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Mark Warner: ‘We’ve Had New Information That Raises More Questions’

Maark WarnerCongress late last year received “extraordinarily important new documents” in its investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign’s possible collusion with the 2016 Russian election hacking, opening up significant new lines of inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of the president, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says in an exclusive new interview.

Warner, the intel committee’s top Democrat, says “end-of-the-year document dumps” produced “very significant” revelations that “opened a lot of new questions” that Senate investigators are now looking into, meaning the inquiry into Trump and the Russia hacking—already nearly a year old—will not be finished for months longer. “We’ve had new information that raises more questions,” Warner says in the interview, an extensive briefing on the state of the Senate’s Trump-Russia probe for The Global Politico, our weekly podcast on world affairs.



Lindsey Graham: FBI Memo Should Not Be Released Yet

Lindsay Graham says not to release memoSen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday came out against the release of a classified memo that President Trump and his Republican allies believe will show bias in the FBI’s Russia investigation. Graham broke with Trump on the issue, who reportedly attempted to order the Justice Department to release the document.

“No, I don't want it released yet,” Graham said on ABC’s This Week. “I want somebody outside of the Republican-led Congress to look at these allegations,” he said. The document reportedly contains allegations of misconduct by senior FBI officials involved in investigating Trump’s campaign for possible collusion with Russia, a fact which Democrats say could be used to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.


Top Dems demand answers from State Department after employees cite career concerns

Elijah Cummings D-Md.

Democratic lawmakers are urging the State Department's Inspector General to probe the department's personnel practices after several employees voiced concerns their careers were being stalled because of their past work under the Obama administration.

"Our staffs have been made aware of credible allegations that the State Department has required high-level career civil servants, with distinguished records, serving administrations of both parties, to move to performing tasks outside their area of substantive expertise," the Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and the Ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter obtained by CNN.

"At the very least, this is a waste of taxpayer dollars. At worst it may constitute impermissible abuse and retaliation."



Grassley plans to release Trump Jr. interview transcript

Grassley to release Kushner testimony

The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon release the transcript of its interview with Donald Trump Jr. as well as other witness testimony related to a controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday.

Grassley's comments come the day after two Democrats on the committee publicly pressed for the release of the panel's closed-door interview transcripts to special counsel Robert Mueller. Even as partisan disputes roil the House's Russia investigation, Grassley's alignment with Democrats on releasing the transcripts signals that the Senate — for now, at least — remains in a more collaborative mode.


Justice Dept.: 'Reckless' to release Nunes memo without review

Nunes warned about memoThe Justice Department warned Wednesday that it "would be extraordinarily reckless" for the House intelligence Committee to release a classified memo publicly "without giving the Department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum," and to "advise" on possible harm to national security and ongoing investigations from its public release.

CNN has obtained a copy of the letter sent by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to committee Chairman Devin Nunes.

Member of Opioid Commission Calls It a ‘Sham’

Opioid Commission a shamThe Republican-led Congress has turned the work of the president's opioid commission into a "charade" and a "sham," a member of the panel told CNN.

"Everyone is willing to tolerate the intolerable -- and not do anything about it," said former Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who was one of six members appointed to the bipartisan commission in March. "I'm as cynical as I've ever been about this stuff."

Senate votes to end shutdown

Senate votes to end shutdown

The Senate voted Monday to reopen the government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies shuttered and hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed.

Democrats agreed to advance a stopgap spending measure lasting until Feb. 8 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised to allow an immigration bill to reach the floor next month. The vote was 81-18.

"After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said ahead of the vote.


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