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Trump and Company investigation update…Jan.2018…Trump & Co. Russian ‘treasonous’ meeting?….

From Steven Bannon himself…..

And do think Robert Mueller don’t know this?

This can’t make Donald Trump and Co. happy….

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Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year. In it, Wolff lifts the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.

Bannon, who was chief executive of the Trump campaign in its final three months, then White House chief strategist for seven months before returning to the rightwing Breitbart News, is a central figure in the nasty, cutthroat drama, quoted extensively, often in salty language.

He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.”….

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…..And there is this….

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“You realize where this is going. This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner… It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

— Stephen Bannon, quoted in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House on the Russian investigation….

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New York Atty Gen Eric Schneiderman has been Trump’s case much long than Robert Mueller…

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And he has scored hits…..

The latest cost Donald Trump $25 Million in a settled case for one his numerous failures…This one a college that did NOT deliver what it student’s paid for….

The NY AG has been fighting with Trump for years….

And could be the standby if Robert Mueller’s efforts to hold Trump, his son and son-law accountable for financial slight of hand…Presidential pardon’s do NOT apply to state criminal or civil cases….

Trump , up to this January was just a New York Real Estate guy with a record or problems and broken companies…..

He’s now the President, with same record..and he and his family still have loose financial ends that Mueller and the Fed’s are putting under the microscope….One of Mueller’s grand juries is sitting in Brooklyn, NY looking over Trump’s NY actions, which is part of the New York State AG ‘s jursishdiction….

Right now Schneiderman’s atorney’s are challaging the Trump admin on several fronts and are being joined by several other state atty general’s in a repeat of the actions that President Obama faced from the Republican’s…

“We try and protect New Yorkers from those who would do them harm,” Mr. Schneiderman said during a recent interview in his Manhattan office. “The biggest threat to New Yorkers right now is the federal government, so we’re responding to it.”

In Mr. Schneiderman’s seventh year as attorney general, the office has been transformed into a bulwark of resistance amid an unusually expansive level of confrontation with the federal government. Other Democratic state attorneys general are undertaking similar efforts, often in concert, like Xavier Becerra in California, where extra moneywas set aside in the budget for the attorney general to battle the Trump administration.

How far Mr. Schneiderman is willing to go in taking on Mr. Trump could define his political career, particularly in a blue state where disapproval of the president is high. The attorney general’s office potential for troublemaking and generating national headlines was redefined in the early 2000s by Eliot Spitzer. Mr. Schneiderman is a less combative man who was often the target of Mr. Trump’s Twitter wrath amid a three-year civil investigation into Trump University. In the end, Mr. Schneiderman’s office extracted a $25 million settlement in the case.

Nonetheless, Mr. Schneiderman is seen by some as a possible backstop should the president exercise his pardon power to help those who might become ensnared in the investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election being led by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. Federal pardons do not apply to violations of state law.

In the interview, Mr. Schneiderman would say little about his potential role as a criminal prosecutor in relation to the Trump administration, except that he hoped it would not come to that. Earlier this year, Mr. Schneiderman began a criminal inquiry focused on allegations of money laundering by Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman. But his office stood down, at least temporarily, out of deference to the special counsel’s inquiry; the offices did not work together, his staff said.

“I have a lot of respect for the work the special counsel’s doing,” he said. “They’ve put together a terrific team.”

He added: “Just watching it from the outside, like everybody else, it seems like they’re doing a very thorough and serious job. I hope there’s not going to be any effort to derail them or shut them down.

“If that happens, we’ll do — as I think would be a genuine sentiment around the country — we’ll do whatever we can do to see that justice is done. But I hope we don’t have to face a problem like that.”….

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Why Mike Flynn is gonna open a lot of doors for Robert Mueller…

For a period of time during the early Trump Admin Flynn was the inside man on things Russian….

That while he was, like others making side money….

He is probably trying to make a deal with Mueller…

That means that Mueller gets another inside look that Trump & Co. works so hard NOT to give to anybody…

I negotiated a cooperation deal for a target with Mueller’s office when he was US Atty and lemme tell ya, he’s not gonna give one to Flynn unless he implicates someone up the ladder. That means Kushner, Don Jr., or Big Daddy. They are all having indigestion tonight.

One more thing I learned about Mueller. When I was at State & he was at FBI we worked together on an investigation, & he loves surprises. Kushner, Donnie Jr. and the rest of the Trump crime family better keep their ….

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The Russian efforts to subvert the American President is becoming clearer…

It is becoming increasing clear that in end when Robert Mueller presents his final report Americans and the world will probably be presented with the view of an Russina full blow effort to subvert the American President into an asset for their use….

We know that Russina President knew that such an effort would never work with Hillary Clinton, who was a former Secretary of State and whose husband had been President for eight years….

But a New York Real Estate guy, who owed monety to Russian’s and who liked the adoration that could thrown on him in trips to Moscow?…He was, and appear’s to have been an easy mark….

And STILL is trying to cuddle up to the Russian President…

One can come to no other conclusion as the steady reports of the Russian contact’s become public…

In addition, Mueller is bound to produce charges from his garnd juries against just about EVERYBODY who has sat down with his FBI agents and prosecutors and lied about this…..That is sure to include Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr. and Jared Kushner….

The President is sure to write pardon’s for the those two….

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But it will remain to be seen if the New York State Attorney General will or has impaneled his own grand jury to go after the Trump family and others where the pardon’s don’t count….

A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The news of this reached the Trump campaign in a very circuitous way. An advocate for Christian causes emailed campaign aides saying that Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime, had proposed a meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. The subject line of the email, turned over to Senate investigators, read, “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite,” according to one person who has seen the message.

The proposal made its way to the senior levels of the Trump campaign before Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a top campaign aide, sent a message to top campaign officials rejecting it, according to two people who have seen Mr. Kushner’s message.

Though the meeting never happened, Mr. Torshin’s request is the latest example of how the Russian government intensified its effort to contact and influence the Trump campaign last year as Mr. Trump was closing in on the Republican presidential nomination. It came just weeks after a self-described intermediary for the Russian government told a Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians had “dirt” on Mr. Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, in the form of “thousands of emails.”

Soon after Mr. Torshin’s outreach fizzled, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, arranged a meeting at Trump Tower after being told that a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin would bring damaging information about Mrs. Clinton to the meeting….

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WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. connections….

Robert Mueller’s people HAVE to have the intercepts of these contacts….

The contacts are just MORE evidence of how extensive the Russian operation was to make sure Hillary Clinton did NOT win the election last November….

Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year’s presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s oldest son and campaign surrogate. “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)

The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,” he wrote on September 21, 2016. “Thanks.”

The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long—and largely one-sided—correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States….

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Donald Trump Jr. made conditional promises to the Russian’s for Clinton campaign dirt….

Those possible future promise’s where made to a Russian lawyer by Trump’s son, who also had Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort in attendance in the room…

The lawyer , Natalia Veselnitskaya, made clear that the Russian government wanted something in return….

American civilans are prohibited from making foreign policy actions with other countries…The Mueller people HAVE to have this on their radar…

The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said in a two-and-a-half-hour interview in Moscow that she would tell these and other things to the Senate Judiciary Committee on condition that her answers be made public, something it hasn’t agreed to. She has received scores of questions from the committee, which is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Veselnitskaya said she’s also ready — if asked — to testify to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Her June 9, 2016 encounter with Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort in New York plays a key role in allegations that the campaign worked with Russia to defeat Clinton.

Veselnitskaya said she went to the New York meeting to show Trump campaign officials that major Democratic donors had evaded U.S. taxes and to lobby against the so-called Magnitsky law that punishes Russian officials for the murder of a Russian tax accountant who accused the Kremlin of corruption….

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Mueller Trump probe update for 9/20/17…Requests for internal White House Trump communication info…

The Mueller investigator’s are peeling back the nuts and bolts of the early Donald Trump efforts to set up contacts with the Russian’s and information about Trump’s efforts to stop prying into his actions including the Comey firing

Over the last month it has become clear that the investigation seeks to get  a clear and factual picture of Donald Trump and others actions during the campaign and afterwards….(Manafort has been told he will be charged)

Trump’s lawyers seem too be going out of their way to be seen as providing ANYTHING they can find…..But the White House Counselor is concerned about the boundaries of a President’s private executive privilege ….

While the newly revealed requests by the Special Counsel’s office are focused on Trump’s actions related to Russia and those actions by his staff and campaign staff…

It is unknown if Mueller is looking at Trump’s financial dealings , which had been what some through would be occurring….

It should be mentioned that New York State Attorney General Scheideriman also interested in the Manafort case and has previously gone after Donald Trump on financial irregulars….

Based on the document request to the White House, there is no indication that Mr. Mueller is pressing to examine Mr. Trump’s personal finances or business dealings — areas the president has said should be off limits. It is not clear whether Mr. Mueller has made separate document requests elsewhere to examine those subjects.

Mr. Mueller has asked for all internal White House communications about numerous former campaign officials, including Paul J. Manafort, the former campaign chairman who is now under federal investigation. The document request also seeks communications about Mr. Trump’s campaign foreign policy team: Carter Page, J. D. Gordon, Keith Kellogg, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares and Joseph E. Schmitz.

Of the 13 subjects in Mr. Mueller’s document request, four are related to Mr. Flynn. The retired lieutenant general was fired in February after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about December phone calls he had with Mr. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the time.

American officials said Mr. Flynn had told the vice president that he had only exchanged holiday greetings with Mr. Kislyak, when in fact the two men had discussed economic sanctions against Russia. The phone calls took place in late December, around the same time the Obama administration was announcing sanctions to punish Russia for what American officials said was a Russian campaign to disrupt the November presidential election.

F.B.I. agents interviewed Mr. Flynn about the phone calls, and the special counsel has requested all internal White House communications about the F.B.I. interview. Mr. Mueller has also asked for documents about how the White House responded to concerns raised by the Justice Department that Mr. Flynn might be subject to Russian blackmail for misleading Mr. Pence about the calls.

Three of Mr. Mueller’s requests focus on Mr. Comey’s firing. The special counsel wants any White House documents about the decision-making that led to Mr. Comey’s firing, and about all meetings Mr. Comey had with Mr. Trump…..

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Update….

Mueller asked WH for phone records on Air Force One statement

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to turn over all its documents related to Donald Trump Jr.’s initial statement on a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

The statement, which was reportedly drafted on Air Force One and approved by President Trump, was later shown to be false after Trump Jr. released his email correspondence about setting up the meeting…..

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Trump Personally Dictated Son’s Misleading Statement

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The guy just doesn’t care and won’t stop….

“On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril,” the Washington Postreports.

“The strategy, the advisers agreed, should be for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement to get ahead of the story. They wanted to be truthful, so their account couldn’t be repudiated later if the full details emerged.”

“But within hours, at the president’s direction, the plan changed. Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had ‘primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children’ when they met in June 2016… The claims were later shown to be misleading.”…

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Trump Jr. and Manafort will NOT do a public hearing before the Senate…

Thought this was gonna happen…

Made NO sense for the two to be out there testifying with Mueller looking at them….

“Both Donald Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort, through their attorneys, have agreed to negotiate to provide the committee with documents and be interviewed by committee members and staff prior to a public hearing,” the lawmakers said.

Feinstein and Grassley, the panel’s top two lawmakers, left the door open to subpoenaing either of the men in the future if they stopped cooperating.

“We will not issue subpoenas for them tonight requiring their presence at Wednesday’s hearing but reserve the right to do so in the future,” they said…..

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Trump Jr. and Russian influence Pre-Knowledge?

It just keep’s becoming MORE obvious …..

I’m sure Mueller and FBI will be on this …..

Donald Trump Jr. was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox News on Tuesday.

They SHOULD be….

(Anybody STILL wondering WTF Hillary Clinton is bitter?)

The inner circle of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign knew that the Russian government preferred that Trump win the 2016 election. They knew that the Russian government was prepared to help. And what’s more, Donald Trump Jr. expressed delight at the prospect.

“I love it.’’

It remains to be seen what the candidate himself knew of the potentially illegal plot — because that’s what it was — that was outlined in advance of the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and campaign manager Paul Manafort. But what is glaringly obvious now is that the campaign was lying — repeatedly, publicly, and emphatically denying any Russian involvement or backing of the Trump campaign — beginning at least six weeks after they took the meeting with a “Russian government attorney’’ who was said to be ready to pass along incriminating information about Hillary Clinton…..

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Just for the record?

Putin says he knew NOTHING about this….

President Trump says he believes the guy.….

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Trump Jr. follows his father with a foot in the mouth ‘Gas chamber Holocaust’ mention…

Like Father…..

Like Son….

Only in the world of Trump, can a valid point be turned into a mini controversy. Donald Trump Jr. was doing an interview on a local radio station in Philadelphia when he started talking about the media and how they have been treating Hillary Clinton vs. Republicans, and of course his father, Donald Trump.

Here is what was said:

“The media has been her number one surrogate in this,” he said in an interview on 1210 WPHT radio in Philadelphia with host Chris Stigall. “Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every in-discrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”

Immediately, there was discussion and debate over whether or not the reference was to the Holocaust and yet another wink and nod to the alt-right fan base the Trump campaign has engaged previously.

Whether it was a Holocaust reference or not, this is another case of team Trump making a valid point yet completely ruining it by saying something stupid…..

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The Kasich could have been the Trump VP story…

The NY Times is out with a piece that seems to have been sent to them to make Ohio Governor Kasich and Donald Trump, Jr. look important….And point to a truism about Donald Trump and his lack of focus on any details….

As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald, Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply…..

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