Category: Mueller Russian Investigation

Washington Post: Senate Report Details Vast Russian Meddling Campaign

The heads of the research groups that prepared the report, Oxford Internet Institute director Phil Howard and Graphika’s CEO John W. Kelly, both testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on August 1 about what their initial work revealed concerning the extent of Russian influence on U.S. elections via social media.

Kelly also told MSNBC that the release of data by Twitter, Facebook, and Google clearly implicated Russia’s Internet Research Agency — which he described as a “contract shop” originally set up for “conditioning the Russian public” before, “at some point, they got the contract to boot up their American influence operations.”

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President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days

National influence campaigns designed to disrupt elections and undermine the people’s confidence in representative democracy are increasing in number and sophistication. Attacks on the foundations of our democracy are, by definition, acts of war and are now coming at us from both within and without. Lies are the weapon of choice, social media the platform for delivery, truth the intended target. Integrity and the union are collateral damage.

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Meadows’ attempt to impeach Rosenstein is over, but a contempt citation may still be in the works

How serious was Republican Congressman Mark Meadows about impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? As serious as anyone who is purely putting together a stunt he can use in a fundraising ad on Breitbart. So serious, in fact, that the whole round of chest-thumping and clothes-rending appears to be over.

As reported in The Hill, Meadows is “tabling his efforts” after a brief chat with Republican leadership. It’s a meeting that likely involved a lot of eye-rolling and questions about what other PR stunts Meadows has planned.

Truly a classless act.

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We have the first documented case of Russian hacking in the 2018 election

Microsoft had already announced that Russian hackers had gone after “three candidates” in the 2018 election, but hadn’t revealed who they were. Identifying McCaskill specifically as a target is incredibly revealing: She’s only up on her Republican opponent by one point in the RealClearPolitics average. If Democrats lose her seat, they face a very tough road to win back the Senate in November. Helping Republicans defeat McCaskill (or another Democratic senator in a Trump-voting state) would be perhaps the single biggest boost that Russia could give to the GOP — and, by extension, to President Trump.

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House conservatives move to impeach Rosenstein

The articles of impeachment accuse Rosenstein of failing to appoint a second special counsel to review the FBI’s actions in the Russia probe — a demand some Republicans have been making for months. They note that Rosenstein himself could be a witness to elements of Mueller’s investigation and argue he should recuse himself. Subsequent articles fault Rosenstein for refusing to provide certain documents and concealing others, allegations the Justice Department has sharply denied.

The articles of impeachment also chastise Rosenstein for refusing to share with lawmakers the memo outlining the scope of Mueller’s investigation. The Justice Department has refused that request on the grounds that it would impede the ongoing probe.

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Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar on Helsinki summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, four days after a summit that led to an uproar in the United States over Trump’s failure to publicly confront Putin for Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump had directed national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation, even though U.S. lawmakers and top officials in Trump’s administration have not been briefed on what Trump and Putin discussed in Monday’s summit with only interpreters present.

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