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Turkey says Kurds attack post in Syria, no casualties – Fox News


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Turkey says Kurds attack post in Syria, no casualties
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Turkey sent troops into Syria last month to set up observation posts in the border province that is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish militia to be terrorists because of its links to Kurdish rebels fighting in 
PYD launches mortar attack on Turkish observation point in Syria’s IdlibHurriyet Daily News
PKK/PYD attacks Turkish forces in Syria’s IdlibYeni Şafak English

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The year 1956 in Russia started with Nikita Khrushchevs bombshell Secret Speech denouncing Stalins purges and ended with Soviet intervention to quash the Hungarian uprising.  Kathleen Smith pinpoints the beginning of the unraveling of the Soviet system in the traumatic events of the year.

The Russian army: bullying war cargo 200 – www.MICEtimes.asia (press release)


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The Russian army: bullying war cargo 200
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The story caused a wide public resonance and, by estimations of analysts, has put an end to the aspirations of the then-defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, to become President of the country. In such circumstances the country’s leadership had to start the 

Angela Merkel faces worst political crisis of her career

Breakdown of coalition talks plunges Germany into new era of uncertainty
Report: Visa Consultations in US Consulates in Russia May Resume Soon

Visa consultations in U.S. consulates in Russia could be resumed in the near future, TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Monday. “I believe that in the near future they [visa consultations] may be resumed,” the agency quoted him as saying. “We are trying to do everything possible, and I hope that in coming weeks we will be able to effectively issues visas.” In August, the United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff. The U.S. consulates are located in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg in the Urals and Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.

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Canada faces Russia-linked cyberthreats at home and abroad, NATO chief says – CTV News


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Canada faces Russia-linked cyberthreats at home and abroad, NATO chief says
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NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Canadian troops in Latvia are being smeared by Russia-backed onlinepropaganda aimed at undermining the alliance, and it may not be long before Canada sees similar tactics being waged within its borders 

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Former internet troll reveals secrets of Russia’s Internet Research Agency – SC Magazine UK


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Former internet troll reveals secrets of Russia’s Internet Research Agency
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And the marketing team on the second floor would incorporate the propaganda into social media. It was very rare for employees on one floor to fraternise with workers from another floor. Bespalov said he also created fake social media profiles that 

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Kushner Cos. Found New Israeli Partner to Return to New Jersey – Bloomberg


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Kushner Cos. Found New Israeli Partner to Return to New Jersey
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Jared Kushner, previously the company’s chief executive officer, joined the administration of his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, in January. The Kushners’ link to the White House has been both blessing and curse — attracting wealthy foreigners 

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Is a Deal in the Works for Turkish Businessman Implicated in Iran Sanctions Case? – Foreign Policy (blog)


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Is a Deal in the Works for Turkish Businessman Implicated in Iran Sanctions Case?
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Other lawyers on Zarrab’s defense team include former New York mayor and Donald Trump condidante Rudy Giuliani and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who have attempted to broker a deal between the U.S. and Turkish governments for Zarrab’s …
Does cooperating witness have info on Flynn tie to Turkey?NBCNews.com

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James Clapper on Donald Trump, Russia, and the First Line of His Obituary – GQ Magazine


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James Clapper on Donald Trump, Russia, and the First Line of His Obituary
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As director of national intelligence, James Clapper was charged with protecting America’s secrets. But now he’s unwilling to keep silentspeaking out about Russia’s role in our politics and about Donald Trump, whom he calls downright scary and 

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A Condition for Cambridge Analytica’s Partner in Brazil: No Extremists – Bloomberg


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A Condition for Cambridge Analytica’s Partner in Brazil: No Extremists
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Cambridge Analytica, the big-data firm that helped elect Donald Trump, is prospecting for clients in Brazil’s presidential race next year. … Until 20 days ago, my digital campaign on Facebook would reach 4 percent of the electorate, Torretta said 

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Belarus: Russia’s European launchpad? – Raddington Report (blog)


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Belarus: Russia’s European launchpad?
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To the curious observer, it is mostly an odd, autocratic blip in the middle of newly democratic Eastern Europe. In 2005 … With the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Belarus witnessed how Russia dealt with a traditional ally that risked wiggling outside 
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Vladimir Putin’s playbook for disrupting the West – UPI.com

Vladimir Putin’s playbook for disrupting the West
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Further, and despite the efforts of U.S. presidents dating back to George H.W. Bush to support Russia, according to Putin,American policies have destabilized the world, making it less safe. From the abrogation of … Among the United States’ greatest 

The Early Edition: November 20, 2017

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

White House aides have been divided in their assessment of the investigations into Trump-Russia ties, with some noting the progress of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation and anxious about the scope of the probe, and others more optimistic having taken on board the message of White House lawyer Ty Cobb that Muellers focus on the White House would conclude before or just after the new year. Ashley Parker and Carol D. Leonnig report at the Washington Post.

A senior Russian official proposed a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump in May 2016 through an email with the subject entitled Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite, according to a source who has seen the message. According to other sources, the presidents son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner sent a message to top Trump campaign officials rejecting the proposal, Matt Apuzzo, Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman report at the New York Times.

Kushner has been under increased scrutiny following the revelation by Senate Judiciary Committee leaders last week that he failed to turn over the document about the Russian backdoor overture, the latest revelations adding to the host questions that have been raised about Kushner, including the status of his security clearance and his role in the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Muellers team have issued a directive to the Justice Department within the past month calling on the department to turn over a range of documents that include material related to the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey and the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigations. Mike Levine reports at ABC News.

The publicist Rob Goldstone is ready to be interviewed by Muellers team, according to sources familiar with the matter. Goldstone helped to arrange a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., other key Trump campaign officials and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016, Robert Windrem reports at NBC News.

Social media and tech companies have increased their lobbying efforts amid increased scrutiny of their role in the 2016 U.S. election and the use of their online platforms by Russian operatives, Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

The editor in chief of the Kushner-owned and published New York Observer helped to arrange a no-holds-barred interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in October 2014, the interview was conducted by a freelance reporter for the Observer. Jenna McLaughlin explains the potential significance of the interview at Foreign Policy.

The five key things to know about the connections between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks are set out by Morgan Chalfant at the Hill.

A background to Trumps 1987 trip to Moscow is revealed by Luke Harding at POLITICO Magazine.

Did Putins attempts to influence the 2016 election pay off? Fred Hiatt asks at the Washington Post, arguing that Russia has successfully undermined the U.S. and its democracy over the last year.

NORTH KOREA

A special envoy for the Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed issues of mutual concern with senior North Korean officials at the weekend, according to North Koreas K.C.N.A. news agency, the conversations included the situation of the Korean Peninsula and region and bilateral relations. Choe Sang-hun reports at the New York Times.

There is a possibility that North Korea could fire an array of ballistic missiles this year to ratchet up its threats against the United States, a member of South Koreas parliamentary intelligence committee said today, following a briefing by Seouls National Intelligence Service. Hyonhee Shin reports at Reuters.

Trumps visit to South Korea actually led to an improvement in our bilateral relations, the chairperson of South Koreas Liberal Democratic Party said Friday, adding that the trip may have highlighted to the president the need for a peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times 

SYRIA

The Syrian army and its allies have retaken the town of Albu Kamal from the Islamic State group, a Hezbollah-run media unit said yesterday, the pro-government forces recapturing the town having lost it in a counter-attack earlier this month. There are now only a few pockets of Islamic State group held territories in Syria, Reuters reports.

The Syrian armys bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region killed at least 14 civilians on Saturday, the region near the capital of Damascus is supposed to be part of a de-escalation zone. The AFP reports.

Russia, Iran and Turkey-brokered de-escalation zones have not stopped siege and bombardment tactics against rebel-held areas carried out primarily by the Syrian army, leading to increased skepticism of the ceasefire deals which were reached this year in the Kazakh capital of Astana. Nada Homsi and Anne Barnard report at the New York Times.

Russia, Turkey and Iran are scheduled to meet on Wednesday in the Russian coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian civil war, the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov saying that only those three countries were included because they are the guarantors of the political settlement and stability and security that we see now in Syria. Al Jazeera reports.

A gathering in Saudi Arabias capital of Riyadh to discuss the future of Syria is scheduled to take place on the same day as the talks being hosted in Russia, the Riyadh talks will include up to 30 groups opposed to Assad. Patrick Wintour reports at the Guardian.

A commander in Irans Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) was killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State group, along with a lower-ranking fighter, according to Irans Fars news agency. Reuters reports.

Russias veto of the resolution renewing the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (J.I.M.) investigating chemical weapons use in Syria last week was a public embarrassment for the Trump administration and the failure of the resolution shows that the administration must be willing to do more than cede Syria to the Syria-Iran-Russia axis. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

The U.S. must acknowledge and then counter Irans strategy in Syria, which includes supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to retake all of Syria in order to advance Tehrans aim to establish a land bridge to Beirut a strategy that threatens U.S. national security interests. Josh Rogin writes at the Washington Post.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 16. Separately, partner forces conducted five strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

LEBANON

The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with the French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday amid increased speculation over his status in Saudi Arabia, Hariri resigned on Nov. 4 from the Saudi capital of Riyadh via a televised announcement citing Iran and Hezbollahs destructive role in Lebanon and the region as the reason for his decision. Alissa J. Rubin, Anne Barnard and Elian Peltier report at the New York Times.

I will be going to Beirut in the next few days, Hariri said Saturday, saying that he would clarify his status and discuss his resignation with the Lebanese President Michel Aoun. Erin Cunningham and James McAuley report at the Washington Post.

Hariri will travel to Egypt tomorrow to meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Hariris office said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

The Trump administration has been pushing for a swift resolution of the impasse in Lebanon so that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia can focus on the threat posed by Iran and its allies, the plans to deter Iran include ways to strengthen Saudi Arabias missile defense capabilities, Dion Nissenbaum and Felicia Schwartz report at the Wall Street Journal.

Saudi Arabia persuaded most of the 22 Arab League states to condemn Irans Hezbollah ally as a terrorist organization at an emergency meeting yesterday, the Bahraini Foreign Minister claimed at the gathering that Lebanon was subject to full control by Hezbollah. Ben Wedeman reports at CNN.

 We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, an Israeli minister and member of the security cabinet said yesterday, revealing secret dealings between Saudi Arabia and Israel amid concerns from both countries about the threat posed by Iran. Jeffrey Heller and Stephen Kalin report at Reuters.

The normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel without a resolution of the Palestinian issue will be detrimental to both Palestine and Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Fraihat writes at Al Jazeera, saying that the forthcoming plan devised by Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner would practically fragment the Saudi-sponsored 2002 Arab Peace Plan and that if the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues this strategy he risks delegitimizing Saudi Arabia in the Muslim world and playing into Irans hands.

IRAN

The Trump administration must start by looking at Irans role in Syria and Iraq if it seeks to limit Tehrans influence, Iran has overreached in Syria and does not have complete dominance in Iraq, and these provide the sites for strategic gains for the U.S. rather than Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain or the 2015 nuclear deal. Kenneth M. Pollack and Bilal Y. Saab write at the Wall Street Journal.

The Justice Department are preparing to announce criminal cases against Iran or Iranian nationals, some officials have expressed concern that the revelations are motivated by the Trump administrations desire for Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran. Devlin Barrett reports at the Washington Post.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

The Trump administration warned the Palestine Liberation Organization (P.L.O.) last week that it may have to close its office in Washington, the State Department saying that calls by the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in September for an investigation and the prosecution of Israeli officials through the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) violate conditions imposed by Congress. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

A decision to close the P.L.O. office would be an unprecedented step in the history of U.S.-Palestinian relations, Abbas said Saturday, saying that the move would have dangerous consequences for peace, a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office said it was a matter of U.S. law and that Israel would look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. to advance peace and security in the region. Loveday Morris and Carol Morello report at the Washington Post.

We will put on hold all our communications with this American administration, the senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Saturday in response to the decision, the AP reporting.

SOMALIA

The U.S. military has significantly increased its air campaign against al-Qaeda-backed al-Shabaab militants in Somalia over five days beginning Nov. 9, the increased efforts following a deadly truck attack in Mogadishu last month. Eric Schmitt reports at the New York Times.

The U.S. military presence in Somalia is the largest since the 1993 Black Hawk Down battle, the increase signaling a policy shift that includes the expansion of U.S. advise and support missions for Somali troops. Wesley Morgan reports at POLITICO.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

A recommendation to finance and sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government will be put forward to the president, according to a State Department official; if accepted it would mark a major shift in policy. Tara Palmeri reports at ABC News.

An analysis of the Trump administrations policy toward Cuba is provided by Melanie Zanona at the Hill.

U.S. governors, mayors and other leading figures have been building international partnerships while the Trump administration pursues its America first agenda, with cities increasingly bypassing national governments to conduct diplomacy, but leading to the possibility of an ever-greater divide between cosmopolitan centers and other parts of the country. Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has shown that business experience isnt easily transferable to government, the New York Times editorial board writes, citing concerns over Tillersons reorganization of the State Department, the poor morale in the Department, and the lack of coherent policy as reasons why his position may be questioned.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Gen. John Hyten said he would resist Trump if he ordered an illegal nuclear strike in comments to a security forum at the weekend, Reuters reporting.

Pressure from the Taliban on the Afghan Army has been affecting its ability to recruit, Najim Rashim and Mujib Mashal report at the New York Times.

The U.S. military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol after a fatal car crash yesterday, in which a Marine soldier reportedly had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. Anna Fifield reports at the Washington Post.

I should have left them in jail, Trump tweeted yesterday about the three college basketball players who were released from custody in China last week after being accused of shoplifting, making the comments after the father of one of the players minimized Trumps role in the players release. Gabriel T. Rubin reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The latest updates on the situation in Zimbabwe following last weeks military takeover are provided at Al Jazeera.

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Mueller’s latest request suggests trouble for Trump’s White House – MSNBC


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Mueller’s latest request suggests trouble for Trump’s White House
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For months, Donald Trump has responded to questions about his Russia scandal by insisting, with great vigor, that he isn’t personally under investigation even if his political operation and top former aides are. … Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 
Mueller may be close to wrapping up a significant part of the Russia investigationBusiness Insider
Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice DepartmentABC News
‘A long winter’: White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probeWashington Post
New York Magazine
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Is Ivanka Trump a target of investigation now? It seems inevitable – Salon


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Is Ivanka Trump a target of investigation now? It seems inevitable
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But her business history is nothing to be proud of. Recent investigations into the Trump real estate empire show that she had been involved in the company’s most suspicious dealings with shady oligarchs and mobbed-up money launderers. If DonaldTrump 

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Pro-Russia Czech President To Meet With Putin In Sochi – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty


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Pro-Russia Czech President To Meet With Putin In Sochi
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In 2016, he blasted the United States for its illegitimate involvement in Syria’s civil war, while praising Russia’s antiterror campaign in the Middle East country. … He is expected to seek reelection in the presidential election scheduled for 

After Sutherland Springs, Congress takes steps to improve mental health care for veterans – Houston Chronicle


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After Sutherland Springs, Congress takes steps to improve mental health care for veterans
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Just days after the horrific killings at a small church in Texas, Congress quietly began taking steps to assure more ex-soldiers get mental health treatment as they transition into civilian life, even if they get a less-than-honorable discharge.

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Mueller may be close to wrapping up a significant part of the Russia investigation – Business Insider


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Mueller may be close to wrapping up a significant part of the Russia investigation
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Hicks was present during several moments leading up to Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James ComeyComey’s firing makes up the basis of an obstruction-of-justice case Mueller is building against Trump, and experts say that if Mueller is ready to …
Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice DepartmentABC News

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Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department – ABC News

Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department
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Trump, however, has openly expressed disdain for the federal probe, and since his days on the campaign trail he has questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s unanimous conclusion that Russia tried to meddle in last year’s presidential election.

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Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation – ABC News


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Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation
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Next to the growing investigation into Russian meddling in the trump campaign. As the president’s son-in-law faces new questions about wikileaks. David Wright is at the white house tonight with the latest. Reporter: Tonight, the president’s son and son 
British publicist who arranged Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer breaks silence on collusion claimsThe Independent
Rob Goldstone comes clean over Donald Trump and dirt on Hillary ClintonThe Times

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Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation – ABC News


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Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner face new scrutiny in Russia investigation
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Next to the growing investigation into Russian meddling in the trump campaign. As the president’s son-in-law faces new questions about wikileaks. David Wright is at the white house tonight with the latest. Reporter: Tonight, the president’s son and son 
British publicist who arranged Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer breaks silence on collusion claimsThe Independent
Rob Goldstone comes clean over Donald Trump and dirt on Hillary ClintonThe Times

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An American Journalist Is Facing A Felony Trial This Week — In The United States

A photojournalist facing a criminal trial on several felony charges sounds like something that would happen in another country. So this article is written in the style that would be used if it did.

Confirmed: Robert Mueller knows about even more Trump-Russia meetings than the public does

All along, it’s appeared that Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows far more about Donald Trump’s Russia scandal than Congress, the media, or the public knows. Although Mueller keeps his cards close to the vest, his actions periodically suggest that he’s several steps ahead of the game. Now comes confirmation that Mueller knows about a whole new set of Trump-Russia meetings that are not yet public.

Buried all the way down in the fifteenth paragraph of a new Washington Post article, you’ll find this key revelation: “Witnesses questioned by Muellers team warn that investigators are asking about other foreign contacts and meetings that have not yet become public, and to expect a series of new revelations.” (link). In other words, this week the media managed to expose Donald Trump Jr’s contacts with WikiLeaks and Jared Kushner’s contacts with a suspected Russian mobster, and yet those are stillfar from the last of the Trump-Russia contacts that Mueller already knows about.

So just what are we looking at here? The WaPo article hints that many of the secret meetings involved Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who is reportedly on the verge of being arrested on a variety of charges which may include conspiracy to commit kidnapping (Flynn denies the charges). So even as the media has been recently exposing Trump-Russia meetings involving members of Donald Trump’s family, Robert Mueller is focused on Trump-Russia meetings of an entirely different nature.

Another remarkable part of the WaPo article in question is the revelation that Donald Trump and his attorney Ty Cobb are both insisting Robert Mueller’s investigation will be completed soon, and that Trump will be exonerated. That’s nothing short of delusional. Mueller is just getting started, and has only arrested three of the dozens of Trump-Russia players he’s targeting. Moreover, Mueller’s entire gameplan is based around getting these targets to flip on Trump himself. Trump isn’t just a target of the investigation; he’s the target.

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