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Trump’s Intel Chief Won’t Pledge ‘Full’ Release of Gina Haspel’s Torture Record

Gina Haspel role in torture being withheld

Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, committed Wednesday to “fully” explaining the torture record of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

But Coats wouldn’t commit to a full declassification of all materials detailing Haspel’s role in the so-called enhanced-interrogation practices and the destruction of evidence—something that top senators are demanding ahead of her confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is expected later this month. Without full declassification, human-rights groups suspect the CIA and its allies will present a misleading and self-serving picture of Haspel’s involvement in torture to ensure her confirmation.

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Mueller told Trump's lawyers he is not yet a criminal target of Russia probe

Mueller told Trump he is subject of probeSpecial counsel Robert Mueller reportedly told President Trump's lawyers last month that he does not consider the president to be a criminal target at this point in his investigation.

But Mueller also said that he still considers Trump to be a subject of his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and emphasized the need to interview the president as part of the probe, The Washington Post reported.

The special counsel made the disclosures to Trump's lawyers last month during negotiations over a possible interview with the president.

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Mueller just threw a wrench into the 2 main pillars of Paul Manafort's defense strategy

Memo show Rosenstein okayed Mueller probe into Manafort collusion charges

The special counsel Robert Mueller's office revealed late Monday night that it had received a private memo from deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein authorizing him to investigate Paul Manafort's lobbying work in Ukraine before he joined President Donald Trump's campaign as chairman in 2016.

The existence and content of Rosenstein's memo, which was sent to Mueller on May 17, 2017, has not been previously reported, and its revelation appears to significantly hamper Manafort's defense strategy in the Russia investigation.

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Scott Pruitt Bypassed the White House to Give Big Raises to Favorite Aides

EPA's Scott Pruitt

In early March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approached the White House with a request: He wanted substantial pay raises for two of his closest aides.

The aides, Sarah Greenwalt and Millan Hupp, were part of the small group of staffers who had traveled with Pruitt to Washington from Oklahoma, where he had served as attorney general. Greenwalt, a 30-year-old who had worked as Pruitt’s general counsel in Oklahoma, was now his senior counsel at the EPA. Hupp, 26, was working on his political team before she moved to D.C. to become the agency’s scheduling director.

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Attorney Alex van der Zwaan, first person sentenced in Mueller probe, gets 30 days in prison

Attorney Alx Ven der ZwaanA London lawyer who admitted lying to Robert Mueller's team in November 2017 was ordered Tuesday to 30 days in prison, in the first sentence imposed since the special counsel was appointed nearly a year ago.

Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty in February to making false statements when he was interviewed last fall about his phone calls and e-mails with a former Trump campaign aide, Richard Gates.

Van der Zwaan addressed the judge directly, saying, "What I did was wrong. I apologize to the court, my wife and my family."

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Jill McCabe, wife of fired FBI official, breaks silence: Trump attacks on family were 'nightmare'

Jill McCabe talks about attacks on family

Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who, along with her husband, was repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump, broke her silence in a passionate editorial, calling the ordeal that the president put her a family through a "nightmare."

Jill McCabe, an emergency room pediatrician who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in Virginia in 2015, faced criticism from Trump about donations made to her campaign, while her husband was also the target of broadsides from the president and was ultimately fired just days shy of his planned retirement.

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Mueller investigation probes consulting firm linked to UAE

Mueller probes UAE

US special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating a private consulting firm established in Israel and is linked to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Wall Street Journal reported.

In a report published on Monday, the newspaper cited individuals familiar with the case as saying that the firm, Wikistrat, was contracted to work for the UAE by lobbying the US to support a 10-month blockade imposed on Qatar by several Arab countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Wikistrat, a company based in Washington, DC that offers geopolitical analysis, was established in 2010 by Joel Zamel and Daniel Green.

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