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Accused Russian spy Maria Butina offered sex in exchange for US job, prosecutors say

Maria Butina: Who is the alleged Russian spy? Maria Butina was arrested on a charges of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government. Who is she and what have been her interaction with the United States? The 29-year-old Russian woman accused of covertly working as a foreign agent while living in the United States allegedly offered to have sex with an unnamed individual in return for a job in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday.  And that’s not all. According to new court filings, Maria Butina allegedly “gained access” to “an extensive network of U.S. persons in positions to influence political activities in the United States” by living with and having a personal relationship with another individual.  Prosecutors revealed the new allegatio...

Trump says ‘I’m not pro-Russia,’ hits ex-CIA chief Brennan for calling Putin news conference ‘treasonous’

President Trump denied he was “pro-Russia” and slammed former CIA Director John Brennan in a Fox News interview airing Tuesday night, after the ex-intelligence chief described Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “treasonous.” “I think Brennan is a very bad guy and if you look at it a lot of things happened under his watch,” Trump told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday. “I think he’s a very bad person.” The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview was recorded in Helsinki following the Trump-Putin news conference, at which Trump appeared to dismiss the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump backtracked on Tuesday, claiming he meant to ...

Rand Paul sides with Trump on Russia, says critics ‘motivated’ by dislike of president

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Monday expressed his approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of Russia despite the tsunami of criticism the president faced after his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It’s gotten so ridiculous that someone has to stand up and say we should try to engage even our adversaries and open up our lines of communication,” Paul told Politico after the controversial press conference. “We’re going to talk to the president about some small steps in order to try to thaw the relations between our countries,” the senator added, noting that he’s set to travel to Russia early next month to continue the dialogue that Trump started. “We’re going to talk to the president about some small steps in order to try to thaw the relations between our count...

Lisa Page ‘cooperative,’ ‘credible,’ lawmakers say after 5-hour closed-door session

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page leaves following an interview with lawmakers behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, July 13, 2018.  (Associated Press) Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was “cooperative” and “credible” in a closed-door session Friday with select House committee members that lasted nearly five hours. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., had been among Page’s harshest critics heading into the session, but he said her cooperation “speaks well of her,” according to the Hill. Meadows said he thinks the American people “would be happy” with Friday’s transcribed interviews, the Washington Post reported. “She’s been willing to help in the spirit of transparency. … We’ve certainly learned additional things today,” Meadows said.   The GOP-led probe is a joint investigation run by the chai...

Democrat’s ‘Purple Heart’ remark at Strzok hearing spurs veterans to plan protest march

Some veterans in Tennessee say they’re planning a protest march following a congressman’s comment this week that embattled FBI official Peter Strzok deserved a Purple Heart for enduring a House panel’s grilling over allegations of bias against President Donald Trump. Sean Higgins, an Air Force veteran from Memphis, is leading the upcoming march, the Tennessean reported. Higgins told the paper that many constituents of Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen are “pissed as hell” after Cohen said Strzok deserved the military award. “How do you compare someone getting wounded in combat to someone getting in trouble for message he sent? How can Cohen claim (Strzok) get a Purple Heart for that?” Higgins said. The Purple Heart typically is awarded to members of the U.S. military who a...

Rosenstein target of impeachment filing being prepared by House conservatives: report

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the target of an impeachment effort being undertaken by conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report. U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, both members of the House Freedom Caucus, are said to be leading the effort and could submit an impeachment filing in the next few days, Politico reported Friday. Rosenstein has been clashing with some House Republicans for months over requests for Department of Justice documents, the Washington Examiner reported. The deputy AG oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the White House ordered that more members of Congress receive access t...

GOP Rep. Gohmert unloads on ‘smirking’ Strzok: ‘How many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her?’

An already raucous hours-long Congressional hearing into FBI agent Peter Strzok’s apparent anti-Trump bias boiled over on Thursday afternoon, as a top Republican asked the “smirking” Strzok whether he was lying under oath the same way he “lied” to his wife while he carried on an affair with now-former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. “The disgrace is what this man has done to our justice system,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, shouted over objections by Democrats. “I can’t help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page?” Democrats immediately erupted into more objections, with one yelling, “Mr. Chairman, this is intolera...

Defiant Peter Strzok claims scrutiny over anti-Trump text messages ‘another victory notch in Putin’s belt’

A defiant Peter Strzok said the scrutiny he is facing over his anti-Trump text messages amounts to “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to the FBI official’s remarks prepared to be delivered before House committees Thursday morning. Strzok, who arrived on Capitol Hill to testify in a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee Thursday morning, has been in political crosshairs for months over revelations of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with his lover, and former bureau colleague, Lisa Page. Strzok will say in his opening statement that he has never allowed personal opinions to affect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage then-candidate Donald Trump but never contempl...

US Marshals served subpoena on FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Goodlatte says, threatening to hold her in contempt

Lisa Page defied that subpoena to appear on Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.  (Page legal team) The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, said Wednesday that Republicans recently were forced to call in U.S. Marshals to serve former FBI lawyer Lisa Page with a subpoena to testify before Congress, as he accused Page of “apparently” having “something to hide.” The revelation came after Page’s lawyer claimed she “will cooperate with this investigation,” even as Page defied that subpoena to appear on Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. Lawmakers want to question Page about her anti-Trump texts with FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she was having an affair. Goodlatte tol...

Michael Cohen’s lawyer issues cryptic warning to Giuliani and Trump

The lawyer representing President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen issued a cryptic warning to the president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani this week, in apparent reference to what his client could share with federal prosecutors.  Cohen, who is under criminal investigation as part of a federal grand jury probe into his personal business dealings, retained former White House special counsel Lanny Davis last week to represent him. Michael Cohen hired former White House Special Counsel Lanny Davis to represent him in criminal investigation.  (Lanny Davis Twitter ) Davis, who served under former President Bill Clinton, seemingly challenged Giuliani on Monday for saying his client should tell the truth.  “Did @rudygiuliani really say on Sunday shows that @michaelcohen212 should coop...

Manafort filing unmasks DOJ meeting with AP reporters, questions if ‘grand jury secrecy’ violated

Lawyers for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are raising concerns about a 2017 meeting between top law enforcement figures and Associated Press reporters, questioning whether “grand jury secrecy” was violated and revealing memos that say the reporters even offered investigators a “code” pertaining to their client’s storage facility.  The details emerged in a series of recent filings, including an effort by Manafort’s attorneys to get his criminal trial moved from Northern Virginia, citing pretrial publicity.  “Mr. Manafort’s legal issues and the attendant daily media coverage have become a theatre in the continuing controversy surrounding President Trump and his election,” Manafort’s lawyers wrote Judge T.S. Ellis, who is overseeing the bank and tax fraud ca...

How Michael Cohen decided to send Trump a carefully calibrated message

Michael Cohen has distanced himself from President Trump in recent weeks.  (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) It’s quite obvious that Michael Cohen was sending a sharp message when he sat down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. What is less apparent is how deliberate and carefully crafted his words were, especially on subjects that don’t directly involve him, and his strategy toward the intended recipient: President Trump. Based on my reporting, the president’s former personal lawyer was not only issuing a declaration of independence from his longtime boss, he was telling the world that he doesn’t agree with some of Trump’s core positions. And the phrases were carefully rehearsed as a finger-in-the-eye shot at Trump, not just to calmly convey that he will not be a R...

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