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How do you run a political campaign that successfully tips the scale in the favor of your candidate? Run lots of advertisements, ones that portray your candidate in a legitimately human light, establish his or her stance on vital issues and projects them as a trustworthy potential leader of the nation. From time to time, a good ol’ smear campaign that cries foul on your opponents weaknesses is also helpful. At least, that’s what the experts tell me. Take one look at some of the advertisements purchased by the Russian propaganda machine on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google to sabotage the presidential race, however, and you will see just how different they are from any successful political campaign any candidate in this democracy has ever run.

“With our hands stuck to our smartphones and eyes to the screen, social media platforms have evolved as the most efficient modern method to gain visibility. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram openly boast their ability to target specific interest groups within the population who are most likely to engage with and be influenced by the campaign. Political memes are funny and relatable, and they subtly input ideas into people’s heads with great efficiency. Due to the massive reach of these platforms and their content delivery techniques, it is easy to reach and influence millions of people every day via paid campaigns.” – Mayur Patil, Co-Founder at Furor Media

There is a picture of Jesus Christ arm-wrestling an #ImWithHer Satan in an attempt to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning the election. There is a meme about Bernie Sanders calling out the Clinton Foundation on corruption charges. There is an advertisement for a fake event being held in an attempt to allow Texas to secede from the United States. And of course, the weirdest of them all, a campaign promoting a coloring book of Bernie Sanders in hilarious muscular poses as an LGBT superhero. Some of these ads performed poorly, while others boasted click-through rates that were abnormally high and oddly successful. One thing that always remained the same, however, is just how weird these advertisements were. If this was an attempt to hack a democratic election, it was abnormally bizarre.

It’s easy to dismiss these campaigns as nothing more than a joke, but the very fact that they reached millions of viewers across the nation proves just how effective they were. Experts, however, say that the fact that these campaigns were so abnormal and funny was exactly the reason why they were so successful. In a new report released by the Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, authors James Carey and Claire Wardle tell us that the best way to reach a huge audience on a social media platform is to involve as much drama as possible. According to these researchers, advertisements purchased by the foreign propaganda machine were targeted towards a narrow strip of swing voters who weren’t sure which way to lean come election time. The advertisements, despite their initial lack of seriousness, helped confirm for these people their predisposed biases and gave them reason enough to pick one among two opposing candidates both of whom they largely disliked. Better Trump than Hillary, that was the motto of this campaign. Donald Trump may not be perfect, but he is still an outsider, and therefore times better than an establishment-loving Hillary Clinton. You keep hammering this idea into someone’s head long enough, and they will eventually give in.

“It’s hard to imagine that $100,000 in Facebook ads, a small army of Twitter bots, and 18 YouTube channels might have tipped the race for Trump. But the 2016 election was also decided by only several tens of thousands of voters in a handful of counties where swing voters were already deeply suspicious of Clinton. Russia’s Facebook campaign was particularly effective because it confirmed pre-existing narratives that certain segments of Trump voters already had about her.” – Maya Kosoff, Vanity Fair

The propaganda machine ran a very sophisticated social media campaign that depended on the human race’s most basic impulses in an attempt to influence their behavior. Hillary Rotten Clinton. Hillary the Satan. Killary with a K. These ideas were repeatedly hammered into people’s heads as a means to manipulate them on a subconscious level. They may not have agreed with these ads when they saw them, but keep encountering them time after time and they’ll eventually form a subconscious idea that anyone is better than Hillary Clinton. And that, my friends, is how a fiercely hated foreign power with no standing in our nation managed to manipulate our democracy and coerce our wills without us even knowing it.

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Inside Russia’s Intentionally Bizarre Bid To Sabotage The 2016 Election

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How do you run a political campaign that successfully tips the scale in the favor of your candidate? Run lots of advertisements, ones that portray your candidate in a legitimately human light, establish his or her stance on vital issues and projects them as a trustworthy potential leader of the nation. From time to time, a good ol’ smear campaign that cries foul on your opponents weaknesses is also helpful. At least, that’s what the experts tell me. Take one look at some of the advertisements purchased by the Russian propaganda machine on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google to sabotage the presidential race, however, and you will see just how different they are from any successful political campaign any candidate in this democracy has ever run.

“With our hands stuck to our smartphones and eyes to the screen, social media platforms have evolved as the most efficient modern method to gain visibility. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram openly boast their ability to target specific interest groups within the population who are most likely to engage with and be influenced by the campaign. Political memes are funny and relatable, and they subtly input ideas into people’s heads with great efficiency. Due to the massive reach of these platforms and their content delivery techniques, it is easy to reach and influence millions of people every day via paid campaigns.” – Mayur Patil, Co-Founder at Furor Media

There is a picture of Jesus Christ arm-wrestling an #ImWithHer Satan in an attempt to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning the election. There is a meme about Bernie Sanders calling out the Clinton Foundation on corruption charges. There is an advertisement for a fake event being held in an attempt to allow Texas to secede from the United States. And of course, the weirdest of them all, a campaign promoting a coloring book of Bernie Sanders in hilarious muscular poses as an LGBT superhero. Some of these ads performed poorly, while others boasted click-through rates that were abnormally high and oddly successful. One thing that always remained the same, however, is just how weird these advertisements were. If this was an attempt to hack a democratic election, it was abnormally bizarre.

It’s easy to dismiss these campaigns as nothing more than a joke, but the very fact that they reached millions of viewers across the nation proves just how effective they were. Experts, however, say that the fact that these campaigns were so abnormal and funny was exactly the reason why they were so successful. In a new report released by the Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, authors James Carey and Claire Wardle tell us that the best way to reach a huge audience on a social media platform is to involve as much drama as possible. According to these researchers, advertisements purchased by the foreign propaganda machine were targeted towards a narrow strip of swing voters who weren’t sure which way to lean come election time. The advertisements, despite their initial lack of seriousness, helped confirm for these people their predisposed biases and gave them reason enough to pick one among two opposing candidates both of whom they largely disliked. Better Trump than Hillary, that was the motto of this campaign. Donald Trump may not be perfect, but he is still an outsider, and therefore times better than an establishment-loving Hillary Clinton. You keep hammering this idea into someone’s head long enough, and they will eventually give in.

“It’s hard to imagine that $100,000 in Facebook ads, a small army of Twitter bots, and 18 YouTube channels might have tipped the race for Trump. But the 2016 election was also decided by only several tens of thousands of voters in a handful of counties where swing voters were already deeply suspicious of Clinton. Russia’s Facebook campaign was particularly effective because it confirmed pre-existing narratives that certain segments of Trump voters already had about her.” – Maya Kosoff, Vanity Fair

The propaganda machine ran a very sophisticated social media campaign that depended on the human race’s most basic impulses in an attempt to influence their behavior. Hillary Rotten Clinton. Hillary the Satan. Killary with a K. These ideas were repeatedly hammered into people’s heads as a means to manipulate them on a subconscious level. They may not have agreed with these ads when they saw them, but keep encountering them time after time and they’ll eventually form a subconscious idea that anyone is better than Hillary Clinton. And that, my friends, is how a fiercely hated foreign power with no standing in our nation managed to manipulate our democracy and coerce our wills without us even knowing it.

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Boris Johnson is facing questions about the government’s links to key individuals named by the FBI in its Trump-Russia investigation, following the emergence of a photo of him with Joseph Mifsud, the London professor with high-level Kremlin contacts.

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With our hands stuck to our smartphones and eyes to the screen, social media platforms have evolved as the most efficient modern method to gain visibility. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram openly boast their ability to target specific interest groups 

Trump Scraps Possible Formal Meeting With Putin

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President Donald Trump will not meet formally with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam this week due to a scheduling conflict, the White House said Friday, amid U.S. concerns that the meeting wouldn’t create genuine progress on key issues.

“Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one.”

Any Putin-Trump meeting would be fraught with political complications for Trump, as his campaign and his administration face investigations over ties to the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign. Those probes have been heating up in recent weeks, with charges filed against Trump’s former campaign manager and a foreign policy campaign aide.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Bloomberg that consultations are continuing.

“There is no final understanding yet,” he said.

The Kremlin had announced that both sides were working on a suitable time and format for a meeting when both men are in Vietnam, without specifying if it’d be a formal sit-down. But U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had downplayed the possibility in an interview on his flight from China to Vietnam, saying there was no point meeting if there wasn’t the likelihood they’d make progress on a number of issues.

North Korea

The news came a day after Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping over many of the same questions he would have discussed with Putin, notably how to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Xi had offered Trump few concrete proposals and little beyond well-worn phrases about the importance of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Both Russia and China oppose moves that would cause Kim Jong Un’s regime to collapse, and have called on both North Korea and the U.S. to lower tensions and start talks.

While the Kremlin had said it expected the meeting to happen, and Trump himself told reporters aboard Air Force One that a sit-down was likely, Tillerson insisted Thursday the meeting would only occur if there was “sufficient substance” to necessitate gathering.

“We’d like to know if the two heads of state are going to meet there’s something useful to point to,” Tillerson told reporters in Beijing. He insisted there had not been an agreement for a formal meeting, but said it could be useful if concrete progress on the “significant conversations underway” between the U.S. and Russia on a range of foreign policy issues could be accomplished.

Ross Revelations

That could include efforts on North Korea, as well as the ongoing crises in Syria and Ukraine.

Any meeting between Trump and Putin could carry a political cost for the U.S. president. Recent weeks have featured a flood of difficult stories for the White House, including revelations earlier this week in the New York Times that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had failed to disclose business ties to Putin associates.

Ross told Bloomberg Television that he will “probably not” maintain his stake, worth up to $10 million, in shipping company Navigator Holdings Ltd., whose clients include a Russian energy company owned partially by Putin’s son-in-law as well as an oligarch who has been sanctioned by the U.S. government.

“I’ve been actually selling it anyway, but that isn’t because of this,” Ross said Monday.

Collusion Investigation

A meeting would also follow the decision by Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to plead guilty last week to lying to the FBI about his attempts to organize a meeting between campaign staff and Russian officials. The investigation into Russian interference in the election has also already ensnared Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, who is accused of crimes stemming from his lobbying and consulting work for pro-Russian interests in Ukraine.

Critics of the U.S. president accuse the White House of slow-walking new sanctions against Russia imposed by Congress, which wanted to signal its displeasure with Russian interference in the 2016 election. This week top U.S. technology companies, including Facebook Inc.Twitter Inc., and Google Inc.disclosed that Russia had distributed mass propaganda over their social media networks during the election.

Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said Friday it was “hard to overestimate the importance and significance of any contact between the president of Russia and the United States for all international matters.”

Во Вьетнаме завершился саммит АТЭС Президент России

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Вопрос: Одной из интриг прошедшего саммита стали Ваши возможные переговоры с господином Трампом. Насколько я понимаю, Вам всё‑таки удалось поговорить, что называется, «на ногах». Расскажите, пожалуйста, о чём и, на Ваш взгляд, почему всё‑таки не удалось организовать такую полноценную встречу, полноформатные переговоры?

В.Путин: Что касается отдельной встречи. Во‑первых, это было связано с графиком работы господина Трампа, моим графиком и определёнными формальностями протокола, с которыми нашим командам справиться, к сожалению, не удалось. Но они будут наказаны за это.

Вместе с тем ничего страшного не произошло, мы поговорили в ходе сегодняшнего заседания, пообщались, и, в общем и целом, всё, что хотели, мы обсудили. В основном‑то говорили о чём?

Говорили о том, что обсуждалось на самом саммите АТЭС, говорили о том, как использовать те новые возможности, которые предоставляет цифровая экономика для развития экономических связей. И вы знаете, мы ещё согласовали совместное заявление по борьбе с терроризмом в Сирии.

В этом смысле, имея в виду и первое, и второе, можно сказать, что работа на полях АТЭС была полезной и успешной, потому что не так просто было выйти на заявление по Сирии. Наши эксперты работали над этим заявлением в преддверии саммита, и уже вчера началась доработка этого документа.

Министры иностранных дел господин Лавров и господин Тиллерсон работали над теми вопросами, которые возникли уже после того, как этот текст был предложен экспертами, и сегодня только что мы с Президентом Соединённых Штатов этот документ согласовали. Считаю его важным, потому что он подчёркивает некоторые абсолютно принципиальные вещи.

Во‑первых, продолжение борьбы с терроризмом. Это чрезвычайно важно и для Соединённых Штатов, особенно в свете последних трагических событий, которые там произошли, связанные с террористическими вылазками. Это важно для нас, для страны, которая давно сталкивается с этой проблемой. И это важно для всего международного сообщества. Борьба с терроризмом будет продолжена, причём совместными усилиями.

Что касается Сирии: чрезвычайно важным считаю, что мы подтвердили территориальную целостность и суверенитет страны. Мы договорились о том, что будем после завершения борьбы с террором, ликвидации террористической угрозы на этой территории двигаться по пути политического урегулирования под эгидой Организации Объединённых Наций. Детали этого заявления вы можете посмотреть. Оно, по‑моему, уже опубликовано.

Вопрос: Владимир Владимирович, как Вы оцениваете так называемые антироссийские расследования, которые, кажется, только набирают силу в Соединённых Штатах? Министры американского правительства, их уже обвиняют в коррупционных связях с Россией, и вроде бы члены предвыборного штаба Дональда Трампа встречались с Вашей вроде бы племянницей. Как Вы оцениваете эту ситуацию? Это первый вопрос.

И второй вопрос: Владимир Владимирович, когда уже наконец? Мы уже устали ждать!

В.Путин: Вторую часть Вашего вопроса пока оставлю без ответа. Время придёт, мы поговорим на эту тему.

Что касается первой части, то я уже многократно высказывался на этот счёт. Считаю, что всё, что связано с российским так называемым «досье» в Соединённых Штатах, на сегодняшний день – это проявление продолжающейся внутриполитической борьбы.

Вот те конкретные вещи, о которых Вы сказали, конечно, они мне известны, хотя о каких‑то связях моих родственников с представителями Администрации или с какими‑то официальными лицами – я об этом узнал только вчера от господина Пескова. Я не знаю об этом ничего, ровным счётом вообще ничего. По‑моему, это всё бредни какие‑то.

По поводу министра торговли, по‑моему, речь идёт о министре торговли Соединённых Штатов. Он бизнесом раньше занимался, был акционером или владельцем шиппинговой компании, причём мирового уровня, заключал контракты с отправителями грузов по всему миру, может быть, и с российскими. Но это не больше чем бизнес.

Никакого отношения к политике это никогда не имело и не имеет. Я даже фамилии его не знаю, если по‑честному, только недавно, честно говоря, услышал. Поэтому здесь нечего расследовать. Но при желании можно, конечно, поковыряться в поисках каких‑то сенсаций. Их там нет, никаких сенсаций нет.

Что касается господина Манафорта, то его тоже как‑то связывают с Россией. Единственная связь с Россией – это то, что он, будучи руководителем и, наверное, владельцем, даже не знаю, американского пиаровского агентства, заключал контракты и тоже как бизнесмен, работающий в этой сфере, работал с Украиной, в том числе с бывшим президентом Януковичем.

Но какое это отношение имеет к России, я не понимаю. Никакого. Ровным счётом ничего здесь нет, просто пустая болтовня и желание использовать любую зацепку для борьбы с действующим Президентом США. Но это, повторяю, не наше дело, пускай они сами разбираются.

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DANANG, Vietnam — Talks between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a much-anticipated box office event at an Asia-Pacific summit, were up in the air Saturday as the leaders swapped warm greetings in Vietnam but kept the world guessing on a formal meeting.

The question of whether the US and Russian leaders will hold official discussions on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the resort city of Danang has added a layer of diplomatic intrigue to an event dominated by trade discussions.

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Trump’s relationship with Moscow has haunted the first year of his presidency, with key former aides under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin.

Overly amicable talks between Trump and Putin would be an awkward sell for the White House as it denies any wrongdoing.

Instead a delicate diplomatic dance has been on show, giving glimpses of a warm relationship but no substantive talks.

The two men have met in Danang three times since late Friday, when they posed for a photo side by side in loose-fitting blue shirts custom made for the summit.

They again warmly shook hands on Saturday morning as leaders sat down for talks and then briefly chatted as they walked together to a podium for a “family photo” of attendees.

Moscow’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov also had a short meeting with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson.

Asked to give details on their talks, Lavrov glibly replied “I can, but I wouldn’t.”

Russia has denied allegations of interfering in the US election last year, won by Trump in a shock victory.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate are under house arrest on charges including conspiracy to launder money, linked to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the campaign colluded with Russia.

Yet the US leader also wants Russian support for his efforts to isolate North Korea in a bid to restrain its nuclear ambitions.

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Two days ago we got word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had quietly interviewed Donald Trump’s White House senior adviser Stephen Miller before the start of the Asia trip. Yesterday we got word that Miller was the unnamed “senior policy adviser” mentioned in the confession of Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Now comes a report that Stephen Miller’s resignation may be imminent.

First came the surprising word on Thursday from CNN that Mueller had interviewed Miller at least a week earlier. This was notable because the media had previously believed that Mueller’s first interview with a current Trump White House senior adviser would be with Hope Hicks, and that it would take place after the Asia trip. This prompted Palmer Report to point out that Mueller clearly knew something about Miller the the rest of us didn’t, though it wasn’t yet clear what it was (link). Then came the even more surprising revelation on Friday from the New York Times that Miller was aware of at least portions of Papadopoulos’ Russian conspiracy plot at the time (link). Now here comes the stunning part.

Late on Friday night, Democratic Coalition co-founder and MSNBC guest commentator Scott Dworkin tweeted that “3 different GOPers told me tonight that we should expect Stephen Miller to resign next week, possibly as early as tomorrow” (link). Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself and Miller aboard Air Force One earlier this week, confirming that Miller is on the Asia trip. This would mean that Miller could resign before the trip is even finished.

One possible explanation for this could be that Trump didn’t know Stephen Miller had met with Robert Mueller, and now that it’s surfaced in the media, things have immediately gone sour between the two of them. There are other possible explanations. Now we wait to see what happens next.

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“Хочу обратить ваше внимание на то, что никаких подтверждений вмешательства наших СМИ в ход избирательной кампании нет и быть не может. Последние расследования в том же Конгрессе, по‑моему, или в Сенате показали, что там доля рекламы была ноль целых какие‑то сотые процента. Влияние на аудиторию измеряется в каких‑то тоже десятых или сотых долях процента.

То есть это просто несопоставимо – 100 тысяч, по‑моему, у вас была реклама, а другие американские СМИ миллионами размещают рекламу. Несопоставимо просто! Нет, и это показалось опасным, трактуется как какое‑то вмешательство.

Средства массовой информации высказывают точку зрения, дают информацию, трактуют её и высказывают свою точку зрения. Можно с ними поспорить, но не путём закрытия или создания условий, невозможных к осуществлению прямой профессиональной деятельности, а путём представления своей точки зрения, доведения своей информации до аудитории. Нет, пошли по пути фактического закрытия. Ответ будет адекватным, зеркальным.”

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Вопрос: Одной из интриг прошедшего саммита стали Ваши возможные переговоры с господином Трампом. Насколько я понимаю, Вам всё‑таки удалось поговорить, что называется, «на ногах». Расскажите, пожалуйста, о чём и, на Ваш взгляд, почему всё‑таки не удалось организовать такую полноценную встречу, полноформатные переговоры?

В.Путин: Что касается отдельной встречи. Во‑первых, это было связано с графиком работы господина Трампа, моим графиком и определёнными формальностями протокола, с которыми нашим командам справиться, к сожалению, не удалось. Но они будут наказаны за это.

Вместе с тем ничего страшного не произошло, мы поговорили в ходе сегодняшнего заседания, пообщались, и, в общем и целом, всё, что хотели, мы обсудили. В основном‑то говорили о чём?

Говорили о том, что обсуждалось на самом саммите АТЭС, говорили о том, как использовать те новые возможности, которые предоставляет цифровая экономика для развития экономических связей. И вы знаете, мы ещё согласовали совместное заявление по борьбе с терроризмом в Сирии.

В этом смысле, имея в виду и первое, и второе, можно сказать, что работа на полях АТЭС была полезной и успешной, потому что не так просто было выйти на заявление по Сирии. Наши эксперты работали над этим заявлением в преддверии саммита, и уже вчера началась доработка этого документа.

Министры иностранных дел господин Лавров и господин Тиллерсон работали над теми вопросами, которые возникли уже после того, как этот текст был предложен экспертами, и сегодня только что мы с Президентом Соединённых Штатов этот документ согласовали. Считаю его важным, потому что он подчёркивает некоторые абсолютно принципиальные вещи.

Во‑первых, продолжение борьбы с терроризмом. Это чрезвычайно важно и для Соединённых Штатов, особенно в свете последних трагических событий, которые там произошли, связанные с террористическими вылазками. Это важно для нас, для страны, которая давно сталкивается с этой проблемой. И это важно для всего международного сообщества. Борьба с терроризмом будет продолжена, причём совместными усилиями.

Что касается Сирии: чрезвычайно важным считаю, что мы подтвердили территориальную целостность и суверенитет страны. Мы договорились о том, что будем после завершения борьбы с террором, ликвидации террористической угрозы на этой территории двигаться по пути политического урегулирования под эгидой Организации Объединённых Наций. Детали этого заявления вы можете посмотреть. Оно, по‑моему, уже опубликовано.

Вопрос: Владимир Владимирович, как Вы оцениваете так называемые антироссийские расследования, которые, кажется, только набирают силу в Соединённых Штатах? Министры американского правительства, их уже обвиняют в коррупционных связях с Россией, и вроде бы члены предвыборного штаба Дональда Трампа встречались с Вашей вроде бы племянницей. Как Вы оцениваете эту ситуацию? Это первый вопрос.

И второй вопрос: Владимир Владимирович, когда уже наконец? Мы уже устали ждать!

В.Путин: Вторую часть Вашего вопроса пока оставлю без ответа. Время придёт, мы поговорим на эту тему.

Что касается первой части, то я уже многократно высказывался на этот счёт. Считаю, что всё, что связано с российским так называемым «досье» в Соединённых Штатах, на сегодняшний день – это проявление продолжающейся внутриполитической борьбы.

Вот те конкретные вещи, о которых Вы сказали, конечно, они мне известны, хотя о каких‑то связях моих родственников с представителями Администрации или с какими‑то официальными лицами – я об этом узнал только вчера от господина Пескова. Я не знаю об этом ничего, ровным счётом вообще ничего. По‑моему, это всё бредни какие‑то.

По поводу министра торговли, по‑моему, речь идёт о министре торговли Соединённых Штатов. Он бизнесом раньше занимался, был акционером или владельцем шиппинговой компании, причём мирового уровня, заключал контракты с отправителями грузов по всему миру, может быть, и с российскими. Но это не больше чем бизнес.

Никакого отношения к политике это никогда не имело и не имеет. Я даже фамилии его не знаю, если по‑честному, только недавно, честно говоря, услышал. Поэтому здесь нечего расследовать. Но при желании можно, конечно, поковыряться в поисках каких‑то сенсаций. Их там нет, никаких сенсаций нет.

Что касается господина Манафорта, то его тоже как‑то связывают с Россией. Единственная связь с Россией – это то, что он, будучи руководителем и, наверное, владельцем, даже не знаю, американского пиаровского агентства, заключал контракты и тоже как бизнесмен, работающий в этой сфере, работал с Украиной, в том числе с бывшим президентом Януковичем.

Но какое это отношение имеет к России, я не понимаю. Никакого. Ровным счётом ничего здесь нет, просто пустая болтовня и желание использовать любую зацепку для борьбы с действующим Президентом США. Но это, повторяю, не наше дело, пускай они сами разбираются.

Вопрос: Владимир Владимирович, на подобных саммитах общение на полях бывает иногда не менее важным, чем официальные встречи. Можно попросить Вас рассказать о Ваших контактах в кулуарах?

И ещё вопрос по этой же теме. Дональд Трамп известен своей своеобразной привычкой во время рукопожатия тянуть руку собеседника на себя. Но говорят, что с мастером спорта по самбо этот приём бесполезен. Пытался он делать что‑то подобное, когда здоровался с Вами?

В.Путин: Вы знаете, я не знаю про его привычки, мы мало знакомы. Но Президент Соединённых Штатов ведёт себя в высшей степени корректно, доброжелательно, и у нас нормальный диалог.

К сожалению, мало времени, пока не удаётся более подробно поговорить по всему комплексу наших отношений, а там есть о чём поговорить: и в сфере безопасности, и в сфере экономического взаимодействия, которое у нас практически на нуле сегодня.

Было‑то всего 28 миллиардов, стало 20 миллиардов. Это ноль, считай, для таких стран, как Соединённые Штаты и Россия, это почти ноль. Поэтому нам, безусловно, нужно будет всё‑таки найти возможность и нашим командам, и на уровне президентов сесть и поговорить по всему комплексу наших отношений. Но, повторяю ещё раз, воспитанный человек и комфортный в общении для совместной работы.

Вопрос (не слышно)…

В.Путин: Вы знаете же, была встреча с Премьер-министром Японии, Президентом Филиппин, Председателем КНР и отдельная встреча с Президентом Вьетнама. Очень подробные были разговоры с лидером каждой страны.

При этом есть, конечно, своя специфика в отношениях с каждым из этих государств, имея в виду и уровень наших экономических связей, политического взаимодействия, работа в сфере безопасности, той же ВТС.

Это целый комплекс вопросов, здесь всего сразу не расскажешь. Но это было очень полезно и, думаю – даже не думаю, уверен, – будет иметь значение для нашей практической работы в страновом разрезе с этими партнёрами.

Вопрос: Здравствуйте!

Позвольте вернуться к вопросу о Сирии и узнать Вашу оценку того, что происходит сегодня в Сирийской Арабской Республике. Очевидно, что это уже не перелом ситуации, о чём говорили буквально год назад. Что происходит сегодня и каковы перспективы развития ситуации в этой стране?

В.Путин: На сегодня совершенно очевидным является тот факт, что боевая работа по ликвидации террористического очага в Сирии завершается. Последние события на юго-востоке страны как раз говорят об этом – это был практически последний оплот ИГИЛ, город на границе между Сирией и Ираком на юго-востоке, и затем зачистка восточного берега Евфрата.

Сейчас самое главное – завершить эту работу и закрепить договорённости по зонам деэскалации, закрепить режим прекращения огня, создать условия для начала политического процесса. Собственно говоря, на это сегодня направлено в том числе и наше совместное российско-американское заявление. Думаю, что это будет существенным фактором в работе по урегулированию сирийской проблемы.

Вопрос: Министерство юстиции США вынуждает наш канал [Russia Today] зарегистрироваться в этой стране как иностранный агент. А также недавно корпорация Twitter запретила нашу рекламу, несмотря на то что она проплачена и публикуется на законных основаниях. Как Вы относитесь к такому беспрецедентному давлению на российские СМИ в США и будут ли ответные меры?

В.Путин: Было бы смешно, как у нас в народе говорят, если бы не было так грустно. Потому что те, кто это делает в Соединённых Штатах, всё время били себя в грудь и говорили о том, что они записные демократы, номер один в мире. И в этой связи свобода слова всегда поднималась на щит как светоч демократии. Без свободы слова демократии не существует.

Атака на наши средства массовой информации в Соединённых Штатах – это атака на свободу слова, без всякого сомнения. Мы разочарованы, как в таких случаях говорят. Но, разумеется, по‑другому быть не может. И то, что сейчас обсуждается в Государственной Думе, – я вчера это видел, – может быть, слишком резковато, но это естественно, потому что на уровне представительных органов власти часто звучат крайние оценки, резкие суждения и жёсткие предложения. Но ответ мы обязательно должны будем какой‑то сформулировать, и он будет зеркальным.

Хочу обратить ваше внимание на то, что никаких подтверждений вмешательства наших СМИ в ход избирательной кампании нет и быть не может. Последние расследования в том же Конгрессе, по‑моему, или в Сенате показали, что там доля рекламы была ноль целых какие‑то сотые процента. Влияние на аудиторию измеряется в каких‑то тоже десятых или сотых долях процента.

То есть это просто несопоставимо – 100 тысяч, по‑моему, у вас была реклама, а другие американские СМИ миллионами размещают рекламу. Несопоставимо просто! Нет, и это показалось опасным, трактуется как какое‑то вмешательство.

Средства массовой информации высказывают точку зрения, дают информацию, трактуют её и высказывают свою точку зрения. Можно с ними поспорить, но не путём закрытия или создания условий, невозможных к осуществлению прямой профессиональной деятельности, а путём представления своей точки зрения, доведения своей информации до аудитории. Нет, пошли по пути фактического закрытия. Ответ будет адекватным, зеркальным.

Вопрос: Владимир Владимирович, добрый день!

The Wall Street Journal писал о том, что США собираются предложить России план по размещению американских миротворцев: там указывалась цифра в заметке – 20 тысяч человек.

В.Путин: Где?

Реплика: На Донбассе, на Украине.

В.Путин: Я такого не знаю. Можете дальше ничего не говорить, потому что…

Вопрос: Вот они собирались это довести как‑то до руководства. Слышали Вы об этом? И как бы Вы гипотетически отнеслись к такому предложению, если оно будет доведено?

В.Путин: Я уже ответил. Я об этом ничего не слышал, ничего об этом не знаю, поэтому комментировать это невозможно. Просто это нереально.

Когда будут сформулированы конкретные… Понимаете, ведь в практической жизни как? Предположение – это одно, а когда на бумагу кладут какое‑то предложение, там часто выглядит совсем по‑другому.

А комментировать то, чего нет, согласитесь… О чём я буду говорить, что я буду комментировать, если этого нет? А если будут такие предложения, посмотрим.

Вопрос: Вы разочарованы тем, что не встретились с Трампом? И что это говорит о состоянии отношений между Россией и США?

В.Путин: Это говорит о том, что отношения между Россией и Соединёнными Штатами пока не вышли из состояния кризиса. Как вы знаете, я часто и много говорю об этом, мы готовы к тому, чтобы перевернуть эту страницу и пойти дальше, смотреть в будущее, решать проблемы, в которых заинтересован и народ Соединённых Штатов, и народ Российской Федерации, думать о том, чтобы наполнить конкретным серьёзным содержанием наши экономические связи.

Смотрите, на последнем Экономическом форуме в Санкт-Петербурге американские компании были представлены самым большим числом. Больше всего на Экономическом форуме в Петербурге было американских компаний. Все хотят работать в России.

Вот взяли запретили Exxon Mobil работать в Арктике на шельфе. Лишили просто интересной, перспективной работы, которая бы повышала экономическую мощь Соединённых Штатов, создавала бы дополнительные рабочие места в Соединённых Штатах, прибыль бы приносила, налоговые сборы и так далее.

Это только один пример, а с учётом ограничений в сфере, скажем, финансирования и так далее, много других примеров. Ваше место займут конкуренты. Это неизбежно в современном мире. Но мы хотим, чтобы у нас были гармоничные отношения с Соединёнными Штатами не только в области экономики, но и в сфере обеспечения безопасности.

У нас заключён Договор по сокращению стратегических наступательных вооружений – СНВ‑3. Когда заключался этот Договор, я не был Президентом России и Президент Трамп не принимал участия в подготовке этого документа. Но он существует. Там есть вопросы, которые требуют обсуждения.

Другая проблема – ракеты малой и средней дальности. Мы слышим упрёки со стороны некоторых партнёров из Штатов о том, что Россия якобы нарушает этот Договор. Но тогда нужно показать, где мы это нарушаем.

А то, что в Румынии стоят пусковые установки, которые можно использовать не только для противоракет, но и для систем Traident, а это ракеты средней дальности, размещённые на море, их можно легко перенести на сушу и использовать как ракеты средней дальности наземного базирования. Это уже прямое нарушение, на наш взгляд.

Есть и другие вопросы, которые мы можем и должны обсуждать, в том числе, скажем, борьба с терроризмом. То, что нам удаётся всё‑таки даже в этих условиях хоть о чём‑то договариваться – в данном случае имею в виду заявление по Сирии, – уже хорошо, но этого мало.

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Trump, Putin meet 1-on-1 on sidelines of APEC Summit, discuss Russian meddling in election – ABC News

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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Vietnam Saturday, according to the White House.
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The final channel is the efforts by Cambridge Analytica, the campaign’s data firm. This channel is less well known to the public, in part because reporting about it has been dominated by The Wall Street Journal, and its stories hidden behind a paywall.
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Smiles and snaps: Trump and Putin’s delicate diplomatic dance

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DANANG, Vietnam — Talks between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a much-anticipated box office event at an Asia-Pacific summit, were up in the air Saturday as the leaders swapped warm greetings in Vietnam but kept the world guessing on a formal meeting.

The question of whether the US and Russian leaders will hold official discussions on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the resort city of Danang has added a layer of diplomatic intrigue to an event dominated by trade discussions.

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Trump’s relationship with Moscow has haunted the first year of his presidency, with key former aides under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin.

Overly amicable talks between Trump and Putin would be an awkward sell for the White House as it denies any wrongdoing.

Instead a delicate diplomatic dance has been on show, giving glimpses of a warm relationship but no substantive talks.

The two men have met in Danang three times since late Friday, when they posed for a photo side by side in loose-fitting blue shirts custom made for the summit.

They again warmly shook hands on Saturday morning as leaders sat down for talks and then briefly chatted as they walked together to a podium for a “family photo” of attendees.

Moscow’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov also had a short meeting with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson.

Asked to give details on their talks, Lavrov glibly replied “I can, but I wouldn’t.”

Russia has denied allegations of interfering in the US election last year, won by Trump in a shock victory.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate are under house arrest on charges including conspiracy to launder money, linked to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the campaign colluded with Russia.

Yet the US leader also wants Russian support for his efforts to isolate North Korea in a bid to restrain its nuclear ambitions.

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Report: Stephen Miller’s resignation may be imminent

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Two days ago we got word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had quietly interviewed Donald Trump’s White House senior adviser Stephen Miller before the start of the Asia trip. Yesterday we got word that Miller was the unnamed “senior policy adviser” mentioned in the confession of Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Now comes a report that Stephen Miller’s resignation may be imminent.

First came the surprising word on Thursday from CNN that Mueller had interviewed Miller at least a week earlier. This was notable because the media had previously believed that Mueller’s first interview with a current Trump White House senior adviser would be with Hope Hicks, and that it would take place after the Asia trip. This prompted Palmer Report to point out that Mueller clearly knew something about Miller the the rest of us didn’t, though it wasn’t yet clear what it was (link). Then came the even more surprising revelation on Friday from the New York Times that Miller was aware of at least portions of Papadopoulos’ Russian conspiracy plot at the time (link). Now here comes the stunning part.

Late on Friday night, Democratic Coalition co-founder and MSNBC guest commentator Scott Dworkin tweeted that “3 different GOPers told me tonight that we should expect Stephen Miller to resign next week, possibly as early as tomorrow” (link). Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself and Miller aboard Air Force One earlier this week, confirming that Miller is on the Asia trip. This would mean that Miller could resign before the trip is even finished.

One possible explanation for this could be that Trump didn’t know Stephen Miller had met with Robert Mueller, and now that it’s surfaced in the media, things have immediately gone sour between the two of them. There are other possible explanations. Now we wait to see what happens next.

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President Trump greets Putin in Vietnam after talks of a formal meeting fell through – New York Daily News

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Former top White House aide Michael Flynn has denied offering $15m (£11.5m) to help forcibly remove a Muslim cleric to Turkey are “false”, his lawyer says. Robert Kelner said claims that the ex-national security adviser and his son had met Turkish …
Michael Flynn’s lawyer blasts media reports of alleged kidnapping plotABC News
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President Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he believes Vladimir Putin’s denials about election meddling, and doesn’t want to press further because he thinks the U.S. and Russia can work together on issues that include North Korea, Syria and 
Trump says US deal with Russia on Syria will save many livesReuters
Trump, Putin Say US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Save Many Lives, ‘Extraordinarily Important’RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Transcript: Trump’s Air Force One gaggle: Putin, Russia probe, Asia trip, and Roy MoorePolitico
Daily Beast –The Pavlovic Today –Daily Mail
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Donald Trump demands Russia acts to stop North Korea war as he plays Putin against China – Express.co.uk

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The US President said China is helping to deal with Kim Jong-un’s regime, but extra assistance from the Russians would “make the problem go away a lot faster”. Speaking shortly before his arrival in Hanoi today, Mr Trump described his Chinese and more »

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How Flynn — and the Russia scandal — landed in the West Wing
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11 — replaced by soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence — Flynn and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon celebrated by tossing binders full of potential personnel picks, carefully culled by Christie’s team, into trash bins with a sense of …
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Trump, Putin Say US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Save Many Lives, ‘Extraordinarily Important’
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Putin and Trump reaffirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to take an active role in the Geneva political process, it said. Several rounds of UN-sponsored 
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vow to work together to defeat ISIS and bring peace to SyriaMirror.co.uk
Combat work to destroy terrorists in Syria is finishing – PutinTASS
Trump: I ‘really believe’ Putin when he says he did not meddle in 2016 electionChicago Tribune
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Putin Says Time to Move On With Trump After Russia Meddling ‘Nonsense’

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Mr. Trump called the accusation an “artificial barrier” erected by Democrats — once again casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia did try to interfere in the election to help Mr. Trump win. Mr. Trump and Putin did not 
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How to Find a Smoking Gun in the Russia Investigation
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There are other individuals deep within the Russian intelligence services and in President Putin’s inner circle who would definitively know the answers to questions of collusion. So how can we find these individuals and discover the smoking gun, should 

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Mueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report
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“The ultimate question Mueller is after is whether candidate Trump and then President-electTrump knew of the discussions going on with Russia, and who approved or even directed them,” one source told Reuters. “That is still just a question.”.
Russian Twitter trolls deflected bad news about candidate TrumpPress Herald
What you need to know about newly revealed Trump campaign-Russia tiesPolitiFact
Trump, Clinton camps both offered slice of dossier firm’s work: sourcesReuters
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At a time when Russian intelligence and criminal activities have become an urgent concern in the United States and Europe, the Spanish investigations of Petrov and other Russians offer a remarkable view of the way that some of the most powerful mafia 

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Putin, Trump Back Syria Peace Plans During Brief APEC Meeting – Bloomberg
Trump says he believes Putin’s election meddling denials – CNN
Permanent Investigation: How the Media Uses the anti-Netanyahu Playbook Against Trump – FrontPage Magazine
Key Trump ally Schiller to appear before House panel – CNN
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social media in trump campaign – Google News: ‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet – Daily Beast
Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump – Forbes
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter – Recode
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit – Wired.co.uk
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Fred LaSor: Using social media for propaganda – Nevada Appeal
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Instagram Played A Much Bigger Role In Russia’s Propaganda Campaign – Fast Company
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Trump: Putin denies interfering in 2016 president election – USA Today
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HANOI, Vietnam President Trump suggested he believes Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russia did not interfere in last year’s presidential election, trashing U.S. …

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Putin, Trump Back Syria Peace Plans During Brief APEC Meeting
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Putin had expected to meet with Trump at the Asia summit in Danang, but Trump ducked a formal meeting. The two did speak for a few minutes while walking to a group photo session on Saturday. Russian Foreign Minster Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of …

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Trump says he believes Putin’s election meddling denials
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Da Nang, Vietnam (CNN) President Donald Trump suggested on Saturday he’s done confronting Russian President VladimirPutin over his country’s election meddling since it’s insulting to the Russian leader. Trump said he took Putin at his word that Russia …
Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling in US ElectionsNew York Times
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Permanent Investigation: How the Media Uses the anti-Netanyahu Playbook Against Trump
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The scandals and investigations fall into two categories that should be familiar to Trump supporters. Category one scandals link some random billionaire to Netanyahu through a chain of connections. The random billionaire in this case is Indian. Then

Key Trump ally Schiller to appear before House panel – CNN


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Key Trump ally Schiller to appear before House panel
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Trump Jr. took the meeting and the rest is history — it became a major political scandal after it was revealed this summer, nearly one year after it took place, and amid sprawling federal investigations into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.Trump 
Trump’s former bodyguard to face questioning on Capitol HillThe Hill

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CIA Director Met Advocate of Disputed DNC Hack Theory at … – The Intercept


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CIA Director Met Advocate of Disputed DNC Hack Theory at …
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CIA Director Mike Pompeo met late last month with a former U.S. intelligence official who has become an advocate for a disputed theory that the theft of the …
One of the Most Anti-LGBT Lawmakers in the Country Might Lose His Seat to a Transgender JournalistMother Jones

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Ask the Chinese: Trump’s In Trump, China sees a straight shooter, a successful businessman and a symptom of American decline
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People always preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton, says Manya Koetse, editor-in-chief of What’s-on-Weibo, a website reporting social trends in China, though she notes neither was perceived as an ideal candidate. They thought Hillary was  
Is Donald Trump’s China Policy More Sensible Than His Election Campaign Rhetoric?Forbes

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Trump Scraps Possible Formal Meeting With Putin
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Any Putin-Trump meeting would be fraught with political complications for Trump, as his campaign and his administration face investigations over ties to the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign. Those probes have been heating up in 

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Fanning Divisions Through Social Media
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More worrisome, however, is the divisive conduct during Donald Trump’s campaign and his continued efforts since taking office to fan the divisions in this country with his bullying racist, misogynistic, hate-encouraging tweets and rallies. This effort 

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social media in trump campaign – Google News: ‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet – Daily Beast


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The Russian national introduced to a senior Trump campaign foreign policy advisor as President Vladimir Putin’s niece, Olga Vinogradova, was really a 30-something wine company manager named Olga Polonskaya, as first reported by The New York … 
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Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump – Forbes


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Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump
Forbes
If Mueller can make the charges stick, Flynn might well make a plea deal to cooperate on the Russian investigation, like the deal recently made by George Papadopolous, changing the whole legal landscape for the Trump Russian scandal. I wrote about a …
Mueller Probing Pre-Election Flynn Meeting with With Pro-Russia CongressmanNBCNews.com
The Russia Investigation Is Now Also a Turkey Investigation. Good.Slate Magazine (blog)
Mueller investigation involves member of Congress for the first time: reportThe Hill (blog) 
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution – National Post


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Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution
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Revelations about Russia’s use of Facebook, Google and Twitter to sow discord in the U.S. have led to a lot of discussion about how to keep propaganda out of our social media feeds. Proposals include abandoning likes, making people use their real 
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter – Recode


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It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter
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Some 12 percent of Americans believe that social media platforms have had a positive impact on political discourse, while 63 percent believe it has been negative. by Scott … Russian propaganda appeared in our feeds more than 150 million times. It’s

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home – New York Times


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China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home
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So much do China’s government and companies value Facebook that the country is Facebook’s biggest advertising market in Asia, even as it is the only major country in the region that blocks the social network. A look at the Facebook pages of China

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Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism?
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Spain’s struggle with Catalan separatists may have been exacerbated by Russian hackers engaged in a propaganda effort to divide Europe, it was reported yesterday. The Spanish government-backed Elcano Royal Institute, in Madrid, says that unidentified 

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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0 – Boulder Weekly


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Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0
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The Russians are waging Cold War 2.0 today, only they’ve taken the information/propaganda part of it to a whole new level by shifting the battlefield to social media. And this time they aren’t ignoring the cultural and sociological dimensions of the 

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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either) – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard


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Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either)
Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Instagram is a major distributor and re-distributor of IRA propaganda that’s at the very least on par with Twitter. Jonathan Albright, the research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, previously, alarmingly showed how Russia-controlled 

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Congress asks Facebook, Google, and Twitter for information on energy-related ads bought by Russians
CNBC
Republican Lamar Smith of Texas, the chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, sent letters to the companies’ CEOs on Sept. 27; Smith is seeking documents or communication related to those issues or other social mediacontent on …
Is Vladimir Putin meddling in British politics?The Times
Putin’s Trolls Used the Texas Church Massacre to Sow More ChaosMother Jones
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Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit
Wired.co.uk
Russian interference in Brexit through targeted social media propaganda can be revealed for the first time. A cache of posts from 2016, seen by WIRED, shows how a coordinated network of Russian-based Twitter accounts spread racial hatred in an attempt 

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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Spain concerned over Russian social media activity on Catalonia – Channel NewsAsia


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Spain concerned over Russian social media activity on Catalonia
Channel NewsAsia
The El Pais daily wrote an editorial Friday denouncing “the intense campaign by Russian media that are close to the Kremlin,” whose “propaganda machine” it accused of siding with the pro-independence movement. Earlier Friday Spain’s Foreign Minister …

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Fred LaSor: Using social media for propaganda
Nevada Appeal
For this reason, I’m sensitive to what they are trying to accomplish now through social media. Companies like Twitter and Facebook are a natural outlet for Russian propaganda. All it takes is a free account under a false name and you can publish all 

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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Instagram Played A Much Bigger Role In Russia’s Propaganda Campaign – Fast Company


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Instagram Played A Much Bigger Role In Russia’s Propaganda Campaign
Fast Company
The promoted posts and micro-targeted calls to actionwhich in some cases encouraged people to protest against each other in real lifewere part of a wider barrage of organic social media content intended not just to sway an election, as Facebook …

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Trump says he trusts Putin’s denials of election meddling – Reuters


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Trump says he trusts Putin’s denials of election meddling
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DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last year’s U.S. election after the two met briefly at a summit in Vietnam on Saturday and agreed a …
Trump says Putin ‘means it’ when he says he didn’t meddle in US electionLos Angeles Times

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Editorial: Clinton’s Russia ties also disturbing – Fort Morgan Times


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Editorial: Clinton’s Russia ties also disturbing
Fort Morgan Times
We must have missed the memo stipulating that only Republicans are capable of colluding with Russian officials to influence an election or of having financial ties with shady Russian deal-makers or of conversing with Russian spies. And yet that point 
Former FBI counter-spy on Mueller, Trump and Putin: Russia is winningSalon
Trump, Clinton camps both offered slice of dossier firm’s work: sources – ReutersReuters

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Arrest warrants, investigations and more as world responds to Paradise Papers – International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (blog)


International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (blog)
Arrest warrants, investigations and more as world responds to Paradise Papers
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (blog)
Governments around the world are swinging into action in response to the Paradise Papers, launching investigations, audits and issuing the first arrest warrants stemming from the investigation’s findings. A prosecutor in Argentina called for the arrest 

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social media in trump campaign – Google News: ‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet – Daily Beast
Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump – Forbes
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution – National Post
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter – Recode
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home – New York Times
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism? – The Week UK
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0 – Boulder Weekly
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either) – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Congress asks Facebook, Google, and Twitter for information on energy-related ads bought by Russians – CNBC
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit – Wired.co.uk
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Trump says he trusts Putin’s denials of election meddling – Reuters
Editorial: Clinton’s Russia ties also disturbing – Fort Morgan Times
Arrest warrants, investigations and more as world responds to Paradise Papers – International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (blog)
The Paradise Papers is tabloid journalismand that’s a good thing – HuffPost
Mueller interviews top White House aide – CNN
What a Russian’s offer of women for Trump may tell us – CNN
Mueller probing alleged Flynn plan to deliver cleric to Turkey: WSJ – Reuters
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People always preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton, says Manya Koetse, editor-in-chief of What’s-on-Weibo, a website reporting social trends in China, though she notes neither was perceived as an ideal candidate. They thought Hillary was  
Is Donald Trump’s China Policy More Sensible Than His Election Campaign Rhetoric?Forbes

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Any Putin-Trump meeting would be fraught with political complications for Trump, as his campaign and his administration face investigations over ties to the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign. Those probes have been heating up in 

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 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Fanning Divisions Through Social Media – New York Times


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Fanning Divisions Through Social Media
New York Times
More worrisome, however, is the divisive conduct during Donald Trump’s campaign and his continued efforts since taking office to fan the divisions in this country with his bullying racist, misogynistic, hate-encouraging tweets and rallies. This effort 

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: ‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet – Daily Beast


Opposing Views
‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet
Daily Beast
The Russian national introduced to a senior Trump campaign foreign policy advisor as President Vladimir Putin’s niece, Olga Vinogradova, was really a 30-something wine company manager named Olga Polonskaya, as first reported by The New York … 
Former Trump Aide: I Misled FBI Out Of Loyalty To TrumpOpposing Views

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Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump – Forbes


Forbes
Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump
Forbes
If Mueller can make the charges stick, Flynn might well make a plea deal to cooperate on the Russian investigation, like the deal recently made by George Papadopolous, changing the whole legal landscape for the Trump Russian scandal. I wrote about a …
Mueller Probing Pre-Election Flynn Meeting with With Pro-Russia CongressmanNBCNews.com
The Russia Investigation Is Now Also a Turkey Investigation. Good.Slate Magazine (blog)
Mueller investigation involves member of Congress for the first time: reportThe Hill (blog) 
Reuters
 The Guardian New York MagazineWall Street Journal
all 140 ReutersNewsweekNBCNews.com
all 133
 
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution – National Post


National Post
Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution
National Post
Revelations about Russia’s use of Facebook, Google and Twitter to sow discord in the U.S. have led to a lot of discussion about how to keep propaganda out of our social media feeds. Proposals include abandoning likes, making people use their real 
Graham Proposes Commission To Combat Foreign SocialMedia InfluenceMediaPost Communications
Political isolation causes moral atrophyChimes

all 19 news articles »

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter – Recode


Recode
It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter
Recode
Some 12 percent of Americans believe that social media platforms have had a positive impact on political discourse, while 63 percent believe it has been negative. by Scott … Russian propaganda appeared in our feeds more than 150 million times. It’s

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home – New York Times


New York Times
China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home
New York Times
So much do China’s government and companies value Facebook that the country is Facebook’s biggest advertising market in Asia, even as it is the only major country in the region that blocks the social network. A look at the Facebook pages of China

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Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism?
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Spain’s struggle with Catalan separatists may have been exacerbated by Russian hackers engaged in a propaganda effort to divide Europe, it was reported yesterday. The Spanish government-backed Elcano Royal Institute, in Madrid, says that unidentified 

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0 – Boulder Weekly


Boulder Weekly
Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0
Boulder Weekly
The Russians are waging Cold War 2.0 today, only they’ve taken the information/propaganda part of it to a whole new level by shifting the battlefield to social media. And this time they aren’t ignoring the cultural and sociological dimensions of the 

and more »

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either) – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard


Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either)
Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Instagram is a major distributor and re-distributor of IRA propaganda that’s at the very least on par with Twitter. Jonathan Albright, the research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, previously, alarmingly showed how Russia-controlled 

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Congress asks Facebook, Google, and Twitter for information on energy-related ads bought by Russians
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Fred LaSor: Using social media for propaganda
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Instagram Played A Much Bigger Role In Russia’s Propaganda Campaign
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The promoted posts and micro-targeted calls to actionwhich in some cases encouraged people to protest against each other in real lifewere part of a wider barrage of organic social media content intended not just to sway an election, as Facebook …

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Editorial: Clinton’s Russia ties also disturbing – Fort Morgan Times


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Editorial: Clinton’s Russia ties also disturbing
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We must have missed the memo stipulating that only Republicans are capable of colluding with Russian officials to influence an election or of having financial ties with shady Russian deal-makers or of conversing with Russian spies. And yet that point 
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Arrest warrants, investigations and more as world responds to Paradise Papers
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (blog)
Governments around the world are swinging into action in response to the Paradise Papers, launching investigations, audits and issuing the first arrest warrants stemming from the investigation’s findings. A prosecutor in Argentina called for the arrest 

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The Paradise Papers is tabloid journalismand that’s a good thing
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It is a powerful reminder of how large-scale leaks, new technologies, and a more collaborative mindset than what has historically characterized an almost pathologically competitive profession can empower investigative journalism, especially when it 

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Mueller interviews top White House aide
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Rosenstein’s letter criticized Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. But just days after the firing, Trump said he considered the Russia probe in his decision to fire Comey. “In fact when I decided to just  
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Honor and Integrity Make ’73 Law Grad Robert Mueller Right for Election InquiryUVA Today (press release)
Report: Mueller Team Interviewed Top White House Aide Stephen Miller Newsweek
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How is Trump adviser Stephen Miller relevant to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation?The San Diego Union-Tribune
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The dossier, which was funded by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee through their law firm, has been part of the investigation — by Congress and by special counsel Robert Mueller — into Russia’s attempts to …
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DANANG, Vietnam — Talks between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a much-anticipated box office event at an Asia-Pacific summit, were up in the air Saturday as the leaders swapped warm greetings in Vietnam but kept the world guessing on a formal meeting.

The question of whether the US and Russian leaders will hold official discussions on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the resort city of Danang has added a layer of diplomatic intrigue to an event dominated by trade discussions.

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Trump’s relationship with Moscow has haunted the first year of his presidency, with key former aides under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin.

Overly amicable talks between Trump and Putin would be an awkward sell for the White House as it denies any wrongdoing.

Instead a delicate diplomatic dance has been on show, giving glimpses of a warm relationship but no substantive talks.

The two men have met in Danang three times since late Friday, when they posed for a photo side by side in loose-fitting blue shirts custom made for the summit.

They again warmly shook hands on Saturday morning as leaders sat down for talks and then briefly chatted as they walked together to a podium for a “family photo” of attendees.

Moscow’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov also had a short meeting with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson.

Asked to give details on their talks, Lavrov glibly replied “I can, but I wouldn’t.”

Russia has denied allegations of interfering in the US election last year, won by Trump in a shock victory.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate are under house arrest on charges including conspiracy to launder money, linked to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the campaign colluded with Russia.

Yet the US leader also wants Russian support for his efforts to isolate North Korea in a bid to restrain its nuclear ambitions.

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Two days ago we got word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had quietly interviewed Donald Trump’s White House senior adviser Stephen Miller before the start of the Asia trip. Yesterday we got word that Miller was the unnamed “senior policy adviser” mentioned in the confession of Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Now comes a report that Stephen Miller’s resignation may be imminent.

First came the surprising word on Thursday from CNN that Mueller had interviewed Miller at least a week earlier. This was notable because the media had previously believed that Mueller’s first interview with a current Trump White House senior adviser would be with Hope Hicks, and that it would take place after the Asia trip. This prompted Palmer Report to point out that Mueller clearly knew something about Miller the the rest of us didn’t, though it wasn’t yet clear what it was (link). Then came the even more surprising revelation on Friday from the New York Times that Miller was aware of at least portions of Papadopoulos’ Russian conspiracy plot at the time (link). Now here comes the stunning part.

Late on Friday night, Democratic Coalition co-founder and MSNBC guest commentator Scott Dworkin tweeted that “3 different GOPers told me tonight that we should expect Stephen Miller to resign next week, possibly as early as tomorrow” (link). Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself and Miller aboard Air Force One earlier this week, confirming that Miller is on the Asia trip. This would mean that Miller could resign before the trip is even finished.

One possible explanation for this could be that Trump didn’t know Stephen Miller had met with Robert Mueller, and now that it’s surfaced in the media, things have immediately gone sour between the two of them. There are other possible explanations. Now we wait to see what happens next.

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Ex-Trump aide Mike Flynn says Gulen kidnap allegations ‘false’
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The US President said China is helping to deal with Kim Jong-un’s regime, but extra assistance from the Russians would “make the problem go away a lot faster”. Speaking shortly before his arrival in Hanoi today, Mr Trump described his Chinese and more »

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Mr. Trump called the accusation an “artificial barrier” erected by Democrats — once again casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia did try to interfere in the election to help Mr. Trump win. Mr. Trump and Putin did not 
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Two days ago we got word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had quietly interviewed Donald Trump’s White House senior adviser Stephen Miller before the start of the Asia trip. Yesterday we got word that Miller was the unnamed “senior policy adviser” mentioned in the confession of Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Now comes a report that Stephen Miller’s resignation may be imminent.First came the surprising word on Thursday from CNN that Mueller had interviewed Miller at least a week earlier. This was notable because the media had previously believed that Mueller’s first interview with a current Trump White House senior adviser would be with Hope Hicks, and that it would take place after the Asia trip. This prompted Palmer Report to point out that Mueller clearly knew something about Miller the the rest of us didn’t, though it wasn’t yet clear what it was (link). Then came the even more surprising revelation on Friday from the New York Times that Miller was aware of at least portions of Papadopoulos’ Russian conspiracy plot at the time (link). Now here comes the stunning part.Late on Friday night, Democratic Coalition co-founder and MSNBC guest commentator Scott Dworkin tweeted that “3 different GOPers told me tonight that we should expect Stephen Miller to resign next week, possibly as early as tomorrow” (link). Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself and Miller aboard Air Force One earlier this week, confirming that Miller is on the Asia trip. This would mean that Miller could resign before the trip is even finished.One possible explanation for this could be that Trump didn’t know Stephen Miller had met with Robert Mueller, and now that it’s surfaced in the media, things have immediately gone sour between the two of them. There are other possible explanations. Now we wait to see what happens next.

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Donald Trump demands Russia acts to stop North Korea war as he plays Putin against China
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On Saturday, Trump called former FBI Director James Comey, who testified to Congress that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russian officials, a proven “liar” and “leaker.” Trump called the former U.S. intelligence
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President Donald Trump said Saturday that Russia’s Vladimir Putin again denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. But Trump declined to say whether he believed the Russian leader. “He says he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so …
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Trump slams former US intel leaders as ‘political hacks’ – The Hill
 


The Hill
Trump slams former US intel leaders as ‘political hacks’
The Hill
He was discussing the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in favor ofTrump. “So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey,” he continued. “Comey is proven now and more »
Trump: ‘People will die’ as a result of focus on Russia allegations – Politico
 


Politico
Trump: ‘People will die’ as a result of focus on Russia allegations
Politico
American intelligence agencies have said Russia interfered in the election with the goal of boosting Trump and defeating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The agencies have also said they have high confidence that Putin directed the effort.Trump and more »
US Embassy Hires Security Firm of Former Putin Spy – Daily Beast
 


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US Embassy Hires Security Firm of Former Putin Spy
Daily Beast
The company was founded in 1997 by Viktor Budanov, a former major general in Russia’s foreign intelligence service who headed a KGB branch in East Germany where Putin worked in the 1980s, according to Kommersant. Budanov has said he also worked …and more »
Putin Says Time to Move On With Trump After Russia Meddling ‘Nonsense’ – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Putin Says Time to Move On With Trump After Russia Meddling ‘Nonsense’
Bloomberg
Despite Trump’s campaign pledge to improve battered relationsties between the two Cold War foes have worsened in his first year in office after the U.S. tightened sanctions in response to alleged Russian election interference. Russia responded with U 
White House: Trump, Putin Shake Hands at APEC Summit but No Sidelines TalkVoice of America
APEC: Donald Trump stresses ties with Asia-Pacific, but calls for ‘better’ trade dealsDeutsche Welle
Donald Trump ‘snubs’ formal Putin meeting at APEC summit in VietnamThe Independent
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Trump, Putin Say US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Save Many Lives, ‘Extraordinarily Important’ – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
 


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Trump, Putin Say US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Save Many Lives, ‘Extraordinarily Important’
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Putin and Trump reaffirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to take an active role in the Geneva political process, it said. Several rounds of UN-sponsored 
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vow to work together to defeat ISIS and bring peace to SyriaMirror.co.uk 
Combat work to destroy terrorists in Syria is finishing – PutinTASS
Trump: I ‘really believe’ Putin when he says he did not meddle in 2016 electionChicago Tribune
Anadolu Agency
 
Putin, Trump agree on non-military approach for Syria
 Kuwait News Agency Newsweek
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Why Doesn’t Trump Want to Meet Putin? White House Rejects Meeting, Kremlin Says It Will HappenNewsweek
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Trump: Putin denies, is ‘insulted’ by meddling accusation – CTV News
 


CTV News
Trump: Putin denies, is ‘insulted’ by meddling accusation
CTV News
HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump said Russia’s Vladimir Putin once again vehemently denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections during their discussions on the sidelines of an economic summit Saturday. Trump declined to say whether he …and more »
Trump Sides With Putin Over US Intelligence On Election Meddling – HuffPost
 


HuffPost
Trump Sides With Putin Over US Intelligence On Election Meddling
HuffPost
Contradicting U.S. intelligence agencies, President Donald Trump on Saturday said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Kremlin did not attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.
Putin says US is meddling in Russian pollThe Times
Putin: Russian doping scandals could be US election meddlingABC News
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The Latest: Trump says Vietnam is a great miracle – Washington Post
 


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The Latest: Trump says Vietnam is a great miracle
Washington Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the lack of a formal meeting with President Donald Trump at a conference in Vietnam reflects continuing tense relations between their countries. Putin and Trump had several brief exchanges Friday night and Saturday 
TrumpPutin meet 1-on-1 on sidelines of APEC Summit, discuss Russian meddling in electionABC News
TrumpPutin again denies meddling in 2016 electionCNBC
Putin Says Time to Move On With Trump After Russia Meddling ‘Nonsense’Bloomberg
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Trump: Putin again denies meddling in 2016 election – CNBC
Mike Flynn – Google News: How Flynn and the Russia scandal landed in the West Wing – Politico
Corey Lewandowskis Lesson For Harvard Students: Trump Did Great With Black Voters, And By The Way, I Didnt Collude With Russia
Trump slams former US intel leaders as ‘political hacks’ – The Hill
Trump: ‘People will die’ as a result of focus on Russia allegations – Politico
US Embassy Hires Security Firm of Former Putin Spy – Daily Beast
Putin Says Time to Move On With Trump After Russia Meddling ‘Nonsense’ – Bloomberg
Trump, Putin Say US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Save Many Lives, ‘Extraordinarily Important’ – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Trump: Putin denies, is ‘insulted’ by meddling accusation – CTV News
Trump Sides With Putin Over US Intelligence On Election Meddling – HuffPost
The Latest: Trump says Vietnam is a great miracle – Washington Post
Report: Stephen Millers resignation may be imminent
Trump says Putin again denied election interference, and he believes him – CBS News
How to Find a Smoking Gun in the Russia Investigation – Politico
Mueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report – The Hill
Trump Will Release JFK Documents – American Free Press
A Gangster Place in the Sun: How Spain’s Fight Against the Mob Revealed Russian Power Networks – Boise Weekly
Trump chooses Putin’s word over the US intelligence community again – Vox
Trump has no comment on Roy Moore because he doesn’t ‘watch much TV’
Trump calls James Comey, former intel colleagues ‘political hacks’ – Washington Examiner
Trump: Putin means it when he denies Russian election meddling – Salon
What Was Russia’s Role In 2016 US Election? 2 Former KGB Officials Weigh In – NPR
Flynn Kidnapping Plot Is Like Teapot Dome With a Dash of Treason – New York Magazine
Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling – New York Times

 

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Ignoring U.S. Intelligence Agencies, Trump Says He Trusts Putin’s Denials Of Election Meddling

He also took multiple unprompted shots at Hillary Clinton.

Trump: Putin again denies meddling in 2016 election – CNBC


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Trump: Putin again denies meddling in 2016 election
CNBC
President Donald Trump said Saturday that Russia’s Vladimir Putin again denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. But Trump declined to say whether he believed the Russian leader. “He says he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so …
Trump, Putin meet 1-on-1 on sidelines of APEC Summit, discuss Russian meddling in electionABC News
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11 replaced by soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence Flynn and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon celebrated by tossing binders full of potential personnel picks, carefully culled by Christie’s team, into trash bins with a sense of … 
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Trump slams former US intel leaders as ‘political hacks’ – The Hill


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Trump slams former US intel leaders as ‘political hacks’
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He was discussing the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in favor ofTrump. “So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey,” he continued. “Comey is proven now 

and more »

Trump: ‘People will die’ as a result of focus on Russia allegations – Politico


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Trump: ‘People will die’ as a result of focus on Russia allegations
Politico
American intelligence agencies have said Russia interfered in the election with the goal of boosting Trump and defeating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The agencies have also said they have high confidence that Putin directed the effort.Trump 

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US Embassy Hires Security Firm of Former Putin Spy – Daily Beast


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US Embassy Hires Security Firm of Former Putin Spy
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The company was founded in 1997 by Viktor Budanov, a former major general in Russia’s foreign intelligence service who headed a KGB branch in East Germany where Putin worked in the 1980s, according to Kommersant. Budanov has said he also worked …

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Putin Says Time to Move On With Trump After Russia Meddling ‘Nonsense’
Bloomberg
Despite Trump’s campaign pledge to improve battered relationsties between the two Cold War foes have worsened in his first year in office after the U.S. tightened sanctions in response to alleged Russian election interference. Russia responded with U 
White House: Trump, Putin Shake Hands at APEC Summit but No Sidelines TalkVoice of America
APEC: Donald Trump stresses ties with Asia-Pacific, but calls for ‘better’ trade dealsDeutsche Welle
Donald Trump ‘snubs’ formal Putin meeting at APEC summit in VietnamThe Independent
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Trump, Putin Say US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Save Many Lives, ‘Extraordinarily Important’ – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty


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Trump, Putin Say US-Russia Deal On Syria Will Save Many Lives, ‘Extraordinarily Important’
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Putin and Trump reaffirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to take an active role in the Geneva political process, it said. Several rounds of UN-sponsored 
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vow to work together to defeat ISIS and bring peace to SyriaMirror.co.uk 
Combat work to destroy terrorists in Syria is finishing – PutinTASS
Trump: I ‘really believe’ Putin when he says he did not meddle in 2016 electionChicago Tribune
Anadolu Agency
 
Putin, Trump agree on non-military approach for Syria
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Trump: Putin denies, is ‘insulted’ by meddling accusation – CTV News


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Trump: Putin denies, is ‘insulted’ by meddling accusation
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HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump said Russia’s Vladimir Putin once again vehemently denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections during their discussions on the sidelines of an economic summit Saturday. Trump declined to say whether he …

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Trump Sides With Putin Over US Intelligence On Election Meddling – HuffPost


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Trump Sides With Putin Over US Intelligence On Election Meddling
HuffPost
Contradicting U.S. intelligence agencies, President Donald Trump on Saturday said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Kremlin did not attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.
Putin says US is meddling in Russian pollThe Times
Putin: Russian doping scandals could be US election meddlingABC News
Five Things On (And Off) The Possible Agenda Of A Trump-Putin MeetingRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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The Latest: Trump says Vietnam is a great miracle – Washington Post


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The Latest: Trump says Vietnam is a great miracle
Washington Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the lack of a formal meeting with President Donald Trump at a conference in Vietnam reflects continuing tense relations between their countries. Putin and Trump had several brief exchanges Friday night and Saturday 
TrumpPutin meet 1-on-1 on sidelines of APEC Summit, discuss Russian meddling in electionABC News
TrumpPutin again denies meddling in 2016 electionCNBC
Putin Says Time to Move On With Trump After Russia Meddling ‘Nonsense’Bloomberg
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Report: Stephen Millers resignation may be imminent

Report: Stephen Millers resignation may be imminent

Report: Stephen Millers resignation may be imminent

Robert Mueller just targeted Stephen Miller. Now comes word that Miller may exit stage left.

Trump says Putin again denied election interference, and he believes him – CBS News


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Trump says Putin again denied election interference, and he believes him
CBS News
Mr. Trump called the accusation an “artificial barrier” erected by Democrats — once again casting doubt on the U.S.intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia did try to interfere in the election to help Mr. Trump win. Mr. Trump and Putin did not 
Trump: Putin is ‘insulted’ by and denies meddling accusationABC News

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How to Find a Smoking Gun in the Russia Investigation – Politico


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How to Find a Smoking Gun in the Russia Investigation
Politico
There are other individuals deep within the Russian intelligence services and in President Putin’s inner circle who would definitively know the answers to questions of collusion. So how can we find these individuals and discover the smoking gun, should 

Mueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report – The Hill


The Hill
Mueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report
The Hill
The ultimate question Mueller is after is whether candidate Trump and then President-elect Trump knew of the discussions going on with Russia, and who approved or even directed them, one source told Reuters. That is still just a question..
Russian Twitter trolls deflected bad news about candidate TrumpPress Herald
What you need to know about newly revealed Trump campaign-Russia tiesPolitiFact
Trump, Clinton camps both offered slice of dossier firm’s work: sourcesReuters
Newsweek –WSAU (blog) –Twitter
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Trump Will Release JFK Documents – American Free Press

Trump Will Release JFK Documents
American Free Press
The CIA and FBI are worried about President Trump’s release of thousands of JFK assassination files. Apparently, 54 years has not allowed them enough time to review the documents, so they’ve asked him for another six-month delay. The new deadline for …

and more »

A Gangster Place in the Sun: How Spain’s Fight Against the Mob Revealed Russian Power Networks – Boise Weekly


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A Gangster Place in the Sun: How Spain’s Fight Against the Mob Revealed Russian Power Networks
Boise Weekly
At a time when Russian intelligence and criminal activities have become an urgent concern in the United States and Europe, the Spanish investigations of Petrov and other Russians offer a remarkable view of the way that some of the most powerful mafia 

Trump chooses Putin’s word over the US intelligence community again – Vox


Vox
Trump chooses Putin’s word over the US intelligence community again
Vox
President Donald Trump just sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community. That’s because in one of their conversations during an international summit in Vietnam, Putin denied that Russia interfered in the 2016 
Trump says Putin insulted by US election meddling claimBBC News
Trump Says Putin Again Denied Election Meddling After Meeting at Asia SummitNBCNews.com
Trump, Putin Issue Joint Statement On Defeating ISIS In SyriaNPR
Politico –WJLA –Fox News
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Trump has no comment on Roy Moore because he doesn’t ‘watch much TV’

Asked about allegations against the Republican Senate nominee, Trump said I dont get to watch much television. Primarily because Im reading documents

Donald Trump on Saturday deflected questions about whether the Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the Alabama Senate race over allegations of sexual misconduct, insisting that because he does not watch much television he did not feel qualified to comment.

Related: Roy Moore says he doesn’t know woman who made sexual assault claims

Related: Democratic victories point to growing anti-Trump coalition, experts say

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Trump calls James Comey, former intel colleagues ‘political hacks’ – Washington Examiner


Washington Examiner
Trump calls James Comey, former intel colleagues ‘political hacks’
Washington Examiner
So, you look at it, and then you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have ComeyComey’s proven now to be a liar, and he’s proven to be a leaker. So, you look at that. And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do …
Trump slams former US intel leaders as ‘political hacks’The Hill
Stephen Miller May Have Some ProblemsTPM (blog)
Trump adviser admits lying to FBI out of loyalty just as Trump demandsShareblue Media

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Trump: Putin means it when he denies Russian election meddling – Salon


Salon
Trump: Putin means it when he denies Russian election meddling
Salon
President Donald Trump told reporters that when Russian President Vladimir Putin once again denied that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, his claims were sincere, but a Kremlin officials denied that the two discussed the topic. Speaking to reporters 

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What Was Russia’s Role In 2016 US Election? 2 Former KGB Officials Weigh In – NPR


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What Was Russia’s Role In 2016 US Election? 2 Former KGB Officials Weigh In
NPR
Gennady Gudkov, a retired KGB colonel, peered at me across his dark, vaulted office in an old Moscow manor house. “I’m going to tell you something that I’ve never told anyone before,” he said. “About 10 years ago, Russia had the opportunity to 

and more »

Flynn Kidnapping Plot Is Like Teapot Dome With a Dash of Treason – New York Magazine


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Flynn Kidnapping Plot Is Like Teapot Dome With a Dash of Treason
New York Magazine
For another, it shows Flynn as being so out of control that maybe he did something with respect to Russia that explains Trump’s panic-stricken firing of James Comey, as Christian Farias suggests. … The Agnew scandal is largely forgotten, partly

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Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling – New York Times


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Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling
New York Times
DANANG, Vietnam President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscow’s meddling a politically motivated hit job 
‘He said he didn’t meddle’: Trump talks with Putin about US elections and Syria in brief interactionsWashington Post
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Trump chooses Putin’s word over the US intelligence community again – Vox
Trump has no comment on Roy Moore because he doesn’t ‘watch much TV’
Trump calls James Comey, former intel colleagues ‘political hacks’ – Washington Examiner
Trump: Putin means it when he denies Russian election meddling – Salon
What Was Russia’s Role In 2016 US Election? 2 Former KGB Officials Weigh In – NPR
Flynn Kidnapping Plot Is Like Teapot Dome With a Dash of Treason – New York Magazine
Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling – New York Times
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands at Apec video – The Guardian
Opinion: For Putin, the optics of not meeting Trump are bad – PBS NewsHour
Duterte, Putin, Trump in one room at APEC Leaders’ meet in Vietnam – GMA News
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How to Find a Smoking Gun in the Russia Investigation – Politico
 


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How to Find a Smoking Gun in the Russia Investigation
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There are other individuals deep within the Russian intelligence services and in President Putin’s inner circle who would definitively know the answers to questions of collusion. So how can we find these individuals and discover the smoking gun, should  

Mueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report – The Hill
 


The Hill
Mueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report
The Hill
The ultimate question Mueller is after is whether candidate Trump and then President-elect Trump knew of the discussions going on with Russia, and who approved or even directed them, one source told Reuters. That is still just a question..
Russian Twitter trolls deflected bad news about candidate TrumpPress Herald
What you need to know about newly revealed Trump campaign-Russia tiesPolitiFact
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Trump Will Release JFK Documents – American Free Press
 

Trump Will Release JFK Documents
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The CIA and FBI are worried about President Trump’s release of thousands of JFK assassination files. Apparently, 54 years has not allowed them enough time to review the documents, so they’ve asked him for another six-month delay. The new deadline for …and more »

A Gangster Place in the Sun: How Spain’s Fight Against the Mob Revealed Russian Power Networks – Boise Weekly
 


Boise Weekly
A Gangster Place in the Sun: How Spain’s Fight Against the Mob Revealed Russian Power Networks
Boise Weekly
At a time when Russian intelligence and criminal activities have become an urgent concern in the United States and Europe, the Spanish investigations of Petrov and other Russians offer a remarkable view of the way that some of the most powerful mafia  

Trump chooses Putin’s word over the US intelligence community again – Vox
 


Vox
Trump chooses Putin’s word over the US intelligence community again
Vox
President Donald Trump just sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community. That’s because in one of their conversations during an international summit in Vietnam, Putin denied that Russia interfered in the 2016 
Trump says Putin insulted by US election meddling claimBBC News
Trump Says Putin Again Denied Election Meddling After Meeting at Asia SummitNBCNews.com
Trump, Putin Issue Joint Statement On Defeating ISIS In SyriaNPR
Politico –WJLA –Fox News
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Trump has no comment on Roy Moore because he doesn’t ‘watch much TV’

Asked about allegations against the Republican Senate nominee, Trump said I dont get to watch much television. Primarily because Im reading documentsDonald Trump on Saturday deflected questions about whether the Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the Alabama Senate race over allegations of sexual misconduct, insisting that because he does not watch much television he did not feel qualified to comment.

Related: Roy Moore says he doesn’t know woman who made sexual assault claims

Related: Democratic victories point to growing anti-Trump coalition, experts say

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Trump calls James Comey, former intel colleagues ‘political hacks’ – Washington Examiner
 


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Trump calls James Comey, former intel colleagues ‘political hacks’
Washington Examiner
So, you look at it, and then you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have ComeyComey’s proven now to be a liar, and he’s proven to be a leaker. So, you look at that. And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do …
Trump slams former US intel leaders as ‘political hacks’The Hill
Stephen Miller May Have Some ProblemsTPM (blog)
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Trump: Putin means it when he denies Russian election meddling – Salon
 


Salon
Trump: Putin means it when he denies Russian election meddling
Salon
President Donald Trump told reporters that when Russian President Vladimir Putin once again denied that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, his claims were sincere, but a Kremlin officials denied that the two discussed the topic. Speaking to reporters and more »

What Was Russia’s Role In 2016 US Election? 2 Former KGB Officials Weigh In – NPR
 


NPR
What Was Russia’s Role In 2016 US Election? 2 Former KGB Officials Weigh In
NPR
Gennady Gudkov, a retired KGB colonel, peered at me across his dark, vaulted office in an old Moscow manor house. “I’m going to tell you something that I’ve never told anyone before,” he said. “About 10 years ago, Russia had the opportunity to and more »

Flynn Kidnapping Plot Is Like Teapot Dome With a Dash of Treason – New York Magazine
 


New York Magazine
Flynn Kidnapping Plot Is Like Teapot Dome With a Dash of Treason
New York Magazine
For another, it shows Flynn as being so out of control that maybe he did something with respect to Russia that explains Trump’s panic-stricken firing of James Comey, as Christian Farias suggests. … The Agnew scandal is largely forgotten, partlyand more »

Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling – New York Times
 


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Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling
New York Times
DANANG, Vietnam President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscow’s meddling a politically motivated hit job 
‘He said he didn’t meddle’: Trump talks with Putin about US elections and Syria in brief interactionsWashington Post
Trump says Putin insulted by US election meddling claimBBC News
Trump, Putin Issue Joint Statement On Defeating ISIS In SyriaNPR
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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands at Apec video – The Guardian
 


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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shake hands at Apec video
The Guardian
US and Russian presidents greet each other at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit dinner in Vietnam on Friday, though the White House said there would be no formal meeting. Trump and Putin smiled and stood next to each other for the … 

Opinion: For Putin, the optics of not meeting Trump are bad – PBS NewsHour
 


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Opinion: For Putin, the optics of not meeting Trump are bad
PBS NewsHour
The whole debate about whether President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin were going to have a formal meeting, or what they call in summit speak a pull aside, is a little like a teenage conversation about whether boy X and girl Y are going
TrumpPutin may meet privately Friday on the sidelines of APEC summitABC News
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TrumpPutin Will Not Have Formal Meeting in VietnamNBCNews.com
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Duterte, Putin, Trump in one room at APEC Leaders’ meet in Vietnam – GMA News
 


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Duterte, Putin, Trump in one room at APEC Leaders’ meet in Vietnam
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President Rodrigo Duterte, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Donald Trump were gathered in one room at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam on Saturday morning. A photo shared on Twitter by …and more »

Putin, Trump approve joint statement on Syria-Kremlin – Reuters
 


Reuters
Putin, Trump approve joint statement on Syria-Kremlin
Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump approved a joint statement on Syria after a brief contact at the APEC summit in Vietnam, Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying …
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Trump and Putin ‘agree to defeat IS in Syria’ – BBC News
 


BBC News
Trump and Putin ‘agree to defeat IS in Syria’
BBC News
US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to defeat so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, the Kremlin says. It said a statement was prepared by experts after they met briefly on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific 
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The Wall Street Journal has another major story today regarding disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Reportedly, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating allegations that both Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., plotted to either kidnap and render Turkish clerk Fethullah Gulen to Turkey or to use Flynns influence as National Security Advisor to effectuate his extraditionall in exchange for up to $15 million.

Its a very big story, one that casts the larger Flynn investigation in an altogether different, and more menacing, light, and one that also potentially casts the obstruction of justice investigation of President Donald Trump in a different light. Today, we put together a Special Edition of the Lawfare Podcast on the subject, featuring Shane Harris (one of the Journal reporters who broke the story), Turkey expert Ryan Evans, editor of War on Rocks, and Lawfare contributors Steve Vladeck and Paul Rosenzweig.

In this post, we try to unpack some of the storys legal and political significance for Lawfare readers.

First, while stunning, this allegation is not entirely new. The Wall Street Journal and other outlets have previously reported on a September meeting between Flynn and Turkish officials in which they discussed possibilities for removing Flynn from the United States. Former CIA Director James Woolsey attended that meeting and was so disturbed by what he heard that he contacted then-Vice President Joe Biden through an intermediary to report the matter. Woosley has made some public statements about the episode.

The Journals latest story however adds three crucial new pieces:

  • First, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the matter as part of his larger probe into Trump associates and Russian election interference;

  • Second, that a second meeting occurred in December, following the election and after Flynn had been named National Security Advisor designate to the Trump administration, at which planning continued; and

  • Third, that this December meeting apparently focused on a more developed plan than what was discussed in September, including discussions of the possibility of transporting Mr. Gulen by private jet to the Turkish prison island of Imrali and a proposal to pay Flynn and his son up to $15 million for successfully delivering Gulen by one means or another.

In other words, the import of the new Wall Street Journal story is the news that the special counsel is investigating whether, during the presidential transition, the incoming national security advisorwhile acting as unregistered agent of a foreign governmentwas also plotting a kidnapping on behalf of that foreign power.

What does it all mean?

There have been media reports over the past several weeks regarding possible indictments against Michael Flynn and his son. NBC recently reported that Muellers team believe it has enough evidence against the pair to seek an indictment. And sources familiar with the Flynn family have revealed that both the elder Flynn and his wife are especially worried about the possibility of their son facing serious legal jeopardy. Both the fact that a public indictment has not yet materialized and Flynns concern for his son have lead to speculation that he might choose to cooperate with Muellers investigation in exchange for a dealor, in the alternative, that the Mueller camp is busily pressuring him now to do so.

Previously, most analysts seemed to be assuming that possible indictments for Flynn would relate to his failure to disclose income and information on his security clearance forms and elsewhere as required, possible false statements to investigators, and for failure to register as a foreign agent as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Those are all serious matters on their own. But the latest allegations open up a whole new ballpark of possibilities.

The Journal story is ambiguous as to what the plot actually was and the manner and time in which it might be executed. On the one hand, discussion of putting someone on a private jet in exchange for $15 million would indicate the Flynns were not discussing using legal processes here. There is a word in the English language lexicon for forcibly putting someone on a plane against his will outside of the legal systems that allow compulsion and seizure of persons: The word is kidnapping and it is an extremely serious offense.

The federal kidnapping statute is at 18 USC 1201 and the laws of Pennsylvaniawhere Gulen liveswould presumably have something to say about aspects of the plot (assuming the facts as reported by the Journal are true) as well. Flynn was a private individuala campaign advisorat the September meeting, and in the transition period during which the December meeting took place, he was a designated government official who had not yet assumed office. When government officials act or conspire to transfer someone, against their will and not pursuant to regular legal process, to a foreign jurisdiction, that is often described as extraordinary rendition. Prior administrations have acknowledged the use of the practice with respect to foreigners captured overseas. Even then, it is extremely controversial. As applied to a domestic person outside of traditional legal processes, it is simply criminalunder all imaginable circumstances. Plotting to do it, is a conspiracy to kidnap.

The Journal is, as we say, ambiguous about means. In some passages, it suggests a kidnapping; in others, it suggests that Flynn would use his position as national security advisor to return Gulen by legal means. The U.S. and Turkey do have an extradition treaty. The Department of Justice has so far rebuffed Turkish extradition requests related to their claims that Gulen is the mastermind behind a 2015 failed coup attempt. But perhaps Flynn only agreed that he would use his influence to mount pressure on the Justice Department to use legal methods. And perhaps Flynn might argue that he was doing the President-elects bidding, attempting to reset relations with Turkey by removing a major irritant in those relations.

That answer might get Flynn out of some legal hot water, but unless the facts in the Journal story dont pan out, there are still big problems. For one thing, theres still the allegation about money. Its no more legal to take $15 million to use your influence as national security advisor to bring about an outcome than it is to kidnap someone.

Moreover, this version of the story would actually raise troubling issues about political influence on law enforcement. While the United States and Turkey do have an extradition treaty, the extradition process is designed to insulate against politically motivated decision-making as to peoples fatesprecisely what appears to have been contemplated here. Career DOJ officials, not the national security advisor, determine whether a requesting country has satisfied the terms of the treaty and provided a sufficient evidentiary basis to proceed with the request. That is especially important in situations like this one, where there is strong suspicion that the charges against Gulen are politically-motivated and that he will not be afforded protections of due process if returned to Turkey. If Flynn planned to subvert or improperly influence the extradition process for political aims, much less for money, that is a serious problem in and of itself.

The timing of the December meeting may also raise new questions related to Flynns status as a foreign agent under FARA. As Steve Vladeck writes on Just Security:

18 U.S.C. § 219, goes one important step further [than the rest of FARA], making it a crime for any individual who is an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency, or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, to be or to act as an agent of a foreign principal under FARA.

In other words, for a private citizen, FARAs entire impact is in requiring disclosure. But for public officials, § 219 actually prohibits such individuals from acting as foreign agents. Thus, whereas a private citizen need only apprise the Justice Department if they are receiving funds from foreign principals to influence U.S. policy, public officials may not receive such funds, periodand face felony charges if they do. (N.B.: Theres an interesting question about whether transition officials might qualify as public officials for purposes of § 219. Im skeptical, but at least in Flynns case, theres still the issue of whether he was continuing to serve as an agent of a foreign power on and after January 20, when he became the National Security Advisor.)

Flynn would be barred from continuing to act as a foreign agent after January 20, when he took office, and that offense (a felony) would not be able to be remediedas Flynn has sought to do previouslywith retroactive filings.

Finally, theres the matter of what all of this means for President Trump, who famously asked then-FBI Director James Comey to back off of the Flynn investigation in the period before he then fired Comey. This request has always represented a grave matter, particularly in the context of President Trumps larger set of interactions with law enforcement over time. It was, after all, a profound violation of the principle that the President does not direct law enforcement on investigative matters. It is, however, a far graver matter to the extent the investigation of Flynn involved potentially violent felonies. If Flynn is really suspected of involvement in a kidnapping plot, the question of what the President knew and when he knew it goes from being merely important to being acutely crucial.

The public needs to know what precisely President Trump was asking his FBI director when he said to him: I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.

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Forget what Vladimir Putin says—the case that Russia directly coordinated with the Trump campaign to affect the outcome of the 2016 election has grown an order of magnitude stronger since last November. From Jared Kushner’s efforts to establish a covert communication channel with the Kremlin immune from U.S. monitoring, to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the headlines all tell the same story: Numerous campaign and administration officials want to conceal their extensive connections to Russia.

Despite the growing mountain of circumstantial evidence, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees investigating Russian interference recently announced they will end their work by February 2018, with no unified findings on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Mueller is a prosecutor pursuing criminal charges against individuals, not a rapporteur tasked with uncovering a grand conspiracy. It appears that, absent a John Dean-like figure testifying to direct involvement in collusion, some in Congress will continue the refrain, “There’s no smoking gun.”

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But obtaining testimony from Trump campaign officials is only half of the picture. There are other individuals deep within the Russian intelligence services and in President Putin’s inner circle who would definitively know the answers to questions of collusion. So how can we find these individuals and discover the smoking gun, should one exist? The answer involves an examination of dark days in the history of the FBI and CIA’s struggle against the Soviet Union, and raises important questions about these agencies’ ability to operate free from political pressure from the Trump White House.

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On August 18, 1986, a payphone rang in a shopping center in Springfield, Virginia. The man answering was Alexander Fefelov, a KGB technical officer assigned to the Soviet Embassy in Washington. The caller was one of the KGB’s most valuable assets in the U.S. government. The KGB referred to him as “B” because they did not know his true identity, though he had been in contact with them since October 1985. For reasons unclear, Fefelov made a fateful decision to record the call that day.

Eight years later, the FBI arrested CIA officer Aldrich Ames, who confessed to selling secrets to the Russians beginning in 1985. Ames’ treason resulted in the deaths of numerous Russians who had cooperated with the U.S. However, both agencies quickly realized that Ames alone could not have been responsible for all of the compromises.

Desperate to find evidence that would identify the remaining mole, both the FBI and CIA agreed to a crude tactic called “cold pitching.” It involved identifying former and current Russian intelligence officers around the world and offering them $1 million to talk. Dozens of Russians were approached and declined to cooperate, but the effort finally paid off when FBI agent Mike Rochford lured a Russian officer to the United States under the guise of a business deal. After two weeks of trying, Rochford convinced the man to help find the mole in exchange for money and resettlement in the United States.

As it turned out, the Russian had access to the entire file on B, and CIA officers quickly devised a plan to smuggle it out of Russia. However, the man missed his planned rendezvous with the CIA. Rochford feared the worst, but the man surfaced in a third country, having successfully exfiltrated himself and the file out of Moscow. The file included every communication B had sent to the Russians. It contained maps of “dead drop” sites, locations where money and documents were exchanged between B and the KGB. There was no name[JW1] , but for the first time, the FBI had direct, non-circumstantial evidence that a second traitor existed.

After consulting with the Russian turncoat, Rochford was instructed to open a specific envelope. Though the KGB never knew B’s name, the envelope nevertheless contained a smoking gun: Fefelov’s 1986 recording. Two FBI employees played the tape and recognized the voice of their colleague, Robert Hanssen. FBI officials were stunned. For months, they had investigated an innocent CIA officer, never suspecting the mole was within their own ranks. They began a three-month period of physical and electronic surveillance of Hanssen, methodically building an ironclad case against him. In February 2001, FBI agents observed him placing classified documents under a footbridge in Foxstone Park in Vienna, Virginia. They arrested him on the spot. Hanssen infamously commented, “What took you so long?”

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The effort to find a smoking gun on Hanssen consumed 14 years and significant resources. Could a similar effort be successful today? The Manafort indictment shows Mueller’s investigation is doing all it can to gain cooperation from U.S. persons. The CIA must similarly work to entice Russians with information to come forward, exactly as it has done in the past. Such an effort would be exceedingly difficult, as the circle of Russians with knowledge is certainly small and likely not allowed to travel abroad. Success would require support from senior CIA leadership.

It is difficult to imagine CIA director and Trump loyalist Mike Pompeo approving operational activity of this nature that could ultimately implicate his boss. On the contrary, he seems intent on undermining the intelligence community’s conclusions on Russian interference, as evidenced by his recent meeting with a conspiracy theorist who claims Russia didn’t hack the Democratic National Committee’s emails. It is less difficult to imagine President Trump’s infuriated response to learning of the existence of such operations. But most importantly, what Russian source could actually trust that the full weight of the U.S. government is committed to his or her safety?

This last point is worth dwelling on. Last year, shortly after the U.S. intelligence community released its findings, a high-ranking Russian cyber intelligence officer was arrested and accused of cooperating with the CIA. Whether the accusation was true not, Putin made clear the consequences of even being suspectedof talking to the CIA about election hacking. And Russian officials undoubtedly got the message.

With Pompeo’s objectivity compromised, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees play an increasingly vital oversight role to ensure our intelligence agencies are operating effectively. While it is not the role of oversight to directly propose or approve operational activity, the committees must ensure that Pompeo doesn’t stand in the way of any CIA operations, like the one that caught Hanssen, that are intended to pursue individuals with intelligence on Russia’s compromise of our election. Additionally, they must ask pointed questions about the agency’s preparedness to deal with an unexpected Russian defector who approaches the CIA with information. What would be the chain of custody for such information? How would the CIA assess the trustworthiness of the source? How would the resulting intelligence be disseminated to Congress? Would the president be briefed? The committees might even consider asking Pompeo to recuse himself from such operational decisions, due to his obvious conflicts.

These questions require answers. Our country was attacked, and there is strong circumstantial evidence that Russia had help within the United States. Neither committee should conclude its investigation until they know that no effort has been spared to find a smoking gun, or can confidently conclude that there isn’t one to find.

Joel Willett served 5 years in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, including a year on the National Security Council at the White House. Prior to the CIA, he served in the U.S. Army and lived and worked in Moscow. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council.

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Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, was caught in the web of these revelations. Despite divesting himself of most business interests when he joined the Trump cabinet, he kept a shipping company, Navigator Holdings, through a chain of companies in the Cayman Islands. Discussing Ross Paradise Papers file Jon Swaine of the Guardian noted that Navigator is a company operated by Russian President Vladimir Putins son-in-law an allegation that put Ross in the journalistic crosshairs.

The very mention of a transaction in which Russia is included is now branded collusion.

Navigator is paid $20 million a year to ship gas out of Russia for a Russian company named Sibur and Sibur is co-owned by Kirill Shamalov, Putins son-in-law. Commenting on this matter, Ross said there is nothing whatsoever improper about Navigator having a relationship with Sibur. He continued, The fact that it happens to be called a Russian company does not mean that theres any evil in it. That is true on several levels.
This is a third party transaction in which the investor through a holding company joined a deal worth at least $200 a year. Mr. Ross probably knew very little about the transaction and, my guess is, he was unaware of any Russian involvement.
Moreover, the deal does not violate any laws, nor is there any suspicion that is the case. It would appear as if this is a witch hunt in which any reference to Russia is a form of collusion. Clearly this falls into the category of false news. But it has even darker implications.
The very mention of a transaction in which Russia is included is now branded collusion. You might even describe this phenomenon as contemporary McCarthyism, albeit McCarthy made allegations about those who joined the Communist Party as opposed to present claims that have a gossamer thin relationship to Russian officials.
My guess is these claims arent going anywhere, certainly not into the hands of Mr. Mueller, the Special Counsel. But these violations of privacy and reputation should not be overlooked. It is precisely the frivolous investigations of this kind that discourage good people from government service.
The Paradise Papers are certainly not the Pumpkin Papers and, in time, their salacious stories will be replaced. Unfortunately, it will leave in its wake a number of unsubstantiated claims and reputations that have been unfairly besmirched.

Dr. Herb London is president of the London Center for Policy Research and is co-author with Jed Babbin of “The BDS War Against Israel.”

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The Wall Street Journal has another major story today regarding disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Reportedly, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating allegations that both Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., plotted to either kidnap and render Turkish clerk Fethullah Gulen to Turkey or to use Flynns influence as National Security Advisor to effectuate his extraditionall in exchange for up to $15 million.
Its a very big story, one that casts the larger Flynn investigation in an altogether different, and more menacing, light, and one that also potentially casts the obstruction of justice investigation of President Donald Trump in a different light. Today, we put together a Special Edition of the Lawfare Podcast on the subject, featuring Shane Harris (one of the Journal reporters who broke the story), Turkey expert Ryan Evans, editor of War on Rocks, and Lawfare contributors Steve Vladeck and Paul Rosenzweig.

In this post, we try to unpack some of the storys legal and political significance for Lawfare readers.

First, while stunning, this allegation is not entirely new. The Wall Street Journal and other outlets have previously reported on a September meeting between Flynn and Turkish officials in which they discussed possibilities for removing Flynn from the United States. Former CIA Director James Woolsey attended that meeting and was so disturbed by what he heard that he contacted then-Vice President Joe Biden through an intermediary to report the matter. Woosley has made some public statements about the episode.
The Journals latest story however adds three crucial new pieces:
  • First, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the matter as part of his larger probe into Trump associates and Russian election interference;
  • Second, that a second meeting occurred in December, following the election and after Flynn had been named National Security Advisor designate to the Trump administration, at which planning continued; and
  • Third, that this December meeting apparently focused on a more developed plan than what was discussed in September, including discussions of the possibility of transporting Mr. Gulen by private jet to the Turkish prison island of Imrali and a proposal to pay Flynn and his son up to $15 million for successfully delivering Gulen by one means or another.
In other words, the import of the new Wall Street Journal story is the news that the special counsel is investigating whether, during the presidential transition, the incoming national security advisorwhile acting as unregistered agent of a foreign governmentwas also plotting a kidnapping on behalf of that foreign power.
What does it all mean?
There have been media reports over the past several weeks regarding possible indictments against Michael Flynn and his son. NBC recently reported that Muellers team believe it has enough evidence against the pair to seek an indictment. And sources familiar with the Flynn family have revealed that both the elder Flynn and his wife are especially worried about the possibility of their son facing serious legal jeopardy. Both the fact that a public indictment has not yet materialized and Flynns concern for his son have lead to speculation that he might choose to cooperate with Muellers investigation in exchange for a dealor, in the alternative, that the Mueller camp is busily pressuring him now to do so.
Previously, most analysts seemed to be assuming that possible indictments for Flynn would relate to his failure to disclose income and information on his security clearance forms and elsewhere as required, possible false statements to investigators, and for failure to register as a foreign agent as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Those are all serious matters on their own. But the latest allegations open up a whole new ballpark of possibilities.
The Journal story is ambiguous as to what the plot actually was and the manner and time in which it might be executed. On the one hand, discussion of putting someone on a private jet in exchange for $15 million would indicate the Flynns were not discussing using legal processes here. There is a word in the English language lexicon for forcibly putting someone on a plane against his will outside of the legal systems that allow compulsion and seizure of persons: The word is kidnapping and it is an extremely serious offense.
The federal kidnapping statute is at 18 USC 1201 and the laws of Pennsylvaniawhere Gulen liveswould presumably have something to say about aspects of the plot (assuming the facts as reported by the Journal are true) as well. Flynn was a private individuala campaign advisorat the September meeting, and in the transition period during which the December meeting took place, he was a designated government official who had not yet assumed office. When government officials act or conspire to transfer someone, against their will and not pursuant to regular legal process, to a foreign jurisdiction, that is often described as extraordinary rendition. Prior administrations have acknowledged the use of the practice with respect to foreigners captured overseas. Even then, it is extremely controversial. As applied to a domestic person outside of traditional legal processes, it is simply criminalunder all imaginable circumstances. Plotting to do it, is a conspiracy to kidnap.
The Journal is, as we say, ambiguous about means. In some passages, it suggests a kidnapping; in others, it suggests that Flynn would use his position as national security advisor to return Gulen by legal means. The U.S. and Turkey do have an extradition treaty. The Department of Justice has so far rebuffed Turkish extradition requests related to their claims that Gulen is the mastermind behind a 2015 failed coup attempt. But perhaps Flynn only agreed that he would use his influence to mount pressure on the Justice Department to use legal methods. And perhaps Flynn might argue that he was doing the President-elects bidding, attempting to reset relations with Turkey by removing a major irritant in those relations.
That answer might get Flynn out of some legal hot water, but unless the facts in the Journal story dont pan out, there are still big problems. For one thing, theres still the allegation about money. Its no more legal to take $15 million to use your influence as national security advisor to bring about an outcome than it is to kidnap someone.
Moreover, this version of the story would actually raise troubling issues about political influence on law enforcement. While the United States and Turkey do have an extradition treaty, the extradition process is designed to insulate against politically motivated decision-making as to peoples fatesprecisely what appears to have been contemplated here. Career DOJ officials, not the national security advisor, determine whether a requesting country has satisfied the terms of the treaty and provided a sufficient evidentiary basis to proceed with the request. That is especially important in situations like this one, where there is strong suspicion that the charges against Gulen are politically-motivated and that he will not be afforded protections of due process if returned to Turkey. If Flynn planned to subvert or improperly influence the extradition process for political aims, much less for money, that is a serious problem in and of itself.
The timing of the December meeting may also raise new questions related to Flynns status as a foreign agent under FARA. As Steve Vladeck writes on Just Security:
18 U.S.C. § 219, goes one important step further [than the rest of FARA], making it a crime for any individual who is an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency, or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, to be or to act as an agent of a foreign principal under FARA.
In other words, for a private citizen, FARAs entire impact is in requiring disclosure. But for public officials, § 219 actually prohibits such individuals from acting as foreign agents. Thus, whereas a private citizen need only apprise the Justice Department if they are receiving funds from foreign principals to influence U.S. policy, public officials may not receive such funds, periodand face felony charges if they do. (N.B.: Theres an interesting question about whether transition officials might qualify as public officials for purposes of § 219. Im skeptical, but at least in Flynns case, theres still the issue of whether he was continuing to serve as an agent of a foreign power on and after January 20, when he became the National Security Advisor.)
Flynn would be barred from continuing to act as a foreign agent after January 20, when he took office, and that offense (a felony) would not be able to be remediedas Flynn has sought to do previouslywith retroactive filings.
Finally, theres the matter of what all of this means for President Trump, who famously asked then-FBI Director James Comey to back off of the Flynn investigation in the period before he then fired Comey. This request has always represented a grave matter, particularly in the context of President Trumps larger set of interactions with law enforcement over time. It was, after all, a profound violation of the principle that the President does not direct law enforcement on investigative matters. It is, however, a far graver matter to the extent the investigation of Flynn involved potentially violent felonies. If Flynn is really suspected of involvement in a kidnapping plot, the question of what the President knew and when he knew it goes from being merely important to being acutely crucial.
The public needs to know what precisely President Trump was asking his FBI director when he said to him: I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.

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Carter Page, a foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters after a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, November 2, 2017. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)
The Russiagate news has sharply accelerated over the past two weeks: the indictments of two senior Trump campaign officials, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates; the guilty plea from George Papadopoulos about his multiple campaign contacts with Russian officials and intermediaries, including those who told him they possessed dirt on Hillary Clinton, including thousands of emails, before news of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee was made public; the rumors that next to be indicted by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russiagate, will be General Michael Flynn, and perhaps his son, too; the avalanche of news about Russian bots and trolls using Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to exacerbate political divisions in 2016 and to support the election of Donald Trump, including the creation of numerous fake personalities; and, of course, the bob-and-weave testimony of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign policy aide, about his pattern of Russian contacts in 2016, delivered to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).
And theres a lot more to come, includingaccording to The Wall Street Journalthe likely criminal indictment of at least six Russian officials for their role in the 2016 cyberattacks. In response, Trump, Page, and Trumps CIA director Mike Pompeo are escalating their attacks on the CIA and its intelligence-community partners.
Pages testimony, all 200-plus pages of it, is popcorn-worthy entertainment, with him denying, obfuscating, and prevaricating under intense questioning from both Republicans and Democrats on the HPSCI. For instance, theres an exchange between Page and ranking Democrat Adam Schiff over Pages exasperating assertion that hes claiming his Fifth Amendment right to protect himself from self-incrimination while, at the same time, announcing that hes willing to turn over to the committee certain documents and e-mails, but not others (see pages 26-29 of the transcript). At one point, Schiff asks, Dr. Page, is it your position that you have a Fifth Amendment right to provide nonincriminating emails or documents to the committee but withhold incriminating documents from the committee and selectively comply with the subpoena?
What Page is apparently worried about is that, for years, the US intelligence community has been watching him and, no doubt, intercepting his e-mails, phone calls, and other communications, and that recorded transcripts and copies of all of those are in the HPSCIs (and Muellers) files. As early as 2013, Page came to the attention of US authorities because of his contacts with suspected Russian spies, who apparently were seeking to recruit him. In 2016, during the campaign, Page was secretly monitored by US intel over renewed contacts with Russians while he was serving on Trumps foreign-policy team. In April, The New York Times reported that the FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courtordered wiretap against Page in 2016 based on evidence that he was operating as a Russian agent. Among his contacts then were a range of leading Russian officials, including top executives of Gazprom, for whom Page was both an adviser and investor. In September 2016, Harry Reid, then the Senate minority leader, wrote to then-FBI Director James Comey about Pages alleged contacts with high-ranking sanctioned [Russian] individuals, part of what Reidwhod been briefed on what the intelligence community was learningcalled evidence of significant and disturbing ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, according to Yahoo News.
No wonder, then, that Page, echoing Donald Trump, is on the warpath against the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and other elements of the US intelligence community. (Those three agencies concurred, in January 2017, that the Russian government, under the direct supervision of Vladimir Putin, hacked into the DNC system and released its contents to WikiLeaks and other outlets in order to tilt the election in Trumps favor.) In his rambling, often confusing testimony to the HPSCI, and in letters to the committee that he released, Page bitterly denounced his accusers, including the HPSCI, the FBI, and the media, for civil rights abuses and an ongoing witch hunt, part of what he called an intensive domestic political surveillance operation initiated on behalf of the Clinton/Obama regime.
Yet Pagewho may or may not decide to cooperate with Mueller, and in fact may already be doing soexplicitly stated the reason that hes willing to provide some documents to the House committee but not others: because, he said, hes concerned that some of the information he might be forced to turn over will in some way contradict what Mueller and the congressional intelligence committees already know, from having looked at the transcripts and copies of his phone calls, texts, and e-mails. The information that he might provide cannot be as comprehensive as the information that was already illegally collected against me, he told the HPSCI, and he said hes worried that some of it might not match up. As he put it, The National Security Agency, CIA, and FBI have infinitely greater data processing capabilities than I do.
Pages, and Trumps, attacks on the CIA et al. might be intended to provide cover, at least as far as the public is concerned, for Pages overt and covert contacts with leading Russian officials. In his testimony, Page revealed that he did, in fact, meet with Russias deputy prime ministerthough, earlier, appearing on Chris Hayess MSNBC program, Page said his contacts with Russians were limited to man in the street-type interactions. At one point in during Pages testimony, Schiff read to him the text of an e-mail that Page had sent to two Trump campaign officials on July 8, 2016. It read: Ill send you guys a readout soon regarding some incredible insights and outreach Ive received from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the presidential administration here. Yet under repeated questioning, Page stuck to his story about man-in-the-street contacts and a very brief, five second interaction with Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
By attacking the CIAwhich Trump once compared to Nazi Germany, during the campaignPage may be getting some help from the CIA itself, at least from its Trump-appointed director, Mike Pompeo. In a major exposé broken by The Intercept, reporters Duncan Campbell and James Risenthe latter a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter formerly with The New York Times and Los Angeles Timesrevealed that Pompeo recently met with former high-level NSA official William Binney to discuss Binneys widely discredited theory that the DNC wasnt hacked at all and that the WikiLeaks-published e-mails resulted from an internal leak. According to Binney, the meeting with Pompeo came about because Trump himself told Pompeo to meet with him. (Pompeo began the meeting by saying, The president told me I should talk to you.) This is crazy, a former CIA official told The Intercept. Youve got all these intelligence agencies saying the Russians did the hack. To deny that is like coming out with the theory that the Japanese didnt bomb Pearl Harbor. CNN, which also reported the Pompeo-Binney meeting, called Binney the purveyor of a conspiracy theory.
Unfortunately, that exact conspiracy theory was circulated via The Nation this past summer in a widely criticized story by Patrick Lawrence, who cited a memo published by Binney and some of his associates at an outfit called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. In that piece, Lawrence uncritically transmitted the VIPS memos claim that the DNC affair was an inside job by a DNC official, and not the work of the Russians. (Many Nation contributors, as well as a dissident group within VIPS itself and a fact-checker and outside security expert hired by The Nation, challenged Lawrences claims. An editors note by Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, attached to the Lawrence article after it was published, concluded: As part of the editing process, however, we should have made certain that several of the articles conclusions were presented as possibilities, not as certainties.)
So far, Pompeo hasnt officially challenged the CIAs conclusions about the 2016 hack attack. The Director stands by, and has always stood by, the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, a CIA spokesman told The Intercept. But Pompeo strayed off the straight and narrow at least once. A few weeks ago, he made this statement: The intelligence communitys assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election. In fact, however, the community made no such conclusion, opting in its January 2017 report not to conclude anything at all, one way or the other, about whether Russias actions affected the elections outcome. Noting that making a political calculation along those lines was beyond its scope, the Intelligence Community Assessment concluded, We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. So Pompeos statement was flat-out wrongand worrisome.
Meanwhile, a little-noticed but important story in The Wall Street Journal last week reported that the Justice Department is pretty well convinced, to say the least, that the Russians did it. Reports the Journal: The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committees computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors and agents have assembled evidence to charge the Russian officials and could bring a case next year, these people said.
Stay tuned. It now appears that Manafort, Gates, and Papadopoulos are not the only ones who will face charges in the Russiagate affair.

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The Paradise Papers reportedly name Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for not disclosing business ties to the Kremlin. Watch the video to find out how and whether or not the Commerce Dept is responding.

In an earlier far more innocent era, my mother told me you will be judged by the friends you keep. For many Americans, this was axiomatic. However, in this cynical era, you are often judged by who you know or who knows you. In some sense, this is a Kafkaesque arrangement where judgments and the assignment of guilt are made without knowledge or forethought.

Take, for example, the stories emanating from revelations of the Paradise Papers. This massive trove of 13.4 million records was founded 100 years ago and operates in various points around the globe managing the assets of very wealthy people. Reflecting millions of loans, financial transactions and e-mails, the data reveal how wealthy individuals manage their portfolios.

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Recently a German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, unraveled the connections indicating how the wealthy sometimes avoid taxes and make business deals.

Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, was caught in the web of these revelations. Despite divesting himself of most business interests when he joined the Trump cabinet, he kept a shipping company, Navigator Holdings, through a chain of companies in the Cayman Islands. Discussing Ross’ Paradise Papers file Jon Swaine of the Guardian noted that Navigator is a company operated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law an allegation that put Ross in the journalistic crosshairs.

The very mention of a transaction in which Russia is included is now branded “collusion.”

Navigator is paid $20 million a year to ship gas out of Russia for a Russian company named Sibur and Sibur is co-owned by Kirill Shamalov, Putin’s son-in-law. Commenting on this matter, Ross said “there is nothing whatsoever improper about Navigator having a relationship with Sibur.” He continued, “The fact that it happens to be called a Russian company does not mean that there’s any evil in it.” That is true on several levels.

This is a third party transaction in which the investor through a holding company joined a deal worth at least $200 a year. Mr. Ross probably knew very little about the transaction and, my guess is, he was unaware of any Russian involvement.

Moreover, the deal does not violate any laws, nor is there any suspicion that is the case. It would appear as if this is a witch hunt in which any reference to Russia is a form of collusion. Clearly this falls into the category of “false news.” But it has even darker implications.

The very mention of a transaction in which Russia is included is now branded “collusion.” You might even describe this phenomenon as contemporary McCarthyism, albeit McCarthy made allegations about those who joined the Communist Party as opposed to present claims that have a gossamer thin relationship to Russian officials.

My guess is these claims aren’t going anywhere, certainly not into the hands of Mr. Mueller, the Special Counsel. But these violations of privacy and reputation should not be overlooked. It is precisely the frivolous investigations of this kind that discourage good people from government service.

The Paradise Papers are certainly not the Pumpkin Papers and, in time, their salacious stories will be replaced. Unfortunately, it will leave in its wake a number of unsubstantiated claims and reputations that have been unfairly besmirched.

Dr. Herb London is president of the London Center for Policy Research and is co-author with Jed Babbin of “The BDS War Against Israel.”

As the Russiagate Investigation Builds Momentum, Trumps Allies Attack the CIA
 

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Carter Page, a foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters after a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, November 2, 2017. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The Russiagate news has sharply accelerated over the past two weeks: the indictments of two senior Trump campaign officials, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates; the guilty plea from George Papadopoulos about his multiple campaign contacts with Russian officials and intermediaries, including those who told him they possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, including “thousands of emails,” before news of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee was made public; the rumors that next to be indicted by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russiagate, will be General Michael Flynn, and perhaps his son, too; the avalanche of news about Russian bots and trolls using Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to exacerbate political divisions in 2016 and to support the election of Donald Trump, including the creation of numerous fake personalities; and, of course, the bob-and-weave testimony of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign policy aide, about his pattern of Russian contacts in 2016, delivered to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).

And there’s a lot more to come, including—according to The Wall Street Journal—the likely criminal indictment of at least six Russian officials for their role in the 2016 cyberattacks. In response, Trump, Page, and Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo are escalating their attacks on the CIA and its intelligence-community partners.

Page’s testimony, all 200-plus pages of it, is popcorn-worthy entertainment, with him denying, obfuscating, and prevaricating under intense questioning from both Republicans and Democrats on the HPSCI. For instance, there’s an exchange between Page and ranking Democrat Adam Schiff over Page’s exasperating assertion that he’s claiming his Fifth Amendment right to protect himself from self-incrimination while, at the same time, announcing that he’s willing to turn over to the committee certain documents and e-mails, but not others (see pages 26-29 of the transcript). At one point, Schiff asks, “Dr. Page, is it your position that you have a Fifth Amendment right to provide nonincriminating emails or documents to the committee but withhold incriminating documents from the committee and selectively comply with the subpoena?”

What Page is apparently worried about is that, for years, the US intelligence community has been watching him and, no doubt, intercepting his e-mails, phone calls, and other communications, and that recorded transcripts and copies of all of those are in the HPSCI’s (and Mueller’s) files. As early as 2013, Page came to the attention of US authorities because of his contacts with suspected Russian spies, who apparently were seeking to recruit him. In 2016, during the campaign, Page was secretly monitored by US intel over renewed contacts with Russians while he was serving on Trump’s foreign-policy team. In April, The New York Times reported that the FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court–ordered wiretap against Page in 2016 “based on evidence that he was operating as a Russian agent.” Among his contacts then were a range of leading Russian officials, including top executives of Gazprom, for whom Page was both an adviser and investor. In September 2016, Harry Reid, then the Senate minority leader, wrote to then-FBI Director James Comey about Page’s alleged contacts with “high-ranking sanctioned [Russian] individuals,” part of what Reid—who’d been briefed on what the intelligence community was learning—called evidence of “significant and disturbing ties” between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, according to Yahoo News.

No wonder, then, that Page, echoing Donald Trump, is on the warpath against the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and other elements of the US intelligence community. (Those three agencies concurred, in January 2017, that the Russian government, under the direct supervision of Vladimir Putin, hacked into the DNC system and released its contents to WikiLeaks and other outlets in order to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.) In his rambling, often confusing testimony to the HPSCI, and in letters to the committee that he released, Page bitterly denounced his accusers, including the HPSCI, the FBI, and the media, for “civil rights abuses” and “an ongoing witch hunt,” part of what he called “an intensive domestic political surveillance operation… initiated on behalf of the Clinton/Obama regime.”

Yet Page—who may or may not decide to cooperate with Mueller, and in fact may already be doing so—explicitly stated the reason that he’s willing to provide some documents to the House committee but not others: because, he said, he’s concerned that some of the information he might be forced to turn over will in some way contradict what Mueller and the congressional intelligence committees already know, from having looked at the transcripts and copies of his phone calls, texts, and e-mails. The information that he might provide “cannot be as comprehensive as the information that was already illegally collected against me,” he told the HPSCI, and he said he’s worried that some of it might not “match up.” As he put it, “The National Security Agency, CIA, and FBI have infinitely greater data processing capabilities than I do.”

Page’s, and Trump’s, attacks on the CIA et al. might be intended to provide cover, at least as far as the public is concerned, for Page’s overt and covert contacts with leading Russian officials. In his testimony, Page revealed that he did, in fact, meet with Russia’s deputy prime minister—though, earlier, appearing on Chris Hayes’s MSNBC program, Page said his contacts with Russians were limited to “man in the street”-type interactions. At one point in during Page’s testimony, Schiff read to him the text of an e-mail that Page had sent to two Trump campaign officials on July 8, 2016. It read: “I’ll send you guys a readout soon regarding some incredible insights and outreach I’ve received from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the presidential administration here.” Yet under repeated questioning, Page stuck to his story about man-in-the-street contacts and a very brief, “five second” interaction with Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

By attacking the CIA—which Trump once compared to Nazi Germany, during the campaign—Page may be getting some help from the CIA itself, at least from its Trump-appointed director, Mike Pompeo. In a major exposé broken by The Intercept, reporters Duncan Campbell and James Risen—the latter a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter formerly with The New York Times and Los Angeles Times—revealed that Pompeo recently met with former high-level NSA official William Binney to discuss Binney’s widely discredited theory that the DNC wasn’t hacked at all and that the WikiLeaks-published e-mails resulted from an internal leak. According to Binney, the meeting with Pompeo came about because Trump himself told Pompeo to meet with him. (Pompeo began the meeting by saying, “The president told me I should talk to you.”) “This is crazy,” a former CIA official told The Intercept. “You’ve got all these intelligence agencies saying the Russians did the hack. To deny that is like coming out with the theory that the Japanese didn’t bomb Pearl Harbor.” CNN, which also reported the Pompeo-Binney meeting, called Binney the purveyor of a “conspiracy theory.”

Unfortunately, that exact “conspiracy theory” was circulated via The Nation this past summer in a widely criticized story by Patrick Lawrence, who cited a memo published by Binney and some of his associates at an outfit called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. In that piece, Lawrence uncritically transmitted the VIPS memo’s claim that the DNC affair was “an inside job” by a DNC official, and not the work of the Russians. (Many Nation contributors, as well as a dissident group within VIPS itself and a fact-checker and outside security expert hired by The Nation, challenged Lawrence’s claims. An editor’s note by Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, attached to the Lawrence article after it was published, concluded: “As part of the editing process, however, we should have made certain that several of the article’s conclusions were presented as possibilities, not as certainties.”)

So far, Pompeo hasn’t officially challenged the CIA’s conclusions about the 2016 hack attack. “The Director stands by, and has always stood by, the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment,” a CIA spokesman told The Intercept. But Pompeo strayed off the straight and narrow at least once. A few weeks ago, he made this statement: “The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election.” In fact, however, the community made no such conclusion, opting in its January 2017 report not to conclude anything at all, one way or the other, about whether Russia’s actions affected the election’s outcome. Noting that making a political calculation along those lines was beyond its scope, the Intelligence Community Assessment concluded, “We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.” So Pompeo’s statement was flat-out wrong—and worrisome.

Meanwhile, a little-noticed but important story in The Wall Street Journal last week reported that the Justice Department is pretty well convinced, to say the least, that the Russians did it. Reports the Journal: “The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors and agents have assembled evidence to charge the Russian officials and could bring a case next year, these people said.”

Stay tuned. It now appears that Manafort, Gates, and Papadopoulos are not the only ones who will face charges in the Russiagate affair.

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