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With President Donald Trump officially acquitted in the impeachment trial against him, Attorney General William Barr is taking steps to make sure his boss never has to endure basic accountability again.

Barr issued a memo to Justice Department officials with guidelines for conducting investigations into politically notable individuals. Among the new rules?

Any investigations into a presidential candidate will require his written approval.

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On the command of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Russia unleashed a "sweeping and systematic" effort to influence the United States presidential election to benefit now-President Donald Trump.

Though the Mueller report released this past summer revealed correspondence between the Trump campaign and Russian assets, there wasn't sufficient evidence to establish that the Trump campaign knowingly worked with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

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Since announcing his presidential bid in 2015, President Donald Trump's entanglements with foreign governments have given pause to Americans across the country.

Most recently, the President pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. According to testimony from Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor and others, the President withheld a Congressionally approved military aid package to Ukraine on the condition that the investigation was publicly announced.

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The highly anticipated whistleblower complaint regarding President Donald Trump's concerning interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, including the July 25 phone call which led to impeachment proceedings against Trump, has been released to the public with minimal redactions.

The release comes one day after the White House released a transcript of the phone call with Zelensky that showed Trump pressuring Zelensky to investigate former Vice President and Trump's potential political rival in 2020, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked two election security bills last week despite warnings from intelligence agencies that Russia and other countries are actively working to influence the 2020 election in favor of President Donald Trump.

Americans were outraged and soon #MoscowMitch began trending on Twitter, prompting him to give an impassioned speech on the Senate floor railing against "the outrage industrial complex," insisting that current measures are sufficient to protect American democracy.

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On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump posted two tweets to his Twitter account that left people trying to discern their full meaning.

Were they an attempt to discredit the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election—now that Trump's former Washington lobbyist and campaign manager struck a deal—by creating an 'everyone meddles in our elections' narrative? While it is unlikely, it is possible.

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On July 31, via their online newsroom, Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, announced:

About two weeks ago we identified the first of eight Pages and 17 profiles on Facebook, as well as seven Instagram accounts, that violate our ban on coordinated inauthentic behavior."

The announcement by Gleicher falls under a subheading of "What We've Found So Far" in Facebook's full announcement, "Removing Bad Actors on Facebook." According to the announcement:

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