All Things Trump/Russia! (Resources)


Russian National charged with interfering in the 2018 midterms. Gutsy move by our Intelligence groups.

Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System

A criminal complaint was unsealed in Alexandria, Virginia, today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, and FBI Director Christopher Wray made the announcement after the charges were unsealed.

“Today’s charges allege that Russian national Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova conspired with others who were part of a Russian influence campaign to interfere with U.S. democracy,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Our nation is built upon a hard-fought and unwavering commitment to democracy. Americans disagree in good faith on all manner of issues, and we will protect their right to do so. Unlawful foreign interference with these debates debases their democratic integrity, and we will make every effort to disrupt it and hold those involved accountable.”


An independent Russian newspaper reports Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, the man nicknamed “Putin’s chef” whom Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted for 2016 U.S. election interference, allegedly has been involved in brutal attacks and at least one killing. (from Committee to Investigate Russia)

Missing Journalist/ex con - Alemchenko more than likely killed off by Putin’s Chef Yevgeny Prigozhin

AP excerpt

MOSCOW (AP) — A security aide to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman who has been indicted by American investigators for allegedly trying to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election, says the mogul has been involved in attacks on several people and at least one killing, an independent Russian newspaper reported Monday.

Prigozhin has been dubbed “Putin’s chef” for organizing catering events for Russian President Vladimir Putin and even personally serving him and his guests on some occasions.

The Novaya Gazeta article Monday by reporter Denis Korotkov came out several days after unknown people sent a funeral wreath to the journalist’s home and left a basket with a severed goat’s head at the newspaper’s office.

Korotkov’s article relies on several interviews with Valery Alemchenko, a former convict who worked for Prigozhin. Alemchenko said he orchestrated attacks on Prigozhin’s opponents as well as the killing of an opposition blogger in northwest Russia, all at the mogul’s behalf.

Amelchenko also said several people working for Prigozhin had traveled to Syria last year to test an unknown poison on Syrians who refused to fight for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government. Novaya Gazeta corroborated the account with two other sources.

Amelchenko disappeared early this month shortly after meeting the reporter and telling him that he was being followed. Korotkov said he received a call from Amelchenko’s phone later that day and when he went to the man’s house, he found two cellphones and what looked like his shoe lying on the ground.

Amelchenko is now on a Russian police list of missing persons.

U.S. authorities on Friday also brought charges against another Prigozhin employee, bookkeeper Elena Khusyaynova, for helping oversee the finances of a so-called troll farm in the Russian city of St. Petersburg that aimed to influence U.S. politics through social media postings. When reached by phone on Monday, the woman’s ex-husband, Ravil Khusyaynova, told The Associated that he had spoken to her and she refuses to speak to the media.

(Renee) #78

That and taking Russian PAC $$
reference earlier
makes wonder how much money has really been paid
 The gift that keeps on giving - Citizens United!


We are never that far away from the Russian hackers.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hackers linked to the Russian government are impersonating U.S. State Department employees in an operation aimed at infecting computers of U.S. government agencies, think tanks and businesses, two cybersecurity firms told Reuters.

The operation, which began on Wednesday, suggests Russia is keen to resume an aggressive campaign of attacks on U.S. targets after a lull going into the Nov. 6 U.S. midterm election, in which Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, according to CrowdStrike and FireEye Inc (FEYE.O).

U.S. intelligence agencies have charged that Russia was behind a string of hacks in the 2016 presidential campaign in a bid to boost support for Donald Trump. The U.S. government and private cyber security firms have said Russia was not behind hacking campaigns in this year’s congressional elections.

In the newly discovered operation, hackers linked to the Russian government sent emails purporting to come from State Department public affairs specialist Susan Stevenson, according to a sample phishing email reviewed by Reuters.

It encouraged recipients to download malicious documents that claimed to be from Heather Nauert, a State Department official who Trump has said he is considering naming ambassador to the United Nations.

That file would install malicious software that would grant hackers wide access to their systems, according to FireEye.

(Renee) #80

Scary! I hope a change in Congress will help fight this in 2019.


All things being litigated on Trump, Manafort, Flynn, Gates etc. Resource available here via Lawfare blog, new RESOURCE ongoing litigation!:statue_of_liberty::man_dancing:

Last entry is the Sealed Document/Docket
pundits on Maddow’s show are saying it is more than likely a Grand Jury hearing, and possibly reflects a subpoena for T to talk to the Grand Jury. Just speculation of course
but this is being tracked very carefully.

We will not know until a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) might be submitted about it, to find out specifically what it is. And this could take years.

Sealed v. Sealed

What do we know about this case? Almost nothing. The entire district court docket is sealed, and although the circuit court dockets are publically available, all individual filings are sealed.

Why do some believe this case is related to the special counsel investigation? Writing in Politico, Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn lay out two reasons to believe this case is related to the special counsel investigation. First, a sealed response was filed in the case just three hours after Samuelsohn overheard a man request the special counsel’s latest sealed filing from the clerk’s office for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit clerk. Second, the only judge to recuse himself from the en banc panel hearing the appeal was Trump-appointed Judge Greg Katsas, who promised during his confirmation hearings to recuse himself from any cases related to the special counsel investigation due to his previous work in the White House Counsel’s Office.

Where does the case stand? The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Aug. 16, 2018, where Chief Judge Beryl Howell ruled on Sept. 19. After the case was appealed up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the appeals court quickly sent it back to the district court to resolve a procedural issue. The appeals court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 14, 2018.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1:18-gj-00041-BAH)

Sealed docket.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (18-3068)

Am going to post this as well in Who The Fuck has Sued the Administration
because it is legal.

Who The Fuck Has Sued The Trump Administration

A most excellent resource! Thank you! I really like that this includes a “lay person’s” summary of each case plus links to all the filings. Wow. :clap:


Here’s the STATUS REPORT from Mueller’s Team
submitted today. I listed only a small portion of it. Looks like Mueller is done with Manafort, and wants the judge to sentence Manafort immediately.>

3.After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement. The government will file a detailed sentencing submission to the Probation Department and the Court in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein.
4.As the defendant has breached the plea agreement, there is no reason to delay his sentencing herein.

The defendant reports that:

  1. After signing the plea agreement, Manafort met with the government on numerous occasions and answered the government ’s questions. Manafort has provided information to the government in an effort to live up to his cooperation obligations. He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement. Given the conflict in the parties’ positions, there is no reason to delay the sentencing herein, and he asks the Court to set a sentencing date in this matter.


New Head of the British Army, Gen Mark Carleton-Smith, is stating that he feels Russia is much larger threat than any other
(From the Telegraph UK - paywall)

Russia is now “indisputably” a greater threat to the security of Britain and her allies than Islamist extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the new Army chief has warned.

Apart from posing a conventional military threat, the Russians are constantly seeking to undermine the West by developing new war-fighting capabilities in non-conventional areas such as cyber and space.

Speaking in his first interview since his appointment as the Chief of the General Staff, Gen Mark Carleton-Smith, 54, said it was vital that Britain and its allies were not complacent about the threat Russia posed.


Putting this Opinion piece from NYT on what is going on with Manafort here, since he is one of the key players in this Mueller investigation. WHy was Manafort double-dealing with Mueller, going back and forth with T’s shared lawyers.

Some possible hypotheses

Now we learn that his cooperation was squirrelly and incomplete, a series of prevarications that obviously infuriated the prosecutors, who gave him one final 10-day chance to play it straight. But he did not heed the warning and now is unlikely to ever leave prison absent a pardon from President Trump. Which leads us to:

Hypothesis No. 1: The Pardon Promise

Did the president secretly promise to rescue Mr. Manafort, so long as he resisted Mr. Mueller? That would make sense of his otherwise confounding conduct. But the chain of implausibilities is long.

The prospect of a pardon was always in the mix, including when Mr. Manafort made his initial decision to cooperate. For it to suffice to change his mind now, it would have to have become all the more certain. But that would entail some communication, from the president, through two intermediaries (one in the Trump camp and one in the Manafort camp) and on to Mr. Manafort in prison, where all his conversations are monitored.

The perils for all those participants in such a crass scheme would be enormous. If discovered, it would mean assured conviction for witness tampering and, if any of the intermediaries was a lawyer, disbarment. For the president, it most likely would trigger impeachment, and even conviction in the Senate could not be counted out. Finally, for Mr. Manafort, it would require a measure of Mr. Trump’s good faith that nobody acquainted with the president’s track record could comfortably have. And it would still not shield him from near-certain prosecution for related state crimes.

Hypothesis No. 2: The Assassination Fixation

Some commentators have suggested that Mr. Manafort’s lifetime of shady dealings with the Russian government have left him more afraid of life on the outside, where he could be vulnerable to a poison needle anytime, than of the safe confines of a federal prison.

This scenario was always out of the most imaginative Le CarrĂ© novel, and it is the sheer unlikelihood of the other alternatives, combined with Mr. Manafort’s intransigence, that makes it a contender at all. The problem with it at this point is that there’s no reason to think that any of the cloak-and-dagger circumstances would have changed. If Mr. Manafort most feared the spy’s comeuppance, he wouldn’t have agreed to cooperate, and earn a much reduced sentence, in the first place. So that hypothesis doesn’t help explain Mr. Manafort’s decision to double-cross Mr. Mueller.

Hypothesis No. 3: The Bad Gambler

Perhaps Mr. Manafort, who has enjoyed a lifelong reputation as a swashbuckling big-time gambler, is simply a lousy poker player. He blinked when the pot got too big and opted to fold, forfeiting what he’d already spent. But then some combination of unsettled resolve and a lifetime of lying as an M.O. made him hope that he could eat his cake and have it too — that he could lie his way out of the situation. This is not exactly irrational, but it is colossally stupid, particularly when playing across the table from Mr. Mueller and not knowing the cards the special counsel was holding.

Those cards will now be revealed as a consequence of Mr. Manafort’s dithering. He will proceed directly to sentencing, in connection with which Mr. Mueller will provide the court with detailed proof of Mr. Manafort’s lies during the aborted cooperation period.

That means evidence of the truthful answers to the questions lied about. Considering that Mr. Manafort’s cooperation almost certainly had to involve the highest targets and most important evidence, that memorandum will be a treasure trove of as-yet-unknown fruits of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, particularly into the possible connection of the campaign with Russian meddling in the election. It could conceivably contain Mr. Mueller’s understanding of Tuesday’s report, in The Guardian, that Mr. Manafort met with Julian Assange multiple times, including in March 2016, just before he took the helm of the Trump campaign, a job he was so desperate to have that he agreed to work free.

For that reason, the memorandum may be filed under seal, but even so, it operates as a hedge against the possibility that Mr. Mueller’s report might eventually be bottled up at the Department of Justice, for example under the order of Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. It will ultimately be for the court, not Mr. Whitaker, to unseal the document.

As for the formerly high-flying Mr. Manafort, he has nothing left to wager with. He is, permanently, a luckless wretch, out of options and tapped out. He has become a gambler’s worst nightmare.


It’s very telling to scroll through this info-graphic. Trump just can’t get his lies straight. :lying_face:


Here is another excellent compilation of the lies Trump told about his relationship with Russia. Fact check reporter for the NYT, Linda Qiu, neatly summarizes the dozens of times Trump flat out lied about his Russian connections. Each occurrence is backed up by solid documentation.


Analysis of where we are vis-a-vis The Steele Dossier
done by the folks at Lawfareblog. Thorough analysis
and nuanced detail from what we know publicly and what has happened.


there is also a good deal in the dossier that has not been corroborated in the official record and perhaps never will be—whether because it’s untrue, unimportant or too sensitive. As a raw intelligence document, the Steele dossier, we believe, holds up well so far. But surely there is more to come from Mueller’s team. We will return to it as the public record develops.


Of course Putin is pleased


Oh good golly, what the fork is this now?!!

US Treasury Department officials used a Gmail back channel with the Russian government as the Kremlin sought sensitive financial information on its enemies in America and across the globe, according to documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News.

The extraordinary unofficial line of communication arose in the final year of the Obama administration — in the midst of what multiple US intelligence agencies have said was a secret campaign by the Kremlin to interfere in the US election. Russian agents ostensibly trying to track ISIS instead pressed their American counterparts for private financial documents on at least two dozen dissidents, academics, private investigators, and American citizens.

Most startlingly, Russia requested sensitive documents on Dirk, Edward, and Daniel Ziff, billionaire investors who had run afoul of the Kremlin. That request was made weeks before a Russian lawyer showed up at Trump Tower offering top campaign aides “dirt” on Hillary Clinton — including her supposed connection to the Ziff brothers.


In an astonishing departure from protocol, documents show that at the same time the requests were being made, Treasury officials were using their government email accounts to send messages back and forth with a network of private Hotmail and Gmail accounts set up by the Russians, rather than communicating through the secure network usually used to exchange information with other countries.


More on Russian techniques going after social media with LA based Your Digital Face
on WSJ (paywall)

Small excerpt WSJ

Russian Operation Targeted U.S. Business Owners
Operatives posed as digital marketing startup to take control of businesses’ social-media accounts

By Shelby Holliday and
Rob Barry
Dec. 20, 2018 3:52 p.m. ET

The Russian operation to influence Americans through social media included an effort to persuade business owners to buy into a marketing campaign and turn over private information, an examination by The Wall Street Journal found.

The effort was fronted by Russian operatives posing as a savvy Los Angeles based start up called Your Digital Face. The group recruited American business owners as customers, and for a monthly fee, promised to post snappy marketing content on the businesss owner’s social media pages and score them thousands.


Good resource on T and Russia - from the producers of and lawyer Steven Harper

Up-to-date articles/sources for all the people held within Mueller’s purview for the Russia Investigation.

Here’s an entry for what T’s file looks like.


Here’s that Manafort doc that if you copy and paste into word processor, the redacted become readable. It’s been kicking around in a tab on my browser but I haven’t tried it. Have fun!


Another good source for overviews on the Russian Investigation

It is supported by liberal groups Center for American Progress
and funded by G. Soros, and many more. So read it as a source with very liberal bent
It links to a lot of MSM news.

It looks to be chock full of information


:pushpin: Excellent Roger Stone Analysis piece from The NY Times.