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DOJ Watchdog Takes Key Step Toward Releasing FISA Abuse Report

The Justice Department’s inspector general has started inviting government officials to review a report of an investigation into the FBI’s surveillance activities against a Trump campaign official, the latest signal that the report will be released soon. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, has in the past few days invited current and former government officials ...

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Schiff Warns GOP: Name Whistleblower In Public Hearings, And Face Possible Ethics Probe

Rep. Adam Schiff suggested on Monday that any lawmaker who identifies the alleged Trump whistleblower during public congressional hearings could be subject to a House ethics investigation. Schiff made the thinly-veiled threat in a memo laying out the procedures for testimony that begins this week in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence ...

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Schiff Rejects GOP Request For Whistleblower To Testify In Impeachment Proceedings

Rep. Adam Schiff rejected House Republicans’ request on Saturday to call the Trump whistleblower to testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, calling the testimony “redundant and unnecessary.” Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, listed the whistleblower, who is reported to be a CIA analyst, along with seven other potential witnesses that ...

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Nunes Formally Calls On Adam Schiff To Testify As Part Of Impeachment ‘Show Trial’

Rep. Devin Nunes on Friday formally called on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to testify about his or his aides’ contacts with the Trump whistleblower as part of what he’s calling the impeachment “show trial” against President Trump. “Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place,” Nunes ...

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Impeachment Witness Undercut Steele Dossier In Bombshell Testimony

Fiona Hill, who was the top Russia expert at the White House, told lawmakers in October that she believed Russians fed disinformation to dossier author Christopher Steele. Hill offered a scathing portrayed of Steele during a deposition she gave as part of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.  Hill said she was “shocked” to find out that Steele ...

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Feinstein Reunites With Ex-Staffer Who Worked With Fusion GPS On Trump-Russia Investigation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein reunited Tuesday with a former Senate staffer who has worked closely with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele.  Feinstein and two other senators attended the premier of “The Report,” which focuses on Daniel Jones, a former Senate investigator who wrote a report about CIA torture. Jones is perhaps less well known for his work with Fusion ...

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‘Absent Yourself!’: Adam Schiff And Matt Gaetz Had Heated Exchange During Impeachment Deposition

The transcript of a deposition given last month in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry of President Trump shows a heated exchange between Rep. Matt Gaetz and Adam Schiff, the Democrat overseeing the impeachment push. The argument took place early on in the Oct. 14 deposition of Fiona Hill, who served as the top White House adviser on Russia issues until July. ...

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House Democrats Release Deposition Of White House Official Who Listened To Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

House Democrats on Friday released deposition transcripts for Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Dr. Fiona Hill, two national security experts who are considered to be key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Vindman, the director for European affairs at the National Security Council, was deposed on Oct. 29, while Hill, who served as the White House’s top Russia ...

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Mick Mulvaney Defies Congressional Subpoena At White House’s Direction

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, failed to comply with a congressional subpoena on Friday that sought his testimony in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry of President Trump. NBC News and other outlets reported that Mulvaney’s personal attorneys informed the House committees just one minute before his deposition was scheduled to start that he the White House had ...

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‘Big Disruption’: Hillary Clinton Pours Cold Water On Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Medicare For All’ Plan

Hillary Clinton poured cold water Wednesday on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare for All plan, saying that she doubts the $52 trillion proposal could ever be enacted. “I don’t believe we should be in the midst of a big disruption while we are trying to get to 100 percent coverage and deal with costs,” Clinton said at an event hosted by ...

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Republicans Dropped Name Of Alleged Whistleblower During Diplomat’s Deposition

The lead Republican attorney in the Trump impeachment inquiry inserted the name of the alleged CIA whistleblower during a line of questioning with Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine and a key impeachment witness for Democrats. According to a transcript of Taylor’s deposition, which House Democrats released on Wednesday, Republican counsel Steve Castor asked the diplomat whether he knew ...

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Democrats Release Deposition Of Their Star Witness In Impeachment Inquiry

House Democrats on Wednesday released a transcript of a deposition from Bill Taylor, the U.S. diplomat who Democrats consider one of their top witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. In his Oct. 22 deposition, Taylor testified at length about his work with two other diplomats, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker, as ...

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Schiff Announces Impeachment Hearings Schedule, Says ‘More To Come’

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that three diplomats will testify next week as part of the first wave of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Schiff announced on Twitter that William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, will testify in a ...

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House Democrats Release Transcripts of Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland Depositions

House Democrats on Tuesday released transcripts of closed-door depositions with two key witnesses in the Trump impeachment push, former Ukrainian special envoy Kurt Volker and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland. Volker and Sondland were questioned on Oct. 3 and Oct. 17, respectively, about their interactions in recent months with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian officials. Democrats began on Monday releasing ...

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