Tag Archives: Russia

Twitter Adds Option To Report Election Misinformation

Mashable reports: Twitter is stepping up its fight against misinformation and voter manipulation. In a blog post, Twitter announced a new reporting feature for tweets that attempt to spread false information about the electoral process. The new feature appears as a default option when a user elects to report a tweet. When reporting a tweet, a user can simply select …

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REPORT: Mulvaney Warned Homeland Security Not To Bring Up Continued Russian Interference With Trump

The New York Times reports: In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as Homeland Security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in the 2020 election.  President Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of …

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Fox Host Shep Smith Blasts Kushner For “Diminishing” Russia Interference: It Wasn’t Just Some Facebook Ads

“Jared Kushner’s diminishment of Russian interference is both disingenuous and deceptive. The attack on our democracy involved much more than the purchase of a few Facebook ads. From the Mueller report we now know, Russians made contact with multiple members of the Trump campaign, including Jared Kushner, attempting to change American policies and promote Russian objectives. “They invaded our nation, …

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Trump Cheers After Jared Kushner Shrugs Off Russian Election Interference As “A Couple Of Facebook Ads”

CNN reports: Senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner suggested Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was more harmful to the US than Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “You look at what Russia did, you know, buying some Facebook ads to try and sow dissent and do it, it’s a terrible thing,” Kushner said in an interview at Time 100 …

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Kirsten Gillibrand Hit At Trump With Campaign Pledge Not To Seek Out Or Use “Stolen Hacked Information”

Just in from the campaign of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Russia is a foreign adversary of the United States, and we all must learn serious lessons from their cyber attack on our election systems in 2016. Russia will be back, and it is troubling that President Trump and his top aides are not only failing to hold them accountable but actually …

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UKRAINE: Comedian Elected President In Landslide

Deutsche Welle reports: Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared set to win the Ukrainian election by a substantial margin, exit polls showed on Sunday. Polls showed Zelenskiy winning 73% of the vote, beating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the run-off elections. “We have accomplished this together,” Zelenskiy said in a speech. “All citizens of the post-Soviet countries, look at us! Everything is …

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Giuliani Blasts Romney: There’s Nothing Wrong With Trump Taking Campaign Help From Russians [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that there was “nothing wrong” with a campaign accepting help from Russia. “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani told CNN host Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “It depends on where it came from,” he added. “You’re assuming that the giving of information is a campaign …

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Kremlin Claims Mueller Report Shows No Interference

The Associated Press reports: The Kremlin argued on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report has not offered any credible evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The redacted report presented on Thursday said that there was no collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials but it did document Russian efforts to meddle in …

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Mueller References Infamous “Pee Tape” In Footnotes

Rolling Stone reports: Buried in a footnote in Section II B of Volume II of the redacted Mueller report is a single reference to supposed kompromat the Russian government was rumored to have on the president — the infamous “pee tape.” The report confirms that then-FBI director James Comey briefed President-elect Trump about the report in January 2017, but it …

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Mueller Report: Junior Was Too Stupid To Prosecute

Law & Crime reports: British publicist Rob Goldstone had reached out to Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, to set up the meeting during the 2016 campaign. Goldstone wrote in emails that Russia had “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to [Trump Jr.’s] father,” as “part of …

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Mueller: Russia Organized Dozens Of Pro-Trump Rallies

Reuters reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller in his highly-anticipated report said his team identified “dozens” of U.S. political rallies organized on social media by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm that was later indicted for attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. According to Mueller’s report, which was released on Thursday, the IRA organized political rallies …

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Mueller Report: Congress Must Decide On Obstruction

CNN is posting excerpts from the Mueller report. “With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has the authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” “The Russian …

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How Pro-Trump Russian Trolls Targeted Bernie Backers

The Washington Post reports: A pair of Clemson University researchers, at the request of The Washington Post, examined English-language tweets identified as coming from Russia, many of which were designed to influence the election. The effort to promote Sanders as a way to influence the U.S. election began shortly after he declared his candidacy in spring 2015, according to Mueller’s …

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Trump Claims To “Know Nothing About Wikileaks”

Bloomberg reports: President Trump on Thursday downplayed his knowledge of WikiLeaks after its founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in London. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if he still loves the organization. Trump repeatedly professed his affinity for WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, when it published emails that …

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GOP Sen. Ben Sasse: Julian Assange Is A “Wicked Tool Of Putin” And Russian Intel, Deserves Life Sentence

The Hill reports: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is applauding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by British police acting on a U.S. extradition warrant. Assange, who published hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2016, had been living in the Embassy of Ecuador in London under asylum protection since 2012. Assange fled to the …

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BREAKING: Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum At Embassy [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden. At the time, Assange claimed that if he was extradited to Sweden he might be arrested by the US and face charges relating …

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House GOP Calls For Testimony By Robert Mueller

Politico reports: Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, called Monday for Democrats to immediately bring special counsel Robert Mueller to the Capitol to testify on his still-secret report on Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign — and whether Trump himself obstructed the probe. “If you seek both transparency and for the American public to …

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RUSSIA: Bank Owned By Former Republican House Rep Stripped Of License Over Money Laundering Violations

The Charlotte Observer reports: A Russian bank owned by former North Carolina Congressman Charles Taylor has been accused of money laundering and lost its license. The Commercial Bank of Ivanovo “failed on multiple occasions to comply with Bank of Russia regulations” on money laundering “of criminally obtained incomes and the financing of terrorism,” the Bank of Russia said in a …

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Cohen Memo Alleges Proof Of Collusion With Russia

Axios reports: Michael Cohen’s legal team has released a 12-page memo they provided Thursday to House Democrats, outlining evidence of what they describe as “Trump’s involvement in a conspiracy to collude with Russian government intervention in his favor during the 2016 presidential campaign” and “other felony crimes committed by Trump before and after he became president.” This release comes two …

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Trump Threatens Russia Over Troops In Venezuela

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and said that “all options” were open to make that happen. The arrival of two Russian air  force planes outside Caracas on Saturday believed to be carrying nearly 100 Russian special forces and cybersecurity personnel has escalated the political crisis in Venezuela. “Russia …

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