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The Latest Scoops from CNN and the New York Times: A Quick and Dirty Analysis

Re: Mueller investigation

With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller’s Inquiry Sets a Tone

Russia’s Facebook Fake News Could Have Reached 70 Million Americans

Russian Hackers May Have Affected 2016 Election Vote Totals

I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.

Trump’s Business of Corruption – The New Yorker

Manafort’s son-in-law met with federal investigators, sources say

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe

This is yet a further sign that there is a long-term, large-scale series of prosecutions being contemplated and being pursued by the special counsel

‘The moment when it really started to feel insane’: An oral history of the Scaramucci era

Via Funkaoshi. Looks like I picked a heck of a ten days to go on vacation and then get sick. My favourite part is “Pickle”.

Read the Full Text of Bill Browder’s Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Some deep background on just how corrupt and awful Putin is, and the insane story behind the Magnitsky Act:

Sergei Magnitsky was murdered as my proxy. If Sergei had not been my lawyer, he would still be alive today.

That morning I made a vow to Sergei’s memory, to his family, and to myself that I would seek justice and create consequences for the people who murdered him. For the last seven and a half years, I’ve devoted my life to this cause.

Sorry. Trump’s Attacks Aren’t Remotely Like Clinton and Starr

Josh Marshall:

It is very hard to come up with any plausible interpretation of these actions other than that the President is concealing grave wrongdoing which he will not allow to be uncovered. We are far, far past the point where ego, impetuousness, inexperience or anything else is a credible alternative explanation.

Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators

It’s becoming clear that Trump will get rid of Mueller.

We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy

Burn After Reading

Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting sure sounds like a Russian intelligence operation

Russian-American Lobbyist In Trump Jr. Meeting: Lawyer Brought Documents

Previously identified as a former Russian counter-intelligence officer. Not sure his account is credible, but it would seem to be very important to know who else is at this meeting, and to see these documents.

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

Comprehensive look at Trump’s Russian mob links going back to the 80s.

Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.

Investigators look for links between Trump, Russia cyber operations

Good. To me this is the juiciest part of the story (see: Cambridge Analytica)

Donald Trump Jr. Tweets out Evidence of Collusion with Russia

Complete insanity. So what is the argument to defend these clowns now: collusion is no big deal?

Further reading here.

Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton

Russia-born dealmaker linked to Trump assists laundering probe

Felix Sater be snitchin’ (in a probe of Kazakh money laundering, not specifically on Trump, but still)

Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference

Epic, frustrating reporting on the Obama Administration’s failure to deal with Russian election interference

Trump, Russia, and Those Shadowy Sater Deals at Bayrock

Fairly juicy longread about Felix Sater, the Trump associate with ties to Russia, the mob and the FBI.

[An ex-Bayrock employee] says that it was Arif and Sater who pitched the future president on the idea of launching an international chain of Trump-branded, mixed-use hotels and condominiums. And Bayrock got to Trump at a time when his “brand” could help get a little extra attention for a condo project, but didn’t amount to much more than that.

A Very, Very Dangerous Situation

What would happen if Trump fires Mueller & Rosenstein