Tag Archives: 2016 elections

FBI Investigates Whether Kremlin-Tied Russian Banker Funneled Money To The NRA To Help Trump Campaign

McClatchy reports: The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy. FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is ...

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Jailed Russian Hacker Claims He Left Data Signature Proving He Hacked The DNC On Kremlin’s Orders

McClatchy reports: A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin’s orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion. In an interview with Russia’s RAIN television channel made public Wednesday, Konstantin Kozlovsky provided further details about what ...

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Senate’s Russia Collusion Probe Turns To Jill Stein

The Washington Post reports: The Senate Intelligence Committee is looking at the presidential campaign of the Green Party’s Jill Stein for potential “collusion with the Russians,” a sign that the panel’s probe is far from over, even as allegations swirl that the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation is racing to a close. The expansion of the investigation to include Stein suggests ...

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FBI Warned Both Trump And Hillary In 2016 That Russian Spies Would Try To Infiltrate Their Campaigns

NBC News reports: In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter. The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the ...

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PolitiFact Awards Trump “2017 Lie Of The Year” Over His Claim That Russia Didn’t Interfere In 2016 Election

PolitiFact reports: A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those actions included the cyber-theft of private data, the placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall ...

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Lewandowski Book On Campaign Reveals Weird Habits, Obscene Tantrums, And Lots And Lots Of Fast Food

The Washington Post reports: Elton John blares so loudly on Donald Trump’s campaign plane that staffers can’t hear themselves think. Press secretary Hope Hicks uses a steamer to press Trump’s pants — while he is still wearing them. Trump screams at his top aides, who are subjected to ­expletive-filled tirades in which they get their “face ripped off.” And Trump’s ...

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Trump Claims He Believes Putin’s Denials Of “Meddling” In US Election: You Can Only Ask Him So Many Times

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump has said he believes Vladimir Putin spoke genuinely when the Russian president denied meddling in last year’s US election. “He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. ...

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82% Of Trump Voters Would Do It Again

Politico reports: One year after the 2016 presidential election, the vast majority of Donald Trump voters have no regrets. According to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted on the eve of the first anniversary of Trump’s historic election, 82 percent of those who say they supported Trump last year would vote for him again if they had to do it over. ...

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Trump Tweets Congratulations To His “Deplorables” For “MASSIVE Landslide Victory” On Anniversary Of Election

The Hill reports: President Trump congratulated his supporters on the Wednesday anniversary of his historic victory in the 2016 election, calling them “deplorables” in a nod to former Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The anniversary tweet came attached to a photo of the president with key White House aides aboard Air Force One on Trump’s 13-day trip through Asia, including White ...

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Donna Brazile: I Never Said DNC Was “Rigged” And Those Who Want Me To Shut Up Can Go To Hell [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) interim chairwoman Donna Brazile said she found “no evidence” that the 2016 Democratic presidential primary process was fixed, taking issue with the use of the word “rigged” by others. “I found no evidence, none, whatsoever,” Brazile told ABC’s “This Week.” “The only thing I found, which I said, I found the cancer, ...

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Howard Dean Dismisses Claims Of “Rigged” Primaries: DNC’s Agreement Was Standard Operating Procedure

The Hill reports: Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Howard Dean said Friday an agreement between Hillary Clinton and the DNC was “standard operating procedure.” Brazile said this week in an excerpt from her upcoming book that an agreement between Clinton and the DNC was “unethical” and harmed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) chances against Clinton in the Democratic primary. More ...

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TWEETSTORM: Trump Demands Criminal Probe Into Donna Brazile’s Claim Of “Rigged” Democratic Primaries

CBS News reports: Donald Trump has seized upon former acting Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Donna Brazile’s assertion that the DNC rigged the primaries in favor of Hillary Clinton. In a new book, Brazile says that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton effectively took control of the DNC months before she won the nomination. The DNC issued a statement claiming ...

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Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Claims “Proof” That Hillary “Rigged” Nomination Against Bernie Sanders

The Daily Beast reports: Former interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile claims Hillary Clinton secretly took over the DNC before she had won the Democratic primary. In an excerpt from her new book published by Politico, Brazile said she promised Clinton’s opponent, Bernie Sanders, that she would get to the bottom of whether Clinton had “rigged the nomination process.” ...

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DOJ May Charge Russian Officials For DNC Hacking

The Hill reports: Department of Justice investigators have identified at least 6 Russian government officials who took part in hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC), The Wall Street Journal reported early Thursday. Prosecutors may file charges next year, according to the report, but the individuals likely won’t be indicted in the United States. The newspaper noted that the investigation into ...

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House Democrats Release Russian Facebook Ads

Talking Points Memo reports: Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee posted Wednesday a selection of the Facebook ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts as the committee’s hearing on how Russia exploited social media during the 2016 election got under way. The committee Dems posted screenshots of the ads, as well as some of the the meta data associated with the ads, ...

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REVEALED: Russian Election Content On Facebook Was Seen By 126 Million, Many Times More Than Thought

The Washington Post reports: Facebook plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives, many times more than what the company previously disclosed about the reach of the disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Google on Monday acknowledged ...

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Russian Troll Factory Made Fake Hillary Sex Tape

According to a worker at a Kremlin-backed troll factory, last year they put together a fake sex tape starring a black man and a Hillary lookalike. The tape was apparently never posted because the trolls decided that even the craziest far-right Americans wouldn’t believe it. The Daily Beast reports: Alan Baskaev worked for the troll factory, also known as the ...

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Sen. Marco Rubio: I Didn’t Pay For The Trump-Russia Dossier, But I Would Have Used It If I Had [VIDEO]

The Daily Caller reports: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio denied Thursday that he was the anonymous Republican who paid Fusion GPS for opposition research on Donald Trump during the presidential primary race. Reporting has revealed that a GOP donor was paying Fusion GPS for opposition research before the firm ended up contracting with former British agent Christopher Steele and producing the ...

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Twitter Bans Ads From Kremlin Media Outlets

Politico reports: Twitter said Thursday it’s dropping all ads from Kremlin-funded English-language media outlets RT and Sputnik, as the company prepares to face lawmakers next week over Russian use of social media to interfere with the 2016 election. “This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion ...

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FEC Complaint Accuses DNC And Clinton Campaign Of Hiding Payments For Fusion GPS Trump-Russia Dossier

Courthouse News Service reports: A nonpartisan group of election law experts on Wednesday accused the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 president campaign of violating federal financial disclosure laws to hide payments for a dossier that alleged connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission, the Campaign Legal Center says the ...

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