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Next Up on Senate Hot Seat: Jeff Sessions

On the heels of Comey, AG will testify on Tuesday about contact with Russians

(Newser) - Change of scheduling for Jeff Sessions on Tuesday: Instead of testifying before House and Senate panels in charge of the Justice Department's budget, the attorney general will follow in James Comey's recent footsteps and testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on his contact with Russians, reports... More »

Trump Lawyer: Comey Not Truthful in Testimony

Says Trump never asked Comey to stop investigating anyone

(Newser) - The White House has responded to James Comey's blockbuster testimony in the form of a statement from President Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, USA Today reports. The statement essentially accuses the former FBI director of lying during key points of his testimony. Kasowitz says Trump "never in form... More »

Comey: 'I Was Honestly Concerned' Trump Might Lie

Former FBI chief's testimony wraps up

(Newser) - The highly anticipated testimony of James Comey is now in the books: The former FBI chief was grilled by the Senate Intelligence Committee for about two and a half hours on Thursday. They now repeat the process, but behind closed doors. At one point, Comey accused the White House of... More »

Comey Ally: Opening Statement Is 'Shocking'

But one analysis explains why the White House and Republicans are relieved

(Newser) - James Comey's Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to have dramatic moments—but the drama began early with the release of prepared remarks Wednesday detailing private meetings with President Trump. At the Lawfare blog, Comey ally Benjamin Wittes describes the written testimony as "the most... More »

Intelligence Heads Say No Pressure From Trump on Russia Probe

But they wouldn't confirm or deny if the president asked them to intervene

(Newser) - Two top intelligence officials say they never felt pressured by President Trump to intervene in investigations on possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign—though they refused to say whether Trump had at least asked them to do so. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director... More »

Comey 'Didn't Want to Be Left Alone With Trump'

Trump 'ready for a fight' as hearing approaches

(Newser) - With James Comey's much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee approaching, insiders say President Trump is getting ready for a fight. The former FBI chief's testimony begins Thursday morning, and Trump associates say the president is likely to be watching closely and tweeting furiously, reports the Washington Post... More »

Acting FBI Chief: Russia Probe 'Highly Significant'

Plus other takeaways from Andrew McCabe's testimony

(Newser) - Former FBI Director James Comey has said his official goodbyes , but the story on his firing is far from over. The person garnering the most attention Thursday was Acting Director Andrew McCabe, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing and tried to clarify some of the... More »

Senate Committee Issues Rare Subpoena in Russia Case

Michael Flynn declined to hand over documents voluntarily

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee stepped up its investigation of alleged Russian meddling in last year's election Wednesday and subpoenaed former national security adviser Michael Flynn. A Senate historian tells NBC News that this is the first time the Intelligence Committee has used its subpoena power since the congressional investigation... More »

Lawyer: Flynn 'Certainly Has a Story to Tell'

His offer to testify in return for immunity could be a non-starter, experts say

(Newser) - Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has reportedly offered to talk to the FBI and congressional investigators about possible Trump campaign links to Russia in return for immunity—but they might not take him up on it. Experts tell the Washington Post and the New York Times that the idea... More »

Eye on Nunes Chaos, Senate Vows to Chase Russia Intel

Senators vow a fair, bipartisan investigation into potential election tampering

(Newser) - The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee set a ground rule before taking questions on their investigation into alleged Russian election interference: Don't ask about the increasingly chaotic House investigation. At a Wednesday press conference, Republican committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic vice chair Sen. Mark Warner promised... More »

Jared Kushner Agrees to Be Grilled Over Russia Ties

Ivanka's husband, and President Trump's senior adviser, will speak to Senate panel

(Newser) - On Jared Kushner's growing to-do list: bringing peace to the Middle East, streamlining government processes , and now, talking to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russia. Per the AP , the White House has confirmed President Trump's son-in-law, husband of Ivanka Trump, has said he'll speak to the committee... More »

Top Senators Reject Trump Wiretap Claim

White House stands by accusation

(Newser) - The White House is standing by its explosive allegation that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower phones—despite the Senate Intelligence Committee's finding that there's no evidence for the claim. "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump... More »

Clinton Emails Went Beyond 'Top Secret': IG

Clinton camp says State official shared a news article on drones

(Newser) - Intelligence officials say Hillary Clinton's private email server included information that went a step beyond top secret. In a Jan. 14 letter obtained by Fox News , an inspector general tells the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees that "several dozen emails" contained information declared by an unnamed intelligence... More »

CIA Watchdog Resigns

CIA Inspector General David Buckley going to work in private sector

(Newser) - The man who kept tabs on the CIA for four years has resigned, Reuters reports. Though the departure of CIA Inspector General David Buckley is being called "amicable and planned," the National Journal adds, journalists are still connecting the dots between the announcement and Buckley's report this... More »

What the Senate's Torture Report Gets Wrong

Former CIA chiefs, Bob Kerrey criticize lack of interviews, context, recommendations

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogations has all kinds of grisly details , but, "remarkably," it makes zero recommendations, complains former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey in USA Today . The former committee member calls this "disturbing fact" a result of the report's partisanship—only Democrats participated... More »

Report Likens Secret CIA Facility to 'Dungeon'

Site had buckets for waste and cold, isolated cells with shackled prisoners

(Newser) - Reporters are picking through the details of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture , and the details aren't pretty. Some examples:
  • Dungeon: The Week highlights one passage comparing a CIA black site to a dungeon. "CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility
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Report Hits Hard at CIA's 'Brutal,' Ineffective Torture

Senate report says spy agency actively misled White House, Congress

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has dropped its long-awaited report on the CIA's use of torture, and it pulls no punches in its 528 pages, detailing a "brutal and far worse than the CIA represented" program that ultimately was "not an effective means of acquiring intelligence," reports... More »

A Primer to Today's CIA Torture Report

Reuters talks to sources who detail the use of a power drill, broomstick

(Newser) - The CIA is bracing for the release today of the long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on its use of torture—which one lawmaker on Sunday warned could bring "violence and deaths " overseas. Here's what you need to know:
  • Who authored the report? Democrats on the Senate Intelligence
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Rep: CIA Torture Report Will Cause 'Violence, Deaths'

Mike Rogers says release of report is 'terrible idea,' will wreak havoc overseas

(Newser) - It's not a total surprise that the CIA used torture to question al-Qaeda detainees in the years following 9/11—Obama himself acknowledged over the summer that "we tortured some folks," CBS News notes. But the details of a Senate Intelligence Committee report that may be released as... More »

CIA Interrogation Program Saved Lives: Head

Jose Rodriguez responds to Senate report

(Newser) - A Senate panel has voted to release a giant report slamming CIA interrogation methods, the Washington Post reported this week. But regardless of what the Senate report says, the interrogation program saved lives, its former head writes in the Post. "Unlike the committee’s staff, I don’t have... More »

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