On Oct. 5, 2016, with one National Prayer Breakfast under her belt, Ms. Butina direct messaged a Russian official on Twitter: “We made our bet. I am following our game. I will be connecting the people from the prayer breakfast to this group.”
After the election, Ms. Butina informed someone the complaint called “U.S. person number one” that she would be bringing along some “VERY influential” Russians to the breakfast. After the event — which President Trump attended, just as previous presidents have — Ms. Butina emailed one of its organizers to thank him for “the gift” of his “precious time during the National Prayer Breakfast week — and for the very private meeting that followed. A new relationship between two countries always begins better when it begins in faith.”
The charges were filed by Justice Department national security prosecutors, not the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, whom Mr. Trump has accused of carrying out a witch hunt.
The Justice Department said that Ms. Butina has worked at the behest of an unidentified high-level Russian government official, who has been previously identified as Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime.
Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been indicted in the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Source: 12 Russians indicted in hacking of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign
Is the US president’s outburst to the Sun simply bad manners, or his latest attempt to undermine an old ally?
Source: With criticism of May’s Brexit, Trump detonates a diplomatic grenade
A bombshell 6/25/2018 segment on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show just confirmed Yours Truly’s suspicions. Turns out per Maddow, that Trump had initially wanted to end joint military operations between the U.S. & North Korea but dropped the idea after pushback from Defense Secretary Mattis. Later however, following a phone conversation with Putin, Trump abruptly decided…
— Read on 3chicspolitico.com/2018/06/30/saturday-open-thread-putin-told-trump-to-stop-joint-military-exercises-with-s-korea/
Last month, I accompanied the mother of a high school freshman killed by MS-13 to a Trump event on Long Island. Inside a government building, the president railed against the gang. “They killed a cop for the sake of making a statement. They wanted to make a statement, so they killed a cop,” he said. (They did not kill a cop.) Outside, the mother drifted between a pro-Trump rally and a counter protest. She took tranquilizer pills so she could face local reporters, and then told them she was unsure if Trump really cared about victims like her. She said she hoped the president’s fixation on MS-13 might spur changes that will keep other kids from being attacked and recruited by the gang. But for any policy to work, it needs to be rooted in reality.
Source: I’ve Been Reporting on MS-13 for a Year. Here Are the 5 — ProPublica
“If the parent remains in detention, unfortunately, under rules that are set by Congress and the courts, they can’t be reunified while they’re in detention,” Azar said.
Source: Migrant children won’t be reunited with parents who are still in custody, top official says
Saturday’s swastika burning took place several hours after a rally in Newnan, George, which passed off without violence despite the presence of hundreds of armed antifa protesters.
Source: Neo-Nazis hold a shocking swastika burning ritual in Georgia
Despite Sessions’ claims, as has been well-documented, in late 1941 the Nazis began deporting millions of Jews from across Europe to death and concentration camps they had constructed across the continent.
Source: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims Nazis did not deport Jews | News | DW | 19.06.2018