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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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FBI Investigated Michael Flynn Over Russia Ties Earlier Than Previously Known

Michael Flynn

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed new details about the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn According to the report, the FBI investigated Flynn’s possible ties to Russia earlier than previously known Mueller was also authorized to investigate Flynn over four separate matters. The FBI was investigating Michael Flynn’s possible relationship with the Russian government much earlier than ...

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McClatchy Adds Editor’s Notes To Its Cohen-Prague Reports

McClatchy news service has updated two reports published last year that claimed that the special counsel’s office had evidence that bolstered the Steele dossier’s claims about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. McClatchy added the updates following the release of Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation. The report said that Cohen did not visit Prague during the 2016, as claimed ...

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Mueller Report Undercuts Several Steele Dossier Claims, Though The Salacious Document Is Barely Mentioned

The Steele dossier was the FBI’s roadmap for the collusion investigation, but the controversial document is barely mentioned in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report But the few references to the dossier paint an unflattering picture of the document, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC Mueller’s report addresses some of the dossier’s claims about Michael Cohen, as well ...

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Here’s What Mueller Found (Or Didn’t Find) On Collusion

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was unable to establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russians, operated as foreign agents of Russia, or violated campaign finance laws during the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to a report released on Thursday. In a 448-page document, Mueller laid out the various areas of inquiry undertaken by investigators during the ...

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AG Barr: ‘Bottom Line’ From Mueller Report Is ‘No Collusion’

Attorney General William Barr reiterated at a press conference on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence to establish that President Trump or members of his campaign colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 election. “After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian ...

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Report: Christopher Steele Refuses to Meet With DOJ Inspector General, Which Is Scrutinizing Ex-Spy’s Dossier

Christopher Steele declined to meet with the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general, which is reportedly poised to cast doubt on the veracity of some of the former British spy’s infamous anti-Trump dossier. Politico reports that Steele declined the inspector general’s request on the grounds that it would be improper for him to take part “in an internal Justice ...

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‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh Will Be Released From Prison Next Month

John Walker Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban,” will be released from prison next month, according to new court filings. Lindh, 38, was captured as an enemy combatant in Afghanistan in November 2001. He was indicted in February 2002 later on 10 counts, including conspiracy to commit murder and aiding the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Lindh was initially accused of conspiring with ...

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Barr Has Set A Day To Release The Mueller Report

Attorney General William Barr plans to release a redacted version of the special counsel’s Russia report on Thursday morning, a Justice Department official told reporters. The report is expected to contain redactions for classified information as well as information provided to a grand jury that Special Counsel Robert Mueller used in his 22-month investigation. The Justice Department is planning to ...

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