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Facebook Confirms Russia Is Intervening In 2020 Election

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

It's no secret that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin are hoping that President Donald Trump will defeat his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, in November — as they rightly view Trump as much more sympathetic to Russian interests. The Trump administration has already confirmed that they are intervening once again. And according to Facebook, Russian operatives are trying to manipulate U.S. voters this year on the social media platform just as they did during the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump Deprives Congress Of Intelligence On Russian Election Interference

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

The squatter in the Oval Office, and all of the people intent on keeping him there, are at this point not even bothering to conceal that they will do literally anything to make that happen. That includes going back to the well of foreign interference -- and hog-tying Congress to keep the American public in the dark about it.

This chapter of the story starts in February, a lifetime ago when coronavirus was lurking in our side vision. Trump purged everyone in intelligence services working to hold Russia at bay by keeping Congress and the public informed on election interference. Trump's Office of the Director of National Intelligence has closed that circle now, CNN has learned, by announcing that it will not be holding in-person briefings with the House and Senate intelligence committees, but will instead provide information in writing.

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Report: Don Jr. Fears Election Defeat Will Mean Prosecution Of Trump Family

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After former Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered the final report for the Russia investigation in 2019, he noted that the Department of Justice has a longstanding policy against prosecuting a sitting president. But if former Vice President Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump this November, he will no longer be a sitting president after Biden is inaugurated in January 2021. And according to a lengthy piece by journalist Jason Zengerle for the New York Times, Donald Trump, Jr. is worried about the possibility of members of his family facing criminal prosecutions if the president loses to Biden.

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Trump Tweets Russian Propaganda Against Biden

Donald Trump retweeted an audio recording that U.S. intelligence cited as a key element in a Russian campaign to smear Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The alleged conversation between Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, purportedly occurred on Feb. 18, 2016, and concerns the removal of Ukraine's chief prosecutor.

When Trump promoted the recording to his tens of millions ofTwitter followers, he demonstrated how easily Russian propaganda invades the election debate -- even when loyal intelligence officials designate its origins explicitly. Russia routinely spreads disinformation as "news," according to those officials.

A major source of disinformation is Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian member of Ukraine's parliament who graduated from a KGB school --and whose father worked for the Russian spy agency. Derkach, a conduit for allegations against Biden and his son Hunter, released what he claims are recordings of conversation between Poroshenko and Biden during the Obama administration. Those claims were identified in a U.S. intelligence assessment recently as evidence of Russian interference in the 2020 election on behalf of Trump.

"For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine former Vice President Biden's candidacy and the Democratic Party," said the statement from William Evanina, a top US counterintelligence official.

In the audio retweeted by Trump, Poroshenko is heard telling Biden that he had accepted prosecutor Viktor Shokin's resignation, "despite of the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges, we don't have any information about him doing something wrong."

Trump and his supporters insist that Biden, as vice president, pressured Ukraine's government to fire Shokin because Shokin had investigated a Ukrainian energy company on whose board Biden's son Hunter sat. But Biden's view of the prosecutor, who was seen by European critics as soft on corruption, was the position of the U.S. government and was also supported by other Western governments and many in Ukraine.

A White House summary of the conversation available online does show that Biden and Poroshenko spoke on Feb. 18, 2016. But Poroshenko has denounced the recording distributed by Derkach as a fabrication.