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September 17, 2021

Clinton campaign lawyer pleads not guilty to charge in Trump-Russia probe

Michael Sussmann, a former lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign law firm, pleaded not guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI, a charge from a special counsel investigating the origins of an FBI probe of potential links between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

Special counsel John Durham issued Sussmann an indictment Thursday for making false statements during a Sept. 2016 meeting with James Baker, then General Counsel of the FBI.

The indictment accused Sussmann of erroneously telling Baker he did not represent “any client” when he met him to provide evidence of alleged links between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank.

Sussmann is the second person prosecuted in Durham’s probe into officials who investigated Trump-Russia connections.


Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann pleads not guilty after allegedly lying to FBI

September 16, 2021

Multiple calls for Gen. Mark Milley’s resignation amid China claims

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley faces calls for his resignation amid reports of “secret” phone calls with China. New information from the upcoming book “Peril” claims that Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart toward the end of Trump’s term, promising he would provide advance notice of any impending military strikes.

Retired Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, a noted Trump critic, took to social media to voice his opinion on the matter.

“If this is true GEN Milley must resign,” Vindman tweeted. “He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called on President Joe Biden to fire Milley. Rubio released a statement arguing that Milley “worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief.”

“These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately,” Rubio wrote.

Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said that if reports of Milley’s “anti-Constitutional involvement in foreign policy prove true, he must resign immediately.”


Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says Gen. Milley ‘must resign’ if his secret calls with China occurred

September 15, 2021

Former Trump advisers warned of government’s ‘critical mistakes’ in early pandemic response

According to recently released correspondence, former President Donald Trump’s top advisers used encrypted emails to warn of the government’s “critical mistakes” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virologist Steven Hatfill, a consultant for the Trump administration, warned White House trade director Peter Navarro in February 2020 that the nation didn’t have an appropriate sense of how many covid-positive cases were in the US.

“In truth we do not have a clue how many are infected in the USA. We are expecting the first wave to spread in the US within the next 7 days,” Hatfill wrote to Navarro on Feb. 29.

“This will be accompanied by a massive loss of credibility, and the Democratic accusations are just now beginning. This must be countered with frank honesty about the situation and decisive direct actions that are being taken and can be seen in the broadcast news.”

Hatfill blamed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ineffective testing kits. Both advisers expressed frustration with Dr. Anthony Fauci for rebuffing their efforts to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine.

The House select committee on COVID-19 obtained the correspondence as part of an ongoing investigation.

“These exchanges add to the growing body of evidence that the Trump Administration knew the significant risk posed by the coronavirus but failed to execute an effective strategy to reduce the loss of American lives,” committee chairman James Clyburn (D-SC) wrote in a letter to Navarro. “The Select Subcommittee seeks to understand what the leaders in the Trump Administration knew, when they knew it, and how their decisions may have contributed to the catastrophic loss of life.”


Former Trump advisers used private emails to warn of ‘critical mistakes’ in pandemic response

September 12, 2021

Trump 2024 White House bid more likely than ever

Former President Donald Trump has been hinting at the idea of running again in 2024, but he has ramped up the speculation in recent weeks.

While there is a lot of time left before the 2024 election cycle kicks off, Trump’s would-be rivals within the GOP are aware of a potential collision course.

“I think [Trump running] feels like more of a possibility now than it did before,” an aide to one Republican eyeing a 2024 run said. “That doesn’t mean you stop what you’re doing altogether. Until he says what he’s going to do, that’s not an option.”

“That being said, yeah, I think he’s putting a lot of candidates on notice, reminding them that he’s still in the mix.”

Trump’s allies are fueling talk of his return to the campaign trail as well.

“I think he is definitely running in 2024,” said Jason Miller, a close associate and senior adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign. “He has not said the magical words to me, but if you talk to him for a few minutes, it’s pretty clear that he’s running, and I think just what we’ve seen unfold in Afghanistan recently has really just emboldened that.”


Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid

September 11, 2021

Giuliani associate pleads guilty in foreign donation plot

Igor Fruman, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, pleaded guilty on Friday to solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national. He could receive a sentence of up to five years.

The federal charge stems from a case accusing Fruman, 56, of funneling foreign money to US campaign coffers.

These aren’t the first charges Fruman faced. He and Lev Parnas, another Giuliani associate, were indicted in October 2019 for conspiracy to violate the ban on foreign donations to federal and state elections, making false statements, and falsifying records to the Federal Election Commission. Both men, who were close with Giuliani when he was former President Trump’s lawyer, pled not guilty.

On Friday, when Fruman entered his guilty plea, he told the judge he was in contact with a potential investor who was a foreign national. He sent the individual a list of possible donations to politicians in states legalizing marijuana — as Fruman was trying to launch a cannabis business.

“I deeply regret my actions and apologize to the court,” Fruman said.

His sentencing is set for January 21.


Giuliani associate Igor Fruman pleads guilty to solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national

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