Deripaska's company Rusal has retooled its leadership to try to get out from US sanctions. Their new board chairman is a French investor who has pushed conspiracy theories on Syria's chemical weapons and started a group called "Friends of Crimea"

Map. History of District Columbia conflict

14 October 2019
Dem Senators Bob Menendez and Jack Reed tell Trump they want immediate access to interpreters present at all his interactions with Putin, incl at the Helsinki summit
President Trump signs bill guaranteeing back-pay to federal workers affected by the government shutdown, White House says.
Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation against Huawei for allegedly stealing U.S. trade secrets. Includes tech for a device that T-Mobile uses to test phones. Indictment possibly soon
The General Services Administration's Inspector General says President Trump's lease for his DC hotel "raised issues under the Constitution's Emoluments Clauses that might cause a breach of the lease; however, GSA decided not to address those issues."
Gates tells Mueller about Trump campaign's dealings with Psy Group, which plotted "social media manipulation" in 2016
Japanese MOD arrives at Pentagon; its also @DepSecDef Shanahan's first honor cordon as a ting SecDef
9 month ago
"The President and his team had a constructive meeting with bipartisan members of the problem solvers caucus," says @PressSec. "They listened to one another and both have a good understanding of what the other wants. We look forward to more conversations like this."
Senate GOP defeats Dem measure to enforce sanctions against companies controlled by Russian oligarch OLEG DERIPASKA. Dems needed 60 votes, only got 57, even after GOP defections. Sanctions all but certain to be lifted this week pursuant to TRUMP administration deal.
Russia did present proposals for INF "inspections", @UnderSecT Thompson says, but not in a transparent enough way that would display the true range of their 9M729 system that violates the INF. In other words, not enough.
Washington Post: There are fake print editions of The Washington Post being distributed around downtown DC, and we are aware of a website attempting to mimic The Post's. They are not Post products, and we are looking into this.
"The caliphate has crumbled and Isis has been defeated," Pence tells US ambassadors. Does not mention Manbij attack.
Pence says that despite the "promising" Trump-Kim dialogue, "we still await concrete steps to dismantle" DPRK's nuclear weapons programme.
President Trump injured his hand while playing around with his son, Barron, requiring a band-aid that was visible during the president's recent trip to the southern border, according to the White House.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address — or deliver it in writing — as long as the government remains shut down
9 month ago
"The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria. For any specific questions please contact the Department of Defense," says @PressSec in statement to @WhiteHouse press corps.
Deripaska's company Rusal has retooled its leadership to try to get out from US sanctions. Their new board chairman is a French investor who has pushed conspiracy theories on Syria's chemical weapons and started a group called "Friends of Crimea"
9 month ago
Kremlin says 'stupid' to suggest Trump a Russian agent
9 month ago
[email protected]: It is becoming more and more obvious that the Radical Democrats are a Party of open borders and crime. They want nothing to do with the major Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border. 2020.
9 month ago
[email protected]: There are 77 major or significant Walls built around the world, with 45 countries planning or building Walls. Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015. They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop the crime at our Southern Border.
Pompeo: We congratulate, recognize and support the courage of Venezuela's National Assembly to formally declare Maduro a "usurper" of democracy and to transfer executive responsibilities to the National Assembly, per articles 233, 333, and 350 of the Venezuelan Constitution.
Lavrov says reports on investigation of Trump as possible Russian agent show how low U.S. journalistic standards have fallen.9 month ago
Lavrov says reports on investigation of Trump as possible Russian agent show how low U.S. journalistic standards have fallen.
DC police investigating deadly shooting in Northwest
Senate voted 57-42 to take up a Chuck Schumer resolution blocking Treasury from lifting sanctions on three firms with ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Nearly a dozen Repubs voted with Dems to bring it to floor
Based on recent filings from Mueller's team, Kilimnik appears to be at the heart of pieces of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The special counsel has filed documents to back up the allegations that Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors. Here's an example of when he was (allegedly) caught in a lie.
IRS is recalling 46,000 workers — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — from furlough to handle tax refunds without pay.
[email protected] on Trump's desire to pull out of NATO: "It's alarming that the president continues to falsely assert that NATO does not contribute to the overall safety of the U.S.. The Senate knows better and stands ready to defend NATO."
The federal judiciary says it has enough money to sustain operations during the shutdown through Jan. 25, per a spox. This has been a week-to-week thing — the ongoing availability of funds is "attributed to aggressive efforts to reduce expenditures," statement says
Lindsey Graham on William Barr: "I want to thank the President for nominating somebody who is worthy of the job, who will understand on day one what the job is about, and who can right the ship over there."
The White House just issued another veto threat on two House bills that would end the partial government shutdown. "Presenting these, or similar bills, to the President without a broader agreement to address the border crisis is unacceptable."
House Republicans decry Democrats for not accepting invitations to their lunch with the President on border wall negotiations. They say it was supposed to be a bipartisan lunch and its "pretty telling that no Democrats showed up."
List of @GOP members from the House who are to meet today here at the @WhiteHouse with @POTUS, according to @PressSec.
Robert Mueller's office, in a new court filing, says that it wants more time with ex-Manafort associate Rick Gates as he "continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations."
9 month ago
[email protected]: Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamburgers etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters.
Russia in 'material breach' of key nuclear treaty: US
Senate holds confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee William Barr
White House announces updated presidential delegation to the World Economic Forum at the posh Swiss resort of Davos; includes Secs. Mnuchin, Pompeo and Ross, and others. President Trump previously canceled his trip to Davos due to the ongoing government shutdown.
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