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Rod Rosenstein: Americans listed in Mueller indictment were ‘unwitting’ pawns in Russian meddling

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Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said none of the Americans mentioned in the indictment of 13 foreign nationals were aware they were communicating with Russians about the presidential campaign.

The indictment shows Russian agents posed as Americans to conduct what they called “information warfare” against the U.S. by turning voters against certain candidates and sowing mistrust in political systems.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators found those Russians communicated with “unwitting” Trump campaign officials and other political activists before and after the 2016 election.

Rosenstein explained that Russians helped organize competing rallies on the same day in New York City to both support President Donald Trump and protest him.

Three Russian companies were also named in the indictment.

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Rosenstein said defendants purchased space on U.S. servers starting in 2014, set up a virtual private network and established hundreds of social media accounts using stolen or fictitious identities.

They purchased social media ads and promoted themes intended to help Hillary Clinton’s election opponents, including Trump, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein.

Rosenstein stressed the indictment did not show evidence that any of the Russian efforts were successful in shaping American voters’ views.

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GUILTY: Jury rules Michael Flynn’s former business partner is guilty of lobbying for Turkey

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Michael Flynn's former business partner Bijan Kian was found guilty by a jury for illegally lobbying for a foreign country.

The information was uncovered as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and as the Justice Department's crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying, CNN explained.

Flynn has had a difficult go in his court case, but information Flynn gave was helpful, according to the DOJ.

Kian is an Iranian-American businessman who was charged with conspiring to hide his lobbying work for Turkey without registering as a foreign agent for the Turkish government.

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House Democrats forced to apologize for Trump after he screws up another meeting with foreign leader

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President Donald Trump humiliated himself again when meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday. In a meeting, Trump bragged about a conversation he had with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject. And he actually said, ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?'” Trump said, noting that Modi specifically talked about Kashmir as what he'd be mediating.

The problem is that India came out saying Trump was lying, as BeltwayBreakfast reported.

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Trump is a ‘chaos agent’ whose luck is due to ‘run out’: political scientist

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Brian Klaas, an assistant professor of global politics at University College London, thinks that President Donald Trump has been incredibly lucky so far in his presidency -- but he warns that luck is due to run out in the near future.

Writing in the Washington Post, Klaas points out that Trump has not experienced anything like the major crises that have plagued other presidents during their tenures in office and has instead only faced crises of his own making.

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