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    Some Senate GOPers Skeptical Of Exxon CEO Tillerson’s Ties To Russia
    Dec12

    Some Senate GOPers Skeptical Of Exxon CEO Tillerson’s Ties To Russia

    Following reports that Donald Trump is expected to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, some Republicans in the Senate indicated that they may oppose his confirmation due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson’s connections to Russia dates back years. He struck a deal with Russian oil giant...

    27 Senators–12 Republican–Call On Trump To Aide Ukraine Against Russia
    Dec08

    27 Senators–12 Republican–Call On Trump To Aide Ukraine Against Russia

    A bipartisan group of 27 senators—15 Democrats and 12 Republicans—called on President-elect Donald Trump Thursday to apply pressure to Russia in light of its illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Read More → …read more Source:...

    Russian Official Accuses Ukraine Of Undermining Trump Campaign
    Dec02

    Russian Official Accuses Ukraine Of Undermining Trump Campaign

    A senior Russian official on Thursday accused the Ukrainian government of attempting to hurt Donald Trump’s presidential campaign by leaking information about his former campaign manager, according to a Politico report. Read More → …read more Source:...

    Trump Aides Covertly Fought Freeing Of Ukraine Prisoner
    Aug23

    Trump Aides Covertly Fought Freeing Of Ukraine Prisoner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than three years, lobbyist Jim Slattery worked in Washington to secure the release in Ukraine of the imprisoned political rival of the country’s then-president. He said the work was sometimes harder than expected. Read More → …read more Source:...

    Manafort’s Lobbying Firm Hires Outside Counsel To Look Into Ukraine Activities
    Aug20

    Manafort’s Lobbying Firm Hires Outside Counsel To Look Into Ukraine Activities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The sudden resignation Friday of Donald Trump’s campaign chairman put renewed emphasis on revelations about his past work on behalf of Ukraine’s pro-Russian political leaders, including his firm’s role directing a covert Washington lobbying operation that would have required him under federal law to disclose...

    Lewandowski On Manafort Resigning: Trump Camp Didn’t Want ‘Distraction’
    Aug19

    Lewandowski On Manafort Resigning: Trump Camp Didn’t Want ‘Distraction’

    Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, on Friday suggested that Paul Manafort left the Trump campaign due to recent reports on his ties to Ukraine, citing comments Eric Trump made earlier in the day. “I think Eric said it very clearly, his father does not want the distraction or potential distraction of more...

    The Best And Worst Of Paul Manafort’s Failed Trump Pivot
    Aug19

    The Best And Worst Of Paul Manafort’s Failed Trump Pivot

    Paul Manafort, who made his name (and fortune) as a career power lobbyist, political consultant to dictators, and veteran Republican operative, seems to have finally met his match in Donald Trump. With news that Manafort resigned from the campaign on Friday, less than three months before Election Day, after being sidelined in favor of new hires...

    Context
    Aug19

    Context

    [ed.note: I wrote this post last night, prior to Paul Manafort’s resignation from the Trump campaign. His departure doesn’t change the story, if anything it tends to confirm it. But the rapidity and totality of his departure looks to me much more tied to his mounting legal trouble and efforts to protect Trump from those troubles than...

    Thanks A Lot, Paul!!!
    Aug19

    Thanks A Lot, Paul!!!

    Okay, I was up pretty late last night working on a post about Manafort, Ukraine, efforts to launder pilfered money out of Ukraine and into US real estate. But it’s all pretty incendiary and I was trying to piece it all together and figured … you know, I need to sleep on this and go over it again in the morning. Now, alas, probably...

    Trump Advisers Waged Covert Influence Campaign
    Aug19

    Trump Advisers Waged Covert Influence Campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government, emails obtained by The Associated Press show. Paul Manafort and...

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