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‘Those Are Coming’: Grenell Says He Is Working To Declassify More Flynn Documents

Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, said Friday he is working on declassifying transcripts of phone calls between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Grenell revealed his plans in an exchange on Twitter with Rep. Eric Swalwell regarding a request Friday from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for transcripts of the ...

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Analysis: Schiff’s Radical Transparency Shift

Rep. Adam Schiff is calling for the declassification and release of a transcript of phone calls between Michael Flynn and former Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.  “We need to ensure a transparent and complete public record free of political manipulation,” wrote Schiff.  The request marks a dramatic shift for the California Democrat. Throughout the Trump-Russia probe, Schiff led the charge to ...

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Orders Internal Investigation Of Michael Flynn Probe

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday ordered an internal investigation into whether any bureau employees engaged in misconduct in the probe of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. In a statement, the FBI said that Wray ordered the bureau’s inspection division “to conduct an after-action review of the Michael Flynn investigation.” The review will “evaluate the relevant facts related ...

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Watchdog Group Publishes The FBI Document That Got Crossfire Hurricane Started

Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, released the FBI document that opened Crossfire Hurricane.  The FBI launched the probe based on a tip from former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer regarding George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide.  U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the FBI’s actions leading up to Crossfire Hurricane. The government transparency group Judicial Watch has published the ...

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FBI Offered To Pay Christopher Steele ‘Significantly’ To Dig Up Dirt On Michael Flynn

Former British spy Christopher Steele peddled an unfounded rumor in December 2016 that Michael Flynn had an extramarital affair with a Russian woman, according to documents released earlier in May.  Months before Steele discussed Flynn, the FBI offered to pay the ex-spy to collect intelligence on Flynn and other Trump associates who were the targets of a counterintelligence investigation.  An ...

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Senate Committee Approves Subpoena In Burisma-Biden Probe

A Senate committee voted along party lines Wednesday to subpoena a Democratic consulting firm that worked for Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company linked to Hunter Biden. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee authorized the subpoena for Blue Star Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and lobbying firm owned by Karen Tramontano and Sally Painter, two former Bill Clinton ...

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GOP Senators ‘Increasingly Concerned’ Surveillance Of Trump Associates Began Earlier Than Previously Known

Two Republican senators dramatically expanded their request for so-called Obama administration unmasking records on Tuesday, saying in a letter to the U.S. government’s top spy chief that they are “increasingly concerned” that surveillance of Trump campaign aides began earlier than the FBI has previously acknowledged. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson sent a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence ...

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How The FBI Used ‘News Hooks’ To Advance The Trump-Russia Probe

The FBI relied heavily on media reporting, often based on leaks, to justify taking additional steps in Crossfire Hurricane, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of public records. FBI officials relied on the so-called news hooks to conduct interviews with Michael Flynn. A series of news hooks also led to the publication of the now-debunked Steele dossier. The ...

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Lindsey Graham Sets Vote To Subpoena Comey, Brennan And Dozens More In Oversight Of Crossfire Hurricane

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on June 4 whether to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from more than 50 current or former government officials, including James Comey and John Brennan, as part of the panel’s investigation into abuse of the surveillance process during Crossfire Hurricane. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary panel, said that the committee ...

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Barr Says Obama And Biden Are Not Under Criminal Investigation

Attorney General William Barr poured cold water Monday on the idea that Barack Obama and Joe Biden will face criminal charges in connection with the surveillance activities against associates of President Donald Trump. “As to President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will ...

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After Three Years Of Investigation, Senate Intel Has Completed Its Russia Report

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday submitted the fifth and final volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for a declassification review. Sens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the chairman and vice-chairman of the committee, respectively, said that they have submitted a redacted and unclassified version of ...

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Jeff Sessions: Leak Of Michael Flynn Phone Call Was An ‘Absolute Crime’

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that the leak of Michael Flynn’s identity to the media in 2017 was “an absolute crime” that should be “prosecuted vigorously.” In an interview on Fox Business, Sessions, who is running for a Senate seat in Alabama, discussed revelations about Obama administration officials unmasking Flynn’s identity in foreign intelligence reports during the presidential ...

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