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Conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi in plea negotiations with Mueller, which could shed light on whether Trump or his advisers were linked to WikiLeaks’ release of hacked Democratic emails in 2016 washingtonpost.com/politics/stone…
"Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps. One shortly after I'm back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging."

Corsi informed Stone about the planned WikiLeaks Dem email releases 2 months in advance.

And Mueller has the exchange. nbcnews.com/politics/justi…
"Stone responded, "Get to (Assange) [a]t Ecuadorian Embassy in London and get the pending (WikiLeaks) emails."

Corsi passed the request along to conservative author Ted Malloch in London"
"By March 2017 -- after US intelligence agencies had pinned the blame on Russia for hacking the Democrats and using #WikiLeaks to disseminate stolen material -- Jerome #Corsi had deleted all of his emails prior to October 11, 2016" cnn.com/2018/11/27/pol…
"Trumps legal team obtained a copy of the Corsi document earlier this month and lodged a complaint with the DOJ about the inclusion of Trump’s name in the draft filing.

The episode delayed the delivery of Trump’s written responses to Mueller's questions" washingtonpost.com/politics/corsi…
Trump told special counsel Robert Mueller in writing that
– Roger Stone did not tell him about WikiLeaks
– he was not told about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son, campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/11/28…
"These written answers could be subject to criminal charges if false."

Got 'em.
First order of business for the revived House Intelligence Committee on January 3: reveal the blocked phone number that Donnie Jr called before and after the Trump meeting cnn.com/2018/05/17/pol…
Michael Cohen: Trump knew in advance of June 2016 Trump Tower meeting cnn.com/2018/07/26/pol…
Trump adviser Roger Stone sought advance copies of WikiLeaks emails via Farage ally Ted Malloch, Mueller document alleges theguardian.com/us-news/2018/n…
Emails between Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi, privately acknowledging that Russian hackers stole the DNC emails published by Wikileaks, show they knew the vile Seth Rich conspiracy theory was false before they promoted it thebea.st/2AuPfy8?source…
Thread of #Corsi's jaw-dropping appearance on #TheBeat.

A defense lawyer's nightmare.
Trump’s night-owl calls to Roger Stone during the 2016 campaign – as always, from a blocked number – draw scrutiny in Mueller probe washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Michael Cohen reaches plea deal with Mueller: he will admit lying to Congress about his contacts with Russians, and will offer dozens of hours of new 'testimony potentially damaging to Trump' that Mueller has found valuable
Cohen pleads guilty to making false statements to Congress about his efforts to pursue a Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign #TrumpRussia
In his court hearing, #MichaelCohen says:
–he briefed Trump more than the admitted 3 times
–he briefed some family members –there was an agreement for Cohen to go to Russia
–Trump was also considering a trip to Russia #TrumpRussia
Plea: assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5331…
Aug 2017, WaPo: Trump lawyer #MichaelCohen asked Putin's personal spokesman Dmitry Peskov for help in Trump Tower-Moscow deal
"#MichaelCohen's plea means the Trump camp's talks with Russians were ongoing not long before he was formally nominated .. and also means negotiations with Russians were taking place the same month as the Trump Tower meeting" #TrumpRussia npr.org/2018/11/29/671…
33 witches.
Over 100 criminal counts.
$25 million net profit to taxpayers.

Everyone Who’s Been Charged as a Result of the Mueller #TrumpRussia Investigation nyti.ms/2MGjlqy
"A Republican HPSCI aide said the transcripts [from closed-door interviews] are currently being reviewed and declassified by the intelligence community."

#MichaelCohen's admission could put @DonaldJTrumpJr, Trump Organization staff in the crosshairs abcnews.go.com/Politics/micha…
!! The Trump Organization planned to give Vladimir Putin the $50 million penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow.

The architect of the proposal (which #MichaelCohen discussed with Peskov's representative during the campaign):

Felix Sater. buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier…
So. Much. Lying. #TrumpRussia
"Investigators obtained emails about the project from late 2015 and January 2016, in which #MichaelCohen communicated with or copied Donald Jr and Ivanka, both of whom were executives at Trump Organization.

Ivanka recommended an architect" (h/t @rgoodlaw)
"The revelation that representatives of the Trump Organization planned to forge direct financial links with the leader of a hostile nation at the height of the campaign raises fresh questions about Trump's relationship with the Kremlin." #TrumpRussia
And all the while, calling on Russia to release his opponent's emails, maligning the EU and NATO, intervening in the RNC platform to the Kremlin's benefit, and casting doubt on Putin's role in the murders of journalists and dissidents.
"Sater tapped a former general in the GRU, Evgeny Shmykov, to arrange visas for Cohen & Trump to visit Russia.

For months, the felon, general & Trump’s lawyer worked to land the deal, speaking with a Putin aide, Russian bankers and real estate developers"
"Sater emailed that the Kremlin could not issue [visas] for diplomatic reasons, and they would instead come from VTB bank as part of “a business meeting not political.” (note: VTB was under sanctions)

And an insight into how @HouseIntelComm Republicans buried damaging evidence.
"Multiple sources have confirmed that Ivanka and Donald Jr were also working to make Trump Tower Moscow a reality, & that those efforts were independent of Cohen’s work on the project.

One of the sources said Ivanka was also involved in Cohen’s efforts." yahoo.com/news/mueller-e…
House Intelligence Committee will investigate Trump Organization’s plan to give Putin a $50 million penthouse when Democrats take over in January buzzfeed.com/emmaloop/house…
“We’re way beyond bribery. If a POTUS candidate is offering a foreign adversary a $50 million-gift while that adversary through his own backchannels is offering support of the campaign, that’s betrayal at the highest level; that’s conspiracy": @RepSwalwell
In Oct 2016, Bannon – emailed Stone after a videoconference in which Assange promised a “significant” release of documents ahead of the next months’ election. “What was that this morning???,” Bannon wrote.

Stone replied: “A load every week going forward.”
"Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia" #Individual1
In light of the Stone-Corsi-Wikileaks & $50 million Putin penthouse revelations, conservative #TrumpRussia skeptic @jpodhoretz reconsiders: Latest 'collusion' news suggests Mueller just might have a case nyp.st/2QunTSA
.@RepSwalwell: Roger Stone and @MichaelRCaputo have "updated" their #TrumpRussia congressional testimony (@h/t @ushadrons)
"@a_cormier_ said the negotiations between Cohen and Sater actually continued into July, but that the later discussions were on encrypted chats that got deleted."

July 22, 2016: The Sater-Cohen deal gets handed off to Millian and Papadopoulos? @emptywheel emptywheel.net/2018/11/30/jul…
Background on Millian (Source D in the Steele dossier) and his long-standing ties to Trump
And a great @andrewsweiss thread on the Papadopoulos-Millian connection
“It’s a loud message to everybody that’s interviewed by our committee. … If you lie to us, we’re going to go after you"

Senate Intel chair Burr: SSCI has worked with Mueller and has made multiple referrals for criminal prosecutions (^ @kylegriffin1) washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/…
"People close to Trump assured #MichaelCohen that he would take care of him. And Cohen believed that meant that Trump would offer him a pardon if he stayed on message. It is unclear who specifically reached out to Cohen." cnn.com/2018/11/30/pol…
The pardon dangle.

"If Cohen did share this information with Mueller's team, then it could be used as part of the obstruction of justice probe in determining whether Trump was trying to illegally influence a witness in the investigation."
#MichaelCohen says Trump knew he called the Kremlin for help with Trump Tower Moscow.

He also claims he was talking to Trump’s lawyers and WH staff in 2017 while he crafted a misleading statement to Congress regarding the project and Trump’s involvement thebea.st/2AG4GUh?source…
"HPSCI chair @DevinNunes, Rep. @ConawayTX11, lead interrogator @TGowdySC, and the other GOP members of the committee may, wholly unintentionally, prove to have been devastatingly effective questioners in the service of future false-statement prosecutions" slate.com/news-and-polit…
Incoming House Intelligence chair @RepAdamSchiff: in Trump's longtime fixer #MichaelCohen, special counsel Mueller now has a witness who confirms that "the president and his business are compromised." #TrumpRussia abcnews.go.com/Politics/top-h…
More witches.

Special counsel's court filing likely to reveal extent of Misha Flynn's cooperation and insights into the dealings of Russians with Trump's campaign and admin, & could also nod toward the next #TrumpRussia criminal indictments cnn.com/2018/12/04/pol…
"Given the defendant's substantial assistance ... a sentence at the low end of the guideline range – including one that does not impose a term of incarceration – is appropriate and warranted"

Mueller files sentencing memo for former Trump NSA Flynn wsj.com/articles/mike-…
"Tuesday’s filing is heavily redacted, continuing to shroud in secrecy the details of what Flynn told Mueller’s team about his interactions with Trump & other top officials in 19 interviews with federal prosecutors"

Mueller seeks no prison time for #Flynn
"[#Flynn's] early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight” into Russia’s election interference and whether any Trump associates conspired, prosecutors wrote." #TrumpRussia nyti.ms/2E3qUmt
Special Counsel's sentencing memo for former national security adviser #Flynn: "describes the significance and usefulness of defendant Michael T. Flynn's assistance to the government, and the timeliness of that assistance." #FlynnMemo (1)
Special Counsel's sentencing memo for former national security adviser #Flynn: "describes the significance and usefulness of defendant Michael T. Flynn's assistance to the government, and the timeliness of that assistance." #FlynnMemo (2)
"Flynn's assistance was not only related to Mueller's probe of Trump campaign's links or coordination with the Russian govt, but also to another, unspecified "criminal investigation" ..

The investigations in which he has provided assistance are ongoing."
Page 9 of the #Flynn sentencing memo will provoke many panicked 4 am tweets. #FlynnMemo apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/na…
Federal prosecutors in Virginia are investigating a secret Turkish anti-Gülen lobbying effort tha involved #Flynn, in a case apparently referenced in his sentencing memo.

A veteran natsec prosecutor is overseeing the case & grand jury has been empaneled nyti.ms/2E5FAl4
"Draft legal documents and visitor logs from Ecuador’s embassy in London show that RT staff met and interviewed Assange on August 2, 2016, the same day Roger Stone was passed information about Assange’s plans [by Jerome Corsi]" theguardian.com/us-news/2018/d…
Prosecutors looking at Turkey lobbying by #Flynn’s now-defunct firm: a grand jury in Virginia has sought more information on efforts overseen by Flynn Intel Group to discredit U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen
"Prosecutors in the EDVA have also asked for specific information on several individuals involved in the project, including Bijan Kian, #Flynn’s former partner at Flynn Intel Group, and Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman who financed the project"
"While Cohen already enjoyed a privileged life, his desire for even greater wealth and influence precipitated an extensive course of criminal conduct."

SDNY prosecutors call for 'substantial term' in prison for #Individual1 Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen cnbc.com/amp/2018/12/07…
#CohenSentencingMemo: "Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1."

Directly implicating Trump in campaign finance violations. #Individual1
"Cohen has provided the special counsel "with useful information concerning certain discrete Russia-related matters core to its investigation that he obtained by virtue of his regular contact with Company executives during the campaign" #TrumpRussia thehill.com/policy/nationa…
"Around Nov 2015, “Cohen received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a ‘trusted person’ in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign "‘political synergy’ .. on a government level"
"Cohen told prosecutors that the Russian repeatedly suggested arranging a meeting between Putin and Trump, in part as a way of helping Cohen advance plans to build a Trump real estate project in Moscow."

That would be Dmitry Klokov, as reported in June.
"The Department of Justice today, in the most explicit terms, said the President of the United States committed two felonies."

And that's just the beginning.

Mueller’s roadmap: major takeaways from Cohen and Manafort filings @rgoodlaw @AndyMcCanse justsecurity.org/61785/muellers…
"Prosecutors made clear that they viewed Cohen's efforts to squelch the stories as nothing less than a perversion of a democratic election — and by extension they effectively accused [Trump] of defrauding voters, questioning the legitimacy of his victory"
SDNY prosecutors:
“While many Americans who desired a particular outcome to the election knocked on doors, toiled at phone banks or found any number of other legal ways to make their voices heard, Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows."
"The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws."

A legal explainer of the #CohenSentencingMemo, from a (Republican) former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of NY.
“It is extremely unusual. Both the number of contacts and the nature of the contacts are extraordinary": @McFaul

Russian nationals interacted with at least 14 Trump associates, including his closest family and friends, during the campaign and transition washingtonpost.com/politics/russi…
"In addition to implicating Trump in the payments to the 2 women, Cohen told prosecutors that the company’s chief financial officer [Allen Weisselberg] was involved in discussions about them, a claim that is now a focus of the inquiry." nytimes.com/2018/12/09/us/…
Prosecutors showed they have mounting evidence that Trump helped coordinate hush-money payments with AMI.

"The company said the purpose of its $150,000 payment to a former Playboy model was to prevent her story from influencing the 2016 election" wsj.com/articles/micha…
As @emptywheel has speculated, this witness could show that the Trump Tower Moscow deal was still on after Jan 2017, & was handed off from Sater-Cohen to Papa-Millian
Newly obtained document shows Trump signed a letter of intent on October 28, 2015 to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his lawyer @RudyGiuliani claiming the document was never signed cnn.com/2018/12/18/pol…
CNN obtains letter of intent for the proposed Trump Tower Moscow signed by Trump
Beginning to suspect Trump might be a liar.

"I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia. I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does"
"The letter raises questions about why Trump has repeatedly denied having anything to do with Russia, especially as new details about the timeline of the Moscow project have emerged"

#CNN: Trump signed letter of intent to build Trump Tower in Moscow axios.com/trump-tower-mo…
Sworn statements by Trump in a 2000 regulatory investigation into his casino company & in 1988 testimony for a government-integrity commission show he has a deep understanding of campaign-finance laws, which could be critical if investigators pursue a case
Thread @jentaub on the feasibility of prosecuting the Trump Organization – including at the (pardon-proof) state level.
Treasury Dept officials used Gmail accounts as a backchannel to the Russian govt during the 2016 campaign to transfer sensitive financial information on at least 24 of the Kremlin's enemies, including dissidents, academics and American citizens buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier…
The real "Deep State" was working to undermine Clinton.

"Russia requested sensitive documents on Dirk, Edward & Daniel Ziff, weeks before Veselnitskaya offered the Trump campaign “dirt” on Hillary — including her supposed connection to the Ziff brothers"
Mystery foreign government-owned company appeals to Supreme Court after the US Circuit Court ordered it to comply with a grand jury subpoena it received related to Mueller's investigation cnn.com/2018/12/22/pol…
"So far as we know, the Court has never had a sealed argument before all 9 Justices ... The only times I'm aware of in which parties tried it, the court denied certiorari": Prof. @steve_vladeck
This is a crucial point. Everyone is focusing on the story as evidence of Trump's lack of mental acuity, which is obviously important, but it also refutes the carefully-cultivated plausible deniability of Stone's relationship to the campaign. #TrumpRussia
Under oath.
On national TV.

Trump's former consigliere Michael Cohen has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7 and give “a full and credible account” of his work for Trump #TrumpRussia nyti.ms/2RIv3TV
“I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired.”

Trump's fixer Michael Cohen to testify in open session of the @HouseOversight Committee on February 7 on.wsj.com/2Fo82z0
@HouseOversight In the days after Trump fired Comey, FBI officials became so concerned by Trump's behavior that they opened an investigation into whether he was secretly working on behalf of Russia against American interests #TrumpRussia nyti.ms/2RH4nD4
"The criminal and counterintelligence elements were coupled together into one investigation, because if Trump had ousted the head of the FBI to impede or even end the Russia investigation, that was both a possible crime and a national security concern."
"The FBI's decision was validated by a comment Trump made to Lavrov and Kislyak in the Oval Office one day after he fired Comey.

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
NYT, May 19, 2017: "Trump met with Russian officials at the White House last week.

American journalists were barred, but Russia released photographs."
Israeli military analyst: US intel officers told Israel not to share sensitive info with Trump because he may be under Russian influence & could give it to them.

"All the predictions the Americans made to the Israelis as warnings turned out to be true"
Russian billionaire who bragged he got Trump elected posts ‘time to remove’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tags Trump

(Artem Klyushin's relationship with Trump dates back to 2013, when he was involved in discussions on a “new project” with Trump: the Moscow tower)
The FBI investigation into Trump that was opened almost immediately after he fired [Comey] also included a counterintelligence component to determine if he was seeking to help Russia, and if so, why #RussianAsset #TrumpRussia
Thread. Apparently Artem Klyushin is not merely a Trump business associate, but his shadow advisor as well. #RussianAsset
Re-up July 2018 thread on the disastrous Helsinki summit in Helsinki.

Even Fox News was deeply alarmed. #RussianAsset
Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Putin, including at least once seizing his own interpreter's notes & instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other admin officials #RussianAsset
There is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s interactions with Putin.

Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through an unprecedented campaign of election interference" #RussianAsset
Good thing Rex Tillerson has a lot of free time on his hands.

@RepAdamSchiff, @RepCummings, @SenatorBurr, @MarkWarner and Bob Mueller are going to want to have a word with him.
July 19, 2018: Trump's Helsinki performance puts the spotlight on his interpreter Marina Gross, who was the only other member of the US delegation in the room during his 90-minute meeting with Putin #RussianAsset cnn.com/2018/07/18/pol…
"This is the single greatest scandal in the history of the United States ... This is as serious as it gets": @MalcolmNance

And there's so much we don't yet know.

But Mueller does. #RussianAsset #TrumpRussia
Trump’s secrecy surrounding Putin "is not only unusual by historical standards; it is outrageous.

It handicaps the experts, advisers & Cabinet officers who are there to serve him & certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump": @strobetalbott
House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman @RepEliotEngel said his panel will form an investigative subcommittee whose targets will include @StateDept records of Trump’s encounters with Putin, including their closed-door meeting in Helsinki #RussianAsset
There are few things Vladimir Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO.

Several times over the course of 2018, Trump told top national security officials that he wanted to withdraw from #NATO, which would effectively destroy the alliance
"Even discussing the idea of leaving NATO — let alone actually doing so — would be the gift of the century for Putin": @stavridisj

And the matter of Trump's secret meetings with Putin & confiscation of the interpreter's notes takes on even greater import.
At least 3 new witnesses connected to Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury hearing testimony on the #TrumpRussia investigation abcnews.go.com/Politics/muell…
Senate Democrats and at least 10 Republicans voted 57–42 to advance a measure that would block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on 3 Russian companies with ties to Oleg Deripaska cnn.com/2019/01/15/pol…
House Intelligence Chairman @AdamSchiff moves quickly to revive the committee's #TrumpRussia probe, making offers to 6 new full-time staffers (including an expert in corruption and illicit finance and a former prosecutor) and is looking to hire 6 more cbsnews.com/news/adam-schi…
Bracing @DanielBShapiro thread on the implications of US withdrawal from NATO. Even the suggestion of American equivocation regarding our commitments is a dangerous signal to project.
Disregarding McConnell's objections, Republicans break ranks over move to lift sanctions on Russian oligarch’s firms:
Boozman (AR)
Collins (ME)
Cotton (AR)
Daines (MT)
Gardner (CO)
Hawley (MO)
Kennedy (LA)
McSally (AZ)
Moran (KS)
Rubio (FL)
Sasse (NE) nytimes.com/2019/01/15/us/…
"The vote was a particularly stinging defeat for Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, who for the second time in less than a week tried to defend the decision to ease the sanctions to lawmakers on Capitol Hill to no avail."
Under CAATSA, Congress has the authority to halt any decision by the Trump regime to weaken sanctions, providing lawmakers with a 30-day window to reject the plan if they believe it undermines US economic and national security interests.
1) Hamburg: Trump took interpreter’s notes and ordered him to silence
2) At a dinner that night: sought out Putin w/o any American witnesses
3) Vietnam: accepts Putin’s denial of election interference
4) Helsinki: only interpreters present
5) Buenos Aires
“If any president would have wanted witnesses and protection, it ought to have been Donald Trump. And yet he chose not to, and that adds fuel to the fire that something here is not right": @RichardHaass
"The day after the two meetings [in Hamburg], as Trump was on Air Force One taking off from Germany heading back to Washington, he telephoned a NY Times reporter and argued that the Russians were falsely accused of election interference." #RussianAsset
"Videotape [from the Hamburg G-20 dinner] later made public showed Trump pointing at Putin, who was seated across and down a long table, then pointing at himself and then making a pumping motion with his fist." (^ @AynRandPaulRyan for video) #RussianAsset
Morning of July 7: NYT informs Trump it has learned about the Don Jr-Veselnitskaya meeting at Trump Tower.

Afternoon of July 7: Trump holds secretive meeting with Putin & confiscates the translator's notes.

Evening of July 7: lengthy sidebar with Putin
"Later on the same AF1 flight, Trump huddled with aides to devise a response to the emerging story about the Trump Tower meeting. He personally dictated a false statement, saying it was about Russian adoptions" – IRL, to accept Kremlin aid for his campaign
This detail from WaPo's earlier story keeps nagging at me: "Tillerson’s account is at odds with the only detail that other admin officials were able to get from the interpreter: that Putin had denied any Russian involvement in the US election and Trump responded, “I believe you.”
In light of Trump's herculean efforts to hide his communications with Putin from his own top advisors, & his burning desire to withdraw from NATO, Tillerson (along w/ McMaster & Mattis, as @juliettekayyem suggests) should be called by House Dems to testify
Pavel Fuchs, a Ukrainian oligarch & one-time leading Russian real estate figure who negotiated with Trump regarding a Trump Tower Moscow and works with Rudy Giuliani, accused of violent threats over bad seats to Trump's inauguration aje.io/fly85
"Pavel Fuchs was featured in the Al Jazeera investigation 'The Oligarchs,' which aired in January 2018 and revealed that he has had at least a 10-year relationship with Trump and his son, Donald Jr." (h/t @WendySiegelman @MsMariaT)
Senate effort to block Trump admin from easing Russia sanctions falls short of required 60 votes (57-42), clearing the way for restrictions to be lifted on 3 companies controlled by Putin ally Oleg Deripaska on.wsj.com/2FF9tJp
Giuliani: "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign .. I said the president of the United States" (h/t @existentialfish) #TrumpRussia #RussianAsset
"Campaign aides."

Like his son.
And son-in-law.
In the building in which his business is headquartered.

Rudy Giuliani says Trump didn't collude with Russia but can't say if campaign aides did cnn.com/2019/01/16/pol…
1/ Rudy Giuliani, May 2, 2018: ""There was no Russian collusion. We're now a year and a half, two years into this, no Russian collusion, case over."
2/ Rudy Giuliani, July 30, 2018: "When I say the Trump campaign [did not collude], I mean the upper levels of the Trump campaign … the top 4 or 5 people."

(off camera, Fox News person exclaims“Oh my God”)
(h/t @rgoodlaw)
3/ Rudy Giuliani, January 16, 2019: "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign. I have not. I said the president of the United States."
Rudy Giuliani: “There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you could commit here: conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC."

"I didn't actually break in, I just fenced the stuff!" #collusion
Michael Cohen hired an IT firm owned by the chief information officer at @JerryFalwellJr's @LibertyU, gave him $13,000 in cash in a Walmart bag to rig CNBC and Drudge online polls during the election on Trump's behalf – & stiffed him for the rest wsj.com/articles/poll-…
In a rebuke to the Trump regime, 136 Republicans joined House Democrats to oppose lifting sanctions against companies controlled by Putin ally Oleg Deripaska, 362-53 
Bipartisan bill reintroduced to prevent any president from suspending, terminating, or withdrawing U.S. membership in #NATO without Senate consent 13newsnow.com/mobile/article…
Bipartisan group of senators reintroduce bill that would require the approval of 2/3 of the Senate for a president to suspend, terminate or withdraw the US from #NATO

Co-sponsors: Blumenthal; Collins; Coons; Gardner; Graham; Kaine; Reed; Rubio thehill.com/policy/defense…
"In Jan 2018, Trump nominated David Vitter’s wife, Wendy Vitter, to a federal judgeship with the US District Court in New Orleans ...

Vitter sent form letters to ambassadors urging them to press federal offices on behalf of Deripaska's sanctioned company"
This is why he is overtly threatening Michael Cohen & his family ahead of his Feb 7 testimony.

Trump directed his attorney to lie to Congress about the Moscow Tower project, and supported a plan to visit Russia during the campaign to personally meet Putin buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/t…
This is why he is overtly threatening Michael Cohen and his family ahead of his February 7 testimony.

Trump directed his attorney to lie to Congress about the Moscow Tower project #TrumpRussia buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/t…
"Even as Trump told the public he had "no business deals with Russia," Trump, Ivanka and Donald Jr received regular, detailed updates about the [Moscow] real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project."
"Mueller learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization & internal company emails, text messages, & a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions"
"Michael Cohen's testimony marks a significant new frontier: It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia." #TrumpRussia
The giant shoe we were all speculating about after Giuliani's performance last night just dropped.

And it did not disappoint.
The U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4:

The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
House Intelligence Committee will investigate the revelation that Trump ordered his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project @LoopEmma buzzfeed.com/emmaloop/congr…
Democrats demand investigation after report – corroborated by "interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents" – that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01…
Sen @LindseyGrahamSC: "So if there was some reason to believe that the president tried to coach somebody not to testify or testify falsely, that could be obstruction of justice?"

AG nominee Barr: "Yes. Under an obstruction statute, yes." #suborningperjury
The most telling aspect of the #SuborningPerjury story: Cohen placed himself in further legal and financial jeopardy by concealing Trump's directive to lie from Mueller, and only admitted it when confronted with overwhelming evidence.

His reward from Trump: to be called a rat.
Among the questions Mueller submitted to Trump in April 2018:

"What communication did you have with Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and others, including foreign nationals, about Russian real estate developments during the campaign?" #SubornationOfPerjury
"In an overlooked line in a sentencing memo filed by Cohen's lawyers Nov 30, the lawyers appear to assert that Cohen lied to Congress at Trump's instruction."

Report that Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress draws rare response from special counsel nbcnews.com/politics/donal…
"We address the campaign finance & false statements allegations together because both arose from Michael's fierce loyalty to Client-1.

In each case, the conduct was intended to benefit Client-1, in accordance with Client-1's directives"

Client-1 is Trump
Hence @BuzzFeedNews' statement standing firmly behind their re-confirmed reporting.

The central premise of the story is accurate. This is merely an issue of inconsequential errors and jealously guarding the SCO's leak-proof reputation.
.@chucktodd: “So just to clarify, talks of Trump Tower Moscow went as late as October or November of 2016?”

@RudyGiuliani: “Could be. The president's recollection is, I talked about it with him in 2015, 2016. Can't tell you the exact dates” #TrumpRussia
Getting closer.

Giuliani on whether Trump and Michael Cohen discussed Cohen’s congressional testimony: “I don’t know if it happened or if it didn’t happen. I have no knowledge if he spoke to him ... So what if he talked to him about it?" #TrumpRussia
Giuliani: Discussions on Trump Tower in Moscow were 'active' throughout the 2016 election nbcnews.com/politics/meet-…
"The Republican nominee had offered, if he built this building, Putin a free penthouse apartment, & those negotiations were ongoing up until the election..

I think it’s remarkable we are 2 years after the fact & just discovering it today": Sen @MarkWarner
"Giuliani said that Trump “recalls a series of conversations” with Michael Cohen about the [Moscow tower] project during the campaign.

He added that Trump recalled, “‘It was all going from the day I announced to the day I won.’” #TrumpRussia
"Giuliani said that when Cohen [falsely] testified to Congress that the Moscow project had ended in January 2016, Trump simply “accepted” that answer."

By next week, @BuzzFeedNews will have been totally vindicated.
A foreign adversary has leverage over the putative president of the United States, rendering him susceptible to blackmail.
"The new timetable means Trump was seeking a deal
– at the time he was calling for an end to sanctions against Russia
– when he gave interviews questioning the legitimacy of NATO
– when he called on Russia to release hacked Democratic emails" #TrumpRussia
Giuliani backtracks on comments Trump sought Moscow deal throughout 2016, saying his statements "were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with [Trump]" reuters.com/article/us-usa…
"Trump’s own lawyer said yesterday that it’s possible Trump spoke to Cohen about his testimony to Congress.

If Rudy doesn’t know whether Trump told Cohen to “make it happen” or not, as Buzzfeed alleges, then he can’t know whether the story is phony." emptywheel.net/?p=70880
Good thing Rudy is working for free.

Just like Manafort.
The whole @IChotiner interview ("Even If He Did Do It, It Wouldn’t Be a Crime”: Giuliani on Trump) is a jaw-dropping, but this bit of denialism/damage control is quite something.

I hope NYT releases the recording. newyorker.com/news/the-new-y…
Giuliani says 'tapes' prove Trump's innocence, then says there are no tapes nypost.com/2019/01/22/giu…
9 days after Trump "won" the presidency, Apprentice producer Mark Burnett attempted to set up a meeting between Tom Barrack and Robert Foresman, a banker with ties to Putin's inner circle abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-ba…
"Another FBI agent says: "I have been advised by our US Attorney's Office that because of the shutdown there are no funds allocated to pay for grand jury subpoenas...This is causing affected investigations to be put on hold."

How fortuitous for Trump.
Trump’s lawyer said there were “no plans” for Trump Tower Moscow: “There were no drafts. Nothing in the file.”

Here they are. @BuzzFeedNews #TrumpRussia buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi…
On Monday, Giuliani said “no plans were ever made [regarding Trump Tower Moscow]. There were no drafts. Nothing in the file.”

However, hundreds of pages of business documents, emails, text messages and architectural plans tell a very different story. buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi…
"A presidential candidate was secretly negotiating a major business deal with a major US adversary — an extraordinary conflict of interest that was concealed from voters"

And all the while, following that adversary's foreign policy wish list to the letter
House overwhelmingly approves legislation which would trigger new protections to ensure the US remains in NATO (357 to 22; all opposed are Republican).

The NATO Support Act now heads to the Senate, where similar legislation has been introduced stripes.com/news/europe/ho…
So when can we expect the collective apology to @BuzzFeedNews from Trump, Giuliani, right-wing pundits and mainstream media outlets to be issued?
Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating Malta's hugely profitable Golden Visa (“passports for sale”) program at the time of her murder
This is how the mafia silences witnesses.

Citing ongoing threats against his family, Michael Cohen indefinitely postpones testimony to Congress
Criminal intimidates witness from providing evidence against him.

Michael Cohen postpones plan to testify at Congress because of fear for his family's safety cnbc.com/2019/01/23/mic…
Since we have no detailed records of Trump's five private meetings with Putin (including the interpreter's confiscated notes), there's no way to ascertain if this exchange actually took place, or if they're just trolling.
Deeply alarming: Trump administration once again casting doubt on the United States' commitment to #NATO's Article 5.
Trump advisor (& former Manafort business associate) Roger Stone arrested in Florida on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing an official proceeding and witness tampering, special counsel's office says on.wsj.com/2DxqfsG
Roger Stone, longtime Trump advisor and campaign backchannel to Wikileaks, indicted on 7 counts in Mueller investigation, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering #TrumpRussia nyti.ms/2RZGmaD
“FBI. Open the door.”

Exclusive CNN footage of the FBI arresting longtime Trump associate #RogerStone in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller #RogerStoneIndictment #TrumpRussia
Reminder that without the complicity of @DevinNunes and @HouseIntelComm Republicans, these criminals would have been exposed months ago.
(#RogerStoneindictment justice.gov/file/1124706/d…)
A special shout-out to the FBI, who continue to enforce the law even while unpaid.

Did Trump think the #TrumpShutdown would halt the wheels of justice? #RogerStone
Stone's attorney not notified in advance.
Arrest shortly after 6 am.
Exigent circumstances seem to be involved here.

"The indictment's wording does not say who on the campaign knew about Stone's quest, but makes clear it was multiple people." cnn.com/2019/01/25/pol…
"According to a person with direct knowledge of the manner, one of the senior officials who reached out to #RogerStone was Steve Bannon, who served as CEO of the Trump campaign during the election's final stages." #RogerStoneArrested cnbc.com/amp/2019/01/25…
#RogerStone and I came up with the idea of ‘The Wall'. It was to make sure he [Trump] talked about immigration": Sam Nunberg

(h/t @AndreaChalupa via @pdacosta) #RogerStoneArrested forbes.com/sites/stuartan…
"[Manhattan Madam] Kristin Davis, who shared a duplex [at 117th Street] in New York with #Roger Stone, tells CNN that the FBI called her at 6 a.m. to let her know there was a search warrant for her residence, and they were at the door." #RogerStoneArrested cnn.com/politics/live-…
"[Manhattan Madam] Kristin Davis, who shared a duplex [at 117th Street] in New York with #RogerStone, tells CNN that the FBI called her at 6 a.m. to let her know there was a search warrant for her residence, and they were at the door." #RogerStoneArrested cnn.com/politics/live-…
"#RogerStone was shackled around the waist, wrist and ankles during his first appearance in Fort Lauderdale federal court before Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow."

Federal judge grants $250,000 bond for ‘dirty trickster’ Stone #RogerStoneArrested miamiherald.com/news/local/art…
House Intelligence Committee to release all transcripts of interviews in its #TrumpRussia investigation to the Special Counsel's office, after Trump ally #RogerStone was charged with lying to Congress (h/t @docrocktex26) reuters.com/article/us-usa…
Speaker Pelosi on #RogerStone:

"In the face of 37 indictments, the President's continued actions to undermine the Special Counsel investigation raise the questions: what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially?"
(h/t @ramsberry1 via @Charta_77)
Excellent catch by @emptywheel: Stone admits to seeing Trump's responses to Mueller's questions.

"When the president answered the written interrogatories, he correctly and honestly said #RogerStone and I never discussed this [Wikileaks]."
(h/t @joshtpm)
#RogerStone's blunder on Tucker Carlson tonight is a perfect example of why lawyers advise their clients to STFU and not give interviews.
"It's been amazing what's coming out on WikiLeaks. It's like a treasure trove. Boy, I love reading those #WikiLeaks."

One hundred and forty-one times. #RogerStone
From Nov 2017: How Jared Kushner’s newspaper became a favorite outlet for #WikiLeaks election hacks – including sending a writer to meet with Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London #RogerStone foreignpolicy.com/2017/11/17/how…
NYT analysis: Trump and at least 17 campaign officials and advisors had more than 100 contacts with Russian nationals and #WikiLeaks prior to the inauguration #TrumpRussia nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Trump: at least 6 contacts with Russians before the inauguration
Donald Jr: at least 17 contacts with Russians and #Wikileaks
#RogerStone: at least 18 contacts
Michael Cohen: at least 17 contacts
As @emzorbit astutely notes, the @nytimes omitted a key Donald Jr contact with Russian intermediaries during the campaign: his secret Oct 2016 meeting in France to discuss Syria #TrumpRussia
NYT analysis: Trump and at least 17 campaign officials and advisors had more than 100 contacts with Russian nationals and #WikiLeaks during the campaign and transition #TrumpRussia nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Trump: at least 6 contacts with Russians during campaign & transition
Donald Jr: at least 17 contacts with Russians and #Wikileaks
#RogerStone: at least 18 contacts
Michael Cohen: at least 17 contacts
The @nytimes omitted a key Donald Jr contact with Russian intermediaries during the campaign: his secret Oct 2016 meeting in France to discuss Syria #TrumpRussia
October 11, 2016: Donald Jr met privately with Russia supporters at the Ritz Paris, hosted by a think tank founded by pro-Assad activists and Putin allies Fabien Baussart and Randa Kassis, for which he was paid at least $50,000
Have any reporters asked @GOPLeader McCarthy whether the @HouseGOP's failure to select House Intelligence Committee members is attributable to incompetence or deliberate obstruction of justice?
The hypocrisy of the @GOP ranting about "national security" to justify the government shutdown while impeding the functioning of the single most important House committee for protecting national security is truly staggering. @GOPLeader @HouseGOP
Senate bill proposed by Grassley (!) and Blumenthal would require Mueller's report to be made public when his #TrumpRussia investigation is complete katv.com/news/nation-wo…
"A Special Counsel is appointed only in very rare serious circumstances involving grave violations of public trust. The public has a right & need to know the facts of such betrayals of public trust."

Senate bill would require Mueller report be made public thehill.com/homenews/senat…
Roger Stone will appear in a DC courtroom at 11 am after being charged last week with obstruction of justice, witness tampering & making false statements.

He will appear before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the same judge who has been handling Manafort's case nyti.ms/2DG6I9p
Wyden: "Trump met privately with Putin & no one in the US govt has the full story about what was discussed"

DNI Coats: "Clearly, this is a sensitive issue & it's an issue that we ought to talk about ..I look forward to discussing that in a closed session"
Trump sat down for a 15-minute conservation with Putin at the G20 in Buenos Aires with no White House translator or note-taker ft.com/content/61842e…
Prosecutors have “multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information” in the #RogerStone investigation, including “bank and financial records & the contents of numerous physical devices."

"The communications span several years." #TrumpRussia talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/roge…
The 2 Don Jr calls to blocked numbers as the Trump Tower meeting was being set up:
–Nascar CEO
–investor Howard Lorber

"Lorber had significant investments in Russia & traveled to Moscow in 1996 with Trump as they considered building a Trump Tower there."
"The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father's office of the 26th floor is zero": Steve Bannon
Aug 2016 @joshrogin piece on Howard Lorber:

"This week Trump released a new roster of economic advisers, including a businessman with extensive investments in Russia who tried to get a Trump Tower built in Moscow." (h/t @mattyglesias) washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogi…
"Stone noted that he “was one of the first staffers hired” for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign."

‘Virtually broke’: Roger Stone complains that gag order will prevent him from soliciting money for defense (h/t @Delavegalaw) rawstory.com/2019/02/virtua…
A cache of internal Trump Organization documents reveal that the effort to get the Moscow tower built was long-running, detail-oriented and directly entwined with the ups and downs of his campaign @azeen @BuzzFeedNews buzzfeednews.com/article/azeeng…
Jerome Corsi (Person-1) sues Roger Stone for defamation and intimidation, seeks $25 million in damages bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
"Plaintiff Corsi is 72 years old. Defendant Stone’s intentional infliction of emotional distress, coercion and threats are intended to cause Corsi to have heart attacks and strokes, in order that he will be unable to testify at Stone’s criminal trial."
Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to ratchet up sanctions against Russia and prevent Trump from withdrawing from #NATO without the consent of Congress on.ft.com/2E8H4u4
Provisions of the bill include:
–sanctions on Russia’s cyber sector, banks and sovereign debt, and LNG projects
–2/3 approval in Senate required to withdraw from NATO
–proposes creation of “office of cyber space and digital economy” in State Dept
'Insane,' 'racketeering' and 'reckless': Russia's reactions to tougher US sanctions on its banking and energy sectors
“Trump’s willful paralysis in the face of Kremlin aggression has reached a boiling point in Congress.” 

Intriguing provisions in the #DASKA sanctions bill: mandatory reports on Putin's assets and net worth & on the assassination of Boris Nemtsov
The chairmen of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees have met with the House general counsel to discuss legal options for forcing Trump to reveal the contents of his private talks with Putin #TrumpRussia politi.co/2NajSyz
We already know one topic of discussion in those private meetings: the completely innocuous North Korean nuclear program.
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence @FrankFigliuzzi1: Andrew McCabe is sounding the alarm about Trump.

America should listen. nbcnews.com/think/opinion/…
#McCabe: after Comey's firing, FBI briefed the Gang of 8 on the counterintelligence investigation into Trump.

"No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on Constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts."

*including McConnell, Ryan, Nunes and Burr
#McCabe: "We had information that led us to believe that there might be a threat to national security, in this case that the president himself might, in fact, be a threat to the US' national security."
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