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Here’s one big reason Maria Butina’s conservative contacts should be very worried: Former FBI special agent

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Former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa told CNN on Thursday that because Russian spy Maria Butina didn’t have diplomatic cover, she may well have been under FISA surveillance, spelling trouble for anyone to whom she may have spoken.

Rangappa said that Russian election interference boiled down to a political influence campaign operating on “a number of different fronts”, from disinformation spread through social media to hacking the DNC. “It’s when spies are acting fairly overtly, she said, “and essentially trying to court, recruit, assess people who may be able to then influence policy towards Russia.”

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“Two things that stand out to me here, most spies are here under diplomatic cover precisely so if they get caught, they have diplomatic immunity,” Rangappa continued. “Maria Butina was here without diplomatic cover so she’s caught in the cross hairs of criminal prosecution.”

“If the government has evidence that she was acting at the direction and control of Russia, that makes her an agent of a foreign power, which means she would have been a legitimate target for FISA surveillance,” she added. “Anyone talking to her at that time would be captured on that as well. I agree with [CNN analyst Jack Quinn] that there could be many other people who should be concerned at this point.”

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Bob Woodward’s new book about Donald Trump captures the ‘rage’ of the president

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President Donald Trump let long-time reporter Bob Woodward in again to write another book about him. This one will be called Rage, scheduled to be released Sept. 15.

According to a CNN exclusive, Woodward did more than a dozen interviews with the president for the book at the White House, Mar-a-Lago and over the phone.

Woodward's previous book Fear, was attacked by the president as "lies" and using "phony sources." In this case, Trump is the source. He was previously furious when his staff didn't tell him about Woodward's multiple attempts to interview him for Fear.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper unleashes tweetstorm after Trump campaign twists his words on Charlottesville to attack Biden and Harris

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CNN host Jake Tapper took to Twitter Wednesday evening after President Donald Trump's campaign sent out talking points twisting Tapper's words and those of his political panel.

According to Tapper, the talking points mischaracterize Tapper to make it sound like he was defending Trump's claims of "very fine people on both sides" of the Charlottesville rally. The Charlottesville rally, as you might recall, was a gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who chanted "Jews will not replace us," and ran a car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer.

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‘Where were you in April guys?’ Sports columnist shreds GOP senators’ ‘tantrums’ over college football cancellation

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A sports columnist on Wednesday hammered Republican lawmakers who are complaining about college football being cancelled even though they spent months doing nothing to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic that so far has killed more than 165,000 Americans.

Appearing on CNN, USA Today's Christine Brennan argued that we could be seeing college football begin right now if public officials had done the necessary work to contain the pandemic earlier this year.

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