f) Report: The Russia-Gate Scandal & Will Trump Get Away? (Updated at Times)

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Will Trump Get Away?

The GOP currently controls all branches of the American government, meaning the White House, Congress & has appointed the latest Supreme Court judge and so the balance is also in GOP’s favor. With this, is there any surprise, there is little interest from the American government, in investigating Trump, on the Russia situation. Then Trump just fired the FBI Director, who was investigating Trump, and plans to appoint a new FBI head soon. Then the CIA head is also a person appointed by Trump. The conclusion, is that in the short-term, Trump will likely get away, and not caught as Nixon was caught. However, in 2018, there is an election & the majority of Congress could change. If the Democratic Party win that majority, even in one house, a real and meaningful investigation on Trump could occur.

Prosecution?

Former FBI chief Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties (source)

The U.S. Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former FBI chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

The move followed a week in which the White House was thrown into uproar after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Democrats and some of the president’s fellow Republicans had demanded an independent probe of whether Russia tried to sway the outcome of November’s election in favor of Trump and against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump, whose anger over the allegations has grown in recent weeks, took the news calmly and used it to rally his team to unite, move on and refocus on his stalled agenda, a senior White House official said. “We are all in this together,” Trump told his team, the official said.

Trump said in a statement after the Justice Department announcement he looked forward to a quick resolution. “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity,” he said.

Mueller said in a statement tweeted by CBS News: “I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability.”

Trump, who said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that no politician in history “has been treated worse or more unfairly,” has long bristled at the notion that Russia played any role in his election victory. The Russia issue has, however, clouded his early months in office. Moscow has denied the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that it meddled in the campaign. Pressure on the White House intensified after Trump fired Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter, and allegations that Trump had asked Comey to end the FBI investigation into ties between Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia. That raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to interfere with a federal investigation.

The issue spilled over onto Wall Street on Wednesday, where the S&P 500 and the Dow had their biggest one-day declines since September as investor hopes for tax cuts and other pro-business policies faded amid the political tumult. The Justice Department announcement came after the market close.

Impeachment?

Impeachment in the United States is an enumerated power of the legislature that allows formal charges to be brought against a civil officer of government for crimes alleged to have been committed. Most impeachments have concerned alleged crimes committed while in office, though there have been a few cases in which Congress has impeached and convicted officials partly for prior crimes.[1] The actual trial on such charges, and subsequent removal of an official upon conviction, is separate from the act of impeachment itself. Impeachment proceedings have been initiated against several presidents of the United States. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents to have been successfully impeached by the House of Representatives, and both were later acquitted by the Senate.[2] The impeachment process against Richard Nixon was technically unsuccessful, as Nixon resigned his office before the vote of the full House for impeachment, but successful in the broader sense of leading to Nixon’s departure. To date, no U.S. President has been removed from office by impeachment and conviction.

Impeachment is analogous to indictment in regular court proceedings; trial by the other house is analogous to the trial before judge and jury in regular courts. Typically, the lower house of the legislature impeaches the official and the upper house conducts the trial.

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The following is from the wikipedia:

Russia  Interference in 2016 American Election

ODNI declassified assessment of “Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections”

The United States government’s intelligence agencies concluded the Russian government interfered in the 2016 United States elections.[1][2][3]

In January 2017, a U.S. intelligence community assessment expressed “high confidence” that Russia favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an “influence campaign” to denigrate and harm Clinton’s electoral chances and potential presidency.[4] The report concluded that Russia used disinformation, data thefts, and leaks to attempt to advantage Trump over Clinton. These conclusions were reaffirmed by the lead intelligence officials in the Trump administration in May 2017.[5] Intelligence allies of the U.S. in Europe found communications between suspected Russian agents and the Trump campaign as early as 2015.[6]

On October 7, 2016,[7] the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly stated that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta‘s personal email account and leaked their documents to WikiLeaks.[8][9] Several cybersecurity firms stated that the cyberattacks were committed by Russian intelligence groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear.[10] In October 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama used the red phone line to directly contact Putin and issue a warning to him regarding the cyber attacks.[11] Russian officials have repeatedly denied involvement in any DNC hacks or leaks.[12][13][14] In early January 2017, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before a Senate committee that Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign went beyond hacking, and included disinformation such as the dissemination of fake news often promoted on social media.[15]

Six federal agencies have also been investigating possible links and financial ties between the Kremlin and Trump’s associates, including his son in law Jared Kushner and advisers Carter PagePaul Manafort and Roger Stone.[16][17]

In early December 2016, Obama ordered a report on foreign interventions in the 2016 elections,[18] while U.S. Senators called for a bipartisan investigation.[19] President-elect Donald Trump initially rejected the report, saying that Democrats were reacting to their election loss,[20] and attacked the intelligence agencies in a transition team statement.[21] Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell expressed confidence in U.S. intelligence and supported a bipartisan investigation,[22] which was started by the Senate Intelligence Committee on January 24, 2017.[23] On December 29, 2016, the U.S. expelled 35 Russian diplomats, denied access to two Russia-owned compounds, and broadened existing sanctions on Russian entities and individuals.[24]

On March 20, 2017, FBI director James Comey testified to the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI has been conducting a counter-intelligence investigation about Russian interference since July 2016, including possible coordination between associates of Trump and Russia.[25][26] Trump dismissed Comey on May 9, 2017, a move that was criticized as an attempt to curtail the FBI investigation.[27]

For more information & up-dates:

Russia  Interference in 2016 American Election

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The People Involved in Trump Russia Relationship

Vladimir Putin

Trump’s decision to fire Comey is another win for Vladimir Putin – Vox

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to Meet in July, Russian Media Says …

Donald Trump

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal …

These are Donald Trump’s ties to Russia – CNNPolitics.com – CNN.com

The many paths from Trump to Russia – CNN.com

 

Business projects of Donald Trump in Russia

Bayrock Group

Tevfik Arif

Trump’s business network reached alleged Russian mobsters

The Russia Story: Everything Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to …

 

Eric Trump

Eric Trump said dad’s golf courses were funded by Russia: report …

The Trump-Russia Nexus – The New York Times

 

Carter Page

Russia ‘targeted Trump adviser in bid to infiltrate campaign’ | US news …

 

John Manafort

Trump aide Paul Manafort hid payment from pro-Russian party … – AOL

The Mystery of Paul Manafort Takes Another Strange Turn | Vanity Fair

 

  1. 1 Political activities
    1. 1.1 Chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 United States Presidential campaign
  2. 2 Lobbying career
    1. 2.1 Association with Jonas Savimbi
    2. 2.2 Lobbying for other foreign leaders
  1. 2.2.4 Association with Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence Agency
  2. 2.2.5 HUD scandal
  3. 2.2.6 Lobbying for Viktor Yanukovych and involvements in Ukraine

Michael T. Flynn

How the White House Explains Waiting 18 Days to Fire Michael Flynn …

Michael Flynn Failed to Disclose Income From Russia-Linked Entities …

 

Roger Jason Stone Jr

Roger Stone, former Trump adviser, says he’s ready to testify in Russia …

Roger Stone, the ‘Trickster’ on Trump’s Side, Is Under F.B.I. Scrutiny …

Trump Adviser Had Twitter Contact With Figure Tied to Russians – The …

 

Michael Cohen

Trump associates’ links with Russia: what we know so far | US news …

 

Felix Sater

Trump’s Organized Crime Ties Bring Blackmail to the White House …

 

Aras Agalarov

One Simple Question That Could Break the Trump-Russia Scandal …

Trump campaign’s Russia ties: Who’s involved – Washington Post

 

 

Dmytro Vasylovych Firtash

Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash arrested after extradition ruling …

 

Rex Wayne Tillerson

Rex Tillerson’s relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin …

 

Andriy Viktorovych Artemenko

Vasu opened the proceedings in the suit Artemenko to Poroshenko …

 

Jeff Sessions

Sessions recuses himself from Russia investigations – CNNPolitics.com

 

 

Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak

Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the heart of Trump’s … – Vox

Sergey Kislyak, Russian Envoy, Cultivated Powerful Network in U.S. …

Donald Trump met and ‘warmly greeted’ the Russian ambassador …

What we know about Sergey Kislyak, the Russian diplomat who can’t …

 

Jared Corey Kushner

Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank; will testify

 

 

Wilbur Louis Ross Jr

White House accused of blocking information on bank’s Trump-Russia …

 

 

Julian Paul Assange

U.S. Preparing Charges To Arrest Julian Assange | Zero Hedge

 

James Comey

Trump has now admitted he fired Comey because of the Russia … – Vox

 

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