Morning Briefing 10/31/2017

Good Tuesday morning!

Mueller Monday:

Over the weekend, news broke that a grand jury had approved the first charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Yesterday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, a Manafort business associate, surrendered to FBI agents and were each indicted on 12 counts.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty on all counts. However, more news broke that a former foreign policy to the Trump campaign made a plea bargain after making false statements connected to Mueller’s investigation.

126 Million:

That’s the number of Americans are estimated to have seen Russian ads on Facebook, according to NBC News.

Facebook told the Senate Judiciary Committee that roughly 29 million Americans directly received material from the 80,000 posts made by 120 fake Russian made pages.

However, Facebook added that those posts were “shared, like and followed by people on Facebook, and, as a result, three times more people may have been exposed to a story that originated from the Russian operation.”

That means that one-third of the country could have been exposed to the Russian campaign.

Trump Criticism Might Lead To A Lighter Sentence For Bergdahl:

President Trump’s criticism of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his Army post in 2009, will might lead to a lighter sentence for Bergdahl.

“I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence,” the judge Col. Jeffrey R. Nance of the Army said during a hearing at Fort Bragg.

Nance rejected a request that he dismiss the case or limit the length of the sentence because Trump’s comments came before Bergdahl’s trial.

 

 

Paul Manafort Surrenders To Federal Authorities

 

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Paul Manafort, the former Donald Trump campaign chairman, and a close business associate, Rick Gates, are expected to surrender to federal authorities on Monday in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, according to multiple reports.

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Intelligence Chiefs Tell Investigators Trump Asked Them to Refute Collusion With Russia

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Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and Senate investigators in separate meetings last week that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, CNN reported early Thursday.

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Trump Declares ‘Total and Complete Vindication’ After Comey Hearing

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The country watched as former-FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his interactions with President Trump and whether or not the president attempted to impede or end the investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election.

In his testimony, Comey called Trump a liar and said he started writing detailed memos about his interactions with the president because he did not believe Mr. Trump would be honest.

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