Tag Archives: Russia Investigation

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Mar-a-Lago Member Donated to Defense Fund for Mueller Indictees

$150,000

Anthony Lomangino, a recycling mogul, Trump campaign donor and Mar-a-Lago member, gave $150,000 to a legal defense fund set up for current and former Trump aides mired in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, according to a new filing with the IRS, Politico reports.

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Trump Pledges, Won’t Pledge, Doesn’t Pledge to Not End Mueller Investigation

“Well, I — I don’t pledge anything. But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind. There is no collusion. I don’t want to pledge. Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I’ll pledge. I don’t have to pledge to you. But I have — I have no intention of doing that.”

— President Trump, in an interview on 60 Minutes, on whether he would pledge not to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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It’s the End of the Beginning for Trump

“He’s not going to survive Manafort’s testimony. … I think there’s a substantial possibility that this evidence that Manafort is offering will implicate somebody up the chain.”

— Former White House ethics lawyer Norman Eisen, in an interview on ABC News, saying that he believes this is “not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning for Donald Trump.”

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Mueller’s Approval Rating on the Rise

59%

A new Fox News poll finds approval of special counsel Robert Mueller stands at 59%, up 11 points since July, and 40% expect the investigation will find Trump committed criminal or impeachable offenses, up 5 points.

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Manafort’s Lawyers Call No Witnesses

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“Defense attorneys for Paul Manafort rested their case on Tuesday without calling any witnesses or having the former Trump campaign chairman testify in the trial where he is accused of bank and tax fraud,” Reuters reports. “At the same time, the judge overseeing the trial rejected Manafort’s motion to throw out the 18 charges against him.”

Poetic Justice

Thorough Bureau Cleanse

Agents who text should fight the urge,
Or they’ll join the unemployment surge.
First it was Comey,
Then McCabe, his crony,
And with Strzok, so ends Trump’s FBI purge.

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Majority Disapprove of Trump’s Handling of the Russia Investigation

55%

A new CNN poll finds that just 34% of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of the Russia investigation as compared to 55% who disapprove. In addition, 56% believe Trump has interfered with the investigation while just 38% say he has not. And 58% say this is a serious matter that should be investigated while only 37% who think it’s mainly an effort to discredit Trump.

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Mueller: Ukraine Paid Manafort $60 Million

$60 million

“Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Monday that Paul Manafort earned $60 million from his work as a political consultant in Ukraine and challenged a motion by the former Trump campaign chairman’s attorneys to exclude dozens of exhibits on the topic,” CNN reports. “Manafort is charged with lying on tax forms and bank fraud. He has denied all charges against him.”

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Half of Republicans Want to Defend Trump in Russia Probe

49%

A new CBS News poll finds that 49% of Republicans say that hearing criticisms of President Trump on the Russia investigation only makes them want to defend him more. Another 42% say they want to wait to see what the facts show. Seventy percent of Republicans call the Russia investigation a “witch hunt,” while 77% of Democrats call it a “critical” matter of national security.

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FBI Seized More than 100 Cohen Recordings

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The Washington Post reports that the FBI “has seized more than 100 recordings that Michael Cohen made of his conversations with people discussing matters that could relate to Trump and his businesses and with Trump himself talking.”