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Flight Records Contradict Trump’s Alibi for Mysterious Moscow Visit in 2013

President Trump answering media questions on Air Force One. Photo via the White House.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump twice told then-FBI Director James Comey that a salacious report about him with hookers in Moscow could not possibly be true because he didn’t spend the night in Russia.

But flight records obtained by Bloomberg contradict the president’s claims and could pose a serious problem for Trump as the special counsel investigation advances. 

According to memos kept by Comey and turned over to Congress last week, the president insisted he was so busy he didn’t have time to sleep while in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

According to Bloomberg’s reconstruction of events, Trump flew from Asheville to Moscow on a Bombardier Global private jet owned by Phil Ruffin, his partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, the New York Times reported in January 2017. The plane arrived in Moscow at 6:15 a.m on a Friday and departed Russia at 3:58 a.m. on Sunday.

The records indicate Trump stayed overnight in Moscow between Friday and Saturday.

According to Comey, Trump was obsessed with discounting the “Golden Showers thing” and insisted he didn’t stay overnight in Moscow.

The allegations were detailed in a dossier about alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia by British spy Christopher Steele.

When Trump returned to New York from Moscow at 4:11 a.m. local time, he tweeted, “I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place!”

Special Counsel’s Probe Focuses on Trump’s Business Ties Prior to Presidential Run

President Trump, via the White House

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s business ties to Russia before he ran for president has come under the scope of the widening special counsel investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to help get him elected.

Witnesses in the probe are repeatedly being asked about when Trump decided to run, whether Russia has compromising information on the president and why efforts to brand a Trump Tower in Moscow fizzled, CNN reported

Mueller’s prosecutors are trying to determine whether Russians sought to influence Trump when he was negotiating business deals with Russia and considering a run for president. Several of Trump’s former campaign and administration aides have already been indicted and at least three have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Some of the questions are focused on the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which Trump partnered with Russian property magnate Aras Agalarov and his son Emin Agalarov.

Emin’s publicist Rob Goldstone set up a meeting between Russian officials offering “dirt” on Russia and Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has been indicted on numerous fraud and money laundering charges.

Investigators appear to be looking into allegations in a former British spy’s dossier that claims Russia had compromising information on Trump, making him vulnerable to blackmail.

Dozens of FBI Personnel Headed to Russia to Help Secure Games from Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Dozens of FBI agents and other experts will travel to Russia to help protect the Winter Olympics from any terrorist attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports.

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that about two dozen FBI personnel will be in Moscow, while about a dozen others will be in Sochi, where the Olympic games take place.

Comey noted improved cooperation between Russian and U.S. intelligence officials.

“I know that we have been in regular communication, including me personally, with their security organizations to make sure we are coordinating well, and I think that we are,” Comey said.

Human Rights Groups to Meet With Snowden at Moscow Airport Where He Will Break His Silence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA leaker Edward J. Snowden plans to break his silence after spending nearly three weeks in legal limbo at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, The New York Times reports.

Airport officials said Snowden plans to meet with international human rights groups Friday.

The rights workers will be escorted through security and into the transit zone to meet with Snowden, The Times reported.

Snowden reportedly sent an email to several rights organizations asking them to come to the airport.

Snowden revealed widespread phone and email surveillance by the U.S. government.

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Ecuador Delivers Blow to Snowden’s Chances of Gaining Asylum There

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Edward Snowden, the leaker of sweeping U.S. surveillance, is running out of options as he waits in legal limbo at a Russian airport.

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Monday his country is not considering Snowden’s asylum request and never meant to get involved, the Guardian reports.

That means Snowden’s fate rests largely in the hands of Moscow officials, who have tried to distance themselves from the case since the former NSA contractor landed at a Russian airport from Hong Kong. 

“Are we responsible for getting him to Ecuador? It’s not logical,” Correa told the Guardian. “The country that has to give him a safe conduct document is Russia.”

Moscow confirmed Monday that Snowden had applied for asylum in Russia, among other countries, but officials there have expressed hesitance about getting involved.

Can Snowden, Leaker of U.S. Secrets, Reach Asylum in Ecuador? U.S. Watches Closely

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are wondering whether Edward Snowden, the leaker of widespread surveillance, can make it to Ecuador, which has offered the U.S. citizen asylum, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Authorities believe Snowden is in the transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, where Russian officials said they don’t have authority to apprehend the former NSA contractor.

But for Snowden to reach Ecuador, he needs to find a county that would allow him free transit there and temporary travel documents, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

“He does not have any documents issued by the government of Ecuador, such as a passport or a refugee identification,” said Galo Galarza, a senior ministry official.

NSA Leaker Missing Today After Failing to Board Plane from Russia to Cuba

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Edward J. Snowden was supposed to leave Moscow today for a flight to Havana. He never arrived.

U.S. authorities were trying to determine this morning whether the former national security contractor accused of espionage has made alternative travel plans or whether Russian leaders took him into custody, The New York Times reports.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russian officials to extradite Snowden.

“I would urge them to live by the standards of the law,” Kerry said.

WikiLeaks is helping Snowden escape.

Justice Dept: One of the International Kings of Credit Card Theft Data Captured in France

credit_cardsBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — A resident of Moscow, “BadB” lived the glamorous life, hopping jets to Europe, freely spending money — even as U.S. authorities marked him as one of the world’s “most prolific sellers” of stolen credit card data.

French authorities arrested Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, 27, at the airport in Nice this weekend. Federal law enforcement authorities said he had apparently been living it up on the French Riviera. At the time of the arrest, they said, he was carrying some casino-issued cards that give high rollers additional privileges.

The arrest was trumpeted today as a big catch for authorities working to crack down on the ever-growing and menacing problem of credit-card data and identity theft, though officials provided no financial estimates on the losses involved.

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