In prepared remarks released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey gives his account about the events that led to his firing. Comey will deliver the remarks in person on Thursday morning as the curtain rises on one of the most widely anticipated productions of Washington political theater in recent years. […]
Danziger suspects that no matter how much Donald Trump likes his brash son-in-law, he cannot be thrilled by the intense FBI interest in Jared Kushner’s Russian connections.
The FBI is closely examining Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as a person of interest in its ongoing investigation of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election and related matters. Investigators are scrutinizing an extensive series of meetings that Kushner held with Russians, according to those news outlets, which quoted sources close to the probe.
The saga of Felix Sater — a twice-convicted one-time Mafia associate, real estate developer, sometime partner and former “senior adviser” to Donald Trump — continues to grow more complicated and bizarre. Details have now emerged of a second attempted diplomatic intervention by Sater, supposedly to prevent a possible nuclear power plant conflagration in Ukraine.
Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the top Republican and Democrat on the intelligence committee, said they were disappointed by the Flynn rejection, but will “vigorously pursue” his testimony and documents related to the investigation.
The Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former FBI chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Seth Meyers offers “a closer look” at President Trump’s no-good, very-bad week following his dismissal of FBI director James Comey — which is now culminating in open talk of impeachment in Congress.
President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey. The FBI director wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the president fired Flynn on February 14. “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to a source familiar with the contents of the memo.
Daily Show host Trevor Noah often notes Trump’s growing resemblance to the African dictators he has long observed on his home continent — a resemblance that, in the wake of the firing of James Comey is even more glaring. As Noah puts it, the preposterous pretext proffered by Trump for dismissing the overseer of the Russia investigation is “the most gangster excuse” he’s ever heard.
The Trump rationale for firing Comey — as stated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — is obviously false for several reasons, even aside from the fact that Trump had welcomed Comey’s behavior toward Clinton in 2016 and literally embraced the FBI director in the Oval Office last January.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Trump said in a letter to Comey released by the White House.
Comey told the panel he agonized over disclosing the new investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server during her time as U.S. secretary of state. The renewed investigation came months after the FBI had cleared her of wrongdoing. Comey said he decided it would have been “catastrophic” to conceal the information after having assured Congress the probe had been completed.
Because Comey’s mishandling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account was an unforgivable act of far greater import, one that broke FBI protocols and helped tilt the election in favor of Donald Trump. His public comments about the case sabotaged her campaign and crippled the credibility of the FBI as an impartial player.
According to CNN, the FBI used information from the “dirty dossier”—a 35-page document alleging deep ties between Trump and the Russian government first published by BuzzFeed—to help convince the FISC that Page merited surveillance. The FBI is monitoring Page as part of its ongoing investigation into alleged Trump campaign links to Russia and whether Moscow interfered in the U.S. presidential election.
When history gathers the men who made the presidency of Donald Trump possible, lingering in a corner behind the blinding glare of Julian Assange and the massive 6’8” frame of James Comey will be Mitch McConnell, his corners mouth shaped into a smile that resembles a twisted mustache. McConnell will want you to believe that history […]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has offered to testify before congressional committees probing potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia but wants protection against “unfair prosecution,” his lawyer said on Thursday. “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should […]
On Wednesday Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said he had seen classified information indicating U.S. investigators had surveilled phone calls made from Trump Tower during the campaign. If you leave President Obama out of the allegation, what Rep. Nunes says may well be true. Comey said the FBI had been investigating since July and was looking into many different activities and persons. Breitbart News claims, implausibly, that the conversations had nothing to do with Russia.
The FBI’s widening investigation into Russian subversion is now looking into continuing threats against a Washington, D.C. pizza shop targeted by right-wing conspiracy mongers.
Comet Ping Pong Pizza, a popular, family-oriented shop in an upscale northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood, came under relentless online attack last year because of its owner’s friendship with senior members of the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, a website that tracks press coverage critical of the Clintons.
After reciting some of the troubling facts in the Trump investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee’s ranking Democrat, observed that the likelihood of all these connections being merely coincidental is extremely small. Former White House counsel John Dean, whose 1973 testimony helped to break Nixon’s Watergate defense, went further, saying he sees the Trump White House in a familiar “cover-up mode.”
Director James B. Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities during the 2016 election campaign. Comey said the investigation was examining whether “there was any coordination” between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“I think the president has one of two choices, either to retract [the wiretapping charge against Obama] or to provide the information that the American people deserve,” said the Arizona Republican on CNN.
Patriots must unite and start winding down this bizarre presidency. This is no longer about Republicans and Democrats; it’s about forestalling a national emergency.
The attack of a Sikh man in Washington state comes after a man of Indian origin was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting at a Kansas bar that federal agencies are investigating as a hate crime.
An imperiled president says the state of the union demands radical change and asks the help of a supine Congress, while an imperiled administrative state seeks to protect constitutional government with the help of a burgeoning civil society protest movement and unknown allies in the FBI and CIA.
In the drama of Watergate, the Nixon White House was brought down by the coverup — notably its attempt to stymie the FBI. Similar maneuvers by the Trump White House in its current distress are sufficiently blatant and ridiculous to inspire a Danziger tableau.