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The truth about the Steele Dossier: Experts compare the infamous memo with Mueller’s findings

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A former U.S. attorney and a Harvard Law student teamed up to revisit the Steele dossier by cross-referencing it with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings — and unveiled which parts of it hold water.

Former federal prosecutor Chuck Rosenberg and Harvard Law student Sarah Grant wrote for Lawfare that many of the findings made public as part of Mueller’s probe confirm “both specifically and thematically” aspects of the dossier.

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“The dossier holds up well over time,” the scholars wrote, “and none of it, to our knowledge, has been disproven.”

In an interview Saturday morning with MSNBC’s David Gura, Rosenberg noted that during his sentencing, Donald Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen essentially “acknowledged and admitted to” the business ties between the Trump Organization and Russia that were first alleged in the dossier.

In this dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele claimed that between March and September 2016, some Russian entities “had been using botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.”

That claim was corroborated, the scholars wrote in Lawfare, by Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers — including the dates.

Another of Grant and Rosenberg’s key findings included the now-publicly confirmed association between Trump confidante Roger Stone and Wikileaks through a Russian “conspirator” using the pseudonym Guccifer 2.0.

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In the draft statement of offense for Stone-connected author Jerome Corsi, the pair noted, corroborates the trail between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.

Official filings related to Mueller, their report noted, “connects Russian intelligence—behind the guise of Guccifer 2.0—to Wikileaks and, to a lesser extent, to Stone.”

Mueller’s filings, they added, haven’t corroborated the dossier’s claim that a Russian intelligence “operation had been conducted with the full knowledge and support of Trump and senior members of his campaign team.”

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“Mueller and his team have not yet alleged or asserted in public filings that individuals associated with the Trump campaign knew that Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian intelligence cover and that the documents in Wikileaks’s possession came from Russian government hackers,” Grant and Rosenberg wrote.

Read the entire report via Lawfare and watch video of Rosenberg explaining the analysis below:

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Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’

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Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.

“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.

“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”

Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:

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Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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