MEGATHREAD X: Chronological Summary of Events Since Comey Firing May 9th 2017 – present

Content last updated on: 7/9 8PM PST Latest content updated: 6/29 10 most recent items updated: 6/29, 6/28, 6/27, 6/26, 6/25, 6/24, 6/23, 6/22, 6/21, 6/20 
  • Chronicle starts on [May 8th] and is currently on [June 29th]

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# Date Range
I May 8th – May 26th
II May 27th – May 30th
III May 31st – June 4th
IV June 5th – June 7th
V June 8th – June 12th
VI June 13th – June 15th
VII June 16th – June 19th
VIII June 20th – June 22nd
IX June 23rd – June 27th

# Dates considered complete

{#} Dates considered incomplete

(#) Dates without new developments

[#] Dates missing

MAY: {8}, 9, 10, 11, 12, {13}, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, {20}, {21}, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

JUNE: 1, 2, (3), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, {10}, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, [30]

JULY: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9]


==========CURRENT PARTIES INVOLVED (104)==========

(as of June 19th)

(Click on above link to view full list of parties involved) 

=================CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE TRACKER=================



  • JUNE 28TH – SIC Hearing On Russian Interference in Europe, Trump's Reluctance, Various SIC Business, Kaspersky Lab Restrictions, Sekulow's Charity Investigation, DIA Report On Kremlin US Regime Change Fears, And More

  • (A) – SENATE INTEL HEARING ON RUSSIAN INTERVENTION IN EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

  • Burns

  • Burr

  • Garcevic

  • Lavrov (by extension)

  • Sarts

  • Stelzenmueller

  • Warner

The SIC held a hearing on Russian attempts to influence European elections with 4 individuals; Stelzenmueller, expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Garcevic, former ambassador to Montenegro, Burns, former ambassador to Greece and NATO, and Sarts, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Garcevic's testimony "focused on steps taken by the Montenegrin government to counter such interference and recommendations to further counter Russian efforts to interfere in the elections of NATO countries." "According to Garcevic, plotters disguised in police uniforms were preparing to storm the Montenegrin Parliament and provoke turmoil by shooting at citizens waiting for election results. The plotters also intended to detain or assassinate the Prime Minister, Garcevic testified. Acting on a tip from an informant, Montenegrin police were able to arrest most of the plot suspects." "14 people were charged, including two opposition politicians and two Russian agents… of the Russian Military Intelligence Service, who are identified as the ringleaders of the operation, Garcevic testified." They "used about $230,000 from Russia for weapons, uniforms, shields and other equipment for the attack on the Parliament." "Garcevic’s written testimony noted that a suspected "key plotter still at large" named Nemanja Ristic was photographed months after the failed coup "standing near Russian foreign minister Lavrov."

"Moscow has made no progress in Montenegro, and it has seemingly lost a possibility of having a strategically significant outlet on the Adriatic Sea," Garcevic said. "But, Moscow will continue exploiting loopholes that exist in most of the Balkans states: democratic incapacity, corruption, ethnic tensions, countries’ economic and military needs, and growing feelings of marginalization of those countries ‘on the path’ to the EU and NATO."

Warner explained that, "Russia’s blatant interference in the United States’ 2016 presidential election was unprecedented in scale and scope, and we’ve seen it replicated across Europe. In fact, Russia’s active measures are only growing bolder and more brazen in the digital age."

Burns told lawmakers, "I find it dismaying and objectionable that Trump continues to deny the undeniable fact that Russia launched a major cyber attack against the United States, regardless of what party they launched it against." He urges Congress to impose tougher sanctions on Russia.

Stelzenmueller said "In many ways its meddling in European elections over the past year has produced the exact opposite of what was intended. It has produced stable, democratic, and non-populace governments that are pro-European Union and, indeed, pro-NATO, pro-American." However she added that the real threat are Russian attempts to get inside "voters heads." She said, "they're trying to hack our political consciousness."

Sarts "recommended that European nations and the U.S. must first create "societal awareness" of cyber attacks and collaborate with media organizations to help them understand "how they might be manipulated."

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  • (B) – TRUMP WON'T ACCEPT THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN ELECTION

  • Burns

  • Comey (by extension)

  • Rogers

  • Sessions (by extension)

  • Trump

Several officials, most notably NSA Director Rogers, have expressed frustration over Trump's unwillingness to accept that Russia interfered in the election. "Rogers vented frustration over his fruitless efforts to lawmakers during a recent closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill." Rogers "also reportedly said the White House lacked focus about the continued threat of the Kremlin's cyber efforts, especially regarding voting systems." In an open Senate Intel Committee a senior administration official said that he's seen no evidence, such as schedules, readouts or briefing documents, "to indicate Trump has dedicated time to the issue." Former ambassador to NATO Burns, "a career foreign service officer who served under presidents of both parties" told the SIC that if Trump "continues to refuse to act it's a dereliction of the basic duty to defend the country." Comey, during the SIC hearing, had stated that during his nine conversations with Trump, he didn't ask him about the interference. Sessions, during his briefing, testified that "he had never received a briefing on Russia's election meddling efforts — even before he officially recused himself from the collusion investigation."

CNNTHE HILL

  • (C) – STONE TO TESTIFY IN CLOSED HOUSE INTEL HEARING

  • HIC

  • Podesta (by extension)

  • Stone

Stone will testify in a closed hearing before the House Intel Committee on July 24th. He said that he wanted to testify in public in order to rebut Podesta's claims made before the HIC on June 27th, that he had "knowledge of the hacking of Podesta's email by WikiLeaks in advance," but "was told by the GOP-led House panel, that "they're done with public [hearings]." Stone had "talked in March about being in touch with Guccifer 2.0 … and boasted during the campaign about his contact with WikiLeaks. "Stone predicted last summer on Twitter that there would be an October surprise that would disrupt Clinton’s campaign, and he even suggested Podesta would face scandal shortly before the Democrat’s emails started surfacing on WikiLeaks."

POLITICO

  • (D) – SIC FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS OF TRUMP ASSOCIATES

  • Burr

  • SIC

  • Warner

The SIC is now reviewing over 2,000 documents it received from FinCEN, the Treasury Department's financial crimes unit, after reported negotiations "to hold up a Treasury nominee until they received the information," according to Warner. However a Treasure spokesman disputed the notion, stating, "Any suggestion that Treasury’s cooperation with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was the product of ‘protracted negotiations’ is incorrect. Treasury’s staff has devoted countless hours to providing a prompt and professional response to the committee’s requests, and any comments to the contrary are baseless and inappropriate. Treasury remains committed to cooperating with the committee."

Burr noted that "It’s hard to assess [whether any of the documents will be relevant to the probe]. This won’t be the first tranche of documents that we’ve gotten that were of little to no value. We haven’t gotten any new leads, I’ll put it that way." He also said that the committee had received a commitment that his panel would get access to Comey's memos.

BLOOMBERGPOLITICO

  • (E) – SIC ASKS STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS FOR INTERFERENCE INFORMATION

  • Burr

  • SIC

  • Warner

After officials refused to identify which states were affected by Russian interference "citing the need to protect the confidentiality of the states affected", Burr and Warner "asked election officials in 21 states to make public information about Russian efforts to hack their elections systems." Warner said, "as the oversight committee for all intelligence issues, this committee is entitled to have this information."

THE HILL

  • (F) – RUSSIAN CYBER-SECURITY COMPANY, KASPERSKY LAB, TO FACE RESTRICTIONS

  • Flynn

  • Kaspersky

  • Kaspersky Lab

  • Rubio

"A provision in a Senate spending bill that is likely to become law would bar the Defense Department from doing business with Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber-security company whose employees were interviewed at their homes this week by FBI agents." "The decision to ban the products within the National Defense Authorization Act, comes after the FBI visited at least 10 Kaspersky employees' homes."

This also comes after Rubio asked chiefs of the NSA, CIA, FBI, and 3 other intelligence agencies during a hearing, "whether they would be comfortable using Kaspersky products. Each said no." The company "sells anti-virus software across the world to consumers, businesses and government agencies, including some elements of the U.S. government." The company's owner, Eugene Kaspersky "graduated in 1987 from the Soviet KGB-backed Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications, and Computer Science." The company paid Flynn $11,250 in 2015 "for cyber-security consulting."

"In a statement, Kaspersky Lab said it "has no ties to any government, and the company has never helped, nor will help, any government in the world with its cyberespionage efforts. The company has a 20-year history in the IT security industry of always abiding by the highest ethical business practices, and Kaspersky Lab believes it is completely unacceptable that the company is being unjustly accused without any hard evidence to back up these false allegations. Kaspersky Lab is available to assist all concerned government organizations with any ongoing investigations, and the company ardently believes a deeper examination of Kaspersky Lab will confirm that these allegations are unfounded."

NBC NEWSTHE HILL

  • (G) – MANAFORT DONATED TO MOST RUSSIA FRIENDLY REPRESENTATIVE

  • Manafort

  • McCarthy

  • Rohrabacher

  • Ryan

Revealed from Manafort's foreign agent registration is a report that he donated $1,000 to Rep. Rohrabacher 3 days after meeting him on March 19th, 2013. Rohrabacher "praised Putin by saying "I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a country being led by a ruler who wants their country to be a great country." As a result Rohrabacher has earned the epithet "Putin’s favorite congressman." Previous leaked reports of secret undisputed conversations among top GOP politicians indicate that House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, said, "There's two people I think Putin pays, Rohrabacher and Trump." "In the Post piece, McCarthy’s remark is met with laughter, and Ryan cautions his colleagues, “This is an off the record . . . No leaks! . . . All right?" And then, amid more laughter, Ryan says, "This is how we know we’re a real family here." "That’s how you know that we’re tight," Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, says. "What’s said in the family stays in the family," Ryan concludes."

ROLL CALLNEW YORKER – MAY 17, 2017

  • (H) – STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE SUKELOW'S CHARITIES

  • Sekulow

  • Schneiderman

  • Stein

Following yesterday's report that Sekulow and his family have been paid over $60 million by Sekulow's charity, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE), two state attorneys general are probing the payments. The two attorneys general are Stein of North Carolina and Schneiderman of New York. Stein said in a statement, "The reports I’ve read are troubling. My office is looking into this matter." Schneiderman's spokeswoman said that they're reviewing the filings. The attorney's general decided to act after yesterday's report in The Guardian. "Federal law prohibits nonprofits from receiving payments or compensation that exceed fair market value, or "excessive benefit," from their organizations."

THE HILL

  • (I) – KASOWITZ TO POSTPONE FILING COMPLAINT AGAINST COMEY

  • Comey

  • Kasowitz

After initial threats to file complaints against Comey's release of the his memos, Kasowitz has now postponed the filing, reportedly in an attempt to "stop antagonizing the special counsel" and "tamp down the confrontation Trump initially stoked with Mueller" according to "a person familiar with the decision."

"Norman Eisen, Obama’s former ethics czar and chairman of the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, promised to file a defense of Comey. He has called the planned Trump complaint "an abuse of process" in a Twitter message and added: "beware there are serious consequences for abuse of process."

Kasowitz said in a statement, "We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all the others being investigated."

According to Mark Zaid, a veteran national security lawyer in Washington who often represents government officials facing investigations in security investigations. "This is consistent with Donald Trump’s style — making blustery attacks with no follow-through and idle threats to intimidate with no substance."

BLOOMBERGYAHOO

  • (J) – INTEL REPORT: KREMLIN SEES US URGING REGIME CHANGE IN RUSSIA & AMPING UP MILITARY CAPACITIES

  • Yanukovych (by extension)

According to a Defense Intelligence Agency report prepared before the 2016 election, Russia is concerned that the US is trying to change regime in the Kremlin. The report cites Russia has, "deep and abiding distrust of US efforts to promote democracy around the world and what it perceives as a US campaign to impose a single set of global values." "Moscow worries that U.S. attempts to dictate a set of acceptable international norms threatens the foundations of Kremlin power by giving license for foreign meddling in Russia's internal affairs."

Furthermore "the Kremlin is convinced the US is laying the groundwork for regime change in Russia, a conviction further reinforced by the events in Ukraine", the report says, referring to claims by Russian claims that the US engineered a popular uprising that led to the removal of a pro-Russian Ukrainian president, Yanukovych, in 2014." His ouster "led the Russian government to annex Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula."

"The Russian military today is on the rise — not as the same Soviet force that faced the West in the Cold War, dependent on large units with heavy equipment,“ the report says. The rebuild military is "a smaller, more mobile, balanced force rapidly becoming capable of conducting the full range of modern warfare."

From the report, p. 37 ff.:

CYBER

Russia views the information sphere as a key domain for modern military conflict. Moscow perceives the information domain as strategically decisive and critically important to control its domestic populace and influence adversary states. Information warfare is a key means of achieving its ambitions of becoming a dominant player on the world stage.

Since at least 2010, the Russian military has prioritized the development of forces and means for what it terms "information confrontation," which is a holistic concept for ensuring information superiority, during peacetime and wartime. This concept includes control of the information content as well as the technical means for disseminating that content. Cyber operations are part of Russia’s attempts to control the information environment.

The weaponization of information is a key aspect of Russia’s strategy and is employed in time of peace, crisis, and war. In practice, information battles draw upon psychological warfare tactics and techniques from the Soviet Era for influencing Western societies. Moscow views information and psychological warfare as a measure to neutralize adversary actions in peace to prevent escalation to crisis or war. Chief of the General Staff Gerasimov announced that "information operations troops" were involved for the first time in the Kavkaz-2016 strategic command staff exercise in September 2016, demonstrating Russian military commitment to controlling the information domain.

Propaganda Helps Shape The Information Environment

Russian propaganda strives to influence, confuse, and demoralize its intended audience, often containing a mixture of true and false information to seem plausible and fit into the preexisting worldview of the intended audience. Russian propaganda targets a wide variety of audiences, including its own population, selected populations of other countries, domestic and foreign political elites, and the West writ large. The variety of techniques for disseminating Russian propaganda include pro-Kremlin "news" websites and TV and radio channels such as Russia Today and Sputnik News, bots and trolls on social media, search engine optimization, and paid journalists in Western and other foreign media.

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  • JUNE 29TH – Voter Fraud Commission, McCain's Opinion Article, Flynn & Russian Hackers, The 25th Amendment, And Much More

  • (A) – VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION AND PUSHBACK BY STATES

  • Kobach

  • Trump

  • Padilla

  • Cuomo

  • Grimes

  • McAuliffe

  • Merril

On May 11th Trump signed an executive order to create an " Election Integrity Commission" after he claimed, without evidence, that 3 to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally.

The vice chairman of the commission, Kansas Sec. of State Kobach, has now "penned a letter to all 50 states requesting their full voter-roll data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of potentially every voter in the state." "Kobach has made it a central issue of his tenure in Kansas and has secured nine voter-fraud convictions. Most were older Republican voters."

Immediately following this multiple states, both majorly Democratic and Republican, have refused to turn anything over. California, New York, Kentucky and Virginia have said they will refuse to comply with the request.

  • California's Sec. of State Padilla said, "I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President's Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections"

  • NY Governor Cuomo said, "NY refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election. We will not comply with this request."

  • Kentucky Sec. of State Grimes said, "The president created his election commission based on the false notion that "voter fraud" is a widespread issue – it is not. Indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election. Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country."

  • Virginia Governor McAuliffe called the request "politically motivated" and "silly posturing." "This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November. At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression."

  • Connecticut's Sec. of State, Merril said she would, "share publicly-available information with the Kobach Commission while ensuring that the privacy of voters is honored by withholding protected data" and that Kobach "has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas. Given Secretary Kobach's history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this Commission."

"Gupta, chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and former head of the Justice Department's civil rights division said that the letter is "laying the groundwork for voter suppression, plain & simple." "A federal judge ruled that some of Kobach's proposed ID requirements constituted a “mass denial of a fundamental constitutional right."

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  • (B) – MCCAIN ON RUSSIAN THREAT LEVEL

  • McCain

McCain, in an opinion piece in USA Today, writes that the "Russia threat is dead serious" Montenegro coup and murder plot proves it." Following the Senate Intel hearing with 4 officials yesterday about Russian interference in Europe, McCain writes that Putin has violent ambitions in the small Balkan country where "Russian politicians and oligarchs are reported to own as much as 40% of the real estate." The coup attempt by Russian intelligence operatives involved overthrowing the government and murdering the prime minister. Montenegro is seen as an important place for Russia because of its access to the Adriatic Sea which would be completely under NATO control if Montenegro decided to joined (as it did on June 5th 2017 following the election). "Russia unsuccessfully sought a naval base in Montenegro a few years ago."

McCain writes that the Oct. 16 election was "a last chance to stop [Montenegro] from joining NATO and to reassert Russian influence in southeastern Europe."

"This month, a Montenegrin court accepted indictments against two Russians and 12 other people for their roles in the coup attempt. The American people must be aware of the allegations made in these indictments, which are now public. Pieced together, they reveal not only another blatant attack on democracy by the Russian government, but also an unmistakable warning that Putin will do whatever it takes to achieve his ambition to restore the Russian empire."

The plan was this: "As Election Day protests were under way in front of the Montenegrin parliament, a group of 50 armed men, recruited by the Russian GRU agents and wearing police uniforms, would ambush and kill the members of Montenegro’s Special Anti-Terrorist Unit to prevent them from interfering with the coup. The armed men would then proceed to the parliament, where they'd begin shooting at members of the police defending the building. Led by the coup plotters, the protesters would then storm parliament and declare victory for the opposition. Within 48 hours, a new government would be formed and arrests would be made across the capital, including of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. If the prime minister could not be captured, he'd be killed. It appears the plot might even have involved trying to blame the United States for the violence. Arrests were made, and the plot was disrupted. In the aftermath, the Russian GRU agents tried to hire an assassin to kill Montenegro’s prime minister, but to no avail."

McCain continues, "This heinous plot should be a warning to every American that we cannot treat Russia’s interference in our 2016 election as an isolated incident. We have to stop looking at this through the warped lens of politics and see this attack on our democracy for what it is: just one phase of Putin’s long-term campaign to weaken the United States, to destabilize Europe, to break the NATO alliance, to undermine confidence in Western values, and to erode any and all resistance to his dangerous view of the world."

USA TODAYCONGRESSIONAL RECORD

  • (C) – TRUMP-PUTIN G20 MEETING PREP

  • Cohn

  • Trump

  • Tillerson (by extension)

  • Lavrov (by extension)

Trump asked National Security Council staff to come up with "deliverables to offer as bargaining chips in his planned meeting with Putin," "including the return of the two diplomatic compounds," previously seized. Reportedly there is NSC and State Dept. resistance to offering "one-sided concessions aimed simply at improving the tone of US-Russian relations" and administration resistance to a formal bilateral meeting. Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, said the White House expected the meeting to be a formal bilateral one rather than an informal "pull-aside" conversation

The return of compounds was contemplated " initially in exchange for the Russian government lifting a freeze on construction of a new US consulate in St Petersburg" but this was dropped after Tillerson met with Lavrov on May 10th. Farakas, former deputy assistant secretary of state in the defense department for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, said "If Trump starts to undo any of those measures, including giving back the facilities in Maryland and New York then the Russian government will believe … they got away with what they did to us and believe me, they’ll try it again. Putin himself uses that phrase all the time: ‘With the eating grows the appetite’."

BUSINESS INSIDERWASHINGTON POSTTHE GUARDIAN

  • (D) – STOLEN CLINTON EMAILS TO FLYNN VIA RUSSIAN HACKERS

  • Flynn

  • Smith

  • York

Citing US intelligence reports, Russian hackers attempted to use an intermediary to transfer Clinton's hacked emailed to Flynn. The intermiediary, according to the Wall Street Journal, "may have been Peter Smith (who is now deceased), an 80-year-old opposition researcher who assembled a team of technology experts, lawyers and a Russian-speaking investigator in September to track down hacking groups with access to the 33,000 emails Clinton deleted from her private server."

Smith had a "working relationship with Flynn's consulting firm, when trying to recruit new team members." … "He told Eric York, an expert on computer security from Atlanta who searched the hacker forums on his behalf, that he was "talking to Michael Flynn" about the project and to let him know if he found anything."

"Russian officials bragged about their close relationship to Flynn last year and boasted that they could use him to influence Trump. The way the Russians were talking about Flynn "was a five-alarm fire from early on," a former Obama administration official said."

"A Trump campaign official said that Smith didn’t work for the campaign, and that if Flynn coordinated with him in any way, it would have been in his capacity as a private individual."

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  • (E) – CALLS TO INVESTIGATE SESSIONS

  • Horowitz

  • Kislyak

  • Rosenstein

  • Sessions

"All 34 Democratic members of the House judiciary and oversight committees have asked Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate Sessions for allegedly violating his recusal from ongoing investigations into Russia's interference in the election and the Trump campaign's possible role in it." The letter said, "Since the Department has failed to respond to multiple previous inquiries on this matter — despite promising to do so — we now ask that your office investigate and report back to us with any findings and recommendations you determine are warranted"

Although Sessions, during his testimony on June 13th, claims that he recused himself based on a Justice Dept. requirement that he do so due to the investigation being into the campaign which he was part of, he offered the recusal 1 day after the Washington Post reported, on March 1st, that he had failed to disclose two meetings he had with Kislyak during the campaign.

"The letter from House judiciary and oversight Democrats lays out their assertion that Sessions violated his recusal by discussing the Hillary Clinton email investigation with Rosenstein, and by recommending that Trump fire Comey"

BUSINESS INSIDER

  • (F) – KASOWITZ – KUSHNER CONFLICT OF INTEREST

  • Bharara

  • Deutsche Bank

  • Friedman

  • Kasowitz

  • Kushner

  • Leviev

  • Lieberman

  • McNally

  • OSJC Sberbank

  • Putin

Kasowitz, who advises Trump on the investigation into Russia's interference is head of a law firm that in 2015 represented the owner of a $296m New York real estate which was sold to Kushner, "in a deal that could fall under the spotlight of the same inquiry." Deutsche Bank reportedly loaned $285m to Kushner Companies for the purchase of the building. Kasowtiz also represents another possible conflict of interest entity, Russia’s largest bank OJSC Sberbank. Because Deutsche Bank may fall under Mueller's investigation, Kasowitz may be in a conflict of interest. However, his spokesman said in a statement, "There are no conflicts under any standard or by any definition."

Other potential current and past conflicts involve David Friedman, a partner at Kasowitz's law firm who was appointed ambassador to Israel; Joe Lieberman, the firm's senior counsel was considered as replacement director of the FBI; another partner, "Edward McNally, is reportedly in the running to replace Preet Bharara as US attorney for the southern district of New York," who Trump had fired and Kasowitz allegedly "bragged to friends that he played a role in having Bharara fired, by telling Trump: "This guy is going to get you." One of the major investigations conducted by the southern district of New York under Bharara was allegedly to look into Deutsche Bank’s involvement in alleged Russian money-laundering."

The property bought by Kushner was owned by one of Israel's richest businessman, Lev Leviev, whose Delaware LLC that bought the building in 2007, is registered at Trump's property (40 Wall Street) where Trump University existed. Leviev "claimed that he is a "true friend" of Putin."

THE GUARDIAN

  • (G) – PLAN TO SUBPOENA OVER COMEY TAPES

  • Conaway

  • Schiff

The Republican chairman and Democratic co-chairman of the House Intel Committee, in a joint statement, stated that the White House needs to clarify the existence of the Oval Office Comey tapes because a tweet isn't enough. The statement in part said, "The President's statement on Twitter, and the White House's letter referring to the President's statement, were only partially responsive to the Committee's request. By only referring to the President's statement, the White House's letter stops short of clarifying for the Committee whether the White House has any responsive recordings, memoranda, or other documents. Today's letter from the Committee makes clear that should the White House not respond fully, the Committee will consider using compulsory process to ensure a satisfactory response."

NPRPOLITICOREUTERS

  • (H) – HOUSE INTEL TO INTERVIEW TRUMP'S LONGTIME BODY GUARD

  • Schiller

House Intel wants to interview Trump's longtime personal bodyguard, Keith Schiller, who "now serves as the White House director of Oval Office operations." Schiller " hand-delivered a letter to FBI headquarters that Trump was firing Comey," while Comey was on the west coast.

ABC NEWSTHE HILL

  • (I) – DEAL TO PASS RUSSIAN SANCTIONS

  • Corker

  • McConell

  • Ryan

  • Schumer

Sen. Corker "said lawmakers have an agreement and are working to fast-track the bill in the Senate so that it can pass a second time without a formal vote." Schumer and McConell have signed off on the bill. "The breakthrough comes less than a day after Corker warned that negotiations had reached a "point of total silliness" focused on "three words" of the roughly 140-page bill." Corker added, "I talked to Speaker Ryan last night late and I know they plan to take the bill up. We should have done this on Tuesday it would have already passed the House." … "This is a technical issue that changes in no way the context of the bill."

Ryan said, of the bill's blockage in the House, "They wrote the bill incorrectly. They did not pass it correctly — they violated constitutional protocols."

Schumer said, "We wanted to send a message to Putin: If you interfere with our democratic institutions, you will be punished. It's important for Speaker Ryan to act on this legislation before July 4 recess."

CNNTHE HILL

  • (J) – ANOTHER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL THAT HASN'T DISCUSSED RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE WITH TRUMP

  • Haley

  • Meeks

Haley, as ambassador to the UN, stated that she and Trump haven't discussed Russia's meddling in the election, "currently one of the most prominent issues facing the US." The admission to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs came as a stun to Democrats. Rep. Meeks stated that he was "actually stunned" by the response. Haley stated that it is not part of her position's concern, even though Russia is one of the 5 permanent members of the UN security council which holds veto power.

INDEPENDENT.UK

  • (K) – ELECTION SECURITY TASKFORCE

  • Brady

  • Pelosi

  • Thompson

In a press release, representatives Thompson, Brady and Pelosi "announced the formation of a Task Force to ensure the health and security of our nation’s election systems." "The Congressional Task Force on Election Security will address the lack of action to protect electoral infrastructure following Russia interfering and attempting to influence the 2016 Presidential election." The press release states, "To this day, we have seen no action from the Republican Congress or the Trump Administration to provide greater protection to our election systems." "The Congressional Task Force on Election Security is intended to be a forum for Members from the two Committees to hear from experts with expertise in cybersecurity and election infrastructure and identify policy recommendations that can help ensure the integrity of our election systems and guard against future attacks. "

Statements from Pelosi, Thompson and Brady were included. Pelosi stated that "we see an appalling absence of action, or even concern, from Trump and Congressional Republicans." Thompson stated, "If we continue to do nothing to protect the integrity of our election systems, we make it easy for Russia and other nefarious actors to impact future elections" and also criticized the administration and Congressional Republicans for a lack of response. Brady stated, "Free, fair, and secure elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and Congress must take action to address this threat to our election security, and our national security."

DEMOCRATS-HOMELAND.HOUSE.GOV

  • (L) – RICE TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE INTEL

  • HIC

  • Nunes

  • Rice

The HIC wants to hold a close-door interview with Rice in July as part of its investigation into Russia meddling. "Trump and Republicans have focused on allegations that Rice revealed the names of Trump's transition aides in intelligence reports — called "unmasking" — saying that Obama officials were seeking to divulge damaging information about the Trump campaign." " Republican and Democratic lawmakers who reviewed the intelligence reports found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal."

"Two weeks after Nunes took a secret trip to the White House grounds to review intelligence about unmasking, Bloomberg reported that Rice had "unmasked" the names of Trump transition aides in classified reports. Three days after Rice's name was revealed, Nunes became the subject of a House ethics probe into whether he revealed classified information and was forced to step aside from leading the House Russia investigation."

CNN

  • (M) – 25TH AMENDMENT CALL AFTER 'MORNING JOE' TWEET

  • Trump

  • Ryan (by extension)

  • Hatch

  • Olbermann

Trump's tweet attacks on Mika Brzezinski over an alleged facelift invoke calls for usage of section 4 of the 25th amendment. The tweets were: "I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

"The Constitutional provision, which has never been used, can be invoked when a president has been found to be "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." A majority of the cabinet has to agree that the president is unable to discharge the duties of the office in order to invoke the provision. The order of events would be as follows:

  • Majority of cabinet agrees on invoking the section, submitting declaration to the President pro tempore of the Senate (Hatch) and the Speaker of the House (Ryan)

  • VP assumes powers and duties of office as Acting President

  • President can submit declaration to Hatch and Ryan that no inability exists and resumes powers and duties

  • Unless VP and majority of cabinet, within 4 days, again submit declaration to Hatch and Ryan

  • Thereupon Congress shall assemble within 48 hours to decide the issue. Congress has 21 days, after receipt of 2nd declaration, to determine if the president is unable to discharge powers and duties of the office. Decision must be made by two-thirds of both Houses.

  • VP continues to discharge duties while Congress deliberates. President resumes powers and duties if two-thirds of both Houses do not determine his inability.

  • President may again submit declaration to Hatch and Ryan. VP (then Acting President) and majority of cabinet may again submit declaration to Congress which would begin the 21-day procedure.

Following Trump's tweet Hatch tweeted, "It’s incumbent on all of us, then — from the President to Congress on down — to be responsible for our speech." along with a Time article that has his quoted saying, "Either we remain passive observers to the problem, or we endeavor to act." To which Keith Olbermann tweeted, "Then help invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment and remove Trump. Do it today. His irresponsible speech is destroying this country."

In a Rolling Stone article, Joe Scarborough recalls the escalating fallout they've had with Trump since 2015 and especially since the election.

LAWNEWSROLLING STONE

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