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New Justice Department Case Shows Russia Is Now Attacking the Midterm Elections

David Corn

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Hey, everyone. This is important. In a Friday news dump, the Justice Department just issued a document saying Putin's information war on America "continues to this day" and is targeting the 2018 midterms. Please read and pass on.

https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/1053406435927826434


https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/10/new-justice-department-case-shows-russia-is-now-attacking-the-midterm-elections/

New Justice Department Case Shows Russia Is Now Attacking the Midterm Elections
Putin’s assault on America didn’t stop after the 2016 election—and it still favors Trump.
DAVID CORN OCTOBER 19, 2018 5:57 PM

On Friday, the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal complaint accusing a Russian national named Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of conspiring to interfere in the US political system. The document maintains that as a financial officer, she was part of the effort mounted by the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm in St. Petersburg funded by a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, to use Facebook and Twitter accounts to influence politics in the United States. The IRA’s role in Putin’s attack on the 2016 election—a scheme that was part of what’s known as “Project Lakhta”— has already been revealed. But the complaint highlights a less-known fact: The Russian attack “continues to this day” and is partially aimed at the 2018 midterm campaign. That is, the United States, as it heads toward a crucial election, remains under assault by the Kremlin.

President Donald Trump, whose election, according to a 2017 US intelligence community assessment, was one goal of the Russian plot, has refused to address seriously Russia’s covert exploitation of US social media to undermine American politics. For instance, on September 27, 2017, after Facebook revealed that Russian government operatives had secretly placed political ads on the site during the 2016 campaign, Trump dismissed the matter and tweeted that the “hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook.” Yet his own Justice Department now says Russia “to this day” is conducting what Project Lakhta has internally called “information warfare against the United States of America.”

The Justice Department contends the “strategic goal” of the Russian operation is to “sow division and discord in the US political system, including by creating social and political polarization, undermining faith in democratic institutions, and influencing US elections, including the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.” According to the criminal complaint, the monthly budget of Project Lakhta, which does not focus exclusively on the United States, is generally between $1 million and $2 million. In a press release, the Justice Department states, “The conspirators’ alleged activities did not exclusively adopt one ideological view.” But most of the examples cited in the criminal complaint—which is full of details indicating that the FBI obtained copies of internal records of several Russian companies involved with the IRA—are actions that bolster Trump and conservatives.

As the complaint puts it, the Russian operation aimed to “inflame passions on a wide variety of topics, including immigration, gun control and the Second Amendment, the Confederate flag, race relations, LGBT issues, the Women’s March, and the NFL national anthem debate” and that it sought to exploit specific events in the United States, including the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville organized by white supremacists and the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Trump: Democrats "have gone so far left, they can't even believe that they're over there."

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1053355470449127424

Trump: "Hackers had nothing to do with my campaign. We've done a LOT to protect the elections."

Reporter asks Trump if he regrets high-fiving Gianforte at last night's "MAGA rally"

MSNBC

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Reporter: "Do you regret bringing up, last night at your rally, the assault on a reporter by a Congressman?"

President Trump: "No, not at all ... That was a different league and different world."

https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1053379848842944518

Sarah Sanders is opposed to "completely debunked outrageous slanderous lies" and "unnamed sources."

Sarah Sanders

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.@JoaquinCastrotx’s allegation is an outrageous slanderous lie without a shred of proof, it’s reprehensible for a sitting Congressman and supposed “news” outlets to continue citing an article that used unnamed sources and was completely debunked.

https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1053364495458951169


Dan Rather: "President Trump - with his tough guy rhetoric - reminds me of..."

Dan Rather

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President Trump - with his tough guy rhetoric - reminds me of the guy in the bar who starts a fight and tells his friends to "hold me back" while he waits for them to clean up the mess he started.

11:19 AM - 19 Oct 2018

https://twitter.com/DanRather/status/1053350022580920320

Judge drops some charges against ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort

Source: Reuters

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Friday agreed to drop criminal charges against Paul Manafort that a jury deadlocked on earlier this year, as a federal judge set a Feb. 8 date for Manafort’s sentencing on charges of bank fraud and filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors had favored waiting until Manafort finished cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller before addressing the remaining charges, but U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis rejected the timetable so he could move forward with sentencing Manafort, who appeared in court in a wheelchair and was said to be suffering significant health issues.

“I have not heard any estimation from the government of when his cooperation will be complete,” Ellis said, referring to the special counsel investigation. “I’m not willing to go on endlessly” before sentencing Manafort, he added.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort/judge-drops-some-charges-against-ex-trump-campaign-manager-manafort-idUSKCN1MT2M5

Diane Y Newberry WINS TODAY'S INTERNET in her EPIC response to Trump's tweet

Donald J. Trump

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When referring to the USA, I will always capitalize the word Country!

7:04 AM - 19 Oct 2018

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1053285828892463109


Diane Newberry

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Replying to @realDonaldTrump

When referring to the President, I will always capitalize Obama.

10:16 AM - 19 Oct 2018

https://twitter.com/DianeYNewberry/status/1053334139015962627

Eric Trump: Saudis have already been punished, given all the CEOs that have pulled back support



“I think it’s tough. You can’t have journalists getting murdered. The way they did it was obviously savage … God knows what actually happened in that room, but whatever happened was clearly awful,” Trump said.

“At the same time, I think we need to be honest with ourselves. As America we face a little bit of a problem. We don’t have all that many friends in the Middle East, right? We have real problems in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia has actually been a friend to the US in many ways.”

“You cannot be executing journalists … or anybody else. You can’t be doing that. It’s behavior that’s savage ” Trump said. “At the same time, who are our friends in the Middle East? What are you going to do, take that and throw all of that away?”

Trump also suggested that the Saudis have already been punished, given all the CEOs that have pulled back from their previous enthusiastic support of the regime.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/eric-trump-says-us-doesnt-need-stand-friends-saudis-ceos-punishing/

Oh, LOOK. Tiny Mushroom Man has tweeted a new hashtag that the red hats can chant at rallies.

Donald J. Trump

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#JobsNotMobs!

8:23 PM - 18 Oct 2018

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1053124336637247493
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