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    [–] RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 18 JANUARY 2018 wyldcat 1 points ago in worldpolitics

    Here’s the situation report: Russia is crooked af and Putin needs to resign and go to jail.

    [–] The Russia scandal just got bigger. And Republicans are trying to prevent an accounting. wyldcat 1 points ago in worldpolitics

    I mean, then you’re just ignorant of how intel works. The top think tanks, intel experts, intel agencies, former intel agents, allies of US all have the knowledge and background on this and agrees with the conclusion of the DNI and others.

    This is exactly what Russia have been doing all over Europe in the last decades.

    Have you read this?

    [–] The Russia scandal just got bigger. And Republicans are trying to prevent an accounting. wyldcat 1 points ago in worldpolitics

    There’s plenty of evidence. Just because you’re too lazy to actually read the reports doesn’t make the evidence any less real.

    [–] The Russia scandal just got bigger. And Republicans are trying to prevent an accounting. wyldcat 2 points ago in worldpolitics

    They got no shame and nothing but projection. If the FBI will prove that they took Russian money and funneled it through NRA that’s almost unheard of in a developed nation. This is huge. Like an entire party being treasonous.

    [–] The NRA Is Now Part of the Trump–Russia Scandal wyldcat 1 points ago in worldpolitics

    He seems bothered, I wonder why. Oh yeah he's cooperating with Mueller these days.

    [–] Investigators Are Scrutinizing Newly Uncovered Payments By The Russian Embassy wyldcat 0 points ago in worldpolitics

    US authorities are poring over hundreds of newly uncovered payments from Russian diplomatic accounts. Among them are transactions by former ambassador Sergey Kislyak 10 days after the 2016 presidential election and a blocked $150,000 cash withdrawal five days after the inauguration.

    Officials investigating the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election are scrutinizing newly uncovered financial transactions between the Russian government and people or businesses inside the United States.

    Records exclusively reviewed by BuzzFeed News also show years of Russian financial activity within the US that bankers and federal law enforcement officials deemed suspicious, raising concerns about how the Kremlin’s diplomats operated here long before the 2016 election.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, charged with investigating Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign, is examining these transactions and others by Russian diplomatic personnel, according to a US official with knowledge of the inquiry. The special counsel has broad authority to investigate “any matters” that “may arise” from his investigation, and the official said Mueller’s probe is following leads on suspicious Russian financial activity that may range far beyond the election.

    The transactions reveal:

    One of the people at the center of the investigation, the former Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, received $120,000 ten days after the election of Donald Trump. Bankers flagged it to the US government as suspicious in part because the transaction, marked payroll, didn’t fit prior pay patterns.

    Five days after Trump’s inauguration, someone attempted to withdraw $150,000 cash from the embassy’s account — but the embassy’s bank blocked it. Bank employees reported the attempted transaction to the US government because it was abnormal activity for that account.

    From March 8 to April 7, 2014, bankers flagged nearly 30 checks for a total of about $370,000 to embassy employees, who cashed the checks as soon as they received them, making it virtually impossible to trace where the money went. Bank officials noted that the employees had not received similar payments in the past, and that the transactions surrounded the date of a critical referendum on whether parts of Crimea should secede from Ukraine and join Russia — one of Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy concerns and a flash point with the West.

    Over five years, the Russian Cultural Centre — an arm of the government that sponsors classes and performances and is based in Washington, DC — sent $325,000 in checks that banking officials flagged as suspicious. The amounts were not consistent with normal payroll checks and some transactions fell below the $10,000 threshold that triggers a notice to the US government.

    The Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, sent more than $2.4 million to small home-improvement companies controlled by a Russian immigrant living not far from there. Between 2013 and March 2017, that contractor’s various companies received about 600 such payments, earmarked for construction jobs at Russian diplomatic compounds. Bankers told the Treasury they did not think those transactions were related to the election but red-flagged them because the businesses seemed too small to have carried out major work on the embassy and because the money was cashed quickly or wired to other accounts.

    [–] The Russia scandal just got bigger. And Republicans are trying to prevent an accounting. wyldcat 1 points ago in worldpolitics

    Aside from the president of the United States, almost no one denies that Russia mounted a serious and concerted effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential campaign.

    The Russians hacked into Democratic Party emails and gave what they obtained to WikiLeaks so that it could be released publicly to maximize the political damage to Hillary Clinton. They used social media to spread fictional stories meant to do the same. They made repeated attempts to engage the Trump campaign in a cooperative effort to undermine Clinton and help then-candidate Donald Trump. They attempted to hack into state voting systems.

    And today we learn, in this report from Peter Stone and Greg Gordon of McClatchy, that they may have funneled money through the NRA to aid the Trump campaign.

    This extraordinary possibility shows not just how comprehensive the Russian effort to get Trump elected was, but something else as well: The ways that Republicans have successfully changed our election laws in recent years have made us vulnerable to exactly this kind of foreign manipulation. And in their desire to protect the president, Republicans in Congress may prevent us from ever learning the full truth.

    Here’s how the McClatchy report begins:

    The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

    FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

    [–] Finally, a photo of Trump’s White House as the rumors describe it wyldcat 1 points ago in politics

    He actually got smaller than average male hands. His handprint in Madame Tussaud's in LA has been measured.

    Care to compare with The Donald? Print here and measure up against Trump's 7 1/4-inch-long right hand — just slightly less than that of the average man — which was cast in bronze at the museum's Times Square location.

    Also, this is pretty solid proof.

    [–] Hungarian Police Have A Warrant Out For Former Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka wyldcat 1 points ago in worldpolitics

    Former Trump White House staffer Sebastian Gorka has an active warrant out for his arrest in Hungary, according to the Hungarian police's website.

    Gorka, whose exact role in the White House while serving as a deputy assistant to the president was never entirely clear, apparently is in trouble with the law over a charge of "firearm or ammunition abuse." The warrant, first reported in Hungarian online outlet 444, was issued on Sept. 17, 2016, prior to Trump's election.

    That means that during the entire seven months Gorka spent in the White House, including when meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Washington last March, an arrest warrant was pending overseas.

    Details about the reasoning behind the warrant are sparse: The Hungarian police's website only notes the date it was issued, the charge, and that it was filed with the Budaörs police station in Budapest. 444 noted that the charge could have resulted from an incident as far back as 2009.

    Trump hires the best people!!

    [–] This sub is called worldpolitics but all I see is Trump and US politics wyldcat 3 points ago in worldpolitics

    I focus mostly on posting Trump/US-related news because other users are already posting political news from other countries or from other sides. But that doesn't mean I post whatever Trump-news I find. If I see a connection to other countries in the article I post it here and if I believe a story got a global impact I post it here too.

    This makes it pretty broad but there are many instances when a domestic US policy issue can have a global impact.

    The US president was before Trump seen as the leader of the free world and what he does will always have an impact on allies and adversaries, even if he's away golfing the entire week when he should be working because adversaries can use that info against him.

    I always suggest users who brings these issues up that they themselves should help posting more of the content they want. /r/Worldpolitics is a completely free zone so you can post pretty much anything.