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Natasha Bertrand, The Atlantic: An ex-congressman has attracted scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary Committee, as it continues to investigate whether President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election. Curt Weldon, a Republican and former Pennsylvania congressman, lost his re-election campaign more than a decade ago following an FBI probe into his ties to two Russian companies. He has "connections to both Russia and the Trump campaign" that are raising suspicions among senators, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said. Feinstein is the committee's ranking member, and wants to interview Weldon, the spokeswoman said.




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The reasons for the committee's interest in Weldon are murky, but his ties to Russia are significant. Members of Congress believe, for example, that Weldon may lead to answers about why the Trump administration sought to lift sanctions on Russia in the aftermath of the 2016 election despite a public statement by intelligence agencies that the Kremlin tried to help Trump win. Weldon may also have information about the role a Russian oligarch may have played in trying to influence the Trump administration -- though Weldon denied this when I asked him about it.


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Additionally, Weldon appears to have knowledge of a key instance in which a foreign national sought to influence the president through one of his closest advisers -- a central theme of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's election interference... .

Asked how Weldon was connected to the campaign, Feinstein's office would not elaborate, citing the sensitivity of the Judiciary Committee's ongoing investigation. Weldon declined multiple interview requests. But a letter Feinstein sent last year to Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, may provide a clue. In it, Feinstein asked for all of Cohen's communications "to, from, or copied to" Weldon, as well as correspondence "related to" Weldon, along with nearly two dozen other people.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-06-08 10:08 AM | Reply

Geez, who does this remind you of?:

Fast forward to another meeting in Washington, the one in March 2017, where Weldon told my source about Vekselberg's role in the peace plan. Only four or five people were in the room, and the gathering "had nothing do with politics -- it only had to do with Curt [Weldon]'s businesses," this source said. Still, Weldon "couldn't help himself" when the topic of Russia came up. "He started saying, ‘Putin is not that bad. The U.S. is much worse in many ways.' He was very cynical." That's when he started complaining about the peace plan's demise, this source said.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-06-08 10:11 AM | Reply

So many dots, so little time...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-08 10:30 AM | Reply

The "R" after a politicians name no longer stands for Republican, it now stand for Russia.

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-06-10 02:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Launch another investigation. Fine. If that;s all you do, you should expect to lose the next election.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-10 06:07 AM | Reply

I've often speculated how many GOP Congressmen get money from Russia as a way to understand how few of them stand up to Trump on Russia.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-10 08:44 AM | Reply

Russiagate is meant to provide corporate Democrats cover. It advances a narrative that lets the Democrats continue nominating business-friendly neoliberal shills and imperialists who pretend to be progressive while they are owned by the nation's homegrown oligarchs.

The Democrats aren't feckless, inept, or stupid, unable to ‘learn' what it takes to win. They are corrupt. They do not want to win with an authentically progressive program because it would threaten the economic interests of their main corporate donor base ... The Democrats know exactly what they're doing. They have a business model serving the interests of the corporate elite.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-10 09:01 PM | Reply

- Russiagate is meant to provide corporate Democrats cover.

Whew! For a second there I was afraid that maybe Vlad and Donald had something to do with it. Thanks for clearing that up for us. I mean, everyone knows that Russia is as pure as the driven snow, didn't interfere at all in our elections, and that Trump is a real patriot, not a con artist who would sell out his mother, not to mention his country, for the right price... you know, such as the largest hotel in the world in Moscow and more across the old SU.

- They do not want to win with an authentically progressive program

Whew again! They came dangerously close to winning with stealthy progressive policies last time. Close call!


#8 | Posted by Corky at 2018-06-10 09:37 PM | Reply

By a democratic measure Hillary did win. To pretend Russia's interference was greater than Cambridge Analytica or Brad Parscale is laughable. Comey had a larger impact than Russia.

Obama's record speaks for itself: a health care plan written by the insurance industry which guarantees excessive profits for the insurance industry; blindness and forgiveness for Bush and Investment Bank crimes; two more wars. Still, by any measure better than Trump, Bushes, or Reagan.

Comments about corruption within the Democratic Party are distinct from problems within Russia, not to mention Trump, which as you point out are also problematic.

Agreed, the Clintons rhetoric is often progressive, while they undo New Deal regulations and start new wars. Bill is on record laughing about not having to do any favors for unions or blacks because, what are they going to do embrace the Republicans? "stealthy progressive policies" is actually an excellent descriptive.

Get it yet?

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-11 07:40 AM | Reply

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