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Senate Report Concludes Russia Used Paul Manafort, WikiLeaks To Boost Trump In 2016
Reuters via Huffington Post ^ | 08/18/2020 | Mark Hosenball

Posted on 08/18/2020 10:08:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia used Republican political operative Paul Manafort, the WikiLeaks website and others to try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help now-U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign, a Senate intelligence panel report said on Tuesday.

WikiLeaks played a key role in Russia’s effort to assist Republican Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton and likely knew it was helping Russian intelligence, said the report, which is likely to be the most definitive public account of the 2016 election controversy.

The report found President Vladimir Putin personally directed the Russian efforts to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Clinton.

The panel, formally called the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also alleged Manafort collaborated with Russians, including oligarch Oleg Deripaska and an alleged Russian intelligence operative, Konstantin Kilimnik, before during and after the election.

The panel found Manafort’s role and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence, saying his “high-level access and willingness to share information with individuals closely affiliated with the Russian intelligence services... represented a grave counterintelligence threat.”

It was not clear what effect, if any, the report might have on the current U.S. presidential campaign in which Trump faces Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

Opinion polls show former vice president Biden has built an expansive lead in nearly every battleground state that Trump won narrowly in 2016, as the Republican’s approval numbers tumble amid the coronavirus pandemic.

(Excerpt) Read more at huffpost.com ...


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1 posted on 08/18/2020 10:08:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Opinion polls show former vice president Biden has built an expansive lead in nearly every battleground state that Trump won narrowly in 2016, as the Republican’s approval numbers tumble amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Uh, that lead has all but evaporated. Try to keep up Mark.

2 posted on 08/18/2020 10:10:32 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a lie.

A Russian troll farm posted some clickbait ads - for and against both candidates with negligible results.

Meanwhile, in Realsville, Russian sources were farmed by an opposition research firm funded by democrats to compile rumors, lies, and fairytales into a dossier that the FBI/DOJ used to spy on a campaign.

What does the Senate Report say about that?


3 posted on 08/18/2020 10:11:33 AM PDT by volunbeer (Find the truth and accept it - anything else is delusional)
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EXCLUSIVE: The Obama Treasury Department Spied on Flynn, Manafort, and the Trump Family, beginning in December 2015
The Ohio Star ^ | 18 May 2020 | Neil W. McCabe / FR posted by Erik Latranyi

President Barack Obama’s Treasury Department regularly surveiled retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn’s financial records and transactions beginning in December 2015 and well into 2017, before, during and after when he served at the White House as President Donald Trump’s National Security Director, a former senior Treasury Department official, and veteran of the intelligence community, told the Star Newspapers.

“I started seeing things that were not correct, so I did my own little investigation, because I wanted to make sure what I was seeing was correct” she said. “You never want to draw attention to something if there is not anything there.”
The whistleblower said she only saw metadata, that is names and dates when the general’s financial records were accessed. “I never saw what they saw.”

By March 2016, the whistleblower said she and a colleague, who was detailed to Treasury from the intelligence community, became convinced that the surveillance of Flynn was not tied to legitimate criminal or national security concerns, but was straight-up political surveillance among other illegal activity occurring at Treasury.

“When I showed it to her, what she said, ‘Oh, sh%t!’ and I knew right then and there that I was right – this was some shady stuff,” the whistleblower said.’

“It wasn’t just him,” the whistleblower said. “They were targeting other U.S. citizens, as well.”

Only two names are listed in the whistleblower’s official paperwork, so the others must remain sealed, she said. The second name is Paul J. Manafort Jr., the one-time chairman of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The other names include: Members of Congress, the most senior staffers on the 2016 Trump campaign and members of Trump’s family, she said.(Excerpt) Read more at theohiostar.com ...


The “Members of Congress” being spied upon by Obama could be a goldmine of info.
Betcha good money, Obama was spying on DEMOCRATS.

Was Obama checking to see if Democrats were holding out on his share of the graft?


4 posted on 08/18/2020 10:11:39 AM PDT by Liz
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Don’t believe the polls. Biden’s lead evaporated so they can show him with a big bump at the end of the telethon, er DNC convention.

Book it. They are very predictable.


5 posted on 08/18/2020 10:12:23 AM PDT by volunbeer (Find the truth and accept it - anything else is delusional)
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The report found President Vladimir Putin personally directed the Russian efforts to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Clinton.

Little is still known about the DNC server leaks. The servers have NEVER been looked at. The FBI was denied access. Download speeds of the stolen documents could only have been achieved by a direct connection to the servers - even the highest fibre optic connection overseas would have been much slower.

So this is simply more BS and propaganda, this time from the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

6 posted on 08/18/2020 10:12:47 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Liz

The effing crooked to the bone senate is covering it’s ass with lies.


7 posted on 08/18/2020 10:13:02 AM PDT by Aria
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To: SeekAndFind

Consider that Wikileaks was not like a phony dossier

It was leaks of candid personal and professional emails that let us see these people, like the spirit cooking Podestas, for what they really are!


8 posted on 08/18/2020 10:13:04 AM PDT by silverleaf (Great Things Never Come from Comfort Zones)
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Yeah, but they can’t even read their own script.


9 posted on 08/18/2020 10:13:24 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: SeekAndFind

The cesspool of bullshit must be refreshed periodically.


10 posted on 08/18/2020 10:13:27 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Apoplectic is where we want them)
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Recycled fake news.

When will the truth come out? The DNC server was not hacked!!

Seth Rich was murdered because he gave access to Wiki Leaks.

If only Assange would say as much.


11 posted on 08/18/2020 10:14:29 AM PDT by HypatiaTaught (Ovid- A Sheep. Baa Baa)
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To: volunbeer

Republican-led Senate.


12 posted on 08/18/2020 10:14:52 AM PDT by rintintin (qu)
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To: SeekAndFind
feh...

13 posted on 08/18/2020 10:15:13 AM PDT by Chode (Send bachelors and come heavily armed.)
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To: Aria

No question....


14 posted on 08/18/2020 10:16:12 AM PDT by Liz
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To: SeekAndFind
Russia used Republican political operative Paul Manafort, the WikiLeaks website and others to try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help now-U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign, a Senate intelligence panel report said on Tuesday.

This is a typical msm lie.

There is no report from the senate that says anything close to this.

Why let the truth get in the way of a good narrative?

15 posted on 08/18/2020 10:16:19 AM PDT by USS Alaska
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The effing crooked to the bone senate

Are you saying Mitch is crooked? Then why are Freepers bashing Ann Coulter for saying Mitch deserves to lose?


16 posted on 08/18/2020 10:16:35 AM PDT by rintintin (qu)
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To: SeekAndFind

The report released today is being used by the media to keep the Trump/Russia collusion hoax alive. I am so sick of this.


17 posted on 08/18/2020 10:17:48 AM PDT by Dan in Wichita
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Huffpuff...Huffin and Puffin!


18 posted on 08/18/2020 10:18:31 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Uh, that lead has all but evaporated. Try to keep up Mark.

It hasn't evaportated. It never existed.

19 posted on 08/18/2020 10:19:27 AM PDT by AAABEST (NY/DC/LA media/political/military industrial complex DELENDA EST)
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The Senate is trying to protect themselves from consequences of their complicity in the Coup. Warner/Burr of SSCI were totally onboard with taking out Trump. It has been proven that the wikileaks data came from an inside job, NOT Russian or any other hacking.


20 posted on 08/18/2020 10:20:50 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck ( Socialism consumes EVERYTHING!)
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