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Report: Avenatti To Be Indicted On Charges Related To Stormy Daniels

Michael Avenatti

Disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti will be indicted on federal charges related to his former client, Stormy Daniels, ABC News is reporting. According to the network, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is expected to issue the indictment. The same prosecutors are handling another extortion case involving Avenatti, who was once a prominent guest on CNN and MSNBC. Avenatti was ...

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House Intel, DOJ Strike Deal Over Counterintelligence Documents

The House Intelligence Committee struck a deal late Tuesday with the Justice Department to avoid a subpoena fight over classified documents related to the Mueller probe. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the panel, said that the Justice Department has agreed to turn over twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials starting this week. DOJ has accepted our ...

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Gowdy: FBI Has Papadopoulos Transcripts That Are Potential ‘Game-Changer’

Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday that he is aware of a potentially game-changing evidence in the FBI’s Russia probe regarding George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser. During an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gowdy indicated that he has seen FBI transcripts related to Papadopoulos which contain potentially exculpatory information on the question of possible ...

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Ex-FBI Lawyer Claims He Was ‘Concerned’ With Steele Dossier, But Still Used It To Get Carter Page Spy Warrant

Former FBI general counsel James Baker said Friday that he viewed the Steele dossier “skeptically” and was “concerned” about the veracity of the document when the bureau received it before the 2016 election. But despite those concerns, Baker was one of the FBI officials who reviewed the Carter Page surveillance warrant application, which relied heavily on information from the dossier. ...

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Barr: ‘Very Unusual’ For FBI To Rely On Steele Dossier Given ‘Clear Mistakes’

Attorney General William Barr said in an interview that aired Friday that he is investigating what role the Steele dossier played in the Russia probe, and that the salacious document had “a number of clear mistakes.” “It’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that, especially one that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and ...

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Steele Identified Russian Dossier Sources, Notes Reveal

Christopher Steele told a State Department official that a former Russian spy chief and a top Kremlin adviser were involved in an operation to collect compromising information on Donald Trump. The State Department official’s notes also indicate that Steele claimed that the Russians, Vyacheslav Trubnikov and Vladislav Surkov, were “sources” for the dossier. There is no evidence that the compromising material ...

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‘Never Trump’ Republican Called For Russian Sanctions, Now He’s Lobbying Against Them

A top “Never Trump” Republican strategist who has called for “sanctions on steroids” against the Russian government has registered as a lobbyist for a Russia-owned nuclear energy firm that is seeking to relax sanctions. John Weaver, a strategist for former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, registered as a foreign agent of JSC Technabexport on May 10, according to documents filed ...

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Comey And Brennan Appear At Odds Over Who Pushed To Include Dossier In Intel Report

A dispute is emerging between James Comey and John Brennan over who pushed to include information from the Steele dossier in an intelligence community assessment of Russian meddling Fox News reports that Comey sent an email to FBI staff in December 2016 indicating that Brennan wanted to include dossier information But a former CIA official is disputing that claim, telling ...

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Gowdy Drops Potential Bombshell About How FBI Corroborated Steele Dossier

Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy dropped a potential bombshell on Tuesday regarding what information the FBI relied on to corroborate claims in the Steele dossier Gowdy said that when he was in office, he saw an FBI spreadsheet that cited news articles and information from longtime Clinton insider Sidney Blumenthal as corroboration for the dossier Gowdy did not identify ...

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Barr Reportedly Working Closely With CIA To Review Russia Probe Origins

CIA Lobby Seal

Attorney General William Barr is reportedly working closely with the directors of the CIA, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to review the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, as well as surveillance efforts against the Trump campaign. According to CNN, Barr is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and ODNI Director Dan Coats ...

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Trey Gowdy Offers Tip To Republicans: ‘Look For Emails Between Brennan And Comey’

Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy offered up a tip Monday night for congressional investigators probing the Obama administration’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation. “So whoever’s investigating this, tell them to look for emails between Brennan and Comey in December 2016,” Gowdy said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, referring to former CIA Director John Brennan and former ...

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Rosenstein Blasts Comey As ‘Partisan Pundit’

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blasted Jim Comey as a “partisan pundit” on Monday, claiming that the former FBI director has found a new career “selling books and earning speaking fees.” Speaking at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s annual meeting, Rosenstein provided his most detailed remarks to date about his role in Comey’s firing, as well as his decision to ...

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Obama White House Tracked FOIA Request For Hillary Emails That Was Improperly Denied

Emails released to Judicial Watch show for the first time that the Obama White House kept tabs on a FOIA request for information on Hillary Clinton’s emails that was improperly rejected by the State Department The State Department claimed in May 2013 in response to the FOIA request that no responsive records exist. The agency’s internal watchdog later determined that ...

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Analysis: The Steele Dossier And The ‘Raw Intelligence’ Canard

Fusion GPS connections-11

Defenders of the FBI’s activities during the 2016 campaign have adopted a familiar refrain over the past 28 months to describe the Steele dossier, that infamous document that served as a road map for the conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. “It’s raw intelligence,” according to countless politicos and pundits, including CNN contributor Asha Rangappa, ...

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State Department Under Pressure Over Christopher Steele Contacts

Kathleen Kavalec

Three Republican senators are pressing the State Department to provide information about a meeting between dossier author Christopher Steele and a State Department official before the 2016 election Steele met on Oct. 11, 2016, with Kathleen Kavalec Kavalec’s notes from that meeting have been released. They show that Steele claimed he had contact with the media and that his client ...

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