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James Comey May Have Implied There's More to Jeff Sessions' Involvement in the Russia Story. After characterizing some of President Trump's justifications for firing him as "lies, plain and simple," former FBI Director James Comey moved on in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning.

James Comey May Have Implied There's More to Jeff Sessions' Involvement in the Russia Story

Specifically, he moved on to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon asked Comey why he and others in the FBI's top brass decided not to brief Sessions on Comey's problematic interactions with the president, and Comey initially gave the same reasoning he offered in the opening statement released to the public yesterday: That his team believed Sessions would soon recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But then Comey offered something more. "We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting," he said, "that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic. ! And then there were the reports that Sessions offered to resign recently. Russian agents hacked US voting system manufacturer before US election – report. Russian intelligence agents hacked a US voting systems manufacturer in the weeks leading up to last year’s presidential election, according to the Intercept, citing what it said was a highly classified National Security Agency (NSA) report.

Russian agents hacked US voting system manufacturer before US election – report

The revelation coincided with the arrest of Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, who was charged with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet. The hacking of senior Democrats’ email accounts during the campaign has been well chronicled, but vote-counting was thought to have been unaffected, despite concerted Russian efforts to penetrate it. Russian military intelligence carried out a cyber-attack on at least one US voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than a hundred local election officials days before the poll, the Intercept reported on Monday. “I never thought this would be something she would do,” said Winner-Davis. Intelligence Contractor Is Charged in First Leak Case Under Trump. The Intercept said the N.S.A. report had been submitted anonymously.

Intelligence Contractor Is Charged in First Leak Case Under Trump

But shortly after its article was published, the Justice Department said that the F.B.I. had arrested Ms. Winner at her house in Augusta, Ga., on Saturday. It also said she had confessed to an agent that she had printed out a May 5 intelligence file and mailed it to an online news outlet. Photo It was not immediately clear who is serving as the defense lawyer for Ms. An accompanying F.B.I. affidavit said she has worked for Pluribus International Corporation at a government facility in Georgia since Feb. 13.

The F.B.I. affidavit said reporters for the news outlet, which it also did not name, had approached the N.S.A. with questions for their story and, in the course of that dialogue, provided a copy of the document in their possession. The Center for American Progress’ Moscow Project Is Gunning for Trump. The ad caught my eye.

The Center for American Progress’ Moscow Project Is Gunning for Trump

Research analyst wanted for Moscow Project, proficiency in Russian preferred. The employer? CAP Action Fund, an arm of the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress. Why is a think tank launching an investigative unit? Devin Nunes on Unmasking: ‘Oh, This Is Only the Beginning’ Colleague Mary Kissel of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and I discussed recently with Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Select Intelligence Committee the thinking behind the committee’s issuing subpoenas seeking details about unmaskings of American citizens that were requested by three senior Obama administration officials, former CIA director John Brennan, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and former UN ambassador Samantha Power.

Devin Nunes on Unmasking: ‘Oh, This Is Only the Beginning’

“The subpoenas,” Nunes explained, “actually went to the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI, requesting specifically, of those three individuals that were named, the unmaskings they have done, that they did, from the time period of 2016, the entire year, leading up to Jan. 20 of this year.” Quickly Nunes focused on the politics of the unmaskings. “I can’t get into why we chose those individuals, but clearly this is just further escalation in the concern we have of the unmaskings of Americans by the senior leaders of the Obama administration.

Brennan: "I am aware of intelligence of contacts and interactions between Russians / Trump Campaign" What’s that old Law School truism … “Never ask a Question, that you don’t already know the Answer to.”

Brennan: "I am aware of intelligence of contacts and interactions between Russians / Trump Campaign"

Well, it seems like the Perry-Mason-wantabee Trey Gowdy, must have ditched class that day way back in the 80’s, when that lesson was being taught … if the stark and to-the-point Answers given by John Brennan, to Gowdy’s “gotcha” Questions, are to be any guide. House Intelligence Committee meeting, on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, May 23rd 2017 (Transcript from ) [Rep. Trump, Sessions, Rosenstein Never Discussed With Comey Their Concerns Written In Memo Firing Him. Well, well, well.

Trump, Sessions, Rosenstein Never Discussed With Comey Their Concerns Written In Memo Firing Him

The DOJ and Trump never told James Comey about their concerns. Never, until Comey was blindsided by his firing. If this is true, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and Donald Trump basically cooked up the memo recommending the firing of James Comey, which included their phony argument they fired him over how he handled Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. Comey is none to happy about being blindsided and you can't blame him.

Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee asked for ‘unmaskings’ of Americans. ‘The lies keep multiplying’: Morning Joe crushes Trump administration’s nonstop Russia falsehoods. Kremlin-backed bank contradicts Kushner's explanation for December meeting. Second, Kushner reportedly met with VEB chief and Putin ally Sergey Gorkov at the behest of Kislyak, following their early December meeting, which was also attended by Michael Flynn.

Kremlin-backed bank contradicts Kushner's explanation for December meeting

That's the same meeting in which Kushner sought to establish covert communications with the Russians—a bombshell revelation last Friday that also prompted an explanation from the administration. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming administration's options with Russia as it was developing its Syria policy, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke with The Associated Press. James Comey is jumping into the fire by testifying to Congress about Trump. What’s in it for him? Comey to publicly testify before Senate panel Former FBI director James Comey agreed to testify before an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

James Comey is jumping into the fire by testifying to Congress about Trump. What’s in it for him?

Former FBI director James Comey agreed to testify before an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Reuters) Former FBI director James Comey agreed to testify before an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mueller could obtain Trump's tax returns. There’s a good chance special prosecutor Robert Mueller may go after Trump’s tax returns — without Trump even knowing about it, according to Politico: ...

Mueller could obtain Trump's tax returns

The president and his beleaguered White House staff have given no outward sign that they have thought about the prospect yet. But in interviews, veteran federal prosecutors and legal scholars said that Mueller, who began his investigation only last week, has clear-cut authority to obtain the president’s tax returns—perhaps the most sensitive and sought-after government documents since the Pentagon Papers—from the IRS if Mueller suspects they might contain evidence of a crime.

And short of firing Mueller and shutting down his investigation, Trump—who is the first president in 40 years to refuse to make his tax returns public, despite once promising to do so— would have almost no way of stopping him. In fact, the prosecutors said, the president and his lawyers would not necessarily even know that Mueller had obtained them.

Fun stuff. For all those who say there's "No crime or evidence of collusion and cooperation" with Russia... Let me state up front that the claim that there was “No crime” committed is simply false. Cyber Espionage is a Felony punishable by up to 10-years in prison. Collaborating or cooperating with a felon is known as conspiracy and is punishable by up to five years in prison. If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

So providing support, any support, to anyone who has committed a felony, is also a felony. Even when that supports happens after the initial criminal act. From foreign intel services we have this claim: Investigators now have ‘concrete evidence’ of collusion between Trump camp and Russian government. WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J.

MSNBC host stunned when spy catcher insists Jared Kushner is ‘absolutely’ a Russian agent. Economist. READ enough stories about alleged collusion between Donald Trump, his inner circle and Russia, and it is easy to feel lost in a hall of mirrors. That will be the feeling for many digesting the latest astonishing charge set out in the Washington Post on the evening of May 26th: that in December 2016 Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law and trusted counsellor, talked to the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about setting up a secure back channel of communications between Team Trump and Moscow. According to the Post report, it was suggested that this back channel might use secure communications equipment in a Russian diplomatic facility—presumably to conceal it from American intelligence services answering to Barack Obama, who still at that point had a few weeks left in office. Here is a route out of that hall of mirrors—though it does not lead anywhere very reassuring. This is a blog posting, not a news story built on reporting that can independently verify the claims in the Post.

"Perverted" Sex with Russian prostitutes, kickbacks, bribes and other Trump follies revealed. CNN has covered this today in depth. There are many elements of this report that are literally eye-popping and I can see why at this date outlets like CNN have not yet reported on the more salacious details, but in point of fact those details besides being somewhat purient are also relatively illuminating considering the context.

The first thing is that Trump and his campaign have been fully aware and fully informed as to the Russian activities attacking the Clinton campaign and that they openly and regularly shared information for well over a year. To put it another way, Trump and his people not only knew that the Russians were hacking his opponents, they were directly receiving the information Russian intelligence had taken and also given to Wikileaks and the Kremlin’s propaganda arms, RT and Sputnik News. Not all of this former British agents information came from Russia. Jared Kusher Sought Kremlin Back Channel Via Russian Ambassador: Report. BREAKING: Kushner Wanted Back Channel To Russia And Lied About It.

<a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options! </a> A bomb has dropped on the Trump Russia story. CHRIS HAYES: We once again have breaking news tonight about the Trump campaign and Russia, and it is a doozy. REPORT: Trump To Set Up 'War Room' To Repel Russia Probe Attacks. Jared Kushner's FBI Investigation: It's All About the Money. It simply comes down to money: the Russians, the meetings that mysteriously slipped everyone's minds when they were testifying before Congress or filling out disclosure forms, the vanishing tax returns, the emoluments mess, the bizarre attraction to wealthy overseas authoritarians, the unshakable presence of Michael Flynn.

All of it, simple American greed magnified by a culture of celebrity and, through a fluke presidential election, dropped like a dead squirrel in a chimney into the world's greatest democracy—and, as a result, stinking up the entire joint. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The latest story involves Jared Kushner, his father-in-law's Secretary of Everything and, as one clever Twitterperson put it, Slumlord Millionaire. On Thursday night, right on schedule during Happy Hour, both NBC and The Washington Post dropped the news that Kushner was the person inside the White House in whom the FBI had taken an interest, as was reported in last Friday's Happy Hour news dump.

Did Admiral Mike Rogers tell the NSA that Trump colluded with the Russians? Here’s why Russia investigators are so eager to question Jared Kushner. Ivanka Trump arrives with husband, Jared Kushner, at the Vanity Fair party to begin the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo. Here’s why the FBI is likely to be interested in Jared Kushner’s meeting with Russians.

Jared Kushner is now a focus in the Russia investigation Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation. The Post’s Matt Zapotosky explains the development. Jared Kushner is now a focus in the Russia investigation (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe.

A secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake, according to people familiar with its contents. In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season, the FBI received what was described as a Russian intelligence document claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.

The Russian document cited a supposed email describing how then-Attorney General Loretta E. Sessions Was Advised Not to Disclose Russia Meetings on Security Forms. Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care. Counterterrorism Expert: 'Trey Gowdy Should Have His Ass Kicked' This is why RussiaGate will inevitably destroy the Trump presidency. Untitled. Source Tells NBC News: Mike Pence Kept In Dark "Never Made Aware Of Facts" Regarding Flynn. According to NBC News, a source close to Mike Pence claims there's a pattern of not only not telling Mike Pence what he needs to know, but not telling the people around him what’s going on, either.

Did Trump obstruct justice? Rod Rosenstein may have just provided another clue. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) The Gaping Holes of Russia-gate. Morning Joe panel hints Flynn turned on Pence: ‘He had a story to tell — he’s now starting to tell that story’ Erik Erikson: Trump’s Russia Leak ‘Is Actually Far Worse Than What is Being Reported’ (DETAILS) Sally Yates reveals the real reasons why Mike Flynn was unmasked in intel reports.

The Russian Hacking Fiasco. Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Trump Says He Gave Classified Info To Russia For ‘Humanitarian Reasons’ And Gets WRECKED (TWEETS) Taibbi: How Did Russiagate Start? - Rolling Stone. Prevezon: Russian money-laundering details remain dark as US settles fraud case. Here’s what we know about the so-called ‘Trump tapes’ Who Is Sergey Kislyak? CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation. Donald Trump Was Right to Fire FBI Director James Comey. ‘It’s complete bananas’: FBI agents rushing to complete Russia probe before ‘orange blob’ can kill it. Trump has fired FBI director James Comey. Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to investigate President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Russia.

Ex-CIA director James Clapper confirms British intelligence warned US about Trump-Russia activity. Yates-Flynn timeline shows how Trump administration may have been engaged in coordinated cover-up. Lindsey Graham Grills Sally Yates At Senate Hearing 5/8/17. Sally Yates Just Opened A Can Of Constitutional Whoop Ass On Ted Cruz (VIDEO) CNN’s Chris Cuomo challenges Eric Trump to release taxes to disprove report on Russian investment. A Hidden Hand in the Trump-Russia Drama Owns a Ramen Shop. No, Seriously. Another of Michael Flynn's leave-behind network of friends helped Donald Trump with ... something. If you want to know how deeply Russia had its hooks into the Trump campaign, you need to follow the money. ‘Carter Page is chump change’: Ex-CIA officer claims feds are focusing on White House higher-ups. Jeff Sessions doesn't think anyone could have figured out Mike Flynn was getting paid illegally.

The noose tightens and the focus turns to Pence. What did he know and when did he know it? UK spy documents: Trump Organization paid Russian hackers who took orders from Putin. Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign. Businessinsider. ‘There is an active cover-up going on’: Carl Bernstein goes off on former Trump staffer Jason Miller.

Trump and money laundering: The key questions to ask. Former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove says Donald Trump borrowed money from Russia during 2008 financial crisis. Louise Mensch on Mike Flynn’s treason tour: Russian propaganda coordinated with Trump. Rep. Quigley Back from Covert Cyprus Trip to Probe Trump-Russia Collusion - Nails Down Motive. British intelligence passed Trump associates' talks with Russian on to US counterparts. CNN contributor: Trump White House staff ‘terrified’ because they don’t know how deep Russia ties go. British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia. Ex-Trump adviser doesn’t remember anything he told Russians: ‘We’ll see what’s in the FISA transcript’ FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page. Ukraine ‘Black ledger’ that forced Manafort out of Trump campaign exists — and he was paid at least $1.2M.

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page. Could Mark Cuban's Trump/Russia Theory Become Accepted Wisdom? Misrepresenting Stone's Prescience - The most suspicious part of Trump’s presidency. Here’s why Comey may have stayed silent on the Russia probe before we voted — and it should terrify Trump. Russia Wins When Sean Spicer Repeats Wiretapping Claims, Evelyn Farkas Says. The United States of Cognitive Dissonance. Devin Nunes Is Just the Errand Boy in the Trump-Russia Scandal. Flynn’s Public Offer to Testify for Immunity Suggests He May Have Nothing to Say. FBI Director James Comey Tried To Reveal Russian Tampering Months Before Election. Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim.

Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'. Kushner not only forgot to mention that he talked to Russian bankers, he also forgot why. #TrumpRussia ... twisting slowly in the wind, there is a comb-over the Presidency. Sally Yates Will Not Be Silenced on Russia. The controversy over Sally Yates’s planned testimony before Congress, explained. Paul Manafort’s Business Partner Left Pro-Trump Group Because of Russia Ties, Sources Say. An exhaustive timeline of the Trump-Russia connections — starting from 1979. Boris Epshteyn Named in July FISA Application; Did Nunes Obstruct Justice? Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians.

Log In - New York Times. Devin Nunes Vanished the Night Before He Made Trump Surveillance Claims. US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians. US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians. Hacked Texts Suggest Manafort Continued to Play a Role After Departing Trump Campaign. WATCH: Adam Schiff masterfully connects the dots between Trump and Russia — and it’s damning. Notes From the House Select Intelligence Hearing on Russia - Rolling Stone. Trump and Pence were warned about Michael Flynn's lobbying, but now claim they never knew.