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Post #76 by Dolly » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:25 pm

MARCH 7, 2017 8:05 PM
House intel committee will probe Trump’s wiretap accusation against Obama

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House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Tuesday he has not seen any evidence to back President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him during the 2016 campaign and suggested the news media were taking the president's tweets too literally. On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!" AP

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The House intelligence committee will investigate President Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama ordered his phones tapped during the closing days of last year’s presidential election campaign, the committee’s chairman announced Tuesday.

Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said the claim would be part of the committee’s first open hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which is now set for March 20. The witness list for that hearing, Nunes said, includes the heads, or former heads, of most of the major American intelligence agencies and may grow.

Nunes acknowledged that he had seen no evidence to back Trump’s claim of wiretapping. But he said the allegation is “quite serious” and in need of investigation.

“I haven’t talked to the president about it,” Nunes said. “They have asked us to look into it, but we were going to look into it anyway.”
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The decision by the House intelligence committee to probe the allegation was a bipartisan one, said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top ranking Democrat on the committee. At a separate news conference, he welcomed the chance to investigate the president’s accusation against his predecessor.

“The president has said this is a scandal that is worse than Watergate, that his predecessor engaged in an illegal wiretap of his campaign. That is one potential scandal,” Schiff said.

But what he called “the alternative” result would also be scandalous if it is determined that Trump made the accusation with no evidence.

“We should be able to determine in fairly short order whether these accusations are true or false,” he said. <SNIP>

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Dolly wrote:
MARCH 7, 2017 8:05 PM
House intel committee will probe Trump’s wiretap accusation against Obama

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House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Tuesday he has not seen any evidence to back President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him during the 2016 campaign and suggested the news media were taking the president's tweets too literally. On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!" AP
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Post #79 by Addie » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:13 pm

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FBI Director James Comey meets with Congress 'Gang of Eight'

Washington (CNN)FBI Director James Comey spent Thursday afternoon on Capitol Hill meeting with the eight lawmakers who have access to the most highly classified information, sources told CNN.

Comey was scheduled to meet with the House members of the so-called Gang of Eight at 5 p.m., and he met earlier in the afternoon with the senators in the group -- including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence committee, Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner respectively.

The House members include House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff.

Comey's visit comes after Schiff accused the FBI director of stonewalling House members in a briefing last week and both Schiff and Nunes aired their concerns that Comey had been withholding information from the group through last year. ...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a veteran Democrat on the intelligence panel, said she wants Trump's tax returns as part of this investigation.

"The tax returns become a primary lead into a Russia connection -- and that would be Russian money in his businesses. He's visited Russia six times by his own voice on television. Who knows what the situation is?"


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Post #80 by Addie » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:40 am

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Ellison: 'I don't think the truth is going to be forthcoming' on Russia probe

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Friday pressed FBI Director James Comey to shed more light about the agency's probe of President Trump's team's connections to Russia, saying he doubts the truth "is going to be forthcoming" from Trump's administration.

"How come not only ... [Michael] Flynn and, too now, [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions have been found saying things, denying that they were in contact with Russian diplomats when in fact they demonstrably were?" Ellison said in an interview with CNN.

The deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee said he wants answers from Comey about the agency's probe into Russia.

"I want to know why they were misrepresenting the truth ... we know that they were, but why were they?" he asked, referencing Flynn and Sessions.

"These are things that I think the FBI could shed light on. I hope they are in it for the long haul. I don't think the truth is going to be forthcoming. Because if it were ... Mr. Sessions would go back to the committee ... and clarify exactly what he meant when he denied any contact with Russia and Russian representatives," Ellison added.


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Post #81 by Addie » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:42 pm

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Schiff: I haven't seen any evidence Obama admin wiretapped Trump

Washington (CNN)A day after a secret FBI briefing, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee told CNN Friday that they still have yet to see any evidence to back up President Donald Trump's stunning claims that the Obama administration spied on him.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told CNN Friday that, after meeting with the FBI director, he has not "seen any evidence" to back Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the campaign.

"I think when (press secretary) Sean Spicer isn't even willing to talk about it, you know there's a real problem," said Rep. Adam Schiff, who was in a meeting with FBI Director James Comey Thursday night.

Asked if Comey is prepared to talk about the issue at a March 20 hearing before the committee, Schiff replied, "he certainly is prepared for the question, and I don't see any reason why he wouldn't answer it. He might even welcome the opportunity."


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Post #82 by Addie » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:05 pm

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FBI chief expected to testify in House Russia hearing: official ...

It is unclear whether Comey will appear during the public component or in a closed-door session. A committee aide said that while there will probably be a closed component to the hearing, it likely won’t be on March 20.

Brower also cautioned that the director would be unable to provide many new details about the bureau’s assessment of Russian interference on the election — documented in a multi-agency intelligence community (IC) report made public in December — but he provided a few clues as to the focus of the hotly-anticipated hearing.

“The March 20 hearing, as I understand it, is aimed at drilling down on the IC report — the public version that was distributed,” he said. “It’s likely that not much more than is in that report can be discussed in an open forum, but my sense from staff is that’s the idea — they want to at least kick off their public hearings with a hearing about the report.”

The intelligence community in December released a declassified version of its assessment that Russia attempted to intervene in the U.S. election specifically for the purpose of helping President Trump win the White House.

The report generated fierce controversy because it provided few details not already part of the public record, leaving many skeptics dissatisfied. Democrats who have seen the classified version, meanwhile, have long hinted that if the public could see what they saw, there would be little doubt as to the level of Russia’s involvement.


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Post #83 by Addie » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:08 pm

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If Russia Inquiry Is Not ‘Legitimate,’ Democrats May Abandon It

WASHINGTON — They agreed just a week ago to the terms of a House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But now some of the panel’s Democrats are warning that they may pull their support for the inquiry if it becomes mired in party-line politics.

When that might happen is unclear, and Democrats know that the current moment of even tentative comity on the Republican-controlled panel may offer their best chance for scrutinizing ties between people close to President Trump and Russian officials.

Still, Democrats are bracing for fights over subpoenaing witnesses and documents — including, possibly, Mr. Trump’s tax returns — since Republicans have balked at an outside, independent inquiry into what intelligence officials say was an unprecedented intrusion into an American election by a foreign power. ...

Several Democrats said they expected their desire to compel certain witnesses to testify to stoke friction among Republicans. But a flash point could come if Democrats press to subpoena Mr. Trump’s tax returns, a move that could scuttle the entire inquiry.

Democrats have favored an outside, independent investigation, but many of them see the panel’s inquiry as the best they can do. And they are keenly aware that by pulling their support, they would sacrifice their roles in an investigation some see as among the most important of their time in public service.


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Post #84 by Addie » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:37 am

Politico

McCain on Trump-Russia probes: ‘Lot of shoes to drop from this centipede’

Arizona Sen. John McCain suggested Sunday “there’s a lot of shoes to drop” once more information is known about President Donald Trump and his associates’ ties to Russia.

In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union,” McCain said he was troubled by a number of things with Russia, including the Republican Party removing a call for defensive weapons to Ukraine from its official platform.

“Clearly, it was not the will of most Republicans,” McCain said. “There’s a lot of aspects with this whole relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny, and so far I don’t think the American people have gotten all the answers. In fact, I think there’s a lot of shoes to drop from this centipede.” ...

“This whole issue of the relationship with the Russians and who communicated with them and under what circumstances clearly cries out for an investigation,” said McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. “But I would also point out we should not assume guilt until we have a thorough investigation. I’m not judging anyone guilty.”


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McCain: Trump has to retract wiretap claim or provide information

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday said President Trump either has to retract his claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, or provide evidence of the allegations.

“President Trump has to provide the American people, not just the intelligence community, but the American people, with evidence that his predecessor, former president of the Unites States was guilty of breaking the law,” McCain told CNN’s “State of the Union.” ...

The White House has called on Congress to include an investigation into any potential surveillance as part of its probe on Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

The House Intelligence Committee has asked the White House to provide any evidence of the allegations by Monday. ...

“I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the Unites States could clear this up in a minute,” McCain said, adding that Trump could call the director of the CIA and the director of National Intelligence (DNI) for proof.


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Post #85 by Addie » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:31 pm

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Justice Department asks for more time after Trump fails to provide wiretap evidence

The Department of Justice said on Monday it had requested more time to respond to a request from lawmakers on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee for evidence about President Donald Trump’s allegation that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped him.

The department requested “additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

Trump provided no evidence when, earlier this month, he accused Obama of wiretapping him during the 2016 election campaign. A spokesman for the former president said the charge was “simply false.”


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Post #86 by June bug » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:49 pm

From Addie's Reuters report:
The department requested “additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

IANAL but I can't see a reason for this request unless they're parsing legal issues surrounding an authorized FISA warrant. If that's the case, I don't think it's good news for the Tweeter-in-Chief.



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Post #87 by Dan1100 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:58 pm

June bug wrote:From Addie's Reuters report:
The department requested “additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

IANAL but I can't see a reason for this request unless they're parsing legal issues surrounding an authorized FISA warrant. If that's the case, I don't think it's good news for the Tweeter-in-Chief.


Or they went to President Bannon and said they couldn't find anything and he said to keep looking and manufacture something if necessary.



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Post #88 by Addie » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:47 am

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House Panel Says It May Subpoena Trump Wiretap Evidence

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The House intelligence committee says it may opt to subpoena the Justice Department if it does not provide possible evidence that President Donald Trump was wiretapped during the election.

The committee set Monday as the deadline for getting the information, but the Justice Department says it needs more time.

The committee now says it wants the information in hand before March 20th when it holds its first public hearing on its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

A spokesman for committee chairman Devin Nunes of California, Jack Langer, says the committee might subpoena the information if the Justice Department fails to answer its questions.


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Post #89 by Addie » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:19 am

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‘Never Trump’ Republicans join call for select committee to investigate Russia and Trump

Democrats in Congress have long argued that the ongoing intelligence committee investigations into Russia’s interference in the presidential election and the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin are unlikely to get to the bottom of the issue. Now a group of “Never Trump” Republicans are planning to pressure GOP leaders to establish a bipartisan select committee to take over the inquiries and settle the matter once and for all.

Stand Up Republic, a nonprofit organization led by former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin and his running mate, Mindy Finn, is launching a public campaign aimed at building support among Republicans for consolidating the various congressional Russia-related investigations into one empowered and fully funded select committee. The organization’s ad, which goes live Tuesday with a six-figure television ad buy, makes the case that the Russia issue is too important not to investigate fully.

“Trump’s Russia crisis. Secret contacts. Conflicting stories. Mounting signs of hidden ties and shady deals. Fear our president is compromised,” says the narrator. “The values of liberty, justice and honor shaped America. Generations fought for freedom, and presidents of both parties stood against foreign tyrants like Vladimir Putin. Why won’t Donald Trump? Tell Congress to name a bipartisan select committee to get the truth?”

The goal is to bring public pressure to bear on the White House and Republican congressional leadership to elevate the investigations by taking them out of the hands of the congressional intelligence committees, which don’t have proper resources or support to do the job, according to McMullin. The committees are already strapped for cash, according to some leading Democrats.

“Russia’s activities were a major, complex event that requires additional resources to investigate fully,” said McMullin. “I simply don’t believe that congressional Republican leadership are serious about investigating Russia’s activities and Trump and his team’s connections to Russia. Republican leaders are interested in limiting the political costs and limiting the scope and depth of these investigations.”



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Post #90 by Addie » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:06 am

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Senator: Comey to say whether FBI probing Russia, Trump campaign by Wednesday

(CNN)Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said Tuesday that FBI Director James Comey promised to tell him Wednesday whether the FBI is investigating ties between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump.

The Rhode Island Democrat said that Comey made the promise in a March 2 meeting with him and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina.

According to Whitehouse, Comey assured them he would confirm if an investigation exists "and the scope of their Russia/Trump investigation because he had not been able to at that point say that there was one."

Whitehouse and Graham both asked the Justice Department last week to provide any evidence that would support Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. The two are leading one of three Congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the US elections.

The FBI has not responded to a CNN request for comment on whether Comey will respond by Wednesday.


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Post #91 by Addie » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:27 pm

The Hill

FBI to brief Graham, Whitehouse on Trump warrants: Graham

The FBI has told Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) that it will brief them in response to their demand for any surveillance warrant applications for President Trump, Graham said Wednesday.

“We were informed by the FBI just a few minutes ago that they would be responding to our letter with a classified briefing to the chair and ranking member,” Graham said at the outset of a Senate hearing on Russian interference in elections worldwide.

He provided no specific date for the briefing. FBI Director James Comey is on the Hill Wednesday to brief the chairman and ranking member of the full Judiciary Committee, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Graham and Whitehouse, who head the subcommittee that has oversight over the FBI, last week sent a letter to Comey and acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente, asking for any warrant application or court documents tied to potential legal wiretapping of the Trump campaign, Trump or Trump Tower.

The resolution comes after Graham fired a warning shot to the FBI on Tuesday, telling reporters that the bureau was about to "screw up big time" if they didn't respond to his letter.


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Post #92 by Addie » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:31 pm

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Senate Intel leaders Feinstein and Grassley grim and silent after Trump-Russia briefings with Comey

After closed door meetings with FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee looked grim and rattled and refused to divulge the contents of the meeting to reporters.

At around 5 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) faced reporters but revealed little about their meetings with Comey.

“This briefing was all on sensitive matters,” Feinstein said, “and highly classified and it’s really not anything we can answer any questions about.”

Comey has been at the center of multiple controversies lately, from his decision to make a later-discredited announcement about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server in the days before the 2016 election, to whether or not his agency is currently investigating Donald Trump’s campaign for colluding with the Russian government.


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Politico: 5 things we just learned about the Trump-Russia probe

Vanity Fair: Top Republican Confirms There Is No Evidence Trump Was Wiretapped


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Post #93 by Addie » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:20 pm

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House Intel Committee seeks names of Obama officials who requested 'unmasking' of Americans picked up on surveillance

(CNN)The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee asked the three leaders of the intelligence community Wednesday about any time during the last seven months of the Obama administration whenever any of its agents and officials improperly named, or "unmasked," and disseminated the identities of American citizens picked up in intelligence collection.

Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, wrote that they were concerned that members of the intelligence community have not been sufficiently honoring previously established "robust 'minimization procedures'" to protect the identities of US citizens, including "masking" their names. The letter they sent refers to the disclosure to the public that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had several conversations with the Russian Ambassador.

The matter is relevant not only because of the House Intelligence Committee's responsibility to conduct oversight of the intelligence community, but also as it may relate to surveillance of Russians known to US intelligence or any others who may have spoken with any advisers or individuals around then-candidate Donald Trump.

Nunes and Schiff asked the intelligence community leaders to disclose any "unmasked" identities that were disseminated throughout the intelligence community, law enforcement, or among senior Obama administration officials from June 2016 until January 2017 that relate to Trump or Hillary Clinton and their associates.

An informed source told CNN that if Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was being surveilled, Flynn's name should not necessarily have been included on the intelligence report. Rather, "American Citizen 1" or a similar anonymous term should have been used.


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Post #94 by Addie » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:25 pm

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House intelligence chiefs say there's no evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump

The House Intelligence Committee has seen no evidence to support President Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by President Obama, the panel’s leaders said Wednesday, deepening a dispute with the White House over the president’s veracity.

"We don't have any evidence that that took place and, in fact, I don't believe — just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to — I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower," said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the committee chairman.

“I have seen no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made,” agreed Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), the ranking member.

FBI Director James B. Comey is scheduled to testify Monday at the first congressional hearing into Russia’s role in the 2016 campaign, and Nunes and Schiff say they will ask him whether the FBI secretly conducted electronic or other surveillance of Trump. If Comey declines to answer, they say, they could subpoena the records.

Comey also is likely to face questioning about whether the FBI opened a formal investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials — a question the FBI has so far been unwilling to answer in public.



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Post #95 by Dolly » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:58 am

President Trump says news reports were origin of unsubstantiated wiretap claim

In his first interview since his unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by former President Obama, President Trump said the sources of information behind his tweets were primarily news reports.

“Well, I've been reading about things,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson that aired Wednesday night.

Trump said among "other things" that he read about wiretapping was a New York Times article and a Fox News report.

“I said, wait a minute, there's a lot of wiretapping being talked about," Trump said. "I've been seeing a lot of things.”

But the examples put forward by Trump don't appear to back up his claim that President Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower.

The New York Times article he is referencing never claimed Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower and Fox News never independently reported the story.

The president said that while he didn’t want to discuss it, the White House “will be submitting things before the committee very soon that hasn't been submitted as of yet.”
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“I mean, let's see whether or not I prove it,” Trump said. "But I think we have some very good stuff. And we're in the process of putting it together, and I think it's going to be very demonstrative.” <SNIP>


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Post #96 by tek » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:33 am

Maybe he's using the same investigators that found all that "unbelievable" ebidense in Hawaii..



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Post #97 by Addie » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:03 am

Roll Call

Fears Surface of Russian Hack of Congress IT System

Senators’ examination of Russian efforts to undermine democracies took a turn that hit close to home on Wednesday, when witnesses openly speculated to the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism that Congress itself was likely the victim of nefarious hacking.

When Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., asked experts testifying about the likelihood of such an incursion, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves offered it was “almost certain” congressional IT systems have been infiltrated by Russia’s security services, particularly if two-factor security is not deployed.

Ben Buchanan, a fellow at the cyber security project at Harvardf’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, went a step further than Ilves, suggesting intruders may be operating inside the network.

“I think that I’d be very concerned. If you put me in charge of congressional IT tomorrow, I would not spend my first action looking outward. I would look inward,” Buchanan said. “But that is true of any high-priority network at this point. Find the intruders who are already inside.”

Calls to legislative branch offices with responsibility for IT operations in the Capitol did not yield any guidance.



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Post #98 by Addie » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:51 pm

CNN

Paul Ryan on Trump's claim: 'No such wiretap existed'

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that "no such wiretap existed," citing intelligence reports to House leaders after President Donald Trump accused then-President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower last year.

"The intelligence committees, in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigations of all things Russia, got to the bottom -- at least so far with respect to our intelligence community -- that no such wiretap existed," Ryan said in response to a question from CNN at a news conference.

Ryan's comment comes as Trump and the White House have retreated from the President's stunning accusation in a tweet two weeks ago. ...

The four lawmakers leading the House and Senate intelligence committees looking into Russia's interference in the US elections have all said they have not seen any evidence to back up Trump's claims. The House Intelligence Committee has requested any evidence of a wiretap from the Justice Department by Monday.


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Post #99 by Addie » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:33 pm

The Hill

Dem lawmaker: Trump might've leaked classified information

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee suggested Thursday President Trump disclosed classified information during a Fox News interview the night before.

“In his effort to once again blame Obama, the President appeared to have discussed something that, if true and accurate, would otherwise be considered classified information,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a news release.

Trump spoke to Fox New’s Tucker Carlson Wednesday night, when he said the CIA was hacked during the Obama administration. “I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years. That was not during us," Trump said. "That was during the Obama situation. Mike Pompeo is there now doing a fantastic job."

Schiff on Thursday dismissed the possibility that Trump made “a purposeful decision” to disclose the CIA hack following a discussion with the intelligence community, suggesting instead that the president handled the information recklessly.


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Re: Congressional Committees: Re 2016 Elections & Russia

Post #100 by TexasFilly » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:45 pm

It appears Michael J. Flynn lied about more stuff! Specifically more payments from Russia, and the payments from RT. Elijah Cummings has sent a letter to Drumpf, Mattis and Comey requesting more information. You can (and should) read the entire letter at:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/d ... hael-flynn. Flynn is going need all of his greedily obtained funds to pay lawyers for a long time, looks like to me.

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