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    Senator Mark Warner insisted Sunday that it's important the Intelligence Committee is briefed on the damage assessment from the materials seized from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in the FBI raid last month. Warner, who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that the classified information held improperly and mishandled for nearly two years could be the matter of life and death in some cases. He claimed it's 'essential' that his panel be briefed on the damage assessment. Thousands of documents were taken from the former president's Florida home, inventory lists reveal – and many of what was taken includes some sort of classification label, including up to the highest-level of classified material. Warner and Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Marco Rubio, a Republican, are requesting a briefing from the Justice Department and FBI to provide more details on potential breaches. 'I believe it is our congressional duty to have that oversight,' Warner told CBS Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan on Sunday morning. 'Remember what's at stake here is the fact that if some of these documents involved human intelligence,...
    The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has demanded an 'immediate briefing' from FBI director Christopher Wary on Monday's Mar-a-Lago raid. Rep. Michael Turner sent a letter obtained by DailyMail.com to the bureau and asked for the justification used to search Donald Trump's Florida estate. Turner said he is 'unaware of any actual or alleged national security threat' posed by any documents in Trump's possession. 'In the history of our country, this action is unprecedented,' the Ohio Republican wrote. 'Congress deserves immediate answers from you as to the actions you ordered,' he added. 'I hereby request an immediate briefing by you to Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence concerning any national security threats used to justify your decision'.  Several GOP leaders slammed the DOJ for the raid, and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy vowed revenge on the agency.   McCarthy called out US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Twitter, telling him 'preserve your documents and clear your calendar.' 'I've seen enough,' he wrote. 'The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.  When Republicans take back...
    Leading Senate Democrats on Thursday urged U.S. intelligence agencies to be ready for Russian disinformation campaigns as the nation prepares for midterm elections in November. At stake is control of the House and the Senate, as the Democratic party tries to stave off expected losses. Senior Trump allies quickly dismissed the warning as another attempt to tie Republicans to Russia or explain away defeat.  But a grand jury has charged 12 Russian military intelligence officers with efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton.  And a group of 17 Senate Democrats led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, and Sen. Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote to senior defense and intelligence officials setting out their concerns that Russia's invasion of Ukraine only makes a disinformation campaign more likely. 'As the Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to an increase in Russian disinformation and warnings of potential cyberattacks, we urge you to ensure that your agencies are prepared to quickly and effectively counter Russian influence campaigns targeting the 2022 elections…' they...
    For the first time in over half a century, Congress is set to hold a public hearing on UFO sightings and the security risks associated with unidentified flying objects. The hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. ET, will focus on government reports about “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP) observed by U.S. military officials over the years. CNN notes that the government recorded more than 140 UAP incidents in a report released last year, and the Department of Defense released video footage of flying objects that moved through the air in erratic fashion with speed and maneuverability despite having no detectable means of propulsion. It remains to be seen whether the hearing will broach the possibility of aliens and spaceships, but there is a high probability that the proceeding will address whether the unexplained sightings could be attributed to technological advancements from adversarial nations like Russia or China. The hearing will held by the House Intelligence Committee’s Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation subcommittee, and it shall be chaired by Congressman Rep. André Carson (D-IN). Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence...
    The effort is reportedly being led by Rep. Jim Banks, who Speaker Pelosi rejected from the House Capitol riot committee  House Republicans are reportedly working on their own report detailing security failures on January 6 as the Democrat-led Capitol riot committee's investigation heats up, a Monday evening report alleged.  It's being prepared by Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected from the House committee, according to Axios. Sources quoted in the report said Banks will also send around a memo discrediting Pelosi's January 6 panel as 'illegitimate.'  He's expected to share details of the report in a House GOP conference call Tuesday after an investigation that's being co-run by other lawmakers Minority Leader McCarthy nominated for the committee but Pelosi shot down. The report doesn't name who they are, but in July McCarthy pulled all five of his picks -- Reps. Banks, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Troy Nehls of Texas -- after Pelosi rejected Banks and Jordan. Nehls, Banks and Jordan all voted against certifying Joe Biden's...
    Ardavan Roozbeh/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Two Senate committees have released their long-awaited, bipartisan report investigating the January 6 attack on Congress by Trump supporters over the certification of the 2020 presidential election. The report, as expected, includes a list of recommendations for boosting security and intelligence-sharing practices after the insurrection at the Capitol more than five months ago. It also reveals that federal agencies had intelligence about plans to attack the Capitol and their “potential for violence” well in advance of January 6. “According to information provided to the Committees, officers received little-to-no communication from senior officers during the attack,” the review read, adding that, “For hours the screams on the radio were horrific, the sights were unimaginable, and there was a complete loss of control…For hours NO Chief or above took command and control.” It’s important to note that the investigations by the Senate Rules committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee are different, and much...
    Former U.S. Senator Harry Reid has penned an article demanding that the Senate Intelligence Committee release a report on UFOs lawmakers have commissioned. Reid, 81, also detailed in his article for The New York Times how the former Senate Majority Leader became 'increasingly interested in UFOs' and said he has 'no problem' if aliens exist.  In December, Sen. Marco Rubio - then-acting head of the Senate Intelligence Committee - called for Pentagon reports into the unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) to be declassified. The Pentagon's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force has until June to report its findings to Congress.  Scroll down for videos  Former U.S. Senator Harry Reid has penned an article demanding the Senate Intelligence Committee release a report on UFOs lawmakers have commissioned A new video leaked this month showing US Naval personnel having a close encounter with a UFO - this time a spherical object that makes a controlled descent into the ocean 'I believe that there is information uncovered by the government's covert investigations into unidentified aerial phenomena that can be disclosed to the public without harming...
    Imagine for a moment that you were working for U.S. intelligence when you learned the following about some of the people working on the Trump presidential campaign. Paul Manafort, who was the campaign manager, passed sensitive campaign data to a known Russian agent, Konstantin Kilimnik, who was acting as the go-between for Manafort with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Manafort’s presence on the campaign and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign. That presented a “grave counterintelligence threat.” The candidate and senior campaign officials attempted to obtain advance information about the release of damaging DNC and Clinton emails by WikiLeaks (an organization that was knowingly collaborating with Russian government officials) from Roger Stone, who they believed had inside information. Michael Cohen, who was the candidate’s personal lawyer, reached out to the Kremlin directly to solicit the Russian government’s assistance about building a Trump Tower in Moscow at the end of 2015, a project that would have brought the candidate hundreds of millions of dollars in profits. ...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham said on "Sunday Morning Futures" that the FBI deceived his counterparts in the Senate Intelligence Committee during a 2018 interview on the investigation into Russian election interference, citing a newly released he obtained through the Department of Justice. According to Graham, R-S.C., the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2018 called in the FBI to testify on the reliability of the notorious Steele Dossier. The dossier was pivotal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants the bureau obtained for former Trump aide Carter Page as part of its "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into Russian election interference. The senator said that the FBI then told the committee there was no reason to doubt the dossier and primary subsource that ex-British spy Carter Page used in putting together the dossier, despite the fact the source had previously said that the dossier mischaracterizes the information he gave Steele. "It was Horowitz, during his investigation of the warrant application, found information in 2018 where the FBI was called on the Senate Intel Committee because people were getting suspicious about the subsource ... at the...
    A long-hidden UFO investigative unit within the Pentagon will make some of its findings public, according to a New York Times report. The unit, which is now part of the Office of Naval Intelligence, has spent over a decade discussing mysterious events in classified briefings, according to the news outlet. A government contractor told the Times that he gave a classified briefing to the Department of Defense in March, describing retrievals from “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth." The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence was described in a Senate Intelligence Committee report last month. The unit standardizes “collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon, any links they have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations,” the report said. “However, the Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the Federal Government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” it added. “The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the...
    The Senate Intelligence Committee requested a report on recent unidentified aerial phenomenon, noting how they are a “potential threat” to national security. The committee asked Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, among other agency heads, to submit an analysis on previously detected unidentified airborne objects in relation to matters of national security and intelligence-sharing between agencies, according to a report introduced by Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on June 17. “The Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the Federal Government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” the report stated. The committee requested a “detailed analysis” of data collected by human, geospatial, measurement and signal intelligence from each agency. The senators recognized that the intelligence might be sensitive, but said “information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent,” and that the issue “lacked attention from senior leaders.” There is also a request that one official be identified to oversee “an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of...
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