POLITICS 01/13/2019 01:10 am ET In a "Face the Nation" interview, Pompeo refused to engage in discussion on the story, calling it "silly" and unworthy of a response. By Amy Russo A recent New York Times report alleging that President Donald Trump was investigated by the FBI as a potential national security threat as well as a Russian agent has sent shockwaves through the nation, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed it off as absurd. In an interview for CBS News’ “Face the Nation” set to air Sunday, Pompeo declined to engage in a serious discussion on the report when host Margaret Brennan asked for his reaction. “I’m not going to comment on New York Times stories, but I’ll certainly say this, that the notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous,” Pompeo said. Pushed by Brennan to explain whether he was aware that an FBI investigation had been underway, Pompeo again … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo Rips As ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’ NYT Story On Alleged FBI Inquiry Into Trump
POLITICS 01/05/2019 04:44 am ET The messages were reportedly from an imposter claiming to be Pence's press secretary. By Amy Russo The FBI has begun investigating after a slew of fake texts appeared from an imposter claiming to be Vice President Mike Pence’s top aide, according to news reports. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news Friday, said the messages were received by a handful of Republican members of Congress from someone impersonating Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary who once served as a House staffer. After becoming aware of the texts, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) brought the matter to the attention of the House Sergeant at Arms office, the Journal reported. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s (R-Ill.) spokeswoman Maura Gillespie told CNN and The New York Post that he received the messages at various times, and reported them to authorities. Gillespie added that “only recently has there been a renewed interest to address the … [Read more...] about Mike Pence Aide Imposter Sends Fake Texts To GOP Lawmakers, Sparking FBI Inquiry
The FBI inquiry into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has resulted in the questioning of his friends, as well as a friend of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. The bureau, however, did not interview Kavanaugh or Ford. That has raised questions from lawmakers and prosecutors like Fran Townsend, who was homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush and served on his administration with Kavanaugh. "I personally don't believe as a prosecutor that you could have a credible and complete investigation without an interview of Dr. Ford," Townsend said Thursday on "CBS This Morning." Townsend, a CBS News senior national security analyst, was one of 84 women who signed a letter supporting Kavanaugh's nomination before the allegations surfaced publicly. She said the limited scope of the FBI inquiry hurts the agency's credibility. "Everybody called for this because they were an independent third party. They were the gold … [Read more...] about FBI inquiry not “credible” without Ford interview, former homeland security adviser says
The FBI is interviewing individuals this week about sexual misconduct claims related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in order to update its background check. The White House ordered the FBI to expand the original scope of its re-opened check to include anyone it deems necessary to vet the misconduct claims, within its allotted week. In a news conference Monday, President Trump said the FBI should interview "anybody" it wants "within reason." The agency expects to meet the one-week deadline, even with the expanded scope of the revived inquiry, but is working under lots of pressure. Some media reports say the FBI could wrap up its job even sooner. There's dread at the FBI that this will become a political storm again, reports CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues. Top takeaways from Kavanaugh-Blasey Ford Senate hearing A former top FBI official who's been in contact with those involved in the renewed inquiry described a "war room" atmosphere around the case. … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh FBI inquiry: Who’s been interviewed so far?
By Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — There is no evidence that the FBI planted a “spy” on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, a senior House Republican said Wednesday, contradicting Trump’s repeated insistence that the agency inserted a “spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win.” Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a longtime Trump supporter, was briefed last week by the Justice Department and FBI following reports that investigators relied on a U.S. government informant in their probe of Russian election meddling. “I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump,” Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, told Fox News on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Gowdy said he had “never heard the term ‘spy’ used” and did not see evidence … [Read more...] about GOP’s Gowdy rejects Trump’s “spy” claim, defends FBI probe