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Michael Flynn hires fierce FBI critic as new lawyer

Flynn hires FOX commentator as lawyer

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has a new attorney: former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, one of the earliest and fiercest critics of the Justice Department and the FBI’s investigation into a potential conspiracy between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The move appears to signal a shift in posture, if not in strategy: Powell, a former Justice Department attorney who has written extensively about overzealous prosecutors, has claimed that Flynn was spied on as part of a “set-up” by the FBI, and that his entire case should be “dismissed,” taking a far more aggressive public stance than Flynn’s previous lawyers, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, ever did.

Flynn, who fired Kelner and Anthony last week, awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI about his conversations with former Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition period. The current federal court docket still doesn’t list a lawyer for Flynn.

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‘I think I’d take it’: In ABC interview, Trump says he would listen if foreigners offered dirt on opponents

Trump says FBI Director is wrong; he is right

President Donald Trump may not alert the FBI if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge of investigations stemming from his campaign’s interactions with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office on Wednesday whether his campaign would accept such information from foreigners -- such as China or Russia -- or hand it over the FBI, Trump said, “I think maybe you do both.”

Asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office on Wednesday whether his campaign would accept such information from foreigners -- such as China or Russia -- or hand it over the FBI, Trump said, “I think maybe you do both.”

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Authorities 'looking into' pastor's church sermon calling for execution of LGBTQ people

pastor calls for execution of LGBTQ

A controversial sermon by a Tennessee church pastor calling for the execution of LGBTQ people who is also a detective in the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has prompted authorities to further investigate.

All Scripture Baptist Church pastor Grayson Fritts, who earlier this month was taken off active duty with the sheriff's department as he waits for a county buyout offer, said in an hour-long sermon that members of the LGBTQ community should be “put to death,” referring to them as “freaks” and “animals,” according to CBS 8 WVLT.

"Here's how it should work, it shouldn't work when we go out and we enforce the laws, because the Bible says the powers that be are ordained of God and God has instilled the power of civil government to send the police in 2019 out to these LGBT freaks and arrest them," Fritts said in his June 2nd sermon.

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Hope Hicks just agreed to testify about the Mueller probe, which is a huge win for Congress

Hope Hicks to testify
  • Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week.
  • Hicks is the first material witness connected to the former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe to appear before the panel.
  • Her decision is especially noteworthy given that the White House instructed her — and all other witnesses who have been called to testify regarding the Mueller report — not to comply with the committee's subpoena for documents and testimony.

House Oversight votes to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt

Barr and Ross held in contemptThe House Oversight Committee voted Wednesday to hold both Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for not complying with subpoenas for documents related to the Trump administration's controversial decision to add a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.

The committee passed the resolution by a vote of 24-15. Just one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, joined Democrats in voting yes.

Cummings held off the vote until later in the day so members could review the Justice Department's explanation of President Trump's invocation of executive privilege. A letter from the DOJ announcing the invocation of executive privilege arrived shortly before the hearing began Wednesday morning.

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Trump asserts executive privilege to keep census documents secret as House considers contempt for Barr, Ross

Trump asserts exec privilege over census docsPresident Donald Trump asserted executive privilege Wednesday to keep secret documents related to adding a citizenship question to the census, as a House panel debated holding two cabinet members in contempt for defying subpoenas for the documents.

In a further escalation of conflicts between Congress and the administration, the Oversight and Reform Committee scheduled votes against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for defying subpoenas for documents about how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census. The Judiciary Committee already found Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena for the full report from former special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Nearly 1,400 have died of Ebola in Congo. Now, the contagious disease has spread to Uganda

Ebola outbreak in CongoA 5-year-old boy vomiting blood on Wednesday became the first cross-border victim of Ebola in the current outbreak, while two more people in Uganda tested positive for the highly contagious disease that has killed nearly 1,400 in Congo.

The boy, part of a Congolese family who crossed into Uganda earlier in the week, died overnight, the World Health Organization said. Ugandan authorities said the two new cases are his 3-year-old brother and 50-year-old grandmother, who have been isolated at a hospital near the Congo border. Uganda now has three confirmed Ebola cases.

Authorities are trying to determine how the family, exposed to the virus via a sick relative in Congo, managed to cross a border where health officials have been screening millions of travelers for months

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Cummings offers to delay contempt vote for Wednesday deadline on subpoenaed census docs

Elijah Cummings

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he would hold off on his committee’s contempt votes for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross if officials provided certain documents to Congress by Wednesday.

In a letter sent to Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday evening, Cummings was critical of a DOJ letter sent earlier in the day that warned that the department would ask President Trump to assert executive privilege over the documents on the census citizenship question subpoenaed by the committee over the contempt vote, scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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McConnell brushes off question about special treatment from Chao

Mitch McConnell brushes off questions about special treatmentSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed a question on Tuesday about whether he received preferential treatment by the Transportation Department, which is overseen by his wife Secretary Elaine Chao.

McConnell, asked if he got "any special treatment or consideration" when his office applied for department grants, quipped that he had been “complaining” to Chao about why more projects in Kentucky didn’t get federal money.
“You know, I was complaining to her just last night, 169 projects and Kentucky got only five. I hope we'll do a lot better next year,” McConnell told reporters.

 

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