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The Meshuggah – Demiurge Or The German Hypothesis

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Jul 16, 2018 – … Mirrors They Dance: The Meshuggah – Demiurge Or The German Hypothesis Of The Operations “Trump” And “9/11” – By Michael Novakhov.

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Turkey is planning to hold a summit with France, Germany, and Russia in early September to discuss the Syrian conflict and other regional issues, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

In comments published by Turkish media on July 29, Erdogan said that the meeting would take place in Istanbul on September 7.

The Turkish leader gave no details about the issues on the agenda, but he said Turkey would continue dialogue with Russia, “outside of this foursome,” according to Hurriyet daily.

There was no immediate confirmation of the summit by Moscow, Paris, or Berlin.

Russia, along with Iran, has given Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crucial support throughout the seven-year war in Syria, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and uprooted millions.

Turkey, France, and Germany support separate rebel groups.

Earlier this week, Erdogan met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in South Africa, where the Russian leader attended a summit of BRICS countries on July 27.

Apart from Russia and South Africa, the BRICS group unites the emerging economies of Brazil, India, and China.

Erdogan also said that he would meet with Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rohani in Tehran in the near future, but he did not give an exact date.

The last such summit took place in Ankara in early April.

Following the talks, the presidents of Turkey, Russia, and Iran expressed determination to “speed up their efforts to ensure calm on the ground” in Syria and said they were committed to achieving a “lasting cease-fire.”l

While backing separate sides in the Syrian conflict, Turkey, Russia, and Iran launched a negotiations process last year in the Kazakh capital, Astana, which is competing with the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva.

Talks as part of the Astana process are to take place on July 30-31 in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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High stakes for Mueller’s Russia probe as Manafort trial set to begin
 

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The first trial from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is set to begin Tuesday in Alexandria, Va., in what will serve as a major test of Mueller’s 14-month effort that has overshadowed the Trump presidency.

While Mueller has been examining Russian interference in the 2016 election — resulting in charges against 25 Russians and four former advisers to President Donald Trump — the case against Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chief, will delve into Manafort’s personal finances largely before his work on the campaign.

A conviction would provide Mueller momentum as he pushes to complete the investigation amid criticism from some Republicans that he is leading a partisan inquiry. An acquittal would give Mueller’s critics ammunition to push for a quick end to the special counsel’s operation.

Much is at stake for the president as well, since he has repeatedly dismissed the Russia probe as a “witch hunt.” A successful jury trial could blunt such characterizations. Manafort also faces a second, related criminal trial in Washington, D.C., after this one, and could face pressure to cooperate with Mueller, depending on the outcome of the first trial.

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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia woke to another chapter of rule by strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday, a day after his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) declared victory in a general election that rights groups said was neither free nor fair.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister and President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Hun Sen shows his stained finger at a polling station during a general election in Takhmao, Kandal province, Cambodia July 29, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

The White House said it would consider steps, including an expansion of visa restrictions placed on some Cambodian government members, in response to “flawed elections” in which there was no significant challenger to Hun Sen.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said on Sunday the party won an estimated 100 out of 125 parliamentary seats. The DAP news, a pro-government website, said later the CPP had won 114 seats. Two other parties, the royalist Funcinpec party and the League for Democracy Party, won five and six seats respectively.

More than 82 percent of those registered to vote cast a ballot, according to the National Election Commission. Turnout was 90 percent in the 2017 local election and 69.61 percent in the previous general election in 2013.

Critics say the election was a backward step for democracy in Cambodia following the dissolution last year of the main opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the jailing of its leader, Kem Sokha, on treason charges.

Former CNRP president Sam Rainsy, who lives in exile, said the election was a “hollow” victory for Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander who has ruled Cambodia for nearly 33 years.

The United States has imposed visa curbs on some Cambodian government members over a crackdown on critics and levied sanctions in June on a high-ranking official close to Hun Sen.

The European Union has threatened Cambodia with economic sanctions.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Sunday’s vote “failed to represent the will of the Cambodian people”.

“The flawed elections, which excluded the country’s principal opposition party, represents the most significant setback yet to the democratic system enshrined in Cambodia’s constitution,” Sanders said, adding that the election campaign was marred by threats from national and local leaders.

“The United States will consider additional steps to respond to the elections and other recent setbacks to democracy and human rights in Cambodia, including a significant expansion of the visa restrictions announced on December 6, 2017,” she said.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said the White House statement was an attempt to intimidate Cambodia.

“This is against the Cambodians who went to vote to decide their own fate,” Phay Siphan told Reuters.

‘HELP THE PEOPLE’

Newspaper headlines in Cambodia on Monday greeted Hun Sen’s victory.

“CPP Dominates Election: Unofficial results show ruling party will increase its majority in the National Assembly,” said the pro-government Khmer Times newspaper.

Some independent media were targeted by Hun Sen and his allies in a pre-election crackdown.

Many polling stations in the center of the capital, Phnom Penh, appeared quiet on Sunday. Polling stations Reuters visited in the city were less than bustling and some voters said they voted because not doing so would land them in trouble.

The opposition CNRP had called on voters to boycott the election but authorities warned anyone doing so would be seen as a traitor.

At the Kapkor Market in Phnom Penh, Meas Sinuon, 60, said she was pleased with Sunday’s result.

“This government has done good things already,” she said as she shopped for groceries. “But I want the new government to do more to help the people.”

Another voter, a Phnom Penh tuk-tuk driver, described the result as “same same”.

“Hun Sen again,” said the man, who declined to be named because he feared for his safety.

Unofficial election results are expected in mid-August, with official results due in September.

Additional reporting by Mike Stone in WASHINGTON, and Chantha Lach and Juarawee Kittisilpa in PHNOM PENH; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Paul Tait

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Anti-personnel non lethal directed energy weapons include lasers, high power electro-magnetic pulse and directional acoustic weapons. One of the systems currently in use is the SaberShot laser dazzler – this hand held or weapon mounted low-power device uses 250Mw of 532nm green-laser. When directed at the target, the laser’s optics temporarily expand to generate a blinding light which penetrates smoke, fog at twice the range of white light. Modulation of such high intensity light cause disorientation, dazzle and blink reaction that reduces the target’s activity. Such weapon could be used to disorient and degrade performance of potential threats, such as snipers, or RPG launchers.

Other laser-guided directed-energy weapons work like “artificial lightning” to disable human targets or electronic circuits. Laser Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) technology was developed by Ionatron to channel electrical energy through the air at the target. The interaction of the air and laser light at specific wavelength, causes light to break into filaments, which form a plasma channel that conducts the energy like a virtual wire. This technology can be adjusted for non-lethal or lethal use. LIPC operate at line of sight, allowing propagation of electrical pulses to be directed at a specific target. LPIC based weapon could, in theory, be fired around corners if mirrors were used.

Directed microwave energy is also utilized for non lethal weapon system applications. Raytheon’s Active denial System (ADS) is a non lethal, counter-personnel directed energy non-lethal weapon which can be used to protect fixed positions or from mobile as well as airborne platforms,  against human targets at distances beyond the effective range of small arms. A similar system is currently at an initial development phase at applied physics lab of the the Israeli Technion.

Directed Acoustic Weapons
In the past, acoustic non lethal weapons were primarily used as “flash bang” weapons. When blasted over a crowd or in a room, they created a loud noise and bright flash incapacitated people exposed to the effect for a few seconds. Flash bang charges are used on forced entry and counter-terror operations, when hostages are involved. As they indiscriminately hit every human exposed to the effect, operation of “flash-bang” requires precise timing and procedures to maximize effect on hostiles and eliminate potential damage to friendly forces.

Currently, acoustics are far more advanced than mere noise. Following the impressive technology advancement in solid state electronics, advanced acoustic systems are becoming operational. In 2004 American soldiers in Iraq were equipped with a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) used for land based and naval applications. LARD works like a highly directional, high power megaphone, able to blast sounds (such as crowd-dispersal instructions in Arabic) in a narrow beam and with great clarity at a deafening 150 decibels (50 times the human threshold of pain). LRAD can also create deafening noises which can incapacitate people within 300 meters by “firing” short bursts of intense acoustic energy.

A different acoustic weapon is the vehicle mounted Acoustic Blaster, developed by PRIMEX Physics International. This weapon can be used for area denial, and against selected groups in crowds, mobs and rioters or in a hostile situation. The weapon can be operated by a single person. So far the system was developed as a prototype consisting of an array of four combustion detonation driven devices fired simultaneously or independently. The detonation creates an acoustic pressure of up to 165dB at a distance of 15 meters. The resulting acoustic pressure waveform can be optimized for acoustic-physiological coupling to targets for antipersonnel applications. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) is also working on a Sequential Arc Discharge Acoustic Generator (SADAG) which produces high-intensity impulsive sound waves generated by  electrical means.

A different acoustic weapon is the high power acoustic phased array of 36 horns which can focus the acoustic output at the target. The high power noise created within the target can incapacitate humans from a standoff range. The system can be mounted on a tactical vehicle, and radiate a narrow, high power steerable acoustic beam, disorientating humans. Both horizontal and vertical beams can be formed simultaneously to create a point effect within buildings.

A different application is the shockwave weapon, employing the Vortex Ring Gun system. Generating high power shockwave propagating at supersonic speed, Vortex ring Guns can generate high pressures which inflict considerable damage to a target, or carry a payload of kinetic or chemical agents over a distance beyond 20 meters.

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The big danger of this approach is, that the components of the Rafael’s TROPHY made in the USA may by of lower quality, than the very same components mady in Israel by Rafael, and by its Israeli subcontractors…. The result of this could be, that the IDF’s Merkava Mk 4, Merkava Mk 3, and the Namers will, in the near future, be equipped by the lower quality APS systems. The whole production of the APS systems should be kept within Israel, even, if it’s going to cost extra !!!! And, the very same should apply to the IMI’s excellent IRON FIST systems, which could end up equipping a large number of US M2 Bradleys. IMI’s Iron Fist APS systems equipping future IDF’s armoured vehicles should be produced in Israel, even if it would cost the Israeli taxpayer more money…….

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Aside from looking incredibly cool, what is the point of a laser weapon? What advantages does it have over more conventional hardware? The most obvious one is that a laser is a beam of light and, as such, it travels at the speed of light. There’s been significant talk about how impressive a hypersonic missilethat can travel at Mach 7 (5,186 mph, 8,346 km/h) is, but light travels at 186,000 miles per second (300,000,000 meters per second). That works out to Mach 872,705. That is not only fast, it’s as fast as it’s possible to go, which means that the only warning you’d have of an incoming laser is when it hits you.

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1:27 PM 7/27/2018 – FBI: Email swindlers have now redirected as much as $12bn in payments – CSO Australia | Irregularities plague Puerto Rico Corrections Department phone deal – Caribbean Business

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Trump bows to Putin – Politico
Fact Check: Is Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan Facing Charges of Over $3 Million in Fraud? – The Weekly Standard
Hate crimes are up in America’s 10 largest cities. Here’s why – USA TODAY
Irregularities plague Puerto Rico Corrections Department phone deal – Caribbean Business
Misleading story links San Juan mayor to hurricane relief fraud – PolitiFact (blog)
Seven Puerto Rico police officers charged with Rico Act violations – Caribbean Business
‘We’re in the midst of an all-out assault on human dignity,’ Joe Biden says – Sand Hills Express
El FBI divulga documentos sobre exasesor de Trump – Telemundo Puerto Rico
Erasing the evidence: FBI points to Massachusetts as the place to alter fingerprints – Boston Herald
Puerto Rican doctor arrested for health care fraud – Caribbean Business
Sessions defends deputy AG – Nashua Telegraph
Puerto Rico Popular Democratic Party says repealing right to self-government not easy – Caribbean Business
Cuomo touts progress made in Puerto Rico – WRGB
Ruling unlikely to end Puerto Rico Oversight Board struggle with local government – Bond Buyer
Puerto Rico Governor Will Skip Hearing After Twitter Feud – Roll Call
New York’s Governor Again Condemns President For His Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts – WSKG.org
Another Day, Another Federal Intervention Spat for Puerto Rico – Roll Call
After hurricane, Puerto Rico switches on to renewable energy – Christian Science Monitor
Sessions: Undocumented identity thieves scammed Puerto Ricans to get gov’t benefits – NBCNews.com
Can Cryptocurrency Rescue Puerto Rico?
Front Page: News and Opinions | The Art Of Brinkmanship …
FBI Love Among Republicans Slips Below 50 Percent: Reason Roundup – Reason (blog)
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Greek wildfires, Trump trade talks and Santa Claus Congress – Financial Times

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Trump bows to Putin – Politico


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Trump bows to Putin
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Trump asked if he believes Putin or U.S. intelligence agencies over Russian hacking: “You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server, why haven’t they taken the server. … My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others 
The Trump-Putin Summit: Domestic Fallout and the Future of US-Russia CooperationForeign Policy Research Institute

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Fact Check: Is Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan Facing Charges of Over $3 Million in Fraud? – The Weekly Standard


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Fact Check: Is Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan Facing Charges of Over $3 Million in Fraud?
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The blog post then goes on a long diatribe ridiculing the Mayor’s anti-Trump rhetoric, suggesting that it was hypocritical of Cruz to “blame Trump” for Puerto Rico’s slow recovery when she was allegedly guilty of embezzlement. According to a DOJ press 

Hate crimes are up in America’s 10 largest cities. Here’s why – USA TODAY


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Hate crimes are up in America’s 10 largest cities. Here’s why
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Miami Beach police charged a man Monday with attempted arson after he threatened to burn down a condominium and “kill all the Jews” inside. On July 12, a woman beat a Hispanic man with a brick in Los Angeles and told him to go back to his country.

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FBI: Email swindlers have now redirected as much as $12bn in payments – CSO Australia


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FBI: Email swindlers have now redirected as much as $12bn in payments
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“Last week’s FBI announcement that business email compromise attacks have resulted in more than $12.5 billion in losses worldwide shines a necessary light on the real-world financial impact that email fraud and account compromise can have on …

Irregularities plague Puerto Rico Corrections Department phone deal – Caribbean Business


Irregularities plague Puerto Rico Corrections Department phone deal
Caribbean Business
According to the Puerto Rico Comptroller’s website, the original contract with the DCR became effective June 18, 2014, and was renewed June 29, 2018. However … Recent media reports also point out the alleged FBI investigation of Act 117 of Nov. 21 

Misleading story links San Juan mayor to hurricane relief fraud – PolitiFact (blog)


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Misleading story links San Juan mayor to hurricane relief fraud
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A headline on an online story says, “Puerto Rico mayor facing fraud charges over $3M in federal disaster relief.” The article … A local San Juan paper reported that, according to two unnamed sources, the FBI has opened an investigation into the  
FEMA has either denied or not approved most appeals for housing aid in Puerto RicoNBCNews.com
FEMA has either denied or not approved most appeals for housing aid in Puerto RicoNBCNews.com

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Seven Puerto Rico police officers charged with Rico Act violations – Caribbean Business


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Seven Puerto Rico police officers charged with Rico Act violations
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Fortunately, those accused represent only a very small percentage of the brave men and women of the Puerto Rico Police Department, who serve only to protect the citizens of Puerto Rico. In fact, the FBI’s continued efforts to clean up corruption and  

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‘We’re in the midst of an all-out assault on human dignity,’ Joe Biden says – Sand Hills Express


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‘We’re in the midst of an all-out assault on human dignity,’ Joe Biden says
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In February, the former vice president said Trump was “a joke” and that his criticism of the FBI was “just a disaster.” A month later, he said that if he and Trump attended the same high … In his comments on Friday night, the former vice president 
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El FBI divulga documentos sobre exasesor de Trump – Telemundo Puerto Rico


El FBI divulga documentos sobre exasesor de Trump
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El gobierno de Donald Trump publicó el sábado una serie de documentos que en su día estaban catalogados como secretos relativos a las escuchas telefónicas a un exasesor de la campaña electoral del presidente. The New York Times dijo que los …

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Erasing the evidence: FBI points to Massachusetts as the place to alter fingerprints – Boston Herald


Boston Herald

Erasing the evidence: FBI points to Massachusetts as the place to alter fingerprints
Boston Herald
“The information received comes back to a female with the same name, DOB and social security number who resides inPuerto Rico,” Bedard wrote. Despite the altered fingerprints, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System was able to identify a trail 

Puerto Rican doctor arrested for health care fraud – Caribbean Business


Puerto Rican doctor arrested for health care fraud
Caribbean Business
SAN JUAN – On July 19, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned an indictment charging Dr. Miguel Rivera-Sanabria, who was arrested Tuesday, with 18 counts of health care fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, three 

Sessions defends deputy AG – Nashua Telegraph


Nashua Telegraph

Sessions defends deputy AG
Nashua Telegraph
The chant refers to the FBI investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama. And Sessions acknowledged that states like Massachusetts that have 

Puerto Rico Popular Democratic Party says repealing right to self-government not easy – Caribbean Business


Puerto Rico Popular Democratic Party says repealing right to self-government not easy
Caribbean Business
SAN JUAN – The minority Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus in Puerto Rico, led by Minority Leader Eduardo Bhatia, asked a federal judge to allow it to file a legal brief as a friend of the court (amicus curiae) in the lawsuit filed by Gov 

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Cuomo touts progress made in Puerto Rico – WRGB


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Cuomo touts progress made in Puerto Rico
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Andrew Cuomo has announced major milestones accomplished through the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding initiative launched in April. Cuomo says 90 homes have been cleaned, restored, and rebuilt across the hurricane ravaged …

Ruling unlikely to end Puerto Rico Oversight Board struggle with local government – Bond Buyer


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Ruling unlikely to end Puerto Rico Oversight Board struggle with local government
Bond Buyer
Puerto Rico bankruptcy judge Laura Taylor Swain’s anticipated ruling on the relative powers of the Oversight Board and the local government is unlikely to end the battle for authority over the debt-burdened U.S. territory. Swain will hear oral  
Puerto Rico Governor Will Skip Hearing After Twitter FeudRoll Call

Insurer joins constitutionality fray over Puerto Rico oversight boardReuters
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Puerto Rico Governor Will Skip Hearing After Twitter Feud – Roll Call


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Puerto Rico Governor Will Skip Hearing After Twitter Feud
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After a Twitter feud that further soured relations between the governor of Puerto Rico and the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, one seat will be empty Wednesday. Governor Ricardo Rosselló has decided to skip an oversight hearing on …
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New website helps doing business in Puerto Rico
 
Assured challenges constitutionality of Puerto Rico fiscal board appointments
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New York’s Governor Again Condemns President For His Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts – WSKG.org


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New York’s Governor Again Condemns President For His Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
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ALBANY, NY (WSKG) Finishing his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck the island last September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new agricultural trade agreement – and had some harsh words for President Donald Trump. Cuomo said …

Another Day, Another Federal Intervention Spat for Puerto Rico – Roll Call


Roll Call

Another Day, Another Federal Intervention Spat for Puerto Rico
Roll Call
Exactly 120 years to the day after U.S. troops first landed on Puerto Rico, a debate over the island’s future played out once again in Washington. This time, all eyes were on its energy crisis. Of the five witnesses who spoke Wednesday at a charged …
Tesla, Others Help Puerto Ricans Go SolarU.S. News & World Report 
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Puerto Rico has kept its head above water. We must help before it’s too late. | OpinionSun Sentinel 
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After hurricane, Puerto Rico switches on to renewable energy – Christian Science Monitor


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After hurricane, Puerto Rico switches on to renewable energy
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A small number of buildings in Puerto Rico now rely on solar power after hurricane Maria left much of the island in the dark. Industry officials and environmentalists are closely watching the experiment to determine the possibilities of a larger-scale 
Puerto Rico has kept its head above water. We must help before it’s too late. | OpinionSun Sentinel
Another Day, Another Federal Intervention Spat for Puerto RicoRoll Call
Tesla, Others Help Puerto Ricans Go SolarU.S. News & World Report
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Sessions: Undocumented identity thieves scammed Puerto Ricans to get gov’t benefits – NBCNews.com


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Sessions: Undocumented identity thieves scammed Puerto Ricans to get gov’t benefits
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Sessions said 22 of the individuals were undocumented Dominican Republic nationals who stole the identities of mostlyPuerto Ricans who had been displaced by Hurricane Maria last September. They used stolen Social Security numbers and other …

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Can Cryptocurrency Rescue Puerto Rico?

Former child actor, entrepreneur, investor, and lover of wide-brimmed hats, Brock Pierce, has plans for the small island of Puerto Rico. He wants to …
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Michael Novakhov: Merkel gets so much political mileage out of “Trump-Russia affair”, and consistently so; that it becomes increasingly hard to believe that it was not the German design from the beginning (with roots extending probably 15-20 years back.) 1 …
FBI Love Among Republicans Slips Below 50 Percent: Reason Roundup – Reason (blog)


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FBI Love Among Republicans Slips Below 50 Percent: Reason Roundup
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Ahh for the halcyon days of, say, 2015, when you could reliably count on conservatives to call for the abolishment of federal agencies and for liberals to be wary of federal law agencies like the FBI. But partisan politics has never been for the 

9:39 AM 7/27/2018 – M.N.: And where are Germany, Israel, and “others”, which are also the major Cyber Powers?

M.N.: And where are Germany, Israel, and “others”, which are also the major Cyber Powers? “China, Russia, and Iran stand out as three of the most capable and active cyber actors tied to economic espionage and the potential theft of U.S. trade secrets and proprietary information. Countries with closer ties to the United States have … Continue reading“9:39 AM 7/27/2018 – M.N.: And where are Germany, Israel, and “others”, which are also the major Cyber Powers?”
Greek wildfires, Trump trade talks and Santa Claus Congress – Financial Times


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Greek wildfires, Trump trade talks and Santa Claus Congress
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1:09 PM 7/24/2018 – The Hapsburg Group: Ernst Uhrlau – Gerhard Schroeder – Vladimir Putin – Hapsburg Group – Manafort – Trump – CONNECTION

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(<a href=”http://CNSNews.com” rel=”nofollow”>CNSNews.com</a>) – In his criticism of Germany’s energy ties with Russia in Brussels on Wednesday, President Trump touched on a sensitive issue in Germany – the conduct of a former chancellor whose close ties with President Vladimir Putin, key involvement in lucrative energy deals, and support for Russian policies have long stoked controversy.

Accusing Germany of “paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia” for natural gas even as NATO is meant to be protecting European countries from Russia, Trump noted that “the former chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that’s supplying the gas.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immediate predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), led Germany from 1998 to 2005.

While in office, he championed and helped push ahead the politically-sensitive Nord Stream project – a pipeline along the Baltic Sea bed to supply natural gas from Russia directly to Germany, bypassing the existing pipeline running through Ukraine.

The project raised concerns in Eastern Europe – and in the United States – because Russia has a history of using its ample energy resources as a political tool. The new route would make it even easier to do so, by cutting off gas to troublesome countries like Ukraine and Poland, while continuing to sell to big customers further west.

Just weeks after stepping down after losing an election in the fall of 2005, Schroeder became chairman of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG, a consortium led by the Russian state-owned Gazprom, building the pipeline.

The announcement sparked charges of conflict of interest and unethical behavior in German political circles – and prompted the late U.S. Senator Tom Lantos to label him a “political prostitute.”

Nord Stream has been on line since 2011, and now a further pipeline, Nord Stream 2, is in the works.

Schroeder continues to chair the Nord Stream AG shareholders’ committee, and last year he was additionally nominated as a director on the board of Rosneft, Russia’s state-owned oil company and largest oil producer – and a company under U.S. and E.U. sanctions as a result of Putin’s intervention in Crimea.

Over the years Schroeder has raised eyebrows and caused some embarrassment in his home country by taking stances favorable to his friend Putin – who in 2004 he infamously called a “flawless democrat” – and generally at odds with Europe and the West.

“When it comes to energy policy, only dreamers can pursue the idea that western Europe could become independent of Russian oil and natural gas,” he said in a 2008 interview in which he also dismissed the notion that Russia poses a threat to the West.

Schroeder criticized European recognition of Kosovo after it declared independence from Russian ally Serbia in 2008, and defended Putin’s more recent actions in Ukraine, calling for an end to sanctions against Moscow.

After he compared Russian military intervention in Ukraine with NATO’s intervention in the Balkans in 1999 – to end Serb aggression against Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority – Merkel described her predecessor’s comments and attempts to compare Kosovo and Crimea as “shameful.”

Four years ago, just weeks after Russia annexed Crimea after a referendum not recognized by most of the international community, Schroeder celebrated his 70th birthday with Putin at a party in St. Petersburg.

After Putin’s re-election earlier this year, Russian television coverage showed Schroeder in the front row at the inauguration ceremony, alongside Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Despite the embarrassment he has caused to Germany over the years, Schroeder early this week represented Germany’s federal government at the swearing-in ceremony for the re-elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the foreign office in Berlin.

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Asked if the money Mr. Gusenbauer received came from Mr. Manafort, Mr. Prodi seemed skeptical but said that he didn’t know. “Go ask Gusenbauer,” he said, adding that he thought that it was more likely that the money came from European businessmen interested in keeping Europe and Ukraine close.

In an interview on Saturday, Mr. Cox said he had worked with Mr. Kwasniewski, Mr. Schulz and others to try to convince Mr. Yanukovych to release the jailed political opponents.

Mr. Cox said that he had never heard of the Hapsburg Group, had never been paid by anyone for his efforts in Ukraine, and had had no dealings with Mr. Manafort. But in 2012, he said, he had been invited by Mr. Schultz to go to Ukraine with Mr. Kwasniewski, the first of some 25 trips, all done “pro bono,” Mr. Cox said, to try to get the detainees released.

“The view in Western capitals was that these were the victims of selective justice,” Mr. Cox said. After meetings with Mr. Yanukovych and prosecutors, Mr. Cox and Mr. Kwasniewski were successful in obtaining the release of Mr. Ivashchenko and Mr. Lutsenko, who is now Ukraine’s prosecutor-general.

“We were not successful with Yulia Tymoshenko,” who was Mr. Yanukovych’s prime political opponent at the time, Mr. Cox said. “But we did ensure that Charité hospital in Berlin would have access to her in prison and she not be subject to further trials,” he added.

Mr. Cox made clear his distaste for Mr. Yanukovych, adding: “I wouldn’t lobby for him.”

In an interview on Saturday, Mr. Kwasniewski said, “I did meet Manafort two or three times during our mission in Ukraine in 2012 and 2013, but that’s it. At the time, he was an adviser to President Yanukovych, whom I also met, and it was only natural that our paths had to cross a couple of times.”

He added: “The last time I saw Manafort was probably around the fall of 2013. He never paid us. I never had any financial relationship with him, and I never heard of the Hapsburg Group.”

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An associate of Paul Manafort in 2012 proposed recruiting former politicians from Belgium, Germany and Spain for a covert lobbying effort on behalf of the Ukrainian government, according to court documents briefly made public Wednesday by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

The documents give new insight into the planning for and goals of a campaign Manafort orchestrated to boost the image of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his political party. The lobbying effort has subsequently become part of Mueller’s legal case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief, who faces charges of money laundering, failing to disclose his foreign lobbying work in the U.S. and obstruction of justice, among others.

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The documents, some of which had previously been released with heavy redactions, appear to have been released in full by mistake. They were available online for a short time Wednesday afternoon, before they were replaced in a public court database by edited versions in which the names of many of those involved were removed.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, declined to comment.

One 2012 memo that was briefly made public in full Wednesday was apparently written by Alan Friedman, a former journalist based in Europe who previously had been identified as “Person D1” in documents released by Mueller’s team. (POLITICO and other outlets reported last week that Friedman appeared to be one of the people involved in Manafort’s campaign.)

Friedman’s memo, addressed to Manafort, outlines a plan “to assemble a small chorus of high-level European third-party endorsers and politically credible friends” to burnish Ukraine’s image ahead of the country’s election in the fall of 2012. The group — later dubbed the “Hapsburg group” — went on to lobby members of Congress and congressional staffers in the U.S. as part of a campaign orchestrated by Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, according to prosecutors.

Manafort has said the group’s work focused on Europe, but Mueller has made public documents that he says show they also lobbied in the U.S. A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment on the new disclosures Wednesday.

Friedman proposed that the group would be led by Alfred Gusenbauer, a former Austrian chancellor with whom he said he had spoken shortly before writing the memo. He also listed other European politicians with whom he hadn’t spoken but who “represent the initial talent pool Alfred and I would canvass informally if you approve.”

The names included: Romano Prodi, a former prime minister of Italy Adolfo Urso, a former Italian trade minister; Jean-Paul Moerman, a Belgian judge; Bodo Hombach, a former German government minister and “influential publishing boss”; Javier Solana, a former NATO secretary-general from Spain and “respected man for all seasons in Europe”; Alain Minc, an old adviser to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy; Alain Juppé, a former prime minister of France; and Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former president of Poland.

“Although his appointment as European Parliament official to monitor the [former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko] trial would prevent Aleksander Kwasniewski from any formal activity, Chancellor Gusenbauer will meet him June 29th and probe with him the idea of him joining a more formal Advisory Panel in 2013, and in the meantime whether he might feel comfortable with some conference appearances and/or join op-ed with Chancellor Gusenbauer in the next few months,” Friedman wrote.

All of those names, including Gusenbauer’s, were redacted in documents previously released by the special counsel.

It’s not clear how many of the potential recruits identified by Friedman went on to become part of the Hapsburg group. Lobbying disclosures filed by two Washington firms retained as part of Manafort’s campaign show that Gusenbauer, Prodi and Kwasniewski came to the U.S. as part of the effort.

In the memo, Friedman proposed paying Gusenbauer 25,000 to 30,000 euros a month for his work and suggested that payments to the others they planned to recruit could be routed through Gusenbauer “so as to be quite indirect.”

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“Alfred Gusenbauer is willing to be discreet,” Friedman wrote.

Prodi told The New York Times in February that Gusenbauer had paid him to work on bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union. But he said the money came as part of the “normal private relations I had with him” and didn’t come from Manafort, to the best of his knowledge.

The second unredacted document released on Wednesday confirmed that Manafort had reached out to Friedman in February through WhatsApp. Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime Manafort associate, sent messages to Friedman and a partner, Eckart Sager, in February and again in April.

Friedman and Sager turned those messages over to Mueller, according to the document. Mueller’s prosecutors have charged that the messages constituted an effort to obstruct justice by tampering with potential witness testimony.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge on Monday delayed the financial crimes trial of Paul Manafort for six days to allow Mr. Manafort’s lawyers more time to review a trove of documents that they said could be crucial to his defense.

The decision by the judge, T. S. Ellis III of the United States District Court in Alexandria, pushed the start of the trial back to next Tuesday. It is the first of two faced by Mr. Manafort, the veteran Republican lobbyist and former campaign chairman for President Trump.

Mr. Manafort has been charged with money laundering and tax evasion in a case that arose from the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into efforts by Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Prosecutors have said they do not intend to raise the issue of collusion with Russia during the trial, and Judge Ellis warned lawyers on Monday not to stray into areas that could prejudice the jurors. He advised the defense not to attack the prosecutors’ motives, despite the fact that Judge Ellis has previously said in court that he believes Mr. Mueller is pursuing a case against Mr. Manafort as a way of pressuring him to help build a case against Mr. Trump.

“Even though I have said what I think the motive was, that doesn’t mean that it is admissible at trial,” the judge said. He also warned the lawyers to steer clear of the political sympathies of jurors, saying prospective members of the panel will not be queried about whether they voted for Mr. Trump.

“I am not going to allow this trial to drag on or encompass a bunch of irrelevant stuff” that does not bear on whether Mr. Manafort is guilty or innocent, he said. “I’m not in the theater business. You have to be better-looking for that.”

Judge Ellis granted the six-day delay after Mr. Manafort’s lawyers told him that prosecutors had turned over to them tens of thousands of documents three weeks ago from Mr. Manafort’s accountants and his business partner, Rick Gates.

Mr. Manafort, whose bail was revoked in a related trial, was in the courtroom for the proceedings on Monday, wearing a dark green jail jumpsuit.

Mr. Manafort, who worked for Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign for about five months in 2016 — including three months as his campaign chairman — is accused of failing to pay taxes on $30 million in income from Ukraine, where he had been hired to bolster a pro-Russia leader. He is also charged with laundering those funds through real estate and other means and engaging in bank fraud once the spigot of money dried up in 2014.

Judge Ellis warned the prosecutors away from mentioning Russia, citing “the amount of publicity and the antipathy toward Russians.” Greg D. Andres, the lead prosecutor, assured the judge that no government witness was expected to refer to Russia on the stand.

Mr. Andres pushed for — and appeared to at least preliminarily receive — permission to present evidence of who in Ukraine paid Mr. Manafort, including Ukrainian oligarchs who he said funneled payments to Mr. Manafort through an account in Cyprus that they controlled.

Mr. Andres said the prosecution intended to show Mr. Manafort’s “constant interaction” with the oligarchs and with Viktor F. Yanukovych, his principal benefactor. Mr. Yanukovych, an ally of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, was elected Ukraine’s president in 2010 but fled to Russia in 2014 after a popular uprising.

Both Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates worked for years to bolster Mr. Yanukovych and the pro-Russia parties in Ukraine. Mr. Gates, who served as Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign chairman, has pleaded guilty to related charges and is expected to testify against Mr. Manafort.

Mr. Andres also said that he planned to bring up Mr. Manafort’s work for the Trump campaign, albeit in a limited context. One bank chairman approved a loan to Mr. Manafort, he said, knowing that documents he had provided were false, because he was promised and eventually given a position on the Trump campaign. The same bank official hoped for but failed to get a job in the Trump administration, he said.

The judge also unveiled the identities of five witnesses whom he has ordered to testify under limited grants of immunity sought by the prosecution.

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Making the click-through worthwhile: Why those concerned about Russia should be paying a lot more attention to former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder; the Eastern European NATO members’ baffling and self-destructive decision to skimp on defense spending; why Judge Kavanaugh’s clerks loved him; and the United States approaches a new threshold of energy power.

Why Is Germany’s Former Chancellor Now Putin’s Chief Lobbyist in Europe?

A lot of folks in the United States will scream furiously about this statement from President Trump at the NATO Summit:

“I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia,” Trump said at a breakfast with NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg. “We’re supposed to protect you against Russia but they’re paying billions of dollars to Russia and I think that’s very inappropriate . . . Germany, as far as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia.”

As usual, Trump is down the street and around the corner from a legitimate point. Well, perhaps he’s a bit closer this time. If you think Trump’s past business connections to Russian figures are troubling, you probably ought to be livid about how former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s has decided to become the chief lobbyist for Vladimir Putin in Europe.

One of Schroeder’s last acts in office in 2005 was authorizing “Nord Stream,” a pipeline bypassing key territories and controlled by Russia’s Gazprom energy company. Shortly after leaving office, Vladimir Putin arranged for Schroeder to chair the project, and then he started pushing for a second pipeline, Nord Stream 2. Instead of diversifying Europe’s energy supply, Schroeder’s pushed policies that make the continent more dependent upon Russia, not less. In September 2017, Putin arranged for Schroeder to become chairman of Rosneft, the state-owned Russian oil giant.

The Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins wrote earlier this year that Schroeder is exactly the kind of wealthy, well-connected, influential figure acting on behalf of Russia that U.S. sanctions are supposed to target:

Germany’s allies and its European Union partners, including the quietly frantic Poles and Balts, can’t quite refer to Mr. Schroeder as a Putin agent nestled in the heart of Germany’s political and business elite. His name doesn’t appear on any U.S. government list. Section 241 of last summer’s sanctions law required the U.S. Treasury to identify the ‘most significant senior foreign political figures and oligarchs’ behind the Putin regime. These descriptors would seem to apply to Mr. Schroeder but it remains diplomatically impermissible to say so.

Lately, Schroeder has been hanging out with Putin at the World Cup. How is it, in an era when U.S. politics is suddenly deeply concerned — some would say paranoid — about Russian influence, that Schroeder’s cheerful embrace of lobbying for Russia has barely made a ripple on this side of the pond? The cynical answer is that most of those screaming the loudest about Russia today don’t think of Putin as sinister because of his lack of criticism of Trump; they think of Trump as sinister because of his lack of criticism of Putin. Indeed, Russia shot down a passenger airliner over Ukraine in 2014, and it was out of the news within a week.

But their cynicism doesn’t change the fact that Russia is generally hostile to American policies under presidents of either party, and Vladimir Putin would love to see the NATO alliance collapse. Their military actions in Georgia and Crimea demonstrate that when the Russians think they can get away with naked aggression, they’ll try it.

In that light, the reluctance of some NATO members to honor their agreements and spend the required 2 percent of GDP on military spending is baffling. In 2017, just four member states hit that 2 percent threshold — the United States (3.57 percent), Greece (2.36 percent), the United Kingdom (2.12 percent), and Estonia (2.08 percent), and we’ll give Poland the benefit of the doubt because it hit 1.99 percent.

Tiny Luxembourg ranked last, spending less than one-half of 1 percent on their military. Perhaps Luxembourg’s leaders figure that because they’re nestled between France, Germany, and Belgium, they can count on their neighbors to slow down any invading Russians.

But the NATO members in Eastern Europe have no excuse.

Look, Hungary, you’re just beyond Ukraine. If the Russian army rolls through the breadbasket of Europe, they might want some goulash to go with it, and in 2017, you spent just 1.06 percent of your GDP on your military. Dear friends in the Czech Republic, you’re just past Poland, and you’re at 1.05 percent. Maybe Slovenia is spending less than 1 percent of GDP on defense because they’re certain Melania Trump would never allow the nation of her birth to be invaded.

Guys, you’re the ones facing the biggest risk. If Russia’s military starts acting out its expansionist fantasies, we’re not going to see them begin with Russian ships advancing up the Potomac River. What’s really baffling is that these countries are reluctant to finance a military buildup with an American president who talks about the NATO alliance as if it’s a giant scam and who talks about European nations as if they’re delinquent on the rent. If there was ever a time for these countries to start spending on their own defense, this is it.

Lithuania figured out the score. They share a border with Russia and just got it up to 2 percent. NATO thinks that eight member countries will meet the 2 percent threshold in 2018, which is an improvement — but there are 29 members!

The Norwegian drama series Occupied offers the painfully funny lesson that if the United States ever decides that the NATO alliance isn’t worth it, it more or less ceases to exist. Sure, Trump has a crude, ahistorical perspective on the value of the alliance, but less than half of NATO member states are putting much effort into dispelling the notion that they’re a bunch of freeloaders who won’t take responsibility for the safety and security of their own citizens.

‘Judge Kavanaugh Has Been a Role Model to Us Personally as well as Professionally’

We would expect Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s former clerks to like him and endorse him . . . but it is reassuring to see 34 of them writing a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee touting his exceptional qualities as a legal mind and as a human being:

During his time on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Kavanaugh has come to work every day dedicated to engaging in the hard work of judging. We never once saw him take a shortcut, treat a case as unimportant, or search for an easy answer. Instead, in each case, large or small, he masters every detail and rereads every precedent. He listens carefully to the views of his colleagues and clerks, even – indeed, especially – when they differ from his own. He drafts opinions painstakingly, writing and rewriting until he is satisfied each opinion is clear and well-reasoned, and can be understood not only by lawyers but by the parties and the public. We saw time and again that this work ethic flows from a fundamental humility. Judge Kavanaugh never assumes he knows the answers in advance and never takes for granted that his view of the law will prevail. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, Judge Kavanaugh has been a role model to us personally as well as professionally. He is unfailingly warm and gracious with his colleagues no matter how strongly they disagree about a case, and he is well-liked and respected by judges and lawyers across the ideological spectrum as a result.

It’s rather fascinating to watch lefty voices complain about news coverage of Kavanaugh being too focused on him as “a carpool dad” and focused on humanizing personality traits . . . when there’s an entire line of merchandise about “the notorious RBG” and gobs of glowing coverage of tough grandma Ruth Bader Ginsburg in places such as Glamour magazine, and she’s been invited to do her workout routine on Stephen Colbert’s comedy show. Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize we were only allowed to have lighter, humanizing, personality-based coverage of Supreme Court justices appointed by Democrats.

Put Crudely, We’re Pretty Awesome, America

Remember when we were worried that America’s future would be one of crippling weakness and dependence on foreign oil? Yeah, never mind.

“In 2019, [the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA)] forecasts that the United States will average nearly 12 million barrels of crude oil production per day,” said Linda Capuano, Administrator of the EIA. “If the forecast holds, that would make the U.S. the world’s leading producer of crude.”

We’ve been producing more than 10 million barrels a day in 2018.

ADDENDA: Our Charlie Cooke lays out why the press earns its distrust. Elsewhere, I point out a frustrating, deeply misleading headline that suggests that some copy editors at major newspapers simply don’t know much about the places that their outlets are covering.

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Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid a group of former senior European politicians to covertly promote the interests of Ukraine’s previous pro-Russia government in Washington, according to a new indictment.

The superseding indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday says Manafort “secretly retained” the ex-politicians, known as the “Hapsburg group”, to lobby for Ukraine in 2012 and 2013.

Here is everything the indictment tells us about the group and their involvement in the scheme.

Why Ukraine?

The indictment says Manafort earned tens of millions of dollars in income representing the interests of Ukraine, its political parties and leaders in a covert lobbying scheme.

Manafort, who was previously charged with multiple counts of tax and bank fraud, faces new charges of conspiracy, money-laundering, failing to register as an agent for a foreign actor and making false statements as a result of the alleged scheme.

How did the former European leaders get involved?

According to the indictment, acting on behalf of then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions, Manafort in 2012 retained the so-called Hapsburg group to “take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying the United States.”

The plan was for the group to “appear to be providing their independent assessments of Government of Ukraine actions, when in fact they were paid lobbyists for Ukraine,” the indictment said.

Why did Manafort want them?

Manafort called the group “SUPER VIP” in an “EYES ONLY” memo created around June 2012, in which he explained that he wanted to “assemble a group of high-level European highly influencial [sic] champions and politically credible friends who can act informally and without any visible relationship with the Government of Ukraine.”

Who was in the ‘Hapsburg group’?

The indictment says the group was managed by a former European chancellor, who it names as Foreign Politician A, in coordination with Manafort.

While the former chancellor is not named in the filing, the head of government in both Austria and Germany is known as the chancellor.

What did the group actually do?

In 2013, the former chancellor and other former politicians from the group lobbied US Members of Congress, officials in the Executive Branch and their staff in coordination with Manafort, the indictment says.

How much did the group get paid?

According to the filing, Manafort paid the group more than 2 million euros in 2012 and 2013, wiring the money through at least four offshore accounts.

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Though the group’s members weren’t named, they are collectively given an informal nickname: the “Hapsburg group,” an apparent reference (using an alternative spelling) to the Habsburg royal dynasty that ruled the Holy Roman Empire for centuries.

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MORE DETAILS ON MANAFORT’S ‘HAPSBURG GROUP’: We reported earlier this month that a document released as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shed new light on the former European politicians Paul Manafort considered recruiting as part of the “Hapsburg group.” Mueller has accused Manafort of violating foreign lobbying law by orchestrating the group’s lobbying efforts in the U.S. without registering as a foreign agent. The document, a 2012 memo written by former journalist Alan Friedman and addressed to Manafort, identified eight politicians that Friedman and Alfred Gusenbauer, a former Austrian chancellor, proposed recruiting to lobby.

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— Only one of those politicians responded to requests for comment from POLITICO at the time. But we heard from another one, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, a former Polish president, late last week. He said he’d never heard of the Hapsburg group. Kwaśniewski said he met Manafort for the first time on Oct. 23, 2012, “during the international conference in Berlin, so the attached documents from September 2012 are completely unclear to me,” he wrote in an email, referring to the memo in which Friedman proposed recruiting him. Kwaśniewski said he traveled to the U.S. a few months later. On Feb. 1, 2013, he “had a series of meetings in Congress, Senate and State Department about Ukraine, but I cannot find my notes from these meetings and after so many years I do not recall who I was meeting with,” he wrote.

— In a follow-up email, Kwaśniewski wrote that he didn’t recall who had arranged those meetings, but that it wasn’t Manafort. “I have never worked for Mr. Manafort,” he wrote. “I was acting as a Former President of Poland, engaged in the Ukrainian matters since 1991. … The main subject of the meetings was the situation in Ukraine and the relations between Ukraine and the West.”

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HAGIN’S FORMER BUSINESS PARTNER HAS A WHITE HOUSE IN: When Joe Hagin, one of President Donald Trump’s top aides, planned the president’s first foreign trip last year, Steve Atkiss went to Saudi Arabia, too. Atkiss, one of Hagin’s former partners at the Command Group, a security and intelligence firm, served as the White House’s volunteer logistics lead. “Hagin’s partnership with Atkiss since joining the Trump White House has drawn attention in the tight-knit community of presidential trip planners,” POLITICO’s Josh Meyer and Andrew Restuccia report. “Last month, some complained when Hagin’s former business partner was tapped for an even more high-profile and sensitive assignment than planning the Saudi trip — working as his on-site deputy in orchestrating the historic nuclear summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.”

— “It’s common for the White House to farm out the intensive planning known as ‘advance’ work to outsiders, who like Atkiss often work as volunteers. … But by tapping Atkiss, 41, for such sensitive and influential positions, Hagin may be helping him gain an edge in drumming up business for Command by affording him easy access to foreign governments and private individuals who could help the firm win future security and consulting contracts, current and former U.S. officials told POLITICO.” Full story.

COMPANIES WINNING TARIFF WAIVERS DON’T HAVE LOBBYISTS: The Commerce Department announced last week that seven companies received exclusions from the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs: Schick Manufacturing Inc., Nachi America Inc., Hankev International, Zapp Precision Wire, U.S. Leakless Inc., Woodings Industrial Corporation and PolyVision Corporation. None of the companies retain lobbyists, according to disclosure filings. That’s not unusual. “This is an administrative or a regulatory process, so some companies will do it themselves, some companies would hire a lawyer to help them fill out the paperwork,” said Paul Nathanson, a spokesman for theCoalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users. But he predicted that “you’ll likely see an uptick in lobbying activity if you see many exclusion requests rejected by the Commerce Department.”

NATURAL GAS COALITION LAUNCHES: A new coalition to promote the natural gas industry launched today. The members of the so-called Global Natural Gas Coalition include the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America; American Petroleum Institute; the American Gas Association; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Global Energy Institute; the American Chemistry Council; the National Association of Manufacturers; and the Laborers’ International Union of North America. In an interview with PI, Don Santa, chief executive of INGAA, said the coalition’s main objective is to be “a unified voice in term of the benefits of natural gas” both domestically and internationally. Today’s launch coincides with the World Gas Conference this week.

THINK TANK OF THE ‘RADICAL CENTER’ SEARCHES FOR IDENTITY IN TRUMP’S WASHINGTON: Rachel Cohen has a detailed piece in Washingtonian examining the travails of the think tank New America. “Founded at the height of the Nasdaq boom, New America was meant to be an antidote to other Washington think tanks — a young, nimble provocateur that would dispense with convention and birth fresh ideas. Nearly two decades later, the organization, which now employs more than 250 people, is casting about for relevance in a hyper-partisan era, according to interviews with more than three dozen current and former staffers, many of whom wanted anonymity for fear of retribution in the tight-knit DC policymaking community. In a way, it’s a symbol of an entire Washington industry — policymaking — that’s under pressure to fund itself without making ideological or ethical sacrifices.” Full story.

IF YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEKEND: “Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, discussed hiring a friend of a lobbyist family that owned a condominium he was renting for $50 a night, newly released emails suggest,” The New York Times’ Lisa Friedman and Hiroko Tabuchi report. The potential hire “was discussed in emails between Mr. Pruitt’s chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, and [J. StevenHart, who was chairman of the Washington lobbying firm Williams & Jensen and whose wife, Vicki Hart, rented the condo to Mr. Pruitt. Other subjects discussed during and after Mr. Pruitt rented Ms. Hart’s condo included refrigerant chemicals, which was raised on behalf of Coca-Cola, and the Paris Agreement — the global climate pact to address climate change — discussed on behalf of the global bank HSBC.”

— “The emails also show that Mr. Hart suggested other potential hires to the E.P.A., including one person who he emphasized was a Republican and an African-American, on behalf of an executive of the philanthropic arm of the pork giant Smithfield Foods.” Full story.

WHERE YOU WANT TO WORK: The Washington Post is out with its latest ranking of the best workplaces in Washington. Among the law and lobbying firms on the list: WilmerHale, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Kelley Drye & Warren and Alston & Bird. Among the trade groups: the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, theNational Recreation and Park Association (which does sound like a nice place to work), the American Health Care Association and the American Gas Association. The AARP also made the list.

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 Lisa Hanna has joined Delta Air Lines’ Washington office as general manager for corporate communications, with a focus on government affairs. She previously ran her own consulting shop, engage360 Public Affairs.

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NEW PACs:

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The Russian operatives accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016 didn’t use cash or credit cards. To pay for servers and domain names, they turned to Bitcoin, a digital currency that allows for secure payments without banks, government authorization or verified identities.

Yet what makes Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies appealing to criminals also limits their usefulness to them. Bitcoin transaction records helped investigators find the Russian agents under indictment. To cover their tracks, the perpetrators of the hacking scheme would have been better off using briefcases full of cash.

The details of this case are an encouraging sign. Cryptocurrencies are part of a global experiment in making money — the secure exchange of value — as decentralized as information on the internet. Just as anyone can put up a blog without going through traditional media, cryptocurrencies can remove control from financial intermediaries.

And like the internet, cryptocurrencies are not inherently a force for lawlessness. Nor is their legitimacy guaranteed. Governments and the private sector must make existing gateways between cryptocurrency and the traditional financial world, such as Bitcoin exchanges, more transparent. And they must adopt mechanisms to limit illegal activity, fraud and regulatory evasion, while preserving the freedom to innovate.

Ironically, Bitcoin’s success depends on the same critical factor as a state-issued “fiat” currency: the collective trust of its community of users. Their confidence in the accuracy of the ledger of all Bitcoin transactions is what makes the currency viable. Law-abiding citizens want efficient, reliable payments. Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, realized this. His 2008 white paper said a great deal about cutting out banks; it said nothing about evading the rule of law.

Cryptocurrencies make transactions trustworthy without relying on private intermediaries or central banks. Banks know your public identity, but they keep transaction specifics secret. Bitcoin does the opposite. Identities are represented with private, seemingly arbitrary strings of letters and numbers known as cryptographic keys. Transactions, however, are public. Anyone can see how the money flows. That’s necessary for Bitcoin’s security model, which relies on a public network of computers collectively validating transactions.

The problem for criminals is that it’s possible to reconstruct Bitcoin identities from transaction patterns. The currency moves through gateways, exchanges and wallet systems, which makes it easier for people to acquire, store and use cryptocurrency in a world that still speaks dollars and euros. However, these systems are usually centralized, so they can be traced, and their administrators can be asked to cooperate with law enforcement. That is likely what happened in the Russian hacking case.

That is also what helped lead to the takedown in 2013 of Silk Road, a widely used online marketplace for drug transactions and other illegal purchases. BTC-E, a Russian cryptocurrency exchange, later became the platform of choice for criminals because it did not collect identification documents from its customers. BTC-E was shut down by American law enforcement agencies last year.

As these examples show, governments have more leverage over cryptocurrency markets than one might expect. In 2013, the Treasury Department issued guidelines requiring exchanges to verify customer identities. As a result, the volume of cryptocurrency obtained from illegal activity and laundered through Europe between 2013 and 2016 was five times as much as the amount that went through North America, according to a study published in January by the analytics firm Elliptic and the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. Similar requirements will take effect in Europe next year.

There are ways to make cryptocurrency activity harder for law enforcement to track. But hiding transactions adds cost and complexity. More important, decentralized cryptocurrency networks still require trust in the software developers, transaction validators and other support organizations that work with them. These partners have to be responsible if they want to support large markets.

To be sure, there is still substantial illegal activity involving cryptocurrencies. Much of it, though, involves thefts and swindles from legitimate cryptocurrency users. Unless law enforcement and regulation weed out these bad actors, cryptocurrencies will not become mainstream.

The miracle of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is that they can create trustworthy transactions in the absence of financial institutions and processes that the world has relied on for centuries. Bitcoin took hold, in part, because the 2008 financial crisis shook so many people’s faith in the status quo. Trust, however, is a fickle thing. Both cryptocurrency proponents and governments must sustain it to create a viable environment for the money of the future.

Kevin Werbach is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the forthcoming book “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust.”

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M.N.: I think that Putin wants to get up to the hilt return on his investment, mostly emotional, but also the political, and very possibly, the financial investment also.

My impression is that Putin has the plans and the intentions to get the control of, and to “absorb” the  US Intelligence, Security, and Law Enforcement structures  and apparatus, and then his hostile takeover of America by the Trumpian Revolution from above will be complete.

There is a certain, time tested logic in this strategy; the Russia’s experiences and the moda operandi in Eastern Europe and the “near abroad” serve as the examples and the illustrations. 

These, mentioned above, structures, parts, and the institutions of the US Government should be acutely aware of these plans and intentions, and they should act accordingly and expeditiously. 

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FBI, watch out! 

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Владимир Путин подарил Дональду Трампу официальный мяч чемпионата мира по футболу 2018 года и пожелал Соединённым Штатам Америки успешно провести ЧМ-2026.

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В.Путин: По поводу того, кому верить, а кому не верить и можно ли вообще верить: никому нельзя верить. С чего Вы взяли, что Президент Трамп мне доверяет, а я ему в полной степени доверяю?

Что я могу сказать? Мы, в общем, обсуждали, но что мне приходит в голову и что я могу предложить? Существует, действует договор между Соединёнными Штатами Америки и Российской Федерацией 1999 года о взаимной помощи по уголовным делам. Этот договор работающий, кстати говоря, эффективно работающий.

Мы по запросам иностранных государств до сотни, 150 уголовных дел возбуждаем в России. Несколько лет назад наш бывший министр атомной промышленности был выдан Соединёнными Штатами в Российскую Федерацию и осуждён российским судом. Это работающий договор. Этим договором предусмотрены определённые процедуры совместной работы.

Более того, мы можем сделать ещё один шаг навстречу. Мы можем допустить официальных представителей Соединённых Штатов, в том числе этой комиссии господина Мюллера, присутствовать на этих допросах. Но тогда, в этом случае мы, безусловно, будем ставить вопрос о том, чтобы эти действия были взаимными.

Мы будем ожидать от американской стороны, чтобы они допросили тех официальных лиц, в том числе представителей спецслужб Соединённых Штатов, которых мы подозреваемв совершении противоправных действий на территории Российской Федерации, в присутствии наших следователей.

Что имею в виду? Известное дело фирмы Hermitage Capital господина Браудера. По данным нашего следствия, группа лиц, деловые партнёры господина Браудера незаконным образом заработали в России более полутора миллиардов долларов, не заплатили налоги ни в России, ни в Соединённых Штатах, но деньги эти в Соединённые Штаты перевели: 400 миллионов долларов направили на избирательную кампанию госпожи Клинтон.

Но это их дело, возможно, они сделали это легально, но деньги получили нелегально. У нас есть основания полагать, что некоторые сотрудники спецслужб Соединённых Штатов сопровождали эти незаконные сделки.

Это только один шаг вперёд. Мы можем поговорить и о расширении нашего сотрудничества. Пожалуйста, варианты возможны, они предусмотрены в соответствующем межправительственном соглашении.

Это касается частных только лиц, не государства. А последние обвинения в отношении якобы сотрудников наших спецслужб – пожалуйста, я же на это ответил. Есть межправсоглашение, присылайте, пожалуйста, официальный запрос, пусть комиссия Мюллера пришлёт нам запрос, мы проведём соответствующую работу и ответим.

Можно и расширить это сотрудничество, я уже сказал, но тогда только на взаимной основе. Мы тогда тоже будем ждать от американской стороны доступа к тем лицам, которых мы считаем сотрудниками спецслужб. Давайте предметно обсуждать

и не использовать российско-американские отношения в качестве разменной карты во внутриполитической американской борьбе.

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In the past week, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)indicted twelve Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign through a bold and sophisticated hacking campaign. Notably though, the indictment’s tenth count detailed how these intelligence officers, members of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU), mined and used cryptocurrencies to fund the infrastructure necessary to carry out their operations.

The indictment notes that the GRU officers “conspired to launder the equivalent of more than $95,000 through a web of transactions structured to capitalize on the perceived anonymity of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.” Though the GRU officers also used fiat currencies to fund their efforts, the indictment states that “they primarily used bitcoin when purchasing servers, registering domains, and otherwise making payments in furtherance of hacking activity. Many of these payments were processed by companies located in the United States that provided payment processing services to hosting companies, domain registrars, and other vendors both international and domestic. The use of bitcoin allowed the [GRU officers] to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds.”

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The Early Edition: July 18, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here.Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT

“In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,’” President Trump said in prepared remarks to reporters, walking back on the comments he made at yesterday’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital of Helsinki following their summit meeting. At the news conference, Trump contradicted the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election, Kevin Liptak and Jeff Zeleny report at CNN.

“I thought that I made myself very clear, but having just reviewed the transcript … I realized that there is a need for some clarification,” President Trump explained, adding that “I have felt very strongly that while Russia’s actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying … that I accept our American intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.” Dartunorro Clark reports at NBC News.

Trump said he has “full faith” in U.S. intelligence services and explained that he had meant to say “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia” who had interfered in the U.S. election. The U.S. president also claimed that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and said that other countries could have been meddling too, Michael C. Bender, Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas report at the Wall Street Journal.

A full transcript of Trump’s remarks to reporters yesterday is provided by the New York Times.

The president made the remarks after coming under intense pressure from advisers, allies and critics; however, he did not explain or withdraw many of the assertions he made at the Helsinki press conference, including his criticisms of the F.B.I. and Justice Department’s Russia investigations and his comments about Putin’s “extremely strong and powerful” denial of Russian involvement in the U.S. election. Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman report at the New York Times.

Several Republican members of Congress expressed outrage at the president’s comments at the Helsinki conference, while other lawmakers and Trump allies welcomed the president’s clarification. Ashley Parker, Robert Costa and Felicia Sonmez report at the Washington Post.

The president’s clarification failed to mollify the Democrats who described Trump’s statement as political damage control and criticizing Trump for his statement, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying that the president “made a horrible statement” and that by saying “other people” could also have been responsible for election interference, he showed that he “couldn’t even bring himself to back off.” Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey report at Reuters.

Some lawmakers have been exploring taking legislative action following the Helsinki summit. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he was considering passing a resolution in support of the U.S. intelligence community and U.S. allies; several Republican and Democratic Senators have proposed increasing sanctions against Russia; and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said he was willing to consider additional sanctions, John Whitesides and Susan Heavey report at Reuters.

The Russian Defense Ministry said yesterday that it was ready to implement “agreements on international security” reached by Trump and Putin at their meeting, however it is not clear whether any agreements were reached and spokespeople in Washington have said they are unaware of any deals. Missy Ryan and Carol Morello report at the Washington Post.

Senate Democrats sent a letter to Trump yesterday demanding details about his private meeting with Putin, explaining that the “Russian Ministry of Defense publicly stated [yesterday] that it is prepared to start implementing an agreement you apparently struck in Helsinki with President Putin, an agreement that neither Congress nor the American people have been informed about.” Jordain Carney reports at the Hill.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week for a public hearing on the Trump administration’s Russia policy following the Helsinki summit. Robbie Gramer and Amy MacKinnon report at Foreign Policy.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has signaled an openness to holding talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu for the first time since 2015. The possibility has emerged following the Helsinki summit, Phil Stewart reports at Reuters.

The Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has quietly but forcefully defended the intelligence community against attacks by President Trump and has drawn praise from current and former intelligence officers for insisting that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and that Moscow poses a threat to America. Julian E. Barnes explains at the New York Times.

Trump told reporters yesterday that he discussed North Korea’s nuclear weapons program with Putin and that there was no need to rush efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Reuters reports.

The Trump-Putin meeting could have been worse, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said yesterday, explaining it does not appear that Trump made significant concessions to Putin with regard to the annexation of Crimea or the war in Ukraine. Marcin Goclowski reports at Reuters.

Estonian authorities released a statement yesterday saying that Putin’s plane trespassed into N.A.T.O. airspace without clearance while en route to Helsinki. Andrew E. Kramer reports at the New York Times.

TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT: OPINION & ANALYSIS

An overview of the backlash to Trump’s performance in Helsinki and his subsequent climb-down is provided by Matthew Nussbaum, Nancy Cook and Christopher Cadelago at POLITICO.

Trump’s remarks yesterday reversing claims at the Helsinki summit were welcome; however, the president “still doesn’t seem to understand the nature of the adversary known as Vladimir Putin whom he wants to make his friend,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. The editorial board calls on Congress to formulate a “containment strategy” for both Putin and Trump.

Republican lawmakers “who are serious about defending American democracy and undoing the damage of Mr. Trump’s global submissiveness have the power to take action,” the New York Times editorial board writes, calling for legislative action and political courage.

The president “has crafted a method of apology that is equal parts retreat and doubling down,” Marc Fisher writes at the Washington Post, analyzing Trump’s remarks yesterday and providing an overview of his approach to apologies.

Trump and Putin may have made agreements on economic relations, Crimea, Syria, the new START nuclear weapons treaty and energy, Patrick Wintour explains at the Guardian, noting that the “absence of an agreed statement leaves secret the status and extent of any practical agreements reached either between the U.S. president and his Russian counterpart or in the later wider meeting between officials.”

TRUMP-RUSSIA

A U.S. grand jury returned an indictment against Russian woman Mariia Butina yesterday, also adding a charge accusing Butina of acting as a Russian government agent – a charge which carries a 10-year sentence. Butina, who studied at American University in Washington and is a founder of the pro-gun Russian group Right to Bear Arms, was charged on Monday with conspiracy to take actions on behalf of the Russian government, Reuters reports.

Butina’s visible online presence and her alleged passion for gun rights, President Trump and improved U.S.-Russian relations was a ruse, according to federal prosecutors, who allege that Butina’s social media persona was a cover for Butina to further Russia’s agenda within the Republican Party. Butina served for three years as part of a low-cost, low-risk influence operation run by senior Russian official Alexander Torshin and assisted by an unnamed American operative with Republican ties, Sharon LaFraniere, Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman report at the New York Times.

Butina, 29-years old, is scheduled to appear today at a bail hearing in federal court in Washington.Butina allegedly focused her efforts on individuals associated with a gun-rights organization unnamed in the court papers but identifiable as the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) – which in turn has not returned phone calls and emails seeking comment, Julie Bykowicz and Del Quentin Wilber report at the Wall Street Journal.

“I know I had dinner with [Butina] along with another member, along with a visiting delegation to Russia, is that something we should be worried about?” queried Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). Rohrabacher added “it’s ridiculous … it’s stupid … she’s the assistant of some guy who is the head of the bank and is a member of their Parliament. That’s what we call a spy? That shows you how bogus this whole thing is,” Kyle Cheney reports at POLITICO.

Rep. Greg Meeks (D.-N.Y.) has said that he attended on an August 2015 trip to Russia organised by Rohrabacher, claiming that he went along as a Democratic “counterbalance” to Rohrabacher’s pro-Russian politics. Meeks has claimed that he was not familiar with Butina and did not know if she was involved in the Russian meetings on the trip, adding “my dialogue was 180 degrees different than the dialogue of Mr. Rohrabacher,” Jackie Kucinich and Spencer Ackerman report at The Daily Beast.

An analysis of how Butina was able to gain access to elite conservative circles, including the N.R.A and the Conservative Political Action Conference, is provided by Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger, Shane Harris and Carol D. Leonnig at the Washington Post.

Butina’s U.S. associates may too be under threat, Jon Swaine and Lois Beckett write at the Guardian, charting Butina’s infiltration into the echelons of the conservative establishment.

Butina’s various public appearances at schools, universities and summer camp in South Dakota are explored by Eli Rosenberg at the Washington Post.

National Security Agency (N.S.A.) Director and head of U.S. Cyber Command Paul Nakasone has directed the two organizations to coordinate actions to counter potential Russian interference in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. Nakasone wants to improve coordinatation between N.S.A. intelligence-gathering on Russian cyber-activities and CyberCom’s plans to disrupt Kremlin operations, Ellen Nakashima reports at the Washington Post.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked a federal judge to grant immunity to five witnesses likely to testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, providing an insight into Mueller’s team’s strategy for the trial expected to begin next week. The five witnesses have refused to testify based on their right against self-incrimination, Aruna Viswanatha reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller has requested that his immunity motions are sealed, and stay that way unless the witnesses testify, with Mueller citing the risk of “undue harassment” or “reputational harm” should the witnesses’ identities be disclosed. Tom Winter and Tracy Connor report at NBC.

It is unclear who the witnesses might be, but various individuals familiar with Manafort’s finances and his extravagant spending habits are expected to be among those called by the prosecution. Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

Manafort is charged with money laundering and lobbying violations related to his work for pro-Russia parties in Ukraine before joining the Trump campaign. Manafort has denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty last year – despite the fact that a former business associate Richard Gates pleaded guilty to similar charges – and was sent to jail last month for violating the terms of his bail, Josh Bowden reports at the Hill.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and retiring House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have blocked a push from conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Their comments on the issue have drawn criticism from conservative Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) who are leading the impeachment campaign, Rachel Bade and Kyle Cheney write at POLITICO.

Robert Mueller is doing his duty and must be allowed to continue, “because the idea of an America united by the rule of law is too important to lose” former F.B.I and C.I.A. Director William Webster argues at the New York Times.

Mueller’s indictment of officers from Russian intelligence agency G.R.U. is so comprehensive that it should represent a major humiliation for organization, but in Helsinki “the president missed Mueller’s brilliant pass and turned it into a major American own goal,” Thomas Rid comments at POLITICO Magazine.

Mueller’s recent indictment should not be regarded as merely a law-enforcement instrument, but rather an effective offensive in an ongoing information war, Mark Galleoti comments at Foreign Policy.

SYRIA

A deal was reached yesterday for the evacuation of two Shi’ite pro-regime towns Syrian towns al-Fuaa and Kafraya, enabling thousands to leave after three years of siege by Sunni rebel forces. Residents of the towns in northwestern Idlib province are all expected to leave under a major agreement reached between government ally Moscow and rebel backer Ankara, which also commits the Syrian government to release hundreds of prisoners. AFP reports.

Negotiators from al-Qaeda-linked rebel coalition Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were involved in the negotiations, with the resumption of talks aimed at averting a possible military campaign by the Syrian army and Iranian backed militias to end the siege, Reuters reports.

Buses arrived today in the two villages to evacuate some 7,000 residents, according to al-Manar T.V., run by Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah group. Syrian state T.V. reported that at least 88 buses had entered the two towns so far, along with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (S.A.R.C.) ambulances for sick residents, Reuters reports

Talks aimed at ceding the largest opposition stronghold in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, provoking an intense overnight bombing strike on the densely populated town of Nawa killing a dozen people and injuring over a hundred, activists and rescuers said today. U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the “frenzied” bombing campaign continued into today, with at least 350 missiles fired into Nawa and surrounding areas, the AP reports.

“It’s like doomsday,” commented one Nawa resident, adding there that there were “many corpses in the streets and everyone is unable to pull them.” Reuters reports.

Dozens of Syrians seeking refuge yesterday near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights were turned away by Israeli soldiers, according to a local journalist and video from Reuters. Israel Defense Force (I.D.F.) troops ordered the Syrians to return to a nearby camp, Kareem Khadder and Tamara Qiblawi report at CNN.

“People from the refugee camps went very close to the border to ask for protection because the bombardment is very close to Quneitra,” said a source near the Golan Heights, adding “it’s a tragedy.” Kareem Shaheen reports at the Guardian.

The Syrian civilians approaching the border waved white flags at Israeli soldiers and demanded protection from the relentless airstrikes, the brief protest following a suspected Russian airstrike that hit a school in the village of Ain el-Tineh and leaving at least 10 people dead. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

“I think that we have really done all that can be done,” Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Tel Aviv radio station 103 FM, adding that “we are not prepared to accept even one refugee. That’s not our job. There are lots of Arab countries, rich countries.” Reuters reports.

“Our militaries do get along very well, and they do coordinate in Syria and other places,” Trump claimed at the Helsinki summit, adding that “our militaries actually have gotten along probably better than our political leaders, for years.” Records of military collaboration between the U.S. and Russia in Syria, however, provide a mixed picture, Eric Schmitt and Thomas Gibbons-Neff explain at the New York Times.

Trump’s stance at the Helsinki summit was a clear indication that Putin will remain the kingmaker in Syria, and his position will not be challenged by the U.S. for now, Yury Barmin comments at Al Jazeera.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 14 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between July 9 and July 15. [Central Command]

IRAN

“We convinced the U.S. president [to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement,” the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video clip that was filmed two weeks ago and was shown on Israeli television yesterday. Netanyahu also spoke about the Iranian regime, prompting an unidentified person off-screen to say, “it will disappear with the help of God,” to which Netanyahu responded “you said it. From your mouth to God.” Alexander Fulbright reports at The Times of Israel.

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, told state T.V. today that Iran has increased its stockpile of uranium to between 900 and 950 tons. Iran pledged to boost enrichment capacity following Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement in May, with the aim to put pressure on the remaining signatories to preserve the deal, the AP reports.

Salehi also said that Iran has built a factory to build rotors for centrifuges, but said that the new factory did not in itself break the terms of the nuclear agreement. Reuters reports.

Iran’s lawsuit against the U.S. at the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) for breaking the nuclear deal and reinstating sanctions is based on a treaty signed by the two countries before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran’s application to the I.C.J. also demands that the U.S. compensate Iran for financial damage already done. The State Department called the lawsuit “baseless” and vowed to “vigorously defend the United States before the I.C.J.” Rock Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Fears of war between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have increased following recent developments, including a heavy exchange of fire between the two sides and Israel’s closing of the Keren Shalom cargo crossing to the Strip – partly in response to the launching of incendiary kites and balloons from the territory into southern Israel. The AFP reports.

“As events over the weekend demonstrate, the situation in Gaza is extremely precarious,” the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, said yesterday, adding “a dramatic deterioration” could result if Israel continues to impose additional restrictions on Gaza. The U.N. News Centre reports.

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South Korean authorities are investigating two illegal shipments of North Korean coal into South Korea last October, Seoul’s foreign ministry said today. The shipments raise questions about South Korea’s enforcement of international sanctions against North Korea, Song Jung-a reports at the Financial Times.

The repatriation of the remains of some U.S. service members killed during the 1950-53 Korean War is expected to take place in the coming weeks, a U.S. military official said yesterday, following Monday’s meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials at the North-South Korea border. Choe Sang-Hun reports at the New York Times.

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Senior National Security Council (N.S.C.) Director for intelligence programs Michael Barry is leaving the White House, according to two government officials, his departure adding to the list of vacant senior N.S.C. positions since the appointment of national security adviser John Bolton, Kate Brannen and Spencer Ackerman report at Just Security in conjunction with The Daily Beast.

Positive developments in democratization across West Africa are “competing with the volatile security situation,” around areas where terrorist groups remain active such as the Lake Chad Basin, Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel Mohamed Ibn Chambas told the Security Council yesterday. The U.N. News Centre reports.

Nearly 300 Malian civilians have been killed in fighting between rival militias this year, the U.N. human rights office said yesterday, as rising inter-communal violence threatens a presidential election due on July 29 hoped to end six years of political unrest, ethnic disputes and jihadist attacks. Reutersreports.

At least 15 Taliban militants were killed and five wounded yesterday by Islamic State group fighters in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, according to the provincial governor’s office. Reutersreports.

The Islamic State group has been conducting small-scale attacks in central Iraq, raising concerns that a new cycle of insurgency is starting again only seven months after the Iraqi government declared victory over the militants.  The U.S. military spokesperson in Baghdad, Col. Sean Ryan, has said that “they’re doing small-scale attacks because they don’t have large-scale abilities any more. But what they do have is the ability to scare the population. The fight is not over …,” Liz Sly and Mustafa Salim report at the Washington Post.

President Trump’s trip to Europe last week was an unmitigated disaster, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (A.L.D.E.) in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt writes at CNN.

Supporters of the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the statute that created the tribunal, praising the court’s role in punishing perpetrators of the atrocities and expressing concerns about the significant challenges and political attacks it faces. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

Today’s times are “strange and uncertain,” former U.S. President Barack Obama said yesterday in Johannesburg, adding that “we see much of the world threatening to return to a more dangerous, more brutal, way of doing business.” Without naming President Trump, Obama used his highest-profile speech since leaving office to take aim at “strongman politics,” urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values now under threat, Andrew Meldrum  reports at the AP.

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Peter Strzok, the FBI agent in a storm of controversy over his anti-Trump tweets and Congressional testimony, spent time living in Iran and Africa during his childhood, old newspaper clippings about his father, who is also named Peter Paul Strzok, show.

The elder Strzok is a former U.S. Army major who spent significant time in the Middle East and African continent, according to the clippings, which show the Strzok family also has deep ties to Wisconsin and Minnesota. Peter Strzok II, the FBI agent, does not have a lengthy record trail online, at least before his Donald Trump controversies, and his bio has thus been a bit of a mystery. However, his dad was frequently featured in local newspaper articles in the 1980s and even through the 1990s, and the elder Strzok’s biography helps flesh out the background of the son.

Another newspaper clipping confirms that Major Peter Strzok and his wife welcomed a son, Peter, on the FBI agent’s birth date. The family name goes far back. World War II draft records show there was also a Peter Paul Strzok who was born in Thorp, Wisconsin in 1891. The FBI agent’s father is 82-years-old. Military registers confirm the father was an Army major. Old phone directories give Peter Strzok, the agent, as Peter P. Strzok II. The FBI agent embroiled in the controversy also served in the U.S. Army.

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1. The Elder Strzok Once Lived in Iran With His Son & Wife, Who Taught at an American School in Tehran

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In 1979, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Leader-Telegram ran an article that discussed Peter Strzok, the dad. It said that Strzok, the dad, had just left Iran that February. The newspaper said that the dad “hopes the government of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini will stabilize the country.”

The article noted: “Strzok’s wife and eight-year-old son, Peter, returned to the U.S. Jan. 6.” His wife , the agent’s mother, Virginia, was a teacher at the American school in Tehran and Peter Strzok, the father, “was working for a firm which sold and serviced 2,000 helicopters for the Iranian government.”

It quoted the elder Strzok as saying, “I’d like very much to go back to Iran,” and it adds that Strzok spent “two terms of military service and seven months as a civilian in the country.”

It says that Strzok was a support unit manager for Bell Helicopter, Inc., and says the paper asked Strzok about the “issue of treatment of Americans in Iran.”

He said the “resentment of America was because Iranians linked the U.S. involved (sic) with the Shah,” explained the Leader-Telegram.

The article quotes Strzok as saying, “When you have a country where hundreds were killed and only two Americans out of the thousands in that country were slain, you can’t make a case of physical violence against Americans,” noting that no Americans were killed in the attack on the American embassy. He said that he hoped “Khomeini would be able to unite those factions and form a stable government,” the newspaper reported.

According to the article, the elder Strzok returned to Iran in July 1978 after retiring as a Lt. Col. With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The article concluded by saying the elder Strzok was planning to fly to Saudi Arabia next to “check on a new job with a construction enterprise.”

Online records now give the elder Strzok as living in North Carolina but with previous addresses in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Virginia. According to Guide Star, in 1986, Peter Strzok the dad was listed as the principal agent for a non-profit called International Agricultural Development with the North Carolina address. The non-profit was listed as an agency to facilitate the growth of rural organizations.

An old newspaper article from 1969 also referred to “Major Peter Strzok, chairman, Reserve Officers Training Corps Department, Lake Superior State College in Sault Ste. Marie.”


2. Strzok’s Dad Was Developing a Program to Send Midwestern Farm Equipment to Iraq & Once Argued for Military Censorship

GettyPeter Strzok, the FBI agent.

A 2003 article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Strzok, the father, was living in Washburn, Wisconsin and “is independently organizing a program that involves sending reconditioned tractors, tillers, and other aid to northern Iraq, where conditions are more secure than in the country’s middle and southern regions.”

The article says that Strzok, the father, “formerly directed humanitarian and development programs in the Middle East.”

Peter Strzok, the dad, is also mentioned in a column in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that ran in 1991. The column is called “If you ran the paper,” and the headline on the column reads, “Reader says he sees need for military censorship.”

The article says Strzok “was disturbed” by a column the writer ran about a reporter who used a fax in a war zone to “avoid censorship.” Strzok also took issue with the writer’s opinion that “the Pentagon’s effort to control access to the news backfired in some ways.”

Strzok asked the newspaper, “Was he placing British commandos at risk by detailing their operations and methods used?”

Strzok added, “I spent two tours in Vietnam, two in Saudi Arabia and three in Iran. I think I understand the absolute need for reporter oversight in combat actions.” He called it a “professional unable to police itself.”

A 2003 article in the Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter newspaper in Wisconsin reprinted an Associated Press story that reported Strzok, the elder, “thinks the Midwest’s old sheds and barns contain something that could help Iraq’s shaky economy: farm equipment.”

He planned to collect the equipment in Ashland, Wisconsin, recondition it and then truck it to Duluth, Minnesota to ship it to Iraq.

He also wrote a column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1986. In it, he described visiting the Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Gambia to “see the condition of the crops.”


3. Strzok, the Dad, Was Born to a Family That Farmed in Rural Northern Wisconsin

Peter Strzok, the dad, is the son of Michael John Strzok, who died at age 96, in 2002 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, according to his obit. Michael Strzok was formerly of Thorp, Clark County and Gilman, Wisconsin. The funeral service was in a Catholic church.

It was a farming family. Michael Strzok “was born Aug. 19, 1905, in Thorp to John and Maryanne (nee Polnaszek) Strzok. He married Josephine Badzinski on Sept. 2, 1929, and she died on Nov. 1, 1997. They farmed in rural Gilman where he expanded to trucking, livestock sales and became a partner in the Mattes Livestock Sales. He was also in partnership in Gilman Farm Service,” his obituary says.

Evening News birth announcement in 1970.

Michael Strzok had 11 children, of which Peter Paul Strzok, the FBI agent’s dad, is one of them. The other Strzok children (the aunts and uncles of the FBI agent) include an Arizona doctor and a priest based in Kenya, Africa named Fr. James Strzok. The FBI agent’s mother is named Virginia Sue Strzok, the obit says.


4. When Peter Strzok Was Growing Up, His Dad Moved the Family to Africa & Then Worked in Haiti

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A 1983 article in The Bismarck Tribune said that Peter Strzok, the father, worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, helping “the governments of underdeveloped nations.”

After he retired, he “began working with Catholic Relief Services, this time dealing directly with the struggling farm families in the impoverished African nation of Upper Volta,” the newspaper article reported.

After three years in Upper Volta, the elder Strzok took an assignment as director of Catholic Relief Services in Haiti. One goal: Reduce the infant mortality rate. He also worked in a food assistance program. The article stated that he was married with a then-13-year-old son. (The FBI agent Strzok is now 48.)

“He said his family has a good attitude about the lifestyle, but every now and then his son wishes for a television video game,” the newspaper reported, adding the father said his “value system changed when he moved to Upper Volta.” People “spend their time working to survive,” according to the newspaper.

In 1983, the Wisconsin State Journal also ran a story on Peter Strzok’s dad. The story says the elder Strzok served 21 years in the Army before retiring. Instead, he “moved his family to Upper Volta, an almost barren nation in Africa, where he is program director for Catholic Relief Services,” says the article.

The newspaper reported that the elder Strzok ran a program teaching farmers how to be more effective. The article said Strzok grew up on a dairy farm.

Another article in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram in 1981 quoted the father as saying the Upper Volta area of Africa was “very primitive” and “rough.” It said that he ran a $25 million program

“He and his wife and son have lived in Africa for three years,” said the article.

“I really believe the world has to address the problem of developing countries,” he told the newspaper.


5. The Younger Strzok Attended High School in Minnesota & Then Entered the Army Himself

A 1987 article in the St. Cloud Daily Times lists the younger Peter Strzok as Peter P. Strzok II, of Minneapolis, son of Peter and Virginia Strzok. “Peter plans to attend Georgetown University, Washington D.C.,” the article says, listing his activities in high school at St. John’s Prep as golf club, speech, National Honor Society, student newspaper and yearbook.

Strzok graduated from Georgetown University, a list of donors to the university showed. Strzok earned his master’s degree from the school in 2013, the list indicated. In 2012, Strzok and his wife, Melissa Hodgman, also a Georgetown alum, donated between $2,500-4,999 to their alma mater.

peter strzokPeter Strzok in high school

The Wall Street Journal has called Strzok “one of the FBI’s most experienced counterintelligence agents.” Hodgman started working in the enforcement division at the SEC in 2008 as a staff attorney and was promoted to assistant director in 2012.

Peter Strzok is a former Army officer, according to The New York Times. Little is known about Strzok’s time in the military, however.

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WASHINGTON – President Trump hit back at former CIA Director John Brennan, who had called the president’s performance at yesterday’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin“nothing short of treasonous.”

“Well, I think Brennan is a very bad guy and if you look at it, a lot of things happened under his watch,” Trump said in a pre-taped interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, which aired Tuesday night. “I think he is a bad person.”

Brennan left his top post at the spy agency as Trump was coming into office, criticizing the incoming president on his way out. He’s been a thorn in Trump’s side ever since.

Carlson defended Trump’s performance at the Helsinki summit in his opening monologue and blamed the president’s bad reviews on neo-conservatives from the Bush years still in media and government who believe Russia should always be branded a threat.

Trump had his own set of people to blame, not only bashing Brennan, but bringing up FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, along with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe – who was fired in May, a day before his retirement – and ex-FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump the year before.

“These are people that, in my opinion, are truly the bad people and they are being exposed for what they are and it’s a shame that it has to happen, but it’s really hurt our country,” Trump said.

When discussing Russia, however, the president was hesitant to label it as an adversary.

“I don’t even want to use the word ‘adversary,’” he said. “We can all work together. We can do great. Everybody can do well and we can live in peace.”

In contrast in an interview with CBS Sunday, Trump raised eyebrows when he called the European Union, a longtime ally of the United States, a “foe.”

Carlson’s interview with Trump was pre-taped on Monday and since then, the president has walked back some of the comments he made while in Helsinki, including the impression that he left that he believed Putin’s denial of election meddling over the assessment of his own intelligence community.

He has, however, continued to call the summit with the Russian leader a success.

“The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!” Trump tweeted Tuesday night.

Trump also hasn’t wavered on the subject of immigration.

On Friday, he told European leaders that immigration was “changing the culture” of their countries. “I think it’s a very negative thing for Europe. I think it’s very negative. And I know it’s politically not necessarily correct to say that, but I’ll say it and I’ll say it loud.”

Despite getting pushback for the comments he made, he repeated that sentiment when he sat down with Carlson.

The Fox News pundit asked him if he could “think of a place that has been improved by mass immigration or movements of large numbers of refugees?”

“Not one,” Trump replied.

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Peter Strzok, the FBI agent in a storm of controversy over his anti-Trump tweets and Congressional testimony, spent time living in Iran and Africa during his childhood, old newspaper clippings about his father, who is also named Peter Paul Strzok, show.

The elder Strzok is a former U.S. Army major who spent significant time in the Middle East and African continent, according to the clippings, which show the Strzok family also has deep ties to Wisconsin and Minnesota. Peter Strzok II, the FBI agent, does not have a lengthy record trail online, at least before his Donald Trump controversies, and his bio has thus been a bit of a mystery. However, his dad was frequently featured in local newspaper articles in the 1980s and even through the 1990s, and the elder Strzok’s biography helps flesh out the background of the son.

Another newspaper clipping confirms that Major Peter Strzok and his wife welcomed a son, Peter, on the FBI agent’s birth date. The family name goes far back. World War II draft records show there was also a Peter Paul Strzok who was born in Thorp, Wisconsin in 1891. The FBI agent’s father is 82-years-old. Military registers confirm the father was an Army major. Old phone directories give Peter Strzok, the agent, as Peter P. Strzok II. The FBI agent embroiled in the controversy also served in the U.S. Army.


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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is ongoing – and secret.

So far, four former Trump campaign associates – Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos – have been charged, though none of the charges are directly related to any misconduct by the president’s campaign.

Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators during the investigation, and was sentenced to 30 days in prison in April 2018. He was the first to be sentenced in the probe.

The special counsel filed new tax evasion and bank fraud charges against Manafort and Gates in late February, potentially increasing the amount of prison time the pair could face if convicted at trial. The charges are similar to those filed in October.

Here’s a closer look at those who have faced charges throughout Mueller’s probe.

Michael Flynn

A timeline of major events that eventually lead to former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty for lying to the FBI.

Michael Flynn, who served as Trump’s national security adviser for less than a month before resigning, was charged and pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI.

Flynn reportedly lied about his talks with Russia’s ambassador to Washington. In late 2016, while former President Barack Obama was still in office, the two allegedly spoke about the U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia.

This raised concerns that Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, misled Trump officials about his conversations with Russian officials.

Paul Manafort

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is considering issuing subpoenas to Manfort and two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey as part of the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Paul Manafort turned himself in to authorities in October.  (The Associated Press)

The special counsel filed a 32-count indictment on Feb. 22 against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates, accusing the pair of tax evasion and bank fraud.

The new indictment accused Manafort and Gates of doctoring documents to inflate the income of their businesses and then using those fraudulent documents to obtain loans. It also accused Manafort of evading taxes from 2010 through 2014 and, in some of the years, concealing his foreign bank accounts.

And on Feb. 23, a newly unsealed indictment accused Manafort of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine.

Manafort turned himself in to federal authorities in the fall. The 69-year-old served as Trump’s campaign manager for a few months in 2016. Gates, Manafort’s business associate, also turned himself in at the time.

Manafort was initially charged in a 12-count indictment in connection with foreign lobbying work, and he pleaded not guilty. The charges included: conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, false statements, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, and multiple counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, according to a special counsel’s office spokesman.

In June 2018, Mueller’s team brought additional charges of obstruction of justice against Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate.

Manafort sued to have the case against him dismissed and argued that Mueller had overstepped his bounds by charging him for conduct he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

On June 15, however, Manafort was jailed after a federal judge revoked his $10 million bail based on new witness tampering charges brought by Mueller.

Richard Gates

FILE - In this July 21, 2016 file photo, Rick Gates, campaign aide to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, have been told to surrender to federal authorities Monday, according to reports and a person familiar with the matter.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Richard Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges.  (The Associated Press)

Rick Gates was named alongside Manafort in the recent charges brought by the special counsel. He’s accused of 11 counts related to filing false income tax returns and three counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.

Gates pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges.

In wake of the guilty plea, Mueller moved to drop the 22 bank and tax fraud charges against him. The decision to drop the more expansive charges against Gates could suggest that the former Trump campaign official is cooperating and providing good information to Mueller’s team.

Like Manafort, Gates was initially indicted in October in connection with foreign lobbying work; he pleaded not guilty at the time. His charges were similar to Manafort’s – ranging from conspiracy against the U.S. to conspiracy to launder money.

A superseding criminal complaint says Gates was charged with conspiracy against the United States between 2006 and 2017.

George Papadopoulos

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George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to the charges against him.  (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office)

A former foreign policy adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to the FBI regarding “the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials,” according to court documents.

He also reportedly tried to set up meetings between Russian and Trump campaign officials on various occasions.

Alex van der Zwaan

Alex van der Zwaan arrives at a plea agreement hearing at the D.C. federal courthouse in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RC129AC156E0

Attorney Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his interactions with Gates.  (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

Mueller’s team charged Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan for lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe in federal court on Feb. 16. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in prison and given a $20,000 fine on April 3.

Van der Zwaan was released from prison on June 4 and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

According to charging documents, van der Zwaan was employed by a law firm hired by the Ukraine Ministry of Justice in 2012. He admitted to lying about his interactions with Gates.

The charge against van der Zwaan did not involve election meddling or the Trump campaign’s operations. It stemmed from the special counsel’s investigation into a covert Washington lobbying campaign Manafort and Gates are accused of directing on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests.

The law firm where he used to work says it fired him last year and will continue cooperating with authorities as needed.

Richard Pinedo

Richard Pinedo, a California man who sold bank accounts to Russians meddling in the election, pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to set up the bank accounts in February.

The U.S. government said Pinedo did not know that he was dealing with Russians when he sold the accounts. The plea was announced on the same day that Mueller’s office charged 13 Russians and the indictment was the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign.

Pinedo ran the online service Auction Essistance, buying and selling bank account numbers so customers could avoid security measures of digital payment companies, Newsweek reported. The Auction Essistance website says it is “currently undergoing scheduled maintenance.”

13 Russian nationals

A grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies in February for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election. In the case, Mueller details a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” on the U.S.

The indictment is the first to be brought against Russian nationals in Mueller’s investigation.

However, the Justice Department said the indictment does not allege that the interference changed the outcome of the election.

“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel probe.

12 Russian intelligence officers

The Justice Department on July 13 announced that 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 election.

All 12 are members of GRU, the Russian intelligence agency.

The indictments, which stem from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, were announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, Brooke Singman, Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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