9:02 AM 2/14/2018 – FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide

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FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide – Wheeling Intelligencer
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FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide – Wheeling Intelligencer

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FBI Contradicts White House on Investigation of Former Trump Aide
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Despite that, Porter took on an increasingly central role in the West Wing and was under consideration to serve as Trump’s deputy chief of staff, two officials said. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday, “The White 
FBI contradicts White House on background check timeline of former aide Rob PorterChicago Tribune

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Donald Trump’s handpicked CIA Director is looking guiltier than ever in the Trump-Russia scandal 

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Earlier today the Senate held public hearings with the heads of a number of major U.S. intelligence agencies. These agency heads regularly testify before Congress about various matters as a matter of course, but in the Trump era, these kinds of hearings have taken on a new importance and focus. Most of these agency leaders sounded competent and believable today – with the predictable exception of Trump’s handpicked CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Senators asked all of the agency leaders today if Donald Trump had shown any real interest in getting to the bottom of Russian election hacking. Everyone from the FBI Director on down acknowledged that Trump had never once even so much as asked them to look into it. This is damning, as it confirms that Trump doesn’t want the truth to come out about Russian election interference. It’s not difficult to figure out why: he knows the truth is that he’s only in office because of Russia’s meddling on his behalf.

The trouble here: there was one exception today. CIA Director Mike Pompeo was the only one to testify that Trump is fully on board with getting to the bottom of Russian election hacking. So we’re left with a choice of believing the heads of all the other agencies, or the one guy who always seems to be saying or doing something suspicious when it comes to Trump and Russia. Pompeo just keeps finding ways to make himself look even guiltier. To be clear, looking guilty is entirely different from being guilty. There is no known evidence that Pompeo was involved in the Trump-Russia election rigging conspiracy. But every time he opens his mouth, he all but yells “Look at me, I’m a suspect.”

As we’ve been documenting for the past several months, something is always off with Pompeo when it comes to the Trump-Russia scandal. Last summer we learned that, even after the U.S. intel community figured out that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was on the payroll of foreign governments, Pompeo made a point of continuing to give classified intel briefings in Flynn’s presence (link). Last fall, Pompeo weirdly began insisting that Russian meddling didn’t impact the outcome of the election (link). Now Pompeo is at it again. This guy can’t be trusted.

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US forces reportedly killed more than 100 Russian mercenaries inside Syria – Vox

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This incident comes at an odd time for the two countries. The Trump administration is under investigation for alleged collusion with Moscow during the US presidential campaign to tilt theelection in Trump’s favor, and a Senate committee found that 
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Wray We Were – The Atlantic

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During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global threats facing the United States, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he expects Russia will try to disrupt the upcoming midterm elections. FBI Director Chris Wray said President 

The FBI just made the Rob Porter scandal even worse for Donald Trump 

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Donald Trump despises the FBI because it’s been investigating the crimes he committed in the Russia scandal. He openly attacks the bureau, spreading phony scandals and lies about its leadership and agents. It turns out the FBI was able to get a measure of revenge on Trump today, simply by doing the right thing when it came to yet another Trump scandal.

Trump’s own handpicked FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. He was asked about a number of issues, including the Rob Porter domestic violence scandal. The FBI had been tasked with performing a background check on Porter, who has been accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, one of whom was able to get a restraining order against him.

Trump’s White House has had a hard time trying to explain why it kept Porter on the job, despite knowing about the accusations. One of the excuses it’s been floating is that the FBI’s background check was still ongoing, and that it had been waiting for the results. But today Wray testified (link) that the background check process was finished months ago, and that the Trump White House knew all about Porter’s background.

Some have asked why FBI Director Wray didn’t resign in protest after Donald Trump used a series of false accusations to badger FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe into retirement. This helps to provide that answer. Why would Wray pointlessly quit in protest, when he can remain on the job and help to take Trump down simply by doing his job?

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Intel chiefs warn Congress Russia intent on interfering with 2018 midterms – ABC News

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The head of U.S. intelligence told Congress Tuesday that Russia, just as it did in the 2016presidential election, is determined to meddle in the 2018 midterms in order “to undermine democracy, sow discord and undermine our values.” Interested in 
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Live Stream: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Hearing on World Wide Threats 

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is holding a hearing Tuesday morning at 9:30 am on World Wide Threats. The committee will hear testimony from the following witnesses:

  • Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence
  • Adm. Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency
  • Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI
  • Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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Russia’s system of power defies any rational explanation – Financial Times

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Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the German question disrupted global stability as the nation struggled to understand its identity and role in the world. But in the early 21st century it is the Russian question that has become the international 

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US Strikes Killed Scores of Russian Fighters in Syria, Sources Say – Bloomberg

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