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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties - Laredo Morning Times

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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties
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Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with Russian officials during the campaign. But congressional probes are underway, and the FBI is investigating. less. FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump campaign chairman ...

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Brussels brings Gazprom to heel, for now - POLITICO.eu

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Brussels brings Gazprom to heel, for now
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In all, the European Commission named eight countries in its inquiry. All of those countries, once part of Moscow's East European empire, worried that Gazprom was being used as a political weapon to reimpose Russian influence. The Commission raided ...
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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016, file photo, Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, speaks at a news conference at RIA Novosti news agency in Moscow, Russia. Page said he was in Moscow on a visit to meet with ...
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Dem Sen Menendez Calls for a '9/11 Independent Type Commission' To Investigate Trump - Breitbart News

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Dem Sen Menendez Calls for a '9/11 Independent Type Commission' To Investigate Trump
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While discussing President Donald Trump's tweets accusing former President Obama's administration of wiretapping Trump Tower prior to the election on Monday's edition of CNN's “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said, “I think a ...

President Trump's Lawyers Plan a White House Legal Attack on Federal Agency Power - TIME

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President Trump's Lawyers Plan a White House Legal Attack on Federal Agency Power
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White House counsel Don McGahn has assembled a team of elite lawyers with the state goal of leading Trump Administration efforts to roll back regulatory powers across the U.S. government. The plan of attack, run from the second floor of the West Wing, ...

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Just One More Thing: Why Did Michael Flynn Pay This Ex-FBI Guy $28K? - Wonkette (blog)

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Just One More Thing: Why Did Michael Flynn Pay This Ex-FBI Guy $28K?
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Excuse me, I know I've taken up a lot of your time with all the details about Michael Flynnretroactively registering as a foreign agent because he was a lobbyist for Turkey and all that, but there's just one loose end I wanted to nail down here. Call ...

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The Totalitarian Consensus - Daily Caller

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The Totalitarian Consensus
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... is it that has angered the anti-Trump forces with such an adamant refusal to acknowledge the results of the last presidential election and infused their protests with a perverse vitality that chronically transmutes non-violent dissent into an angry ...

White House Says Trump's Wiretap Claim Was Meant More Broadly - New York Times

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White House Says Trump's Wiretap Claim Was Meant More Broadly
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Two senior White House officials suggested on Monday that President Trump's unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama had tapped his telephone was not meant to be taken literally, arguing that Mr. Trump had been referring more broadly to a ...
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Trump's Jekyll and Hyde Foreign Policy - Politico

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Trump's Jekyll and Hyde Foreign Policy
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Donald Trump was elected as the Mr. Hyde of American foreign policy, and perhaps much else, with a promise to tear down the international order the United States built and led for 70 years. ... Mr. Hyde appears in Trump's unscripted, prideful and angry ...

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White House Moderates Wiretapping Allegations, Urges Further Investigation - Voice of America

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White House Moderates Wiretapping Allegations, Urges Further Investigation
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The White House said last week that Trump is not under criminal investigation. The wiretap charges are part of congressional investigations into the details behind the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the presidential ...
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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in D.C. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election. Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with Russian officials during the campaign. But congressional probes are underway, and the FBI is investigating.
A look at some of the key players:
PAUL MANAFORT
A longtime Republican operative and lobbyist, Manafort was hired by Trump in March to try to head off attempts by some GOP delegates to prevent Trump from becoming the party’s nominee. He was later elevated to campaign chairman.
Manafort resigned in August following revelations about his firm’s longtime work on behalf of the former pro-Russian ruling political party in Ukraine before it was ousted over alleged corruption. Manafort and a deputy, Rick Gates, had orchestrated a secret lobbying campaign in Washington to obtain positive press coverage of Ukrainian officials and turn people away from supporting Yulia Tymoshenko, an imprisoned rival of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Manafort has denied having any communications with Russian officials. Gates, the deputy, has also been under scrutiny for potential ties to Russia.
MICHAEL FLYNN
A former military intelligence chief, Flynn delivered a rousing speech attacking Hillary Clinton at the RNC, and was then tapped by Trump to be his national security adviser in the White House. He initially attracted Russia-related attention for a paid speech he once gave in Moscow during a trip in which he sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner.
Flynn resigned roughly three weeks into Trump’s administration after it emerged that he’d misled White House officials — most notably Vice President Mike Pence — about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI about his telephone conversations with the Russian ambassador, one indication that law enforcement officials were looking into his ties to Russia. Those contacts included a call with Kislyak on the day President Barack Obama’s administration announced sanctions on Russia for meddling in the U.S. campaign. The Obama administration was taken aback when Russia, after first vowing retaliation, did not reciprocate following the sanctions.
Flynn had told Pence and others that he hadn’t discussed the sanctions with Kislyak on the call. He later conceded the issue may have come up, after the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn could be in a compromised position because his public comments conflicted with what intelligence officials knew, based on recordings of the conversations. The U.S. routinely monitors foreign officials’ communications in the U.S.
Trump learned about the contradiction six days into his presidency but waited three weeks to get rid of Flynn. The White House suggested Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation because he could no longer be trusted.
In recent days, Flynn has attracted fresh scrutiny after registering as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did for a Turkish businessman before Trump’s inauguration. Flynn acknowledged that his work could have aided Turkey’s government.
JEFF SESSIONS
The longtime former senator was nominated by Trump to be attorney general and confirmed by the Senate. Then it emerged that Sessions had spoken twice with Kislyak.
That was a problem, because in his Senate confirmation hearing Sessions said he had not spoken to Russians during the campaign. In writing, he said he had not had communications with any Russian officials about the campaign.
Sessions defended himself by saying he’d met with the Russian envoy — once in his Senate office, once on the sidelines of an event at the GOP convention — in his capacity as a senator on the Senate Armed Services Committee, not as part of the campaign. He acknowledged later that he could have been more careful in his answer.
CARTER PAGE
Before serving briefly as a foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, Page was an obscure investment banker. Page worked out of Merrill Lynch’s Moscow office for three years and advised on transactions for Gazprom and RAO UES, two Russian entities, according to the website for his current energy investment firm.
He attracted attention for a speech he gave in July at the graduation ceremony for Moscow’s New Economic School. In his remarks, Page was sharply critical of the U.S. and called Washington “hypocritical” for focusing on issues like corruption and democratization in its relations with Russia.
Page also offered contradictory answers about his contacts with Russian officials during his visit. Shortly after the visit, he spoke with Kislyak in Washington.
He was never on Trump’s campaign payroll, and Trump’s team has long sought to distance itself from Page. But Page wrote recently that he was a frequent visitor to Trump Tower, which housed Trump’s campaign offices.
Congressional committees probing Russia’s hacking during the campaign and potential Trump campaign ties have asked Page to preserve materials related to their investigations.
ROGER STONE
A Republican political consultant, Stone was a campaign adviser to Trump and continued talking to him even after leaving the campaign.
Stone raised eyebrows last year when he claimed on Twitter to have knowledge about information WikiLeaks planned to release about stolen emails related to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. “Wednesday @HillaryClinton is done,” he wrote in October, appending the hashtag “#WikiLeaks.”
This month Stone acknowledged he communicated through Twitter with “Guccifer 2.0,” the online persona that posted the DNC emails. U.S. officials believe Guccifer 2.0 is linked to Russia. Stone says he corresponded through direct message only briefly and that it was “completely innocuous.” Stone has also denied communicating with Russia’s government or with Russian intelligence.
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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties - PBS NewsHour

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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's administration remains under scrutiny over potentialties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election. Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with ...

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Kremlin frustrated by lack of dialogue between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin - The Independent

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Kremlin frustrated by lack of dialogue between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
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Man charged with White House fence breach free pending trial - Twin Falls Times-News

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Man charged with White House fence breach free pending trial
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He must stay away from the White House and undergo a mental health evaluation. Tran answered a few questions in court and was assigned a public defender. He's charged with entering restricted grounds while carrying a dangerous weapon. He faces up to ...

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Melania Trump's White House 'MISERY' – is this the REAL reason First Lady looks so grumpy? - Daily Star

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Melania Trump's White House 'MISERY' – is this the REAL reason First Lady looks so grumpy?
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The Slovenian model was also caught looking awkward she accompanied Mr Trump to a a Super Bowl party at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida. But scientists have now produced a "psychological portrait" of Donald which could explain why Melania often ...

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Merkel postpones visit to meet with Trump due to weather - Scranton Times-Tribune

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Merkel postpones visit to meet with Trump due to weather
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Bannon pulls Trump's strings, with dangerous results
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President Trump, a raging narcissist attracted to baseless rumors and wacky conspiracy theories, has in Stephen K. Bannon his Iago. Bannon is constantly at Trump's side, egging him on and feeding on his paranoia. He interprets and reinterprets events ...

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Nobody believes a liar; Trump needs to change - Asheboro Courier Tribune

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Nobody believes a liarTrump needs to change
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“Nobody believes a liar, even when he's telling the truth.” That is the moral of Aesop's fable about the boy who cried wolf. In that story, the villagers did believe the shepherd boy the first two times that he cried “Wolf!” They came to rescue him and ...

Sanders: Trump a 'pathological liar' with authoritarian ambitions - The Times of Israel

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Sanders: Trump a 'pathological liar' with authoritarian ambitions
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Donald Trump is a pathological liar who is driving America towards authoritarianism, claims Hillary's former rival ... - Daily Mail

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Donald Trump is a pathological liar who is driving America towards authoritarianism, claims Hillary's former rival ...
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Donald Trump has been branded a pathological liar in a scathing attack by Bernie Sanders, who has accused the President of undermining democracy. The senator, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, said ...
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Donald Trump is a pathological liar, warns Bernie Sanders - Irish Times

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Donald Trump is a pathological liar, warns Bernie Sanders
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Bernie Sanders has launched a withering attack on Donald Trump, accusing him of being a pathological liar who is driving America towards authoritarianism. In an interview with the Guardian, the independent senator from Vermont, who waged a spirited ...
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Bernie Sanders: Trump, a pathological liar, will run America towards authoritarianism - Stоck Nеws USА

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Bernie Sanders: Trump, a pathological liar, will run America towards authoritarianism
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Bernie Sanders has been, once again, vocal about what he thinks of President Donald Trump. In an interview with 'The Guardian', the senator that ran for the presidency, said everything that bothers him about the president and what he really thinks of him.

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Trump's Victory Was No Real Surprise — Republicans' State Dominance Predicted It - Investor's Business Daily

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Trump's Victory Was No Real Surprise — Republicans' State Dominance Predicted It
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And many simply credit Trump's victory to first-timer's luck, akin to a novice gambler drawing to an inside straight. What all missed is that Trump's surge in Electoral Votes was neither as amazing, nor unexpected, as it first appeared. Instead, it ...

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Fiona Hill, Trump's New Russia Expert, Went to Harvard - Boston magazine (blog)

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Fiona Hill, Trump's New Russia Expert, Went to Harvard
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Politics, it is said, makes curious bedfellows, and the longstanding relationship between Barack Obama and presidential adviser and confidante Valerie Jarrett is curious indeed. It had become curiouser and curiouser with the news that Jarrett is moving ...

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Disowning Ivanka: The Art World Stares Down the First Daughter
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What began as a frantic listserv transmitting furious, horrified correspondence in the immediate hours following the election of Donald Trump became an assembly, and then a movement: the Halt Action Group. .... come to form the core of Halt Action ...

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Make narcissism great again
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With the rise of Donald Trump, it is time for narcissism to take a hard look in the mirror. At its best ... Steeped in the language of psychoanalysis, it described a country seething with rage and self-hatred and escaping into a cult of self-esteem ...

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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties - Washington Post

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Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's administration remains under scrutiny over potentialties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election. Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with ...
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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the press cabin of Air Force One before a rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, in Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 18, 2017 ... President DonaldTrump thinks that the mirror is cracked and the coverage ...

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White House Collected Cell Phones to Crack Down on Leaks. Then That Leaked - TIME

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White House Collected Cell Phones to Crack Down on Leaks. Then That Leaked
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(NEW YORK) — When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides' cell phones to check for communication with reporters. ... Several anonymously sourced stories have driven Trump coverage ...

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Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks
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NEW YORK (AP) — When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides' cell phones to check for communication with reporters. ... Several anonymously sourced stories have driven Trump coverage ...

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Understanding Trump's presidency - Metro.us

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Understanding Trump's presidency
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It's been less than two months, and Donald Trump has already ignited a roaring backlash across the country. Between the protests, government investigations, and lately, the rebranding of the word “facts,” it's completely understandable if you're confused.

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The new infantocracy in politics - Open Democracy

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The new infantocracy in politics
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Surprisingly, however, the leader who's most determined to be seen as mature and reliable is also the leader who seems most determined to hold hands with Trump, that most immature and unreliable of politicians. While other political figures from Corbyn ...

Putin Changes Course As He Gives Up On Trump - Forbes

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Putin Changes Course As He Gives Up On Trump
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Would he have thought that the American electorate was about to present him with an amateurish buffoon who would give him exactly what he wanted: A Ukraine forever in Russia's sphere of influence, an impotent NATO, recognition of Crimea, and a ...

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Trump attacks Obama because he needs a black boogeyman
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“In the birther movement, Mr. Trump recognized an opportunity to connect with the electorateover an issue many considered taboo: the discomfort, in some quarters of American society, with the election of the nation's first black president,” Steele ...

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Who are the key players in the Russia/Trump saga?

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Updated: 4:58 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 |  Posted: 4:56 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday is the deadline for the Justice Department to give the House Intelligence Committee any evidence it has that backs up President Donald Trump’s claim that his campaign was the subject of a wiretap authorized by the previous administration.
The deadline for the information falls a little more than a week after Trump accused former President Barack Obama – in a series of tweets – of wiretapping the phones at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Those tweets came at the same time questions were being raised about possible ties between some of Trump’s close associates and a series of Russian officials.
It was those ties that the FBI announced last week it would be investigating, along with an “odd computer link” to a server in Trump Towers.
The House and Senate intelligence committees have announced similar investigations, with the House Intelligence Committee announcing it will hold an open hearing on March 20 to investigate allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Which of the president’s associates and advisers are being looked at?
Here are some of the key players in the Trump-Russia story.
Paul Manafort
Manafort was the chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign, but resigned in August 2016 after revelations surfaced about his work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych was a supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to The Associated Press, Manafort “helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.” A U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent any foreign leaders or political parties. The New York Times reported that Manafort spoke to Russian intelligence officials last year via telephone calls that were monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies. Manafort has denied that he spoke with the Russians. Manafort has also been linked to handwritten ledgers that list cash payments of $12.7 million by Manafort’s name.  
Michael Cohen
Cohen is Donald Trump’s personal attorney. According to a New York Times report, Cohen was involved with a peace plan for the Ukraine and Russia that involved the U.S.  removing sanctions on Russia in return for Russia ending its support of pro-Russia separatists fighting the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine. In addition to having sanctions removed, the deal would allow Russia to cement its control over Crimea. Russian annexed Crimea in 2014. The Times story claims that Cohen delivered the peace plan to Michael Flynn, the national security adviser who was forced to resign last month. Cohen told The Washington Post that he did not deliver a plan to Flynn, but that he had met with businessman Felix Sater and Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko in New York in January and talked about a peace plan for the Ukraine for “about 15 minutes.” Artemenko said that the plan was, indeed, delivered to the White House.
Michael Flynn
Flynn was Trump’s national security adviser – for three weeks. He was forced  to resign when it became known that he misled Vice President Mike Pence on conversations Flynn had with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. U.S. intelligence sources said that Flynn talked with Kislyak about sanctions placed on Russia by former president Barack Obama in late December. Flynn also worked for “Russia Today,” a state-owned TV show. He was paid for a visit he made to Russia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Russia Today, and could be in trouble for that visit if it was not approved by the Defense Department and the State Department. Flynn was registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent prior to Election Day. He was registered for $530,000 worth of lobbying work that may have aided the Turkish government. The AP reported that the Trump transition team was told that Flynn likely needed to register as a foreign agent before taking top national security role.
Sergey Kislyak
Kislyak is the Russian ambassador to the United States. He spoke with Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, in December about sanctions that had been brought against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election that, eventually, led to Flynn's resignation. Kislyak also met with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (now attorney general) on at least two occasions. Sessions says he barely remembers what was said and that the meetings were brief. He did not disclose the meetings during his confirmation hearing in response to a question about what he would do if someone in Trump’s campaign had had contacts with Russian officials. Sessions recused himself from any potential investigation into Russian meddling with the election and ties with Trump’s campaign. CNN reports that Kislyak, in an October speech to the Detroit Economic Club, “denied meeting with Donald Trump or campaign officials during the course of 2016 presidential election, but acknowledged that he met with members of Congress and others who approached him at events.”
Carter Page   
Page was a foreign policy adviser to Trump in the early days of his campaign. Page is the head of an investment company known as Global Energy Capital. He was publicly accused by then-Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of being a link between Trump and the Russian government. Page has also been accused of being a go-between for the Trump campaign and high-level Russian officials. Page was in Moscow for three days in mid-July, and according to reporter Michael Isikoff, and intelligence sources claim he met with Igor Sechin, the head of the Russian state oil company. Sechin is said to have been working on a plan to have Western sanctions against the company lifted. Page has denied ;he met with any government officials while in Russia last July. He has criticized US sanctions on Russia as "sanctimonious expressions of moral superiority.”
Andrii V. Artemenko
Artemenko is a Ukrainian politician who opposes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and claims to have evidence of Poroshenko’s corruption. He has crafted a plan for peace in Ukraine with himself as president, and Politico has reported that Artemenko met with Trump attorney Michael Cohen and businessman Felix Sater, a business partner of Trump’s, to discuss that plan.  
Felix Sater
According to The New York Times, Sater, a real estate developer and adviser to the Trump Organization, met with Ukrainian politician Andrii Artemenko and Michael D. Cohen in New York in January to discuss sanctions against Russia. The story said that Sater was given the letter, which proposed the deal to lift sanctions by withdrawing Russian forces from eastern Ukraine, to Trump attorney Michael Cohen to be delivered to Michael Flynn, the then-national security adviser to the president.
Igor Sechin
Sechin is the head of Russia’s state oil company, Rosneft. According to reporting by Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff, a U.S. intelligence source said that Sechin was desperate to have Western sanctions against him and Rosneft lifted, so he arranged to meet with Carter Page, head of Global Energy Capital. Isikoff reported that Sechin offered Page the brokerage of a 19 percent stake in Rosneft in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia. Page has denied this report.  
Jeff Sessions
Attorney General Sessions, a former senator from Alabama, was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump.  He appeared with Trump at some campaign stops and was rumored to be under consideration for vice president.  During 2016, Sessions met with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, at least twice. Sessions said that the meetings were in line with his duties as a senator, and that nothing about Russia’s potential involvement with the 2016 presidential election was discussed. Sessions did not disclose those meetings during his confirmation hearings in response ;to an indirect question about Russia’s involvement in the election.  Sessions recused himself from any potential investigation into Russian meddling with the election and ties with Trump’s campaign.
Roger Stone
Stone is a longtime friend of Trump’s and was an informal adviser to his campaign. According to several media reports, Stone is being investigated by the FBI about whether he had inappropriate contact with Russian officials. Stone told CBS News that he suspects he is being investigated, and said, “Sure, they’ll get my grocery lists, they may get the emails between my wife and I, but here’s what they won’t get -- any contact with the Russians.” Despite saying in a speech that he had communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, he claims did not know Wikileaks was going to publish emails stolen from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. This week, The Smoking Gun reported that Stone was “in contact with the Russian hacking group that U.S. intelligence officials have accused of illegally breaching the Democratic National Committee’s computer system” and Podesta’s email account.  
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Who are the key players in the Russia/Trump saga? - MyPalmBeachPost

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Who are the key players in the Russia/Trump saga?
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, Mike Flynn arrives for a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, who was fired from the White House last month, has ...

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The tipping point: Will Trump, Congress, Sessions, Comey all cooperate to bury Russia connections? - Daily Kos

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The tipping point: Will Trump, Congress, SessionsComey all cooperate to bury Russia connections?
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The impression coming from Comey and McCabe: the FBI is not investigating anything. Of course, that could be deliberate obfuscation on their part. But it wouldn't be the first time the FBI stepped in to say we're not even looking at that. The FBI ...

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A note to the White House and FBI: Politics and justice should not mix
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According to this week's revelations, those top-level sources were FBI Director James B. Comeyand FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Per White House accounts, as detailed by NBC and CNN, Mr. McCabe approached Mr. Priebus after the Times article ...

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Comey Faces Pressure as White House Fights Russia Reports - Voice of America

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Comey Faces Pressure as White House Fights Russia Reports
Voice of America
Now, Comey is facing new political pressure as White House officials are encouraging him to follow their lead by publicly recounting private FBI conversations in an attempt to dispute reports about connections between the Trump administration and Russia.

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Correction: Attorney General-Russia story - Chippewa Herald

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Correction: Attorney General-Russia story
Chippewa Herald
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story March 3 about the federal prosecutor in line to oversee an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland under ...

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The Russian plot thickens - Baltimore Sun

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The Russian plot thickens
Baltimore Sun
The cloud of suspicion over Russian interference in the American presidential election has widened, with new demands from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats for a special counsel's investigation, akin to the Watergate inquiry that forced ...

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Trump Goes Quiet As Demands Grow For Investigation Into WH Interference With Russia Probes - PoliticusUSA

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Trump Goes Quiet As Demands Grow For Investigation Into WH Interference With Russia Probes
PoliticusUSA
Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer called for an immediate DOJ investigation into political interference with ongoing investigations into Trump Russia connections and Russian interference in the U.S. election. “The American people deserve to know ...

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Friend or foe, Putin's making the most of Trump - CNN

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Friend or foe, Putin's making the most of Trump
CNN
Cribbing a word usually used to describe billionaire Russian businessmen, the Kremlin-controlled media now quote Trump and his favorite phrase "fake media." The Kremlin's media messaging is borrowing other expressions from the US President. Putin ...
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Putin destroyed Russia's independent press. Trump seems to want the same.Washington Post
Journalists debate similarities between TrumpPutinThe Daily Princetonian
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Senate eyeing confirmation vote for Trump's new national security adviser - Washington Post

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Senate eyeing confirmation vote for Trump's new national security adviser
Washington Post
H.R. McMaster was chosen by Trump this week to replace ousted national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, who was dispatched from the job because he misled Vice President Penceabout what he told a Russian official regarding sanctions on that country ...

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Twitter Hilariously Burns Kellyanne Conway For Microwave Comment 

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Twitter is boiling over with hilarity after Kellyanne Conway made a comment about “microwaves that turn into cameras.”
During an interview with th...

Donald Trump Tweets Press “Rude” To Kellyanne Conway As She Defends His Wiretap Claim - Deadline

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Donald Trump Tweets Press “Rude” To Kellyanne Conway As She Defends His Wiretap Claim
Deadline
Donald Trump this morning tweeted a warning to media as his chief counselor Kellyanne Conway zipped around the TV news landscape, defending Trump's unsubstantiated Twitter claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower ...
Donald Trump Faces Deadline To Hand Over Evidence Of Wiretapping AllegationsHuffington Post
Kellyanne Conway: 'I Don't Have Any Evidence' of President Donald Trump's Wiretapping ClaimUs Weekly
Conway suggests surveillance of Trump went beyond phonesNew York Post
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