Giuliani reportedly needed translation app for Russian documents: WSJ

He’ll have to get some new Russian operatives to work with. I’m sure Putin will be glad to oblige:

President Donald Trump’s private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, needed a translation app on his phone for Russian documents, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

He was without Soviet-born associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, on a recent trip to Ukraine. The two were arrested in October on charges of campaign finance violations. (Earlier this week, federal prosecutors asked a judge to revoke bail for Parnas, arguing he lied about his finances and posed a flight risk.)


Blackwater founder Erik Prince held secret talks with top Venezuelan official: sources

This doesn’t make sense other than they are doing Putin’s bidding. Russia is friendly with Maduro. That is why the Trump administration has done nothing to topple the regime:

Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro’s closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.

Nunes Met with Ousted Ukraine Prosecutor, Parnas to get Dirt on Joe Biden 

This is a scandal as big as the Zelensky-Whistleblower matter:

Congressional records show that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) flew to Europe at the same time that Rudy Giuliani’s indicted crony Lev Parnas says the congressman met with an ousted Ukrainian prosecutor in a hunt for dirt on Joe Biden.

Nunes and three aides flew to Europe last year on Nov. 30 and returned Dec. 3 at a cost to taxpayers of $63,000, according to congressional records unearthed by The Daily Beast. According to Parnas, Nunes met in Vienna last December with controversial former Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokin, CNN reported Friday. Shokin was forced out of office by the Ukrainian Parliament over corruption concerns in 2016 under pressure from the U.S. and Western allies. Biden was a key part of the effort to drive him out when he was vice president.

Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone directly colluded with Russian operatives behind DNC email hack

The endgame:

In documents submitted to the U.S. district court, the special counsel’s office detailed some of the evidence against Roger Stone, acknowledging for the first time they possess direct communications between Stone and Russian operatives known collectively as Guccifer 2.0, as well as WikiLeaks.

The communications were gathered in connection to an indictment that Robert Mueller brought against 12 Russian intelligence operatives last year. Those individuals, who were all members of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, operated under aliases including DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0.

…In its initial indictment against Stone last month, the special counsel’s office revealed that a senior Trump campaign official “was directed” to reach out to Stone regarding WikiLeaks’ publication of John Podesta’s emails. Now that Stone himself was shown to have been in direct communication with Russian intelligence operatives, there is a direct line running between the Trump campaign and Russian military intelligence officials.

Russian ex-spy put pressure on Manafort over debts owed to Kremlin-linked oligarch

And we are supposed to believe Trump did not know about this?

President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chair was pressured by a Russian oligarch over his debts, Time magazine reported Saturday. Former Russian intelligence officer Victor Boyarkin “was a key link” between Manafort and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. The report followed a “months-long investigation” by Time. “He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin says. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.” Boyarkin says he was approached by special counsel Robert Mueller. “I told…

For the same reason we are supposed to believe that the ‘Steele Dossier’ was somehow all made up:

Christmas for Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between Moscow and the Trump administration may not be over yet, and the woes for Michael Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including campaign finance violations, may have just begun. In an article published Thursday, news agency McClatchy DC cites four sources who say a mobile phone connected to Cohen “briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials.” If true, the claims would lend additional support to the controversial and inflammatory Steele dossier, which famously claimed that Cohen had been in Prague around that time on behalf of then–presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Cohen has denied for more than a year that he ever visited Prague—one of the most specific claims in the dossier, which ex-spy Christopher Steele compiled in 2016 as he researched Trump’s alleged connections to Russia. According to the dossier, Cohen secretly met with Kremlin insiders in Prague in August or September 2016 to discuss how to cover up or contain scandals involving Paul Manafort’s and Carter Page’s communications with Russians, connections between Trump and Moscow, and payments to hackers who targeted Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Russia Funded Trump Campaign & Communicated Through Private NRA Channel, According To Plea Deal

That makes the NRA traitors:

Republican operative Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, wrote in private communications that he used the National Rifle Association as a “conduit” to set up a “very private line of communication” between the Trump campaign and Russian interests. Erickson has been notified by federal prosecutors that he is a target in an ongoing investigation.

Butina, charged with working as an agent for the Russian government and with conspiracy, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on Monday. In the plea agreement, she admitted that she and “US Person 1” (Erickson) “agreed and conspired with a Russian government official” to “act in the United States under the direction of the Russian official without prior notification to the Attorney General”.

Russia has allegedly been spreading far-right propaganda on Facebook to try and influence the US midterms

Of course Trump has nothing to say about it:

The US Justice Department has charged a Russian woman with links to a close ally of President Vladimir Putin with conspiring to interfere in the upcoming US midterm elections.

The criminal complaint, filed in September and publicly disclosed on Friday, alleges that Elena Khusyaynova was instrumental in a wide-ranging campaign to influence American politics via social media, evidence that Russian attempts to interfere in domestic American affairs did not end with the 2016 US election.

Russian billionaire set up US company before Trump Tower meeting

A Russian billionaire who orchestrated the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting formed a new American shell company a month beforehand with an accountant who has had clients accused of money laundering and embezzlement.

The billionaire, Aras Agalarov, created the US company anonymously while preparing to move almost $20m into the country during the time of the presidential election campaign, according to interviews and corporate filings.

The company was set up for him in May 2016 by his Russian-born accountant, who has also managed the US finances of compatriots accused of mishandling millions of dollars. One of those clients has its own connection to the Trump Tower meeting.

Source: Revealed: Russian billionaire set up US company before Trump Tower meeting | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Author Christopher Steele Was Targeted For Poisoning By Putin, New Report Says

If Steele’s dossier is made-up why would Putin want to kill the guy:

Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the infamous Donald Trump Russia scandal “dossier” that contained, among other serious allegations, the Trump “pee tape” story, was the target of an assassination plot ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, a leading newspaper in the United Kingdom reported on Saturday night.

Paul Manafort to Cooperate With Special Counsel

Prosecutors said on Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s onetime campaign manager, would cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian electoral interference.

Given Manafort’s close involvement with Russia and the Trump campaign, the news could constitute a major blow to President Trump as he tries to contain the damage from Mueller’s probe. However, Manafort’s web of connections in the murky world of lobbying and foreign influence means that the information prosecutors extract from him may not necessarily involve the president directly.

Source: Paul Manafort to Cooperate With Special Counsel