Tag Archives: 2016 elections

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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BREAKING: Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russian Nationals, 3 Russian Entities For Interfering In 2016 Elections

CNBC reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they boosted the candidacy of Donald Trump. The indictment says that the defendants by early to mid-2016 were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and ...

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Bush Bucks Trump On Russian Election Meddling

Politico reports: Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that there is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election, a seeming rebuke of President Donald Trump, who has at times questioned the intelligence community’s assessment that the Kremlin is to blame. “Whether (Russia) affected the outcome is another question,” Bush said at conference in Abu ...

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Homeland Security Confirms Russian Government Hackers Successfully Penetrated US Voter Roll Systems

NBC News reports: The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, ...

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Hillary Sends Thanks To “Activist Bitches” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: “Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thanks,” Clinton says in the video. “Thanks for your feminism, for your activism, and all I can hope is you keep up the really important, good work.” Off screen, someone can be heard saying, “activist bitches supporting bitches,” which Clinton then repeats, laughing. “And let me just say, this is ...

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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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