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Health: Pfizer CEO Makes Explosive Accusation Regarding Kushner

The Story: The chief executive of the giant pharmaceutical company Pfizer said last week that during the Trump administration, the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, sought...
Critical US-China trade talks under way at the White House

Mulvaney Out as Chief of Staff

The Story: The President announced on Friday, March 6, that his new chief of staff is Rep. Mark Meadows. This also marks the departure of...
Manafort texts to Hannity: Would never give up Trump or Kushner

Manafort texts to Hannity: Would never give up Trump or Kushner

Paul Manafort told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would never give up information on President Donald Trump or Jared Kushner, according to newly unsealed texts between the two men in 2017 and 2018. CNN's Evan Perez reports. #CNN…

Prodded by Putin, Russians Sought Back Channels to Trump Through the Business World

Sputnik/Reuters WASHINGTON — At 9:34 on the November morning after Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an informal envoy for President Vladimir V. Putin, sent a text message to a Lebanese-American friend with ties to the Trump campaign. But his report made clear how vigorously Mr. Putin sought to find points of contact and influence with Mr. Trump’s team — and how many people on the American side were willing to participate to one degree or another in discussions that touched on topics as varied as Mr. Trump’s desire to build a Moscow hotel to United States policy toward Ukraine. It is not clear that the Russians had much, if any, success in influencing American policy through the back channels they established, although Mr. Trump’s comments often strike foreign policy experts as remarkably sympathetic to Mr. Putin. According to the Mueller report, Mr. Putin wasted no time enlisting Russian oligarchs to carry the Kremlin’s message after Mr. Trump’s election. On the American side, a varied cast of characters was fielding overtures and proposals from Russians or pro-Russian Ukrainians during the campaign and transition, including: Mr. Gerson; George Nader, the Lebanese-American with Trump campaign connections; Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman; Michael D. Cohen, the president’s longtime fixer and lawyer; and Erik Prince, the Blackwater founder and brother of Betsy DeVos, Mr. Trump’s pick for education secretary. An American investment banker with many contacts in Russia, Robert Foresman, said that Mr. Gorkov told him before the meeting that Mr. Putin had approved his trip and that he would report back to Mr. Putin afterward, the special counsel’s report states. Mr. Gorkov publicly suggested it was business, while Mr. Kushner said it was diplomatic issues. As the special counsel’s report noted in recounting the meeting between Mr. Kushner and Mr. Gorkov, there “had been public reporting both about efforts to secure lending on the property and possible conflicts of interest for Kushner arising out of his company’s borrowing from foreign lenders.” The template of Russia trying to advance its policy goals through the business interests of people in Mr. Trump’s orbit was set in mid-2015, almost as soon as Mr. Trump announced his candidacy. Instead, Mr. Nader connected the Russian official to Mr. Gerson, Mr. Kushner’s hedge fund friend, and to Mr. On Jan. 11, 2017, Mr. Dmitriev and Mr.
White House whistleblower drops security clearance bombshell

White House whistleblower drops security clearance bombshell

Democrats seek answers after whistleblower alleges the White House stopped credit history checks and allowed a high number of interim clearances; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports. #SpecialReport #FoxNews FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network…

Kushner, Inc review: Jared, Ivanka Trump and the rise of the American kakistocracy

As the reality that Kushner received his White House security clearance the same way he got into Harvard sinks in – “Daddy” pulled some very expensive strings – his popularity will not be rebounding anytime soon. Ambition. In Ward’s telling, Charlie Kushner, Jared Kushner’s father, dreamed of becoming America’s Jewish Joe Kennedy, Ivanka Trump fantasizes about being president and Donald Trump almost wishes Ivanka could have been his first lady. Unlike Jared, Josh comes across as possessing a light touch, talented and ready to defy his parents. Like Ivanka Trump, Kloss converted to Judaism. Trump and Kushner were having none of that. Bannon resisted, and noted that if Trump fired Comey the director would come to look like J Edgar Hoover, a legend. The Book of Genesis tells the story of Isaac and Rebekah’s sons, Esau and Jacob. Fathers can get things wrong. Josh and Kloss must be smirking.

Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser’s Office in Money Laundering Probe

Let's not condone violence right now, that is one dangerous road to go down. Plus... What about the ones without oaths? Don Jr. Signed one of the checks to reimburse Michael Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payments - from the revocable trust that Trump was supposed to put his businesses in so politics couldn't get involved with it... Ivanka went on TV to state that her dad had nothing to do with security clearances in the last month, to cover for something that isn't illegal for a President to do... Remember when Trump's kids were trying to get CIA top level security clearance? After he was cleared by the White House, Kushner’s file was reportedly submitted to the C.I.A. to be evaluated for an S.C.I., or “sensitive compartmented information” clearance—an even higher designation. officers who make clearance decisions balked, two of the people familiar with the matter said. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner that Wendi Deng Murdoch might be using her relationship with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to aid the Chinese government. A friend of Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was the mystery buyer of "Salvator Mundi," a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million.

Lawmakers Want to Protect Security Clearances from Politics

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers want to stop government leaders from manipulating the security clearance process for political purposes. Sens. By codifying those steps, the Integrity in Security Clearance Determinations Act aims to make the system “more fair and transparent,” Collins said in a statement. The bill would forbid government leaders from making decisions based on the person’s exercise of constitutional rights like free speech or other factors like race, gender and nationality. Leaders would also be barred from revoking or approving clearances as an act of “retaliation for political activities or beliefs.” Under the legislation, government employees would have the right to appeal security clearance decisions, and agencies would need to make the results of any appeals public. The bill comes as a thinly veiled rebuke of the Trump administration’s handling of security clearances. The New York Times last month reported the president personally intervened to grant his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner a top-secret clearance against the recommendations of the intelligence community. In August, Trump also revoked the clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who’s been an outspoken critic of the current administration. “Americans should be able to have confidence that the security clearance process is being used only to protect our nation’s greatest secrets,” Warner said in a statement. Today agencies are crushed under a backlog of some 551,000 pending background checks, roughly double what security professionals consider to be a baseline “steady state” of 220,000 to 250,000 investigations in process at any given time.
White House Leaks To Congress Escalate Trouble For President Donald Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

White House Leaks To Congress Escalate Trouble For President Donald Trump | Rachel Maddow...

Joy Reid looks at a report by Axios that documents related to Jared Kushner's security clearance that the White House refused to provide to Congress were then leaked by someone in the White House to Congress. Rep. Ro Khanna discusses…

On Politics: Trump Ordered Kushner’s Security Clearance

Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. _____________________ • Internal memos reveal that President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns from intelligence officials. • Mr. Trump bet that his self-described skills as a master negotiator would be enough to persuade North Korea to renounce its nuclear weapons program. In failing, he laid bare the risks of one-to-one diplomacy. • Under a new Pentagon plan being offered in peace talks with the Taliban, all American and foreign troops would leave Afghanistan in the next three to five years. “It’s 100 percent not true,” one senior official said. • For many Americans, the testimony of Mr. Trump’s ex-fixer Michael Cohen was just one more television show, doing little to change how they already felt about the president, good or bad. • Mr. Cohen’s testimony about Mr. Trump’s potentially felonious conduct has not moved House Democratic leaders closer to initiating impeachment proceedings. They see endless, overlapping investigations as a more damaging course of action. • Mr. Trump and his top economic advisers have sent a series of conflicting messages about the status of trade talks with China: A deal is either imminent, still out of reach or somewhere in between.