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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)
  • 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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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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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.

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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.”

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Palmer Report: Rod Rosenstein strikes back and takes control
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Russians charged with 2016 US election tampering to boost Trump
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Russia’s Internet Research Agency had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the indictment states. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told reporters in announcing the chargesand more »

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Palmer Report: Rod Rosenstein strikes back and takes control

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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Trump and the Mob – Google News: Rod Rosenstein announces indictments of Russians in US election meddling – CBS News
 


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Rod Rosenstein announces indictments of Russians in US election meddling
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Working with the Internet Research Agency, the defendants “posted derogatory information” about several candidates, the indictment says, and by mid-2016, their efforts included “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J.Trump and 
How Russia Interfered in the 2016 ElectionThe Atlantic
Florida rallies, Facebook groups cited in Russia interference indictmentWKMG News 6 & ClickOrlandoall 616 news articles »

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Mueller Indicts 13 Russians in First Charges of 2016 Election Investigation – New Haven Register
 


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Mueller Indicts 13 Russians in First Charges of 2016 Election Investigation
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Robert S. Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups on Friday. He charged them with breaking the law by using social media to disrupt the 
trump and russia – Google News: Trump critics: Still think Russia investigation is a ‘hoax’? – NBCNews.com
 


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Trump critics: Still think Russia investigation is a ‘hoax’?
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Democrats lashed out Friday at President Donald Trump after the investigation he has called a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” resulted in the indictment of 13 Russian nationals on charges of interfering in the 2016 election. “For all of those who have been 
Trump was reportedly briefed on Russia indictments on Friday morningCNBC
Mueller charges 13 Russian nationals with interfering in 2016 electionPolitico
Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interferenceCNN
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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russians charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election – The Register
 


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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russians charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election
The Register
The special prosecutor investigating tampering in the 2016 US Presidential Election has indicted 13 Russian nationals forconspiracy against the United States. The 36 page grand jury indictment [PDF] named more than a dozen employees at Internet 
trump russian candidate – Google News: Robert Mueller just made it impossible for Trump to call the special counsel probe a ‘total hoax’ – WENY-TV
 

Robert Mueller just made it impossible for Trump to call the special counsel probe a ‘total hoax’
WENY-TV
Defendants also staged political rallies inside the United States, and while posing as U.S. grassroots entities and U.S. persons, and without revealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation, solicited and compensated real U.S. persons and more »

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Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner on Mueller indictment of Russian troll farm – Augusta Free Press
 


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Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner on Mueller indictment of Russian troll farm
Augusta Free Press
Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today after the Special Counsel announced the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for criminally interfering 
13 Russians charged for meddling in US election – Daily Telegraph
 


Daily Telegraph
13 Russians charged for meddling in US election
Daily Telegraph
Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates and, by early- to mid-2016, [the] defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton, the court 
Putin and the Mob – Google News: Rod Rosenstein announces indictments of Russians in US election meddling – CBS News
 


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Rod Rosenstein announces indictments of Russians in US election meddling
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On Friday, a D.C. federal grand jury returned an indictment against the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization which has connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin — it names 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities that accuses 
Mueller Indicts Trump’s Claim That Russian Interference Is ‘Fake News’Daily Beast
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russia helping trump – Google News: POTUS Responds To Rod Rosenstein Bombshell Of 13 Russians Indicted For Election Meddling To Help Trump … – Deadline
 


Deadline
POTUS Responds To Rod Rosenstein Bombshell Of 13 Russians Indicted For Election Meddling To Help Trump…
Deadline
The special counsel appointed by Rosenstein alleges that the Russians operated to support the campaign of GOP candidate Donald Trump and hurt Dem candidate Hillary Clinton. Although Americans became involved in their activities, there is no allegation 
Special counsel Mueller: Russians conducted ‘information warfare’ against US during election to help Donald TrumpwinCNBC
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential raceWRAL.com
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RUSSIA PROBE INDICTMENTS: Russians charged with plot to interfere in 2016 election – WOWT
 


WOWT
RUSSIA PROBE INDICTMENTS: Russians charged with plot to interfere in 2016 election
WOWT
The deputy attorney general says a new indictment does not allege that Russian meddling altered the outcome of presidentialelection. Federal prosecutors have announced charges against 13 Russians and three Russian entities with an elaborate plot to and more »
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat
13 Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
WASHINGTON Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin were charged Friday in an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda, aimed in part at helping Republican Donald 

 putin won US 2016 election – Google News

Russian Intelligence services and organized crime – Google News: WENY News – Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interfer – WENY-TV
 


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WENY News – Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interfer
WENY-TV
Mueller had convened the grand jury as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as any possible connections between Russia and Trump campaign associates. FBI Director Chris Wray and Rosenstein briefed President 

 Russian Intelligence services and organized crime – Google News

Michael Flynn’s Son Cracks Another Case – Mother Jones
 


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Michael Flynn’s Son Cracks Another Case
Mother Jones
This is not Michael Flynn. This is not Michael Flynn Jr. This is a stock photo of a private detective from the 1950s. Stokkete/Shutterstock. Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Disgraced former National Security Adviser 
Dems to Trump: Still think Russia inquiry is a ‘hoax’? – NBCNews.com
 


NBCNews.com
Dems to Trump: Still think Russia inquiry is a ‘hoax’?
NBCNews.com
Democrats lashed out Friday at President Donald Trump after the investigation he has called a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” resulted in the indictment of 13 Russian nationals on charges of interfering in the 2016 election. “For all of those who have been 
Mueller’s Russia investigation: What to knowFox News
There’s always an old Trump tweet: Russian indictment editionVox
Russians indicted in 2016 US election meddling investigationReuters
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putin won US 2016 election – Google News: The Latest: PayPal gets unexpectedly drawn into Russia probe – KIRO Seattle
 

The Latest: PayPal gets unexpectedly drawn into Russia probe
KIRO Seattle
A Russian businessman known as “Putin’s chef” who was indicted Friday by federal prosecutors says “Americans are very impressionable people.” He says he’s not upset to be named in the indictment. Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies were 

 putin won US 2016 election – Google News

Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference – Fox 4
 


Fox 4
Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference
Fox 4
Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice has announced
putin won US 2016 election – Google News: The Latest: ‘No collusion’ is Trump reaction to indictment – Wichita Eagle
 


Wichita Eagle
The Latest: ‘No collusion’ is Trump reaction to indictment
Wichita Eagle
Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies were charged Friday with a plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidentialelection through social media propaganda. The indictment says the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm, started 

 putin won US 2016 election – Google News

Factbox: Effort to sway election included ‘Clinton’ in prison garb – indictment – Reuters
 


Reuters
Factbox: Effort to sway election included ‘Clinton’ in prison garb – indictment
Reuters
4, they created and bought Facebook ads for a Florida Goes Trump rally, which reached more than 59,000 Facebook users in Florida. More than 8,300 Facebook users responded to the ads by clicking on them, which routed users to the group’s Beingand more »
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
The Nation.
… 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
Is Donald Trump a Traitor?The Interceptall 5 news articles »
Russian Intelligence services – Google News: The Russiagate Intelligence Wars: What We Do and Don’t Know – The Nation.
 


The Intercept
The Russiagate Intelligence Wars: What We Do and Don’t Know
The Nation.
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 
Is Donald Trump a Traitor?The Interceptall 5 news articles »

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Top Democrat says Obama shares responsibility for Russia’s meddling – NBCNews.com
 


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Top Democrat says Obama shares responsibility for Russia’s meddling
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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 

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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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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
Is Donald Trump a Traitor?The Interceptall 5 news articles »

Russian Intelligence services – Google News: 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
The Nation.
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 
Is Donald Trump a Traitor?The Interceptall 5 news articles »

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Top Democrat says Obama shares responsibility for Russia’s meddling
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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 »

trump russia treason – Google News: Americans have forgotten what ‘treason’ actually means and how it can be abused – NBCNews.com
 


NBCNews.com
Americans have forgotten what ‘treason’ actually means and how it can be abused
NBCNews.com
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
The Hill
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 
13 Russian nationals charged in Mueller investigationThe Register-Guardall 102 news articles »

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Mueller indicts 13 Russians for interfering in US election
The Hill
“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 
Mueller Accuses Russians of Aiding Trump, Assailing ClintonBloomberg
13 Russians Indicted for Allegedly Interfering in ElectionsNBC 7 San Diegoall 71 news articles »

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USA TODAY
Special counsel indicts Russian nationals for interfering with US elections and political processes
USA TODAY
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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DOJ charges 13 Russian nationals with interfering in 2016 election
Politico
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
BREAKING: Russians Indicted in Mueller Investigation for Interfering in 2016 ElectionThe New Civil Rights Movement
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Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference – CNN
 


CNN
Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference
CNN
… 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
Special Counsel Robert Mueller Charges 13 Russians With Election InterferenceTIME
Los Angeles Times –The Independent –The Hill
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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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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Livestream: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Press Conference for Law Enforcement Announcement

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

 Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices

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Washington Post
Institutions can’t save America from Trump
Washington Post
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 – Townhall
 


Townhall
Russian Nationals Charged With Conspiracy Against US
Townhall
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
Special counsel Mueller: Russians conducted ‘information warfare’ against US during election to help Donald Trump winCNBC
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Full Text: Indictment against 13 Russians, 3 entities for interfering in election – CGTN America (blog)
 


CGTN America (blog)
Full Text: Indictment against 13 Russians, 3 entities for interfering in election
CGTN America (blog)
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 

There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Everytown – ABC News
 


ABC News
There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Everytown
ABC News
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 
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12 school shootings in KS and MO in last 5 yearsKSHB
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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 
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Florida’s Gun Law SicknessDaily Beast
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Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller – CNN
 


CNN
Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller
CNN
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
 


CNBC
Trump’s Cabinet has been rocked by a number of ethics scandals here’s a complete guide
CNBC
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 
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VA secretary: Trump appointees in my office are working against meThe Hill
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Iran, Israel battle openly in race to define ‘rules of the game’ – NBCNews.com
 


NBCNews.com
Iran, Israel battle openly in race to define ‘rules of the game’
NBCNews.com
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 
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The War in Syria Has Entered a Dangerous New PhaseTIME
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FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide – Wheeling Intelligencer
Donald Trumps handpicked CIA Director is looking guiltier than ever in the Trump-Russia scandal
US forces reportedly killed more than 100 Russian mercenaries inside Syria – Vox
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Wray We Were – The Atlantic
The FBI just made the Rob Porter scandal even worse for Donald Trump
Intel chiefs warn Congress Russia intent on interfering with 2018 midterms – ABC News
Live Stream: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Hearing on World Wide Threats
Russia’s system of power defies any rational explanation – Financial Times
US Strikes Killed Scores of Russian Fighters in Syria, Sources Say – Bloomberg

FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide – Wheeling Intelligencer

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FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide
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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 
FBI contradicts White House on background check timeline of former aide Rob PorterChicago Tribune

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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 
Reports: Russian contractors killed by US strike in SyriaWashington Post
US strike in Syria kills Russian fighters in first such clashTelegraph.co.uk

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Wray We Were – The Atlantic

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Wray We Were
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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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Intel chiefs warn Congress Russia intent on interfering with 2018 midterms
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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 
Russian threat to US elections to persist through 2018, intel boss warns Congress89.3 KPCC
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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US Strikes Killed Scores of Russian Fighters in Syria, Sources Say
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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 
Russian Citizen Killed in US Coalition Attack on Pro-Damascus ForcesSputnik International

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Puerto Rico blackout exposes the precarious state of the island’s electrical grid

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