House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 21, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …


Judicial Watch seeking documents unlawfully removed by Comey

June 18, 2017

… Watch insists they are official records.  Earlier this month, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence committee that he gave one of his memos regarding a meeting with President Trump to a friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, who then leaked the contents of the memo to the New York Times. I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporterI thought that might prompt the appointment of special counsel, Comey said in his testimony. Fitton said that …


Senators reach Russia sanctions deal

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate leaders struck an agreement Monday to roll out additional sanctions on Russia and make it difficult for the President to lift them. The legislation is expected to be attached as an amendment to an unrelated bill involving sanctions on Iran. Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, had previously been hesitant to take up a Russia sanctions bill in his committee. But he said last month that he wanted to see progress with Russia or …


House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 11, 2017

… through special counsel Bob Mueller’s office, and that there will be movement after the weekend. “The matter will be addressed on Monday,” the source says. It’s unclear if that means that the memos will be turned over to Congress on Monday, and the source would not provide any more details. Four members of the Senate Judiciary committee, including Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, had set a Friday deadline for Richman to respond after …


Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted in a very long time

June 10, 2017

… documenting his relationship with the President but also Comey’s hugely high-profile testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence committee on Thursday. If ever there was a time when you might expect Trump to take phone in hand and offer his own counter-narrative, this past 37 hours was it. And yet, nothing. Theories abound to explain it. The most common one is that someone took Trump’s phone away, ensuring that he simply lacked the ability to tweet. I doubt it. He’s the …


Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate intelligence committee hearing of former FBI Director James Comey was already going to be a blockbuster before it even started — with Comey stating in pre-written testimony Wednesday that President Donald Trump urged him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. READ: James Comey’s prepared testimony Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House probe, said he wants to know if Trump’s request for …


Journalist Arrested During D.C. Protest Faces 75 Years In Prison

June 8, 2017

… forward to his continued good work in his new home in Santa Fe. Earlier this year, the Reporters committee for Freedom of the Press sent a letter to acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, who is overseeing the case, questioning the charges and declaring that being near a newsworthy event is no crime for anyone, reporters included. If convicted on all charges, Cant could be sentenced to up to 75 years, according to The Monitor newspaperin his native Rio Grande Valley in Texas. He is …


5 things to watch: Coats, Rogers, McCabe and Rosenstein testify

June 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate intelligence committee is back in the national spotlight for two days of blockbuster hearings and following news that relations between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had reached a boiling point surrounding his recusal from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsNetMag [LIFETIME] Experience a magazine devoted to internet Marketing and Online Entrepreneurs. …


London attacks: At least 6 dead, more than 40 injured after van ramming, stabbings

June 5, 2017

… being treated as a potential act of terrorism” and said her thoughts were with “those who are caught up in these dreadful events.” Her office said she would chair a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee on Sunday. May and U.S. President Donald Trump were briefed on the matter. Speaking to Fox News from London, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said the latest attacks mark the fourth or fifth time he’s had to call his British counterpart in …


Ravaged By Climate Change, The Great Barrier Reef May Never Be The Same

June 3, 2017

Conceding that climate change will inevitably cause the decline of the reefs overall health in the coming decades, reef experts have started talking about a possible Plan B a strategy that wont save the reef as a whole, but may at least ensure that it doesnt disappear completely. But now, with back-to-back mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017causing large swathes of the Great Barrier Reefs corals to die,some members of the Reef 2050 advisory committee, a group of scientists and experts …


Trump Grants Ethics Waivers To 17 Top White House Staffers

June 2, 2017

… concern that he or she might put their own financial interests above the interests of the nation. Conways her to meet and communicate with former clients of her consulting firm. allows him to interact with the Republican National committee, of which he is a former chairman. White House Counsel Don McGhan was one of six lawyers who joined the Trump administration from the law firm Jones Day. All six of them were granted ato participate in communications and meetings with Jones Day. Another …


Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Russian Link, Former CIA Official Suggests

May 30, 2017

… After he returned from Europe, the president also disparaged White House leaks and fake news from the media in a series of tweets, apparently in response to a number of damaging news stories last week, including the Kushner report. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, has called for a review of Kushnerssecurity clearance. …


Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

May 22, 2017

First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday. The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey believed the …

May 21, 2017

Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017

Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

… Republican chairman of the House Oversight committee, has asked the FBI to provide “all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring to or relating to any communications between Comey and the president.” “I have my subpoena pen ready,” Chaffetz tweeted on Tuesday. Other lawmakers, grasping the deeply serious twist the Trump crisis took on Tuesday, are also calling for full disclosure. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said that Comey should be called before …

May 17, 2017

Hope You Don’t Expect The Senate GOP To Be Transparent About Obamacare Repeal

… pull, give and take of an open markup can make a bad bill, with stupid provisions, sloppy drafting, unintended consequences, repeated mistakes from past experience, a better one. Murray and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), ranking Democrat on the finance committee, sent their GOP counterparts a letter demanding hearings. They have not gotten a formal response, and neither did HuffPost inquiries to those offices, except for a statement from Hatchs office that he appreciates Senate Democrats renewed …

May 15, 2017