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It's an edge of your seat. Thrill ride that will change overseas forever. The Movies Sundays Nine PM on C._N._N.. Tired of spending hundreds of dollars for prescription glasses visits any today at Xeni Dot dot com slash C._N._N.. Good evening very minor. Part of the news tonight in Washington is whether the President's Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will actually keep his job. The larger story is whether back when he was U._S.. Attorney in Miami Miami Acosta did all he could to put financier Jeffrey Epstein man he apparently believed to be a serial child molester rapist behind bars and before we even listen to any of secretary causes televised public accounting this afternoon for the decisions he made aide back then for the deal he cut for what he did and didn't say to the accusers the alleged teenage victims WanNa reduce some what the chief Palm Beach County Prosecutor at the time just said about it tonight and I'm quoting as the state attorney for Palm Beach County for Sixteen Years Years Nineteen Ninety three to two thousand nine which included the entire period of the Epstein investigation. I can emphatically state. Mr Costa's recollection of this matter is completely wrong. You went on to say if Mr Kosta was truly concerned with the state's case Hayes and felt he had to rescue the matter he would move forward with the fifty three page indictment that his own office drafted instead Mr Kosta brokered a secret plea deal that resulted in a non prosecution agreement in violation of the Crime Victims Rights Act Mr Costa he concludes should not be allowed to rewrite history and here's some of the real history. It's a passage from the Miami Herald Prize winning investigation of the allegations against Jeffrey Epstein friend and neighbor at the time of Donald trump a friend of president Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew and as you know Epstein is now facing similar federal charges eleven years later in New York and I'm quoting now Epstein Scheme I began to unravel in March of two thousand and five when the parents the bay fourteen year old girl told Palm Beach Police that she'd been molested by Epstein at his mansion. The girl reluctantly confessed that she'd been brought there by two other girls in those girls pointed to two more girls who had been there by the time to Texas track down one victim there were or two and three more defined soon there were dozens dozens of underage girls the Palm Beach Police chief who supervised the investigation telling the Herald and I quote we didn't know where the victims would ever end. That's what the U._S.. Attorney's office stepped into in two thousand thousand seven and two thousand and eight so many charges in fact they filled fifty three pages enough to put Epstein away for the rest of his life. Instead though in what's being described as a highly unusual non-prosecution agreement Epstein was put on the sex offender registry USTRY and allowed to plead guilty to a single state prostitution charge for which he served thirteen months essentially part time in the Palm Beach County jail it was actually allowed to leave jail and go to his office six days a week. Now terms of the agreement were kept secret from the accusers until after the fact unlawfully according to a recent court ruling in addition at immunize any unnamed co-conspirators and essentially shut down any further federal investigation in that jurisdiction today Secretary Acosta Asta went before the public he repeatedly said that <hes> taking Epstein to trial would have been quote rolling the dice and quote even though Justice Department figures show that U._S. attorneys brought more than thirty six hundred similar cases between the years two thousand and four in two thousand and thirteen a cost repeatedly shifted responsibility for the decision onto career prosecutors repeatedly lamented the times were different back then as if back then were fifty years ago instead of two thousand eight when all this occurred the one thing constant did not do not once was apologized to the alleged victims or even say he'd do anything differently secretary. A lot of people are watching this news conference including several young women who say they were teenagers when Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted them they say they went to you looking for help and they didn't hear back from you until it was too late. Do you owe them an apology so you're raising the issue a victim notification and in the documents that I've circulated I've addressed the victim modification as well okay so that's not even answering the question that was asked let alone offering any kind of an apology and no regrets here either standing today. Are you basically saying that you feel that you did everything you could. You got the best deal you could get and you have no regrets. We believe that we proceeded appropriately. A federal judge says otherwise the new indictment in fact suggests otherwise as well well the fact that dozens of accusers had no say in the deal that certainly says something just not to the Labor secretary. You really have nothing else to say to these victims beyond you should come forward that places a lot of burden on children <hes>. What else do you have to say? You've avoided addressing these these people directly so to be clear that is not all. I said you know I think if I recall and I obviously don't have transferred here but you know what what I've said. Previously is I have seen these interviews and I can't. I generally be can't begin to fathom what these victims have been through. I don't think that anyone that has not been in this situation. Nations can begin to fathom the closest. I can come to think what would I feel like if one of my girls was going through this well keeping them honest. No one doubts that a father would do to protect child. The question tonight is is what did a public servant that public servant WHO's now serving the cabinet of the trump administration do or not do to protect everyone's children Jim Acosta. We're going to talk to him. Shortly joining us right now is the Miami Herald's Julie Brown who's done the definitive reporting on the Epstein deal and is largely responsible for the new spotlight on this entire episode Julie. Thank you so much for joining us. Surgery Casa seemed to argue that this plea deal he struck with Epstein was the best that he could do. Is that true well. That's his belief in there are certainly people in his office that agree with him <hes> but I think a lot of law enforcement people have been on here all day on C._N._N.. All Day explaining that there were other options <hes> first of all he if he felt like he didn't have enough evidence or that some of which all the evidence that he had was remarkable in my opinion and other experts opinions but even if he felt that this was a little shaky and he couldn't get a conviction he should've followed what is F.. B. I wanted which they want it. They were already finding evidence that this went beyond Palm beach the the F._B._i.. Files show that they were traveling to New York New Mexico to interview witnesses now the reason why they were doing that is they were understanding outstanding that that this kind of crime this kind of sex pyramid scheme involving young girls. <hes> isn't something that he probably would just do in Palm Beach when he traveled so regularly would be natural for the F._B._i.. To want to examine whether he was doing thing it elsewhere and so had they stuck with the case and not done this plea agreement perhaps they would have realized that this was a much bigger operation and just in terms of this operation meant. How big was this? How long did this go on for is that is that I mean? How were you able to trace this back in terms of what he was doing? It seems like he was starting to do it at least in in Florida since like Nineteen Ninety Eight <hes> he there were a couple of girls who came came forward that were that were in his circle. Let's say since that time and it continued all the way up until the agreement was practically until the agreement was signed and he would he would get one girl teenager to then try to recruit others as well right he would get his foothold in somehow with he had recruiters and schedulers and they would <hes> go to spas for example around Palm Beach and find these young spa attendants and talk to them about coming. Look we WANNA recruit you <hes> to this wealthy man who wants you to give him massages. That was the code word urge really that they always used and so the the girl would come and you know she's very young. She goes to high school. He would say how you know what your life like he he would <hes> especially prey on girls that were in <hes> unfortunate circumstances <hes> very poor or even on the verge of homelessness and he would say well look. I'll pay for a massage. He would molest them. If they felt uncomfortable he would which they frequently did. He said well that's fine. Alpay you for every girl you bring me so when Palm Beach Police were investigating this it was like you know Leslie was here and she was brought by Mindy and Amanda and then you go to Indian Amanda and they said well you know these two other girls brought got me in these two other girls brought me and it was you know he was doing this two three four times a day. Girls were coming in and out of his mansion two or three four times a day. Yeah different different girls Yes yes in his office that interesting. I mean they had drafted an indictment against Epstein. It was never filed is why was that we know well you know he he hired the best lawyers lawyers that <hes> someone of his means can can hire and he was very shrewd about it. He hired a lawyers that were <hes> politically connected. <hes> you know Mr Casa was an alumnus of the Kirkland L._S.. Law Firm Jay Lefkowitz who was obscene attorney was with that law firm. <hes> Kenneth Starr was with that law firm some of the other lawyers he hired had been former of U._S. prosecutors <hes> in in the Miami Office so they were. They knew you know who you know. They knew a cost us so it was sort of like this you know for the most part of boys club of Lawyers Julia. If you could just stay with US I was wondering <hes> Kia Roberts the former senior assistant district attorney in Kings County. That's Brooklyn in Brooklyn New York also seen N._C. C._N._N.. Legal analyst Paul Callan and served as prosecutor in that very same office pull one thing that struck me about what it costs to sensitive question. He didn't really answer which was why didn't he just keep investigating I if if he had all these victims identified need more evidence why not push ahead Julie said the the F._B._i.. was going farther farther afield yeah. You're absolutely right Anderson. I mean he was according really traffic ticket treatment to a crime that couldn't wind up with forty five years of exposure prison exposure now and all you have to do is look at the indictment that was handed down unsealed in New York on Monday that indictment actually reaches back to the year two thousand and two to Palm Beach to Epstein's mansion in Palm Beach and includes the incidents that were very much under a cost jurisdiction restriction at that time so that means that over a decade later New York prosecutors were able to put together a case against him when a cost of claims no case was possible at that time there were lots of federal crimes that were possible here because telephones were used computers were used airplanes and boats were used with respect to the commission of the crime all of this would have generated federal jurisdiction and yet he walked away and really gave a sweetheart deal in negotiations by the way with Ken Starr who was the lawyer who recruited him to come to Kirkland analysis when a Kosta was working as an attorney in private practice so just a lot of strange looking things went on in this case ever any kind of time limit put on an investigation like this absolutely not so. There's a lot of things that make this situation strange. We could really go on and on about it for hours but what I will say is this there does exist a statute of limitations for certain certain crimes but in this particular instance the the investigation had already reached kind of one of its apex which is that he'd been charged and once that happens and as Julie put so well that one victor is in a two two turns into twelve twelve twelve turns into twenty four you have to collect the evidence do a full and thorough investigation and see where it goes where it puts you and I cannot imagine a judge in the world that with these serious facts would not have allowed you to fully and thoroughly investigate the case and take us to its logical conclusion. Julia secretary cost put a lot of blame on on the career prosecutors in his office for decisions that were made in this case to be clear he was the boss I mean at the end of the day the final say on on what happened here right right and he made a lot of this meeting which <hes> I focused on my story <hes> how he met privately with Jay Lefkowitz <hes> epsteins attorney far from his office in in Miami at a AH Marriott in October and he made much of the fact that well you know there's nothing to that meeting because that deal was signed in September before that meeting ever happened and if you look at the record. Yes there was some papers sign in September but they were hotly negotiating that agreement all the way up to the point that he appeared in court in June of two thousand and eight there was a lot of stuff happening and there's also a letter that it <hes> Jay Lefkowitz wrote back to a cost to after that October meeting saying thank you very much. I'm glad we discussed this and just re reminder here that you're not you agreed not to tell any of the victims about this deal so it was at that meeting. We suspect that he arranged for the secrecy aspect of it which you know that's the biggest question here why if it was such a good deal did he seal the deal so that the nobody could find out what it it was. That's incredible that he's blaming career prosecutors but he's going to the secret meeting Outta town. I mean that that's just seems highly unusual. Doesn't I mean Paul. Is that normal. No it's not at all normal as a matter of fact <hes> virtually all meetings were pleased are being negotiated. Take place at the prosecutor's office. It's very rare that a prosecutor would even go to a defense attorney's office but in this case <hes> he went to a hotel hotel for a breakfast meeting so it was clearly intended to keep the negotiation secret and then he ultimately negotiates a deal where the victims are not going to be notified about anything he gets a very nice. Thank you letter <hes> <hes> from Kirkland and Ellis the defense firm so it's very very unusual Kia. Why wouldn't the victims be notified him? I get why defense wouldn't want the victims to be notified. The why I mean prosecutors working for the people oh absolutely so it's shocking it's inexplicable and is completely unprecedented. You know when I was a homicide prosecutor in Brooklyn one of the most unique and meaningful parts of the trial would conclude with the victim's family family in a homicide situation or the victim itself when the victim was still alive and they were allowed to give something called a victim impact statement and that was talking to the judge and looking the defendant in the eye and saying this is what you did this is how this says affected me and my family that was a hugely important in Cathartic and therapeutic process for victims and the effect that this was denied to the thirty plus young women who have the courage and fortitude to to assist with the investigation is really heartbreaking and cruel Kiam Paul. Thank you Julie Brown in this age. Where reporters are you know under the gun and being called all sorts of things reporting is critical and exposing doing this story and really nobody would be here? <hes> you know it would not the victims were not have a voice at this point or not for you. Thank you very much coming up the latest from the White House on all this including reaction action to Secretary Acosta's performance and later new reporting on the bogus conspiracy theory that was apparently to juicy for right wing media and even the trump administration to actually check the death of D._N._C.. Staffer the claim he was gunned down by assassins working for Hillary Clinton right and and the alternative explanation it appeared to offer in the Russia investigation again. This was a phony story and tonight. We now know where it originated investigative reporter Michael isikoff has the real story he joins shortly remember to create an ad like this one visit pure winning dot com slash C._N._N.. The breaking news tonight fallout from Labor Secretary Casa's explanation of his actions as U._S.. Attorney eleven years ago that gave alleged serial L. Child Molesters Rapists Jeffrey Epstein what we've all now heard described as a sweetheart deal the latest development a brutal statement from the Palm Beach County State Attorney at the time accusing Secretary Kosta today of rewriting history C._N._n.. She Mukasa joins us now. So what are the White House do what they thought of a Costa's performance today Yeah Anderson so far. They feel that <hes> Secretary Kosta handled himself pretty well earlier today. They felt <hes>. I talked to one official earlier this evening. You said you know he offered some information. <hes> to it was defenders out there who are trying to counter this criticism that he was too lenient. <hes> the vice president came forward <hes> late today and said that they were glad to see secretary accost step forward but much of this is driven by the President Anderson who does not appear to be at this point in in the mood to unload the Labor Secretary from what I understand talking to a senior administration official he wanted Secretary Acosta to go out there fighting for his job and the president wanted to fight against these calls for his resignation coming from Democrats up on Capitol. Oh Hill in the words of this senior administration official the president's attitude about those detractors was quote screw them well in terms of his job. Security should a cost to be breathing a sigh of relief tonight because obviously obviously a lot of reviews of things he said I mean there are a lot of things he just left unsaid or just refused to answer or you know <hes> apparently answered incorrectly or or was rewriting history according to the official that's right <hes> that that's what that state prosecutor former state prosecutor saying down in Florida that Secretary Costa's recollection of events <hes> completely wrong but I I will tell you Anderson <hes> we've seen this White House. We've seen this president say in the past about previous officials that he would like to see a various his cabinet members come on <hes> stay on board when they've come under some pretty intense scrutiny but I talked to one senior administration official who said he cautioned against <hes> you know thinking that Secretary Costal remain in that position forever saying that one day you work for president trump trump the next day you don't and that that is a very candidate assessment of how things go inside this administration Anderson as you know <hes> you are useful until you're disposable Anderson Yeah and then then you never worked there initially <hes> to to begin with but that's like on day three. You're they like you. They fire you and they don't even know who you are Jim Acosta. Thanks very much joining us. Now is <hes> Democratic Democratic Congresswoman Katherine Clark who helps oversee funding for the Labor Department she tweeted today and I quote somehow secretary very costly manage fifty three minutes of victim blaming but he couldn't manage to say the two words we need to hear. I resign congresswoman Clark. What's your reaction to the reporting that we just heard that White House officials think Kosta handled himself well today well? It's certainly not surprising coming from this administration that they continue to side Justice Secretary Kosta did with the powerful with the wealthy and not with the vulnerable and the children. We have an outrageous case he's here. We're Secretary Acosta when he was the U._S.. Attorney sided with Jeffrey Epstein and his lawyers who he apparently knew from legal circles and decided to settle this case in secret from the victims giving very unusual settlement agreements like providing blanket immunity for unnamed co-conspirators and and yet there's no apology. Laghi today there's there's nothing that says I regret this. We've just heard blame shifting and evasion and we need to hear those words that there will be responsibility and accountability ability. Do you think if he had come forward and said I. I regret that deal looking back on it. I wish I had pushed harder that would that would reflect well on him. It's certainly not something obviously the President United States likes to hear people apologizing for something. Would that have worked for a cost of better than what he did today well. It certainly would have been a start that shelling. He has some basic human indecency but really what this comes down to is that if we cannot trust secretary of Kosta when he is looking at a draft of a fifty three page indictment showing a sexual ring that involved solved minor girls these were young girls with Co conspirators and Jeffrey Epstein at the very center if he chose them and need this very unusual deal that resulted in the most incredibly luxurious sentence I've ever heard of where you go to state jail for thirteen months and you get a work release six days a week and the fact that he is now our Secretary Secretary of Labor. He is in charge of making sure that children are not exploited in the labor market that they are not trafficked he is in charge of equal pay making sure that workers can be whistle blowers and talk about conditions on the job and he continues to choose the very powerful over victims. So how can we possibly trust him to be a secretary of labor and choose American workers. Do you find it ironic. That cost US said that his message to any other of victims is that they need to come forward given the fact that he works for president routinely attacks derides victims when when they do come forward with allegations of sexual assault and even rape against against him yes. It doesn't seem like a case where there's been a lack of people coming forward. It seems like there's actually huge numbers of people that are huge numbers of people coming forward. We're dark huge numbers of victims that that Secretary Kosta knew about at the time he made the secret sweetheart deal for Jeffrey Epstein and it's it's beyond ironic it is really disgusting and it is frightening to think that he thinks it is appropriate to to look into a camera and tell victims to come forward when we have his actions and we have the actions of president student that we've been faced with his own rape allegations just several weeks ago his defense was that woman is not my type. This is the administration that we are dealing with. This is the actions of this particular secretary. Unfortunately this is a continuation of how this administration expresses misogyny doesn't believe victims of sexual assault and continues to choose choose the very wealthy and rig this system for them to the exclusion of everyone else Katherine Katherine Clark. I appreciate your time. Thank you very much. Thank you Anderson. We have more breaking news straight ahead tonight more provocation in the Persian Gulf by Iran U._S.. Officials are revealing tonight about what's going on. We'll be right back. The right sheets can take your sleep sleep and your style to the next level with Bollandbranch. The upgrade has never been more affordable. Every set is crafted from one hundred percent organic cotton. They get softer and softer over time that's why they have thousands of five-star reviews and even three U._S.. Presidents Have Boll and branch sheets. 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So what do you think is going on here freed. What what is Iran's game aiming this trying to accomplish with these aggressive moves the Iranians were trying to retaliate for a similar British move that took place a while ago but the real story hand? It's an is that you have a ratcheting up of tensions on almost every front ever ever since the trump administration has really tighten the noose on Iran that is essentially made it impossible for Iran to sell its oil on international markets. The Iranians have been backed into a corner and are trying to explore how they can use the leverage which they have access through the Persian Gulf their interest in in Lebanon or Yemen or close to <hes> Saudi Arabia and they've been putting up <hes> again of turning up the heat as much as they can the trump administration the situation seems to want this seems to want to add to the pressure but it's not clear to what end there is no negotiating strategy laid out. There is no diplomatic solution. They have put forward so the danger here is an atmosphere of a high tension with both sides not wanting to back down you could easily see some kind of miscalculation and it could lead to some of the situation. I don't think the trump administration wants which is war. The administration has a lot of pressure on Iran but it's not clear what its strategy is. What is the goal? I also want to ask you about the resignation of the British Ambassador to the United States today that happened the cable some cables he'd ridden were leaked in what you call the president quote insecure were and the administration inept and quote dysfunctional. I mean the thing about all this is. This is basically what ambassadors do they and U._S.. Ambassador's do it about leaders of countries. They are based and they send unvarnished opinions. On the country and the leadership in which they're serving that is their job isn't it. I mean of course and you know. Do you think it even to Donald Trump was at any news that people think that he's somewhat insecure ten skin narcissistic and take things personally I mean if that's the case then Donald trump not reading newspapers or watching television <hes> look the important thing is that the the brain buster was actually saying it in a very constructive way he was trying to help minister's <hes> his government figure out how to deal with trump and if you read the you know the more detailed version of the leaks he's saying to them therefore couch everything in personalistic term store tra- make it about him begin by praising being him begin by praising some recent accomplishment he's made and if you look at the ambassador's own dealings his tweets his statements they all followed that he lavishly praise trump so this is a guy doing exactly what his job should be. He he was describing his own internal character assessment of trump as you say exactly as ambassadors should do and if trump were not as thin skin the way he's reacted to this. It's more like some kind of act of vengeance that a Mafia offier boss wants to take rather than a dealer the president who should surely no this is the game of international diplomacy. We don't know what the the British or the American ambassador from London is telling trump about theresa. May you know this is how the game works. Don't take it personally. Get over it. Yeah I mean it's just it's embarrassed. The president's clearly just embarrassed by it and there doesn't like to be embarrassed and is therefore just lashing out even mm though this is something you know kind of got lost in all this drama are are the words the actual words that the ambassador used. It's something that our closest allies uses the words inept and dysfunctional in describing the this <hes> this White House I mean it's not unusual. What's what's extraordinary of course is the reaction of the trump administration and Donald trump has completely confirmed everything the ambassador said about the president of the administration yeah yeah for appreciate it freed Zaccaria? Thanks very much next. I'm going to talk with a reporter who unmasked the culprit behind this seth rich conspiracy the most widely circulated and widely debunked theory about Russian interference in the election. Hi everyone it's poppy harlow in this week's episode of boss files and exclusive interview with Google CEO Sundar Pichai his remarkable story growing up in India with little access to technology -nology to landing the top job at Google job. He'd never raised his hand for for the first time Google response to news of a possible anti-trust investigation of the company and lawmakers calls to break up big tax plus plus his pledge to do more to curb the spread of disinformation and he on Youtube. We sat down with him at Google Data Center in Pryor Oklahoma or the company is adding hundreds of jobs as it invests across the Midwest subscribe to boss files today. Listen to our exclusive interview with Google CEO Sundar Pichai just a week before Robert Muller testifies before Congress. A new report has named the culprit of a widely discredited conspiracy conspiracy theory about who hacked the D._N._C. During the two thousand sixteen election now the original theory which was peddled by the far-right said it wasn't rush at all rather a d._N._C.. Staffer named seth rich had leaked the emails and that assassins working for Hillary Clinton had murdered him. I'm rich was killed three years ago tonight and what was most likely a robbery. The facts didn't prevent personalities on Fox News even the president's current lawyer Jaysekulow from pushing the theory or secular back in two thousand seventeen. It sure doesn't look like a robbery. It looks like a murder and I haven't seen the files. You haven't seen the files but there's one thing this undercuts. I think is this. I think this whole Russia argument Sean is such a sucker for reality well. The reality was that the theory floors the conspiracy theory flourish. Here's a man holding a sign peddling conspiracy to rally for President Trump in Tampa Florida in July of last year until now we didn't know where the conspiracy theory actually originated now we do thanks to Yahoo Yahu News and a new six part podcast series with Michael ISIKOFF chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News broke the story so Michael. This is fascinating reporting on your part just explain to us how this whole conspiracy theory actually started yeah. It is a fascinating fascinating story. It's sort of an archaeological dig into these conspiracy theories which got so much traction in two thousand sixteen seventeen and even to till today I and what it turns out is <hes> Seth Rich was killed on July tenth two thousand sixteen. He was walking home in the early hours of Sunday morning. <hes> after night drinking at a local bar and with the cops concluded is <hes> very early on that this look like a botched robbery there had been a string of robberies in that in the neighborhood where he lived in the weeks before his death and seth rich resisted his assailants <hes> they apparently panicked and shot him in the back three days later on an obscure website called. What does it mean dot com? They report that in fact seth rich was on his way to talk to the F._B._i.. To reveal corruption option about the Clintons when he was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton the prosecutor in charge of the case at the time <hes> Deborah signs talked to us for the first time for this podcast cast and she talked about how frustrated she was about these wild conspiracy theories relating to her case so she asked the U._S.. Intelligence community to help her figure it out. Where are these theories coming from and what she she wants what she got back? She says floored her. It turned out that the Russian S._V._R.. That their version of the CIA the Foreign Intelligence Service had circulated a bulletin <hes> disguise to read as a real intelligence report making those exact same claims about seth rich that was in that what does it mean dot Com story about the squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton and from there it took off it migrated into these alright sites and chat rooms all on Reddit four Chan and within a few weeks Roger Stone. The president's longtime political adviser picked. Did Up tweeted a picture of seth rich and said another dead body in the Clintons wake and picked up by Fox News of folks on yeah on the Fundus exactly the same day that Roger Stone tweeted that Julian assange gave an interview to Dutch television reporter in which he hinted that seth rich was his source for these for the D._N._C.. Emails <hes> he posted posted a wikileaks announced a twenty thousand dollar reward for information about seth riches murder and eventually this made it all the way up to the trump White House in the podcast we reveal text messages from Steve Bannon then White House senior counselor encouraging a C._B._S.. <hes> sixty minutes producer to go chase the story calling it a huge story. It was a contract kill. Obviously that was in March two thousand seventeen and then in May of the two thousand seventeen just as the Russia story is blowing up Fox News picks it up and shouts it to the rooftops. I mean it's incredible. What you're describing really is a classic disinformation campaign and out of the what was formerly the K._G._B.'s textbook and exactly the fact that it got such such widespread amplification through U._S. folks in America alright stuff and Fox News? That's incredible absolutely look there is a there's a phrase for what the Soviets used to do in the Cold War active measures. It's a disinformation operation which in which you the plant phony stories or conspiracy memes <hes> into far media and then hope that they will migrate and and and and take off that's exactly what this was. This was a clear Russian disinformation operation operation and I should point out that it wasn't just those S._v._R.. Bulletins as we reveal the Internet research agency that troll farm in Saint Petersburg that was central to the Russian meddling interference manipulation of social media during the two thousand sixteen election picked up the seth rich case they tweeted and re tweeted about it more than two thousand times under phony accounts the skies as Americans such as you know ten underscore G._O._p.. Like pretending pretending to be the Tennessee Republican Party and that it was constantly tweeting about seth rich keeping the story alive in the social media bloodstream. I mean you would think the the person holding up that sign that it was on Tampa or the people doing this on T._v.. If they had decency they would apologize for essentially doing the bidding of Russian intelligence by pushing this this theory which had no evidence at all. Oh no no evidence whatsoever there was not you know the claims were that there was a <hes> the F. B.. I. Had on Seth Riches Laptop had found communications with wikileaks complete nonsense there. It was nothing to back that up but you know the real emotional core of the story is just what just what a gut how gut wrenching this was for the rich family <hes> to see their sons you know reputation Asian being sullied suggesting he was the leaker and a thief who portrayed as D._N._C. Colleagues Mary rich the mother of Seth Rich One of those we interviewed for this podcast talks about how says at one point this was like losing and my son all over again and any any progress on the investigation into what they believe is Robert. Well what we've learned is that it has been transferred to <hes> the major case slash cold case squad with a new detective and a new prosecutor who's now in charge of the case <hes> we have not seen any sign of progress in the last three years <hes> no no suspects have been identified. No arrests have been made <hes> DENVER signs. The former prosecutor says the cops and she were always convinced related to <hes> the string of robberies armed robberies in the neighborhood much much of it linked to drug dealing activity in a nearby housing project. <hes> Joel Rich says that he's talked to the deck detective and Prosecutor recently and they've told them that they are still actively investigating they talk talk about the case every day and so you know <hes> we will see whether they can make that breakdown <hes> Michael isikoff Yahoo News. That's where people can find podcast on Yahoo News Right Michael yes or on apple podcast acids called conspiracy land. You can download it anywhere. Wherever you get your podcasts Michael Scott thanks very much just ahead of serious storm hitting New Orleans could become a hurricane flash flooding has already hit some neighborhoods? We'll love details on that very latest. As we continue in a moment will have the latest on flooding in New Orleans but first Chris joins US coming up on Komo prime time Chris would he got so here the names I have tonight I have have Klobuchar. I have Coochie neely I have Ranga I have uber and I have urban and if you look at them the way I listed them. Those are waves of immigrants that came into this country and I'm going to be talking to them all tonight about the waves of immigrants. We're dealing with now and still doing poorly. What does each perspective? Nobody wants to be our president. What would she do Cuccia Elliot's in charge of caring for these people now for this administration? What does he see? We're going to do all of that and we're going to do the next layer on Epstein the way I'm looking at it tonight. Coupe is you gotta see this story as a human trafficking story not just about the rich and the powerful because human trafficking. I did a documentary on it here for Sister Network H. L. N.. It's a bigger problem than we even understand and that's why it shouldn't be ignored. In this case aren't Chris. I look forward to a couple minutes from now. See then we'll be right back with the latest details from New Orleans on the storm that is approaching the water's rising could get quite a bit worse. We'll have full details ahead. New Orleans is on alert tonight. The first tropical system to slam the U._S. is expected to hit the city as it moves in the Gulf of Mexico. The mayor has already declared a state of emergency. There's already flooding from the storm. According to the National Hurricane Center it could make landfall as a category two hurricane by Saturday Evening Linger Dumping Steady Rain in an area. That's already seen some serious flash flooding as you can tell Louisiana's governor has declared a statewide emergencies. He's that says that ten to fifteen inches of rain could fall within twenty four hours. We'll watch that carefully. 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