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The Questions Sessions Left Unanswered

June 14, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered an aggressive defense of his conduct surrounding the Russia investigation on Tuesday, but his repeated refusal to answer questions based on a vague reference to executive privilege will likely prolong the congressional effort to understand what preceded former FBI Director James Comey’s controversial ouster last...

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James Comey Finally Tells His Side of the Story

June 7, 2017 “I need loyalty. I want loyalty.” Those are the words James Comey will testify President Trump said to him at a January dinner when the former FBI director appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday. In his prepared opening remarks, Comey describes multiple conversations he had at Trump’s initiative about...

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Intel Chiefs Dodge Questions on Alleged Trump Interference in Russia Investigation

June 7, 2017 In a series of at times tense exchanges on Wednesday, top U.S. intelligence officials repeatedly declined or evaded questions from lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee about their interactions with President Trump and whether the administration ever directed them to intervene in the ongoing federal Russia investigations. Instead, senior administration...

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Trump's Efforts to Curtail the FBI's Investigation Spill Into View

June 7, 2017 Like movie trailers before a summer blockbuster, new reports are shedding more light on the increasingly toxic relationship between President Trump and top law-enforcement and intelligence officials ahead of former FBI Director James Comey’s heavily anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. In a rapid-fire series of stories...

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Trump Tweets His Choice for FBI Director

June 7, 2017 In a surprise announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning, President Trump said he would name former federal prosecutor Christopher Wray to be the next director of the FBI. If confirmed, Wray would be the bureau’s eighth director. He would enter the position with significant experience in federal law enforcement. Wray previously...

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President Trump Checks His Executive Privilege

June 6, 2017 After a mildly suspenseful week of speculation, the White House announced Monday that President Trump won’t invoke executive privilege in a bid to stop his former FBI director from testifying before Congress this week. “The president’s power to assert executive privilege is well established,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer...

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Why Mueller Is Taking Over the Michael Flynn Grand Jury

June 2, 2017 Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly taking command of the federal probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying deals, a move that could give him leverage over a central figure in the broader Russia investigation. Reuters reported Friday that Mueller will now oversee an ongoing federal grand-jury...

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The Known Unknowns of the Russia Investigation

May 25, 2017 New reports about the initial stages of the Russia investigation last year are only raising more questions. A series of accounts published this week sheds some light on how the U.S. intelligence community discovered the country’s covert efforts to influence the American political process. The New York Times reported Wednesday...

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Michael Flynn Invokes the Fifth

May 23, 2017 Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday he won’t comply with their May 10 subpoena of materials related to the Russia investigation, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. “The context in which the committee has called for General Flynn’s testimonial production...

Will the Supreme Court Take Up Cellphone Surveillance?

May 22, 2017 Statistically speaking, you’re most likely reading this story on a cellphone somewhere in the United States. If you are, you’re using one of more than 378 million cellphone accounts in the country. The data forming these words is beaming to your phone by way of between 300,000 and 600,000 cell...