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  • Donald Trump Jul 8, 2019

    Federal Grand Jury Probing GOP Fundraiser Elliott Broidy

    A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to drum up business deals with foreign leaders.

  • Donald Trump Jul 8, 2019

    Federal Grand Jury Probing GOP Fundraiser Elliott Broidy

    A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to drum up business deals with foreign leaders.

  • Facebook May 10, 2019

    Facebook Can't Fix Itself Partly Because of Human Nature, Experts Say

    The question comes up over and over, with extremist material, hate speech, election meddling and privacy invasions. Why can’t Facebook just fix it? It’s complicated, with reasons that include Facebook’s size, its business model and technical limitations, not to mention years of unchecked growth. Oh, and the element of human nature. The latest revelation: Facebook is inadvertently creating celebratory videos...

  • Donald Trump Apr 19, 2019

    How Mueller Made His No-Call on Trump and Obstruction, What He Said About Trump-Russia Contacts

    It was a punt that will be examined for years, if not decades. Special counsel Robert Mueller found he couldn’t exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, but he wouldn’t recommend charging him, either. In explaining the decision to eschew a “traditional prosecutorial judgment,” Mueller said he faced not only having to untangle Trump’s motivation for trying to curtail...

  • Donald Trump Dec 13, 2018

    Iran Hackers Hunt Nuclear Workers, US Targets

    As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of US-Iranian relations. The AP drew on data gathered by the London-based cybersecurity group Certfa to...

  • Department of Justice Jul 15, 2018

    Charges Undermine Assange Denials About Hacked Email Origins

    At the beginning of 2017, one of Julian Assange’s biggest media boosters traveled to the WikiLeaks founder’s refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and asked him where he got the leaks that shook up the U.S. presidential election only months earlier. Fox News host Sean Hannity pointed straight to the purloined emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary...

  • Associated Press May 24, 2018

    Trump Seethes Over Russia Probe, ‘Major SPY Scandal' at FBI

    President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “spygate,” part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start. Trump now is zeroing in on — and at times embellishing — reports that a longtime U.S. government...

  • Associated Press May 23, 2018

    Trump on Campaign Spying Claim: ‘I Want Total Transparency'

    President Donald Trump said he wants “total transparency” from the Department of Justice on whether the FBI spied on his campaign for political reasons.

  • Donald Trump May 22, 2018

    2 Men Leveraged Access to Trump and Persian Gulf Princes Into Millions of Dollars

    After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar,...

  • Donald Trump May 10, 2018

    Lawmakers Release Thousands of Russian Facebook Ads

    Democrats on the House intelligence committee have released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet agency, providing the fullest picture yet of Russia’s attempt to sow racial and political division in the United States before and after the 2016 election. Most of the ads are issue-based, pushing arguments for and against immigration, LGBT...

  • Head May 8, 2018

    US Military Wives Thought They Were Being Threatened by ISIS, But It Was Russian Hackers

    The Associated Press has found evidence that five military wives who received death threats in 2015 were targeted not by jihadists but by the same Russian hacking group that intervened in the American election and exposed the emails of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta....
    The brazen false flag is a case study in the difficulty of assigning blame in...

  • Donald Trump Mar 26, 2018

    Mueller Probe Witness Secretly Backed UAE Agenda in Congress

    A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political donations to U.S. lawmakers considering legislation targeting Qatar, the UAE’s chief rival in the Persian Gulf, an Associated Press investigation has found. George Nader, an adviser...

  • China Mar 20, 2018

    Probe: Chinese Opioid Sellers Exploit US Postal Service Flaw

    Congressional investigators said Wednesday that Chinese opioid manufacturers are exploiting weak screening at the U.S. Postal Service to ship large quantities of illegal drugs to American dealers. In a yearlong probe , Senate investigators found that Chinese sellers, who openly market opioids such as fentanyl to U.S. buyers, are pushing delivery through the U.S. postal system. The sellers are taking...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Mueller Probe Leaves Many Witnesses in Limbo

    Over the last nine months, scores of men and women — some powerful and moneyed, others obscure and struggling — have crossed paths with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of prosecutors. So far though, just four have been charged. The rest — a colorful cross-section of people, banks and businesses — are in limbo. Some fear they may yet be...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Adviser: Russian Meddling ‘Incontrovertible'

    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was “incontrovertible” evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry. The statement by H.R. McMaster at the Munich Security Conference stood in stark contrast...

  • Donald Trump Feb 7, 2018

    Russian Hackers Hunt Hi-Tech Secrets, Exploiting US Weakness

    Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may have been stolen is uncertain, but the hackers clearly exploited a national vulnerability in cybersecurity: poorly protected email and barely any direct notification to victims. The hackers...

  • Associated Press Nov 26, 2017

    FBI Didn't Tell US Targets as Russian Hackers Hunted Emails

    The hackers’ targets: The former head of cybersecurity for the U.S. Air Force. An ex-director at the National Security Council. A former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. All were caught up in a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage campaign. None was warned by the FBI. The bureau repeatedly failed to alert targets of the Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear...

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2017

    Trump Tower Meeting in 2016 Draws More Scrutiny: Sources

    Earlier this year, a Russian-American lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in Moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier: a gathering at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump’s son, his son-in-law and his then-campaign chairman. The Moscow meeting in June, which has not been previously disclosed, is now under scrutiny by investigators who want to know...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Nov 4, 2017

    Inside Story: How Russians Hacked the Democrats' Emails

    It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign. The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who worked for Clinton during her first presidential run, the messages bounced back untouched.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Nov 3, 2017

    Mueller Grand Jury Investigating Top DC Lobbyists

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. At the center of the widening probe are Tony Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative, and Vin Weber,...

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