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MSNBC reporters investigating whether ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ was targeted by Russian disinformation campaign

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday explained the complicated story about a Russian campaign to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller — and how she and her show may be connected to it.

Earlier in the day, Mueller’s team claimed in court that sensitive, non-public materials from one of the special counsel’s indictments ended up on a public Russian server. Those documents were given in discovery — the legal process in which a defendant is given an opportunity to view the plaintiff’s case against them — to Concord Management, LLC, the defendant in the infamous “Russian troll farm” case.

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As Maddow noted, the special counsel’s office is working to limit the materials Concord Management gets in discovery moving forward not just because the documents were likely passed on willingly from someone on the company’s legal team — but also because they were “sifted through” and selectively published in an attempt to discredit Mueller.

“Mueller’s team confirmed some of the documents were legitimate and obtained through the trial’s discovery process,” NBC News reported earlier Wednesday. “Other documents included in the fake leak, which included screenshots of websites and memes that were not created by the [Russian troll farm] Internet Research Agency, were not collected by Mueller’s team.”

At the crux of the bizarre story is a Twitter account named @HackingRedstone that published documents with “folder structures that are unique to the files produced by the government in discovery, including tracking numbers assigned by the special counsel’s office,” Maddow said.

The @HackingRedstone account tried to shop the files, which its operator claimed were hacked via a Russian server, to ThinkProgress reporter Casey Michel and disinformation researcher Josh Russell — and possibly to Maddow’s team as well.

“There are some indications that I may have been the third target of this effort,” Maddow said, “or at least this show may have been the third known target of this effort by this anonymous Russian Twitter handle.”

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“I will just tell you: I’ve nothing exciting to tell you about that,” the host added. “We are still trying to track that down when this indictment came out today and when Josh and Casey started talking publicly about how they had been targeted and how they had been shopped this stuff, that’s the first we heard we might have been targeted in this way as well.”

Watch the host explain the bizarre saga below:

 

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Watch Devin Nunes freak out and eject reporters when asked about phone calls with Lev Parnas

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) lost it over the weekend when he was asked about his phone calls with Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas, who was recently indicted.

Nunes was at a Republican Party fundraiser in New York City when two Intercept reporters asked about the impeachment probe. Recent phone records subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee revealed that Nunes had multiple conversations with Giuliani and with Parnas.

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Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

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MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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