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Russian media expert tells CNN: ‘They’ve succeeded in hacking our elections’ and now ‘the damage is done’

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A former Russia Today anchor claims that she recognized President-elect Donald Trump using similar propaganda techniques that she witnessed in Russia to win election in the U.S.

Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources,  Liz Wahl — who famously quit her job on-air over RT’s coverage of Vladimir Putin’s incursion into the Crimea — said Russian media is notably built upon delivering “disinformation” and has been very complimentary to Trump.

“I mean, this is the main goal of Russian disinformation and now they’ve succeeded. Whether it be through their television channels, whether it be through other measures like hacking, like their legions of paid trolls,” she continued. “That is the ultimate goal to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions like the media.”

Pointing to Trump’s continuous criticism of the media and government institutions as unfair or poorly run — thereby sowing mistrust — Wahl said the parallels between the soon-to-be-sworn-in president’s rhetoric and the state-owned Russian media are all too familiar.

Trump, she noted, “basically matched some of these key talking points and Russian propaganda to undermine our system.”

“Russian disinformation has been taking place for years now, but people didn’t take it seriously. I mean the goal of Russian media is to undermine faith in our institutions and now they’ve succeeded in hacking our elections,” she continued. “This should have been the biggest election story. And here we are now, there were plenty of whistle-blowers and Russia watchers that knew exactly what was happening. Now here we are after the fact when the damage is done.”

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If Trump really believed he was falsely accused ‘that is not a corrupt motive’ for removing the special counsel: Bill Barr

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Attorney General William Barr told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that if President Donald Trump really and truly thought he was being falsely accused of collaborating with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, that it was "not a corrupt motive" for firing Robert Mueller, a stunning statement from the nation's highest law enforcement officer.

"As a matter of law, I think the department's position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel," said Barr. "And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct."

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Trump ‘shirking his duty to protect the country’ by ignoring Russia election threat: Ex-CIA agent

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Ex-CIA agent Evan McMullin told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was "shirking his duty to protect the country" by ignoring the fact that Russia plans to attack the 2020 election.

"He's shirking his responsibility to protect the country," McMullin said. "We are in a new era of information warfare."

"Countries can be defeated without a shot being fired," he went on. "We just learned from the Mueller report that the president was aware that we were undergoing, as a country, an information warfare attack during 2016. He sought to benefit from it."

"A lot of times we say 'look, the president's ego is wounded' when we talk about how the Russians attacked us, and may have helped him get elected," McMullin continued. "But I actually think that we are a little naive to buy into that narrative. I think that is a fig leaf for the president. How can we ignore that this president barely won the electoral college?"

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White House made it clear they were ‘trying to hide’ evidence from Mueller: Omarosa

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Omarosa Manigault, former political aide to President Donald Trump, told MSNBC Wednesday that the while the White House never "directly" ordered her to destroy documents related to the Mueller report, they made it quite clear they were "trying to hide" evidence.

"He wants to run out the clock," Manigault said. "He thinks he can run down the clock and that people will stop being concerned about it. We should really not just focus about what he is telling people to do or say, but how he's asked people to destroy documents, to destroy e-mails, in my case two boxes of campaign-related materials that the White House still has in their possession, that they claim they don't have or don't know what happened to it."

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