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  Trump ex-campaign chairman “got loan” from Russian billionaire

  Document: Judge Rejects Paul Manafort’s challenge to the Special Counsel’s authority

  Who lost Russia, again?

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  Document: Judge Rejects Paul Manafort’s challenge to the Special Counsel’s authority

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Trump ex-campaign chairman “got loan” from Russian billionaire (Rfe/RL)
Newly released court filings reveal that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort received a $ million loan from Kremlin-connected Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, Reuters reports. The link between Manafort and the influential Russian businessman disclosed on June 27 is closer than any previously uncovered by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Document: Judge Rejects Paul Manafort’s challenge to the Special Counsel’s authority (Victoria Clark, Lawfare)
Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia rejected Paul Manafort’s claim that Special Counsel Robert Mueller lacks the authority to pursue charges against him, denying Manafort’s motion to dismiss the indictment. Reade the full opinion here.

Who lost Russia, again? (Michael Fitzsimmons, War on the Rocks)
May 9 is Victory Day in Russia, commemorating the Nazi surrender in the Great Patriotic War (known elsewhere as World War II). This year, Columbia and New York Universities marked the occasion by hosting a rollicking professorial debate on “The New U.S.-Russian Cold War: Who is to Blame?” The question defines a more significant fault line among Western policymakers and analysts. Is the sorry state of mainly a result of Vladimir Putin’s thuggery and intransigence? Or of America’s unique blend of missionary liberalism and obliviousness to other states’ national interests? (Cont.)

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