Carter Page is withholding documents … all the documents

During his just short of seven hour appearance in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Carter Page admitted that he did tell Jefferson Sessions about his upcoming trip to Russia. But Page spent much of the day attacking the Steele dossier rather than talking about his own actions. 

And when it came to documents, Page had a frustrating response.

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The refusal to hand over any document did not endear page to the members of the House committee who spent a good piece of time trying to explain why “Nothing” was not an offer the committee was willing to accept.

Lawmakers said after the session that Page did not hand over documents they subpoenaed, though

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Carter Page is withholding documents … all the documents

During his just short of seven hour appearance in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Carter Page admitted that he did tell Jefferson Sessions about his upcoming trip to Russia. But Page spent much of the day attacking the Steele dossier rather than talking about his own actions. 

And when it came to documents, Page had a frustrating response.

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The refusal to hand over any document did not endear page to the members of the House committee who spent a good piece of time trying to explain why “Nothing” was not an offer the committee was willing to accept.

Lawmakers said after the session that Page did not hand over documents they subpoenaed, though

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Sessions is proven to be a liar again—and this may be the final straw

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is either the most forgetful man on the planet, or the most deceitful. Either way, he’s not fit to be the attorney general.

Standing before reporters in February, President Trump said unequivocally that he knew of nobody from his campaign who was in contact with Russians during the election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told the Senate the same thing.

Court documents unsealed this week cast doubt on both statements and raised the possibility that Mr. Sessions could be called back to Congress for further questioning.

It’s not just that Sessions was personally present at a meeting between Trump and George Papadopoulos where the 29-year-old adviser informed the room that he was working to arrange a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin. It’s not just that those present recall Sessions personally intervening to tell Papadopoulos to shut up about the topic.

At a March 31, 2016,

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Russia turns Trump from ‘one of the great memories of all time’ to ‘I don’t remember much’

You’d think that it would be a memorable moment for a presidential candidate when one of his foreign policy advisers offered to set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. You’d think that memory might be kept fresh when Russian election interference turned into a major story and a serious problem for your presidency. But not Donald Trump:

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Just last week, Donald Trump claimed to have “one of the great memories of all time.” Mysteriously enough, this week that great memory isn’t up to the task of remembering an offer of a Putin meeting. Or maybe it’s that that type of offer was so run-of-the-mill that Trump can’t remember this specific occasion? Or … crazy thought here: maybe he’s lying.

Paul Manafort is a crook at every possible scale

The indictments against Paul Manafort include some big numbers—like $75 million in illicit offshore accounts, and over $18 million laundered into the US through real estate purchases. But just because Paul Manafort was being crooked on a grand scale doesn’t mean he still didn’t enjoy the little things.

For example … in 2012, Manafort formed a shell company in the US called MC Soho Holdings. He then transferred into this shell company money from a shell company in Cyprus, and used it to buy a condo on Howard Street in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. But Manafort didn’t move into his new $2.9 million condo. After all, he wasn’t buying these places to live in. He was buying them to use as collateral in a series of rapidly escalating loans.

Instead, Manafort rented out the condo—the condo that he’d purchased using illegal funds given to him by Russian oligarchs for

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Trump campaign data team reached out to Julian Assange in effort to team up against Hillary

During the 2016 campaign, Julian Assange and Wikileaks acted to distribute information stolen from servers in the United States by Russian agents. 

During the 2016 campaign, Alexander Nix and Cambridge Analytica not only provided data to the Trump campaign, but may have helped Russian agents use propaganda to target voters in critical areas.

So it comes as little surprise that Donald Trump’s favorite data firm made an effort to hook up with Donald Trump’s favorite source of stolen emails.

Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange about his firm somehow helping the WikiLeaks editor release Clinton’s missing emails, according to two sources familiar with a congressional investigation into interactions between Trump associates and the Kremlin. Those sources also relayed that, according to Nix’s email, Assange told the Cambridge Analytica CEO that he didn’t want his help, and preferred to do the work on

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House Republicans announce a new Russia investigation … about Hillary Clinton

While Bob Corker is engaging in a twit-off with Donald Trump, there are other Republicans who are very, very anxious to show that they’ll still march off any cliff on Trump’s command. And they have a leader.

Devin Nunes has a job. That job is to turn the House Intelligence Committee into an extension of Donald Trump’s wildest conspiracy theories, no evidence required. Whether it’s leaping from a car to make a mystery visit to the White Housethreatening to jail noted Obama sympathizer Jefferson Sessions, issuing his own subpoenas after he’s recused himself from the investigation, or simply making himself the most ridiculous figure in Washington, Nunes is Trump’s go to guy when he needs someone to prop up his nuttiness.

So when Trump tweets …

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Russia investigations in House and Senate likely to generate little but political statements

While special counsel Robert Mueller continues to work his way up the chain of Trump-related staffers, there are three other investigations of the relationship between Russian officials and the Trump campaign supposedly still underway. However, none of them seems likely to produce even a strongly-worded letter, much less an indictment.

All three committees looking into Russian interference — one in the House, two in the Senate — have run into problems, from insufficient staffing to fights over when the committees should wrap up their investigations. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s inquiry has barely started, delayed in part by negotiations over the scope of the investigation. Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, while maintaining bipartisan comity, have sought to tamp down expectations about what they might find.

Least likely to do thing one: The House Intelligence Committee. At first, that committee was headed by Devin Nunes, who used the position to skulk around the

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Trump responds to special counsel’s grand jury by ranting about Russia to West Virginia crowd

Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and is issuing subpoenas in his investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties, so naturally Donald Trump went full demagogue about Russia in his West Virginia campaign-style rally Thursday night.

“We didn’t win because of Russia — we won because of you, that I can tell you,” Trump said, continuing the riff. “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania? Are there any Russians here tonight? They can’t beat us at the voting booths, so they’re trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. They’re trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us, and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

You know what’s demeaning to all of us and demeaning to our

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Grand jury issues subpoenas for Trump campaign members as Mueller investigates financial crimes

While other Trump disasters and mistakes may have taken top spots in the news over the last two weeks, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was not distracted. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to people familiar with the matter.

And that jury is operating very quickly.

Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

In addition to investigating the Trump campaign’s clear collusion with Russian operatives seeking to repeal the sanctions imposed by the Magnitsky Act, there’s another area of focus by Mueller’s team.

Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized

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Grand jury issues subpoenas for Trump campaign members as Mueller investigates financial crimes

While other Trump disasters and mistakes may have taken top spots in the news over the last two weeks, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was not distracted. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to people familiar with the matter.

And that jury is operating very quickly.

Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

In addition to investigating the Trump campaign’s clear collusion with Russian operatives seeking to repeal the sanctions imposed by the Magnitsky Act, there’s another area of focus by Mueller’s team.

Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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WH press secretary says Trump ‘weighed in’ on misleading response to Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

In direct contradiction with Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Donald Trump’s White House press secretary said Tuesday that Trump “weighed in” on the original statement released in response to a New York Times story about Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to reporting that Trump personally dictated the misleading statement. “This is all discussion of no consequence,” she added.

The response to the question, which could have simply been referred to outside counsel (i.e. Trump’s lawyers), runs in direct conflict with the claims of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. In interviews with multiple outlets last month, Sekulow called reporting that Trump had been involved in crafting Don Jr.’s response incorrect. Here he is on Meet The Press

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WH press secretary says Trump ‘weighed in’ on misleading response to Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

In direct contradiction with Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Donald Trump’s White House press secretary said Tuesday that Trump “weighed in” on the original statement released in response to a New York Times story about Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to reporting that Trump personally dictated the misleading statement. “This is all discussion of no consequence,” she added.

The response to the question, which could have simply been referred to outside counsel (i.e. Trump’s lawyers), runs in direct conflict with the claims of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. In interviews with multiple outlets last month, Sekulow called reporting that Trump had been involved in crafting Don Jr.’s response incorrect. Here he is on Meet The Press

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WH press secretary says Trump ‘weighed in’ on misleading response to Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

In direct contradiction with Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Donald Trump’s White House press secretary said Tuesday that Trump “weighed in” on the original statement released in response to a New York Times story about Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to reporting that Trump personally dictated the misleading statement. “This is all discussion of no consequence,” she added.

The response to the question, which could have simply been referred to outside counsel (i.e. Trump’s lawyers), runs in direct conflict with the claims of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. In interviews with multiple outlets last month, Sekulow called reporting that Trump had been involved in crafting Don Jr.’s response incorrect. Here he is on Meet The Press

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WH press secretary says Trump ‘weighed in’ on misleading response to Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

In direct contradiction with Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Donald Trump’s White House press secretary said Tuesday that Trump “weighed in” on the original statement released in response to a New York Times story about Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to reporting that Trump personally dictated the misleading statement. “This is all discussion of no consequence,” she added.

The response to the question, which could have simply been referred to outside counsel (i.e. Trump’s lawyers), runs in direct conflict with the claims of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. In interviews with multiple outlets last month, Sekulow called reporting that Trump had been involved in crafting Don Jr.’s response incorrect. Here he is on Meet The Press

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WH press secretary says Trump ‘weighed in’ on misleading response to Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

In direct contradiction with Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Donald Trump’s White House press secretary said Tuesday that Trump “weighed in” on the original statement released in response to a New York Times story about Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to reporting that Trump personally dictated the misleading statement. “This is all discussion of no consequence,” she added.

The response to the question, which could have simply been referred to outside counsel (i.e. Trump’s lawyers), runs in direct conflict with the claims of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. In interviews with multiple outlets last month, Sekulow called reporting that Trump had been involved in crafting Don Jr.’s response incorrect. Here he is on Meet The Press

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WH press secretary says Trump ‘weighed in’ on misleading response to Don Jr.’s Russia meeting

In direct contradiction with Donald Trump’s own lawyer, Donald Trump’s White House press secretary said Tuesday that Trump “weighed in” on the original statement released in response to a New York Times story about Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to reporting that Trump personally dictated the misleading statement. “This is all discussion of no consequence,” she added.

The response to the question, which could have simply been referred to outside counsel (i.e. Trump’s lawyers), runs in direct conflict with the claims of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. In interviews with multiple outlets last month, Sekulow called reporting that Trump had been involved in crafting Don Jr.’s response incorrect. Here he is on Meet The Press

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