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Trump ‘Very Surprised’ By Senate Subpoena For Don Jr

President Trump said Thursday he was “very surprised” that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had subpoenaed his son, Donald Trump Jr., to testify before the panel. “I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago,” Trump said at a White House event, referring to the North Carolina Republican who chairs the intelligence committee. “I ...

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Comey Hits Back At Barr: ‘The FBI Doesn’t Spy, The FBI Investigates’

Former FBI Director James Comey responded Wednesday to Attorney General William Barr’s recent claims that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign, saying “the FBI doesn’t spy, the FBI investigates.” “I have no idea what he’s talking about,” Comey said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.” Barr touched off debate in April by saying during congressional testimony he believed ...

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Wray Says He Wouldn’t Use ‘Spying’ Term To Describe FBI Surveillance

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators on Tuesday that he would not use the term “spying” to describe the bureau’s surveillance activities, including those used against the Trump campaign. “Well that’s not the term I would use,” Wray said in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing when asked whether the FBI carries out “spying” during its various investigations. Wray’s remarks are ...

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Peter Strzok Suspected CIA Was Behind Inaccurate Media Leaks

Peter Strzok, the former FBI counterintelligence official, suspected that Central Intelligence Agency employees were behind inaccurate leaks to the press regarding possible Trump campaign contacts with Russia, according to an email he sent to FBI colleagues in April 2017. “I’m beginning to think the agency got info a lot earlier than we thought and hasn’t shared it completely with us. ...

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So Who Was ‘Azra Turk’ Working For?

The New York Times report on Azra Turk provides mixed clues about who the aliased investigator worked for during an operation to spy on George Papadopoulos. Turk was reportedly tasked by the FBI to accompany bureau informant Stefan Halper during meetings with Papadopoulos in London in September 2016. But a reporter who wrote The Times story has hinted that Turk ...

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William Barr Made A Major Disclosure In His Senate Hearing That Hardly Anyone Noticed

In a little-noticed exchange during his Senate hearing Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr made a surprising disclosure that could allow the public and press to obtain sensitive details about the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. During a back-and-forth with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Barr identified Alexander Downer, a former Australian diplomat, as the FBI’s source for the information that sparked ...

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‘That’s A Crime’: Pelosi Accuses Barr Of Lying To Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress about his interaction’s with the special counsel’s office regarding the release of the Mueller report. “What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a ...

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Stefan Halper’s ‘Assistant’ In Papadopoulos Spy Operation Has Been Outed

A woman who met alongside Stefan Halper in September 2016 with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has been identified in a press report as an FBI investigator Azra Turk, an alias for the investigator, was tasked by the FBI to accompany Halper during his meetings in London with Papadopoulos Halper also made contact during the campaign with Trump aides Carter ...

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Democrats Cut Matt Gaetz’s Mic During Judiciary Committee Hearing

Democrats cut Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s microphone at the end of a contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday. The incident unfolded as New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the committee, was wrapping up a hearing at which Attorney General William Barr was initially scheduled to testify about the special counsel’s investigation. Barr declined to show up because ...

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Mark Meadows Refers Nellie Ohr To DOJ For Investigation

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows referred Nellie Ohr, a former Fusion GPS contractor, to the Justice Department for criminal investigation on Wednesday. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, first reported by The Hill, Meadows alleged that Ohr made false statements to Congress on Oct. 19 about contacts she had with Justice Department officials regarding ongoing investigations, as well ...

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Barr ‘Surprised’ Mueller Didn’t Make Decision On Obstruction

Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that he was “surprised” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller declined to make a decision on whether President Trump obstructed the Russia probe. During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barr said that he was “absolutely” confident in his decision not to pursue an obstruction case against Trump. Mueller ended his 22-month investigation on ...

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Barr: DOJ Has ‘Multiple’ Criminal Leak Investigations Underway

Attorney General William Barr testified Wednesday that the Justice Department has “multiple” investigations into leaks of classified information to the media. Barr revealed the ongoing investigations during an exchange with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley sent a letter to Barr on April 25 inquiring whether the Justice Department is investigating leaks to the ...

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Adam Schiff, Who Pushed False Collusion Narrative For 2 Years, Calls On Barr To Resign

A top House Democrat who pushed the now-debunked collusion narrative for more than two years is calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign from office for giving what he claims is “deliberately false and misleading” testimony to Congress last month. “There’s no sugarcoating this: I think he should step down,” California Rep. Adam Schiff said in an interview on ...

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Report: Mueller Expressed Frustration To AG Barr About Letter To Congress

Robert Mueller

Special counsel Robert Mueller expressed frustration to William Barr about how the attorney general described the special counsel’s findings regarding obstruction of justice to Congress, according to a new report. The Washington Post reported that Mueller sent the letter on March 27, three days after Barr sent a letter of his own to Congress laying out what he said were ...

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Trump And Kids Sue Banks To Keep Them From Complying With Congressional Subpoenas

President Donald Trump, his three oldest children, and their companies sued Monday to prevent their two banks from complying with congressional subpoenas for personal and business financial records. The Trump lawyers argued in the lawsuit that the subpoenas, which were issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One on April 15, “have no legitimate or lawful purpose.” “The subpoenas were issued ...

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