Two House Republicans differed Wednesday on President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that an FBI informant infiltrated his presidential campaign. House Intelligence Committee member Tom Rooney of Florida slammed Trump's assertions, while New York Rep. Lee Zeldin said the president was not misleading on his "spy" allegations. Rooney, who is retiring at the end of the year after three terms, was among three Intelligence members to lead the panel's probe after Chairman Devin Nunes of California stepped aside. "What is the point of saying that there was a spy in the campaign when there was none?" Rooney asked Politico in an interview as he ripped the president's claims. "You know what I’m saying? "It's like, 'Let's create this thing to tweet about knowing that it’s not true,'" he posed. "Maybe it’s just to create more chaos but it doesn’t really help the case." Rooney said he agreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan's support of House Oversight Committee Chairman … [Read more...] about GOP Reps. Rooney, Zeldin Split on Trump’s Russia Claims
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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declined to rule out whether intelligence agencies sent additional informants to spy on members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. “Well, there could have been,” he said when asked by CNN host Jake Tapper on Wednesday about the possibility of other informants. “Never say never, but I’m not aware.” Clapper has stated that he does not like to use the term “spy” to refer to civilian informants for intelligence agencies. The idea of additional spies was first raised by former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo in an interview on Fox News, reacting to the revelation of the identity of FBI informant Stefan Halper, who spied on Trump campaign advisors. “He’s not the only person that came at the campaign and the FBI is not the only Obama agency that came at the campaign,” Caputo said. Clapper denied knowledge of additional spies deployed against the campaign but … [Read more...] about James Clapper: ‘There Could Have Been’ Other Spies on Trump Campaign — ‘Never Say Never’
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Fix Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Aaron Blake May 21 at 9:13 AM Email the author Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a news conference on March 23. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Rod J. Rosenstein may have the second most difficult job in Washington, behind Robert S. Mueller III. The deputy attorney general is the public face and overseer of the extremely contentious Mueller investigation, all while dealing with the whims and apparent attempts to politicize it by his boss, President … [Read more...] about Is Rod Rosenstein being too soft on Trump?
close Video Kurtz: A 'Crossfire Hurricane' of partisanship 'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the NY Times issuing a correction to their story about the Trump investigation a full year-and-a-half after its original publication. The New York Times has run a rather stunning correction, only a year and a half after the fact. Deeply embedded in a lengthy and newsworthy piece about the origins of the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign, the paper had to revisit its old story on the very same subject: "When The New York Times tried to assess the state of the investigation in October 2016, law enforcement officials cautioned against drawing any conclusions, resulting in a story that significantly played down the case." There was more. When Times reporters asked in the closing weeks of the campaign, "law enforcement officials acknowledged the investigation but urged restraint. They said they had scrutinized some of Mr. Trump’s advisers but had found no proof … [Read more...] about Revising history: New York Times disses its original story on Trump probe
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Fix Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Callum Borchers by Callum Borchers Email the author May 17 at 11:14 AM Email the author Michael Cohen told Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox in September that he “would take a bullet for the president,” but President Trump's longtime personal attorney sounds considerably less resolute these days. “I just can't take this anymore,” Cohen has confided in friends, according to Fox's latest reporting. “This,” of course, is the weight of a … [Read more...] about Will Michael Cohen’s mounting frustration lead him to turn on Trump?