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Trump’s dark ‘civil war’ threats were pushed last year by Russian trolls charged in Mueller probe

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President Donald Trump amplified a “civil war” threat that was pushed by Russian trolls charged as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The president quoted right-wing Pastor Robert Jeffress in a series of tweets Sunday night warning that civil war would break out if he was impeached.

Trump’s threats shocked and alarmed the public, but they sounded familiar to former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa — who pointed to similar language in a criminal complaint filed against the chief accountant of a Kremlin campaign to influence foreign elections.

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Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova kept detailed payment records for the Internet Research Agency and other Russian “troll farms” which pushed divisive and inflammatory content on social media designed to influence U.S. politics.

That campaign, known as Project Lakhta, set up accounts posing as Americans that pushed pro-Trump propaganda.

One of those themes, according to the complaint, piggybacked on a piece by right-wing broadcaster Michael Savage warning that civil war would break out if Trump was removed from office as part of the Mueller investigation.

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“Any attempt to remove Trump is a direct path to civil war in the United States,” Savage warned. “In case Republicans will not stop acting as traitors, they will bring upon themselves forces of civil retribution during the 2018 elections.”

Accounts associated with Project Lakhta promoted that message, which Trump pushed himself months later on Twitter.

That’s not the only time Trump’s talking points overlapped with Project Lakhta propaganda, according to Rangappa.

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The former FBI investigator shows several points in the complaint against Khusyaynova that align with themes Trump promotes on his own social media accounts, such as voter fraud, “fake news,” attacks on the late John McCain and dismissing Mueller as a “partisan” operative.

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‘Smoking gun so hot it’s still on fire’: Ex-US Attorney astonished by text shown in Vindman testimony

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A former U.S. Attorney says Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has delivered "smoking gun" evidence of a quid pro quo arrangement between President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

The National Security Council staffer told a House impeachment inquiry that he was aware of -- and alarmed by -- efforts as early as March to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, which he believed were conducted to deliver a political benefit the president.

The counsel for House Democrats then showed a text sent 30 minutes before Trump's July 25 call to Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky, which shows the special envoy Kurt Volker dangling a White House visit to a Zelensky aide in exchange for an investigation.

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‘Perfectly impeachable’: George Conway says Vindman and Williams testimony is ‘absolutely devastating’ for Trump

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On Tuesday, as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams testified publicly about their knowledge of the Ukraine scandal, conservative lawyer George Conway called the testimony "devastating" for President Donald Trump — and proclaimed his conduct both impeachable and criminal.

This testimony, from two witnesses to the July 25 call, is absolutely devastating. That call was absolutely “perfect,” all right—perfectly impeachable.

And criminal.

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 19, 2019

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Former Obama officials torch Trump’s press secretary for ‘bald-faced lie’ about leaving mean notes

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Tuesday told a tall tale about Obama officials -- and now many of them are calling her out for it.

While talking to reporters, Grisham alleged that Obama staffers in January 2017 left notes that read, "You will fail" for Trump officials.

The story immediately raised suspicions among reporters who were skeptical that such notes would have remained a secret for nearly three years, especially given how leak-prone the Trump White House has been.

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