Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is accusing President Donald Trump's White House of placing a "gag order" on former chief strategist Steve Bannon, barring him from answering many questions as part of the panel's investigation into Russian election interference.

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with US House subpoena

US President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a US House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions about the matter, Devin Nunes, the committee's Republican party chairman, authorised a subpoena during the meeting to press Bannon to respond.

Steve Bannon – refuses to answer questions’ about working for Donald Trump

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for President Donald Trump on Tuesday, provoking a subpoena from the panel's Republican chairman. The development brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what the former adviser tells Congress about his time in Mr Trump's inner circle and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue in light of the newly issued subpoena from the Republican-controlled panel.

Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with House subpoena

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a U.S. House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions about the matter, Devin Nunes, the committee's Republican party chairman, authorized a subpoena during the meeting to press Bannon to respond.

Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with US House subpoena

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. FILE PHOTO: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a campaign event for Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore in Fairhope, Alabama, U.S., December 5, 2017.

Hope Hicks expected to talk to Hill committee

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is expected to meet with the House Intelligence Committee as soon as this week, making her one of President Donald Trump's closest confidantes to be privately interviewed in the panel's Russia investigation, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. Hicks, a trusted Trump aide for years, was one of then-candidate Trump's first hires as he put together an improbable run for the White House.

Congress week ahead: Gov’t shutdown deadline looms

Top Republican leaders huddled with President Donald Trump over the weekend at Camp David to chart the 2018 legislative agenda and prepare for the challenging midterm elections in November, but more immediately they need to figure out a budget deal before the Jan. 19 deadline, when the government runs out of money. Bipartisan budget talks began last week, but Democrats and Republicans are still restating their long-held positions -- the GOP pressing for a significant uptick in defense spending and Democrats insisting that any increase for the Pentagon be matched with an equal increase for domestic programs.

California’s Devin Nunes reasserts authority over House Russia probe

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., seen in March, appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., seen in March, appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

California’s Devin Nunes reasserts authority over House Russia probe

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., seen in March, appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., seen in March, appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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President Trump gave an impromptu half-hour interview with the New York Times on Dec. 28. We combed through the transcript and here's a quick roundup of the false, misleading or dubious claims that he made, at a rate of one every 75 seconds. "Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion.

Hill pushes spy bill renewal to January, but a bitter debate still looms

Congress voted Thursday to give itself an extra three weeks to settle bitter differences over how to reauthorize one of the government's most prized foreign intelligence-gathering tools, but the last-minute move has done little to reconcile competing concerns about the need to maintain powerful spy capabilities and Americans' right to privacy. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are united over how to limit the authority to conduct foreign surveillance on U.S. soil, particularly when it comes to the question of when law enforcement officials can scour the collected surveillance for information about Americans.

Pelosi urges Ryan not to let House Russia probe shut down

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him not to allow the House Russia investigation to be shut down. Pelosi's letter says Democrats are "deeply concerned by the Majority's efforts to curtail the House Intelligence Committee investigation and its overall failure to address Russia's meddling in the 2016 election."

Congressional Russia investigators grill FBI deputy director

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was grilled by the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Tuesday amid Republican calls for his firing -- but he was defended by some key lawmakers. Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, said he still has confidence in McCabe as deputy director.

House panel to interview publicist Goldstone, Rep. Wasserman Schultz on Monday

The House Intelligence Committee has at least two interviews scheduled Monday to kick off a packed week of witnesses in the panel's Russia probe. The committee is interviewing British music publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Panic room by @BloggersRUs

They're inside the house. A lawyer from the Trump transition team accused Robert Mueller on Saturday of illegally obtaining thousands of transition emails as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Why It’s Becoming Increasingly Obvious Adam Schiff Probably…

In a letter sent to Congressman Michael Conaway this week, Donald Trump Jr. attorney Alan S. Futerfas, called for an investigation into leaks from the House Intelligence Committee, suggesting the individual who leaked the false WikiLeaks story did so knowingly. The mainstream media embarrassed itself once again after it was caught pushing 'Trump-Russia' fake news.

White House special counsel: No plans to fire Mueller

The White House repeated Saturday that President Donald Trump has no intentions of firing Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller amid fresh speculation from a congresswoman that he would be doing so. "As the White House has consistently said for months, there is no consideration of firing the special counsel," Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel, told CNN in a statement.

Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails

US President Donald Trump's transition team says the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully. Kory Langhofer, counsel to Trump for America , wrote a letter to congressional committees to say Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team had improperly received the emails from the General Services Administration , a government agency.

Schiff: Criticisms of Mueller probe meant to discredit potential future charges

Rep. Adam Schiff is dismissing the GOP's accusations of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, saying they're partisan efforts to discredit the significance of the investigation's potential findings. On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning, host Jake Tapper asked the California Democrat about the GOP's accusations of bias within the investigation into allegations of collusion by the Trump campaign in Russia's efforts to influence last year's election.

Russia investigation sheds new light on Jared Kushner’s involvement with Moscow

The expanding federal investigation into Russian interference in last year's US presidential election is shining new light on the central role played by one member of US President Donald Trump's inner circle - his son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner - in reaching out to Moscow. The latest disclosure - that even before Trump took office, Kushner directed campaign foreign policy adviser Michael Flynn to try to persuade Russia to quash a United Nations resolution - is one example of numerous Kushner contacts with Moscow and meetings with Russian intermediaries now under scrutiny by investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump Jr. avoids questions about talks with father

Donald Trump Jr. refused to tell lawmakers about conversations he had with his father regarding a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer after emails detailing the meeting had become public, according to the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee. Speaking to the committee behind closed doors on Wednesday as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Trump Jr. said he didn't tell the president about the meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians when it happened and he declined to elaborate on what he ultimately told him after the meeting became public.

Democrat: Trump Jr. avoids questions about talks with father

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, heads to a closed-door session with the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, heads to a closed-door session with the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

Rep. Schiff: Trump Jr. avoided questions about talks with father

Donald Trump Jr. refused to tell lawmakers about conversations he had with his father regarding a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer after emails detailing the meeting had become public, according to the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee. Speaking to the committee behind closed doors on Wednesday as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Trump Jr. said he didn't tell the president about the meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians when it happened and he declined to elaborate on what he ultimately told him after the meeting became public.

Trump blasts FBI in tweets about Russia investigation

President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack Sunday on the credibility of the FBI, responding to revelations that an FBI agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling because of anti-Trump text messages. Trump, two days after former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI , again denied that he directed FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Flynn.

Russia investigation sheds new light on Jared Kushnera s involvement with Moscow

The expanding federal investigation into Russian interference in last year's election is shining new light on the central role played by one member of Donald Trump's inner circle - his son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner - in reaching out to Moscow. The latest disclosure - that even before Trump took office Kushner directed campaign foreign policy adviser Michael T. Flynn to try to persuade Russia to quash a United Nations resolution - is one example of numerous Kushner contacts with Moscow and meetings with Russian intermediaries now under scrutiny by investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump in deep trouble

US President Donald Trump yesterday denied having asked then FBI director James Comey to stop investigating ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about discussions with Russia. Trump also insisted he and his campaign had not colluded with Moscow in last year's election, and shifted blame on the Justice Department and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Russia Probes in US Congress Likely to Spill into 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 13, 2017, prior to testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Some Republicans are hoping lawmakers will soon wrap up investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that have dragged on for most of the year.

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page met with Hungarian officials in Budapest

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters Nov. 2, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The travels by onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to meet with senior officials in Hungary during the 2016 Presidential election are being closely examined by congressional investigators, given the increasingly close ties between Hungary and Russia and the role of the country as a central hub for Russian intelligence activity.

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese prison

President Donald Trump says he should have left three American basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting in jail, after the father of one of the players questioned the President's role in their release. "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal," Mr Trump wrote.

Welfare queens and red-blooded Americans: How Russia tapped into our…

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events A misleading YouTube video, "U.S. WELFARE PAYS FOR 4 'WIVES' PER HUSBAND," used by Russia to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election. As the investigation and intrigue around Russian election interference continue, one unexplored arena remains - an introspective look at the United States' lives truths about the nation's taste for various biases: Prejudice directed at racial, ethnic and religious minority groups continues to drive our politics, shape and often distort our understanding of public events, crystal clear facts and the content of our policy.

Trump Jr. messaged with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign

This image of Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter account shows a series of direct messages he received from the Twitter account behind the WikiLeaks website, including his responses to the communications, which he posted on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The direct messages had been turned over to congressional committees investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 election and if there were any links to Donald Trump's campaign.

Trump calls Putin sincere, ex-US intelligence heads – hacks’

Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia, President Donald Trump was back on the defensive over Russian election meddling, saying he considers President Vladimir Putin's denials sincere, dismissing former U.S. intelligence officials as "political hacks" and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage relations between the two countries. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin had again vehemently insisted - this time on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam - that Moscow had not interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Trump lauds Putin for sincerity

President Trump said Saturday that he believes President Vladimir Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscow's meddling a politically motivated "hit job" that was hindering cooperation with Russia on life-or-death issues. Speaking after meeting privately with Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Trump said that he had again asked whether Russia had meddled in the contest, but that the continued focus on the issue was insulting to Putin.

CLAIM: Trump Campaign May Have Coordinated with Volunteer’s Moscow Adventure

For starters, he said he was going to plead his Fifth Amendment rights in the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but then, he just kept talking! Specifically, Page is dishing on a July 2016 trip to Moscow, that was originally billed as a "personal" trip. Now, however, it's a trip he sought permission for, then later briefed top Trump campaign officials on.

Carter Page suggested Trump travel to Russia during campaign

Carter Page brought up the idea of having President Trump travel to Russia during the presidential campaign, according to a closed-door testimony he gave last week. In a May 2016 email to advisers J.D. Gordon and Walid Phares, Page wrote, "If [Trump] would like to take my place [on a trip to Russia] and raise the temperature a little bit, of course I'd be more than happy to yield this honor to him."

Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians

Carter Page's six-plus hours of testimony before the House intelligence committee makes clear senior members of the Trump campaign were aware of the former Trump foreign policy adviser's July 2016 trip to Russia - and Page may have had interactions with more Russian government officials beyond what he's previously acknowledged, according to a transcript of the interview released Monday night. Page told the committee he was invited to speak in Russia after joining the campaign - a similar pattern to foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who approached by a professor connected to the Russian government after the professor learned he was advising the campaign.

At least five people close to Trump engaged with Russian Twitter trolls from 2015 to 2017

President-elect Donald Trump is applauded by his children, from left, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. ahead of a news conference in Trump Tower in Manhattan on Jan. 11, 2017. On Wednesday, Rep. Adam B. Schiff , the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, released a list of Twitter accounts identified as being linked to Russians seeking to meddle in the 2016 election.

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics. House investigators released a trove of Facebook and Twitter ads that showed just how extraordinary the cyber intrusion was.

Mueller moves complicate Hill Russia inquiries

The charges against three former Trump campaign aides this week provided a jolt to congressional Russia investigators who now know special counsel Robert Mueller is moving quickly - and his moves will shut down potential lanes of inquiry for them and likely eliminate the chances of lawmakers to question those aides. Mueller's investigation, which has already led to some dust-ups with the Hill, threatens to limit the scope of the congressional Russia probes even further.

Mueller moves complicate Hill Russia inquiries

The charges against three former Trump campaign aides this week provided a jolt to congressional Russia investigators who now know special counsel Robert Mueller is moving quickly - and his moves will shut down potential lanes of inquiry for them and likely eliminate the chances of lawmakers to question those aides. Mueller's investigation, which has already led to some dust-ups with the Hill, threatens to limit the scope of the congressional Russia probes even further.

Trump blames Democrats for NYC terror attack

President Donald Trump, less than 24 hours after a 29-year-old Uzbek national allegedly drove a truck down a bike path and killed at least eight people, blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democrats for immigration policies he claims allowed the suspect to enter the United States. In a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, Trump turned his focus from comforting those impacted in New York and focused on advocating for the tougher immigration laws that defined his 2016 campaign.

Suspect identified, note declaring allegiance to ISIS found after truck attack leaves 8 dead

A 29-year-old man driving a rental truck plowed down people on a Manhattan bike path Tuesday in what authorities described as a terrorist attack that killed eight and injured 11 before the suspect was shot and arrested by police. A sunny fall day along the Hudson River erupted in chaos just around the time students were getting out from nearby Stuyvesant High School, when a rented Home Depot truck turned on to the bike path along the West Side Highway.

Speculation rife as first arrest in US Russia probe nears

WASHIGNTON : Official Washington was abuzz this weekend over reports that a grand jury has charged at least one person stemming from the US probe of Russia's attempts to tilt the 2016 presidential elections in Donald Trump's favor. There was no indication, in reporting by CNN that other media later confirmed, of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

Washington abuzz as Robert Mueller’s Russia probe set to file first …


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Official Washington was abuzz this weekend over reports that a grand jury has charged at least one person stemming from the U.S. probe of Russia's attempts to tilt the 2016 presidential elections in Donald Trump's favor. There was no indication, in reporting by CNN that other media later confirmed, of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

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Google is partnering with the International Fact-Checking Network, an organization run by the George Soros-funded Poynter Institute. Engadget reports that Google will be working with the Soros-funded Poynter Institute and the International Fact-Checking Network as the tech giant ramps up efforts to prevent the spread of misinformation and "fake news."

In topsy-turvy Washington, Democrats are no longer the hunters

Author and columnist Mark Steyn told Tucker Carlson on Fox News this week that the probes into President Donald Trump's supposed collusion with Russian interests resemble but an outrageous "high-concept thriller" in which he is innocent. On Wednesday, Steyn and Carlson discussed the revelation that a dossier on Trump that may have influenced the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate then-candidate Trump was created by the research firm Fusion GPS and the behest of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Adam Schiff says Donald Trump is preventing bipartisan consensus on Russian meddling

"The single biggest step we need to take to protect our election going forward is [to develop] the bipartisan consensus that if a foreign power intervenes next time, we will all reject it," Mr. Schiff, California Democrat, said on MSNBC. "The single biggest impediment to reaching that consensus is the president of the United States who will not even acknowledge that that happened."

Democrats critical of Trump on North Korea: He ‘fails to understand’ what war would be like

If Tillerson is wasting his time, its only because his boss fails to understand the catastrophic consequences of war on Korean Peninsula. https://t.co/s3JQfLfNi4 - Adam Schiff October 1, 2017 Or maybe @POTUS just didnt have Rexs phone number so decided instead to have what should have been a private discussion in public! https://t.co/1ptA9OPhE5 - David Axelrod October 1, 2017 Direct talks w/ #NorthKorea are our best chance to freeze missile, #nuclear tests.

Senator: Twitter’s actions on Russia-linked accounts lacking

Twitter's Carlos Monje, the director of public policy and philanthropy, right, knocks on the door with Colin Crowell, head of global public policy, to enter the closed door meeting Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill as part of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Alex Brandon/The Associated Press Twitter's Carlos Monje, the director of public policy and philanthropy, right, knocks on the door with Colin Crowell, head of global public policy, to enter the closed door meeting Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill as part of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Twitter to talk to House, Senate in Russia probe

The Twitter app on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, as seen on April 26. Social media giant Twitter will visit Capitol Hill, today, as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. WASHINGTON>> Social media giant Twitter is visiting Capitol Hill today as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Twitter to talk to House, Senate in Russia probe

Social media giant Twitter will visit Capitol Hill Thursday as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Twitter's closed-door meetings with staff follow similar briefings from Facebook earlier this month, and the House and Senate panels have invited both tech giants, along with Google, to appear at public hearings this fall.

US House, Senate inviting social media giants to testify

The House and Senate intelligence committees are inviting tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet - the parent company of Google - to appear for public hearings as part of their investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, The Associated Press has learned. The House intelligence committee is planning to hold a hearing in October and the Senate intelligence committee has invited witnesses to appear Nov. 1. The announcements of public hearings come the day before Twitter is scheduled to hold closed-door staff briefings with both panels.

Trump campaign associates to talk to House intelligence

The House intelligence panel will interview two of President Donald Trump's associates behind closed doors this week as congressional committees step up their investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and former staffer Boris Epshteyn will talk to the House panel.

White House stonewalls Capitol Hill over records in Russia probe

Tension is rising between congressional investigators probing Russia meddling and the Trump administration, as the White House and Justice Department withhold a number of records sought by Capitol Hill at a critical time in the investigations. Operating on parallel tracks from special counsel Robert Mueller, the three congressional committees probing Russia's election meddling have asked for scores of documents related to everything from Jared Kushner's security clearance to records surrounding President Donald Trump's discussions with James Comey before he was fired as FBI director.

Congress Will Get to See Russia’s Facebook Propaganda. Will You?


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The social media giant is finally giving Congress information about Kremlin-backed election posts. Will our lawmakers make good on their pledges to share it with the public? It was just last week when congressional investigators said they favored more transparency to the general public about exactly which Facebook posts a Kremlin-backed troll farm used to target Americans with anti-immigrant rhetoric-and even rallies on U.S. soil .

The Latest: Warner eyes social-media political-ad regulation

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel says he is pleased with Facebook's announcement that the company is going to provide Congress with thousands of ads bought by Russians and increase transparency. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is writing a bill that would require social media companies to disclose who funded political ads, similar to television broadcasters.

Dem senator criticizes Trump potshot at Clinton

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein told President Donald Trump to "grow up and do your job" in response Monday to his retweeting of a mock video that shows him smacking a golf ball that -in the next frame - strikes Hillary Clinton in the back before she stumbles and falls down. Trump retweeted the brief video on his official Twitter account Sunday.

Trump hypes mock video of golf ball seen striking Clinton

President Donald Trump took another swing at Hillary Clinton in the latest sign that his campaign fury hasn't faded, retweeting a mock video that shows him smacking a golf ball that - in the next frame - seemingly strikes her in the back before she stumbles and falls down while boarding a plane. Trump retweeted the brief video on his official Twitter account early Sunday, which appears to be a doctored version of news footage from 2011 that shows the then-secretary of state falling after climbing the airplane stairs.

Trump hypes mock video of golf ball seen striking Clinton

President Donald Trump took another swing at Hillary Clinton in the latest sign that his campaign fury hasn't faded, retweeting a mock video that shows him smacking a golf ball that - in the next frame - seemingly strikes her in the back before she stumbles and falls down while boarding a plane. Trump retweeted the brief video on his official Twitter account early Sunday, which appears to be a doctored version of news footage from 2011 that shows the then-secretary of state falling after climbing the airplane stairs.

US House of Representatives approves funding for Artsakh de-mining

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia September 8, 2017 Friday US House of Representatives approves funding for Artsakh de-mining YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 8, ARMENPRESS. The U.S. House of Representatives adopted September 7 an amendment by Rep. David Valadao backing continued Congressional appropriations for the HALO Trust's life-saving de-mining across the interior farmlands and villages of the Artsakh Republic, the Armenian National Committee of America told ARMENPRESS.

Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia, finds new voice criticizing Trump

When Michael McFaul was the U.S. ambassador to Russia, he used social media to debate policy with everyday Russians and clashed online with the country's trolls in their own language. In a way that's atypical of most former ambassadors, McFaul, who worked in the Obama administration and served as America's man in Moscow from 2012 to 2014, has become one of the most prominent public voices criticizing Trump for his Russia and national security policies.

The Latest: Trump Jr. denies collusion with Russia

Donald Trump Jr. says he met with a Russian lawyer last year simply to learn about Hillary Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications," insisting he did not collude with Russia to hurt her campaign against his father. Trump Jr. described the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York in a statement at the outset of the Senate panel's interview.

The Latest: Senate Democrat has questions for Trump Jr.

In this April 17, 2017 file photo, Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, speaks to media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Trump's oldest son is expected to meet privately Thursday with a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

‘I’m not disgusted, but I am disappointed,’ by our politicians’ failure, ex-Pa. Congressman says

Last fall, amid the smoldering ruins of the 2016 presidential election, defeats in Congress, statehouses and governor's mansions across the land, Joe Hoeffel had one urge: To put his fellow Democrats on the couch, to diagnose their problems, and to help them find a way out of the wilderness. "I was so disappointed in so much of what's happened lately," said Hoeffel, who represented Montgomery County's 13th Congressional District in Washington for three terms between 1999 and 2004.

Facebook: Accounts from Russia bought ads during U.S. campaign

Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts, probably run from Russia, spent about $100,000 on ads aimed at stirring up divisive issues such as gun control and race relations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social network said Wednesday. Although the number of ads is relatively small, the disclosure provides a more detailed peek into what investigators believe was a targeted effort by Russians to influence U.S. politics during the campaign, this time through social media.

Trump family and associates to be in Russia probe crosshairs

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress returns to Washington, a web of President Donald Trump's family and associates will be in the crosshairs of committees investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia last year, as well as of the high-wattage legal team assembled by Mueller.

Trump family and associates to be in Russia probe crosshairs

A web of President Donald Trump's family and associates will be back in the crosshairs of congressional committees investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia, as well as of the high-wattage legal team assembled by special counsel Robert Mueller. As Congress returns from a summer recess, some of the attention will be focused squarely on the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who will meet privately in the coming weeks with staffers on the Senate judiciary and intelligence committees.

Rosenstein: Special counsel Mueller can investigate any crimes he uncovers in Russia probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens while U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Department of Justice during an announcement about leaking of classified information on Aug. 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens while U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Department of Justice during an announcement about leaking of classified information on Aug. 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Sunday that the expanding investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is continuing apace, even as President Donald Trump dismissed the probe as "a total fabrication."

Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was a bad idea: Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that Donald Trump Jr's meeting with a Russian lawyer was a "bad idea" but he trusts Special Counsel Robert Mueller to give Team Trump a fair shake. "Bob Mueller is a good man, in my experience with dealing with him when he was director of the FBI and I was U.S. attorney," Christie told CNN's "State of the Union."

Democrats Risk Backlash Over Pushing Russia Probes, Strategists and Candidates Say

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., flanked by, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.,and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 20, 2017. There is apparent discord within the U.S. Democratic Party over how vigorously it should emphasize allegations of collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, according to Politico.

Foreign policy challenges escalate amidst domestic turmoil

President Donald Trump's turbulent few weeks at home -- the palace intrigue of White House rivalries, sudden departures and legislative defeats -- have been echoed by a brewing storm of challenges overseas. North Korea is launching missiles designed to reach the US; Moscow is forcing a drastic reduction in US diplomatic staff in Russia; Venezuela is wracked by violence as its democracy dies; and Iran has been expanding its reach in Syria and Iraq.

Schiff, Trump tangle again on Twitter

A Twitter feud broke out July 24 between President Donald Trump and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, with the president calling Schiff sleazy and Schiff responding that "your comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office." "Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased congressman looking into 'Russia,' spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!" the president tweeted in the morning.

Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for 2nd day of interviews

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner returned to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators, this time for a closed-door conversation with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee. Kushner on Monday answered questions from staff on the Senate's intelligence panel, acknowledging four meetings with Russians during and after Trump's victorious White House bid and insisting he had "nothing to hide."

Trump labels Attorney General Jeff Sessions ‘beleaguered’

"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" the president tweeted from his personal Twitter account on Monday morning. Over the past week, Trump has been attacking Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his decision months ago to recuse himself from the investigations into possible connections between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Trump Son-In-Law Scheduled To Meet With Congressional Panels On Russia Ties

U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser is scheduled to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 24 as part of an investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Jared Kushner's closed-door meeting with the Senate panel will be followed by another private session before the House Intelligence Committee the following day.

Trump insiders face congressional investigators as president mulls pardons

In this March 17, 2017, file photo Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington. In this March 17, 2017, file photo Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation

Congressional Democrats said on Saturday they had agreed with Republicans on a deal allowing new sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea in a bill that would limit any potential effort by Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow. A White House official said the administration's view of the legislation evolved after changes were made, including the addition of sanctions on North Korea.

Anthony Scaramucci, Susan Collins, Rand Paul: Sunday guests


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CBS' "Face the Nation," 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6: Sen. Susan Collins , R-Maine, of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Rep. Adam Schiff , D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee; Sen. John Barrasso , R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. The panel will be Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Jamelle Bouie of Slate, Megan McArdle of Bloomberg View and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

Trump’s legal team weighs how to curtail special counsel – reports

U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers are reviewing ways to limit or undermine the special counsel investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including by examining the backgrounds of the investigators, according to newspaper reports. FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves the U.S. Capitol Building after meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.

Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘has authority’ to investigate Trump’s finances as part of Russia probe

Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, shot back at President Trump for suggesting Wednesday that he would be resistant to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigating his personal finances as part of the Russia probe. "Mueller has authority to investigate any ties Trump family has to Russia, including financial, and anything that arises," Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted.

Much to discuss’: Trump and Putin’s first handshake at G20 summit

The two men are to hold a formal meeting later today, when their body language is likely to be closely analysed US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a veteran businessman and a former spy, shook hands on Friday ahead of the most highly anticipated face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit . Trump has said he wants to find ways to work with Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp differences over Russia's actions in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

All eyes on Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin dynamics as they meet for first time at G20

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to size each other up in person for the first time on Friday in what promises to be the most highly anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Trump has said he wants to find ways to work with Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp differences over Russia's actions in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

Critics pounce on Trump following CNN wrestling tweet

Donald Trump's critics were quick to condemn the president on Sunday after he tweeted an edited video that shows him physically attacking a person with the CNN logo superimposed in front of his face at a WWE match. Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary during the first term of fellow Republican George W. Bush, tweeted that he believes the president has gone too far in his ongoing rhetorical battle with the press.

Subpoena threat to White House over Comey meeting tape request

Republican and Democrat leaders on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee are threatening a subpoena unless the White House clarifies whether any recordings, memoranda or other documents exist of Donald Trump's meetings with sacked FBI director James Comey. The day before, President Trump said in a series of tweets that he "did not make, and do not have, any such recordings", but also said he had "no idea" if tapes or recordings of his conversations with Mr Comey existed.

House panel threatens subpoena over tape request

President Donald Trump ridiculed the looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching WASHINGTON - Bipartisan leaders on the House Intelligence Committee are threatening a subpoena if the White House doesn't clarify whether any recordings, memoranda or other documents exist of President Donald Trump's meetings with fired FBI Director James Comey. The panel had previously set a June 23 deadline for the White House to respond to the panel's request.

Corker: Russia sanctions fight devolves into ‘total silliness’

The House and Senate are still at odds over a Russia sanctions bill that passed in the Senate last week, in a dispute that Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker described Wednesday as "total silliness." The two chambers are quarreling over technical changes that the House Republicans say need to be made in the bill, which passed the Senate 98-2.

W. House says Trump tweet meets Comey tapes records request

The White House said in a letter on Friday that a tweet by President Donald Trump on Thursday was the formal answer to a request by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee for information about records of conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. The letter to Republican Representative Mike Conaway, who is leading the panel's investigation into Russian interference to the 2016 election, and Representative Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, said: "In response to the committee's inquiry, we refer you to President Trump's June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter."

Ex-DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson defends Obama handling of Russian meddling

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson defended the Obama administration's decision to delay publicly commenting on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Wednesday. "We have to carefully consider whether declassifying the information compromises sources and methods," Johnson said under grilling in a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, adding, "There was an ongoing election.

The Latest: Former Homeland boss outlines Russia threat

U.S. officials have outlined the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, describing efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation. Officials also revealed what appeared to be a breakdown in communications about how severe the threat appeared, and they reported tensions the Obama administration faced in trying to publicly warn of meddling in the face of a skeptical Donald Trump .

Jeh Johnson: Dems declined help from Department of Homeland Security after election hack

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday told the leading House panel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election that much to his "disappointment," the Democratic National Committee declined an offer by his agency to help after they were hacked. In widely anticipated testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Johnson provided tense and at times anguished answers about an unparalleled series of cyberattacks against last year's election.

In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

A member of the president's outside legal team says Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a "witch hunt." Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow repeatedly stressed Sunday that "the president has not been and is not under investigation."

Trump attorney says president not under investigation

President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland. President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland.

Trump attorney says president not under investigation

President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland. President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland.

President Trump not under investigation, according to his Lawyers

A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a "witch hunt." Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow repeatedly stressed that "the president has not been and is not under investigation."

Rep. Schiff: WH’s Attacks on Mueller Won’t Stop Probe

The investigation into collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign is unchanged, ongoing, and "just getting started," despite the White House's "besmirchment" attempts against special counsel Robert Mueller, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday. "Newt Gingrich and the president would like us to shut it down before it is really underway," Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC's "This Week" "We're far closer to beginning the investigation than we are to the end.

The most important takeaway from Jeff Sessions’ testimony was…

The attorney general told the Senate Intelligence Committee 16 times in his blockbuster hearing that he couldn't "recall" a particular detail. That was in addition to eight instances in which he did not "know" the answer to a question posed by a member of the panel, five instances in which he did not "believe," four times he did not "think," and twice each that he did not "have" or "remember" what the senator in question was looking for.

Trump Considering Firing Special Counsel? Just Another Example Of Stirring The Pot

The CEO of the right-wing website Newsmax, a close friend of Trump's, has been making the media rounds saying President Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel," Ruddy told PBS NewsHour Monday night, though he went on to say he thinks, personally, it would be a bad idea.

The Latest: Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump decided to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. Rep. Adam Schiff , a California Democrat, says such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate," when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes.

The Latest: Democrat wary of legal conclusions by lawmakers

A Senate Democrat is cautioning members of Congress against asserting too hastily that President Donald Trump has engaged in acts that could constitute obstruction of justice in the investigation of Russian meddling in last year's election. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware says, "I think we have to be careful about making legal conclusions" and argues that lawmakers should not be "getting in the way" of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller .

House Russia probe veers close to dysfunction at end of rocky week

The House intelligence committee's Russia investigation appeared Friday to be veering back off the rails after a rocky week, punctuated by the re-emergence of House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes as a force in the probe. A visibly angry House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she has met with House Speaker Paul Ryan multiple times to complain about Nunes never fully stepping away from the Russia probe - despite the California Republican's promise two months ago that he would step aside.

Trump’s budget cuts West Coast quake warning system funding

President Donald Trump's budget proposal would cut federal funding for an earthquake early warning system for California, Oregon and Washington state, a development that seismology experts and some local leaders say would be the end of the project. The system being developed in conjunction with various universities is intended at providing critical seconds of warning when an earthquake has started and potentially dangerous shaking is imminent, allowing time for people to take cover and to slow or halt such things as critical industrial processes and transportation systems.

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn’s documents

Subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn piled up Wednesday as the House intelligence committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The prospect of new congressional subpoenas came one day after the committee's Senate counterpart served its own subpoenas to Flynn's businesses.

California Democratic chair race angers ‘Berniecrats’

Democratic activists loyal to the Sen. Bernie Sanders aren't ready to give up after their favored candidate came tantalizingly close but fell short of taking control of the California Democratic Party. "Berniecrats" and like-minded Democrats looking to shake up their party leadership refused Sunday to accept election results and demanded validation in the race for party chairman.

Schiff struck by Trump’s suggestion to ‘deemphasize human rights’

Adam Schiff Schiff struck by Trump's suggestion to 'deemphasize human rights' Sunday shows preview: Trump abroad as Russia probe heats up Lawmakers vow to move ahead with Russia probes MORE said he was taken aback Sunday by what he says was President Trump's suggestion to "deemphasize human rights" issues during the president's speech in Saudi Arabia to leaders of majority-Muslim nations. "I think this is a broader element of the administration's policy that they're going to deemphasize issues of human rights," Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union."

California Democrats open convention with eye on Trump

Thousands of California Democratic activists gathered Friday for a three-day convention as they look to lift the party's national prospects after last year's stunning loss to President Donald Trump. In a state where Democrats are itching to lead the liberal resistance to Trump and the Republican Congress, the party's activists find themselves singularly united behind the goal of stunting the GOP.

Putin paid Trump? Republicans think McCarthya s statement has to be a joke.

The Post's Adam Entous discusses a 2016 conversation between GOP leaders in which House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made an explosive claim about Donald Trump. Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Republican colleagues were ready Wednesday to accept the House majority leader's explanation that he was joking in his private comments last year suggesting that then-candidate Donald Trump was being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Paul Ryan: Some people want to harm Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan says it is obvious some people want to harm President Trump, and that he's confident the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is going to hear from former FBI Director James Comey. Russian President Vladimir Putin is offering to provide US Congress a transcript of President Trump's exchange with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The Latest: Dem calls report on Trump, intel ‘disturbing’

WASHINGTON - The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials : The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says a report that President Donald Trump shared intelligence about the Islamic State group with Russian officials is "deeply disturbing." Rep. Adam Schiff of California said in a statement Monday that "this disclosure could jeopardize sources of very sensitive intelligence and relationships we have with key partners."

Adam Schiff on “Real Time with Bill Maher”: James Comey…

In the aftermath of James Comey's firing, "Real Time" host Bill Maher did not need to go far to find the right guest to discuss the latest developments with the FBI and the Russia investigation. Rep. Adam Schiff , D-Calif., who's congressional district includes Hollywood and Burbank, stopped by Maher's Los Angeles studio Friday night to offer his insights as the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

With ‘tapes’ tweet, Trump evokes Nixon’s White House

For the first time since an Oval Office taping system was removed by President Richard Nixon's chief of staff nearly 44 years ago, a president has hinted that White House conversations might again be secretly recorded. If so, President Donald Trump is following a problematic precedent.

Top Dem: Trump did interfere with Russia probe

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said President Donald Trump hasn't made any effort to impede the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russia -- but a top House Democrat disagrees. "I don't think you can say so categorically he's made no effort to interfere," Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview with CNN's "Erin Burnett Outfront" Thursday night.

The Latest: Schumer seeks briefing from Justice official

President Donald Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation ... Graphic shows key dates in tenure of FBI Director James Comey; 4c x 4 inches; 195.7 mm x 101 mm; . President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 10,... .

The Latest: Trump calls Comey ‘showboat,’ ‘grandstander’

President Donald Trump says former FBI Director James Comey is a "showboat" and a "grandstander" who has brought turmoil to the agency. Trump, who abruptly fired Comey earlier this week, tells NBC News in an interview Thursday that the FBI was in "virtual turmoil" less than a year ago and hasn't recovered.

Trump defends Comey firing, says both parties will thank him

President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, asserting in a flurry of tweets that both Democrats and Republicans "will be thanking me." Trump did not mention any effect the dismissal might have on FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between his 2016 election campaign and Russia.

Trump firing Comey shrouds Russia probe in doubt, turmoil

President Donald Trump's stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset. Democrats likened Tuesday's ouster to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" and renewed calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor, and some Republicans also questioned the move.

Donald Trump sacks FBI Chief James Comey in middle of Russia probe


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Stephen Colbert hits Trump below the belt

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events After Infowars founder Alex Jones said in March that Rep. Adam Schiff "looks like the archetypal c---sucker," Jones's ex-wife tried to submit the remark as evidence in a child custody trial . When Fox News's Jesse Watters said of Ivanka Trump last week that he "really liked how she was speaking into that microphone," he took an abrupt "vacation" while the outrage died down.

First on CNN: House Russia investigation chair sought reset, House Dems cool public criticism

The new leader of the House Russia investigation asked House Democrats to cool their barrage of criticism as part of a reset for the House intelligence committee that both sides hope will hold. Rep. Mike Conaway asked Democrats on the committee to curb their critiques for a bit while he got his footing as the new leader of the high-stakes probe, two sources familiar with the request told CNN.

Russia investigations on the Hill: Where things stand

Multiple committee investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign will continue to push forward as Congress returns this week. Members of the House Intelligence Committee are hoping to get back to work after chairman Devin Nunes withdrew himself from the panel's Russia investigation amid ethics complaints.

Cummings: Democratic Party needs to have &…

Rep. Elijah Cummings said Friday that Democrats need to have "a big tent" concept when it comes to rebuilding the party, something he hopes former President Barack Obama will help accomplish. The Democratic Party needs to get back to supporting candidates who may be pro-life or pro-gun rights but in line with the party on other issues, Mr. Cummings said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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After U.S. forces dropped "the mother of all bombs" on an ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan, Hollywood director Josh Fox railed against the decision to deploy the militaryA s largest non-nuclear device, which reportedly killed several dozen ISIS militants. "Atrocity.

Judicial Watch Calls Upon Office of Congressional Ethics to…

Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch , 202-646-5172 WASHINGTON, April 14, 2017 / Christian Newswire / -- Judicial Watch today sent a hand-delivered letter to the chairman and co-chairman of the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether Rep. Adam Schiff and Jackie Speier "disclosed classified information to the public in violation of House ethics rules."

Russian Spies’ Go-To Tactics For Entangling People: Bribery and Blackmail

As congressional and FBI investigators in Washington explore potential ties between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian intelligence services' meddling in the election, they're searching for one particular clue: money. Loans, payments, sweetheart deals or other transactions are a tried and tested way that Russia's spy agencies get access to or control over people who interest them.

Political talk helping ‘The View’ to comeback

The unquenchable thirst for chatter about President Donald Trump has changed the dynamics of a fierce daytime television competition much as it has in late-night TV. "The View" has spent more time talking politics with the arrival of a new administration, stopping the momentum of its rival "The Talk," which sticks to pop culture.

U.S. strikes Syrian airbase

Turkish experts evacuate a victim of a suspected chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian city of Idlib to a local hospital Tuesday in Reyhanli. Turkish experts evacuate a victim of a suspected chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian city of Idlib to a local hospital Tuesday in Reyhanli.

Former Trump aide offers to testify

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe into the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Donald Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convent... The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, on Friday announced the prospect of an interview with Paul Manafort, and Nunes canceled a previously scheduled public hearing in which officials in former President Barack Obama's administration had agreed to testify about the Russia investigation.

Manafort will testify on alleged Russia ties to House committee, Nunes says

Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will testify on his alleged ties to Russia. The offer comes amid growing concern over the role Russia played in influencing the presidential election and the potential members of President Donald Trump's team colluded with the country to tip things in his favor.

Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes

It is said that the Senate plays chess while the House of Representatives plays smash mouth hockey. The revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that, yes, members of Team Trump were in fact surveilled and the contents of their conversations and their names were recorded and disseminated set off ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff from the People's Republic of California.

Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes

It is said that the Senate plays chess while the House of Representatives plays smash mouth hockey. The revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that, yes, members of Team Trump were in fact surveilled and the contents of their conversations and their names were recorded and disseminated set off ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff from the People's Republic of California.

After ‘Bizarre’ Moves, What’s Next For Fractured House Intel Committee?

Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., prepare to take their seats on Monday at a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The outlook for a key congressional investigation into potential ties between President Trump and Russia's election meddling remained in doubt Thursday, after an unusual, high-profile flap involving its top two members.

The Latest: McCain slams airing of wiretapping information

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, walks out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, walks out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump.

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Senator John McCain said on MSNBC tonight that there needs to be a special committee for the Russia investigation because Congress does not presently have the "credibility to handle this alone." McCain told Greta Van Susteren that the big split today between Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff shows a "chasm" between the two leaders of the House Intelligence Committee.

‘This is a bizarre situation’: John McCain says Congress no…

Sen. John McCain told MSNBC on Wednesday that Congress does not have the "credibility" to conduct an independent investigation into what connections, if any, President Donald Trump's campaign had to Russian officials during the election. McCain's comments came after House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes made the highly unusual decision on Wednesday to bypass his vice-chair, Rep. Adam Schiff, and brief Trump directly on a report he said he had been given that Trump's transition team had been legally surveilled after the election.

The Latest: Democrat criticizes GOP head of intel panel

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is accusing the Republican leader of the committee of creating "profound doubt" about the committee's ability to conduct an independent investigation about Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is responding after Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said Trump transition officials' communications may have been scooped up in legal surveillance and then improperly distributed.

Democrats attack Nunes for publicizing Trump intel report

Democrats on Wednesday were angry with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., for telling the press that Obama administration intelligence officials appear to have "unmasked" several Trump transition officials who were swept up in routine surveillance. Nunes told reporters Wednesday that the new information he has "bothers" him, because it seems to show that officials revealed the identities of U.S. citizens caught up in routine surveillance of foreigners when they should have remained masked.

Ranking Democrat: ‘We Do Not Yet Know Whether the Russians Had the Help of U.S. Citizens’

Rep. Adam Schiff , the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, made something very clear in his opening statement on Monday: "Most important, we do not yet know whether the Russians had the help of U.S. citizens, including people associated with the Trump campaign," he said. "Many of the Trump's campaign personnel, including the president himself, have ties to Russia and Russian interests.

6 big takeaways from the extraordinary hearing on Russia, Trump and wiretapping

FBI Director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers, right, appear in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the Longworth House Office Building on Monday in Washington. FBI Director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers, right, appear in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the Longworth House Office Building on Monday in Washington.

Schiff Leads Democrats as Russia Probe Enters New Phase

When James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, appears on Monday for much-awaited public testimony on Russian meddling in the election, the event will also put the spotlight on a California Democrat who has become his party's most prominent spokesman on the matter.

House demands Trump hand over proof of Obama wiretap order

Trump's revised travel ban already facing legal trouble as Democratic attorneys general team up to block the new order Two fans killed and dozens more are injured in a crush at a pop concert in Argentina as attended by 300,000 people even though the venue could only hold 200,000 Found! Woman tracks down grieving boy who left heartbreaking note and $5 at her door after stealing her wind chime because it 'reminded him of his dead mom' Donald Trump must provide proof that Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on him during his presidential campaign by Monday, a bipartisan group from the House intelligence committee, has said. Last week Trump tweeted: 'Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory.

Provide wiretap evidence, panel urges

President Donald Trump, back center, meets, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, second from left, with his wife Merle Bari, left clockwise, Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary, right, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his fiancee Scottish actress Louise Linton, together with other members of his cabinet and the White House staff, Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee asked the executive branch to provide by Monday any evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that his phones were tapped at Trump Tower during the election, a senior congressional aide said Saturday.

House panel wants any evidence Trumpa s phones were tapped

The House intelligence committee asked the executive branch to provide by Monday any evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that his phones were tapped at Trump Tower during the election, a senior congressional aide said Saturday. The request was made in a letter sent by committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., according to the aide, who wasn't authorized to discuss the request by name and requested anonymity.

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President Donald Trump's transition team learned before the inauguration that incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn might register with the government as a foreign agent, White House officials acknowledged Friday. The disclosure suggests that Trump transition lawyers did not view Flynn's lobbying work for a Turkish businessman as a liability for an official who serves as the president's closest adviser on security and international affairs.

House committee requests copies of any Trump eavesdropping orders

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes speaks to the media about President Donald Trump's allegation that his campaign was the target of wiretaps on Capitol Hill in Washington March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein A U.S. House of Representatives panel has asked the Justice Department for copies of documents which if they exist could shed light on President Donald Trump's allegation that the Obama administration wiretapped his election campaign.

House intel committee will probe Trumpa s wiretap accusation against Obama

The House intelligence committee will investigate President Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama ordered his phones tapped during the closing days of last year's presidential election campaign, the committee's chairman announced Tuesday. Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said the claim would be part of the committee's first open hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which is now set for March 20. The witness list for that hearing, Nunes said, includes the heads, or former heads, of most of the major American intelligence agencies and may grow.

House committee wants evidence for Trump’s wiretap claim

The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as its namesake has charged. President Donald Trump asserted in a tweet last week: "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory.

House intelligence committee panel sets Russia inquiry

The House intelligence committee announced Wednesday it will examine any communications between Russian officials and political campaigns, the identities of who leaked information about Russia's interference in the 2016 elections and the government's response. "The committee is determined to continue and expand its inquiries into these areas, including Russian activities related to the 2016 U.S. elections.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, meets with reporters to discuss the process for investigating whether or how Russia influenced the presidential election, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said earlier that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Top House Republican hasna t seen a evidencea of Trump-Russia contacts

The chairman on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday that he had not seen any "evidence" of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government amid an investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election. "We still have not seen any evidence of anyone from the Trump campaign or any other campaign for that matter that's communicated with the Russian government," Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters at the Capitol.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, meets with reporters to discuss the process for investigating whether or how Russia influenced the presidential election, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said earlier that Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports that a few Americans with ties to President Donald Trump had contacted Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

White House Says Chief of Staff Not Wrong to Talk to FBI

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports about contacts during last year's presidential campaign.

White House asked key officials to deny reports of Russian contacts after FBI refused

The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates' ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House. Acting at the behest of the White House, the officials made calls to news organizations last week in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, U.S. officials said.

Investigations into Russia to continue after Flynn’s exit

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, flanked by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., pauses as he answers... . Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, flanked by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, left, and Rep. John Conyers, ... .

House probe into Russia’s ties to Trump reveals dispute among committee leaders

A simmering dispute between leaders of the House intelligence committee spilled into the public Monday over an investigation into whether President Donald Trump has ties to Russia, even as they pledged to conduct a bipartisan probe. The Republican committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, said he has heard no evidence so far that anyone in Trump's orbit was in contact with Russians during the presidential campaign.

Justice Department warned Trump administration Flynn could be blackmailed by Russians: report

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates , who was fired by Donald Trump last month, personally delivered a message to the president indicating National Security Advisor Michael Flynn misled administration officials about his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the United States, the Washington Post reports. In her message, Yates also told the new president she believed Flynn to be potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Russian operatives, current and former U.S. officials told the Washington Post.

Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts

By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN Associated Press LANGLEY, Va. - President Donald Trump moved to repair his tumultuous relationship with America's spy agencies on his first full day in office, but his bridge-building visit to CIA headquarters Saturday quickly morphed into a platform for the new commander in chief to complain about media coverage of his inauguration, misstating the size of his crowd.

Trump and spy chief differ on what was said in call on Russia dossier

U.S. spy chief James Clapper and President-elect Donald Trump gave different accounts of a phone conversation they had about a dossier of unverified, salacious claims linking Russia to Trump, who is locked in a war of words with the intelligence agencies he will command in eight days. A newcomer to politics, businessman Trump has been at odds with U.S. spy agencies for months, disputing their conclusions that Russia used hacking and other tactics to try to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

Meet the ‘Mad Dog’ Donald Trump wants to lead the Pentagon

Revered by his troops as a "warrior monk" with a knack for hard-edged quips, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis led troops in Afghanistan in 2001, won laurels for leadership in one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War and most recently headed US Central Command, perhaps the military's most complicated and challenging post.

California Guard soldiers wona t be forced to repay bonuses

Thousands of California National Guard troops will not have to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a deal between House and Senate negotiators. The agreement is included in a must-pass defense policy bill filed Nov. 30 and awaiting an expected House vote Dec. 2, followed by action in the Senate next week.

California Guard soldiers wona t be forced to repay bonuses

Thousands of California National Guard troops will not have to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a deal between House and Senate negotiators. Rep. Adam Schiff, whose congressional district includes Burbank, Glendale and the Pasadena area, said legislation will ensure soldiers who were required to pay back bonuses and benefits “they received in good faith are not the subject of clawbacks both now or in the future.” Southern Calfornia native John Bischler, who spent 13 years in the National Guard, said he was cautiously optimistic about the compromise.

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Authorities identified Abdul Razak Ali Artan as the Somali-born Ohio State University student who plowed his car... . This August 2016 image provided by TheLantern.com shows Abdul Razak Ali Artan in Columbus, Ohio.

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This August 2016 image provided by TheLantern.com shows Abdul Razak Ali Artan in Columbus, Ohio. Authorities identified Abdul Razak Ali Artan as the Somali-born Ohio State University student who plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got out and began stabbing people with a knife Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, before he was shot to death by an officer.

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

I swear, I wake up each morning, hoping that this month was just a really terrible dream, a la Pam Ewing in Dallas. I can't believe we've come to the point in this country where someone so vastly unqualified, so uninformed, so ridiculously thin-skinned, so determined to not follow any norm or tradition could actually be considered the best option for the White House by so many Americans.

Trump shapes White House, hires establishment figure, firebrand

President-elect Donald Trump was weighing contenders for other top jobs in his administration after choosing Washington insider Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and firebrand outsider Stephen Bannon as senior counselor. Less than a week after his upset win over Democrat Hillary Clinton in last Tuesday's presidential election, Trump's choice on Sunday of Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman and friend of House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, could help him repair his strained relations with members of the Republican Party establishment.

NSA contractor arrest highlights challenge of insider threat

The arrest of a former National Security Agency contractor for allegedly stealing classified information represents the second known case since 2013 of a government contractor being publicly accused of removing secret data from the intelligence agency. The latest case comes as the NSA has worked to reform security after the Edward Snowden disclosures, especially with regard to insider threats.

NSA contractor arrest highlights challenge of insider threat

The arrest of a National Security Agency contractor for allegedly stealing classified information was the second known case of a government contractor being publicly accused of removing secret data from the intelligence agency since 2013. The latest arrest came despite efforts to reform security after the Edward Snowden disclosures, especially in regards to insider threats.

Hacker posts personal info of House Democrats and staff

In this Aug. 11, 2016, photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pelosi is advising fellow Democrats to change their cellphone numbers and not let family members read their text messages after personal and official information of Democratic House members and congressional staff was posted online.

GOP says US command manipulated Islamic State intel reports

" Intelligence assessments approved by senior leaders at U.S. Central Command exaggerated the progress of anti-terrorism efforts they ran against Islamic State militants, a House Republican task force said in an initial report released Thursday. The report detailed what the task force described as "persistent problems" in 2014 and 2015 with the command's analysis of U.S. efforts to train Iraqi forces and combat the extremist group in Iraq and Syria.

Douglas Brinkley, Ryan Seacrest: Sunday guests


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The Sunday morning chat programs will have politicians this Fourth of July weekend, but the lineup ranges from historians, such as Douglas Brinkley, to former "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest . The guest lineup: Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham , R-S.C., talk to CBS' "Face the Nation" form Kabul, Afghanistan, at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. The program also features Mitt Romney and Rep. Adam Schiff , D-Calif.

Capitol Hill Buzz: Gowdy remarks stir partisan Benghazi feud

It's a question congressional investigators have long been seeking to answer: Could the military have reached the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in time to prevent the killings of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, the night of Sept. 11, 2012? "Whether or not they could have gotten there in time, I don't think there is any issue with respect to that.