Russian Government

Mariia Butina, Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent

WASHINGTON — A Russian woman who tried to broker a secret meeting between Donald J. Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign was charged Monday and accused of working with Americans to carry out a secret Russian effort to influence American …

U.S. Politics

Asked directly, Putin does not deny possessing “compromising material” on Trump

Yes, this is about the “pee tape.”<p>Asked directly by an Associated Press reporter whether or not it’s true that Russian intelligence has compromising material, or “kompromat,” that it can use to blackmail Donald Trump, Russian President Vladmir Putin did not exactly deny it.<p>The reference is to a …

U.S. Politics

Another Russian Shoe Just Dropped—and It's Tied to the NRA

Maria Butina was allegedly a very busy unregistered lobbyist on behalf of the Russian Federation.<p>Oh, my. Look what dropped! It’s…<i>another shoe</i>.<p>According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, from as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction …

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BIG NEWS: DOJ indicted NRA-linked Russian who tried to set a Trump-Putin meeting during '16 election

Absolutely explosive news from the Department of Justice today as they announced an charges against Mariia Butina, Chairman of the Right to Bear …

Donald Trump

Trump: Putin made 'incredible offer' in Russian hacking case

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin privately made an "incredible offer" to help American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election season.<p>"He offered …

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Does Russia have Kompromat on Trump? Here's Putin's strange answer

<b>(CNN) —</b> Does Russia have compromising information -- "Kompromat" -- on President Donald Trump?<p>The issue came up point-blank when both Putin and Trump sidestepped their way around it.<p>Also, the awkwardness of Putin, who bragged of being a former spy, being asked if Russians have compromising …

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Maria Butina, Russian operative, arrested for trying to infiltrate U.S. political organizations

Federal law enforcement officials arrested a Russian woman in the nation’s capital on Sunday, charging her with acting as an agent of the Russian …

Russia

Conor McGregor gets slammed for Instagram post about Putin

Conor McGregor has come under fire after sharing a photo of himself alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin on Instagram.<p>McGregor attended the …

Conor McGregor

AP FACT CHECK: Trump nearly alone in Russia meddling doubts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he sees no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election. Minutes earlier, on the same platform, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a reason, even while denying Moscow ever meddled: He wanted Trump to win.<p>A look at a sampling …

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Indictment: 'key' Republican 'leaders' had secure back channel to the Kremlin in October 2016

One of the many explosive charges in the indictment against accused Russian spy and influential NRA member Maria Butina is this alarming nugget:<p>31. …

Liberal View

Op-Ed writer for The Nation forcibly removed from Trump-Putin presser

An op-ed writer for the publication The Nation was forcibly removed from a press briefing between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader …

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What we know about a Russian NRA supporter’s alleged plot to get in with Trump and the GOP

Maria Butina, a Russian NRA supporter who reportedly bragged of the work she was doing for the Trump campaign, was arrested Sunday in Washington D.C. and charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian government.<p>Butina, a 29-year-old from Siberia who lived in Washington D.C. and took …

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Is Donald Trump committing treason?

Following the 2016 presidential election, a specter of treason was hovering over Donald Trump because of his response to the mounting evidence that …

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For Republicans, Russian sabotage of our elections is no big deal

Asked directly on Monday at a news conference with Vladimir Putin whether he believes all the American intelligence agencies or the Russian president about Russian manipulation of the 2016 election, President Trump gave an extraordinary answer. After some barely comprehensible words passing on a …

Opinion

Ex-RNC chairman: Trump sounded like an 'asset' next to his 'handler'

Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with …

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Putin’s reference to George Soros was a dog whistle to far-right anti-Semites

In Helsinki, Putin brought up the far right’s biggest boogeyman.<p>During President Donald Trump’s bizarre press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin invoked an odd name in trying to evade responsibility for the email hacking of the Democratic National Committee — Hungarian-American …

U.S. Politics

Fact check: Trump promoted conspiracy theories. Here's the truth.

Asked whether he believes the American intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the U.S election, President Donald Trump on Monday promoted two conspiracy theories and raised questions about his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's email server.<p>1. The DNC computer …

Politics

Gun-Rights Activist Charged With Acting as Russian Agent

Maria Butina worked at direction of a ‘high level official in the Russian government,’ Justice Department says; attorney denies charges<p>A Russian gun-rights advocate was arrested over the weekend on charges of being an agent of a foreign power and ordered held without bail pending a hearing on …

Corruption

Bill Browder fires back at Putin after press conference

After having his name invoked in a joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, businessman and Magnitsky Act advocate Bill Browder boasted that he has “hit the Achilles' heel of the Putin regime.”<p>Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, spoke to …

Russia

Rick Santorum forced to admit he was wrong to defend Trump for blaming US for poor Russia relations

Former Sen. Rick Santorum on Monday was forced to admit that President Donald Trump shouldn’t have blamed the United States for poor relations with …

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Putin Does Not Deny That Russia Has 'Compromising Information' On Trump

Including the pee tape.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday did not deny that the Russian government may have “compromising information” about President Donald Trump and his family.<p>Asked by The Associated Press’ Jonathan Lemire during an extraordinary press conference with Trump in Helsinki, …

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Putin told Trump: Russia never meddled in US election

HELSINKI — President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin met at the Presidential Palace in Finland’s capital city on Monday for a …

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Trump's Putin Summit Is Another Reminder He Prefers Dictators to Democratic Leaders

Trump often appears more comfortable in their company, and with their style of politics, than with the leaders of liberal democracies. This aspect of …

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Anderson Cooper Calls Trump & Putin’s Presser The “Most Disgraceful” Thing He’d Ever Seen

After President Trump's and President Vladimir Putin's one-on-one meeting and conference in Finland on Monday, the two leaders took questions from a …

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'Utter nonsense': Putin attacks US reporter's question about Mueller probe and collusion

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed a reporter's question about election interference as "utter nonsense" during a joint press conference with President Donald Trump.<p>Putin completely dismissed the notion there was collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign …

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READ: US charges Russian national with being a spy for the Russian government

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US government charged a Russian national heavily involved in gun rights with being a spy for the Russian government in the US and developing relationships "with US persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics."<p>Read the criminal complaint unsealed Monday …

Justice

How Team Trump capitalized on Russia's interference in 2016

WASHINGTON — On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for hacking Democratic organizations and the Clinton campaign, offering the clearest story yet of how the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election.<p>But the other part of the story …

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Trump Endorses Putin Proposal to Have Russian Operatives Work on Mueller Probe

On Friday, the U.S. government indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for committing cybercrimes that were aimed at disrupting — and discrediting …

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Sen. Merkley says it's "likely" that Russians have dirt on Trump

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, said Monday that he believes that the Russian government may have "something close" to the long-rumored video of …

Donald Trump

U.S.-Russia Relationship on the Mend After Trump Meets Putin

From Helsinki, with love.<p>President Trump met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in a private meeting in Finland Monday. The two hosted a joint …

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