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‘What are they hiding?‘: Pro-Trump websites fall under investigation for Russia collusion

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Investigators looking into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election are now exploring whether pro-Trump websites coordinated with the Russian government to release fake news aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The Guardian reports that investigators are examined the role that fake news websites, many of which were based in eastern Europe, played in depressing Democratic voter turnout by hyping anti-Clinton news stories on social media.

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John Mattes, a former reporter who ran online campaign operations for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) last year, tells the Guardian that he believes Russian-linked websites specifically targeted Sanders supporters with misinformation about Clinton to make them less likely to support her after the contentious 2016 Democratic primary.

“In a 30-day period, dozens of full-blown sites appeared overnight, running full level productions posts,” he told the Guardian. “It screamed out to me that something strange was going on.”

Mattes estimates that 95% of these new websites went dark shortly after the election, which leads him to believe that they were part of some kind of foreign intelligence operation.

“So my question is: what are they hiding and why did they run as soon as the investigation began?” he asked.

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Former FBI counter-terrorism expert Clinton Watts shares Mattes’ observation that many of these websites were so in sync in pushing the same kinds of fake news stories that it would be hard to believe there wasn’t some centralized coordination involved.

“They synchronise so quickly it looks as if they know when a particularly story was going to come out,” Watts told the Guardian. “And they all parrot the Kremlin narrative.”

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Police officer sues Ava Duvernay for depiction of interrogation technique used on the Central Park Five

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On Monday, TMZ reported that former police officer John Reid is suing director Ava Duvernay over her depiction of the "Reid Technique" used against the young, Black suspects known as the Central Park Five in the Netflix film "When They See Us."

Reid is claiming defamation, insisting that the film's depiction of his methods are wrong.

"You squeezed statements out of them after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, without food, bathroom breaks, withholding parental supervision," said a prosecution staffer to a detective in the movie. "The Reid Technique has been universally rejected. That's truth to you."

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National Enquirer and AMI shredded ‘sensitive Trump-related documents’ hidden in a safe right before he was elected: report

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President Donald Trump's foreign election interference in the 2020 election may soon be eclipsed by his a renewed focus into his 2016 campaign after a bombshell revelation in a new book by journalist Ronan Farrow.

"American Media, Inc. and the National Enquirer shredded sensitive Donald Trump-related documents that had been held in a top-secret safe right before Trump was elected in 2016, according to fresh allegations made in a new book by journalist Ronan Farrow," Politico reported Monday.

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Giuliani demands investigation of Ambassador Yovanovitch — but can’t even spell her name

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Rudy Giuliani on Monday demanded an investigation into former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch -- who had spent the day testifying before Congress.

Giuliani made the statement while retweeting a conspiracy theory by Tom Fitton of the far-right group Judicial Watch:

"No wonder [Trump] and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch (sic) was a real problem," Giuliani said, while misspelling Yovanovitch's name.

"I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another 'Protected Person' like Biden & Hillary," Giuliani tweeted.

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