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Mueller looks for ways to pardon-proof his case against Trump

Donald Trump has already demonstrated that he’ll pardon anyone, even if that person is clearly guilty and even if a sentence hasn’t yet been handed down. The pardoning of Joe Arpaio is a clear signal to those who took part in Trump–Russia that if they...
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WaPo: Russians Used Facebook ‘Retargeting’ Tool to Mess with 2016 Election

From The Washington Post: Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook tool to repeatedly send them messages...
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Was Mike Flynn Paid With Laundered Money? Flynn’s Former Boss Has Criminal Connections

The Trump Russia dots are starting to connect in interesting places.  Focus first on narrow charges, as Robert Mueller is, because they are always easier to prove than wide ranging conspiracies — although by no means rule those out entirely, because...
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Ken Starr Predicts That Trump Will Be Under Oath Before Russia Probe Ends

Former Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr is not Mr. Popularity in Democratic circles but he did go on record telling Trump to cut it out, it being the abasement of public discourse, specifically with regard to the public humiliation of Jeff Sessions....
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Pence’s Lawyer Met With Mueller In June To Say Pence Wanted To Cooperate In...

For a professed Washington outsider who repeatedly claims to know nothing about Mike Flynn’s issues or the general topic of Trump Russia to begin with, Pence took the very interesting tack of having his newly hired private attorney, Richard Cullen,...
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Top Russian Hacker Admits He Was Working for Putin

A Russian hacker arrested in Spain on a U.S. warrant said on Thursday he previously worked for President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party and feared he would be tortured and killed if extradited, RIA news...
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Russia Impersonated U.S. Muslim Group on Facebook to Alter 2016 Election

From The Daily Beast:  The Facebook group United Muslims of America was neither united, Muslim, nor American. Instead, sources familiar with the group tell The Daily Beast, it was an imposter account on the world’s largest social network that’s...
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Grassley Says FBI Is ‘Holding Key Information Hostage’ By Having Non Disclosure Agreements

The Senate Judiciary Committee just made public today the existence of two letters written by Chairman Chuck Grassley, one sent to the FBI and the other sent to the Office of the Special Counsel (which is a permanent agency separate from Robert...
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Russian Facebook ads used American racism and religious prejudice to attack America

Facebook has released to Congress a batch of pre-election ads that have been traced back to Russian propaganda sites. According to the Washington Post, the Russian government used Facebook to attack America in a very direct way by striking along the...
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Obama Tried to Give Zuckerberg a Heads Up on Russia. Response: "No Easy Fix"

From The Washington Post: Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech...

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