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Judge rules Paul Manafort lied in the Russia probe, greenlighting more prison time

A federal judge in the case of former Trump campaign chair and convicted felon Paul Manafort ruled Wednesday that Manafort had "intentionally" lied to the special counsel in the Russia probe, thereby violating his...
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Seth Abramson Shows How Ronan Farrow’s Psy-Group Article Nails Trump’s Collusion With Russia

Attorney and author of “Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America,” Seth Abramson, cites a recent piece of writing on Psy-Group by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow as being the final nail in the Trump Russia coffin, conclusively proving up Trump collusion with Russia.  Abramson also goes on to reiterate that the information in Farrow’s article and in this Twitter thread has been known for some time to himself and those who are following the six-person timeline of Trump, Rybolovev, Manafort, Deripaska, Zamel, and Nader. Abramson also says that this is the direction that Robert Mueller has been heading for some time. The paragraph quoted above is part of the New Yorker article cited to below, after Abramson’s thread. The article that Abramson is referencing is Ronan Farrow and Adam Entous’ piece in the February 18 and 25 edition of the New Yorker: Psy-Group stood out from many of its rivals because it didn’t just gather intelligence; it specialized in covertly spreading messages to influence what people believed and how they behaved. Its operatives took advantage of technological innovations and lax governmental oversight. “Social media allows you to reach virtually anyone and to play with their minds,” Uzi Shaya, a former senior Israeli intelligence officer, said. “You can do whatever you want. You can be whoever you want. It’s a place where wars are fought, elections are won, and terror is promoted. There are no regulations. It is a no man’s land.” […] Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company pitched members of Donald Trump’s campaign team on its ability to influence the results. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, even asked Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, to offer Zamel’s services to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. The effort to drum up business included brash claims about the company’s skills in online deception. The posturing was intended to attract clients—but it also attracted the attention of the F.B.I. Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has been examining the firm’s activities as part of his investigation into Russian election interference and other matters. Psy-Group’s talks with Benzeevi, after the 2016 election, spurred the company to draw up a plan for developing more business at the state and local levels. No election was too small. One company document reported that Psy-Group’s influence services cost, on average, just three hundred and fifty thousand dollars—as little as two hundred and seventy-five dollars an hour. The new strategy called for pitching more than fifty individuals and groups, including the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and major super pacs. The firm published a provocative brochure featuring an image of a goldfish with a shark fin tied to its back, below the tagline “Reality is a matter of perception.” Another brochure showed a cat that cast a lion’s shadow and listed “honey traps” among the firm’s services. (In the espionage world, a honey trap often involves deploying a sexually attractive operative to induce a target to provide information.) And here are some other names that you will recognize. Early in 2016, a Republican consultant with ties to the Israeli government put Psy-Group in touch with Rick Gates, a senior Trump campaign official. Eager to secure a potentially lucrative project, Burstien drew up plans for an intelligence and influence campaign to promote Trump and […]
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Seth Abramson Shows How Ronan Farrow’s Psy-Group Article Nails Trump’s Collusion With Russia

Attorney and author of “Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America,” Seth Abramson, cites a recent piece of writing on Psy-Group by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow as being the final nail in the Trump Russia coffin, conclusively proving up Trump collusion with Russia.  Abramson also goes on to reiterate that the information in Farrow’s article and in this Twitter thread has been known for some time to himself and those who are following the six-person timeline of Trump, Rybolovev, Manafort, Deripaska, Zamel, and Nader. Abramson also says that this is the direction that Robert Mueller has been heading for some time. The paragraph quoted above is part of the New Yorker article cited to below, after Abramson’s thread. The article that Abramson is referencing is Ronan Farrow and Adam Entous’ piece in the February 18 and 25 edition of the New Yorker: Psy-Group stood out from many of its rivals because it didn’t just gather intelligence; it specialized in covertly spreading messages to influence what people believed and how they behaved. Its operatives took advantage of technological innovations and lax governmental oversight. “Social media allows you to reach virtually anyone and to play with their minds,” Uzi Shaya, a former senior Israeli intelligence officer, said. “You can do whatever you want. You can be whoever you want. It’s a place where wars are fought, elections are won, and terror is promoted. There are no regulations. It is a no man’s land.” […] Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company pitched members of Donald Trump’s campaign team on its ability to influence the results. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, even asked Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, to offer Zamel’s services to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. The effort to drum up business included brash claims about the company’s skills in online deception. The posturing was intended to attract clients—but it also attracted the attention of the F.B.I. Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has been examining the firm’s activities as part of his investigation into Russian election interference and other matters. Psy-Group’s talks with Benzeevi, after the 2016 election, spurred the company to draw up a plan for developing more business at the state and local levels. No election was too small. One company document reported that Psy-Group’s influence services cost, on average, just three hundred and fifty thousand dollars—as little as two hundred and seventy-five dollars an hour. The new strategy called for pitching more than fifty individuals and groups, including the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and major super pacs. The firm published a provocative brochure featuring an image of a goldfish with a shark fin tied to its back, below the tagline “Reality is a matter of perception.” Another brochure showed a cat that cast a lion’s shadow and listed “honey traps” among the firm’s services. (In the espionage world, a honey trap often involves deploying a sexually attractive operative to induce a target to provide information.) And here are some other names that you will recognize. Early in 2016, a Republican consultant with ties to the Israeli government put Psy-Group in touch with Rick Gates, a senior Trump campaign official. Eager to secure a potentially lucrative project, Burstien drew up plans for an intelligence and influence campaign to promote Trump and […]
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Senate Russia investigation is becoming less bipartisan, could end with a no-conclusion conclusion

Donald Trump began the morning by tweeting that the Senate Intelligence Committee said, “There is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.” But there are at least three problems with that statement. That’s...
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Senate Intel’s top Republican shreds Michael Cohen after missed testimony, pics of him dining...

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is sounding mighty ticked-off at Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney. The committee is conducting its own investigation into the question of whether...
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Some New Clues that go to the Heart of the Mueller Investigation

One of the Special Counsel’s Lawyers recently explained to the Judge, that the evasions and lies of Paul Manafort go right to the “Heart of the Mueller investigation” …  Hmmm, that’s news. Trump’s possible collusion...
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Senate Intelligence panel found no ‘direct evidence’ of conspiracy—it would be surprising if it...

Following a two-year investigation that included hundreds of interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry is reportedly starting to wind down after finding "no direct evidence" of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to...
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On Russia, most Americans trust Mueller’s version of the facts much more than Trump’s...

Donald Trump's pattern of persistent and deceitful lying on Russia is coming back to haunt him, with public polling showing that most Americans view Trump as a dishonest windbag compared to special counsel Robert Mueller. The...

Revealed: David Pecker’s Extensive Saudi Ties, Including Tabloid bin Salman PR Work

Jeff Bezos opined recently that, “the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve,” and also cryptically inferred that his recent contretemps with American Media and David Pecker was linked to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, “for reasons still to be better understood.” What Bezos is unquestionably referring to at this juncture is the fact that David Pecker has been currying favor with Mohammad bin Salman for many years. Pecker seemingly has no problem attempting to blackmail American billionaire Bezos, while he does everything in his power to get into bed financially with the corrupt MBS government, including producing a pro-Saudi tabloid, which praised it. That move, incredibly, raised the issue of whether American Media might be a foreign agent of MBS, and Pecker put the question to the Justice Department.  Wall Street Journal: American Media also produced a promotional magazine about Saudi Arabia. To commemorate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the U.S. in March 2018, American Media published 200,000 copies of a 97-page, advertisement-free glossy magazine titled “The New Kingdom,” promoting the country and its young prince, then 32 years old. In a sign American Media was concerned its connection to Saudi Arabia could become an issue, the company sought advice from the Justice Department last year about whether it should register as a foreign agent—a status under which any organization engaged in public relations under the direction or control of a foreign government may fall—according to a Justice Department letter to the company responding to its inquiry. The publisher wrote to the Justice Department after several news outlets wrote about the publication of the pro-Saudi magazine. […] A person familiar with the matter confirmed American Media wrote to the Justice Department after publishing the magazine celebrating Prince Mohammed. “Frankly, it was done to kiss his ass when he came to visit in the hopes he’d invest in the company and it didn’t work,” the person said of the magazine. “There was nothing more to it than that.” Pecker’s producing a pro-Saudi tabloid, “The New Kingdom,” while admittedly a bit bizarre at the time, is not a particularly surprising move if one considers how incestuous the relationships between Trump, the Saudis, and AMI have always been. Associated Press: The worlds of Trump, the Saudis and AMI have overlapped before, often in dizzying ways. The Trump administration has aggressively courted the Saudis and found a willing partner on a range of issues, including Iran, counterterrorism and Middle East peace, in the kingdom’s royal family. And AMI’s flagship publication, The National Enquirer, has been accused by critics of acting as a keeper of secrets for Trump. AMI denies that it shared an advance copy of “The New Kingdom” with the Saudis or consulted with them on the project, and AMI says the Saudis did not pay the company to produce the magazine. But an individual with knowledge of the situation said AMI indeed reached out to Saudi officials in the U.S. before publication to seek help with the content. The Saudis never responded, said the individual, who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity. Merely sharing an advance copy with the Saudis, while a deviation from traditional journalistic practice, is not legally problematic for AMI. But the unusual circumstances and continuing mystery of the magazine’s origins have led legal experts to point out a […]
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NYT: Manafort court hearing last week reveals collusion/conspiracy case very much alive

Breaking news last night from The New York Times: In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry WASHINGTON — Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III,...

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