Breitbart, InfoWars Under FBI Investigation for Potential Russian Ties (Report)

In addition to investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, the FBI is looking into some right-wing websites that potentially helped Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, according to McClatchy.

The FBI wants to know if websites like Breitbart News and InfoWars were connected to Russia’s alleged attempt to interfere with the election results in an effort to increase Trump’s chances at beating Clinton.

Citing “two people familiar with the inquiry,” McClatchy reported that the FBI wants to know if the sites had any role in “a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories,” some of which included fake news.

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McClatchy notes that automated computer commands known as “bots” distribute to social media stories that are pro-Trump or anti-Clinton.

“The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News,” McClatchy reported.

The anonymous sources told McClatchy that bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence America’s presidential election.

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According to the report, the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division is leading the investigation, which remains in its “early stages.”

The FBI declined comment to McClatchy.

“This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence,” an anonymous source told the site.

FBI director James Comey admitted for the first time on Monday that the bureau is investigating if anyone from the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the election.

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In addition to investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, the FBI is looking into some right-wing websites that potentially helped Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, according to McClatchy.

The FBI wants to know if websites like Breitbart News and InfoWars were connected to Russia’s alleged attempt to interfere with the election results in an effort to increase Trump’s chances at beating Clinton.

Citing “two people familiar with the inquiry,” McClatchy reported that the FBI wants to know if the sites had any role in “a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories,” some of which included fake news.

McClatchy notes that automated computer commands known as “bots” distribute to social media stories that are pro-Trump or anti-Clinton.

“The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News,” McClatchy reported.

The anonymous sources told McClatchy that bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence America’s presidential election.

According to the report, the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division is leading the investigation, which remains in its “early stages.”

The FBI declined comment to McClatchy.

“This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence,” an anonymous source told the site.

FBI director James Comey admitted for the first time on Monday that the bureau is investigating if anyone from the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the election.

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President Trump Rips ABC, NBC as ‘Fake News’ Over Russia Stories

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to rip “totally biased and fake news” reports on ABC and NBC related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia interfering with the presidential election.

Just watched the totally biased and fake news reports of the so-called Russia story on NBC and ABC. Such dishonesty!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017

FBI director James Comey admitted for the first time on Monday that the bureau is investigating if anyone from the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the election. In addition, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is under fire for his ties to a Russian billionaire who allegedly wanted to advance Putin’s agenda.

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Trump has waged a war on mainstream media, often referring to the industry as the “opposition party” and calling particular organizations “fake news.” CNN is typically the target of his Twitter attacks, but the president apparently decided to watch NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the FBI is looking into some right-wing websites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars that potentially worked with Russia to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, according to McClatchy.

Citing “two people familiar with the inquiry,” McClatchy reported that the FBI wants to know if the sites had any role in “a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories,” some of which included fake news.

The president also tweeted a video in which he says Americans were told “many lies” regarding Obamacare.

You were given many lies with #Obamacare! Go with our plan! Call your Rep & let them know you’re behind #AHCA ➡️ https://t.co/xAX4GJiO8z pic.twitter.com/qp90G49e0j

— President Trump (@POTUS) March 23, 2017

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to rip “totally biased and fake news” reports on ABC and NBC related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia interfering with the presidential election.

FBI director James Comey admitted for the first time on Monday that the bureau is investigating if anyone from the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the election. In addition, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is under fire for his ties to a Russian billionaire who allegedly wanted to advance Putin’s agenda.

Trump has waged a war on mainstream media, often referring to the industry as the “opposition party” and calling particular organizations “fake news.” CNN is typically the target of his Twitter attacks, but the president apparently decided to watch NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the FBI is looking into some right-wing websites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars that potentially worked with Russia to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, according to McClatchy.

Citing “two people familiar with the inquiry,” McClatchy reported that the FBI wants to know if the sites had any role in “a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories,” some of which included fake news.

The president also tweeted a video in which he says Americans were told “many lies” regarding Obamacare.