1. What led to US's statement that Manafort's associate passed internal 2016 campaign data to Russian intel services?

U.S. officials tell NBC News that "U.S. intelligence community has developed new information."

2. Of note: Manafort's pardon is limited.
3. @AWeissmann_ wrote:

The pardon "rewarded Manafort for keeping his lips sealed and lying to the Special Counsel .... Reimposing appropriate punishment...is thus not only fair in a system wedded to the rule of law, but may increase the chance of finally learning the truth."
4. Reminder of Senator @RonWyden's appendix to Senate Intelligence Committee Report, Aug 2020.

On redactions of intelligence information indicating Manafort-Kilimnik's involvement in Russian hack and leak operation.

5/5. Here's the NBC News report (from @Tom_Winter
and @albamonica):


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Why were entries in this Dept of Defense timeline not included in the DoD timeline presented to public and to Congress?


"previously undisclosed document prepared by the Pentagon for internal use"

(@LisaMascaro @benfoxatap @lbaldor report)

"By 3:37 p.m., the Pentagon sent its own security forces to guard the homes of defense leaders. No troops had yet reached the Capitol."

At 4:08 p.m. Pence places urgent phone call to acting SecDef Miller, demanding answers.

Associated Press: “Pence said the Capitol was not secure and he asked military leaders for a deadline for securing the building.”

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Dozens of leading democracies and #BigTech have joined.

Trump stayed out.

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Such as @Malinowski👇

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We looked at statements of those 43 Republican Senators.
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(h/t @AdHaque110)
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