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Russian operatives caught using evidence from Mueller’s team in effort to discredit investigation

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When filing documents in a federal case, special counsel Robert Mueller revealed new information about the election 2016 hackers. According to Bloomberg News, more than 1,000 of the confidential files Mueller obtained prove a friend of Vladimir Putin footed the bill.

The information came from a filing involving Concord Management and Consulting LLC, which is controlled by so-called Putin chef Yevgeny Prigozhin.

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“In the filing, Mueller’s team said ‘non-sensitive’ evidence that had been shared exclusively with Concord’s U.S. law firm, Reed Smith, had wound up being disseminated, purportedly as a result of a hacking operation targeting the law firm,” Bloomberg reported.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said that he expects the investigation to be wrapped up soon, but judging from FBI Director Christopher Wray’s face, that might not actually be the case.

CNN also reported Wednesday that confidential documents ended up on a pro-Russia Twitter account that linked to a website where they were dumped online. Some of the documents were also fraudulently created, seemingly to discredit the Mueller investigation. The FBI has investigated and found it was directly linked to Russia for the purpose of discrediting the Mueller investigation.

“At least now we know where the attacks on Mueller are coming from — Russia,” noted former ethics czar Richard Painter.

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“When Russia is brazenly spreading disinformation to discredit our own government’s ongoing investigation into Russia spreading disinformation (see 👇), you really get the sense that we haven’t sufficiently punished such activity,” agreed former White House and Justice Department lawyer Joshua A. Geltzer.

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Doctors treat Ruth Bader Ginsburg for tumor on her pancreas: SCOTUS spokesperson

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week had underwent a procedure to treat a tumor from her pancreas, a court spokesperson tells Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes.

According to the Court, "the tumor was treated definitively" with radiation "and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."

The 86-year-old Ginsburg late last year underwent surgery to treat lung cancer and she returned to the bench this past February.

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REVEALED: Trump associate Felix Sater gave Osama bin Laden’s phone numbers to the feds

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The Russian businessman Felix Sater has been linked to Trump family enterprises for years. He was central to the effort to bring Trump Tower to Moscow. He also worked on the Trump SoHo condominium hotel in the mid-aughts.

During that time, Sater also worked as an informant for the FBI and CIA and aided prosecutors on various cases. He started working with the FBI in 1998, after he was caught in a stock-fraud scheme, reports the Wall Street Journal.

That's been previously reported. But what the WSJ found is that a letter just unsealed from the government praises Sater for being an especially good collaborator.

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Judges ‘frustrated’ after lawyers for Trump’s banks refuse to say if they have his tax returns: CNN

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Lawyers representing two of President Donald Trump's main banks upset a three-judge panel at an appellate court in New York when they refused to reveal whether they are in possession of President Donald Trump's tax returns.

CNN reports that lawyers for Deutsche Bank and Capital One "frustrated" the judges after they repeatedly cited "contractual obligations" to justify not divulging information about the president's taxes.

"The three-judge panel was so frustrated by the lawyers' refusal to answer that at one point one of the judges suggested the appellate court might seek an order for the information," reports CNN. "After several minutes of argument on the subject, the panel directed the lawyers to file letters under seal within 48 hours saying whether the banks have Trump's tax returns."

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