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Senate Russia Report Vol. 1: Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure

Mon, 15 Mar 2021

This is a reading of the first volume from the five-volume Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence United States Senate on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election. This document focuses specifically on Russian efforts to attack our election infrastructure. It explains security concerns with various U.S. voting machines, the ability for DHS to provide support to the states, and scenarios for potential disruption to our elections.

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I. INTRODUCTION (2:28)

II. FINDINGS (3:13)

III. THE ARC OF RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES (7:52)

IV. ELEMENTS OF RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES (14:17)

A. Targeting Activity (14:21)

B. Russian Access to Election Infrastructure (31:26)

1. Russian Access to Election Infrastructure: Illinois (32:16)

2. Russian Access to Election Infrastructure: State 2 (35:46)

C. Russian Efforts to Research U.S. Voting Systems, Processes, and Other Elements of Voting Infrastructure (40:32)

D. Russian Activity Directed at Voting Machine Companies (40:50)

E. Russian Efforts to Observe Polling Places (41:23)

F. [Redacted] (42:13)

G. Russian Activity Possibly Related to a Misinformation Campaign on Voter [Redacted] (42:19)

H. Two Unexplained Events (43:10)

1. Cyber Activity in State 22 (43:13)

2. Cyber Activity in State 4 (43:20)

V. RUSSIAN INTENTIONS (45:54)

Chaos on Election Day: Three Scenarios (49:25)

VI. NO EVIDENCE OF CHANGED VOTES OR MANIPULATED VOTE TALLIES (50:54)

VII. SECURITY OF VOTING MACHINES (56:23)

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) Voting Machine Vulnerabilities (1:00:45)

Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (1:06:32)

VIII. THE ROLE OF DHS AND INTERACTIONS WITH THE STATES (1:09:37)

A. DHS's Evolution (1:10:17)

Critical Infrastructure Designation (1:15:21)

B. The View From the States (1:18:17)

C. Taking Advantage of DHS Resources (1:25:53)

IX. RECOMMENDATIONS (1:30:30)

MINORITY VIEWS OF SENATOR WYDEN (1:48:19)

ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF SENATORS HARRIS, BENNET, AND HEINRICH (2:02:54)

 

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The Second Impeachment Report: Materials in Support of H. Res. 24, Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Tue, 26 Jan 2021

On January 25, 2021, the House of Representatives delivered a single Article of Impeachment against President Trump to the United States Senate. On January 12, 2021, the majority staff of the House Judiciary Committee released the first public staff report detailing the events of January 6, 2021, when insurrectionists broke into the U.S. Capitol.

The event occurred as the House and the Senate met in a Joint Session of Congress, with the Vice President presiding, to count the Electoral College’s votes for President. In response, the House of Representatives called for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

The report details the history, purpose and meaning of the Constitution’s Impeachment Clause, and establishes that President Trump’s conduct as set forth in the Article of Impeachment satisfies the standard for high Crimes and Misdemeanors. The majority staff of the House Judiciary Committee prepared this report for the use of the House Rules Committee to accompany H. RES. 24, titled "Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, For High Crimes and Misdemeanors."

INTRODUCTION (2:47)

I. Factual Background (9:36)

I.A. Conduct Leading Up to January 6, 2021 (10:34)

I.B. The January 6, 2021 “Save America Rally” (22:22)

I.C. The Attack on the Capitol (29:30)

I.D. President Trump’s Response to the Insurrection (37:42)

I.E. The Events of January 6th Were a Result of and Incited by the President’s Course of Conduct (44:27)

II. The Need for the House to Impeach President Trump (50:47)

II.A. Standards for Impeachment (51:13)

II.B. Application of Impeachment Standards to President Trump’s Conduct (54:11)

II.B.1. The Article of Impeachment Charges an Impeachable Offense (54:26)

II.B.2. President Trump Committed the Charged Impeachable Offense (1:03:24)

II.B.3. President Trump’s Conduct Harmed Core National Interests (1:15:53)

II.C. The Irrelevance of the Criminal Code and the Brandenburg Test (1:26:08)

III. The Need for Immediate Consideration of Impeachment (1:31:15)

III.A. Imminent Threat to the United States (1:34:10)

III.A.1. President Trump Failed to Protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and Members of Congress During the Joint Session of Congress (1:35:02)

III.A.2. President Trump Has Demonstrated No Remorse Since January 6th (1:42:18)

III.A.3. President Trump’s Actions Are Consistent with His Past Pattern of Undermining the Public Peace and the Orderly Operation of Democracy (1:49:59)

III.B. The Need to Establish Precedent That Such Conduct by a President Is Unconstitutional and Contrary to Our Democratic Values (2:00:35)

CONCLUSION (2:05:13)

 

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IV. Conclusion (Mueller Report, Nov. 2020 update)

Wed, 09 Dec 2020

The final subsection of Volume 2 is merely one paragraph on page 182 from the report and restates what was in the Introduction and Executive Summary, "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

The podcast closes out with thanks to our Executive Producers and Associate Producers who initially helped to support this effort as well as others who helped provide value to this effort in some way.

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III. Legal Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes to the President (Mueller Report, Nov. 2020 update)

Wed, 09 Dec 2020

Part A of this subsection of Volume 2 provides legal background of the obstruction-of-justice statute most readily applicable to the Special Counsel's investigation: Section 1512(c)(2) of 18 U.S.C. Part B explores how constitutional tension is reconciled through separation-of-powers analysis when the President's official actions come into conflict with the prohibitions in the obstruction-of-justice statutes.

This episode covers pages 159-182 of Volume 2 from the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election."

III. Legal Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes to the President (1:14)

A. Statutory Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-Of-Justice Provisions to the Conduct Under Investigation (3:27)

  1. The Text of Section 1512(c)(2) Prohibits a Broad Range of Obstructive Acts (5:25)
  2. Judicial Decisions Support a Broad Reading of Section 1512(c)(2) (8:45)
  3. The Legislative History of Section 1512(c)(2) Does Not Justify Narrowing Its Text (12:58)
  4. General Principles of Statutory Construction Do Not Suggest That Section 1512(c)(2) is Inapplicable to the Conduct in this Investigation (16:16)
  5. Other Obstruction Statutes Might Apply to the Conduct in this Investigation (20:29)

B. Constitutional Defenses to Applying Obstruction-Of-Justice Statutes to Presidential Conduct (22:03)

  1. The Requirement of a Clear Statement to Apply Statutes to Presidential Conduct Does Not Limit the Obstruction Statutes (23:49)
  2. Separation-of-Powers Principles Support the Conclusion that Congress May Validly Prohibit Corrupt Obstructive Acts Carried Out Through the President's Official Powers (29:23)
  3. Ascertaining Whether the President Violated the Obstruction Statutes Would Not Chill his Performance of his Article II Duties (43:53)

 

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II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation (Mueller Report, Nov. 2020 update)

Mon, 07 Dec 2020

This episode covers Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation, pages 15 to 158 of Volume 2 of the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election."

This section of the report details the evidence obtained. Beginning with an overview of how Russia became an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, and how candidate Trump responded. Included are key events that were investigated: the President’s conduct concerning the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn; the President’s reaction to public confirmation of the FBI’s Russia investigation; events leading up to and surrounding the termination of FBI Director Comey; efforts to terminate the Special Counsel; efforts to curtail the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation; efforts to prevent disclosure of information about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russians and senior campaign officials; efforts to have the Attorney General unrecuse; and conduct towards McGahn, Cohen, and other witnesses.

Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation (1:12)

A. The Campaign's Response to Reports About Russian Support for Trump (3:03)

  1. Press Reports Allege Links Between the Trump Campaign and Russia (4:05)
  2. The Trump Campaign Reacts to WikiLeaks's Release of Hacked Emails (5:27)
  3. The Trump Campaign Reacts to Allegations That Russia was Seeking to Aid Candidate Trump (7:55)
  4. After the Election, Trump Continues to Deny Any Contacts or Connections with Russia or That Russia Aided his Election (12:15)

B. The President's Conduct Concerning the Investigation of Michael Flynn (16:44)

  1. Incoming National Security Advisor Flynn Discusses Sanctions on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (18:07)
  2. President-Elect Trump is Briefed on the Intelligence Community’s Assessment (22:34)
  3. Flynn Makes False Statements About his Communications with Kislyak (25:08)
  4. DOJ Officials Notify the White House of Their Concerns About Flynn (28:20)
  5. McGahn has a Follow-Up Meeting About Flynn with Yates; President Trump has Dinner with FBI Director Comey (30:44)
  6. Flynn’s Resignation (35:12)
  7. The President Discusses Flynn with FBI Director Comey (38:33)
  8. The Media Raises Questions About the President’s Delay in Terminating Flynn (41:56)
  9. The President Attempts to Have K.T. McFarland Create a Witness Statement (43:21)
  10. Analysis (45:58)

C. The President's Reaction to Public Confirmation of the FBI's Russia Investigation (57:21)

  1. Attorney General Sessions Recuses From the Russia Investigation (58:15)
  2. FBI Director Comey Publicly Confirms the Existence of the Russia Investigation in Testimony Before HPSCI (1:03:43)
  3. The President Asks Intelligence Community Leaders to Make Public Statements that he had No Connection to Russia (1:09:01)
  4. The President Asks Comey to "Lift the Cloud" Created by the Russia Investigation (1:14:04)
  5. Analysis (1:17:37)

D. Events Leading Up To and Surrounding the Termination of FBI Director Comey (1:23:18)

  1. Comey Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Declines to Answer Questions About Whether the President is Under Investigation (1:24:50)
  2. The President Makes the Decision to Terminate Comey (1:28:09)
  3. Analysis (1:44:04)

E. The President's Efforts to Remove the Special Counsel (1:54:44)

  1. The Appointment of the Special Counsel and the President's Reaction (1:56:03)
  2. The President Asserts that the Special Counsel has Conflicts of lnterest (2:00:04)
  3. The Press Reports that the President is Being Investigated for Obstruction of Justice and the President Directs the White House Counsel to Have the Special Counsel Removed (2:05:51)
  4. Analysis (2:12:04)

F. The President's Efforts to Curtail the Special Counsel Investigation (2:20:49)

  1. The President Asks Corey Lewandowski to Deliver a Message to Sessions to Curtail the Special Counsel Investigation (2:21:42)
  2. The President Follows Up with Lewandowski (2:24:31)
  3. The President Publicly Criticizes Sessions in a New York Times Interview (2:26:31)
  4. The President Orders Priebus to Demand Sessions's Resignation (2:28:05)
  5. Analysis (2:32:29)

G. The President's Efforts to Prevent Disclosure of Emails About the June 9, 2016 Meeting Between Russians and Senior Campaign Officials (2:37:37)

  1. The President Learns About the Existence of Emails Concerning the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower Meeting (2:38:21)
  2. The President Directs Communications Staff Not to Publicly Disclose Information About the June 9 Meeting (2:41:03)
  3. The President Directs Trump Jr.'s Response to Press Inquiries About the June 9 Meeting (2:43:35)
  4. The Media Reports on the June 9, 2016 Meeting (2:47:47)
  5. Analysis (2:51:36)

H. The President's Further Efforts to Have the Attorney General Take Over the Investigation (2:56:14)

  1. The President Again Seeks to Have Sessions Reverse his Recusal (2:56:37)
  2. Additional Efforts to Have Sessions Unrecuse or Direct Investigations Covered by his Recusal (2:59:23)
  3. Analysis (3:05:07)

I. The President Orders McGahn to Deny that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel (3:09:23)

  1. The Press Reports that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel (3:10:33)
  2. The President Seeks to Have McGahn Dispute the Press Reports (3:11:57)
  3. Analysis (3:17:39)

J. The President's Conduct Towards Flynn, Manafort, and Stone (3:25:23)

  1. Conduct Directed at Michael Flynn (3:26:15)
  2. Conduct Directed at Paul Manafort (3:29:08)
  3. Conduct Directed at Roger Stone (3:39:33)
  4. Analysis (3:44:28)

K. The President's Conduct Involving Michael Cohen (3:54:42)

  1. Candidate Trump's Awareness of and Involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow Project (3:56:37)
  2. Cohen Determines to Adhere to a "Party Line" Distancing Candidate Trump From Russia (4:02:42)
  3. Cohen Submits False Statements to Congress Minimizing the Trump Tower Moscow Project in Accordance with the Party Line (4:04:27)
  4. The President Sends Messages of Support to Cohen (4:14:27)
  5. The President's Conduct After Cohen Began Cooperating with the Government (4:20:29)
  6. Analysis (4:30:51)

L. Overarching Factual Issues (4:42:44)

 

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