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US charges Russian with plot to sow distrust; Trump deals with Woodward fallout. Get today's 2020 latest.
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US charges Russian with plot to sow distrust; Trump deals with Woodward fallout. Get today's 2020 latest.

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The latest headlines and other things you should know in Election 2020.

There are 54 days until Election Day. Here's today's latest:


Treasury

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, during a hybrid hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The action by the Treasury Department on Thursday is the second time in as many months that the administration has called out Andrii Derkach by name.

US charges Russian with plot to create election distrust

The Trump administration on Thursday charged a Russian national in a sweeping plot to sow distrust in the American political process and also imposed sanctions against a Ukrainian lawmaker accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election in November.

The criminal charges accuse Artem Mikhaylovich Lifshits of stealing American identities to open fraudulent banking accounts and promote messaging aimed at undermining confidence in the political system. The plot calls to mind the foreign influence in 2016 described by special counsel Robert Mueller, who charged Russian nationals with stirring up discord on divisive social issues.

Lifshifts was one of four people cited by the Treasury Department, along with Andrii Derkach, a Russian-linked Ukrainian lawmaker, for interfering in the upcoming election by releasing edited audio recordings designed to denigrate Democrat Joe Biden. Those recordings have been promoted by President Donald Trump. Read the full story here:

On the trail

President Trump: Amid a political crisis of his own making, President Donald Trump headed for the comfort of a rally in battleground Michigan on Thursday, trying to move past revelations that he had been determined to play down the threat of the coronavirus last winter despite describing it in private as “deadly stuff.”

In other election news:

Battleground focus: Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democrats, stung by President Donald Trump's narrow win four years ago, are confident the lessons they learned will ensure he doesn't do it again.

But Republicans say civil unrest that followed a police shooting in Kenosha, and Trump's “law and order” message, will help him win over the crucial white suburban voters he needs to capture a second term.

With less than two months to go until the election, the presidential race is focused on Wisconsin and other battleground states that will likely determine the winner. Republicans and Democrats in Wisconsin expect another close race, just like three of the past five presidential elections that were decided by less than a point in the swing state. Read the full story here:

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