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DOJ Is Probing Sen Richard Burr’s Stock Trades

The Justice Department is probing a series of stock trades that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr made in the weeks after receiving briefings about the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported. The Justice Department is coordinating with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the matter, and the FBI has contacted Burr, a North Carolina Republican, according to CNN, which cited two ...

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House Passes Coronavirus Bill That Provides Free Testing, Sick Leave Benefits

The House voted overwhelmingly early Saturday morning to pass a bill that provides coronavirus testing at no cost to patients, and extends paid sick leave to workers who come down with the virus or have to go into self-quarantine. President Trump expressed his support for the bill , the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Friday night as House Democrats negotiated ...

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Sen Ron Johnson Shifts Gears, Will Now Subpoena Consulting Firm Linked To Burisma And Hunter Biden

Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, plans to directly subpoena a consulting firm linked to Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings, he said in a letter on Thursday. Johnson initially planned to subpoena a former consultant for the firm, Blue Star Strategies, but he altered his strategy after recent briefings from the FBI and protest from ...

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Senate To Remain In Session To Fight Coronavirus

The U.S. Senate will remain in session next week to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday afternoon that the Senate will cancel the scheduled recess and remain in session to focus on combating coronavirus. The announcement came as Congress attempts to pass legislation mitigating the outbreak of the disease. “Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, ...

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Sasse Calls on Senate to Cancel Recess And Work Against Coronavirus: ‘The Senate Has Work To Do’

Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse called on the United States senate to cancel their upcoming recess in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The Nebraska senator issued a Thursday morning statement in which he warned that the Senate has work to do to help Americans deal with the coronavirus. “Nursing home operators in Nebraska are telling me they’re worried because they ...

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House Strikes Deal On Surveillance Bill, Addressing Some Problems From Carter Page FISA Report

Lawmakers in the House reached an agreement Tuesday to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with some proposed reforms aimed at addressing some problems the Justice Department’s inspector general found with the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The proposed bill comes just days before the surveillance law, known as FISA, is set to expire. House Speaker Nancy ...

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Senate Panel Will Soon Release A Report on Biden-Burisma Connections

Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told reporters Wednesday he will soon release an interim report on his panel’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. Johnson said that the report, which will also focus on what Joe Biden knew about his son’s links to Burisma, will be released within the ...

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‘Spite-Fueled, Political Kamikaze’: Senate GOP Committee Roasts Doug Collins For Entering Senate Race

In response to Georgia GOP Rep. Doug Collins officially filing to run for the state’s special Senate election on Monday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) issued a blistering statement against him. Collins — who has represented Georgia’s 9th Congressional District since 2013 — made it publicly known late last year that he would be running in the state’s special ...

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Lindsey Graham Releases FISA Witness Wish List

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Friday identified 17 FBI and Justice Department employees he wants to interview regarding the FBI’s surveillance abuses against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Graham identified several FBI agents who helped put together applications for surveillance warrants submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ...

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House Intel Republicans Boycott Hearing, Citing Schiff’s Failure To Hold Hearing On FISA Abuse

In a rare move, the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee will boycott a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning, saying that Chairman Adam Schiff has “strayed” from conducting business relevant to the panel, including by failing to hold a hearing over the Justice Department inspector general’s report on FBI abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). “Under your ...

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Pelosi Omits Christians As She Lists Religious Persecutions Around The World

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi omitted mentioning Christians as she listed those persecuted for their religious beliefs around the world Thursday. The House speaker specifically prayed for people of Muslim, Jewish and Buddhists faiths. Her omission comes as Christians endure severe persecutions around the world, facing near “genocide” levels. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to mention Christians as she ...

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GOP Senators Waste No Time Investigating Hunter Biden After Impeachment Acquittal

The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees wasted no time after President Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal Wednesday before opening up a new area of inquiry related to Hunter Biden’s foreign business activities. Minutes after the Senate voted to acquit Trump, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin released a ...

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