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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Bijan Kian, a onetime business partner of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and engaging in a conspiracy, related to a lobbying campaign aimed to encourage the extradition of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric whose long been an enemy of the Turkish government.

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WASHINGTON – Maria Butina admitted to being part of a conspiracy to develop an unregistered Russian influence campaign in the U.S. in a packed courtroom Thursday. The audience included not only the usual pack of journalists but other spectators, including an activist who often shows up at Russia-related hearings at Congress with a T-shirt that says “spy.”

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President Trump, with his ambivalent relationship with the truth, has found himself at odds with his Justice Department many times, on matters large and small, ranging from claims about terrorist attack data in the United States to whether he directed Michael Cohen to break campaign finance law to silence alleged mistresses.

Now we can add another example to the long list of occasions that the Justice Department has had to distance itself from something the President has claimed.

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