Legalization of polygamy not being discussed in Chechnya, Kadyrov says

In an interview with the Rossiya 24 television channel, Kadyrov denied ever saying that lawmakers in Russia’s Chechen Republic were preparing bills that would introduce polygamy in the region.

No, I have never said this. But it is not me who should give such permission to a Muslim person. The Almighty has already given permission [for men] to have four wives,” he said.

It is not discussed on the legislative level, but when a man loves a woman he must marry her and support her. We are not suggesting that he takes her to the registry office and register their marriage. He can call her what he wants, but according to our religion she will be his lawful wife,” Kadyrov said.

The registry office, however, is the first step taken within the law to destroy the family,” Kadyrov said, explaining that the need to have a document certifying a marital union was the first sign of a lack of trust between a man and a woman.

It was not the first time Kadyrov has publicly advocated de facto polygamy and criticized the institute of civil marriage. In a 2010 interview with RT, he said that the Muslim tradition of polygamy reduced sexual promiscuity and prostitution. In 2017, he again told RT that he personally saw the situation when a married man has a mistress as much worse than polygamy. “Is it normal for a family man? To cheat on his wife, on his family, to provide for his lover separately and cheat on everyone? And in case he chooses to make the relations legal and makes his lover his second wife under Islamic law, this will be a violation of the secular laws,” he said.

Kadyrov’s own marriage took place in 1996. He and his wife remain together and have 12 children, two of whom were adopted in 2007.

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Huma Abedin immunity discussed in Strzok text messages

Hillary Clinton Huma Abedin


Congressional investigators are puzzling over a December 2016 text message that suggests the Justice Department sought to grant immunity to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

In a Dec. 13, 2016 text exchange, FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok sent his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, a text message referring to a conversation he had with the Justice Department discussing immunity and potential grand jury testimony.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released the text message along with 384 pages of additional records on Wednesday.

“Talked with DoJ about HA interview,” Strzok wrote to Page.

“Told them we had to interview, no immunity. They said they thought that would get counsel to the point of saying she’s either taking the 5th in the Gj or you need to give her immunity. I said that’s fine, please have discussions to get the decision to that point and I would run it up the chain.”

Peter Strzok text message Lisa Page Huma Abedin


The initials “HA,” the gender reference and other text messages that Strzok sent in that time frame strongly suggest that he was referring to Abedin.

A day before the text about immunity, Strzok said that a top FBI official had offered to meet with Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall.

Peter Strzok text message Lisa Page


Kendall did not represent Abedin in the email case so it is unclear why the FBI sought to meet with him. A lawyer who represented Abedin on the email matter did not respond to a request for comment.

It is unclear what case Strzok was investigating at the time, and there have been no reports that Abedin was granted immunity or that she pleaded the Fifth.

The Hillary Clinton email investigation was closed for good on Nov. 6, 2016, just two days before the election. The FBI re-opened its investigation in late Oct. 2016 after Clinton emails were discovered on a laptop shared by Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

The FBI was still investigating Weiner for sending lewd messages to an underage girl.

Strzok was one of the lead investigators on the Clinton email investigation. He conducted the interviews of Clinton and several of her aides, including Abedin, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Heather Samuelson.

Mills and Samuelson were granted limited immunity in order to cooperate in the case.

As The Daily Caller has reported, Abedin and Mills gave conflicting answers about Clinton’s email server during their interviews with Strzok. They claimed that they were not aware of Clinton’s server until she left the State Department. But emails that the two aides sent while they worked for Clinton at State show that they discussed Clinton’s server, which maintained thousands of classified emails.

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Libyan commander Haftar discussed possible Russian military aid with Lavrov


Libyan National Army Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said Monday he raised the issue of Russia providing military help to Libya during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Haftar and Lavrov met earlier in the day in Moscow.

“Yes, we discussed it [the issue of military aid]. I am sure Russia remains a good friend of ours and will not refuse to help,” Haftar told reporters.

It is the third visit of the Libyan National Army commander to Moscow. He held a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in June 2016 and a meeting with Lavrov in November 2016, during which Haftar already asked Russia for military aid supplies in order to fight against the Islamists.

Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 civil war that resulted in the overthrow of country’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The eastern part of the crisis-torn state is governed by a parliament with headquarters in the city of Tobruk. The parliament is backed by the Libyan National Army headed by Haftar. At the same time, the Government of National Accord, headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj and backed by the United Nations and the European Union, operates in the country’s west and is headquartered in Tripoli.

Moscow has been providing support for the regulation of the crisis in Libya and has repeatedly said it was ready to cooperate with all the interested Libyan parties.

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NSA leak: AG Sessions reportedly discussed Trump campaign with former Russian ambassador


The Washington Post just made Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s rotten week even worse.

In what appears to be yet another leaked NSA intercept, WaPo reports citing ‘current and former American officials’, that Sergey Kislyak, the now infamous former Russian ambassador to the US, told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters – including policy issues important to Moscow – with Sessions during the 2016 presidential race. If accurate, the report would amount to yet another straw on the camel’s back of Sessions’ relationship with the former ambassador – who has been at the center of many of the US media’s stories alleging collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

When he announced his intentions to recuse himself from the DOJ’s probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign back in March, Sessions adamantly denied allegations that he had discussed the campaign with Russian officials, including former ambassador Kislyak. Sessions opted to recuse himself after he failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak during his confirmation hearing with the Senate back in February.

“I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” Sessions said in March when he announced that he would recuse himself from matters relating to the FBI probe of Russian interference in the election and any connections to the Trump campaign.

Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

However, Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions, then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump, were intercepted by US spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia.

As WaPo details, one former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.

Officials emphasized that the information contradicting Sessions comes from U.S. intelligence on Kislyak’s communications with the Kremlin, and acknowledged that the Russian ambassador could have mischaracterized or exaggerated the nature of his interactions.

However, WaPo waited until the end of the story to disclose one key detail about Kislyak’s reports to his superiors concerning his meetings with Sessions. According to Kislyak, Sessions didn’t discuss anything that could’ve influenced the election – i.e. nothing here fits in with the Don Jr. collusion narrative. And, more importantly, there’s no way to corroborate Kislyak’s characterization of the meeting. Apparently, Kislyak isn’t a meticulous notetaker, unlike former FBI Director James Comey.

As the ambassador to the US, Kislyak is expected to meet with US lawmakers.

“Obviously I cannot comment on the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept that the Washington Post has not seen and that has not been provided to me,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman in a statement.

She reiterated that Sessions did not discuss interference in the election.

However, after the tempestuous week that Sessions has had, this casts more doubt on the Attorney General’s “answers” in the past.

As a reminder, Trump, in an interview this week, expressed frustration with Sessions’ recusing himself from the Russia probe and indicated that he regretted his decision to make the lawmaker from Alabama the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Trump also faulted Sessions as giving “bad answers” during his confirmation hearing about his Russian contacts during the campaign.

When asked earlier this week about a falling out between himself and Trump, Sessions denied that he has any problems with the president, adding that he has no intentions of stepping aside.

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Finally we note that, although the WaPo report is unconfirmed – as the Flores quote above clearly indicates – it could give Trump just the cover he needs to fire Sessions.

In that case he can appoint another attorney general who won’t have conflicts and does not need to recuse from the Russia probe – thus giving Trump justification to fire Mueller and have the new DOJ head continue the probe, likely quashing the Russia narrative once and for all.

Not that this would even matter. As recent polls show, the American people stopped caring about Russia months ago.

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‘Putin & I discussed forming impenetrable cyber security unit to prevent election hacking’ – Trump

Trump added that he had “strongly pressed” Putin “twice about Russian meddling in our election.

He [Putin] vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion,” he said.

Putin confirmed on Saturday that the accusations claiming Russia meddled in the US election had been addressed during his conversation with Trump. The Russian president reiterated that there is no reason to believe that Russia interfered in the US electoral process.

He [Trump] asked many questions on that subject. I answered those questions as best I could. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with me, but you should really ask him how he feels about it,” Putin said.

The US president said “a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives” had been negotiated, noting that it’s time “to move forward in working constructively with Russia.”

On Friday, the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Putin met with Donald Trump for more than two hours.

After the meeting, US and Russian officials announced that a ceasefire agreement had been agreed upon for southwest Syria, to take effect on Sunday, July 9. The ceasefire applies to the Daraa, Quneitra, and As-Suwayda provinces.

Trump said on Saturday that his meeting with Putin had been “tremendous.” Putin noted later that the Trump seen on television is different from the one in real life, adding that he felt relations between the two countries could at least be partially restored.

I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we’ll be able to – at least partially – restore the level of cooperation that we need,” Putin said, addressing journalists.

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