Tag Archives: 2016 elections

Senate Intelligence Committee Confirms: Russia Did Interfere In 2016 Election To Benefit Trump Campaign

Fox News grudgingly reports: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders on Wednesday backed the 2017 intelligence community report that formally accused Russia of trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential election to boost then-candidate Donald Trump. Their statements followed a final closed-door interview on the matter with top Obama administration officials. The committee, led by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman ...

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Russian Facebook Ads Sought To Inflame Racial Discord

USA Today reports: The Russian company charged with orchestrating a wide-ranging effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election overwhelmingly focused its barrage of social media advertising on what is arguably America’s rawest political division: race. The roughly 3,500 Facebook ads were created by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, which is at the center of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s February ...

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Russian Trolls Plead Not Guilty Of Pro-Trump Trolling

Politico reports: A Russian company tied to a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday in a U.S. criminal case charging that it funded internet trolls and polarizing social media advertisements in a bid to boost Donald Trump’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office allege that the ...

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Federal Court Rejects Mueller’s Request To Delay Troll Farm Case Against Russian Companies And Individuals

Politico reports: A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge ...

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DNC Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign, Russia, Wikileaks For Election Interference

Well, this should generate quite an enraged tweetstorm: The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump. The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired ...

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Cambridge Analytica Threatens Journalists

Law & Crime reports: Cambridge Analytica is threatening legal action against journalists who report unfavorable information regarding the controversial big data-mining firm. Perhaps the embattled firm is frightened by the swelling amount of attention due to Mark Zuckerberg‘s two days worth of congressional testimony. In any event, Cambridge Analytica has shifted its denial strategy to issuing vague threats of litigation ...

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Zuckerberg: Cambridge Analytica Got My Own Data Too

USA Today reports: Mark Zuckerberg says his data was exposed in the Cambridge Analytica leak. The Facebook CEO made the admission during questioning on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee was his second appearance before lawmakers in as many days. He took questions on privacy practices, foreign interference in U.S. elections and whether Facebook ...

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STUDY: How The Decline In Local Media Helped Trump

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media may be rooted in statistical reality: An extensive review of subscription data and election results shows that Trump outperformed the previous Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in counties with the lowest numbers of news subscribers, but didn’t do nearly as well in areas with heavier circulation. POLITICO’s findings — which put ...

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Kremlin: Facebook Has “Censored” Our Troll Factory

Reuters reports: The Kremlin on Thursday said Facebook’s removal of accounts controlled by various Russian media was a hostile move that smacked of censorship. Facebook said on Tuesday it had deleted hundreds of Russian accounts and pages associated with a “troll factory” indicted by U.S. prosecutors for fake activist and political posts in the 2016 U.S. election campaign. When asked ...

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BRITAIN: Whistleblower Testifies That Pro-Brexit Groups Had “Common Plan” To Evade UK Election Laws

The Guardian reports: There was a “common plan” to use the network of companies orbiting Cambridge Analytica to get around election spending and co-ordination laws, Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, has told a parliamentary committee. “For me, this is about the integrity of the democratic process, which is more important than anything else,” Wylie said, before emphasising his words: ...

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FEC Ruling On Legality Of Payment To Stormy Daniels Could Take Year Or Longer Due To Agency Understaffing

NBC News reports: Current and former Federal Election Commission officials tell NBC News it could take a year or longer for the FEC to address the case of whether Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels represents an unreported in-kind, contribution to the Trump campaign. The FEC, which is charged with administering and enforcing ...

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Mueller’s Already On Cambridge Analytica’s Trail

ABC News reports: As questions have mounted about data firm Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of Facebook data from up to 50 million user profiles, it has not only caught the eye of Congressional investigators but also the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team for the last several weeks has had a growing ...

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Cambridge Execs Caught On Tape: We Ran “All The Digital Campaign” For Trump, CEO Canned [VIDEO]

Britain’s Channel 4 reports: An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The British data company was secretly filmed discussing coordination between Trump’s campaign and outside groups – an activity which is potentially illegal. Executives claimed they “ran all the digital campaign, the television ...

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Facebook Bans Trump Data Firm Whistleblower [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Christopher Wylie, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, claims Facebook suspended him for whistleblowing. Wylie’s claim comes after Cambridge Analytica, the data firm used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, was exposed for having illegally harvested the Facebook data of millions of people. On Sunday, Wylie shared a screenshot of an “account disabled” message that ...

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Schiff Demands Inquiry Into Trump Data Firm [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: US congressional investigators want the head of data firm Cambridge Analytica to testify again before their committee, under subpoena if necessary, after a whistleblower claimed the company exploited Facebook and received millions of people’s profiles that were taken without authorisation. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called for the company to be “thoroughly ...

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Federal Election Commission Launches Probe Into Whether NRA Funneled Russian Donations To Trump

Politico reports: The Federal Election Commission has launched a preliminary investigation into whether Russian entities gave illegal contributions to the National Rifle Association that were intended to benefit the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to people who were notified of the probe. The inquiry stems in part from a complaint from a liberal advocacy group, the American ...

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BREAKING: White House Finally Sanctions Russia Over 2016 Election Meddling And “Malicious” Cyberattacks

USA Today reports: The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned a number of Russian entities for a wide range of behavior that U.S. officials say has sought to disrupt Western governments — including the attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Among the five individuals sanctioned by the Treasury Department Thursday is the Internet Research Agency, which was indicted by ...

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Putin On Russian Meddling In US Election: “So What?”

Newsweek reports: Vladimir Putin discussed the indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller last month as part of an exclusive interview to NBC’s Megyn Kelly aired on Friday night under the title “Confronting Putin,” which touched on several topics including the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election. The Russian presidential office published a transcript of the full ...

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Hannity Blames Obama For Russian Meddling [VIDEO]

Oh so predictable: “Where the hell was the Obama administration?” Hannity asked. “What did they do then to stop this?” Hannity pointed to a report from NBC News about how they “didn’t do more” to stop Russia because they thought Hillary Clinton was going to win the 2016 election. “So in other words, it sounds like the Obama administration––they were ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Holds Press Conference On Mueller’s Indictments

CNET reports: The US Justice Department has filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for interfering with the 2016 presidential election. In an indictment released on Friday (.pdf), the Justice Department called out the Internet Research Agency, a notorious group behind the Russian propaganda effort across social media. Employees for the agency created troll accounts and used ...

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