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Trump Now Holds Putin 'Responsible'

Trump continues to turn 'would' into 'wouldn't'

(Newser) - Head on a swivel, people: President Trump now says he would hold Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reports. Trump—who said two days ago that "I don't see any reason why it would be Russia" and then added a key contraction... More »

Investors Worry About Scale of Twitter Purges

58M accounts were suspended in 3 months

(Newser) - Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by the AP . The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 US presidential campaign. Last... More »

Trump Slammed as 'Treasonous,' 'Disgraceful'

Even allies dismayed by Putin remarks

(Newser) - President Trump is getting what could be the worst press of his presidency after a press conference with Vladimir Putin that is widely being described as disgraceful. Trump, standing alongside the Russian leader after their summit in Helsinki, rejected the finding of American intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the... More »

Russian Bots Poised to Target US Midterm Elections

A site linked to the 2016 meddling claims to provide 'objective and independent" information'

(Newser) - An array of Russia-linked bots, trolls, and sites like one called USAReally appear to be testing the waters for pulling off meddling similar to that seen in the 2016 presidential election in the upcoming midterms, reports the AP . USAReally was launched in May by the Federal News Agency, part of... More »

Roger Stone: Russian Wanted $2M for Dirt on Hillary

Trump confidant now recalls meeting with mysterious Russian

(Newser) - Two associates of President Trump claim the whole thing was an FBI setup. Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone admits he met a man with a thick Russian accent in Florida in 2016, and the man—who went by the name Henry Greenberg—wanted $2 million for political dirt on Hillary... More »

Mystery of Mitt Romney's Presidential Vote Solved

He wrote in the name of his wife, Ann

(Newser) - Mitt Romney said long before the November 2016 election he wouldn't be casting his ballot for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but the person he did vote for has remained a mystery—until now. "I wrote in the name of a person who I admire deeply, who... More »

Trump Makes 'Unprecedented' Demand of DOJ

He suggests campaign 'infiltration' was politically motivated, wants new investigation

(Newser) - President Trump took another leap into uncharted territory Sunday with a demand for the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his 2016 campaign. Trump tweeted that he would officially demand Monday that the department "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign... More »

Lawmakers Release Russian Facebook Ads

They took both sides on the issues

(Newser) - Curious to see the Facebook ads bought by Russian agents? Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee just released about 3,500 of them on issues from gun control to Black Lives Matter to immigration—often taking multiple sides on the same issue, the Washington Post reports. "They sought to... More »

House Panel on Russia: 'No Evidence' Trump Campaign Colluded

But Dems say probe into Russian election interference was sloppy, wrapped up too quickly

(Newser) - House Intelligence Committee Republicans have released their final findings on Russian interference in the 2016 US election, ending a yearlong probe, per the Washington Post . The heavily redacted 253-page report puts President Trump and his cohorts generally in the clear, noting the panel found "no evidence that the Trump... More »

DNC Suit Alleges 'Unprecedented Treachery' From Trump Campaign

Complaint says Trump associates 'gleefully' welcomed Russia's help in tilting election

(Newser) - It was a "brazen attack on US soil" during the 2016 election, claims the Democratic National Committee—and now it's suing the Russian government, WikiLeaks, and Donald Trump's campaign for "unprecedented treachery." The Washington Post reports the DNC filed its complaint Friday in New York... More »

Bernie Sanders: We Warned Clinton About Russians

He says his supporters were targeted by bot campaign

(Newser) - Sen. Bernie Sanders says that in some ways, Robert Mueller's report on Russian election meddling isn't news to him—because he knew before the 2016 election that his supporters were being targeted by people seeking to "sow division within the American people." Sanders tells the Des ... More »

Facebook Will Use Postcards to Stop Russian Meddling

New system will be rolled out for midterms

(Newser) - Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the presidential campaign, Katie Harbath, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, told a meeting of the National Association... More »

George W. Bush Counters Trump on Russian Meddling

Says 'there's pretty clear evidence'

(Newser) - Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that "there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow Republican Donald Trump's denials of Moscow trying to affect the vote, reports the AP . While never mentioning President Trump by name,... More »

Days After Leaving FBI, More on Probe Into McCabe

Sources say DOJ is looking into possible Andrew McCabe stall on emails tied to Clinton

(Newser) - FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe left the FBI earlier this week, but it looks like he'll still be on the DOJ's radar for a while. Sources tell the Washington Post the agency's former No. 2 has been the subject of a months-long probe by DOJ Inspector General... More »

Trump Scraps His Own Controversial Commission

Voter fraud panel had a short and troubled existence

(Newser) - President Trump's controversial voter fraud commission is history after holding a grand total of two meetings. The White House says the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity—set up last year to investigate Trump's claims that millions of people illegally voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016—is being... More »

Sources: Russia 'Will Be Back' for Next US Elections

US has had warnings on Russian disinformation campaign, but a 'piecemeal' reaction to it

(Newser) - As the debate about Russia's interference in the 2016 US election pushes into 2018, a look behind the scenes at American counterintelligence efforts reveals red flags have long been waving—but that the US formed what the Washington Post calls a "piecemeal response" rife with players who didn'... More »

Book on Trump Spills Details of His Bad Habits

Related to diet and language, at least while on the campaign trail

(Newser) - Let Trump Be Trump is the title of a book on the president written by two men who advised his campaign, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. The Washington Post got an early look at the book, which will be released Tuesday, and cobbles together anecdotes on what "being Trump"... More »

Melania Trump Never Thought He'd Win

'She didn't want this come hell or high water,' an insider tells 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - Count Melania Trump among those surprised that her husband won the presidency. A profile of the first lady at Vanity Fair quotes two insiders who say that Melania gave Donald Trump an ultimatum of sorts: Either run for the presidency or stop brooding about it. "She was very clearly... More »

Trump Jr.'s Messages to WikiLeaks Leaked

He responded to organization 3 times

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. privately communicated with WikiLeaks on Twitter before and after last year's election, receiving requests that ran from the reasonable to making Julian Assange ambassador to Australia. Trump Jr. released the exchanges on Twitter on Monday night after they were leaked to the Atlantic , which reported that... More »

Donna Brazile to Critics: 'Go to Hell'

Former DNC chair says she won't be quiet

(Newser) - Donna Brazile has strong words for anyone who wishes she'd kept quiet instead of airing her implication that the Democratic National Committee essentially rigged the 2016 presidential primary for Hillary Clinton. "George, for those who are telling the me to shut up, they told Hillary that a couple... More »

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