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12 Russian intelligence officers indicted in Mueller probe
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Washington (CNN)Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office and the Justice Department's National Security Division visited the courtroom of a federal magistrate judge in Washington at 11:30 a.m. ET to return a grand jury indictment, according to an itinerary posted outside the courtroom.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/13/politics/...index.html


No word on who yet.  Rod Rosenstein is expected to hold a press conference soon.
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Mueller indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly conspiring to hack 2016 U.S. presidential election



A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new indictment in the probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

The 12 were members of Russian military intelligence, known as the GRU, and are accused of engaging in a sustained effort to hack the computer networks of Democratic organizations and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein planned to detail the new charges at a mid-day press conference. Mueller, as has been his practice, was not expected to attend the announcement. Court records show a grand jury Mueller has been using returned an indictment Friday morning.

Mueller and a team of prosecutors have been working since May 2017 to determine if any Trump associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the election. His work had already led to charges against 20 people on crimes ranging from money laundering to lying to the FBI. Fourteen of those charged are Russians who are unlikely to ever be put on trial in the United States.

Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is in jail in Alexandria, Va., awaiting trial later this month on financial fraud charges stemming from activities that pre-dated the Trump campaign.

Mueller’s probe has come under sustained attack from Trump and his supporters in Congress, who call it a witch hunt and a politically-motivated attempt to hurt the president.

On Thursday, GOP lawmakers skewered FBI agent Peter Strzok at a congressional hearing over his work as the former lead agent in the Russia probe and an earlier investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Over the course of a ten-hour hearing, Strzok fought back defending the FBI while also expressing regret for his personal statements expressing disdain for then-candidate Donald Trump.
Spenser S. Hsu contributed to this report.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/nat...6fd15aa4cd
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I wonder what state TVs response will be?
Probably along the lines of how the evil deep state is trying to undermine Trump's talks with Putin by fabricating lies about 12 upstanding Russian citizens.
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(2018-07-13, 11:19 AM)Lagavulin Wrote: I wonder what state TVs response will be?
Probably along the lines of how the evil deep state is trying to undermine Trump's talks with Putin by fabricating lies about 12 upstanding Russian citizens.

For a moment I thought you meant Russian Television  Wink
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I wonder if this indictment occuring jsut before Trump meets wtih Putin is coincidence or not haha
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(2018-07-13, 11:32 AM)RyeRocks Wrote: I wonder if this indictment occuring jsut before Trump meets wtih Putin is coincidence or not haha

Not a coincidence.

This is a middle finger from Mueller to Trump and I love it!
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Someone colluded 

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Geeze Mueller, chit or get off the pot! Happy

Zap, here's some more!
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There are more indictments likely coming, and they will almost certainly contain the name(s) of Americans.
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Best Witch Hunt ever!
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A Journalist has been exposed as a GRU agent during Mueller's investigation.

That is mildly concerning.
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(2018-07-13, 09:31 PM)divit Wrote: Best Witch Hunt ever!

Only witch hunt in history that has actually found dozens of witches.
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Russian woman charged with spying for Moscow by 'infiltrating' NRA

Maria Butina, 29, met US politicians and candidates to establish ‘back channels’ and secretly reported to Kremlin, DoJ alleges

Jon Swaine and Lois Beckett
Mon 16 Jul 2018 22.38 BST First published on Mon 16 Jul 2018 20.13 BST

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Maria Butina was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia within the US without prior notification to the attorney general. Photograph: Facebook

A Russian woman has been charged with spying for Moscow in the US by infiltrating the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an attempt to influence the Republican party and American politics.

Maria Butina, who purported to be a pro-gun activist, met American politicians and candidates to establish “back channels” and secretly reported back to the Kremlin through a high-level Russian official, according to the US justice department.

Prosecutors said in a statement that Butina, 29, had been “developing relationships with US persons and infiltrating organisations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian federation”.

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Trump 'treasonous' after siding with Putin on election meddling

Butina was charged with conspiracy to act as a Russian agent within the US without notifying the attorney general. She was arrested on Sunday and appeared before a magistrate in Washington on Monday, officials said. In an affidavit, an FBI agent said investigators had searched Butina’s laptop computer and mobile phone.

The NRA did not respond to requests for comment.

The charges were unveiled hours after Donald Trump, on a stage with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, cast further doubt over the US intelligence establishment’s conclusion that Russia attacked the 2016 US election. “I don’t see any reason why it would,” Trump said at a joint press conference in Helsinki.

Butina has come under increasing scrutiny amid the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Footage emerged of her asking Trump a question in front of an audience at a conservative event in July 2015.
She is known as a protege of Alexander Torshin, a senior official at the Russian central bank, who is also a longtime associate of the NRA. Torshin, who met Donald Trump Jr at an NRA event in 2016, was placed under sanction by the US in April.

Charging documents unsealed on Monday say Butina was directed by a “high-level official in the Russian government”. The unnamed official’s biography matched that of Torshin, but he was not identified by name.

Two unidentified Americans, one of them described as a “political operative”, were said in the charging documents to have assisted Butina in her efforts to make political contacts in the US. Neither was charged with a crime.

Butina has a longstanding working relationship with Paul Erickson, an NRA member and conservative operative based in South Dakota. Erickson did not respond to a voicemail left on Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors said Butina emailed the first American associate in March 2015, suggesting a specific political party “would likely obtain control over the US government after the 2016 elections” and noting the powerful role in this party played by a certain gun rights organisation.
 
While neither organisation was identified by prosecutors, their descriptions matched those of the Republican party and the NRA.

The filings said the first American associate emailed an acquaintance on October 4 2016, about a month before the election, and said he had been “involved in securing a VERY private line of communication between the Kremlin” and leaders of the political party.

Butina attended national prayer breakfasts and other events in an attempt to make influential contacts, according to officials, and emailed the second US associate in March 2016, while trying to setup a series of dinners with Americans in Washington and New York.

According to prosecutors, she reported that a Kremlin official had given approval for the back channel she was building, and she told the American: “All we needed is ‘yes’ from Putin’s side. The rest is easier.”

Officials said the investigation into Butina was conducted by the FBI’s Washington office and was being prosecuted by the national security sections of the US attorney’s office in Washington and justice department headquarters. The office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel, played no immediately apparent role.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018...sia-us-doj
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Yes Mr. President, there is an infestation in the US, it's Russians.
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Here's a crazy thought,  if the Democrats don't want foreign countries meddling in US elections,  why not make voter ID mandatory to ensure only American citizens are voting?

Nah,  that would destroy their open border narrative!!!
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(2018-07-17, 10:22 PM)CTS Wrote: Here's a crazy thought,  if the Democrats don't want foreign countries meddling in US elections,  why not make voter ID mandatory to ensure only American citizens are voting?

Nah,  that would destroy their open border narrative!!!

?????????
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(2018-07-17, 10:27 PM)25YearRebuild Wrote:
(2018-07-17, 10:22 PM)CTS Wrote: Here's a crazy thought,  if the Democrats don't want foreign countries meddling in US elections,  why not make voter ID mandatory to ensure only American citizens are voting?

Nah,  that would destroy their open border narrative!!!

?????????

Our learned friend CTS is informing us on the technicalities of foreign interference in elections.
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(2018-07-17, 10:22 PM)CTS Wrote: Here's a crazy thought,  if the Democrats don't want foreign countries meddling in US elections,  why not make voter ID mandatory to ensure only American citizens are voting?

Nah,  that would destroy their open border narrative!!!

Dude,

Do you realize that in Rebublican controlled states they make it so tough to get identification? They close down government offices, department of motor vehicles in the poor areas. They limit the polling stations, they close the polling stations early, they under staff those polling stations which causes long lineups in the poor areas forcing people to just give up or the polling stations close AFTER they get home from work. Poor people can't afford to miss a day to vote.

They've change early voting as well, as the hours on election day so that affects minorities and the poor.

The voter fraud is negligible and can you point me to a single instance in the U.S. that voter fraud has changed election results? Yet. you're ok with Russians interfering with the U.S. election?
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I remember Obama promising Putin 'more flexibility' after his own re election

Meanwhile Hillary sold 20% of American uranium to Russia.
She also accepted $400 million in campaign contributions from Russia during the election

Liberals wouldn't know treason if it slapped them in the face for 8 years!
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