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Here Are Four New Details We Learned From The Republican Trump-Russia Report

Democrats faulted Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for cutting short their investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But the final report still had nuggets of new information.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

House Dems Say Christopher Wylie Provided New Info About Cambridge Analytica's Links To WikiLeaks

The new information came during interviews this week with House Democratic members. The contact Wylie revealed was “substantive and separate” from previously reported contacts between Julian Assange and Cambridge CEO Alexander Nix, the members of Congress told BuzzFeed News.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

A White House Official (Anonymously) Tried To Tamp Down On Rumors That Trump Is About To Fire Rosenstein

In comments to BuzzFeed News, a senior official says he doesn't believe Rosenstein's job is in danger because of the Mueller probe.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Two Democrats Accuse Cambridge Analytica CEO Of Misleading House Committee In Still-Secret Testimony

Alexander Nix answered "no" to a question about whether Cambridge Analytica had obtained bulk data from Facebook.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Everyone Thought The Russians Wouldn't Bother To Defend Themselves Against Mueller's Charges. Then This Happened.

The move left US attorneys flabbergasted since they had assumed the 13 Russians and three companies indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller wouldn't mount a legal defense.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

A Conservative Party Donor And Brexit Supporter Resigns From Cambridge Analytica Parent

Roger Gabb, who supported Britain's withdrawal from the EU, stepped down quietly last month as a director of SCL, one day after Christopher Wylie testified before parliament. Why he resigned is unclear.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Newly Released Memo Shows Paul Manafort Was An Early Target For Mueller

In an August 2017 memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to special counsel Robert Mueller, Rosenstein says Mueller can investigate allegations Manafort colluded with Russia.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Here's Why The Man Who Lied About A Trump Adviser And An Alleged Russian Spy Won't Spend Much Time In Jail

Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty in February to lying to the FBI about his contacts in September and October 2016 with an alleged former Russian intelligence agent and Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates. He's to be sentenced Tuesday.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Trump's Pick To Lead CIA Actively Pushed To Have The "Torture Tapes" Destroyed

The current narrative is that Gina Haspel, Trump's pick to lead the CIA, was just following her boss's orders. The record suggests she pushed for their destruction.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Fatima Boudchar Was Bound, Gagged And Photographed Naked. John McCain Wants To Know If Gina Haspel's Okay With That.

In a letter to Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, McCain describes a Libyan woman whose abuse took place in 2004 "as several American intelligence officers watched." He asked, "do you believe actions like these were justified?"

Thomas Frank • One year ago

CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Ran A Black Site. That's About All We Know.

Four major news organizations have issued corrections in recent days. Still, Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday reiterated his opposition to her nomination.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Gina Haspel Wasn't The Official Who Taunted A Tortured Prisoner

BuzzFeed News reached that conclusion after reviewing court documents. Late Thursday, ProPublica acknowledged that it had erred in reporting that she had been present for Abu Zubaydah's interrogation.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

The Trump Administration Has Imposed Sanctions On The 13 Russians Mueller Indicted For Election Meddling

The new sanctions appear to accept special counsel Robert Mueller's findings of how Russia sought to influence the 2016 election.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Trump's Miss Universe Partner In Russia Had An Early Brush With US Tax Authorities

A tax court case provides insight into Aras Agalarov's early business dealings before he became a billionaire linked to Vladimir Putin.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Allegations Of Torture Have Blocked The Rise Of Trump's Choice To Lead The CIA Before

Gina Haspel, whom Trump named to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director, ran a black site in Thailand where two suspected terrorists were tortured during the Bush administration.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

What We Really Learned From Mueller’s Indictment Of Russian Trolls Is That Internet Providers Know Everything

Normally, details like those disclosed in the 37-page indictment would be classified, not released to the public.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Eric Holder Compared Russia Election Meddling To Pearl Harbor And 9/11

The former US attorney general also said he believes Trump could fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Did Russia's Social Media Campaign To Discourage Black Voters Cost Clinton The Election?

The Russian effort was spelled out in last week's indictment of 13 Russians for interfering in the election, prompting experts to again debate the impact of lower black turnout.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Indictment Makes Clear Russia Meddled, But Leaves Unresolved If Trump Helped

The Russians indicted Friday had contacts with several members of the Trump election campaign, according to the indictment.

Thomas Frank • One year ago

Devin Nunes Has Promised Another Phase In His Push To Discredit The Trump-Russia Probe. Here It Is.

A second "dossier" is circulating among Republicans in Washington that they say shows the Clintons' influence on the FBI's investigation. But the evidence of that is lacking.

Thomas Frank • One year ago