“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Mueller’s memo details 2017 interview with Michael Flynn – UPI.com

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Mueller’s memo details 2017 interview with Michael Flynn  UPI.com

On the eve of Michael Flynn’s sentencing, special counsel Robert Mueller released a memo of FBI agents describing an FBI interview in which he lied.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Just Security: The Most Extraordinary Lesson of Two New Reports on Russian Disinformation: What They Reveal About White House Paralysis

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has just released two new reports on Russian disinformation, revealing in unusually rich detail the scope of Russia’s interference not only in the 2016 U.S. presidential election but also in our day-to-day democratic dialogue since. One report was prepared by New Knowledge, and the other by the University of Oxford and Graphika. Each report’s specific findings are well worth close study by anyone concerned with foreign interference in U.S. elections and our broader democratic processes; so is an excellent summary offered by New Knowledge’s cofounder Renée DiResta. (Full disclosure: Renée and I both serve on the editorial board of Protego Press.)

But the most extraordinary aspect of these vital new reports transcends any particular finding. It’s the institutional origins of these reports. It took a congressional committee commissioning reports from outside entities (private and academic) to produce, almost two full years into the Trump presidency, the fullest public accounting the American public has received of the serious new threat our democracy faces. That’s downright remarkable.

It’s also inexcusable insofar as the executive branch is concerned. At the most basic level, the American people deserve to know what happened in the 2016 election, what’s been happening since, and what the new threats are that we’re facing. What’s more, the spread of disinformation is the rare type of national security threat for which informing the public actually can diminish the threat: if Americans know what to look out for online and what not to accept at face value on social media, the power of disinformation deliberately spread by hostile actors is reduced. (There’s some comparison to be made here to terrorism, whose second-order effects can be mitigated by public education and cultivated resilience; but the comparison is imperfect, as there’s still a direct lethality to acts of terrorism.) In France, schools are teaching students how to spot disinformation on social media; but, here in the United States, the President periodically refuses even to acknowledge the threat. Indeed, he often aggravates the threat, by amplifying and disseminating disinformation; but that’s not my focus here. Rather, as we sift through these reports’ extensive findings, we must remind ourselves that we’re now set to enter the third year of flat-footedness on the part of this administration when it comes to addressing disinformation spread by foreign adversaries. In that sense, the very issuance of these reports and the novelty of what they still reveal serve as an indictment of the White House’s persistent inaction. And, while it’s not clear if technology companies would share with the executive branch exactly the same data provided to Congress for purposes of producing these reports, surely the executive branch could produce something comprehensive and informative based on the data to which it does (or could) have access.

The Trump administration’s shortcoming on this issue is no mere oversight on the President’s part, of course. Trump seems to have made clear to those around him that even acknowledging the threat posed by foreign election interference is unacceptable, lest doing so calls into question the validity of Trump’s own victory in 2016. A few months ago, National Security Advisor John Bolton claimed that “the President has taken command of this issue;” but we’ve seen precious little from Trump’s executive branch to substantiate that before or after.

That sin of omission makes it all the more important that the Senate Intelligence Committee has taken a bipartisan approach to investigating this particular set of issues and now has provided all of us with these two compelling, if disturbing, new reports. When a President refuses to protect and defend our nation from a new type of national security threat, others must. The new reports make for astonishing reading—but, at the end of the day, what’s most astonishing of all is that we haven’t seen this before from our own executive branch.

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Mueller releases memo on Flynn’s interview with Peter Strzok – CBS News

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Mueller releases memo on Flynn’s interview with Peter Strzok  CBS News

Last week Mueller submitted to the court material regarding Flynn’s questioning by the FBI.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “analysis of trump electorate” – Google News: Russian disinformation teams targeted Mueller, says report prepared for Senate – HollandSentinel.com

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Russian disinformation teams targeted Mueller, says report prepared for Senate  HollandSentinel.com

Months after President Donald Trump took office, Russia’s disinformation teams trained their sites on a new target: special counsel Robert Mueller III. Having …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Russian trolls targeted Mueller with disinformation campaign – New York Post

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Russian trolls targeted Mueller with disinformation campaign  New York Post

Russia’s disinformation campaign continued after the 2016 election and targeted Special Counsel Robert Mueller, spreading false narratives that he is corrupt…

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “emails investigation is Russia-Trump set-up” – Google News: APFN-US–Trump-Russia Probe-Social Media – ABC15 Arizona

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APFN-US–Trump-Russia Probe-Social Media  ABC15 Arizona

Russian internet trolls worked to discourage black voters in the United States and “blur the lines between reality and fiction” as they tried to help get Donald …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “calls for Comey’s resignation” – Google News: Flynn responses in fateful White House interview documented in witness report released by Mueller – Fox News

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Flynn responses in fateful White House interview documented in witness report released by Mueller  Fox News

Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn told FBI agents at the White House on January 24, 2017 “not really” when asked if he had sought to convince …

“calls for Comey’s resignation” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s National Enquirer scandal is about to get very ugly for Ivanka Trump

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It’s fitting that Donald Trump is being taken down partly thanks to his decision to conspire with the National Enquirer, considering that the people who think his lies are true tend to be the same people who think the National Enquirer is legitimate. Now that the tabloid’s boss David Pecker has flipped on Trump, we’ve expected the current scandal to get even worse. Now there’s confirmation that it’s about to get much worse – and it’s about to land on the heads of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.




Up to now, the primary focus has been on the plot between Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, and David Pecker to buy the silence of Trump’s mistresses during the election, in a transaction which violated federal campaign finance laws. It’s also known that Pecker was exclusively buying up negative stories about Trump and his family, never running them, and stashing the evidence in a safe. Now that Pecker has flipped, the question has been whether the dirt in that safe was merely embarrassing, or evidence of criminal activity on Trump’s part.




Former National Enquirer Deputy Editor Jerry George appeared on MSNBC today with Ari Melber to discuss the matter. George is in position to know precisely the kinds of stories that the Enquirer was catching and killing about the Trump family. He stated that, in his view, some of the dirt about Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner involves criminal behavior, or close to criminal behavior.



That means that, ever since David Pecker cut his cooperation deal months ago, the SDNY has had access to this information. That means prosecutors have had time to research this dirt and build it into the indictments they’re surely readying against Ivanka and Kushner. It also means that this dirt, which Jerry George says is “embarrassing” in addition to being criminal, will become public knowledge. That will make things far worse for the mounting Trump family criminal scandals in the court of public opinion.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Trump and Russia” – Google News: Yes, Russian Trolls Helped Elect Trump – New York Times

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Yes, Russian Trolls Helped Elect Trump  New York Times

This year, researchers at Ohio State University tried to measure the impact that fake news had on the 2016 election. They based their analysis on a postelection …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Trump personality profile” – Google News: Why Mick Mulvaney Is So Disgustingly Good at Working for Donald Trump – Slate

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Why Mick Mulvaney Is So Disgustingly Good at Working for Donald Trump  Slate

While many of his colleagues in Trump world have been racking up personal indignities, Mick Mulvaney has has been busy racking up job titles. Last week, the …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and republican party” – Google News: Massive decline of Republican Party in California – – KUSI

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Massive decline of Republican Party in California –  KUSI

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Republican Party in California shows no signs of becoming a viable party. Once again, it failed to gain ground in the election. In fact, it …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Trump and the Mob” – Google News: Another Fox News Pundit Slams Trump, ‘The Guy Who Couldn’t Get A Date For The Prom’ Over Chief Of Staff Fiasco – The Inquisitr News

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Another Fox News Pundit Slams Trump, ‘The Guy Who Couldn’t Get A Date For The Prom’ Over Chief Of Staff Fiasco  The Inquisitr News

Criticism of Donald Trump on his favorite TV network, Fox News, has seemingly ramped up since Republican losses in the midterm elections, with longtime …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s narrative about Michael Flynn just got blown to pieces

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“President” Donald Trump has been busy spouting off nonsense about how Michael Flynn is being punished for a “process crime” and that it is all because the FBI somehow convinced Flynn that he was lying. Today’s news that two ex-Flynn associates have been indicted should pop that “fake news” balloon.




CNN and other real news outlets are reporting that Bijan Rafiekian and Kamil Alptekin have been charged with conspiracy as well as acting as agents of a foreign government. Both of these men are former business associates of Flynn. Their charges are related to the attempts to have a Turkish cleric extradited.




Trump’s gang of sycophants, including Congressman Devin “Just Say Nyet” Nunes and “Judge” Jeanine Pirro, have been carrying Trump’s water on this issue, arguing that Flynn somehow was pressured and cajoled into cooperating in the Special Counsel investigation. Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake made it clear this all debunks the conspiracy theories that Trump and his posse have been trying to sell, writing: “The indictment is further evidence that the idea Flynn was just some guy going about his business who waltzed into an FBI trap is fanciful. It implicates his own eponymous business in an illegal lobbying operation.”



What all of this means for Flynn remains unclear, but the latest news shows that like everything that has come out of the special investigation to date, it is not a “nothing sandwich” or a “hoax.” Trump had tweeted this about Flynn: “They gave General Flynn a great deal because they were embarrassed by the way he was treated – the FBI said he didn’t lie and they overrode the FBI. They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements. Sad! WITCH HUNT!” Trump as always is wrong, and there’s more to come on what this means for Trump and for Flynn.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “michael flynn” – Google News: Mueller’s office releases notes of Michael Flynn’s FBI interview – NBCNews.com

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Mueller’s office releases notes of Michael Flynn’s FBI interview  NBCNews.com

Flynn will sentenced Tuesday for making false statements to the FBI, which said he lied specifically about discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: “Please proceed”

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After Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended that Michael Flynn receive no prison time as part of his plea deal against Donald Trump, Flynn made the surprise move of accusing FBI agents of having tried to trick him into lying to them. At the time, Palmer Report suggested that Flynn wouldn’t dare try such a thing unless Mueller had signed off on it. Now a series of events points to why Mueller might have allowed Flynn to do it.



Let’s be clear here. Michael Flynn included this in his sentencing memo because he was afraid the judge might overrule Mueller and send him to prison, due to the severity of the crimes he committed (espionage, etc). Flynn is trying to convince the judge to go with Mueller’s recommendation. But when Mueller is your meal ticket, you don’t dare risk pissing him off. When Flynn decided that he wanted to make the accusations against the FBI in his memo, he would have run it past Mueller first. But why would Mueller have signed off on it?

Because Michael Flynn has told the judge that the FBI violated his rights during the interview, the judge has decided that the FBI’s interview notes should be made public, so everyone can see what really went down. Sure enough, the FBI has just released a partially redacted version of the memo it originally crafted after the Flynn interview.


There is nothing in the memo to support Michael Flynn’s assertion that the FBI was trying to trick him into believing that they were simply having a conversation among colleagues, as part of his role as White House National Security Adviser. Instead, the memo reveals that the FBI was asking Flynn serious questions about his phone calls with the Russian Ambassador, and there’s no possible way that a seasoned military and intel officer like Flynn could have believed he wasn’t being interviewed.


For that matter, there’s no possible way Flynn or his lawyers could have expected a judge to look at this memo and come to that conclusion. So maybe Flynn was just hoping the judge would simply take his word for it, as opposed to asking the the FBI for the records. But this still doesn’t explain why Flynn would risk alienating Mueller by attacking the FBI in his sentencing memo, unless Mueller signed off on it. Again, the question is why Mueller would do so.




Considering that Robert Mueller usually ends up getting the outcome he wants, it’s worth looking at the outcome here. Michael Flynn’s sentencing is almost irrelevant; he’ll get a short prison sentence or no prison time, and that’ll be that. What stands out is that the public now gets to see FBI records which reveal in detail just how thoroughly Flynn was conspiring with the Russian Ambassador while answering to Donald Trump.



Maybe Robert Mueller just decided to let Michael Flynn hang himself with this stunt. Or maybe Mueller saw this as an opportunity to get information out there that helps lay the groundwork for what he’s about to reveal about Donald Trump’s role in the Trump-Russia conspiracy. Did Mueller have a hunch the judge would order the FBI memo to be publicly released? If so, this has echoes of when President Obama simply said “Please proceed” during the 2012 debate, because he knew Mitt Romney was about to finish himself off.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “organized crime and intelligence” – Google News: WC law enforcement keeping gang activity low – KAUZ

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WC law enforcement keeping gang activity low  KAUZ

The latest Texas DPS report showed gang activity in Wichita Falls is low compared to larger cities across the lone star state.

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“Peter Strzok” – Google News: READ: Mueller memo summarizing FBI’s interview with Michael Flynn – CNN

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READ: Mueller memo summarizing FBI’s interview with Michael Flynn  CNN

Special counsel Robert Mueller has released a January 2017 FBI memo detailing the interview by agent Peter Strzok and another FBI agent with President …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “crime and terror” – Google News: Expert: California man convicted in terror case no extremist – San Francisco Chronicle

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Expert: California man convicted in terror case no extremist  San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former CIA employee who studies terror networks says a California man convicted of attempting to support the Islamic State does …

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