8:18 PM 11/3/2017 – Russian Trolls Didn’t Need To Infiltrate The American Media, Because We Let Them In

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Donald Trump: Russian Trolls Didn’t Need To Infiltrate The American Media, Because We Let Them In

We found more than 40 examples of Russian accounts easily weaseling their way into all sorts of news organizations including ours.

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8:14 PM 11/3/2017 – “Russian intelligence successfully penetrated Trump’s campaign operation at different levels.”

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Even as a tiny fraction of what the Mueller team now undoubtedly knows, the court filings drew a staggering portrait of how Trump’s world operated last year. It revealed how Russian intelligence successfully penetrated Trump’s campaign operation at different levels.

For several months, including during the Republican convention of last summer, Trump’s campaign was run by Paul Manafort, who operated in secret as a foreign agent of a regime friendly to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Before Manafort joined Trump in an official capacity, the charges indicate he laundered tens of millions of dollars for the Ukrainian strongman Viktor Yanukovych.

Perhaps even more ominous for Trump is the unexpected guilty plea of former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos — once described by Trump in an interview with The Washington Postas an “excellent guy.” Papadopoulos admitted to lying to the FBI about his attempts to set up meetings with Kremlin contacts in search of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump has two Hail Mary plays left — fire Mueller, or start war with North Korea: Burman

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Feeling cornered and under siege, an angry Donald Trump has embarked on a crucial trip to Asia, the longest foreign tour of his imploding presidency.

Increasingly, Trump is acting like a man who sees only two ways to survive. Given that, the only remaining question for him in his desperation may be this: “What should I do first?”

Will he fire Robert Mueller as the special counsel investigating Trump’s ties to Russia, which now seems only a matter of time, even though it is certain to trigger a constitutional crisis?

Or will he first try to regain popular support by risking a catastrophic nuclear war with North Korea, now closer than ever in the absence of any genuine diplomacy happening, even though it would inevitably result in hundreds of thousands of casualties?

This is a dangerous period in the turbulent Trump presidency, and for the world.

When the history books are written about this era, it is hard not to conclude that this week’s developments will loom large. This was the week we learned the first strong indications that — to put it in Trump’s vernacular — the jig is up.

The announcement from the Mueller team last Monday was a bombshell. Two senior Trump campaign officials have been indicted and a third Trump adviser has pleaded guilty. The 12-count indictment laid out the first charges in Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with last year’s U.S. election — including the headline charge of “conspiracy against the United States.”

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Even as a tiny fraction of what the Mueller team now undoubtedly knows, the court filings drew a staggering portrait of how Trump’s world operated last year. It revealed how Russian intelligence successfully penetrated Trump’s campaign operation at different levels.

For several months, including during the Republican convention of last summer, Trump’s campaign was run by Paul Manafort, who operated in secret as a foreign agent of a regime friendly to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Before Manafort joined Trump in an official capacity, the charges indicate he laundered tens of millions of dollars for the Ukrainian strongman Viktor Yanukovych.

Perhaps even more ominous for Trump is the unexpected guilty plea of former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos — once described by Trump in an interview with The Washington Postas an “excellent guy.” Papadopoulos admitted to lying to the FBI about his attempts to set up meetings with Kremlin contacts in search of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

This week’s developments, as an opening volley from the Mueller team, provide an indication of what their strategy is. They are pressuring Manafort to co-operate and reveal what he knows about Trump’s role. They have already done a deal with Papadopoulos to tell them what he knows about who else was involved.

As Trump himself must know, it is widely accepted that Mueller has Trump’s tax returns in his possession. This means that Mueller’s team is able to pull together a complete picture of Trump’s financial relationship with Russians — including the years well before he announced for the presidency.

There have been numerous reports that Trump and his associates have been heavily financed by Russian oligarchs and mobsters, including those involved in money laundering, extortion, drugs and racketeering. If so, this would help explain why Trump has been so obsessively reluctant to be critical of Putin or of Russia since being elected president.

More than anyone, Trump would know the extent of his involvement with Russia — although Mueller, by now, may be a close second. Therein lies the danger for Trump. He knows that Mueller has the potential to destroying his presidency.

So — if you’re Trump — Mueller, somehow, has to be gotten rid of. The only question is when. Neither Trump nor his associates have ever acknowledged this, although Trump once described it as a “red line” if Mueller ever started examining his financial holdings. Mueller has certainly crossed that line.

It is widely accepted in Washington political circles that Trump is seeking an opportunity to fire Mueller. To this end, many of his media boosters at Fox News are working overtime in trying to come up with ways to discredit Mueller and his team.

Yes, the risks for Trump in this are enormous. Any firing of Mueller — not unlike the fabled “Saturday Night Massacre” by Richard Nixon in 1973 — would trigger a constitutional crisis. But in Trump’s mind, that would be a risk worth taking if the stark alternative — as a response to Mueller’s eventual findings — is impeachment.

This drama is only beginning.

Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News. Reach him @TonyBurman or at tony.burman@gmail.com.

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US Lobbyists Missed Red Flags in Manafort-linked Contracts
 

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Two U.S. firms caught up in the special counsel’s indictment against Paul Manafort claim to have been misled about the details of the former Trump campaign chairman’s lobbying efforts for Ukraine, but clear warning signals were readily available. Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service has turned up several U.S. and European news articles from 2007 to 2014, and spoken with Ukrainian politicians, that lay out connections between the Brussels-based non-profit that hired the firms and the then-ruling party in Ukraine a key fact that the lobbying firms claim not to have known at the time. “Lobbyists should have examined available information carefully at the time of the engagement as a matter of know-your-client procedure,” said Gene Burd, a Washington-based international business partner with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. He said the two firms listed in the indictment as Company A and Company B, but recently identified as Mercury Public Affairs and The Podesta Group  should also “have kept up with the changing management situation and sources of financing of the organization.” Manafort, who served as President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman for three months in 2016, was indicted in a U.S. federal court Monday on multiple charges including having failed to register as a lobbyist for a foreign government at a time when his firm was acting on behalf of then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Kremlin Party of Regions. The indictment describes that work as part of a “scheme” by Manafort and co-defendant Rick Gates to generate U.S. support for the party, which favored aligning Kyiv with Moscow instead of seeking European Union membership, as many Ukrainians advocated. The indictment says both lobbying groups were recruited by Manafort’s firm to act on behalf of a Brussels-based non-profit known as the European Center for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) from 2012 to 2014. It says the ECFMU was, in fact, a vehicle for advancing the interests of Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. Both firms deny that they knowingly engaged in an image-rehabilitation campaign for Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, as the indictment indicates. Their latest public statement reiterates their claim that they were led to believe they were working only for ECFMU, which they understood to be a pro-EU think tank that sought to inform U.S. government officials about Ukraine. Podesta Group CEO Kimberley Fritts told VOA’s Ukrainian Service in August 2016, when their undisclosed foreign lobbying efforts were first reported, that, relying on the opinion of in-house and external legal counsel, her organization lawfully represented ECFMU interests in the United States without registering under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). “Because [our] firm was partnering with Mercury, [Podesta] in-house counsel coordinated with Mercury’s [in-house] counsel and Mercury’s outside legal counsel,” she was quoted as saying in an official statement emailed to VOA from the Podesta group. “Together, they concluded that LDA [Lobbying Disclosure Act] was the appropriate reporting route.” LDA registration is required of U.S. lobbyists representing business and non-governmental foreign interests such as cultural or educational organizations, whereas FARA’s more rigorous and legally binding registration disclosures are required to lobby on behalf of foreign governments or political parties. Fritts also told VOA that the two lobbying groups agreed to work for the ECFMU only after its director filed a written statement verifying that “none of the activities of the Center are directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled, financed or subsidized in whole or in part by a government of a foreign country or a foreign political party.” Former ECFMU director Ina Kirsch verified Fritts’ account of events, telling VOA that she personally assured Podesta and Mercury legal counsel that ECFMU “has never received any money from the Party of Regions, Ukrainian government or president,” and that it received funds from only private companies. Kirsch also said that ECFMU did not pay any money to the U.S. firms for their lobbying work. That claim is supported by Monday’s indictment, which states that “companies A and B,” which collectively received more than $2 million for their work, were paid not by the ECFMU, but from offshore bank accounts run by Manafort’s firm in Kyiv. “We believed [Manafort’s associate, Rick Gates, who introduced ECFMU to the Podesta Group] was working for [the ECFMU], as we were hired to do,” the Fritts statement said. However, an online search of news articles from 2007 to 2014 reveal Manafort’s role as Yanukovych’s principal strategist and identify the ECFMU as a vehicle of the Party of Regions. A 2007 New York Times report on then-prime minister Yanukovych, for example, portrayed Manafort as a “behind-the-scenes” impresario who had taken the “once divisive [Yanukovych], reviled by some [Ukrainians] as a shady reactionary and Kremlin pawn,” and turned him into “arguably the nation’s most popular politician.” Similar reports by Ukrainian news outlets described the range of Manafort’s political lobbying strategies and cited ECFMU documents that positioned the non-profit as a Party of Regions instrument of international influence. In March 2012, Ukrainska Pravda, one of Ukraine’s most influential mainstream news websites, published an ECFMU exposé that listed long-time Party of Regions MP Leonid Kozhara who went on to become Yanukovych’s foreign minister in December of that year as head of the ECFMU. The article also identifies two other prominent Party of Regions MPs, Evgen Geller and Vitaly Kalyzhny, as ECFMU founders. In a June 2012 interview with Kyiv-based Glavcom, Kozhara mentions the center’s financial dependence on government sources and describes its alignment with his government’s international objectives. Glavcom reporter: It is known that you have co-founded the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, which looks like it is busy with improving the image of Ukrainian authorities as related to the case of [then-imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko. Is this so? ECFMU’s Kozhara: … When I received an invitation from Brussels to chair the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, I was honored. I saw it as an acknowledgment of my work. When asked about the sources of ECFMU financing, Kozhara said: “As all NGOs, we have membership fees, but business structures and government structures all give money. If they want to receive the assistance, they should pay membership fees.” In an August 2016 interview with VOA, Kozhara denied having ever held a position with the ECFMU, describing himself as an unpaid board member of various NGOs, of which ECFMU was but one. Manafort and Gates are accused of serving as unregistered foreign agents of Ukrainian interests in violation of Department of Justice registration requirements. Between them, Manafort and Gates controlled 12 domestic entities, 12 Cyprus-based entities and three other foreign entities, according to the indictment. In all, $75 million passed through the offshore accounts. Manafort is alleged to have laundered more than $18 million. Gates is accused of laundering more than $3 million from offshore accounts. Podesta Group founder Tony Podesta, a long-time Democratic Party fund-raiser and brother to former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, abruptly resigned from the group hours after the indictment was made public. John, who co-founded the group with his brother in 1988, has not been associated with the group since the 1990s and is not associated with the indictment. The Podesta Group lobbies on behalf of various foreign interests, including the governments of Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia. It has also represented Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank. According to the New York Times, Mercury partner Michael McKeon issued a statement that the firm “takes its obligations to follow all laws, rules and regulations very seriously” and “has and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the Special Counsel in its investigation.” No charges have been brought against Tony Podesta, his former lobbying group or Mercury, but all have been subpoenaed for records and testimony regarding their work with Manafort, Gates and the ECFMU. This story originated in VOA’s Ukrainian Service.

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Damian Collins, a British lawmaker, wrote in a letter to Twitter that some Russian-linked Twitter accounts were also posting content that relates to the politics of the United Kingdom.

Voice of America: US Lobbyists Missed Red Flags in Manafort-linked Contracts
 

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Two U.S. firms caught up in the special counsel’s indictment against Paul Manafort claim to have been misled about the details of the former Trump campaign chairman’s lobbying efforts for Ukraine, but clear warning signals were readily available. Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service has turned up several U.S. and European news articles from 2007 to 2014, and spoken with Ukrainian politicians, that lay out connections between the Brussels-based non-profit that hired the firms and the then-ruling party in Ukraine a key fact that the lobbying firms claim not to have known at the time. “Lobbyists should have examined available information carefully at the time of the engagement as a matter of know-your-client procedure,” said Gene Burd, a Washington-based international business partner with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. He said the two firms listed in the indictment as Company A and Company B, but recently identified as Mercury Public Affairs and The Podesta Group  should also “have kept up with the changing management situation and sources of financing of the organization.” Manafort, who served as President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman for three months in 2016, was indicted in a U.S. federal court Monday on multiple charges including having failed to register as a lobbyist for a foreign government at a time when his firm was acting on behalf of then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Kremlin Party of Regions. The indictment describes that work as part of a “scheme” by Manafort and co-defendant Rick Gates to generate U.S. support for the party, which favored aligning Kyiv with Moscow instead of seeking European Union membership, as many Ukrainians advocated. The indictment says both lobbying groups were recruited by Manafort’s firm to act on behalf of a Brussels-based non-profit known as the European Center for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) from 2012 to 2014. It says the ECFMU was, in fact, a vehicle for advancing the interests of Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. Both firms deny that they knowingly engaged in an image-rehabilitation campaign for Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, as the indictment indicates. Their latest public statement reiterates their claim that they were led to believe they were working only for ECFMU, which they understood to be a pro-EU think tank that sought to inform U.S. government officials about Ukraine. Podesta Group CEO Kimberley Fritts told VOA’s Ukrainian Service in August 2016, when their undisclosed foreign lobbying efforts were first reported, that, relying on the opinion of in-house and external legal counsel, her organization lawfully represented ECFMU interests in the United States without registering under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). “Because [our] firm was partnering with Mercury, [Podesta] in-house counsel coordinated with Mercury’s [in-house] counsel and Mercury’s outside legal counsel,” she was quoted as saying in an official statement emailed to VOA from the Podesta group. “Together, they concluded that LDA [Lobbying Disclosure Act] was the appropriate reporting route.” LDA registration is required of U.S. lobbyists representing business and non-governmental foreign interests such as cultural or educational organizations, whereas FARA’s more rigorous and legally binding registration disclosures are required to lobby on behalf of foreign governments or political parties. Fritts also told VOA that the two lobbying groups agreed to work for the ECFMU only after its director filed a written statement verifying that “none of the activities of the Center are directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled, financed or subsidized in whole or in part by a government of a foreign country or a foreign political party.” Former ECFMU director Ina Kirsch verified Fritts’ account of events, telling VOA that she personally assured Podesta and Mercury legal counsel that ECFMU “has never received any money from the Party of Regions, Ukrainian government or president,” and that it received funds from only private companies. Kirsch also said that ECFMU did not pay any money to the U.S. firms for their lobbying work. That claim is supported by Monday’s indictment, which states that “companies A and B,” which collectively received more than $2 million for their work, were paid not by the ECFMU, but from offshore bank accounts run by Manafort’s firm in Kyiv. “We believed [Manafort’s associate, Rick Gates, who introduced ECFMU to the Podesta Group] was working for [the ECFMU], as we were hired to do,” the Fritts statement said. However, an online search of news articles from 2007 to 2014 reveal Manafort’s role as Yanukovych’s principal strategist and identify the ECFMU as a vehicle of the Party of Regions. A 2007 New York Times report on then-prime minister Yanukovych, for example, portrayed Manafort as a “behind-the-scenes” impresario who had taken the “once divisive [Yanukovych], reviled by some [Ukrainians] as a shady reactionary and Kremlin pawn,” and turned him into “arguably the nation’s most popular politician.” Similar reports by Ukrainian news outlets described the range of Manafort’s political lobbying strategies and cited ECFMU documents that positioned the non-profit as a Party of Regions instrument of international influence. In March 2012, Ukrainska Pravda, one of Ukraine’s most influential mainstream news websites, published an ECFMU exposé that listed long-time Party of Regions MP Leonid Kozhara who went on to become Yanukovych’s foreign minister in December of that year as head of the ECFMU. The article also identifies two other prominent Party of Regions MPs, Evgen Geller and Vitaly Kalyzhny, as ECFMU founders. In a June 2012 interview with Kyiv-based Glavcom, Kozhara mentions the center’s financial dependence on government sources and describes its alignment with his government’s international objectives. Glavcom reporter: It is known that you have co-founded the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, which looks like it is busy with improving the image of Ukrainian authorities as related to the case of [then-imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko. Is this so? ECFMU’s Kozhara: … When I received an invitation from Brussels to chair the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, I was honored. I saw it as an acknowledgment of my work. When asked about the sources of ECFMU financing, Kozhara said: “As all NGOs, we have membership fees, but business structures and government structures all give money. If they want to receive the assistance, they should pay membership fees.” In an August 2016 interview with VOA, Kozhara denied having ever held a position with the ECFMU, describing himself as an unpaid board member of various NGOs, of which ECFMU was but one. Manafort and Gates are accused of serving as unregistered foreign agents of Ukrainian interests in violation of Department of Justice registration requirements. Between them, Manafort and Gates controlled 12 domestic entities, 12 Cyprus-based entities and three other foreign entities, according to the indictment. In all, $75 million passed through the offshore accounts. Manafort is alleged to have laundered more than $18 million. Gates is accused of laundering more than $3 million from offshore accounts. Podesta Group founder Tony Podesta, a long-time Democratic Party fund-raiser and brother to former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, abruptly resigned from the group hours after the indictment was made public. John, who co-founded the group with his brother in 1988, has not been associated with the group since the 1990s and is not associated with the indictment. The Podesta Group lobbies on behalf of various foreign interests, including the governments of Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia. It has also represented Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank. According to the New York Times, Mercury partner Michael McKeon issued a statement that the firm “takes its obligations to follow all laws, rules and regulations very seriously” and “has and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the Special Counsel in its investigation.” No charges have been brought against Tony Podesta, his former lobbying group or Mercury, but all have been subpoenaed for records and testimony regarding their work with Manafort, Gates and the ECFMU. This story originated in VOA’s Ukrainian Service.

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In Donald Trump’s world, the buck stops over there | Opinion
 

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When he was campaigning for the president Donald Trump said, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.” But as smart as he is, and as much as he knows about everything, when things go wrong, Trump refuses to accept any blame.  After U.S. Navy Seal Willian “Ryan” Owens was killed on a covert mission in Yemen, Trump said the plan for that mission “was started before I got here.”  It was something his generals “wanted to do. And they came to see me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. And they lost Ryan.”

Not “we” lost Ryan, but “they” lost Ryan.

After four American soldiers were killed on a military mission in Niger, Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis wouldn’t say if the president had specifically approved the mission, but when Trump was asked he seemed eager to exonerate himself.  “No, I didn’t, not specifically. I have generals that are great generals. These are great fighters; these are warriors. I gave them authority to do what’s right so that we win. That’s the authority they have. I want to win. And we’re going to win.”

The President – whoever he is – has to decide,” President Harry Truman said in his 1953 farewell address. “He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.”  Truman’s legendary “The Buck Stops Here” sign is on display at his presidential library in Independence, Mo.

Maybe Trump should go gaze upon it.

If the military’s commander-in-chief believes he can talk about the military using the third person, then it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he thinks he can separate himself from the people on his campaign who are now in legal hot water.

Paul Manafort – who was arrested Monday on charges that include money laundering and conspiracy against the United States – was, at one point, the campaign manager for Trump’s campaign.  But so what? Trump tweeted Monday (Oct. 30) that the charges spelled out in the indictment against Manafort mostly allege crimes that happen before Manafort managed Trump’s campaign. That’s true.  But let us imagine Trump’s response if the campaign manager of one of his political enemies had been accused of conspiring against our country.

Would Trump have avoided drawing a line between that campaign manager and that political enemy?  Of course not. But the message coming out of the White House is that we shouldn’t make Manafort’s troubles Trump’s troubles.  Because that’s not fair.

At the same time, the White House is citing a 2010 deal that allowed Russia to buy into a U.S. uranium company and the fact that President Bill Clinton received $500,000 to speak in Moscow, to argue that it was really Hillary Clinton who was colluding with Putin..

As <a href=”http://FactCheck.org” rel=”nofollow”>FactCheck.org</a> puts it, “Donald Trump falsely accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of giving away U.S. uranium rights to the Russians and claimed — without evidence — that it was done in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation.”

Even if we don’t anything about the uranium deal -the details of which are at FactCheck.Org – we still know that there was only one candidate in last year’s election who was praising Putin.

This White House talks to us as if we were literally born yesterday and, thus, can’t remember the great Trump-Putin bromance of 2015 and ’16.

“Putin hates us,” candidate Trump said in June 2015. “He hates Obama. He doesn’t hate us. I think he’d like me. I’d get along great with him, I think. If you want to know the truth.”

To accept Trump’s new theory of Clinton-Putin collusion we’d have to accept that a dictator who hated President Barack Obama loved Obama’s secretary of state and that he dictator who Trump said would like him would choose to favor Trump’s opponent.

We can twist our minds into knots trying to make that theory make sense or we can just accept the findings of the U.S. intelligence community: “Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him.”

From that same report: “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

Trump’s tweet Monday focused on Manafort, but his former campaign director’s arrest wasn’t Monday’s only news. We also learned that a campaign aide, George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. According to the statement of offense, Papadopoulos sent multiple email messages to a “high-ranking campaign official” informing him that the Russians were trying to connect with Trump’s campaign.  Trump is now characterizing Papadopoulos as a “low level volunteer.”

If Trump can’t be held accountable for military decisions when he’s the commander-in-chief and he can’t be held accountable for criminality in his campaign when he was the candidate, then it’s pretty clear he doesn’t expect us to hold him accountable for anything.

Jarvis DeBerry is deputy opinions editor for NOLA.COM | The Times-Picayune. He can be reached at jdeberry@nola.com or at twitter.com/jarvisdeberry.

How Will Putin Play Trumps Russia Investigation Narrative?
 

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The 2016 election will be remembered for, among other things, Russian attacks including cyber theft, propaganda, trolls, bots, disinformation, efforts to use social media to stoke negative passions and possible espionage (in common parlance, collusion).

Several commentators have correctly reminded us that such activity is wholly consistent with Russian intelligence activity over the decades.

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As such, we should also be on the lookout for another classic Russian trick: strategic deception.

Lack of public awareness about this part of the Kremlin playbook threatens to unravel whatever traction we gain in finding the truth about 2016 and in defending ourselves against current threats and ones over the horizon.

Strategic deception is a secret, offensive effort to create an alternative narrative that serves Moscow’s interests.

Unlike Russia’s fake news and disinformation efforts designed to confuse or meet tactical ends, strategic deception is designed to build a believable and consistent narrative forcing the recipient to take a specific action.

It was used in the past to safeguard the identity of Russian spies in the U.S. and uncover perceived threats to the regime.

Efforts to deceive are most effective when they play to preconceived notions, and tell an adversary something it is desperate to know.

In this sense, Facebook and Russian deception have something in common – they succeed by selling us exactly what we want to hear. Facebook tracks your likes and interests, providing you with what you are inclined to believe. Clever deception, especially when dipped in some of the same insights of behavioral psychology, does much the same thing.

While I can’t pretend to know when and how the Russians will undertake a deception operation, my sense is that it will be around the issue of collusion.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

If there was collusion with the Trump team, the Russians will surely be looking to steer U.S. authorities toward alternate explanations for the activities of 2015 and 2016.

If there was no collusion whatsoever, the Russians may follow an alternative strategy of actively promoting the story as a means of weakening the Trump Administration and our trust in the democratic system.

In either case, their goal is the same: turn the U.S. against itself and protect Russian interests.

Moscow’s effort to safeguard the identity of its spies in 1980s Washington is a classic example of this deception strategy in action.

In the mid-1980s the KGB was facing a dilemma. They found themselves in the enviable position of having two highly placed spies inside the U.S. national security apparatus – Aldrich Ames at CIA and Robert Hanssen at FBI.

The two had informed the KGB of a group of Soviet officials who had been spying for Washington.

Despite KGB efforts to quietly remove the traitors from positions of access, the Soviet leadership insisted that the Russian spies be immediately arrested, imprisoned and executed. The KGB was left with the burden of safeguarding Ames and Hanssen from U.S. officials who would now be looking hard for explanations of why their long-time spies were suddenly uncovered.

The Soviets needed to provide alternative explanations rather than allowing the Americans to accept the real answer – that they had their own spies in their midst.

The Russians turned to one of their most developed and time-honored skills-sets – deception. They looked to send false signals to the Americans to force them to look anywhere else for an explanation for their losses, and not focus on a possible mole inside the grounds.

The deception effort was aimed directly within the walls of CIA. The KGB knew that CIA was hesitant to again turn itself inside-out looking for spies. CIA had suffered through a period of self-destruction at the hands of the recently-retired powerful counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who had convinced CIA leadership that the Soviets were ten feet tall.

The subsequent hunt for moles inside CIA had destroyed careers, severely damaged the effort to recruit new spies and created a sense of paralyzing paranoia within the ranks. Into this atmosphere the Russians sought to create a narrative that the CIA’s 1986 spy losses were a combination of poor CIA tradecraft, KGB luck, a technical penetration of Moscow Station and possibly a breach of CIA communications between their Headquarters and the field.

They did this primarily by dangling a double agent to the CIA Station in Moscow.

Senior KGB counterintelligence officer Alexander Zhomov (GTPROLOGUE) made clandestine contact with the CIA Station Chief in Moscow, and over several months provided detailed information on the KGB monitoring CIA officers in the capital. Zhomov provided a wealth of real, sensitive information that was twisted slightly to shape a narrative that the CIA was ready to accept – that the losses were due to a mixture of CIA mistakes and KGB lucky breaks.

Zhomov was taken more seriously than he might otherwise have been due to his high position in the KGB. The CIA was on guard for possible double agents who would sell false or low value information.

Past experience, however, had taught them that the KGB was extremely unlikely to provide CIA direct contact with a senior staff officer with access to the crown jewels for fear that he might be turned. That’s the very risk that the KGB took and changed their MO in furtherance of the highly crafted deception effort to protect their penetrations in Washington.

A separate but complementary project was also launched suggesting the KGB had success breaking into CIA’s encrypted communications, which further taxed the agency’s limited resources devoted to uncovering the reasons for the spy losses.

All of these efforts were designed to shape the narrative, send signals to the Americans and buy time that could be used to protect their investments in Ames and Hanssen. Once CIA and FBI had finally untangled it all, the passage of time had bought the KGB several more years to exploit Ames and Hanssen (and others?).

By the mid-80s, the CIA was ready to believe almost any other explanation other than the obvious – that they had a mole in their midst. Angleton’s paralyzing paranoia and distrust had torn CIA apart to the point that the pendulum might have swung too far in the other direction.

Deep knowledge of your adversary is critical in crafting an effective deception effort. The tendency to accept what you want to hear and dismiss what you don’t is a hazard to policymakers and intelligence analysts (and laypersons) alike. We wanted to believe that Saddam had nuclear weapons.

Also, for many years the Soviets dismissed the reporting of their best secret source – Kim Philby – because he told them (accurately) that the British Intelligence Service did not have any spies inside the Kremlin prior to WWII. Soviet leadership simply couldn’t believe that they were not the top target of the vaunted British Intelligence Service.

Russia has long-experience with strategic deception, and has invested heavily in understanding American psychological fibers. Indeed, the first operation of the nascent Soviet intelligence service following the Russian revolution was the creation of an elaborate but fake monarchist organization to attract opponents of the regime. “Operation Trust” ran for several years and led to the (literal) liquidation of the anti-Bolshevik resistance.

In the 21st century Putin has invested heavily in his intelligence services, benefitting from sensitive stolen information from cyber thieves and human spies, to include recently reported NSA breaches and access to Edward Snowden, among others.

In 2016, it was clear that the United States was not ready to defend against Russian interference. Unlike the Europeans who were far more savvy about Russian intentions, there is a tendency in U.S. culture to “trust but verify.”

U.S. journalists tend to report about Russia as if it is a western country where rule-of-law reigns. We try to verify and question every allegation before we accept the worst. We assume things are on the up-and-up unless we can prove otherwise – innocent until proven guilty.

Russia benefits from our naivete. What we need to do first is open eyes to the consistent, decades-long pattern of Russian attacks. Corruption, espionage, lies, disinformation and deception are the routine tools of Putin and the Kremlin, and will continue to be so into the indefinite future.

We would be better served to assume ill-intent, and not feel obligated to uncover conclusive evidence of wrongdoing in every case. Totally uncorrupted business is an aberration in Russia, and we have decades of experience with their use of disinformation and deception to push any agenda that damages U.S. and western cohesion.

While we may not find incontrovertible proof every time, the cumulative and historical effect is that Americans should preserve a very healthy skepticism when evaluating the motivations of the Russian government – guilty until proven innocent.

What’s more, because so much of what Russia does is secret and managed by the intelligence services, we are rarely going to be able to develop the kind of “evidence” that we would like to divine guilt or innocence.

As I’ve written recently, I believe that collusion is possible and that the much-maligned Steele dossier is more right than wrong. However, I also suspect that it will be very hard to prove.

Into this atmosphere Russian intelligence will certainly look to frame the narrative to fit their interests. They may, for example, provide a false lead suggesting collusion with the Trump campaign, only to pull the rug later to try to discredit the whole investigatory enterprise.

Or they may allow the release of a false and weak form of kompromat on the President to suggest they don’t have anything stronger.

Who knows what exactly their craft will deliver to a segment of the population ready to believe a certain narrative. The recent flood of information on Russian troll factories and use of social media may be part and parcel of a Russian effort to divert our attention away from possible collusion. I don’t know. They certainly left many fingerprints in their use of social media platforms.

At the very least, however, what we do know is that Moscow will most likely seek to muddy the waters and make it hard to know what information is real, and what’s not.

A basic awareness of strategic deception can help us avoid these traps, and pry ourselves loose when we’re found in one.

John Sipher is a Director of Customer Success at CrossLead, a software and consulting firm. He retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. having served as a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service.

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Buried deep in Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort is a new link between Donald Trump’s former campaign and Russian organized crime.

The indictment (PDF), unsealed on Monday, includes an extensive look into Paul Manafort’s byzantine financial dealings. In particular, it details how he used a company called Lucicle Consultants Limited to wire millions of dollars into the United States.

The Cyprus-based Lucicle Consultants Limited, in turn, reportedly received millions of dollars from a businessman and Ukrainian parliamentarian named Ivan Fursin, who is closely linked to one of Russia’s most notorious criminals: Semion Mogilevich.

Mogilevich is frequently described as “the most dangerous mobster in the world.” Currently believed to be safe in Moscow, he is, according to the FBI, responsible for weapons trafficking, contract killings, and international prostitution. In 2009, he made the bureau’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

“Ivan Fursin was a senior figure in the Mogilevich criminal organization,” Taras Kuzio, a non-resident fellow at Johns Hopkins-SAIS’ Center for Transatlantic Relations and a specialist on the region told The Daily Beast.

Martin Sheil, a retired criminal investigator for the IRS, said the indictment, with its connections to Fursin, helps illuminate the murky world Manafort operated in before taking the reins of Trump’s presidential bid.

“This indictment strongly indicates the existence of a previously unknown relationship between an alleged Russian organized crime leader and Mr. Manafort,” Sheil told The Daily Beast.

According to the indictment, Manafort and his former business partner, Rick Gates, used Lucicle to avoid paying taxes on money which they then spent on a variety of pricey items: clothes, antiques, and at least one Mercedes-Benz.

Paul Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, told reporters on Monday that the idea that anyone would engage in such a scheme is laughable.

“The second thing about this indictment that I, myself, find most ridiculous is a claim that maintaining offshore accounts to bring all your funds into the United States, as a scheme to conceal from the United States government, is ridiculous,” he told a scrum of reporters on the steps of a D.C. courthouse.

But the indictment alleges otherwise. According to Mueller’s team, from April 2012 to March 2013, Lucicle transferred more than $1.3 million to a home improvement company in the Hamptons, where Manafort owns property.

Lucicle also sent more than $200,000 to a New York men’s clothing store from March 2012 to February 2013. In that same window of time, it also sent more than $100,000 to a New York antique dealer, more than $340,000 to a Florida contractor, $88,000 to a landscaper in the Hamptons, and a comparatively paltry payment of $7,500 to a clothing store in Beverly Hills.

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On Oct. 5, 2012, Lucicle wired in $62,750 to pay for a Mercedes-Benz. And on Valentine’s Day of 2013, it sent $14,000 to a Florida art gallery. In total, according to Mueller’s indictment, Lucicle wired more than $5 million into the U.S. for Gates and Manafort.

At least some of the money Manafort and Gates used to pay for all those goodies appears to have come from Fursin. The New York Times reported in July that Lucicle and Fursin are tied to an “offshore entity, Mistaro Ventures, which is registered in St. Kitts and Nevis and listed on a government financial disclosure form that Mr. Fursin filed in Ukraine.”

According to the Times, “Mistaro transferred millions to Lucicle in February 2012 shortly before Lucicle made the $9.9 million loan to Jesand L.L.C., a Delaware company that Mr. Manafort previously used to buy real estate in New York.” It was one month after that transfer that Lucicle started shelling out millions to pay for cars, clothes, and real estate, according to the indictment.

That isn’t Fursin’s only connection to Manafort. He is also a lawmaker for the Party of Regions, which paid at least $17 million to Manafort’s firm.

In addition, Fursin’s longtime business associate, Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, has an off-again, on-again partnership with Manafort. Together, they tried to buy the Drake Hotel in Manhattan for a cool $850 million. Firtash also bankrolled Ukraine’s Party of Regions.

Firtash has his own legal complications. He is currently under indictment in U.S. federal court for allegedly orchestrating an international titanium mining racket. The acting U.S. attorney in Chicago recently dubbed him an “organized-crime member” and an “upper-echelon associat[e] of Russian organized crime.” His attorneys say those charges are mere “innuendo,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

A December 2005 report from the Austrian Federal Criminal Investigation Agency said the FBI described Fursin and Firtash as senior members of the Semion Mogilevich Organization.

Ken McCallion, a former federal prosecutor who represented Yulia Tymoshenko in a civil case against Manafort and Firtash, told The Daily Beast that Fursin and Firtash are close.

“It was very similar to the relationship between Manafort and Gates,” he said. “Gates was a significant player in the criminal activities that Manafort engaged in… He played a major role, he was a major lieutenant in Manafort’s organization. By the same token, Fursin was one of the chief lieutenants of Firtash.”

The Early Edition: November 3, 2017
 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

SYRIA

Pro-Syrian government forces have completely liberated the city of Deir al-Zour from terrorism, Syrian state television reported today, the city in the eastern part of the country was the last remaining stronghold of Islamic State militants and was the headquarters of the terrorist groups self-styled caliphate. The BBC reports.

The city was taken after a two-month campaign with the support of Russian air power, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the AFP reports.

The armed forces, in cooperation with allied forces, liberated the city, a military source said today, Al Jazeera reports.

A Nusra Front car bomb killed at least nine and wounded 23 in a Syrian government-held village close to the Israeli-held Golan Heights. Reuters reports.

The U.S. and Russia have drafted rival U.N. Security Council resolutions in relation to the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (J.I.M.) and its work to determine responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia recently blocked a resolution extending J.I.M.s mandate through its veto power, Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

Civilians in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta have suffered as a consequence of a years-long government blockade and the humanitarian situation is desperate. Louisa Loveluck and Zakaria Zakaria report at the Washington Post.

IRAQ

Iraqi forces have entered one of the last remaining Islamic State strongholds in the country, Iraqs Joint Operations command said today, the offensive is taking place at al-Qaim near the border with Syria. Raya Jalabi reports at Reuters.

Iraqi troops have reached the border with Syria, according to an Iraqi officer, making the advance as part of the effort to recapture al-Qaim. The AP reports.

At least 741 civilians were executed by Islamic State militants during the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, the U.N. said in a report yesterday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said that the Mosul operations subjected thousands of civilians to human rights abuses and clear violations of international humanitarian law, adding that those responsible must answer for their heinous crimes. Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

The Kurds influence across Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran has diminished in light of the impending defeat of the Islamic State group and the aims of the four countries to stop any kind of independence movement. Yaroslav Trofimov explains at the Wall Street Journal.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 1. Separately, partner forces conducted six strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Unsealed court documents appear to reveal that Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew that Trump campaign associates had contacts with Russians during the 2016 election, a campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, spoke to Sessions and Trump in March 2016 about setting up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin an idea that Trump listened to with interest but Sessions was strongly opposed to. Michael S. Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo and Scott Shane report at the New York Times.

The revelations from the court documents have led to demands by Senate Democrats that Sessions explain why he did not disclose the March 2016 meeting when testifying before congressional hearings, some Senators calling for the Attorney General to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to clarify his testimony. Karoun Demirjian, Sari Horwitz and Adam Entous report at the Washington Post.

The Trump campaigns former foreign policy adviser Carter Page testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a private session yesterday and claimed that he had informed Sessions about his planned trip to Russia in July 2016, raising further questions about Sessions testimony and the extent of his knowledge about connections between Trump campaign officials and Russia. Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb report at CNN.

Page invoked his Fifth Amendment rights when asked why he had withheld documents from the committee relating to Russian interference, according to lawmakers. Following the testimony, Page was asked by reporters whether he had a relationship with Papadopoulos, to which he replied that he had nothing to do with any of that. Kyle Cheney reports at POLITICO.

Sam Clovis, Trumps pick for the Agriculture Departments chief scientist, has withdrawn has nomination amid the investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia and the revelation that he was the campaign supervisor to Papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty of lying to the F.B.I.. Jordan Fabian, Timothy Cama and Brett Samuels report at the Hill.

The presidents son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has turned over documents to special counsel Robert Mueller in relation to any contacts with Russia, according to sources familiar with the matter, two separate sources have said that investigators have asked other witnesses about Kushners role in the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey. Evan Perez, Pamela Brown and Shimon Prokupecz report at CNN.

Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been ordered by a U.S. judge to remain under house arrest and wear an electronic monitoring device as he awaits trial date for money-laundering and other offences, Manaforts associate and Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates also remains under house arrest and the charges against him include money-laundering and conspiracy against the U.S.. The charges were made as part of Muellers investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Sarah N. Lynch and Warren Strobel report at Reuters.

The Mueller indictment of Manafort reveals a connection with a notorious Russian organized crime leader, Betsy Woodruff reports at The Daily Beast.

Its a disgrace, Trump said in an interview yesterday, saying that the investigations into Russian interference were bad for our country and that Congress has found no collusion so far, the president also dismissed the use of social media by Russian operatives to spread disinformation.  John Bowden reports at the Hill.

Were not a social network, was the repeated reply of Googles general counsel during this weeks congressional hearings about Russian election interference and use of online platforms to spread propaganda, the response highlighting the attempts by tech giants to distance themselves from being labeled as social because of the associated problems. Daisuke Wakabayashi and Mike Isaac explain at the New York Times.

The Trump-Russia investigations are unveiling Trumps strange obsession with Russia and the latest news from Muellers investigation suggests that what has long been opaque will soon be clear. Joe Scarborough writes at the Washington Post.

The Mueller indictments have shone a spotlight on the poor caliber of advisers surrounding Trump during the election and the inability of the campaign to properly vet individuals who sought to support the campaign. Scott Jennings writes at CNN.

NEW YORK TERROR ATTACK

The Islamic State group yesterday claimed responsibility for Tuesdays terror attack in New York, calling the suspected attacker, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, a soldier of the caliphate, but provided no evidence that they had prior knowledge of the attack being planned. Nicole Chavez and Hamdi Alkashali report at CNN.

President Trump repeated calls for Saipov to face the death penalty in a tweet last night, his remarks potentially jeopardizing a fair trial. The BBC reports.

An analysis of the clues left by Saipov and his connections with the Islamic State group is provided by Rukmini Callimachi at the New York Times.

The U.S. should be prepared for a new type of Islamist extremism in the wake of the New York terror attack, and the U.S. must focus on defeating radical Islamist ideology, Husain Haqqani writes at the Wall Street Journal.

NORTH KOREA

The U.S., Japan and South Korea flew bombers and jet fighters near North Korea yesterday, according to the U.S. Pacific Command the drill was planned in advance, but North Korea state media said it was a stealth mission demonstrating that the U.S. was aggravating the situation of the Korean Peninsula and seeking to ignite a nuclear war. Jonathan Cheng reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The joint exercises simulated attacks on land targets but did not involve live weapons, according to an anonymous South Korean military official, Kim Tong-Hyung reports at the AP.

The drills took place before Trumps trip to Asia beginning on Sunday, and the North Korean threat is set to feature prominently in discussions with Asian leaders. Soyoung Kim and Phil Stewart report at Reuters.

The U.S. Treasury severed ties with a small Chinese bank on the border with North Korea yesterday, accusing the bank of acting as a conduit for illicit North Korean financial activity. Don Weinland reports at the Financial Times.

TRUMP ASIA TRIP

The world is running out of time to deal with the threat posed by North Korea, Trump is set to tell leaders on his Asia trip, the national security adviser H.R. McMaster said yesterday, Ali Vitali reporting at NBC News.

Putin and Trump may meet at the A.P.E.C. summit in Vietnam next week, Russias Kremlin said today, Reuters reporting.

Trump plans to draw attention to Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea during his trip, an issue that has a deep emotional resonance in Japan. Motoko Rich explains at the New York Times.

Trumps Asia trip will begin in Japan on Sunday and the tour will continue to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Ishaan Tharoor sets out what to look for during the visit at the Washington Post.

Trumps erratic statecraft and the specter of the Russia investigations have the potential to undermine the presidents agenda during his Asia trip, in addition, the intense schedule and the problem of promoting new initiatives in the region add further complications. Mark Landler explains at the New York Times.

Trumps America First policy undermines the U.S.s ability to make an impact on human rights in Asia as the Trump administration has deployed differing human rights narratives based on a nations relationship with the U.S., in contrast to the Obama administration which responded quickly to abuses and political strife. Matt Spetalnick and Prak Chan Thul write at Reuters.

GUANTÁNAMO BAY

A federal judge in Washington may intervene in the case of defense chief Brig. Gen. John Baker who has been confined to his quarters in Guantánamo Bay for contempt of court for defying his orders and refusing to testify in the U.S.S. Cole case. Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

The three civilian defense lawyers who left the U.S.S. Cole case are set to defy the military judges orders again and refuse to appear in court at Guantánamo due to a secret ethical dilemma. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGY

Russian hackers targeted Putins detractors and those of interest to the Kremlin, a digital hit list reveals. Raphael Satter, Jeff Donn and Justin Myers report at the AP.

Attorney General Jeff Session yesterday castigated technology companies for stopping investigators from accessing encrypted information for ongoing terror investigations, Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

Well see, Trump replied when asked by an interviewer yesterday whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would remain in the administration for the duration of the presidents term, once again throwing doubt on the future of Tillersons position. Cristiano Lima reports at POLITICO.

The Trump administration asked the French President Emmanuel Macron to set up a meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly in September, Iran replied unequivocally that they would not meet with President Trump. Karen DeYoung reports at the Washington Post.

Tillerson is scheduled to visit Myanmar this month to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, the State Department announced yesterday, referring to the human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Laura Koran reports at CNN.

Russia has been taking advantage of the lack of U.S. policy in the Middle East to increase its influence, Zeina Karam writes at the AP.

Key positions in the Pentagon will finally be filled, the vacancies, which have lasted 10 months, have had an impact on U.S. operations, including in Afghanistan. Paul McLeary explains at Foreign Policy.

The U.S. pledge for $60m for a U.N.-backed counterterrorism force in Africas Sahel region comes following increased extremist activity. Azad Essa explains the details of the new force at Al Jazeera.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The U.S. has been deliberately lying about the mysterious sonic attacks the U.S. has alleged Cuba has been carrying out against its diplomats in Havana, the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said yesterday, Luis Alonso Lugo reporting at the AP.

We hope that as an external party, the United States can plant more flowers and fewer thorns, Chinas Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang said today in relation to the dispute over the South China Sea, making the comments ahead of Trumps visit to Beijing next week. Michael Martina reports at Reuters.

Serbia rejected calls from the U.S. to choose between the West or Russia, the Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic saying that what is important is to see what is in our own best interests. Aleksandar Vasovic reports at Reuters.

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President Donald Trump leaves for Asia on Friday; he will visit Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, the New York Times reported. Trump will address the North Korean missile crisis in meetings with Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leaders. In a speech in Vietnam, Trump will build on the Japanese idea of a free and open Indo-Pacific to articulate a containment strategy against China. In advance of Trumps departure, two U.S. bombers flew close by North Korean airspace and conducted a bombing drill in South Korea, according to the Wall Street Journal. North Korean state media said the exercise was meant to simulate a nuclear strike. The U.S. Pacific Command said the exercise was not planned in response to any current event.

The Islamic State said Sayfullo Saipov, the man who killed eight people in New York using a truck on Oct. 31, was one of its soldiers but did not provide evidence he had coordinated with other Islamic State fighters, CNN reported. In its weekly newspaper, the militant organization did not say it had any prior knowledge of the attack. Federal investigators found that Saipov had about 90 videos and 3,800 images related to the Islamic State on his phone.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be dishonorably discharged for deserting his base in Afghanistan but will not serve any prison time, the Times reported. Bergdahl walked off his base in 2009 and shortly after, the Taliban captured and held him for five years.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under scrutiny for his statements to Congress regarding the extent of his knowledge of Trump campaign contacts with Russia, CNN reported. Sessions failed to disclose to lawmakers at his confirmation hearing that he had rejected a proposal from Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos for the candidate to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Carter Page, another former Trump foreign policy adviser, testified before the House intelligence committee that he had told Sessions about a trip Page planned to take to Russia during the campaign, also according to CNN. Democrats on the Senate judiciary and intelligence committees want Sessions to clarify his prior testimony on the matter.

The White House was unaware that Sam Clovisthe former Trump campaign co-chair, and laternominee for USDA chief scientist, testified before a grand jury in the special counsel investigation, ABC News reported. Administration staffers learned that Clovis had come under scrutiny in the Russia investigation from media reports. Clovis was the campaign supervisor cited in the charges against George Papadopoulos who appeared to encourage Papadopoulos to cultivate ties with Russia. Separately, in recent weeks, Jared Kushner has turned over documents to the special counsel probe related to his role in the campaign, the transition and any contacts with Russians, CNN reported. On Thursday, Trump said he wished he could redirect the Justice Department to focus its efforts on Hillary Clinton, also according to CNN. He said, A lot of people are unhappy with the Justice Department, including me.

Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militias have completely retaken the city of Deir al-Zour, the Islamic States last major stronghold in Syria, the Times reported. Russia air strikes aided the capture of the last remaining neighborhoods where militants held out against the Syrian advance. In Iraq, the town of Al-Qaim fell to the Iraqi Army and its allied militias, clearing the Islamic State from one of its last remaining territories in the country, Reuters reported. Separately, a U.N. report said the Islamic State executed hundreds of civilians during the siege of Mosul and used civilians as human shields in the course of the nine-month battle, the Times reported. The U.N.s top human rights official recommended that Iraq amend its criminal code to allow its courts to try the Islamic States offenses, which he described as war crimes, or that Iraq bring the crimes to the International Criminal Courts jurisdiction.

Three civilian defense attorneys again defied an order from a Guantanamo Bay military judge to continue representing Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of plotting the USS Cole bombing, the Miami Herald reported. The attorneys said they would not appear at a Virginia teleconferencing facility to participate in a hearing on Friday morning. A federal district court judge in Washington D.C. refused to halt the hearing because of its lack of counsel. The D.C. judge may also rule on Friday afternoon about the detention of the Marine Corps brigadier general who assented to the attorneys resignation.

The U.S. and Russia put forward conflicting U.N. resolutions about extending the mandate of the body investigating uses of chemical weapons in Syria, the AP reported. Last week, Russia vetoed an extension of the Joint Investigative Mechanisms (JIM) mandate for another year. The Russian resolution only renews the JIMs mandate for six months while the U.S. resolution would extend the bodys authority for two years. Last week, the latest JIM report blamed the Syrian government for the April sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

The International Criminal Courts prosecutor will seek to open an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan, Reuters reported. Fatou Bensouda said she had a reasonable basis to believe war crimes and crimes against humanity occurred in the course of the sixteen-year long war in Afghanistan.

Defense News Matt Bodner and Aaron Mehta explained how a minor Pentagon research project led Vladimir Putin to warn the U.S. was planning biological warfare.

Politicos Josh Meyer wrote about how Carter Page and George Papadopoulos interactions with Russians linked to the Kremlin exemplifies Moscows use of cut-outs.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Harry Larson explained what immigration detainers are and the legal challenges they face.

Robert Chesney, Sabrina McCubbin and Benjamin Wittes analyzed President Trumps suggestion that the New York attacker be held as an enemy combatant in the context of the chaotic developments in the military detention system.

Mieke Eoyang, Ben Freeman and Benjamin Wittes shared the October 2017 data from the Confidence in Government on National Security Matters project. They also discussed data that supported a troubling conclusion: Republican attacks on the special counsel are affecting public confidence in Muellers inquiry.

Sarah Grant summarized Wednesdays contempt hearing for in the al-Nashiri case at the military commissions..

Vanessa Sauter posted the habeas petition of Brig. Gen. John Baker, the chief defense counsel at the military commissions.

Stewart Baker shared the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring an interview with Rep. Tom Graves, co-sponsor of the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act.

Benjamin Wittes posted the Million Dollars in Rugs edition of Rational Security.

 

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Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: UK asks Twitter for list of Russia-linked accounts – CNNMoney
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: 1:32 PM 11/3/2017 Manafort Indictment Reveals Trump Russia Collusion

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1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): Donald Trump: Trump under siege from Mueller as he travels to Asia
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump rolls out of bed and goes completely berserk
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Raging Trump demands FBI investigate Clinton, uranium anything but Russia
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): Just Security: Unsealed Documents in Special Counsel Muellers Investigation
Trump Investigations Report: 3:02 PM 11/3/2017 Crooks or Traitors?
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News: The Trump Team and the Russia Probe: Are Paul Manafort and Rick Gates Crooks or Traitors? – Newsweek
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: Trump and the Mob – Google News: Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer says Trump created ‘lynch mob atmosphere’ – Daily Mail
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: Is Jared Kushner next to be indicted in Russia investigation? – Metro US
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): trump and republican party – Google News: Iowa GOP leader eyes caucus change favoring Trump – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: trump criminal investigation – Google News: Russia, Trump, and the 2016 US Election – Council on Foreign Relations
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: UK asks Twitter for list of Russia-linked accounts – CNNMoney
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: 1:32 PM 11/3/2017 Manafort Indictment Reveals Trump Russia Collusion
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: Cyprus Gave Manafort’s Bank Records to Mueller Team, Sources Say – Bloomberg
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: The Guardian view on Trumps Twitter silencing: a blow for diplomacy | Editorial
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: Russia, Trump, and the 2016 US Election – Council on Foreign Relations
Trump Investigations Report: 2:40 PM 11/3/2017 Mueller Reveals New Manafort Link to Organized Crime
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): emails investigation is Russia-Trump set-up – Google News: Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats’ emails – CNBC
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): Abedin has to resign – Google News: Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats’ emails – CNBC
Trumpistan Today: 2:34 PM 11/3/2017 The Manafort Mogilevich link is established for the first time in the indictment by Mueller
1. Trump from mikenova (195 sites): Trumpistan Today: 2:34 PM 11/3/2017 The Manafort Mogilevich link is established for the first time in the indictment by Mueller

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Trump Calls Russia Probe ‘Disgrace” Wants Clinton Investigation – Voice of America
After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached
Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.
Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along
Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell
After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down
11:32 AM 11/2/2017 Recent Posts
1:00 PM 11/2/2017 Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful
1:21 PM 11/2/2017 Examples of Russian Facebook ads
Trump does not recall suggestion of Putin meeting: White House – Reuters
Top Justice official says Trump respects ‘the rule of law’ – Politico
Why Trump Really Needs to Stop Tweeting About NYC Terror Attack Suspect Sayfullo Saipov – Newsweek
US judge orders former Trump aides to stay under home arrest – Reuters
social media in trump campaign – Google News: At least five people close to Trump engaged with Russian Twitter trolls from 2015 to 2017 – Washington Post
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis – The Economist
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Infamous fake Twitter account prompted social media giant to re-evaluate policies – ABC News
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election – Metro US

 

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Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News: The Trump Team and the Russia Probe: Are Paul Manafort and Rick Gates Crooks or Traitors? – Newsweek


Newsweek
The Trump Team and the Russia Probe: Are Paul Manafort and Rick Gates Crooks or Traitors?
Newsweek
But anyone with basic knowledge of Russiaor access to Googleis aware that Putin is an only child (his two older brothers died before he was born) and therefore has no nieces. Or nephews. Papadopoulos’s other great top-level Russian contact 
Forget Paul Manafort these are the men cooperating with the FBI who Trump should be really afraid ofThe Independent
Sohn: The only thing ‘phony’ is Trump blame-shiftingChattanooga Times Free Press
Mueller’s Investigation Is a Rebuke to KleptocracyThe Atlantic
Salon –Department of Justice
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 Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News

Trump and the Mob – Google News: Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer says Trump created ‘lynch mob atmosphere’ – Daily Mail

Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer says Trump created ‘lynch mob atmosphere’
Daily Mail
Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer says Trump created ‘lynch mob atmosphere’. Disgraced soldier Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer, Eugene Fidell, said President Trump’s negative comments about his client ‘cast a dark cloud over the case.’ Mother daughter day! Meg Ryan …

 Trump and the Mob – Google News

Is Jared Kushner next to be indicted in Russia investigation? – Metro US


Metro US
Is Jared Kushner next to be indicted in Russia investigation?
Metro US
The FBI has reportedly been looking into Kushner since before Mueller even took over the investigation for his multiple roles on the Trump campaign and transition team and the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russia’s ambassador and a Russian banker …
Jared Kushner turns over documents to special counsel Robert Mueller in Russia probeNew York Daily News

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trump criminal investigation – Google News: Russia, Trump, and the 2016 US Election – Council on Foreign Relations


Council on Foreign Relations
Russia, Trump, and the 2016 US Election
Council on Foreign Relations
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading a criminal inquiry for the Department of Justice (DOJ), the most high-profileinvestigation. He has a mandate to examine any links or coordination between Trump’s …

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 trump criminal investigation – Google News

UK asks Twitter for list of Russia-linked accounts – CNNMoney


CNNMoney
UK asks Twitter for list of Russia-linked accounts
CNNMoney
… to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. The hearings, which focused disproportionately on Facebook, provided the first official glimpses of Russian-bought social media ads and revealed this content reached a larger audience than previously 

1:32 PM 11/3/2017 Manafort Indictment Reveals Trump Russia Collusion

Manafort Indictment Reveals Trump Russia Collusion. Friday November 3rd, 2017 at 12:54 PM 1 Share Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Manafort Indictment Reveals Trump Russia Collusion Read the whole story · · · Russian Strategic Deception – Google Search Friday November 3rd, 2017 at 12:40 PM Russian Strategic Deception … Continue reading“1:32 PM 11/3/2017 – Manafort Indictment Reveals Trump Russia Collusion”
Cyprus Gave Manafort’s Bank Records to Mueller Team, Sources Say – Bloomberg


Bloomberg
Cyprus Gave Manafort’s Bank Records to Mueller Team, Sources Say
Bloomberg
Authorities in Cyprus handed over bank and company records to U.S. investigators late last week related to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, just before they were indicted in the U.S., according to people …

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Russia, Trump, and the 2016 US Election – Council on Foreign Relations


Council on Foreign Relations
Russia, Trump, and the 2016 US Election
Council on Foreign Relations
There are multiple federal investigations into the role Russia played in the 2016 election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading a criminal inquiry for the Department of Justice (DOJ), the most high-profile …

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Trump Calls Russia Probe ‘Disgrace” Wants Clinton Investigation – Voice of America


Voice of America
Trump Calls Russia Probe ‘Disgrace” Wants Clinton Investigation
Voice of America
… for three months was Trump’s campaign chairman last year, and former business associate Rick Gates, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington as part of Mueller’s criminal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
Trump, Calling Justice Dept. Disappointing, Urges It to Investigate DemocratsNew York Times
Trump pushes DOJ to investigate DemocratsThe Mercury News
Trump calls on FBI to investigate Clinton-DNC dealThe Hill
U.S. News & World Report –Wall Street Journal –Politico
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After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached

After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached

After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached

The scene inside the White House is even uglier than one might imagine

Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.

Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.

Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.

Does Corey Lewandowski know something we don’t?

Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along

Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along

Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along

Here comes the proof

Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell

Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell

Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell

This got ugly for Ivanka fast

After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down

After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down

After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down

Donald Trump Jr is falling to pieces by the minute

11:32 AM 11/2/2017 Recent Posts

Russian propagandists sought to influence LGBT voters with a “Buff Bernie” ad:  You can color your own Bernie hero! the ad says. There is a new coloring book called Buff Bernie: A coloring book for Berniacs is full of very attractive doodles of Bernie Sanders in muscle poses.’  11:17 AM 11/2/2017 – M.N.: Donald, you … Continue reading“11:32 AM 11/2/2017 – Recent Posts”
1:00 PM 11/2/2017 Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful

Перед началом совещания с членами Правительства. Из альбома к материалу Совещание с членами Правительства 31 октября 2017 года Москва, Кремль  1:00 PM 11/2/2017 – Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful Saved Stories Trump Investigations Saved Stories – Trump Investigations 9:04 AM 11/2/2017 M.N.: Look at their recent photos. They look … Continue reading“1:00 PM 11/2/2017 – Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful”
1:21 PM 11/2/2017 Examples of Russian Facebook ads

Examples of Russian Facebook ads meant to divide the US and push Trump Thursday November 2nd, 2017 at 1:17 PM Politics 1 Share An ad from a Russia-linked account on Facebook run during the 2016 presidential election.US House Intelligence Committee Congress released some of the Facebook ads linked to Russian operatives in the run-up to last year’s presidential … Continue reading“1:21 PM 11/2/2017 – Examples of Russian Facebook ads”
Trump does not recall suggestion of Putin meeting: White House – Reuters


Reuters
Trump does not recall suggestion of Putin meeting: White House
Reuters
The New York Times said Trump, in a telephone conversation with the newspaper on Wednesday, said investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia had not come anywhere near him personally. I’m not underinvestigation, as you …
Outcomes on tax reform, Russian investigations, raise stakes for Republicans as 2017 rushes to a closeSTLtoday.com

all 1,306 news articles »

Top Justice official says Trump respects ‘the rule of law’ – Politico


Politico
Top Justice official says Trump respects ‘the rule of law’
Politico
Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media, his calls to prosecute his political opponents and his firing of the FBI director at least in part for an investigation into Trump’s own campaign, a top Justice Department official 

and more »

Why Trump Really Needs to Stop Tweeting About NYC Terror Attack Suspect Sayfullo Saipov – Newsweek


Newsweek
Why Trump Really Needs to Stop Tweeting About NYC Terror Attack Suspect Sayfullo Saipov
Newsweek
Trump’s comments on the ongoing investigation could undermine the case against Saipov because defense lawyers could argue that a man with 41.7 million Twitter followers has tainted the jury pool, making it impossible to try Saipov fairly for providing …
Trump just called for the New York terror suspect to get the death penaltyVox

all 916 news articles »

US judge orders former Trump aides to stay under home arrest – Reuters


Reuters
US judge orders former Trump aides to stay under home arrest
Reuters
The investigation has cast a shadow over the first nine months of the Republican’s presidency. Another top Trump former campaign advisor, Sam Clovis, withdrew his candidacy for an administration job, apparently as a result of Mueller’s probe. For
Donald Trump advisor Sam Clovis, linked to Russia probe, withdraws name for postThe Sydney Morning Herald

all 564 news articles »

social media in trump campaign – Google News: At least five people close to Trump engaged with Russian Twitter trolls from 2015 to 2017 – Washington Post


Washington Post
At least five people close to Trump engaged with Russian Twitter trolls from 2015 to 2017
Washington Post
… including by Vanity Fair.) This account has been flagged before. On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that Michael T. Flynn, while advising Trump’s campaign last year, had encouraged his followers about 57,000 accounts at that point to 

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis – The Economist


The Economist
Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis
The Economist
The campaign used the entire spectrum of socialmedia tools. Videos, articles and documents leaked to embarrass enemiesa practice known as doxingwere posted to YouTube and blogs. Twitter and Facebook circulated memes. Most people not directly …

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Infamous fake Twitter account prompted social media giant to re-evaluate policies – ABC News

Infamous fake Twitter account prompted social media giant to re-evaluate policies
ABC News
A Russian-backed Twitter account now infamous for luring voters and Trump campaign officials into spreading divisive messages prompted the social media giant to re-evaluate its broader response to suspected Russian election interference, Twitter’s 

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election – Metro US


Metro US
Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election
Metro US
One of them had previously been unmasked as Ten_GOP, which Flynn, Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, and Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale retweeted before the election. Three days before the election, Flynn …

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News


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Trump Calls Russia Probe ‘Disgrace” Wants Clinton Investigation – Voice of America
After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached
Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.
Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along
Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell
After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down
11:32 AM 11/2/2017 Recent Posts
1:00 PM 11/2/2017 Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful
1:21 PM 11/2/2017 Examples of Russian Facebook ads
Trump does not recall suggestion of Putin meeting: White House – Reuters
Top Justice official says Trump respects ‘the rule of law’ – Politico
Why Trump Really Needs to Stop Tweeting About NYC Terror Attack Suspect Sayfullo Saipov – Newsweek
US judge orders former Trump aides to stay under home arrest – Reuters
social media in trump campaign – Google News: At least five people close to Trump engaged with Russian Twitter trolls from 2015 to 2017 – Washington Post
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis – The Economist
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Infamous fake Twitter account prompted social media giant to re-evaluate policies – ABC News
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election – Metro US
Donald Trump-Russia investigation – what you need to know about alleged collusion between US president and … – WalesOnline
In Call With Times Reporter, Trump Projects Air of Calm Over Charges – New York Times
Schiller tops list of high-profile witnesses before House Russia investigators – CNN
Trump insists he’s not angry as the Russia investigation escalates – Business Insider
Who is Sam Clovis and how is he connected to Trump, Russia investigation? – Fox News
A history of Donald Trump’s business dealings in Russia – Washington Post
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: How Trump Helps Russian Trolls – The New Yorker
Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News: Sarah KendziorRussia’s Social Media Propaganda Was Hiding in Plain Sight – NBCNews.com

 

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Trump Calls Russia Probe ‘Disgrace” Wants Clinton Investigation – Voice of America


Voice of America
Trump Calls Russia Probe ‘Disgrace” Wants Clinton Investigation
Voice of America
… for three months was Trump’s campaign chairman last year, and former business associate Rick Gates, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington as part of Mueller’s criminal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
Trump, Calling Justice Dept. Disappointing, Urges It to Investigate DemocratsNew York Times
Trump pushes DOJ to investigate DemocratsThe Mercury News
Trump calls on FBI to investigate Clinton-DNC dealThe Hill
U.S. News & World Report –Wall Street Journal –Politico
all 487 news articles »
After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached

After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached

After arrests, Donald Trump goes full “maniac” and his advisers now think hell be impeached

The scene inside the White House is even uglier than one might imagine

Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.

Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.

Corey Lewandowski correctly predicted Paul Manafort and Rick Gates arrests. Now hes naming two more people.

Does Corey Lewandowski know something we don’t?

Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along

Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along

Proof surfaces that Donald Trump has been lying about the Trump-Russia dossier all along

Here comes the proof

Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell

Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell

Ivanka Trumps life just went to hell

This got ugly for Ivanka fast

After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down

After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down

After Trump-Russia arrests begin, Donald Trump Jr panics and melts down

Donald Trump Jr is falling to pieces by the minute

11:32 AM 11/2/2017 Recent Posts

Russian propagandists sought to influence LGBT voters with a “Buff Bernie” ad:  You can color your own Bernie hero! the ad says. There is a new coloring book called Buff Bernie: A coloring book for Berniacs is full of very attractive doodles of Bernie Sanders in muscle poses.’  11:17 AM 11/2/2017 – M.N.: Donald, you … Continue reading“11:32 AM 11/2/2017 – Recent Posts”
1:00 PM 11/2/2017 Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful

Перед началом совещания с членами Правительства. Из альбома к материалу Совещание с членами Правительства 31 октября 2017 года Москва, Кремль  1:00 PM 11/2/2017 – Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful Saved Stories Trump Investigations Saved Stories – Trump Investigations 9:04 AM 11/2/2017 M.N.: Look at their recent photos. They look … Continue reading“1:00 PM 11/2/2017 – Look at their recent photos. They look more depressed and confused than gleeful”
1:21 PM 11/2/2017 Examples of Russian Facebook ads

Examples of Russian Facebook ads meant to divide the US and push Trump Thursday November 2nd, 2017 at 1:17 PM Politics 1 Share An ad from a Russia-linked account on Facebook run during the 2016 presidential election.US House Intelligence Committee Congress released some of the Facebook ads linked to Russian operatives in the run-up to last year’s presidential … Continue reading“1:21 PM 11/2/2017 – Examples of Russian Facebook ads”
Trump does not recall suggestion of Putin meeting: White House – Reuters


Reuters
Trump does not recall suggestion of Putin meeting: White House
Reuters
The New York Times said Trump, in a telephone conversation with the newspaper on Wednesday, said investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia had not come anywhere near him personally. I’m not underinvestigation, as you …
Outcomes on tax reform, Russian investigations, raise stakes for Republicans as 2017 rushes to a closeSTLtoday.com

all 1,306 news articles »

Top Justice official says Trump respects ‘the rule of law’ – Politico


Politico
Top Justice official says Trump respects ‘the rule of law’
Politico
Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media, his calls to prosecute his political opponents and his firing of the FBI director at least in part for an investigation into Trump’s own campaign, a top Justice Department official 

and more »

Why Trump Really Needs to Stop Tweeting About NYC Terror Attack Suspect Sayfullo Saipov – Newsweek


Newsweek
Why Trump Really Needs to Stop Tweeting About NYC Terror Attack Suspect Sayfullo Saipov
Newsweek
Trump’s comments on the ongoing investigation could undermine the case against Saipov because defense lawyers could argue that a man with 41.7 million Twitter followers has tainted the jury pool, making it impossible to try Saipov fairly for providing …
Trump just called for the New York terror suspect to get the death penaltyVox

all 916 news articles »

US judge orders former Trump aides to stay under home arrest – Reuters


Reuters
US judge orders former Trump aides to stay under home arrest
Reuters
The investigation has cast a shadow over the first nine months of the Republican’s presidency. Another top Trump former campaign advisor, Sam Clovis, withdrew his candidacy for an administration job, apparently as a result of Mueller’s probe. For
Donald Trump advisor Sam Clovis, linked to Russia probe, withdraws name for postThe Sydney Morning Herald

all 564 news articles »

social media in trump campaign – Google News: At least five people close to Trump engaged with Russian Twitter trolls from 2015 to 2017 – Washington Post


Washington Post
At least five people close to Trump engaged with Russian Twitter trolls from 2015 to 2017
Washington Post
… including by Vanity Fair.) This account has been flagged before. On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that Michael T. Flynn, while advising Trump’s campaign last year, had encouraged his followers about 57,000 accounts at that point to 

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis – The Economist


The Economist
Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis
The Economist
The campaign used the entire spectrum of socialmedia tools. Videos, articles and documents leaked to embarrass enemiesa practice known as doxingwere posted to YouTube and blogs. Twitter and Facebook circulated memes. Most people not directly …

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Infamous fake Twitter account prompted social media giant to re-evaluate policies – ABC News

Infamous fake Twitter account prompted social media giant to re-evaluate policies
ABC News
A Russian-backed Twitter account now infamous for luring voters and Trump campaign officials into spreading divisive messages prompted the social media giant to re-evaluate its broader response to suspected Russian election interference, Twitter’s 

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election – Metro US


Metro US
Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election
Metro US
One of them had previously been unmasked as Ten_GOP, which Flynn, Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, and Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale retweeted before the election. Three days before the election, Flynn …

and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

Donald Trump-Russia investigation – what you need to know about alleged collusion between US president and … – WalesOnline


WalesOnline
Donald Trump-Russia investigation – what you need to know about alleged collusion between US president and …
WalesOnline
In May, Trump fired Mr Comey. He was supposedly sacked because of his handling of an investigation into Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server, but Mr Trump made no secret of his frustration with the Russia probe. He admitted to NBC: Regardless of …
Trump does not recall suggestion of Putin meeting: White HouseReuters
Congress week ahead: Tax time crunch, Russia investigation march forwardCNN

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In Call With Times Reporter, Trump Projects Air of Calm Over Charges – New York Times


New York Times
In Call With Times Reporter, Trump Projects Air of Calm Over Charges
New York Times
President Trump projected an air of calm on Wednesday after charges against his former campaign chief and a foreign policy aide roiled Washington, insisting to The New York Times that he was not angry at anybody and that investigations into his 

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Schiller tops list of high-profile witnesses before House Russia investigators – CNN


CNN
Schiller tops list of high-profile witnesses before House Russia investigators
CNN 
(CNN) One of President Donald Trump’s closest confidantes is speaking privately next week to congressional investigators looking into Russia meddling, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. …

The charges unveiled this week from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation add another complicating factor for the congressional Russia investigations, and will make it tougher for the House panel to interview Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and 

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Trump insists he’s not angry as the Russia investigation escalates – Business Insider


Business Insider
Trump insists he’s not angry as the Russia investigation escalates
Business Insider
President Donald Trump told The New York Times on Wednesday that he wasn’t “angry at anybody” as the Russia investigation heats up. Trump appeared to be responding to a Washington Post story that characterized him as increasingly frustrated after a … 
Russia investigation: Who’s who in special counsel Robert Mueller’s documentsABC News
Who is Sam Clovis and how is he connected to TrumpRussia investigation?Fox News
Donald Trump’s Worst Fear Is Coming True: He Isn’t Excluded From the Russia ProbeNewsweek
The Independent
 
Washington prepares for the unexpected as Russia investigation unfoldsWashington Post
A Lot Happened in the Russia Investigation on Monday. Here’s a Wrap-Up.New York Times
Mueller’s charges complicate the Hill’s Russia inquiriesCNN
Fortune
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Who is Sam Clovis and how is he connected to Trump, Russia investigation? – Fox News


Fox News
Who is Sam Clovis and how is he connected to Trump, Russia investigation?
Fox News
Sam Clovis, President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) chief scientist, withdrew his name for consideration Thursday. Clovis is entangled in the ongoing investigations into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 election. 
Trump nominee Sam Clovis withdraws after Russia probe linkDeutsche Welle
Trump says everything is fine, then pulls nomination of man who squealed to feds on RussiaShareblue Media
Top Trump Campaign Aide Clovis Spoke to Mueller Team, Grand JuryNBCNews.com
PoliticoWashington PostAmazon S3DocumentCloud
all 206 
Robert Mueller probe: What do we know so far and what does this mean for Trump?The Independent
Special counsel probe: Manafort, Gates due in court, Trump appointee withdrawsCBC.ca

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A history of Donald Trump’s business dealings in Russia – Washington Post


Washington Post
A history of Donald Trump’s business dealings in Russia
Washington Post
Trump’s Russia connections helped sow the seeds of Mueller’s investigation. The best example is the now-famous June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower organized by Donald Trump Jr. with Russians who had links with the Kremlin. Mueller isinvestigating …

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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: How Trump Helps Russian Trolls – The New Yorker


The New Yorker
How Trump Helps Russian Trolls
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The Public Needs a Lesson in Russian Strategic Deception: It’s What You Want to Hear

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The 2016 election will be remembered for, among other things, Russian attacks including cyber theft, propaganda, trolls, bots, disinformation, efforts to use social media to stoke negative passions and possible espionage (in common parlance, collusion).  Several commentators have correctly reminded us that such activity is wholly consistent with Russian intelligence activity over the decades.  As such, we should also be on the lookout for another classic Russian trick: strategic deception. Lack of public awareness about this part of the Kremlin playbook threatens to unravel whatever traction we gain in finding the truth about 2016 and in defending ourselves against current threats and ones over the horizon.

Strategic deception is a secret, offensive effort to create an alternative narrative that serves Moscow’s interests. Unlike Russia’s fake news and disinformation efforts designed to confuse or meet tactical ends, strategic deception is designed to build a believable and consistent narrative forcing the recipient to take a specific action.  It was used in the past to safeguard the identity of Russian spies in the U.S. and uncover perceived threats to the regime.  Efforts to deceive are most effective when they play to preconceived notions, and tell an adversary something it is desperate to know.  In this sense, Facebook and Russian deception have something in common – they succeed by selling us exactly what we want to hear.  Facebook tracks your likes and interests, providing you with what you are inclined to believe.  Clever deception, especially when dipped in some of the same insights of behavioral psychology, does much the same thing.

While I can’t pretend to know when and how the Russians will undertake a deception operation, my sense is that it will be around the issue of collusion. If there was collusion with the Trump team, the Russians will surely be looking to steer U.S. authorities toward alternate explanations for the activities of 2015 and 2016.  If there was no collusion whatsoever, the Russians may follow an alternative strategy of actively promoting the story as a means of weakening the Trump Administration and our trust in the democratic system.  In either case, their goal is the same: turn the U.S. against itself and protect Russian interests.

Moscow’s effort to safeguard the identity of its spies in 1980s Washington is a classic example of this deception strategy in action.

In the mid-1980s the KGB was facing a dilemma.  They found themselves in the enviable position of having two highly placed spies inside the U.S. national security apparatus – Aldrich Ames at CIA and Robert Hanssen at FBI.  The two had informed the KGB of a group of Soviet officials who had been spying for Washington.  Despite KGB efforts to quietly remove the traitors from positions of access, the Soviet leadership insisted that the Russian spies be immediately arrested, imprisoned and executed.  The KGB was left with the burden of safeguarding Ames and Hanssen from U.S. officials who would now be looking hard for explanations of why their long-time spies were suddenly uncovered.  The Soviets needed to provide alternative explanations rather than allowing the Americans to accept the real answer – that they had their own spies in their midst.

The Russians turned to one of their most developed and time-honored skills-sets – deception.  They looked to send false signals to the Americans to force them to look anywhere else for an explanation for their losses, and not focus on a possible mole inside the grounds.

The deception effort was aimed directly within the walls of CIA.  The KGB knew that CIA was hesitant to again turn itself inside-out looking for spies.  CIA had suffered through a period of self-destruction at the hands of the recently-retired powerful counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who had convinced CIA leadership that the Soviets were ten feet tall.  The subsequent hunt for moles inside CIA had destroyed careers, severely damaged the effort to recruit new spies and created a sense of paralyzing paranoia within the ranks.  Into this atmosphere the Russians sought to create a narrative that the CIA’s 1986 spy losses were a combination of poor CIA tradecraft, KGB luck, a technical penetration of Moscow Station and possibly a breach of CIA communications between their Headquarters and the field.

They did this primarily by dangling a double agent to the CIA Station in Moscow.  Senior KGB counterintelligence officer Alexander Zhomov (GTPROLOGUE) made clandestine contact with the CIA Station Chief in Moscow, and over several months provided detailed information on the KGB monitoring CIA officers in the capital.  Zhomov provided a wealth of real, sensitive information that was twisted slightly to shape a narrative that the CIA was ready to accept – that the losses were due to a mixture of CIA mistakes and KGB lucky breaks.  Zhomov was taken more seriously than he might otherwise have been due to his high position in the KGB.  The CIA was on guard for possible double agents who would sell false or low value information. Past experience, however, had taught them that the KGB was extremely unlikely to provide CIA direct contact with a senior staff officer with access to the crown jewels for fear that he might be turned.  That’s the very risk that the KGB took and changed their MO in furtherance of the highly crafted deception effort to protect their penetrations in Washington.

A separate but complementary project was also launched suggesting the KGB had success breaking into CIA’s encrypted communications, which further taxed the agency’s limited resources devoted to uncovering the reasons for the spy losses.  All of these efforts were designed to shape the narrative, send signals to the Americans and buy time that could be used to protect their investments in Ames and Hanssen.  Once CIA and FBI had finally untangled it all, the passage of time had bought the KGB several more years to exploit Ames and Hanssen (and others?).

By the mid-80s, the CIA was ready to believe almost any other explanation other than the obvious – that they had a mole in their midst.  Angleton’s paralyzing paranoia and distrust had torn CIA apart to the point that the pendulum might have swung too far in the other direction.

Deep knowledge of your adversary is critical in crafting an effective deception effort.  The tendency to accept what you want to hear and dismiss what you don’t is a hazard to policymakers and intelligence analysts (and laypersons) alike.  We wanted to believe that Saddam had nuclear weapons.  Also, for many years the Soviets dismissed the reporting of their best secret source – Kim Philby – because he told them (accurately) that the British Intelligence Service did not have any spies inside the Kremlin prior to WWII.  Soviet leadership simply couldn’t believe that they were not the top target of the vaunted British Intelligence Service.

Russia has long-experience with strategic deception, and has invested heavily in understanding American psychological fibers. Indeed, the first operation of the nascent Soviet intelligence service following the Russian revolution was the creation of an elaborate but fake monarchist organization to attract opponents of the regime.  “Operation Trust” ran for several years and led to the (literal) liquidation of the anti-Bolshevik resistance.  In the 21st century Putin has invested heavily in his intelligence services, benefitting from sensitive stolen information from cyber thieves and human spies, to include recently reported NSA breaches and access to Edward Snowden, among others.

In 2016, it was clear that the United States was not ready to defend against Russian interference.  Unlike the Europeans who were far more savvy about Russian intentions, there is a tendency in U.S. culture to “trust but verify.”  U.S. journalists tend to report about Russia as if it is a western country where rule-of-law reigns.  We try to verify and question every allegation before we accept the worst.  We assume things are on the up-and-up unless we can prove otherwise – innocent until proven guilty.

Russia benefits from our naivete.  What we need to do first is open eyes to the consistent, decades-long pattern of Russian attacks.  Corruption, espionage, lies, disinformation and deception are the routine tools of Putin and the Kremlin, and will continue to be so into the indefinite future.  We would be better served to assume ill-intent, and not feel obligated to uncover conclusive evidence of wrong-doing in every case.  Totally uncorrupted business is an aberration in Russia, and we have decades of experience with their use of disinformation and deception to push any agenda that damages U.S. and western cohesion.  While we may not find incontrovertible proof every time, the cumulative and historical effect is that Americans should preserve a very healthy skepticism when evaluating the motivations of the Russian government – guilty until proven innocent.  What’s more, because so much of what Russia does is secret and managed by the intelligence services, we are rarely going to be able to develop the kind of “evidence” that we would like to divine guilt or innocence.

As I’ve written recently, I believe that collusion is possible and that the much-maligned Steele dossier is more right than wrong.  However, I also suspect that it will be very hard to prove.  Into this atmosphere Russian intelligence will certainly look to frame the narrative to fit their interests.  They may, for example, provide a false lead suggesting collusion with the Trump campaign, only to pull the rug later to try to discredit the whole investigatory enterprise. Or they may allow the release of a false and weak form of kompromat on the President to suggest they don’t have anything stronger. Who knows what exactly their craft will deliver to a segment of the population ready to believe a certain narrative. The recent flood of information on Russian troll factories and use of social media may be part and parcel of a Russian effort to divert our attention away from possible collusion.  I don’t know.  They certainly left many fingerprints in their use of social media platforms. At the very least, however, what we do know is that Moscow will most likely seek to muddy the waters and make it hard to know what information is real, and what’s not. A basic awareness of strategic deception can help us avoid these traps, and pry ourselves loose when we’re found in one.

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Shooting in Chicago Starbucks kills man, wounds another and boy, 12

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CHICAGO — A man was killed and two others, including a 12-year-old boy, were injured in a shooting in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Authorities say the shooting occurred at a Starbucks, where a man’s body could be seen late Thursday through the shop’s window.

Police say the 12-year-old and a man were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

CBS Chicago reports the incident began nearby with a drug deal between the gunman and one of the victims, who then ran into the Starbucks. The shooter followed him inside and fired shots, fatally wounding him and hitting another man and the boy.

A witness told the station he heard gunfire and saw a suspect wearing a ski mask fleeing the scene.

The shooting took place in a bustling area on the city’s North Side that contains several music venues, including the famed Green Mill Cocktail Lounge and the Aragon Ballroom.

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Alleged Mastermind of Kremlin Troll Factory Denies Involvement in U.S. Elections

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Russian businessman Dmitry Prigozhin has denied ties to the infamous Kremlin troll factory suspected of being behind Russian meddling in U.S. presidential elections last year.

A St. Petersburg native, Prigozhin’s ties to the Kremlin go back to hosting dinner receptions for President Vladimir Putin in the early 2000s. He is reportedly an investor in the private military contractor Wagner and the alleged owner of the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, also known as the “Kremlin’s troll factory.”

The U.S. Treasury added Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering to its list of sanctioned companies in June after identifying Prigozhin as the “owner or controller” of both entities.

U.S authorities suspect the business of being behind hundreds of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts that reached tens of millions of Americans during the 2016 election campaign that saw Donald Trump win the White House.

Wagner has reportedly taken part in combat operations in eastern Ukraine and Syria.

In his first public statement since the news broke, Prigozhin refuted a connection to the troll factory and expressed bewilderment at the prospect of further punitive actions by the U.S. government.

“Neither the company Concord nor other structures owned by the businessman are in any way connected to activity designed to interfere with the American elections,” Prigozhin’s spokesperson told the RBC business outlet.

“We do not know the reasons for the possible introduction of new sanctions on the part of the U.S. (government).”

The U.S. placed Prigozhin on its sanctions list in 2016 and added Concord Management and Consulting, as well as and Concord Catering, to its list of prohibited companies in June 2017.

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Sessions: People inspired by ISIS represent majority of terror probes

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday that “people inspired by ISIS” represent the majority of terrorist investigations being conducted in the US – probes that are underway in all 50 states.

“The largest category of counterterrorism cases in the United States under investigation today are of people inspired by ISIS,” Sessions said in an address about national security at the US attorney’s office in Manhattan. “We are not slowing down. The FBI currently has ongoing terrorism-related investigations in all 50 states.”

Speaking just days after Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov drove a pickup truck through a bike-path a few blocks north of the World Trade Center and killed eight people, Sessions said one of the tools the US needs to combat terrorism is the ability to gather evidence electronically.

“To investigate terrorism, we will need access to electronic evidence in a lawful way,” he said. “Too often, technology companies refuse to cooperate with law enforcement or even to comply with court orders. Over just the past year, the FBI was unable to open access to nearly 7,500 mobile devices submitted to its Computer Analysis and Response Team, even though there was court orders or legal authority to do so. We can only imagine what the consequences of not getting that information will be.”

He said although the Islamic State terror group’s forces are being degraded in Syria and Iraq, they and other jihadist groups still pose a threat as they spread out into dark corners of the world and try to recruit new followers to their sick ideology.

“Terrorist networks are becoming increasingly decentralized and harder to track. Terrorist groups increasingly use social networking sites to recruit new members and lone wolf attackers around the globe. They then can use encrypted communication channels to plan their crimes, some of which can be carried out within hours,” he said.

Federal prosecutors said Saipov, 29, was inspired to carry out his terror attack after watching hours of ISIS snuff films on his cell phone.

Sessions also backed Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” of immigrants following Saipov’s terror attack and suggested that the US would use all “lawful tools” to go after them, including Guantanamo Bay.

“Terrorists should know: this administration will use all lawful tools at our disposal, including prosecution in Article III courts and at Guantanamo Bay,” Sessions said.

“If anyone has any doubt about that, they can ask the more than 500 criminals whom the Department of Justice has convicted of terrorism-related offenses since 9/11. And they can ask the dozens of enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay.”

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Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs

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November 2, 2017 / 5:48 PM / Updated an hour ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, a senior White House official told Reuters.

Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of the costs – up from the typical level of 75 percent – and allow for funds to be released in a faster, more flexible way, an approach that recognizes the massive devastation on the island and its dire financial problems, the official said.

The plan, agreed with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, provides for third-party advisers to estimate how much money is required for projects and how it is spent – a provision aimed at protecting taxpayer dollars in what is expected to be a massive, long-term effort to rebuild the island.

“We’re doing it in a way that grants flexibility, but also imposes a mutually agreed upon set of controls,” the official said in an interview.

Puerto Rico is in bankruptcy, struggling with $72 billion in debt. Its finances were put under federal control last year.

Six weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, only about 30 percent of Puerto Rico’s power grid has been restored.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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Trump’s Russia connections helped sow the seeds of Mueller’s investigation. The best example is the now-famous June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower organized by Donald Trump Jr. withRussians who had links with the Kremlin. Mueller is investigating …

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Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe is tasked, first and foremost, with investigating “the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” in addition to looking at any “coordination” with U.S. campaign officials 

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“It’s really difficult to understand what was the level of Putin’s involvement or blessing in that,” Pavlovsky said of election meddling. “After November, after Trump was elected, the situation changed. Now Putin understands, or he believed at least 

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Palmer Report: Jared Kushner cooperating with Robert Mueller on Donald Trump criminal conspiracy charges 

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Now we know why Donald Trump let it leak to the media earlier this week that he blames his son-in-law Jared Kushner for giving him the advice to fire FBI Director James Comey. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has targeted Kushner with regard to Comey’s firing, which was a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice – and now it turns out Kushner is cooperating with Mueller.

Trump had his allies leak to Vanity Fair earlier this week that it was Kushner’s idea to fire Comey in the hope of sabotaging the Trump-Russia investigation. Now CNN is reporting that Kushner is cooperating with Mueller by voluntarily turning over all documents relating to that firing (link). That same report says that Mueller has been questioning other witnesses about Kushner’s role in the firing. It’s not difficult to piece together what’s going on here with Mueller’s approach.

Mueller is building a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice case against Jared Kushner, and he’s made sure Kushner knows it. Accordingly, Kushner is now cooperating with Mueller, in a rather obvious attempt at saving himself. Kushner is giving up evidence that will help incriminate Donald Trump on obstruction of justice for the firing of Comey. Thus Trump is suddenly trying to blame the Comey firing solely on Kushner, in an attempt at shifting the criminal culpability off himself.

This does not necessarily mean that Jared Kushner has formally cut a deal. He may simply be informally cooperating with Robert Mueller in the hope of avoiding criminal charges. It may also explain why Kushner hasn’t yet been indicted or arrested, as many political pundits have been expecting. However, this doesn’t mean that Kushner won’t ultimately be arrested. In any case it definitely means that Kushner has begun selling out Donald Trump to Robert Mueller, in an effort to save himself.

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‘Nonchalant’ suspect arrested after Colorado Walmart triple-slaying

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THORNTON, Colo. (Reuters) – Police in Colorado on Thursday captured a man who they had said calmly walked into a suburban Denver Walmart and fatally shot three people at random before driving away.

Scott Ostrem, 47, was taken into custody without incident a day after the shooting following a tip from the public, the Thornton Police Department said.

Police said they have yet to establish a motive for the rampage and that Ostrem had only “a minimal criminal history.”

Video broadcast from CBS affiliate KCNC-TV showed the suspect being handcuffed by police against the side of an SUV as FBI agents carrying rifles and wearing body armor looked on.

KCNC-TV said police SWAT team officers had ringed his last known address in suburban Adams County on Thursday morning when Ostrem drove past and was spotted. He was followed by law enforcement and journalists, KCNC-TV reported, and was arrested in the nearby suburb of Westminster after a “quick pursuit.”

Police had earlier released a surveillance camera photograph of a middle-aged white man wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. They also published a photo of the red four-door Mitsubishi hatchback he was believed to have fled in.

Ostrem “nonchalantly” entered the store in Thornton, about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Denver, and opened fire on shoppers and employees shortly after 6 p.m. (8 p.m. EDT) on Wednesday, police spokesman Victor Avila told reporters.

Two men were killed in the shooting and a woman who was shot was taken to a hospital where she died, according to police. No one else was wounded.

“What we have determined is that it is random as of right now,” Avila told reporters. “As witnesses stated, the person came in and just shot towards a group.”

The Walmart had been quickly surrounded by police and fire crews. Authorities initially said “multiple parties” had been injured. Avila said there was no indication the shooting was an act of terrorism and no one had claimed responsibility.

“We can’t rule anything out,” he said.

Ostrem is due to appear on Friday morning in Adams County District Court, where he will be advised on what charges he is being held, a court spokeswoman said.

Walmart customer Aaron Stephens, 44, of Thornton told Reuters he was buying groceries at a self-checkout stand when he heard gunshots and ricocheting bullets.

“The employees started screaming and the customers started screaming” as people began to flee, he said. “I ran out, too, because I didn’t want to get shot.”

NBC television affiliate 9NEWS reported a woman whose son was in the Walmart said he heard about 30 gunshots.

Early accounts of multiple casualties had revived painful memories for the Denver area, where a gunman killed 12 people in 2012 at a midnight screening of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” at a theater in the suburb of Aurora. The shooter, James Holmes, is serving a dozen consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

In 1999 two 12th-graders fatally shot 12 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in suburban Jefferson County. The pair, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, then committed suicide in the campus library.

Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Bill Trott

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Tip Helps Police Arrest Suspected Walmart Gunman

Police in Thornton, Colo. say a tip from a citizen helped officers apprehend a man suspected of opening fire at a suburban-Denver Walmart, killing three people Wednesday evening. (Nov. 2)

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Police in Thornton, Colo. say a tip from a citizen helped officers apprehend a man suspected of opening fire at a suburban-Denver Walmart, killing three people Wednesday evening. (Nov. 2)

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THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a Colorado Walmart (all times local):

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Authorities have identified the three people who were fatally shot at a Walmart in suburban Denver.

Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan said Thursday that 52-year-old Pamela Marques, 66-year-old Carlos Moreno, and 26-year-old Victor Vasquez died in Wednesday night’s shooting.

Moreno was a grandfather who was a longtime maintenance worker at the Auraria Higher Education Center. It houses various state colleges and universities in downtown Denver.

  • This Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 photo released by the Thornton Police Department shows Scott Ostrem, suspected of fatally shooting several people inside a Thornton, Colo., Walmart Wednesday night. He was arrested 14 hours following a brief car chase that ended at a congested intersection, police said. (Thornton Police Department via AP) Photo: AP / Thornton Police Dept.
  • Marlena Fobb, front right, of Thornton, Colo., who was shopping at the time of the shooting at a Walmart store, hugs an unidentified store employee Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. The store was the scene of a shooting Wednesday night when a man walked in and opened fire with a handgun. The suspect was arrested Thursday, about 14 hours after fleeing the store. Fobb's husband, Jason, left, holds the vacuum cleaner that the couple was purchasing at a self-check stand when the suspected gunman entered the store. Photo: David Zalubowski, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
  • Walmart employees and customers that were inside the store wait to hear what to do from police as they stand behind police tape outside of a Walmart store where several people were killed in a shooting, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. Investigators, who have not released any details about the circumstances of the shooting, were reviewing security footage and interviewing witnesses to get a description of the shooter. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP) Photo: Helen H. Richardson, AP / Copyright - 2017 The Denver Post, MediaNews Group.

This Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 photo released by the Thornton Police Department shows Scott Ostrem, suspected of fatally shooting several people inside a Thornton, Colo., Walmart Wednesday night. He was arrested 14 hours following a brief car chase that ended at a congested intersection, police said. (Thornton Police Department via AP)

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Marlena Fobb, front right, of Thornton, Colo., who was shopping at the time of the shooting at a Walmart store, hugs an unidentified store employee Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. The store was the scene of a shooting Wednesday night when a man walked in and opened fire with a handgun. The suspect was arrested Thursday, about 14 hours after fleeing the store. Fobb’s husband, Jason, left, holds the vacuum cleaner that the couple was purchasing at a self-check stand when the suspected gunman entered the store.

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Jason Fobb, second from left, comforts his daughter, Angelique, as Fobb’s wife, Marlena, right, embraces her daughter Destiney outside a Walmart store Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. The couple was in the store at the self-check stand Wednesday night when a man walked in and opened fire with a handgun, killing several. The suspect was arrested Thursday, about 14 hours after fleeing the store.

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Jason Fobb, second from left, comforts his daughter, Angelique, as Fobb’s wife, Marlena, right, embraces her daughter Destiney outside a Walmart store Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. The couple was

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Marlena Fobb, right, holds her daughter, Destiney, outside a Walmart store Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. Marlena Fobb and her husband, Jason, were inside the store Wednesday night when a man walked in and opened fire with a handgun, killing several shoppers. The suspect was arrested Thursday, about 14 hours after fleeing the store.

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Marlena Fobb, right, holds her daughter, Destiney, outside a Walmart store Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. Marlena Fobb and her husband, Jason, were inside the store Wednesday night when a man walked

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Employees head in to a Walmart store Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. A man suspected of fatally shooting several inside the suburban Denver Walmart on Wednesday, was arrested 14 hours later following a brief car chase Thursday that ended at a congested intersection, police said.

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Marlena Fobb, a customer from Thornton, Colo., who was trying to buy a vacuum cleaner at a Walmart store, talks about seeing a gunman entering the store as Fobb returns to pick up her vacuum Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. The store was the scene of a fatal shooting Wednesday night. The suspect was arrested Thursday, about 14 hours after fleeing the store.

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Marlena Fobb, a customer from Thornton, Colo., who was trying to buy a vacuum cleaner at a Walmart store, talks about seeing a gunman entering the store as Fobb returns to pick up her vacuum Thursday, Nov. 2,

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Nick Noblett, left, and Tonya Brown talk Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, about being in the Walmart store behind them during a fatal shooting Wednesday evening in Thornton, Colo. The couple returned to the store to pick up their belongings after escaping when the gunman entered.

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Walmart employees and customers that were inside the store wait to hear what to do from police as they stand behind police tape outside of a Walmart store where several people were killed in a shooting, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Thornton, Colo. Investigators, who have not released any details about the circumstances of the shooting, were reviewing security footage and interviewing witnesses to get a description of the shooter. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

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Spokesman Blaine Nickerson says he was well-known and respected on campus.

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11:15 a.m.

Neighbors of the man suspected of fatally shooting three people at a suburban Denver Walmart say he was unfriendly and occasionally hostile toward them.

Gerald Burnett says he was sitting on the stairs drinking coffee one morning at his garden-style apartment building in Thornton when Scott Ostrem came down the outdoor stairway. He says Ostrem told him to move and cursed at him.

Teresa Muniz (MUHN’-is) says Ostrem never returned her greetings and once or twice swore at people for sitting in the stairways or leaving laundry in communal machines.

She says she sometimes saw him carrying a bow and set of arrows or a shotgun into or out of his apartment.

She says most people in the building know one another but she never even knew Ostrem’s name until now.

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10:40 a.m.

Police say a man suspected of fatally shooting three people inside a Colorado Walmart has a minor criminal record.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Thursday that 47-year-old Scott Ostrem had a minor criminal history, but Avila didn’t elaborate.

Court records show a resisting arrest charge against Ostrem was dismissed in 1999.

Court records also show Ostrem filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2015.

Ostrem was arrested Thursday, about 14 hours after the shooting inside a Walmart in the Denver suburb of Thornton.

Two men died inside the Walmart, and a woman died later at a hospital.

A motive for the shooting was unknown.

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9:45 a.m.

Police say a man suspected of fatally shooting three people inside a suburban Denver Walmart tried to flee officers in his car but was blocked by traffic.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Thursday that 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested without incident after a brief chase that started near an apartment about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Walmart store.

Avila says police went to the apartment and didn’t find Ostrem. But they got an anonymous tip that he was driving in the area and spotted him.

Police took Ostrem into custody after his car was blocked by traffic at an intersection. Avila declined to say if Ostrem was armed.

He says a motive for the shooting is unknown.

Two men died inside the Walmart, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Denver in a busy shopping center. A woman died later at a hospital.

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This story has been corrected to show that the tip was that the suspect was driving a car in the area.

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9:20 a.m.

Police say a man suspected of fatally shooting three people inside a suburban Denver Walmart tried to flee officers in his car but was blocked by traffic.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Thursday that 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested without incident after a brief chase that started at a Thornton apartment.

Avila says police received an anonymous tip that led them to the apartment, which is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Walmart store where the shooting took place late Wednesday.

Police took Ostrem into custody after his car was blocked by traffic at an intersection. Avila declined to say if Ostrem was armed.

He says a motive for the shooting is unknown.

Two men died inside the Walmart, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Denver in a busy shopping center. A woman died later at a hospital.

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8:20 a.m.

Police say they’ve arrested a man suspected of walking into a suburban Denver Walmart and immediately opening fire with a handgun, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.

Thornton police say 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested Thursday morning, about 14 hours after he fled the store in a car. Authorities used security video to help identify him.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Wednesday night that the shooting appears random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

He says the motive is unknown.

Two men died inside the Walmart, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Denver in a busy shopping center. The woman died later at a hospital.

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6:58 a.m.

Colorado authorities have identified a man who police say nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.

Thornton police are searching for 47-year-old Scott Ostrem, who they say fled in a car before officers arrived. Authorities used security video to help identify the suspect.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appears to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

Customers and employees hid or fled toward the exits after gunshots rang out in Thornton, a suburb of Denver. Avila says he doesn’t know how many rounds were fired.

Two men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital. Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.

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11:53 p.m.

Colorado authorities are searching for a man who police say nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appears to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

Customers and employees hid or fled toward the exits after gunshots rang out in Thornton, which is a suburb of Denver. Avila says he doesn’t know how many rounds were fired.

Authorities are reviewing security video to identify the suspect, who fled in a car before officers arrived.

Two men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital. Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.

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In this Oct. 30, 2017, photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Inside Trump Tower, some knew Gates as “the walking dead.” He had somehow survived the ouster of his closest campaign ally, chairman Paul Manafort, and …

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Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, and Rick Gates, who worked for him while at an international political consulting and lobbying firm, were indicted last week for money laundering and failure to properly disclose their activities to 

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Facing charges that include money laundering and conspiracy against The United States, PaulManafort surrendered himself to the FBI this Monday. Manafort is considered innocent of those charges until proven guilty in a court of law, of course, but he’s …

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A blogger in Brooklyn, New York, wrote about suspicious information related to Paul Manafort’sbrownstone in February. On Monday, Manafort surrendered to law enforcement authorities to face money laundering charges related to the purchase of the …
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Security researchers speaking to Motherboard have discovered that former Trump campaign manager and international lobbyist Paul Manafort used uncannily appropriate password variations for his old (2012-2013) Adobe and Dropbox accounts: Bond007.
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Alex Brandon/AP. Buried deep in Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort is a new link between Donald Trump’s former campaign and Russian organized crime. The indictment (PDF), unsealed on Monday, includes an extensive look into Paul Manafort’s …
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Russia Facebook Ad Army of JesusAn ad from a Russia-linked account on Facebook run during the 2016 presidential election.US House Intelligence Committee

Congress released some of the Facebook ads linked to Russian operatives in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, and they reveal a concerted effort to divide the US and vilify Hillary Clinton.

The ads targeted different cross-sections of the US population and often citizens at opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the trove on Wednesday before a hearing with Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

“Whether the Russians and Trump coordinated these efforts, we do not yet know, but it is true that the Russians mounted what could be described as an independent expenditure campaign on Trump’s behalf,” Schiff said.

“The Russians did so by weaving together fake accounts, pages, and communities to push politicized content and videos, and to mobilize real Americans to sign online petitions and join rallies and protests,” Schiff said.

Some of the ads portrayed Clinton as an ally of Satan, promoted a US burqa ban, and hailed Trump as the “one and only who can defend the police from terrorists.”

Take a look at the divisive ads below.

A suggestion to like the “Woke Blacks” Facebook page was shown to people interested in “African-American culture” and the civil rights movement.

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It was seen more than 750,000 times, the Wall Street Journal reported.

This post, centered on Sanders’ criticism of the Clinton Foundation, was targeted at people who liked the “Bernie Sanders” Facebook page.

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“The Clinton Foundation is nothing more than an ‘organized crime’ at it’s [sic] finest, in which we are investing our taxpayers’ money,” the rest of the ad went.

“So why are so many people going to vote for her? That’s a secret for me. What’s your opinion on that point?”

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has gathered enough evidence to charge six members of the Russian government in the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the investigation.

Federal agents and prosecutors in Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco have been cooperating on the DNC investigation and prosecutors could bring the case to court next year, it said.

By identifying individual Russian military and intelligence hackers with charges, U.S. authorities could make it difficult for them to travel, but arrests and jailing would be unlikely, according to the Journal report.

The hacking investigation, conducted by cybersecurity experts, predates the appointment in May of federal special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Mueller and the Justice Department agreed to allow the technical cyber investigation to continue under the original team of agents and prosecutors, the Journal said.

U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian intelligence agencies were behind those cyber attacks, which resulted in thousands of emails and other documents being made public by WikiLeaks last year. The intelligence community concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the campaign to sway the election in Trump’s favor.

Russia has denied it meddled in the election and Trump has denied that his campaign colluded with the Russian government.

If the case is brought by federal prosecutors, it would pinpoint the specific Russian military and intelligence hackers behind the attack on the DNC and the emails of John Podesta, who was campaign chairman for Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

It would be the second time the United States charged Russians with cyber crimes. In March, the Justice Department charged two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers with masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts.

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Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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