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Intel officials tell Congress that Russia is spreading false information about Biden

August 8, 2020
Manu Raju, Zachary Cohen | CNN
US intelligence officials have presented information to lawmakers and presidential campaigns indicating Russia is behind an ongoing disinformation push targeting former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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Exclusive: Trump never raised Russia's Taliban bounties with Putin

July 29, 2020
Jonathan Swan, Dave Lawler | Axios
President Trump has never confronted Vladimir Putin with intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops, he told “Axios on HBO” in an interview on Tuesday.

President Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence and pressures schools to reopen

July 10, 2020
President Trump commuted longtime confidant Roger Stone’s sentence Friday as COVID-19 cases surged across the country. The panel discussed the questions before leaders in Washington this week: will they encourage schools to reopen as early as next month? And will they pass another round of stimulus funding?
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Trump calls reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops a “hoax”

July 2, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
President Trump called reports of alleged Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan a “hoax,” noting he was never verbally briefed on the supposed plot. National security adviser Robert O’Brien said the raw intelligence was worrisome enough to share with the military.
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Congress demands answers from Trump over alleged Russian bounties

June 30, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
The White House insists President Trump was never briefed on reports of a Russian plot to target American troops in Afghanistan because the intelligence was "not verified.” Congress members from both parties, including top Republicans, are demanding answers.
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White House to brief some lawmakers on Russian bounties

June 29, 2020
Jake Sherman, Heather Caygle , Kyle Cheney, Sarah Ferris | POLITICO
It’s unclear which lawmakers will be included in the briefing, which will take place at the White House, or how detailed it will be.
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Amid Pandemic and Upheaval, New Cyber Risks to the Presidential Election

June 8, 2020
David Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, Matthew Rosenberg | The New York Times
With the general election less than 150 days away, there are rising concerns that the push for remote voting prompted by the pandemic could open new opportunities to hack the vote — for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, but also others hoping to disrupt, influence or profit from the election.
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Trump and Putin Discuss Russia’s Attendance at G7, but Allies Are Wary

June 2, 2020
Michael Crowley | The New York Times
President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia spoke by telephone on Monday, two days after Mr. Trump said he would invite Mr. Putin to attend a Group of 7 summit in the United States in September, the latest instance of a renewed round of personal diplomacy between the two leaders this year.
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Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

February 22, 2020
Michael Scherer, Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima, Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post
U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.
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