Russian firm in election meddling case cites Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh in bid to drop charges

  1. Russian firm in election meddling case cites Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh in bid to drop charges  CNBC
  2. Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law  Yahoo News
  3. It’s Too Late For The Supreme Court, But Lower Courts Can Still Check Trump  HuffPost
  4. ‘I’m Doing It for the Babies’: Inside the Ground Game to Reverse Roe v. Wade  New York Times
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Justice Department announces strategy on foreign meddling in US elections, including alerting public

  1. Justice Department announces strategy on foreign meddling in US elections, including alerting public  USA TODAY
  2. Deputy AG Rosenstein details DOJ efforts to fight election meddling  NBCNews.com
  3. Rosenstein: Russian attack on 2016 election ‘one tree in a growing forest’ of cyber activity  CNN
  4. Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general overseeing Russia investigation, at Aspen Security Forum  CBS News
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Donald Trump blames Putin personally for election meddling in latest reversal

Donald Trump blames Putin personally for election meddling in latest reversalDonald Trump now says he holds the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, personally responsible for his country’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, further walking back a statement on Monday that drew bipartisan rebukes. In an interview set to be broadcast Wednesday evening, the US president told Jeff Glor of CBS News that he holds Putin responsible “because he’s in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country”. Asked if he agreed with US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the election in 2016, Trump replied: “Yeah, and I’ve said that before, Jeff.


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FBI Director Wray says Putin's offer of joint probe on Russian meddling 'not high on our list'

In the barrage of headlines about President Donald Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the head of the FBI sat down and offered his thoughts Wednesday on an assortment of issues, including the president’s meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

     

 

 


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Donald Trump in new Russian election meddling row after appearing to say US no longer being targeted

Donald Trump in new Russian election meddling row after appearing to say US no longer being targetedDonald Trump waded further into a row over Russian meddling after he appeared to deny the Kremlin is still targeting America, once again contradicting his own US intelligence officials.  The US president appeared to respond “no” when asked by a reporter: “Is Russia still targeting the US Mr President?”  His press secretary Sarah Sanders later said the president had been responding “no” to answering questions, but the president’s response triggered immediate criticism.  Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump should “stop taking the word of a KGB agent over that of your intelligence officials”.  US intelligence chiefs have repeatedly predicted that the Kremlin will attempt to interfere in the 2018 mid-term elections, which take place in November.  Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018 Dan Coats, the US director of national intelligence, said on Friday: “The warning lights are blinking red again.”  Mr Trump has taken a meandering stance on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, which he won.  The US president sided with the Kremlin in a press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, but about-turned on Tuesday, claiming that when he said he did not see why it “would” be Russia he meant “wouldn’t”.  On Wednesday, Mr Trump lashed out at coverage of his summit with Mr Putin, which heralded a new era of co-operation but has been overshadowed by the row over election meddling.  The US president tweeted: “While the Nato meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success.” He added: “Some people hate the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!” The phrase ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ is used by the president’s supporters to describe how his critics get so infuriated that they lash out excessively at his behaviour.  It was used by Rand Paul, the Republican senator for Kentucky, earlier in the week as he became one of the few politicians to defend Mr Trump‘s election meddling comments. The phrase also appeared on the front of The New York Times on Wednesday.  Meanwhile leading Democrats appear to be sensing a political opportunity, hoping they can pick up votes by appearing tougher on standing up to Russia than the Republicans.  Mr Schumer said: “We will work to protect our security. We will not kowtow to Putin.  “If we’re in the majority, we’ll probably be more effective and you’d see a lot stronger things protecting American security than you will with this majority, which seems so afraid of President Trump.”  Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Mr Trump appeared to question whether he would support the ‘Article Five’ Nato commitment to defending all of the group’s members in the event of an attack.  In a Fox News interview which aired on Tuesday, the US president was asked “why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?” Montenegro is a Nato member.  Mr Trump responded: “I’ve asked the same question. Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people. … They are very strong people. They are very aggressive people, they may get aggressive, and congratulations, you are in World War III.” In a separate interview with CBS, Mr Trump said he holds Mr Putin personally “responsible” for the election meddling and insisted he gave a “very strong” warning about future interfering during their meeting.  He said: “I let him know we can’t have this. We’re not going to have it. And that’s the way it’s going to be.” Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Credit: Bloomberg   FBI director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that the US intelligence community stands by its view that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election, despite Vladimir Putin’s denial this week to President Donald Trump. “He’s got his view, he has expressed his view,” Wray said when asked about Putin’s denial to Trump at their summit in Helsinki on Monday. “The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed. My view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day.” Those acts “aimed at sowing discord and divisiveness in this country,” he added. He also dismissed Mr Putin’s proposal to have Russian authorities aid in the investigation into the 12 Russian military intelligence officials indicted recently in connection with the election interference. Mr Wray said Putin’s offer is “not high on our list of investigative techniques.” 


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Trump says he told Putin 'we can't have meddling' in US vote

Trump says he told Putin 'we can't have meddling' in US voteUnder fire as siding with the Kremlin, President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he told Russian leader Vladimir Putin firmly during their summit in Helsinki that the United States would not tolerate meddling in its elections. “I let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be,” Trump said in an interview with CBS. Trump has been under bipartisan fire in Washington for failing to publicly confront Putin over the election interference at the press conference that followed their Helsinki talks.


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Trump Putin: US president reverses remark on Russia meddling

  1. Trump Putin: US president reverses remark on Russia meddling  BBC News
  2. Putin Business Ally Says US Firms Keen on Post-Summit Deals  Bloomberg
  3. Trump tries a do-over as bipartisan criticism of Putin fiasco grows louder  Fox News
  4. We’re finally getting sick of the Kylie Jenners of the world  Washington Post
  5. Historians Say President Trump Smashed US Leadership Conventions During Rocky Europe Trip  TIME
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Trump Now Says He Accepts US Intelligence Reports on Russian Election Meddling

  1. Trump Now Says He Accepts US Intelligence Reports on Russian Election Meddling  New York Times
  2. Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash  The Hill
  3. Trump voices support for US intelligence a day after fueling bipartisan outrage with Putin comments  USA TODAY
  4. Something a Harvard humanitarian should never ask her neighbor: ‘Are you in one of the affordable units?’  Los Angeles Times
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