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Feds Are Treating Michael Cohen Like a Mob Lawyer, Trump Allies Say

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are treating personal attorney. The news that FBI agents raided his office appeared to leave the president shaken, and he told a pool spray of reporters a few hours after it broke that he was now considering firing special counsel Bob Mueller. The raid was handled by the Southern District of New York, not Muellers office. Lawyers told The Daily Beast that raiding lawyers offices isnt unheard ofbut is generally used for lawyers who work with alleged members of organized crime, or for lawyers who are…

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FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trumps Life

screaming threats, shit-tier legal theorizing, and putting his strip-mall law degree to work in service of Donald Trump. Cohen, far from being the superlawyer to a billionaire real-estate tycoon, really only has one important job: wall of nondisclosure agreements. Master of the NDA, Cohen thought attorney-client privilege would protect him. He forgot he had a fool for a client. Trump Ray Donovan made him a kind of overwrought, grunting thug character destined for the cutting-room floor in even the most lurid soap-opera script. Cohen, though, should be understood as an…

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Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed

When Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against Russian operatives for interfering with the 2016 presidential election, descriptions of how the Russians used modern communications technologies were all too familiar. Journalists referred to the ways in which Russia “manipulated social-media platforms,” and tech company executives like Facebook’s Rob Goldman decried “how the Russians abused our system.” WIRED OPINION ABOUT Joshua Geltzer is executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as an ASU Future of War fellow at New America writing a…

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Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump

DoJ indictment alleges Russian operatives communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump DoJ indictment alleges Russian operatives communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign Marc Bennetts in Moscow First published on Fri 16 Feb 2018 13.08EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Thirteen Russians have been criminally charged for interfering in the 2016 US election to…

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A Blockbuster Indictment Details Russia’s Attack on US Democracy

Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 election entered a new phase Friday, as his team indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for their “conspiracy” to illegally influence the US presidential campaign. It was an indictment unprecedented in American history—a direct and public charge that America’s main foreign adversary meddled extensively, expensively, and expansively in the core of the American democratic process, attempting to influence voters, spread disparaging information about the Democratic nominee, and “help” presidential candidate Donald Trump take office. The new charges…

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FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering

Request for financial information may be connected to inquiries into possible conspiracy between Trump and Kremlin The FBI has asked officials in Cyprus for financial information about a defunct bank that was used by wealthy Russians with political connections and has been accused by the US government of money laundering, two sources have told the Guardian. The request for information about FBME Bank comes as Cyprus has emerged as a key area of interest for Robert Mueller, the US special counsel who is investigating a possible conspiracy between Donald Trumps…

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Donald Trump is now attacking his own administration, including Jeff Sessions

President tells New York Times he wouldnt have hired attorney general had he known hed recuse himself from Russia inquiry, because its extremely unfair Donald Trump has unleashed an extraordinary barrage of criticism against several of his own top officials, accusing senior members of the Department of Justice (DoJ) of having conflicts of interest and expressing regret that he had appointed Jeff Sessions as US attorney general. In a 50-minute interview with the forced to step aside from the investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in March…

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