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Mueller: Manafort’s Collaborator Has Ties To Russia’s Intelligence Services

NPR Enlarge this image Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s office says Paul Manafort’s would-be coauthor on a new column defending himself has ties to Russian intelligence. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption toggle caption Jacquelyn Martin/AP Paul Manafort is trying to sway public opinion of his case by working with a Russian collaborator who has ties to Russia’s intelligence services, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said in court papers Monday. Mueller’s team said it learned last week that Manafort has been working with a Russian compatriot on a newspaper column that prosecutors say violates a gag order by U.S. District...

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Hate Crimes Up In 2016, FBI Statistics Show

NPR Enlarge this image The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau’s headquarters. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The number of hate crimes reported last year rose by 4.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to data released Monday by the FBI. The total tally of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared to 5,850 in 2015. More than half of those incidents were motivated by the victim’s race. The FBI statistics are based on voluntary reporting by nearly 16,000 local law-enforcement agencies. Civil-rights groups, however, say the...

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Inquiry Widens Following Disclosure Of Trump Aides Told About Russia Contacts

NPR Enlarge this image Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mark Wilson/Getty Images Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page told a number of his campaign colleagues and supervisors about his dealings with Russians, he told members of Congress last week. One of them was Jeff Sessions, then an Alabama senator and early Trump endorser and now the attorney general. Sessions has previously denied he was aware of anyone...

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Grand Jury Approves First Charges In Mueller’s Russia Investigation

NPR Enlarge this image Special counsel Robert Mueller’s high-powered team of investigators and lawyers has expertise in everything from white-collar crime and fraud to national security. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, turned himself in to the FBI on Monday morning in response to the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election. Manafort, dressed in a dark suit and blue tie, appeared at the FBI’s Washington field office just after 8 a.m. with his lawyer. He was escorted into the building by...

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The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image Facebook and Twitter appear to be key platforms in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election; investigators want to know more. Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images For more than nine months, Twitter and Facebook have tried to dodge the intense public scrutiny involved with the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. Now they’re in the spotlight. Congressional investigators are digging in on Russia’s use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to try to influence the 2016 campaign. And after a series of escalating complaints by...

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