In the Giuliani & Toensing SDNY search warrant case, the USA tells the court the grand jury will not be handing down an indictment and asks that the Special Master be discharged. Link to the letter and some of case file.

It appears the grand jury was in Maryland but frankly I’m not sure. I don’t recall that we ever saw the warrant to establish where the grand jury was seated. What happened in Maryland that teed up in 2018?

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  1. I have a timeline about some things Trump/Russia. Following may or may not be helpful, but here’s what I have for 2018. 

    In 2018, Giulianiattended a pro-Russia conference.…   Also: Sens. Richard C. Shelby (Ala.), SteveDaines (Mont.), John Hoeven (N.D.), John Neely Kennedy (La.), Jerry Moran(Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Sen. Ron Johnson, plus Rep. Kay Granger (Tex.).

    Alongsidehis malign foreign influence efforts with U.S. Political Group 1, Ionov alsoexercised direction and control over U.S. Political Group 3, an organizationbased in California whose primary goal was to promote California’s secessionfrom the United States. In January and February of 2018, Ionov supportedU.S. Political Group 3’s efforts — led by the organization’s founder (UIC-6)—toorchestrate a protest demonstration at the California Capitol building inSacramento. Ionov partially funded the efforts and attempted to direct UIC-6 tophysically enter the governor’s office. Later, Ionov sent various media reportscovering the demonstration and U.S. Political Group 3’s broader efforts to FSBOfficer 1, writing that FSB Officer 1 had asked for “turmoil” and stating,“there you go.” 

    Feb.12, 2018: Trumpcalled Putin to offer his condolences after a plane crash in Russia killed 71people, according to the White House, which also said that the two leadersdiscussed the Israel-Palestinian peace process and North Korea. (WashingtonPost)

    DepartmentOf Justice Office Of The Inspector General February 28, 2018 at approximately 9:37 a.m. // Witness:Rudy Giuliani // Today we are here conducting an interview of Rudy Giuliani.

    March20, 2018: Trumpcalled Putin after his reelection to the Russian presidency to congratulatehim, according to the White House. The Post later reported that Trump had beengiven briefing notes that warned him “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” before the call. Aweek later, the Kremlin said that Trump had proposed meeting Putin at the WhiteHouse for the Russian leader’s first visit since 2005. (WashingtonPost)

    At ahearing on May 9, 2018, before the Committee on Science, Space, andTechnology, Secretary Perry states that the goal of his civil-nucleardiscussions with Saudi Arabia was to convince it to use Westinghouse toconstruct its reactors: “We tried to really drive home to the crown prince …that if you want the best reactors in world, you have to come to the UnitedStates and you have to use Westinghouse.” [Footnote 33: Committee onScience, Space, and Technology, Hearing on the Budget Proposal for theDepartment of Energy for FY 2019, 115th Cong. (May 9, 2018)]

    Republicanswho were in Moscow on July 4, 2018:

    Sen.Richard Shelby, R-Alabama

    JohnKennedy, R-Louisiana

    JohnHoeven, R – North Dakota

    JerryMoran, J – Kansas

    SteveDaines, R – Montana

    Sen.John Thune, R – South Dakota

    Sen.Ron Johnson, R – Wisconsin

    Kay Granger,R – Texas

    U.S.Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Jr.

     July16 2018: Trump andPutin met face-to-face again for a bilateral summit in Helsinki. The twoleaders spoke for two hours, joined only by their interpreters, before holdinga 46-minute news conference in which Trump said that Putin had made an“extremely strong and powerful” denial that Russia interfered with the U.S.election. A full account of what was discussed in the private meeting has neverbeen offered, despite lawmakers’ attempts to get interpreters’ notes from thediscussion. Limited and sometimes contradictory accounts of the talks haveleaked out. According to The Post, John Bolton, national security adviser atthe time, told senior officials that Trump had told Putin that U.S. troopswould stay in Syria until Iranians left. Kremlin officials have spoken of“agreements” reached during the meeting, without going into specifics. (WashingtonPost)

    On September26, 2018, the U.S. consortium to build nuclear reactors is reported to beon Saudi Arabia’s “shortlist of potential partners competing to buildnuclear-power plants in the kingdom.” Secretary Perry reportedly informsreporters that “the kingdom recently made a decision that keeps U.S. businesses— foremost Westinghouse Electric Co. — in the mix for what could ultimatelybecome a market worth tens of billions of dollars.” [Footnote35: U.S. Makes Shortlist for Saudi Nuclear-Plant Deal, Wall Street Journal (Sept.26, 2018).]

    On October2, 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman, is murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.After days of denying any Saudi role in Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, Saudi Arabia admitsthat Mr. Khashoggi died in a “fistfight” inside the Saudi consulate, and thatSaudi officials who killed Mr. Khashoggi were involved in a “cover-up” of Mr.Khashoggi’s murder. [Footnote 36: Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi Killed butClaims He Died in “Fistfight,” The Guardian (Oct. 20, 2018)] Aftersignificant public pressure, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Mr. Barrackdrop out of the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia, at whichthey are scheduled to speak together on a panel. [Footnote 37: Investor andTrump Friend Tom Barrack Not Going to Saudi Conference, CNBC (Oct. 19,2018).] In the ensuing uproar over Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, Mr. Kushner hasreportedly “offered the crown prince advice about how to weather the storm,urging him to resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid furtherembarrassments.” [Footnote 38: The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the SaudisGot a Friend in the White House, New York Times (Dec. 8, 2018).]

    On October31, 2018, Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Todd Young, Cory Gardner, RandPaul, and Dean Heller send a letter to President Trump urging him to “suspendtalks related to a potential civil nuclear cooperation agreement between theUnited States and Saudi Arabia” due to “serious concerns about thetransparency, accountability, and judgment of current decisionmakers in SaudiArabia.” They explain: We remain concerned that the Saudi Government hasrefused, for many years, to consider any agreement that includes so-called“Gold Standard” requirements against pursuing technologies to enrich uraniumand reprocess plutonium-laden spent nuclear fuel. [Footnote 47: Letter fromSenators Marco Rubio, Todd Young, Cory Gardner, Rand Paul, and Dean Heller toPresident Donald J. Trump (Oct. 31, 2018).]

    Nov.30, 2018: Trumpand Putin were both at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, but the U.S. presidentcanceled a planned meeting just hours after the Kremlin had announced it,blaming the decision on Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian naval ships and sailorsin the Black Sea. However, the Financial Times later reported that thetwo world leaders and their wives had talked for 15 minutes at an event at theBuenos Aires opera house. An unnamed Russian official told the newspaper thatthe discussion had been about whether they could meet formally, as well as thesituations in Ukraine and Syria, and that only a Russian interpreter waspresent. (Washington Post)

     On December20, 2018, it is reported that Secretary Perry led an interagency delegationto Riyadh weeks earlier to discuss a potential deal to share American nuclearpower technology with Saudi Arabia. Secretary Perry reportedly told the Saudisthat it would be important “to be perceived to be strong on non-proliferation.”[Footnote39: What We Know About the Progress on Saudi-US Nuclear Deal Discussions, AlArabiya English (Dec. 20, 2018).]

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