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    From House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to Fox News hosts, a long list of Republicans have been railing against the FBI for executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, August 8 and describing former President Donald Trump as a victim of endless persecution. But QAnon conspiracy theorists, Newsweek reports, are having a very different reaction. As they see it, the search will ultimately benefit Trump — who is an icon in the far-right QAnon cult. Members of QAnon are known for their outrageous conspiracy theories, claiming that the United States’ federal government has been hijacked by an international cabal of pedophiles, child sex traffickers, Satanists and cannibals and that Trump was elected president in 2016 to lead the fight against the cabal. QAnon supporters view Trump as not only the president in exile, but also, as the person who, more than anyone, is leading the battle against the forces of darkness. “The FBI raid on the Florida resort sent shockwaves through the American right when the agency executed a search warrant amid allegations...
    The Californian man arrested outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last month had Googled 'assassin skills,' 'how to be stealthy,' and 'Reagan assassination attempt,' according to the FBI report, and hoped to murder three of the justices  in total. Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, was arrested on June 8 armed with a gun, knife and burglary tools after he phoned his sister, who encouraged him to call 911 and hand himself over. On June 22 he pleaded not guilty, and is set to go on trial on August 23. On Wednesday it emerged that Roske had logged on to Reddit forums, using a variety of different emails, to get advice on murdering a 'HVT' - believed to be 'high value target'. The FBI search warrant application states: 'Roske said that he used his Reddit account to ask individuals, who were unknown to him, questions in order to refine his plan to kill the Justice. 'Roske also stated that on Monday June 6, 2022, he attempted to use the settings menu on the Acer laptop to...
    Donald Trump has plans to purge the so-called 'deep state' beyond what any president has done before if he runs for and wins the presidency in 2024 and as many as 50,000 government workers could find themselves on the chopping block.  The former president, if elected again, would move in with a plan being drawn up now to 'drain the swamp' and cut tens of thousands of civil servants from what are typically apolitical roles, according to an Axios report.  He would clean house of mid-level staffers at the Pentagon, Justice Department, State Department and beyond and bring in thoroughly vetted candidates who were found to be more closely aligned with his 'America First' agenda.   After interviews with over a dozen Trump-world insiders the outlet's investigation found that Trump is planning to use an executive order called 'Schedule F,' which he issued in October 2020 and Biden later rescinded.  The order would reclassify tens of thousands of civil servants who were deemed to have some influence over policy as 'Schedule F' employees, which would strip them of their employment protections. ...
    (CNN)Hillary Clinton personally approved her campaign's plans in fall 2016 to share information with a reporter about an uncorroborated alleged server backchannel between Donald Trump and a top Russian bank, her former campaign manager testified Friday in federal court.Robby Mook said he attended a meeting with other senior campaign officials where they learned about strange cyberactivity that suggested a relationship between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which is based in Moscow. The group decided to share the information with a reporter, and Mook subsequently ran that decision by Clinton herself."We discussed it with Hillary," Mook said, later adding that "she agreed with the decision." Takeaways from a critical witness in the John Durham probes first trialA campaign staffer later passed the information to a reporter from Slate magazine, qhich the campaign hoped the reporter would "vet it out, and write what they believe is true," Mook said. Slate published a story on October 31, 2016, raising questions about the odd Trump-Alfa cyber links.The testimony came in the criminal trial of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who is being prosecuted...
    In a shocking twist, a gaggle of white men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the weeks before the 2020 presidential election dodged convictions on Friday. After five days of deliberations, a Michigan jury acquitted Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta of several charges, including conspiracy, for what prosecutors said was a depraved scheme born out of anti-government anger at the Democratic leader’s COVID-19 restrictions. The jury, however, could not come to a consensus on the other two defendants and alleged ring leaders of the plot—Adam Fox and Barry Croft—and thus their cases may end in a mistrial. The partial verdict came after five days of deliberation, during which jurors could not agree on all charges against the group. It marked perhaps the worst blow against federal prosecutors seeking to crack down on right-wing extremists in the aftermath of a uniquely violent and unhinged election season. And came after the case was marred by misconduct allegations against some of the FBI agents involved, as well as a “double agent” informant the feds effectively disavowed. Prosecutors said...
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors in the trial of four men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday played covertly recorded audio for jurors in which one of the men specifically discusses a plan to abduct the Democrat. In the recording, made by a government informant during a meeting in mid-July 2020 in Wisconsin, Barry Croft Jr. describes the possibility of using explosives to “rain down” fire on law enforcement “with a team standing by” to abduct Whitmer. He adds without providing details that it should be “a quick precise grab” of the governor. In another recording made by the same informant, jurors heard the sound of an explosives test Croft was conducting. He’s later heard speaking almost giddily about the damage he could cause, saying it would be “devastating.” Prosecutors say the men — Croft, Adam Fox, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta — planned to snatch Whitmer from her Michigan vacation home because they were angry about pandemic restrictions she imposed. They also planned to blow up a nearby bridge to slow the...
    Maria Butina, Vladimir Putin's ex-spy propagandist who was jailed in the United States after admitting to working as a Russian agent infiltrating the NRA, said Wednesday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky - who is Jewish - is a 'Nazi.'  Butina, who was convicted in 2018, added that Russia's invasion of Ukraine 'is going to plan' in an interview with the BBC.     When Butina, 33 and now a member of Russian parliament, was asked by host Nick Robinson if Zelensky is a Nazi, she responded: 'According to his actions, absolutely.' Robinson defended Zelensky by pointing out that the Ukrainian president is Jewish and that his 'great-grandfather died fighting the Nazis as part of Russia'. And referring to images of the city of Mariupol, in south eastern Ukraine, being flattened by bombs, Robinson asked: 'Are you seriously claiming [civilians] are not under attack from Russia?' The city of Mariupol has been surrounded by Russian soldiers for days and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the encircled city of 430,000.  Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk called it a 'catastrophic' situation, as the shelling shattered...
      In the high profile case against alleged plotters of a kidnapping of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), the state plans to introduce evidence that defendants use encrypted chat applications in the planning stages of their scheme. “The government disagrees, saying the defendants did more than talk, but took actions to carry out their plan: they cased Whitmer’s house twice; drew maps; bought night vision goggles; secretly communicated in encrypted chat rooms so as not to get caught; and held training exercises,” according to The Detroit Free Press. It is not illegal to use encrypted messaging applications. One of the applications allegedly used by the defendants is Theema, which is estimated to be used by at least 8 million Americans. Signal and Telegram are other popular encrypted chat applications that are used by tens of millions more Americans. According to experts, “encrypted messaging apps make it hard for anyone else to eavesdrop on your private chats and calls, including (in most cases) the people running the apps themselves.” Such apps have become much more commonplace since Edward Snowden in 2013 blew the...
    A journalist and the author of the book The Next Civil War has published a terrifying but credible overview of the status of American democracy today, just two days before the anniversary of Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection. “The right has recognized that the system is in collapse, and it has a plan: violence and solidarity with treasonous far-right factions,” writes Stephen Marche at The Guardian in “The next US civil war is already here – we just refuse to see it.” “January 6 wasn’t a wake-up call; it was a rallying cry,” Marche says. “Most of the American right have abandoned faith in government as such. Their politics is, increasingly, the politics of the gun. The American left is slower on the uptake, but they are starting to figure out that the system which they give the name of democracy is less deserving of the name every year.” He says Americans should not place false hopes in law enforcement officials, including police, saving us. “Hard right organization[s] have now infiltrated...
              by Julie Kelly   The U.S. Department of Justice received an unwelcome Christmas gift from defense attorneys representing five men charged with conspiring to “kidnap” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020: a motion to dismiss the case. The Christmas Day filing is the latest blow to the government’s scandal-ridden prosecution; defense counsel is building a convincing argument that the FBI used undercover agents and informants to entrap their clients in a wide-ranging scheme that resulted in bad press for Donald Trump as early voting was underway in the key swing state last year. What began as random social media chatter to oppose lockdown policies quickly morphed into a dangerous plan to abduct Whitmer as soon as the FBI took over. A Michigan judge delayed the trial, now set for March 8, so defense attorneys could investigate the misconduct of FBI special agents handling at least a dozen government informants involved in the caper. As I reported last week, the lead prosecutor recently informed the judge that three of the FBI’s top agents involved in the case will not take the stand as government...
                      by Casey Harper  The majority of Americans oppose the Biden administration’s plans to monitor and investigate outspoken parents at school boards meetings, new polling from Convention of States Action reveals. The poll found 57% of those surveyed do not support the announcement while 19.8% are in favor. The rest are not sure. “…One can plainly see that those who are aware that Merrick Garland made this announcement oppose him by large majorities, while there’s a group who marked ‘not sure’ because they don’t know about his announcement or don’t know enough about it,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the FBI would look into the issue after a series of contentious school board meetings in recent months over issues like critical race theory and COVID-19 mandates in schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland said. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education...
    Michael Flynn received $200,000 in undisclosed payments for consulting work in the Middle East before joining Donald Trump's administration. The retired U.S. Army general was paid for his work in 2014 and 2015 on a plan to build 40 nuclear power plants in the Middle East, which never came to fruition but would have involved companies from Canada, France, Russia and the U.S. constructing and managing nuclear plants in Arab nations, reported the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Flynn briefly served as Trump's first national security adviser before he resigned in disgrace for lying to FBI agents about his communications with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his undisclosed work for the Turkish government. Robert Mueller's prosecutors filed charges against Flynn, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, but Trump pardoned him in November. The newly revealed payments to Flynn came from a U.S. firm connected to the project, ACU Strategic Partners, although his relationship to the project had been reported in 2017. Two U.S. House committees investigated Flynn's involvement in the project, which he had not disclosed before...
    WASHINGTON - Law enforcement concerned by the prospect of violence at a rally in the nation's capital next week are planning to reinstall protective fencing that surrounded the U.S. Capitol for months after the January 6 insurrection there, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Though no specific measures have been announced, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted during her weekly press conference Wednesday at extra safety precautions for the September 18 rally by saying: "We intend to have the integrity of the Capitol be intact." Some lawmakers and top union officials were expected to be briefed on the plan later this week, and another more expansive briefing for the leaders of the House and Senate was planned for Monday. A security plan that is being finalized calls for fencing to be put up outside the inner perimeter of the Capitol building and the Supreme Court, though not around the congressional office buildings nearby, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement. 'Justice' for those charged Police continue to...
    The FBI has asked for the public's help in preventing violent extremism. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Tuesday compared efforts by the FBI to combat violent extremism to actions taken by the former Soviet Union, which he called a "repressive security state." Gaetz appeared on the conservative Newsmax TV's "Cortes & Pellegrino" to discuss a recent tweet that was released by the FBI. In the July 11 tweet, the FBI wrote, "family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence" and gives advice on signs to look out for to "prevent homegrown violent extremism." Gaetz criticized the tone of the tweet. "This harkens to a darker day," said Gaetz. "Back during the worst days of the Soviet Union, 1 out of every 3 of the folks in that country was providing some sort of information to a centralized governing authority and so snitching really is a tool of the repressive security state." Gaetz also claimed later in the interview that the tweet wasn't "really...
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn criticized the FBI after it called for the public's help. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday criticized the FBI for requesting the public's help in combating violent extremism. Blackburn appeared on the conservative Newsmax TV network's "National Report" program and was asked by host Emma Rechenberg for her reaction to what she called "a quite controversial tweet" posted on the official FBI Twitter account that read, "Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence. Help prevent homegrown violent extremism." The agency is currently in the middle of a massive investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Over 500 people have been arrested so far. Rechenberg said people fear the tweet is calling for "reporting people who might have different views from your own, not necessarily extremist one[s]." After accusing the FBI without evidence of spying on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Blackburn told Rechenberg: Tennesseans are very upset with what they...
    Texas law enforcement officials arrested a local man whom they claim was planning to open fire at a Walmart. Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, of Kerrville, was arrested last Friday on a warrant for terroristic threat to create public fear of serious bodily injury, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office announced in a statement on Sunday. WHITE HOUSE TURNS CRITICISM OF BIDEN MEETING WITH US ‘ADVERSARIES’ INTO ATTACK ON TRUMP One day before his arrest, officials “intercepted a message indicating that Blevins was preparing to proceed with a mass shooting. In the message, Mr. Blevins made a specific threat that included Wal-Mart," the sheriff's office said. In executing a search warrant, officers found “firearms, ammunition, electronic evidence, concentrated THC, and radical ideology paraphernalia, including books, flags, and handwritten documents," the statement read. “This case reminds us that we need to always be vigilant. Many think 'that can’t happen here,' and it was well on the way to happening,” said Sheriff Larry Leitha. “Our investigators did outstanding work in this case and possibly saved many lives. The plot interrupted in this case is...
    A HOSTAGE situation got underway at a Wells Fargo Bank in St. Cloud Minnesota, on Thursday afternoon, according to police sources. It wasn't immediately clear how many hostages were involved, but witness photos show a major police presence on the scene. 2There was a major police presence on the sceneCredit: Snapchat 2The area around the bank was blocked offCredit: Snapchat A Wells Fargo spokesperson confirmed the situation to KARE 11. "We can confirm a hostage situation at Wells Fargo’s St. Cloud South branch, located at 200 33rd Avenue South," they said. "We are cooperating with local law enforcement and will do whatever we can to assist the authorities in their investigation. "We recognize this is a traumatic moment for the community and our colleagues. The safety and security of our customers and employees is our most important priority." There were no reported injuries as Thursday afternoon. Police and FBI were both on the scene, according to police sources. Most read in NewsLive BlogMORPHEW MURDERSuzanne Morphew's husband charged with murder as cops plan no more arrestsBLOODBATH At least 25...
    Originally Published by: Lawmakers eye cutting restrictions, expanding infertility help for veterans Pentagon set to OK extending National Guard deployment at US Capitol US presents warring Afghan sides with draft peace agreement The Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill and the extent to which current or former service members participated it served as a wake-up call to the Defense Department, Pentagon officials have said. DoD has been, however, aware of the encroachment of domestic extremism in the ranks in recent years, and has made several reports to Congress examining both instances of extremism and how they can combat it. A June report to the armed services committees, posted online March 2, paints a detailed picture of the military’s recruit background check process, including profiles of different extremist groups. It also includes seven recommendations to tighten up DoD’s policies. Several of the suggestions involve working more closely with the FBI, which has been sounding the alarm about the dangers of domestic extremism. That would include running questionable recruit tattoos through the FBI’s database, creating a consistent definition of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – FBI operations, such as warrant service, are carefully planned and involve the agents making the case. “The FBI has a strict policy. It starts with the case agent. He or she prepares an ops plan, a tactical plan, that identifies who the subject is, what the case is about, the location, even identification of a trauma center,” said Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI special agent. In Tuesday’s case, agents were not going for an arrest. They were looking for evidence. The FBI confirmed David Lee Huber unleashed a hail of bullets as the agents arrived to serve a search warrant in a case involving violence against children. A total of five agents were shot, with Laura Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin being killed in the line of duty. “Most child exploiters and child molesters, the image of them shooting an officer would not equate lockstep with what you would think of a drug lord or people in gangs or more violent offenders,” said Dr. Alex Piquero, chair of the University of Miami’s department of sociology. Trending On CBSMiami.com...
    Washington (CNN)A US Army soldier was arrested Tuesday on terrorism charges after federal prosecutors said he allegedly attempted to assist ISIS' efforts to plan attacks on targets in New York City and on US soldiers in the Middle East. Cole Bridges, a 20-year-old private, allegedly made the attempts while communicating with someone he believed to be associated with the terror group, prosecutors said. He has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and one count of attempting to murder US military service members, both of which carry up to 20 years in prison. Bridges, who is from Stow, Ohio, was arrested in Georgia where he was based at Fort Stewart. He is set to have a court hearing on Thursday. CNN is attempting to reach Bridge's attorney for comment.Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that in October, Stewart began communicating with an FBI covert employee online who was posing as an ISIS supporter in contact with ISIS fighters in the Middle East. Prosecutors allege Bridges gave training and guidance to purported ISIS fighters, as...
    Thin strips of paper, remnants of a handwritten diagram with notes that Rafia Sultana Shareef fed into a shredder just after the Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino terrorist attack, have been reassembled like a puzzle by federal investigators to provide a new account of the shooters’ planning for the siege that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at the Inland Regional Center. Corona resident Shareef, 66, also known as Rafia Farook, is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 28 in U.S. District Court in Riverside after pleading guilty in March to one count of destruction of evidence. Prosecutors are not alleging that Shareef knew about the attack in advance. The terrorists, Shareef’s son Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, died in a gun battle with police hours after the late-morning attack. At the time, it appeared that they took the answers to important questions with them. But a sheet of paper that the radicalized Muslims left behind, with scrawls on both sides that included drawings of the IRC conference room and a to-do list for the...
    MERCED  — A troubled California university freshman who burst into a classroom in 2015, stabbing four people before police shot him dead, planned to praise Allah while slitting the throats of classmates and use a gun taken from an ambushed officer to kill more, according to records released by the FBI. Authorities determined that Faisal Mohammad, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of California, Merced had no connections to organized hate or terror groups and no past behavior to suggest violence. Still, records released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Daily Beast publication include a chilling, handwritten 31-step plan for the Nov. 4 attack with names of people to target. The plan included putting on a balaclava at 7:45 a.m. and saying “in the name of Allah” before stepping into his classroom and ordering students to use zip-ties he provided to bind their hands. Mohammad also planned to make a fake 911 distress call to report a suicidal guy and wait for police outside the classroom before ambushing from behind “and slit calmly yet forcefully one of the...
    MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A troubled California university freshman who burst into a classroom in 2015, stabbing four people before police shot him dead, planned to praise Allah while slitting the throats of classmates and use a gun taken from an ambushed officer to kill more, according to records released by the FBI. Authorities determined that Faisal Mohammad, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of California, Merced had no connections to organized hate or terror groups and no past behavior to suggest violence. Still, records released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Daily Beast publication include a chilling, handwritten 31-step plan for the Nov. 4 attack with names of people to target. The plan included putting on a balaclava at 7:45 a.m. and saying “in the name of Allah" before stepping into his classroom and ordering students to use zip-ties he provided to bind their hands. Mohammad also planned to make a fake 911 distress call to report a suicidal guy and wait for police outside the classroom before ambushing from behind “and slit calmly yet forcefully one...
    The men accused of allegedly conspiring to overthrow the government, kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and put her on trial for “treason” also discussed “taking out” another political leader: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent said Tuesday. During a federal hearing for five of the six men accused of plotting with a militia group to kidnap Whitmer before Election Day, FBI Special Agent Richard Trask said that, during an Ohio meeting in June, the group discussed their outrage at the two Democratic governors’ decisions to lock down their states, and discussed ways they could take matters into their own hands. “They discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governor of Michigan and Virginia based on the lockdown orders,” Trask said, adding that the meeting brought together militias from at least four states to collectively plot. While Trask did not discuss any further details about targeting Northam, his testimony provided new details of the alleged kidnapping plot, including an alleged plan to blow up a bridge to slow down any police response after they kidnapped...
    Federal authorities have arrested six men in connection with what they say was a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). The conspiracy was a described by the FBI as a plot to violently overthrow the state government in Michigan, WITI-TV reported. The investigation into this conspiracy involved multiple informants and undercover FBI agents. Documents filed in court Thursday allege that six men — Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta — plotted to kidnap the governor. According to the FBI, Croft, Fox, and about 13 other men met in Dublin, Ohio, on June 6 to form a self-sufficient society that would be based on the U.S. Bill of Rights. They allegedly discussed plans to achieve this aim violently. "Several members talked about murdering 'tyrants' or 'taking' a sitting governor," an FBI agent wrote in the court affidavit. "The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message." Fox allegedly reached out to a...
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. ET Thursday after it was revealed that a militia planned to kidnap and kill her. It was reported on Thursday that an anti-government militia had planned to kidnap Whitmer and make her stand “trial.” According to the New York Times, six men were charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping after plotting “to carry out the kidnapping before the presidential election.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also held a Thursday press conference on the plot. An FBI agent reportedly wrote that “Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” and that the militia “decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.” Watch live above, via the Washington Post. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified documents revealing that former CIA Director John Brennan had briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s plan to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia — as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” Ratcliffe declassified two items — two pages of Brennan’s handwritten notes — taken after he briefed Obama on intelligence the CIA received, according to Fox News; and a CIA memo that showed that the CIA referred the matter to the FBI for potential further investigation. Most of Brennan’s handwritten notes are redacted. However, the unredacted portions say: “We’re [gaining] additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED].” “Cite alleged approval by Hillary Clinton [on 26 July] of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to villify [sic] Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security services,” he wrote. An intelligence official said on background about the revelation: The American people deserve to see how the Obama-Biden White House and their appointees at DOJ and CIA politicized...
            by Chuck Ross  U.S. intelligence officials submitted an investigative referral to the FBI in September 2016 regarding an alleged plan by Hillary Clinton to link Donald Trump to Russia’s election interference efforts, according to John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence. Ratcliffe noted in the letter, which he sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, that U.S. intelligence is not certain whether the allegation underlying the referral was based on fabrications from Russian intelligence agencies. Ratcliffe said in the letter that on Sept. 7, 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded a referral for an investigation regarding Clinton to then-FBI Director James Comey and Peter Strzok, the deputy chief of counterintelligence. Ratcliffe quotes the referral as dealing with Clinton’s “approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.” It is unclear who submitted the referral to the FBI and whether the bureau opened an investigation into the matter. The letter does not say that the investigation...
    President Barack Obama was briefed in the summer of 2016 about an unverified Russian intelligence analysis which claimed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was then the Democratic presidential nominee, approved an effort to tie candidate Donald Trump to Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee, the nation's top spy chief revealed on Tuesday. A one-page letter Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe sent to and released by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said U.S. intelligence agencies obtained in late July 2016 "insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee." But, Ratcliffe, stressed, the intelligence community "does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.” The release of this information, just hours before the first debate between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden and...
    John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, said in a letter released Tuesday that the intelligence community referred Hillary Clinton to the FBI for investigation in September 2016 over an alleged plan to link Donald Trump to Russia’s election-meddling efforts. Ratcliffe also revealed in the letter that John Brennan, the former head of the CIA, wrote of the Clinton plan in his notes in July 2016.  Russian intelligence may also have been aware of the Clinton campaign’s plan, according to Ratcliffe.  U.S. intelligence officials referred Hillary Clinton to the FBI for investigation in September 2016 over an alleged plan to link Donald Trump to Russia’s election interference efforts in order to distract from the controversy surrounding her private email server, according to John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence. Ratcliffe revealed the existence of the investigative referral in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday. According to Ratcliffe, former CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama in late July 2016 about Clinton’s approval of a plan to link Trump to Russia’s election-meddling efforts. Ratcliffe said...
    After Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler rejected offers from President Trump last week to send federal assistance to the city, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released a plan to step up police presence, including from federal officers. "On behalf of the City of Portland: No thanks," Wheeler wrote in an open letter to Trump on Friday, the day before a deadly shooting. "We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery.” "Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection,” he added. The next evening, a man was shot and killed when pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters clashed. Brown said Sunday that she is calling upon sheriff’s deputies from both Clackamas and Washington counties to help control the violence, as well as assistance from the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office. “We all must come together, elected officials, community leaders, all of us, to stop the cycle...
    After Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler rejected offers from President Trump last week to send federal assistance to the city, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released a plan to step up police presence, including from federal officers. "On behalf of the City of Portland: No thanks," Wheeler wrote in an open letter to Trump on Friday, the day before a deadly shooting. "We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery.” "Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection,” he added. The next evening, a man was shot and killed when pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters clashed. Brown said Sunday that she is calling upon sheriff’s deputies from both Clackamas and Washington counties to help control the violence, as well as assistance from the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office. “We all must come together, elected officials, community leaders, all of us, to stop the cycle...
    Republicans' $1 trillion coronavirus relief package was in trouble Tuesday as the party began to lose support for the measure from its own members while Democrats decried a billion dollar provision to build a new FBI building near President Donald Trump's Washington D.C. hotel. Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he expects 'significant resistance' from Republicans to the legislation, citing its hefty price tag. 'There is significant resistance to yet another trillion dollars. The answer to these challenges will not simply be shoveling cash out of Washington, the answer to these challenges will be getting people back to work. And as it stands now, I think it's likely that you'll see a number of Republicans in opposition to this bill and expressing serious concerns,' he told reporters on Capitol Hill. Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he expects 'significant resistance' from Republicans to the coronavirus relief legislation, citing its trillion-dollar price tag President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been personally interested in a money for a new FBI headquarters being included in the coronavirus relief measure Conservatives have joined...
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