World Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller will “get to Russian conspiracy” in the ongoing investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow, former federal prosecutor and legal analyst Glenn Kirschner has said. Trump campaign officials “could collude, they were colluding, and all of this is so nefarious,” Kirschner argued in a Tuesday interview with MSNBC’s Deadline: White House news program. “It’s not reckless, it’s not happenstance, it’s not careless,” he said. Kirshner discussed comments made by prosecutor Andrew Weissman, which were reported by The New York Times from a hearing for Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. In a redacted transcript of the hearing, Weissmann suggested that Manafort was supposed to be the spokesperson for an allegedly Kremlin-linked plan to split Ukraine, a move that would be in Russia’s favor. Weissmann was … [Read more...] about Mueller Probe ‘Going to Get to Russian Conspiracy,’ Former Federal Prosecutor Says
Eli Rosenberg, The Washington Post Published 9:51 am PST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 7, 1997 shows a picture of late Jeanne Calment during a memorial mass at the Primatiale Sainte-Trophime church. - What if Jeanne Calment's longevity record was a fraud? Russian researchers have concluded an incredible sleight of hand between the French woman and her daughter, provoking interest and controversy in the scientific community. Jeanne Calment died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997 - a world record of longevity of all genders. less (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 7, 1997 shows a picture of late Jeanne Calment during a memorial mass at the Primatiale Sainte-Trophime church. - What if Jeanne Calment's longevity record was a ... more Photo: GEORGES GOBET, AFP/Getty Images … [Read more...] about The world’s oldest person record stood for decades. Then came a Russian conspiracy theory.
World International Affairs A conspiracy theorist who peddled fake news about Hillary Clinton has just been put in charge of Italy’s state-run media. Marcello Foa, a Euroskeptic journalist who claimed that Clinton participated in a Satanic dinner with John Podesta and who pushes pro-Russia views, has been named chairman of the Italian state broadcaster known as Rai. Some journalists in Italy have said that they are concerned about what this might mean for press freedom in the country, and some analysts say RAI could face a series of resignations in the wake of the news. “This move will slaughter pluralism, competence, respect for the rules and respect for professionalism within (RAI),” Michele Anzaldi, an official in the center-left Partito Democratico and a member of RAI’s oversight committee in parliament, told Reuters. Marcello Foa, the new head of Rai, poses in front of cameras on September 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Simona Granati/Getty Images … [Read more...] about Pro-Russian Conspiracy Theorist Marcello Foa Is Now in Charge of Italy’s State Media
Special counsel Robert Mueller's office is denying a Russian company's contention that prosecutors are improperly trying to make an end-run around the high legal standard usually applied in criminal cases connected to federal election law in order to win a case that Russian businesses and individuals illegally interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Politico reported on Monday. Typically, prosecutors have to prove that a defendant charged in such a case acted "willfully," meaning that the defendant did the act on purpose and knowing that it would violate the law. But in the February indictment against St. Petersburg-based Concord Management and Consulting, the company isn't charged directly with violating American election law but with "conspiracy to defraud the United States," which is a much broad charge concerning an alleged attempt to interfere with a federal agency. Prosecutors contend that they can prove this type of charge without meeting the high "willful" standard … [Read more...] about Mueller Denies Taking Legal Short-Cut in Russian Troll Case
YULIA Skripal’s video message about her poisoning showed she was “scared for her life” and under threat from her British minders - the latest claims from Russia say. The pro-Kremlin media, politicians and diplomats today scrambled to interpret the video appearance by the poisoned spy’s daughter in which she said she did not want Russian help. In her message, the 33-year-old said she and her father Sergei were the victims of an assassination attempt involving nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury on March 4. Britain has blamed Moscow for the poisoning, but today Russian sources implied Yulia was speaking under duress and had been mouthing a version given to her by her minders. Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda cited political expert Igor Shatrov saying the video was a “new act” in a provocation against Russia choreographed by Britain. He said: “Who wrote the text? Did she? Or MI6? In my opinion, Yulia was forced to make tougher statements about Russia. … [Read more...] about Yulia Skripal statement sparks crackpot Russian conspiracy theories claiming spy Sergei’s daughter is being held hostage by Britain