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Feb 16, 2018

Sum-Up: Here’s What Happened in the Trump-Russia Probes This Week

The big news in the Trump-Russia story came Friday, when special counsel Robert Mueller’s office released an indictment of 13 individuals and three organizations related to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm that sought to sow division and meddle with the US election process starting in 2014. It made clear that IRA’s efforts to interfere in the election were far more extensive than had previously been reported, including, for instance, efforts to push the false claim that voter fraud was rampant in the US, a claim Donald Trump also made during and after the election. Friday also saw the release of a plea agreement for a previously unknown-to-reporters individual named Richard Pinedo. Pinedo pleaded guilty to identity fraud; court documents released by the special counsel’s office suggested Pinedo used stolen identities to set up bank accounts that were used by Russians. Before the Friday afternoon news dump, there were hints that Mueller might have another cooperating witness.…

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