Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, Hopes to Have Democratic Memo Released by the End of the Week

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, Hopes to Have Democratic Memo Released by the End of the Week

Ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff said Tuesday night that he plans to have the Democratic memo he and his colleagues wrote to rebut claims in a Republican memo alleging abuses by the FBI in the Russia investigation released this week. “I actually hope that we’ll do that in the next few days,” Schiff said at an event Tuesday night called “Investigating Russia and Defending Democracy” in San Francisco. “So it’s my goal to have this out…

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Russian Operatives Instructed to Criticize Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Not Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump – “We Support Them” They’re Reportedly Told

Russian Operatives Instructed to Criticize Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Not Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump – “We Support Them” They’re Reportedly Told

Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleged in his indictment of thirteen Russian citizens for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, that the goal of the operation was to denigrate candidates like Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and support candidates like Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Donald Trump. In February of 2016 operatives working for the Internet Research Agency, the cyber agency responsible for executing Russian interference campaigns into foreign political processes, created guidelines for future content that was to…

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: “13 people intervened in the elections in the US?!”

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: “13 people intervened in the elections in the US?!”

A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry has heavily criticized the United States for their indictments of thirteen Russian citizens for interfering in the presidential election.  The statement was one of incredulity at the accusation that a small group of people could have such an effect on the U.S. political process. “13 people intervened in the elections in the US?! 13 against billion-dollar budgets of special services? Against intelligence and counterintelligence, against the latest developments and technologies?” wrote Maria Zakharova,…

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Former Trump Campaign Adviser to Strike Plea Deal with Mueller, Testify Against Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort

Former Trump Campaign Adviser to Strike Plea Deal with Mueller, Testify Against Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort

A former top Trump campaign adviser has pleaded guilty to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia scandal and has made clear he will now testify against his former boss, and campaign manager Paul Manafort.  Rick Gates, along with Manafort was indicted in October on charges of money laundering and lying to the FBI. Gates reportedly had what’s known as a “Queen for a Day” interview last week in which a defendant answers any questions from prosecutors…

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U.S. National Security Adviser: Evidence of Russian Interference in Election “Incontrovertible”

U.S. National Security Adviser: Evidence of Russian Interference in Election “Incontrovertible”

National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster said that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now “incontrovertible.”  McMaster was speaking at a security conference in Munich on Saturday. Responding to a question from a Russian delegate, McMaster said that “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible.”  He was speaking of Russian interference.  McMaster was referring to the announcement yesterday by the FBI’s special counsel Robert Mueller, that thirteen Russian citizens have been indicted for…

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russians for Interfering in 2016 Presidential Elections

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russians for Interfering in 2016 Presidential Elections

Special counsel Robert Mueller has announced the indictment of thirteen Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.  The charges include supporting Donald Trump’s campaign as well as “disparaging” Hillary Clinton. At a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants allegedly conducted what they called “Information Warfare” against the U.S., with the expressed goal of spreading distrust of presidential candidates, as well as of the U.S. political system in general. The indictment charges all of the…

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Devin Nunes, Controversial Congressman, Creates Own Media Outlet to Combat Mainstream Liberal Bias

Devin Nunes, Controversial Congressman, Creates Own Media Outlet to Combat Mainstream Liberal Bias

Controversial Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes has begun his own media outlet.  “The California Republican” is a news site dedicated to delivering “the best of U.S., California and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis.” Nunes has been the target of much scrutiny over the last several months for the way in which he is handling the investigation into the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  He’s received criticism from fellow lawmakers, as well as members of…

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House Intelligence Transcript: Chairman Nunes Refuses to Say Whether There Was Contact with White House on Memo – Motion to Have FISA Information Reviewed Defeated

House Intelligence Transcript: Chairman Nunes Refuses to Say Whether There Was Contact with White House on Memo – Motion to Have FISA Information Reviewed Defeated

The House Intelligence Committee voted last Monday to release a memo written by Democratic members that rebuts a Republican memo alleging FBI abuses.  The committee voted unanimously to release the memo and send it to the White House for the President’s review.  The President rejected the memo yesterday. The transcript of the meeting of the Intelligence Committee revealed that for the second time, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes declined to answer whether he or any staff members of the…

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President Trump, Citing FBI and Justice Department Objections, Declines to Declassify Democratic Memo

President Trump, Citing FBI and Justice Department Objections, Declines to Declassify Democratic Memo

President Trump has declined to release a Democratic memo that was written in response to the Republican memo released last week alleging abuses by the FBI.  The President has sent the memo back and allowed the House Intelligence Committee to make changes to the memo, if they so choose. Republicans on the committee wrote a memo detailing abuses by the FBI in obtaining surveillance warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign.  The Republican memo alleges that the FBI…

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Rachel Brand, Department of Justice’s No. 3, To Leave Post According to Reports

Rachel Brand, Department of Justice’s No. 3, To Leave Post According to Reports

Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general and No. 3 official at the Justice Department, will be leaving her post it was learned today.  Brand had been in that role for just nine months. Brand had become the subject of much speculation in recent weeks as rumors over whether President Trump would fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein grew.  A vacating of Rosenstein’s post would have made Brand the supervisor in charge of the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling, as Attorney…

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