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the hilt is the part of the sword that shields the hand or is the transition part of the sword from blade to the handle. literally means to go all the way one can with the sword “take it to the hilt” … but is used as a metaphor in all situations.

the hilt prevented his hand from being injured when his hand slipped off the handle.

pressed it to the hilt before that bear finally relaxe.

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the phrase that is yelled out when a man wants his lady friend to deepthroat him, not the mighty thrust of a broadsword where every inch of its deadly blade is stuffed into some poor sucker’s belly stopping only when the righteous hilt is pressed against the flesh of the victim.
Jane, i want you to take it to the hilt tonight. TO THE HILT!! -with arm upraised in a commanding manner-
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Republicans and Democrats alike are dismayed by President Trump’s comments at his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday. Mr. Trump stunned onlookers by repeatedly defending Putin during the press conference from allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and casting doubt on conclusions to that effect made by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called the media event “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”

“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin,” McCain said in a statement. “He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.”

“Disgraceful” is also the word former Republican presidential nominee and current Utah senate candidate Mitt Romney used to describe the press conference. Romney, who was famously mocked for calling Russia “our number one geopolitical foe” during the 2012 presidential campaign, appeared to reference the line in his Monday evening statement.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who also sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, acknowledged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and was also critical of the Trump-Putin conference.

“The President’s statements today in Helsinki demonstrate his continued refusal to accept the unanimous conclusions of U.S. intelligence leaders and the bipartisan findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee,” she wrote in a statement. “This position is untenable and at odds with the forceful response this moment demands.”

Even House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, who last week hounded former FBI lawyer Peter Strzok for issues relating to his alleged anti-Trump bias and Russian interference in the election, said that Russia is an enemy.

“Russia is not our friend,” Gowdy said in a statement. “Russia attempted to undermine the fundamentals of our democracy, impugn the reliability of the 2016 election, and sow the seeds of discord among Americans.”

Ultimately, he called on individuals within the Trump administration to communicate with Mr. Trump that Russia did indeed meddle in the 2016 election “without delegitimizing his electoral success.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, criticized Mr. Trump’s willingness to side with Putin over the American intelligence community’s conclusions, calling Mr. Trump’s words at the press conference “thoughtless, dangerous and weak.” The Democratic leader also called for Mr. Trump to sit for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“The President is doing grave harm to the standing of these United States while kowtowing to the number one enemy we probably have on the globe, Vladimir Putin,” Schumer said. “He will continue to do so if he isn’t checked.”

Ari Fleischer, a Republican and prominent Trump defender who served as former President George W. Bush’s press secretary, said that while he still does not believe Mr. Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 elections, he understands now why people think he’s being blackmailed.

“I continue to believe there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But when Trump so easily and naively accepts Putin’s line about not being involved, I can understand why [Democrats] think Putin must have the goods on him,” Fleischer tweeted.

Outside of his office, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said that Putin gained a “tremendous amount” from Monday’s conference and that Putin is probably celebrating with “caviar.”

“He gained a tremendous amount,” Corker told a press gaggle. “It was almost an approval, if you will — a public approval by the greatest nation on Earth towards him. He knows he gained a lot. I would guess he’s having caviar right now.”

At an Atlantic Council panel discussion, both Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, denounced Mr. Trump’s behavior.

Warner called the president’s actions “outrageous” while Rubio said that Putin’s behavior Monday was very calculated, or “by design” and touching “certain pressure points.”

In a series of tweets after the press conference, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, an ally of Mr. Trump, called the meeting with Putin a “missed opportunity” that would be perceived by “weakness” by Russia. Graham also said that, if it were up to him, the soccer ball Putin gave Mr. Trump would be checked for “listening devices” and never be taken into the White House.

Retiring Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, one of Mr. Trump’s most outspoken critics in the GOP, called the press conference “shameful.”

Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, a sometime critic of Mr. Trump, took issue with the president’s claim that the U.S. is in part to blame for the state of Russo-American relations. Following up on a tweet he posted early Monday morning, Mr. Trump said at the press conference that he holds “both countries responsible” for tensions between the nuclear powers.

“This is bizarre and flat-out wrong,” Sasse said in a statement. “The United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression. When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.”

Meanwhile, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was more circumspect in his comments, but said Mr. Trump “must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.”

“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” Ryan said in a statement Monday afternoon.

“That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”

Democrats also criticized Mr. Trump’s performance. John O. Brennan, who ran the CIA under President Obama, called Mr. Trump’s comments at the press conference “nothing short of treasonous.”

“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous,” Brennan tweeted. “Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

And Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the press conference proves “that the Russians have something on” Mr. Trump.

“President Trump’s weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the president, personally, financially or politically,” Pelosi said in a statement. “This is a sad day for America, and for all Western democracies that Putin continues to target.”

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M.N.: I think that Putin wants to get up to the hilt return on his investment, mostly emotional, but also the political, and very possibly, the financial investment also.

My impression is that Putin has the plans and the intentions to get the control of, and to “absorb” the  US Intelligence, Security, and Law Enforcement structures  and apparatus, and then his hostile takeover of America by the Trumpian Revolution from above will be complete.

There is a certain, time tested logic in this strategy; the Russia’s experiences and the moda operandi in Eastern Europe and the “near abroad” serve as the examples and the illustrations. 

These, mentioned above, structures, parts, and the institutions of the US Government should be acutely aware of these plans and intentions, and they should act accordingly and expeditiously. 

FBI, do pay attention to this issue. This might be life or death situation. 

FBI, watch out! 

Michael Novakhov 

7.17.18

Владимир Путин подарил Дональду Трампу официальный мяч чемпионата мира по футболу 2018 года и пожелал Соединённым Штатам Америки успешно провести ЧМ-2026.

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В.Путин: По поводу того, кому верить, а кому не верить и можно ли вообще верить: никому нельзя верить. С чего Вы взяли, что Президент Трамп мне доверяет, а я ему в полной степени доверяю?

Что я могу сказать? Мы, в общем, обсуждали, но что мне приходит в голову и что я могу предложить? Существует, действует договор между Соединёнными Штатами Америки и Российской Федерацией 1999 года о взаимной помощи по уголовным делам. Этот договор работающий, кстати говоря, эффективно работающий.

Мы по запросам иностранных государств до сотни, 150 уголовных дел возбуждаем в России. Несколько лет назад наш бывший министр атомной промышленности был выдан Соединёнными Штатами в Российскую Федерацию и осуждён российским судом. Это работающий договор. Этим договором предусмотрены определённые процедуры совместной работы.

Более того, мы можем сделать ещё один шаг навстречу. Мы можем допустить официальных представителей Соединённых Штатов, в том числе этой комиссии господина Мюллера, присутствовать на этих допросах. Но тогда, в этом случае мы, безусловно, будем ставить вопрос о том, чтобы эти действия были взаимными.

Мы будем ожидать от американской стороны, чтобы они допросили тех официальных лиц, в том числе представителей спецслужб Соединённых Штатов, которых мы подозреваемв совершении противоправных действий на территории Российской Федерации, в присутствии наших следователей.

Что имею в виду? Известное дело фирмы Hermitage Capital господина Браудера. По данным нашего следствия, группа лиц, деловые партнёры господина Браудера незаконным образом заработали в России более полутора миллиардов долларов, не заплатили налоги ни в России, ни в Соединённых Штатах, но деньги эти в Соединённые Штаты перевели: 400 миллионов долларов направили на избирательную кампанию госпожи Клинтон.

Но это их дело, возможно, они сделали это легально, но деньги получили нелегально. У нас есть основания полагать, что некоторые сотрудники спецслужб Соединённых Штатов сопровождали эти незаконные сделки.

Это только один шаг вперёд. Мы можем поговорить и о расширении нашего сотрудничества. Пожалуйста, варианты возможны, они предусмотрены в соответствующем межправительственном соглашении.

Это касается частных только лиц, не государства. А последние обвинения в отношении якобы сотрудников наших спецслужб – пожалуйста, я же на это ответил. Есть межправсоглашение, присылайте, пожалуйста, официальный запрос, пусть комиссия Мюллера пришлёт нам запрос, мы проведём соответствующую работу и ответим.

Можно и расширить это сотрудничество, я уже сказал, но тогда только на взаимной основе. Мы тогда тоже будем ждать от американской стороны доступа к тем лицам, которых мы считаем сотрудниками спецслужб. Давайте предметно обсуждать

и не использовать российско-американские отношения в качестве разменной карты во внутриполитической американской борьбе.

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В.Путин: Уважаемый господин Президент! Дамы и господа!

Переговоры с Президентом Соединённых Штатов Америки господином Дональдом Трампом прошли в откровенной и деловой атмосфере, считаю их весьма успешными и полезными.

Мы рассмотрели текущее состояние и перспективы российско-американских отношений, ключевые вопросы международной повестки дня. Всем очевидно, что двусторонние отношения переживают сложный период, однако эти трудности, сложившаяся напряженная атмосфера не имеют объективных причин.

«Холодная война» давно закончилась, эпоха острого идеологического противостояния двух стран ушла далеко в прошлое, обстановка в мире кардинально изменилась. Сегодня и Россия, и США сталкиваются с совершенно иными вызовами: это и опасная разбалансировка механизмов международной безопасности, стабильности, региональные кризисы, расползание угроз терроризма и трансграничной преступности, криминалитета, нарастание проблем в мировой экономике, экологические и другие риски. Справиться со всем этим можно, только объединяя усилия. Надеюсь, что мы придём к пониманию этого и с американскими партнёрами.

Сегодняшние переговоры отразили наше совместное с Президентом Трампом желание выправить негативную ситуацию в двусторонних отношениях, наметить первые шаги по их оздоровлению, восстановлению приемлемого уровня доверия и возвращению к сотрудничеству прежнего уровня по всем вопросам, представляющим взаимный интерес.

Как крупнейшие ядерные державы, мы несём особую ответственность за международную безопасность. Считаю важным, мы говорили об этом, отладить диалог по проблематике стратегической стабильности и нераспространения оружия массового уничтожения. Мы передали американским коллегам записку с рядом конкретных предложений на эту тему.

Считаем необходимой дальнейшую совместную работу по проработке всего комплекса военно-политического и разоруженческого досье: это продление действия Договора о стратегических наступательных вооружениях, опасная ситуация вокруг развития элементов глобальной системы американской противоракетной обороны, выполнение Договора о ликвидации ракет средней и меньшей дальности и тематика размещения оружия в космосе.

Мы за продолжение сотрудничества в области борьбы с террором и в области обеспечения кибербезопасности. И хочу отметить, что наши специальные службы работают весьма успешно. Самый свежий пример – это тесное оперативное взаимодействие с группой американских экспертов в области безопасности в рамках завершившегося вчера в России чемпионата мира по футболу. Вообще же контакты по линии спецслужб полезно перевести на системную основу. Напомнил Президенту Соединённых Штатов о предложении воссоздать рабочую группу по антитеррору.

Много говорили о региональных кризисах. Не везде и не во всём наши позиции совпадают, но и пересекающихся интересов тоже немало. Надо искать точки соприкосновения, теснее взаимодействовать, в том числе и на международных форумах.

Говорили, конечно, и о региональных кризисах, в том числе по Сирии. Что касается Сирии, то решение задачи установления в этой стране мира и согласия могло бы стать образцом успешной совместной работы.

Россия и Соединённые Штаты, безусловно, могут взять на себя лидерство в этом вопросе и организовать взаимодействие по преодолению гуманитарн

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The President’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday is already one of the most notorious moments in the tortured relations between Washington and Moscow.

Trump’s humiliation is taking its place alongside John Kennedy’s bruising at the hands of Nikita Khrushchev, and George W. Bush staring into Putin’s eyes and getting a sense of his soul.

Like those moments in US-Russia summit lore, the events that unfolded Monday are likely to have significant and unpredictable political and geopolitical reverberations in the United States and around the world.

Trump’s favoring of Putin’s denial of election interference accusations leveled by the US intelligence community was not just the most abject display given by any President overseas, it may be the moment that finally validated claims that Trump prizes his own interests above those of America.

The most obvious question — why did Trump cave so spectacularly to Putin — is likely to remain cloudy going forward, at least unless special counsel Robert Mueller finds evidence the President is beholden to the Russian leader.

But there are going to be profound consequences in Washington and beyond.

Here is what may happen next.

Trump WILL fight back

It’s no surprise that Trump showed no similar self-awareness in a sympathetic interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News on Monday, but Kennedy’s description of his humiliation would be a good summation of the 45th President’s encounter with Putin.

Objectively, Trump has emerged from the summit a diminished figure.

He looked weak. He was obsequious to the stone-faced Russian leader and came across as unprepared and outmatched. He looked as far as it is possible to be from his own self-image as a bullying tough-as-nails dealmaker, the man who boasted at the Republican National Convention in 2016 that

“I alone can fix it.”

The myth of Trump as an American strongman may never recover.

It is already clear that the summit is a short-term political disaster for Trump. For a man who jealously guards his image, the mockery will sting and will provoke a backlash.

Top Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan, who normally don’t criticize him, put distance between themselves and Trump.

“The President must appreciate that Russia is not our ally, there is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia,” Ryan said in a written statement.

Even Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter, rediscovered his roots as an old Cold Warrior.

“President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected — immediately,” Gingrich tweeted.

Trump tried to clean up his mess in tweets as he flew home across the Atlantic.

“As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people,'” he wrote. “However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past — as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!”

A normal President might rethink his approach to leadership.

It was his hubris and desire to be unchained from his staff that led him to meet Putin alone for nearly two hours in Helsinki — fueling rumors that he is under the Russian leader’s spell. His claim that he was ready for what would be the “easier” leg of his European tour now looks damning. Trump’s confidence that he can wing it through

 international summits 

ought to be in tatters — given his failure in Finland and the ballyhooed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month, where the President also seemed outmaneuvered.

More likely, Trump will double down and change the subject. When he’s in a corner, he fights back. Twitter may catch fire on Tuesday.

What will the West do now?

Trump is supposed to be the leader of the free world. But such men don’t kowtow to Russian dictators.

Trump’s performance on Monday followed his

 blitzkrieg through Europe

, in which he split the transatlantic alliance, and insulted allied leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel and Britain’s Theresa May — effectively doing Putin’s work for him.

The debacle in Finland was exactly what America’s friends feared before Trump even left Europe, and it is already beginning to shape their calculations going forward.

“We can no longer completely rely on the White House,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group,

according to Reuters.

“To maintain our partnership with the USA we must readjust it.”

Despite Trump’s trolling of US allies over defense spending, the NATO summit last week did take steps to bolster transatlantic defenses and rapid reaction forces. Yet in an alliance built on the principle that an attack on one is an attack on all, the symbolic leadership of the US President is an existential issue. Europe is increasingly nervous.

So it is significant that Maas used the words “White House” rather than the United States — because it reflects how Europeans are increasingly looking for ways to engage Washington through other centers of power rather than through the capricious President.

Beneath the uproar of Trump’s disruptive blast through Europe, strong links remain between the military, business, intelligence agencies and civil society groups on either side of the Atlantic.

Those may be crucial to riding out the Trump storm.

Nicholas Dungan,

 a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council who teaches at the prestigious French research university Sciences Po, said it was time for America’s friends in Europe and for the US leadership class — political figures, CEOs, heads of think tanks and universities — to take action.

“Stop wringing your hands … get your act together and start doing things that are going to repair the situation, rather than just sitting around and talking about how bad the situation is with Trump,” he said.

Dungan argued that America’s friends — like French President Emmanuel Macron, Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — need to adopt a dual track approach:

“You need two different policies. You need one policy to the individual Donald Trump, because it’s clear that he doesn’t make the distinction between himself and his office. You need another policy toward the United States of America.”

Putin will draw his own conclusions

That searing experience nurtured a fierce grievance against the United States, the victor in the Cold War, and a political career dedicated to the reversal of Moscow’s humiliation.

By so comprehensively outpointing the American President in full view of the world — and the viewers back home on state television in Russia — Putin engineered a full circle moment.

“Vladimir Putin pitched a shutout. Trump got beat up in the locker room,” retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a former Fox News analyst, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, calling the US leader a “disgrace” to the country and the presidency.

US intelligence experts said Putin will take one message from Monday’s events: that Trump is weak and there is no price to be paid for warping US democracy.

“The President missed a prime opportunity to confront Putin face-to-face and assert with some level of forcefulness that we know that you did this and here’s what we are going to do if you don’t stop,” said Richard Ledgett, a former deputy director of the National Security Agency.

The fear now is that Putin will interpret Trump’s solicitous showing in Helsinki as an incentive to come back for more — to try to manipulate the midterm elections in November, or in 2020 with an updated version of the Russian hacking and interference assault that occurred in 2016.

A choice for GOP, Cabinet members, White House staff

Trump’s disaster in Helsinki left everyone who works for him, or supports him, with a choice.

Does it matter that the President refused to stand up for America abroad and chose to align himself with the global political figure who is most hostile to American power, values and historic achievements?

The first officials in the hot seat are the chieftains of the intelligence services, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who was personally repudiated by the President in the news conference. Coats had just said last week that the

“warning lights are blinking red again

” over possible Russian interference in the midterms.

“We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy,” Coats said in a statement after the summit.

But Trump’s behavior raises questions about how top intelligence officials can remain in their posts after being so spectacularly thrown under the bus.

After the White House and State Department went dark Monday, unable to explain Trump’s performance, senior officials are also likely to engage in fresh soul searching.

Monday’s events train new scrutiny on top Republicans, who will come under renewed pressure to rein in their President. But this time, as after every previous outrage, it seems unlikely they will take on the political base that never deserts Trump.

“Today’s performance by the President should be a signal to many of those people that it’s time to perhaps say publicly what you say privately in the parlors and restaurants of Washington,” Larry Pfeiffer, the senior director of the Situation Room in the Obama administration, who also served in the CIA under President George W. Bush, said on CNN.

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К.Уоллес (как переведено): Президент Путин, спасибо за то, что Вы встречаетесь с нами.

Буду говорить о деталях саммита через какое-то мгновенье, но давайте поговорим об общей картине. Президент Трамп сказал на пресс-конференции, что наши отношения никогда не были хуже, но это поменялось несколько часов тому назад. Как изменились отношения между Россией и США с точки зрения глобальной картины?

В.Путин: Вы знаете, прежде всего, наверное, мы должны быть благодарны нашим помощникам, сотрудникам, которые на протяжении последних месяцев работали друг с другом, и не только в ходе подготовки нашей сегодняшней встречи.

Я имею в виду работу наших служб по различным направлениям, чрезвычайно чувствительным как для Соединенных Штатов, так и для России. Прежде всего это борьба с терроризмом.

Мы сегодня с Президентом Трампом отмечали, что терроризм представляет даже большую угрозу, чем это кажется на первый взгляд. Ведь если, не дай бог, произойдет ужасное, они доберутся до каких-то средств массового уничтожения, то это может привести к ужасным последствиям.

Наши военные, наши спецслужбы все-таки выстраивают отношения по этому важнейшему для наших стран направлению. Примером тому может служить наше сотрудничество в Сирии, хотя там тоже у нас неполное понимание есть того, что и как нужно делать глобально.

Тем не менее сотрудничество идет и на военном уровне, и на уровне спецслужб. Это касается вопросов, связанных с нашей работой по противодействию терроризму в широком смысле этого слова.

Затем в 2021 году заканчивается действие Договора СНВ-3. Что с этим делать дальше? Я заверил господина Президента в том, что Россия готова к продлению этого договора, пролонгации, но, конечно, мы должны говорить о деталях.

У нас есть вопросы к нашим американским партнерам. Мы считаем, что США не полностью выполняют этот договор, но это предмет переговоров на экспертном уровне. Мы говорили также об иранской ядерной программе.

Мы говорили о том, что и как мы можем сделать для того, чтобы улучшить ситуацию в Северной Корее. Я уже отмечал, хочу еще раз повторить: считаю, что Президент Трамп сделал очень много для урегулирования этого кризиса.

Но для того чтобы добиться полной денуклеаризации Корейского полуострова, безусловно, потребуются международные гарантии, и Россия готова внести свой вклад в том объеме, который от нее будет требоваться.

Поэтому можно констатировать, что по всем этим и по некоторым другим важнейшим для нас направлениям в целом мы находим взаимопонимание. Это дает нам право говорить, что за время нашей сегодняшней работы многое изменилось в лучшую сторону.

К.Уоллес: Рассматриваете ли Вы этот саммит как отправной момент, поворотный момент? В последние годы предпринимались усилия по изоляции России.

В.Путин: Вы видите, что эти усилия успехом не увенчались. И не могли увенчаться успехом, имея в виду размеры, значение России в мире, в том числе в сфере глобальной безопасности. Да и в экономике, имея в виду, скажем, энергетическую составляющую мировой экономики как минимум.

Мне кажется, что понимание того, что нас объединяет и того, над чем мы должны работать совместно, все-таки приводит нас к мысли о том, что нужно прекратить попытки бороться друг с другому, а наоборот, объединять усилия для преодоления общих сложностей в борьбе с общими озабоченностями, по преодолению этих общих озабоченностей. Так что считаю, что это начало пути. И это старт. &

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The gun-loving former aide to a top Russian official has been arrested and charged with being a foreign agent who conspired with her ex-boss to infiltrate politically powerful U.S. organizations and push Moscow’s agenda.

Mariia Butina, 29, who came to the U.S. in August 2016 on a student visa, previously served as a special assistant to a Kremlin crony whose description in court papers matches that of Alexander Torshin.

Torshin is a former senator and deputy head of Russia’s central bank who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in April 2018 and has been accused of links to organized crime, as NBC News has previously reported.

“Butina and [Torshin] took steps to develop relationships with American politicians in order to establish private, or as she called them ‘back channel’ lines of communication,'” according to an FBI affidavit.

“These lines could be used by the Russian Federation to penetrate U.S. national decision-making apparatus to advance the agenda of the Russian Federation.”

The FBI said in court papers Butina sought to establish relationships with a “gun rights organization.” The organization was not named but a senior U.S. official confirmed it was the National Rifle Association, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a November 2016 tweet, Torshin boasted that he and Butina were the only lifetime members of the NRA from Russia.

Butina also attended the National Prayer Breakfast in 2016 and 2017 and told an unidentified American that the other Russians there were handpicked by her and Torshin and “are coming to establish a back channel of communication,” the FBI wrote.

Multiple senior law enforcement officials say Butina was under investigation for some time and was arrested Sunday because they believed she would soon move.

In a tweet, the Russian Embassy in Washington said Monday evening that Russian officials had been in touch with American authorities about Butina and have sought access to her to “protect her legal rights.”

Butina’s lawyer, Robert Driscoll, said in a statement that she is not an agent of the Russian Federation but an A student at American University who has been “cooperating with various government entities for months regarding public allegations related to her contacts with various American and Russian individuals.”

He said she testified behind closed doors before the Senate Committee on Intelligence and offered to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller, who last week obtained indictments against a dozen Russian intelligence officials for election-related hacking, showed no interest in speaking with Butina, Driscoll said. She was instead charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.

The unsealing of the charges against Butina came within hours of a stunning press conference in Helsinki in which President Donald Trump refused to say he accepted the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community over Putin’s denials that Russian had meddled in the election.

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In Episode Two of “Trump Bites,” above, Mr. Trump’s not-so-secret admiration for President Vladimir Putin of Russia plays out in a teenager’s bedroom, where the fantasies of this forbidden romance come to life.

“Trump Bites” is a series of three short video cartoons that combine real Donald Trump audio clips with hand-drawn fantasy animations by Mr. Plympton. The video cartoons riff on Mr. Trump’s absurd utterances to illustrate the president’s tumultuous inner life of paranoia, narcissism and xenophobia.

Known for his outrageous sense of humor, Mr. Plympton is an iconoclastic animator who creates irreverent, unsettling and at times disturbing cartoons. He is best known for animated shorts such as “How to Kiss” and “Guard Dog,” and for his contributions to MTV’s “Liquid Television” in the early 1990s. Over the decades, his animations were largely apolitical — until now. The Trump presidency inspired him to extend his provocative art to political satire.

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TrumpPutin 1-on-1 meeting opens without meddling mention

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Trump, Putin emerge from summit, say Moscow did not interfere in U.S. election
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Flying in the face of findings by both the U.S. intelligence community and congressional committees, both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin repeated the contention that Moscow did not meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.

Speaking at a joint news conference Monday following their summit in Helsinki, the Russian president said the U.S. president raised the issue of “so-called Russian interference” but said: “I had to repeat that the Russian state never interfered, and does not plan to interfere in internal American electoral process.”

Putin said there was “no solid reason” for the tense atmosphere between the two countries and pledged that Moscow is ready for intelligence co-operation with the U.S. on terrorism and cyber threats.

Trump said the United States and Russia must find ways to “co-operate in pursuit of shared interests.”

Trump said a productive dialogue between the U.S. and Russia is good for both countries and “is good for the world.”

Trump said relations between the U.S. and Russia have never been worse, but that he thinks that “changed as of about four hours ago.”

Trump had earlier posted a tweet blaming his own country’s “foolishness and stupidity” for the two powers’ hostile relationship. Russia’s foreign ministry posted its approval of the tweet with a comment.

Just days after a special prosecutor indicted 12 Russian agents for allegedly stealing documents from the Democratic Party to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election, Trump went into the meeting at the presidential palace in Finland’s capital without a word of criticism for Moscow.

After the meeting, he repeated his contention that there was “zero collusion” between his campaign and Russia.

The two leaders met for more than two hours alone in a room with their interpreters and then convened a more traditional-style bilateral meeting, seated at a large conference table surrounded by senior officials from both countries. Trump called the private talks with the Kremlin leader a “good start.”

Trump and Putin attend a working lunch during their meeting at the presidential palace in Helsinki on Monday. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Earlier, the pair began their meeting with friendly words.

“I really think the world wants to see us get along,” Trump said, seated next to the Russian leader.

“I think we will have an extraordinary relationship. I hope so. I’ve been saying it, and I’m sure you’ve heard over the years, and as I campaigned, that getting along with Russia is good thing, not a bad thing,” he said.

Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact, including talking by phone and meeting at international events. Speaking through an interpreter, the Russian leader said, “The time has come to have a thorough discussion on various international problems and sensitive issues.”

The meeting took place against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances and a new peak in the Russia investigation.

It was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties.

“Our relationship with Russia is strained because of the very malign actions he’s refusing to take Russia to task for,” tweeted Democratic U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, a member of the House foreign affairs committee, about Trump. “Though relations were worse during the Cold War, at least then the U.S. presidency wasn’t a propaganda arm for the Kremlin.”

Hillary Clinton,Trump’s 2016 presidential opponent, also weighed in, via Twitter.

Russia denies interfering in the U.S. presidential election.

In his public remarks at the outset, Trump mentioned none of the issues that have lately brought U.S.-Russian relations to the lowest point since the Cold War: Moscow’s annexation of territory from Ukraine, its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its alleged meddling in both U.S. and European elections.

EU a ‘foe’

Ahead of his sitdown with Putin, who has cracked down on the free press, Trump continued to unleash a series of attacks on the media, including as Air Force One descended into Helsinki.

“Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn’t good enough — that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!” Trump tweeted. “Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people and all the Dems know how to do is resist and obstruct!”

A message supporting the free press on a video wall at the Helsinki Music Centre. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Finland’s capital Monday. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

The summit caps a trip abroad during which Trump harshly criticized NATO allies for failing to spend enough on their militaries and he referred to the European Union as a “foe” in trade.

In some of the strongest words yet reflecting the unease of Washington’s traditional allies, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Trump.

“We can no longer completely rely on the White House,” Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group. “To maintain our partnership with the U.S.A., we must readjust it. The first clear consequence can only be that we need to align ourselves even more closely in Europe.

“Europe must not let itself be divided, however sharp the verbal attacks and absurd the tweets may be.”

‘Shameful comedy’

Hovering over Helsinki is the spectre of the 2016 election interference and ongoing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia.

Putin is likely to strongly reaffirm his denial of any meddling and cast the U.S. charges as unfounded.

The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected last week’s indictment as part of a “shameful comedy” staged by those in the U.S. who try to prevent the normalization of Russia-U.S. ties, arguing that it doesn’t contain evidence to back the accusations.

On Syria, a possible deal could see Moscow helping mediate the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their Hezbollah proxies from the areas alongside Syria’s border with Israel — a diplomatic coup that would reflect Russia’s carefully cultivated ties with both Israel and Iran.

Observers have raised concerns about the fact the leaders would be alone during their first meeting, meaning there will be no corroborating witnesses to accurately represent what was said.


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