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Gates and Manafort met with Russia-friendly congressman

Rick Gates.
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Bloomberg reports that the meeting former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates lied about to investigators, to which he pled guilty on Friday, was between Paul Manafort and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Why it matters: Rohrabacher is known for being close to the Kremlin — he came under scrutiny for it in November last year. Gates and Manafort have been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller for not registering foreign lobbying work with the government, money laundering, new tax fraud charges, "and again on Friday with conspiracy and false-statement counts."

  • The charges on failing to register their lobbying for foreign interests is in regards to work the two did "on behalf of Ukraine's then-president Viktor Yanukovych."
  • Per Bloomberg, a spokesman for Rohrabacher said the three "reminisced and talked mostly about politics...The subject of Ukraine came up in passing."
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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the Times. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.

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Media tycoon Barry Diller talks #MeToo

 IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller
IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller. Photo: Cindy Ord / Getty Images for Yahoo

Barry Diller, chairman of mega-media and Internet company IAC, told the New York Times he thinks "all men are guilty," when it comes to "the spectrum" of the #MeToo movement.

"I hope in the future for some form of reconciliation. Because I think all men are guilty. I’m not talking about rape and pillage. I’m not talking about Harveyesque. I’m talking about all of the spectrum. From an aggressive flirt. Or even just a flirty-flirt that has one sour note in it. Or what I think every man was guilty of, some form of omission in attitude, in his views."

Why it matters: The #MeToo movement has rocked Hollywood and the media industry. Diller told the Times he sees the effects of this "in our companies, where the relationships between people are changing."