Who Are These Russians?

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  • On 19 July 2017, the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees sent written requests to Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump, Jr. for “all communications to, from or copied” from over 40 names.
  • The list of names reflects the complexity of the Senate’s investigation and points to two clear areas of inquiry. 
    • The June 2016 meeting with the three men, a Russian lawyer and at least four others.
    • Multiple allegations which involve Russian government agents, Trump campaign people, Russian corporations and others as reported in the Christopher Steele dossier.
  • The committees are also looking at Kremlin officials and others under the influence of Putin and their contacts, if any, with the three men.
  • By the deadline of 4 August 2017, the committees had received thousands of pages of documents from the three men.

Below is a key to the persons and entities named in the Senate inquiries with links to more detailed information. (See Senate Judiciary letters to Paul Manafort below) These are arranged by subject matter, though many characters overlap. Continue reading

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The Steele Dossier: Who Knew And When

One of the more puzzling questions in this political universe of odd affairs has to do with what’s called the Steele Dossier and when US officials knew about its existence.

Christopher Steele, contracted first by Republican and then Democratic party entities in 2016 to investigate possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

This packet of information from Christopher Steele, a former spy with Britain’s M16 agency, contains 35 pages of data gleaned from his Russian sources over a six month period extending from June through December 2016.

The dossier is the key to #RussiaGate and all that term encompasses. Its many allegations – some confirmed and others under investigation – trace a connection between Donald Trump and key players in his campaign and Russian actors. It records alleged attempts by the Russian state to deliberately harm the presidential bid of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Steele’s sources, the black op was coordinated, paid and enacted by the Kremlin and Trump campaign staff. Continue reading

The Abbreviated Steele Dossier

Since its appearance some ten months ago, the Steele dossier, a binder of revelations compiled by former UK spy Christopher Steele has been discussed, dissected and investigated by a number of individuals. However for the general public, its contents are still a mystery and references to it draw perplexed sighs or knee jerk reactions. To help demystify this document, I have broken it down into its major sections.

Below is an abbreviated table of contents, divided up chronologically, using Steele’s numbering system and headings. (Some minor editing has been added for consistency.) The information follows the dossier published by BuzzFeed News. Continue reading