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The hard-right element of the party is uncomfortably sympathetic to Germany’s troubled past.

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AfD Shakes Up Germany’s Election—But It Has an Espionage Backstory

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Leadership member of the hard-right party AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) Alice Weidel addresses a press conference on the day after the German General elections on September 25, 2017 in Berlin. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Germany went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new federal parliament—and a new national government—and the results stunned Europe and the world. Although center-right Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office, since her party came out on top in the vote tallies, in truth the election stands as a stern rebuke of her and her party’s governance since 2005. For a politician widely considered the de facto leader of the European Union, and even hailed as the “leader of the free world” by some, including Hillary Clinton, this is a serious setback.

Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) received one-third of the votes, 33 percent, far ahead of the second-place Social Democrats (SPD) with 20.6 percent, but for both parties this represented a big drop-off since the last elections. In 2013, the CDU and the SPD got 37 and 29 percent, respectively, and Sunday’s tallies are the lowest for both parties since the establishment of the Federal Republic in 1949, out of the ashes of Nazism and the Second World War.

The big news here is the rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Founded only four years ago, this new right-wing party barely competed in the 2013 election, garnering only 1.9 percent of the vote, but on Sunday the upstart AfD won 12.6 percent, which will give them 94 seats in the incoming parliament in Berlin, what Germans call the Bundestag. For the first time since 1990, a new party will be seated in the Bundestag, and it’s on the far-right. The AfD did especially well in economically lagging regions of the former East Germany, where 26 percent of men voted for the party.

Several other parties hovered around the 10-percent mark, including the libertarian-leaning Free Democrats (10.7), the former East German Communists rebranded as Die Linke (9.2), and the environmentalist Greens (8.9). As the chastened Social Democrats show no interest in a grand coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democrats, the only way the chancellor can form a government will be in coalition with some of these smaller parties. The likeliest outcome is the so-called “Jamaica” coalition from the colors of that country’s flag: black for the CDU, yellow for the Free Democrats, and green (obviously) for the Greens.

Merkel will keep the upstart AfD out of government at all costs, viewing them as pariahs and extremists. Ironically, this new rival is very much her own creation, inadvertently. Born out of frustration with Berlin’s costly bailouts of Greece and other bankrupt EU states, the AfD takes its name from one of Merkel’s less popular aphorisms, when she repeatedly stated Germany had “no alternative” but to financially bail out Southern Europe from its insolvency.

This was far from popular with many Germans, a notoriously frugal bunch that loathes debt; as late as 2011, only one-third of Germans had a credit card, and most personal transactions are still in cash. Merkel then made things worse by opening Germany’s doors to migrants in 2015, which made her deeply unpopular with many working-class Germans. The arrival of two million migrants in 2015—relative to population, this would be like the U.S. taking in eight million migrants in 12 months—has caused serious political heartache in certain quarters.

That anger made up some of the AfD’s appeal on Sunday. There are definite wings of the party. Some supporters are financially-minded, worried about the cost of Germany’s dragging along the EU and its vast debts. Others fret about migrants, many of them Muslim, bringing crime, welfare skimming, and terrorism to the country. Then there’s the hard-right element of the party, people who are uncomfortably sympathetic to Germany’s troubled past.

In other words, there are neo-Nazis lurking in the AfD. This is a serious matter, since unlike in America, it’s not legal to fly Nazi flags and shout Hitlerian slogans in public. There is no free speech in Germany about such touchy matters, and people really do wind up in jail for acting out their Nazi fantasies. The march-turned-riot this country witnessed in Charlottesville in August would have been shut down in Germany the minute anybody unfurled a swastika.

Exactly how many neo-Nazis there are in AfD ranks is a tricky question. Some party bigwigs have walked close to the line. Alexander Gauland, a party leader, recently suggested that Germany should act like any other country and be “proud” of its soldiers in both world wars. Such a comment, which would be uncontroversial in most places, was greeted with outrage in Germany, where any public esteem for the Nazi period is verboten.

If the AfD is harboring neo-Nazis, this is a matter for Germany’s intelligence services too. Since the creation of the Federal Republic, the domestic intelligence agency, the mouthful Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), has monitored political extremists looking for unhealthy dissent, left and right. Uncovering subversion—specifically anything that threatens Germany’s democratic values—is one of the BfV’s main jobs, and it has watched the AfD closely since its birth.

Last month, Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s interior minister, frankly admitted that the security services had their eye on the AfD, looking for subversion. Although the party on the whole was “not extremist,” less moderate elements in the AfD did merit examination, de Maizière explained. At the same time, after a review of AfD online activities in part of the former East Germany, the security service concluded that the party was substantially right-wing but not engaged in openly subversive activities.

Germany has shut down neo-Nazi parties before. In 1952, the authorities banned the Socialist Reich Party, which saw itself as Hitler’s heirs and was staffed by former Nazis. It also had the secret backing of Soviet intelligence, which sought to manipulate West German politics during the Cold War.

More recently, the standard-bearer for such views has been the National Democratic Party (NPD). Founded in 1964, it’s a fringe party that has never won any seats in the Bundestag, although it’s intermittently won seats at the state level in Germany. The NPD doesn’t make much effort to hide its Hitlerian sympathies but usually stays on the right side of Germany’s restrictive laws on such matters, if only just.

The party has been of intense concern to the BfV from its birth, and here’s where things get interesting: German authorities have tried more than once to ban the NPD on the grounds that its aims are undemocratic, yet all efforts have failed to stand up in court. The biggest push came between 2001 and 2003, and the case went to Germany’s highest court. There the NPD triumphed on the revealing grounds that, since the party was so filled with BfV agents, it was impossible for the court to assess what the NPD really stood for. Many of its most Nazified members turned out to be clandestine government operatives. The BfV, in effect, was in control of the NPD, and its numerous agents provocateurs were running the show.

Given this recent history, questions must be raised about the AfD as well, not least because the party has worrisome ties to Russia. Party higher-ups are enthusiastic fans of Vladimir Putin, while Kremlin outlets like RT and Sputnik laud the party on a regular basis. Moreover, the election campaign witnessed an explosion of pro-AfD activity online, including Twitter bots, emanating from Russia—just as the Kremlin did in the United States last year.

To be fair, the former Communists of Die Linke are every bit as Russophile as the AfD—which means that Putin has friends on the left and right of Merkel, amounting to 22 percent of the vote on Sunday—while top SPD officials take Kremlin money without any concern for appearances or conflicts of interest. Germany has a problem with illicit Kremlin influence that extends far beyond just the AfD.

That said, the BfV’s interest in the AfD, now the country’s third-biggest political party, encompasses counterintelligence concerns as much as worries about extremism. The arrival of the AfD in the Bundestag will shake up German politics in a manner that’s not been seen in decades, even though the party will not be in government. They will force debate on issues that Chancellor Merkel would prefer to avoid, above all migration and assimilation of newcomers.

It would therefore be wise to watch how the AfD reacts to its newfound limelight. Already cracks are appearing in the party. Less than 24 hours after electoral triumph, Frauke Petry, the leader of the AfD’s more moderate wing, announced she would not take her parliamentary seat, citing chaos inside the party. This stunning news may push the AfD even further to the right. Expect more bumps in this road.

John Schindler is a security expert and former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer. A specialist in espionage and terrorism, he’s also been a Navy officer and a War College professor. He’s published four books and is on Twitter at @20committee. 

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Germany went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new federal parliament – and a new national government – and the results stunned Europe and the world. Although center-right Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office, since her party came out on top in the vote tallies, in truth the election stands as a stern rebuke of her and her party’s governance since 2005. For a politician widely considered the de facto leader of the European Union, and even hailed as the “leader of the free world” by some, including Hillary Clinton, this is a serious setback.

Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) received one-third of the votes, 33 percent, far ahead of the second-place Social Democrats (SPD) with 20.6 percent, but for both parties this represented a big drop-off since the last elections. In 2013, the CDU and the SPD got 37 and 29 percent, respectively, and Sunday’s tallies are the lowest for both parties since the establishment of the Federal Republic in 1949, out of the ashes of Nazism and the Second World War.

The big news here is the rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Founded only four years ago, this new right-wing party barely competed in the 2013 election, garnering only 1.9 percent of the vote, but on Sunday the upstart AfD won 12.6 percent, which will give them 94 seats in the incoming parliament in Berlin, what Germans call the Bundestag. For the first time since 1990, a new party will be seated in the Bundestag, and it’s on the far-right. The AfD did especially well in economically lagging regions of the former East Germany, where 26 percent of men voted for the party.

Several other parties hovered around the 10-percent mark, including the libertarian-leaning Free Democrats (10.7), the former East German Communists rebranded as Die Linke (9.2), and the environmentalist Greens (8.9). As the chastened Social Democrats show no interest in a grand coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democrats, the only way the chancellor can form a government will be in coalition with some of these smaller parties. The likeliest outcome is the so-called “Jamaica” coalition from the colors of that country’s flag: black for the CDU, yellow for the Free Democrats, and green (obviously) for the Greens.

Merkel will keep the upstart AfD out of government at all costs, viewing them as pariahs and extremists. Ironically, this new rival is very much her own creation, inadvertently. Born out of frustration with Berlin’s costly bailouts of Greece and other bankrupt EU states, the AfD takes its name from one of Merkel’s less popular aphorisms, when she repeatedly stated Germany had “no alternative” but to financially bail out Southern Europe from its insolvency.

This was far from popular with many Germans, a notoriously frugal bunch that loathes debt; as late as 2011, only one-third of Germans had a credit card, and most personal transactions are still in cash. Merkel then made things worse by opening Germany’s doors to migrants in 2015, which made her deeply unpopular with many working-class Germans. The arrival of two million migrants in 2015 – relative to population, this would be like the United States taking in eight million migrants in 12 months – has caused serious political heartache in certain quarters.

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Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has allegedly hired a lawyer to represent him in the Russian election meddling investigation. Aidan Kelley has the story. Buzz60

Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner and Chairman Richard Burr prepare to hear testimony on Russian intervention in the elections on June 28, 2017.(Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo, European Pressphoto Agency)

WASHINGTON — Anxious to see the results of all those Russia investigations going on in Congress and in special counsel Robert Mueller’s office? Well, take a deep breath. It’s likely to be awhile.

The constant stream of news about witnesses, subpoenas and closed-door testimony may make it feel like the Russia probes have been going on forever, but Mueller has only been on the job about four and a half months and the three congressional committees conducting inquiries didn’t really start digging in until spring.

That’s not long when you consider that the Watergate investigation of Richard Nixon took about 20 months — considered relatively fast — and the Whitewater investigation of Bill Clinton, which morphed into the Monica Lewinsky investigation, spanned about five years.

“The public and the press have always been impatient about how quickly these types of investigations are moving, but they have gotten more so,” said Charles Tiefer, a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the special deputy chief counsel for the House Iran-Contra Committee’s investigation of the Reagan administration. “The 24-hour news cycle means that speculation outruns the actual investigation and demands responses.”

Tiefer estimated that it could take Congress until spring and Mueller about a year to begin to show initial results, such as preliminary reports from the committees or the first round of indictments from the special counsel.

The special counsel, the Senate and House Intelligence committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee are all investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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“They have difficult obstacles to overcome,” Tiefer said. Among them: convincing reluctant witnesses to cooperate, obtaining scores of documents from both inside the U.S. and Russia, and trying to persuade one of the targets to break ranks and become a witness for the prosecution.

Attorney Richard Ben-Veniste, who served as an assistant special prosecutor in the office of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and chief minority counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee, said the Russia probe and Watergate are “roughly comparable in terms of the complexity.”

“Judged by other investigations and given the breadth of this one, I don’t think the public should be too expectant, but rather appreciate the complexity … and scope of the areas that both Mueller and congressional investigators are charged with looking into,” Ben-Veniste said.

Bruce Udolf, a criminal defense attorney in Florida who served as an associate independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation, said he believes Mueller is “moving at lightning speed” in putting together a team of investigators and questioning witnesses.

Mueller is dealing with complicated issues of money laundering and obstruction of justice, with witnesses and evidence scattered across the globe, Udolf said.

“Of necessity, it’s going to take a very long time,” he said. “I would be surprised if it was completed in less than a year. But it sounds like he’s making a lot of progress. I’m sure his team is working around the clock.”

It’s more important that an investigation be thorough than fast, Udolf said.

“You turn over one stone, and it leads you down another path,” he said. “And you’re dealing with people who are trying to prevent you from doing your job, which is getting to the truth.”

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Lanny Davis, an attorney who specializes in crisis management and a former spokesman and special counsel for ex-president Bill Clinton, said no one wants these kinds of investigations over faster than an innocent target.

Davis said the best thing an attorney with an innocent client can do is cooperate fully with prosecutors and congressional investigators to help speed up the process.

“You have to do the opposite of what you’re taught to do as a private lawyer, which is to resist and drag things out,” Davis said. “In this situation, if investigators don’t ask for something, you offer it to them anyway. You drown them with paper, facts, and transparency.”

However, it can sometimes be difficult for attorneys to convince their clients that this counter-intuitive strategy is the best way to go. Often, Davis said, a client’s initial reaction will be: “What, are you kidding me? Whose side are you on?”

“You have to convince them that the way to end the investigation is to help investigators, not stop them,” he said.

However, when an attorney has a client who may be guilty, that strategy must change, Davis said. He said the response still can’t be “resist, resist, resist” because that could end up getting a client charged with obstruction of justice.

“You still have to cooperate,” he said. “But you don’t open the kimono and say come on in.”

Former senator Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who served as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee from 2001 to 2003, is urging Congress to complete its investigations well before the midterm elections in November 2018.

“I think there needs to be a real sense of urgency by Congress because of the possible consequences to the country,” Graham said. “There could be another round of Russian meddling. They need to get to the bottom of what happened and prevent it from happening again.”

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a recent interview that “it’s still fairly early in the investigation.”

“We’re making progress, but it’s very hard to give a timeline,” he said.

Ben-Veniste said he has faith in both Congress and Mueller.

“I look forward with some confidence, having seen the people both in Congress and the special counsel’s office, to them conducting a credible and thorough investigation, and I feel confident we’ll have answers in due time,” he said.

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Vice President Pence’s spokesman not saying he met Russian Operatives | 1:22Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesman is dodging whether the VEEP met with Russian operatives.Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Sen. Graham seems really ticked about Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting | 1:13During his Senate confirmation hearing, Christopher Wray faced questions about Donald Trump Jr. and his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Corey Lewandowski predicts White House leakers will be fired | 0:59President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says that the leakers providing information of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer will be fired. Nick Cardona has the story. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Colbert finds Don Jr.’s smoking gun | 5:09The late-night comics on Donald Trump Jr.’s released emails and his punishment. Take a look at our favorite jokes, then vote for yours at usatoday.com/opinion. USA TODAY Opinion_Eileen Rivers

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Watergate special prosecutor to Congress, keep up the Russian probes | 1:09The special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal is telling Congress to press on in its investigation into Trump. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump Jr’s Russia meeting has White House on hunt for the mole | 1:28Suspicion and paranoia plague the White House as Trump’s administration wonder who the leakers behind Donald Trump Jr’s meeting could be. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) reports.Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE D.C. reacts to Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia emails | 2:10The President and lawmakers reacted to Donald Trump Jr.’s emails regarding an undisclosed meeting with a Russian lawyer. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE The Russian sanctions that led to Trump Jr.’s Kremlin-tied meeting | 2:38For years, Russia’s government has tried to lift U.S. sanctions that the Magnitsky Act created.a Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Senator Ted Cruz dodged questions on Trump’s ties with Russian | 0:32Senator Ted Cruz dodged questions from reporters today, when asked about President Trump’s Russia policies. Aidan Kelley has the story. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump statement: Son is ‘high-quality person’ | 2:14White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads a brief statement from the president Tuesday supporting his eldest son in response to revelations that Donald Trump Jr. agreed to hear damaging information on Hillary Clinton. (July 11) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Publicist set up Trump Jr. and lawyer meeting | 2:07President Donald Trump’s eldest son acknowledged Monday that he met a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign to hear information about his father’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. (July 10) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Donald Trump Jr. tweets email chain on Russia meeting | 0:46Donald Trump Jr. released emails suggesting ‘incriminating information” about his father’s Democratic campaign rival, Hillary Clinton. USA TODAY

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Donald Trump Jr. releases email thread about Russian lawyer meeting | 1:30He released the emails after The New York Times reported the Kremlin wanted to help out the Trump campaign by providing information on Clinton. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Russian lawyer who met with Trump, Jr. says no damaging Clinton info | 0:58In the midst of the huge controversy circling Donald Trump Jr., the Russian lawyer with whom he met with is coming clean. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE The man behind the Trump Jr. meeting checked in on Facebook | 1:06The man behind the meeting between Trump Jr and that Russian lawyer appeared to have publicized it on his Facebook. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Conflicting stories on if Kremlin was involved in Trump Jr.’s meeting | 1:17Anonymous sources told The New York Times the Russian government wanted to help the Trump campaign by providing information on Hillary Clinton. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Report: Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer during campaign | 1:02As the FBI investigates possible Russian interference in the presidential election, a new report finds Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. USA TODAY

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Putin: No grounds for U.S. election allegations | 1:10Russian President Vladimir Putin says Donald Trump asked him numerous questions about Russia’s alleged interference in the US election, and he said there are no grounds to think Russia interfered in the US election. (July 8) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Paul Manafort registered as a foreign agent … 5 years late | 0:50Manafort and his consulting firm made over $17 million for work it did for a pro-Russian political party in the Ukraine. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE See who’s got Trump’s back in the Russia investigation | 1:02President Trump has picked a power-packed legal team to represent him in the Russia investigation.USA TODAY

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump suggests his ‘tapes’ tweet was to keep Comey honest | 1:01The president told ‘Fox & Friends’ he thinks former FBI Director James Comey changed his story on the Russia probe after the tweet came out. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Obama planned to leave ‘digital bombs’ for Russia after hacking | 1:10President Obama secretly planned to retaliate against the Russians by planting “cyber weapons.” Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) explains. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Intel officials: Trump suggested refuting Russia collusion | 0:59Two of America’s top intelligence officials were apparently told by President Trump to refute that there was any collusion with Russia. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Legal answers to questions about Donald Trump and Robert Mueller | 1:58It’s a deceptively simple question. Can Donald Trump fire Robert Mueller? Time

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Obama officials worried alarm over Russian interference would backfire | 1:35Former Obama official Jeh Johnson gave insight on why the administration waited so long to give details. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Johnson defends Comey judgment on Russia probe | 2:02Fmr. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday about Russian election interference. He suggested former FBI Director James Comey wouldn’t have taken an inquiry into the Trump campaign lightly. (June 21) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Russia tried to hack election systems in 21 states | 0:45A homeland security official says election related computer systems in 21 states were the target of attempted hacking by people connected to the Russian government. Veuer’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Sean Hannity compares Russia investigation to the ‘birther’ conspiracy | 1:07Fox News Host Sean Hannity made a very unusual comparison Monday night. Veuer’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE White House reportedly hoping to block tougher sanctions on Russia | 0:50Days after the Senate passed tougher sanctions on Russia, the White House is reportedly saying “not so fast.” Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump’s personal lawyer hires his own lawyer in wake of Russia probe | 0:42Sources say Michael Cohen, personal lawyer for Donald Trump, has hired legal counsel in advance of House Intelligence Committee testimony. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump’s Deputy AG may also have to recuse himself from Russia probe | 1:00A new report suggests Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein may be considering removing himself from the Russia investigation. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) explains. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Vice President Pence lawyers up for Russia investigation | 0:29As far as the public knows, the vice president isn’t subject to any FBI investigation. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Putin says Russia is open to James Comey if he faces ‘persecution’ | 0:47Vladimir Putin said James Comey could seek asylum in Russia in case he’s persecuted for his role in the investigation of President Trump. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Special counsel Robert Mueller will investigate President Trump | 0:39Special Counsel Robert Mueller will investigate President Donald Trump. Specifically, Mueller will explore the possibility that Trump obstructed justice. Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Jeff Sessions wants to clear the air on his conversations with Comey | 1:08In response to testimony from the former FBI director, the attorney general will testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Some of Trump’s supporters think Robert Mueller should be fired | 1:08Some of President Trump’s biggest supporters think special counsel Robert Meuller should be fired. Veuer’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE AG Sessions to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee | 0:51Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. It is not clear yet whether the testimony will be heard in a closed or open meeting. Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Republican U.S. Rep. defends both Trump and Comey | 0:38In the midst of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia, Congressman Dave Brat (R – Virginia) doesn’t think President Donald Trump obstructed justice and doesn’t think former FBI Director James Comey broke the law by leaking a memo he wrote about a conversation with Trump. Video provided by TheStreet Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump: ‘WOW, Comey is a leaker’ | 0:40President Trump has some choice words for former FBI Director James Comey. USA TODAY

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Comey: Lordy I hope there are tapes | 0:40Former FBI Director James Comey says he was “stunned” by President Trump’s suggestion in the Russia investigation. USA TODAY

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Analysis: Comey Opens Up About Trump Meetings | 2:04FBI Director James Comey attempted to settle the score before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, describing meetings that he called inappropriate with President Donald Trump about the Russia investigation. (June 8) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump’s pick for the next FBI director has Russian ties of his own | 1:07President Trump’s pick for the next FBI director has his own ties to Russia. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump allies take aim at Comey’s credibility | 1:35The White House and its allies are scrambling to offset potential damage from fired FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony, an appearance that could expose new details about talks with Donald Trump about the investigation into Russia. (June 6) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Most people don’t trust Trump in the Russia investigation | 0:57Most people say they don’t trust President Donald Trump when it comes to the ongoing Russia investigation. Veuer’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Top Law Firms Reportedly Declined to Represent Trump in Russia Investigation | 0:40Four top law firms have declined to represent the president in the White House-Russia investigation.Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Report: Trump team sought to lift Russian sanctions | 1:06Two former diplomats have come forward, saying President Trump tried to lift sanctions against Russia.Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE The FBI’s Russia probe is reaching across the pond | 1:07U.K. politician Nigel Farage is reportedly a ‘person of interest’ in the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE It’s official, James Comey will testify about Trump and Russia | 1:06Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in what will sure to be must-see TV. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) explains why. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE The White House says it won’t answer questions about Russia anymore | 1:01Press secretary Sean Spicer has told reporters to direct any questions involving Russia to the president’s outside attorney. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE There’s a new name in the FBI’s Trump-Russia collusion probe | 0:51As the FBI continues to investigate potential ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, a new name has entered the mix: Nigel Farage. Veuer’s Troy Frisby (@troyfrisby) has the details. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Michael Flynn pleads The Fifth over Russia investigation | 0:53Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has refused to cooperate with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump reportedly asked intel chiefs to deny evidence in Russia probe | 0:42One official told The Washington Post the president wanted to “muddy the waters” about the Russian investigation. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump to Russians: Firing ‘nut job’ James Comey relieved pressure | 0:59President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats that firing former FBI director James Comey relieved “great pressure” he felt regarding the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia according to NYT. Time

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump says special counsel appointment is a ‘witch hunt’ | 1:05President Donald Trump denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign’s ties with Russia Thursday, repeatedly calling it an unprecedented ‘witch hunt’ that “hurts our country terribly.” Time

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE TIME’s new cover gives the White House a renovation | 0:59Time Magazine’s new cover shows the White House getting a Russian makeover. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Russia tried to take over 10,000 Pentagon workers Twitter accounts | 0:50It looks like Russia tried to hack the Twitter accounts of Defense Department officials. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump team had a lot more contact with Russia than thought | 1:00Trump aides had 18 previously unknown contacts with Russian officials via phone, email and text messages according to current and former U.S. officials in a new Reuters report. Jose Sepulveda(@josesepulvedatv) has more. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Russia probe | 0:36The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. (May 17) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Russia investigation special counsel: Who is Robert Mueller? | 1:02Robert Mueller will oversee the Russia investigation. Here’s a look at his background. USA TODAY

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Ryan: ‘We need the facts’ on Trump Russia links | 2:47House Speaker Paul Ryan argues against rush to judgment on President Donald Trump revelations, adding “we need the facts.” (May 17) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump: Russian FM meeting ‘very successful’ | 0:47President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had a ‘very, very successful meeting’ with the Russian foreign minister last week in the Oval Office, but ignored reporter questions about whether he revealed classified information during that discussion. AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE White House: No need for special prosecutor | 2:59During the daily White House briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the President believes there is no need for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Russia and the Trump Campaign. (May 15) AP

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump’s lawyers say he has no income from Russians | 0:43Donald Trump’s lawyers reviewed his last ten years of tax returns and say he does not have any income from Russians. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Sean Hannity claims Trump-Russia link is a ‘bizarre conspiracy theory’ | 1:05Fox News Host Sean Hannity has an interesting take on the alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia; he’s calling it a ‘bizarre conspiracy theory’. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Michael Flynn associates issued subpoenas in Russia investigation | 0:58As part of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Republican Senator wants to investigate Trump for Russian ties | 1:13U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he wants to examine fellow Republican President Donald Trump’s business dealings for any ties to Russia, CNN reported on Tuesday, one day after the issue was raised at a Senate hearing. Time

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Sally Yates to testify on Russia election probe | 0:47Whether President Trump likes it or not, Sally Yates, the former acting Attorney General he fired will dish on if she knows anything about the alleged Russian inference with the election. Aaron Dickens reports. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump properties tied to alleged Russian mobsters | 1:39President Trump and his properties have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations and money laundering. USA TODAY

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Trump’s former manager Paul Manafort reportedly pitched plan to benefit Vladimir Putin | 1:34Questions about President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his ties to Russia deepened following a report that he secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the mid-2000s. Read The Full Story Here: Trump’s Former Manager Manafort Reportedly Pitched Plan to Benefit Putin Video provided by TheStreetNewslook

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE John McCain on President Trump’s Russian Connections: ‘Lot of Shoes to Drop’ | 1:00Arizona Sen. John McCain said “there’s a lot of shoes to drop” regarding more information about President Trump and his team’s ties to Russia. Time

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Report: Trump campaign approved adviser’s trip to Russia | 1:27A new report from Politico is shining more light on President Donald Trump’s administrative ties to Russia. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) reports. Buzz60

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RUSSIA: THE SCANDAL TRUMP CAN’T SHAKE Dems: Trump, Russia relationship ‘disconcerting’ | 1:46While introducing bipartisan legislation that would give Congress the ability to review any changes to sanctions on Russia, House Democrats spoke out against alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russia. (Feb. 15) AP

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  • Comey: Lordy I hope there are tapes0:40

    Comey: Lordy I hope there are tapes

  • Analysis: Comey Opens Up About Trump Meetings2:04

    Analysis: Comey Opens Up About Trump Meetings

  • Trump's pick for the next FBI director has Russian ties of his own1:07

    Trump’s pick for the next FBI director has Russian ties of his own

  • Trump allies take aim at Comey's credibility1:35

    Trump allies take aim at Comey’s credibility

  • Most people don't trust Trump in the Russia investigation0:57

    Most people don’t trust Trump in the Russia investigation

  • Top Law Firms Reportedly Declined to Represent Trump in Russia Investigation0:40

    Top Law Firms Reportedly Declined to Represent Trump in Russia Investigation

  • Report: Trump team sought to lift Russian sanctions1:06

    Report: Trump team sought to lift Russian sanctions

  • The FBI's Russia probe is reaching across the pond1:07

    The FBI’s Russia probe is reaching across the pond

  • It's official, James Comey will testify about Trump and Russia1:06

    It’s official, James Comey will testify about Trump and Russia

  • The White House says it won't answer questions about Russia anymore1:01

    The White House says it won’t answer questions about Russia anymore

  • There's a new name in the FBI's Trump-Russia collusion probe0:51

    There’s a new name in the FBI’s Trump-Russia collusion probe

  • Michael Flynn pleads The Fifth over Russia investigation0:53

    Michael Flynn pleads The Fifth over Russia investigation

  • Trump reportedly asked intel chiefs to deny evidence in Russia probe0:42

    Trump reportedly asked intel chiefs to deny evidence in Russia probe

  • Trump to Russians: Firing 'nut job' James Comey relieved pressure0:59

    Trump to Russians: Firing ‘nut job’ James Comey relieved pressure

  • Trump says special counsel appointment is a 'witch hunt'1:05

    Trump says special counsel appointment is a ‘witch hunt’

  • TIME's new cover gives the White House a renovation0:59

    TIME’s new cover gives the White House a renovation

  • Russia tried to take over 10,000 Pentagon workers Twitter accounts0:50

    Russia tried to take over 10,000 Pentagon workers Twitter accounts

  • Trump team had a lot more contact with Russia than thought1:00

    Trump team had a lot more contact with Russia than thought

  • Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Russia probe0:36

    Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Russia probe

  • Russia investigation special counsel: Who is Robert Mueller?1:02

    Russia investigation special counsel: Who is Robert Mueller?

  • Ryan: 'We need the facts' on Trump Russia links2:47

    Ryan: ‘We need the facts’ on Trump Russia links

  • Trump: Russian FM meeting 'very successful'0:47

    Trump: Russian FM meeting ‘very successful’

  • White House: No need for special prosecutor2:59

    White House: No need for special prosecutor

  • Trump's lawyers say he has no income from Russians0:43

    Trump’s lawyers say he has no income from Russians

  • Sean Hannity claims Trump-Russia link is a ‘bizarre conspiracy theory’1:05

    Sean Hannity claims Trump-Russia link is a ‘bizarre conspiracy theory’

  • Michael Flynn associates issued subpoenas in Russia investigation0:58

    Michael Flynn associates issued subpoenas in Russia investigation

  • Republican Senator wants to investigate Trump for Russian ties1:13

    Republican Senator wants to investigate Trump for Russian ties

  • Sally Yates to testify on Russia election probe0:47

    Sally Yates to testify on Russia election probe

  • Trump properties tied to alleged Russian mobsters1:39

    Trump properties tied to alleged Russian mobsters

  • Trump's former manager Paul Manafort reportedly pitched plan to benefit Vladimir Putin1:34

    Trump’s former manager Paul Manafort reportedly pitched plan to benefit Vladimir Putin

  • John McCain on President Trump's Russian Connections: 'Lot of Shoes to Drop'1:00

    John McCain on President Trump’s Russian Connections: ‘Lot of Shoes to Drop’

  • Report: Trump campaign approved adviser's trip to Russia1:27

    Report: Trump campaign approved adviser’s trip to Russia

  • Dems: Trump, Russia relationship 'disconcerting'1:46

    Dems: Trump, Russia relationship ‘disconcerting’

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Trump has not begun implementing Russia sanctions law: senators – Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two months after signing it, President Donald Trump has not begun enforcing a law imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, Senators John McCain and Ben Cardin said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday.
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Senators urge Trump to robustly enforce Russia sanctions lawABC News
McCain, Cardin urge Trump to get tough with MoscowPolitico

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two months after signing it, President Donald Trump has not begun enforcing a law imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, Senators John McCain and Ben Cardin said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday.
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GOP tax plan would provide major gains for richest 1%, uneven benefits for the middle class, report says – Washington Post

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The Republican tax plan would deliver a major benefit to the top 1 percent of Americans, according to a new analysis by a leading group of nonpartisan tax experts that challenges the White House’s portrayal of its effects. The plan would deliver …
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The Price controversy is said to have irked Trump, since it cut so strongly against his famous campaign promise to change how the Washington game is played. But there have been several other instances where that pledge has been called into question.
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Fury infused these insurgents’ raw remarks as did a common theme: The Republican Party has failed its voters, and a national cleansing was needed in the coming year, regardless of whether President Trump was on board. Longtime Republicans see a …
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Lawmakers in Washington, particularly Democrats, have been critical of Trump’s approach to Russia. Trump offered praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin on the campaign trail and, as president, has repeatedly expressed the desire to pursue warmer …

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But he also infuriated many on the right — including President Trump, who called the quarterback a “son of a bitch” at a rally in Alabama this weekend — and was not signed to a team during the offseason. Despite … Harvard’s decision to disinvite 

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The International Committee of the Red Cross said the U.S. citizen captured fighting for the Islamic State is being held in a detention facility in Iraq as an unlawful enemy combatant, the AP reported. U.S. military officials confirmed that they had notified the Red Cross of the man’s detention and that the humanitarian organization will meet with him soon, according to the Miami Herald. The Pentagon has declined to provide further details about the man’s identity or the circumstances of his capture. U.S. officials said that the Department of Defense has several options in this matter, including turning the man over to the Justice Department or delivering him to Iraqi authorities for prosecution on war crimes charges. It is unclear whether the administration is considering transferring the man to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Lawmakers criticized Twitter for what they termed its “inadequate” disclosure of information related to Russian-linked fake accounts and influence operations on its platform in presentations to congressional investigators on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported. Twitter only identified 201 accounts that were linked to fake accounts that Facebook discovered and disclosed to Congress last week. Senator Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Twitter had failed to deeply examine Russian activities on its platform. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Twitter faced a complex task given the ease of creating anonymous accounts on its site but also noted Twitter lagged far behind Facebook in the progress of its investigation.

Iraq’s parliament asked its prime minister to deploy troops to the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and seize the nearby oil fields, Reuters reported. In the aftermath of an independence referendum in Kurdistan that Baghdad and states across the Middle East strongly opposed, Iraq’s government is moving to curb Kurdistan’s autonomy. Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government have contested the control of Kirkuk since Kurdish peshmerga forces moved in and then held the city against Islamic State forces in 2014.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the service of active-duty military officers on the Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR), SCOTUSblog reported. The justices consolidated three cases that involve petitioners challenging the legality of active-duty military officers simultaneously serving on the CMCR and on other military appeals courts. The cases implicate the CMCR’s effectiveness as the intermediary appellate body between the military commissions conducting terrorism prosecutions for detainees at Guantanamo Bay and the D.C. Circuit.

The State Department will withdraw more than half of its embassy staff in Cuba after determining that U.S. diplomats in Havana were at risk of health problems stemming from unknown causes, the New York Times reported. The U.S. will also issue a travel advisory for Cuba warning Americans that they could face unusual risks while in the country. The State Department will not demand that Cuba reciprocally reduce the number of its diplomats in Washington D.C. Twenty-one U.S. embassy staff members have reported health problems, including hearing loss, headaches, nausea, and brain trauma since later 2016. The Cuban government denied that it carried out any attacks against U.S. diplomatic personnel and said that it had not yet found the cause of the diplomats’ health problems.

South Korea’s president promised to strengthen South Korea’s preemptive strike and missile defense capabilities and also pledged to make the South Korean military more independent from the U.S., the Times reported. President Moon Jae-in said he wants to renegotiate terms in the U.S.-South Korean alliance that currently put the South Korean army under the control of American commanders in case of war with North Korea. Moon’s push for greater military independence has gained greater support in South Korea after  erratic signals from President Trump on U.S. commitment to the alliance.

Russian-backed Syrian government forces have almost entirely encircled the Islamic State in Deir al-Zour, the Washington Post reported. International observers said that pro-government forces are fighting the extremist group in a village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river, near the positions of U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Separately, the Islamic State released audio of a speech it said was given by its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, contradicting reports that he was killed in a Russian airstrike, according to the Journal. In the audio file, the speaker attempts to reassure Islamic State fighters that despite their losses in Libya and Iraq their enemies will be defeated. U.S. military officials said they were not able to independently verify that the speaker was Baghdadi but also said there was no reason to think it was not him.

A U.S. airstrike aimed at stopping an insurgent attack on the Kabul airport inadvertently killed civilians,the Post reported. The U.S.-led NATO mission in Afghanistan said that one of its missiles malfunctioned in the course of airstrikes on insurgents firing mortars and rockets at the plane of visiting Defense Secretary James Mattis. A coalition said in a statement that the militants used civilians as human shields during the attack.

A U.N. draft resolution to investigate human rights abuses in Yemen failed after Saudi Arabia convinced the U.S., Britain, and France to not support the measure, the Post reported. The Netherlands and Canada dropped the resolution after it became clear it would fail against the diplomatic heft of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that are fighting in the civil war in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. International observers, including the U.N.’s human rights chief, have called for an inquiry into the grievous human rights abuses committed by Yemeni and Saudi forces. Separately, a bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill that would stop U.S. military assistance to the Gulf coalition in Yemen, according to Foreign Policy. The legislation would require the U.S. to remove forces from any role in the conflict unless Congress authorizes the assistance.

Defense lawyers for Abd al Hadi al Iraqi asked a federal judge to intervene in his medical care at Guantanamo Bay after Navy doctors conducted two spinal surgeries on him in less than a month, the Miami Herald reported. Al Iraqi’s lawyers asked a district court judge to appoint an independent medical expert to oversee al Iraqi’s treatment. They allege that military doctors and prison officials have deliberately neglected al Iraqi’s medical care. There is no precedent of judges ordering outside doctors to manage care at Guantanamo Bay.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Benjamin Wittes posted a transcript of his remarks at the Muslim Public Affairs Council after receiving the Empowering Voices award.

Wittes shared the “Lady, You Can Drive Your Car” Edition of Rational Security.

Rick Pildes outlined the options for congressional lawmakers who want to protect the Mueller investigation by law.

Sabrina McCubbin posted the court documents from the consolidated cases under Dalmazzi v. U.S., the case involving active-duty military officers on the Court of Military Commission Review.

 

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