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In wake of airstrike, U.S. military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syriaby Thomas Gibbons-Neff

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Russia has denied taking part in the strike, despite a U.S. statement Saturday that specifically indicated Russian aircraft participated in the bombing.

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In Irma-devastated US Virgin Islands, resolve blends with worry of being forgotten

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Many in Coral Bay feel their plight was ignored after Irma reached Florida, their experience as Americans forgotten, as if the hurricane in the Virgin Islands didn’t count.

McCain Laments ‘Accident After Accident’ After Military Cuts – Bloomberg

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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McCain Laments ‘Accident After Accident’ After Military Cuts
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McCain, a Vietnam War veteran from a military family, has been a longtime critic of the automatic cuts in U.S. spending — including reductions in U.S. defense — known as sequestration that began in 2013 under an earlier deal to raise the country’s 

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U.S. considering closing its embassy in Cuba by Carol Morello

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Tillerson said the move is “under review,” in response to apparent sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats at the mission.

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? by Nora Ellingsen

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:10 PM

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On Saturday, the Juggalos marched on Washington. According to their website, they would “take our fight to the streets” this weekend to protest the FBI’s treatment of them. Which led a lot of people to ask, “What the heck is a Juggalo? And what’s their beef with the FBI?” The answer to these questions involves some interesting litigation over the FBI’s authority to identify gangs domestically.

First things first, who are the Juggalos? “Juggalos” are fans of the hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse(ICP). Commentators liken them more to Deadheads than to an official, organized fan club. Juggalos are easily recognized by their signature look: clown-like face paint. The name Juggalo comes from ICP’s 1992 song “The Juggla” and has evolved into a term of endearment among fans of the group. According to the ACLU, which represents the Juggalos and ICP in the litigation discussed below, the federal government estimates that there are more than a million Juggalos in the United States. This weekend’s protest involved smaller numbers—in the hundreds or low thousands, according to a best guess by Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes, who went to this weekend’s protest and took the photos published in this post.

ICP was founded in 1991 by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, a duo who began performing a hard-core style of hip-hop called horrorcore. Wikipedia describes this music genre as hip-hop “based on horror-themed and often darkly transgressive lyrical content and imagery.” The ACLU, with gentler terminology, describes the genre as using “very harsh language to tell nightmare-like stories with an underlying message that horrible things happen to people who choose evil over good.” Although the group may not fit mainstream tastes, ICP has released two platinum and five gold albums. Along with its record label, ICP holds an annual music festival, called the Gathering of the Juggalos. According to Billboard, the event, which is now in its 18th year, drew 20,000 people in 2010. This year, a solid 8,000 fans showed up.

The Juggalos are upset because, in a 2011 report, the federal government classified the group as a gang. Because of this report, the Juggalos say,  members of their group have been the target of harassment by law enforcement. Individual members have also said that they have lost their jobs and custody of their children because of their affiliation with the group. In 2014, the group filed a lawsuit demanding that they be removed from the list. That case was dismissed last year, a decision that led to this weekend’s march.

The 2011 report is a product of the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC), which every two years releases a National Gang Threat Assessment (NGTR), now called the National Gang Report. Congress established the National Gang Intelligence Center in 2005 to act as a repository for and facilitate the sharing of gang-related information and intelligence between federal, state and local law enforcement. State and local law-enforcement agencies voluntarily report data on the growth, migration, criminal activity and association of gangs to the center, which incorporates the information into the publicly available National Gang Threat Assessment.

In 2011, the center released a version of the report, and for the first and last time included the Juggalos, describing the group as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” In a one-page overview, the report noted that Juggalos were recognized as a gang in only four states but that at least 21 states had identified criminal Juggalo subsets.

The national report also described a group that was committing low-level crimes but warned that small numbers of Juggalos were becoming more organized and violent:

Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales.

The report cites two specific examples of violence. In January 2011, a Juggalo member shot and wounded a couple in Washington, and in 2010, two Juggalos were charged with beating and robbing an elderly homeless man.

According to NPR, Juggalos have been violent on at least two occasions since the 2011 report. In February of this year, a man in Wisconsin was sentenced for using a machete to cut off a woman’s finger and drinking her blood. In 2014, two Maryland men were charged with attempted murder after they tried to carve a Juggalo tattoo off their housemate’s arm before setting his arm on fire.

The FBI’s action does not carry any legal weight. While the report classifies the Juggalos as a gang, that classification is not a designation that, say, parallels the government’s authority to designate a foreign terrorist organization, an action that makes “material support” of the designated group a felony. The action does not prescribe—or even recommend—any particular course of action. The NGTR is just an intelligence product, meant to educate and facilitate information sharing.

In terms of analogies, the report is probably more similar to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Global Threat Assessment than to the State Department’s designation of foreign terrorist organizations.

That said, it’s not hard to understand why Juggalos—most of whom see themselves as nothing more than music fans—protest their inclusion. While they haven’t been included in the national gang report since the 2011 edition, the group continues to litigate its inclusion in that document.

In January 2014, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and the FBI on behalf of four Juggalos and the two members of ICP (performers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope). The suit was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, which covers ICP’s hometown. It alleged that the Juggalos, because of their inclusion in the National Gang Intelligence Center’s 2011 report, have been subject to harassment by law-enforcement officers. The complaint details the harassment: Several of the plaintiffs were repeatedly stopped and searched by law enforcement because of their Juggalo tattoos and clothing, it alleges. Another was told his application to join the U.S. military would be denied because of his Juggalo tattoo. And the two ICP performers complained that one of their concerts was canceled after local police called the venue and reported their alleged gang affiliation. The suit sought a declaratory judgement that federal designations of the Juggalos as a gang are unlawful.

The complaint alleged that the federal government’s designation of Juggalos as a “hybrid gang” violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act in several ways. First, the plaintiffs argued, the Justice Department and the FBI violated their constitutional rights of association, expression and due process under the First and Fifth Amendments, respectively. The plaintiffs also claimed that the agencies’ decision to classify Juggalos as a gang was “arbitrary and capricious.” Finally, they argued that the defendants violated criminal intelligence collection procedures.

The lawsuit began a winding path through the court system.

Initially, the lawsuit was dismissed in district court for lack of standing to bring the complaint. The court found that the federal government was not responsible for how local authorities use the National Gang Intelligence Center report because the assessment does not recommend any particular course of action for local law enforcement to follow. Because any adjudication on the merits would involve speculation about the decisions of third parties—for example, local law-enforcement agencies—the court found that the plaintiffs had not properly alleged constitutional standing.

But in September 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s decision and reinstated the lawsuit, allowing the Juggalos’ claims to proceed because they asserted that the designation had caused them substantial harm.

One year later, in September 2016, the district court again dismissed the case. The court again reasoned that none of the consequences described in the complaint were caused by the defendants but were a result of “independent decision making by third parties.” In other words, the federal threat assessment document did not direct local law-enforcement officers to stop and search the plaintiffs. The court also ruled that the decision to include the Juggalos in the report was subject to agency discretion.

The case is on to its second appeal before the Sixth Circuit, and arguments are scheduled for October 11.

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? – Lawfare (blog)

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI?
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On Saturday, the Juggalos marched on Washington. According to their website, they would “take our fight to the streets” this weekend to protest the FBI’s treatment of them. Which led a lot of people to ask, “What the heck is a Juggalo? And what’s their 
Juggalos march in Washington to protest ‘gang’ label by FBISouth China Morning Post
Insane Clown Posse fans protest FBI ‘gang’ classificationNew York Post
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Tillerson says military option will be “only one left” if diplomacy fails on North Korea – CBS News

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:10 PM

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Tillerson says military option will be “only one left” if diplomacy fails on North Korea
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that “our military option will be the only one left” if diplomatic efforts fail when it comes to North Korea. … So this is also to assure the government of China that that is not our agenda either 
Tillerson on N. Korea: Military option will be only one left if diplomatic efforts failThe Hill

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US considering closing its embassy in Cuba – Washington Post

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:09 PM

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US considering closing its embassy in Cuba
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the United States is considering closing theU.S. Embassy in Havana in response to mysterious hearing problems that have left at least 21 employees with serious health issues. “We have it under 

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In wake of airstrike, U.S. military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syria

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 4:06 PM

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“Mnuchin is in the same boat. The treasury secretary served as national finance chair for Trump’s presidential campaign and on the Trump transition team. What’s more, Mnuchin has a personal relationship with Trump and his immediate family members, and has political relationships that extend to Trump transition advisers and campaign aides who could be affected by Mueller’s investigation. Pompeo has his own conflict challenge. A far-right Republica…

Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 9:08 AM

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Along with the roiling investigation around the Trump campaign’s high-level meeting with Russian cutouts to discuss collusion, there have recently been a series of eyebrow-raising revelations about the once-planned Trump Tower Moscow, and one newly revealed document goes a long way toward connecting those dots.

It had previously been reported that plans for a luxury Trump property in Moscow were scrapped before his presidential campaign began, but a few weeks ago, it was revealed that Trump signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the deal while his campaign was ongoing. Now, CNN has obtained a copy of that LOI, which was later signed by Trump in January 2016.

Aside from the details of the deal, and the letter’s confirmation that Trump was definitely involved in business with Russia during his presidential campaign, the Oct. 13, 2015, email that accompanied it contained a fascinating detail. Felix Sater, the intermediary for the deal, openly suggested that Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin coordinate their public comments, CNN reported (emphasis added):

Attached is the signed LOI, by Andrey Rozov. Please have Mr. Trump counter-sign, signed and sent back. Lets make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce & business are much better and more practical than politics. That should be Putin’s message as well, and we will help him agree on that message. Help world peace and make a lot of money, I would say that’s a great lifetime goal for us to go after.

It was right around this time, you may recall, that Trump and Putin began a very public verbal love-festthat included moments like this December interview, when Trump bashfully accepted Putin’s praise, bashed President Barack Obama in Putin’s favor, and defended his brutal repression in return:

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Trump’s pattern of behavior following this email is similar to that which followed the Trump Tower meeting, which intensifies the possibility that Trump was aware of both overtures, and willingly accepted them.

But this email also suggests that, like a great many other things, Hillary Clinton was right when she called Trump a puppet during her third presidential debate with him.

Relive Trump’s priceless reaction to that slam below, via CBS News.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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How the Trump administration’s secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell short

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 9:05 AM

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In the early weeks of the Trump administration, former Obama administration officials and State Department staffers fought an intense, behind-the-scenes battle to head off efforts by incoming officials to normalize relations with Russia, according to multiple sources familiar with the events.

Unknown to the public at the time, top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow.

These efforts to relax or remove punitive measures imposed by President Obama in retaliation for Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and meddling in the 2016 election alarmed some State Department officials, who immediately began lobbying congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to block the move, the sources said.

“There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” said Dan Fried, a veteran State Department official who served as chief U.S. coordinator for sanctions policy until he retired in late February. He said in the first few weeks of the administration, he received several “panicky” calls from U.S. government officials who told him they had been directed to develop a sanctions-lifting package and imploring him, “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?”

Fried said he grew so concerned that he contacted Capitol Hill allies — including Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking minority member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — to urge them to move quickly to pass legislation that would “codify” the sanctions in place, making it difficult for President Trump to remove them.

Tom Malinowski, who had just stepped down as President Obama’s assistant secretary of state for human rights, told Yahoo News he too joined the effort to lobby Congress after learning from former colleagues that the administration was developing a plan to lift sanctions — and possibly arrange a summit between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin — as part of an effort to achieve a “grand bargain” with Moscow. “It would have been a win-win for Moscow,” said Malinowski, who only days before he left office announced his own round of sanctions against senior Russian officials for human rights abuses under a law known as the Magnitsky Act.

The previously unreported efforts by Fried and others to check the Trump administration’s policy moves cast new light on the unseen tensions over Russia policy during the early days of the new administration.

It also potentially takes on new significance for congressional and Justice Department investigators in light of reports that before the administration took office Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his chief foreign policy adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed setting up a private channel of communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — talks that appear to have laid the groundwork for the proposals that began circulating right after the inauguration.

A senior White House official confirmed that the administration began exploring changes in Russia sanctions as part of a broader policy review that is still ongoing. “We’ve been reviewing all the sanctions — and this is not exclusive to Russia,” the official said. “All the sanctions regimes have mechanisms built in to alleviate them. It’s been our hope that the Russians would take advantage of that” by living up to Moscow’s agreement to end the Ukraine conflict, but they did not do so.

To be sure, President Trump’s interest in improving relations with Moscow was hardly a secret during last year’s presidential campaign. “If we can make a great deal for our country and get along with Russia, that would be a tremendous thing,” Trump said in a April 28, 2016, Fox News interview. “I would love to try it.”

But there was nothing said in public about specific steps the new administration took toward reaching the kind of deal the president had talked about during the campaign — without requiring the Russians to acknowledge responsibility for the annexation of Crimea or Moscow’s “influence campaign” during the 2016 election.

Just days after President Trump took office, officials who had moved into the secretary of state’s seventh-floor office sent a “tasking” order to the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs to develop a menu of options to improve relations with Russia as part of a deal in exchange for Russian cooperation in the war against the Islamic State in Syria, according to two former officials. Those options were to include sanctions relief as well as other steps that were a high priority for Moscow, including the return of two diplomatic compounds — one on Long Island and the other on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — that were shut by President Obama on Dec. 29 on the grounds that they were being used for espionage purposes. (The return of the compounds is again being actively considered by the administration, according to a Washington Post report Thursday.) “Obviously, the Russians have been agitating about this,” the senior White House official said when asked about the compounds, or “dachas,” as the Russians call them. But it would be inaccurate to report there has been an agreement to return them without some reciprocal move on Moscow’s part.

Since this was the same State Department bureau that had helped develop the punitive measures in the first place, and actively pushed for them under the leadership of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland, who had just resigned, the tasking order left staffers feeling “deeply uncomfortable,” said one source, who asked not to be identified.

These concerns led some department officials to also reach out to Malinowski, an Obama political appointee who had just stepped down. Malinowski said he, like Fried, called Cardin and other congressional allies, including aides to Sen. John McCain, and urged them to codify the sanctions — effectively locking them in place — before Trump could lift them

The lobbying effort produced some immediate results: On Feb. 7, Cardin and Sen. Lindsay Graham introduced bipartisan legislation to bar the administration from granting sanctions relief without first submitting a proposal to do so for congressional review. “Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief,” Graham said in a statement at the time. If the U.S. were to lift sanctions without “verifiable progress” by Russia in living up to agreements in Ukraine, “we would lose all credibility in the eyes of our allies in Europe and around he world,” added Cardin in his own statement. (A spokesman for Cardin told Yahoo News in an emailed statement: “I can also confirm that the senator did hear from senior Obama officials encouraging him to take sanctions steps, but that he had already been considering it as well.”)

The proposed bill lost some of its urgency six days later when Flynn resigned as White House national security adviser following disclosures he had discussed political sanctions relief with Kislyak during the transition and misrepresented those talks to Vice President Mike Pence. After that, “it didn’t take too long for it to become clear that if they lifted sanctions, there would be a political firestorm,” Malinowski said.

But the political battles over the issue are far from over. Cardin, McCain and Graham are separately pushing another sanctions bill — imposing tough new measures in response to Russia’s election interference. The measures have so far been blocked for consideration within the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by its chairman, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who says he wants to first hear the administration’s position on the issue.

In the meantime, Malinowksi said he is concerned that there may be other, less public ways the administration can undermine the Russian sanctions. He noted that much of their force results from parallel sanctions imposed by the European Union, whose members must unanimously renew them each year.

“I had this nightmare vision of [White House senior adviser ] Steve Bannon or [National Security Council staffer] Sebastian Gorka calling in the Hungarian ambassador and telling them President Trump would not be displeased” if his country opposed the renewal of sanctions, he said.

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Sen. Al Franken on new book ‘Giant of the Senate,’ Hillary Clinton’s election loss and Trump’s decision on Paris Climate Agreement

Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) about his new book called “Giant of the Senate.” They also talked about President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and how Hillary Clinton should “move on” from her 2016 presidential election loss.

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Trump’s Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both … – Just Security

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 8:13 AM

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Trump’s Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both …
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Congressional investigators are reportedly exploring any connections between two deals brokered by Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater …
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On MSNBC Steven Harper Talks About the Moscow Tower Deal That ‘Will Get Donald Elected’ – BillMoyers.com

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On MSNBC Steven Harper Talks About the Moscow Tower Deal That ‘Will Get Donald Elected’
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Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin. He predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would highlight Mr. Trump’s savvy negotiating skills and be a political boon 
Russia Sought A Broad Reset With Trump, Secret Document ShowsBuzzFeed News

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How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner – Mother Jones

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How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner
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On December 2, 2015, during an interview with an Associated Press reporter, Trump was asked about his relationship with a fellow named Felix Sater. Trump, who was then the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination contest, replied, “Felix Sater 
Marcus: Trump downplays his financial interests in RussiaBloomington Pantagraph
Trump Tower Moscow Plan, Russia Sanctions Rollback Linked In New Trump Collusion Evidence, Expert SaysThe Inquisitr
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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow – Yahoo News

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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow
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A letter of intent forwarded by Russian-born businessman Felix Sater to the Trump Organization’s lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, outlines the terms of a licensing agreement to purchase property to build a “Trump World Tower Moscow.” Sater sent the 
Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s PuppetIndependent Journal Review

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Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet – Independent Journal Review

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Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet
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Along with the roiling investigation around the Trump campaign’s high-level meeting with Russian cutouts to discuss collusion, there have recently been a series of eyebrow-raising revelations about the once-planned Trump Tower Moscow, and one newly …

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Who Is Felix Sater, and Why Is Donald Trump So Afraid of Him? – The Nation.

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Who Is Felix Sater, and Why Is Donald Trump So Afraid of Him?
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Every time someone asks Donald Trump if he knows Felix Sater, his Russian-born, Brooklyn-bred former business associate, Trump draws a blank. Despite the fact that Sater worked on and off for a decade with the Trump Organization, and despite his recent …
‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower MoscowBusiness Insider
Document details scrapped deal for Trump Tower MoscowCNN
Not at all quiet for Trump on the Russia frontSt. Louis American
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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow – Business Insider

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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow
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A letter of intent forwarded by Russian-born businessman Felix Sater to the Trump Organization’s lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, outlines the terms of a licensing agreement to purchase property to build a “Trump World Tower Moscow.” Sater sent the 
Not at all quiet for Trump on the Russia frontSt. Louis American
REVEALED: Longtime Trump associate floated this bizarre ulterior motive for Moscow TowerRaw Story
Letter of intent to build Trump Tower Moscow: ‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’Metro US
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Russian émigré in Trump saga still surrounded by fellow financial fraudsters – Sacramento Bee

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Russian émigré in Trump saga still surrounded by fellow financial fraudsters
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The office is rented by the engaging but elusive émigré, Felix Sater. He’s been front-page news of late for emails, now in the hands of congressional and federal investigators, detailing how he and Trump Organization attorney Michael D. Cohen sought a …

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‘Business as usual and nothing more’: Trump’s longtime lawyer defends contacts with top Russian official – Business Insider

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‘Business as usual and nothing more’: Trump’s longtime lawyer defends contacts with top Russian official
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Cohen was in touch with the businessman, Felix Sater, in late 2015, when Trump was a candidate. The two men exchanged a series of emails in November 2015 in which they geared up to celebrate the Moscow deal, as well as Trump’s election victory, which …
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Michael Cohen Would Take a Bullet for Donald TrumpVanity Fair
All’s Not Quiet on Trump’s Russian FrontLynchburg News and Advance
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Editorial: Mueller finds alarming signs — and sleazy people — in collusion probe – STLtoday.com

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Editorial: Mueller finds alarming signs — and sleazy people — in collusion probe
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But other sources have leaked three names — Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and Eric Schneiderman — that indicate that Mueller’s team is probing very deeply. If there’s a smoking gun to be found, Mueller is getting closer to it. Cohen is Trump’s 
Who Is Felix Sater? Trump’s Associate Bragged His Russian Deal Could Get “Our Boy” ElectedGears Of Biz
Eugene Robinson: The Russia frontWinston-Salem Journal
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Top House Democrat: ‘Past time’ to subpoena Comey documents – Los Angeles Times

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Top House Democrat: ‘Past time’ to subpoena Comey documents
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The California Democrat also says he expects Trump attorney Michael Cohen and a Russia-born associate, Felix Sater, to testify before the panel. Last week, Cohen confirmed Trump’s company pursued a project with Sater in Moscow during the Republican …

Who Is Felix Sater? Trump’s Associate Bragged His Russian Deal Could Get “Our Boy” Elected – Gears Of Biz

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Who Is Felix Sater? Trump’s Associate Bragged His Russian Deal Could Get “Our Boy” Elected
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Following a recent report from The New York Times, you might be wondering exactly who Felix Sater is. The Trump associate wrote an email in November 2015 to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, saying he could get Trump elected as president. And to put …

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The Trump-Russia probe contains explosive allegations and the President will struggle to conceal the secrets of his past – The Independent

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The Trump-Russia probe contains explosive allegations and the President will struggle to conceal the secrets of his past
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‘Fecalboy.com’ is just one of the nasty domain names Trump pal Felix Sater used to target a common foe – MarketWatch

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Those are just some of the domain names that convicted felon Felix Sater used in his efforts to go after a common enemy of his and President Donald Trump’s, according to the Daily Beast. Jody Kriss, who is said to have worked with Sater at a real 

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Mueller obtains warrant for Russia linked Facebook ads and accounts

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  • Robert Mueller. Thomson ReutersRobert Mueller obtained a search warrant for records of “inauthentic” Facebook accounts
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FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.

The warrant was first disclosed by the Wall Street Journal on Friday night and the news was later confirmed by CNN.

Legal experts say the revelation has enormous implications for the trajectory of Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference, and whether Moscow had any help from President Donald Trump’s campaign team.

“This is big news — and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference ‘deniers,'” said Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent.

Rangappa, now an associate dean at Yale Law School, explained that to obtain a search warrant a prosecutor needs to prove to a judge that there is reason to believe a crime has been committed. The prosecutor then has to show that the information being sought will provide evidence of that crime.

Mueller would not have sought a warrant targeting Facebook as a company, Rangappa noted. Rather, he would have been interested in learning more about specific accounts. 

“The key here, though, is that Mueller clearly already has enough information on these accounts — and their link to a potential crime to justify forcing [Facebook] to give up the info,” she said. “That means that he has uncovered a great deal of evidence through other avenues of Russian election interference.”

It also means that Mueller is no longer looking at Russia’s election interference from a strict counterintelligence standpoint — rather, he now believes he may be able to obtain enough evidence to charge specific foreign entities with a crime.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, now a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, said that the revelation Mueller obtained a search warrant for Facebook content “may be the biggest news in the case since the Manafort raid.”

The FBI conducted a predawn July raid on the home of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in late July. The bureau is reportedly investigating Manafort’s financial history and overseas business dealings as part of its probe into possible collusion between the campaign and Moscow.

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The Facebook warrant “means that Mueller has concluded that specific foreign individuals committed a crime by making a ‘contribution’ in connection with an election,” Mariotti wrote on Saturday.

“It also means that he has evidence of that crime that convinced a federal magistrate judge of two things: first, that there was good reason to believe that the foreign individual committed the crime. Second, that evidence of the crime existed on Facebook.”

That has implications for Trump and his associates, too, Mariotti said. 

“It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed. That’s aiding and abetting. If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions that Mueller’s search warrant focused on and helped that effort in a tangible way, they could be charged.”

Congressional intelligence committees are homing in on the campaign’s data operation as a potential trove of incriminating information.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC earlier this month that he wants to know how sophisticated the Russian-bought ads were — in terms of their content and targets — to determine whether they had any help from the Trump campaign.

The House Intelligence Committee also wants to interview the digital director for Trump’s campaign, Brad Parscale, who worked closely with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Kushner was put in charge of the campaign’s entire data operation and is  now being scrutinized by the FBI over his contacts with Russia’s ambassador and the CEO of a sanctioned Russian bank in December.

Facebook said in its initial statement that about 25% of the ads purchased by Russians during the election “were geographically targeted,” and many analysts have found it difficult to believe that foreign entities would have had the kind of granular knowledge of American politics necessary to target specific demographics and voting precincts.

In a post-election interview, Kushner told Forbes that he had been keenly interested in Facebook’s “micro-targeting” capabilities from early on.

“I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting,” Kushner said.

“We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world,” Kushner said. “

And I asked them how to scale this stuff . . . We basically had to build a $400 million operation with 1,500 people operating in 50 states, in five months to then be taken apart. We started really from scratch,” he added. 

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Mueller just obtained a warrant that could change the entire nature of the Russia investigation – Business Insider

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Robert Mueller’s latest hire reveals new twist in Trump-Russia probe by Bill Palmer

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Robert Mueller spent the summer assembling a dream team for his Trump-Russia probe, and in the process he revealed something crucial. Everyone he hired was a prosecutor, not an investigator, which pointed to how he planned to approach his takedown of Trump: by prosecuting everyone around him for their various crimes and thus prompting some of them to flip on him. Now Mueller has doubled back and made another major hire, which reveals a new development in his investigation.

Mueller just hired Kyle Freeny, a prosecutor who specializes in money laundering cases (link). Here’s the thing: he already has a money laundering specialist on his team. Each of the people he’s picked has a different specialty. Now he’s doubling up, and he’s pulling someone from a fairly important federal case to make it happen. The most logical explanation for this comes down to two words: parallel prosecutions.

Let’s say that Mueller’s existing money laundering prosecutor is leading the charge against Paul Manafort. Why bring on a second money laundering prosecutor? It points to pursuing two different money laundering cases at the same time. So who’s the second target? These kinds of probes always work from the bottom of the food chain upward. This new money laundering prosecution would have to be of someone who’s at least as vital and far up the chain as Manafort is.

So now we can presume that, in addition to pursuing Paul Manafort for money laundering, Robert Mueller is also pursuing another key Trump adviser for the same charge – or he’s begun a money laundering case against Donald Trump himself. Mueller’s hires have long telegraphed where he was headed with his strategy and prosecutions. This latest hire is telegraphing that he’s so far along, he’s now pursuing parallel prosecutions of multiple major figures in the scandal.

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“[Kyle] Freeny, whose assignment to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff has not been previously reported, is the 17th lawyer known to be working with the former FBI chief on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election,” Josh Gerstein reported.

Freeny is a trial attorney from the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.

“The Justice Department billed the “Wolf of Wall Street” case as a product of the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, an effort to pursue the proceeds of foreign corruption and return such monies to the public in the affected countries,” Politico noted. “Justice Department officials including former Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the same kleptocracy project is probing the transfer of assets overseas by Ukrainian officials, including former President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort served as a consultant to Yanukovych and his Party of Regions — work that has triggered suspicions about the former Trump campaign chief because of Yanukovych’s warm relationship with Moscow.”

Freeny taught kindergarten in Egypt between achieving her undergrad and law degrees at Harvard.

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Her Arabic language skills may be useful after the latest report that Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner had a secret meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan about building nuclear reactors in the Middle East.

Mueller has also hired Russian-speaking attorney Elizabeth Prelogar to assist Michael Dreeben — DOJ’s top criminal law expert — in the probe of possible Trump campaign collusion and/or obstruction of justice. Prelogar also graduated from Harvard Law and was a Fulbright scholar in Russia.

Andrew Weissmann headed DOJ’s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller’s team. Weissmann’s speciality is persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors.

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Why Mueller’s Counterintelligence Effort is Just as Important as His Criminal Probe

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The Trump-Russia investigation: Every day, we hear something new about Robert Mueller’s criminal probe—from rumors of Kremlin-connected money laundering to questions about why the president fired former FBI director James Comey. Considering how polarized this country is, it’s understandable that much of the focus has centered on Mueller’s criminal probe.

But as the special counsel investigates possible coordination between Moscow and the Trump team, he’s not only looking at potential crimes. He’s also overseeing a counterintelligence operation, looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It’s this counterintelligence effort, not the criminal investigation, that will unravel why and how Moscow-connected groups spent at least $100,000 on Facebook ads during the campaign. Among other things.

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Criminal investigators can’t thwart a foreign intelligence op or fix the gaps that allowed it go undetected. Both are the purview of the FBI’s counterintelligence division. These folks don’t necessarily need arrests to be successful. Take the 1989 case of Felix Bloch, a State Department officer suspected of being a Soviet spy. After attracting the attention of the FBI, the bureau’s counterintelligence officers spotted him meeting a known Soviet agent in Paris with whom he left a bag. Before the FBI could close in, however, an FBI spy named Robert Hansen tipped Bloch off, saying he was under surveillance. When the bureau confronted him about his spying activities, Bloch claimed he was simply passing stamps to the Soviet agent. He was fired, but a case against him never materialized. The good news: Soviet agents never worked with him again, and that was a win for the bureau’s counterintelligence officers.

For the FBI’s criminal division, the outcome was a lot less favorable. Which is why the two divisions are separate: One is a law enforcement agency, the other an intel shop. Law enforcement is interested in perp walks and courtroom presentations. Counterintelligence officers? Not so much. Stopping a foreign intelligence service is best done in secret. “The end goal for a prosecutor is to publicly present everything they’ve uncovered to a jury,” says Vince Houghton, a historian and curator at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. “But in counterintelligence you’d never lay all of your cards out on the table—if you do, you’re just letting your opponent gain the advantage.”

Take my case, for example. When I worked for the bureau as a double agent, my handlers at first wanted me just to watch the Russians. Knowing what they were asking for showed them what Moscow’s military needed, which helps U.S. intelligence. But there was no interest or desire to build a criminal case. (Later, when Russia showed interest in developing me into a spy, my handlers changed my role, making me an asset).

In the Trump-Russia probe, Mueller’s job is twofold: building a criminal case and investigating how the Russians meddled in the election. The former may seem more important for those hoping Trump will be impeached. But if we really want to understand what happened—and how we can make sure Moscow never interferes in our election again—it’s actually the counterintelligence part of the probe that’s paramount.

This part of the investigation may get fewer headlines, but it’s just as important.

Naveed Jamali is the author of How to Catch a Russian Spy, a memoir about working undercover as a double agent for the FBI. He continues to serve as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and a senior fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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