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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Infuriates House Dems at Hearing

House Judiciary Committee Democrats and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker faced off Friday during a contentious six-hour hearing that focused primarily on whether he or President Trump had ever tried to interfere with the special counsel investigation. The showdown began on Thursday, when Democrats on the committee voted to give committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) the authority to subpoena Whitaker to appear on Friday, despite Whitaker having already agreed to do so. The move threw Whitaker’s appearance the next morning into uncertainty. The Justice Department said Whitaker would not testify unless Democrats…

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Lindsey Graham Demands Answers on Roger Stone’s Arrest

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday, demanded answers on the FBI’s arrest of Roger Stone last week during a pre-dawn raid on his home filmed exclusively by CNN. “I am concerned about the manner in which the arrest was effectuated, especially the number of agents involved, the tactics employed, the timing of the arrest, and whether the FBI released details of the arrest and the indictment to the press prior to providing this information to Mr.…

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DOJ’s Matthew Whitaker: Mueller Probe May Be ‘Close to Being Completed’

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Monday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign and Russia colluded during the 2016 election is “close to being completed.” “Right now the investigation is I think close to being completed,” the top Justice Department official said in a press conference. “I hope we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible.” JUST IN: Acting AG Whitaker on the Russia investigation: “The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get…

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Nancy Pelosi, Conspiracy Theorist: ‘What Does Putin Have on Trump?’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) published a statement and a series of tweets on Friday suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin was controlling President Donald Trump through the use of secrets about him. She also alleged “top Trump campaign officials” attempted “to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people,” referring to the indictment Friday of Roger Stone, who played a minor role in the campaign. Roger Stone’s indictment makes clear there was a deliberate, coordinated effort by top Trump campaign officials to subvert the…

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Watch: CNN Footage of Roger Stone’s Arrest by the FBI

Early Friday, CNN cameras were on hand to capture the FBI raid and arrest of political operative Roger Stone, who was charged by the Robert Mueller’s Justice Department special counsel probe and indicted by a grand jury on seven counts, which include obstruction, false statements and witness tampering. The video was captured by a CNN crew that included the network’s crime and justice reporter David Shortell at Stone’s home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. According to Shortell’s CNN colleague Kaitlan Collins, Shortell went to Stone’s home given the “unusual grand jury activity”…

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Trump Allies Celebrate Disintegration of BuzzFeed’s Fake News Hit

Allies of President Donald Trump are out in full force Friday night, rubbing in the revelation from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that BuzzFeed’s once-thought-to-be-explosive story alleging ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen provided Mueller with evidence that the president instructed him to lie to Congress is false. President Trump himself came out swinging, again calling fake news “the enemy of the people.” Fake News is truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019 And he bashed BuzzFeed for publishing the fake dossier about him during the…

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Special Counsel Releases Original ‘302’ of Michael Flynn Interview

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team provided the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, with the original “302” form on Monday regarding the FBI’s interview with then-National Security Counsel Michael Flynn. Prosecutors claim that Flynn lied in the interview about not asking then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to refrain from retaliating against the U.S. in return for sanctions imposed by the outgoing Obama administration over alleged interference in the election, and that he lied about not asking Russia to opposed a UN Security Council resolution declaring Israel’s presence in Jerusalem to be…

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Robert Mueller Gives Michael Flynn’s ‘302’ to Judge; Agents Thought He Did Not Lie

Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned over the “302” interview report Friday that had been requested by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, DC, after Michael Flynn’s defense team claimed he was pressured not to bring a lawyer to his Jan. 24, 2017 interview with FBI agents. That interview formed the basis for prosecuting Flynn for the crime of lying to FBI, to which he pleaded guilty earlier this year, and which led to further investigations. In its filing, Mueller’s team urged the judge not to see the “circumstances”…

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Mueller Team Scrubbed Peter Strzok’s Texts Before Giving Phone to Inspector General

The Office of the Special Counsel deleted text messages from the iPhone of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok before turning it over to the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG), according to a report released by the federal watchdog. On Thursday, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report stating thousands of text messages exchanged between Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page could not be recovered after Mueller’s team wiped clean the phones it had issued them. So Mueller’s team wiped ALL of the data off of Peter Strzok’s iPhone after determining “it contained no substantive text messages.” Given what…

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Mueller Memo Details Michael Cohen’s Lying to Investigators on Russia

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a memo on Friday that detailed assistance that ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has provided to his investigation into if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 elections. According to the memo, Cohen admitted that he had lied to Congress about when he stopped pursuing a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow — which was June 2016 instead of January 2016, and about other statements he had made. It said he also offered new information to the special counsel’s office. The memo, however,…

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