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Trump Offered Gary Cohn Five Wildly Different Jobs In One Conversation

September 11, 2018 Gary Cohn, then president of Goldman Sachs, made a real impression on Donald Trump in a Trump Tower meeting on Nov. 30 2016. Dazzled, Trump offered Cohn five totally different jobs that day, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House. Cohn is a...

Watergate Suggests You Shouldn't Believe Those Denying They're 'Anonymous'

September 7, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other top Trump administration officials have swiftly denied authoring a New York Times op-ed attributed to a senior White House official claiming to be part of a “quiet resistance” against President Trump’s worst instincts. History suggests you’d be naive to...

Microsoft Says Russia Tried to Hack Three 2018 U.S. Midterm Candidates

July 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Microsoft executive today swiftly contradicted Donald Trump’s claim that Russia is not trying to disrupt the 2018 midterms: The company has already worked with the U.S. government to foil Russian hacking attempts on three candidates. While refusing to disclose their names for privacy reasons, Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president...

The U.S. is Charging an NRA member With Being a Russian Secret Agent

July 17, 2018 The Department of Justice Monday charged Maria Butina, a Russian citizen, with illegally acting as a secret Russian agent on U.S. soil. She was allegedly trying to set up a communications backchannel between the Russian government and U.S. politicians. Butina’s planned communication backchannel “could be used to penetrate the U.S....

Russian Spies Used Bitcoin To Hack The U.S. 2016 Election, Says The Department Of Justice

July 13, 2018 Russian intelligence agents used bitcoin to pay for crucial elements of a campaign to sway the 2016 election, according to a federal indictmentreleased today. They allegedly laundered more than $95,000 in total through bitcoin. Twelve hackers working for the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence, hacked into the Democratic National Committee and...

A 2016 Congressional Candidate Asked For—and Received—Information Stolen by Russia

July 13, 2018 Russian intelligence officers helped out a 2016 candidate for US Congress, by giving that candidate stolen information about their Democratic opponent, according to a Department of Justice indictment released today. Twelve hackers working for the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence, stole documents from the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign...

Five Times James Comey Used His Personal Gmail For FBI Business

June 15, 2018 James Comey famously lambasted Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” use of her personal email account for government business as a security risk. A few months later, he used his own personal email for FBI business, a report by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz says (p.425). The report listed five times...

A Task Force Will Hunt Down New Americans Suspected Of Lying On Citizenship Applications

June 12, 2018 The government’s latest move in its crackdown on immigration is to target U.S. citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is setting up a new office and hiring dozens of lawyers to track down people who may have lied on their citizenship applications, the AP reports. People who are found to...

Supreme Court Sides With Ohio in Voter Roll Culling Case

June 11, 2018 The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Ohio in a case over whether or not the state has the right to cull voters from registers if they go too long without casting a ballot. The court’s narrow ruling is likely to have dramatic knock-on effects across the country. At least twelve...

Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe Has a New Indictee: A Former Russian Spy

June 8, 2018 Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted a man with direct ties to both Russian intelligence and the Trump orbit: ex-spy Konstantin Kilimnik. In a superseding indictment (pdf), Mueller’s team accuse Kilimnik and Paul Manafort of obstructing justice and conspiring to obstruct justice, by tampering with two unnamed witnesses. In a...