Forensic News Roundup

Forensic News Roundup: Misinformation enters presidential race

September 7, 2020 6:55 am By

The misinformation playbook The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July withheld an intelligence bulletin warning of a Russian plot to spread misinformation regarding Joe Biden’s mental health. The bulletin, titled “Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of U.S. Candidates to Influence 2020 Election,” was blocked by the office of acting DHS Secretary Chad […]

Forensic News Roundup: Rosenstein reportedly curtailed Mueller’s investigation

September 1, 2020 6:58 am By

Rosenstein grounds the plane In 2017, former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein secretly narrowed Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference and ties to Trump, according to the NYT. Some career FBI counterintelligence investigators believed Trump’s own relationship with Russia “posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening […]

Forensic News Roundup: Trump spreads Russian disinformation that his own DNI warned about

August 18, 2020 6:11 am By

Disinformation and the election Trump publicly pressured Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham to release damaging information on Obama and Biden before the election. Durham was appointed by Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia probe. Barr himself has stated that “we are trying to get some things accomplished […]

Forensic News Roundup: Trump attempts to rule by fiat

August 10, 2020 7:40 am By

>>John Yoo returns<< Do you remember John Yoo? During the George W. Bush administration, Yoo worked in the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) under Attorney General John Ashcroft. While there, he authored the so-called Torture Memos, which provided a legal rationale for the torture of detainees during the War on […]

Forensic News Roundup: Republicans under suspicion of receiving Kremlin-linked info

August 4, 2020 7:34 am By

Foreign interference Intelligence officials confirmed in recent days that foreign actors are actively seeking to compromise the private communications of “U.S. political campaigns, candidates and other political targets” while working to compromise the nation’s election infrastructure. Foreign entities are also aggressively spreading disinformation intended to sow voter confusion heading into the fall. […]

Forensic News Roundup: DOJ provides false statements in court

July 28, 2020 9:19 am By

DOJ provides false statements in court Trusted Traveler Program Federal lawyers admitted in court that DHS officials made false statements in a bid to justify expelling New York residents from programs that let United States travelers speed through borders and airport lines. The Trump administration previously told the courts that New […]

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