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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

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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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Michael Isikoff: Media Should Have Had ‘More Skepticism’ About Steele Dossier

Veteran reporter Michael Isikoff is acknowledging the press should have had “more skepticism” about the Steele dossier. Isikoff’s remarks are notable because he is one of a small handful of reporters to have met with dossier author Christopher Steele prior to the 2016 election. Isikoff published an article based on Steele’s information about Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.  ...

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FBI Learned Information ‘That Might Bear’ On Christopher Steele’s Credibility, Lawyer Told Congress

A former FBI lawyer said in congressional testimony last year that the bureau had “learned about facts” about Christopher Steele that had some bearing on the former spy’s work as an FBI source The Mueller report’s finding of no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has put Steele and his infamous dossier back in the spotlight The Justice Department’s ...

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Trump Says He Will Declassify FBI’s Russia Probe Documents, ‘And Much More’

President Donald Trump committed Thursday to declassify a slew of records related to the Russia probe “and much more.” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he was “glad” he waited to declassify the documents until after the end of the special counsel’s investigation. “I thought that maybe they would obstruct if I did it early, ...

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GOP Senators Want Briefing On FBI ‘Spying’ Against Trump Transition

The chairmen of two Senate committees want Attorney General William Barr to provide a briefing about what they claim is text message evidence of possible spying against the Trump transition team. FBI text messages show that Peter Strzok suggested using a counterintelligence official in meetings with the Trump transition team to develop “potential relationships” and gauge Trump officials’ “demeanor.” Sens. ...

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Georgian Businessman Releases Texts With Cohen That Were Left Out Of Mueller Report

A Georgian-American businessman is calling for a retraction of a footnote in the special counsel’s report that refers to a text message exchange with Michael Cohen about a rumored Trump sex tape Giorgi Rtskhiladze’s lawyer sent a letter to the attorney general claiming that the Mueller report has “glaring inaccuracies” The report quoted a text message in which Rtskhiladze told ...

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Nadler Falsely Claims Don Jr. Was Offered Stolen Information In Trump Tower Meeting

New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, falsely claimed in an interview on Sunday that Donald Trump Jr. was offered stolen information in the infamous meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016. “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd failed to correct Nadler when he made the inaccurate statement. “I do not understand why he didn’t ...

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Report: US Officials Doubted Key Dossier Claims Earlier Than Previously Known

U.S. officials who investigated the Steele dossier had ‘misgivings’ about the salacious document much earlier than previously known, according to a report in The New York Times The FBI also interviewed an alleged source for the dossier in January 2017, and determined that he may have embellished some of the claims attributed to him by Christopher Steele If the report ...

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