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Trump questions why Sessions isn’t probing ‘Dem crimes’ amid Russia investigation

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President Trump on Wednesday again dinged Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this time asking why the Democrats in the Obama administration aren’t being investigated as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of the investigation?” Trump tweeted.

Trump added: “Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Sessions!”

Sessions, because of his role on the Trump campaign, recused himself from the special counsel’s Russia probe months ago – a move that angered Trump and has caused him to lash out at his attorney general over and over.

The Sessions recusal, followed by Trump’s firing of James Comey at the FBI, paved the way for the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

Trump’s tweet comes after a federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, in a case brought by Mueller that detailed a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S. 

13 RUSSIAN NATIONALS INDICTED FOR INTERFERING IN US ELECTIONS

The Russian nationals are accused of setting a “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election.”

The indictment – the first filed against Russian nationals as part of Mueller’s probe – effectively returned focus to the meddling activities out of Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, following a string of charges relating to the actions of Trump associates. 

However, the 37-page indictment said the actions detailed by prosecutors date back to 2014. 

Trump and Republican allies have seized on this to question whether the Obama administration did enough to head off their efforts — even as Trump critics say the current president has been softer on Russia than Obama. 

“Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President,” Trump tweeted last week. “The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”

Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas.



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SNP's Kenny MacAskill accused of 'hypocrisy' for undertaking two 340-mile lockdown trips

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A SNP MP is being probed by his party whips after he undertook two 340-mile round trips during tough lockdown restrictions.

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Puerto Rico radio producer is arrested by FBI over government chat scandal

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The FBI arrested a radio producer Wednesday for allegedly trying to extort money from a government official to prevent the release of private messages that would “burn down Puerto Rico” — communications from an encrypted messaging app that later brought down Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

Sixto Jorge Díaz Colón, 52, who once worked for the Spanish Broadcasting System, faces federal charges including attempted extortion and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation, according to a grand jury indictment.

The indictment says a former government subcontractor contacted Díaz in February 2019 and said he had a copy of messages sent via the Telegram app that supposedly contained incriminating information about Rosselló, his close associates and members of his party.

Four months later, authorities allege, Díaz sent a Telegram message to the island’s public affairs secretary saying that if the Rosselló government “does not stop messing” with the relative of a former senior official, the subcontractor “has overwhelming evidence” that could wreck the administration, starting with the governor.

Authorities say Díaz then contacted the public affairs secretary to request a meeting, during which he asked for help in obtaining government contracts that would compensate him.

“Public corruption has many faces,” said Rafael Riviere, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Juan office. “Sometimes … criminals will try to exploit the weaknesses of those who hold public office. This is also a form of public corruption and, as any other form of corruption, it will not be tolerated.”

While the indictment does not identify the public affairs secretary by name, Anthony Maceira was in that position at the time.

Joannie Plaza-Martínez, a public defender assigned to Díaz’s case, did not immediately return a message for comment. Maceira did not respond to a request for comment.

The names of the relative and subcontractor were not released.

Weeks after the meeting, local media released hundreds of pages of the private, profanity-laced Telegram messages in which Rosselló and other high-ranking officials insulted women and mocked constituents, including victims of Hurricane María. The revelation led to huge protests that paralyzed Puerto Rico and eventually prompted Rosselló to resign.

During that time, officials charge, Díaz tried to extort money from the public affairs secretary to prevent the release of additional Telegram messages, saying the subcontractor intended to “burn down Puerto Rico” unless he received some $300,000 via Díaz. Authorities allege Díaz also requested additional money to pay others who would advocate for Rosselló and the reinstatement of government contracts that would benefit him.

The indictment states that while the public affairs secretary sent a Telegram message saying they were working on the matter, no money was paid or contracts awarded.

FBI spokeswoman Limary Cruz said Díaz was arrested at his home Wednesday.

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Merkel ally demands 'trade war' with Britain if vaccines are not shipped from UK to EU

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A CLOSE ally of Angela Merkel has proposed a “trade war” with Britain unless vaccine-maker AstraZeneca agrees to divert doses from the UK to the EU.

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