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    US President Joe Biden during a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington on November 15, 2021. Mandel NGAN / AFP EHe is, in his own way, the epitome of the American dream. Fiona Hill, the daughter of an unemployed miner in the Northeast of England, was forced to leave by her father in the 1980s because she told him one day, “Nothing for you, my baby”. Young Fiona, a recipient of the scholarship, studied at St. Andrews, Moscow, then at Harvard, Scotland, became one of Russia’s best experts of her generation, received US citizenship and was in charge of the Russian file on the Security Council. President Donald Trump Council. In 2019, the public spotted her on television screens, and she testified against the president before an I, elected Congressman. His dismissal was being investigated. Read more The article is reserved for our subscribers Allegation against Donald Trump: “Our Nation is Torn”, Excessive Observation of a Witness at the Center of the Case Fiona Hill, who became a researcher again at Brookings,...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday sternly warned NATO against deploying its troops and weapons to Ukraine, saying it represents a red line for Russia and would trigger a strong response. Commenting on Western concerns about Russia’s alleged intention to invade Ukraine, he said that Moscow is equally worried about NATO drills near its borders. Speaking to participants of an online investment forum. the Russian president said that NATO’s eastward expansion has threatened Moscow’s core security interests. He expressed concern that NATO could eventually use the Ukrainian territory to deploy missiles capable of reaching Russia’s command centers in just five minutes. “The emergence of such threats represents a ‘red line’ for us,” Putin said. “I hope that common sense and responsibility for their own countries and the global community will eventually prevail.” He added that Moscow has been forced to counter the growing threats by developing new hypersonic weapons. “What should we do?” Putin said. “We would need to develop something similar to target those who threaten us. And we can do that even now.” He...
    Joe Scarborough slammed into Donald Trump’s allies who’ve used the infamous Steele dossier as an excuse to ignore the remaining facts about the former president’s connection to Russia. Scarborough’s condemnation happened on Morning Joe as the show spoke to The Atlantic’s David From about his recent column on how Trumpworld claims that the ex-president was the victim of a “Russian hoax” sparked by the dossier. Even though Christopher Steele’s work has come under massive scrutiny over the last few years, Frum’s piece argues the fact remains that “Trump and those around him lied and lied and lied again about their connections to Russia,” and they welcomed Russia’s interference with American institutions. Scarborough expanded on the article’s premise as he alluded to “stupid people [who] run around saying ‘Russian hoax, Russian hoax,’ as if it completely obliterates everything Donald Trump and his campaign did during the 2016 campaign.” He underlined this point by noting that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee determined a year ago that Trump’s Russian ties were a cause for concern. The conversation went on with the panel referring...
    The Russo-Ukrainian war is in the news again. Not content with its annexation of Crimea — when is an aggressively expansive imperialist country ever content with Crimea once it’s got it in the pocket? — Russia has amassed an invasion-sized force at the border of Ukraine, and is busily mobilizing reservists sufficient to provide an occupation force. The usual pundit voices can be heard discussing the geopolitical implications of the buildup, sifting through tea leaves and undisclosed sources to explain why it’s just another training exercise (Russia’s official explanation), or how Putin and Russia have been provoked by the aggressive expansion of NATO westward, and why the Budapest Memorandum wasn’t legally binding, or how Ukraine has always been Russian anyway, so why shouldn’t they just snap it up and something about spheres of influence. The effect—perhaps the purpose— of all these cynical and wearisome discussions is that Americans and others with a modicum of interest in the subject throw up their hands in frustration, and say “Let it be.” This would be a mistake, especially for those observers who...
    Russia has warned it can obliterate Nato satellites with its new 'Star Warrior' technology to render the West's GPS-guided missiles useless in the latest provocation in its stand-off with Ukraine. State TV last night claimed Moscow's anti-satellite (ASAT) missiles could destroy 32 Nato satellites and 'blind all their missiles, planes and ships, not to mention the ground forces.' The ASAT technology was tested on a defunct Soviet satellite last week, sending shrapnel flying towards the International Space Station (ISS), and provoking outrage from NASA and Washington. This was a warning shot to the West, state TV claimed. The chilling threat comes after Vladimir Putin sent more than 94,000 troops to the border with Ukraine, sparking fears of a three-pronged invasion that would dwarf the annexation of Crimea in 2014.   The White House on Monday said it had 'serious concerns' over Moscow's buildup of military hardware along the frontier, including tanks and missile batteries, as well as its sustained threats to Kiev. 'We continue to have serious concerns about Russian military activities and harsh rhetoric toward Ukraine and call on Moscow to deescalate...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Monday strongly rejected the U.S. claims of a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, saying it could be a ruse intended to cover up what it described as Ukrainian leadership’s aggressive intentions. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed U.S. media allegations of Moscow’s purported plans to invade Ukraine as part of efforts to discredit Russia. He insisted that troop movements on Russia’s own territory shouldn’t concern anyone. Ukraine complained earlier this month that Russia has kept tens of thousands of troops not far from the two countries’ borders after conducting war games in an attempt to further pressure its ex-Soviet neighbor. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and has supported a separatist insurgency that broke out that year in eastern Ukraine. Speaking to Ukraine’s foreign minister this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted that Russia’s “playbook” was to build up forces near the border and then invade, “claiming falsely that it was provoked.” Peskov sought to turn the tables on Ukraine and the West, arguing that the expressions of concern by the U.S....
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A day after Bulgarian President Rumen Radev secured his second term with a landslide victory in a runoff election, he drew criticism from the country’s main NATO partner on Monday for his remarks about the status of the Crimean Peninsula. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria voiced “deep concern” over Radev’s recent comments in which he referred to Crimea as Russian. The peninsula was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, and NATO and the European Union both consider it still to be part of Ukraine. In a presidential debate with his center-right opponent Anastas Gerdzhikov last Thursday, Radev insisted upon having pragmatic ties with Russia, adding that the EU should restore its dialogue with Moscow. “The sanctions that were imposed because of Crimea and Ukraine are not yielding results,” Radev said. He said the Crimean Peninsula was “currently Russian,” adding, “What else can it be?” These remarks had already prompted protests from the Ukrainian government. “The United States, G-7, European Union, and NATO have all been clear and...
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back in 2011.FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP | Getty Images President Vladimir Putin is being watched closely by experts and officials who fear that Russia might be planning a military escalation with its neighbor Ukraine. Tens of thousands of Russian troops have reportedly gathered at the border with Ukraine, and experts fear Russia could be about to stage a repeat of its 2014 invasion and annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which prompted global outrage and sanctions on Moscow. "We all should be very worried, to be honest, I do share this assessment," Michal Baranowski, director and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund's Warsaw Office, told CNBC when asked if Russia could be about to embark upon military action against Ukraine, describing Russia's highly tense relationship with Ukraine as being a conflict "under the threshold of war." "This assessment is shared by many here in Warsaw and in Washington DC," he told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Wednesday, adding that "we are seeing very significant buildup in threats on the border with Ukraine. So it's really a key moment...
    Russia's Defense Ministry has complained about what it says is 'aggressive U.S. military action' as tension mounts over Ukraine and Putin's planes intercepted American jets over international waters.    The US 6th Fleet took issue with Russia's criticism, and called the interactions with the Kremlin's jets 'safe and professional,' according to Military.com. But the incident provides further cause for concern in European capitals and in DC, as relations between Moscow and the world sink further - driven by Russia's troop movements near Ukraine, and threats by their ally Belarus to shut of natural gas supplies flowing from Russia through Belarus. Vladimir Putin, the only friend of Belarus's dictator, rapped Lukashenko over the knuckles for his threat, insisting that Russia would not allow the gas tap to be turned off. Vladimir Putin, seen on Friday at an Artificial Intelligence conference in Moscow, is presiding over a period of heightened tension with the West President Joe Biden and U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed at Russia's maneuvers in Eastern Europe Putin has also rapped ally Aleksandr Lukashenko, pictured, who is the president of Belarus,...
    RUSSIAN analyst Igor Danchenko, who worked on the Steele Dossier that spread rumors about Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election, has pleaded not guilty to five felony charges. Federal authorities arrested Danchenko on Thursday as part of the special counsel inquiry led by John H Durham. 4Igor Danchenko was in court on WednesdayCredit: Getty 4Federal agents arrested Russian analyst Igor Danchenko on Thursday 4Igor Danchenko was arrested after creating Steele Dossier that spread Donald Trump rumorsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Now, Danchenko has pleaded not guilty to five felony charges of lying to the FBI. His trial date has been set for April 18, 2022. The Trump administration appointed Durham to scrutinize the Russia investigation for any wrongdoing; the outlet reported citing sources. Danchenko was the primary researcher of the Steele dossier, a collection of rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised by and conspiring with Russian intelligence officials in Moscow’s covert operation to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. The documents also allege that Russia sought to damage Clinton's candidacy,...
    A key source who provided information to British ex-spy Christopher Steele for his 'dirty dossier' of allegations against Donald Trump has been arrested in the U.S. and was held for several hours before being released.  Igor Y. Danchenko, a Russian-born analyst living in the United States, was arrested Thursday in Virginia by federal agents assigned to John H. Durham's special counsel inquiry into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, according to the Justice Department.  He is charged with five counts of lying to FBI agents about the sources he used in collecting information for Steele, who is identified in the indictment only as 'UK Person-1'.  At a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday afternoon, prosecutors did not ask that Danchenko be detained as he awaits trial. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan ordered Danchenko's release on a $100,000 unsecured bond.  Igor Danchenko is seen leaving the Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse in Alexandria on Thursday Danchenko did not stop to speak to the waiting reporters as he left the courthouse Danckenko was freed on Thursday on a...
    Former President Donald Trump mocked President Joe Biden, 78, for briefly dozing off on Monday before his speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on Monday.   'Even Biden couldn't stand hearing so much about the Global Warming Hoax, the 7th biggest Hoax in America,' Trump joked in an email, after seeing pictures of the snoozing Biden.  '...followed closely behind by the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2 and, of course, the "No Collusion" finding of the Mueller Report,' Trump added.  'Biden went to Europe saying Global Warming is his highest priority, and then promptly fell asleep, for all the world to see, at the Conference itself. Nobody that has true enthusiasm and belief in a subject will ever fall asleep!'  Trump's comments came after his political team announced that he was holding a virtual rally on the election eve of Virginia's governor race on behalf of Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee. Thunberg recently chastised Britain and other nations for 'empty words and promises', accusing them of...
    The White House press corps failed Tuesday to ask National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan about his role in the Russia collusion hoax, despite a recent indictment that suggests Sullivan was untruthful with Congress about what he knew. As Breitbart News reported last year, Sullivan was implicated in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, and admitted to Congress under oath in 2017 that he had briefed reporters about his suspicions of “collusion” between Russia and the Trump campaign. Sullivan also testified, under questioning from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), that he believed former NSA Michael Flynn had conspired with the Russian government — claims that earlier led to Flynn’s ouster. Ironically, Sullivan now holds Flynn’s job. Shortly before Election Day in 2016, Sullivan issued a press statement claiming that Trump had a “secret hotline” to Russia via Alfa Bank. Subsequent investigations by U.S. authorities determined that the Alfa Bank conspiracy theory was false. Last month, Special Counsel John Durham indicted former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman for allegedly lying to the FBI by covering up his ties to the Clinton campaign when he...
    GP - View of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germanys Baltic Sea coast.JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP | Getty Images Lubmin, GERMANY – Remote, quiet but energy-rich: the coastal area of Lubmin in north Germany hosts the world's most controversial gas pipeline. Nord Stream 2 stretches for 1,200 kilometres from Vyborg in Russia through the Baltic Sea to Lubmin in Germany, bypassing Ukraine and Poland. The gas pipeline is finished, but it is waiting regulatory approval before it can start providing the 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Europe every year. It is only a matter of time, according to Gustav Gressel, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, before the German energy regulators give their seal of approval. The task is not that easy amid heightened geopolitical tensions. Some European lawmakers are fiercely opposed to the deal and do not want regulators to approve it. "We want to break out from this [Russian energy] dependence," Morten Petersen, a Danish...
    British ex-spy Christopher Steele defended his discredited anti-Trump dossier in a new interview, exceprts of which were released on Sunday. Among the salacious allegations he stands by are claims about former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen meeting with Russians in Prague and the so-called “pee tape," despite the evidence-free assertions being largely shot down by special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI. The former MI6 agent — who compiled the dossier after being hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which itself had been hired by Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016 — spoke with George Stephanopoulos a couple of weeks ago for the first episode of the Good Morning America host’s new documentary series. The full episode, “Out of the Shadows,” will air Monday. Early clips show Stephanopoulos asked Steele if he accepted the finding by Mueller and the FBI that the Cohen in Prague claims were false. “No, I don’t,” Steel replied. Stephanopoulos noted Cohen turning on Trump and said it defied logic that Cohen would continue to deny the meeting if it were true....
    Vladimir Putin has slammed a 'beautiful' and 'pretty' American news anchor for not listening to his argument about the gas war with Europe.   The Russian president accused CNBC's journalist Hadley Gamble of acting as if she 'didn't hear' what he said after she questioned his denial that Russia had withheld gas from Europe during an on-stage interview in Moscow.  During the exchange, Putin also hinted he could stand again for the presidency and stay in power until 2036.   Putin insisted his country has always kept the taps into Europe open, including during the Cold War, and dismissed any suggestion that he is throttling supplies as 'complete nonsense'. He showed his irritation at Western claims that he has weaponised gas for geopolitical gains, and separately claimed European leaders were 'out of their minds' in the gas war.  During the interview at Russian Energy Week, Putin taunted Gamble, saying to the audience: 'Beautiful woman, pretty, I'm telling her one thing. She instantly tells me the opposite as if she didn't hear what I said. Well, I'll repeat it for you once again.' At...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize sometimes recognizes groundbreaking efforts to resolve seemingly intractable conflicts, such as once-sworn enemies who sat down and brokered an end to war. In other years, the recipient is someone who promoted human rights at great personal cost. The prestigious award also can serve as a not-so-subtle message to authoritarian governments and leaders that the world is watching. What does the selection of two journalists, Maria Ressa, 58, of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov, 59, of Russia, say about freedom of expression and the history of dissent in the countries of the 2021 peace prize winners? “It is a battle for facts. When you’re in a battle for facts, journalism is activism, Ressa said Thursday. RUSSIA Dmitry Muratov is part of a historic cycle that links him to two other Russian winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. When Andrei Sakharov, a prominent Soviet nuclear physicist turned political dissident, received the prize in 1975, the Cold War was at its height and the Soviet Union seemed invincible. The country’s Communist leaders...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s main domestic security agency has released an extensive list of topics that could trigger the designation of “foreign agent” for someone who provides information about them to other countries even though they are not state secrets. An order by the Federal Security Service released Friday on a government information portal lists an array of topics connected to the military and space programs, including morale in the armed forces. It says such information if provided to foreign governments, institutions or individuals could be used against Russia’s security. Compiling such a list was called for in an amended version of the law that also provides for organizations receiving foreign funding to be classified as foreign agents. That designation has been applied to some civil organizations and media that are critical of the authorities. The head of the state sovereignty protection committee in the upper house of parliament, Andrei Klimov, said that “these provisions of the law have nothing to do with freedom of speech.” “We are talking about the constant, systematic collection of information for transmission to...
    U.S. Gen. Mark Milley allegedly asked his Russian counterpart last week to clarify an earlier offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the U.S. to use Russian military bases in Central Asia to monitor emerging security threats from Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Monday, citing unnamed U.S. government officials. Gen. Mark Milley serves as the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. The position means he advises the U.S. president, National Security Council, and other U.S. government entities on military matters. According to the WSJ, U.S. President Joe Biden’s National Security Council staff “requested” Gen. Milley “clarify whether Mr. Putin was simply making a debating point or was hinting at a serious offer,” during his September 22 meeting with Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Helsinki, Finland. Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian General Staff. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images). “Gen. Gerasimov was noncommittal during the Helsinki meeting, the U.S. officials said. A Kremlin spokesman declined to comment,” the WSJ reported. U.S. President...
     Russell Brand has put in his two cents on Russiagate. The left-leaning comedian posted a YouTube video last week titled “So…Trump was RIGHT About Clinton & Russia Collusion,” in which he cited Glenn Greenwald’s reporting on the indictment of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.  Sharing passages from just one source, Brand claimed that there is “serious evidence” that Clinton worked with Russia to create this “conspiracy” in order to hurt Donald Trump’s campaign. Brand recalled how prevalent the Russia collusion story was in the media, noting that it was mentioned on “Every late-night talk show, all over the news, it was just — you were bombarded with it.” “It was like, being sort of in a way discussed as if it was just an absolute fact,” lamented Brand. “To discover that this was propaganda, a construct, a confection by the Democratic Party — who, of course, are now in government — is kind of beyond disappointing, because you begin to question and query what other things may not be true.” Greenwald later praised Brand’s video, claiming it gave him “hope” for the media’s...
    Firebrand English comedian Russell Brand is admitting Donald Trump was right about Russia all along — after the Department of Justice charged a lawyer linked to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign with lying to the FBI to create the impression that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia. The outspoken comedian posted a video to Youtube titled: “So…Trump was RIGHT About Clinton & Russia Collusion!!” After reviewing the latest news on the charges, Brand said he was “flabbergasted” by the fact that the evidence now seems to show that “Russiagate was a Democratic conspiracy.” Brand said that as a leftist, he wants to believe that the Democrat Party is the party of “diversity and truth and social justice.” But he added that the new evidence is worrisome. “What my concern is becoming is that these are totemic issues pushed to the forefront to mask ordinary, regular corruption,” he said. Brand’s concerns were sparked after special counsel John Durham charged Michael Sussmann with lying to the FBI about the origins of the Russia “collusion” accusations lodged against Donald Trump in 2016. Durham...
    BOSTON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios doesn’t expect to remain on tour for too many more years and said he probably won’t play in the Laver Cup again. He spoke to reporters Saturday after losing in straight sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas during the day session as Team Europe went up 7-1 over Team World. “As long as I’m on the court, I will try and give my best, but I’m not going to lie and say that I’m going to plan to play four or five more years on tour,” the 26-year-old Kyrgios said. “That’s just not me.” Kyrgios said the three-day exhibition at the arena that hosts the NBA’s Celtics and NHL’s Bruins “definitely” will be his last event of 2021. He will head home to Australia, where his mother “is not doing too well with her health,” Kyrgios said. He was beaten by French Open runner-up Tsitsipas of Greece 6-3, 6-4, before Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev of Germany added to Team Europe’s lead by defeating John Isner of the U.S. in a match tiebreaker 7-6 (5),...
    Former President Donald Trump sent out an email from his Save America PAC on Saturday criticizing 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and United States Army General Mark Milley. Trump started the message recounting his tough approach on China while he was president before pivoting to criticize Milley. “After many years of allowing China to rip off the United States on trade and so much else, I was very tough on China, by far the toughest of any U.S. President in history. During my administration, China paid us hundreds of billions of dollars and finally respected the U.S. again. Before me, they never gave us “ten cents,” Trump said in the letter. Trump then criticized the infamous phone call Milley made to China warning them if the U.S. would launch any military strikes. Trump claimed Milley’s decision to make the call was counterproductive and outrageous. He also claimed he had zero intention for military action against China and that he was never “going to make any military moves.” “For Lightweight General Mark Milley to have called the Chinese to “bring...
    Dan Bongino questioned what Hillary Clinton know about the Russia "collusion hoax," and whether the conspiracy was "larger than we thought" following the first indictment Special Counsel John Durham's probe looking into the origins of the Russia investigation Saturday on "Unfiltered with Dan Bongino."  DAN BONGINO: Did you see the indictment that came out on Friday? Finally. It’s been a while. I hope you weren’t holding your breath waiting for an indictment in the collusion hoax case. But finally, someone, a high-level attorney with connections to the Clinton campaign by the name of Michael Sussmann was indicted on Friday for this whole collusion hoax. We’ve been waiting forever. Finally, somebody got off their butts and did something.  … There are some big questions out there now, like, what did Hillary Clinton know about this whole collusion hoax her team fostered, and when did she know it? … And will this lawyer Michael Sussmann, will he flip? Seems like he has the keys to the kingdom. He knows whose hands were in the cookie jar. I’d like to get a look...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr warned then-President Trump that he would lose in 2024 because suburban voters think he's an 'a**hole' and don't care about his deep state 'grievances' in a blunt, profanity-laced appeal to his ex-boss.  'This is not a base election. Your base is critical, and you'll get it out,' Barr told Trump in the Oval Office, according to an excerpt from 'Peril' obtained by Business Insider released Friday. But he warned Trump that he needed to widen his appeal.  'There are a lot of people out there, Independents and Republicans in the suburbs of the critical states that think you're an a**hole. They think you act like an a**hole and you got to, you got to start taking that into account.' At the time the coronavirus pandemic was breaking daily records and hospitals across the country struggled.  But in the weeks before the election Trump was focused on battling the media, who he accused of playing up the pandemic to sabotage his campaign.  At the same time he was still touting Barr-appointed investigator John Durham's probe into...
    Former U.S. Attorney John Durham, center, outside federal court in New Haven, Conn., after the sentencing of former Gov. John Rowland.Bob MacDonnell | Tribune News Service | Getty Images A lawyer who allegedly advised the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign was indicted Thursday on a charge of lying to the FBI. Federal prosecutors say the lawyer, Perkins Coie law firm partner Michael Sussmann, lied when he offered a tip that same year about the possible secret electronic channel between former President Donald Trump's company and a Russian bank. The charge against Sussmann was filed as part of special counsel John Durham's investigation into the origins of a prior probe by the FBI and former special counsel Robert Mueller into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Then-Attorney General William Barr put Durham in charge of the investigation in early 2019 after Trump had railed about the Russia inquiry for several years. Sussmann, a 57-year-old former federal prosecutor, has reportedly denied working for the Clinton campaign. He is accused in the indictment of lying to...
    Two years into his probe into the Russia investigation, Special Counsel John Durham has charged Michael Sussmann, a lawyer with Democratic ties, with lying when he brought information to the top lawyer at the FBI. Durham, a US attorney who was brought on during the Trump administration and provided protections by former Attorney General Bill Barr, obtained a grand jury indictment of Sussmann, a lawyer with the major law firm of Perkins Coie.  The indictment stems from when Sussmann brought information to the FBI in the fall of 2016, when Sussmann says computer experts brought him information about a potential link between the Trump Organization and Russian Alfa Bank. According to the indictment, Sussmann 'lied about the capacity in which he was providing the allegations to the FBI' when he met one-on-one with FBI General Counsel James Baker.  Special counsel John Durham (left) told the Justice Department he is seeking to indict Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann (right) in a case questioning who Sussmann's client was when he initially expressed suspicions to the FBI about Trump's relationship with...
    Trump's special counsel, who was appointed to investigate the administration's relationship with Russia, has revealed he plans to ask a grand jury to indict a Democratic cybersecurity lawyer for making a false statement to the FBI. Former federal prosecutor Michael Sussmann, 57, who now works as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, represented the Democratic National Committee when Russia hacked its servers back in 2016. Special counsel John Durham told the Justice Department he is now seeking to indict the lawyer in a case questioning who Sussmann's client was when he initially expressed suspicions to the FBI about Trump's relationship with Russia in September 2016. The accusation centered around a meeting Sussmann had in Russia on September 19, 2016 with James A Baker, the FBI's top lawyer that year, according to people familiar with the matter. As reported by the New York Times they spoke on condition of anonymity. At the meeting Sussmann allegedly gave the FBI data and analytics from cybersecurity researchers who thought the numbers might be evidence of hush-hush communications between Trump Organization's computer servers and Alfa...
    During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a final warning to Donbass. It was broadcast on the Nash TV channel by Verkhovna Rada Evgeni Murav. RIA Novosti. Related products 00:01 – 16 April 00:01 – August 25th Crimean meetings. Politicians from across Europe gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. Will this help bring Crimea back? According to him, the German politician agreed with the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden. Whether Gelensky agrees to the proposed terms will determine his visit to Washington next week. “If Gelensky agrees with the world on Ukraine, it will be implemented during the meeting of the presidents of Ukraine and the United States. If he has any alternatives, the meeting will not take place,” he said. Murav explained that there is a kind of “unified decision on Ukraine” that is associated with Kiev’s failure to fulfill its obligations to resolve the conflict in the Donbass. Therefore, he pointed out that Ukraine has not implemented the agreements...
    Vaccine approval, mandates may help US control COVID by next year, Fauci says: Latest COVID-19 updates Kathy Hochul Is Sworn in as New Yorks First Female Governor If you're watching the Paralympic Games, you may notice an unfamiliar abbreviation, RPC. © PHILIP FONG/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Russia's team arrives during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images) It stands for the Russian Paralympic Committee, and it's a way of allowing Russian athletes to compete in the Paralympics while their country is banned from the Games because of one of the biggest doping scandals in sport history. © CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/AFP via Getty Images RPC team members parad during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 24, 2021. "All public displays of the organization's participant name should use the acronym, not the full name "Russian Paralympic Committee," said the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in a statement....
    (CNN)If you're watching the Paralympic Games, you may notice an unfamiliar abbreviation, RPC.It stands for the Russian Paralympic Committee, and it's a way of allowing Russian athletes to compete in the Paralympics while their country is banned from the Games because of one of the biggest doping scandals in sport history."All public displays of the organization's participant name should use the acronym, not the full name "Russian Paralympic Committee,"said the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in a statement.There are some specific rules the RPC has to follow to make clear it is not representing the country of Russia.Read MoreBut first, a reminder on how Russia got here in the first place:Inside the Russian doping banIn 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from all international sporting competitions, including the Paralympics, for four years over doping non-compliance.The punishment was related to inconsistencies in data retrieved by WADA in January 2019 from the Moscow lab at the center of a 2016 report that uncovered a widespread and sophisticated state-sponsored sports doping network. WADA's compliance review committee suggested sanctions because the Russian Anti-Doping Agency...
    A children's picture book which aims to normalise families with same-sex parents has been published with an 18+ content warning in Russia as part of a campaign to challenge the country's LGBT+ propaganda law.  The book, titled Mothers, Fathers and Kids from Dusk till Dawn in Russia, was published with the mature content label because of the country's so-called 'gay propaganda laws,' which bans content promoting the gay life style.  It is published as two titles in English - Early One Morning - which follows a boy’s morning with his two mothers; and Bedtime, Not Playtime!, which focuses on a girl with two fathers at nighttime - while Russia's version combines the two.  It comes after a Hungarian bookshop was fined £600 for selling a copy of the same picture book, the Guardian reported.  A translation of American author Lawrence Schimel's Bedtime not Playtime and Early One Morning, which follows the story of a child with same-sex parents, has been published in Russia with a 18+ label A library in Hungary was fined £600 for publishing the book last...
    Witnesses are getting antsy with special counsel John Durham 's criminal inquiry into the opening and conduct of the Russia investigation. Last week, nearly seven months into the Biden administration, reports said the federal prosecutor had presented evidence before a grand jury , a sign he is considering more criminal charges beyond the one brought against former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to altering an email about a Trump campaign aide who was under government surveillance. Adding another layer to the public's understanding of the politically charged review, the Washington Post reported some private chatter about Attorney General Merrick Garland pressing for a swift end to Durham's endeavor, which has long been criticized by Democrats and legal observers who claim the inquiry is meant to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged ties between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia. DOJ'S 'RELENTLESS PURSUIT' HAS ANDREW MCCABE TALKING ABOUT JOHN DURHAM "As Durham’s probe has continued into the Biden administration, some witnesses have privately grumbled that Attorney General Merrick Garland should push the special counsel to conclude his...
    By The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has discussed the situation in Afghanistan with his Chinese and Russian counterparts. The Iranian president’s website, president.ir, reported on Wednesday that he talked on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him Iran was ready to cooperate with China in establishing security, stability and peace in Afghanistan, as well as on issues regarding the development, progress and prosperity for Afghans. Raisi said: “We believe that the departure of foreigners, as well as past experiences in this country, has highlighted the need for the support and participation of all Afghans to ensure the security and development of Afghanistan more than ever.” Raisi separately spoke with Vladimir Putin and was quoted by the website as saying that stability must be established in Afghanistan as soon as possible. Raisi was quoted as saying that “establishing security and peace in Afghanistan has always been emphasized by Iran and we believe that all Afghan active groups should work together to establish stability in the country as soon as possible and make the...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say a helicopter carrying tourists crashed Thursday on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east, leaving about 10 people missing. The Emergencies Ministry said 13 tourists and three crew members were aboard the Mi-8 helicopter when it went down in the Kronotsky nature reserve, and eight people survived, according to the state RIA-Novosti news agency. The Interfax news agency said the helicopter was carrying three crew members and 14 tourists when it went down in the deep fog. It said seven people survived the crash, and the search for others was ongoing. The Emergencies Ministry quoted the regional administration as saying the helicopter plunged into the Kuril Lake in a volcano crater and the reserve workers in boats were searching for other survivors. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul apologized on Monday for his 'arrogant' reply to an anonymous Twitter user boasting about his 'giant house,' adoring fans and large salary.  'I wrote that message in a private channel,' the Obama-era ambassador wrote on Twitter. 'I did not expect it to be published. But it was still a mistake. I apologize. It was arrogant and idiotic.  'A swarm of Russian trolls was accusing me of failure, and I responded in a most unprofessional way. Explanation, not excuse.' Former Russia ambassador Michel McFaul said he did not expect his 'arrogant' brag to an anonymous Twitter user to be posted publicly  Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was at odds with the ambassador over Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election, first posted the private message between McFaul and another user on Twitter.  'I have a job for life at the best university in the world,' McFaul bragged. 'I live in a giant house in paradise. I make close to a million dollars a year.  'I have adoring fans on tv and a half million followers on...
    Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama, apologized Sunday after a private Twitter message surfaced online where he boasted about his "giant house in paradise" and annual income of nearly a million dollars. McFaul, now the director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, posted the message in a private channel but still said it was a mistake.  "I apologize," he tweeted. "It was arrogant and idiotic. A swarm of Russian trolls was accusing me of failure, and I responded in a most unprofessional way. Explanation, not excuse." The private exchange was picked up by Glenn Greenwald, the influential journalist. Greenwald said McFaul was responding to an anonymous critic and bragged about "what a lavish and wealthy life he leads and how he has adoring fans around the world." The message from McFaul read, "I have a job for life at the best university in the world. I live in a giant house in paradise. I make close to a million dollars a year. I have adoring fans on tv and half million followers on...
    Sen. Ted. Cruz was met with silence during a congressional hearing when he grilled a panel of cybersecurity officials on why China was not sanctioned after the attack on Microsoft and other U.S. companies.  "Let me ask anyone on the panel," Cruz said Tuesday during the hearing, directing his question at three witnesses. "Do you have an answer as to why the administration has not sanctioned China for repeated cyberattacks over and over and over again against the United States?" CHINA EXPANDS INFLUENCE AS IT WARNS OF NATIONS OF ‘BROKEN HEADS’ IF THEY INTERVENE The Texas senator was then met with silence from the officials testifying, who were from the Justice Department, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI.  "Well, I think that's a question that the administration should answer," he then said. "And showing weakness to China and weakness to Russia only invites more aggression and more cyberattacks attacking our nation." The question came after the Biden administration this month blamed China's Ministry of State Security for the hack against the Microsoft Exchange Server, which compromised tens of...
    Daniil Medvedev. Photo by Dai Tianfang/Xinhua via Getty Images A reporter asked Daniil Medvedev about Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal. Fuming, Medvedev said the journalist should be embarrassed of themselves. He then asked a press officer to throw the reporter out and barred from tennis events. Visit Insider's Olympics coverage for more stories. Tennis champion Daniil Medvedev fumed at a journalist who asked him about cheating. The world No.2-ranked player, who has won 13 ATP Tour titles, including three Masters events and the ATP Finals, is through to the quarterfinals of the men's singles Olympic tennis event. Though he beat Fabio Fognini, of Italy, by two sets to one, Medvedev's passage to the final eight was by no means smooth as the heat and humidity of playing midday in Japan sapped the Russian athlete's energy levels. At one point, he even asked the chair umpire if he'd be responsible should Medvedev die from exhaustion. After the victory on Wednesday, things got even more heated during a confrontation with a reporter at a mixed media zone at the 2020 Tokyo...
    (CNN)If you've been watching the Olympics this year, you may notice an unfamiliar abbreviation, ROC.It stands for the Russian Olympic Committee, and it's essentially a loophole that allows Russian athletes to compete in the Olympics while their country is banned from the Games because of its doping scandal.There are some specific rules the ROC has to follow to make clear it is not representing the country of Russia.But first, a reminder on how Russia got here in the first place:Inside the Russian doping banRead MoreIn 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from all international sporting competitions, including the Olympics, for four years over doping non-compliance.The punishment was related to inconsistencies in data retrieved by WADA in January 2019 from the Moscow lab at the center of a 2016 report that uncovered a widespread and sophisticated state-sponsored sports doping network. WADA's compliance review committee suggested sanctions because the Russian Anti-Doping Agency failed to fully cooperate during probes into the country's sports.Germanys gymnasts wear body-covering unitards, rejecting sexualization of sportLast year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport cut Russia's ban in...
    More On: russia This bear is gone fishin’ US, Germany reach deal to allow completion of Nord Stream 2 pipeline Russian couple claims to have spent ten days in trees eluding bear Watch as swarms of mosquitoes transform into a mosquito ‘tornado’ For years, Democrats and their cable-news echo chamber spread ludicrous rumors about former President Donald Trump being an agent of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. The irony is that Trump, when it came to substantive policy, took a very hawkish line against Moscow — moves his Democratic successor is now busy undoing. He shored up missile defense in Central and Eastern Europe; stood strongly with America’s allies in the region, and unilaterally withdrew the US from bilateral and multilateral accords, such as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, that buttressed Russia, which refused to comply with their terms. Most notably, Trump adamantly tried to block construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a nearly completed, but stalled, 764-mile natural-gas pipeline connecting Russia with Germany via the Baltic Sea. Nord Stream 2 is an indispensable tool for a Russian Federation seeking...
    Over two years after the Mueller Report undermined the accusation that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election, yet another “bombshell” Trump/Putin story was widely shared on Thursday among media figures that regularly got it wrong on Russia. The Guardian‘s Luke Harding reported on a leaked document that he claimed to originate from within the Kremlin, and which “appear[ed]” to show that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally authorized a secret spy agency operation to support Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report also alleged that the Russians viewed the former president as a “mentally unstable” person who would support Russia’s interests and cause “social turmoil” in the U.S. The story quickly went viral and was the number one trend on Twitter Thursday morning. It was also reported on by news outlets such as Daily Beast, Business Insider, and Raw Story. It was also shared by high-profile media figures like David Corn of MSNBC, Lincoln Project founder George Conway, and NBC’s Frank Figluizzi; as well as members of Congress like Democratic California Rep. Ted...
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence Annual Threat Assessment (April 9, 2021) reports that Russia is an ongoing threat to the United States, but the Biden administration is sending John Kerry to Moscow to talk about climate change nonetheless. Kerry, whom President Biden dubs the “special presidential envoy on climate,” will talk to his counterparts about so-called manmade climate change and seek cooperation from an enemy to save the planet. This development follows Biden’s shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline and halting energy production on public lands while waiving sanctions against Russian to allow construction of a pipeline to export oil to Germany. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence states, in part: Moscow will continue to employ a variety of tactics this year meant to undermine US influence, develop new international norms and partnerships, divide Western countries and weaken Western alliances, and demonstrate Russia’s ability to shape global events as a major player in a new multipolar international order. Russia will continue to develop its military, nuclear, space, cyber, and intelligence capabilities, while actively engaging abroad...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action to disrupt criminal ransomware groups in Russia on a call Friday morning -- their first publicized discussion since a summit in Geneva last month. According to the White House, "Biden underscored the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and emphasized that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware.""President Biden reiterated that the United States will take any necessary action to defend its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge," the White House statement added. The two leaders also discussed the recent renewal of cross-border humanitarian assistance to Syria in the UN Security Council, according to the White House. Biden confronted Putin about cyber attacks by Russia-based actors during the Geneva summit. And earlier this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House has conveyed to Russian officials that there is a responsibility to respond after recent cyber attacks and that the US stands ready to "take action" if...
    More On: russia Bodies of 9 plane crash victims found in wreckage RNC servers reportedly hacked by Russia-linked group White House won’t say Russia behind ransomware attack Rep. John Katko calls most recent ransomware attack a ‘moment of reckoning’ ​Amid mounting pressure to confront President Vladimir Putin about the recent ransomware attack credited to a Russian cyber gang, President Biden said on Wednesday that he will personally convey a message to the Russian leader after the most recent attack impacting hundreds of US companies.  “I will deliver it to him,” Biden told reporters at the White House as he prepared to depart for a trip to Chicago.​ Biden made the comments shortly after attending a meeting of key leaders from the State Department, the Justice Department, Homeland Security and the intelligence community to ​discuss the administration’s efforts to counter the cyberattacks, the White House said.  Republicans have been calling on Biden to take a firm stand on the ransomware attacks, reminding the president of his Geneva summit last month when he claimed to have warned Putin that he must take responsibility...
    Islamic State militants are “actively acquiring territory” in northern Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces withdraw, Russia’s top diplomat complained. “We are worried about this,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday, per state media. “IS is actively acquiring territories — mostly in Northern Afghanistan, right on the borders of countries that are our allies, amid the irresponsible behavior of some officials in Kabul and amid the hasty withdrawal of NATO, who is unable to report the achievement of at least some goals.” Lavrov’s tone on the day diverged dramatically from his posture in previous years, when Moscow opposed the American troop presence in the country. Now, hours after U.S. forces announced their departure from the main American base in the country, Lavrov sounded the alarm about potential terrorism threats spilling out of Afghanistan and into Russia’s neighboring countries. This is after years of drawing U.S. complaints that Russia had “provided support to groups in northern Afghanistan that are aligned with the Taliban,” along with diplomatic outreach to the Taliban themselves. "We are calling for a total pullout of foreign...
    Islamic State militants are “actively acquiring territory” in northern Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces withdraw, Russia’s top diplomat complained. “We are worried about this,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday, per state media. “IS is actively acquiring territories — mostly in Northern Afghanistan, right on the borders of countries that are our allies, amid the irresponsible behavior of some officials in Kabul and amid the hasty withdrawal of NATO, who is unable to report the achievement of at least some goals.” Lavrov’s tone on the day diverged dramatically from his posture in previous years, when Moscow opposed the American troop presence in the country. Now, hours after U.S. forces announced their departure from the main American base in the country, Lavrov sounded the alarm about potential terrorism threats spilling out of Afghanistan and into Russia’s neighboring countries. This is after years of drawing U.S. complaints that Russia had “provided support to groups in northern Afghanistan that are aligned with the Taliban,” along with diplomatic outreach to the Taliban themselves. "We are calling for a total pullout of foreign...
    President Biden appeared to check his notes after being confronted by the press on whether Russia was behind a recent ransomware attack while he was shopping inside a store in Traverse City, Michigan, on Saturday. "With the most recent hack by the Russians, would you say that this means – " a reporter is heard asking about the attack that targeted Miami-based IT software management company Kaseya, before Biden interrupts her to say that they "don't know" yet if it was the Russians. "I'll be in better shape to talk about it – hold on for one second," Biden said, before taking a piece of paper out of his jacket and putting on a pair of glasses. He said he had just been "briefed" on the hack, but still appeared confused by the inquiry. "A MEME come to life," Twitchy called the clip that demonstrated Biden's dependence on his notes. Social media critics suggested that the scene again proved that Biden's mental capacities are in decline, saying he was "confused" and that the clip was "embarrassing," "pathetic" and "unbelievable." "Absolute...
    RUSSIA has vowed that it will SINK Royal Navy Warships the next time they sail too close to Crimea. It comes as tensions rise following yesterday’s face off in the Black Sea where HMS Defender was accused of making a "deliberate provocation" by Kremlin controlled TV, as it entered waters deemed to be Russian territory. 10Russia has vowed that it will sink any Royal Navy Warships that enter Crimean watersCredit: MoD Russia 10It comes after the HMS Defender came under fire during a tense face off in the Black Sea on WednesdayCredit: PA The 8,500-ton ship had been placed on red alert after noon on Wednesday when, according to Putin's defence ministry, the Royal Navy ship crossed Russia's maritime border near Cape Fiolent. The Navy remained undeterred despite being buzzed by 20 Russian jets and chased by two armed coastguard vessels where crews opened fire – dropping four bombs from aircraft above. Today a fresh warning arrived from the deputy foreign Sergey Ryabkov who warned that Russia would not tolerate the breach of their waters. He said: “We can...