Russia Lawyer Says Trump Jr. Offered To Revisit Russian Sanctions Law If Trump Won

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A Russian lawyer who met with members of President Trump’s presidential campaign said Donald Trump Jr. said that if his father won, the Trump administration would look at reversing an anti-Russia law, Bloomberg reported Monday.

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Report: Prosecutors Consider Charging Russians In DNC Hacking

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The Department of Justice has identified at least six Russian government officials who participated in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, the Wall Street Journal reported early Thursday.

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Morning Briefing 10/31/2017

Good Tuesday morning!

Mueller Monday:

Over the weekend, news broke that a grand jury had approved the first charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Yesterday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, a Manafort business associate, surrendered to FBI agents and were each indicted on 12 counts.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty on all counts. However, more news broke that a former foreign policy to the Trump campaign made a plea bargain after making false statements connected to Mueller’s investigation.

126 Million:

That’s the number of Americans are estimated to have seen Russian ads on Facebook, according to NBC News.

Facebook told the Senate Judiciary Committee that roughly 29 million Americans directly received material from the 80,000 posts made by 120 fake Russian made pages.

However, Facebook added that those posts were “shared, like and followed by people on Facebook, and, as a result, three times more people may have been exposed to a story that originated from the Russian operation.”

That means that one-third of the country could have been exposed to the Russian campaign.

Trump Criticism Might Lead To A Lighter Sentence For Bergdahl:

President Trump’s criticism of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his Army post in 2009, will might lead to a lighter sentence for Bergdahl.

“I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence,” the judge Col. Jeffrey R. Nance of the Army said during a hearing at Fort Bragg.

Nance rejected a request that he dismiss the case or limit the length of the sentence because Trump’s comments came before Bergdahl’s trial.

 

 

Democratic Lobbyist Podesta Steps Down From Lobbying Firm Amid Mueller Scrutiny

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Tony Podesta, a longtime Democratic lobbyist, is stepping down from his  position at the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm he founded almost 30 years ago.

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Manafort, Gates Plead Not Guilty To All Charges

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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on Monday pleaded not guilty to all charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is conducting an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Paul Manafort Surrenders To Federal Authorities

 

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Paul Manafort, the former Donald Trump campaign chairman, and a close business associate, Rick Gates, are expected to surrender to federal authorities on Monday in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, according to multiple reports.

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Morning Briefing 10/30/2017

Good Monday morning!

Here’s your Morning Briefing:

Arrest Related To Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation Could Happen As Early As Today:

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CNN reported Friday night that a grand jury has approved the first indictment in Mueller’s investigation. However, there is very little know about who will be indicted. A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Donald Trump campaign who’s been a central figure in the probe, said they were not aware of Manafort being indicted.

However, after FBI agents raided Manaforts house in July, reports said that Mueller warned Manafort he could be indicted.

CNN says the arrests could happen as soon as Monday, however because of the secrecy of the investigation and the grand jury process, we won’t know until the individual (or individuals) are arrested.

Conservatives pointed out that news of the indictment came within hours of a different report that said the conservative Washington Free Beacon retained Fusion GPS to compile research on Republican presidential candidates.

And days after The Washington Post reported that the Clinton campaign retained Fusion GPS to conduct anti-Trump research.

Speaking Of Indictments:

President Trump fired of some angry tweets Sunday morning, calling for “something” to be done about the alleged corruption of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

For their part, Democrats were quick to say that Trump was simply trying to distract from the impending indictment related to Mueller’s investigation.

Tax Reform Bill Could Actually Be Coming Soon:

Now that the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved of a budget, the Congress can now begin work on tax reform legislation — and we may see a version of the legislation as soon as the week.

While passing the budget allows the Senate to pass legislation through the budget reconciliation process, requiring only 51 votes, there’s still a long road ahead before it gets to the President’s desk.

And as we saw with the Obamacare repeal and replace bill, the budget reconciliation bill may not may matters any easier.