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Despite Concerns About Blackmail, Flynn Heard C.I.A. Secrets

CIA Director, Mike PompeoSenior officials across the government became convinced in January that the incoming national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had become vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

At the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — agencies responsible for keeping American secrets safe from foreign spies — career officials agreed that Mr. Flynn represented an urgent problem.

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Georgia special election: 4 takeaways

Karen HandelThe most expensive, closely scrutinized House race ever is over — but its effects are going to ricochet throughout the political landscape for the next year and a half.

Both parties spent the $50 million race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District trying not only to win the seat but to test strategies, messages and ideas. And while Republican Karen Handel’s win over Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday was ultimately a local event, it told us a lot about the national political environment — especially in the House of Representatives, where Democrats hope to challenge for the majority in 2018.

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Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit is giving up Donald Trump’s money laundering records

Trump money launderingLast month FinCEN, the financial crimes unit of the United States Treasury Department, agreed to give the Senate Intelligence Committee access to the financial records it has on Donald Trump.

Then earlier this month the committee publicly complained that the Treasury hadn’t yet cooperated. But after the Senate blocked the appointment of FinCEN’s new boss, it’s now agreed to give up the records – and they could end up taking Trump down.

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FBI Director nominee removed reference to case involving Russian government from law firm bio

Christopher WrayDonald Trump's nominee to be the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, represented an American energy executive in 2006 who was being criminally investigated by the Russian government.

The detail, which was included on Wray's biography on the website of the law firm King and Spalding dating back to 2009, was removed in 2017, according to a KFile review of the Web Archive.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions hires his own lawyer

Sessions lawyers upAttorney General Jeff Sessions has hired a private lawyer, according to multiple reports.

Chuck Cooper is representing Sessions on issues related to the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Cooper reportedly helped to counsel Sessions ahead of his testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says

Flynn did not disclose Saudi connectionFormer National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears to have failed to report a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia on behalf of a U.S./Russia business plan to build nuclear reactors, according to a congressional letter issued Monday requesting documents from the companies he allegedly represented.

The seven-page letter — which contains the signatures of Democratic ranking members of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, but no Republicans — is framed as a request to three companies Flynn allegedly represented in the effort. The joint venture, which the letter notes was first noted in a Newsweek article, involved U.S. companies, a Russian state-sponsored company and Saudi financing, and was geared towards providing “nuclear power to the Arab world.”

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Manafort met with Ukraine associate amid Russian election meddling

Paul ManafortThen-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort met with a Ukrainian business associate who previously served in the Russian army last August, as speculation rose about Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign, the Washington Post reports.

Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik met in a New York City cigar bar and discussed issues including the conflict in Ukraine and unpaid bills from clients, according to a statement from Kilimnik to the Post through Manafort’s attorney.

The statement also says the dinner was the second of two meetings he had with Manafort while Manafort was working for Trump's campaign.

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