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AMI has admitted the payment was made “in concert with” Trump’s campaign. On Wednesday, December 12—the same day President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, was sentenced to three years in federal prison—federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York revealed that American Media, Inc. (publisher of the National Enquirer) had admitted to its role in hush money paid to Playboy model Karen McDougal during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. One of the crimes that Cohen pled guilty on August 22 was campaign finance violations, and prosecutors said in an official statement that a $150,000 payment to McDougal was made “to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.” AMI has admitted the payment was made “in concert with” Trump’s campaign.Founded in 1926, the Enquirer has been specializing in tabloid sleaze journalism for 92 years—and during the last presidential election, the Enquir...
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He has the right to remain silent, but he's not using it. In a new interview with Fox News on Thursday, President Donald Trump casually undermined his sole apparent defense against charges of criminally violating campaign finance law.He's at risk of such charges after his former employee, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison, in part for making hush payments during the campaign on Trump's behalf in violation of the law. Cohen said that he made the payments at Trump's direction and in coordination with him, implicating the president in the crime.Thursday morning, Trump tried to distance himself from the crimes on Twitter, writing of Cohen: "He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid."Legal experts point out that pointing to the advice of counsel can be a defense against some crimes. But it's hard for Trump to stick to a script — and in...
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The president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for crimes that included campaign finance violations he says Trump directed him to commit. 
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The Russian gun rights activist sought to establish back-channel ties between the Russian government and leading U.S. conservative groups, including the Trump campaign and the NRA.
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Butina is at the center of several circles—the Trump campaign, the NRA and Russia. Maria Butina, a central figure in the special counsel probe into whether the Donald Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 campaign, has entered a guilty plea in federal court, admitting she conspired against the United States. From CNN:Butina, 30, was accused of working to infiltrate Republican political circles through groups such as the National Rifle Association to bolster Russian interests.Butina said she acted "under direction of" a Russian official whom CNN has identified as Alexander Torshin. "Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics," the prosecutor said in court.As you can see in the illustration below, Butina is at the center of several circles—the Trump campaign, the NRA and Russia.For a better understanding about why her plea deal is likely causing tremendous heartburn and sleepless night...
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What the Russian spy’s guilty plea tells us about Trump’s chances of surviving Mueller’s investigation. A report this week by NBC News that suspected Russian spy Maria Butina will plead guilty to violating laws regarding government agents operating within the United States is the worst news Donald Trump has faced in months, but not for the reason many think.Butina will reportedly admit to conspiring with a Russian official believed to be Alexander Torshin "to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics . . . for the benefit of the Russian Federation" (Torshin recently retired from being a deputy director of the Russian central bank). She will also admit to attempting to influence the National Rifle Association and “Political Party 1,” believed to be the Republican Party. Butina will admit to setting up a meeting between senior officials of the NRA and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in December 2015,...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team is preparing a new series of legal filings tying the White House to Middle East influence. According to a report at the Daily Beast, special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team is preparing a new series of legal filings tying the White House to Middle East influence.The Beast notes that the new filings are expected to drop in 2019, based on investigations looking into “how Middle Eastern countries pushed cash to Washington politicos in an attempt to sway policy under President Trump’s administration.”According to the report, “witnesses affiliated with the Trump campaign have been questioned about their conversations with deeply connected individuals from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, according to people familiar with the probe.”Sources say that Mueller’s legal team have been spending months debating whether to make this part of the investigation public.“If this is going to be unveiled, this wo...
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A tabloid publisher, American Media Inc., told prosecutors that the president’s lawyer and at least one Trump campaign member helped hatch the plan to buy and bury such stories more than a year before the election -- and federal prosecutors in New York are continuing to investigate. The hush-money case was referred to federal prosecutors in New York by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, who have unearthed a raft of other legal problems while pursuing possible collusion with Russia. Other authorities are asking questions about at least two more campaign issues: the improper use of money by the Trump Foundation in Iowa, and the possible coordination of messaging with the National Rifle Association.
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Intelligence experts say Russian outreach to the Trump campaign fits the pattern of an intelligence operation.Former officials have reviewed the attempts by Russians to establish ...
 
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The publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper has admitted it paid hush money to a former Playboy magazine model to prevent her from going public ahead of the 2016 election with claims that she had an affair with President Donald Trump.
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The publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper has admitted it paid hush money to a former Playboy magazine model to prevent her from going public ahead of the 2016 election with claims that she had an affair with President Donald Trump.
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The publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper has admitted it paid hush money to a former Playboy magazine model to prevent her from going public ahead of the 2016 election with claims that she had an affair with President Donald Trump.
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The Southern District of New York announced that AMI made a hush money payment to Karen McDougal in concert with the Trump campaign
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Michael Cohen's former lawyer, Lanny Davis, said Wednesday that anyone with ties to President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign has reason to worry after the president's former fixer was sentenced to three years in priso...
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The company admitted it paid former Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 to 'suppress the woman’s story *so as to prevent it from influencing the election.'" Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced National Enquirer’s parent company American Media Inc (AMI) has entered into a “non-prosecution agreement” with the Southern District of New York regarding its role in a hush-money payment to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump.As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election. AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence experts say Russian outreach to the Trump campaign fits the pattern of an intelligence operation. Former officials have reviewed the attempts by Russians to establish contact as laid out in recent court filings by special counsel Robert Mueller. They conclude they were apparently targeted and more frequent than would be expected […]
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Republican operative Paul Erickson claimed in an email he’d set up a private Russia-GOP channel through the NRA. Admitted Russian spy Maria Butina’s Republican operative boyfriend wrote in private communications that he was involved in setting up a “very private line of communication” between Russia and the Trump campaign using the National Rifle Association as a “conduit.”Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, worked for years to cultivate relationships within Republican and NRA circles. She was charged with working as an agent of the Russian government earlier this year and on Monday agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges and cooperate with prosecutors.In her plea deal, Butina admitted that she and “US Person 1,” who is longtime Republican operative Paul Erickson, “agreed and conspired, with a Russian government official,” whose description matches Russian banker and close Putin ally Alexander Torshin, for Butina to “act in the United S...
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U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested on Tuesday a sentence of a year's probation for lying to FBI agents in a case stemming from a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested on Tuesday a sentence of a year's probation for lying to FBI agents in a case stemming from a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested on Tuesday a sentence of a year's probation for lying to FBI agents in a case stemming from a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said last week Flynn had provided substantial cooperation with its investigation, as well as with other probes. Flynn held the White House job for only 24 days.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested in a court filing on Tuesday a sentence of a year of probation for lying to FBI agents in a case stemming from a U.S. Special Counsel probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested in a court filing on Tuesday a sentence of a year of probation for lying to FBI agents in a case stemming from a U.S. Special Counsel probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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During a U.S. District Court hearing in Washington, Manafort's lawyer Richard Westling said the defense team had learned more details earlier in the day about the allegations and was not sure yet if any of the issues were in dispute. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the defense to file a response by Jan. 7 raising any concerns, and tentatively set a hearing for Jan. 25. Westling said he was not sure if a hearing would be necessary.
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In a heavily redacted court filing Friday, Mueller laid out five lies Manafort is alleged to have told after he signed the plea agreement.
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A federal judge in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has set a tentative hearing date to hear arguments from both sides over whether Manafort breached his plea deal.
 
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a U.S. judge on Tuesday they need more time to evaluate prosecutors' allegations that Manafort lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and breached his plea deal.
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Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who was released from federal prison last week, is slated to be the subject of a new docuseries about his relationship with his wife.Papadopoulos was ...
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Now that he has completed his role in the special-counsel investigation, the former Trump campaign adviser and his wife are turning to Hollywood.
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David French is done watching his party succumb to echo-chamber politics on Trump and Russia. In their desperation to insulate President Donald Trump from the fallout of the Russia investigation, the Republican Party has woven an elaborate counternarrative in which the act of investigating Russia is the real scandal. And David French, writer for the arch-conservative National Review, is finally calling out this mentality on the Right."It's time to put a conspiracy theory to rest," writes French in a new column. "It's time to debunk a hoax."The GOP narrative goes that the investigation, first started by the FBI and taken up by special counsel Robert Mueller, is a "witch hunt" manufactured by Obama administration officials to bring down Trump; that the investigation of the campaign was illegal and the warrant to surveil it obtained using partisan material; that Trump officials are being prosecuted over "perjury traps" rather than anything of substance; and that Mueller's team is s...
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Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) said he is disheartened that Republican lawmakers who pushed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign will be gone from the...
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"We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it." A top Russian official says the Kremlin is willing to declassify and release its correspondence with the United States on Russia's attack on the 2016 election.Nikolai Murashov, a deputy head of the Russian National Coordinating Center for Computer Incidents, said Russia would release the documents if Washington agrees, the Associated Press reports."We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it,” Murashov said, according to RT, the Kremlin's propaganda arm.Russia has fervently denied it attacked the U.S. elections, although Vladimir Putin admitted that he wanted Trump to win.U.S. Intelligence agencies agree Russia's initial goal was to destabilize and sow distrust among Americans in the U.S. electoral system. Putin later decided he wanted to help Trump win.Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has led to a conviction for former...
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Throughout American history, there have been different visions of the role of the attorney general and his or her relationship to the president. With President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would nominate former Attorney General William P. Barr to fill the position again, Trump chose a prominent Republican lawyer with extensive government experience to run the Justice Department.Barr has publicly supported some of Trump’s criticisms of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. It’s not known how Barr would reflect those positions in his interactions with the investigation.But when Donald Trump announced Jeff Sessions’s nomination as his attorney general, the position was seen as a reward for Sessions’s early endorsement of the president’s 2016 campaign. And the president wanted loyalty in return.“The only reason I gave him the job,” Trump said, “was because I felt loyalty. He was an original supporter. He was on the...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Five people in President Donald Trump's orbit have pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors in Washington and New York are investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 election and whether Trump directed an illegal hush-money scheme to silence women who said they had sex with him.
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Jessica Denson alleged discrimination by the Trump campaign. They then took her to arbitration for violating her nondisclosure agreement. On Monday, BuzzFeed News reported that Jessica Denson, a staffer on President Donald Trump's campaign who helped run Hispanic outreach, was ordered in a secret arbitration proceeding to pay a five-figure settlement to the campaign — for filing an antidiscrimination lawsuit against them:The award to the Trump campaign came out of arbitration — nonpublic proceedings the campaign pursued against Denson after she filed two lawsuits against it. Denson was ordered to pay $25,000 to the campaign in October, but the award wasn’t made public until Denson’s lawyers included it in court filings in New York County Supreme Court in late November. The documents obtained by BuzzFeed News this week were not filed electronically.The award payment is part of a complicated, ongoing legal battle between the Trump campaign and Denson, who, according to her...
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Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist accused of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence US policy toward Russia, is expected to plead guilty in a court hearing on Wednesday. Butina was charged with conspiracy and working as an unregistered agent of the Russian government after her arrest in the US in July. She pleaded not guilty to both charges and has since been held in solitary confinement awaiting sentencing. But according to a Monday court filing, Butina appears to be cooperating with investigators and will plead guilty to at least one of those charges. “The parties have resolved this matter,” a filing by Butina’s lawyer said. Butina’s case represents just one of many apparent attempts by relatively fringe Russian actors to reach out to the Trump campaign in 2015 and 2016 with offers of arranging a meeting between Donald Trump, the US president, and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. Maria Butina appears in a police booking photograph...
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On Jan. 11, 2017, Donald Trump was asked in his first press conference after his shock election victory, “Did you or anyone in your campaign ...
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Ex-diplomat: The Mueller Show Is a Dud “A baby born when Robert Mueller started his investigation would be talking by now,” observes Peter Van Burden in The American Conservative. Yet the special counsel hasn’t produced any “real evidence” of Russian “collusion.” A recent Mueller memo about Paul Manafort underscored that the one-time Trump campaign chief’s...
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NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., about Democrats' focus on possible campaign finance crimes by the Trump campaign, following news from the special counsel's investigation.
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A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed ...
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"I think there's other problems out there that we really should be focused upon," McCarthy insisted. It was Fall, 2015. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was all set to become Speaker of the House after John Boehner announced his retirement.But his own gaffe (and challenges with the English language) got in the way, ultimately derailing his candidacy.On September 29, 2015, Rep. McCarthy, the number two man in the House Republican caucus, bragged live on-air that the Republicans' Benghazi investigation was a political, partisan attack designed to derail Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy."Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" McCarthy told to Fox News' Sean Hannity. "But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought."Exactly one month later, October 29...
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History can be instructive in the case of Donald Trump. If President Donald Trump is brought down, it will be Republicans who finally seal his fate, not Democrats.No matter how much evidence is uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York, the New York Attorney General, or any other prosecutors who happen to be investigating the president — it's almost certain that impeachment is the only viable way the government could respond. While a president may be indictable, even critics of Trump acknowledge that allowing charges against Trump to go to trial before he is removed or his term is ended poses serious constitutional challenges that may be insurmountable, as former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal has argued.But while Democrats hold the power to impeach Trump in the House of Representatives, they'll need at least 20 Republican senators to join with all the Democratic senators to successfully remove him from office. A...
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Butina was indicted on charges that she acted as an unregistered foreign agent for the Russian government. Maria Butina, the alleged Russian agent who federal prosecutors say infiltrated the National Rifle Association (NRA) in order to gain access to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and members of the Republican Party, is preparing to enter a guilty plea—MSNBC reports.JUST IN: Maria Butina, woman accused of being an unregistered foreign agent for Russia, will change her plea in a court hearing that is likely to be scheduled for this week, attorneys say in joint filing - @Tom_Winter— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 10, 2018On July 17, Butina was indicted on charges that she acted as an unregistered foreign agent for the Russian government. She pleaded not guilty. But according to MSNBC, Butina has changed her mind and will soon be entering a guilty plea in federal court.On Twitter, Politico’s Kyle Cheney has posted a U.S. District Court memo requesting a “joint motion to set...
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At this point, Donald Trump is essentially the human version of a meme. Bright and early on Monday morning, the man who was elected leader of an entire country let his 56 million Twitter followers know he has no idea how to spell the word "smoking." "Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion," Trump tweeted, attempting to quote Fox News. “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018 Read more... More about Twitter, Politics, Memes, Donald Trump, and Web Culture
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At this point, Donald Trump is essentially the human version of a meme. "Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion," Trump tweeted, attempting to quote Fox News.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed lies they say he told them. The scheduling conference will take place Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It’s unclear if Manafort will attend. In […]
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Conspiracy theory buff Jerome Corsi has sued Robert Mueller and a handful of federal agencies for allegedly attempting to blackmail him into lying about being a middle man between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign. Read Full Article at RT.com
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What the president claims was no big deal, say critics, was actually a very clear campaign violation and at least one member of Congress says they "certainly" could be "impeachable offenses" Legal experts and prosecutors are pushing back against the claim President Donald Trump made early Monday morning when he said his secret payments to silence women claiming extramarital sexual affairs with him were nothing more than a "simple private transaction."Trump was referring to the recent court filings involving his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and the revelations that Cohen, at the order of the president, created payment schemes to get both porn actor Stormy Daniels and former playboy model Karen McDougal to be quiet about the affairs they claim to have had with Trump while he was married to First Lady Melania Trump. Trump has denied the affairs, but previously pretended not to know anything about the payments.Trump calls creating a shell compa...
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"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade on Monday morning suggested former Trump campaign deputy campaign manager David Bossie and Acting Attorney General Matth...
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President Trump on Monday claimed his former attorney Michael Cohen’s hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal were a “simple private transaction,” not a campaign contribution. “‘Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.’ @FoxNews,” Trump said in...
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The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian ...
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The top Democrat expected to lead the House Judiciary Committee claimed Sunday that if President Trump broke campaign finance laws, he would have committed "impeachable offenses ... in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office."
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning.
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday downplayed any implication that President Trump violated campaign finance laws during the 2016 presidential campaign, and argued it reflects a broader issue with penalties related to campa...
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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into  alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has moved into a "new phase" after new documents were released to t...
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We now know that prosecutors are proving Russian efforts at leverage in the Trump campaign and in the U.S. elections. This article originally appeared on DC Report.Throw all the prosecutorial sentencing reports together that emerged yesterday about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, stir gently, and what do we have? The commentary was so quick to get to the details, that it is useful to pull back and see the whole picture:These are two bad guys who committed crimes, small and large, and they will get real jail time. Cohen will get a bit of relief in his sentence for cooperating partially, but not a magic wand dismissal of prison time. Manafort is facing up to 15 years for crimes so far—after he blew his chances for leniency by lying to the special counsel’s office to whom he had promised cooperation.Trump committed felonies for hush-money payoffs to women for sex in violation of campaign finance laws, according to the U.S. government. That would sink anyone who isn’t the Pr...
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An admission by Comey appears to confirm a belief Republican investigators have held since Trump was elected to the White House: The FBI failed to adequately verify the anti-Trump dossier used to surveil Trump campaign members during the 2016 presidential election.
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Former FBI director James Comey testified to House lawmakers this week that the counterintelligence investigation into possible conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign began by examining four Americans.Whi...
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