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In court filing, Mueller reveals how he may use Trump’s Twitter feed against him

November 23, 2018

In a seven-page court document filed on November 21 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia—which recommends denying the motion of defendant George Papadopoulos for continued bail—Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent a clear message that if, the targets of his investigation post messages on Twitter, those tweets will come back to haunt them, Inquisitr reported.

Mueller’s team is monitoring their Twitter feeds. That message that could spell danger for President Donald Trump, whom, experts say, is the author of many tweets that could incriminate him.

As Inquisitr reported (and the court document detailed), Papadopoulos was told in April 2016 by a Russia-linked academic about “thousands” of hacked Democratic emails containing “dirt” on opposition candidate Hillary Clinton that were in the Russian government’s possession, a fact about which he lied to FBI investigators.

Papadopolous pled guilty last year to lying to the FBI in connection with the Russia investigation, and is scheduled to start serving a 14-day sentence on November 26. The short sentence resulted from a plea deal the Papadopoulos struck with Mueller, in which he agreed to cooperate with the Russia probe.

But, the Inquisitr said, in recent weeks, Papadopoulos has taken to Twitter to claim that he was “framed.”

Mueller cited Papadopoulos’s tweets specifically in his filing, saying, “For example, on October 25, 2018, the defendant publicly tweeted that his prosecution constituted ‘the biggest case of entrapment.’”

The court document went on to detail that, several days later, the defendant publicly tweeted: “I have been sentenced to prison in our country while having exculpatory evidence hidden from me. If I knew what I knew today, I would have never plead guilty.”

On November 9, 2018, the defendant tweeted, “Biggest regret? Pleading guilty.”

In Mueller’s filing, he noted that tweets posted by Papadopoulos since he was sentenced on September 8 “appear to be inconsistent with his stated acceptance of responsibility at sentencing.

Mueller specifically cited a Twitter post in which the former Trump campaign adviser stated that pleading guilty constituted his “biggest regret.”

The use of Twitter as substantiation of guilt by the Russia investigation does not bode well for President Trump. For example, in his tweet on 8:35 a.m. on August 5, the president tried to defend the June 2016 meeting with Kremlin-connected Russians who claimed to have “dirt” on Clinton that they hoped the campaign could use.

“Fake News reporting,” the Trump tweet said, continuing, “…a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it.”

What’s more, the list of questions for Trump drawn up by Mueller’s team may have been based directly on a number of Trump’s tweets.

Perhaps most notably, the questions also suggest that Mueller has been paying close attention to Trump’s Twitter feed,” Quartz reported at that time, adding, “Trump has already tweeted about many incidents relevant to Mueller’s inquiries, which might make it that much more difficult for Trump (and his lawyers) to skirt the questions.”

Research contact: @jonvankin


White House snub: Black and LGBTQ reporters not invited to Xmas party

December 8,2 017

According to Washington Post exit polls on November 29, 2016, only 8% of U.S. black voters and 14% of LGBTQ voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump in last year’s election. Perhaps their foresight was 20:20, because this holiday season—for the first time in more than 20 years—the White House opted not to invite reporters from LGBTQ and black publications to its media Christmas party on December 1.

April D. Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks——and one of the few black reporters in the White House briefing room—said she had not received an invitation, despite attending annually under previous administrations.

“It is what it is,” she said in an interview with The New York Times. “Everybody’s more upset than I am. I am O.K.”

The snub also was raised by Chris Johnson, White House reporter for The Washington Blade, the oldest LGBTQ newspaper nationwide and worldwide. In an interview with Inquisitir. Johnson said he had been asked to attend the event in past years, and initially thought it was a mistake that he did not receive an invitation this year. But after contacting the White House, Johnson said he never got a reply.

“It is consistent with the White House press secretary not calling on me during the on-camera press briefings,” Johnson told the news outlet.

Citing Trump’s “continued attacks” on the press, CNN said it was boycotting the party. A spokesperson for the news network told Politico, “In light of the president’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests.”

Following the announcement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared to be elated: “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN,” Sanders tweeted to Politico’s story.

Research contact: Scott Clement, Washington Post @sfcpoll