago. Roberts has chosen for the time being not to refer them for investigation.
That Roberts has not referred the cases for investigation has caused concern in the legal community. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, the misconduct complaints against him may not become public and instead will be dismissed. #Maddow
"Never before has a Supreme Court nominee been poised to join the court while a fellow judge [a Bush 41 appointee] recommends that a series of misconduct claims against that nominee warrant review."
Kavanaugh had huge debt in 2006 [year he was confirmed as a federal judge] but somehow bought a $1.2M house with no decrease in his bank accounts then, inexplicably, his bank account got fatter in 2008-2009 with no discernible increase in income. #Maddow
I guess you missed this, @SenatorCollins: The American Bar Association is reassessing their "well-qualified" rating of Kavanaugh. The ABA says they are evaluating Kavanaugh's “temperament” based on his Sep 27th performance. #Maddow
"The Trump Foundation was a shell corporation that functioned as a checkbook from which Trump Org made payments- using other people's money." Trump gave instructions to his CFO Allen Weisselberg, who then directed Trump Org controller, Jeffrey McConney, to cut a check. #Maddow
Per @NewYorkStateAG's suit filed in JUN: Trump illegally used the foundation’s charitable assets to pay off legal obligations, promote Trump businesses, purchase personal items, and at Trump’s behest, provide extensive support to his 2016 campaign. #Maddow
US Justice Dept charge 7 Russian GRU officers with hacking international agencies; Britain & Australia accuse the GRU of a 2017 Ukraine cyberattack; Dutch officials allege that GRU agents tried to hack the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, OPCW. #Maddowwapo.st/2IAAe17?tid=ss…
Dutch defense officials released photos of Russian GRU agents using Wi-Fi hacking equipment hidden in a car parked outside a Marriott Hotel in the GRU's botched attempt to hack the OPCW, the chemical weapons watchdog investigating the nerve agent attack on the Skripals. #Maddow
The most stunning operation revealed was the GRU's ham-handed attempted break-in of the OPCW, involving a car trunk loaded with a computer, battery, bulky transformer, & hidden antenna, which were all operational when Dutch authorities descended. #Maddow
Russia's Deputy Prosecutor General, Saak Karapetyan, whose office offered Don Jr dirt on Clinton and who, along with Natalia Veselnitskaya, was exposed in Jan for trying to turn a Swiss official into a Russian informant, died in a helicopter crash. #Maddowthebea.st/2ICn43F?source…
Kremlin informant Natalia Veselnitskaya tried to recruit a Swiss official as a Russian double-agent in Dec 2016 – 6 months after she met with [recruited?] Don Jr, Kushner, & Manafort. Her handler, Deputy Prosecutor General Karapetyan, is now dead. #Maddow
APR: Konstantin Kosachev arranges a meeting between Rohrabacher & Russia's Prosecutor General office
JUN: Don Jr, Kushner, Manafort meet w Prosecutor General informant, Veselnitskaya
AUG: Michael Cohen reportedly meets w Kosachev in Prague #Maddow
BREAKING: White House finds "no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh" in FBI Report.
No shock there since the White House refused to allow the FBI to look for any corroboration of Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct.
BREAKING: White House finds "no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh" in FBI Report. It's not clear if they finalized its review of FBI interview reports. "The White House’s conclusions from the report means little in the confirmation process." #Maddow
"It's unclear if the White House, which for weeks has raised doubts about sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, had finalized its review of the FBI interview reports." It seems, the WH didn't even read the entire report. @Kris_Sacrebleu#Maddow
New Report >> Trump the "self-made billionaire" is a fraud. He inherited a fortune, founded on fraudulent tax schemes. He received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
How much you wanna bet Trump will go all Stalin tonight on the bombshell story of his family’s financial fraud (on which his own con rests) to say Dear Old Dad is being smeared just like Kavanaugh? Failing New York Times, Democrat conspiracy, enemy of the people, etc etc #maddow
“Trump is a profound grifter,”@TimOBrien says, discussing NYT investigation exposing Trump’s image is as fraudulent as his family’s tax schemes. Then tells story of Trump trying to take advantage of his own father Fred suffering from Alzheimer’s but still with it to notice😱
According to a police report, as a Yale undergrad, Kavanaugh was involved in a bar fight in which he threw ice on another patron & his pal Chris Dudley hit the man in the ear with a glass. The victim “was bleeding from the ear.”
Belligerent drunk. #Maddownyti.ms/2xUsgvG
Chris Dudley, 2010 GOP nominee for governor of Oregon, has spoken out in support of Kavanaugh and disputed reports that Kavanaugh drank excessively. Obviously, Dudley didn't expect @emilybazelon & @benprotess to track down the CT police report. 😏 #Maddow
Chris Dudley, ex-NBA player & failed GOP gubernatorial candidate, was ARRESTED for the 1985 bar fight involving Kavanaugh in which they assaulted a man because he was not the lead singer for UB40 and Dudley smashed a glass on the victim's face. #Maddow
While everyone debates whether or not Kavanaugh lied under oath about his drinking and the numerous sexual assault allegations against him, may I remind you that Kavanaugh repeatedly lied under oath during his Sep 5-6 confirmation hearing. REPEATEDLY. #Maddow
FYI: A 2007 news story revealed that Kavanaugh had LIED under oath during his 2006 confirmation hearing. Dem senators asked DOJ to open a criminal probe into the matter. The request was denied by Benczkowski, now-Trump's DOJ Criminal Div Chief. #Maddow
Texts show that in the days before news broke that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, he was asking friends to refute the claim and that he was more socially connected to her than he let on.
by @HeidiPrzybyla@LACaldwellDC#Maddow nbcnews.to/2P27roL
Kavanaugh and/or his friends “may have initiated an anticipatory narrative as early as JULY to conceal or discredit” Deborah Ramirez. Kavanaugh claimed – under oath – that the 1st time he heard her allegation was in a Sep 23 New Yorker story. LIAR. #Maddow