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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National Security Adviser: Russian Election Meddling ‘Incontrovertible’
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Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime – Google News: Russians, Americans exchange barbs over FBI indictments – WTOP
 


WTOP
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
 


USA TODAY
Russian operators used PayPal to buy Facebook ads, Mueller probe finds
USA TODAY
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
 


Daily Herald
Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents
Daily Herald
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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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 

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Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents
Washington Post
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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Mueller Indictment: Russians Promoted False Allegations of Voter Fraud in 2016
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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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Mueller Indictment: Russians Promoted False Allegations of Voter Fraud in 2016
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The stated goal was to spread distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general and create political intensity through supporting radical groups, users dissatisfied with [the] social and economic situation and oppositional social and more »

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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
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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
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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
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New York Times
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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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Daily Mail
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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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Mueller Investigation: Russians charged with meddling in 2016 US presidential race
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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 
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 Trump and the Mob – Google News

Manafort hit with another bank fraud charge by Mueller: report – Raw Story
 


Raw Story
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 – Press Herald
 


Press Herald
Trolls’ work fooled some on Trump team
Press Herald
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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The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election
New York Daily News
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 

 Trump’s and Putin’s connections with organized crime – Google News

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
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
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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