Eve Levin // 10/31/17 //
President Trump has pledged more than $400,000 of his own money to help cover his aides’ legal costs in the Russia probes (WaPo).
The ideal level of transparency in high-level corruption investigations is uncertain, writes Matthew Stephenson at the Global Anticorruption Blog.
A bipartisan bill would impose disclosure requirements on online political advertising, but some are skeptical of the proposal’s efficacy (Ars Technica).
The House Intelligence Committee will interview Brad Parscale, digital director of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, as part of its investigation into Russia’s influence operation on social media (WSJ).
Congressional investigations into Russian interference are being bogged down in partisan politics, writes Nicholas Fandos in the New York Times.
Republican members of Congress are setting up for a fight over the budget for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (Politico).
The State Department is set to begin implementing new Russian sanctions after lawmakers in both parties raised questions about a weeks-long delay (Politico).
The United States revoked the visa of Bill Browder, a prominent critic of Vladimir Putin’s government and supporter of the Magnitsky Act. (NPR).
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the lobbying firm run by Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, due to alleged involvement in lobbying on behalf of Russian-backed interests in Ukraine (NBC).
Ty Cobb, President Trump’s outside counsel for the Russia investigation, has been able to prevent President Trump from engaging in further public comments about the investigation (Politico).
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, testified before the House Intelligence Committee regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election (NBC).
State election officials asked members of Congress for additional resources to secure election systems in advance of the 2018 election (The Hill).
Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis firm employed by the Trump campaign, contacted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to seek Clinton’s emails before the 2016 election (Politico).
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating possible money laundering by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (WSJ).
Senate investigators are seeking documents from the estate of Peter Smith, a former Republican campaign staffer who acknowledged seeking Clinton emails from Russian hackers (ABC News).