MOSCOW (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department named major Russian businessmen including the heads of the country’s two biggest banks, metals magnates and the boss of the state gas monopoly on a list of oligarchs close to the Kremlin.
The list of 210 people, including 96 ‘oligarchs’ with wealth of $1 billion or more, was drawn up as part of a sanctions package signed into law in August last year.
The document said it was not a sanctions list and that inclusion should “in no way” be interpreted to mean those named were likely to be sanctioned. Although it is unclear what it will mean in practice, it will cast the shadow of potential sanctions risk over a wide circle of wealthy Russians.
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Why worry about Russia’s efforts to undermine our democratic system or possible obstruction of justice by the President when there’s a “secret society” within the FBI, a deep state attempting a coup and a Satanist plot to sell your children?
As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation circles closer to President Trump’s inner orbit, officials in the White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill seem set on muddying the waters in Washington.
Speculation about unsupported suspicions of corruption and charges of bias at the FBI has spread through the beltway — not by crackpots in tinfoil hats, but by lawmakers and the President himself.
Calling the agency’s integrity into question is a direct response to Mueller’s investigation closing in on the Oval Office, Dr. Bart Rossi, a political psychologist, told the Daily News.
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- President Donald Trump reportedly pressed senior aides to launch a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials.
- Trump believed that those senior FBI officials were likely to be witnesses against him in the ongoing Russia investigation.
- Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s efforts constituted obstruction of justice.
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President Donald Trump has for the first time said he is prepared to be questioned under oath as part of an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
He said he was “looking forward” to it, subject to the advice of his lawyers.
Investigators are assessing if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election in his favour – a claim denied by Mr Trump and Russia.
Investigators will also determine if Mr Trump obstructed the inquiry.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge.
- Wray’s resignation under those circumstances would have created a media firestorm. The White House — understandably gun-shy after the Comey debacle — didn’t want that scene, so McCabe remains.
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Twelve hours before deadline, dueling parties in Congress showed no signs of breaking impasse over spending priorities and Daca
The US government remained poised on Friday to suffer its first shutdown in more than four years, as lawmakers in Congress showed no signs of breaking an impasse over spending priorities and the fate of young, undocumented immigrants.
With less than 12 hours before a deadline of midnight to fund the government, the White House said the prospect of a shutdown had “ratcheted up” while blaming Democrats for objecting to the short-term spending measure that narrowly passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.
“We do not want a shutdown,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a briefing on Friday, before putting the onus on Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.
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