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20 апреля, 09:49

The Comey memos

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20 апреля, 04:33

Trump After Dark: Rud Awakening edition

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President Donald Trump has reinvigorated his legal team, adding former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a high-powered, husband-and-wife pair of lawyers. The hirings of Giuliani and Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin offers some high-powered and high profile help to Trump at a critical time, POLITICO’s Darren Samuelsohn reports. Trump had been shorthanded after recent departures and faces an expanding Russia inquiry as well as the criminal investigation into his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.“Giuliani, a longtime friend and outspoken ally of the president’s ... is expected to take a lead role as Trump’s personal representative in navigating the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. He replaces John Dowd, the prominent white-collar defense attorney who resigned last month just days after calling for the Russia investigation to be shuttered.”Meanwhile some in Trump’s circle are already worrying about the ramifications of the investigation into Cohen — namely what might happen if Cohen faces severe charges and decides to flip. “Since the raid, the president and his advisers have been singularly focused on the risk of a potential federal prosecution of Cohen, which they view as a much bigger existential threat to the presidency than former FBI Director James Comey, whose book ‘A Higher Loyalty’ has dominated headlines and even Trump’s Twitter feed even before its Tuesday release.”Elsewhere in President Trump’s orbit:ROD’S NOD?: Bloomberg reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump last week that he was not a target in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation nor the probe of Michael Cohen.COMB THROUGH COMEY: The Justice Department has delivered the “Comey memos” to congressional committees who demanded them for investigations. NO THANKS: Michael Cohen dropped a libel lawsuit against BuzzFeed and FusionGPS over publishing the Steele Dossier, possibly because the discovery process would leave him highly exposed. TRUMP VOLUNTEERS: President Trump endorsed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the race to fill Tennessee’s Sen. Bob Corker’s seat. TAKING FLIGHT: The Senate narrowly confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA after a long fight over his qualifications to lead the space agency. FIRST MEETING: National security adviser John Bolton met with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov today where they both agreed that their nations should have a better relationship. PAUL FOR CONCERN: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has said he will oppose secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo, could be the difference between the CIA director’s confirmation and his failure. WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT: Kimba Wood, the judge overseeing Michael Cohen’s attorney-client privilege fight, is a character in her own right. There you have it. You’re caught up on the Trump administration. Wednesday is in the books.

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20 апреля, 04:09

Judge blocks transfer of American ISIS suspect

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Order halts U.S. plan to relinquish control over U.S.-Saudi dual citizen.

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20 апреля, 03:51

Kamala Harris’ rapid rise confounds California

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First-term senator is popular but remains something of a mystery to state voters.

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20 апреля, 03:28

Bolton and Russian ambassador meet at White House

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The White House on Thursday said national security adviser John Bolton and Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov agree that both nations want to have a better relationship, but cautioned that Bolton said such an improvement will only occur if Russia address "concerns" about interference in 2016 election and it's actions in Ukraine and Syria."Ambassador Bolton reiterated that it is in the interest of both the United States and Russia to have better relations, but this will require addressing our concerns regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the reckless use of a chemical weapon in the United Kingdom, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria," the White House said in a readout of a meeting between Bolton and Antonov.The Thursday meeting between the pair marked the first time Bolton and Antonov have met in their new roles and occurs after the Trump administration's recent muddled message on whether additional sanctions would be imposed on Russia. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley had said on Sunday that administration would be imposing sanctions for Russia's support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who the Trump administration accused of recently using another chemical weapon against his own people. The U.S. later led a missile strike against key Syrian locations for chemical weapons, but declined to follow through on sanction plans.Beyond Syria, U.S.-Russian relations are widely regarded to be at the worst time since the Cold War. Both as a candidate and since taking office, President Donald Trump has stressed hope that U.S. and Russia would be able to cool tensions, but such hopes have been dashed by the alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. and Russian's continued support of Assad. Trump told reporters on Wednesday that new sanctions would be imposed on Russia "as soon as they very much deserve it."

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20 апреля, 01:22

How Rand Paul could still stop Pompeo

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The Kentucky libertarian crosses Trump even after the president heaped praise on him.

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20 апреля, 00:57

State Dept. to release human rights report as Pompeo nears confirmation vote

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Expected changes in the annual report’s format include a reduced focus on family planning.

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20 апреля, 00:53

Lance Armstrong to pay $5 million in federal fraud settlement

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Cyclist Lance Armstrong agreed to a $5 million settlement with the federal government on Thursday over a lawsuit claiming he defrauded the U.S. Postal Service, which sponsored his athletic team, by using performance-enhancing drugs en route to his record victories at the Tour de France, the Department of Justice announced.The agreement brought closure to a drawn-out legal battle in which the federal government argued USPS was defrauded to the tune of millions in sponsorship from Armstrong's doping scandal. Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles in 2012 after an investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found that he used banned substances during his historic cycling streak in the late 1990s and early 2000s.“No one is above the law,” Chad Readler, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, said in a statement. “A competitor who intentionally uses illegal PEDs not only deceives fellow competitors and fans, but also sponsors, who help make sporting competitions possible. This settlement demonstrates that those who cheat the government will be held accountable.” Armstrong admitted in 2013 to using banned substances during his victories at the cycling competition from 1999 to 2005 after years of publicly denying the allegations. He was sponsored by USPS for six of the seven years. The revelations rocked the cycling realm and tarnished the career of the beloved athlete, who in the 1990s overcame a bout with testicular cancer and went on to win several top cycling honors, inspiring millions of survivors. As part of the agreement, Floyd Landis, a former teammate of Armstrong’s, is set to receive $1.1 million of the settlement money and will recoup an additional $1.65 million from Armstrong to cover his legal costs. “This settlement resolves allegations that Lance Armstrong violated the terms of his team’s sponsorship by the U.S. Postal Service,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu said in a statement. “We will continue to work with our federal partners to protect taxpayer dollars and to ensure that those who do business with the federal government fulfill their contractual obligations.”

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20 апреля, 00:47

The Judge in the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels Case Is Perfect

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A porn star in the courtroom? The president’s secrets at stake? Why Kimba Wood isn’t even blinking.

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20 апреля, 00:13

Trump brings in Giuliani as court action heats up

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The hiring comes at a crucial time for the Russia inquiry and the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen.

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20 апреля, 00:12

DOJ watchdog referred findings on McCabe to prosecutors

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The Department of Justice's inspector general referred the case of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to federal prosecutors after finding that he lied to federal investigators, McCabe's lawyer said Thursday.DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz released a report last week concluding that McCabe lacked candor under oath on multiple occasions while discussing his decision to authorize media disclosures ahead of the 2016 election regarding ongoing investigations involving Hillary Clinton. McCabe has denied any wrongdoing.Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe last month, just before he would have been eligible for full retirement benefits, following the DOJ inspector general's conclusions and acting on the recommendation of the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility. "Although we believe the referral is unjustified, the standard for an IG referral is very low," Michael Bromwich, McCabe's attorney and a former DOJ inspector general himself, said in a statement. "We have already met with staff members from the U.S. Attorney’s Office," Bromwich added. "We are confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the US Attorney’s Office will conclude that it should decline to prosecute."Among the conclusions in the inspector general's report was that McCabe misled his former boss, ex-FBI Director James Comey, over his role in disclosing information to a Wall Street Journal reporter regarding Clinton-related investigations. Comey said Thursday that he could “potentially” be a witness for the prosecution if McCabe were to face charges for lying to investigators. "Given that the IG's report reflects interactions of Andy McCabe with me and others, I could well be a witness,” Comey said during an appearance on CNN.Allies of President Donald Trump cheered the news of the criminal referral, which was first reported by CNN. A group of Trump-aligned Republicans on Wednesday sent a letter urging criminal investigations into former Obama administration leaders and DOJ officials, including Comey, McCabe and Clinton.Maya Parthasarathy contributed to this report.