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Adam Schiff Refers to Russia Over 30 Times During Senate Impeachment Hearing

Schiff repeated the word “Russia,” “Russian,” or “Russians” over 30 times during his two-hour plus opening speech, according to a rough transcript of the hearing.

Fact Check: Adam Schiff Falsely Claims Trump Conditioned Meeting, and Aid, on Investigations

Fact check – CLAIM: President Donald Trump withheld a White House meeting, and military aid, from Ukraine until it agreed to announce investigations. VERDICT: False. There is no direct evidence of that in the entire House record.

Davos: ‘Russian Spies’ Disguised as Plumbers Attempting to Install Surveillance Equipment Caught by Police

Swiss police caught two Russian men suspected of attempting to install spying equipment for the Kremlin at the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Gabbard Sues Clinton for Calling Her a ‘Russian Asset’

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) on Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit against twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for “carelessly and recklessly” accusing her of being a Russian asset.

“Tulsi Gabbard is running for President of the United States, a position Clinton has long coveted, but has not been able to attain,” Gabbard’s attorney Brian Dunne said in a statement. “Although Rep. Gabbard’s presidential campaign continues to gain momentum, she has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks.”

Gabbard’s lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, says it seeks to hold “political elites” like Clinton accountable for “distorting the truth in the middle of a critical Presidential election.” It also contends that Clinton made her accusations with “obvious malicious intent.”

“The Defamatory Statements have injured Tulsi’s reputation,” the lawsuit says. “As a direct and proximate result of Clinton’s intentional and malicious misconduct, Tulsi has suffered anguish and damage to her reputation, with direct and substantial injury to her positions as United States Congresswoman; Presidential candidate; and officer in the Army National Guard.”

The lawsuit, which estimates the damages to be $50 million and counting, is in response to an October interview in which Clinton claimed President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is preparing the Russian “favorite” Gabbard to run as a third-party candidate.

“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”

“That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not, because she’s also a Russian asset,” Clinton added. “She’s a Russian asset, I mean totally.”

Gabbard responded at the time by calling Clinton the “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”

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Russia Gets New Government in What Putin Calls ‘Major Renewal’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin hold a meeting with members of the new government in Moscow

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Maria Kiselyova

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new government on Tuesday which he described as a break with the past, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining many senior ministers.

The new government included a new economy minister and a new first deputy prime minister, but the finance, foreign, defense, energy and agriculture ministers all kept their jobs.

The new team was formed less than a week after Putin unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system, which led to the resignation of his ally Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with the entire government.

Putin went on to pick 53-year-old former tax chief Mikhail Mishustin, who has almost no political profile, as his new prime minister.

Putin’s wider shake-up, which envisages changing the constitution, is widely seen as preparing the ground for 2024, when Putin, now 67, is obliged to leave the presidency after occupying the Kremlin or the prime minister’s job continuously since 1999.

Critics have long said Putin, a former KGB officer, wants to stay on in some capacity after his term ends so that he can wield power over the world’s largest nation and one of its two biggest nuclear powers.

Tuesday’s new appointments could be intended to reboot the government’s flagging image and shift attention to Putin’s drive to lift falling real incomes and drive ahead with big national infrastructure projects which he hopes will catapult his country into a new economic league.

“The most important task is to increase the welfare of our citizens and strengthen our statehood and the position of our country in the world. All these are absolutely attainable goals,” Putin told the new government.

“We have achieved a very balanced government. We have enough people who worked in the previous government, as well as a major renewal.”

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov all kept their jobs.

“THE LOGIC HAS CHANGED”

Putin named Andrei Belousov, his economy advisor since 2013, as first deputy prime minister, replacing Anton Siluanov who had held the role since May 2018.

Belousov, 60, in 2018 proposed making big metals and mining companies pay a windfall tax, sending their share prices lower, although that proposal was subsequently watered down.

Belousov also made headlines last year when he confirmed his friendship with businessman Artem Avetisyan, whose legal battle with private equity fund Baring Vostok has rattled the business community.

Putin approved 40-year-old Maxim Reshetnikov, a former regional governor, as the new economy minister, replacing Maxim Oreshkin who spent just over three years in the role. Reshetnikov has previously worked in the Moscow mayor’s office.

Putin also replaced the minister of telecommunications. He named Maksut Shadaev, until now a vice president of state telecoms operator Rostelecom, to the role.

Abbas Gallyamov, a former government speech writer, said Putin had removed three people strongly disliked in certain parts of society – the ministers for culture and education, and a deputy prime minister who oversaw sport at the height of a doping scandal.

“Previously the Kremlin said it would appoint who it wanted and didn’t care if people didn’t like their choice,” Gallyamov wrote on social media. “Now the logic has changed and the authorities do not want to irritate society.”

But he said keeping on some political heavyweights, signalled there was little change in direction, adding: “Putin is clearly showing that substantive changes to the regime’s ideology are not planned.”

(Additional reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Andrey Ostroukh, Alexander Marrow, Tom Balmforth, Polina Devitt. Daria Korsunskaya, Maxim Rodionov and Maria Tsvetkova, Writing by Andrew Osborn, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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U.S. Urges China to Join Nuclear Arms Talks With Russia

FILE PHOTO: Trump meets Xi at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan

By Emma Farge

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States urged China on Tuesday to join trilateral nuclear arms talks with Moscow, calling Beijing’s secrecy around growing stockpiles a “serious threat to strategic stability”.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last year he had discussed a new accord on limiting nuclear arms with Russian President Vladimir Putin and hoped to extend that to China in what would be a major deal between the globe’s top three atomic powers. But China has so far refused to take part.

“We think, given the fact that China’s nuclear stockpile is estimated to double over the next ten years, now is the time to have that trilateral discussion,” Robert Wood, U.S. disarmament ambassador, told reporters on the opening day of the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

He said that Washington had discussed the potential trilateral talks in a security meeting with Russia last week and had reached an “understanding” about pursuing them. “We cannot afford to wait,” he added.

Asked how to go about pressuring Beijing to join, Wood said that he hoped Russia, and others, would help. “Hopefully over time and through the influence of others besides the United States, they (China) will come to the table. We think it’s imperative for global security that the Chinese do that.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that Russia would take part in potential trilateral talks but that he “won’t force China to change” its current position.

China has previously said its weapons were the “lowest level” of its national security needs and not comparable to those of Russia and the United States.

The United Nations is seeking the total elimination of nuclear arms but talks have been deadlocked for more than 20 years.

Other talks between the five declared nuclear powers that have ratified the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – China, United States, Russia, France and the United Kingdom – are ongoing and a meeting is planned in London next month.

However, Wood said this was not the right framework for nuclear arms talks with Beijing.

In his speech, China’s disarmament Ambassador Li Song did not refer to its own nuclear stockpiles but called for cooperation among nuclear powers and made a thinly-veiled swipe at the Trump administration.

Li called for a commitment to multilateralism, “with no exceptions, least of all the big power which shoulders a special responsibility for international peace and security and who is not expected to play the role of a ‘spoiler’ to our collective efforts and to withdraw from treaties”.

(Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Maria Kiselyova in Moscow; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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After Russia Hacks Ukrainian Company, Bernie Sanders Finds a Way To Blame Republicans

The Ukrainian energy company Burisma is best known as the one-time employer of Hunter Biden, a man who seems curiously unemployable if you don’t consider his last name. The firm, however, is now at the center of a Russian hacking scandal — and, rather unsurprisingly, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a hot take on it…

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DOJ Hits Comey with New Investigation Over Even More Leaks: Reports

I was under the impression we were done with James Comey, much to the chagrin of Comey himself. The former FBI director never wants us to forget he was once fired by Donald Trump and this was a Really Terrible Thing™. Most recently, he was seen in an Op-Ed talking about the four stages of…

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Entire Russian Government Resigns to Make Way for Putin Power Grab

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made a startling announcement on Wednesday that he and his entire government will resign to get out of President Vladimir Putin’s way as Putin rewrites the Russian constitution.

Email: James Comey Tried to Hide Fact that ‘Pee’ Dossier Wasn’t Corroborated

An email reveals disgraced former FBI director James Comey tried unsuccessfully to change a draft public statement from then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper questioning the reliability of the infamous anti-Trump dossier.