Tuesday, April 25, 2017

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down - Washington Post

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down - Washington Post

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No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill ...

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Here's How America Grades Donald Trump's First 100 Days - U.S. News & World Report

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Here's How America Grades Donald Trump's First 100 Days
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Warren, an outspoken opponent of the president, said President Donald Trump assembled "a team of billionaires and bankers and [handed] the keys over to them, [saying] to Goldman Sachs, 'Figure out how to deregulate the economy,'" while claiming to help ...

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Jason Chaffetz: 'No Evidence' Michael Flynn Followed The Law With Russia Trip - Mediaite

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Jason Chaffetz: 'No Evidence' Michael Flynn Followed The Law With Russia Trip
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz indicated on Tuesday that former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn didn't follow the law regarding his December 2015 paid speaking gig for the state-run RT network in Russia. “I see no information or no data to ...

Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers - Reuters

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Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers
Reuters
13 for failing to disclose talks with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, about U.S. sanctions on Moscow and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations, which occurred in December before Trump took office.
House oversight committee: Flynn might have broken the lawCNN
White House refuses to hand over documents on Michael Flynn to Trump-RussiainvestigationThe Independent
US Congress investigates links between Trump and RussiaTimes of India
VICE News -New York Times -BuzzFeed News
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Refusal To Turn Over Flynn Documents Is The Criminal Cover-Up That Could Bring Trump Down - PoliticusUSA

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Refusal To Turn Over Flynn Documents Is The Criminal Cover-Up That Could Bring Trump Down
PoliticusUSA
When the White House refused to turn over documents that were requested by the House Oversight Committee's investigation, they were engaging in a criminal cover-up that could be the beginning of the end of this administration.
Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US lawWRAL.com
Michael Flynn took money from Russians and failed to disclose it, politicians claimNEWS.com.au
Flynn's Foreign Emoluments Clause Problem and the Potentially Explosive Solution | Notice & CommentYale Journal on Regulation
Wikipedia -Big Story AP - Associated Press
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Ivanka Trump has awkward first foray into global diplomacy - Financial Times

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Ivanka Trump has awkward first foray into global diplomacy
Financial Times
In Germany at the request of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is keen to improve links with theTrump administration, the 35-year-old fashion designer and unpaid adviser to the White House learnt the hard way about the pitfalls of diplomatic engagements.
Ivanka Trump in Germany: First Daughter Leaves Some Women Scratching Their HeadsNBCNews.com
Ivanka Trump says 'I'm learning' as she shares stage with MerkelWatertownDailyTimes.com
The President's daughter rules out her business, but still owns her fashion line while serving as a White House adviserThe Independent
Las Vegas Review-Journal -TIME -NPR -Politico
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Flynn probably broke the law by failing to disclose foreign payments, House Oversight leaders say 

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Former Trump Adviser Flynn Likely Broke Law With Russia Trip, Bipartisan Lawmakers Say - U.S. News & World Report

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Former Trump Adviser Flynn Likely Broke Law With Russia Trip, Bipartisan Lawmakers Say
U.S. News & World Report
White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C) arrives prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, earlier this year. (REUTERS/Carlos ...
House oversight committee: Flynn might have broken the lawCNN
Former Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip, House committee saysGlobalnews.ca
Trump's First National Security Adviser Is In Even More Trouble Over His RussiaPaymentsBuzzFeed News
Huffington Post -NEWS.com.au
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Trump White House refuses to give key Flynn documents to Congress 

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Lawmakers Say It Appears Michael Flynn Acted Illegally In Taking Russian Payments - NPR

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Lawmakers Say It Appears Michael Flynn Acted Illegally In Taking Russian Payments
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Updated 3:40 p.m. ET. Senior lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee say Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, appears to have violated the law when he took payments from groups associated with foreign governments. Chairman Jason ...
House oversight: Michael Flynn might have broken law ... - CNN.comCNN
White House spokesman: 'I don't know' if Michael Flynn broke law over Russia paymentsABC News
Michael Flynn Didn't Disclose Russia Payments In Security Clearance Application, Lawmakers SayHuffington Post
Washington Post -The Boston Globe -New York Times -Yale Journal on Regulation
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In Trump's First 100 Days, A Resistance Network Digs In - NPR

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In Trump's First 100 Days, A Resistance Network Digs In
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Urged New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the Trump Organization as a possible conduit of foreign emoluments. In letters to administration officials, lays out arguments to comply with ethics laws — e.g., why Ivanka Trump couldn ...

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Flynn’s Turkish lobbying linked to Russia 

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'Shattered': Clinton expose reveals Russian 'narrative' was spun within hours of Trump win - World Tribune

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'Shattered': Clinton expose reveals Russian 'narrative' was spun within hours of Trump win
World Tribune
The book said that overall Clinton blamed her loss to Donald Trump on the FBI investigation into her private emailsRussian interference, and Trump's supposed support from “white nationalists. But Allen and Parnes also provided other data that points ...
Press: Hillary's doomed bidThe Hill

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At 100 days, Donald Trump is no Russian stooge or fascist - The Denver Post

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At 100 days, Donald Trump is no Russian stooge or fascist
The Denver Post
President Donald Trump speaks during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Before Donald Trump won the election in November we were warned: He is a Russian stooge. He is a ...
Trump sends fighter jets to Russian borders in show of US military might to MoscowExpress.co.uk
It's Not 'McCarthyism' to Demand Answers on TrumpRussia and the ElectionBillMoyers.com
Trump Putin Bromance Ending: Donald Trump Russia Ties Breaking Down As Trump Embraces China?The Inquisitr
The Sun -The Conversation AU
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Group Accused Of DNC Hack Also Targeted Firm Formerly Known As Blackwater: Report - Huffington Post

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Group Accused Of DNC Hack Also Targeted Firm Formerly Known As Blackwater: Report
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In January, Prince reportedly acted as a representative of Trump during a secret meeting organized by the United Arab Emirates in Seychelles with a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin. (A spokesman for Prince denied that he took part in the ...

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First 100 days: Trump team touts number of Obama rules they killed - Fox News

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First 100 days: Trump team touts number of Obama rules they killed
Fox News
Though President Trump is unlikely to ding ObamaCare before the 100-day mark this Saturday, he and GOP lawmakers have been able to chip away at Barack Obama's legacy in other ways -- by making unprecedented use of an obscure rule-killing law.

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Danish Defence Intelligence Service warns of Russia's plans to cause trouble between NATO troops - IHS Jane's 360

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Danish Defence Intelligence Service warns of Russia's plans to cause trouble between NATO troops
IHS Jane's 360
In relation to NATO's new deployments in Eastern Europe, the Danish Defence Intelligence Service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjenestes: FE) has said it "considers the threat of harassment and intimidation campaigns against the Danish contingent will be ...

How James Comey's Blindness to His Own Biases Helped Get Trump Elected - Slate Magazine

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How James Comey's Blindness to His Own Biases Helped Get Trump Elected
Slate Magazine
Why did FBI Director James Comey issue a last-minute letter about Hillary Clinton's emails that may have tipped the outcome of the 2016 election? Why did he rebuke Clinton earlier that summer, breaking with FBI protocol? Why did he speak publicly about ...
How FBI Director Comey Altered The Outcome Of The 2016 Presidential ElectionHuffington Post
Yes, James Comey is to blame for Hillary Clinton's loss. But he's not the only one.Chicago Tribune
Why FBI's Comey was so outrageously unfair to Hillary | MoranNJ.com
New York Times -NewsBusters (blog) -Mother Jones
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No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down - Austin American-Statesman

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No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down
Austin American-Statesman
FILE - In this June 28, 2016 file photo, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia ...

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Trump, Putin and the Interference in the 2016 US Election - Modern Diplomacy

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Trump, Putin and the Interference in the 2016 US Election
Modern Diplomacy
The two documents have come into possession of US intelligence officials and have become the basis for accusing Russia for meddling in US elections. The reaction of the think tank to the Tass Russian News Agency is that the report is incorrect and ...
Authoritative Putin Think Tank Could Not Choose Between Clinton And TrumpForbes
U.S. officials disclose Russian think tank plans outlining interference in 2016 U.S. presidentialelectionWikinews
Dealing with Putin's grand strategy: The impossibility of “bromance”Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The Conversation AU -BillMoyers.com -The Hans India
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Hard National Security Choices - Lawfare (blog)

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Hard National Security Choices
Lawfare (blog)
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates will testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 8 on Russian interference in the U.S. election, the AP writes. Yates was previously set to testify before the House Permanent Select ... A ...

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James Comey Goes 'SVU' - GQ Magazine

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James Comey Goes 'SVU'
GQ Magazine
FBI Director James Comey revealed in an interview at The Newseum this month that he gave Law and Order showrunner Dick Wolf and documentarian Marc Levin (not this Mark Levin) unprecedented access, for an entire year, to the bureau's field offices in ...

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What we know about the latest developments in the Russia investigations

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Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz (R) (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speak about the failure of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to disclose payments for a 2015 speech in Moscow on a security clearance application, in D.C. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz (R) (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speak about the failure of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to disclose payments for a 2015 speech in Moscow on a security clearance application, in D.C. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
WASHINGTON — An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill.
President Donald Trump has dismissed the story as “fake news” and raised allegations of politically inspired spying by the Obama administration, but the investigations show no sign of abating anytime soon.
Here are the latest developments and background on the scandal:
THE LATEST
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee says it will hear testimony in May from former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who was fired in the early days of the Trump administration, and James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama. The May 8 open hearing will be the first opportunity for the public to hear Yates’ account of her role in the firing of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Separately, leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform say Flynn appeared to violate U.S. criminal law when he failed to seek permission for or inform the government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015. Flynn’s lawyer said in a statement that Flynn disclosed the trip in conversations with the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was its former director.
THE BACKGROUND
Hackers broke into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign, which U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts have publicly tied to Russian intelligence services. Stolen emails to and from top Democratic Party officials, including then-DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, were released to the public last summer on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks, followed in the fall by the hacked messages of John Podesta, the campaign chairman of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
U.S. intelligence agencies have been blunt in their assessment that the hacks of Democratic email accounts were intended to benefit Trump and harm Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
THE INVESTIGATIONS
FBI Director James Comey told Congress in March that a federal investigation examining Russian interference in the presidential election, and potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, began in late July. The counterintelligence investigations like this one that examine the operations of foreign intelligence services on U.S. soil are heavily classified, historically time-consuming and rarely result in criminal charges. It’s not clear when this one will end or whether anything criminal will be found, though Comey has said the investigation is being done with an eye on whether any laws were broken.
The House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting their own, simultaneous investigations. Republicans in Congress also are concerned that classified material about Trump associates recorded having conversations with Russian officials was improperly leaked to the news media and that the information had been improperly disseminated throughout government agencies.
The House probe has been riven with discord. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the committee who reported meeting with a secret source at the White House to review classified material that he said indicated that communications of Trump associates were captured in “incidental” surveillance of foreigners, recused himself in April from the investigation.
THE PLAYERS
Numerous figures in the Trump orbit have come under scrutiny for communications with Russians, though each has denied doing anything improper — and no one has been charged with any crime.
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI in the early days of the Trump administration about communications he had with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition period. The White House fired him in February after concluding that he had not been truthful about those conversations.
Republican strategist Roger Stone has said he communicated with Guccifer 2.0, the unnamed hacker that has taken credit for breaking into the DNC servers. But Stone has denied that he worked with Russian officials to influence the presidential election.
Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, met with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013 and provided him documents about the energy industry, according to court documents from a 2015 prosecution alleging a Cold War-style spy ring in New York. Page, referred to in the filing as “Male-1,” is not accused of wrongdoing and said in a statement that he shared “basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents.”
Meanwhile, Justice Department officials have scrutinized the business dealings of Paul Manafort, who resigned in August as Trump’s campaign chairman. The Associated Press has reported that Manafort worked for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2005 and proposed an ambitious plan to promote the interests of “the Putin government” and undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics.
THE RESPONSE
Trump has sought to dismiss the story as “fake” and has countered with his own allegations of politically motivated spying by the Obama administration. The White House has also tried to publicly minimize the contributions either to the campaign or administration of some of the individuals whose names have surfaced as part of the investigation, such as Manafort and Flynn.
Trump took to Twitter in March to accuse President Barack Obama of having wiretapped him at his New York skyscraper during the campaign. Law enforcement, congressional and intelligence officials have called that allegation untrue.
In an interview with MSNBC, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, acknowledged that she had sometimes asked for the names of Americans who were referenced in intelligence reports, but denied that she or anyone else in the administration had used those reports for political intelligence purposes. Trump said the following day that he believed Rice had committed a crime.
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What we know about the latest developments in the Russia investigations - PBS NewsHour

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What we know about the latest developments in the Russia investigations
PBS NewsHour
WASHINGTON — An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill ...

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is not amused by Michael Flynn question - USA TODAY

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is not amused by Michael Flynn question
USA TODAY
One thing we know about Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: The man's got jokes. Headlines on Tuesday were focused on whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn broke the law when receiving payments from Russia. So why not ask the person ...
Wilbur Ross Brushes Off Question About Flynn at Briefing: 'Is Michael Flynn Now a Trade Issue?'Washington Free Beacon

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Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law - Sacramento Bee

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Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law
Sacramento Bee
National Politics. April 25, 2017 12:00 PM ... President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands ...
Hard National Security ChoicesLawfare (blog)

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Pavlich: 'Dishonest' Flynn Should Never Have Been Picked for Trump Cabinet - Fox News

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Pavlich: 'Dishonest' Flynn Should Never Have Been Picked for Trump Cabinet
Fox News
Katie Pavlich said today that it's clear Michael Flynn was "very dishonest" and should not have been chosen as President Trump's national security adviser. Flynn, who resigned just a few weeks into the Trump administration, may have violated the law by ...

Putin is throwing £14 BILLION at building the 'world's biggest aircraft carrier' to compete with Trump's Navy - The Sun

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Putin is throwing £14 BILLION at building the 'world's biggest aircraft carrier' to compete with Trump's Navy
The Sun
Just one is the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which displaces 97,000 tonnes and, reaching lengths of 332.8m, is able to carry more than 60 aircraft while the USS Carl Vinson can carry more than 6,000 crew members on its 333m long vessel. But Vladimir Putin's ...

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America Is Getting Used to Trump's Insanity - Foreign Policy (blog)

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America Is Getting Used to Trump's Insanity
Foreign Policy (blog)
He had not one word of censure for Le Pen in spite of her party's long history of anti-Semitism, racism, anti-Americanism, pro-Putinism, and Holocaust denial. Trump's statement did not appreciably help Le Pen, who finished second behind the centrist ...

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The White House's decision-making on Michael Flynn is troubling - CNN

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The White House's decision-making on Michael Flynn is troubling
CNN
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is in a LOT of trouble. 2. The Trump White House declined to provide the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with documents related to Flynn's application for a security clearance to work at ...
White House disowns embattled Michael FlynnWashington Times
Sean Spicer flummoxes reporters by claiming White House not responsible for hiring Michael FlynnRaw Story
'Why Wasn't He More Closely Vetted?': Reporters Grill Spicer Over Michael FlynnMediaite

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Donald Trump's Unintelligible Presidency - The New Yorker

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Donald Trump's Unintelligible Presidency
The New Yorker
Why are we spending so much time trying to match what Donald J. Trump says to reality? Is it because he is the President of the United States, and could start a war with words? Or because we place some sort of value on the truth, or on the meaning of ...
Here's How America Grades Donald Trump's First 100 DaysU.S. News & World Report
Here's how much Donald Trump doesn't care about the “artificial” 100-day markSalon
Donald Trump Invites Conservative Media to White House for Exclusive BriefingBreitbart News
CNN -New York Times -Vanity Fair -NBCNews.com
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Donald Trump: Russia Investigation Not Stopping Anytime Soon

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(WASHINGTON) — An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill.
President Donald Trump has dismissed the story as "fake news" and raised allegations of politically inspired spying by the Obama administration, but the investigations show no sign of abating anytime soon.
Here are the latest developments and background on the scandal:
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THE LATEST
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee says it will hear testimony in May from former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who was fired in the early days of the Trump administration, and James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama. The May 8 open hearing will be the first opportunity for the public to hear Yates' account of her role in the firing of Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Separately, leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform say Flynn appeared to violate U.S. criminal law when he failed to seek permission for or inform the government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015. Flynn's lawyer said in a statement that Flynn disclosed the trip in conversations with the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was its former director.
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THE BACKGROUND
Hackers broke into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign, which U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts have publicly tied to Russian intelligence services. Stolen emails to and from top Democratic Party officials, including then-DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, were released to the public last summer on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks, followed in the fall by the hacked messages of John Podesta, the campaign chairman of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
U.S. intelligence agencies have been blunt in their assessment that the hacks of Democratic email accounts were intended to benefit Trump and harm Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
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THE INVESTIGATIONS
FBI Director James Comey told Congress in March that a federal investigation examining Russian interference in the presidential election, and potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, began in late July. The counterintelligence investigations like this one that examine the operations of foreign intelligence services on U.S. soil are heavily classified, historically time-consuming and rarely result in criminal charges. It's not clear when this one will end or whether anything criminal will be found, though Comey has said the investigation is being done with an eye on whether any laws were broken.
The House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting their own, simultaneous investigations. Republicans in Congress also are concerned that classified material about Trump associates recorded having conversations with Russian officials was improperly leaked to the news media and that the information had been improperly disseminated throughout government agencies.
The House probe has been riven with discord. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the committee who reported meeting with a secret source at the White House to review classified material that he said indicated that communications of Trump associates were captured in "incidental" surveillance of foreigners, recused himself in April from the investigation.
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THE PLAYERS
Numerous figures in the Trump orbit have come under scrutiny for communications with Russians, though each has denied doing anything improper — and no one has been charged with any crime.
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI in the early days of the Trump administration about communications he had with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition period. The White House fired him in February after concluding that he had not been truthful about those conversations.
Republican strategist Roger Stone has said he communicated with Guccifer 2.0, the unnamed hacker that has taken credit for breaking into the DNC servers. But Stone has denied that he worked with Russian officials to influence the presidential election.
Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, met with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013 and provided him documents about the energy industry, according to court documents from a 2015 prosecution alleging a Cold War-style spy ring in New York. Page, referred to in the filing as "Male-1," is not accused of wrongdoing and said in a statement that he shared "basic immaterial information and publicly available research documents."
Meanwhile, Justice Department officials have scrutinized the business dealings of Paul Manafort, who resigned in August as Trump's campaign chairman. The Associated Press has reported that Manafort worked for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2005 and proposed an ambitious plan to promote the interests of "the Putin government" and undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics.
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THE RESPONSE
Trump has sought to dismiss the story as "fake" and has countered with his own allegations of politically motivated spying by the Obama administration. The White House has also tried to publicly minimize the contributions either to the campaign or administration of some of the individuals whose names have surfaced as part of the investigation, such as Manafort and Flynn.
Trump took to Twitter in March to accuse President Barack Obama of having wiretapped him at his New York skyscraper during the campaign. Law enforcement, congressional and intelligence officials have called that allegation untrue.
In an interview with MSNBC, Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, acknowledged that she had sometimes asked for the names of Americans who were referenced in intelligence reports, but denied that she or anyone else in the administration had used those reports for political intelligence purposes. Trump said the following day that he believed Rice had committed a crime.
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The Investigations Into Russia and the Trump Campaign Aren't Dying Down - TIME

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The Investigations Into Russia and the Trump Campaign Aren't Dying Down
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... FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russiacontinue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump has ...

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Comey's Fatal Flaw, O'Reilly's Podcast, and Trump's Core Character Trait - Slate Magazine

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Comey's Fatal Flaw, O'Reilly's Podcast, and Trump's Core Character Trait
Slate Magazine
Walk the line: James Comey took a number of actions that tipped the election away from Hillary Clinton. Was he acting in a partisan fashion? William Saletan thinks that the FBI director was trying hard to do what he thought was right, and, in trying ...

President Kadyrov of Chechnya threatens to wipe out LGBTQ Community within a month 

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Last week U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley asked the United Nations to look into the rounding up of gay men and holding them in concentration camps in Chechnya. The U.N. also asked Vladimir Putin to look into this crisis. On Friday, April 21st, it was reported (PinkNews) that they had spoken to their Foreign Office, who verified that President Kadyrov had made the threat in local Russian media, seen by the UK government, to eliminate the LGBTQ Community by the first day of Ramadan, May 26th. This is not the first time Kadyrov has done this. In 2009, Kadyrov gave his approval of honor killings, based on the belief that wives being property of their husbands. Link
For those who don’t know what an honor killing is, it is the murder of a family member by fellow family members for bringing shame on the family or a family member has disobeyed the rules of a religion such as the Muslim religion. It is just unfathomable to me that murdering a family member could ever be called an “honor killing”!
It’s unbelievable to me that Kadyrov has announced this publicly. Less than a month ago Kadyrov stated, “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic. If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return” (Washington Post).
Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim area and Ramadan is their month long holy holiday where they are expected to fast, be retrospective and spend time in prayer. Each day during Ramadan followers of Islam, Muslims, do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior.
President Ramzan Kadyrov of Chechnya did meet with Vladimir Putin. He denied the reporting by the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta (relayed by NY Daily News) which reported the original story calling it propaganda and told Putin to not believe the “provocative articles.”
Of course, we all know that Kadyrov, like Putin, cannot be trusted to tell the truth regarding this human rights crisis or deny Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election. That is why we as Americans must do all we can to shed light on this immediately. We now have a timetable. This means we only have one month to make sure that, not only other governments, but Cable & Network media bring attention to this crisis until the entire world speaks out. We must continue to contact U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Tillerson daily. We must demand action is taken by the United States and other members of the U.N. Security Council to make sure this extermination does not come to pass. So far four deaths have been confirmed which is four too many.
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Chaffetz says Michael Flynn may face 'repercussions for the violation of law' after accepting Russian money - Salt Lake Tribune

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Chaffetz says Michael Flynn may face 'repercussions for the violation of law' after accepting Russian money
Salt Lake Tribune
Michael Flynn, who resigned after less than a month as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, sidestepped federal disclosure rules and may have violated the law in accepting Russian money, revealed the two leaders of the House Oversight ...

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New twist in Trump-Russia probe as Congress turns focus to Michael Flynn - Sacramento Bee

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New twist in Trump-Russia probe as Congress turns focus to Michael Flynn
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Flynn's growing importance in the Russia-Trump investigations was underscored by the announcement from another congressional committee that it would soon take testimony from former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. The Senate Subcommittee .... He ...

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Eastern Europe must break its silence on Russia’s anti-gay campaign

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Turkish Strikes Target Kurdish Allies...

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Turkish Strikes Target Kurdish Allies of US in Iraq and Syria

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Y.P.G. fighters and Kurdish police officers viewed the aftermath of Turkish airstrikes near Derik, Syria, a northeastern Kurdish town known as Al Malikiyah in Arabic. Credit Delil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. ERBIL, Iraq — Turkish ...

US 'deeply concerned' after Turkey bombs allies in Iraq and Syria

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Washington (CNN) US officials said they were "deeply concerned" after Turkey carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday against US allies fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. A senior US defense official told CNN that the US was given about one hour's ...

Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern

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The US has expressed "deep concern" at Turkish air strikes that killed about two dozen Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq. The US-backed Popular Protection Units (YPG), fighting against IS, said their positions were hit multiple times. Turkey regards ...

Turkey expands strikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq

Washington Post - ‎3 hours ago‎
IRBIL, Iraq — Turkey stepped up its bombing campaign Tuesday against Kurdish militants outside its borders, killing as many as 20 U.S.-backed fighters in Syria and expanding its strikes in Iraq, an escalation that could complicate efforts to combat ...

Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq and Syria, drawing condemnation

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition that is fighting Islamic State and is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries. The Syrian ...
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The Daily 202: Trump is caving on border wall funding after showing his base that he tried

Washington Post - ‎8 hours ago‎
With Breanne Deppisch. -- Thank you, readers! The Daily 202 has won The Webby Award for Best Email Newsletter. THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump blinked first – again. After the bluster comes the inevitable bow to reality. Last night the president backed off ...

Republicans offer spending plan without border wall, but Trump vows that it will be built

Washington Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
A Republican bid to keep the government open past Friday includes no new money for the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several congressional aides familiar with ongoing talks. GOP leaders submitted the new offer ...

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill - ‎6 hours ago‎
BREAKING -- DOCS? WHAT DOCS. NOT OUR DOCS.: The Trump administration has denied a request from the House Oversight Committee for more information on payments that former national security adviser Michael Flynn received from foreign ...

Republicans Abandon Wall Funding Demand

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The concession suggests lawmakers may actually be close to a deal to avert a government shutdown. By Matt Fuller , Michael McAuliff. WASHINGTON ― Republicans, facing the refusal of Democrats to fund President Donald Trump's border wall in an ...

Government shutdown: Border wall money out, Obamacare fight on

CNN - ‎1 hour ago‎
(CNN) Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday, a sign congressional Republicans are willing to buck the President to avoid a ...
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Report: Trump gave $10 million in Russian money to Jason Chaffetz when he leaked FBI letter

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Now that Jason Chaffetz has announced he won’t seek reelection to Congress and has revealed that he may resign early to take a job in the private sector (link), it’s given credence to last week’s report that Russia has been blackmailing Chaffetz and the FBI knows about it. That’s also bolstered by last night’s report that a former Chaffetz staffer has confirmed the FBI investigation. But now comes another report which – if true – helps explain much of what took place during the 2016 presidential election.
The latest report comes from Lisa Garner from the site Reason and Justice, who claims that the Jason Chaffetz campaign “took $10mil donation from Trump the same day he leaked Comey letter” (link), a claim which Daily Kos is presenting as plausible (link). This may initially sound absurd, and we can’t yet find the claim corroborated elsewhere, but it does fit with some of the other details coming from more proven sources. For instance the former Chaffetz staffer asserts that the FBI is investigating him for “campaign finance fraud” (link). And last week’s report asserted that the “fraud” in question involved Russia (link). Put those together and you have Chaffetz being busted by the FBI for illegally taking Russian money.
It would also explain why Jason Chaffetz took the risk of leaking James Comey’s letter about Hillary Clinton’s emails on October 28th, a plainly improper move that’s subsequently made him the subject of various ethics inquiries. Chaffetz had been hemming and hawing in his support of Donald Trump all along, and his decision to leak the letter before the election always seemed suspicious. As the chair of the House Oversight Committee, it would seemingly have been more advantageous for Chaffetz to sit on the letter until the day after the election, then use it as an excuse to resume his years of investigations into President Hillary Clinton. But if he had $10 million waving in his face, it’s a different story.
It’s been pointed out that it would have been completely illegal for Trump to donate $10 million to the Jason Chaffetz campaign. But that’s not an argument against the legitimacy of this premise. It’s actually an argument that bolsters it, as Chaffetz is now under FBI investigation for campaign finance fraud. It’s also notable that Trump made the out-of-character move of donating $10 million of his own money to his campaign, which was announced on October 29th (link) – one day after Chaffetz leaked the Comey letter. Is that the same $10 million that supposedly made its way to Chaffetz? And considering that Trump was allegedly the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars of Russian money laundered through Deutsche Bank (link), did this $10 million flow from Russia to Trump to Chaffetz?
Although the sourcing is rather solid that the FBI is investigating Jason Chaffetz for Russia-related campaign finance fraud, we can’t yet verify the part about the $10 million flowing from Russia to Trump to Chaffetz after he leaked the letter. But if that part does prove true, it’ll help explain much of what was going on in the final days of the election – and it would certainly explain why Chaffetz is suddenly cutting and running in the midst of what had been a still-rising political career. Contribute to Palmer Report
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Does Trumpism exist? - Google Search

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What If There Is No Such Thing as 'Trumpism'?

National Review-Apr 11, 2017
Trumpism has been described in National Review Online, for instance, as promoting “tradition, populism, ... That Donald Trump does not exist.
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Ramesh Ponnuru: Trumpism doesn't exist

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-Apr 14, 2017
But Trumpism doesn't exist. The president has ... I'm among those voters who don't have strong views on what to do about Syria. I'm inclined to ...
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Hillbilly Platitudes: Why Trumpism Will Never Save Appalachia

Plunderbund-2 hours ago
Hillbilly Platitudes: Why Trumpism Will Never Save Appalachia ... “It's going to take more than 100 days and the problems that exist in these ...
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Trumpism doesn't exist

Circleville Herald-Apr 14, 2017
Trumpism doesn't exist ... As McKay Coppins points out in the Atlantic, Trump did not campaign as a consistent skeptic of military intervention ...
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FBI Delayed Russian Probe to Focus on Hillary's Emails — NY Times

Normangee Star-Apr 23, 2017
After the FBI discovery, on a laptop belonging to former congressman Anthony Weiner – but also used by his wife, Huma Abedin, a top ... Lynch was called to recuse herself from the Clinton email investigation after she had a ...
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Computer seized in Weiner probe prompts FBI to take new steps in ...

Washington Post-Oct 28, 2016
The correspondence included emails between Abedin and Clinton, according ... The link to the Weiner investigation was first reported by the New York Times. ... explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay.”.
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FBI knew about Weiner's laptop emails weeks ago and delayed ...

Daily Mail-Oct 31, 2016
FBI knew about Weiner's laptop emails weeks ago and delayed telling ... suggests he broke the law for telling congress about the investigation ... to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin, ...
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FBI reportedly found new Huma Abedin emails on Anthony Weiner ...

The Week Magazine-Nov 4, 2016
FBI officials have been searching through Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin's ... on estranged husband Anthony Weiner's laptop in a separate investigation, ... "But building that program took two weeks, causing the delay.".
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Is the Senate Actually Going to Start Investigating Russia, or What?

Slate Magazine (blog)-18 hours ago
The Senate's investigation into Russian interference in November's election ... into Russian meddling in the 2016 election — including allegations of ... 6 assessment [of Russia's interference in the election],” Isikoff writes, “and ...
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2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking Fast Facts

Gant Daily-3 hours ago
July 27, 2016 – During a press conference, Trump declares Russia may have hacked ... agencies are carrying out a plan to interfere with the election. ... While the CIA assessment shows that the Russians may have sought to ...
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Putin says claims that Russia interfered in US elections are 'lies'

CNBC-Mar 30, 2017
"We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential electionRussia's goals ...
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Russians laugh off idea that Putin interfered in US election

CBS News-Apr 13, 2017
“If Russians would interfere it would only be to achieve peace, not to start the ... marks views on Russia's potential interference in the 2016 election. ... although our intelligence community's assessment is that Russia did not ...
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Dem lawmaker jabs at Trump in 'Trump, Putin 2016' campaign t-shirt - The Hill (blog)

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Dem lawmaker jabs at Trump in 'TrumpPutin 2016' campaign t-shirt
The Hill (blog)
California Rep. Ted Lieu (D) took a swipe at President Trump on Tuesday, tweeting a photo showing the Democratic lawmaker wearing a faux "Trump Putin 2016" campaign t-shirt. "We just adopted a dog! His name is Abbot and he is a very cute one-year old ...

Seth Meyers Gave Donald Trump a 100-Day Report Card and It's Not Pretty - TIME

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Seth Meyers Gave Donald Trump a 100-Day Report Card and It's Not Pretty
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President Donald Trump is approaching the milestone of his first 100 days in office and Seth Meyers thinks he may be looking for a positive achievement to mark the occasion. On his Late Night segment “A Closer Look,” Meyers noted that the 100-day mark ...

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U.S. Sanctions on Russia Won’t Be Lifted Until Crimea Is Returned to Ukraine: Rex Tillerson

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The United States will not lift sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin hands Crimea back to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Sunday.
During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tillerson said the sanctions—which have crippled Russia’s economy and pushed down the value of the ruble—will “ remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.”
He also said that Moscow must honor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was outlined in the Minsk agreements, according to a State Department official.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s position on whether he will lift the sanctions on Russia has been unclear since his election last year. The U.S. imposed sanctions on a wide swath of Russian businesses and wealthy individuals following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean region by force in 2014.
During the 2016 election campaign Trump said that as president he would be looking at lifting the sanctions and consider whether to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia. But in February White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was expecting Putin to hand Crimea back.
Trump has also voiced admiration for Putin’s leadership and called him “very smart!" on Twitter in late December. The Russian leader drew Trump’s praise after choosing not to respond to further sanctions imposed by Barack Obama after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that sanctions against Russia won't be lifted until President Vladimir Putin returns control of Crimea to Ukraine. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters
A back-channel plan to lift the sanctions formulated by Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and the president’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen also emerged in February. Even Tillerson has opposed sanctions, calling them imprecise and ineffective.
But the message from the State Department appeared clear Monday following the death of an American medic working with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE is monitoring the Minsk ceasefire and Sunday the armored patrol vehicle that the unidentified medic was driving hit a landmine in Russian-backed east Ukraine.
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After a meeting with the EU’s foreign minister on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the starting point for any discussions will only come when both sides commit to the “full implementation of the Minsk” agreements. This ceasefire, brokered in 2014 and reaffirmed in 2015, has failed to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
In February, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that “Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation” and that "we don't give back our own territory."
After visiting Russia on April 12 and meeting Putin and Lavrov, Tillerson said relations between the two countries are at a “low point.”
“We may be at an all-time low” in relations, Trump said at a news conference the same day, adding “we’ll see what happens.”
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US Sanctions on Russia Won't Be Lifted Until Crimea Is Returned to Ukraine: Rex Tillerson - Newsweek

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US Sanctions on Russia Won't Be Lifted Until Crimea Is Returned to Ukraine: Rex Tillerson
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Trump has also voiced admiration for Putin's leadership and called him “very smart!" on Twitter in late December. The Russian leader drew Trump's praise after choosing not to respond to further sanctions imposed by Barack Obama after U.S. intelligence ...

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