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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has added a veteran cyber prosecutor to his team, filling what has long been a gap in expertise and potentially signaling a recent focus on computer crimes. Ryan K. Dickey was assigned to Mueller's team in early November from the Justice Department's computer crime and intellectual-property section, said a spokesman for the special counsel's office. He joined 16 other lawyers who are highly respected by their peers but who have come under fire from Republicans wary of some of their political contributions to Democrats. Dickey's addition is particularly notable because he is the first publicly known member of the team specializing solely in cyber issues. The others' expertise is mainly in a variety of white-collar crimes, including fraud, money laundering and public corruption, though Mueller also has appellate specialists and one of the government's foremost experts in criminal law.

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Zainab Ahmad and Brandon Van Grack have handled some cybercrime issues in the past, though they are recognized more for their work on terrorism and national security.

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Trump's digital director isn't worried, because he only did what Jared and Eric told him to do:

Brad Parscale‏ @parscale

Truth: Jared Kushner and @EricTrump were joint deputy campaign managers to @realDonaldTrump. Nobody else. Not one person made a decision without their approval. Others just took credit for this family's amazing ability. I'm done with all these lies. They will be embarrassed!
8:00 AM - 5 Jan 2018

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 03:16 PM | Reply

Legal analysts have said that one charge Mueller might pursue would be a conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, if he can demonstrate that members of Trump's team conspired in Russia's hacking effort to influence the election.

Nice!

But...

No collusion! No collusion! No collusion! No collusion!
No collusion! No collusion! No collusion! No collusion!
No collusion! No collusion! No collusion! No collusion!
No collusion! No collusion! No collusion! No collusion!

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-10 07:02 PM | Reply

Finally, we're going to address the server connecting trump tower to Moscow. The biggest clue in the world and everyone seems to forget all about it.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-10 07:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I think it's interesting that we've been in the Internet Age long enough that we now have "veteran" "cyber prosecutors."

It almost sounds like a euphemism for Blade Runner.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-11 10:37 PM | Reply

INDIANAJONES

Wasn't that the private server at Trump Towers that was exchanging pings repeatedly with Russia's largest (private) bank in 2016?

Something like that wouldn't be forgotten by Mueller. Just because the public isn't kept informed (and rightfully so) doesn't mean the investigation isn't hot on the trail of how Russian money got into the hands of the Trump organization. If that turns out to be the case.

I don't know if that would qualify as a "cyber" crime but I know it's illegal for a campaign to take money from a foreign entity.

I do like the word "prosecutor" though. That means something has been moved to the front burner.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-12 01:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

To understand what is or was going on, follow the money. Does anybody still seriously think that there will be a prosecution for drumming up dirt on Hilary???

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-12 12:00 PM | Reply

"Does anybody still seriously think that there will be a prosecution for drumming up dirt on Hilary???"

If you go down that road, every single media outlet in America will become part of a lawsuit.

#7 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-12 12:07 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

I'm sure Mueller hasn't but the public certainly has. I thought that was the biggest red flag in the world, especially when news of Kushner's "private communication channel" started flowing. Most people thought he was talking about establishing one; I assumed it was about one they had already established.

#8 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-12 12:19 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY TWINPAC
I'm sure Mueller hasn't but the public certainly has. I thought that was the biggest red flag in the world, especially when news of Kushner's "private communication channel" started flowing. Most people thought he was talking about establishing one; I assumed it was about one they had already established.
#8 | Posted by IndianaJones

In our defense there are SOOOO many things to be talking about (iow disgusted by) Trump that it is hard to keep everything in mind.

#9 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-12 12:22 PM | Reply

I thought that was the biggest red flag in the world, especially when news of Kushner's "private communication channel" started flowing. Most people thought he was talking about establishing one; I assumed it was about one they had already established.

#8 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

Oh man.... I had never put those two together until now and it all makes sense. Many here were on servers as the stories broke last year one after another, at that point as a matter of national security since no one thought Trump had a decent chance of winning.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-01-12 06:54 PM | Reply

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I thought that was the biggest red flag in the world, especially when news of Kushner's "private communication channel" started flowing. Most people thought he was talking about establishing one; I assumed it was about one they had already established.

I never thought of it that way either, but it does make sense. Someone posted this sentence from Fire and Fury online:

"Jared and Ivanka believe, said Bannon, "that if they advocate prison reform and save DACA--the program to protect the children of illegal immigrants--the liberal will come to their defense."

Weren't they the same ones who assured Trump that liberals would thank him for firing Comey?

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-12 07:42 PM | Reply

I wonder if this trail will lead all the way to the Mercers. It would be great to see a few oligarchs indicted while we still can. The Russians had to know where to target their disinformation campaign and that would be Cambridge Analytica, who worked closely with Jared, who was obviously working closely with the Kremlin. The only question is did they do so knowingly, because that would be part of the catch-all conspiracy against the US.

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2018-01-13 12:29 PM | Reply

GUNSLINGER

Even the operatives who work on Rebekah Mercer's many and far flung pet projects are hard pressed to describe her ideology. There doesn't seem to be any one thing that anybody can pin down. Her father absolutely hates the Federal Reserve and they both despise the Clintons with a passion.

I doubt if you would find their fingerprints (at least not directly) on Jared's activity. She seems to prefer to work through intermediaries such as people like Steve Bannon (and Kelly Ann Conway) who are aware of her wishes but is left to his own devices to carry them out. If you recall, Bannon and Jared were at loggerheads.

I'm going to post a link that will give you a birdseye view that is both puzzeling and informative. Maybe you can figure it out. So far, being part of the power broker scene is the best motive anybody can come up with.

www.theatlantic.com ~ THE POWERFUL MERCERS

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-13 03:56 PM | Reply

The Mercers is definitely a topic worth discussing. They ARE pulling the strings in the Trump administration but if there's any joint connections to Russia it's not evident. They could be working toward the same goals but on different tiers.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-13 04:06 PM | Reply

Trump's chief strategist could easily have been coordinating the efforts of the mercers, foreigners, and legitimate campaign efforts.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-13 04:23 PM | Reply

"The Mercers is definitely a topic worth discussing. They ARE pulling the strings in the Trump administration but if there's any joint connections to Russia it's not evident. They could be working toward the same goals but on different tiers."

Twin, I think it is too soon to rule out a Mercer-Russia link:

Cambridge Analytica Denies Working With Russia, Unconvincingly

nymag.com

Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained

Why House investigators think this company might have helped Russia spread fake news.

www.vox.com

Trump donor asked data firm if it could index WikiLeaks emails

www.nydailynews.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-13 04:57 PM | Reply

In addition to Bannon and Conway, Flynn also had ties to CA:

Michael Flynn to disclose advisory role linked to Cambridge Analytica

Former national security adviser prepares amended public financial filing revealing ties to data firm funded by Trump backer Robert Mercer

www.theguardian.com

Coincidence? I think not. The Mercers (and Bannon and Conway) originally backed Cruz, but Flynn zeroed in on Trump from the get-go. I figure that could have been their backup plan in case Trump beat Cruz, which he did. Once Trump won the nomination, the Mercers, along with CA, Bannon and Conway all got behind Trump.

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-13 05:01 PM | Reply

As we all know, Trump considers Jared to be a Jack of All Trades, but one thing he's not is a computer expert. Robert Mercer, OTOH:

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network

It's money he's [Robert Mercer] made as a result of his career as a brilliant but reclusive computer scientist. He started his career at IBM, where he made what the Association for Computational Linguistics called "revolutionary" breakthroughs in language processing – a science that went on to be key in developing today's AI – and later became joint CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund that makes its money by using algorithms to model and trade on the financial markets.

www.theguardian.com

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-13 05:16 PM | Reply

"Even the operatives who work on Rebekah Mercer's many and far flung pet projects are hard pressed to describe her ideology."

If you want to understand Robert Mercer's ideology and see how it is being writ large in the Republican Party today, read this article by Jane Mayer:

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency

How Robert Mercer exploited America's populist insurgency.

www.newyorker.com

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-13 05:26 PM | Reply

GAL

I've read many of those articles and agree with your analysis 100%. I've been trying for a long time to bring the Mercers into the limelight here and in my talks elsewhere. It's been an uphill road. Finally now, the media has begun to talk up the name.

I'm glad to see that the movers and shakers on this site are starting to take notice.

Rebekah Mercer is equally as dangerous, if nor moreso, as Russia. I just think they have different objectives because, as far as I know, they aren't on Mueller's radar and haven't been called in for an interview.

If Mueller, as it appears, has breached the defenses of the inner circle, there's no mention of a Mercer connection . . . yet.

Even if Bannon's closed door testimony opened the Russia/Mercer door, the GOP head of the House Judiciary Committee seems more interested in protecting Trump than helping the prosecutor.

#20 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-13 07:06 PM | Reply

Twin, yes, for whatever the reason, the Mercers are sticking with Trump:

Billionaire Robert Mercer Is Helping Pay Donald Trump's Legal Bills

www.newsweek.com

"Rebekah Mercer is equally as dangerous,"

I'll have to read up on her. Afterall, her daddy is in his early 70's but she's the one who could be around a while, donating to the likes of Breitbart, Trump and Cruz.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-13 08:03 PM | Reply

GAL

Please do. Russia isn't the one behind Trump's erratic behavior. It's Rebekah Mercer who wants the "establishment" dismantled.

I know how that sounds but you'll understand when you look into it. This isn't all Russia, Russia, Russia.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-14 02:40 AM | Reply

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