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Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the House Russia investigation, told CNN. “Deutsche Bank is a German bank — I don’t see the nexus.” Asked about exploring Russian-Trump business transactions, Conaway was not moved. “I bet every big bank has 
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About three hours later and 10 miles to the north, Mr. Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, who helped put him in the White House, arrived at a federal courthouse in Washington to plead guilty to being crooked and face the prospect that the 
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4:36 PM 2/17/2018 – TOP NEWS – NEWS ANALYSIS – NYT

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Trump’s Silence Leaves Struggle Against Russia Without Leader

  • After more than a dozen Russians were charged with interfering in the 2016 elections, President Trump’s first reaction was to claim “no collusion.”
  • But an indictment secured by the special counsel underscored the broader conclusion that Russia is engaged in a virtual war against the United States.

Video by NATALIA V. OSIPOVA and AARON BYRD. Photo by Aaron Byrd/The New York Times

How do bots and trolls work to infiltrate social media platforms and influence U.S. elections? We take a closer look.


What We Know About the 13 Russians Indicted

Employees and associates of the Internet Research Agency, a shadowy company based in St. Petersburg, are accused of trying to interfere in the 2016 election.


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Trump’s claims of Russian meddling as a ‘hoax’ hit choppy waters with FBI indictments
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For two years, Donald Trump as both candidate and president has frequently dismissed the notion of Russian meddling in U.S. elections as a “hoax” and even denigrated heads of U.S. intelligence agencies for suggesting otherwise. At times he has
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The indictment secured by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, underscored the broader conclusion by the American government that Russia is engaged in a virtual war against the United States through 21st-century tools of disinformation and 
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“Partly by strengthening our cyber defenses, to make it much more difficult to get into our networks, and therefore we are strengthening NATO’s cyber defenses,” the Norwegian politician said. On Wednesday, NATO defense ministers agreed during a meeting 
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region Unless a common strategy is agreed between the major players involved in Syria, the situation could escalate into open conflict between the US, its NATO ally Turkey, and Russia, Munich Security Conference (MSC) chairman  

US Man Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case Connected to Russia Election Probe

A California man has pleaded guilty to inadvertently selling bank accounts to Russians who were indicted Friday by a federal grand jury for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Richard Pinedo pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to set up bank accounts that were then used by the Russians, according to a February 12 court filing.   The special counsel investigating Russian meddling on Friday announced charges against 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities for interfering in the election.   The indictment alleges that the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg-based social media company with Kremlin ties, 12 of its employees, and its financial backer orchestrated an effort to influence the 2016 election campaign in favor of President Donald Trump.    Prosecutors charged Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a businessman with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, with funding the operation through companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, Concord Catering and a number of subsidiaries.     Prigozhin and his businesses allegedly provided “significant funds” for the Internet Research Agency’s operations to disrupt the U.S. election, according to the indictment.    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that the Russian conspirators sought to promote social discord in the United State and undermine public confidence in democracy.   “We must not allow them to succeed, Rosenstein said at a news conference in Washington.    The conspiracy was part of a larger operation code-named Project Lakhta, Rosenstein said.    “Project Lakhta included multiple components some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation and others targeting foreign audiences in multiple countries,” Rosenstein said.    Mueller, who has made no public statements about the Russia investigation since his appointment last May, did not speak at the news conference.    Charges against Russian nationals   The indictment charges all the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, and five individuals with aggravated identity theft.   None of the defendants charged in the indictment are in custody, according to a spokesman for the Special Counsels office.    The U.S. and Russia dont have an extradition treaty and it’s unlikely that any of the defendants will stand trial in the U.S.   The 37-page charging document alleges that the Russian conspirators sought to coordinate their effort with Trump campaign associates, but it does not accuse anyone on the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russians.   Trump took to Twitter after the indictment was announced to again deny his campaign worked with the Russians.   “Russia started their anti-U.S. campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president, Trump tweeted. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”   The indictment marks the first time Muellers office has brought charges against Russians and Russian entities for meddling in the 2016 election.     Muellers sprawling investigation has led to the indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates.Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russian officials.   Details of indictment   The indictment says the Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. political system started as early as 2014 and accelerated as the 2016 election campaign got underway.    During the 2016 campaign, the Russian operatives posted “derogatory information” about a number of presidential candidates.  But by early to mid-2016, the operation included “supporting” Trump’s presidential campaign and “disparaging” Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.                            Taking on fake American identities, the Russian operatives communicated with “unwitting” Trump campaign associates and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” the indictment says.   The indictment describes how Russian operatives used subterfuge, stolen identities and other methods to stage political rallies, buy ads on social media platforms, and pay gullible Americans to promote or disparage candidates.   To avoid detection by U.S. law enforcement agencies, the Russian operatives used computer networks based in the United States, according to the indictment. “These groups and pages, which addressed the divisive U.S. political and social issues, falsely claimed to be controlled by U.S. activists when, in fact, they were controlled by defendants,” the indictment reads.   A number of the operatives are alleged to have traveled to the United States under false pretenses to collect intelligence to inform the influence operations.
Trumps National Security Chief Calls Russian Interference Incontrovertible

Lt. General H.R. McMaster accused Moscow of engaging in disinformation, subversion and espionage. The comments highlighted a sharp division in the White House on how to talk about Russias actions.
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“Thank You, Putin, For Everything: Russian Children Plump For Their President

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Russians Charged With Interfering in U.S. Election

Three Russian companies and 13 Russian nationals were indicted on charges of engaging in a widespread effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, providing the most comprehensive official account to date of an effort by Moscow to upend U.S. politics and set Americans against each other.
Kremlin Caterer Accused in U.S. Election Meddling Has History of Dishing Dark Arts

An online army accused of sowing discord among American voters during the 2016 election emerged from a tiny corner of the Russian business empire built by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlins favorite restaurateur.
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‘People are angry’: Pain turns political in Parkland after school shootings – Washington Post
 


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13 Russians Indicted as Mueller Reveals Effort to Aid Trump Campaign
 

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The Justice Department said Mr. Mueller’s work was not complete. The indictment does not address the hacking of Democratic email systems or whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the F.B.I. investigation into Russian interference. Mr. Mueller is negotiating with the president’s lawyers over the terms of a possible interview.

The Russian operation began four years ago, well before Mr. Trump entered the presidential race, a fact that he quickly seized on in his defense. “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President,” he wrote on Twitter. “The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”

Thirteen Russian nationals have been charged with illegally trying to disrupt the American political process through inflammatory social media posts and organized political rallies.

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But Mr. Trump’s statement ignored the government’s conclusion that, by 2016, the Russians were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump” and disparaging Hillary Clinton, his opponent. Working out of the office in St. Petersburg, the Russians described waging “information warfare against the United States of America,” according to court documents.

Mr. Mueller has gathered extensive evidence of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign: Mr. Trump’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer in hopes of receiving political dirt on Mrs. Clinton; one adviser has admitted being tipped off in advance to Russian hacking of Democratic emails; another was in contact with a Twitter account used by Russian hackers; a federal judge found probable cause that a third adviser was an unlawful Russian agent. And the Trump campaign repeatedly and falsely denied any contacts with Russia.

Whether any of that violated federal law is the weightiest question facing Mr. Mueller, and Friday’s indictment did not answer it. But it painted a picture of a Russian operation that was multipronged, well financed and relentless.

Russian operatives traveled across the United States to gather intelligence and foment political discord. They worked with an unidentified American who advised them to focus their efforts on what they viewed as “purple” election battleground states, including Colorado, Virginia and Florida, the indictment said.

In August 2016, prosecutors said, Russians posed as Americans and coordinated with Trump campaign staff to organize rallies in Florida.

Such anecdotes are rare examples of how intelligence agencies work covertly to influence political outcomes abroad. The C.I.A. has conducted such operations for decades, but both Mr. Mueller’s indictment and an intelligence assessment last year present a startling example — unprecedented in its scope and audacity — of a foreign government working to help elect an American president.

The indictment does not explicitly say the Russian government sponsored the effort, but American intelligence officials have publicly said that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia directed and oversaw it. The indictment notes that two of the Russian firms involved hold Russian government contracts.

“This is clearly a message document,” Robert S. Litt, the former general counsel to the director of national intelligence, said of the indictment. “Mueller wants to end the debate over whether there was Russian interference in the election.”

The Russian nationals were accused of working with the Internet Research Agency, which had a budget of millions of dollars and was designed to reach millions of Americans. The defendants were charged with carrying out a massive fraud against the American government and conspiring to obstruct enforcement of federal laws.

None of the defendants were arrested — Russia does not generally extradite its citizens to the United States. But prosecutors use such indictments to name and shame operatives, making it harder for them to work undetected in the future. If they travel abroad, they risk capture and extradition.

Russian computer specialists, divided into day teams and night teams, created hundreds of social media accounts that eventually attracted hundreds of thousands of online followers. They posed as Christian activists, anti-immigration groups and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. One account posed as the Tennessee Republican Party and generated hundreds of thousands of followers, prosecutors said.

Separate divisions of the Internet Research Agency were in charge of graphics, data analysis and information technology, according to the indictment.

“I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people,” one of the Russians, Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, wrote as the operation was being unmasked.

Their tasks included undermining Mrs. Clinton by supporting her Democratic primary campaign rival, Bernie Sanders, prosecutors said. Those instructions were detailed in internal documents: “Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them).” Mr. Mueller identified 13 digital advertisements paid for by the Russian operation. All of them attacked Mrs. Clinton or promoted Mr. Trump.

“Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is,” one advertisement stated.

In summer 2016, as Mrs. Clinton appeared headed for a decisive general election victory, Russian operatives promoted allegations of Democratic voter fraud. That echoed Mr. Trump’s own message that he was the victim of a rigged political system.

After the election, the Russians kept up their efforts to foment dissent. In November, they staged two rallies in New York on the same day. One had the theme, “Show your support for President-Elect Trump.” The other was called, “Trump is NOT my President.”

The indictment does not say that Russia changed the outcome of the election, a fact that Mr. Rosenstein noted repeatedly. American intelligence officials have said they have no way of calculating the effect of the Russian influence.

The Federal Election Commission started its own inquiry into the Internet Research Agency last year, according to documents obtained by The New York Times, after Facebook revealed that the firm had paid more than $100,000 for politically themed ads, including ones promoting “Down With Hillary” rallies.

The commission’s inquiry was prompted by a complaint filed by the government watchdog group Common Cause that claimed that the Facebook ads violated the prohibition on foreign spending, as well as requirements mandating the disclosure of campaign spending.

The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, told the RBC news website that Russian officials have not familiarized themselves with the document yet.

Mr. Mueller also revealed Friday that Richard Pinedo, of Santa Paula, Calif., had pleaded guilty to identity fraud in a case involving the sale of bank accounts over the internet. According to court papers, some of Mr. Pinedo’s customers are foreigners who are targets of Mr. Mueller’s inquiry. Mr. Pinedo has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mr. Mueller, court documents show.

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9:15 AM 2/17/2018 – Stop Letting the Russians Get Away With It, Mr. Trump – NYT Editorial
Sweden grants citizenship to scientist sentenced to death in Iran

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden has granted citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Iran under sentence of death, the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday.

Diplomatic tensions at day two of Munich Security Conference
 

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein: “The indictment charges 13 Russian nationals…” (C-SPAN)
 

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: “The indictment charges 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies for committing federal crimes while seeking to interfere in the United States political system, including the 2016 presidential election.” http://cs.pn/2EJlVbc

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Earlier superhero films have featured a black lead character, but none has received such lavish production and marketing.

But it does raise questions for and about its intended audiences.

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10:58 AM 2/17/2018 – National Security Adviser: Russian Election Meddling ‘Incontrovertible’ | Russians, Americans exchange barbs over FBI indictments

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Top Russian and American officials exchanged barbs Saturday in Germany over the U.S. indictment of 13 Russians accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. H.R. McMaster, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, said at the Munich Security Conference that the federal indictments showed the U.S. was becoming “more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion.” “As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain,” McMaster told a Russian delegate to the conference. Just minutes before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had dismissed the indictments as “just blabber,” according to remarks through an interpreter. “I have no response,” Lavrov said when asked for comment on the allegations. “You can publish anything, and we see those indictments multiplying, the statements multiplying.” The two men addressed the conference of top world leaders, defense officials and diplomats, giving more general back-to-back opening remarks. But both were immediately hit with blunt questions about the U.S. indictment and the broader issue of cyberattacks. In Russia, news of the indictments was met with more scorn. “There are no official claims, there are no proofs for this. That’s why they are just children’s statements,” Andrei Kutskikh, the presidential envoy for international information security, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. McMaster also scoffed at the suggestion that the U.S. would work with Russia on cyber security issues. “I’m surprised there are any Russian cyber experts available based on how active most of them have been undermining our democracies in the West,” he said to laughter. “So I would just say that we would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russia is sincere.” The federal indictment brought Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller represents the most detailed allegations to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House. Lavrov argued that U.S. officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, have said no country influenced the U.S. election results. “Until we see the facts, everything else is just blabber I’m sorry for this expression,” Lavrov said. The indictment charged 13 Russians with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. It outlined the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the U.S. election’s outcome. According to the indictment, the Russian organization was funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy St. Petersburg businessman with ties to the Russian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Lavrov denounced “this irrational myth about this global Russian threat, traces of which are found everywhere from Brexit to the Catalan referendum.” In Russia, one of the 13 people indicted said that the U.S. justice system is unfair. Mikhail Burchik was quoted Saturday by the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda as saying that “I am very surprised that, in the opinion of the Washington court, several Russian people interfered in the elections in the United States. I do not know how the Americans came to this decision.” Burchik was identified in the indictment as executive director of an organization that allegedly sowed propaganda on social media to try to interfere with the 2016 election. He was quoted as saying that “they have one-sided justice, and it turns out that you can hang the blame on anyone.”
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Russians, Americans exchange barbs over FBI indictments
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The indictment charges 13 Russians with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. It marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly 
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Russian operators used PayPal to buy Facebook ads, Mueller probe finds – USA TODAY
 


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Russian operators used PayPal to buy Facebook ads, Mueller probe finds
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WASHINGTON The online payment company PayPal has been unexpectedly drawn into the Russia probe. Federal prosecutors allege that Russian criminals used PayPal to help pay for propaganda aimed at influencing voters in the 2016 election. Thirteen and more »
Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents – Daily Herald
 


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Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents
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A Facebook posting, released by the House Intelligence Committee, for a group called “Woke Blacks” is photographed in Washington, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. A federal grand jury indictment on Feb. 16, charging 13 Russians and three Russianentities with an 
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WASHINGTON The online payment company PayPal has been unexpectedly drawn into the Russia probe. Federal prosecutors allege that Russian criminals used PayPal to help pay for propaganda aimed at influencing voters in the 2016 election. Thirteen 

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Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents
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Friday’s election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it’s not clear if the companies have 
Palmer Report: Donald Trump panics and unwittingly connects himself to todays indictments of the Russians

Donald Trump had a few options today after Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained indictments against thirteen Russians who conspired to rig the election in Trump’s favor. As he so often tends to do, he tried dishonestly splitting the difference between coming out swinging and hiding under his desk. He posted a single tweet in which he claimed that this vindicated him. But it only took him the one tweet to unwittingly connect himself to today’s indictments.The indictments reveal that Russia had been plotting to influence the 2016 election since 2014. Trump took that as his cue to declare himself innocent. How could he have been in on the plot to rig the election if the Russians started it in 2014, and he didn’t even decide to run for president until the middle of 2015? Here’s what he tweeted: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President.”The trouble: this prompted social media users to collectively go digging through Trump’s past tweets, and they found this gem from 2014:
Here we have Donald Trump publicly acknowledging in 2014 that he was considering running for president in the 2016 election. That fits right in with the newly established timeline of Russia having begun its plot to rig the election in 2014. Trump just made himself look more guilty, not less guilty. This tweet only got dug up today because Trump panicked and jumped on the 2014 thing without stopping to think about the ramifications of doing so.The post Donald Trump panics and unwittingly connects himself to today’s indictments of the Russiansappeared first on Palmer Report. Palmer Report
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Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates, and by early to mid-2016, Defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump (Trump Campaign) and disparaging Hillary Clinton 
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New White House security clearance policy could put ‘bull’s eye’ on Kushner – Washington Post
 


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New White House security clearance policy could put ‘bull’s eye’ on Kushner
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White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced Friday that beginning next week, the White House will no longer allow some employees with interim security clearances access to top-secret information a move that could threaten the standing of
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But it does lay out a vast and wide-ranging Russian effort to sway political opinion in the United States through a strategy that involved creating Internet postings in the names of Americans whose identities had been stolen; staging political rallies 
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Thirteen Russian nationals and three companies indicted for meddling in 2016 US election
The Weekly Times
Under the management of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Vladimir Putin known as Putin’s chief, the group reached significant numbers of Americans, according to the indictment. The Special Counsel led by Robert Mueller (right) has found Russians 

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Special counsel court filing reveals new bank fraud allegations against Manafort – CNN
 


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Special counsel court filing reveals new bank fraud allegations against Manafort
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No new charges have been filed in open court against Manafort since he pleaded not guilty to nine counts of money laundering and making false statements about his business on October 30. But CNN has reported that additional indictments against the 
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Palmer Report: Robert Mueller is just brilliant

Did you see this coming? I didn’t. Not today. Not right now. I’ve spent weeks pointing out that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was about to make his biggest moves in the Trump-Russia investigation, while acknowledging that I wasn’t quite sure how he’d approach. The next visible dot on the map was obviously Mueller’s indictment or charges against Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. But I was not expecting him to make a detour today by indicting the Russians for conspiring to rig the election in Trump’s favor.What a brilliant move. Nevermind how many or few of these Russian nationals can even be hunted down overseas, extradited, and put on trial for the crimes they’ve just been charged with. But while some of these Russians will surely rush in to cut plea deals just to play it safe, that’s not the important part here. These indictments today were against Trump’s presidency.Mueller is days or weeks away from moving against Trump for obstruction of justice. We know this because a few weeks ago, Mueller informed the Trump team that he wanted to interview Trump about the obstruction within a few weeks. Whether Trump grants the interview or not, it means that the obstruction investigation is now essentially complete. Mueller has what he needs. Now comes the tricky part, where Mueller has to decide whether to try to indict a sitting U.S. President for the first time in history, or whether to try to force impeachment proceedings in Congress, or some other strategy in these unprecedented waters.So what did Robert Mueller do? He decided to knock Donald Trump to his knees politically, just before moving in on him. Now everyone in America knows that Trump’s presidency is indeed nothing more than a Russian plot against the United States, and that Trump is an illegitimate president. Trump is wounded, weakened, lying in a political ditch. Mueller couldn’t have set a better stage for himself as he prepares to take Trump down.The post Robert Mueller is just brilliant appeared first on Palmer Report. Palmer Report
Putin and the Mob – Google News: Inside a 3-Year Russian Campaign to Influence US Voters – New York Times
 


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Inside a 3-Year Russian Campaign to Influence US Voters
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Clinton Watts, a former F.B.I. agent who has tracked the Russian campaign closely, said that he had no doubt that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was behind the effort, which was carried out by companies controlled by his friend and ally, Yevgeny 
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A perk of being one of the world’s wealthiest men is you can buy the most expensive of everything from homes and cars, to yachts, private jets and, let’s not forget, politicians. So it goes that, when George Soros decided to help the president of 

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Russian syndicate duped Trump supporters into organizing Florida rallies, feds say
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Their scheme attracted someone who identified himself as the chair of the Trump campaign from an unidentified Florida county and passed along a Trump campaign contact. Hi there! I’m a member of Being Patriotic online community, the Russians, posing 
Russians used Trump’s Florida campaign for fake news, rallies and cash to influence votersThe News-Press
‘Go Donald!’: Inside the Russian shadow campaign to elect TrumpWashington Post
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Manafort hit with another bank fraud charge by Mueller: report – Raw Story
 


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Manafort hit with another bank fraud charge by Mueller: report
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Politico reported Friday night that Mueller’s office has found additional criminal conduct since Manafort was indicted in October for committing bank fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent. Prosecutors in Manafort’s case argued on Tuesday 
White House announces new security clearance protocol that could affect Jared Kushner – VICE News
 


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Trolls’ work fooled some on Trump team
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Facebook ad linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, is photographed in Washington, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The adand more »
Palmer Report: Robert Mueller fires back after Donald Trump yells no collusion at Russian indictments

After Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had obtained grand jury indictments against thirteen Russians who conspired to rig the election in Donald Trump’s favor, Trump fired back by claiming the indictments exonerated him. It took just a few hours for Mueller to fire back through the media, setting the record straight.According to the indictments, the Donald Trump campaign was not knowingly colluding with these thirteen Russians in particular. Trump seized the opportunity to misrepresent this, promptly tweeting “The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!” But that’s not even close to being true. Donald Trump Jr has been caught admitting in emails that he knowingly conspired with the Russian government to try to alter the outcome of the election. Several other top Trump advisers were in that same meeting, or held similar meetings or exchanges with the Russians.Robert Mueller has rarely spoken in this investigation, never in his own voice, and only occasionally through the media. So it’s notable that, less than an hour after Trump’s misleading tweet, Mueller got word to the media that he is in fact still investigating Trump-Russia collusion (link). To be clear, “collusion” isn’t a legal term. The question here is whether Trump and his people broke specific laws by conspiring with the Russians to alter the outcome of the election. We already know the answer is “yes.” Mueller will prove it.But the noteworthy part today is that Robert Mueller wasn’t willing to allow Donald Trump’s lying tweet to stand on its own. On a day in which Rod Rosenstein, the guy in charge of the Mueller investigation, made a point of holding a press conference just to make sure these Russian indictments got enough visibility, Mueller then made sure that that Trump’s false claim of “no collusion” got promptly struck down. Mueller isn’t just playing offense now; he’s increasingly doing it in public.The post Robert Mueller fires back after Donald Trump yells “no collusion” at Russian indictmentsappeared first on Palmer Report. Palmer Report
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A Facebook posting, released by the House Intelligence Committee, for a group called “Being Patriotic” is photographed in Washington, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. A federal grand jury indictment on Feb. 16, charging 13 Russians and three Russian entities 

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Mueller’s office charges Russians with trolling campaign aimed at swaying election: Read the indictment – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
 

Mueller’s office charges Russians with trolling campaign aimed at swaying election: Read the indictment
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WASHINGTON In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part 

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News Analysis: Trump’s Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader

President Trump in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. Mr. Trump has made little, if any public, effort to rally the nation to confront Moscow for its electoral intrusion or to defend democratic institutions against continued disruption.

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They created hundreds of social media accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sites to confuse and anger people about sensitive issues like immigration, religion and the Black Lives Matter movement — in some cases gaining hundreds of thousands of followers.

They staged rallies while pretending to be American grass-roots organizations. A poster at one “pro-Clinton” rally in July 2016 read “Support Hillary. Save American Muslims,” along with a fabricated quote attributed to Mrs. Clinton: “I think Sharia Law will be a powerful new direction of freedom.”

As the election drew nearer, they tried to suppress minority turnout and promoted false allegations of Democratic voter fraud. The specialist running one of the organization’s Facebook accounts, called “Secured Borders,” was criticized for not publishing enough posts and was told that “it is imperative to intensify criticizing Hillary Clinton.”

After the election, they continued to spread confusion and chaos, staging rallies both for and against Mr. Trump, in one case on the same day and in the same city.

All along, they took steps to cover their tracks by stealing the identities of real Americans, opening accounts on American-based servers and lying about what their money was being used for. Last September, after Facebook turned over information about Russian ad purchases to the special counsel, a specialist named Irina Kaverzina emailed a family member: “We had a slight crisis here at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke). So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with the colleagues.” Ms. Kaverzina continued, “I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.”

Fake news, indeed.

Mr. Trump’s defenders, desperate to exculpate him, seized on a single word — “unwitting” — that the indictment used to describe certain “members, volunteers and supporters of the Trump campaign involved in local community outreach” who had interacted with the Russians.

In other words, as the White House subtly put it in a statement on Friday, “NO COLLUSION.” The president repeated the claim himself in a tweet, grudgingly acknowledging Russia’s “anti-US campaign,” but emphasizing that it had started “long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!”

It’s true that, as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in an announcement, these particular indictments do not allege that any American knew about the influence campaign, nor that the campaign had changed the outcome of the election. But that’s quite different from saying that there was no collusion or impact on the election. As Mr. Rosenstein also said, the special counsel’s investigation is continuing, and there are many strands the public still knows little or nothing about.

Remember, Mr. Mueller has already secured two guilty pleas, one from Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser and another from a former campaign adviser, for lying to federal authorities about their connections to Russian government officials. He has also charged Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his top aide, Rick Gates, with crimes including money laundering. Mr. Gates appears to be nearing a plea deal himself.

Then there were Russian cyberattacks on the elections systems of at least 39 states. And the hacking of emails sent among members of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign — which Mr. Trump openly encouraged.

This is all going to happen again. Intelligence and law enforcement authorities have made that clear. The question is whether Mr. Trump will at last accept the fact of Russian interference and take aggressive measures to protect American democracy. For starters, he could impose the sanctions on Russia that Congress overwhelmingly passed, and that he signed into law, last summer. Of course, this would require him to overcome his mysterious resistance to acting against Russia and to focus on protecting his own country.

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The Justice Department said Mr. Mueller’s work was not complete. The indictment does not address the hacking of Democratic email systems or whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the F.B.I. investigation into Russian interference. Mr. Mueller is negotiating with the president’s lawyers over the terms of a possible interview.

The Russian operation began four years ago, well before Mr. Trump entered the presidential race, a fact that he quickly seized on in his defense. “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President,” he wrote on Twitter. “The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”

Thirteen Russian nationals have been charged with illegally trying to disrupt the American political process through inflammatory social media posts and organized political rallies.

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But Mr. Trump’s statement ignored the government’s conclusion that, by 2016, the Russians were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump” and disparaging Hillary Clinton, his opponent. Working out of the office in St. Petersburg, the Russians described waging “information warfare against the United States of America,” according to court documents.

Mr. Mueller has gathered extensive evidence of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign: Mr. Trump’s eldest son met with a Russian lawyer in hopes of receiving political dirt on Mrs. Clinton; one adviser has admitted being tipped off in advance to Russian hacking of Democratic emails; another was in contact with a Twitter account used by Russian hackers; a federal judge found probable cause that a third adviser was an unlawful Russian agent. And the Trump campaign repeatedly and falsely denied any contacts with Russia.

Whether any of that violated federal law is the weightiest question facing Mr. Mueller, and Friday’s indictment did not answer it. But it painted a picture of a Russian operation that was multipronged, well financed and relentless.

Russian operatives traveled across the United States to gather intelligence and foment political discord. They worked with an unidentified American who advised them to focus their efforts on what they viewed as “purple” election battleground states, including Colorado, Virginia and Florida, the indictment said.

In August 2016, prosecutors said, Russians posed as Americans and coordinated with Trump campaign staff to organize rallies in Florida.

Such anecdotes are rare examples of how intelligence agencies work covertly to influence political outcomes abroad. The C.I.A. has conducted such operations for decades, but both Mr. Mueller’s indictment and an intelligence assessment last year present a startling example — unprecedented in its scope and audacity — of a foreign government working to help elect an American president.

The indictment does not explicitly say the Russian government sponsored the effort, but American intelligence officials have publicly said that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia directed and oversaw it. The indictment notes that two of the Russian firms involved hold Russian government contracts.

“This is clearly a message document,” Robert S. Litt, the former general counsel to the director of national intelligence, said of the indictment. “Mueller wants to end the debate over whether there was Russian interference in the election.”

The Russian nationals were accused of working with the Internet Research Agency, which had a budget of millions of dollars and was designed to reach millions of Americans. The defendants were charged with carrying out a massive fraud against the American government and conspiring to obstruct enforcement of federal laws.

None of the defendants were arrested — Russia does not generally extradite its citizens to the United States. But prosecutors use such indictments to name and shame operatives, making it harder for them to work undetected in the future. If they travel abroad, they risk capture and extradition.

Russian computer specialists, divided into day teams and night teams, created hundreds of social media accounts that eventually attracted hundreds of thousands of online followers. They posed as Christian activists, anti-immigration groups and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. One account posed as the Tennessee Republican Party and generated hundreds of thousands of followers, prosecutors said.

Separate divisions of the Internet Research Agency were in charge of graphics, data analysis and information technology, according to the indictment.

“I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people,” one of the Russians, Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, wrote as the operation was being unmasked.

Their tasks included undermining Mrs. Clinton by supporting her Democratic primary campaign rival, Bernie Sanders, prosecutors said. Those instructions were detailed in internal documents: “Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them).” Mr. Mueller identified 13 digital advertisements paid for by the Russian operation. All of them attacked Mrs. Clinton or promoted Mr. Trump.

“Hillary is a Satan, and her crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is,” one advertisement stated.

In summer 2016, as Mrs. Clinton appeared headed for a decisive general election victory, Russian operatives promoted allegations of Democratic voter fraud. That echoed Mr. Trump’s own message that he was the victim of a rigged political system.

After the election, the Russians kept up their efforts to foment dissent. In November, they staged two rallies in New York on the same day. One had the theme, “Show your support for President-Elect Trump.” The other was called, “Trump is NOT my President.”

The indictment does not say that Russia changed the outcome of the election, a fact that Mr. Rosenstein noted repeatedly. American intelligence officials have said they have no way of calculating the effect of the Russian influence.

The Federal Election Commission started its own inquiry into the Internet Research Agency last year, according to documents obtained by The New York Times, after Facebook revealed that the firm had paid more than $100,000 for politically themed ads, including ones promoting “Down With Hillary” rallies.

The commission’s inquiry was prompted by a complaint filed by the government watchdog group Common Cause that claimed that the Facebook ads violated the prohibition on foreign spending, as well as requirements mandating the disclosure of campaign spending.

The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, told the RBC news website that Russian officials have not familiarized themselves with the document yet.

Mr. Mueller also revealed Friday that Richard Pinedo, of Santa Paula, Calif., had pleaded guilty to identity fraud in a case involving the sale of bank accounts over the internet. According to court papers, some of Mr. Pinedo’s customers are foreigners who are targets of Mr. Mueller’s inquiry. Mr. Pinedo has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mr. Mueller, court documents show.

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The field research to guide the attack appears to have begun in earnest in June 2014. Two Russian women, Aleksandra Y. Krylova and Anna V. Bogacheva, obtained visas for what turned out to be a three-week reconnaissance tour of the United States, including to key electoral states like Colorado, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico. The visa application of a third Russian, Robert S. Bovda, was rejected.

The two women bought cameras, SIM cards and disposable cellphones for the trip and devised “evacuation scenarios” in case their real purpose was detected. In all, they visited nine states — California, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and Texas, in addition to the others — “to gather intelligence” on American politics, the indictment says. Ms. Krylova sent a report about their findings to one of her bosses in St. Petersburg.

Another Russian operative visited Atlanta in November 2014 on a similar mission, the indictment says. It does not name that operative, a possible indication that he or she is cooperating with the investigation, legal experts said.

The operation also included the creation of hundreds of email, PayPal and bank accounts and even fraudulent drivers’ licenses issued to fictitious Americans. The Russians also used the identities of real Americans from stolen Social Security numbers.

At the height of the 2016 campaign, the effort employed more than 80 people, who used secure virtual private network connections to computer servers leased in the United States to hide the fact that they were in Russia. From there, they posed as American activists, emailing, advising and making payments to real Americans who were duped into believing that they were part of the same cause.

The playing field was mainly social media, where the Russians splashed catchy memes and hash tags. Facebook has estimated that the fraudulent Russian posts reached 126 million Americans on its platforms alone.

The Russian operatives contacted, among others, a real Texas activist who, evidently assuming they were Americans, advised them to focus on “purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida.” After that, F.B.I. agents found that the phrase “purple states” became a mantra for the Russian operation.

Clinton Watts, a former F.B.I. agent who has tracked the Russian campaign closely, said that he had no doubt that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was behind the effort, which was carried out by companies controlled by his friend and ally, Yevgeny V. Prigozhin. But he noted that the so-called trolls employed by Mr. Prigozhin took elaborate steps to obscure their identities and locations and to avoid leaving government fingerprints.

“From the beginning, they built this so it could be plausibly denied,” Mr. Watts said. Mr. Putin has repeatedly denied any government role in hacking and disinformation aimed at the United States, while coyly allowing that patriotic Russians may have carried out such attacks on their own.

Andrew S. Weiss, a Russia specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, called the reported origin of the effort in April 2014 “crucially important.”

“That’s a little more than a month after the annexation of Crimea and the launch of Russia’s covert war in eastern Ukraine,” Mr. Weiss said. The resulting crisis “vaporized U.S.-Russian relations overnight,” he said, setting off multiple Russian efforts “to undermine the United States, both in terms of our leading role in the world, but also via our own domestic political vulnerabilities.”

Mr. Weiss said the fact that private companies conducted the social media campaign simply made it cheaper and more difficult to trace.

Mr. Putin has been angry with Mrs. Clinton since at least 2011, when she was secretary of state and he accused her of inciting unrest in Russia as he faced large-scale political protests. Mrs. Clinton, he said, had sent “a signal” to “some actors in our country” after elections that were condemned as fraudulent by both international and Russian observers.

Mr. Mueller’s indictment does not present evidence that the campaign overseen by Mr. Prigozhin was ordered by Mr. Putin. American officials have traced other elements of the Russian meddling, notably the hacking and leaking of leading Democrats’ emails, to Russian intelligence agencies carrying out Mr. Putin’s orders.

While the indictment certainly undermines Mr. Trump’s blanket assertions that the Russian interference is a political “hoax,” it does not accuse anyone from his campaign or any other American of knowingly aiding in the effort.

By the beginning of 2016, the Russian strategy was in place, and the conspirators began their campaign to sow conflict. An internal message circulated through the Internet Research Agency telling operatives to post content online that focused on “politics in the USA.”

“Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them),” the message read.

The scope of the operation was sweeping. The Russians assumed their fake identifies to communicate with campaign volunteers for Mr. Trump and grass-roots groups supporting his candidacy. They bought pro-Trump and anti-Clinton political advertisements on Facebook and other social media. They used an Instagram account to try to suppress turnout of minority voters and campaign for Ms. Stein, the Green Party candidate.

Applying nearly two years’ worth of political research, the Russians used all of these tactics to target voters in swing states, notably Florida, according to the indictment.

By summer 2016, the Russian operatives were mobilizing efforts for coming “Florida Goes Trump” rallies across the state, all planned for Aug. 20. Using false identities, they contacted Trump campaign staff in Florida to offer their services. One operative sent a message to a campaign official saying that the group Being Patriotic was organizing a statewide rally “to support Mr. Trump.”

“You know, simple yelling on the internet is not enough,” the message read, according to the indictment. “There should be real action. We organized rallies in New York before. Now we’re focusing on purple states such as Florida.”

Taking to Facebook, the Russians used the pseudonym Matt Skiber to advertise the rally. “If we lose Florida, we lose America. We can’t let it happen, right? What about organizing a YUGE pro-Trump flash mob in every Florida town?” the message read, using one of Mr. Trump’s favorite verbal flourishes.

They reached out to local organizations to build momentum for the coming rallies and assign specific tasks.

They paid one unwitting Trump supporter to build a cage on a flatbed truck that housed another person wearing a costume that portrayed Mrs. Clinton in a prison uniform.

After the rallies in Florida, the group applied similar tactics to organize rallies in Pennsylvania, New York and elsewhere.

Weeks before the election, the Russians ratcheted up social media activity aimed at dampening support for Mrs. Clinton.

In mid-October, Woke Blacks, an Instagram account run by the Internet Research Agency, carried the message “hatred for Trump is misleading the people and forcing Blacks to vote Killary. We cannot resort to the lesser of two devils. Then we’d surely be better off without voting AT ALL.”

Then, just days before Americans went to the polls, another Instagram account controlled by the Russians — called Blacktivist — urged its followers to “choose peace” and vote for Ms. Stein, who was expected to siphon support from Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

“Trust me,” the message read, “it’s not a wasted vote.”

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FBI needs to be shut down: Chris Farrell

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell on the problems with the FBI and why the FBI needs to be shut down.

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell is calling for the complete abolishment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) beginning with the resignation of its director, Christopher Wray, after failing to protect American citizens.

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The law enforcement agency has come under scrutiny for becoming too politicized in the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the Russian dossier that may have helped authorities obtain FISA warrants to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign officials.

“I would go back 200 years to the U.S. Marshal Service. I would create a new division for investigation and in about 6-8 months, I would shut the FBI down,” Farrell said during an interview on FOX Business “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

The Judicial Watch director said agents would be allowed to laterally apply to a new investigative unit and agents would be allowed to apply to a new investigative arm of the U.S. Marshal Service. The FBI would cease to exist.

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“There’s a systemic institutional problem. We can walk back to the Tsarnaev brothers where they missed the leads, multiple leads on them. You can go back to Whitey Bulger for that matter. You can go back to existing corruption in El Paso, Texas,” Farrell said.

In April 2013, Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, set off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The horrific explosion killed three people and injured more than 260.

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James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, the infamous Massachusetts mob boss, was arrested in 2011 after 15 years being hunted by the FBI.

“Here’s the problem. If nothing changes, nothing changes,” Farrell said. “There’s gotta be a radical, very penetrating severe examination and you have to turn over some furniture here.”

Muellers office charges Russians with trolling aimed at swaying election: Read the indictment
 

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WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The federal indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed allegations to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome.

The Russian organization was funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the indictment says. He is a wealthy St. Petersburg businessman with ties to the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.

Trump quickly claimed vindication Friday, noting in a tweet that the alleged interference efforts began in 2014 — “long before I announced that I would run for President.”

“The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!” he tweeted.

But the indictment does not resolve the collusion question at the heart of the continuing Mueller probe, which before Friday had produced charges against four Trump associates. U.S. intelligence agencies have previously said the Russian government interfered to benefit Trump, including by orchestrating the hacking of Democratic emails, and Mueller has been assessing whether the campaign coordinated with the Kremlin.

The latest indictment does not focus on the hacking but instead centers on a social media propaganda effort that began in 2014 and continued past the election, with the goal of producing distrust in the American political process. Trump himself has been reluctant to acknowledge the interference and any role that it might have played in propelling him to the White House.

The indictment does not allege that any American knowingly participated in Russian meddling, or suggest that Trump campaign associates had more than “unwitting” contact with some of the defendants who posed as Americans during election season.

But it does lay out a vast and wide-ranging Russian effort to sway political opinion in the United States through a strategy that involved creating Internet postings in the names of Americans whose identities had been stolen; staging political rallies while posing as American political activists and paying people in the U.S. to promote or disparage candidates.

While foreign meddling in U.S. campaigns is not new, the indictment for an effort of this scope and digital sophistication is unprecedented.

“This indictment serves as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the internet,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday. “The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy. We must not allow them to succeed.”

The 13 Russians are not in custody and not likely to ever face trial. The Justice Department has for years supported indicting foreign defendants in absentia as a way of publicly shaming them and effectively barring them from foreign travel.

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The surreptitious campaign was organized by the Internet Research Agency, a notorious Russian troll farm that the indictment says sought to conduct “information warfare against the United States of America.”

The company, among three Russian entities named in the indictment, had a multimillion-dollar budget and hundreds of workers divided by specialties and assigned to day and night shifts. According to prosecutors, the company was funded by companies controlled by Prigozhin, the wealthy Russian who has been dubbed “Putin’s chef” because his restaurants and catering businesses have hosted the Kremlin leader’s dinners with foreign dignitaries.

Prigozhin said Friday he was not upset by the indictment.

“Americans are very impressionable people,” he was quoted as saying by Russia’s state news agency. They “see what they want to see.”

Also Friday, Mueller announced a guilty plea from a California man who unwittingly sold bank accounts to Russians involved in the interference effort.

The election-meddling organization, looking to conceal its Russian roots, purchased space on computer servers within the U.S., used email accounts from U.S. internet service providers and created and controlled social media pages with huge numbers of followers on divisive issues such as immigration, religion and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Starting in April 2016, the indictment says, the Russian agency bought political ads on social media supporting Trump and opposing Clinton without reporting expenditures to the Federal Election Commission or registering as foreign agents. Among the ads: “JOIN our #HillaryClintonForPrison2016” and “Donald wants to defeat terrorism … Hillary wants to sponsor it.”

“They engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump,” the indictment states.

The indictment details contacts targeting three unnamed officials in the Trump campaign’s Florida operation. In each instance, the Russians used false U.S. personas to contact the officials. The indictment doesn’t say if any of them responded, and there’s no allegation that any of the campaign officials knew they were communicating with Russians.

Two of the defendants traveled to the U.S. in June 2014 to gather intelligence on social media sites and identify targets for their operations, the indictment alleges. Following the trip, the group collected further intelligence by contacting U.S. political and social media activists while posing as U.S. citizens. They were guided by one contact to target “purple states like Colorado, Virginia and Florida,” prosecutors say.

Cruz and Rubio ran against Trump in the Republican primary; Sanders opposed Clinton in the Democratic primary.

According to one internal communication described by prosecutors, the specialists were instructed to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump_we support them).” And according to one internal review, a specialist was criticized for having a low number of posts criticizing Clinton. The person was told “it is imperative to intensify criticizing Hillary Clinton” in future posts.

The indictment also asserts that the posts encouraged minority groups not to vote or to vote for third parties and alleged Democratic voter fraud.

Before a rally in Florida, the Russians paid one person to build a cage on a flatbed truck and another to wear a costume portraying Clinton in a prison uniform. But they also organized some rallies opposing Trump, including one in New York after the election called “Trump is NOT my president.”

The Russians destroyed evidence of their activities as Mueller’s investigation picked up, with one of those indicted sending an email in September 2017 to a family member that said the FBI had “busted” them so they were covering their tracks.

That person, Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, wrote the family member, “I created all of these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.”

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MOSCOW – The 13 Russians indicted by the United States for interfering in its 2016 presidential election have been connected to a “troll factory” churning out online posts aimed at influencing public opinion.

The list is topped by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman close to the Kremlin who has been linked to the secretive propaganda operation by Russian media, but who has denied meddling in elections.

He has brushed off the indictment, telling RIA Novosti state news agency: “I am not at all upset that I am in this list. If they want to see a devil, let them.”

The unsealed US indictment said that those on the list except Prigozhin worked in various capacities for the Internet Research Agency, the name of the “troll factory” in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg that allegedly worked to “interfere with the US political system.”

The indictment said that Prigozhin and companies he controlled allegedly provided the agency with funding.

Prigozhin has denied any connection with the Internet Research Agency, Interfax news agency reported.

– Fake accounts –

Russian media first reported on the “troll factory” in 2014, saying it ran thousands of fake accounts on social media. RBK media group reported it was initially used to influence domestic politics but from 2015 it was redirected to work on a US audience.

RBK reported in October that around 90 people worked in the “US department” of the troll factory.

A woman who had worked at the agency for two months told AFP in 2015 that she was paid to write messages praising Russian President Vladimir Putin on blogs under several different names, as well as writing hundreds of comments on other sites.

– ‘Putin’s chef’ –

Prigozhin has been under US sanctions since December 2016 for having “materially assisted” senior officials of the Russian Federation and for “extensive business dealings” with the defence ministry.

Nicknamed by Russian media “Putin’s chef,” he owns a company that has done catering for Kremlin receptions and has been photographed with the president.

His restaurant and catering group Konkord, or Concord, has been subject to US sanctions since 2017 and is also named in the indictment. It has won catering contracts with the defence ministry.

Prigozhin has also been linked by Russian media to the mercenary group Wagner, which has reportedly sent its operatives to Syria to fight alongside Russian armed forces. He has denied any connection to Wagner.

Prigozhin has also been linked by Russian media to a company called Yevro Polis, which in turn has been linked to Wagner. Yevro Polis, or Evro Polis, has been under US sanctions since January.

The US said it was blacklisting the company because it is “owned or controlled” by Prigozhin.

It said the company contracted with the government of Syria to protect Syrian oil fields in exchange for a 25 percent share in oil and gas production from the fields.

Fontanka.ru reported in summer 2017 that Yevro Polis was involved in a secret deal to take control of certain oil and gas deposits and refineries in Syria in return for freeing oil and gas sites from rebel control and providing security at the sites. It cited a source close to the energy ministry.

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  • FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school meals, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference, Prigozhin is a wealthy Russian entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who&squot;s been dubbed "Putin&squot;s chef" by Russian media, with his catering businesses that have hosted the Kremlin leader&squot;s dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) Photo: Alexei Druzhinin, AP / POOL SPUTNIK KREMLIN
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at some of the key players in the Trump-Russia probe after a federal indictment charged 13 Russians in a plot to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election:

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One of the key figures indicted with plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential is a Russian restaurateur believed to have ties to President Vladimir Putin.


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Palmer Report: Robert Mueller is just brilliant

Did you see this coming? I didn’t. Not today. Not right now. I’ve spent weeks pointing out that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was about to make his biggest moves in the Trump-Russia investigation, while acknowledging that I wasn’t quite sure how he’d approach. The next visible dot on the map was obviously Mueller’s indictment or charges against Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. But I was not expecting him to make a detour today by indicting the Russians for conspiring to rig the election in Trump’s favor.

What a brilliant move. Nevermind how many or few of these Russian nationals can even be hunted down overseas, extradited, and put on trial for the crimes they’ve just been charged with. But while some of these Russians will surely rush in to cut plea deals just to play it safe, that’s not the important part here. These indictments today were against Trump’s presidency.

Mueller is days or weeks away from moving against Trump for obstruction of justice. We know this because a few weeks ago, Mueller informed the Trump team that he wanted to interview Trump about the obstruction within a few weeks. Whether Trump grants the interview or not, it means that the obstruction investigation is now essentially complete. Mueller has what he needs. Now comes the tricky part, where Mueller has to decide whether to try to indict a sitting U.S. President for the first time in history, or whether to try to force impeachment proceedings in Congress, or some other strategy in these unprecedented waters.

So what did Robert Mueller do? He decided to knock Donald Trump to his knees politically, just before moving in on him. Now everyone in America knows that

Trump’s presidency is indeed nothing more than a Russian plot against the United States, and that Trump is an illegitimate president.

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Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell on the problems with the FBI and why the FBI needs to be shut down.

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell is calling for the complete abolishment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) beginning with the resignation of its director, Christopher Wray, after failing to protect American citizens.

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The law enforcement agency has come under scrutiny for becoming too politicized in the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the Russian dossier that may have helped authorities obtain FISA warrants to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign officials.

“I would go back 200 years to the U.S. Marshal Service. I would create a new division for investigation and in about 6-8 months, I would shut the FBI down,” Farrell said during an interview on FOX Business “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

The Judicial Watch director said agents would be allowed to laterally apply to a new investigative unit and agents would be allowed to apply to a new investigative arm of the U.S. Marshal Service. The FBI would cease to exist.

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“There’s a systemic institutional problem. We can walk back to the Tsarnaev brothers where they missed the leads, multiple leads on them. You can go back to Whitey Bulger for that matter. You can go back to existing corruption in El Paso, Texas,” Farrell said.

In April 2013, Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, set off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The horrific explosion killed three people and injured more than 260.

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James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, the infamous Massachusetts mob boss, was arrested in 2011 after 15 years being hunted by the FBI.

“Here’s the problem. If nothing changes, nothing changes,” Farrell said. “There’s gotta be a radical, very penetrating severe examination and you have to turn over some furniture here.”

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WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The federal indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed allegations to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House. It also marks the first criminal charges against Russians believed to have secretly worked to influence the outcome.

The Russian organization was funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the indictment says. He is a wealthy St. Petersburg businessman with ties to the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.


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While foreign meddling in U.S. campaigns is not new, the indictment for an effort of this scope and digital sophistication is unprecedented.

“This indictment serves as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the internet,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday. “The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy. We must not allow them to succeed.”

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M.N.: “Putin’s Chef” cannot cook!

Too much salt, pepper, and exotic spices; and no common sense and no good taste. Just what they feed the Russian children for their school lunches, produced by his companies. Fire the scoundrel and exile him to Siberia, to cater for the rich Chukchis and Eskimos (frozen fish in good old Soviet sweet and sour source)! Putin, get a new cook! Henry Kissinger can recommend a really good one, with the impeccable Republican credentials. Go for it! Let him cook something new and exciting, something like “The Sanctions Borscht Special for the Kremlin elites”. They will love it and will give Prigozhin The Big KGB Golden Star and Medal if he did not get them by now already. 

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school meals, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference, Prigozhin is a wealthy Russian entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who&squot;s been dubbed "Putin&squot;s chef" by Russian media, with his catering businesses that have hosted the Kremlin leader&squot;s dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) Photo: Alexei Druzhinin, AP / POOL SPUTNIK KREMLIN

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“Though the indictment does not allege that the Russian activities altered the outcome of the election, it doesn’t foreclose that possibility. Given how close the election was in several key states, proving whether any particular activity might have changed the outcome is all but impossible.

“There’s no way to know what the impact was.

We really don’t know the scale, we really don’t know whose minds were changed,” said Clint Watts, a former FBI agent and researcher on cyber-influence campaigns…

The details in the indictment show that the Russian campaign was far more sophisticated and serious than previously known, Watts said. The ways in which the Russians concealed their identities and made their operation look “authentically American” in order to trick Americans into helping them provided evidence of a sophisticated operation with ties to Russian intelligence, he added.

“This is not what just any goofball could do,” he said. “They got real Americans to do influence for them, unwittingly. That’s next-level.”

The Russians created fake social media accounts, posing as Americans and in some cases using stolen identities of real Americans, to post messages about divisive issues such as guns and immigration.”

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  • FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, April 19, 2015, a women enters the four-storey building known as the "troll factory" in St. Petersburg, Russia. The U.S. government allege the Internet Research Agency started interfering as early as 2014 in U.S. politics, extending to the 2016 presidential election, saying the agency was funded by a St. Petersburg businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky, AP / Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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  • FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school meals, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference, Prigozhin is a wealthy Russian entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who&squot;s been dubbed "Putin&squot;s chef" by Russian media, with his catering businesses that have hosted the Kremlin leader&squot;s dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school meals, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference, Prigozhin is a wealthy Russian entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who’s been dubbed “Putin’s chef” by Russian media, with his catering businesses that have hosted the Kremlin leader’s dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

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FILE – In this file photo taken on Sunday, April 19, 2015, a women enters the four-storey building known as the “troll factory” in St. Petersburg, Russia. The U.S. government allege the Internet Research Agency started interfering as early as 2014 in U.S. politics, extending to the 2016 presidential election, saying the agency was funded by a St. Petersburg businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at some of the key players in the Trump-Russia probe after a federal indictment charged 13 Russians in a plot to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election:

PUTIN’S CHEF

One of the key figures indicted with plotting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential is a Russian restaurateur believed to have ties to President Vladimir Putin.

An entrepreneur from St. Petersburg, Yevgeny Prigozhin has been dubbed “Putin’s chef” by Russian media because his restaurants and catering businesses have hosted the Kremlin leader’s dinners with foreign dignitaries. In the more than 10 years since establishing a relationship with Putin, Prigozhin’s business has expanded to services for the military.

Trump authorises release of classified memo alleging misconduct by FBI

Donald Trump has authorised the release of a secret memo which alleges misconduct by FBI officials that are investigating his 2016 presidential campaign. The release ramps up the Trump administration’s fight to delegitimize claims that the billionaire’s campaign team conspired with the Russians to win the election. The House Intelligence Committee made the memo public despite opposition from intelligence and law enforcement officials. The memo alleges that government officials favoured Democrats over Republicans and federal law enforcement abused their authority when they requested permission to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. “I think it’s terrible. It’s a disgrace what’s going on in this country,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “When you look at that, and you see that, a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that.” Earlier today, Trump took to Twitter to argue that senior officials in the FBI and Justice Department were biased. Both the FBI and Justice Department have denied wrongdoing and opposed the public release of the memo. Republican senator John McCain said the memo’s release served only to distract Americans from the threat of Russian president Vladimir Putin. “The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests — no party’s no president’s, only Putin’s,” McCain said. “The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why special counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. “Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the lens of politics and manufacturing political sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.” Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections since May 2017. He is also thought to be examining if President Donald Trump’s interference with the Russia probe constitutes an obstruction of justice.

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Donald Trump has authorised the release of a secret memo which alleges misconduct by FBI officials that are investigating his 2016 presidential campaign. The release ramps up the Trump administration’s fight to delegitimize claims that the billionaire’s campaign team conspired with the Russians to win the election. The House Intelligence Committee made the memo public despite opposition from intelligence and law enforcement officials. The memo alleges that government officials favoured Democrats over Republicans and federal law enforcement abused their authority when they requested permission to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. “I think it’s terrible. It’s a disgrace what’s going on in this country,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “When you look at that, and you see that, a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that.” Earlier today, Trump took to Twitter to argue that senior officials in the FBI and Justice Department were biased. Both the FBI and Justice Department have denied wrongdoing and opposed the public release of the memo. Republican senator John McCain said the memo’s release served only to distract Americans from the threat of Russian president Vladimir Putin. “The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests — no party’s no president’s, only Putin’s,” McCain said. “The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why special counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. “Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the lens of politics and manufacturing political sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.” Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections since May 2017. He is also thought to be examining if President Donald Trump’s interference with the Russia probe constitutes an obstruction of justice.

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Prigozhin’s assets also include an oil trading firm that reportedly has been sending private Russian fighters to Syria. Prigozhin is on the list of those sanctioned by the U.S.

In comments to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, Prigozhin dismissed the indictment.

“Americans are very impressionable people,” he was quoted as saying. “They see what they want to see.”

THE TROLL FACTORY

Based in St. Petersburg, Putin’s hometown, the Russian Internet Research Agency employs bloggers and online commentators to influence public opinion in Russia and abroad.

The indictment says that the company was funded by Prigzhin and that it purchased internet advertisements in the names of Americans whose identities they had stolen, staged political rallies while posing as American political activists and paid people in the U.S. to promote or disparage candidates. They started out by posting pro-Russian or controversial comments on social media and popular web sites and then developed more sophisticated tactics.

Analysts and journalists found that some of the accounts — such as the now-deleted and rabidly pro-Trump @TEN_GOP — accrued national followings and were retweeted by a range of figures as well as several members of Trump’s team, including ex-National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and one of Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr.

Soon enough, they were also organizing flesh-and-blood protests on American soil and being promoted by some of the most senior politicians in the land.

‘UNWITTING’ INDIVIDUALS

Some Trump campaign officials also helped the Russian meddling — unknowingly, the indictment says. Some of the defendants posed as Americans and communicated with “unwitting individuals” associated with the Trump election team in order to coordinate activities, according to the document. Sometimes the Russians used fake U.S. personas co communicate with Trump officials doing local outreach and those officials would then distribute their materials via social media. There was no immediate comment from the White House on this matter.

HOW ONE RUSSIAN OPERATED

The FBI’s indictment carries new tidbits about how its operatives stole Americans’ Social Security numbers and drivers’ licenses to help pull off their fakery.

It appears that the FBI had access to the group’s internal communications. In the case of agency worker Irina Kaverzina, for example, the FBI cites an email she wrote to her family saying: “We had a slight crisis here at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke). So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with the colleagues.” Later, Kaverzina goes on: “I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed it was their people.”

THE CHIEF OF THE INVESTIGATION

Robert Mueller was appointed FBI director shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and stayed on in the position for the next 12 years, transforming the bureau into a national intelligence agency. He retired from government in 2013 and joined a private law firm where he conducted high-profile investigations. He was appointed special counsel on May 17, 2017, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller 3rd indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies Friday, accusing them of using stolen identities, fake campaign events and hundreds of social media accounts while spending millions of rubles to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in a secret effort to aid the Trump campaign.

The 37-page indictment, the first charges by Mueller’s office accusing Moscow of illegal meddling in the election, says that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm known for using troll accounts to post on news sites, orchestrated the interference campaign and that its operatives tried to communicate with at least three unnamed Trump campaign officials using fake identities.

“By early to mid-2016, Defendants’ operation included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” says the indictment.

Although the indictment alleges that the Russians contacted unnamed people in the Trump campaign, it does not allege that any Trump campaign officials knowingly cooperated with the effort.

“There is no allegation that any American was a willing participant” in the Russian plan, and there is no allegation that it altered the outcome of the election, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said in a brief news conference discussing the indictment.

Nonetheless, the indictment seriously undermines President Trump’s repeated contention that the entire Russia investigation is a “hoax” or “witch hunt.” It details specific activities the Russians took, initially focused on creating general discord in the U.S., but eventually focused specifically on boosting Trump’s campaign.

At least some of the indicted people have previously been identified as having close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had been briefed on the indictment.

A few hours later, Trump responded with a tweet, suggesting that the indictment resolved questions about whether his campaign collaborated with Moscow.

“Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!” he said.

The indictment, apparently quoting internal Russian documents, says the operation began with a “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system” in general before focusing on backing Trump.

At various times during the campaign, the Russians undertook activities disparaging Trump’s Republican rivals, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.

The Russians also worked to help Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, in his effort to defeat Clinton in the Democratic primaries, and Jill Stein, whose Green Party campaign reduced Clinton’s votes in the general election in some states.

Though the indictment does not allege that the Russian activities altered the outcome of the election, it doesn’t foreclose that possibility. Given how close the election was in several key states, proving whether any particular activity might have changed the outcome is all but impossible.

“There’s no way to know what the impact was. We really don’t know the scale, we really don’t know whose minds were changed,” said Clint Watts, a former FBI agent and researcher on cyber-influence campaigns.

One key element of the campaign, however, clearly might have worsened a Clinton vulnerability. The Russians aimed a significant part of their effort toward alienating minority voters, with an eye toward getting them to stay home rather than vote. Low minority turnout was one element of Clinton’s loss in some major states, such as Michigan.

The details in the indictment show that the Russian campaign was far more sophisticated and serious than previously known, Watts said. The ways in which the Russians concealed their identities and made their operation look “authentically American” in order to trick Americans into helping them provided evidence of a sophisticated operation with ties to Russian intelligence, he added.

“This is not what just any goofball could do,” he said. “They got real Americans to do influence for them, unwittingly. That’s next-level.”

The indictment accuses the 13 Russians and three businesses of “impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016.”

Rosenstein said the Justice Department had not yet had contact with Russian officials about extraditing any of the accused.

One of those charged was Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a wealthy Russian businessman and caterer who has been publicly identified as a close associate of Putin’s.

A company controlled by Prigozhin, Concord Management and Consulting, funded and directed the interference campaign in the U.S. and other countries, employing the Internet Research Agency, a shadowy internet troll factory that operated from St. Petersburg in Russia, according to the indictment, which refers to the agency as “the organization.”

“Concord was the organization’s primary source of funding for its interference operations,” the indictment says. “Concord controlled funding, recommended personnel and oversaw organization activities.”

In 2014, the organization created a special department focused on using YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms to influence the U.S. presidential election.

More than 80 employees were assigned to the project and by 2016, its monthly budget exceeded $1.2 million, the charging documents say.

The Russians created fake social media accounts, posing as Americans and in some cases using stolen identities of real Americans, to post messages about divisive issues such as guns and immigration.

The attempts to sow division continued after the election, Rosenstein said, noting that the Russians staged rallies in New York to support and oppose Trump on the same day.

Democrats said the indictment vindicated Mueller’s investigation.

”For all of those who have been asking, ‘Where is the evidence of a crime?’ — this is it. This is the criminal conspiracy,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

”This is what President Trump and his allies have repeatedly called a ‘hoax’ and ‘fake news.’ This is what they tried to cover up,” Cummings said. “This is what we might never have known if President Trump had been successful in shutting down this investigation.”

The indictment suggests that Mueller’s investigators have obtained internal documents from the Internet Research Agency that shed light on its internal operations. The charging documents also quote from personal emails of Russians involved in the interference, indicating that Mueller has gotten access to sensitive U.S. intelligence communications intercepts.

”We had a slight crisis at work, the FBI busted our activity (not a joke),” one of the Russians, who was working in the U.S., wrote in September to family members back home.

The apparent FBI raid came after Facebook and other social media platforms began cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, supplying information about Russian-controlled accounts.

According to the indictment, the Russian operatives bought credit card and bank account numbers online to evade the security checks at PayPal.

On Friday, Mueller’s office revealed that one of those who sold account numbers, Richard Pinedo, 28, of Santa Paula, Calif., had pleaded guilty to one count of identity fraud.

The criminal charge against Pinedo says he knowingly dealt with people outside the U.S., both in buying and selling account numbers, but a law enforcement official said there is no evidence that he knew he was dealing with a Russian intelligence operation.

The indictment describes how several defendants in 2014 “traveled to the United States under false pretenses for the purpose of collecting intelligence to inform the organization’s operations,” making stops in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, New York and Georgia.

The visit was conducted with many of the trappings of an intelligence operation, complete with drop phones, evacuation scenarios and a virtual private network to allow the Russians to conceal the origin of their social media posts.

Concealment of their identities was key to the Russian effort, Rosenstein said. “The nature of the scheme was, the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear that that they were ordinary American political activists,” he said.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Russian Internet agency oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscow’s purported effort to interfere.

The office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies. The court document said those accused “had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

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The indictment said Russians adopted false online personas to push divisive messages; traveled to the United States to collect intelligence; and staged political rallies while posing as Americans. In one case, it said, the Russians paid an unidentified person to build a cage aboard a flatbed truck and another to wear a costume “portraying Clinton in a prison uniform.”

The surprise 37-page indictment could alter the divisive U.S. domestic debate over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, undercutting some Republicans who, along with Trump, have attacked Mueller’s probe.

“These Russians engaged in a sinister and systematic attack on our political system. It was a conspiracy to subvert the process, and take aim at democracy itself,” said Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The indictment is silent on the question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, which Mueller is investigating.

In a Tweet on Friday, Trump said: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller’s work, told reporters in announcing the charges that the investigation was not finished. The special counsel’s office last year charged four other people.

The indictment broadly echoes the conclusions of a January 2017 U.S. intelligence assessment, which found that Russia had meddled in the election, and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump. In November 2016, Trump won a surprise victory over Democratic Party candidate Clinton.

Mueller’s indictment did not tie the meddling effort to the Russian government. But the earlier U.S. intelligence assessment said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. election.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the allegations that Russian nationals interfered in U.S. elections absurd.

Trump has never unequivocally accepted the U.S. intelligence report and has denounced Mueller’s probe into whether his campaign colluded with the Kremlin as a “witch hunt.”

Some of those charged, posing as Americans, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign, the indictment said. Last year, two former Trump campaign aides pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI – charges brought by Mueller’s office.

The indictment of the Russians, coupled with the FBI disclosure that it failed to heed a warning about the Florida high school shooter, were blows to the White House, still reeling from the fallout of a scandal involving a former aide accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives.

Trump, who had hoped to focus the entire week on his infrastructure proposal, was closeted in the Oval Office as the reports rolled in, and his communications team was slow to respond to the ever-growing list of queries.

‘CONSPIRATORS’

Rosenstein told a press conference: “The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States, with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.”

The indictment describes a sophisticated, multi-year and well-funded operation, dubbed “Project Lakhta,” by Russian entities to influence the election, beginning as early as May 2014.

Russians unlawfully used stolen social security numbers and birth dates of Americans to open accounts on the PayPal digital payment platform and to post on social media using those fake identities, the indictment said.

Mueller also on Friday reached an agreement with an American named Richard Pinedo, who pled guilty to aiding and abetting interstate and foreign identity fraud by creating, buying and stealing hundreds of bank account numbers that he sold to individuals to use with large digital payment companies.

According to a source familiar with the indictments, Pinedo is the person cited in the document as helping the Russian conspirators launder money, as well as purchase Facebook ads and pay for rally supplies, through PayPal Holdings Inc..

Pinedo’s attorney, Jeremy I. Lessem, said in a statement that “Mr. Pinedo had absolutely no knowledge of the identities and motivations of any of the purchasers of the information he provided.”

The Russians sought to measure the impact of their online social media operations, tracking the size of U.S. audiences reached through posts and other types of engagement, such as likes, comments and reposts, according to the indictment.

Facebook and Twitter, the social media companies whose platforms were used, both declined to comment on the indictment.

The Internet Research Agency was registered with the Russian government as a corporate entity in July 2013 and the St. Petersburg location “became one of the organization’s operational hubs,” for the project, the indictment said.

The organization employed hundreds of people, ranging from creators of fictitious person to technical experts, and by September 2016, its budget was in excess of $1.2 million, the court document said.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he had already seen evidence Russia was targeting U.S. elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments.

The indictment said the Russians it charged tried to destroy evidence of their crimes.

For example, in September 2017, one of the defendants wrote an email to a family member stating: “We had a slight crisis at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke). So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with colleagues.”

The email continued: “I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.”

Reporting by Warren Strobel, Dustin Volz, Jonathan Landay; additional reporting by Lisa Lambert, Mark Hosenball, David Shepardson, David Alexander, Steve Holland and David Ingram; Jack Stubbs and Christian Lowe in Moscow; editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool

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Donald Trump has spent the past several weeks desperately trying to find a way to gain enough political cover to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Why? For complex reasons, Rosenstein has sole authority over Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Trump-Russia investigation. If Trump could get rid of Rosenstein, perhaps he could get rid of the entire scandal. But as of today Rosenstein has struck back, and now it’s too late.When Mueller was ready to announce that he’d obtained grand jury indictments against thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian entities that worked to rig the election in Trump’s favor, it could have simply gone out in a press release. Instead, Rod Rosenstein decided to hold a press conference and announce the indictments himself. He wanted his name and face on this, and not because he was trying to take credit. Instead, Rosenstein wanted to very publicly marry himself to the fact that the Russians were trying to rig the election for Trump.Why? Because now he can’t be fired. Imagine if Donald Trump posted a tweet right now, announcing that he’s firing Rod Rosenstein. There is no way on earth he’d get away with it. Even Trump’s allies in the Republican Party leadership would have to intervene and prevent it from happening. The GOP can’t afford to let Trump hang an albatross that big around the party’s neck heading into the midterm elections. So now Rosenstein is in a position where his job is bulletproof. The same is true of Robert Mueller.

In other words, it’s too late for Donald Trump to fire anyone. Trump was correct in that he desperately needed to try to get rid of Rosenstein and Mueller last month, before something like this happened. Trump took his best shot with the memo; it simply failed. Now Rod Rosenstein is taking over, and there’s no turning back. We’re going to see the Trump-Russia investigation taken all the way to the finish line.

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Special counsel indicts 13 Russian nationals in Russia investigation
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The indictment depicts an elaborate scheme in which some of the Russians accused allegedly came to the U.S. with the deliberate intention of undermining the American political and electoral process, including the 2016 presidential election. Deputy 

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The Russiagate Intelligence Wars: What We Do and Don’t Know – The Nation.
 


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The Russiagate Intelligence Wars: What We Do and Don’t Know
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… all to discredit the investigation, which Trump describes as a giant hoax or a conspiracy against him by a mythical Deep State. Perhaps not surprisingly, Trump is getting an assist from the Russians, including from Dmitry Konstantinovich Kiselyov
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The Russiagate Intelligence Wars: What We Do and Don’t Know
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In the next installment of this column, we’ll learn how Dutch intelligence helped the CIA track the work of Russia’s hackers in real time. Meanwhile, this week RT, the Russian television channel formerly known as Russia Today, cited Fancy Bearwhich 
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WASHINGTON The Obama administration’s muted response to the 2014 Sony hack may have laid the groundwork forRussia’s meddling in the 2016 elections, a top Democrat argued Friday. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and more »

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Americans have forgotten what ‘treason’ actually means and how it can be abused
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In a nationwide survey released on Wednesday, Public Policy Polling asked Americans What do you think is more treasonous: coordinating with Russia to win a presidential election, or not standing and applauding for Donald Trump? Whatever one’s  

 trump russia treason – Google News

Special counsel indicts 13 Russian nationals in Russia investigation – ABC News
 

Special counsel indicts 13 Russian nationals in Russia investigation
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The indictment depicts an elaborate scheme in which some of the Russians accused allegedly came to the U.S. with the deliberate intention of undermining the American political and electoral process, including the 2016 presidential election. Deputy  

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Special counsel indicts 13 Russian nationals in Russia investigation
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The indictment depicts an elaborate scheme in which some of the Russians accused allegedly came to the U.S. with the deliberate intention of undermining the American political and electoral process, including the 2016 presidential election. The 

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Mueller indicts 13 Russians for interfering in US election – The Hill
 


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Mueller indicts 13 Russians for interfering in US election
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The individuals and entities are associated with the Russia-based Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm in St. Petersburg that was found last year to have purchased $100,000 in political advertisements on Facebook running up to the election 
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“Defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump (“Trump campaign“) and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the indictment reads. “Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities 
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Special counsel indicts Russian nationals for interfering with US elections and political processes
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A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and a Kremlin-linked internet firm on Friday on charges that they had meddled in the 2016 presidential election, the latest salvo in a wide-ranging investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. The and more »

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The Justice Department on Friday announced indictments on 13 Russian nationals and a trio of Russian entities on charges related to the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Charges in the indictment include conspiracy to 
Read: Mueller indictment of Russians for interfering with US electionsVox
13 Russian nationals charged in Mueller investigation; interfering in American electionscleveland.com
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… the election, according to the indictment. Russians posted “derogatory information about a number of candidates,” and by mid-2016 they supported Trump and disparaged Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. They bought ads and communicated with 
13 Russians charged with elaborate plot to interfere in 2016 US presidential electionChicago Tribune
Special counsel indicts Russian nationals for interfering with US elections and political processesUSA TODAY
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Donald Trump | The Guardian: Thirteen Russians criminally charged for interfering in US election, Mueller announces
 

  • All were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States
  • Three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud
  • Five defendants were charged with aggravated identity theft

Thirteen Russians have been criminally charged for interfering in the 2016 US election, the office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel, announced on Friday.

Related: Trump-Russia investigation: the key questions answered

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At 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will give a press conference where he is . Watch the announcement below:

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Institutions can’t save America from Trump
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When John Kelly stepped in as White House chief of staff last summer, he was widely hailed as someone who could impose order on a chaotic West Wing and check President Trump’s worst impulses. Kelly a retired four-star Marine general became aand more »

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Russian Nationals Charged With Conspiracy Against US
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Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 Russian nationals for conspiring against the U.S. They are accused of interfering with our elections. BREAKING: A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals accused of violating UScriminal laws 
Rod Rosenstein to announce indictments of Russians in US election meddling – live updatesCBS News
Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interferenceCNN
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Full Text: Indictment against 13 Russians, 3 entities for interfering in election
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So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with my colleagues. The indictment includes eight criminal counts. Count One alleges a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States, by all of the defendants. The defendants allegedly conspired 

13 Russians charged with meddling to help Trump in election – KOKI FOX 23
 

13 Russians charged with meddling to help Trump in election
KOKI FOX 23
The indictment arises from Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election and whether there was improper coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The charges are similar to the assessment of the U.S. intelligence 

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There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Everytown
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There have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to a nonprofit group. Interested in Florida School Shooting? Add Florida School Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Florida School Shooting news, video 
Eighteen years of gun violence in US schools, mappedWashington Post
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Mass shootings in the US: When, where they have occurred in 2018ABC15 Arizona
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The one number that shows how unique America’s problem with school shootings is – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
The one number that shows how unique America’s problem with school shootings is
Washington Post
So far this year, there have been at least seven school shootings in the United States. That’s more than one a week, more school shootings than many countries have ever had. Last month, for example, a 15-year-old killed two of his peers (and injured 18 
How Republicans Have Been Making Gun Laws Worse Under TrumpNew York Magazine
Kimmel writer fires off scathing tweets at senators who accept NRA contributionsCNNMoney
Florida’s Gun Law SicknessDaily Beast
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Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller – CNN
 


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Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller
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Washington (CNN) Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, indicating he’s poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already 
Report: Former Trump Adviser Rick Gates Finalizing Plea Deal With MuellerDaily Beast
 
Rick Gates is reportedly close to becoming Mueller’s third cooperating ex-Trump aideVox

Ex-Trump campaign aide working on plea deal with MuellerNew York Post
Rick Gates, Former Manafort Partner, Makes Deal With MuellerNew York Magazine
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Trump’s Cabinet has been rocked by a number of ethics scandals here’s a complete guide – CNBC
 


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Trump’s Cabinet has been rocked by a number of ethics scandals here’s a complete guide
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Most of the officials who have faced scrutiny had been the target of complaints about their travel practices. Tom Price, who had served as secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, resigned in September after exposure of his practice of 
More than 40 percent of Trump’s first Cabinet-level picks have faced ethical or other controversiesWashington Post
Trump officials seem to think they’re entitled to travel like rock stars on your dimeLos Angeles Times
VA secretary: Trump appointees in my office are working against meThe Hill
Townhall –Fox News
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Iran, Israel battle openly in race to define ‘rules of the game’ – NBCNews.com
 


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Iran, Israel battle openly in race to define ‘rules of the game’
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LONDON The shift from covert attacks to open fighting between Iran and Israel illustrates that the regime in Tehran feels emboldened enough to confront and provoke its enemy, according to analysts. Last weekend’s clashes involving an Iranian drone 
Israel was about to get ‘a lot more violent’ with Syria after losing an F-16 and then Putin stepped inBusiness Insider
The War in Syria Has Entered a Dangerous New PhaseTIME
Netanyahu to Follow Putin in Munich Wake-Up Call to the WestBloomberg
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9:02 AM 2/14/2018 – FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide

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The FBI just made the Rob Porter scandal even worse for Donald Trump
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Despite that, Porter took on an increasingly central role in the West Wing and was under consideration to serve as Trump’s deputy chief of staff, two officials said. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday, “The White 
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Donald Trump’s handpicked CIA Director is looking guiltier than ever in the Trump-Russia scandal 

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Earlier today the Senate held public hearings with the heads of a number of major U.S. intelligence agencies. These agency heads regularly testify before Congress about various matters as a matter of course, but in the Trump era, these kinds of hearings have taken on a new importance and focus. Most of these agency leaders sounded competent and believable today – with the predictable exception of Trump’s handpicked CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Senators asked all of the agency leaders today if Donald Trump had shown any real interest in getting to the bottom of Russian election hacking. Everyone from the FBI Director on down acknowledged that Trump had never once even so much as asked them to look into it. This is damning, as it confirms that Trump doesn’t want the truth to come out about Russian election interference. It’s not difficult to figure out why: he knows the truth is that he’s only in office because of Russia’s meddling on his behalf.

The trouble here: there was one exception today. CIA Director Mike Pompeo was the only one to testify that Trump is fully on board with getting to the bottom of Russian election hacking. So we’re left with a choice of believing the heads of all the other agencies, or the one guy who always seems to be saying or doing something suspicious when it comes to Trump and Russia. Pompeo just keeps finding ways to make himself look even guiltier. To be clear, looking guilty is entirely different from being guilty. There is no known evidence that Pompeo was involved in the Trump-Russia election rigging conspiracy. But every time he opens his mouth, he all but yells “Look at me, I’m a suspect.”

As we’ve been documenting for the past several months, something is always off with Pompeo when it comes to the Trump-Russia scandal. Last summer we learned that, even after the U.S. intel community figured out that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was on the payroll of foreign governments, Pompeo made a point of continuing to give classified intel briefings in Flynn’s presence (link). Last fall, Pompeo weirdly began insisting that Russian meddling didn’t impact the outcome of the election (link). Now Pompeo is at it again. This guy can’t be trusted.

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US forces reportedly killed more than 100 Russian mercenaries inside Syria – Vox

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US forces reportedly killed more than 100 Russian mercenaries inside Syria
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This incident comes at an odd time for the two countries. The Trump administration is under investigation for alleged collusion with Moscow during the US presidential campaign to tilt theelection in Trump’s favor, and a Senate committee found that 
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During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global threats facing the United States, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he expects Russia will try to disrupt the upcoming midterm elections. FBI Director Chris Wray said President 

The FBI just made the Rob Porter scandal even worse for Donald Trump 

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Donald Trump despises the FBI because it’s been investigating the crimes he committed in the Russia scandal. He openly attacks the bureau, spreading phony scandals and lies about its leadership and agents. It turns out the FBI was able to get a measure of revenge on Trump today, simply by doing the right thing when it came to yet another Trump scandal.

Trump’s own handpicked FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. He was asked about a number of issues, including the Rob Porter domestic violence scandal. The FBI had been tasked with performing a background check on Porter, who has been accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, one of whom was able to get a restraining order against him.

Trump’s White House has had a hard time trying to explain why it kept Porter on the job, despite knowing about the accusations. One of the excuses it’s been floating is that the FBI’s background check was still ongoing, and that it had been waiting for the results. But today Wray testified (link) that the background check process was finished months ago, and that the Trump White House knew all about Porter’s background.

Some have asked why FBI Director Wray didn’t resign in protest after Donald Trump used a series of false accusations to badger FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe into retirement. This helps to provide that answer. Why would Wray pointlessly quit in protest, when he can remain on the job and help to take Trump down simply by doing his job?

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Intel chiefs warn Congress Russia intent on interfering with 2018 midterms – ABC News

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The head of U.S. intelligence told Congress Tuesday that Russia, just as it did in the 2016presidential election, is determined to meddle in the 2018 midterms in order “to undermine democracy, sow discord and undermine our values.” Interested in 
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US 2018 elections ‘under attack’ by Russia – US intelligence chiefChannel NewsAsia

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Live Stream: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Hearing on World Wide Threats 

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is holding a hearing Tuesday morning at 9:30 am on World Wide Threats. The committee will hear testimony from the following witnesses:

  • Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence
  • Adm. Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency
  • Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI
  • Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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Russia’s system of power defies any rational explanation – Financial Times

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Russia’s system of power defies any rational explanation
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Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the German question disrupted global stability as the nation struggled to understand its identity and role in the world. But in the early 21st century it is the Russian question that has become the international 

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US Strikes Killed Scores of Russian Fighters in Syria, Sources Say – Bloomberg

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U.S. forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to a U.S. official and three Russians familiar with the matter. More than 200 
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Puerto Rico blackout exposes the precarious state of the island’s electrical grid

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