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Russia Might've Favored Twitter for Election Meddling

Research suggests Russian-linked accounts are still sowing discord

(Newser) - Facebook is taking most of the flak regarding Russian social media influence during and after the 2016 presidential election, but Twitter might be more deserving. Citing research by the Alliance for Securing Democracy , the New York Times notes "there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more... More »

McCain on His Gaffe at Comey Hearing: 'Colossal Screw-up'

Tells 'Esquire' he miscommunicated Lindsey Graham question from phone

(Newser) - John McCain is shaking his head after admitting he messed up a line of questioning during James Comey's testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. On June 8, the Arizona senator offered what the Arizona Republic called a "distracted and listless line of questioning" toward the ex-FBI... More »

Flynn 'Rejects Request to Speak to Senate Committee'

He won't comply with subpoena, sources say

(Newser) - Michael Flynn didn't get his deal for immunity —so he's apparently not talking to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sources tell CNN that the former national security adviser, who is a key figure in investigations of alleged Russian election meddling, has rejected a second request to appear before... More »

Kushner: I Faked Call to Get Out of Dumb Russia Meeting

President's son-in-law releases statement ahead of congressional testimony

(Newser) - Jared Kushner appears before not one but two congressional panels this week in regard to his contacts with Russian officials, but he makes the case in a statement released Monday morning that he doesn't have much of value to offer. "I did not collude, nor know of anyone... More »

Senate Committee to See Comey Memos 'Soon'

Chairman Richard Burr says investigation could be complete by year's end

(Newser) - All those detailed notes James Comey kept about his meetings with President Trump will fall into the hands of those investigating whether Trump fired the former FBI director to interfere with an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr, tells... More »

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 »

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