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New Report May Mean More Trouble for Trump on Russia

Washington Post says he asked intel chiefs to deny collusion

(Newser) - A new report from the Washington Post could deepen President Trump's trouble with a special investigator. The newspaper says Trump asked the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and the director of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, to publicly reject the idea of any collusion between his 2016... More »

2 Very Different Views on Trump Special Counsel

'New York Times,' 'Wall Street Journal' offer opposite takes

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is getting bipartisan praise , but President Trump thinks the appointment of a special prosecutor over the Russia-Trump campaign probe is a " witch hunt ." What does the media say? Dueling editorials from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times offer opposite takes:
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Trump on Special Prosecutor: Biggest 'Witch Hunt' Ever in US

The president weighs in via Twitter

(Newser) - "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" That was President Trump's Thursday morning tweet following news that a special prosecutor had been appointed to investigate whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russian tampering with the presidential election. He followed that... More »

Both Parties Praise Choice of Robert Mueller

Former FBI chief hailed as 'embodiment of integrity'

(Newser) - Turns out bipartisanship is possible in DC after all: Former FBI chief Robert Mueller was named as the Justice Department's special counsel Wednesday evening to oversee the investigation of alleged Russian election meddling, and the choice was praised by lawmakers from both parties. The 72-year-old, who was James Comey'... More »

Special Counsel Appointed to Trump-Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller is a former FBI director

(Newser) - The Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reports. According to the Washington Post , Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tasked Robert Mueller with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government... More »

Ex-FBI Chief to Investigate Handling of Ray Rice Case

Independent inquiry to be overseen by 2 NFL owners

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will conduct an "independent" inquiry into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case , the league has announced. The move comes after a source said the NFL had the tape of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee five months before it expelled him from... More »

FBI Chief: We Use Surveillance Drones in US

But Robert Mueller insists the agency does so rarely

(Newser) - FBI chief Robert Mueller's testimony on Capitol Hill today is drawing headlines mostly for his acknowledgement that the agency uses drones for surveillance on US soil. Mueller, however, emphasized that the practice is rare, reports the Hill . "Our footprint is very small," he told senators. "We... More »

Data Mining Might Have Stopped 9/11: FBI Chief

Robert Mueller takes his turn on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - Various security officials have made the case that the government's phone and Internet surveillance is necessary to keep the country safe, but FBI chief Robert Mueller brought out the big guns during testimony on Capitol Hill today. Had this kind of data mining been in place 13 years ago,... More »

2 Elite FBI Agents Killed in Training

Members of Hostage Rescue Team died in accident involving helicopter

(Newser) - The FBI is mourning two members of its elite Hostage Rescue Team who were killed in a helicopter training accident off the coast of Virginia. The agents—part of the team tasked with the most difficult and urgent missions in the US—were not killed by gunfire, an FBI spokeswoman... More »

US Spy Chiefs: Cyber Threat Is on Par With Terrorism

Cyber Command looks to go on offense

(Newser) - With China , Iran , and other countries increasingly hacking the United States, its infrastructure, and its companies, the Pentagon is stepping up its cyber defense operations in a major way—provided Washington's budget battles don't hamstring its efforts, reports the Washington Post . Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the... More »

'Credible' 9/11 Threat Hasn't Expired: Officials

Sept. 11 may have passed, but terrorist threat hasn't

(Newser) - Three words you don't want to hear in the same sentence: credible, threat, unresolved. Unfortunately, that's the word out of the National Counterterrorism Center. USA Today reports that NCC director Matthew Olsen, along with Janet Napolitano and Robert Mueller, today told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that while... More »

FBI Chief Calls Lockerbie Release 'Mockery' of Law

'Your action rewards a terrorist,' Mueller writes to Scottish official

(Newser) - FBI chief Robert Mueller condemned the release of the Lockerbie bomber as “a mockery of the rule of law,” CNN reports. “Your action rewards a terrorist,” Mueller wrote to the Scottish official who released Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. “Where, I ask, is the... More »

FBI to Expand Role Battling Terrorism

Marks effort toward investigation, criminal prosecution of accused terrorists

(Newser) - The FBI will take a bigger role in the fight against terrorism, the Los Angeles Times reports, moving into investigation and criminal prosecution of accused terrorists. The shift marks a change from the secretive CIA operations favored by the Bush administration, and ties in with President Obama’s assertion that... More »

Supreme Court Dumps Suit Vs. Mueller, Ashcroft

9/11 detainee faulted FBI head, former AG over confinement rules

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says a lawsuit against FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft by a former Sept. 11 detainee cannot go forward. The court today overturned a lower court decision that let Javaid Iqbal's lawsuit against the high-ranking officials proceed. Iqbal is a Pakistani Muslim who... More »

Push to Boost Diversity Backfires on FBI

Whoops—bureau's website features fired whistleblower agent

(Newser) - Luckily for the FBI, photos can't talk. The bureau's website promotes its American Indian/Alaskan Native diversity program with a picture of an agent who says she was fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle about racial insensitivity, "In the Loop" columnist Al Kamen reports for the Washington Post.... More »

Pakistan Not Cooperating in Search for Militants: US

Officials worry that terrorists can get too-easy access to US

(Newser) - US intelligence officials are frustrated by what they see as Islamabad’s roadblocks in efforts to investigate terrorist cells with ties to Pakistan, the Los Angeles Times reports. Pakistanis living in European countries, who can enter the US without much scrutiny, remain a worry for the CIA and FBI, whose... More »

Prez Obama to Work With Key Bush Holdovers

Bernanke, Mullen, FBI's Mueller will retain power

(Newser) - As he addresses the most serious problems that face the country, Barack Obama will have to work with several key Bush appointees whose tenure will last a year or two into his administration, the Washington Post reports. But experts say dealing with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Joint Chiefs head Michael... More »

Senate Grills FBI on Anthrax, Ivins

Lawmakers raise doubts that suspect acted alone

(Newser) - Senators cast strong doubts today on the FBI's conclusion that Bruce Ivins acted alone in the 2001 anthrax scare, reports the Washington Post, with many demanding a more public vetting of the investigation into America’s largest bioterror attack. "There are others out there who should be charged... More »

Justices Will Decide If Immigrant Can Sue Ashcroft

Pakistani man alleges abuse in post-9/11 roundup; top fed brass claims immunity

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today agreed to hear an appeal from John Ashcroft, with the former attorney general insisting top government officials cannot be sued by immigrants who allege they were beaten and abused after 9/11. Lower courts have refused to dismiss a suit from a man who was held for... More »

FBI Stalled in Addressing Prisoner Abuse

Report says agents didn't participate in torture, but knew of it

(Newser) - FBI agents dragged their feet in reporting torture inflicted on prisoners by Defense contractors and CIA employees, an an internal FBI report shows, but agents themselves generally did not participate in torture. FBI brass, however, was scolded for not providing more guidance or “pressing harder” to curb other agencies’... More »

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