Cindy Yang, a Florida entrepreneur who founded a chain of spas and massages parlors that included the one where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was arrested recently for allegedly soliciting prostitution, also runs a consulting business that has offered to sell Chinese clients access to President Trump and his family at Mar-a-Lago, Mother Jones reports.
Yang, a donor to the Republican Party and Trump campaign, popped up this week in photos showing her at a Super Bowl viewing party at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago that included a selfie with the president.
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 09:00 PM
Posted 11 March 2019 - 12:37 AM
Mueller failure to have Trump testify would be a mistake - Schiff
Source: The Guardian
The chairman of the House intelligence committee said on Sunday it would be a “mistake” if special counsel Robert Mueller does not get Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury assigned to weigh criminal charges in the ongoing investigations of Russia and the Trump campaign.
Representative Adam Schiff of California reopened the committee’s investigation of the Trump campaign when Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January.
On Sunday, he told Chuck Todd of NBCs Meet the Press that it would be a misstep for Mueller to accept Trump’s testimony in writing.
“Ultimately it’s a mistake, because probably the best way to get the truth would be to put the president under oath,” Schiff said. “Because as he’s made plain in the past he feels it’s perfectly fine to lie to the public. After all he has said: ‘It’s not like I’m talking before a magistrate.’
“Well maybe he should talk before a magistrate.”
Read more: https://www.theguard...-mistake-schiff
Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:17 AM
POLITICS MARCH 10, 2019 / 7:16 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO
5 MIN READ
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request told Reuters.
The demand is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than Trump has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year.
Democrats, who oppose the wall as unnecessary and immoral, control the U.S. House of Representatives, making it unlikely the Republican president’s request will win congressional passage. Republicans control the Senate.
The proposal comes on the heels of a bruising battle with Congress over wall funding that resulted in a five-week partial federal government shutdown that ended in January, and could touch off a sequel just ahead of a trifecta of ominous fiscal deadlines looming this fall.
Read more: https://www.reuters....e-idUSKBN1QR0CW
Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:16 PM
In a wide-ranging interview, the country’s most powerful Democrat says Trump is unfit to be president — “ethically,” “intellectually” and “curiosity-wise” — but impeachment would be too divisive.
Story by Joe Heim
MARCH 11, 2019
Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:05 AM
So Trump is "too big to fail"?
“If the genius of invention were to reveal to-morrow the secret of immortality, of eternal beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought.”
Nikola Tesla - New York World, May 19th 1907
Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:16 AM
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has completed his cooperation with the special counsel’s Russia investigation, although he is still aiding another federal probe, according to a court filing on Tuesday.
The disclosure came in a joint court filing between Flynn’s lawyers and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office in which they asked for another delay in Flynn’s sentencing, citing his ongoing cooperation with the other federal investigation.
The other investigation is a case brought by prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) against Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, for unregistered lobbying on behalf of Turkey. Rafiekian has pleaded not guilty and Flynn could be a witness at a trial scheduled to begin in July.
“While the defendant remains in a position to cooperate with law enforcement authorities, and could testify in the EDVA case should it proceed to trial, in the government’s view his cooperation is otherwise complete,” Mueller wrote in the filing.
POLITICS MARCH 12, 2019 / 9:15 PM / UPDATED 22 MINUTES AGO
Read more: https://www.reuters....e-idUSKBN1QU053
Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:04 PM
Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:08 PM
"He could face up to 25 years in New York state prison if convicted of the most serious charges in the new indictment."
Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:12 PM
Once a globetrotting lobbyist and consultant to presidents, Paul Manafort on Wednesday was ordered to spend a total of 7½ years in prison for his two federal cases after sentencing by a Washington judge.
And soon after he left court in a wheelchair to return to the Virginia jail cell where he has begun serving his time, prosecutors in New York announced a 16-count grand jury indictment charging the former Trump campaign chairman with mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and conspiracy.
President Trump would not be able to pardon Manafort, 69, on the state charges -- which separates them from the federal cases for which Manafort was just sentenced.
In court Wednesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson criticized Manafort and his defense attorneys for repeatedly blaming his hard fall from power on his decision to work for Trump, which attracted the attention of the special counsel investigating Russian interference in that campaign.
“This defendant is not public enemy number one, but he’s also not a victim either,” Jackson said. “There’s no question this defendant knew better, and he knew exactly what he was doing.”
Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:40 AM
Matt Whitaker admits to the House Judiciary Committee that Trump obstructed justice.
The House has eyewitness testimony that Trump obstructed justice
Rep. Nadler laid out how Trump interfered in investigations that involved himself, his associates, and his family. Trump tried to get US attorneys who are investigating him fired and replaced with allies. These are textbook attempts to obstruct justice. Trump abused his power as president to try to get investigations into his criminal behavior shut down. - PoliticusUSA
Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:49 PM
op Mueller Prosecutor Stepping Down In Latest Clue Russia Inquiry May Be Ending
One of the most prominent members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election will soon leave the office and the Justice Department, two sources close to the matter tell NPR.
Andrew Weissmann, the architect of the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, will study and teach at New York University and work on a variety of public service projects, including his longstanding interest in preventing wrongful convictions by shoring up forensic science standards used in courts, the sources added.
The departure is the strongest sign yet that Mueller and his team have all but concluded their work.
His leaving will follow the departure of the senior-most FBI agent working on the Mueller probe, who has taken his own next step. Special Agent In Charge David Archey started a new job on March 4 as head of the FBI's office in Richmond, Va.
Earlier this month, another special counsel prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, moved on to lead a Justice Department effort to enforce compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law that has become the subject of intense interest following charges against Manafort, his right-hand-man Richard Gates, and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
And WilmerHale, the law firm that Mueller and several other prosecutors left to help create the special counsel team, is preparing for the return of some of its onetime law partners, three lawyers have told NPR in recent weeks.
Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:13 PM
Trump says 'there should be no Mueller report'
03/15/2019 10:33 AM EDT
President Donald Trump on Friday insisted there should be no report from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, denouncing the investigation as "illegal."
"So, if there was knowingly & acknowledged to be 'zero' crime when the Special Counsel was appointed, and if the appointment was made based on the Fake Dossier (paid for by Crooked Hillary) and now disgraced Andrew McCabe (he & all stated no crime), then the Special Counsel...should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report," the president tweeted Friday.
The House on Thursday passed a resolution 420-0 urging the Justice Department to make Mueller’s findings and full report public and available to Congress. Senate Republicans, however, blocked the bill.
The president on Friday also complained that the probe was only started as an excuse for Democrats losing the 2016 election....................................
Read more: https://www.politico...igation-1222895
Posted 18 March 2019 - 06:23 AM
Source: Daily Mail
In the midst of the college admission scandal shaming Hollywood, President Donald Trump's generous donations to the University of Pennsylvania around the time his son Don Jr attended the prestigious school have come under a microscope.
Trump donated a generous cumulative $1.4million to the esteemed Ivy League school, amping up his donations the same year Don Jr started attending the school in 1996, according to his donation records.
Trump was minimally involved with his alma mater until Don Jr enrolled as an undergrad studying economics at the Wharton Business School.
In Don Jr's freshman year in 1996 to 1997, Trump donated more than $100,000 to the Penn Club of New York, as per an article published in the campus paper the Daily Pennsylvania in 1997.
Read more: https://www.dailymai...ded-school.html
Posted 19 March 2019 - 04:44 PM
Source: The New York Times/Reuters
March 19, 2019
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, known as perhaps Congress' most bipartisan panel, is split along party lines over whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, sources told Reuters.
The division is unsurprising in Washington's bitterly partisan climate but raises a broader question: If the Senate intelligence panel cannot produce a consensus view of what happened with Trump and the Russians, what committee can?
It would in turn stir doubts about whether congressional investigations into Trump will result in lawmakers trying to start impeachment proceedings against the Republican president.
At least six congressional committees are probing whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow in its efforts to sway U.S. voters to support Trump in 2016; whether Trump has tried to obstruct investigations; whether his businesses have ties to Moscow; and whether he has used his office to enrich himself.
Read more: https://www.nytimes....e-analysis.html
Posted 19 March 2019 - 04:48 PM
Source: NBC News
Rod Rosenstein staying at Justice Department 'a little longer'
A Justice Department official declined to comment on whether the delay in Rosenstein's departure means Mueller is still not ready to deliver his report.
March 19, 2019, 10:27 AM EDT
By Julia Ainsley and Pete Williams
WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will stay at the Justice Department "a little longer," according to a senior Justice Department official.
Rosenstein had previously said he would leave in mid-March, noting during a public appearance on March 7 that it would be one of his final speeches.
Rosenstein recently discussed his upcoming planned departure with Attorney General William Barr, after which it was decided that he would stay on a little longer, the official said.
The departure of Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller in 2017 and oversaw his Russia investigation until Barr was confirmed as attorney general earlier this year, was widely thought to be tied to the completion of Mueller's report. Many speculated Rosenstein would stay on until Mueller completed his investigation and delivered a report on his findings to Barr.
Read more: https://www.nbcnews....ic-rss_20190319
Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:23 PM
Source: Komo News
by MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL SISAK Associated PressThursday, March 21st 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian-born former business adviser to President Donald Trump will speak to two House committees next week as Democrats begin to gather information in multiple wide-ranging investigations of the president.
Felix Sater, an off-and-on adviser to Trump's business for several years, will testify publicly before the House intelligence committee on March 27 and then behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee on March 28. The intelligence panel announced the public hearing on Thursday, and Sater confirmed the closed-door interview.
Sater is of interest to investigators because he worked with Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on an ultimately unsuccessful deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Sater and Cohen also discussed having Trump visit Russia during his presidential campaign.
The interviews come as special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be near the end of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and as several Democratic-led committees begin probes of Trump's political, personal and business dealings. Cohen spoke to the House intelligence and oversight committees last month, in addition to the Senate intelligence committee, and the the Judiciary and Oversight panels have sent out dozens of document requests related to all facets of Trump's life.
Read more: https://komonews.com...re-house-panels
Posted 21 March 2019 - 08:59 PM
Trump White House Lawyers Plan To Tell House Judiciary to 'Go F*ck Themselves'
Source: The Daily Beast
House Democrats want documents from the White House they think can shed light on internal corruption. You’ll never guess how the White House is responding.
Asawin Suebsaeng, Spencer Ackerman
03.21.19 2:35 PM ET
Donald Trump’s White House attorneys are preparing to tell a key congressional panel investigating the administration “to go fuck themselves,” as a person familiar with the deliberations characterized them to The Daily Beast.
According to three sources familiar with the situation, the White House counsel’s office, currently headed by Pat Cipollone, was still, as of Thursday morning, in the process of drafting a letter responding to the House Judiciary Committee’s request for a wide array of documents.
The documents requested by the Democratic-run committee are part of the sweeping and long-telegraphed inquiry into a range of Trump administration and Trump-associate activities earlier this month.
Cipollone’s letter response to the committee is essentially similar to one he sent to the oversight, foreign affairs and intelligence committees, which Politico reported on Thursday. Those committees, along with the Ways and Means panel, coordinate regularly over their complementary investigations into the administration.
Read more: https://www.thedaily...selves?ref=home
Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:42 PM
Source: Washington Post
Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended
By Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky
March 22 at 5:02 PM
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William P. Barr, marking the end of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.
The Justice Department notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller's report but did not describe its contents. Barr is expected to summarize the findings for lawmakers in coming days.
The submission of Mueller's report marks the culmination of his closely held inquiry, a case that has engulfed the Trump administration since its inception and led to multiple guilty pleas from former advisers to the president. With the closing of his investigation, Congress and the newly empowered Democratic House majority will soon assess his findings - and determine what steps to take next.
Devlin Barrett writes about national security and law enforcement for The Washington Post. He has previously worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and the New York Post, where he started as a copy boy. Follow https://twitter.com/DevlinBarrett
Matt Zapotosky covers the Justice Department for The Washington Post's national security team. He has previously worked covering the federal courthouse in Alexandria and local law enforcement in Prince George's County and Southern Maryland. Follow https://twitter.com/mattzap
Read more: https://www.washingt...-investigation/
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