Tired of being told that "voters don't care about Mueller's Russia Investigation?"

I’m an American. I’m a voter. I care about the Russia investigation. I want to know the truth. I am alarmed at the brazen and obvious Russian meddling, the obvious cooperation & coordination of this meddling with the Trump family, and Trump campaign, and Trump et al’s blatant dismissal of our Democratic and legal institutions. I'm not alone. How many millions of American voters do pundits disregard  & dismiss with the claim "voters don't care about Russia?" I created this blog to share facts and get numbers. If you care, let me know: name, state and where you vote ... and any other comments you need to make. 

Russia Investigation Legal Documents

Want to verify the information? You can read through legal documents filed with the court at the website, Just Security: //www.justsecurity.org/46583/unsealed-documents-special-counsel-mueller-investigation/

 

August 8th, 2018: Report About Devon Nunes

At a private fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate, Cathy McMorris Rogers, Devon Nunes admitted this:
1) Using information obtained from a foreign adversary --like Russia-- against a political opponent is a crime.

2) Despite that, he revealed, Republicans do plan to impeach Rod Rosenstein to stop the Mueller investigation. They only dropped impeach effort #1 because it would interrupt other Senate business, like the Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court.
3) Impeachment campaign # 2, he says,  is " ...a matter of timing."  

Mueller's investigation threatens the Republican congressional majority. Nunes admitted that if the investigation continues, "All of this goes away." He's propping up Trump, Putin's proxy president, rather than stand up for American Democracy. If you listen to the recording, you will hear McMorris Rogers chiming in, supporting impeachment plan, as well. 

 

You can hear the audio here: //www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/nunes-on-secret-tape-kavanaugh-vote-then-rosenstein-impeachment-1295170115625

 

 

August 13th, 2018 -- FBI leadership investigating Russia fired one by one:

Over the course of Trump administration, FBI agents fired to date include: James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strozk, Lisa McCabe, Jim Rybicki. 

August 15th, 2018: Trump revokes John Brennan's security clearance: Brennan took down Osama Bin Ladin

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Trump's revokation today at a press conference. She read a prepared statement that claimed: "Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility," but offered no evidence to back up this claim. The statement is dated for July. But all week, former White House staffer, Omarosa Manigault Newman has been trotting out her new book and playing tapes that she made in the White House -- these tapes (at best) make the administration look bad, but could also implicate them in criminal acts. It appears that Trump had to make a big move to distract from his former employee. 

Meanwhile, Manifort's case will go to jury tomorrow.  

August 16, 2018: Trump's Campaign of Vindictive Revenge.

Trump proudly announced today that he revoked ex-CIA director, John Brennen's, security cleareance in retaliation for the Russia investigation. When does Trump's interference in, and threats against, the investigation became obstruction of justice? Will Congress -- specifically congressional Republicans -- continue to allow him to run ramshot over the rule of law? Looks that way. 

August 16th, 2018: George Papadopoulus could get up to 6 months in prison

Mueller recommends between 1 and 6 months in jail for Papadopoulus because he lied to the FBI. This indicates that Papadopoulus' plea deal has broken down. Papadopoulus kicked off this investigation by bragging to a foreign dignatary at a bar about Russians having Hilary Clinton's emails. 

August 21st: Grand Jury Convicts Manafort; Cohen Pleads Guilty:

Today, grand jury #1 convicted Trump's campaign manager. Paul Manafort, was indicted on eight felony counts of tax fraud and bank fraud. Manafort will be facing grand jury #2 in DC within a few weeks. 

 

And...

 

Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to charges of 8 felony tax evasions in 5 years, making a false statement to a financial institution to get a loan and ... 

 

In a statement to the judge and the court, Cohen said that Trump directed him to pay off of $150,000 to Karen McDougal to keep her quiet. This is being charged as an illegal campaign contribution. Additionally, Cohen admitted to paying $130,000 to Stormy Danials/Stephanie Clifford for the "principle purpose of influencing this election." He also reports that Trump reimbursed the money.

 

The prosecutors provided evidence of the crimes that Cohen both pled guilty of and implicated Trump in. Legal papers also implicate Trump's business, the Trump Organization, in those criminal acts.  

Thursday, August 23rd- National Enquirer Exec Granted Immunity

From The Guardian Newspaper: 

"David Pecker, chief executive of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, the tabloid magazine involved in hush-money deals to women ahead of the 2016 US presidential election, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of the investigation into Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, it emerged on Thursday."

"Pecker met with prosecutors to describe the involvement of Cohen and Trump in payoffs to women who alleged affairs in the past with the president, the Wall Street Journal reported. Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump, was initially subpoenaed by federal investigators four months ago."

Read the rest here: //www.theguardian.com/media/2018/aug/23/david-pecker-donald-trump-michael-cohen-immunity

August 24th, 2018: Possible Criminal Charges Against Trump Organization

The Manhatten District Attorney is considering criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two senior executives. Michael Cohen's recent guilty plea and related legal filings revealed tax evasion and fraud within the organization.  

 

The short story: Cohen paid out hush money to two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump. The Trump Organization reimbursed him with a hefty interest rate, then filed those expenses as "legal fees", which the org later claimed as a business expense in tax documents. 

 

According to the NY Times: "Court papers in the federal case against Mr. Cohen said he ultimately received $420,000 from the Trump Organization to reimburse him for his $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford. That is because the Trump Organization included money to cover his taxes on the $130,000, a bonus for him and reimbursement for other campaign expenses."

 

Saturday, August 25th: Trump Organization Executive Gets Immunity:

Allen Weisselberg is now cooperating with prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. Weiselberg has been overseeing & handling Trump family money for decades. He has been granted immunity in exchange for his cooperation. Weisselberg also oversees the Trump Foundation and runs the Trump Organization with Junior & Eric. 

Monday, August 27th, 2018: About Junior and his Trump-Tower Meeting:

Today Roger Stone predicted that Mueller will be filing charges against Junior. Stone is not really someone worth trusting, but it does make sense that Junior would be on the list of lawbreakers being targeted by prosecutors. 

Thursday, August 28: National Enquirer's Treasure Trove of Trump Dirt

On August 23rd The Washington Post reported that the Enquirer had a secret vault full of Trump dirt. Today the New York Times reports that Trump and his the lawyer, Michael Cohen, tried to buy all of that dirt, allegedly to keep it buried during Trump's campaign for the presidency. 

Friday, August 31st, 2018: Another Guilty Plea, Another Cooperator:

A Manafort-linked lobbyist named Sam Patten pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution. Court transcripts spell out his voluntary guilty plea and his agreement to cooperate fully and truthfully. Who is Sam Patten? Has any one ever heard of Sam Patten, Republican activist and political consultant?  His role in the Russia scandel ...

 

1) Trump's "outside counsel" Rudy Giuliani said that Mueller's Russia investigation would end on Sept. 1st. Instead, Patten, a brand new defendent, pleaded guilty and entered a cooperation agreement with prosecutors. As an aside, this does not bode well for Atty. Rudy's competance as a lawyer and general judgement. 

 

2) Patten and Manafort both worked for the same Putin-friendly political party in the Ukraine: The Opposition Block. 

 

3) Konstantin Kiliminick, a Russian-born defendent named in Manafort's case and who also worked in Manafort's firm, formed a company with Patten in 2015. 

 

4) Manafort lobbied for pro-Russian, Ukranian Politician, Viktor Yanukovych. Patten was lobbying Washington for Yanukovych's Chief of Staff, Servei Lyovochkin. Richard Gates testified the Lyovochkin funelled over $40 million to Manafort between 2010-2013.

 

5) Prosecutors allege that Patten illegally funnelled $50,000 of foreign donations into Trump's inaugeration. That money, they say, came from Lyovochkin. According to the statement, Patten convinced an unnamed American to write a check for $50,000 as a donation, in exchange for 4 tickets to the inaugeration. Patten than reimbursed the unnamed check writer. Lyovochkin then reimbursed Patten, wiring him $50,000 from an off-shore bank in Cyprus.

 

6) Prosecutors state that Patten came to them with an offer of information on May 22, 2018. A week before that offer ABC news published a piece  about illegal foreign money coming into the Trump inaugeration. Less than two weeks after that article, prosecutors had a plea agreement with Patten. 

 

7) Legal filings claim that Patten lied to the Senate Intell Committee. The Senate intel chairs, Richard Burr and Mark Warner put out a statement saying that Patten had spoken to the committee and the testimony spurred them to issue a criminal referral to the Justice Department. They did not provide details. 

 

8) The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand published a profile on Patten in April, in which she revealed Patten's work with Cambridge Analytica, in 2014-15, the data firm paid millions by Trump campaign. Read that profile here:
//www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/a-dc-operatives-long-relationship-with-a-suspected-russian-spy/557438/

 

The firm was shut down after a whistle blower exposed it for stealing data from millions of Facebook users. The firm was accused of trotting out material on Russian President Vlad Putin to see how American voters would respond. Whistleblower, Christopher Wylie claimed that Patten was responsible for the campaign to test US voter attitudes towards Putin's leadership. The link between Russian Cyberattacks on the 2016 election and an American colloborator point to Patten, who, like Manafort is a hired gun for Eastern European politicians who funnel money through off-shore accounts. 

Coming full circle: both men failed to register as agents of foreign governments. 

September 8, 2018: Trump Organization Execs Under Investigation:

Bloomberg News is reporting that federal prosecutors in Manhatten are investigating executives in the Trump Organization for financial crimes. Read about that here: //www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-07/trump-executives-are-said-to-face-campaign-finance-probe-by-u-s

September 10th, 2018: George Papadopoulos and his two-week sentence ...

Papadopoulos is inexplicably claiming to not remember telling an Australian diplomat that the Russian's had Hillary Clinton's emails -- although he's already been convicted of lying to the FBI.  

September 10th, 2018: Russian Agent, Mariaa Butina

Today a federal judge denied Butina's requet to be released from jail AND  enforced a gag order on both the defense and prosecution. 

September 12, 2018: Manafort Talking to Prosecutors About Plea Deal

ABC News is reporting that Manafort and his lawyers might be looking at a plea deal. Prosecutors are pressuring Manafort to coooperate against the president, according to these reports. 

 

UPDATE: It is now September 13th, ABC broke the news that Manafort has made a plea deal with Mueller prosecution team. 

Friday, September 14th, 2018: Manafort Flips

Today, Paul Manafort, Trump's presidential campaign manager, joined the ranks of campaign, White House staffers, and legal, media and business executives who have either pleaded guilty or agreed to cooperate, or both, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and campaign cooperation: 

 

1) Trump's former campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papodopoulous agreed to a plea deal, but has been sentenced to 14 days in prison when prosecutors decided that he was not living up to his obligations. 

2) Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He is now cooperating with Mueller's team. 

2) Rick Gates, former Trump campaign aide & Manafort's business partner, pleaded guilty to a number of finance crimes and agreed to a plea deal and testified against Manafort. 

3) Richard Pinedo pleaded guilty to committing identity theft in connection with Russian-election meddling and is cooperating with Mueller.

4) Alex Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Manafort and an unknown person in the Ukraine. 

5) Micheal Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer" has pleaded guilty to eight counts of financial crimes related to his finances, taxi business and campaign financie violations, testifying that he paid Stormy Daniels hush money at the direction of then candidate Trump. Cohen is currently in talks with the Special Counsel's office. 

6) Sam Patten, a GOP lobbyist with Ukrainian connections was under investigation by Mueller's team, then handed off to the DC US attorney's office. At some point he agreed to a plea deal with Mueller's team. 

7) David Pecker, National Enquirerer publisher, or American Media Inc, was granted immunity from the case against Michael Cohen in the Southern District of New York in exchange for his cooperation. Pecker was involved in the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal -- it was recently revealed that  The Enquirer had a vault full of dirt on Trump, kept under lock and key, for leverage. 

8) Decades-long, Trump Organization CFO, Allen Weisselberg, was granted immunity from the Cohen case and is cooperating with Mueller.  

 

Manafort is now agreeing to cooperate with Mueller's prosecution team, as it investigates Russia/Trump. Yesterday he pleaded guilty to ALL of the criminal charges filed by Mueller's prosecution team, including obstruction of justice, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, tax fraud, witness tampering, and more. Manafort admitted, when asked by the judge that he did commit all of the documented crimes. 

 

In pleading guilty Manafort confirmed that he understood that his guilty plea meant significant jail time. He also acknowledged forfitting a slew of property,  and paying significant fees  -- his property on 5th avenue in New York is his apartment in Trump Tower, which now belongs to the Justice Department. 

 

Manafort also agreed to cooperate fully and truthfully in Mueller's investigation and all related cases. He also waived his right to counsel. That means he's particpating in interviews without counsel, turn over documents and testify when necessary. After this hearing, he returned to jail, where he will stay, without a final sentence until his cooperation is complete. 

 

Yep. President Trump's campaign manager. Isn't that "great"?

September 20, 2018: The New York Times Pulls All Things Russia Together

Read about it here: //www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/09/20/us/politics/russia-interference-election-trump-clinton.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

September 20, 2018: Cohen's Spending Hours With Mueller's Team

The New York Times is reporting that Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen has been spending lots of time with the Russia prosecution team. Read about that here: //www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/us/politics/michael-cohen-mueller-interviews.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

September 21st, 2018: Trump Gets His Excuse to Fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

New York Times is reporting leaks that Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump, and the possibility of using the 25th amendment to remove Trump. 

Tuesday, October 9th: Trump Tower Meeting - Follow the Money

Was Alfa Bank in Russia communicating with a server in Trump Tower in 2016? Apparently this server was used only to communicate with Alfa Bank. Cendyn, the company that provides the server, could provide records indicating who was communicating with Alfa Bank while in Trump Tower. 

 

Read more in this New Yorker article: Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign? //www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/was-there-a-connection-between-a-russian-bank-and-the-trump-campaign

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018: Another Guilty Plea & Jail Sentence

Today, little known Richard Pinedo, pled guilt to fraud and identity theft. He sold American bank accounts to Russians involved in the 2016 election meddling. He was sentenced to 6 months in a Federal prison, 6 months of house arrest & 2 years of probation. 

Oct. 10 - Wall Street Journal Reports that Michael Flynn Associate Involved in Election Meddling

A man named Peter Smith once proudly boasted conferring with Russians to hack into Hilary Clinton's emails. He was found dead in a hotel room, shortly after the 2016 election. The Journal is reporting that Flynn had a working relationship with Smith. Smith, in fact, bragged about his relationship to Flynn. Read about their connection here:

//www.wsj.com/articles/late-gop-activist-peter-w-smith-met-with-former-trump-adviser-michael-flynn-in-2015-sources-say-1539196064 

Friday, October 12th, 2018: In 2016, Georgia's Sec of State Refused to Beef Up Election's Security

Georgia has an electronic voting machine, no paper trail, and a centralized computer server for it's voting record. The entire system was vulnerable to hackers and had no safety measures in place in 2016. Despite several warnings by computer experts, before and after the election, the state has not made any changes. Election security advocates sued the state. The state wiped the servers clean of everything, of course getting rid of any evidence of wrong doing. 

 

The Secretary of State, Brian Kemp is running for Governer against Democratic powerhouse Stacey Abrams. He has a long history of suppressing African American voters - for example, right now, he is holding up tens and thousands of mostly black voter registrations. Conflict of interest be damned. 

 

Georgia turned up in legal filings in the Mueller investigation as one of the state's targetted by Russian Hackers. 

November 1: Bannon & Stone Discussed Wikileaks Material 3 Days before Stolen Email Release

The NY TImes has obtained emails that demonstrate coordination between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign. Roger Stone has a long history of communiction between him, Wikileaks and a number of Russians AND Steven Bannon. Read more about that here: //www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/us/politics/roger-stone-trump-campaign-mueller-wikileaks.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

 

Read that email string, here: //www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/us/politics/wikileaks-roger-stone-trump.html?module=inline

Nov. 8, 2018: Dems win the House of Reps; Trump fires Sessions and puts a Toadie in Charge of Mueller's Investigation

On November 7th, 2018, Democrats won back the House of Representatives, which gives them back the power to investigate the endless corruption coming out of White House Not 24-hours went by before Trump fired AG Jeff Sessions, removed Rod Rosenstien from the Mueller investigation and puts in charge a Toady named Matthew Whitaker who has repeatedly voiced his opposition to the investigation. 

 

Tonight protesters lined cities and towns across the country. 

November 8th, 2018: KA Conway's husband,Attorney George Conway, says Trump's toady installation is illegal

Trump violated both the constitution and the law when he installed his toadie Whitaker into the position of Acting Attorney General, read about that here: //www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/opinion/trump-attorney-general-sessions-unconstitutional.html

Nov. 13, 2018: Roger Stone Associate Jerome Corsi Expects to be Indicted

Corsi is a right-wing conspiracy theorist who birthed the birther theory that Obama wan't born in the US. News reports say that Corsi is awaiting indictment on charges of lying under oath about his contact with Wikileaks and Julian Assange during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Nov. 14th, 2018: Roger Stone Provides Texts Discussing2016 Email Dump to NBC...

.. then goes on Trump News to say, "There is no evidence of Russian collusion." 

Nov. 14th: Rick Gates Staving off Sentencing by Cooperation with Investigation

Today Mueller's investigative team is asking for another 60 days due to the help he's providing into "several investigations". 

Nov. 15th: So Many Things Russia Investigation...

1) Senator Jeff Flake & Senator Chris Coons brough legislation to the Senate to protect the Mueller Investigation. Mitch McConnell refused to bring it to the floor. Why doesn't McConnell want Mueller to learn the truth? Senator Flake told his Senate colleagues that he would not vote on judicial nominees unless protecting Mueller's investigation gets a vote. 

 

2) Trump, true to form, admitted that Whitaker is his toady in an interview with The Daily Caller today. 

 

3) The New York Times exposed how Facebook apparently concealed extent of  Russian-linked actvity and employed oppo research to attack critics. 

 

4) Mueller's team has asked for an extension in filing Manafort's status report, asking the Judge in his case for ten more days before he sentences. 

November 20, 2018:Trump wanted to Order DOJ to Prosecute Hilary Clinton & James Comey

The New York Times reoprted that Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute Comey & Clinton, indicating that Trump sees the JD as his goon platoon. It also opens him up to impeachment. Whitaker, Trump's toadie whose been auditioning for the role he's in for several months, has publically stated that he would indict Hilary Clinton. 

 

Read more about this here: //www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/us/politics/president-trump-justice-department.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

November 20th: Former General Counsel of FBI Writes Article: How Nixon Obstructed Justice During Watergate Investigation

Jim Baker, former FBI Counsel, wrote this article: What the Watergate 'Road Map' Reveals about Improper Contact between the White House and the Justice Department Read that article here: //www.lawfareblog.com/what-watergate-road-map-reveals-about-improper-contact-between-white-house-and-justice-department

 

Jim Comey turned to Baker in the early days of Trump's presidency, when Trump was trying to court him. Baker outlines how Nixon used a JoD official named, Henry Peterson, to create a back channel from the Justice Department to the White House. This back channel eventually factored into Nixon's impeachment.

 

Today, Senator Chuck Shumer, Dem from New York, wrote to the Inspector General at the White House to find out if Trump's lackey, Whitaker, is similarly breaking the law and providing information about the Mueller investigation to Trump.

November 26th: Manafort's Plea Deal is Over

Today Mueller filed a report that Manafort breached his agreement with the court. The report says Manafort repeatedly lied to investigators. Mueller asked the court to set the sentencing date. Manafort's continued attempts to distract and mislead mean that his prison sentence could be significantly longer than originally believed. Some are speculating that someone's danglng a pardon in front of him. 

Russia, Russia, Russia - November 27th, 2018: Assange & Manafort, buds?

The Guardian Newspaper is reporting that sources say Paul Manafort met with Julian Assange of Wikileaks, at the Equadorian Embassy in 2016. This has not been confirmed. Reports say that Wilileaks released its stash of Democratic Emails shortly after this visit. 

November 27th: Manafort's Lawyer Brief Trump Team on Mueller Talks

From the New York Times: "WASHINGTON — A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the president’s onetime campaign chairman, repeatedly briefed President Trump’s lawyers on his client’s discussions with federal investigators after Mr. Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, according to one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers and two other people familiar with the conversations."

 

"The arrangement was highly unusual and inflamed tensions with Mr. Mueller’s office when prosecutors discovered it after Mr. Manafort began cooperating two months ago, the people said. Some legal experts speculated that it was a bid by Mr. Manafort for a presidential pardon even as he worked with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in hopes of a lighter sentence."

 

Read more here: //www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/us/politics/manafort-lawyer-trump-cooperation.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

November 27th: Jerome Korsi, Birther Conspiracy Theorist, Idictment Reports Obtained

It looks like papers drafted by Mueller's office, outlining charges leveled against Corsi found their way to NBC's news. The statement acuses him of lying to the Special Counsel about his contacts with Wikileaks and how they stole emails from the Clinton campaign. 

November 29, 2018: Cohen Flips, Again -- Yep, Trump Tower Moscow

Today Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress and admitted that the Moscow Trump Tower was in process long into the 2016 Presidential campaign. Trump has repeatedly lied to the country about this specific accusation, claiming, "I have no dealings in Russia." Several reports reveal that long into 2016 Trump was negotiating with Russia, even offering Puting and $50 million penthouse suit in the tower. Read about that here: //www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/29/trump-organization-vladimir-putin-penthouse-suite/2156031002/

 

Of course, most of this was outlined in the Steele dossier. 

 

In the court filing Cohen is said to have briefed members of the Trump family at the time, meaning that Ivanka, Don Jr. Eric, etc all knew about this deal, in detail, while their father lied and lied and lied and lied about it on the campaign trail. 

November 29th: FBI Raid's Trump's Former Chicago Tax Attorney ...

... who saved the president $14 Million in property taxes. Read more here: //fortune.com/2018/11/29/fbi-raids-trump-tax-attorney-chicago/

November 29th: Rep. Eric Swalwell Says Transcripts Containing Trump Family Lies Will Soon be Shared With Mueller

Now that Democrats have taken back the House of Representatives, they can release the reports taken during testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Previously Republican House Representative Devon Nunes was blocking the release of those documents. It seems that he was protecting the Trump's family members, who were all lying to Congress members.

November 30th: Trump Tower Moscow, Junior, Ivanka

Read the latest on Ivanka and Junior's involvement in Trump Tower Moscow, here: //www.yahoo.com/news/mueller-eyes-ivanka-don-jr-s-work-trump-tower-moscow-003012099.html

November 30th: Next Week Look for Both Flynn & Manafort Legal Filings

On Tuesday, Mueller's filing papers on Flynn. On Friday, he'll be filing papers on Manafort. 

Flynn has many ties to Russia/Putin. The Russian government actually paid Flynn to go to some event there. Flynn told Putin not to retaliate when Obama enacted sanctions on him and then lied to the FBI about it. Russia apparently was holding something over Flynn. 

 

 

December 3rd: Cohen Legal Filings Reveal His Cooperation with Several Investigations

On Friday Michael Cohen's lawyers filed papers with the court. These papers reveal several overlaps between Mueller's investigation and Cohen's testimony that directly implicate the White House. It mentions Cohen's cooperation with several investigation including a new, but unrevealed, case. 

December 4th: Mueller Releases Michael Flynn Sentencing Memo

It revealed little, except that Flynn cooperated extensively with several investigations. The filing revealed 19 meetings that happened over the course of a year. It also made clear that Mueller is investing "interactions" between Russia and Trump's campaign team. The reports say that Flynn's early cooperation was particularly valuable. Much of the document was redacted, indicating that the investigation will be continue into the future. It was careful not to reveal any information about an ongoing investigation. 

 

They report outlines a series of lies Flynn told to federal investigators that started one shortly after Trump's election. These lies include denying speaking to Russia's ambassasor about sanctions enacted on them by Obama's administration. Apparently Flynn had two conversations with the Russian Ambassador and he lied about them both to the FBI. Additionally, Flynn lied about contacts with Turkey. He filed documents about a project in Turkey. Those documents neglected to report the extent of Turkey's involvement in the project. Flynn also ommitted that an op-ed he'd written about a Turkish cleric living in the US - advocating sending this cleric back to Turkey. 

December 5th: Is Kushner on the Idictment List?

Mueller's legal filing from yesterday reports of a "very senior member" in Trump's administration directed Flynn to tell the Russian Ambassador not to worry about sanctions. Some are reporting that that senior member is Trump's son-in-law, Jarad Kushner. Read more about that here: //www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-12-05/mueller-s-flynn-memo-should-worry-kushner-and-trump

December 5th: Cohen Testimony May Implicate Trump in a Bribery Scheme

From NBC News: "Trump’s concealment of his efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow raise a series of serious questions." Read about that here: //www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/michael-cohen-s-trump-tower-revelation-could-implicate-trump-bribery-ncna943791

December 5th:Maria Butina, Mueller Indicted Russian Agent,

Paul Erickson, Republican politico, and alleged boyfriend of Butina recieved a target letter from Mueller's team, possibly to charge him with conspiracy charges. 

 

Butina materialized at a microphone during a Trump rally in 2015. At that time, she asked him what his foreign policy would be towards Russia. Russia responded that sanctions wouldn't be necessary. 

December 7th: Cohen Testimony Implicates Trump Directly to Criminal Activity

Today the Southern District of New York file reports that implicate Trump in the payoff to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. Apparently Cohen told prosecutors that Trump directed him to make that payment, which is a federal criminal campaign violation. 

 

It appears that Mueller's investigation is now aimed directly at Trump. 

 

This filing out of New York is far more extensive than Mueller's; but Mueller's filing corroborates the crimes outlined by the former prosecution team. 

December 7th: Russian "Political Synergy"

According to filings from Mueller's investigation, Cohen's testimony confirmed that he had in fact discussed a Moscow Trump Tower project, not just during the campaign but well into Trump's presidency. An anonymous Russian contact offered Trump "political synergy" back in 2015. 

 

Additionally, Cohen's testimony laid bare that when he spoke before Congress, not only did he knowingly lie, he prepared his lies in coordination and communication with the White House. That means Trump is now on the hook for Cohen's lies. The only reason Trump is not being indicted is that he is the president. 

 

Read more about that here: //www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-prosecutors-recommend-substantial-prison-term-for-former-trump-lawyer-michael-cohen/2018/12/07/e144f248-f7f3-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.85744222ee00

December 7th: Manafort Filing Today ...

Mueller's legal filings indicate the following: Manafort met with investigators 12 times and testified before the grand jury twice. During those meetings, he lied repeatedly, breaching his plea agreement. Those lies involve:

 

- his contact with Konstantin Kliminick (a Russian agent indicted earlier in the investigation.)

-information he provided about Kliminick's involvement in obstructing justice.

-claims he made about a payment he wired to a firm that worked for him.

-telling prosecutors that he no longer had any contact with Trump officials. Apparently, after a search of Manafort's electronic communications, prosecutors obtained proof of ongoing contact during February, March and May of 2018. 

 

Read Mueller's filing HERE. //www.cnn.com/2018/12/07/politics/mueller-manafort-filing/index.html

December 11th: More on Michael Cohen ...

Michael Cohen is being sentenced tomorrow for violating campaign finance laws for paying off women who had affairs with Trump, so they'd keep it secret during the campaign. Apparently Mueller was happy with Cohen's cooperation on the Russia investigation - happy enough to not add more years to his jail time. 

December 11th: More About Paul Manafort ...

Today in court Manafort's legal team told the judge that they basically don't know what to do. They did not defend Manafort from the charge of lying to Federal prosecutors. If Manafort doesn't fight the charge he could end up in prison for life. 

December 11th: About Michael Flynn, his sentencing memo ...

Trump's first National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, who was caught lying about his contacts with Russia was sentenced today one week into the new administration. At the time, the White House did nothing, until it was all reported in the Washington Post. Flynn "resigned". Shortly afterwards Trump asked the FBI Director, James Comey to let the investigation go. Emails revealed that many officials from the Trump administration knew about Flynn's Russia dealings and lied about it: Rience Priebus, Bannon, KT McFarland, Sean Spicer, etc. etc. etc. Mike Pence was heading up the transition while all of this Russia banter floated around. 

December 12th: Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years

The Southern District of New York has now sentenced Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to three years in prison for, in part, violating campaign finance law, by providing hush money payments to women who'd had affairs with Trump. Cohen cited that his blind loyalty to Trump leading him down a "dark road".  Cohen told the court: "I felt a dut to cover up [Trump's] dirty secrets." 

 

It's clear that the only thing standing between Trump and an indictment is the fact that he's in the Oval Office right now. If he weren't president he would be facing jail time. 

December 12th: National Enquirer's Deal with Trump Exposed

American Media Company made a deal with prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. David Pecker, owner and editor of the National Enquirer, admitted that they paid off women that Trump had affairs with to keep them silent for the purpose of protecting Trump's presidential campaign. Today's legal filing reported a meeting between Pecker and Trump in August of 2015 to discuss how Pecker could help Trump get elected. 

December 13th: Trump Participated in Conversations About Hush Money ...

Reports are coming out that Trump was in the room when during Hush money discussions. This is a federal crime. He is desparately trying to deny it, but all of his stories shift, change and flip, indicating guilt. 

December 13th: Criminal Prosecutors Investigating Trump Inaugeration Money ...

Reports are out that that the $106 million plus raised for the inaugeration are being quesitoned. Mueller, apparently, has been investigating whether Russia and Saudi Arabia contributed. Taking money for hostile powers is illegal. But prosecutors in the Southern District of New York are also asking what happened to the money raised. Investigators are  looking into whether donors gave money to the inaugeration as a quid pro quo.Several federal laws may have been violated. 

 

 

December 13th: Flynn Talking To Russian Ambassador During 2016 Campaign

While Russia was attacking our presidential campaign, Flynn was negotiating with the Russian Ambassador. Apparently he was offering to lift US sanctions. 

December 13th: Russian Agent Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charges and is Cooperating with Mueller

Russian National, Marria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States. Butina infiltrated the NRA and by proxy the Republican party.  She is apparently not the only Russian Agent hobnobbing with NRA. Butina just happened to be at a Trump rally in July of 2015, in which she asked Trump what his foreign policy towards Russia would be. Of course, he replied, "I don't think we need the sanctions."

 

Butina is the fist Russian Nationla convicted for attempts to influence US policy around the 2016 election. Her plea deal requires her truthful cooperation with all investigations around the Russian interference. She has agreed to participate in covert activities and after she serves her time, she's slated to be deported back to Russia. 

 

Apparently this case is being prosecuted by prosecutors in New York, not Mueller's team. 

 

 

December 13th: Butina's Boyfriend, Paul Erickson, May be Facing Charges

Court filings implicate Erickson, a Republican activist, in conspiracy against the United States with a Russian Government Official, Alexander Torshin. An email outlined in the filing, written by Erickson, bragged about setting up a private line of communication between the Kremlin and the Republicans in the NRA. The filing also implicates that Erickson was in direct contact with Vladimeer Putin. How patriotic of him. 

December 14th: Contributions to Trump's Inaugeral Committee - Ivanka Trump's role

Ivanka Trump negotiated the price of that the Trump Hotel charged inaugural planners - the organizers told her that the hotel was charging too much and was concerned how it would look in an audit. So the donations which were investments into his inaugeration were also enriching the Trump Oranization and Ivanka Trump manuevered that slick move. Money donated to inaugerations are meant for exactly that - expenses related to the event. In Trump's case millions of dollars are unaccounted for. 

December 14th: Mueller Smacks Down The Trump Narrative - Flynn Duped into Lying to FBI

Trump et all have been spinning a tale the Flynn was tricked into lying to federal investigators. However, as the National Security Advisor of the country he knows, knew back then, that lying to the FBI is a crime. He shouldn't do it. The question we need to be asking is why would a consumate military man and intelligence professional lie like this? Why was he negotiating with Russia? 

December 17th: FBI Releases Transcripts of Flynn Interview ...

In direct contradiction to Republican and Fox News claims that the then National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, was set up to lie by the FBI. The documents completely disprove this narrative. In fact, the agents repeatedly gave Flynn opportunities to come clean. He continued to lie. Now he's a convicted felon. 

 

Learn more here: //www.cnn.com/2018/12/17/politics/mueller-memo-michael-flynn-interview/index.html

December 17th: Russian Trolls Helped Trump Suppress Black Vote

A senate report outlined the way Russian Trolls spread disinformation targetted at African American voters. The extent of the effort exposed, indicate that a large extent of the Russian suppression was aimed at African American voters. These Russian efforts look very similar to Trump campaign strategy.

 

Read more about that here:

//www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/12/shared-russia-trump-focus-depressing-black-votes/578302/

December 17th: Two Flynn Business Partners Indicted for Illegally Lobbying for Turkey

Two associates of Michael Flynn with illegally lobbying for Turkey. Shortly after Election Day, Flynn published an op ed blaming a Turkish cleric who now lives in Pennsylvania for a coup that unfolded in June, 2016. Apparently, this op ed get the attention of the Department of Justice and they looked into it. Turns out they had reason to look into it ... 

 

The legal filing reveals several email exchanges between Flynn and his co horts discussing a $600,000 paid contract to refer this cleric to the Federal Justice Department for criminal charges and deportation. 

 

This guy was Trump's top National Security Advisor for roughly ten days. Go figure. In the meantime, Flynn's business partner, Bijan R. Kian is also being charged. He also claimed on Twitter to be on Trump's transition team. Kian was on Turkey's payroll as he helped Trump pick his CIA director. 

 

Read more about here: //www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/ct-flynn-mueller-turkish-lobbying-20181217-story.html

 

Meanwhile, our former National Security Advisor will be sentenced tomorrow. It seems that he will not face jail time because of his cooperation with Mueller. 

December 18th: Flynn's Sentencing Hearing Goes off the Rails

Today in court the Judge ripped Michael Flynn apart, saying " ... you sold your country out." He asked the prosecution whether Flynn could have been charged with treason. Flynn made it clear that he did not feel that the FBI had entrapped him into lying  -  or as the White House claims "ambushed". His sentencing has been delayed. The lawyers were quick to confess to the judge that their characterization of FBI "ambushing" Flynn was their idea, not Flynn's idea. 

 

You can read more about the hearing here: //www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-flynn-sentence-20181218-story.html

December 18th: Trump Foundation Forced to Close by NY Attorney General

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. I'm a great place for you to tell your story and let your visitors know a little more about you. According to the NY Times: 

 

"The foundation was accused by the attorney general, Barbara Underwood, of “functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” and of engaging in “a shocking pattern of illegality” that included unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign."

 

Read more here: //www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/nyregion/ny-ag-underwood-trump-foundation.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

December 18th: Draft Senate Report on Russian Disinformation Leaked

From the Washington Post: 

 

"A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office."

 

Read more here: //www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/16/new-report-russian-disinformation-prepared-senate-shows-operations-scale-sweep/?utm_term=.d8322dff774f

December 19th: Trump's Sudden Foreigh Policy Flurry

Today Trump suddenly decided that the U.S. "defeated ISIS in Syria" and ordered a complete withdrawel of US troops. Journalists are questioning: is this decision in the national interest? It appears that Trump did not share this decision with the Pentagon. Senior officials have been quoted as calling this decision "reckless". 

 

Trump also decided to lift sactions on three Russian businesses owned by a Russian Oligarch named Deripaska. Paul Manafort and Deripaska did a lot of business with each other. Who is Trump's audience? How does this decision benefit the U.S.? Why did he lift sanctions on those specific businesses?

December 20th: Trump's Toadie, Whitaker, Won't Recuse From Mueller Investigation

Despite an ethics committee investigation reccomending he step aside from overseeing Mueller's investigation, Whitaker has refused. Go figure. Shoking, yes? 

December 20th: Trump AG Pick, Bill Barr's Job Application

 Barr dropped a 20-page critique of the Mueller Investigation off to the White House today.  It's clear that he's trying to please his boss; not sure how it will work out in Congress. 

January 4th, 2019: Happy New Year - Grand Jury Extended Another 6 Months

Mueller's Grand Jury has been granted an extension through the courts today. Read more abour that here: //www.cnn.com/2019/01/04/politics/mueller-grand-jury/index.html

January 11, 2019: Michael Cohen to Testify Publically

From the New YorkTimes: //www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/us/politics/michael-cohen-trump-testimony.html

 

"Mr. Cohen will appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7 .... Mr. Cohen, a consigliere to Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer and presidential candidate as well as informally when he was president, was privy to the machinations of Mr. Trump’s inner circle and to key moments under scrutiny by both the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and federal prosecutors in New York. He could soon share many of them on national television under oath. .... “In furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement, “I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on Feb. 7. 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.”

January 11th, 2019: Ongoing Reports - Trump Lifting Sanctions for Russian Oligarch...

From the New York Times:

"WASHINGTON — Congress is reviewing the Trump administration’s decision to lift sanctions on companies owned by Oleg V. Deripaska, an influential Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir V. Putin, Democrats said on Friday.

 

The reviews could fuel a congressional effort to block the administration’s decision, which came after an aggressive lobbying and legal campaign against the sanctions by Mr. Deripaska’s corporate empire.

 

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, laid the groundwork to block the lifting of the sanctions on Friday, filing a congressional resolution disapproving of the move by the Treasury Department. In a statement accompanying the resolution, Mr. Schumer said that “critical questions” remained unanswered about the agreement to lift the sanctions between the Treasury Department and Mr. Deripaska’s companies, including the aluminum giant Rusal."

 

Read more here: //www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/us/politics/senate-sanctions-oleg-deripaska-russia.html

January 12th, 2019: FBI Inquiry into whether Trump works for Putin

New York Times revealed that the FBI opened an investigation into Trump himself, after a long list of Trump statements and behaviors, including: 

*Calling on Russia to hack the Clinton campaign

*Asking for a loyalty pledge from Comey

*Insisting on mentioning the Russia investigation in the infamous letter 

*Asking Comey to end investigations into Flynn

*Firing Comey

*Admitting to firing Comey because of the Russia investigation on NBC News

*Then saying this: “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

 

The investigation was/is (?) both a criminal and a counterintelligence effort. I'm unclear of the status of the investigation now,  although Mueller's team has taken over the obstruction of justice piece. Read more here: //www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/politics/fbi-trump-russia-inquiry.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

January 14th, 2019: Trump Concealing Discussions with Putin, Shredding Notes, etc.

The Washington Post reported that Trump has gone to great lengths to hide his conversations with Putin, including shredding notes taken by interpreter. Read more here: //www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-has-concealed-details-of-his-face-to-face-encounters-with-putin-from-senior-officials-in-administration/2019/01/12/65f6686c-1434-11e9-b6ad-9cfd62dbb0a8_story.html?utm_term=.0907520d8058

Thanks to Rudy Guliani ...

... someone else is also consolidating all of the Trump/Russia reporting at the website, Donald J Trump is a traitor to our country. Visit the site here: //g-20.in

 

BTW, poor Guiliani (Trump's "cyber expert") unintentionally created the link g-20.in on Twitter. To his great distress, that link then became the Trump-is-a-traitor website.  

Fomer FBI Agent Lays out the Collusion Case on Twitter ...

How would a president compromised by Russia act? Exactly like Trump. Clint Watts, former FBI agent, lays it out on Twitter. Visit his profile of compromised president here: //twitter.com/selectedwisdom/status/1084498964114821120 

January 17th, 2019: The Never-Ending Cohen Confession

Cohen apparently hired an IT firm to rig early CNBC, Drudge Polls to favor Trump, using a blue Walmart bag stuffed with cash and a used boxing glove. 

 

Read more at the Wall Street Journal: //www.wsj.com/articles/poll-rigging-for-trump-and-creating-womenforcohen-one-it-firms-work-order-11547722801

 

According to Vanity Fair's Senior Reporter, Emily Jane Fox, Cohen is saying that Trump was aware of this rigging and that there is documentation of this transaction.  

 

 

January 17, 2019: US Law Firm Caught up in Russia Scandel

Alwx Van Der Zwaan, son in law of a Russian Oligarch, and lawyer, worked for firm that has been sued to retroactively register as a foriegn Agent of Ukraine. Skadden Arps settles with DOJ over work with Paul Mannafort. Read more about this here: //www.wsj.com/articles/skadden-arps-settles-with-doj-over-work-with-manafort-for-ukraine-11547756428

January 18th, 2019: Buzzfeed Report: Cohen lied to Congress, on Trump's Bidding and there's proof ...

... Read about that here: //www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/trump-russia-cohen-moscow-tower-mueller-investigation

January 18th, 2019: Special Counsel Issues Statements Disputing Buzzfeed Report ...

Here's the statement: "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate." Peter Carr. 

 

Which statements? Which characterizations? What is not accurate? What are they referring to? 

January 21, 2019: Deripaska, Russian Oligarch, Enriched by Trump's Lifting of Sanctions ...

Deripaska was Mannafort's business associate. Trump recently lifted sanctions on Deripaska's businesses specifically. Why? Today the New York Times reported on a document signed by both Trump's people and Deripaska's people exposing that this deal will enrich Deripaska exponentially. Why does Trump need to kiss up to this Russian oligarch? Read more here: //www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/us/politics/oleg-deripaska-russian-sanctions.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage