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“Memo Combat: Republicans React to Devin Nunes’s Dud Memo: The Daily Show”


“GOP escalates law enforcement probes as Russia inquiry heats up”


POLITICO

“Amid new signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress have intensified their own investigations of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s handling of inquiries into Trump’s ties to Russia.

Tuesday brought several dramatic developments in the Russia saga, including the news that Mueller recently interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the first Cabinet official known to be questioned in the investigation. The New York Times also reported that former FBI Director James Comey was interviewed by Mueller last year.” MORE

“Jeff Sessions, James Comey Questioned In Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe”


HUFFINGTON POST

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week by the special counsel’s office investigating potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

The interview marked the first time that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is known to have interviewed a member of Trump’s Cabinet, and is another milestone in an investigation that has hung over Trump’s year-old presidency.” MORE

“Stephen Miller Screws Trump Over By Not Denying That The President Met With Russians”


POLITICUS USA

Trump adviser Steven Miller was asked if the President met with any Russians. Miller responded by attacking the book Fire and Fury but never denying that Trump met with Russians during the campaign. MORE

“The Papadopoulos paradox: Could “coffee boy” be key to the whole conspiracy?”


SALON

“What a shame. Just as the Trump troops had finally come up with what they thought was a put-away shot of the Russia investigation (or at least a nice shiny distraction) with their “Clinton’s phony dossier started it all” plot, the damn thing blew up in their face. And during Christmas week too.” MORE

“Terrified Trump Plans To Paint Michael Flynn As A ‘Liar’ If He Exposes Russia Crimes”


POLITICUS USA

“Trump will try to paint Flynn as a liar, but it’ll be a tough sell given all the praise he has heaped on the ex-national security adviser.” MORE

“Mueller Probe Outgrows Its ‘Witch Hunt’ Phase”


HUFFINGTON POST

But now, as Trump prepares to end his first year in office, the witch hunt narrative may have outlived its usefulness. Mueller’s investigation has expanded and gained serious traction: The president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s chief deputy, Rick Gates, have been indicted. ” MORE

“CLAPPER: PUTIN HANDLING TRUMP LIKE RUSSIAN ‘ASSET’


HUFFINGTON POST

“We have to remember Putin’s background. He’s a KGB officer. That’s what they do. They recruit assets, and I think some of that experience and instincts of Putin is coming to play here in his managing a pretty important account for him, if I could use that term, with our president.”  MORE

CNN BREAKING NEWS . . .


Donald Trump Jr. would not tell House investigators Wednesday what he and his father discussed after reports surfaced about a June 2016 meeting he had in Trump Tower with Russians, citing attorney-client privilege because of the presence of attorneys during the exchange with his father.

President Donald Trump and his son had a conversation this summer after Trump Jr. produced emails about his involvement in the Trump Tower meeting, according to Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and the committee’s ranking member who attended the Wednesday session. At the classified hearing, Trump Jr. acknowledged speaking with senior White House aide Hope Hicks to help craft a response to the initial reports, sources said.

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More headlines on the Russia investigation:

— Whistleblower: Flynn told colleague Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’

— Revelations about Michael Flynn raise new questions about what Pence knew

— More charges could be coming against former Trump aide Rick Gates (corrected)