Analysis: Dossier of Trump research raises many questions

first_imgWho paid for it?During the Republican primaries, a donor opposed to Trump becoming the party’s presidential candidate retained a research firm called Fusion GPS to unearth potentially damaging information about Trump.The donor has never been identified, but several possible suspects have denied responsibility, including officials from the super PACs that supported the rival campaigns of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.After Trump secured the nomination, Fusion GPS was hired on behalf of Clinton’s campaign and the DNC by their law firm, Perkins Coie, to compile research about Trump, his businesses and associates — including possible connections with Russia.It was at that point that Fusion GPS hired Steele, who has deep sourcing in Russia, to gather information.Does it matter who paid for it?That depends on your politics.Republicans have criticized the dossier since its existence became publicly known when BuzzFeed published it in January.Trump has blasted it as “fake news” and “phony stuff,” and alleged that it is part of a broader witch hunt intended to cast doubt on his victory. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — The so-called Steele dossier of research into President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia is back in the news, with the revelation that it was at least partly funded by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.What is the dossier?It is a 35-page collection of research memos written by Christopher Steele, a respected former British intelligence agent, primarily during the 2016 presidential campaign.The memos allege a multifaceted conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to help Trump defeat Clinton.The memos also detail unsubstantiated accounts of encounters between Trump and Russian prostitutes, and real estate deals that were intended as bribes, among other claims about Trump’s businesses. His allies now contend that the allegations in the dossier are discredited by the fact that it was funded at least partially by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.Trump asserted Wednesday in an interview with Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” that the Democrats’ payments for the research were “the real collusion.”Democrats argue that who paid for the research is irrelevant to the veracity of its claims, which they say should be thoroughly investigated.Yet some of the Democrats who funded the dossier have been leery about being associated with it.The lead Perkins Coie lawyer representing both the campaign and the DNC, Marc Elias, pushed back earlier this year when asked whether he possessed the dossier before the election and was involved in efforts to encourage media outlets to write about its contents.On Tuesday, the veteran Democratic consultant Anita Dunn, who is working with Perkins Coie, explained Elias’ earlier response.“Obviously, he was not at liberty to confirm Perkins Coie as the client at that point, and should perhaps have ‘no commented’ more artfully,” Dunn wrote in an email. Where does the dossier fit in with the government’s Russia investigations?James Comey, the former FBI director whose firing by Trump prompted the appointment of a special counsel, Robert Mueller, to oversee the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, received a copy of the memos after Election Day from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain had dispatched David J. Kramer, a former top State Department official, to obtain the dossier directly from Steele.And before Election Day, the FBI reached an agreement to pay Steele to continue his research, though that plan was scrapped after the dossier was published.During the presidential transition, senior U.S. intelligence officials briefed Trump and President Barack Obama on the dossier.Investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees and Mueller’s team have been exploring claims made in the dossier.Mueller’s team reportedly interviewed Steele over the summer.Kenneth Vogel is a reporter The New York Times Washington bureau.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristscenter_img Even Clinton only found about Steele’s research after BuzzFeed published the dossier, according to two associates who discussed the matter with her.They said that she was disappointed that the research — as well as the fact that the FBI was looking into connections between Trump’s associates and Russia — was not made public before Election Day.But word of the memos and their contents had circulated in Washington political and media circles before the election.In British court filings, Steele’s lawyers said that he and Fusion GPS briefed journalists from a range of media outlets, including The New York Times, on his research starting in September 2016.Yet the research and even the existence of the dossier were not reported by the media, with the exception of Mother Jones magazine, which published a story in the days before the election that described the dossier, its origin and significance, while omitting the salacious claims.How much of the dossier has been substantiated?There has been no public corroboration of the salacious allegations against Trump, nor of the specific claims about coordination between his associates and the Russians.In fact, some of those claims have been challenged with supporting evidence. For instance, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, produced his passport to rebut the dossier’s claim that he had secret meetings in Prague with a Russian official last year. Is this sort of research common or legal?Campaigns and party committees frequently pay companies to assemble what’s known in politics as opposition research — essentially damaging information about their opponents — and nothing is illegal about the practice.However, Republicans and campaign watchdogs have accused the Clinton campaign and the DNC of violating campaign finance laws by disguising the payments to Fusion GPS on mandatory disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.Their disclosure reports do not list any payments from the Clinton campaign or the DNC to Fusion GPS.They do list a total of $12.4 million in payments to Perkins Coie, but that’s almost entirely for legal consulting, with only one payment — of $66,500 — for “research consulting” from the DNC.In a complaint filed with the FEC on Wednesday, the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit group that urges stricter enforcement of election laws, alleged that “at least some of those payments were earmarked for Fusion GPS, with the purpose of conducting opposition research on Donald Trump.”The complaint asserts that the failure to list the ultimate purpose of that money “undermined the vital public information role that reporting is intended to serve.”Graham M. Wilson, a partner at Perkins Coie, called the complaint “patently baseless,” in part because, he said, the research was done “to support the provision of legal services, and payments made by vendors to sub-vendors are not required to be disclosed in circumstances like this.”Who else knew about Steele’s research during the campaign?Officials from the Clinton campaign and the DNC have said they were unaware that Perkins Coie facilitated the research on their behalf, even though the law firm was using their money to pay for it.last_img read more

Labuan Bajo wildfire traps dozens of tourists for 5 hours at local dive resort

first_imgThe Wae Wuul Nature Reserve is on the westernmost coast of the island of Flores, which is about 46 kilometers to the east of Komodo Island, separated by Rinca Island. The police chief further elaborated that he split his team of officers from the West Manggarai Police as well as the East Nusa Tenggara water police and mobile brigade into two units. The units then tackle the fire from the sea and on land, with Bambang leading the marine unit and his deputy leading the ground unit.“[There are many] shrubs in the area that can easily catch fire in the dry season. We are still investigating whether [the cause of the fire] was cigarette butts or local residents burning thatch,” said Bambang, and that wildfires were frequent during the dry season due to the highly flammable vegetation. He added that he would coordinate with the local fire department and forest agency to organize regular patrols of fire hazard zones. A fire broke out on Thursday at around 7 p.m. local time to engulf the Wae Wuul Nature Reserve in Labuan Bajo of West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), trapping dozens of visitors who were staying at a local diving resort.West Manggarai Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Bambang Wibowo said on Friday that authorities were able to extinguish the flames that had trapped the guests at the CN Dive Resort located in the nature reserve. “There are no casualties from the incident […]. We managed to contain the fire after two hours,” he told The Jakarta Post. Topics :center_img Nurul Hayati, a diver who was staying at the resort, said that she saw the fire heading in the direction of the resort at around 7 p.m. She said that officers from the West Manggarai Disaster Mitigation Agency arrived at around 12 a.m. to put out the fire with help from people at the resort, and that the police arrived at around 3 a.m.“We were already at the beach preparing to evacuate in case things didn’t go so well,” Nurul told the Post on Friday by text message.She said that the fire started to die down around 12 a.m. because of the rocky cliffs surrounding the resort, but that the flames had reached an area about 100 meters from the resort before they were contained.Bambang said that the fire broke out in four locations in the nature reserve. Two hot spots were reachable by land while the other two were reachable only by sea. He added that the hot spots and the subsequent forest fire did not spread to Komodo Island.last_img read more

US priest dealt methamphetamine

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint US priest dealt methamphetamine by: – April 2, 2013 77 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Kevin Wallin was suspended from his diocese in MayA Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine from his flat in the US state of Connecticut.Kevin Wallin admitted making more than $300,000 (£200,000) from drugs sent to him from California.The 61-year-old bought an adult video and sex toy shop, Land of Oz and Dorothy’s Place, to launder the drug money, prosecutors said.Wallin is due to be sentenced on 25 June. The sentence, already agreed, is between 11 and 14 years in jail.Prosecutors said Wallin had sold nearly 4lb (1.8kg) of methamphetamine.He was the pastor of St Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for nine years, before he resigned in June 2011, citing personal and health reasons.‘Monsignor Meth’He was given a sabbatical, but the Diocese of Bridgeport suspended him as a minister last May.Church officials accused Wallin of sexually inappropriate behaviour with other men in the church rectory.Earlier, he was the pastor at St Peter’s Church in the town of Danbury for six years until 2002.Wallin was arrested in January after an undercover agent bought 23g (0.8oz) of methamphetamine for more than $3,400 on six separate occasions.Wallin was dubbed Monsignor Meth by some media. Prosecutor David Fein said the arrest shut down “a significant methamphetamine distribution organisation that spanned from California to Connecticut”.Charges against four other people arrested in the case are pending.BBC Newslast_img read more

Two Young Dominican Leaders are Appointed OECS Sustainable Development Ambassadors

first_imgEducationLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Two Young Dominican Leaders are Appointed OECS Sustainable Development Ambassadors by: – June 25, 2020 Share Two enterprising young Dominican leaders, Tridel Edwin and Sapphire Vital, have been accepted as ambassadors of the Sustainable Development Movement 2020 Summit of the OECS Commission.SDM ambassadors are responsible for growing the network of movers for the SDM 2020 summit while planning and implementing local programmes geared towards spreading awareness about the sustainable development goals and facilitating discussion forums that will unearth innovative solutions that are positioned to accelerate the glorious come-back of Small Island Development States (SIDS).The OECS Commission says a total of 70 applications were received and after the implementation of a rigorous selection and due diligence process, the decision was made to engage 21 emerging leaders to serve as sustainable development movement ambassadors.They will participate in the sustainable development movement summit – a space where senior government officials, industry and private sector leaders, global entrepreneurs and civil society will converge over two days.Their objective is to network, experience real transformation and chime in on the exchange of thoughts, best practices, untold stories and strategies concerning sustainable growth and development within the Caribbean.Over 20,000 persons around the world have registered their interest in the summit 2020 which is scheduled for September in St Lucia.Tridel Edwin has made his mark in Dominica as co-founder and owner of 365 MMP, an artist manager and photographer.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sapphire Vital is an environmental change and management expert and works as a Sustainable Infrastructure Specialist. 1153 Views   no discussions Tweet SDM Kick-Off Virtual Meeting hosted on Friday, June 19, 2020 Sharing is caring! Registration Now Open for SDM 2020. Click HERE or Image below to Register Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share Sharelast_img read more

Fernandes: Ronaldo’s words inspired me

first_img He notched two goals and three assists in his first five Premier League appearances, as well as a goal and an assist in the Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Bruno Fernandes Manchester United 2019-20 Fernandes and United appear to be a match made in heaven – much like Ronaldo and United – and he spoke with reverence for his new club. “When I arrived for the medicals, everything impressed me,” he said. “At the training ground, you can find everything. “At Old Trafford you warm up with nobody in the stands, you hear nothing in the tunnel, and then you enter the pitch and you hear an incredible noise. Read Also:EPL: Fernandes wins player of the month award for February “If you talk about stadiums that everyone knows, the most historic are San Siro and Old Trafford.” Fernandes’ fellow Portuguese, right-back Diogo Dalot, has made the bold claim of predicting his compatriot will become a club legend at United. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Bruno Fernandes has opened up on his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo after following in his footsteps by joining Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon.center_img Fernandes has enjoyed an impressive start to his career at Old Trafford, picking up the Premier League Player of the Month award in his first few weeks at the club. The 25-year-old is a team-mate of Ronaldo’s at the international level, with 19 appearances for Portugal to his name since making his debut in 2017. Speaking to Cronache Di Spogliatoio, Fernandes said: “He welcomed me very well to the Portugal national team. “We look at him as an idol, he has always been an idol for me. I followed his example, he is one of my favourites. “When I was called up by Portugal, he came to me saying, ‘You are doing a good job at Sporting, I like it’. Words like these make the difference.” After a lengthy transfer saga which at one point looked to have been dead, Fernandes joined United for €55 million (£50m/$61m) in January.last_img read more

Abraham vows to cement England place

first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Greenwood, Phil Foden caught with girls in Three Lions hotel UEFA Nations League: Sterling saves 10-man England against Iceland Tammy Abraham has vowed the time has come to establish himself as an England regular.The 22-year-old joined up with Gareth Southgate’s squad at St George’s Park on Monday after scoring his ninth goal in 11 games for Chelsea as the Blues eased to a 4-1 win over Southampton.Abraham’s call-up for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria comes almost two years after his only previous senior appearances in friendlies against Germany and Spain in November 2017.Abraham lasted an hour of the first game and just 15 minutes of the second as two experimental Southgate sides earned successive goalless draws.He was on loan at Swansea at the time but after a subsequent spell at Aston Villa last term – where he scored 25 goals in a promotion-winning season – Abraham believes is has matured to seize any opportunity given to him over the next seven days.“Back then in 2017, it was all about me being young,” he told Standard Sport. “It was a good experience, for me. So, to be going back now, I had my experiences out on loan, I’m back and now it’s time to stay here.“For me, it’s a massive achievement [to be in the squad]. I’m clearly doing something right for my club to get attention from Gareth Southgate. It’s about going out there, helping the team as much as possible. And then coming back in and doing the same job for my team.”Abraham remains eligible to play for Nigeria – the country of his father’s birth – having not played a competitive senior game for England in his career to date.Abraham’s father is close friends with president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and manager Gernot Rohr had made little secret of his desire to convince the striker to switch allegiances.Abraham insisted the subject had not come up during his initial discussions with Southgate, although in his mind that debate now appears to be settled once and for all.“I haven’t spoken to him about that,” said Abraham. “I’m a player growing up in England, playing in the Premier League. My ambitions were always to play for England. Obviously it’s nice to be wanted by two nations, two nations that I love. But my main focus is England.” Tags: EnglandGareth SouthgateTammy Abrahamlast_img read more

Gosling heading for Newcastle exit

first_img Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of next month, is close to tying up a move to Sky Bet Championship club Bournemouth. Gosling joined the Magpies on a free transfer from Everton on a four-year in July 2010, but arrived recovering from an injury and has struggled to make an impact since. Midfielder Dan Gosling is expected to part company with Newcastle within the next 24 hours as manager Alan Pardew starts to re-shape his squad. He spent three months on loan at Blackpool last season and returned to make eight senior appearances for Newcastle, the last of them as a substitute in the 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Cardiff on May 3. However in total, he pulled on a black and white shirt only 35 times and started just 11 games. Gosling is likely to be the first of several men to leave Tyneside this summer with Pardew preparing for significant rebuilding work. He could be accompanied by several higher-profile figures with Shola Ameobi also out of contract and Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan having become peripheral figures in recent months. Pardew has signalled his intention to recruit British players with proven top-flight experience after shopping almost exclusively on the continent for several seasons. He already has vacancies for a midfielder playmaker and at least two strikers following the departures of Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain in January and those of loan signings Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong following loan spells, but is likely to opt for further change. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dental assistant accused of sexually assaulting woman during surgery

first_imgA dental assistant has been arrested after he reportedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman while administering laughing gas just before her wisdom tooth surgery.The incident was reported on December 6, 2019 at the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery.The woman told authorities that after 37-year-old Edwin Alvis administered the laughing gas, he then pulled her shirt up her and put his mouth on her breast. Alvis then reportedly put his hand down her pants and began touching the victim inappropriately.Alvis denied the victim’s claims during a police interview and agreed to let police take a swab of his DNA.He was then arrested after authorities found that his DNA matched the DNA found on the woman’s breast after she came forward with the allegations.Alvis has since been charged with sexual battery.last_img read more

Florida man: Self-proclaimed “Antifa Hunter” Jailed for On-line Threats

first_imgA Florida man who calls himself “the Antifa hunter” will spend the next three years in prison for making on-line threats to those who opposed his white supremacist ideology and who possibly sympathized with Antifa…or those who are opposed to fascism and other forms of extreme right-wing ideology.Daniel McMahon, 32, of Brandon, Florida, pleaded guilty in April to using social media to threaten black activist, Don Gathers, in attempts to prevent him from running for office in Charlottesville, Virginia. McMahon also admitted that he threatened to sexually assault the young autistic daughter of a North Carolina woman who protested against white nationalists.During a video conference Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Norman Moon in Virginia sentenced McMahon to three years and five months in prison.McMahon pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office. Judge Moon wasn’t bound by sentencing guidelines that called for a prison term ranging from two years and nine months to three years and five months.Judge Moon accepted prosecutors’ recommendation to impose the maximum under the guidelines, saying McMahon’s conduct was “as egregious as it could be.”“It may not have been physically violent, but it couldn’t have been more violent to one’s mental health or feeling of well-being,” the judge said.Defense attorney Jessica Phillips asked the judge to sentence McMahon to a year and a half in prison and give him credit for time served since his Sept. 18, 2019, arrest.Phillips said her client made “bad choices” but is remorseful and took full responsibility for his crimes. She attributed McMahon’s behavior to an untreated mental health disorder, alcohol abuse and a “lack of social stability.”“While he did not realize the impact of his words at the time, he certainly does now,” Phillips wrote in a court filing.Gathers told McMahon that “a new day, a different day, is coming” for those who share his “pitiful views.”“Like it or not, Black lives matter,” he said.last_img read more

Cricket News Rohit Sharma Levels With MS Dhoni For This Awesome Twenty20 International Record

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has created plenty of records in the Twenty20 International format. He is in a close tussle with Virat Kohli for the most runs in the format while he is the ultimate six-hitting machine in Twenty20 Internationals, smashing 109. Rohit also holds the record for the most centuries hit in Twenty20 Internationals with four. However, during the third game between India and South Africa at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Rohit created yet another record and this time he leveled the feat of former India skipper MS Dhoni as he strode out to the middle. Rohit was playing in his 98th Twenty20 International and he leveled Dhoni’s record of most matches played in the format for India. Dhoni had held the previous record for India, having played 98 games from 2006 to 2019 while Rohit started playing in the shortest format of the game in 2007 during the World T20 in South Africa. Overall, Rohit is tied third in the list of players who have played the most games in Twenty20 Internationals. Shoaib Malik of Pakistan has played the most matches in Twenty20 Internationals with 111 while former all-rounder Shahid Afridi played 99 games, 98 with Pakistan and one for the ICC World XI in 2018. Also Read | Virat Kohli Is Effective As Captain Only Because Of MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma: Gautam GambhirRohit endured a poor series against South Africa by managing scores of 12 and 9 in the two matches that could be played in the three-match series after the first game in Dharamshala was washed out without a ball being bowled. In the second match at Mohali, Rohit smashed two sixes off Dwaine Pretorius before falling LBW to Andile Phehlukwayo. In the third game, Rohit smashed two boundaries off Kagiso Rabada before being trapped LBW by Beuran Hendricks.Also Read | MS Dhoni Retirement News Totally Incorrect: MSK PrasadWith many Twenty20 Internationals still left to be played in the build-up to the World T20 in Australia next year, Rohit and Dhoni could enter the century club and also surpass the record set by Malik. India’s next Twenty20 International assignment will be against Bangladesh in November. The three-match Twenty20 International series between India and South Africa ended in a 1-1 draw after Quinton de Kock’s magnificent, unbeaten 79 gave South Africa a crushing nine-wicket win. In the previous match, Virat Kohli’s brilliant fifty gave India a rousing seven-wicket win.last_img read more