Mueller’s Message to America

With yet another blockbuster indictment (why is it always on a Friday afternoon?), Special Counsel Robert Mueller has, once again, upended Washington. And this time, it is possible that his efforts may have a wider effect outside the Beltway.

For those following the matter, there has been little doubt that Russian citizens attempted to interfere with the American presidential election. The American intelligence agencies publicized that conclusion more than a year ago in a report issued in January 2017, and it has stood by the analysis whenever it has been questioned. But some in the country have doubted the assertion—asking for evidence of interference that was not forthcoming.

Now the evidence has been laid out in painful detail by the special counsel. If any significant fraction of what is alleged in the latest indictment is true (and we should, of course, remind ourselves that an indictment is just an allegation—not proof), then this tale is a stunning condemnation of Russian activity. A Russian organization with hundreds of employees and a budget of millions of dollars is said to have systematically engaged in an effort (code named “Project Lakhta”) to undermine the integrity of the election and, perhaps more importantly, to have attempted to influence the election to benefit then-candidate Donald Trump. Among the allegations, the Russians:

Conducted political intelligence-gathering activities in the United States;

Hid their activities by setting up virtual networks in America that masked their extra-American communications;

Influenced the American election by using false personas to organize rallies for Trump, criticizing Muslims and spreading allegations of voter fraud by candidate Clinton;

Stole American identities to create controlled accounts; and

Destroyed evidence of their activities.

The details of these activities are painfully explicit; the indictment cites dates, times, places, messages, posts, and specific rallies. In …read more

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Indict Night

Today in 5 Lines

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election. During a press conference, Rosenstein emphasized that “there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant” in the scheme, and that “there is no allegation in the indictment that the charge conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.” President Trump responded on Twitter, saying that “the results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!” Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of FBI and Justice Department protocol after FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau failed to follow-up on a tip it received about Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in January. And former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney formally announced that he’s running for Senate in Utah.

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Read the Indictment: Here’s the full text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals. (Priscilla Alvarez and Taylor Hosking)

What Does It Mean?: The indictment helps flesh out the details of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (Natasha Bertrand)

So You Think Someone Is Mentally Ill: After Wednesday’s mass shooting, many Republicans, including President Trump, stressed the need to address mental-health issues. But identifying mental illness is difficult—and so is helping someone get treatment. (Olga Khazan)

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SnapshotFormer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands near cows during a tour of Gibson’s Green Acres Dairy on Friday in Ogden, Utah. Rick Bowmer / AP

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Who Is Richard Pinedo?: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team reached a plea deal with a California man accused of …read more

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Donald Trump’s Alleged Affair With Playboy Playmate l: 6 Things We Learned

Donald Trump‘s affair with former Playboy model Karen McDougal was kept out of headlines through a series of orchestrated moves by several individuals at American Media, Inc., according to claims made in Ronan Farrow’s latest New Yorker piece.

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Donald Trump’s Alleged Affair With Playboy Playmate l: 6 Things We Learned

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The Full Text of Mueller’s Indictment of 13 Russians

On Friday, February 16, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein announced that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, had indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on charges that including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. This is the full text of that indictment.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

* * CRIMINAL NO. v. * * (18 U.S.C. §§ 2,371, 1349, 1028A)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

v.

INTERNET RESEARCH AGENCY LLC

A/K/A MEDIASINTEZ LLC A/K/A

GLAVSET LLC A/K/A MIXINFO

LLC A/K/A AZIMUT LLC A/K/A NOVINFO LLC,

CONCORD MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING LLC,

CONCORD CATERING,

YEVGENIY VIKTOROVICH PRIGOZHIN,

MIKHAIL IVANOVICH BYSTROV,

MIKHAIL LEONIDOVICH BURCHIK

A/K/A MIKHAIL ABRAMOV,

ALEKSANDRA YURYEVNA KRYLOVA,

ANNA VLADISLAVOVNA BOGACHEVA,

SERGEY PAVLOVICH POLOZOV,

MARIA ANATOLYEVNA BOVDA

A/K/A MARIA ANATOL YEVNA BELYAEVA,

ROBERT SERGEYEVICH BOVDA,

DZHEYKHUN NASIMI OGLY

ASLANOV A/K/A JAYHOON

ASLANOV A/K/A JAY ASLANOV,

VADIM VLADIMIROVICH PODKOPAEV,

GLEB IGOREVICH V ASILCHENKO,

IRINA VIKTOROVNA KAVERZINA,

and VLADIMIR VENKOV.

*******

Defendants.

INDICTMENT

The Grand Jury for the District of Columbia charges:

Introduction

l. The United States of America, through its departments and agencies, regulates the activities of foreign individuals and entities in and affecting the United States in order to prevent, disclose, and counteract improper foreign influence on U.S. elections and on the U.S. political system. U.S. law bans foreign nationals from making certain expenditures or financial disbursements for the purpose of influencing federal elections. U.S. law also bars agents of any foreign entity …read more

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