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Of course Nunes told Trump about the obstruction probe → In Jun 2017, Trump ordered senior aides to launch a smear campaign against 3 FBI officials who could corroborate Comey's account that Trump told him to drop the Flynn probe: McCabe, Baker & Rybicki.
Trump's efforts to smear Strzok & Page began in summer 2017 when his then-atty John Dowd discovered Page had been present when Comey recounted his troubling interactions w/ Trump to FBI officials and was a dangerous witness in Mueller's obstruction probe.
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SCOOP: Trump raised the idea with his acting AG Matt Whitaker of getting Trump-appointed SDNY US Atty Berman to unrecuse in an effort to install a perceived loyalist atop SDNY's widening inquiry.
by @nytmike @MarkMazzettiNYT @maggieNYT @npfandos #Maddow
Whitaker, who earlier this month told a congressional committee that Trump had never pressured him over the various investigations – including SDNY's – is now under scrutiny by House Democrats for possible perjury.
White House lawyers wrote a confidential memo expressing concern about Trump’s staff lying in public re Flynn's firing – that Spicer had overstated the thoroughness of the WH inquiry of Flynn & falsely claimed WH lawyers concluded there were no legal issues re Flynn’s conduct.
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Brittany Kaiser is the SECOND known Cambridge Analytica employee to be subpoenaed by Mueller. Sam Patten [business partner to Russian GRU operative & Manafort assoc, Kilimnik] has already entered into a plea deal with Mueller. Kaiser is the first figure linked directly to Brexit.
Former Cambridge Analytica employees Sam Patten [business partner to Russian GRU operative Kilimnik] and Brittany Kaiser – both subpoenaed by Mueller – were involved in the controversial Jan 2015 Nigerian election, which had “unsettling” parallels to the US presidential election.
During the 2015 Nigerian campaign, Cambridge Analytica worked alongside unidentified Israeli intelligence operatives who hacked the now-president of Nigeria’s emails and released damaging info about him to the press weeks before the election.
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The judge said Manafort also lied about a $125,000 payment he claimed was a loan and about another, unrelated Justice Department investigation.
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BREAKING via @PamelaBrownCNN: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sanders is one of the last known White House officials to have been interviewed by Mueller.
Exclusive via @PamelaBrownCNN: Sarah Sanders has been interviewed by Robert Mueller's office. The interview, "one of the final known interviews by Mueller's team," came around the same time as ex-White House chief of staff John Kelly's interview.
In 2017, Sarah Sanders said Trump 'weighed in on' Don Jr's false Trump Tower meeting statement: "The statement Don Jr issued is true. There's no inaccuracy. The President weighed in as any father would, based on the limited info that he had."
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#BREAKING Disastrous ruling for #Manafort: Judge Berman finds Manafort "intentionally" made material false statements to Mueller, FBI and the Grand Jury, ruling he is in breach of plea agreement. So Mueller no longer bound by it either.… h/t @MikeScarcella
Judge: Trump's campaign chair Manafort "intentionally made multiple false statements to the FBI, the OSC, and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation: his interactions and communications with Kilimnik."

Manafort lied to cover-up no collusion😉
Trump doesn't delegate. He's a hands-on control freak—an autocrat in short. He chose Manafort not b/c GOP knew him but b/c Manafort knew Russians. Trump's long been surrounded by Russians & Ru money. Still wanted on Moscow tower in 2016! He knew & wanted contact w/Russia. #Maddow
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Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson: HE LIED. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has established that Paul Manafort lied in 3 of the 5 occurrences they cite and breached his plea agreement.
BREAKING: Judge Amy Berman Jackson finds that Manafort lied to Mueller's investigators, specifically about his contacts during the 2016 campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI determined has ties to Russian intelligence.
NEW: Judge Amy Berman Jackson voids Manafort's plea deal, says he intentionally lied to the FBI, special counsel, and grand jury – specifically about his contacts during the 2016 campaign with Russian intelligence operative Kilimnik.
by @kpolantz #Maddow
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Five days after you begged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email, Manafort & Gates, your campaign chairman & deputy campaign chair, had a covert meeting with Russian intelligence operative Kilimnik and passed him your internal polling data –> "COLLUSION."…
"Prosecutors almost never have direct evidence of criminal conspiracies. Usually what you have is a series of events to point to from which you can draw inferences. That's circumstantial evidence and just as valuable in our judicial system." —@Mimirocah1
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort conspired with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska during the 2016 campaign with help from Russian military intelligence operative [GRU] Konstantin Kilimnik – whose ties to the GRU were still active in 2016.
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Wow indeed! Bamford's piece on Butina echoes top Kremlin talking points—anti-Russia hysteria (Russophobia), mere private idealistic Russian citizen (Putin called GRU hackers private patriots). He also mirrors Trump/GOP anti-media & anti-govt line. Mindsets are stubborn things😕
Bamford's Butina piece has more Kremlin propaganda than RT! She's "naive, idealistic." Torshin's a "passionate pro-gun enthusiast." FBI has no case, coerced her guilty plea; following govt marching orders, like Iraq or Joe McCarthyism. Pathetic.… #Maddow
Bamford's piece on Butina exemplifies an inability to see Russia as a bad actor—despite reams of evidence around the globe—for Americans stuck in self-flagellation abt our past. Russia pulls on that heartstring aLOT—to get away w/ too much, as I've written…
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UN Human Rights commissioner regarding US immigration policies:

"The thought that any State would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable."

The @UNHumanRights spoke out early last year about Session, republican GOP and Trump's inhumane policy of separating families..
The Trump administration stopped cooperating with UN investigations into human rights violations in America…
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Trump refuses to meet a LEGAL deadline to send Congress a report that requires the White House to determine if Saudi Crown Prince MBS is personally responsible for the murder of @washingtonpost journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Not at all suspicious. 🙄
Israeli spyware Pegasus [for whom Flynn was a paid advisor], acquired by Prince MBS in 2018, gives customers full access to victim's phone [texts & photos].

*Bezos' team said his texts & photos may have been obtained by a foreign govt for Trump.
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😨One day you're watching Putin's insane war, propaganda, smears, kompromat, blackmail. And seemingly overnight, you wonder what country you're in. Civilization's veneer is thin, folks. Thx to GOP, dicks like Pecker, Trump feel on top of the world & turning ours to💩😒
Blackmail by AMI-National Enquirer-David Pecker of @JeffBezos is a big deal b/c
1/ evidence of new crimes violates SDNY immunity agreement re Trump’s hush payments, 2/ extortion may be BOTH for Trump AND Saudis over relentless WaPo coverage, incl of Khashoggi murder. #Maddow
@JeffBezos 💯THREAD: It's Democracy vs Autocracy. Bezos-National Enquirer/AMI story is the autocratic alliance at work to silence critics, co-opt journalism, torpedo truth, break rule of law & democracy. Trump/GOP align w/ Saudi & Kremlin autocrats, use fascist tools & propaganda for power.
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Trump's pal David Pecker tried to blackmail Jeff Bezos. Big mistake. Huge.

"Any personal embarrassment AMI [publisher of National Enquirer] could cause me takes a back seat...If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?" -@JeffBezos
Jeff Bezos: David Pecker was “apoplectic” about our investigation...the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.

AMI sources say that in return for the catch & kill operation, Trump introduced Pecker to funding sources: Prince MBS.
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Via @latimes DEMS Focus on OVERSIGHT Role and Investigations of the #Trump #kakistocracy .. and ALL OF ITs piles. TRUMP was schooled this AM as to what #Oversight means.. he whined .. They didn’t do it to (black) OBAMA
#maddow @CNN @lauferlaw @dailykos
@latimes @CNN @lauferlaw @dailykos The Dem agenda will include three #House floor votes on Major Bills by the end of March, according to tentative plans shared by Democratic sources. #HR1 #HR7 #HR8 @LWV #votingrights @Womenworking @NationalNOW @womensmarch @MomsDemand @davidhogg111 #FightFor15 #VoteVetsVsNRA
@latimes @CNN @lauferlaw @dailykos #OVERSIGHT Acting AG. #Whitaker is slated to testify tomorrow, making him the first major TRUMP #kakistocracy official to come before USHouse since @SpeakerPelosi got gavel back.
@RVAwonk @lauferlaw @SethAbramson @DavidCornDC @renato_mariotti @tribelaw @jentaub @maddow @CNN
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#BREAKING >> Paul ERICKSON, Russian Agent Maria Butina’s Boyfriend & Republican/NRA Operative, INDICTED for Fraud & Money Laundering, by a federal grand jury in South Dakota today. New report from @woodruffbets @ErinBanco… #TrumpRussia
Paul #Erickson, already mixed up in Russia probe, is charged with 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Butina's boyfriend faces a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison for each count in the indictment.…
#Erickson indictment shows several payments to "M.B." presumably Maria Butina. One for $8000 on June 24, 2015—just a few weeks before the FreedomFest conference in Nevada at which Butina turned up & got Trump to say if he were president, sanctions on Russia would be gone. #Maddow
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One day after Trump's SOTU threat condemning"ridiculous investigations," House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff announces broad investigation "beyond Russia" & into whether Trump's financial interests are driving his & his administration's actions.…
A sullen Trump responds to House resuming investigation w/ attack on Chair Schiff plus some projection: "He has no basis to do that. He's just a political hack trying to build a name for himself. That's what they do. It's called presidential harassment" (says Trump the birther)
Under Dem control, House Intel Cmte to "fulfill its responsibility to provide the American people with a comprehensive accounting of what happened, and what the US must do to protect itself from future interference and malign influence operations"… #Maddow
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SDNY's subpoena to Trump's inaugural committee also asks for records related to tech company Stripe, which processed payments from donors. A key investor of Stripe is Thrive Capital, which, at the time, Jared Kushner co-owned with his brother Josh.
What the @nytimes piece fails to point out is that while tech company Stripe was being paid by the Trump inaugural fund, Jared Kushner was still a key investor in Stripe through his company Thrive, which he did not divest from until spring 2017.
Mar 20, 2017: Jared Kushner *plans to* exit 3 limited liability companies backed by Thrive Capital, the firm he co-founded with his brother Josh. The companies include tech company Stripe [named in SDNY's subpoena to the Trump Inaugural Committee].
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NEW: Confidential memo shows how the company of Trump inaugural chair Tom Barrack sought to profit from connections to the Trump admin & foreign dignitaries. The memo was written by inaugural deputy chair Rick Gates.
by @JustinElliott @ilyamarritz #Maddow
Per the confidential memo from Colony, the company of Tom Barrack, who chaired the inaugural now under criminal investigation: "The key is to strategically cultivate domestic and international relations while avoiding any appearance of lobbying."
During inaugural week, Tom Barrack hosted a chairman’s dinner [courtesy of the Trump inaugural slush fund] with his own invite list, which included businesspeople and foreign dignitaries – to advance the interests of his own company, Colony.
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BREAKING: New York federal prosecutors seek interviews with Trump Organization executives, signaling a growing potential threat to the Trumps from criminal investigations by the Manhattan [SDNY] US Attorney's office.
by @eorden @CristinaAlesci #Maddow
Trump and his lawyers have long harbored concerns that investigations by New York federal prosecutors may pose greater danger to him and his family than the Mueller probe. Prosecutors' recent interest in Trump Org execs may intensify those fears.
One Trump campaign official who was questioned *last summer* by SDNY prosecutors was asked about coordination between Trump Org & the campaign, how Trump Org was structured, and which accounts were used to pay campaign staffers & campaign-related bills.
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Secret files show how Trump Tower Moscow talks unfolded while Trump heaped praise on Putin. Side by side timelines of Moscow Tower negotiations [between Michael Cohen, Felix Sater, & Moscow] and Trump's evolving public comments on Russia.
by @azeen #Maddow
Of note: Before Trump signed the Moscow Tower letter of intent, the Trump Org revised the clause stating that the terms of the agreement were to be kept confidential by everyone involved. The edit by Trump Org allowed Trump himself to speak publicly about the deal.
Michael Cohen and Felix Sater planned to use Trump’s public praise for Putin to help secure the lucrative Trump Tower Moscow deal. At the same time, they plotted to persuade the Russian president to declare his support for Trump’s candidacy.
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New York prosecutors seek records from Trump inauguration committee. SDNY prosecutors contacted Trump’s inaugural committee on Monday and plan to subpoena them for documents, indicating that another inquiry into Trump is widening.
by @Santucci #Maddow
More via @nytimes: Trump’s inaugural committee has been ordered to turn over documents about donors, finances, and activities to SDNY federal prosecutors. Prosecutors also showed interest in whether foreigners illegally donated to the committee.
A Trump inaugural committee lawyer received a subpoena Monday evening seeking documents related to all donors & event attendees; any benefits handed out, including tickets & photos with Trump; federal disclosure filings; vendors; contracts; & more.
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Former Soviet counterintelligence officer and hacker for hire Rinat Akhmetshin received $500K in suspicious payments before & after he attended the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian informant offering dirt on Clinton.
by @LoopEmma #Maddow @Kris_Sacrebleu
Rinat Akhmetshin, who received $500K in suspicious payments before & after attending the Trump Tower meeting, "has a reputation for obtaining emails, info from spyware, and other data from Russian hackers." []
@Kris_Sacrebleu #Maddow
Before it was reported that Rinat Akhmetshin attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, I noted here that in 2013, Akhmetshin had hacked the computer servers of a company owned by Trump's business partner, Russian mafia boss, Alexander Mashkevich,
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🚨💥Well well >> Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin (key figure at Trump Tower Meeting) received $500,000 in suspicious payments before AND after the June 9 meeting with Trump campaign top brass. #TrumpRussia… via @LoopEmma
You expect the Russian Trump Tower meeting attendees to be paid by Russians working against Magnitsky sanctions. But THIS >> Akhmetshin also received payments from longtime American political insiders—"one of whom is a veteran Republican operator with ties to the Trump campaign."
Bank examiners gave Akhmetshin's records to US Treasury officials, alerting them that the payments could be >> evidence of bribery or political corruption related to the Magnitsky Act<<. They noted it odd that all 5 deposits were close together—and before the Trump Tower meeting.
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Russian Direct Investment Fund, whose CEO Kirill Dmitriev met with Erik Prince in the Seychelles? RDIF is a subsidiary of VEB Bank, whose CEO met with Jared Kushner in Dec 2016.
Recall, then-Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci also met with Russian Direct Investment Fund [RDIF] CEO Kirill Dmitriev at Davos, one week after Erik Prince's Seychelles' meeting with Dmitriev.
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