Mueller, Russia and Facebook

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Here comes another twist in the Mueller investigation and it may be a very big deal. Robert Mueller just obtained a warrant that could change the entire nature of the Russia investigation.

The search warrant is for records of the "inauthentic" accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election. To be more specific: To obtain a search warrant a prosecutor needs to prove to a judge that there is reason to believe a crime has been committed. The prosecutor then has to show that the information being sought will provide evidence of that crime.

Mueller would not have sought a warrant targeting Facebook as a company. Rather, he would have been interested in learning more about specific accounts.
It also means that Mueller is no longer looking at Russia's election interference from a strict counterintelligence standpoint — rather, he now believes he may be able to obtain enough evidence to charge specific foreign entities with a crime.
The Facebook warrant "means that Mueller has concluded that specific foreign individuals committed a crime by making a 'contribution' in connection with an election."

"It also means that he has evidence of that crime that convinced a federal magistrate judge of two things: first, that there was good reason to believe that the foreign individual committed the crime. Second, that evidence of the crime existed on Facebook."

That has implications for Trump and his associates, too.

"It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed. That's aiding and abetting. If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions that Mueller's search warrant focused on and helped that effort in a tangible way, they could be charged."

Mueller obtains warrant for Russia linked Facebook ads and accounts - Business Insider

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/15/report-facebook-gave-special-investigator-robert-mueller-detailed-info-on-russian-ad-buys/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-gave-special-counsel-robert-mueller-more-details-on-russian-ad-buys-than-congress-1505514552
 
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It will be interesting to see how many of these accounts were owned by Trump/Clinton campaign workers.
 
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They already had a hearing where Facebook, Twitter and Google testified that ads were placed by people in Russia. Trump had nothing to do with those ads.
 
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They already had a hearing where Facebook, Twitter and Google testified that ads were placed by people in Russia. Trump had nothing to do with those ads.


Perhaps you missed this part of the OP:

"It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed. That's aiding and abetting. If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions that Mueller's search warrant focused on and helped that effort in a tangible way, they could be charged."
 
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Perhaps you missed this part of the OP:

"It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed. That's aiding and abetting. If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions that Mueller's search warrant focused on and helped that effort in a tangible way, they could be charged."
Wasn't Obama well aware of Russian meddling and did nothing?

He is on record admitting knowledge, so if you apply your OP to Obama he should be charged, right?
 
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Wasn't Obama well aware of Russian meddling and did nothing?

He is on record admitting knowledge, so if you apply your OP to Obama he should be charged, right?


Not sure where you're getting your info, but YES. Obama was aware and followed the BOOK on how to proceed.
1) He ordered MORE intell. Obama demanded a high-confidence assessment from the intelligence community on Russia’s efforts, ensure state-run election systems were secure and garnered bipartisan support from Congress to condemn Russia and encourage states to accept help from the federal government.

2) In August, Obama received an intelligence report that informed him Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to damage the candidacy of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in order to get Republican Donald Trump elected as president. In response, the Obama administration issued a series of warnings to the Russians, which Obama’s closest advisers believe “prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of U.S. voting systems,” the Post reported. The Obama administration issued at least four warnings to Russian officials, including one directly to Putin from Obama. Obama CALLED PUTIN.

3) After the election, the Obama administration closed two Russian compounds in the U.S. and kicked out of the country 35 Russian diplomats believed to be involved in the election meddling. Obama also added economic sanctions.

4) Obama also ordered a secret program to plant “cyberbombs” in Russia’s technological infrastructure. The project was still in the planning stages when Obama left office, but Trump would have to order it to be halted. The effort involved getting “implants” into key Russian networks.

What has Prez Trump done?? Praised Putin. Cast doubt on the meddling AND on our intelligence agencies. Supported lifting the sanctions. Discouraged a continuation of the investigation. Fired Dir. Comey. AND now shows a lack of respect to Comey's replacement, Robert Mueller.
 
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Not sure where you're getting your info, but YES. Obama was aware and followed the BOOK on how to proceed.
1) He ordered MORE intell. Obama demanded a high-confidence assessment from the intelligence community on Russia’s efforts, ensure state-run election systems were secure and garnered bipartisan support from Congress to condemn Russia and encourage states to accept help from the federal government.

2) In August, Obama received an intelligence report that informed him Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to damage the candidacy of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in order to get Republican Donald Trump elected as president. In response, the Obama administration issued a series of warnings to the Russians, which Obama’s closest advisers believe “prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of U.S. voting systems,” the Post reported. The Obama administration issued at least four warnings to Russian officials, including one directly to Putin from Obama. Obama CALLED PUTIN.

3) After the election, the Obama administration closed two Russian compounds in the U.S. and kicked out of the country 35 Russian diplomats believed to be involved in the election meddling. Obama also added economic sanctions.

4) Obama also ordered a secret program to plant “cyberbombs” in Russia’s technological infrastructure. The project was still in the planning stages when Obama left office, but Trump would have to order it to be halted. The effort involved getting “implants” into key Russian networks.

What has Prez Trump done?? Praised Putin. Cast doubt on the meddling AND on our intelligence agencies. Supported lifting the sanctions. Discouraged a continuation of the investigation. Fired Dir. Comey. AND now shows a lack of respect to Comey's replacement, Robert Mueller.
^^^^^
True believer.