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Sessions has even more of his own problems with candor involving Russia

Three attendees contradict Sessions' testimony he opposed Papadopolous Russia outreach

Three people who attended the March campaign meeting told Reuters they gave their version of events to FBI agents or congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although the accounts they provided to Reuters differed in certain respects, all three, who declined to be identified, said Sessions had expressed no objections to Papadopoulos' idea.

One person said Sessions was courteous to Papadopoulos and said something to the effect of "okay, interesting."
The other two recalled a similar response.
"It was almost like, 'Well, thank you and let's move on to the next person,'" one said.

Papadopoulos said at the campaign meeting that he had connections who could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sessions previously failed to disclose to Congress meetings he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and testified in October that he was not aware of any campaign representatives communicating with Russians.

https://www.aol.com/article/ne...a-outreach/23389006/

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Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s digital guru, has stonewalled investigators' questions
about Kremlin election interference, even as he launches Trump’s reelection campaign.


It was Parscale and Kushner who brought in Rusian-linked Cambridge Analytica

Recent media reports that Cambridge Analytica, the conservative data analytics firm Parscale hired for the campaign, had improperly collected information on more than 50 million Facebook users and likely used it in the voter-targeting operation. Cambridge Analytica has previously undisclosed connections to Russia.

Trump named Parscale to run his 2020 campaign in late February. "Brad was essential in bringing a disciplined technology and data-driven approach to how the 2016 campaign was run,"
Kushner said in a statement.

Parscale was a virtual unknown before he joined Trump’s 2016 campaign. He had been a struggling digital entrepreneur when he bid on building the Trump Organization’s website in 2010, and did similar work for the family until joining Trump’s 2016 campaign, where Parscale became a digital jack-of-all-trades — overseeing data collection, online advertising and messaging from a San Antonio bunker known as Project Alamo.

His most powerful tool, by far, was the sophisticated data-crunching effort known as microtargeting, which churned out tens of thousands of constantly changing Facebook ads every hour, all of them computerized and individually tailored to distinct demographic clusters of potential Trump voters throughout the country.

“I understood early that Facebook was how Donald Trump was going to win,” Parscale said in a CBS “60 Minutes” profile of him last October. “Facebook was the method — it was the highway in which his car drove on.”

The data operation underpinning Parscale’s targeting effort, he has said, also provided the campaign with the kind of surgically precise, real-time information it needed down the stretch to focus precious resources on swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin, while Hillary Clinton focused elsewhere.

“I took every nickel and dime I could out of anywhere else. And I moved it to Michigan and Wisconsin. And I started buying advertising, digital, TV,” Parscale told “60 Minutes,“ which described him, and his targeting operation, as the campaign's “secret weapon.”

His “secret weapon” wasn’t any proprietary software or algorithm, but the way in which Parscale marshaled various resources, including data provided by Cambridge Analytica and Facebook itself, to determine which versions of ads worked best when microtargeting voters. Parscale told “60 Minutes” he embraced an offer by Facebook — declined by the Clinton campaign — to send ideologically like-minded staffers to work in-house at the Trump campaign and teach him “every, single secret button, click, technology” available for microtargeting.

Some have criticized Parscale for using Cambridge Analytica and its controversial technology known as psychographics, in which huge troves of data are collected to microtarget potential voters based on personality traits, as divined from their social media profiles, rather than typical categories like race or age. Mueller has reportedly been examining Cambridge Analytica’s campaign role.

Cambridge Analytica — whose board members included former Trump political strategist Steve Bannon and which was funded by the Trump-friendly GOP megadonor Robert Mercer — used the harvested information to turbocharge its microtargeting operation and sway voters on Facebook and other popular digital platforms.

Parscale’s campaign aide Avi Berkowitz, a Harvard Law School graduate and Kushner protégé who served as assistant director of data analytics on the 2016 campaign and is now a special assistant to Trump at the White House. Kushner “may have dispatched Mr. Berkowitz to meet with Russian Ambassador [Sergey] Kislyak in December 2016.”

https://www.politico.com/story...ital-parscale-470263
 
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Trump team members
with proven ties to Russian-linked Cambridge Analytica


  • Michael Flynn
  • Jared Kushner
  • Brad Pascale, digital guru and now head of 2020 campaign
  • Avi Berkowitz, Pascale's campaign adie
  • Steve Bannon
  • The Mercers
 
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Facebook security chief reportedly leaving company after clashes over Russian disinformation

- Stamos has been a vocal advocate for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook and for increasing corporate responsibility in the tech world.

- Stamos tweeted several times on Saturday, in the wake of the New York Times report that Cambridge Analytica harvested user data without permission.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/1...-citing-sources.html
 
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Cambridge Analytica: Whistleblower reveals data grab of 50 million Facebook profiles

Published on Mar 17, 2018
(Part 1 of the Channel 4 series Cambridge Analytica Uncovered)

The British data firm described as “pivotal” in Donald Trump’s presidential victory was behind a ‘data grab’ of more than 50 million Facebook profiles, a whistleblower has revealed to Channel 4 News.

In an exclusive television interview, Chris Wylie, former Research Director at Cambridge Analytica tells all.
 
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Cambridge Analytica boss under fire from MPs

Published on Mar 18, 2018

The boss of the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica is under fire from MPs tonight. Alexander Nix is accused of making false statements when he gave evidence to parliament last month.

Tonight we have new evidence, which appears to contradict Mr Nix's evidence to MPs about his company's use of the Facebook data. Andy Davies reports.
 
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Cambridge Analytica Uncovered: Secret filming reveals election tricks

Published on Mar 19, 2018
(Part 2 of the Channel 4 series Cambridge Analytica Uncovered)

An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals
how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world.

Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.
 
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Senators Want Tech CEOs to Testify

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) – members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – have written a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), asking him to call technology company CEOs to testify.

The bipartisan letter follows reports that Cambridge Analytica misused the data of 50 million Facebook users. Last week—before the breach—Klobuchar and Kennedy began calls for the technology companies to come before the Judiciary Committee.

https://investigaterussia.org/...nt-tech-ceos-testify
 
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Senate Intel Committee launches effort to prevent repeat election hacking and Russian interference

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner previewed some of the committee's recommendations.

Experts say far too little has been done to shore up vulnerabilities in 10,000 U.S. voting jurisdictions that mostly run on obsolete and imperfectly secured technology.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/2...lection-hacking.html


"We need to be more effective at deterring our adversaries," Burr says. "All votes should have an auditable paper trail," he adds.

"We were all disappointed that states, the federal government, and DHS were not more on their game in advance of the 2016 elections," says Warner.

The six draft recommendations released Tuesday include the following:

1. Reinforce States’ Primacy in Running Elections

2. Create Effective Deterrence
  • The U.S. Government should clearly communicate to adversaries that an attack on our election infrastructure is a hostile act, and we will respond accordingly.

3. Improve Information Sharing on Threats

4. Secure Election-Related Systems

5. Take Steps to Secure the Vote Itself

6. Assistance for the States

https://www.burr.senate.gov/im...20VERSION%203-20.pdf
 
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Cambridge Analytica: Undercover Secrets of Trump's Data Firm

Published on Mar 20, 2018
(Part 3 of the Channel 4 series Cambridge Analytica Uncovered)

An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it
ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign - and may have broken election law.
Executives were secretly filmed saying they leave ‘no paper trail’.

FTC opens investigation into Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scrapes millions of users’ personal information
Facebook’s entanglement with Cambridge Analytica may have violated the company's legal agreement with the federal watchdog agency.
https://www.washingtonpost.com...m_term=.bfe9414cf217

Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica’s collection of Facebook data
Bannon served on the board of Cambridge Analytica.
The 2014 effort was part of a high-tech form of voter persuasion touted by the company, which under Bannon identified and tested the power of anti-establishment messages that later would emerge as central themes in President Trump’s campaign speeches.
Among the messages tested were “drain the swamp” and “deep state”
https://www.washingtonpost.com...6877db618_story.html
 
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Trump congratulates Putin on election win, says 'we will probably get together' soon

  • President Donald Trump spoke to Vladimir Putin over the phone Tuesday morning, after the Russian leader's overwhelming re-election victory.
  • The win keeps Putin in office as Russia's president for another six years.
  • The call between Trump and Putin also comes as the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election intensifies.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/2...ide-re-election.html

"I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory," Trump said later Tuesday.
He added that the two leaders will probably get together in the not-too-distant future
to discuss the international arms race.

Of course, Trump did not even bring up the topics of continuing election interference, hacking of infrastructure, or nerve poison agents.
But congratulations and getting together.
And how to partner with Russia on nuclear weapons.
See:
http://unclebobs.infopop.cc/ev...357035086#3357035086

Trump’s national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.
Section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,”
Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a powerful nerve agent
https://www.washingtonpost.com...50284fce8_story.html

The U.S. glimpses possible common ground with Russia
Trump’s pledge to pursue arms control talks with Putin spotlights possible common ground between Washington and Moscow
https://www.washingtonpost.com...f68bff0fc_story.html

Doh Might want to include nerve gas control along with that Roll Eyes

Trump Trying To ‘Fulfill Fantasy’ Of Teaming Up With Russia
In 1987 Trump came up with a plan to partner with the Soviet Union on nuclear weapons.

See:
http://unclebobs.infopop.cc/ev...357035086#3357035086
 
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Doh Might want to include nerve gas control along with that Roll Eyes

Not to mention continuing election interference, hacking of infrastructure, active measures cyberwarfare, just to name a few....

Let's see... what did Churchill say about finding "common ground" with the attacker while we have our head in its mouth?
 
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Trump doesn’t bother to hide his submissiveness to Putin anymore
https://www.washingtonpost.com...ss-to-putin-anymore/

or as Wonkette so aptly puts it
WHY WHY WHY Is Trump Such A Beta Cuck Every Time He Talks To Vladimir Putin?
https://wonkette.com/631512/wh...ks-to-vladimir-putin

 
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Adam Schiff interview on Cambridge Analytica: 'The dark arts have arrived in full force online’

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Published on Mar 20, 2018

Kylie Morris speaks to the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Adam Schiff, one of the leading figures investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. I began by asking him about those comments from Alexander Nix that sounded so dismissive of their efforts to discover what Cambridge Analytica had been doing and how his committee didn't have jurisdiction over his activities.
 
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Now Sessions has even more of his own problems with candor involving Russia

Three attendees contradict Sessions' testimony he opposed Papadopolous Russia outreach

Three people who attended the March campaign meeting told Reuters they gave their version of events to FBI agents or congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although the accounts they provided to Reuters differed in certain respects, all three, who declined to be identified, said Sessions had expressed no objections to Papadopoulos' idea.

One person said Sessions was courteous to Papadopoulos and said something to the effect of "okay, interesting."
The other two recalled a similar response.
"It was almost like, 'Well, thank you and let's move on to the next person,'" one said.

Papadopoulos said at the campaign meeting that he had connections who could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sessions previously failed to disclose to Congress meetings he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and testified in October that he was not aware of any campaign representatives communicating with Russians.

https://www.aol.com/article/ne...a-outreach/23389006/


Who "Lacked Candor?"
https://investigaterussia.org/...21/who-lacked-candor

According to ABC News, just-fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew
McCabe authorized an investigation into Sessions for lying to Congress.

One source told ABC News that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last Friday less than 48 hours before McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, was due to retire from government and obtain a full pension, but
an attorney representing Sessions declined to confirm that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he fired McCabe.

Last year, several top Republican and Democratic lawmakers were informed of the probe during a closed-door briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and McCabe, ABC News was told.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team interviewed AG Sessions a couple months ago about whether he lied during his confirmation hearing and via subsequent document submissions.

Sessions' potential Russian ties plus evidence he lied to Congress about those connections.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/exclu...ns/story?id=53914006
 
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Did Cambridge Analytica Leverage Russian Disinformation for Trump?

The company has more ties to Russia and Russian interests than it admits.

1. Cambridge Analytica/SCL is a global expert on disinformation—including of the Russian variety.

2. SCL/Cambridge Analytica has more ties to Russia and Russian interests than it admits, possibly giving it insights into Russian goals.

3. Donald Trump frequently repeated Russian disinformation during the campaign. Did Cambridge Analytica feed it to him or to others on the campaign team?

https://slate.com/technology/2...ation-for-trump.html
 
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The "failing New York Times" was right after all about the coming shakeup in Trump's legal team

Trump Lead Lawyer Resigns

https://investigaterussia.org/...-lead-lawyer-resigns
 
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We Are Not Ready

In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday morning, Senators' questions revealed the United States is not prepared to fend off likely Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms.

https://investigaterussia.org/...-21/we-are-not-ready
 
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Trump announces tariffs, dropping Dow.
Meanwhile,
Russian steel from Trump friend oligarch company has been booming in US pipeline construction despite Trump's post-inauguration promise


The tariffs won't affect this Russian steel.

Under Trump, Made in America Is Losing Out to Russian Steel

An oligarch-owned steel company is winning pipeline contracts, and foreign steel imports are up 24 percent this year.
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Four days after his inauguration, Donald Trump said, “From now on, we’re going to be making pipeline in the United States”

While some of Keystone’s pipes were made in the U.S., at least a quarter of them came from a Russian steel company whose biggest shareholder is an oligarch and Trump family friend.
The company, Evraz North America, supplied Keystone from its steel plants in Canada

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Evraz Plc, Russia’s second-largest steelmaker. It has two factories in the U.S., in Colorado and Oregon, and four in western Canada, where it produces steel and large-diameter steel pipe. The company’s top shareholder is Roman Abramovich, a billionaire who owns 31 percent of Evraz’s stock. In 2005 he was the first oligarch allowed to sell his oil company to the state, taking in $13 billion in a deal approved by Vladimir Putin.

Abramovich’s ties to the Trumps stem from a decade-long friendship between Ivanka Trump and Abramovich’s wife, Dasha Zhukova, from whom he announced a separation in August. Jared Kushner and his brother, Joshua, invested in Zhukova’s art collection business. The Russian couple hosted Ivanka and Jared in Russia in 2014, when they shared a table at a fundraiser for Moscow’s Jewish museum. Zhukova went to the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament with Ivanka and attended Trump’s inauguration as Ivanka’s guest.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news...out-to-russian-steel

Owners of western Canada’s biggest steel company on U.S. Treasury's new ‘Putin list’

Perhaps the most famous oligarch named is Roman Abramovich, a major shareholder in the London-listed Evraz PLC, which owns Evraz North America. Evraz employs 1,800 people in Canada

Evraz shareholders Roman Abramovich, Aleksandr Abramov and Aleksandr Frolov on list of those said to have benefitted from close ties to Russian leader

“The list has no bearing on Evraz North America’s operations,” Evraz North America said in an emailed statement.

“Evraz North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Evraz plc … is headquartered in the United States.

http://nationalpost.com/news/w...surys-new-putin-list

U.S. tariffs may test their mettle, but Russian steelmakers safe

Russian steelmakers with sizeable exports to the United States would be protected from the impact of tariffs by their U.S. assets, analysts said.

Steel producer Evraz, co-owned by Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, exports 0.4 million tonnes of steel slabs to the United States, but its North American assets sell 2.2 million tonnes on the U.S. market, VTB Capital analysts said. Domestic price rises would more than offset the new costs.

Evraz shares were up 0.2 percent.

https://www.reuters.com/articl...s-safe-idUSKCN1GE1C0

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Mark Zuckerberg is 'sure' that Russia is using Facebook to meddle in the US midterm elections

He promised increased efforts to stop Russia but said it was a never-ending task.

http://www.businessinsider.com...erm-elections-2018-3
 
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