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Post by Addie » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:59 am

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Devin Nunes protected Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. from Mueller probe: Democrats won’t

Outgoing House Intelligence chair, loyal Trump lackey and less-than-lovable buffoon is finally irrelevant


Michael Cohen’s surprise guilty plea in federal court on Thursday not only turns up the heat on close intimates of Donald Trump, like his namesake son and beloved daughter, it once again turns the spotlight on those Republicans in Congress most complicit in the coverup of apparent cooperation between the Trump campaign in 2016 and Kremlin-linked actors.

The president’s former personal lawyer pled guilty to charges he lied to Congress. While Cohen testified in 2017 before the Senate and House Intelligence Committees — both run by Republicans — only one committee referred his testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller for review. According to Democrats, Cohen’s testimony before the House has never been made available to the special counsel.

For nearly two years, Donald Trump has had the benefit of a former campaign surrogate acting as his personal missile-blocking defense system. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has run interference on the Trump-Russia probe as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, blocking the release of pertinent information and obfuscating any findings that could be construed as damaging to Trump.

“We were blocked from subpoenaing Deutsche Bank and other banks to see if there is a financial relationship between Russian oligarchs and the president,” Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an interview this week on PBS NewsHour. On Thursday, as Cohen entered his guilty plea, German law enforcement officials raided the Frankfurt offices of Deutsche Bank, Trump’s largest bank lender. There is no known connection between the raids and the Russia probe, but speculation has been rampant.

Cohen’s admission in open court on Thursday makes clear, however, there is still time to mete out real legal consequences for anyone who might have broken the rules while Devin Nunes was pretending to exercise congressional oversight.



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Why are Republicans just so bad at stuffs?
‘Investigations – My Plan to Counter’: A Trump Ally's Secret Plan to Fight House Democrats

A top U.S. House ally of President Donald Trump drafted a "confidential" plan for how Republicans can battle an expected onslaught of Democratic-led congressional subpoenas and investigations against the president and his administration.

"Investigations -- My Plan to Counter" is one of the featured topics contained in a 28-page document prepared by Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, each page bearing a "confidential" watermark.
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Up until Thursday night, Meadows was considered likely to become the ranking Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a key congressional investigative panel. But then a conservative colleague, Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, said Meadows had bowed out and he was talking to the GOP steering committee about taking the post himself.
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In the opening page, Meadows writes he is "confident that with the right team and member engagement, our conference will be able to tactically play the Democrats’ politicized activities to our advantage." He adds, "I believe I can position the committee as an effective platform to win back the House."
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Post by fierceredpanda » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:54 am

This is what happens when House Freedom Caucus people start getting into positions of power on committees. Politically, they have been the gang that couldn't shoot straight for years. Look at every time they tried to oust House leadership (until John Boehner got sick of dealing with them), or every time they tried to force legislation through (Hi there, government shutdowns!). Now they're bringing their bumbling and inept ways to actual committee investigations, because the competent and intelligent abetters of Trump, who could actually make life difficult for the Democrats (Issa, Goodlatte, Gowdy, etc.) are all gone.


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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:51 am

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The Mueller Investigation Is Closing in on Trump—and the Next Congress Won’t Protect Him ...

Nadler, the New York Democrat who in January will become the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, got to the heart of the matter, saying:
Lying to Congress is a serious crime with serious consequences. Mr. Cohen has now admitted to lying about his contacts with Russian officials on behalf of President Trump. His guilty plea contemplates Mr. Cohen’s further cooperation with investigators. Anyone who still believes that this is a “witch hunt” must now face the reality that the investigation appears to be closing in on the president.
Nadler, who has watched more than his share of investigations and inquiries during the course of a quarter-century in Congress, recounts the accomplishments of the Mueller team, noting that “The Special Counsel has now secured guilty pleas from President Trump’s personal attorney, his campaign manager, his deputy campaign manager, a foreign policy advisor to his campaign, and his National Security Advisor. He has filed 191 charges against more than thirty individuals—almost all of whom are in President Trump’s orbit, Vladimir Putin’s orbit, or both. The President can pretend that this investigation has nothing to do with him and nothing to do with Russia, but these indictments speak for themselves.”

They also speak to the need to protect an inquiry that will cause an agitated president to become more agitated. Trump was ranting Thursday about how “Michael Cohen is lying and he’s trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me.” But the greater concern is that a shaken president and his embattled allies might yet seek to undermine, or even to shut down, an investigation that Trump now claims is “doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System.”

“We must allow this investigation to run its course without interference from the President or his allies on Capitol Hill,” says Nadler. “As the new Congress begins, these developments make clear that my colleagues and I must step in and provide accountability. No one is above the law, not even the president, and our job will be to check his impulse to abuse his office to protect himself. We will do everything in our power to allow the special counsel to finish his work and follow the facts and the law to their conclusion.”



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The Guardian
James Comey reaches deal for private testimony to House judiciary panel

Former FBI director James Comey has reached a deal to testify privately to the House judiciary committee, his attorney said on Sunday.

Comey, whose lawyers went to court to challenge a congressional subpoena, said in a tweet that it was “hard to protect my rights without being in contempt”.

He added: “Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours. This is the closest I can get to public testimony.”

On Friday, Comey’s lawyers told a federal judge the interview should be done in a public setting because they feared statements would be selectively leaked as part of Republican efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference and links between aides to Donald Trump and Moscow.

A lawyer for Congress argued that committees can conduct investigations however they please and Comey had no right to refuse a subpoena or demand a public hearing.



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Post by Addie » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:28 am

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Schiff: Trump’s tweets are ‘evidence’ of obstruction of justice

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee plans to use President Trump’s latest tweets praising one witness for not testifying against him and saying another who did should go to jail as evidence that Trump has tried to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), who will have the power to set the agenda for intelligence investigations next year, told The Fix in a statement that Trump’s tweets add to “a growing body of evidence that the President is attempting to obstruct justice.”

“We must ensure that the Mueller investigation proceeds without political interference, and that any and all acts of obstruction are exposed, either by Mueller in his report or by the Congress,” Schiff said, referring to demands by Democrats and some Republicans that Congress pass legislation to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the event Trump wants to fire him.

On the other side of the Capitol, Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also pointed to the tweets as a possible federal crime.

“This is serious. The President of the United States should not be using his platform to influence potential witnesses in a federal investigation involving his campaign,” Warner tweeted Monday.



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:01 am

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Today could be a huge day for the Russia probe, as Mueller drops more documents on Cohen and Manafort, and James Comey testifies to Congress

Friday could prove a huge day for the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, as deadlines arrive for Special Council Robert Mueller to drops more documents on two former Trump allies.

At the same time, former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify in front of Congress in a closed-door interview he has nonetheless secured permission to speak about in public, and Mueller

Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, is at the center of investigations into whether Trump attempted to obstruct the special counsel investigation, and Mueller is said to be investigating whether Trump was obstructing justice by firing Comey as he oversaw the Russian probe. ...

As well as the Mueller filing, more information may come out against Trump on Friday as Comey testifies to the House Judiciary Committee. The testimony will take place in private, but, under a deal struck with the committee, Comey will be free to speak about the questioning after the interview. A transcript will also be released.

Comey is discussing the FBI's handling of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as well as the FBI's investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.



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The Latest: Former FBI chief Comey arrives on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel’s Russia investigation and President Donald Trump’s views on it (all times local):

10 p.m.

Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees.

House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election. Democrats will also attend the interview.

Republicans argue that department officials were biased against President Donald Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate probe into her email use.

Comey was asked on his way into the meeting room about Trump’s assertion that he is best friends with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russia probe. Comey said: “Note that I smiled.”

Comey said he might answer questions after the interview, which is expected to last much of the day.



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:09 pm

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GOP Rep Describes Comey as ‘Gleeful’ in Not Answering Questions at Private Hearing

Former FBI Director James Comey appeared before a House committee on Friday to testify at a closed hearing. Comey had previously expressed displeasure over this idea, fearing “selective leaking” by Republicans. Fittingly, a GOP member of the committee spoke to the media afterwards about how Comey wouldn’t answer questions, at the direction of legal counsel.

“One of the disappointments of this deposition so far has been the amount of times in which the FBI believes that Congress doesn’t have a right to know,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said, according to Fox News.

Comey’s lawyers, one of whom is from the U.S. Department of Justice, is telling him not to answer “a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigation,” Issa said.

The questions that are being asked at the hearing, which is expected to run through Friday afternoon, reportedly have to do with issues including reportedly political bias of FBI officials, Comey’s statement recommending no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, and how he allegedly wrote it before Clinton was interviewed, flexibility that the Justice Department reportedly had with regards to Clinton’s advisers, and possibly also concerns that the FBI may have abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system.

So far, it doesn’t seem like they’re getting very far, and according Issa, Comey isn’t too broken up about it. The California Republican said that Comey showed “gleeful acceptance” of his counsel’s instructions to remain silent on certain issues.



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:30 pm

The Hill
Nadler: I'm ending investigation into FBI, DOJ when I become chairman

The Democrat poised to lead the House Judiciary Committee next year says he has no intention of continuing the GOP-led investigation into FBI and Justice Department (DOJ) decisionmaking during the 2016 election.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who stepped outside of the ongoing closed-door interview with former FBI Director James Comey, told reporters Friday that he plans to end the probe come January.

"Yes, because it is a waste of time to start with," Nadler said in response to a question about whether he would end the probe. Nadler characterized the Republican investigation as a political sideshow that aims to distract from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"The entire purpose of this investigation is to be a diversion of the real investigation, which is Mueller. There is no evidence of bias at the FBI and this other nonsense they are talking about," he continued.



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:32 pm

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Ex-FBI chief Comey agrees to testify for 2nd day before House panels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey testified about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails behind closed doors on Friday before House of Representatives lawmakers and said he believed the session could have been public.

He also said he had agreed to testify again on Dec. 17.

“When you read the transcript you’ll see that we’re talking again about Hillary Clinton’s emails for heaven’s sake, so I’m not sure we need to do this at all,” Comey told reporters after testifying before the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees.

“We could have done this in open setting,” he said.
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Politico: Comey: Trump's attacks on Justice Department 'deeply troubling'



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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:29 pm

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Feinstein Statement on Mueller, SDNY Sentencing Memoranda

Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the sentencing memoranda submitted by Special Counsel Mueller and the Southern District of New York with regard to Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort:

“These legal documents outline serious and criminal wrongdoing, including felony violations of campaign finance laws at the direction of President Trump, false statements to Congress about communications with Russian government officials in the pursuit of Trump Tower Moscow and lies to Special Counsel Mueller about meetings with Konstantin Kilimnik, a suspected Russian intelligence operative.

“It has been clear from the outset that Special Counsel Mueller has been conducting a serious and strenuous investigation. He has now secured 36 indictments, six guilty pleas and the cooperation of key individuals. He is working meticulously to uncover the truth about Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign. His work must be allowed to continue unfettered. The American people deserve to know the truth.”



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Nadler & Cummings Release Statement on Comey Interview

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released a joint statement after today’s closed-door interview with former FBI Director James Comey:

“Director Comey’s testimony today offered us nothing new from his previous testimony on these same matters. We see no reason why our Republican counterparts turned what could have been a one-day public hearing into a two-day closed-door interview. As the Special Counsel’s investigation appears to be closing in on the President and his associates, our Republican colleagues seem intent on spending their final days in power attempting to provide cover to President Trump and attempting to re-litigate the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute Secretary Clinton.”

Key takeaways from the Comey interview:
Director Comey’s statements today about Hillary Clinton were consistent with his previous public comments and Congressional testimony. There were no new material facts produced.

Director Comey stated that President Trump’s attacks on the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel are corrosive and damaging, make the FBI’s job harder, make Americans less safe, and undermine national security.

Director Comey said that he had no concerns then, and has no concerns now, about the lawfulness of Carter Page’s FISA application.

Director Comey said that he would “bet his life” on the integrity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation—but that he and Mueller are not “best friends” as President Trump has stated.

Director Comey confirmed that in July 2016, the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into four Americans who were associated with President Trump or his campaign, to determine whether there was a connection between them and the Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 elections.
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Post by Kendra » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:46 pm

Looks like the Comey transcripts just landed. I had Fox on 'cause I wanted to see how they're reporting Cohen and Manafort today. I do feel a bit :confused: at the Fox reporting just now that Steele (a British citizen, and a subcontractor to Fusion GPS, right?). How does Fox refresh the audience on Steele saying he was fired by the FBI?



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Post by Grumpy Old Guy » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:40 pm

Kendra wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:46 pm
Looks like the Comey transcripts just landed. I had Fox on 'cause I wanted to see how they're reporting Cohen and Manafort today. I do feel a bit :confused: at the Fox reporting just now that Steele (a British citizen, and a subcontractor to Fusion GPS, right?). How does Fox refresh the audience on Steele saying he was fired by the FBI?
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Grumpy Old Guy wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:40 pm
Kendra wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:46 pm
Looks like the Comey transcripts just landed. I had Fox on 'cause I wanted to see how they're reporting Cohen and Manafort today. I do feel a bit :confused: at the Fox reporting just now that Steele (a British citizen, and a subcontractor to Fusion GPS, right?). How does Fox refresh the audience on Steele saying he was fired by the FBI?
https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/ ... cted-1.pdf
TY, I've been trying to wrap up housework and hadn't looked yet. Fox and CNN covering it very differently. I do :lol: at how Fox is counting the times Comey said he didn't remember. Can we do a word county on Sessions' second testimony? I heard Junior and others played the same game, but it's OK if you're a republican.



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Post by Grumpy Old Guy » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:43 pm

I just finished reading through the transcript. There are a couple of points where Republicans try to trip Comey up, but he did not bite.



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Grumpy Old Guy wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:43 pm
I just finished reading through the transcript. There are a couple of points where Republicans try to trip Comey up, but he did not bite.
:fingerwag: :

P&E: Former FBI Director Evasive, Parses Words to House Committees in Released Transcript.

P&E: Comey Inconsistent about Investigating Trump.


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bob wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:19 pm
Grumpy Old Guy wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:43 pm
I just finished reading through the transcript. There are a couple of points where Republicans try to trip Comey up, but he did not bite.
:fingerwag: :

P&E: Former FBI Director Evasive, Parses Words to House Committees in Released Transcript.

P&E: Comey Inconsistent about Investigating Trump.
I must yield to her superior intellect. :dazed:



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Newsweek
James Comey Compares Trump to a Mob Boss, Suggests He Could Be An 'Unindicted Co-Conspirator' in Russia Investigation

Former FBI director James Comey said Sunday night that he felt “numb” to a series of tweets President Donald Trump wrote attacking his character earlier that day.

“My reaction to President Trump’s tweets was ‘eh, there he goes again’ I thought I was ‘lying’ and now I’m ‘leaking’” Comey told an audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City Sunday evening. He explained that his initial reaction to the tweets scared him, because he did not want the American people to become used to the shattering of norms by the president.

“There is a danger of numbness,” he said. “The touchstone of truth that we grade our leaders against is washing away in a tidal wave of the president’s lies.” ...

Comey had much to say about Trump on Sunday night, none of it flattering. He compared Trump to a mafia boss, and said he could not shake away the feeling that he was dealing with the Casa Nostra when he met with the president. In the mafia, much like in the Trump administration, he said, “It’s not about anything else except the boss,” he said. And when that’s the culture people don’t tell the boss the truth. It’s a fear based leadership.” ...

Still, he had much to say about the possibility of Trump being compromised by Russia. If the president was not an unindicted co-conspirator in Mueller’s investigation, he said, “he’s certainly close.”



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Associated Press: James Comey says the Russia investigation initially focused on 4 Americans
Daily Beast: James Comey: Justice Department Investigated Four Americans Connected to Trump in Summer 2016



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WaPo - Open Letter to the US Senate
We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again.

Dear Senate colleagues,

As former members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans, it is our shared view that we are entering a dangerous period, and we feel an obligation to speak up about serious challenges to the rule of law, the Constitution, our governing institutions and our national security.

We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and the House’s commencement of investigations of the president and his administration. The likely convergence of these two events will occur at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.

It is a time, like other critical junctures in our history, when our nation must engage at every level with strategic precision and the hand of both the president and the Senate.

We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld.

During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else.

At other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time.

Regardless of party affiliation, ideological leanings or geography, as former members of this great body, we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest.

Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), Richard Bryan (D-Nev.), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), Max Cleland (D-Ga.), William Cohen (R-Maine), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Al D’Amato (R-N.Y.), John C. Danforth (R-Mo.), Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), David Durenberger (R-Minn.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Wyche Fowler (D-Ga.), Bob Graham (D-Fla.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Gary Hart (D-Colo.), Bennett Johnston (D-La.), Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Paul Kirk (D-Mass.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), David Pryor (D-Ark.), Don Riegle (D-Mich.), Chuck Robb (D-Va.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.), Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), John W. Warner (R-Va.), Lowell Weicker (I-Conn.), Tim Wirth (D-Colo.)



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CNN
FBI releases document intel officials used to brief Trump on dossier

Washington (CNN)The FBI on Friday released a redacted version of the memo that top intelligence officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, used to brief President Donald Trump about the compilation of information detailing his possible connections to Russia -- a document which came to be known as the Trump dossier.

The two-page document says, "An FBI source ... volunteered highly politically sensitive information ... on Russian influence efforts aimed at the US presidential election."

The document was provided to CNN by the public records advocacy group James Madison Project, which, alongside Politico, had sued for it and received it from the FBI on Friday night following a judge's order.

The dossier, which was compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, has been at the center of the political firestorm over probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election.



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The Hill
Dem senator: Trump is 'clearly going after the rule of law' ...

Coons on Monday said that the FBI "was executing a duly authorized warrant."

"Law enforcement — federal, state, local law enforcement — doesn’t just break into people’s offices," he said. "They were executing a warrant issued with the approval of a judge. This is part of how investigations work."

Coons also criticized Trump's characterization of the raid, saying that Trump sounds "more like a mob boss" than the president.

“His use of the term ‘rat’ for Michael Cohen and mischaracterizing this as a break-in into his attorney’s office frankly makes him sound more like a mob boss than the president of the United States," Coons said.

Coons added that he thought Trump's attacks on the FBI are "not good" for law enforcement.

"This is not healthy for law enforcement," Coons said. "Law enforcement doesn’t want to be dragged into partisan politics. They’re just going to keep doing their job.”



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Politico
Pelosi tries to buy Mueller time

Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top allies are trying to stamp out the impeachment chatter spurred by a rapid-fire series of revelations that have brought special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe ever closer to the Oval Office.

Their goal: Give Mueller space and time to finish his work before considering impeachment proceedings while satisfying the Democrats’ burning desire to aggressively investigate Trump in the meantime.

“We must wait to see the entire picture and then engage the American people about how we go forward as a nation,” Pelosi told POLITICO in a statement. “We must protect the integrity of the Mueller investigation, so that the American people can get the full truth.”

For now, Pelosi seems to be pulling off the balancing act. Progressive Democrats who voted to begin an impeachment debate last year are now calling for patience. House staffers met with the special counsel’s office earlier this month to sort out which witnesses they could begin calling in 2019 without causing any problems. Democratic leaders are planning oversight hearings starting in January to highlight any White House attempts to interfere with Mueller’s work.



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