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A Brief History of Michael Cohen’s Criminal Ties

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s long-time lawyer and personal “pit bull,” was brought to heel yesterday when federal agents raided his office in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, acting … more

April 10, 2018 — Seth Hettena, First excerpt published via Rolling Stone

Cohen-ology Pays Off After All

Yesterday afternoon I had one of those epiphanies about a story I usually have no more than once every few years. It was partly triggered by details I put in this post about Michael Cohen. But… more

April 18, 2018 — Josh Marshall, endorsement to buy Trump / Russia via Talking Points Memo

Better Call Cohen: The Shady Cases of a Trump Lawyer’s Personal Injury Practice

A few years before he started working for Donald Trump, and long before he gave legal advice to people like Fox News personality Sean Hannity, Michael D. Cohen had a different kind of clientele… more

May 1, 2018 — Seth Hettena, a look into Michael Cohen’s legal practice

Why a Powerful Russian Oligarch Was Furious with Paul Manafort

Although he was earning millions for his political consulting work in Ukraine, Paul Manafort began using his connections to make even more money. He met Dmitry Firtash, a wealthy Ukrainian businessman involved in  … more

May 7, 2018 — Seth Hettena, Excerpt published via Talking Points Memo

An excerpt from ‘Trump/Russia: A Definitive History’

Vladimir Lenin is often credited with coining the phrase “useful idiot” to describe the shallow thinkers in the West who did the Communist Party’s bidding without realizing it. During the Cold … more

May 8, 2018 — Seth Hettena, Excerpt published via MSNBC

Trump/Russia review: Le Carré meets Mario Puzo in Moscow and Manhattan

It’s probably a bad sign for the republic when the only way to write a plausible biography of the president of the United States is to make it read like a cross between The Godfather and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But that’s where we are in the age of Trump. …more

May 20, 2018 — Charles Kaiser, Review of Trump/Russia

Bill Browder: Inside the Arrest of Putin’s “Number One Enemy”

Bill Browder was in his central Madrid hotel room Wednesday morning when a knock came on the door… more

May 31, 2018 — Seth Hettena, The Magnitsky Act architect reveals the details of his surprise detainment in Madrid

Trump v Putin: What to Expect from the Meeting in Helsinki

Vladimir Putin was once asked how his background as a KGB officer helped him lead Russia. The main thing, Putin replied, was his experience “working with people.”…. more

July 13, 2018 — Seth Hettena, Why Russian experts worry the U.S. president will be “completely outplayed”

Watergate’s John Dean on Why Trump Will Survive the Russia Scandal

John Dean knows what it’s like for a scandal with the power to destroy a president to stalk the White House…. more

July 18, 2018 — Seth Hettena, Q&A with Nixon’s former White House counsel.

Another Gift for a Putin Buddy

We can forget about strict punishment from sanctions for at least one of the Russian oligarchs closest to President Vladimir Putin….. more

August 2, 2018 — Seth Hettena, New York Times op-ed.

That Thing They Have

What we are witnessing is a classic FBI investigation that is slowly, steadily dismantling a criminal organization… more

August 23, 2018 — Seth Hettena, The Baffler.

Michael Cohen, Lanny Davis and the Russian Mafia

President Trump’s former fixer may not be the most notorious client of power lawyer Lanny Davis at this moment…. more

August 28, 2018 — Seth Hettena, Rolling Stone.

Teacher, Firefighter, Police and Other Retirement Funds Flow Into Sanctioned Russian Companies

President Trump’s executive order over election meddling won’t stop the river of cash running from the United States to Kremlin-connected coffers…. more

September 13, 2018 — Seth Hettena, Rolling Stone.

Why is CalPERS still a top investor in Russia’s sovereign debt?

The retirement savings of nearly 2 million current and former California firefighters, police officers and state employees are hard at work — in Moscow…… more

October 17, 2018 — Seth Hettena, Los Angeles Times op-ed.