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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:30 pm

The Hill
Senate Dem wants closer look at Russia's fake news operation on Facebook

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said that he would like to have more talks with Facebook about Russia's possible use of the platform to push misinformation during the 2016 presidential race.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in an interview with the Daily Beast that he has spoken with Facebook officials about Russia pushing fake news stories during the campaign as part of Moscow's campaign to influence the outcome of the election.

The Daily Beast also reported that Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has been in talks with Facebook as part of the panel's investigation as well.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Hill, but told the Daily Beast in a statement that it has “been in touch with a number of government officials who are looking into the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.”

“We will continue to cooperate with officials as their investigations continue,” the company added.
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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:22 pm

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Trump Campaign Turns Over Thousands of Documents in Russia Probe

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his son Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort have started turning over documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the panel’s expanded investigation of Russian election-meddling.

The Trump campaign turned over about 20,000 pages of documents on Aug. 2, committee spokesman George Hartmann said Tuesday. Manafort provided about 400 pages on Aug. 2, including his foreign-advocacy filing, while Trump Jr. gave about 250 pages on Aug. 4, Hartmann said. The committee had asked them last month to start producing the documents by Aug. 2.

A company the Judiciary panel says has been linked to a salacious "dossier" on Trump, Fusion GPS, and its chief executive officer, Glenn Simpson, have yet to turn over any requested documents, Hartmann said.

The committee asked for all records regarding any attempts or interest in obtaining information about Hillary Clinton from Russian government or affiliated sources, including the June 2016 meeting of Trump Jr., Manafort, Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner and a group of Russians including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. ...

The Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, said last week that public hearings may be held in late September with Trump Jr. and Manafort.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:32 pm

Associated Press
The Latest: Firm tied to Trump dossier provides records

A research firm tied to a dossier of salacious allegations involving President Donald Trump is turning over thousands of pages of documents to a congressional committee.

That’s according to a person familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the arrangement had not yet been publicly announced.

The firm, Fusion GPS, was turning over records Wednesday in response to a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The panel is one of several investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The firm hired a British intelligence officer who compiled a dossier of allegations involving Trump and his ties to Russia.

The committee also plans to hear privately from Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of the firm.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:58 pm

CNN
Senate panel gets more details about Trump Tower meeting, reviews Comey memos

(CNN)The Senate judiciary committee is now going through documents that could give a fuller picture of the controversial Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr. was promised Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton's campaign -- and whether there were any improper contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates during the course of the election.

The panel's two leaders, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, also have reviewed the contents of memos written by fired FBI Director James Comey and his interactions with President Donald Trump as the committee reviews whether there was any improper interference with the FBI investigation to Trump associates.

According to committee officials, the panel has now received roughly 20,000 pages from the Trump campaign responding to a detailed series of questions posed by the panel last month. ...

The senators also asked the Trump campaign for a wide range of records pertaining to Russian meddling in the elections, such as any campaign contacts with or about a number of senior Russian officials, such as the former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. And the senators asked for "all communications" from senior Trump campaign advisers, such as Kushner, Manafort, the President's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, his attorney Michael Cohen, foreign policy adviser Carter Page and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
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Post by SLQ » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:57 pm

And the senators asked for "all communications" from senior Trump campaign advisers, such as Kushner, Manafort, the President's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, his attorney Michael Cohen, foreign policy adviser Carter Page and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:11 am

Ooh, Rose Mary Woods time already.

ABC News
Congressional investigators want to question Trump's longtime secretary, Rhona Graff, in Russia probe

Congressional investigators want to question President Donald Trump’s longtime personal secretary as part of their ongoing probe into a controversial meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, ABC News has learned.

Rhona Graff, a senior vice president at the Trump Organization who has worked at Trump Tower for nearly 30 years, has acted as a gatekeeper to Trump. She remains a point of contact for the sprawling universe of Trump associates, politicians, reporters and others seeking Trump's time and attention, even now that he's in the White House.

Graff's position in Trump's orbit recently gained attention after Donald Trump Jr. released a June 2016 email exchange with British publicist Rob Goldstone leading up to the meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower.

“I can also send this info to your father via Rhona," Goldstone wrote Donald Jr. in the email, "but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.” ...

Attorney Alan Futerfas, who serves as outside counsel representing the Trump Organization and its employees, says Graff has not yet been contacted by congressional investigators.
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Vanity Fair: The Russia Investigation Is Getting Dangerously Close to Trump
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Post by RVInit » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:49 pm

:rotflmao: I expect her to be about as honest as Rosemary Woods. I really want to see her particular gymnastics - Trump hires the best people - come on, Rhona, you can outdo Rosemary any day of the week!
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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:43 pm

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GOP-led Senate panel wants White House responses on Kushner's security clearance

(CNN)The Senate judiciary committee is calling on the White House to provide new details about President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's security clearance application, including whether his initial failure to list meetings with Russian officials influenced the administration's ability to trust him with sensitive information.

The committee, led by Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, sent a letter in June to the White House and the FBI asking for a detailed list of questions about Kushner's security clearance form, which he has had to amend multiple times because of his initial failure to disclose meetings with foreign officials. In response, Kushner's outside attorney sent the panel a letter, but the White House has not yet responded to the panel's queries despite a July 6 deadline set by a bipartisan group of senators.

The committee's spokesman, George Hartmann, told CNN Friday that the response from Kushner's attorney does not satisfy the panel's request for information from the White House. ...

The spotlight over Kushner's security clearance form has become a focus in the Russia investigation as congressional committees try to determine whether any inappropriate meetings or contacts occurred between Russian officials and Trump associates during the campaign season.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:29 pm

Politico
Fusion GPS co-founder to be interviewed by Senate panel

The co-founder of the firm that commissioned a dossier of salacious allegations against President Donald Trump will be interviewed later this month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a source familiar with the issue.

Glenn Simpson, head of the private investigation firm Fusion GPS, agreed to a voluntary, closed-door interview after Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued and then withdrew a subpoena for Simpson to appear at a public hearing last month. ...

The committee is seeking information on the dossier of unsubstantiated allegations against Trump. Fusion GPS commissioned a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, to compile the dossier. The committee is also seeking information on any work Fusion GPS has done on behalf of Russian interests opposed to the Magnitsky Act, which sanctioned Russian officials for human rights abuses.

The Judiciary panel is investigating a number of issues relating to last year’s presidential election and Russia’s efforts to influence it.
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Post by RVInit » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:15 pm

Feel free to move this to a better thread. Haven't read it yet, but it looks pretty meaty. It was too large to attach, so here is the link. Report from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University - the link will open a PDF document

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 US Presidential Election

https://t.co/0B9WCIY5Vv
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Post by Lani » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:03 am

More about Rohrabacher and his Russian ties.

A pro-Putin California congressman has been accused of violating US sanctions on Russia

http://www.businessinsider.com/dana-roh ... sky-2017-7
The complaint was filed by US financier Bill Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, who spearheaded the Magnitsky Act in 2012 to punish Russian officials suspected of being involved in the death of his accountant, Sergey Magnitsky.
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Browder's complaint rests largely on a Daily Beast report published last week alleging that Rohrabacher, a staunch defender of Russia and Putin, met with officials from the prosecutor general's office in Moscow in April 2016. The report said he accepted a "confidential" document that Rohrabacher then used to try to undermine the Magnitsky Act on Capitol Hill.
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Upon returning to Washington, DC, Rohrabacher tried to organize a show-trial of Browder in front of Congress that would have included a screening of an anti-Magnitsky Act film that attacked Browder, The Daily Beast reported. The hearing was ultimately canceled when Republican Party leaders intervened, and the film was shown at the Newseum instead of on Capitol Hill.

The complaint Browder filed on July 21 alleges that Rohrabacher "made personal introductions for lobbyists advocating the Russian government's and Grin's position against the Magnitsky Act." Those people, according to the complaint, include Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin - both of whom attended a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower last June to discuss a possible repeal of the Magnitsky Act.
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Post by Lani » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:25 am

Even more Rohrabacher:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who is friendly to Russia and chairs an important House subcommittee on Eurasia policy, became the first American congressman to meet with Assange during a three-hour private gathering at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up for years,

Rohrabacher recounted his conversation with Assange to The Hill.

"Our three-hour meeting covered a wide array of issues, including the WikiLeaks exposure of the DNC emails during last year's presidential election," Rohrabacher said, "Julian emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved in the hacking or disclosure of those emails.

Pressed for more detail on the source of the documents, Rohrabacher said he had information to share privately with President Donald Trump.
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/thehill.co ... -him%3famp
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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:31 pm

McClatchy
Trump dossier author faces deposition

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Within days, weeks at most, the former British spy behind the infamous dossier on Donald Trump could find himself forced by courts on both sides of the Atlantic to sit for a deposition.

The stakes are high for Christopher Steele. As it stands, he faces defamation lawsuits in England and the United States. And U.S. congressional committees and investigators want to talk to him about the contents of his dossier and who compensated him for his work.

But the stakes are also high for Trump, as Steele might be forced to provide corroborating evidence and even sources for the many charges in the dossier that allege collaboration between the Republican candidate and Russian operatives.

The 35-page document, which also contains a salacious description of one of Trump’s trips to Moscow, became international news when published by the online news site BuzzFeed in January. Soon after came word of multiple investigations. Adding to the intrigue, following publication of the dossier a former top KGB general, Oleg Erovinkin, was found dead and two top Russian intelligence officials were later arrested in Moscow.
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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:18 am

ABC News
Glenn Simpson, key figure behind million-dollar 'dossier,' to face questions

A key figure behind the so-called “dossier” featuring uncorroborated and salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia will be questioned by investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee today about the funding and sources for the document.

During last year’s heated Republican primary race, Fusion GPS, a private research firm founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, was initially paid about a million dollars by wealthy Republicans and then later worked for Democrats, all of whom wanted to dig up dirt on Trump and plant negative news stories, according to political operatives.

Simpson, who will appear in a closed session on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, hired the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to compile the now infamous “dossier,” which alleged that members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian agents to damage Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent.

Republicans in Congress are stepping up their efforts to uncover the funders of and sources for that controversial document and its, so far, largely unverified claims as special counsel Robert Mueller’s high-profile probe of those alleged ties heats up.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has made it clear that Simpson’s work has landed him in the crosshairs.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:37 am

New York Times (Thanks, Tex!)
McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency ...

During the call, which Mr. Trump initiated on Aug. 9 from his New Jersey golf club, the president accused Mr. McConnell of bungling the health care issue. He was even more animated about what he intimated was the Senate leader’s refusal to protect him from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Republicans briefed on the conversation.
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CNN: Trump, McConnell haven't spoken since angry phone call, sources say

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have not spoken in nearly two weeks, since a phone call between the two men went awry and left the two men screaming at each other.

Sources with knowledge of the August 9 call said the exchange quickly devolved into a shouting match as an irate Trump expressed his frustrations about the congressional investigation into Russian interference with the US election last year and fumed about a Russia sanctions bill Congress passed that would tie Trump's hands on the matter. ...

Both men shouted at each other during the call and Trump cursed at the GOP leader, sources with knowledge of the call told CNN. Soon after, Trump took to Twitter to publicly upbraid the Senate Republican leader, painting McConnell as ineffective. ...

One source said the primary cause of Trump's frustrations with McConnell has been the GOP leader's failure to protect Trump on the Russia issue, more than health care.
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:00 pm

Newsweek
Trump ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Researcher Tells Investigators He ‘Stands By’ Explosive Allegations About Russia Links

Glenn Simpson, whose firm compiled an infamous and salacious dossier about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, told Senate investigators Tuesday that he “stands by” its findings. The private investigator and former reporter spent more than 10 hours being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee after Chairman Chuck Grassley withdrew a subpoena when Simpson agreed to testify behind closed doors.

"Mr. Simpson told Congress the truth and cleared the record on many matters of interest to congressional investigators,” Simpson’s attorney Josh Levy told reporters following the session, according to ABC News.

Simpson co-founded the private research firm Fusion GPS, which was hired to produce a report on Trump. The dossier, largely prepared by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, alleges collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Among other explosive claims about the president’s links to the country are that the Kremlin has a compromising video of Trump getting prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel in which Barack and Michelle Obama once stayed. ...

The Senate Judiciary Committee is not the main body responsible for investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia and is nominally looking into Simpson’s alleged failure to register as a foreign lobbyist. However, headed by Grassley, a Republican, it is also seeking to find out the motivations for Fusion GPS’s research and who funded it. Fusion GPS has alleged that the investigation is an attempt to discredit the research.

“This investigation into Mr. Simpson began as a desperate attempt by the Trump campaign and its allies to smear Fusion GPS because of its reported connection to the Trump dossier, which Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste and others have said is a ‘roadmap for an investigation,’” Levy said..
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Newsweek: Who is Glenn Simpson? Trump ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Firm Founder Could Testify in Public About Russia Claims
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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:26 pm

CNN
Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry

Washington (CNN) Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter. ...

The Russian "active measures" campaign to influence the US election was fully underway when Dearborn sent his email. This included cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's senior staffers, as well as pro-Trump messaging by Kremlin-backed propaganda outlets, according to a report declassified by the US intelligence community in January.

And Dearborn wasn't the only person within the Trump campaign emailing about potential Russia meetings. Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos sent an email to top campaign officials in March 2016 about arranging meetings with Russians, sources said. The subject line was "Meeting with Russian Leadership -- Including Putin," according to the source. ...

The emails from Dearborn and Papadopoulos were included in the batch of 20,000 emails that the Trump campaign handed over to multiple congressional committees earlier this summer.
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Post by TexasFilly » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:33 pm

Was Dearborn the staffer who met with Sessions and Kislyiak in Sessions's Senate office? I'd guess yes. We never did hear about what was discussed in that meeting.
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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:10 am

Yeah, I don't think it was ever made clear who the staff members were that were present in the room. It makes sense that Dearborn would have been one of them.
TexasFilly wrote:Was Dearborn the staffer who met with Sessions and Kislyiak in Sessions's Senate office? I'd guess yes. We never did hear about what was discussed in that meeting.
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The Hill
Senate committee to vote on releasing Fusion GPS testimony

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to release the transcripts of a closed hearing with the co-founder of the firm that commissioned the controversial dossier on President Trump.

"It will take a vote of the committee to do it, but I presume that they will be released," Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said at a Mount Air, Iowa, town hall meeting on Wednesday, The Washington Examiner reported.

Glenn Simpson, whose opposition research firm Fusion GPS commissioned the dossier, was questioned in a closed door hearing on Tuesday about the funding and sources behind the dossier.

The dossier, created by former British spy Christopher Steele, contained salacious information about connections between Trump and Russia, much of it unverified.

The president has denied the contents of the document.

Grassley said that the process of releasing Simpson's testimony would be lengthy, and Simpson and his lawyer would have to receive a copy of the testimony before it could be made public.
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[bbvideo=560,315]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGAH7GFOIbI[/bbvideo]

Dossier here (Pdf)

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ABC News
House Intel Committee Democrat wants to investigate Russian lobbyist in Trump Tower meeting

A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee wants to investigate the naturalization of Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, who has emerged as a key figure in the Russia investigations following his meeting in Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort in 2016.

"I certainly want his naturalization looked at. I’d like to find out how committed he is to the United States over Russia," Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said in an interview.

Akhmetshin, who reportedly has ties to Russian intelligence and told the Associated Press he served in a military intelligence unit, became a naturalized American citizen in 2009.

"I’d certainly like to ask him questions under penalty of perjury," said Speier, who said she didn't know whether Akhmetshin had been contacted by congressional investigators.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the Department of Homeland Security and State Department for Akhmetshin's immigration and visa records, and is investigating whether his travel raised any red flags when he applied for citizenship.
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BuzzFeed News
Some In Congress Don't Get The "Gravity" Of Russian Election Meddling, Former CIA Director Said

In an internal memo to CIA employees last December, CIA Director John Brennan complained that some members of Congress he had briefed about the agency’s assessment that Russia interfered in the US presidential election did not “understand and appreciate the importance and gravity of the issue.”

Brennan’s Dec. 16, 2016, memo did not identify the lawmakers who expressed skepticism about the CIA’s judgment that Russia helped Donald Trump win the election. But three intelligence sources told BuzzFeed News that Brennan’s criticism was directed at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn, the majority whip. At the time, the two Republican lawmakers downplayed the importance of the CIA’s intelligence. Cornyn said it was “hardly news.” ...

The Brennan memo offers rare insight into a tense time when the CIA was under pressure by the White House and Congress to produce evidence to support its conclusions about Russia’s meddling in the election. It was obtained by BuzzFeed News and Ryan Shapiro, an MIT doctoral candidate and cofounder of the transparency project Operation 45, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CIA and other intelligence agencies for documents about Russia’s role in the election. ...

Brennan circulated the memo the same day the Washington Post reported that the FBI agreed with the CIA’s secret intelligence assessment. Less than a week earlier, the Washington Post, Fox News, Reuters, and CNN reported, citing unnamed US officials, that the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the US intelligence community, did not agree with the CIA. ...

In a separate memo he sent CIA employees on Dec. 13, 2016, after details about the secret CIA assessment leaked to the media, Brennan warned that “there will likely be additional uninformed public discourse and speculation on this matter that will surface in the media in the days and weeks ahead.”
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The Hill
Dem senator: Trump's allies shouldn't expect pardons in Russia probe

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is warning President Trump's allies that they shouldn't expect a pardon in the ongoing Russia investigation should there be any convictions.

The Democratic lawmaker on Saturday tweeted that targets of the investigation should still feel compelled to testify.

"Any witness counting on a Russia investigation pardon should think again," Blumenthal tweeted, linking to an earlier report from The Hill quoting Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who said that Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was a signal to those targeted by the Justice Department.

"Trump's loyalty is limited, witnesses can still be compelled to testify, and the pardons apply only to federal crimes," he added. ...

Blumenthal's warning comes after speculation from Democrats that Trump pardoned former Arpaio as a way of reminding his allies that he values loyalty and rewards it in kind.
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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:11 pm

Talking Points Memo
Schiff: House Intel Committee Needs More Resources For Russia Probe

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview published Monday that the panel should have “two to three times” its current resources for its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. ...

Schiff said the committee has been “making progress” but said it “would be difficult to conclude an investigation of this magnitude in a matter of months.”

“The ideal would be a comprehensive report with bipartisan support,” he said.

Schiff said he will work with other members on the panel “to do everything we can to prevent two separate reports” with different findings along party lines.

He said that two reports with separate findings “may still have to happen” and, if so, “then Americans will have to read both reports and decide which one to believe.”
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Post by Kendra » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:53 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... 12bff28032
A top executive from Donald Trump’s real estate company emailed Vladi­mir Putin’s personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress Monday.

Michael Cohen, a Trump attorney and executive vice president for the Trump Organization, sent the email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s top press aide.

“Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower - Moscow project in Moscow City,” Cohen wrote Peskov, according to a person familiar with the email. “Without getting into lengthy specifics the communication between our two sides has stalled.”
Can someone smarter than me tell me how reporters are getting a hold of this stuff? Leakers?

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