I thought I was done worrying about Vladimir Putin. I left Moscow in 2014 as the departing U.S. ambassador, after Putin spent my two-year stint deploying state-controlled media outlets and their surrogates to propagate disinformation about me. He’d been received tepidly in his campaign to retake the presidency from his ally, Dmitry Medvedev, and he needed an enemy. So his proxies falsely argued that I had been sent by President Barack Obama to fund the opposition and foment revolution; that I hoped Putin would end up like Serbian autocrat Slobodan Milosevic, dislodged and imprisoned; and that I was a pedophile. It was a demoralizing dimension of an otherwise great job, but the White House defended me zealously. (In meetings with both Putin and Medvedev, Obama criticized their treatment of me.) When I returned to my teaching position in 2014, I was relieved to leave it all behind. But this month, at the Helsinki summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Putin, Putin was after me … [Read more...] about Putin wanted to interrogate me. Trump called it “an incredible offer.” Why?
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close Video Should Trump press Putin on extraditing indicted Russians? DOJ indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers over alleged hacking into the 2016 U.S. elections; Rep. Christopher Smith of New Jersey reacts on 'Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream.' President Trump on Saturday sharply criticized the Obama administration for not doing "something" about the 12 Russian intelligence agents who were indicted for allegedly hacking emails during the 2016 election. "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?' Trump's tweet -- which echoed his previous criticisms of the Obama administration's purported inaction on Russian hacking -- is the latest sign of how he will approach his planned meeting with Russian … [Read more...] about Trump blames Obama administration after Russia indictments: ‘Why didn’t they do something about it?’
In a handful of tweets, Trump asked why the intelligence agency did not tell Democrat Hillary Clinton and him about a secret investigation into Manafort after they had won their respective party’s nominations. He scoffed at the Department of Justice commitment to fairness by placing “justice” in quotes.As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of “Justice” have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign? Should have told me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2018Manafort, a veteran conservative political consultant, joined Trump’s campaign as the convention manager in March 2016 and was responsible for transitioning the campaign’s activities toward the Republican National Committee in Cleveland. He was promoted to campaign manager on May 19 and resigned that August amid … [Read more...] about Trump asks why FBI didn’t tell him about Paul Manafort investigation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort lost a bid on Friday to have certain criminal charges by a U.S. special counsel dismissed, including one count that he conspired to launder money. FILE PHOTO - President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort (R) and his attorney Kevin Downing arrive for a motions hearing regarding evidence in his case at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over Manafort’s case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said in a ruling that she will not dismiss charges against Manafort related to money laundering or false statements concerning whether he was required to register as a foreign agent for the then pro-Russia Ukrainian government. However, she said the arguments his attorneys made for why they should be dismissed can be re-examined later during his criminal trial later this year. … [Read more...] about U.S. judge declines to dismiss ex-Trump aide’s money laundering,…
By Emily Badger, New York Times Published 11:17 am, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Photo: ERIK S. LESSER /NYT Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 File photo of Sean Hannity. When The Guardian reported that the popular Fox News host owned property through LLCs, it highlighted how opaque the housing market has become. File photo of Sean Hannity. When The Guardian reported that the popular Fox News host owned property through LLCs, it highlighted how opaque the housing market has become. Photo: ERIK S. LESSER /NYT Anonymous owner, LLC: Why it has become so easy to hide in the housing market 1 / 1 Back to Gallery When Sean Hannity, the popular Fox News host, was revealed this month to be a property owner and landlord of considerable scale, it highlighted how opaque the housing market has become. Owning real estate in limited … [Read more...] about Anonymous owner, LLC: Why it has become so easy to hide in the housing market