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FBI obtained wiretap conversations of Kremlin-linked banker who met with Trump Jr

Kremlin tapes acquired from Spain given to FBIThe FBI has obtained wiretapped conversations of a Kremlin-linked banker who later met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential election.

Spanish national police provided the FBI with tapes of Russian oligarch Alexander Torshin's phone calls with a convicted Russian money launderer, according to a special prosecutor from Spain's attorney general's office, Yahoo News reported.

“Just a few months ago, the wiretaps of these telephone conversations were given to the FBI,” according to the special prosecutor, José Grinda Gonzalez, speaking at the Hudson Institute on Friday.

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Michael Cohen reportedly met with sanctioned Russian oligarch at Trump Tower shortly before inauguration

Cohen met with Russian oligarch before inauguration

Michael Cohen met with a Kremlin-connected Russian billionaire in Manhattan 11 days before President Trump's inauguration to discuss their mutual interest in improving U.S.-Russia relations, according to a report.

Cohen, Trump's longtime personal fixer and attorney, facilitated the Jan. 9, 2017 meeting in his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower to talk foreign policy with Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch whose closeness to the Kremlin landed him on the Treasury Department's sanctions list earlier this year, Vekselberg's cousin told the New York Times.

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Feds Hid Edits in Right-Wing Video Used to Prosecute Anti-Trump Protesters

Project Veritas withheld cuts made to film

Federal prosecutors hid evidence from anti-Trump activists set to go on trial, two judges ruled this week.

For months, prosecutors have claimed a video by the conservative group Project Veritas proved that anti-Trump activists conspired to riot outside his inauguration. Court rules required the prosecution to disclose all edits made to the Project Veritas video, which purports to show some anti-Trump activists discussing the protest in advance. Instead, prosecutors passed off an edited video as undoctored, a judge ruled Wednesday and a second judge confirmed Thursday.

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FBI informant briefing could speed Trump-Mueller interview, Giuliani says

Guiliani wants info leaked from Congressional briefingTwo highly classified briefings Thursday about an FBI informant who contacted the Trump campaign could help grease the wheels for a highly anticipated interview between President Donald Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told POLITICO.

“We want to see how the briefing went to today and how much we learned from it,” Giuliani said in a Thursday phone call. “If we learned a good deal from it, it will shorten that whole process considerably.”

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Kushner gets permanent security clearance, lawyer says

Kushner gets full clearance

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has attained a permanent security clearance, his lawyer confirmed on Wednesday.

The move marks the end of a protracted, yearlong wait that raised questions about whether Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter and and also a White House adviser, hit a snag in the clearance process over complications from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller is looking into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia related to the 2016 election.

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Trump lawyer Cohen secretly received $400,000 to set up White House talks with Ukraine president

Cohen reeived $400K to set up WH talks with Ukraine

Trump's personal lawyer received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to arrange talks between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, according to a report Wednesday.

The hefty half-a-million payment was made to Michael Cohen by intermediaries acting on behalf of Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the BBC reported.

Poroshenko met briefly with Trump at the White House last June.

The Ukrainian leader had described the Oval Office sit-down as part of a "substantial visit" while the White House called it a "drop-in."

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Judge rules Trump can't block users on Twitter

Twitter posters can't be blocked by TrumpA federal district court judge on Wednesday ruled that President Trump can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed over their political views.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said President Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum and blocking people who reply to his tweets with differing opinions constitutes viewpoint discrimination, which violates the First Amendment.

The court’s ruling is a major win for the Knight Foundation, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of seven people who were blocked from the @realDonaldTrump account because of opinions they expressed in reply tweets.

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