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Recently, Special Counsel Robert Mueller made the first indictments in his probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Three Trump campaign staffers are facing charges, not all of which are directly related to Russia’s meddling in the 2016...
Among the most persistent objections for the attribution to Russia of the 2016 hacking of the DNC is the DNC’s refused to grant access to their physical server to the FBI. President Donald Trump raised the issue as recently...
Updated 8/14/17 to include responses from Forensicator and additional information. The question of Russia's culpability in the 2016 hacking of the DNC is a settled matter in the view of the U.S. intelligence community and most cybersecurity experts. But, for...
The investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly turned to President Trump's business dealings with Russia according to a new Bloomberg News story. We've long taken the view at Roughly Explained that this is where the...
In testimony punctuated by flashes of anger, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called charges that he colluded in Russia's effort to influence the 2016 election "an appalling and detestable lie." The hearing revealed little new about the core issue of...
Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday was riveting, but in the long run, not as damning as the White House may have feared. In his first public remarks since being sacked...
It may be that Mr. Trump's contrarian instincts, lack of experienced advisors and a string of coincidences are the real Trump-Russia conspiracy.
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress for the first time since being fired by President Trump. Here's what to expect.
 President Trump’s decision not to invoke executive privilege and, thus, allow former FBI Director James B. Comey to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee was moot before it was even announced.Executive privilege never applied to the memorandums Comey wrote...
News reports circulated last week that Jared C. Kushner, the son-in-law turned advisor to President Trump, is now a person of interest in the FBI investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.According to the reports, the FBI’s specific interest...
Originally published on Quora.com. Every modern President has met with Russian officials. Presidents Obama and Bush have both met with the very same Russian official Trump did, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov — and they met with others as well. The fact...
In the four months since his inauguration, Washington Republicans have clung tightly to the glimmers of promise from President Trump. The early policy fumble of the immigration ban, the air ball on Obamacare, and his countless ill-advised tweet-storms could still be...
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein took an important step to stabilize the spiraling series of crises that have enveloped the Trump Administration Wednesday when he named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between...
A memorandum for the file written by fired FBI Director James B. Comey revealed this week is raising charges of obstruction of justice and excited talk of impeachment among Trump critics. The memo, first reported by The New York...
The Washington Post reported Monday that in a meeting last week with Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov, President Donald Trump described details of intelligence the U.S. had obtained from a foreign partner about the potential use of laptop bombs by...
In the week since President Donald Trump stunned official Washington by firing FBI Director James Comey, why he did it and what it means continues to dominate the conversation. Reactions have been sharply divided, mostly along partisan lines. Trump's...
Since the first signs emerged of Russian’s hack into the presidential elections, some within the intelligence community have speculated that the operations had two objectives: First to issue a not-very-subtle warning to CIA and NSA of Russia’s cyberwarfare capabilities;...
CIA Director Michael Pompeo takes on Wikileaks.
Bloomberg National security columnist Eli Lake reported on Monday that former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Susan Rice requested that names of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications between foreigners, and in some cases communications between Russian...
KEY POINTSNunes says he has seen intelligence reports that identify Trump team members, suggesting that they could have been surveilled.As far as we know, Trump associates were not the intended target. Rather, the information was apparently collected incidentally in surveillance of...
By focusing its attention on potential connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, the media is missing a bigger story: Trump’s business ties to Russians. While there have been some articles that document the latter, those have...
Three Things to KnowA trove of stolen CIA documents released by Wikileaks this week included a catalogue of malware developed by other countries, including Russia, that Wikileaks claimed could facilitate "false flag" attacks that appear as though they were carried out by...
NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that a FISA warrant was received by the FBI. There is conflicting reporting on this point. The story has been updated to more accurately reflect this uncertainty. In a series of tweets Saturday...
Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the ongoing investigation into supposed links between Trump campaign staffers and Russian intelligence officers and officials. The announcement came after the Washington Post reported that Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergei...
Listening to the partisan debate over President Donald Trump's White House and Russia, one of two things must be be true. Either, as Trump supporters contend, the media and U.S. intelligence community are engaged in a politically motivated effort to...
The resignation of President Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is the latest plot twist in a young administration not short on drama. Flynn's departure follows weeks of intrigue surrounding his frequent contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and...
The Trump-Russia Memos, Roughly Explained A collection of opposition research memos containing unverified allegations of collusion between Presidential-elect Donald Trump's team and Russia to interfere in the 2016 election set off a firestorm. Trump has vehemently denied the allegations and...

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