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Schumer Calls On GOP To Cancel ‘Conspiracy’ Hearings On Origins Of Trump-Russia Probe |

Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday called on Sen. Mitch McConnell to cancel a hearing next week for Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who launched the special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Schumer’s request is a far cry from earlier in the Trump administration, when he called for public hearings for ...

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Intelligence Chief Sends Flynn Phone Call Transcripts To Congress

John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, provided Congress on Friday with declassified transcripts of phone calls in late 2016 between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, he said Friday. Flynn’s phone calls with Kislyak touched off a series of events that eventually led to the retired general pleading guilty in the special counsel’s ...

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Biden Campaign Cancels Fundraiser With Top Mueller Prosecutor

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has cancelled a fundraiser with Andrew Weissmann, one of the top prosecutors on the special counsel’s investigation of Trump associates, according to The Wall Street Journal. Weissmann, an MSNBC analyst, was supposed to headline a virtual fundraiser for the Biden Victory Fund on June 2. The Trump campaign seized on the event in a ...

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Sen Ron Johnson Considers Subpoenas For Clinton Cronies Who Peddled A Second Trump Dossier

Ron Johnson

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson is considering subpoenas for two longtime Clinton associates who peddled a dossier about Donald Trump similar to the one pushed by Christopher Steele.  Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, the Clinton cronies, were involved in one of the more bizarre but unexplored aspects of the Clinton-related efforts to peddle Trump dirt.  Both Shearer and Steele alleged that ...

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PBS Pulls Film Linked To Chinese Foreign Agent Over ‘Editorial Concerns’

PBS has pulled a documentary produced with a foreign agent of the Chinese government over concerns that it failed to meet the outlet’s editorial standards. A PBS affiliate that aired the film is also conducting an internal review into the funding behind the documentary, which aired twice in California earlier this month.  The review is a response to a report ...

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AG Barr Appoints Federal Prosecutor To Review Obama Admin ‘Unmasking’ Of Trump Associates

Attorney General William Barr appointed a federal prosecutor to review so-called “unmasking” requests that Obama administration officials submitted against Trump associates, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department said Wednesday. Kerri Kupec, the Justice Department spokeswoman, said on Fox News that Barr appointed John Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, to conduct the review. Bash will carry ...

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Rod Rosenstein Will Testify Before Senate In Review Of Trump-Russia Probe

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to oversee the Trump-Russia probe, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3, the panel announced on Wednesday. The open hearing will be the first to be held as part of the committee’s sweeping review of the FBI’s investigation and surveillance of the Trump campaign. Sen. Lindsey ...

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Grenell Declassifies Document Said To Be ‘Very Significant’ To Origins Of Russia Probe

As one of his last acts in office, Richard Grenell, the outgoing director of national intelligence, declassified a batch of Trump-Russia documents, including one that a senior U.S. intelligence official said is “very significant” to the origins of the Russia probe. Grenell also declassified transcripts of phone calls between Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Fox News reported Tuesday. ...

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Trump Urges House Republicans To Vote Against Spy Tool Used Against Campaign

President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged House Republicans to vote against reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the surveillance tool that the FBI used to wiretap former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. “I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, ...

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Grenell Declassifies Document Said To Be ‘Very Significant’ To Origins Of Russia Probe

As one of his last acts in office, Richard Grenell, the outgoing director of national intelligence, declassified a batch of Trump-Russia documents, including one that a senior U.S. intelligence official says is “very significant” to the origins of the Russia probe. According to Fox News, Grenell also declassified transcripts of phone calls between Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. ...

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Trump Teases New Revelations From Declassification: Chance ‘To Break The Deep State’

Donald Trump success

President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed recent disclosures of information regarding government surveillance of the Trump campaign, saying that it has afforded him a chance to “break” the so-called “deep state.” In an interview with journalist Sharyl Attkisson, Trump suggested that additional information is going to come out about the surveillance efforts. “Other things are going to come out, too. ...

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‘Those Are Coming’: Grenell Says He Is Working To Declassify More Flynn Documents

Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, said Friday he is working on declassifying transcripts of phone calls between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Grenell revealed his plans in an exchange on Twitter with Rep. Eric Swalwell regarding a request Friday from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for transcripts of the ...

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Analysis: Schiff’s Radical Transparency Shift

Rep. Adam Schiff is calling for the declassification and release of a transcript of phone calls between Michael Flynn and former Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.  “We need to ensure a transparent and complete public record free of political manipulation,” wrote Schiff.  The request marks a dramatic shift for the California Democrat. Throughout the Trump-Russia probe, Schiff led the charge to ...

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Orders Internal Investigation Of Michael Flynn Probe

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday ordered an internal investigation into whether any bureau employees engaged in misconduct in the probe of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. In a statement, the FBI said that Wray ordered the bureau’s inspection division “to conduct an after-action review of the Michael Flynn investigation.” The review will “evaluate the relevant facts related ...

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Watchdog Group Publishes The FBI Document That Got Crossfire Hurricane Started

Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, released the FBI document that opened Crossfire Hurricane.  The FBI launched the probe based on a tip from former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer regarding George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide.  U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the FBI’s actions leading up to Crossfire Hurricane. The government transparency group Judicial Watch has published the ...

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