Congressman Schiff: Contempt of Congress “Likely” for Steve Bannon

Congressman Schiff: Contempt of Congress “Likely” for Steve Bannon

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff said Friday that it is likely at this point that former top White House adviser Steve Bannon will face contempt of Congress charges for refusing to answer their questions.  The Committee has been engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Bannon and his legal team for weeks about questions the Committee is trying to get him to answer. The body is interested in information Bannon has as part of, first, the Trump…

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Mueller Indictment Reveals Sophisticated Russian Social Media Disinformation Campaign, Complete with Shifts of Workers, Budgets and Reports

Mueller Indictment Reveals Sophisticated Russian Social Media Disinformation Campaign, Complete with Shifts of Workers, Budgets and Reports

The Mueller indictment lays out a sophisticated line of attack by Russian operatives using U.S. social media platforms to foment discord, disunity, and ultimately, distrust in the U.S. political system.  Operatives, according to the indictment, were directed to create “political intensity through supporting radical groups, users dissatisfied with [the] social and economic situation and oppositional social movements.” “Specialists,” as they were sometimes referred to, created hundreds of social media accounts that appeared to be operated by real Americans, with the…

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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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Russia Employed Hundreds, Spent Millions on U.S. Disinformation Campaign

Russia Employed Hundreds, Spent Millions on U.S. Disinformation Campaign

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted thirteen Russian citizens on charges that they interfered with the 2016 presidential election. “Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government..for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016,” the indictment read. According to the indictment the disinformation campaign…

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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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Rick Gates, Former Trump Campaign Staffer, Enters Plea Negotiations with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Has “Queen for a Day” Interview

Rick Gates, Former Trump Campaign Staffer, Enters Plea Negotiations with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Has “Queen for a Day” Interview

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates has entered into plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller.  The talks could indicate that he is prepared to cooperate with Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Gates has reportedly had what’s known as a “Queen for a Day” interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from prosecutors in a case.  In such an interview, a defendant is usually allowed to…

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Adam Schiff Alludes to More Evidence of Collusion in the Trump-Russia Investigation

Adam Schiff Alludes to More Evidence of Collusion in the Trump-Russia Investigation

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff alluded to the existence of more evidence that shows the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. “There is certainly an abundance of non-public info that we have gathered in the investigation and I think that some of that non-public evidence is evidence on the issue of collusion. Some of that non-public evidence is evidence on the issue of obstruction,” Schiff said to reporters during a breakfast media…

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Schiff Criticizes FBI for Attempting to Redact Too Much Information from Democratic Memo

Schiff Criticizes FBI for Attempting to Redact Too Much Information from Democratic Memo

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff is criticizing the FBI for redacting too much information contained in the Democratic memo.  The memo was written in response to a Republican memo that alleges abuse by the FBI in obtaining FISA surveillance warrants.  Schiff is taking issue with the fact that the FBI is attempting to block any new information from being made public in the memo. “The FBI has identified in the memo, in our response, essentially everything…

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Man Running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Calls for the Gutting of its Budget

Man Running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Calls for the Gutting of its Budget

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the government agency meant to protect consumers from predatory lending and unfair business practices would see its funding completely wiped out by 2019 under the President’s latest budget proposal.  Nearly $6.4 billion in cuts under the new budget would come from the agency. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, the office largely responsible for formulating the President’s budget, Mick Mulvaney, criticized the CFPB in documents supporting the budget for financial mismanagement.  Mulvaney…

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

The Director of National Intelligence, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, said that the U.S. remains under Cyber attack and that the attacks are continuous.  “Frankly, the United States is under attack.  Under attack by entities that are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States,” Dan Coats said. “Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Dan Coats says. “Some of these actors, including Russia, are likely to pursue even more aggressive cyber attacks with…

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