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White House Revokes Ex-CIA Director John Brennans Security Clearance

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that former CIA Director John Brennans security clearance is being revoked. Reading a statement from President Donald Trump, Sanders said his clearance was being taken away due to his erratic behavior that far exceeded the limits and far exceeded any professional courtesy that may have been due to him. Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility, Sanders told reporters. High-level intelligence officials typically keep their clearances after they leave their agencies so that they can…

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Trey Gowdy: FBIs Use of Informant for Trump Campaign Was Appropriate

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said on Tuesday that the FBIs use of an informant for the Trump campaign in 2016 was appropriate, joining top Democrats in disputing President Donald Trumps characterization of the informant as a spy. 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 said during an interview on Fox News. In recent…

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Worldwide Threats Briefing: 5 Takeaways, From Russia to China

On Tuesday, the heads of the NSA, CIA, FBI, and ODNI—America's intelligence community brain trust—gathered before members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss various worldwide threats. And while most of the topics were familiar, the hearing also included a few revelatory moments, insights into fears that were either detailed or confirmed. The following doesn't comprise every single morsel shared by NSA chief Mike Rogers, CIA head Mike Pompeo, FBI director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday. But it does take a closer…

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Bill Maher Goes Off on Nunes Memo: Republicans These Days Are Treasonous Rats

Forget Groundhog Day. The only large, rat-like creature Im concerned about is Devin Nunes, embarrassed guest Anthony Scaramucci, Maher delivered a fiery monologue wherein he got so worked up over the House Republicans protocol-breaching release of the Nunes memo, done to CNN, alleges FBI and Justice Department abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, accusing the FBI of improperly using information paid for in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign [the Steele dossier] to obtain a FISA warrant for Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. The release of the memo…

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FBI investigates Russian-linked Cyprus bank accused of money laundering

Request for financial information may be connected to inquiries into possible conspiracy between Trump and Kremlin The FBI has asked officials in Cyprus for financial information about a defunct bank that was used by wealthy Russians with political connections and has been accused by the US government of money laundering, two sources have told the Guardian. The request for information about FBME Bank comes as Cyprus has emerged as a key area of interest for Robert Mueller, the US special counsel who is investigating a possible conspiracy between Donald Trumps…

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SO SKEERY! Eric Holder warns Congress not to remove Mueller, gets laughed off Twitter

You do NOT speak on our behalf, champ. And seriously, be forewarned? What are you gonna do, Eric? Send more complaints in tweets? Got a real tough guy up in here. Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned:any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated.These are BS attacks on him/his staff that are blatantly political-designed to hide the real wrongdoing. Country not party — Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 14, 2017 Country not party. SURE. That’s grand coming from Eric…

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‘Special Impeachment Counsel’: Mark Levin connects the dots on Mueller and it’s MADDENING

Mark Levin knew from ‘day one’ that Mueller was being tapped to find a way to ‘impeach Trump.’ Sadly, it was clear from day one … https://t.co/IrwwBhE75C — Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) December 5, 2017 From Conservative Review: Levin called it from the start — literally right after Trump’s election victory for president. “They are plotting right now, mark my words. They are plotting right now, trying to figure out ways to bring down this administration, even before the week is over,” Levin said in November 2016. Over a year ago. Levin…

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James Comey’s on Instagram now, and his first post shades Trump and Flynn

Former FBI Director James Comey smiling at the thought of justice.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images As hellfire prepares to rain down on the White House, former FBI Director James Comey is chillin’, you know, just getting his Instagram on. After news broke that Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia, Comey responded by posting his first Instagram and trolling the men with a biblical verse about justice. SEE ALSO: Yeah, that secret Twitter account actually does belong to James…

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Russia sent election meddling payments with painfully obvious memo lines

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends a meeting outside Moscow.Image: ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images Bad news, America: The terrifying 2016 election meddling plot continues to thicken in such a way that’s sure to make you bang your head against your desk and scream “HOW?” In the saga’s latest installment, a Buzzfeed News report alleges that over 60 payments were sent from the Russian foreign ministry to its embassies with not-so-subtle descriptions like, quite literally, “to finance election campaign of 2016.” SEE ALSO: The NFL protest debate is a great example of…

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WannaCry hero heads into Tuesday hearing as the security community crowdfunds his defense

Over the weekend, the security community raised legal funds for Marcus Hutchins, the researcher famed for stopping the spread of the malware known as WannaCry. Hutchins, also known as MalwareTech, was arrested by the FBI last week for his alleged role in disseminating Kronos, a banking trojan that first wrought havoc in 2014. With a hearing set for Tuesday in Wisconsin, Hutchins many supporters have rallied to donate toward covering his legal costs. The fund was set up by Symantec Cybersecurity Czar Tarah Wheeler and the tech law firm of…

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Trump threatened with subpoena to determine existence of Comey ‘tapes’

Bipartisan leaders on House intelligence committee demand White House clarify whether there are recordings of Trumps meeting with fired FBI director Bipartisan leaders on the House intelligence committee are threatening a subpoena if the White House does not clarify whether any recordings, memoranda or other documents exist of Donald Trumps meetings with fired FBI director James Comey. The panel had previously set a 23 June deadline for the White House to respond to the panels request. The day before, Trump said in a series of tweets that he did not…

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The Terrorist Tipping Point: What Pushed the Tsarnaev Brothers to Violence?

The emerging profile of the Tsarnaev brothers alleged to have bombed the Boston Marathon suggests that they have much in common with terrorists of the pastmany of whom had nothing to do with Islam. Indeed, what we know of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is beginning to fit into a revealing pattern.

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James Comey urges FBI to maintain independence amid sacking fallout

Ousted chief calls on staff he leaves behind not to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed, saying bureau must remain a rock for America The former FBI director James Comey has urged the bureau he led until his abrupt dismissal by Donald Trump to remain a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. Comey addressed friends and staff in a widely reported letter on Wednesday, in which he stated his belief that Trump, as president, had a right to fire him irrespective of the circumstances. I…

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