“CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation”


CNN

MICHAEL FLYNN

CNN BREAKING NEWS . . .


President Donald Trump surprised Washington Tuesday night when he fired FBI Director James Comey, the man responsible for the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russia.

Democrats sharply criticized Trump’s decision and raised parallels to Watergate-era firings, suggesting Comey was getting too close to the White House with the Russia probe.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr was among top Republican lawmakers who expressed concern. “I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.” Burr said in a statement.

The Trump administration attributed Comey’s dismissal to his handling of the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying Trump acted on recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
A source with knowledge of discussions told CNN’s Dana Bash the White House was surprised at the backlash. Since Democrats were saying precisely what Rosenstein said in explaining the grounds for Comey’s dismissal, the source said, the criticism was unexpected.

“This has nothing to do with Russia,” White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360”, just hours after news of Comey’s firing broke.

The backdrop of recriminations over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday.

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CNN BREAKING NEWS . . .


Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to sources familiar with the matter.

CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

Watch coverage on CNN.

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CNN BREAKING NEWS . . .


The White House said Tuesday FBI director James Comey has been fired.

“The President has accepted the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Sean Spicer said.

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“Key moments from Sally Yates’ Flynn testimony”


POLITICO

“With The Russia Ax About To Fall, Trump Launches A Desperate Plan To Smear Sally Yates”


POLITICUS USA

The Trump White House is planning on running a smear campaign against Sally Yates while she testifies before Congress about the Trump/Russia scandal.

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“Sally Yates Is About To Blow The Russia Scandal Wide Open By Debunking Trump’s Lies”


POLITICUS USA

Sally Yates is described as being motivated and ready to set the record straight about the warning that she gave the White House about Mike Flynn’s Russia activities when he testifies before the Senate.

“Baltimore asks FBI for help: ‘Murder is out of control’


CNN

“Trump’s Russia dossier corroborated: FBI used document to obtain wiretap on Carter Page”


SALON