By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: April 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm | UPDATED: April 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm By Philip Bump | Washington Post On Thursday, the Department of Justice is expected to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s summary of his team’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with President Donald Trump’s campaign. The Mueller investigation, as it’s known in shorthand, has been the center of the political universe for months but, since most Americans likely only visit that universe as tourists, the extent of its overlap with broader culture is certainly more limited. With that in mind, here’s an overview of Thursday’s release, that covers the basic whos, whats, whens and whys for a framework for understanding a complex document and a complicated situation. 1) Who’s involved It’s important at the outset to establish the cast of characters. … [Read more...] about The Mueller report is coming: What does that mean?
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Erik Larson Bloomberg Published 3:23 PM EDT Mar 25, 2019 This week, New York developer Felix Sater is set to testify before Congress about his role in Donald Trump’s attempt to build a tower in Moscow. A lawsuit filed Monday may provide new fodder for his inquisitors, with its claim that Sater, a longtime associate of Trump’s, sought to use money stolen from a bank in Kazakhstan to help develop the building. The suit by BTA Bank JSC alleges that Sater and the wealthy Kazakh businessman Ilyas Khrapunov explored financing the tower deal in 2012 with some of the $4 billion stolen a decade ago by Khrapunov’s father-in-law, ex-BTA Chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov. While the Moscow plan fizzled, other transactions tied to Sater helped launder the purloined cash, the bank says. “Sater helped Ablyazov, Khrapunov and others launder tens of millions of dollars in those stolen funds into the United States,” according to the complaint filed Monday in Manhattan federal … [Read more...] about Bank: Sater eyed Trump Moscow tower to launder money
By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union regulators have drawn up a preliminary plan for a possible tightening of rules against money laundering after a series of high-level cases at the bloc's banks, but do not envisage quick measures. The plan, prepared by a group of experts set up by the European Commission, acknowledges that "there may be gaps in the EU's supervisory framework" to counter money laundering, but pushes back any meaningful action to late next year or beyond. The confidential document, dated Aug. 31, was prepared after suspected cases of money laundering at banks in Malta, Latvia, Estonia and Denmark and just before Dutch giant ING agreed to pay this week a fine for failing to prevent money laundering. Currently, EU states are free to apply common rules against money laundering in different manners, a situation that has led to poor supervision in some cases. "The report is proof that money laundering supervision does not work in the banking union," … [Read more...] about EU plan on bank money laundering pushes back action to next year
Eric Tucker and Chad Day, Associated Press Updated 4:03 am PDT, Monday, July 30, 2018 Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. The trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending on properties and clothing and allegations that the political consultant laundered money through offshore bank accounts. What’s likely to be missing: answers about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. less FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. The trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish ... more … [Read more...] about What does Mueller have? Manafort trial offers glimpse
Ellen Nakashima and Shane Harris, The Washington Post Published 4:45 pm PDT, Friday, July 13, 2018 On a late July day in 2016, Donald Trump, the GOP nominee for president, stood at a lectern in Florida, next to an American flag, and urged a U.S. adversary to become involved in the election campaign and find tens of thousands of emails wiped from the server of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. "Russia, if you're listening," he said at a news conference at one of his resorts, "I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing." That same day, July 27, several Russian government hackers launched an attack against the email accounts of staffers in Clinton's personal office, according to a sweeping indictment Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller. At or around the same time, the hackers also targeted 76 email addresses used by the Clinton campaign, investigators said. The remarkable timing of the Russian attempt on Clinton's servers is just one of the … [Read more...] about How the Russians hacked the DNC and passed its emails to WikiLeaks