FBI in­ves­ti­gat­ing Rus­sian in­volve­ment in Hunter Bi­den story

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WASH­ING­TON — The FBI is i nves­ti­gat­ing whether emails that were pub­lished by the New York Post re­lated to Joe Bi­den’s son, Hunter, are con­nected to a pos­si­ble Rus­sian in­flu­ence op­er­a­tion to spread dis­in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

The news­pa­per said in its story Wed­nes­day that it had ob­tained a hard drive from Rudy Gi­u­liani — a lawyer f or Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and a for­mer mayor of New York — con­tain­ing the emails, and that the mes­sages were found on a lap­top that had been left last year at a Delaware com­puter re­pair shop for ser­vice but never re­trieved.

The un­likely ac­count of how the emails sur­faced raised im­me­di­ate ques­tions about Rus­sian in­volve­ment, par­tic­u­larly be­cause U.S. of­fi­cials have warned that Rus­sia — which backed Trump’s 2016 cam­paign through hack­ing and a covert so­cial me­dia cam­paign — is in­ter­fer­ing again this year.

The episode is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as part of a pos­si­ble Rus­sian in­flu­ence op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity to The As­so­ci­ated Press to dis­cuss an on­go­ing mat­ter.

The au­then­tic­ity of the emails re­mained un­clear as of Fri­day, i nclud­ing whether they were hacked or pos­si­bly forged or both. Gi­u­liani did not re­spond to an As­so­ci­ated Press re­quest for com­ment, but he said in a Fox News in­ter­view Fri­day that the ma­te­rial was “au­then­tic as hell.”

An FBI spokes­woman de­clined to com­ment Fri­day, cit­ing the bureau’s prac­tice of nei­ther con­firm­ing nor deny­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions

Arms con­trol: The U.S. and Rus­sia on Fri­day re­jected each other’s pro­pos­als for po­ten­tially sal­vaging the last re­main­ing le­gal con­straint on their strate­gic nu­clear forces.

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin called for an un­con­di­tional ex­ten­sion of the soon-to­ex­pire New START treaty, and the White House called that a “non-starter.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald

Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, Robert O’Brien, sug­gested the Rus­sians re­think their stance “be­fore a costly arms race en­sues.” Nei­ther New­som nor the ar­rest of Mex­ico’s for­mer Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials White House gave de­tails de­fense min­is­ter in the have pre­vi­ously al­luded to on why the ad­min­is­tra­tion United States on charges build­ing up nu­clear forces if shifted po­si­tions only hours For­be­headed: that he pro­tected a drug the treaty is aban­doned, af­ter it ini­tially de­nied the mer New Jersey Gov. Chris French Pres­i­dent Em­man­car­tel in ex­change for bribes al­though the Pen­tagon has state’s re­quest for a declaraChr­istie said he was wrong uel Macron de­nounced is a blow to Mex­ico’s mili­its hands full pay­ing for a tion that of­fi­cials said could not to wear a mask at the what he called an “Is­lamist tary, one of the few in­sti­tuone-for-one re­place­ment of pro­vide the state with hunWhite House, af­ter he and ter­ror­ist at­tack” against a tions that had main­tained older nu­clear weapons. dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump his­tory teacher de­cap­i­tated the con­fi­dence of the peo

The Trump­ple.ad­min­is­tra-WhiteHous­espokesman­both­came­down­with­theinaPari­s­sub­ur­bFri­day. tion re­cently pro­posed a Judd Deere pre­vi­ously said coron­avirus. The teacher had dis­Un­til Thurs­day’s ar­rest of one-year ex­ten­sion of the Cal­i­for­nia’s re­quest “was Christie, in a state­ment cussed car­i­ca­tures of Is­re­tired Gen. Sal­vador Cien2010 treaty, which is set to not sup­ported by the releis­sued Thurs­day, said he lam’s Prophet Muham­mad fue­gos at Los An­ge­les In­ter­ex­pire in Fe­bru­ary 2021, but vant data” needed for aphas re­cov­ered f rom with his class, au­thor­i­ties na­tional Air­port, the miliit said this must be cou­pled proval and that Trump COVID-19 af­ter a week­long said. The sus­pected at­tary was still re­spected by with the im­po­si­tion of a agreed with a rec­om­men­das­tay in a hos­pi­tal’s in­ten­sive tacker was shot to death by virtue of ap­pear­ing to be broader cap on U.S. and tion from the Fed­eral Emer­care unit. He called on all po­lice af­ter Fri­day’s be­largely above the cor­rupRus­sian nu­clear war­heads. gency Man­age­ment Agency po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to ad­vo­cate head­ing. tion com­monly seen in The cap would cover warad­min­is­tra­tor to re­ject the for face cov­er­ings, with the The French anti-ter­ro­rother pieces of Mex­ico’s heads not lim­ited by the dec­la­ra­tion. prac­tice be­com­ing in­crea­sism pros­e­cu­tor opened an se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus, de­spite New START treaty. Putin “The Gov­er­nor and in­gly politi­cized even as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cern­ing doc­u­mented hu­man rights said Fri­day a one-year ex(GOP) Leader (Kevin) Mc­pan­demic has killed more mur­der with a sus­pected abuses. ten­sion was okay but should Carthy spoke and pre­sented than 218,000 Amer­i­cans. ter­ror­ist mo­tive, the pros­eCien­fue­gos was ar­rested not be con­di­tioned on a a con­vinc­ing case and addi“I be­lieved that when I cu­tor’s of­fice said. at the re­quest of the U.S. wider cap on war­heads. tional on-the-ground per­entered the White House A po­lice of­fi­cial said the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­spec­tive for re­con­sid­er­a­tion grounds, that I had en­tered sus­pect, armed with a knife is­tra­tion. He was sched­uled lead­ing the Pres­i­dent to a safe zone, due to the and an air­soft gun — which to make an ini­tial ap­pear­ap­prove the dec­la­ra­tion,” test­ing that and I and many fires plas­tic pel­lets — was ance in court via video call Deere said in a state­ment oth­ers un­der­went ev­ery shot dead about 600 yards Fri­day af­ter­noon and to af­ter Trump’s change of day,” Christie said. “I was from where the male even­tu­ally be trans­ferred to heart. wrong.” teacher was killed af­ter he New York where the case

McCarthy t han­ked Christie was at the White failed to re­spond to or­ders orig­i­nated.

Trump in a tweet for proHouse for the an­nounceto put down his arms and Cien­fue­gos had been vid­ing “the as­sis­tance ment of Judge Amy Coney acted in a threat­en­ing manMex­ico’s top mil­i­tary offi­needed to rebuild and reBar­rett as the pres­i­dent’s ner. cial dur­ing the pres­i­dency pair,” though his of­fice did nom­i­nee to the Supreme of En­rique Pena Ni­eto from not re­spond to re­quests for Court and to a par­tic­i­pate in 2012 to 2018.

Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires:

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion abruptly re­versed course and ap­proved Cal­i­for­nia’s ap­pli­ca­tion for disas­ter re­lief funds to clean up dam­age from six re­cent deadly and de­struc­tive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin New­som said Fri­day. more de­tails on what changed.

Christie back­tracks:

sev­eral rounds of Trump’s de­bate prepa­ra­tion.

Teacher

Mex­ico cor­rup­tion:

The

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Thai­land protests: Thou­sands of stu­dent-led pro­test­ers, in de­fi­ance of a state of emer­gency, con­verged for a sec­ond straight day Fri­day in Bangkok. Us­ing wa­ter can­nons, riot po­lice also cracked down on pro­test­ers by charg­ing into the crowd. Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Prayuth Chan-ocha re­jected de­mands from pro­test­ers that he re­sign.

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