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Trump and Putin, behind the scenes
Apparently, Trump is getting nervous. And we thought he had nothing to hide, hahaha

Quote:Lawyers for President Trump wrote a federal judge on Sunday asking her to halt federal prosecutors from reviewing documents seized in Michael Cohen’s office and home, arguing that the Department of Justice cannot fairly evaluate the materials. A trio of lawyers for the president wrote to Judge Kimba Wood in the Southern District of New York to request Trump and Cohen be allowed to identify privileged communications prior to a fuller review. Trump’s lawyers – Joanna Hendon, Christopher Dysard and Reed Keefe – wrote that potentially privileged information was seized during the raid. They argue that Trump should be able to review those documents before a taint team made up of federal agents and prosecutors to ensure his right to attorney-client privilege.
Trump asks judge to block feds from reviewing documents seized in Cohen raid | TheHill
Quote:It appears that President Trump just blocked his own administration’s plan to sanction Russia. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, announced Sunday that the Trump administration was going to hit Russia with new sanctions on Monday over its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program in the wake of the April 7 chemical attack in Douma, Syria, that killed dozens of people. The sanctions were explicitly focused on Russian companies that deal in equipment linked to Assad’s chemical weapons program.

But just a day later, the White House backtracked, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that the administration was merely “considering additional sanctions on Russia” and that “a decision will be made in the near future.” So why the awkward reversal? Apparently President Trump wasn’t on board with sanctioning Russia. According to the Washington Post, after Haley announced the sanctions on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday morning, Trump told national security advisers he was “upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has seemed to be at odds with or out of touch with the way the rest of his administration is handling Russia policy. Trump was reportedly furious about the way his administration ended up expelling 60 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal on British soil on March 4. Trump had apparently thought that the US was matching the number of diplomats that other US allies were expelling, but it turned out that the US’s expulsion dwarfed the numbers of any other country.
Trump blocked Russia sanctions after Nikki Haley announced them - Vox
Quote:Prosecutors told a federal judge this week that they suspected Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, of serving as a "back channel" between the campaign and Russia during the 2016 US election. The special counsel Robert Mueller's office has charged Manafort with 23 counts related to money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, tax evasion, bank fraud, and conspiracy against the US. Most of the charges so far center around Manafort's lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, the pro-Russian Party of Regions, and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.
Mueller: Paul Manafort may have been Trump campaign 'back channel' to Russia - Business Insider

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