Attorney General William Barr center speaks about the release of the redacted version of the Mueller report at the Department of Justice on April The agency learned how to use platforms like Facebook and Twitter over the span of four years. By the end, it used analytical tools and the built-in network effect of massive social media platforms to create large artificial grassroots political organizations that were aggressively targeting both Republicans and Democrats. The IRA was able to reach up to million Americans on Facebook via a mixture of fraudulent accounts, groups, and advertisements, the report says. Twitter accounts it created were portrayed as real American voices by major news outlets.
The first criminal trial in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation began July 31 with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort has long been a point of focus in Mueller's probe, which is investigating Russia's interference in the election, as well as whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. He's facing federal charges of tax evasion and bank fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia. Mueller's team has indicted Manafort on a slew of charges in two separate jurisdictions.
The FBI and several United States congressional committees have been investigating links between Russian government officials or their affiliates and individuals associated with Donald Trump , the current President of the United States , since he was a candidate for the office as part of their investigations of Russian interference in the United States elections. Some of Trump's campaign members, business partners, administration nominees, and family members have been subjected to intense scrutiny following intelligence reports on such Russian interference. The investigations have revealed that a number of them had various types of links to or contacts with Russian officials, business people, banks, and Russian intelligence agencies. Several investigations are underway to determine whether Trump or any of his associates have had improper dealings during their contacts with Russian officials.
Lisa Desjardins Lisa Desjardins. The investigation into Russian attempts to influence the election has grown dramatically in both size and scope. A complex probe from the start, it is now a nearly indiscernible blur of characters, charges and counter-charges. This timeline is a tool aimed at understanding the growing number of dots and where they connect. Think of it as a map.