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Dispatch August 17, 2018

OP-ED: Paul Manafort Is On Trial For Crimes In the U.S. But His Work In Ukraine Helped To Destroy a Country.

During Paul Manafort’s trial for tax evasion and bank fraud, the public has heard over-the-top tales of illicit trysts in London, ostrich leather jackets and overpriced antique rugs. Bankers, IRS agents and accountants have testified at length about how Manafort defrauded financial institutions and the U.S. government. Yet little attention has been paid to the constituency that perhaps suffered most from Manafort’s deeds: the people of Ukraine.

Dispatch August 16, 2018

Manafort’s Corruption: Right At Home on the Trump Campaign

The first of two federal trials for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shows he was a corrupt and criminal operator. He was someone deeply entangled with Kremlin-connected politicians and oligarchs and someone who sought to defraud banks, hide foreign income from the IRS, and exploit his public position for profit. It’s clear from the fact pattern in this trial that Trump surrounded himself with people who were willing to skirt the rules, behavior not unlike how the president himself ran his businesses for decades.

Dispatch August 10, 2018

Devin Nunes Tells the Truth (For Once)

Leaked audio of Devin Nunes at a fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-most senior Republican in the House, catches him telling a room full of donors the crass political truth behind his role in the Russia investigation.  He admits that he knows collusion is illegal and declares that a Republican majority in the House is necessary to protect the historically corrupt Trump administration from real oversight.

Dispatch, Explainers August 10, 2018

The Nunes File

As Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is abusing the power of his office. At every turn, he tries to hide the truth about Russian interference in the 2016 election and attack the credibility of U.S. law enforcement by spreading lies and misleading information.

Dispatch July 30, 2018

What You Should Know About The Manafort Trial

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort goes to trial tomorrow on charges that include alleged bank and tax fraud. The Special Counsel indictments make a clear case for why Manafort would facilitate collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Dispatch July 19, 2018

OP-ED: Bringing Dark Money To a Gunfight: The NRA and Other Groups Are Increasingly Using Untraceable Dollars To Influence Our Elections

On Monday, the Justice Department charged Maria Butina, a Russian national closely linked to both the NRA and the Kremlin, with conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent. For years, Butina and Alexander Torshin, the sanctioned deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank, have cultivated close ties with the gun lobby in an effort to advance the Russian government’s agenda.

Dispatch July 18, 2018

The Republican Party and Russia—Infiltrated or Invited?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 GRU (Russian military intelligence) officers and the Department of Justice’s arrest of Maria Butina both reveal that Russia’s influence campaign went well beyond just helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton. These indictments make clear that, even before Trump emerged as a viable candidate, the Russians were carrying out a broader influence campaign designed to infiltrate the Republican Party as a whole … which raises the question of whether Congressional Republicans have been abdicating oversight to protect others besides Trump and his team.

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