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Investigators say identify Russian military unit in MH17 downing

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Prosecutors investigating the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said on Thursday they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from Russia’s armed forces.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the crime squad of the Netherlands’ national police, said the missile was fired from Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade.

“All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces”, he told a televised news conference.

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Russia has denied involvement in the incident.

 
Reporting by Anthony Deutsch. Writing by Toby Sterling; Editing by Gareth Jones


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Trump and Barr’s attacks could chill the FBI from investigating future election crimes: Ex-FBI counsel

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former FBI general counsel James Baker warned that President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's attempts to smear and discredit the FBI — even in the face of an inspector general report broadly exonerating their investigation of Russia — could lead to FBI agents steering away from investigations of future election interference.

"I think it sends a terrible message," said Baker. "The president's statements, I think in his tweet, whenever it was, about Director Wray — I mean, the FBI is not a 'broken' organization. It is not and has not been. It's a tremendous organization. It's out there every day defending America. So the American people should rest assured that the FBI is there, doing its job. It's protecting all of us."

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Who tried to pay Rick Gates to keep him from testifying? And will AG Bill Barr prosecute them?

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The Department of Justice came out Tuesday with a sentencing recommendation for former Paul Manafort deputy, Rick Gates.

Gates testified for over 500 hours with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, his lawyers explained in a filing this week. But included in the reports of Gates' was the fact that he got multiple offers of money not to cooperate with investigators.

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Betsy Devos was found in contempt of court for breaking the law — and is trying to do it again

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Controversial Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was threatened with jail time and received a $100,000 fine for illegally trying to collect student loan payments from victims of scam colleges.

According to a new report in The New York Times, she's still trying to violate the federal judge's order that resulted in her being held in contempt of court.

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