The House Oversight Committee sent another letter on Monday to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney requesting to know what happened to a series of interpreter notes transcribed during President Trump’s private meeting last year with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Trump seized personally to keep them from view, The Washington Post reported. The panel had joined two other Democratic-led committees in February demanding to know about the documents, but the White House has refused to say. In Monday’s letter, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote that he wants to know "why the White House has failed to answer the questions raised in a letter I sent more than three months ago seeking information about troubling reports that President Donald Trump may have violated the Presidential Records Act by confiscating and destroying documents to keep secret the details of his meetings" with Putin, CNN reported. “The White House has disregarded … [Read more...] about House Panel to WH: Where Are Trump-Putin Notes?
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WASHINGTON – The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between an American businessman supporting then President-elect Trump and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and the incoming president, The Washington Post reports. Citing U.S., European and Arab officials, the Post said the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions. The full agenda remains unclear, the newspaper said.The meeting took place nine days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration and involved businessman Erik Prince, the Post reported. Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater and now the head of the Hong Kong-based company Frontier Services Group, has ties to Trump chief … [Read more...] about Report: Trump donor, Blackwater founder Erik Prince in secret meeting with Russian close to Putin
The White House is rejecting a sweeping request from House Democrats for documents and interviews related to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE’s communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a letter obtained by The Hill, White House counsel Pat Cipollone asserts that the president’s diplomatic communications are confidential and protected by executive privilege and describes the requests as beyond Congress’ legitimate realm of inquiry. Cipollone also argues that such a disclosure could have a detrimental impact on the ability of Trump or future presidents to conduct foreign relations. ADVERTISEMENT “The President must be free to engage in discussions with foreign leaders without fear that those communications … [Read more...] about White House rejects Dem request for documents on Trump-Putin communications
Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the infamous private military contractor Blackwater and the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is the latest member of Trumpworld to be caught up in the ever-expanding web of intrigue surrounding the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Prince was at the center of a secret meeting in the Seychelles, brokered by the United Arab Emirates in early January, to establish a back channel between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. It is unknown what Prince and the Russian envoy specifically discussed during the meeting, which took place shortly before Trump’s inauguration. But according to U.S., European, and Arab officials who spoke with the Post, the overall goal was to open a dialog with the Russian government outside of traditional diplomatic channels. The U.A.E. reportedly agreed to set up the meeting—which one official said spanned two days—with the hope that Russia could be … [Read more...] about Blackwater Billionaire Reportedly Held a Secret Meeting to Connect Trump with Putin
WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence. The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice. Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign … [Read more...] about F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia