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"'The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,' the White House said in formally announcing the summit after days of negotiating.  Those issues include the civil war in Syria, Russian aggression in Ukraine, and North Korea's nuclear weapons, said officials in both countries."

Several previous U.S. Presidents have held formal summits with Russian Presidents in Helsinki, including Ford and Brezhnev (1975), H.W. Bush and Gorbachev (1990), and Clinton and Yeltzin (1997). [post_title] => Trump And Putin To Hold First Formal Summit In Helsinki Finland On July 18 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-putin-hold-first-formal-summit-helsinki-finland-july-18 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-07-01 13:17:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-07-01 13:17:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2614 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2611 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-06-24 17:55:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-24 17:55:00 [post_content] => Close Trump associate Roger Stone met with a Russian national going by the name of Henry Greenberg in May of 2016.  Greenberg requested $2 million in exchange for "damaging information" about Hillary Clinton, but Stone denied.  Trump campaign communications official Michael Caputo arranged the meeting with Stone, and Stone was communicating with Caputo at the time.   [post_title] => Trump Associate Roger Stone Admits To Washington Post He Met With Russian Seeking Money For "Damaging Information" On Hillary Clinton During Trump Campain [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-associate-roger-stone-admits-washington-post-met-russian-seeking-money-damaging-information-hillary-clinton-trump-campain [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-24 17:55:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-24 17:55:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2611 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2608 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-06-24 17:33:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-24 17:33:00 [post_content] => "President Trump on Friday [June 8, 2018] called for Russia to be reinstated to the group of leading industrial nations meeting at the G-7 summit in Quebec, saying the Kremlin 'should be a part' of the talks. "Russia was suspended from the group -- then known as the G8 -- in 2014 after the majority of member countries allied against its annexation of Crimea. It was the first violation of a European country's borders since World War II." [post_title] => President Trump Calls For Russia To Be Allowed Back Into G7 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-trump-calls-russia-allowed-back-g7 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-24 17:33:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-24 17:33:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2608 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2604 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-06-16 14:58:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-16 14:58:49 [post_content] => As of June 15, 2018, the investigation by the F.B.I., led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has resulted in indictments and/or admissions of guilt from 20 people (and 3 businesses), which includes 5 Americans, 13 Russians, and one person from Ukraine and the Netherlands each.  75 total charges have been filed.  The charges are categorized by type below:
  • Aggravated identity theft (24)
  • Conspiracy to defraud the United States (16)
  • Making false statements (5)
  • Subscribing to false tax returns (5)
  • Bank fraud conspiracy (5)
  • Failure to file reports of foreign bank accounts (4)
  • Bank fraud (4)
  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud (2)
  • Conspiracy to obstruct justice (2)
  • Obstruction of justice (2)
  • Conspiracy against the United States (2)
  • Identify fraud (1)
  • Being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal (1)
  • False Foreign Agents Registration Act statements (1)
  • Subscribing to false amended tax returns (1)
Trump campaign officials and members of the administration who have been indicted include Paul Manafort (former Trump campaign chair), Rick Gates (former Trump deputy campaign chair), Michael Flynn (former campaign adviser and National Security Adviser), and George Papadopoulos (former Trump campaign adviser). [post_title] => 75 Charges Filed Against 20 People (Including 5 Americans) In FBI Investigation Of Russian Influence and Trump Campaign Collusion In 2016 Presidential Election [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 75-charges-filed-20-people-including-5-americans-fbi-investigation-russian-influence-trump-campaign-collusion-2016-presidential-election [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-16 15:02:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-16 15:02:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2604 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2603 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-06-16 14:24:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-16 14:24:30 [post_content] => "A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail on Friday to await trial, citing new charges that Mr. Manafort had tried to influence the testimony of two government witnesses after he had been granted a temporary release." "U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington revoked Manafort’s bail, saying she had no choice but to lock him up because she couldn’t stop him from contacting people." Paul Manafort was initially charged in a 12-count indictment with “conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other charges in connection with their work advising a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.” After Gates accepted a plea deal, Manafort was additionally charged with “conspiracy, money-laundering, being an unregistered agent for a foreign entity and making false statements.” [post_title] => Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Sent To Jail Over New Witness Tampering Charges While Out On Bail [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => former-trump-campaign-chair-paul-manafort-sent-jail-new-witness-tampering-charges-bail [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-16 14:24:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-16 14:24:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2603 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2601 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-06-09 19:54:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-09 19:54:34 [post_content] => "Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a new indictment Friday [June 8, 2018] against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, charging him and a Russian associate with obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to tamper with witnesses."  The Russian associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, is linked to Russian Intelligence. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were initially charged in a 12-count indictment with "conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other charges in connection with their work advising a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.” After Gates accepted a plea deal, Manafort was additionally charged with “conspiracy, money-laundering, being an unregistered agent for a foreign entity and making false statements.” [post_title] => FBI Charges Trump's Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort And His Russian Associate Linked To Russian Intelligence With Tampering With Witnesses In FBI Investigations [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fbi-charges-trumps-former-campaign-manager-paul-manafort-russian-associate-linked-russian-intelligence-tampering-witnesses-fbi-investigations [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-09 19:54:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-09 19:54:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2601 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2596 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-06-02 11:28:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-06-02 11:28:50 [post_content] => "Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee declared in a 250-page report on Friday [April 27, 2018] that their yearlong investigation uncovered no evidence that the Trump campaign had aided Russia’s election meddling, only ill-advised contacts between campaign aides and Russian officials or their intermediaries." "In a nearly 100-page dissenting document, Democrats on the Intelligence Committee described the Republicans’ report as little more than a whitewash. The eagerness of Trump campaign aides to accept offers of Russian assistance, they said, suggests “a consciousness of wrongfulness, if not illegality.” The Democrats complained that the committee failed to pursue obvious leads, interview important witnesses or investigate crucial lines of inquiry." "The committee voted along party lines in March to formally close the Russia investigation, after just more than one year. Democrats have continued to press ahead with their own investigation." Read the full report here. [post_title] => House Intelligence Committee Releases Report On Russian Connections To The Trump Campaign, Stating "No Evidence That The Trump Campaign Had Aided Russia's Election Meddling"; Democrats On The Committee Note the "Committee Failed To Pursue Obvious Leads, Interview Important Witnesses Or Investigate Crucial Lines Of Inquiry" [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => house-intelligence-committee-releases-report-russian-connections-trump-campaign-stating-no-evidence-trump-campaign-aided-russias-election-meddling-democrats-committe [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-02 11:47:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-02 11:47:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2596 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2586 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_content] => Donald Trump Jr. met with several Russians in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016 seeking "'potential information about an opponent,' he told congressional investigators, according to documents released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee." That information he was seeking was about Hillary Clinton, which would help his father's campaign for President. "Instead, lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya droned on about a 2012 law known as the Magnitsky Act that had imposed sanctions on Russia for human rights abuses and has been a particular vexation of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin." [post_title] => Donald Trump Jr. Met With Russians At Trump Tower In June Of 2016 Expecting Dirt On Hillary Clinton But Did Not Receive Any, According To Senate Hearing Testimony [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => donald-trump-jr-met-russians-trump-tower-june-2016-expecting-dirt-hillary-clinton-not-receive-according-senate-hearing-testimony [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-19 12:50:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2586 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2577 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-04-22 10:02:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-22 10:02:02 [post_content] => On Monday April 9, 2018 "the F.B.I. raided the Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen...seizing business records, emails, and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film actress." "Federal prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violation in connection with the Stormy Daniels payment, and perhaps other matters having to do with foreign support to Trump’s 2016 campaign." Cohen made news earlier in 2018 after it was discovered he arranged a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels a month before the 2016 Presidential election "as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.” [post_title] => F.B.I. Raids Offices And Hotel Room Of Trump's Personal Lawyer Michael Cohen As Part Of Investigation Into Possible Bank And Tax Fraud, Russia's Involvement In The 2016 Presidential Election, And Campaign Law Violations [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => f-b-raids-offices-hotel-room-trumps-personal-lawyer-michael-cohen-part-investigation-possible-bank-tax-fraud-russias-involvement-2016-presidential-election-camp [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-22 10:04:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-22 10:04:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2577 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2617 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-07-06 20:29:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-07-06 20:29:10 [post_content] => 7 Republican Senators and 1 Republican Congresswoman visited Russia over July 4th, 2018.  The trip included "a multiday tour of St. Petersburg and Moscow [and] meetings with Russia’s foreign minister and parliamentarians."   Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, the leader of the trip, stated at the Federation Council "We know that we need a new beginning, that we can go over recriminations on both sides for days in...But I believe Russia and the United States and the world will be a lot better off if we improve our relationship. Perhaps it won't be a utopia. Most marriages are not utopia. But an improvement, gosh, I hope so."   In addition to Senator Shelby, "the official congressional delegation featured Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)."   President Trump and President Putin will be holding a joint summit in Helsinki, Finland on July 18. 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