Indictment Bingo

Indictment Bingo is the game of Bingo except that the Bingo Slots and Bingo Balls are made up of individuals who are subject to Muller's Russia investigation. The game has points assigned to each ball. The points are weighted in scale to how highly the person is a subject of the investigation.  As you play a slot the points are added to your overall score (the score does not equate to anything of tangible value, it's just a game score).    The twist is that each ball may be one of two types, background music or a memorable quote.  As you match slots on your bingo card you can play/toggle the quote or the music associated with the ball.  You can create so great DJ music jam sessions. See how to play.

 

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<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Donald John Trump&nbsp;(born June 14, 1946) is the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">45th</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and current&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">President of the United States</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">After Trump&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismissal_of_James_Comey" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">dismissed</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;FBI Director&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Comey" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">James Comey</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in 2017, the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Justice Department</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;appointed&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Robert Mueller</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_counsel" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">special counsel</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in an&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">investigation</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;into coordination or&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Links_between_Trump_associates_and_Russian_officials" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">links</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;between the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Trump campaign</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian government</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in connection with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian interference in the 2016 elections</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and related matters. Trump has repeatedly denied any such collusion.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Why is he only get 499.9 and not 500 points?&nbsp; It's crazy days and he is for sale.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Here are a few hints on how to interpret key phrase that Trump uses.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc"><li value="1" class="li_D2CF51D6"><p class="NormalWeb p_421966E2"><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot;Believe Me&quot; = &quot;I just lied to you&quot;</span></p></li><li value="2" class="li_D2CF51D6"><p class="NormalWeb p_421966E2"><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot;Many People are saying&quot; = &quot;This is what I'm thinking&quot;</span></p></li><li value="3" class="li_D2CF51D6"><p class="NormalWeb p_421966E2"><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot;Not Many People Knew That&quot; = &quot;I did not know that&quot;</span></p></li><li value="4" class="li_D2CF51D6"><p class="NormalWeb p_421966E2"><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot;That I Can Tell You&quot; = &quot;This is a lie&quot;</span></p></li><li value="5" class="li_D2CF51D6"><p class="NormalWeb p_421966E2"><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot;I'm Really Rich&quot; = &quot;I have been bankrupt six times and now I get all my financing by laundering money for Russian oligarch&quot;</span></p></li><li value="6" class="li_D2CF51D6"><p class="NormalWeb p_421966E2"><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot;I'm Like a Really Smart Person&quot; = &quot;I'm not a smart person&quot;</span></p></li><li value="7" class="li_D2CF51D6"><p class="NormalWeb p_421966E2"><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot;I'm Fight Back&quot; = &quot;I Obstruct Justice&quot;</span></p></li></ul> Donald Trump
Points:499.99, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician serving as the current&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">President of the Russia</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;since 7 May 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008.&nbsp;He was&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Prime Minister of Russia</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from 1999 until the beginning of his first presidency in 2000, and again between presidencies from 2008 until 2012.&nbsp;During his first term as Prime Minister, he served as Acting President of Russia due to the resignation of President&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Yeltsin" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Boris Yeltsin</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.&nbsp;During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the chairman of the ruling&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United Russia</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;party.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Putin was born in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Leningrad</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Soviet Union</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He studied law at</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg_State_University" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Leningrad State University</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, graduating in 1975.&nbsp;Putin was a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KGB" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">KGB</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podpolkovnik" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Lieutenant Colonel</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">before resigning in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Yeltsin" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Boris Yeltsin</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">'s administration, rising quickly through the ranks and becoming</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_President_of_Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Acting President</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">on 31 December 1999, when Yeltsin resigned. Putin won the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_presidential_election,_2000" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2000 presidential election</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">by a 53% to 30% margin, thus avoiding a runoff with his</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_the_Russian_Federation" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Communist Party of the Russian Federation</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">opponent,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gennady_Zyuganov" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Gennady Zyuganov</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.&nbsp;He was&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_presidential_election,_2004" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">reelected President in 2004</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">with 72% of the vote. During his first presidency, the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Russian economy</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">grew for eight straight years, and GDP measured in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">purchasing power</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;increased by 72%. The growth was a result of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000s_commodities_boom" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2000s commodities boom</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_oil_market_chronology_from_2003" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">high oil prices</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and prudent economic and fiscal policies.&nbsp;Because of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">constitutionally</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">mandated</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_limit" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">term limits</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008. The</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_presidential_election,_2008" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2008 presidential election</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">was won by</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Medvedev" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Dmitry Medvedev</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, who appointed Putin as Prime Minister, the beginning of what some opponents considered to be a period of &quot;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandemocracy" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">tandemocracy</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot;.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In September 2011, after presidential terms were extended from four to six years, Putin announced he would seek a third term as president. He won the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_presidential_election,_2012" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">March 2012 presidential election</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;with 64% of the vote, a result which aligned with pre-election polling. Falling oil prices coupled with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_sanctions_during_the_Ukrainian_crisis" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">international sanctions</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">imposed at the beginning of 2014 after</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annexation_of_Crimea_by_the_Russian_Federation" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Russia's annexation of Crimea</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_military_intervention_in_Ukraine_(2014%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">military intervention in Eastern Ukraine</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;led to GDP shrinking by 3.7% in 2015, though the Russian economy rebounded in 2016 with 0.3% GDP growth and is officially out of the recession. Putin gained 76% of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_presidential_election,_2018" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">March 2018 presidential vote</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and was re-elected for a six-year term that will end in 2024.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Under Putin's leadership, Russia has scored poorly in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparency_International" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Transparency International's</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index#2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Corruption Perceptions Index</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and experienced</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_backsliding" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">democratic backsliding</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">according to both the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economist_Intelligence_Unit" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Economist Intelligence Unit</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">'s</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index#Democracy_Index_by_country_(2016)" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Democracy Index</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_House" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Freedom House</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">'s</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_in_the_World" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Freedom in the World</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">index (including a record low 20/100 rating in the 2017 Freedom in the World report, a rating not given since the time of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Soviet Union</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">). Western analysts no longer consider Russia to be a democracy. Human rights organizations and activists have accused him of persecuting political critics and activists, as well as ordering them tortured or assassinated; he has rejected accusations of human rights abuses.&nbsp;Officials of the United States government have accused him of leading&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">an interference program</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">against</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hillary Clinton</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in support of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">during the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">U.S. presidential election in 2016</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, which both Trump and Putin have frequently denied and criticized. Putin has enjoyed high domestic approval ratings during his career (mostly above 70%) and received extensive international attention as one of the world's most powerful leaders.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Vladimir Putin
Points:100, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_6555B096">Donald John Trump Jr</span><span class="s_F544DAEA">. (born December 31, 1977) is an American businessman and former reality television personality. He is the eldest child of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his first wife, Ivana.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Trump Jr. campaigned for his father's presidential campaign. Since his father's victory, he has developed a &quot;public persona as a right-wing provocateur and ardent defender of Trumpism.&quot;He has faced criticism following the 2017 revelation of a meeting with a Russian lawyer, with the promise of receiving damaging information about the campaign of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">He has also received attention for promoting various conspiracy theories.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Trump Jr. currently works alongside his brother Eric as a trustee and executive director of a trust that controls The Trump Organization, a trust that was established to oversee all his father's assets during the latter's presidency.</span></p> Donald Trump Jr
Points:90, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Eric Frederick Trump</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">(born January 6, 1984) is an American businessman, philanthropist, and former</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_television" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">reality television</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">personality. He is the third child and second son of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">President of the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivana_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ivana Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Alongside his older brother</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_Jr." target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump Jr.</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, he serves as a</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trustee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">trustee</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trump_Organization" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">The Trump Organization</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">A fourth-generation businessman who followed in the footsteps of his great-grandmother</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Elizabeth Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">(who founded the company), grandfather</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fred Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and father, Trump has served as a longtime executive vice president of the firm; Trump and his brother Donald Jr. are currently running the company during their father's administration. From 2007 to 2016, he led The Eric Trump Foundation, a charity that raised money for</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Jude_Children%27s_Research_Hospital" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">St. Jude Children's Research Hospital</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. In June 2017, it was reported that the Eric Trump Foundation shifted a portion of that money to the Trump Organization ostensibly to cover the expenses of various fundraising events, though charity experts say there was no reasonable cost justification. Trump denies any wrongdoing and pledges to cooperate with any official review of the matter.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Eric Trump
Points:90, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Ivana Marie</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;&quot;</span><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Ivanka</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot;&nbsp;</span><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Trump</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;( born October 30, 1981) is an American businesswoman, fashion designer, author and reality television personality. She is the daughter of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">President of the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and former model&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivana_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ivana Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Ivanka is her father's senior advisor and is also the first Jewish member of a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Family_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">First Family</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, having converted after marrying her husband,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Kushner" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Jared Kushner</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Trump is a fourth generation businessperson who followed in the footsteps of her great-grandmother</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Christ_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Elizabeth Christ Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">(who founded the company), grandfather</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fred Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and father Donald Trump. Ivanka was an executive vice president of the family-owned</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trump_Organization" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">The Trump Organization</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. She was also a boardroom judge on her father's TV show</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apprentice_(U.S._TV_series)" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Apprentice</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. She moved to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C." target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Washington, D.C.</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in January 2017 after her husband was appointed</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senior_Advisor_to_the_President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Senior Advisor to the President</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Starting in March 2017, she began serving in her father's</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">presidential administration</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. She assumed this official, unpaid position after ethics concerns were raised about her having access to classified material while not being held to the same restrictions as a federal employee. She was considered part of the president's inner circle even before becoming an official employee in his administration.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Ivanka Trump
Points:90, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Jared Corey Kushner</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born January 10, 1981) is an American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher who is currently&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senior_Advisor_to_the_President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">senior advisor</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;to his&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father-in-law" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">father-in-law</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">President of the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Kushner is the elder son of real-estate developer&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kushner" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Charles Kushner</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and is married to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivanka_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ivanka Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, President Trump's daughter and advisor. He was chief executive officer of the real-estate holding and development company&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushner_Companies" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Kushner Companies</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observer_Media" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Observer Media</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, publisher of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Observer" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">New York Observer</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He is the co-founder and part owner of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadre_(company)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Cadre</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, an online real-estate investment platform.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">During the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 Trump presidential campaign</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Kushner helped develop and run Trump's digital media strategy. On January 9, 2017, Kushner was named as a senior White House advisor. He consequently resigned as CEO of Kushner Companies, and as publisher of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">Observer</span><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Kushner has said he had four meetings with Russians during the 2016 campaign and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_transition_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">presidential transition</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and says that none of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Links_between_Trump_associates_and_Russian_officials" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">those Russian contacts</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;were improper. He works in the White House based on an interim security clearance, having yet to pass a comprehensive background investigation.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_F55B4646">Russian investigation</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_A9722CE2"><span class="s_C53127D1">Main articles:</span><span class="s_C53127D1">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections</span></a><span class="s_C53127D1">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">and</span><span class="s_C53127D1">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_campaign%E2%80%93Russian_meetings" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Trump campaign&ndash;Russian meetings</span></a></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">To hold his position in the Trump administration, Kushner is required to obtain and keep a top-secret security clearance, which, among other things, has required him to fill out &quot;Standard Form 86: Questionnaire for National Security Positions&quot;.&nbsp;Kushner's initial SF-86 form did not disclose any meetings with foreign government officials, and Kushner did not personally verify the correctness of the information on his form. As such, Kushner failed to disclose that he had met in December 2016 with Russian officials, including Ambassador Kislyak and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Gorkov" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Sergei Gorkov</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, chairman of a Russian government-owned bank,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vnesheconombank" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Vnesheconombank</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(VEB). Former White House Press Secretary&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Spicer" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Sean Spicer</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">has stated that Kushner met with Gorkov briefly as part of his role in the transition, and as a diplomatic conduit to the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_State" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">State Department</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. However, VEB has stated that Gorkov met with Kushner on a private matter concerning his family's real estate corporation, Kushner Companies, even though VEB has been under&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_sanctions_during_the_Ukrainian_crisis#Third" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">international sanctions since July 2014</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. In April 2017, it was reported that Kushner's lawyer has called the omission from his security clearance form an oversight. In July 2017, media reported that for his security clearance, Kushner had recently filed a revised version of the form disclosing his contact with foreign nationals, and that it was via this disclosure that government officials first learned of the June 2016&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_campaign%E2%80%93Russian_meeting" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump campaign&ndash;Russian meeting</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and Kushner's role in it. Failure to disclose such contacts can cause revocation of a security clearance, while knowingly doing so can result in imprisonment.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In June 2016 an agent of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emin_Agalarov" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Emin Agalarov</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">reportedly offered</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_Jr." target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump Jr.</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Kushner's brother-in-law, compromising information on</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hillary Clinton</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from the Russian government if he met with a lawyer connected to the Kremlin.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_campaign%E2%80%93Russian_meeting" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">A meeting took place on June 9, 2016</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and included Kushner, Trump Jr., and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Manafort" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Paul Manafort</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, who was then chairman of the presidential campaign, who met with</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalia_Veselnitskaya" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Natalia Veselnitskaya</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">at</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_Tower" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump Tower</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. According to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinat_Akhmetshin" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Rinat Akhmetshin</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, who was also present at the meeting, Veselnitskaya claimed to have evidence of &quot;violations of Russian law by a Democratic donor&quot;, and that the &quot;Russian lawyer described her findings at the meeting and left a document about them with Trump Jr. and the others&quot;. The&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_National_Committee_cyber_attacks" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Democratic National Committee cyber attacks</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;were revealed later that week. </span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In December 2016, U.S. intelligence officials who were monitoring Kislyak reportedly overheard him relaying to Moscow a request from Kushner to establish a &quot;secret and secure communications channel&quot; with the Kremlin using Russian diplomatic facilities. Kislyak reportedly was &quot;taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate - a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team&quot;.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In July 2017 Kushner appeared before both the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Intelligence_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">House</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senate_Intelligence_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Senate</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;intelligence committees in closed session as part of their investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He also released a public statement. In October 2017 the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senate_Judiciary_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Senate Judiciary Committee</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;requested numerous documents from Kushner. Kushner's attorneys gave the committee many documents on November 3, but the committee followed up on November 16 with a request for many additional documents it said had not been produced.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In early November 2017 Kushner was interviewed by investigators from Special Counsel&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Robert Mueller</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">'s office. Reportedly the interview focused on former National Security Advisor</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Flynn" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Michael Flynn</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. On December 1 Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, as part of a plea bargain.&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">Bloomberg</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;reported that Kushner is most likely the &quot;senior member of the Trump transition team,&quot; mentioned in Flynn's plea documents, who is said to have ordered Flynn to contact Russia.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Jared Kushner
Points:90, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Michael Thomas Flynn</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born December 1958) is a retired&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States Army</span></a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_General_(United_States)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Lieutenant General</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;who served in the U.S. Army for 33 years, from 1981 until 2014. In January 2017 he briefly served as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Advisor_(United_States)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">National Security Advisor</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._President" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">U.S. President</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. In December 2017 he pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">FBI</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felony" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">felony</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">) about contacts he had with the Russian government during&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_transition_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump's presidential transition</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Flynn's military career included a key role in shaping U.S. counterterrorism strategy and dismantling insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he was given numerous</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combat_arms" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">combat arms</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, conventional, and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_operations" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">special operations</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">senior intelligence assignments. He was appointed by President&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Barack Obama</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">as the eighteenth</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_the_Defense_Intelligence_Agency" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">director of the Defense Intelligence Agency</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, serving from July 2012 to his retirement from the military in August 2014. After leaving the military, he established Flynn Intel Group, which has provided intelligence services for businesses and governments, including ones in Turkey.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Flynn briefly served as the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Advisor_(United_States)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">National Security Advisor</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">for President</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, from January 20 to February 13, 2017. He resigned after information surfaced that he had misled Vice President&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pence" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Mike Pence</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">about the nature and content of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kislyak" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Sergey Kislyak</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.Flynn's tenure of just 24 days was the shortest in the office's history.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On April 27, 2017, the Pentagon inspector general announced an investigation into whether Flynn had accepted money from foreign governments without the required approval.&nbsp;Flynn initially refused to hand over&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subpoena" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">subpoenaed</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">documents to the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senate_Intelligence_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Senate Intelligence Committee</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, pleading the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fifth Amendment</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;against self-incrimination, but a compromise with the committee was worked out. On December 1, 2017, Flynn appeared in federal court to formalize a deal with Special Counsel&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Robert Mueller</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">to plead guilty to a single felony count of &quot;willfully and knowingly&quot;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">making &quot;false, fictitious and fraudulent statements&quot;</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;to the FBI. He confirmed his intention to cooperate with the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Special Counsel's investigation</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_C5897952">Consulting firm</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Flynn, with his son Michael G. Flynn, ran the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_Intel_Group_Inc" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Flynn Intel Group Inc</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, which provided intelligence services for businesses and governments before closing in 2016.&nbsp;The company was founded in the fall of 2014, and restarted in June 2015 as a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_General_Corporation_Law" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Delaware company</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Flynn was paid over $65,000 by companies connected to Russia in 2015, including $11,250 from both</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volga-Dnepr_Airlines" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Volga-Dnepr Airlines</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and the U.S. subsidiary of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaspersky_Lab" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Kaspersky Lab</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Other clients included&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palo_Alto_Networks" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Palo Alto Networks</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Partners" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Francisco Partners</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Brainwave Science and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Systems" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Adobe Systems</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">While working as a consultant Flynn served on the board of several organizations, including GreenZone Systems, Patriot Capital, Brainwave, Drone Aviation and OSY Technologies. Subsidiaries of the Flynn Intel Group included FIG Cyber Inc, headed by Timothy Newberry, and FIG Aviation.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_F55B4646">Foreign agent</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In July 2016, Flynn spoke at a meeting of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACT!_for_America" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">ACT! for America</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">at a point when the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Turkish_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_attempt" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 Turkish coup d'&eacute;tat attempt</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">against</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Turkish</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">President</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Recep Tayyip Erdogan</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;was still underway. He spoke favorably of the coup participants, saying that Erdogan had been moving Turkey away from secularism and towards Islamism, and that participants in the coup wanted Turkey to be and to be seen as a secular nation&mdash;a goal &quot;worth clapping for.&quot;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">By the end of September 2016, Flynn's consulting company was hired by Inovo BV, a company owned by Kamil Ekim Alptekin, the Chair of the Turkish-American Business Council, which is an arm of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK).</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On November 8 (election day in the United States), an op-ed written by Flynn was published by</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hill_(newspaper)" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Hill</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, calling for U.S. backing for Erdogan's government and criticizing the regime's opponent,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fethullah_G%C3%BClen" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fethullah G&uuml;len</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, alleging that G&uuml;len headed a &quot;vast global network&quot; that fitted &quot;the description of a dangerous sleeper terror network&quot;.&nbsp;At the time, Flynn did not disclose that his consulting firm had received funds from a company with ties to the Turkish government. After Flynn's ties had been disclosed by&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Caller" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Daily Caller</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politico" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Politico</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and others, the editor of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">The Hill</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">added a note to Flynn's op-ed, stating that Flynn had failed to disclose that he had been engaged at the time in &quot;consulting work that might have aided the government of Turkey,&quot; that his firm had received payments from a company with close ties to the Turkish government, or that the company had reviewed the draft of the op-ed before it was submitted to</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">The Hill</span><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On March 8, 2017, Flynn registered with the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Justice Department</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">as a</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Agents_Registration_Act" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">foreign agent</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;for $530,000 worth of lobbying work before election day. This work was done on behalf of a Dutch-based company that may have been working for the Turkish government.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On March 24, 2017, former</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_the_Central_Intelligence_Agency" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Director of the CIA</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._James_Woolsey_Jr." target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">James Woolsey</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">said that in September 2016 Flynn, while working for the Trump presidential campaign, had attended a meeting in a New York hotel with Turkish officials including foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and energy minister Berat Albayrak, son-in-law of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and had discussed abducting</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fethullah_G%C3%BClen" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fethullah G&uuml;len</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and sending him to Turkey, bypassing the U.S. extradition legal process.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Flynn sat in on classified national security briefings with then-candidate Trump at the same time that Flynn was working for foreign clients, which raises ethical concerns and conflicts of interest. Flynn was paid at least $5,000 to serve as a consultant to a U.S.-Russian project to build 40 nuclear reactors across the Middle East, which Flynn's failure to disclose was flagged by Representatives&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_Cummings" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Elijah Cummings</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Engel" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Eliot Engel</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;as a possible violation of federal law.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_C5897952">Attendance at RT gala dinner</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On December 10, 2015, Flynn attended a gala dinner in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Moscow</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in honor of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">RT</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(formerly &quot;Russia Today&quot;), a Russian government-owned English-language media outlet, on which he made semi-regular appearances as an analyst after he retired from U.S. government service. Flynn sat next to Russian President&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Vladimir Putin</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">at the dinner, leading journalist</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Crowley_(journalist)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Michael Crowley</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politico" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Politico</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;to report that &quot;at a moment of semi-hostility between the U.S. and Russia, the presence of such an important figure at Putin's table startled&quot; U.S. officials. As part of the festivities, Flynn gave a talk on world affairs for which he was paid at least $45,000.&nbsp;Flynn defended the RT payment in an interview with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Isikoff" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Michael Isikoff</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Flynn#cite_note-Isikoff-61" target="_blank"><sup><span class="s_D0DD816F">[</span></sup></a></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On February 1, 2017, the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranking_member" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">ranking Democratic members</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">on six House committees sent a letter to Secretary of Defense</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mattis" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">James Mattis</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, requesting a</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Defense" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Department of Defense</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">investigation into Flynn's connection to RT. The legislators expressed concern that Flynn had violated the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Emoluments_Clause" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Foreign Emoluments Clause</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">U.S. Constitution</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;by accepting money from RT.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><sup><span class="s_D0DD816F"> </span></sup><span class="s_59ED5017">A 2017 report by the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Intelligence_Community" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States Intelligence Community</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">characterized RT as &quot;The Kremlin&rsquo;s principal international propaganda outlet&quot; and said that</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_America" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">RT America</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">is set up as an autonomous nonprofit organization &quot;to avoid the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Agents_Registration_Act" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Foreign Agents Registration Act</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot;. </span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">As a retired military intelligence officer, Flynn was required to obtain prior permission from the Defense Department and the State Department before receiving any money from foreign governments. Flynn apparently did not seek that approval before the RT speech, and he did not report the payment when he applied for renewal of his security clearance two months later.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_A._Fine" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Glenn A. Fine</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the acting</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_the_Inspector_General,_U.S._Department_of_Defense" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Defense Department Inspector General</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, has confirmed he is investigating Flynn.</span><sup><span class="s_D0DD816F"></span></sup></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_D0DD816F">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_C5897952">2016 U.S. presidential election</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_5437F58F"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Michael_Flynn_(30020745053).jpg" target="_blank"><img width="220" height="147" 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href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Michael_Flynn_(30020745053).jpg" target="_blank"></a><br><span class="s_99F38A8D">Flynn at a campaign rally for then-Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, in October 2016</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Having already been consulted regarding national security by Fiorina as well as other candidates, including</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Walker_(politician)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Scott Walker</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Carson" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ben Carson</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ted Cruz</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Flynn was asked in February 2016 to serve as an adviser to the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump campaign</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In July 2016, it was reported he was being considered as Trump's</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_mate" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">running mate</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">; Flynn later confirmed that he had submitted</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_vice_presidential_candidate_selection,_2016#Vetting_process_and_selection" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">vetting documents</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">to the campaign and, although a registered Democrat, was willing to accept the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Republican</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">vice-presidential nomination if chosen. However, Trump instead selected&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_of_Indiana" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Indiana Governor</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pence" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Mike Pence</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">As one of the keynote speakers during the first night of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Republican_National_Convention" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 Republican National Convention</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Flynn gave what the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Times" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Los Angeles Times</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;described as a &quot;fiery&quot; speech, in which he stated: &quot;We are tired of Obama's empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric. This, this has caused the world to have no respect for America's word, nor does it fear our might&quot;; he accused Obama of choosing to conceal the actions of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_bin_Laden" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Osama bin Laden</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Flynn went on to criticize&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politically_correct" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">political correctness</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">and joined the crowd in a chant of &quot;U-S-A! U-S-A!&quot;. During the chants he told those in the audience, &quot;Get fired up! This is about our country.&quot;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">During the speech, Flynn launched a blistering attack on Democratic nominee</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hillary Clinton</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He led the crowd in chants of &quot;Lock her up!&quot;; during one of those chants, he encouraged the crowd to keep it up, saying, &quot;Damn right! Exactly right! There is nothing wrong with that!&quot; He called for Clinton to withdraw from the race, saying that &quot;if I did a tenth of what she did, I'd be in jail today.&quot; He repeated in subsequent interviews that she should be &quot;locked up&quot;. While campaigning for Trump, Flynn also referred to Clinton as the &quot;enemy camp&quot;. Six days after the speech, Flynn stirred up a controversy by retweeting&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Semitic" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">anti-Semitic</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;remarks, which he later apologized for and claimed were unintentional. During the election campaign, Flynn used Twitter to post links to negative stories about Clinton, like the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizzagate_conspiracy_theory" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Pizzagate conspiracy theory</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Flynn was once opposed to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterboarding" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">waterboarding</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and other extreme interrogation techniques that have now been banned; however, according to an August 2016</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">Washington Post</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;article, he said at one point, in the context of Trump's apparent openness to reinstating such techniques, that &quot;he would be reluctant to take options off the table.&quot; In May 2016, Flynn was asked by an&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jazeera" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Al Jazeera</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;reporter if he would support Trump's stated plan to &quot;take out [the] families&quot;&nbsp;of people suspected of being involved in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">terrorism</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. In response, Flynn stated, &quot;I would have to see the circumstances of that situation.&quot;In an interview with&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">Al Jazeera</span><span class="s_59ED5017">, Flynn criticized the U.S. reliance on drones as a &quot;failed strategy&quot;, stating that &quot;what we have is this continued investment in conflict. The more weapons we give, the more bombs we drop, that just ... fuels the conflict.&quot;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Michael Flynn
Points:90, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Michael Richard Pence</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Vice_Presidents_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">48th</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and current&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice_President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Vice President of the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, since January 20, 2017. He previously was the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Indiana" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">50th</span></a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_of_Indiana" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Governor of Indiana</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from 2013 to 2017 and a member of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States House of Representatives</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from 2001 to 2013.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Born and raised in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus,_Indiana" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Columbus, Indiana</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Pence graduated from</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanover_College" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hanover College</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and earned a law degree from the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_University_Robert_H._McKinney_School_of_Law" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">before entering private practice. After losing two bids for a U.S.</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Member_of_Congress" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">congressional seat</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in 1988 and 1990, he became a conservative radio and television talk show host from 1994 to 1999. Pence was elected to the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Congress" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States Congress</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">in 2000 and represented</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana%27s_2nd_congressional_district" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Indiana's 2nd congressional district</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana%27s_6th_congressional_district" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Indiana's 6th congressional district</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States House of Representatives</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">from 2001 to 2013. He served as the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Conference_Chairman_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">chairman</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Republican_Conference" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">House Republican Conference</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from 2009 to 2011. Pence positioned himself as a &quot;principled conservative&quot; and supporter of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_movement" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Tea Party movement</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, stating that he was &quot;a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.&quot;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Upon becoming</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_of_Indiana" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Governor of Indiana</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in January 2013, Pence initiated the largest</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_cut" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">tax cut</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Indiana</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">'s history and pushed for more funding for education initiatives. Pence signed bills intended to restrict abortions, including one that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus's race, gender, or disability. After Pence signed the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Freedom_Restoration_Act_(Indiana)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Religious Freedom Restoration Act</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, he encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">LGBT</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">advocates. Shortly thereafter, he signed legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and other criteria.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On November 8, 2016, Pence was elected as</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice_President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Vice President</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, after he dropped out of his</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_gubernatorial_election,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">gubernatorial reelection campaign</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in July to become the vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential nominee</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, who went on to win the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">presidential election</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Mike Pence
Points:90, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_6555B096">Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III&nbsp;</span><span class="s_F544DAEA">(born December 24, 1946) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the 84th and current&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attorney_General_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Attorney General of the United States</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;since 2017. Sessions was a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">United States Senator</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;from&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Alabama</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;from 1997 to 2017, serving as a member of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Republican Party</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">From 1981 to 1993, he served as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_District_Court_for_the_Southern_District_of_Alabama" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. Sessions was nominated in 1986 to be a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, but was not confirmed. Sessions was elected&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attorney_General_of_Alabama" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Attorney General of Alabama</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in 1994, and to the U.S. Senate in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Alabama,_1996" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">1996</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, being re-elected in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Alabama,_2002" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2002</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Alabama,_2008" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2008</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Alabama,_2014" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2014</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. During his time in Congress, Sessions was considered one of the most&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatism_in_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">conservative</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;members of the U.S. Senate.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">An early supporter of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, Sessions was nominated by Trump for the post of U.S. Attorney General. He was confirmed on February 8, 2017, with a 52&ndash;47 vote in the Senate, and was sworn in on February 9, 2017.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">In his Attorney General confirmation hearings, Sessions stated, while under oath, that he did not have contact with Russian officials during the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2016 presidential campaign</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and that he was unaware of any contacts between Trump campaign members and Russian officials. However, in March 2017, news reports revealed that Sessions had twice met with Russian Ambassador&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kislyak" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Sergey Kislyak</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in 2016. Sessions subsequently recused himself from any investigations into&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_presidential_election" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, while some Democratic lawmakers called for his resignation. In testimony before the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Intelligence_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">House Intelligence Committee</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in November 2017,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Page" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Carter Page</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;declared that he had notified Sessions about his contacts with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kremlin" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Kremlin</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;officials in July 2016, contradicting Sessions's earlier denials.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">As U.S. Attorney General, Sessions overturned a memo delivered by one of his predecessors,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Eric Holder</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, that had sought to curb&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_incarceration" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">mass incarceration</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;by avoiding&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandatory_sentencing" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">mandatory sentencing</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, and has ordered federal prosecutors to begin seeking the maximum criminal charges possible. Sessions signed an order adopting&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_asset_forfeiture" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">civil asset forfeiture</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, which allows law enforcement to seize the property of those suspected but not charged with crimes. A staunch opponent of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigration" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">illegal immigration</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, Sessions has taken a hard-line on so-called&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_cities" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">sanctuary cities</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and has told reporters that cities failing to comply with federal immigration policy would lose federal funding.&nbsp;Sessions supports allowing the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Department of Justice</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;to prosecute providers of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_marijuana" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">medical marijuana</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.</span></p> Jeff Sessions
Points:75, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Stephen Kevin Bannon</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born November 27, 1953) is an American media executive, political figure, former investment banker, and the former executive chairman of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breitbart_News" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Breitbart News</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He served as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Chief_Strategist" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House Chief Strategist</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">administration</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">U.S. President</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;during the first seven months of Trump's term.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Bannon was an officer in the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States Navy</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">for seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After his military service, he worked at</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldman_Sachs" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Goldman Sachs</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">as an</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investment_banker" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">investment banker</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and left as vice president. In 1993, he became acting director of the research project</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biosphere_2" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Biosphere 2</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. In the 1990s, he became an executive producer in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hollywood</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and produced 18 films between 1991 and 2016. In 2007, he co-founded</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breitbart_News" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Breitbart News</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, a</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far-right" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">far-right</span></a><span class="s_6D12C143"> </span><span class="s_59ED5017">website which he described in 2016 as &quot;the platform for the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt-right" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">alt-right</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot;.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In August 2016, Bannon was named the chief executive officer of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump's 2016 presidential bid</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Appointed Chief Strategist in the Trump administration, he left this position on August 18, 2017 and rejoined Breitbart. After leaving the White House, Bannon opposed the establishment Republican party and supported insurgent candidates in Republican primaries. After&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Moore" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Roy Moore</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, supported by Bannon, lost the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Alabama,_2017" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2017 United States Senate election in Alabama</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Bannon's reputation as a political strategist was questioned. In January 2018, Bannon was disavowed by Trump for critical comments reported in the book&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_and_Fury" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Fire and Fury</span></a><sup><span class="s_D0DD816F">[</span></sup><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and left Breitbart.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">After leaving the White House, Bannon has campaigned and helped various European political movements. These include France's</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Front_(France)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">National Front</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Hungary's&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidesz" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fidesz</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_for_Germany" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Alternative for Germany</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the Dutch&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_for_Freedom" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Party for Freedom</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the Italian&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lega_Nord" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Northern League</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Party_of_Austria" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Freedom Party of Austria</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_People%27s_Party" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Swiss People's Party</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and the pan-European&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identitarian_movement" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">identitarian movement</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Bannon believes that the aforementioned movements, along with Japan&rsquo;s&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinzo_Abe" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Shinzo Abe</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, India&rsquo;s</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narendra_Modi" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Narendra Modi</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Russia's</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Vladimir Putin</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, China's</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi_Jinping" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Xi Jinping,</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and America's</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, as well as similar leaders in Egypt, the Philippines, Poland, and South Korea, are part of a global shift towards nationalism.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">A self-described</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_nationalism" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">economic nationalist</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Bannon advocates for</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_reduction" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">reductions in immigration</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;restrictions on free trade with China and Mexico, and an increased&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_income_tax" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">federal income tax</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;for those earning incomes of over $5 million a year. Bannon is a skeptic of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_intervention" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">military intervention</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">abroad and has opposed proposals for the expansion of U.S. involvement in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Afghanistan</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Syria</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Venezuela</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He has been described by some as a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_nationalist" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">white nationalist</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;but rejects the description. According to conservative commentator&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_A._French" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">David French</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Bannon has &quot;done more than any other person to introduce the ... alt-right into mainstream American life&quot;.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Steve Bannon
Points:75, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_6555B096">Paul Manafort</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">FBI and special counsel investigation&nbsp; </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Main article:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Special Counsel investigation (2017&ndash;present)</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA"> </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">The FBI reportedly began a criminal investigation into Manafort in 2014, shortly after Yanukovich was deposed. That investigation predated the 2016 election by several years and is ongoing. In addition, Manafort is also a person of interest in the FBI counterintelligence probe looking into the Russian government's interference in the 2016 presidential election.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">On January 19, 2017, the eve of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inauguration_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Trump's presidential inauguration</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, it was reported that Manafort was under active investigation by multiple federal agencies including the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Intelligence_Agency" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Central Intelligence Agency</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">National Security Agency</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Federal Bureau of Investigation</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;(FBI),&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_National_Intelligence" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Director of National Intelligence</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_Crimes_Enforcement_Network" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">financial crimes unit of the Treasury Department</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.&nbsp;Investigations were said to be based on intercepted Russian communications as well as financial transactions.&nbsp;It was later confirmed that Manafort was wiretapped by the FBI &quot;before and after the [2016] election&nbsp;... including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.&quot; The surveillance of Manafort began in 2014, before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of United States.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Special Counsel</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Robert Mueller</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, who was appointed on May 17, 2017 by the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Justice Department</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;to oversee the investigation into&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and related matters, took over the existing criminal probe involving Manafort.&nbsp;On July 26, 2017, the day after Manafort's&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_Select_Committee_on_Intelligence" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;hearing and the morning of his planned hearing before the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_Committee_on_the_Judiciary" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, FBI agents at Mueller's direction conducted a &quot;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-knock_warrant" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">no-knock</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&quot; pre-dawn raid on Manafort's&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria,_Virginia" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Alexandria, Virginia</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;home, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, in regard to the Russian meddling in the 2016 election.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Paul Manafort
Points:50, Indictments:32
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Reinhold Richard</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot;</span><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Reince</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Priebus</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born March 18, 1972) is an American lawyer and politician who served as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Office" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_chief_of_staff" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">chief of staff</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">for</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">President</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">from January 20, 2017, until July 31, 2017. He also served as the chairman of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_National_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Republican National Committee (RNC)</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">from 2011 to 2017.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Raised in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Wisconsin</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Priebus graduated from the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Miami_School_of_Law" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">University of Miami School of Law</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">in 1998. After working for the law firm</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Best_%26_Friedrich_LLP" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Michael Best &amp; Friedrich LLP</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Priebus was elected as the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party in 2007. In 2009, he became the general counsel for the Republican National Committee. He won the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_National_Committee_chairmanship_election,_2011" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2011 Republican National Committee chairmanship election</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and took office in January 2011. As chairman, Priebus was the public face of the party and frequently criticized the policies of President</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Barack Obama</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He presided over the Republican Party during the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2012</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">presidential elections.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Priebus publicly criticized Trump during the early stages of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_presidential_primaries,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 Republican presidential primaries</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, but he later called for party unity. He opposed efforts to deny Trump the nomination at the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Republican_National_Convention" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 Republican National Convention</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and supported his presidential campaign in the general election. Days after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Trump announced that Priebus would serve as his first Chief of Staff. On July 28, 2017, President Trump announced that he would make</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeland_Security_Secretary" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Homeland Security Secretary</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kelly" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">John Kelly</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;the chief of staff, after Priebus submitted his resignation on July 27. Priebus had the shortest tenure of any non-interim White House Chief of Staff in American history. Priebus' last day in the position was July 31 when Kelly was sworn in. Priebus drew controversy for his management style as chief of staff.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Reince Priebus
Points:50, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Sebastian Luk&aacute;cs Gorka</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_language" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hungarian</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">:&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">Gorka Sebesty&eacute;n Luk&aacute;cs</span><span class="s_59ED5017">) (born 1970) is a British-born&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Americans" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hungarian-American</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;military and intelligence analyst, who was a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deputy_Assistant_to_the_President" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">deputy assistant</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;to US President&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;in 2017. He served from January 2017 until August 25, 2017, when, according to Gorka, he resigned because he believed White House officials were undermining the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_America_Great_Again" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Make America Great Again</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;platform. Other sources reported that he had been asked to leave the administration. He is currently a Fox News contributor.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Gorka was born in the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United Kingdom</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">to</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungary" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hungarian</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;parents, lived in Hungary from 1992 to 2008, and in 2012 became a naturalized American citizen. Gorka has written for a variety of publications, is generally considered politically&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatism" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">conservative</span></a><span class="s_6D12C143"> </span><span class="s_59ED5017">and has ties to the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt-right" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">alt-right</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. During his time in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump administration</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Gorka gave a series of combative interviews with the press in which he defended the administration's positions on national security and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_policy_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">foreign policy</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Various national security scholars in academic and policymaking circles have characterized Gorka as</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fringe_science" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">fringe</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Some critics have challenged his academic credentials, his views on</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Islam</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radicalization" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">radicalization</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&mdash;as well as his motives for identifying with the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Vit%C3%A9z" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Order of Vit&eacute;z</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">or supporting the EU-banned</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magyar_G%C3%A1rda" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Hungarian Guard</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In January 2017, Gorka was appointed deputy assistant to the president in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Office" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He was a member of a White House team known as the Strategic Initiatives Group, which was set up by White House advisors&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bannon" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Steve Bannon</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Kushner" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Jared Kushner</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. The Strategic Initiatives Group never got off the ground, and Gorka failed to obtain the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_clearance" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">security clearance</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;necessary for work on national security issues. Questions were raised as to what the precise roles and duties of Gorka were within the Trump administration.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In April 2017,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Examiner" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Washington Examiner</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;reported that the Trump administration was planning to move Gorka to a role outside the White House;&nbsp;however, in May 2017&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Beast" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Daily Beast</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;reported that Trump and Bannon had intervened to retain Gorka in his position.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On August 25, 2017, Gorka's White House tenure ended, one week after Bannon's departure. Gorka stated that he had resigned because White House officials were &quot;undermining&quot; the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_America_Great_Again" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Make America Great Again</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(MAGA) Platform. The White House disputed his claim that he resigned and confirmed he was no longer employed there and did not have further access to the White House grounds.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Seb Gorka
Points:30.5, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Alex R. van der Zwaan&nbsp;(&nbsp; born September 1984)is a Belgian-born Dutch attorney, formerly with the London branch of New York-based international law firm&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skadden,_Arps,_Slate,_Meagher_%26_Flom" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &amp; Flom</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. In February 2018 he&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plea" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">pleaded guilty</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Special Counsel investigation</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;into&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">In February 2018, Van der Zwaan was charged with lying to the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">FBI</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Special Counsel</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Robert Mueller</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">'s investigators about his interactions with political consultant and lobbyist&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Gates_(political_consultant)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Rick Gates</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and an unidentified Ukrainian-based long-term associate of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Manafort" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Paul Manafort</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. On February 20, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">making a false statement</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;to investigators.&nbsp;On April 3, 2018, he was sentenced to 30 days in prison and fined $20,000.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">The&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Justice_(Ukraine)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Ukrainian Ministry of Justice</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;was his firm's client and central to the indictment. In 2017, Skadden Arps refunded $567,000 billed by the firm to the Government of Ukraine. </span></p> Alex van der Zwaan
Points:25, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_A43897F6"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Carter William Page</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born June 3, 1971) is an American&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_industry" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">petroleum industry</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;consultant and former foreign-policy adviser to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;during his&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 Presidential election campaign</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Page is the founder and managing partner of Global Energy Capital, a one-man investment fund and consulting firm specializing in the Russian and Central Asian oil and gas business. He has been a focus of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2017 Special Counsel investigation</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;into&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Links_between_Trump_associates_and_Russian_officials" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">links between Trump associates and Russian officials</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Russian interference on behalf of Trump during the 2016 Presidential election</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Carter Page
Points:25, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_A43897F6"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Elliott B. Broidy</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born July 18, 1957) is an American venture capitalist, Republican fundraiser, and philanthropist. From 2005 to 2008 he was finance chairman of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_National_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Republican National Committee</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">(RNC). In 2017 he was named a deputy finance chairman of the RNC. He resigned from this role in April 2018 after the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street_Journal" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Wall Street Journal</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;reported that Broidy had a sexual affair with a Playboy Playmate which resulted in a pregnancy that she terminated, and that&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cohen_(lawyer)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Michael Cohen</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">'s personal lawyer who is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, arranged a payment of $1.6 million in hush money to the woman involved.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_210BE212"><span class="s_2A2546D1">Controversies</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_C5897952">Bribing of New York State Comptroller</span><span class="s_1D43CE51"></span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In 2009, Broidy entered a guilty plea to a single felony count of attempting to provide excess gratuity to former New York State Comptroller</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Hevesi" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Alan Hevesi</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor&nbsp;in exchange for cooperation that helped lead to the conviction of Hevesi and six other pension officials. Broidy had provided $1 million in illegal gifts to New York State pension authorities. The gifts included luxury trips to Israel, payouts, and an undisclosed investment in a film produced by the brother of the chief investment officer of the New York State Retirement Fund. In exchange for the gifts, the state pension fund had invested $250 million with Markstone Capital Partners. As part of the plea deal, Broidy paid $18 million in restitution of management fees paid by the pension fund to Markstone.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_C5897952">1MDB Scandal</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_C0403A4F"><span class="s_59ED5017">In March 2018,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall_Street_Journal" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Wall Street Journal</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">reported that Broidy had been in negotiations to earn tens of millions of dollars by lobbying the U.S. Justice Department to drop its investigation into a multibillion-dollar graft scandal involving a Malaysian state investment fund,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1MDB" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">1MDB</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, according to emails reviewed by the Journal. One email showed a proposal that would have given Broidy and his wife $75 million if they got the Justice Department to drop its probe into 1MDB. Broidy also prepared talking points for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to tell Trump during his 2017 visit to Washington, DC. This included playing up Malaysia's relationship with the U.S. in fighting North Korea and arguing against pursuing legal action against 1MDB.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_C5897952">Hush money payment to Playboy model</span><span class="s_1D43CE51"></span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On April 13, 2018,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall_Street_Journal" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Wall Street Journal</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">reported that Broidy, who was married at the time, had a sexual relationship with the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playboy_Playmate" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Playboy Playmate</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shera_Bechard" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Shera Bechard</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, resulting in a pregnancy in late 2017. The model later electively terminated the pregnancy. Lawyer&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cohen_(lawyer)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Michael Cohen</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, later negotiated a deal to pay $1.6&nbsp;million for the woman's silence. The settlement was falsely characterized at the time as a personal injury settlement. Broidy resigned his post at the RNC the same day the article appeared.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Elliott Broidy
Points:25, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_6555B096">George Demetrios Papadopoulos</span><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;(born August 1987) is a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">'s&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2016 presidential campaign</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. On October 5, 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">making false statements</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">FBI</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;agents about contacts he had with the Russian government in 2016 relating to U.S.-Russia relations and Trump's campaign.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Involvement in Donald Trump's presidential campaign</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">According to court records, Papadopoulos was recruited to join Trump's foreign policy advisor team in early March 2016 by&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Clovis" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Sam Clovis</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. In a meeting on March 6, the official told him that one of the campaign's foreign policy priorities was to improve U.S.-Russia relations, though Clovis later denied having said that.&nbsp;Donald Trump identified Papadopoulos as one of his campaign's foreign policy advisors on March 21, 2016, in an interview with the editorial board of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Post" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">The Washington Post</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.</span><sup><span class="s_F544DAEA"> </span></sup><span class="s_F544DAEA">Trump said: &quot;He&rsquo;s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy&quot;.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">At the time he was living in London, where he was approached by&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Mifsud" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Joseph Mifsud</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, a professor with connections to high-ranking Russian officials.</span><sup><span class="s_F544DAEA">[ </span></sup><span class="s_F544DAEA">Mifsud was a regular at meetings of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdai_Discussion_Club" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Valdai Discussion Club</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, an annual conference held in Sochi, Russia, attended by&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Vladimir Putin</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. Mifsud told him the Russians had &quot;dirt&quot; on Hillary Clinton in the form of &quot;thousands of emails.&quot; The two met on March 14 and 21, 2016. At the March 21 meeting Mifsud brought along a Russian woman, Olga Polonskaya, who posed as Putin's niece.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Papadopoulos sent emails concerning Putin to at least seven campaign officials. Clovis, as Trump national campaign co-chairman, encouraged Papadopoulos to fly to Russia to meet with agents of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Foreign_Ministry" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian Foreign Ministry</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, after being told that Russia had &quot;dirt&quot; on Clinton it wanted to share with Trump's campaign. This occurred before there was public knowledge of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_National_Committee_cyber_attacks" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">hack of Democratic National Committee</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Podesta" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">John Podesta</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">'s&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podesta_emails" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">emails</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, both of which U.S. intelligence agencies believe were carried out by Russia. In May 2016, Papadopoulos told the top&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Australian</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;diplomat to the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">United Kingdom</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Downer" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Alexander Downer</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, that Russia had &quot;political dirt&quot; on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Hillary Clinton</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, leading the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Federal Bureau of Investigation</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;to open a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterintelligence" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">counterintelligence</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;investigation into the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Donald Trump presidential campaign</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Between March and September 2016, Papadopoulos made at least six requests for Trump or representatives of his campaign to meet in Russia with Russian politicians. In May, campaign chairman&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Manafort" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Paul Manafort</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;forwarded one such request to his deputy&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Gates_(political_consultant)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Rick Gates</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, saying &quot;We need someone to communicate that [Trump] is not doing these trips. It should be someone low-level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.&quot; Gates delegated the task to the campaign's correspondence coordinator, referring to him as &quot;the person responding to all mail of non-importance.&quot;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">In an interview about&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia%E2%80%93United_States_relations" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russia&ndash;United States relations</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interfax" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Interfax</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in September 2016, Papadopoulos said that&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Barack Obama</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;had failed to follow through on his promises to cooperate with Russia, and asserted that the U.S. had made insufficient joint efforts with Russia against terrorism.&nbsp;As foreign policy advisor during Trump's campaign, Papadopoulos helped set up a New York meeting between Trump and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdel_Fattah_el-Sisi" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Abdel Fattah el-Sisi</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, the Egyptian head of state.&nbsp;On January 20, 2017, just hours before Trump was going to be inaugurated, Papadopoulos and incoming&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Chief_of_Staff" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">White House Chief of Staff</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reince_Priebus" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Reince Priebus</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;met with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minister_for_National_Defence_(Greece)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Greek Defense Minister</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panos_Kammenos" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Panos Kammenos</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.&nbsp;Just after Trump became President, Papadopoulos visited Israel and told&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_settlements" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">settlers</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">West Bank</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;that Trump supported their settlements.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Senator&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Burr" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Richard Burr</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, the chair of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_Select_Committee_on_Intelligence" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Senate Intelligence Committee</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, which is investigating&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, said in October 2017 that the panel was interested in Papadopoulos because he had sent e-mails attempting to set up meetings between Trump and Putin.&nbsp;The recipients of emails about outreach to the Russian government reportedly were Clovis,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corey_Lewandowski" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Corey Lewandowski</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, Manafort, Gates, representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ivan Timofeev, and others.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Arrest and guilty plea</span><br><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Statement_of_the_offense.filed.pdf" target="_blank"></a><br><span class="s_F544DAEA">The Statement of Facts of Guilt, filed October 5, 2017, and unsealed October 30, 2017, showing the facts admitted by Papadopoulos as part of his guilty plea</span><br><span class="s_F544DAEA">Main article:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Special_Counsel_investigation" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2017 Special Counsel investigation</span></a></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">After being interviewed by FBI agents on January 27, 2017, Papadopoulos deactivated his&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Facebook</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;account, which contained correspondences with Russians, and created a new one. Papadopoulos was arrested at&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Dulles_International_Airport" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Washington-Dulles International Airport</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;on July 27, 2017, and he has since been cooperating with Special Counsel&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Robert Mueller</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Special_Counsel_investigation" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">his investigation</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.&nbsp;On October 5, 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_District_Court_for_the_District_of_Columbia" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">making false statements</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;to FBI agents relating to contacts he had with agents of the Russian government while working for the Trump campaign.&nbsp;The guilty plea was part of a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plea_bargain" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">plea bargain</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">reflecting his cooperation with the Mueller investigation. Papadopoulos's arrest and guilty plea became public on October 30, 2017, when court documents showing the guilty plea were&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_seal" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">unsealed</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.&nbsp;As of January 17, 2018, Papadopoulos had not been sentenced.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Following his guilty plea, Trump belittled Papadopoulos as a &quot;young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar&quot; and said few people in his campaign had heard about Papadopoulos. </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FactCheck.org" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">FactCheck.org</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PolitiFact" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">PolitiFact</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, among others, noted that during the campaign, Trump named Papadopoulos as one of his five foreign policy advisers&mdash;alongside&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Kellogg" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Keith Kellogg</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Page" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Carter Page</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walid_Phares" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Walid Phares</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_E._Schmitz" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Joseph Schmitz</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&mdash;and described Papadopoulos as an &quot;excellent guy&quot;.&nbsp;From March to August 2016, Papadopoulos &quot;was identified as having contacts with senior members of the Trump campaign on at least a dozen occasions.&quot;&nbsp; On January 22, 2017, shortly following Trump's inauguration as President, Papadopoulos met with the head of Israel's&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shomron_Regional_Council" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Shomron Regional Council</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yossi_Dagan" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Yossi Dagan</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, in Washington D.C. Papadopoulos was reported to have communicated to Dagan the Trump administration's desire to work closely with Israel on the question of settlements. </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Papadopoulos's fianc&eacute;e said his job on the campaign was to set up meetings with foreign leaders and that he had been in regular contact with high-ranking campaign officials.&nbsp; She later predicted Papadopoulos's role in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russia investigation</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;would be similar to that of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dean" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">John Dean</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Watergate scandal</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.</span></p> George Papadopoulos
Points:25, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">John Robert Bolton</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born November 20, 1948) is an American politician and attorney who serves as the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Advisor_(United_States)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">National Security Advisor of the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He began his tenure as National Security Advisor on April 9, 2018. Bolton served as the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Ambassador_to_the_United_Nations" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States Ambassador to the United Nations</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from August 2005 to December 2006 as a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recess_appointment" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">recess appointee</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;by President&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">George W. Bush</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He resigned at the end of his recess appointment in December 2006 because he was unlikely to win confirmation from then newly-elected Democratic-party-majority Senate.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Bolton is a senior fellow at the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Enterprise_Institute" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">American Enterprise Institute</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(AEI), senior advisor for Freedom Capital Investment Management, a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News_Channel" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fox News Channel</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">commentator, and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_counsel" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">of counsel</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">to the Washington, D.C. law firm</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkland_%26_Ellis" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Kirkland &amp; Ellis</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He was a foreign policy adviser to 2012 presidential candidate&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Mitt Romney</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Bolton is also involved with a number of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatism_in_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">politically conservative</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">think tanks, policy institutes and special interest groups, including the Institute of East-West Dynamics, the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Rifle_Association" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">National Rifle Association</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Commission_on_International_Religious_Freedom" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Project for the New American Century</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Institute_for_National_Security_of_America" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Jewish Institute for National Security of America</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">(JINSA),</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_for_Peace_and_Security_in_the_Gulf" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_for_National_Policy" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Council for National Policy</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatestone_Institute" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Gatestone Institute</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, where he serves as the organization Chairman.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Bolton has been called a &quot;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_hawk" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">war hawk</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot; and is an advocate for regime change in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Iran</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">North Korea</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and has repeatedly called for the termination of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_deal" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Iran deal</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He was a supporter of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Iraq War</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and continues to support his decision. He has continuously supported military action and regime change in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Syria</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Libya</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and Iran. A Republican, his political views have been described as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_nationalist" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">American nationalist</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatism_in_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">conservative</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and &quot;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservative" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">neoconservative</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.&quot; Bolton rejected the last term and called himself &quot;pro-American&quot; instead.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> John Bolton
Points:25, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_A43897F6"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Michael Dean Cohen</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born August 25, 1966) is an American attorney who works as a lawyer and spokesperson for U.S. President&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.&nbsp;Prior to this appointment, he was Executive Vice-President of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trump_Organization" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump Organization</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and special counsel to Trump.&nbsp;Cohen also previously served as co-president of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_Entertainment" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump Entertainment</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and a member of the board of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Eric Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;Foundation, a children's health charity. He joined the Trump Organization after having been a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partner_(business_rank)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">partner</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;at Phillips Nizer. &nbsp;As of April&nbsp;2018, he is under investigation by federal prosecutors into multiple matters, including&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_fraud" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">bank fraud</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail_and_wire_fraud" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">wire fraud</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_finance_in_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">campaign finance</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;violations, relating in part to payments made to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stormy_Daniels" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Stormy Daniels</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Michael Cohen
Points:25, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_A43897F6"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Richard W. Gates III</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born April 27, 1972) is an American former political consultant and lobbyist who has pled guilty to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_against_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">conspiracy against the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">making false statements</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He is a longtime business associate of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Manafort" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Paul Manafort</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and served as deputy to Manafort when the latter was campaign manager of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Gates and Manafort were both indicted in October 2017 on charges related to their consulting work with pro-Russian political figures in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ukraine</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Additional charges were filed in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_District_Court_for_the_Eastern_District_of_Virginia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;on February 21, 2018, however these charges were withdrawn on February 27, 2018,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Without_prejudice" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">without prejudice</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, as agreed to in his&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plea_bargaining_in_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">plea bargain</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Robert S. Mueller III</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_210BE212"><span class="s_2A2546D1">Indictment and arrest</span><span class="s_99F38A8D"></span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On October 27, 2017, Gates and Manafort were indicted by a</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_grand_jury" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">federal grand jury</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">as part of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Special_Counsel_investigation" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Special Counsel investigation</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">into</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and related matters. The twelve-count indictment charges the two men with&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_against_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">conspiracy against the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">making false statements</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_laundering" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">money laundering</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and failing to register as foreign agents for</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ukraine</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">as required by the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Agents_Registration_Act" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Foreign Agents Registration Act</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. The charges arise from his consulting work for a pro-Russian government in&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Ukraine</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and are unrelated to the Trump campaign.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Manafort and Gates surrendered to the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FBI" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">FBI</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">on October 30, 2017, and at a court hearing both chose to</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_guilty_plea" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">plead not guilty</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">While awaiting trial, Manafort was released on $10 million bond and Gates was released on $5 million bond. Prosecutors described them as flight risks, and as a condition of pretrial release, both men surrendered their&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_passport" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">passports</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and were placed under house arrest.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_District_Court_for_the_District_of_Columbia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">Judge</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Berman_Jackson" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Amy Berman Jackson</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">issued an order on December 22, 2017 demanding that Gates explain why his comments in a brief, videotaped address to the fundraiser held in an</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_County,_Virginia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Arlington, Va.</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, Holiday Inn, on December 19, did not amount to a violation of the gag order she issued in the case. Of particular concern to Jackson is Gates' involvement with the eccentric Washington-area lobbyist who organized the event,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Burkman" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Jack Burkman</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On January 23, 2018, CNN reported that Gates had added prominent white-collar attorney</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Green_(attorney)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Tom Green</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;to his defense team. The action could relate to a change in strategy, e.g. from a flat not-guilty plea to some kind of cooperation with prosecutors. On February 22,&nbsp;</span><span class="s_C53127D1">The Daily Beast</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">reported that Gates fired Green.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On February 7, 2018, three Gates' attorneys cited 'irreconcilable differences' with client in court hearing with Judge</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Berman_Jackson" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Amy Berman Jackson</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;in their motion to withdraw as Gates&rsquo; counsel.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On February 15, 2018, CNN reported that Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">special counsel's investigation</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, as he has undergone his &quot;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proffer_letter" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Queen for a Day</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot; interview, in which Gates answers any and all questions from the special counsel's team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed or participated in, with the only stipulation being that you cannot lie. During this proffer session, on February 1, Gates lied to FBI investigators, and this&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">false statement</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">made by Gates was incorporated into the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plea_bargain" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">plea bargain</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;that he subsequently entered into. </span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On February 22, 2018, Mueller revealed new charges in the Manafort and Gates case, filed on February 21. Unlike previous indictments, the superseding indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_District_Court_for_the_Eastern_District_of_Virginia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and contains 32 counts: 16 counts related to false individual income tax returns, seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, five counts of bank fraud conspiracy, and four counts of bank fraud.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On February 23, 2018, Gates pleaded guilty to one count of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_false_statements" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">false statements</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and one count of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_against_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">conspiracy against the United States</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. The plea bargain included an agreement to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Federal_Sentencing_Guidelines" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Federal guidelines</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;suggest Gates will face a sentence of 57 to 71 months, but these are only advisory and are subject to discretion. A status report with regard to sentencing was&nbsp;scheduled for May 14, 2018.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Rick Gates
Points:25, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Roger Jason Stone Jr.</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">(born August 27, 1952) is an American</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_consultant" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">political consultant</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbyist" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">lobbyist</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and strategist noted for his use of</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposition_research" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">opposition research</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, usually for candidates of the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Republican Party</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In 1980, he co-founded the Washington, DC-based lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone with principals</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Manafort" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Paul Manafort</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_R._Black_Jr." target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Charles R. Black Jr.</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">It recruited</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_G._Kelly" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Peter G. Kelly</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and the firm was renamed</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black,_Manafort,_Stone_and_Kelly" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;in 1984. During the 1980s, BMSK leveraged its &quot;White House connections&quot; to attract &quot;high-paying clients&quot; including &quot;U.S. corporations&quot;, &quot;trade associations&quot;, and foreign governments. By 1990, it was &quot;one of the leading lobbyists for American companies and foreign organizations&quot;.</span><sup><span class="s_317DE856"></span></sup></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Stone has variously been referred to in media as a &quot;political dirty trickster&quot;, a &quot;renowned infighter&quot;, a &quot;seasoned practitioner of hard-edged politics&quot;, and a &quot;veteran Republican strategist.&quot; Over the course of his political career, Stone has been widely regarded as promoting a number of falsehoods and conspiracy theories. Stone is the subject of a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Netflix</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">documentary film, titled</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_Me_Roger_Stone" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Get Me Roger Stone</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, which focused on his past and role in the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 presidential campaign</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;of Donald Trump. Stone officially left the Trump campaign on August 8, 2015; however, two associates of Stone have claimed that he collaborated with Wikileaks owner&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Julian Assange</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">in the spring of 2016 to discredit Hillary Clinton's campaign.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Roger Stone
Points:25, Indictments:0
<p class="Normal "><span class="s_6C8EFA9D">Felix Henry Sater</span> (born Felix Mikhailovich Sheferovsky;&nbsp; March 2, 1966) is an American real estate developer and former managing director of Bayrock Group LLC, a real estate conglomerate based out of New York City, New York. Sater has been an advisor to many corporations, including The Trump Organization, Rixos Hotels and Resorts, Sembol Construction, Potok (formerly the Mirax Group), and TxOil.</p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal ">In 1998, Sater pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $40 million stock fraud scheme orchestrated by the Russian Mafia, and became an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors, assisting with organized crime investigations. In 2017, Sater agreed to cooperate with investigators into international </p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal "><span class="s_6C8EFA9D">Criminal convictions and federal cooperation</span></p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal ">Felix Sater has been described as a career criminal due to his links to organized crime. In 1991, Sater got into an argument with a commodities broker at the El Rio Grande restaurant and bar in Midtown Manhattan. He stabbed the man's cheek and neck with the stem of a margarita glass, breaking his jaw, lacerating his face, and severing nerves, creating a wound that would require 110 stitches to treat. Sater was convicted of first degree assault and spent 15 months in Edgecombe Correctional Facility before being paroled. In 1998, Sater was convicted of fraud in connection to a $40 million penny stock pump and dump scheme conducted by the Russian Mafia involving his company White Rock Partners. In return for a guilty plea, Sater agreed to assist the FBI and federal prosecutors as an informant in organized crime. In 2009, he was sentenced to pay a $25,000 fine and served no prison time. As a result of his assistance, Sater's court records were sealed for 10 years by Loretta Lynch, then the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lynch's decision to seal his records was discussed at her 2015 Congressional confirmation hearings to become attorney general; she stated that Sater provided &quot;information crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra.&quot;</p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb ">Articles about Russia's potential interference with the 2016 election of Donald Trump report that Felix Sater played a role in trying to assist Russia. According to the New York Times and other sources, Felix Sater wrote and sent to his Russian contact(s) (probably Dmitry Peskov, Putin's personal assistant) an email stating, &quot;I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected&quot; and &quot;If he says it we own this election.&quot; In July 2017, The Financial Times, citing five sources with knowledge of the matter, reported that Sater had agreed to cooperate with investigators looking into an international money laundering scheme involving Viktor Khrapunov, a former government minister in Kazakhstan. Khrapunov, who now lives in Switzerland, has been accused by the Kazakhstani government of embezzling millions of dollars and is wanted by Interpol.<span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Felix Sater
Points:20, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Krylova allegedly went to Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and New York to &ldquo;gather intelligence.&rdquo; </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Mueller said the defendants also &ldquo;organized&rdquo; rallies but, &ldquo;to conceal the fact that they were based in Russia,&rdquo; pretended to be activists who were simply unable to meet up in person.&nbsp; </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Aleksandra Krylova
Points:10, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Anna Bogacheva</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">works for a company called Concord Management and Consulting, which is owned and controlled by&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/russian-dubbed-putin-chef-brain-behind-election-meddling-article-1.3825100" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, who has been dubbed &quot;Putin's chef&quot; because of his close ties to the Russian president.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Officials, Aleksandra Krylova and Anna Bogacheva, traveled through the country between June 4, 2014 and June 26, 2016 for the sole purpose of collecting intel ahead of the election, with stops in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana and New York. Mueller did not specify what type of intel Krylova and Bogacheva obtained during their trip. (source: </span><a href="http://beta.nydailynews.com/news/politics/indicted-russians-messed-2016-election-article-1.3825638" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">NY Daily News</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">) </span></p> Anna Bogacheva
Points:10, Indictments:1
<p class="Normal "><span class="s_6C8EFA9D">Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher</span> (born June 21, 1947) is a member of the U.S House of Representatives representing&nbsp;California's 48th congressional district. A Republican, he served as a speechwriter and Special Assistant to President&nbsp;Ronald Reagan&nbsp;from 1981 to 1988. </p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal ">Rohrabacher voted to repeal&nbsp;Obamacare, is a staunch opponent of illegal immigration,&nbsp;has been described as an &quot;aggressive skeptic&quot; of&nbsp;global warming,&nbsp;and favors the&nbsp;legalization of marijuana.&nbsp;In foreign policy, he supported withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, called for Trump to punish Turkish President&nbsp;Erdogan&nbsp;on embassy violence,&nbsp;sided with Russia in the&nbsp;Russia&ndash;Georgia war, gave a qualified defense of the&nbsp;annexation of Crimea&nbsp;in 2014&nbsp;and supports cooperating with Russia in Syria and in other areas.&nbsp;He is notable for his strong pro-Russia and pro-Putin views,&nbsp;which have raised questions about his relation with Putin and the Russian government, with the&nbsp;FBI&nbsp;reporting that the Kremlin had given Rohrabacher a code name, signifying that he was viewed as a valuable potential asset for Russian intelligence.</p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal ">Prior to working in the Reagan Administration, Rohrabacher served as assistant press secretary to Ronald Reagan during his 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns.&nbsp;During his tenure at the&nbsp;White House, Rohrabacher played a leading role in the formulation of the&nbsp;Reagan Doctrine.&nbsp;He also helped formulate President Reagan's Economic Bill of Rights, which was a series of policy proposals that Reagan introduced in a speech at the&nbsp;Jefferson Memorial.</p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal ">Following the election of&nbsp;President Trump&nbsp;in 2016, Rohrabacher was on the shortlist for&nbsp;Secretary of State&nbsp;along with&nbsp;Mitt Romney&nbsp;and eventual pick&nbsp;Rex Tillerson.&nbsp;</p> Dana Rohrabacher
Points:10, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Hope Charlotte Hicks</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">(born October 21, 1988) is an American</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_relations" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">public relations</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">consultant who served as the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Communications_Director" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House Communications Director</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">for</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">U.S. President</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from August 2017 until March 29, 2018. From January to September 2017, she was&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Director_of_Strategic_Communications" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House Director of Strategic Communications</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, a role created for her. She previously was a teenage model but then became</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_secretary" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">press secretary</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and early communications director for Trump's</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">2016 presidential campaign</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, as well as the national press secretary for his</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_transition_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">presidential transition team</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">, and before that was an employee of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trump_Organization" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">The Trump Organization</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. She was Trump's longest-serving political aide at the time of her resignation.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On February 27, 2018, Hicks testified to a Congressional committee that she had told &quot;white lies&quot; on Trump's behalf. The next day, Hicks announced her intention to resign as White House Communications Director. She left the White House a month later.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Hope Hicks
Points:10, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Jeffrey D. &quot;J.D.&quot; Gordon</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;is an American communications and foreign policy advisor, who served as a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pentagon" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Pentagon</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;spokesman from 2005&ndash;2009. Gordon is a retired&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States Navy</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;officer who has served as a senior advisor to Republican political figures and at conservative Washington, DC-based&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_tank" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">think tanks</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Gordon is also a contributing columnist to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Fox News</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Caller" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">The Daily Caller</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hill_(newspaper)" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Hill</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Times" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">The Washington Times</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and other media outlets. Gordon founded Protect America Today, a national security-themed&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_PAC" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Super PAC</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;in February 2012.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Previously, he served as a spokesman for the Navy and Department of Defense, retiring as a Commander.&nbsp;He managed communications and press relations in a wide variety of locations over a 20-year career, including posts in Europe, Latin America and Asia. His final assignment in the military was at the Pentagon, serving under Secretaries&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Rumsfeld" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Rumsfeld</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Gates" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Robert Gates</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. In March 2016, he joined the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump campaign</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">as the Director of National Security, managing the National Security Advisory Committee under its chairman, Senator</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Sessions" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Jeff Sessions</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">(R. - Ala.).</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> JD Gordon
Points:10, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">On February 16, 2018, </span><span class="s_6555B096">Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"> A/K/A Mikhail Abramov was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller along with 12 other Russian individuals and three Russian entities.&nbsp; </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Burchik was allegedly the second-highest ranking director of the </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Internet Research Agency and was involved in </span><a href="https://www.justice.gov/file/1035477/download" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">&ldquo;operational </span></a></p><p class="NormalWeb "><a href="https://www.justice.gov/file/1035477/download" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">planning, infrastructure, and personnel.&rdquo;</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp; The indictments accused the defendants of embarking on an &ldquo;information warfare&rdquo; scheme through which they attempted to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in order to assist in electing Donald Trump as president. </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">The counts include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The indictments charge that the Internet Research Agency LLC &ldquo;engaged in operations to interfere with elections and political processes.&rdquo; </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Defendants Bystrov, Burchik, Krylova, Bogacheva, Polozov, Bovda, </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Bovda, Aslanov, Podkopaev, Vasilchenko, Kaverzina, and Venkov &ldquo;worked in various capacities to carry out [Internet Research Agency LLC&rsquo;s] interference operations </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">targeting the United States. The Internet Research Agency LLC allegedly received funding from defendant Prigozhin&nbsp; and his companies, including defendant entities Concord&nbsp; Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.&nbsp; No pleas have been reported for these defendants.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mikhail Burchik
Points:10, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_A43897F6"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Mikhail Bystrov</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;is a&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Russian</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_oligarch" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">oligarch</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;who was the top official in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolls_from_Olgino" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">troll factory</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and an acquantance of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yevgeny_Prigozhin" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Yevgeny Prigozhin</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. He directed a disinformation campaign called Project Lakhta which, by September 2016, had a monthly budget of US$1.2 million and allegedly interfered with the 2016 elections in the United States which elected&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;President of the United States.&nbsp;</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Mikhail Bystrov
Points:10, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_6271FFCA"><span class="s_7F09C030">Richard Pinedo, of Santa Paula,&nbsp;ran an online service called Auction Essistance, through which he bought and sold bank account numbers that would help users circumvent security measures of digital payment companies. Pinedo transferred, possessed and used the identities of other people in connection with unlawful activity, according to a statement&nbsp;of the offense. He pleaded guilty on February 12, according to court documents.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_6271FFCA"><span class="s_7F09C030">Pinedo faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the plea agreement. It said he has no criminal history and that he agrees to cooperate with Mueller&rsquo;s office.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Richard Pinedo
Points:10, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Sean Michael Spicer </span><span class="s_59ED5017">(born September 23, 1971)is an American political aide who served as&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Press_Secretary" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House Press Secretary</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;and as acting&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Communications_Director" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House Communications Director</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;under&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">President</span></a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;in 2017. Spicer was communications director of the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_National_Committee" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Republican National Committee</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;from 2011 to 2017, and its chief strategist from 2015 to 2017.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">During his tenure as White House press secretary, Spicer made a number of public statements that were controversial or false, and he developed a contentious relationship with the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_press_corps" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">White House press corps</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. The first such instance occurred on January 21, 2017, the day following&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inauguration_of_Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump's inauguration</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. Spicer repeated the claim that crowds at</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump%27s_inauguration" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Trump's inauguration</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;ceremony were the largest ever at such an event and that the press had deliberately under-estimated the number of spectators. After this statement was widely criticized, Trump aide&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellyanne_Conway" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Kellyanne Conway</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">said that Spicer had presented what she called &quot;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_facts" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">alternative facts</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot; regarding the inauguration's attendance numbers.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">On July 21, 2017, Spicer announced his resignation as White House Press Secretary, although he remained at the White House in an unspecified capacity until August 31, 2017.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Sean Spicer
Points:10, Indictments:0
<p class="Normal ">From the NY Times [<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/17/world/europe/russians-indicted-mueller.html" target="_blank"><span class="Hyperlink ">link</span></a>]:</p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal "><span class="s_6C8EFA9D">The I.T. Expert: Sergey P. Polozov</span></p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal ">Mr. Polozov ran the troll farm&rsquo;s I.T. department and oversaw the purchase of space on computer servers inside the United States to set up virtual private networks that masked the agency&rsquo;s Russian location, according to the indictment. After a co-conspirator traveled to Atlanta in November 2014, he gave Mr. Polozov a summary of his trip and expenses.</p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="Normal ">According to business records and Mr. Polozov&rsquo;s page on the Russian social network Vkontakte, Mr. Polozov runs a software company called Morkov, which was registered in 2013, and began to recruit web developers and programmers in early 2014. &ldquo;In need of people with knowledge of website promotion for full-time work,&rdquo; he wrote in a Vkontakte post on May 28, 2014. &ldquo;If interested, send me a personal message. You can send your r&eacute;sum&eacute; immediately.&rdquo; On Vkontakte, he shared political jokes at the expense of Russia&rsquo;s rivals and neighbors.&nbsp;One post&nbsp;he shared in June 2015 quoted the Chechen writer German Sadulaev:</p><p class="Normal "><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_FD4CF906"><span class="s_CAB42751">The greatest possible mistake is to neglect the Russians. Consider them weak. Offend them. Never offend the Russians. The Russians are never as weak as you think they are. God forbid you expel the Russians or take something from them. The Russians always come back. The Russians will come back and take back what is theirs. But when the Russians return, they do not apply force proportionally. They destroy everything in their path.</span></p><p class="Normal p_212E0A7C"><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Sergey Polozov
Points:10, Indictments:1
<p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_1D6CA30F">Wilbur Louis Ross Jr.</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;(born November 28, 1937) is an American investor and the current&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Secretary_of_Commerce" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">United States Secretary of Commerce</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">. On November 30, 2016, then-</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President-elect" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">President-elect</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Donald Trump</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;announced that he would nominate Ross. On February 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed Ross in a 72&ndash;27 vote. He was sworn into office on February 28, 2017.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">Before he was appointed, Ross was a banker known for restructuring failed companies in industries such as: steel, coal, telecommunications,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_direct_investment" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">foreign investment</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and textiles and who specialized in</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leveraged_buyout" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">leveraged buyouts</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">and distressed businesses. In February 2017,</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes" target="_blank"><span class="s_F32DA62A">Forbes</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;magazine reported that Ross has a net worth of $2.5 billion. However,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_disclosure_of_public_servants" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">financial disclosure</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;forms Ross filed after his nomination for Secretary of Commerce showed less than $700 million in assets, and Forbes removed him from their billionaires list in November 2017. He is often called the &quot;King of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bankruptcy" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Bankruptcy</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&quot; because of his record of buying bankrupt companies, primarily in the manufacturing and steel industries, and later selling them for a large profit after operations improve.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb p_3499A660"><span class="s_59ED5017">In November 2017, leaked documents known as the</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Papers" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Paradise Papers</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><span class="s_59ED5017">showed that Ross had failed to clearly disclose financial ties to</span><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia" target="_blank"><span class="s_6D12C143">Russian</span></a><span class="s_59ED5017">&nbsp;interests in his confirmation hearings.</span><span class="s_F544DAEA"></span></p> Wilbur Ross
Points:10, Indictments:0
<p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin&nbsp;(</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_language" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Russian</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">:&nbsp;born June 1, 1961) is a Russian businessman&nbsp;with ties to Russian president&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Vladimir Putin</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. Prigozhin was called &quot;Putin&rsquo;s chef&quot; in an&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associated_Press" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Associated Press</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;article because of Prigozhin's restaurants and catering businesses that hosted dinners which Vladimir Putin attended with foreign dignitaries. Prigozhin controls &quot;a network of companies,&quot; including three accused of interference in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_elections,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2016 United States elections</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. Prigozhin, his companies and associates face economic sanctions and criminal charges in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">United States</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Internet Research Agency </span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Main article:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Research_Agency" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Internet Research Agency</span></a></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Prigozhin has been connected to and is alleged to have financed and directed&nbsp;a network of companies including a company called the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Research_Agency" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Internet Research Agency</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;Ltd.,&nbsp; </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concord_Management_and_Consulting" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Concord Management and Consulting</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;Company and one other related company.&nbsp;The three companies are accused of internet trolling and attempting to influence the 2016 US Presidential elections and other activity to influence political events outside Russia.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Russian journalist Andrey Soshnikov reported that Alexey Soskovets, who had participated in Russian youth political community, was directly connected to the offices of Internet Research in Olgino. His company, North-Western Service Agency, won 17 or 18 (according to different sources) contracts for organizing celebrations, forums and sport competitions for authorities of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Saint Petersburg</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">. The agency was the only participant in half of those bids. In the summer of 2013 the agency won a tender for providing freight services for participants of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seliger_(forum)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Seliger</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;camp.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Despite links to Alexei Soskovets, Nadejda Orlova, deputy head of the Committee for Youth Policy in Saint Petersburg, disputed connection between her institution and the trolling offices.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">US Treasury Department sanctions[</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Yevgeny_Prigozhin&amp;action=edit&amp;section=5&amp;editintro=Template:BLP_editintro" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">edit</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">]</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Main article:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_sanctions_during_the_Ukrainian_crisis" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">International sanctions during the Ukrainian crisis</span></a></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">On December 20, 2016, the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Treasury_Department" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">US Treasury Department</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;designated Prigozhin pursuant to E.O.13661 for sanctions for providing support to senior officials of the Russian Federation. In June 2017 US sanctions were imposed on one of Prigozhin's companies,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concord_Management_and_Consulting" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Concord Management and Consulting</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, in connection with the war in Eastern Ukraine.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">On January 28, 2018 the US Treasury Department also designated Evro Polis Ltd for sanctions. Evro Polis is a Russian company that has contracted with the Government of Syria to protect Syrian oil fields in exchange for a 25 percent share in oil and gas production from the fields. The company was designated for being owned or controlled by Yevgeniy Prigozhin. The sanctions require that any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of U.S. persons or within the United States must be blocked. Additionally, transactions by U.S. persons involving these persons (including companies) are generally prohibited.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">US criminal charges</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">Main article:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Counsel_investigation_(2017%E2%80%93present)" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Special Counsel investigation (2017&ndash;present)</span></a></p><table class="TableNormal tbl_5F791169"><tr class="tr_E2968D9D"><td class="tc_D1CB1053" align="left" valign="top"><p class="NormalWeb p_A43897F6"><img width="38" height="40" src="data:image/png;base64,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"></p></td><td class="tc_D1CB1053" align="left" valign="top"><p class="NormalWeb p_A43897F6"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikisource" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Wikisource</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;has original text related to this article:</span><br><a href="https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Internet_Research_Agency_Indictment" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Internet Research Agency Indictment</span></a></p></td></tr></table><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">On February 16, 2018, Prigozhin, the Internet Research Agency,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concord_Management_and_Consulting" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">Concord Management</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, another related company, and other connected Russian individuals were indicted by a U.S. grand jury. He was charged with funding and organizing operations for the purpose of&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">interference with the U.S. political and electoral processes</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, including the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_elections,_2016" target="_blank"><span class="s_DEE41087">2016 presidential election</span></a><span class="s_F544DAEA">, and other crimes including identity theft.</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="NormalWeb "><span class="s_F544DAEA">&nbsp;</span></p> Yevgeny Prigozhin
Points:10, Indictments:1

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