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FBI: Sexual Assault on Planes Up 'Alarmingly'

'Hit that call button'

(Newser) - "Sexual assault on an aircraft is a federal crime," the FBI warns in its new Be Air Aware campaign —and it's a crime that the agency says has increased "at an alarming rate" in recent years. The bureau says there has been a steady rise... More »

FBI Agent Axed Over Trump Texts Says He'd Testify

Donald Trump was not thrilled with Peter Strzok's announcement

(Newser) - The FBI agent who was nixed from the Mueller probe team over texts that disparaged President Trump says he's willing to testify about his side of the story. Per the AP , a lawyer for Peter Strzok told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in a letter Sunday that his... More »

Roger Stone: Russian Wanted $2M for Dirt on Hillary

Trump confidant now recalls meeting with mysterious Russian

(Newser) - Two associates of President Trump claim the whole thing was an FBI setup. Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone admits he met a man with a thick Russian accent in Florida in 2016, and the man—who went by the name Henry Greenberg—wanted $2 million for political dirt on Hillary... More »

Trump: Americans Should 'Sit Up in Attention' for Me

He later said he was being sarcastic about remark made during impromptu Fox interview

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy morning Friday on Twitter , taking credit for bringing the World Cup to the US, boasting about the jobs numbers, and diving into the Justice Department's IG report , railing on FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI Director James Comey . It was another tweet, however,... More »

Clinton Has 3-Word Response to Inspector General's Report

'But my emails'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton managed to deliver a humorous—and biting—response to a startling revelation in the Justice Department watchdog's report on James Comey's handling of her email controversy in 2016. "But my emails," she tweeted in response to the finding that Comey had used a personal... More »

Ex-CIA Officer Is Facing Up to Life in Prison

Kevin Mallory, 61, convicted of sharing secrets with China

(Newser) - A former CIA officer was convicted Friday on charges he spied for China by providing top secret information in exchange for $25,000, the AP reports. Kevin Mallory, 61, of Leesburg, Virginia, faces up to life in prison, although federal sentences are often less than the maximum. A sentencing hearing... More »

Paul Ryan Gives His Opinion on Trump Pardoning Himself

'No one is above the law'

(Newser) - House Speaker Paul Ryan is agreeing with another senior House Republican who says there's no evidence that the FBI planted a "spy" in Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. The comments contradict the president, who has insisted the agency planted a "spy for political reasons and to help... More »

Trey Gowdy: FBI Was Only Following Trump's Order

Pushback came Tuesday on Fox News

(Newser) - If his TV was tuned to Fox News on Tuesday, President Trump surely didn't like what he heard. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Trump ally and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, appeared on the network to poke holes in Trump's claim that the FBI planted a spy in... More »

'Trump's Son Should Be Concerned' by Wiretap Request

Bureau officials reach out to the Spanish government

(Newser) - "Mr. Trump's son should be concerned." That's the word from Spanish investigator José Grinda, who says the FBI recently obtained wiretaps involving two Russians—oligarch Alexander Torshin and convicted money launderer Alexander Romanov—from Spanish police, Yahoo News reports. Seems the wiretaps led to a brief... More »

McConnell: 'Nothing Surprising' at Briefing on Russia Probe

Lawmakers briefed on origins of FBI investigation

(Newser) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign . Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw... More »

Trump Warns of Scandal, but Critics Think He's Spinning

President says 'spygate' could be one of the biggest political scandals in US history

(Newser) - President Trump is fond of the term "witch hunt" to describe the investigation into possible campaign collusion with the Russians. On Wednesday, he added a new term to the mix: spygate. As in, "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" he tweeted , referring... More »

Professor Named as FBI's Trump Campaign Informant

Justice Department will investigate 'any irregularities' surrounding Stefan Halper

(Newser) - The FBI informant President Trump accuses of "infiltrating" his 2016 campaign was Stefan Halper, an American professor who taught at the University of Cambridge from 2001 to 2015, according to multiple reports—and this is far from his first rodeo. The 73-year-old served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan... More »

Trump Makes 'Unprecedented' Demand of DOJ

He suggests campaign 'infiltration' was politically motivated, wants new investigation

(Newser) - President Trump took another leap into uncharted territory Sunday with a demand for the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his 2016 campaign. Trump tweeted that he would officially demand Monday that the department "look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign... More »

Trump Embraces Controversial FBI Spy Theory

Allegations of informant inside campaign being used to discredit Mueller investigation

(Newser) - It's something Trump has said would be "bigger than Watergate" and the "all time biggest political scandal" ever if it pans out to be true. What he's referring to: a report in the New York Times this week that the FBI planted an informant to spy... More »

'Spy vs. Spy': How the FBI Outwitted Armored-Car Robber

Authorities figure out Redrick Batiste's strategy on stolen cars, use it against him

(Newser) - Texas Monthly is out with a fascinating account of how the FBI stopped the mastermind of a series of violent armored-car robberies in Houston beginning in 2015. In some of those heists, guards were essentially executed without a chance to surrender. The big break came when an informant, apparently... More »

Trump's Latest Tweet on Comey Shifts the Story

Says Comey wasn't fired over FBI's Russia investigation, despite referencing it in May

(Newser) - A Wednesday morning tweet by President Trump is being branded a contradiction. "Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!" the president tweeted . As CNN and... More »

In First Interview, Comey Explains Why Trump Is 'Unfit'

He says Russians might be able to blackmail president

(Newser) - In an ABC interview certain to draw some angry tweets from President Trump, former FBI director James Comey slammed the president as "morally unfit" to lead. In the interview with George Stephanopoulos, which aired Sunday night, Comey reiterated much of what he says in upcoming memoir A Higher Loyalty,... More »

30 Years Later, Stolen Painting Being Returned

Marc Chagall work, stolen from a NYC apartment in 1988, is worth up to $900K

(Newser) - From the time his father purchased it for $50 in 1913, Ernest Heller was free to take in the dark brushstrokes of one of Marc Chagall's earliest works, "Othello and Desdemona." That changed when the 1911 painting and additional works by Renoir and Picasso were stolen from... More »

Trump: 'Slime Ball' Comey 'Should Be Prosecuted'

Guess he didn't like mention of the size of his hands

(Newser) - President Trump slammed James Comey as a "weak and untruthful slime ball" Friday as unflattering details from the former FBI director's soon-to-be-released memoir continue to trickle out. "It was my great honor to fire James Comey!" who is "a proven LEAKER & LIAR" and "... More »

Report: Trump to Pardon Scooter Libby

Sources say full pardon to Dick Cheney's ex-chief of staff is imminent

(Newser) - President Trump appears about to set a second potentially controversial pardon in motion, sources tell ABC News and the New York Times . Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to ex-VP Dick Cheney, will be the next to see a presidential reprieve, with a pardon greenlit by Trump after he mulled... More »

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