Bob Mueller's Facebook warrant signals stunning new turn in Russian Federation probe

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CNN confirmed on Saturday that Mueller had indeed obtained the information with the help of a warrant. Facebook policy dictates that it would only turn over "the stored contents of any account,".

"[Mueller] would have to sort of lay out evidence showing that this crime had occurred, not just merely say so, but actually, you know, records that he had obtained, testimony that had been given or interviews that people gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that prove to this judge that there is a good reason to believe that a crime had occurred".

Google, which said last week it had seen no evidence of a Russian ad campaign on its platforms during last year's US election, earlier this year offered to defend election organizers and civic groups against cyber attacks free of charge.

They suggested, he now believes he may be able to obtain enough evidence to charge specific foreign entities with a crime.

The fact that Mueller obtained a warrant means he's already made a strong case for Russia's meddling with the election.

Renato Mariotti, an attorney and former federal prosecutor in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney's Office, authored a widely shared Twitter thread discussing the news.

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The FBI conducted a predawn July raid on the home of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in late July.

In a statement to CNN, Facebook said it was giving Mueller information including "including ads and related account information". The bureau is reportedly investigating Manafort's financial history and overseas business dealings as part of its probe into possible collusion between the campaign and Moscow. Rangappa said this reveals two key pieces of information. "Second, that evidence of the crime existed on Facebook".

"It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed".

Mapping the full Russian propaganda effort is important.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the level of sophistication of the ads could let investigators find out if the Trump campaign had any involvement. "I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting", Kushner told Steven Bertoni of Forbes.

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