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Meddling probe indicts 13 Russians; charges say scheme was to lift Trump, sow havoc

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published February 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday in Washington that the defendants “took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists.”

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, businessman Yevgeniy Viktorivich Prigozhin gestures at the Konstantin palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia....

The special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election charged 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations Friday with trying to disrupt the U.S. political process, including efforts designed to boost the candidacy of Donald Trump and hurt that of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, businessman Yevgeniy Viktorivich Prigozhin gestures at the Konstantin palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia....

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Wowy says... February 17, 2018 at 7:44 a.m.

Hey dimwits - LMAO!!

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BOLTAR says... February 17, 2018 at 8:04 a.m.

America is under a sustained attack, but narcissistic Agent Orange refuses to defend us because he thinks this emergency is all about undercutting him personally. His ongoing refusal to implement the Russian sanctions voted into law by a nearly unanimous Congress is a profound failure that makes him appear illegitimate, perhaps even criminal and traitorous, by refusing to preserve, protect, and defend our Constitutional democracy.

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BoudinMan says... February 17, 2018 at 8:07 a.m.

Can we stop with the "Russian meddling is a hoax. Fake news." Bolt, I was going to say the same thing. I've asked Cotton-in-his-ears' office of his plans to keep this from happening again, you know, an attack on America, they told me they would get back to me.

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WGT says... February 17, 2018 at 8:31 a.m.

Tip of the iceberg. This is what Mueller and Rosenstein are showing the public at the moment.
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Miranda warning should be included at the beginning of the administrations’ dailey briefing.
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Vote.

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BOLTAR says... February 17, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.

I, too, have no more patience, BoudinMan, for those who carry Putin's water, and WGT offers the answer. Wherever we find them, we have to challenge and throw out the stupid, the spineless, and the active collaborators.

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23cal says... February 17, 2018 at 8:49 a.m.

""We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections," he said in the statement."
Didn't Trump say there was no interference and consequently hasn't done anything to prevent more of it?

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DoubleBlind says... February 17, 2018 at 8:54 a.m.

Russian bots are working overtime since Parkland massacre generating twitter messages in favor of 2A and gun rights over dead children. Thanks, Trumputin.

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BOLTAR says... February 17, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

That is right, DoubleBlind, and the Russians' useful idiots are everywhere, including here, amplifying their disgusting messages. Our job is simply to call them out, belittle, and ignore them. To attempt to engage them in meaningful discussion simply serves their disruptive purpose.

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RBear says... February 17, 2018 at 9:16 a.m.

These indictments provide even more proof of Russian meddling in the election and, in this case, work to sway the election for particular interests designed to upset America's political system. The fact the WH doesn't take this more seriously gives even more concern for our Republic and how easily it can be manipulated.
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The latest attack by the Russian bots, as tracked by Hamilton 68, was in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting. Bots amplified conspiracy theories promoted by sites such as Infowars and other sources. Gun rights advocates postings were boosted by the bots and questionable facts disputing gun control were also amped up.
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The primary goal of Russian state-actors is to sow discontent, weaken many of the institutions of democracy such as a free press, and attack trust in our law enforcement groups. Currently, the top hashtags being promoted by the bots are #Mueller, #NeverRomney, #13Russians, and #nocollusion, Top URLs being promoted are Hannity's stories on no collusion. The bots average around 18-20K tweets a day.
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When I look at the tweets and Facebook posts of some of my friends, I find the quality of sources degrades the further right the ideology. I've blocked any posts by friends from Infowars so it may be worse. BTW, helpful hint for you on Facebook. You can block posts from a source without blocking your friend. Click on the three dots by the post. That cuts a lot of trash from your feed and impacts the algorithms to downgrade the source.

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skeptic1 says... February 17, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

Next round should be indictments of those in the DNC that paid for that phony Russian dossier that was used by the the FBI, and then let heads roll at the FBI. This is so Nixonian, just like Nixon who was way ahead in the polls, Hillary still crossed the line to try and rig the election.

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