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DOJ’s Sally Yates Was Upset With FBI For Interviewing Michael Flynn

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Documents released by the special counsel’s office on Friday show that a top Justice Department official was upset with the FBI for interviewing Michael Flynn at the White House just days after he took office. Sally Yates “was not happy” with the bureau, according to Peter Strzok, who was one of the agents who interviewed Flynn. It is unclear why ...

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DOJ Watchdog Was Unable To Recover Peter Strzok’s Text Messages During Mueller Tenure

Justice Department investigators were unable to recover text messages that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page sent during their short tenure on the special counsel’s investigation, according to a report released Thursday by the DOJ’s office of the inspector general (OIG). According to the OIG report, iPhones issued by the special counsel’s office to Strzok and Page were reset after they ...

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Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

Maria Butina, an alleged Russian spy, pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring with a Russian government official against the U.S. by attempting to infiltrate conservative political groups, including the National Rifle Association. Butina, 30, admitted in federal court on Thursday to operating in the U.S. “under the direction” of a Russian government official who is widely believed to be Alexander ...

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Michael Flynn Judge Seeks Review Of Key FBI Notes Before Sentencing Decision

Michael Flynn

The judge presiding over the Michael Flynn case is ordering a review of key FBI documents before deciding on a sentence for the former national security adviser. Judge Emmet Sullivan wants to review a memo put together on Jan. 24, 2017 by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. He also wants to look at FBI notes from that interview. Flynn’s ...

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Meet The Board Of The Fusion GPS-Linked Group Investigating Trump

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A mysterious nonprofit group backed in part by George Soros and linked to Fusion GPS has investigated President Donald Trump and possible Russian interference. The Democracy Integrity Project has largely remained a mystery, but The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned new details about the group’s board of directors. One board member is an attorney who has worked closely with Fusion GPS ...

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National Enquirer Parent Company Settled With Feds Over Payment To Alleged Trump Mistress

Prosecutors in New York revealed Wednesday that they reached a “non-prosecution agreement” with American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, over a $150,000 payment made to a woman who claimed she had an affair with President Donald Trump. “As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s ...

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Michael Cohen Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for Donald Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison by a judge in New York on Wednesday. The sentence, handed down by U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley, is lower than prosecutors’ recommendation that the longtime Trump fixer receive slightly less than between 51 and 63 months in prison. Pauley cited a “smorgasbord” ...

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Andrew McCabe Urged Michael Flynn To Meet With FBI Agents Without Lawyers

Andrew McCabe urged Michael Flynn to meet with FBI agents without White House attorneys present, according to a court filing submitted Tuesday in the special counsel’s probe. McCabe and other FBI officials also decided not to provide a warning to Flynn about penalties regarding lying to the FBI.  Though Flynn’s lawyers are suggesting that he was trapped into lying to ...

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Judge Orders Stormy Daniels To Pay Donald Trump Nearly $300K In Legal Fees

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Stormy Daniels to pay nearly $300,000 in legal fees to President Trump over a defamation lawsuit dismissed on Oct. 15. James Otero, a judge in the District of Northern California, ordered Daniels to pay $293,052, just shy of the amount that Trump sought as repayment for legal fees from the case. (RELATED: Judge Dismisses ...

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Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina Is Changing Her ‘Not Guilty’ Plea

Maria Butina, a 29-year-old Russian gun rights activist, is preparing to change her “not guilty” plea to charges that she worked as a foreign agent of the Kremlin in the U.S., her lawyers informed a federal judge on Monday. Butina’s attorney asked the judge presiding over the case for a change of plea hearing on Tuesday or Wednesday. “The parties ...

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Dossier Was Unverified Before And After FBI Used It To Obtain Spy Warrants

Former FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress on Friday that the bureau had not verified the dossier when it used the salacious document to apply for spy warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page Comey said it was “not necessary” for the FBI to validate the sources that dossier author Christopher Steele used to compile his report The ...

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FBI Probe Initially Focused On Four Americans

Michael Flynn

James Comey made the surprise revelation in his congressional testimony on Friday that the FBI opened investigations into four Trump associates in late July 2016 It was previously known that four Trump advisers were the focus of the FBI probe, but it was not known that they were targeted at the outset of the investigation It was previously believed that ...

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Lindsey Graham Says He Will ‘Get To The Bottom’ Of FISA Abuse As Senate Judiciary Chairman

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Lindsey Graham pledged Saturday to continue an investigation into the FBI’s alleged abuse of the federal surveillance court Graham is poised to take over as Senate Judiciary Committee, where he will have oversight of the FBI, Justice Department and federal court system Republicans have accused the FBI of mishandling the infamous Steele dossier to obtain warrants to spy on former ...

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Does Mueller’s Latest Filing In The Michael Cohen Case Show Collusion?

Michael Cohen

President Trump is claiming that a memo released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller regarding information provided by Michael Cohen “totally clears the president” of collusion allegations Trump’s critics disagreed, noting that Mueller’s filing reveals new details of contacts between Cohen and Russians, while making vague statements about “useful information” that Cohen gave prosecutors The Mueller filing does not say that ...

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Prosecutors Recommend ‘Substantial’ Prison Sentence For Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan recommended on Friday a “substantial” prison sentence for Michael Cohen, the former Trump attorney who pleaded guilty in August to tax evasion, bank fraud and illegal campaign contributions. Cohen, 52, was seeking a sentence of time served in the case, citing the former Trump fixer’s substantial cooperation with investigators in New York and in the special ...

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