12 Russian Intel officials indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign

The US Justice department has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for alleged hacking of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016.

Fox News:  12 Russian Intel officials indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign, DNC emails

The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a news conference earlier in the day to discuss the charges, which stem from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Aspen Daily News: White House sees vindication in indictment

The White House is stressing that the new indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers contains no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the Trump campaign or that the hacking the Russians are accused of conducting affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters adds in her statement that “this is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”

It is nothing like vindication, it just means that Trump or his campaign are not implicated in this indictment. In fact it trashes a Trump conspiracy theory – see below.

Rosenstein said the investigation is continuing.

There could be more to come. And that may or may not drag the Trump campaign into the legal actions.

The Kremlin is reaffirming its denial of meddling in the U.S. election.

President Vladimir Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov reaffirmed that “the Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in U.S. elections.”

Ushakov spoke Friday, just hours before the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking into Democratic accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

He said the Kremlin believes there are “no objective reasons” for the current tensions, and that Moscow and Washington must join efforts to tackle global challenges such as international terrorism.

Putin and President Donald Trump are meeting Monday in Helsinki.

This latest legal move could add tension to that meeting (on top of Trump blasting Germany for dealing with Russia.

NY Times: Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on Friday announced the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials on charges stemming from the hacking of Democrats during the 2016 election.

And with that, yet another President Trump conspiracy theory is thoroughly rebuked by the Russia investigation.

Trump has regularly cast doubt upon the idea that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by the Russians — and that it was hacked at all. At one point he even reportedly dispatched a conspiracy theorist to meet with then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo. (Pompeo is now secretary of state.)

“This is all information that has been out there for many years. Much of it is false and/or entirely inaccurate,” Trump said in a statement after the DNC hack was revealed in the summer of 2016. “We believe it was the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader. Too bad the DNC doesn’t hack Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails.”

So Trump’s claims of ‘no collusion’ have to be viewed with scepticism, given his growing record of making false claims.

PBS: Read Mueller’s full indictment against 12 Russian officers for election interference

 

 

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  2. Gerrit

     /  July 14, 2018

    Proves nothing until the charges are laid and judged in court. People are getting ahead of themselves with CNN style smoke and mirror whispers.

    After the convictions can the virtue seekers be vindicated. Till then just more anti Trump rhetoric.

    I question the timing of the indictments with the Putin / Trump meeting close at hand.

    Mind you I think Trumps laps this stuff up. he simply does not give a continental.

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    • “Till then just more anti Trump rhetoric.”

      Ah, no. it is actual indictments in court.

      And the White House claiming vindication is bullshit.

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      • Gerrit

         /  July 14, 2018

        So when is the court date and when will the evidence by placed before the court?

        So far the indictment (a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime) has been made but no court date set.

        Do you have a responsibility to wait till justice is presented, judged and guilt confirmed, or get on the high horse before the charges are even heard?

        White house can claim innocent (as many innocent people do) and those who call BS on that right are prejudging proceedings.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  July 14, 2018

          OK, yes, Russia’s intelligence forces had a wide-ranging conspiracy to get Trump elected.

          And yes, the coconspirators included Wikileaks and probably included Roger Stone.

          And yes, the president’s campaign manager was involved in a conspiracy to bribe dozens of world leaders for millions of dollars so they would favor Russia’s puppet government in Ukraine.

          And yes, that conspiracy went until 2017.

          And the campaign manager sold a job in the Trump campaign to a banking executive who helped him launder money to help his pro-Russia conspiracy.

          And yes, Russia offered Trump’s son, son-in-law, and campaign manger bribes of stolen data in exchange for dropping sanctions.

          And Russia did follow through with that bribe.

          And Trump has avoided implementing sanctions.

          And the president’s National Security Advisor lied to the FBI regarding contacts with Russia for unknown reasons.

          And yes, the president asked the FBI director to drop the investigation of that.

          And sure, since taking office, Trump has never criticized Putin and has discredited NATO publicly.

          And then there’s Gerrit: ‘but you’ve got nothing on Trump. Show me the proof that he approved of any crime’

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          • Gerrit

             /  July 14, 2018

            Again, when will this “evidence” be bought before a court for judgement?

            So far all we have is smears, innuendos, hearsay and conjuncture.

            When will the “evidence” and the witnesses be placed before the judiciary for verification, cross examination and accountability?

            So far nothing concrete that will place anyone (let alone Trump) on the stand to face the accusers.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 14, 2018

    No detail and weird timing suggests ulterior motives in the Dem intel depts.

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  4. David

     /  July 14, 2018

    The only proven fact is Meullers investigation is purely political given the timing, pretty disgraceful really. The lawyers in Muellers team pretty much all donated and supported Clinton so no surprises really.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  July 14, 2018

      Newsflash: that triple string of fake pearls you’re clutching at is Mickey Mouse not Mikimoto

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  July 14, 2018

      Is it just Mueller’s team who are politically bias? Seems to me that every appointment in the US is political and following your logic they are all pushing their political agendas including the judiciary.

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  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  July 14, 2018

    TIMELINE:

    March 2016: Conspirators hack email accounts of volunteers and employees of Hillary campaign, including John Podesta

    March 2016: Yermakov spearphishes two accounts that would be leaked to DC Leaks

    March 14, 2016 through April 28, 2016: Conspirators use same pool of bitcoin to purchase VPN and lease server in Malaysia

    March 15, 2016: Yermakov runs technical query for DNC IP configurations and searches for open source info on DNC network, Dem Party, and Hillary

    March 19, 2016: Lukashev spearphish Podesta using john356gh

    March 21, 2016: Lukashev steals contents of Podesta’s email account, over 50,000 emails

    March 25, 2016: Lukashev spearphishes Victims 1 and 2 using john356gh; their emails later released on DCLeaks

    March 28, 2016: Yermakov researched Victims 1 and 2 on social media

    April 2016: Kozachek customizes X-Agent

    April 2016: Conspirators hack into DCCC and DNC networks, plant X-Agent malware

    April 2016: Conspirators plan release of materials stolen from Clinton Campaign, DCCC, and DNC

    April 6, 2016: Conspirators create email for fake Clinton Campaign team member to spearphish Clinton campaign; DCCC Employee 1 clicks spearphish link

    April 7, 2016: Yermakov runs technical query for DCCC’s internet protocol configurations

    April 12, 2016: Conspirators use stolen credentials of DCCC employee to access network

    April 14, 2016: Conspirators use X-Agent keylog and screenshot functions to surveil DCCC Employee 1

    April 15, 2016: Conspirators search hacked DCCC computer for “hillary,” “cruz,” “trump” and copied “Benghazi investigations” folder

    April 18, 2016: Conspirators hack into DNC through DCCC using credentials of DCCC employee with access to DNC server

    April 19, 2016: Kozachek, Yershov, and co-conspirators remotely configure middle server

    April 19, 2016: Conspirators register dcleaks using operational email dirbinsaabol@mail.com

    April 20, 2016: Conspirators direct X-Agent malware on DCCC computers to connect to middle server

    April 22, 2016: Conspirators use X-Agent keylog and screenshot function to surveil DCCC Employee 2

    April 22, 2016: Conspirators compress oppo research for exfil to server in Illinois

    April 27, 2016: George Papadopolous learns Russians are offering election assistance in the form of leaked emails

    April 28, 2016: Conspirators test IL server

    May 2016: Yermakov hacks DNC server

    May 13, 2016: Conspirators delete logs from DNC computer

    May 25 through June 1, 2016: Conspirators hack DNC Microsoft Exchange Server; Yermakov researches PowerShell commands related to accessing it

    May 30, 2016: Malyshev upgrades the AMS (AZ) server, which receives updates from 13 DCCC and DNC computers

    May 31, 2016: Yermakov researches Crowdstrike and X-Agent and X-Tunnel malware

    June 2016: Conspirators staged and released tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents

    June 1, 2016: Conspirators attempt to delete presence on DCCC using CCleaner

    June 8, 2016: Conspirators launch dcleaks.com, dcleaks Facebook account using Alive Donovan, Jason Scott, and Richard Gingrey IDs, and @dcleaks_ Twitter account, using same computer used for other

    June 14, 2016: Conspirators register actblues and redirect DCCC website to actblues

    June 14, 2016: WaPo (before noon ET) and Crowdstrike announces DNC hack

    June 15, 2016, between 4:19PM and 4:56 PM Moscow Standard Time (9:19 and 9:56 AM ET): Conspirators log into Moscow-based sever and search for words that would end up in first Guccifer 2.0 post, including “some hundred sheets,” “illuminati,” “think twice about company’s competence,” “worldwide known”

    June 15, 2016, 7:02PM MST (2:02PM ET): Guccifer 2.0 posts first post

    June 20, 2016: Conspirators delete logs from AMS panel, including login history, attempt to reaccess DCCC using stolen credentials

    June 22, 2016: Wikileaks sends a private message to Guccifer 2.0 to “send any new material here for us to review and it will have a much higher impact than what you are doing.”

    June 27, 2016: Conspirators contact US reporter, send report password to access nonpublic portion of dcleaks

    Late June, 2016: Failed attempts to transfer data to Wikileaks

    July 6, 2016: Conspirators use VPN to log into Guccifer 2.0 account

    July 6, 2016: Wikileaks writes Guccifer 2.0 adding, “if you have anything hillary related we want it in the next tweo [sic] days prefabl [sic] because the DNC [Democratic National Convention] is approaching and she will solidify bernie supporters behind her after”

    July 14, 2016: Conspirators send WikiLeaks an email with attachment titled wk dnc link1.txt.gpg providing instructions on how to access online archive of stolen DNC documents

    July 18, 2016: WikiLeaks confirms it has “the 1Gb or so archive” and would make a release of stolen documents “this week”

    July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks releases first dump of 20,000 emails

    July 27, 2016: Trump asks Russia for Hillary emails

    July 27, 2016: After hours, conspirators attempt to spearphish email accounts at a domain hosted by third party provider and used by Hillary’s personal office, as well as 76 email addresses at Clinton Campaign

    August 15, 2016: Conspirators receive request for stolen documents from candidate for US congress

    August 15, 2016: First Guccifer 2.0 exchange with Roger Stone noted

    August 22, 2016: Conspirators transfer 2.5 GB of stolen DCCC data to registered FL state lobbyist Aaron Nevins

    August 22, 2016: Conspirators send Lee Stranahan Black Lives Matter document

    September 2016: Conspirators access DNC computers hosted on cloud service, creating backups of analytics applications

    October 2016: Linux version of X-Agent remains on DNC network

    October 7, 2016: WikiLeaks releases first set of Podesta emails

    January 12, 2017: Conspirators falsely claim the intrusions and release of stolen documents have “totally no relation to the Russian government”

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 14, 2018

      Source?

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  July 14, 2018

        Do your own research and tell me if I’m wrong on any of the timeline points.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 14, 2018

          I already had. It seems to be cut and paste from emptywheel. Didn’t find it anywhere else. The detail is surprising in that it surely reveals US intel methods that the US would want to keep secret so the question is what purpose justifies that.

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          • David

             /  July 14, 2018

            What Joe misses totally is Trump himself is not under investigation, he still holds out hope that something will be revealed alongside a half dozen other conspiracy nutters and their unhinged blog sites.
            No doubt he thinks Bush organised 9/11 and that vaccines are a form of mind control.

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  July 14, 2018

            Clutching at your pearls again, Alan 🤣, so where is the timeline wrong?

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    • MaureenW

       /  July 14, 2018

      Hope Meuller’s got your number.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  July 14, 2018

        Haha, Marcy Wheeler’s been interviewed by the FBI in relation to the Mueller investigation so he’s sure got her number…

        And trumpys … 🤣

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 15, 2018

      The interesting thing about that timeline is that absolutely none of it depends on information Mueller has extracted during his probe into collusion. It was all obviously known to the intel agencies and supplied by them to Mueller as it could have been to the DoJ when the events occurred.

      Trump’s question as to why Obama then took no action is pertinent.

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  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  July 14, 2018

    July 27, 2016, Trump: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

    That evening, Russian operatives targeted Clinton campaign emails “for the first time.”
    Indictment Count 22: “… on or about July 27, 2016, the conspirators attempted to spearfish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office…”

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    • Gerrit

       /  July 14, 2018

      So the court case bringing all the evidence to court is when?

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      • Gezza

         /  July 14, 2018

        Just be patient. Professional policeman on the job.

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        • Gerrit

           /  July 14, 2018

          After three years one would expect the police, DHS, FBI. CIA, etc, to have the evidence and witnesses ready to go.

          Hopefully these indictments are the start of the court cases, but somehow I think not.

          Just more fuel for the Joe Blogg’s in this world to carry on with their conspiracy theories rather than face reality.

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  July 14, 2018

            This is being assembled from the outside in, defining the Russian activity first and creating a path from there to American involvement. Patience grasshopper patience.

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  July 14, 2018

            Gerri, an indictment is a formal accusation that a person has committed a serious crime, and it’s filed after the conclusion of a grand jury hearing.

            These indictments are the beginnings of the. court cases, that’s why they’re filed.

            So “somehow I think not” doesn’t cut the mustard legally or intellectually.

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            • Gerrit

               /  July 14, 2018

              Not waiting with bated breath. Wager a chocolate fish it will never reach court for to do would need witnesses to face cross examination.

              Such as “how easy was it to penetrate the Clintons unsecured personal email server to download the emails information”.

              It wont go to court for it will embarrass the empress in regards bypassing state security with a unsecured and unauthorised personal email server.

              Intellectually?? Hahaha, think strategically. The court sessions will hurt the Democratic party in the run up to the 2020? POTUS elections. Timing is tight to get the court sessions in prior to 2020 electioneering starting in 2019.

              Elections Trump is hands down to win unless the Democratic party washes itself from the Clinton’s clinging and grasping sticky fingers. That seems unlikely

              https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/hillary-clinton-is-running-for-president-again-214766

              Unless the Democrats think that having the court sessions during the electioneering would help their cause.

              Strategically do you think the court cases would help the Democrats?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 14, 2018

      The allegations that the Russians had hacked the Democrats far predated Trump’s jest.

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  7. Harry Litman @CNN: Indictment of 12 Russians has stunning implications

    The stunning accusation, in a meticulously detailed complaint lays it out: Members of an enemy army engaged in a coordinated criminal enterprise to secretly sabotage an American presidential election. The attacks were sustained, professional and largely successful. It would appear to be the most nefarious attack by a foreign government on the United States since Pearl Harbor.

    Worse, the attacks allegedly involved United States citizens, including a Trump campaign insider. Paragraph 44 of the indictment spells out that the defendants communicated with a “person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.”

    It’s a safe bet that the person did not report this patently illegal meddling to the FBI. That a person close to the campaign was allegedly involved raises the prospect of the unraveling of a conspiracy eclipsing Watergate in its brazenness and damage to national interests. Whoever it is, though, this person or persons may well be a concrete link between the Trump campaign and the saboteurs in the Russian government.

    This revelation should finally put an end to the ignorant droning of the President and his defenders that the Mueller probe is a “witch hunt” that has failed to find any evidence of “collusion” with the Trump campaign.

    It is unlikely to put an ended to the evolving defences of trump – evolving as results of the Mueller investigation gradually emerge.

    If the allegations are substantiated, it means at a bare minimum that members of Russian intelligence attempted to work with Trump campaign insiders to disseminate hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee to try to swing the election to Trump. Even if the insiders didn’t know with whom they were dealing, it would still be outrageous to continue to pretend that the whole episode is drummed up and politically motivated.

    Of course there is quite a bit to happen yet before we know the extent of the problem and who if anyone in trump’;s campaign was directly involved.

    But it looks increasingly bad for US democracy.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 14, 2018

      Yes. It is extraordinary that the US Intel are apparently trying to sabotage their President’s diplomacy. No doubt the Russians find it hilarious.

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      • Gezza

         /  July 15, 2018

        They’re not. They’re trying to prevent a narcissist President being taken for a ride & keeping their eye on the ball.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 15, 2018

          If you believe that, you’ll believe anything. Here’s a clue for you: their departments report to the President.

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    • I can’t find anything on Rosenstein saying that. He did say:

      Now, there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity.

      And:

      “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result. The special counsel’s investigation is ongoing and there will be no comments on the special counsel at this time.”

      And:

      ROSENSTEIN: Again, there’s no allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge. And the nature of the scheme was the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists, even going so far as to base their activities on a virtual private network here in the United States so, if anybody traced it back to that first jump, they appeared to be Americans.

      https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/02/16/watch_live_deputy_ag_rod_rosenstein_announcement.html

      But that’s clearly just referring to this indictment. So it appears that Hannity misunderstood, is making shit up.

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  10. Gerrit

     /  July 14, 2018

    Yep and CNN is how unbiased?

    As I said when will this go to court? Never.

    Democrats (and CNN) are hoping for a verdict in the court of public opinion. A public getting more annoyed.

    Worth a read from a strategic point of view

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-millennials/exclusive-democrats-lose-ground-with-millennials-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1I10YH

    “The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.

    Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates.”
    —–
    And as for CNN. 45% of Americans think CNN is extreme left biased. So is what CNN says unbiased and truthful reporting? Or scaremongering to their perceived audience?

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cnn/

    open the chart to see the results.

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    • As it is Russians who are indicted there’s a good chance it won’t go to court. But we have to wait and see where this is leading.

      Funny you don’t mantion Fox or hannity’s bias. They are all reporting the text of the indictmenty and what Rosenstein said.

      The indictment’s section on how the Russian hackers interacted with Americans names several people who received the stolen documents. There was the US congressional candidate who asked for the material, the state lobbyist who received stolen personal identifications of 2,000 Democratic donors and the journalist who took a release of documents related to the Black Lives Matter movement. There’s also Wikileaks, the main pipeline through which the Russians released their stolen goods.

      Stone was an adviser to Trump during the campaign and has clearly been investigated by Mueller’s team and the grand jury, after several of his business associates received requests for documents or to testify before the grand jury. He previously said he was “prepared” to be indicted but continues to deny any wrongdoing related to collusion. Messages with Guccifer 2.0 cited in the criminal complaint today match messages Stone previously released, yet he said they were benign.

      Americans were not charged on Friday, nor were they named in the indictment.

      Yet Rosenstein made it as clear as possible at his press conference on Friday that Mueller’s work continues. “The special counsel’s investigation is ongoing,” he said.

      https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/13/politics/takeaways-indictment-russians-dnc-hacking/index.html

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      • Gerrit

         /  July 14, 2018

        Don’t need to mention their bias as it is as bad as CNN. Hence a preference for Reuters.

        This is going nowhere and will be seen by the voting public as naval gazing beltway issues.

        Democrats need to get back to the tax paying working classes and judge their feelings and aspirations to see how they could get them to vote democrat.

        But as long as the Democrats play the evil Russians beltway issue and navel gaze, the wont win in 2020.

        Hence the continuing press on the Russian connection is playing right into Trumps hand.

        Bit of a strategic conundrum.

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