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What do Russian trolls fear most? Transparency

If journalism institutions do more of this kind of work and prudently share their findings, their audiences become more aware of tactics that can distort elections. The effort dovetails with a fundamental aim of journalism over the centuries – a better informed electorate.

https://www.theguardian.com/co...ipulation-electorate


Early steps to trace and block the trolls who spread fake news

For those journalists who seek truth and take seriously their role to facilitate democracy, it is imperative to expose deception and masquerading voices

https://www.theguardian.com/co...who-spread-fake-news
 
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Trump Advisers Urge Tougher Russia Policy After Expulsions

Senior Trump administration officials are pressing for more aggressive action toward Russia, hoping to persuade a reluctant President Trump

But while aides say the president has become increasingly convinced that Russia is dangerous, he has still refused to embrace a tougher public posture himself and remains uncertain how far to authorize his administration to go.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0...xpels-diplomacy.html
 
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Trump adviser Erik Prince's Russian contact closely linked to Putin family

New questions over meeting between Erik Prince and financier with direct ties to Russian president

Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater private security group and a close campaign adviser to Donald Trump, met a Russian financier with direct ties to Vladimir Putin's family in the weeks leading up to Mr Trump's inauguration, according to multiple people briefed on the talks.

Although Mr Prince's meeting with Kirill Dmitriev in the Seychelles, which is being examined by special counsel Robert Mueller, has been previously disclosed, Mr Dmitriev's ties to the Putin clan have not been widely known. According to six people close to Mr Dmitriev, his wife is close friends with Mr Putin’s younger daughter.

The close links to Mr Putin's family are likely to raise new questions about whether Mr Prince was seeking a back-door communications route to the Kremlin on behalf of Mr Trump following earlier press reports that Mr Mueller was pursuing this line of inquiry.


https://www.ft.com/content/a5f...e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381
 
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'This is the '80’s all over': A top Republican senator gave Trump some tough advice on foreign policy

Sen. Lindsey Graham wondered why Trump has not been tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Amid talk that Trump might pull all US military support from Syria, Graham said leaving Syria would be "the single worst decision" he could make.

http://www.businessinsider.com...oreign-policy-2018-4

https://www.politico.com/story...-isis-mideast-493008
 
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Trump proposed Putin visit White House in March 20 phone call, Kremlin says

https://www.washingtonpost.com...ac230e514_story.html
 
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Trump proposed Putin visit White House in March 20 phone call, Kremlin says

https://www.washingtonpost.com...ac230e514_story.html


In response to Russian news reports that President Trump will invite Vladimir Putin to the White House,
press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reaffirmed that such a meeting is under consideration.

https://twitter.com/NPR/status/980815284515868673
 
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The hacked emails at the center of Mueller’s Russia investigation, explained

How the hacks happened (a phishing expedition)

A timeline of odd events between the hacks and the leaks

Trump associates tried to get in touch with hackers or leakers at least six separate times

The email leaks begin

Mueller will likely bring charges in the email hacking matter. But against whom?

https://www.vox.com/policy-and...hackings-dnc-clinton
 
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Inside the Decade-Long
Russian Campaign to Infiltrate the NRA
and Help Elect Trump


Femme fatales, lavish Moscow parties and dark money
how Russia worked the National Rifle Association

https://www.rollingstone.com/p...-elect-trump-w518587
 
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First figure in Trump-Russia investigation to be sentenced Tuesday

Alexander van der Zwaan, the 33-year-old London-based lawyer who worked with President Trump’s campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Ukraine, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. Beyond his work’s connection to the Ukraine dealings for which Manafort and Gates were charged with money laundering, he is also the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan.

The former lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom admitted that he originally withheld information on 2016 exchanges he had with Gates and a “person A,” when speaking to investigators.

“Person A” is a former officer for Russia’s GRU military who still had ties to the agency, and Gates was aware of his past, according to documents filed last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new...ay-article-1.3909866
 
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Sessions in the limelight, Trump's legal troubles, and a Russian oligarch in New Jersey —
what you may have missed in the Mueller probe this week


http://www.businessinsider.com...jeff-sessions-2018-3
 
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IS U.S. LEAVING SYRIA? RUSSIA CALLS ON TRUMP TO KEEP HIS PROMISE TO BRING TROOPS HOME

Russia's top diplomat called on President Donald Trump to keep his word Monday after the Republican leader revealed his intention to withdraw U.S. personnel from Syria "like very soon" days earlier.

http://www.newsweek.com/us-lea...g-troops-home-868532
 
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Stone Claimed Dinner With Assange

The Wall Street Journal reports (behind a paywall) that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Roger Stone's claim that he met with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange in 2016.

In an email to fellow former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg dated Aug. 4, 2016, Stone claims that he “dined with Julian Assange last night,” according to the Journal.

The day after Stone sent the email in August 2016 in which he claimed to have dined with Assange, Stone tweeted: “Hillary lies about Russian Involvement in DNC hack -Julian Assange is a hero.”

Later in the month, he told a Republican group in Florida that he had communicated with Assange and believed more documents about Clinton would be released.

Weeks before the emails of John Podesta, chairman of Clinton's campaign, were posted online, Stone tweeted that “it will soon [be] the Podesta’s time in the barrel.”

About a month before the election, Stone again claimed that WikiLeaks had damaging material on Clinton. Two weeks later, the first of Podesta’s hacked emails were made public.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/r...-scrutiny-1522695471

http://thehill.com/homenews/ad...-with-assange-report

https://investigaterussia.org/...aimed-dinner-assange
 
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George Papadopoulos Allegedly Tells Acquaintance That
Jeff Sessions 'Encouraged' Him To Find Out About Hillary Clinton's Emails
From Russia-Linked Professor


https://www.inquisitr.com/4851...ussia-jeff-sessions/

https://thinkprogress.org/geor...htclub-da653988529c/
 
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On Russia, it’s Trump versus the Trump administration

Trump’s Russia policy is an incoherent mess

https://www.vox.com/world/2018...ia-policy-incoherent

Will the Real Trump Russia Policy Please Stand Up?

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/...nd-up-putin-meeting/
 
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Legal Defense Fund for Trump Aides --
Who is paying bills?
Buying Testimony?
House Oversight Committee Wants to Know


"Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust"

https://www.washingtonpost.com...-legal-defense-fund/

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Legal Defense Fund for Trump Aides --
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"Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust"

https://www.washingtonpost.com...-legal-defense-fund/


Some background:

Trump's Ethics Office has blessed an unethical legal defense fund for the president's associates

The fund is formulated under an IRS designation for political organizations.

Other legal defense funds for government workers have been structured as trusts for one employee at a time. In such trusts, the money collected can only be disbursed to that single beneficiary. It can't be used to favor or shun potential recipients based on what they may or may not reveal to investigators.

Not so with the Patriot Fund. Despite its name, it is set up not as a trust but as a limited liability company — an LLC. The fund's charter is largely silent as to the selection process except to grant absolute power to the fund manager, who alone passes judgment on who is worthy or unworthy of support.

An ingenious flourish on this un-bounded control is language barring the manager from revealing publicly (or to individual recipients) how the decisions are made.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion...-20180209-story.html
 
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Mueller authorized by DOJ to investigate alleged
Manafort collusion with Russian government officials
to interfere in 2016 presidential election


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told special counsel Robert Mueller in a classified August 2, 2017, memo that he should investigate allegations that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was "colluding with Russian government officials" to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, prosecutors in the Russia probe revealed late Monday night.

The memo was attached to Monday night's court argument and not previously disclosed even to Manafort

Mueller's investigatory mission "would naturally cover ties that a former Trump campaign manager had to Russian-associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians, and Russian oligarchs. It would also naturally look into any interactions they may have had before and during the campaign to plumb motives and opportunities to coordinate and to expose possible channels for surreptitious communications.

Manafort has previously said the charges he faces in federal court in DC and Virginia have nothing to do with his work on the Trump campaign in 2016, and the White House has distanced Donald Trump's presidential campaign from Manafort. Manafort has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/03...tein-memo/index.html

http://time.com/5225759/robert...-paul-manafort-memo/
 
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Mueller authorized by DOJ to investigate alleged
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told special counsel Robert Mueller in a classified August 2, 2017, memo that he should investigate allegations that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was "colluding with Russian government officials" to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, prosecutors in the Russia probe revealed late Monday night.

The memo was attached to Monday night's court argument and not previously disclosed even to Manafort

Mueller's investigatory mission "would naturally cover ties that a former Trump campaign manager had to Russian-associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians, and Russian oligarchs. It would also naturally look into any interactions they may have had before and during the campaign to plumb motives and opportunities to coordinate and to expose possible channels for surreptitious communications.

Manafort has previously said the charges he faces in federal court in DC and Virginia have nothing to do with his work on the Trump campaign in 2016, and the White House has distanced Donald Trump's presidential campaign from Manafort. Manafort has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/03...tein-memo/index.html

http://time.com/5225759/robert...-paul-manafort-memo/


A NEW TWIST IN THE MANAFORT CASE COULD BE BAD NEWS FOR TRUMP

The existence of the Rosenstein Memo blows a hole in Manafort’s defense—and sheds new light on the collusion question.

https://www.vanityfair.com/new...e-bad-news-for-trump

http://www.businessinsider.com...ense-strategy-2018-4
 
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Mueller Questions Russian Oligarchs

Mueller is looking into the possibility that Russian oligarchs illegally funneled money into the Trump campaign and
has stopped at least two on recent trips to the United States.
The first landed his private plane in New York, and investigators searched his electronic devices.

One area under scrutiny is investments Russians made in companies or think tanks that have political action committees that donated to the campaign.

Another theory Mueller's office is pursuing is whether wealthy Russians used straw donors -- Americans with citizenship -- as a vessel through which they could pump money into the campaign and inauguration fund.

https://investigaterussia.org/...ns-russian-oligarchs
 
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Witness in Mueller Inquiry Who Advises U.A.E. Ruler Also Has Ties to Russia

Mr. Nader used his longstanding ties to Kirill Dmitriev, the manager of a state-run Russian investment fund, to help set up a meeting in the Seychelles between Mr. Dmitriev and a Trump adviser days before Donald J. Trump took office.

Separately, investigators have asked witnesses about a meeting Mr. Nader attended in 2017 at the office of a New York hedge fund manager, where he was joined by Jared Kushner and Stephen K. Bannon, who at the time were both senior advisers to Mr. Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0...l-investigation.html
 
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