Apr 26, 2019

Rod Rosenstein: Russian hacking was "only the tip of the iceberg"

Attorney General Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In his first public remarks since the Mueller report's release, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday Russian hacking was "only the tip of the iceberg" in the country's plans to "influence elections, promote social discord, and undermine America," per the Washington Post.

What he's saying: Rosenstein, who spoke at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, also defended the decision not to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice as a result of the Mueller report, saying, "The rule of law is our most important principle. ... As President Trump pointed out, 'We govern ourselves in accordance with the rule of law rather [than] โ€ฆ the whims of an elite few or the dictates of collective will.'"

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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