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Andrew McCabe Couldn’t Believe the Things Trump Said About Putin

February 19, 2019 In the months before President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, FBI counterintelligence agents investigating Russian election interference were also collecting evidence suggesting that Trump could be compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who oversaw the bureau’s Russia investigation, told me in...

The Senate’s Russia Probe Is Facing a Reckoning

February 16, 2019 About two years ago, Republican Representative Devin Nunes, then the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, went on a “midnight run” to the White House that changed everything. Nunes embarked on the late-night excursion just as the panel he oversaw was opening an investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and...

Russia Is Attacking the US System From Within

February 3, 2019 A new court filing submitted on Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that a Russian troll farm currently locked in a legal battle over its alleged interference in the 2016 election appeared to wage yet another disinformation campaign late last year—this time targeting Mueller himself. According to the filing,...

The Wheels of Justice Are Grinding to a Halt

January 23, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FBI agents have lost irreplaceable sources. Joint Terrorism Task Force officers can’t get into the bureau’s computer systems. Federal investigations are being stymied by a lack of resources. The partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day, has become a serious national-security threat, the FBI Agents Association said on Tuesday....

The Wheels of Justice Are Grinding to a Halt

January 23, 2019 FBI agents have lost irreplaceable sources. Joint Terrorism Task Force officers can’t get into the bureau’s computer systems. Federal investigations are being stymied by a lack of resources. The partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day, has become a serious national-security threat, the FBI Agents Association said on Tuesday....

Attorney-General Nominee Breaks With Trump on the Mueller Probe

January 16, 2019 Senate Democrats were undoubtedly heartened to hear from President Donald Trump’s attorney-general nominee, Bill Barr, that he does not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller is on “a witch hunt” and that he would allow Mueller to complete the Russia probe unimpeded. But they also appeared considerably unnerved as Barr defended...

FBI Agents Say the Shutdown Is a Threat to National Security

January 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow They’ve weathered blistering attacks from the president, the exposure of sensitive sources, and the politicization of classified information. And now they’re not getting paid. “I’m not going to try to candy-coat it,” Tom O’Connor, a special agent and president of the FBI Agents Association, told me this week. “We really...

FBI Agents Say the Shutdown Is a Threat to National Security

January 10, 2019 They’ve weathered blistering attacks from the president, the exposure of sensitive sources, and the politicization of classified information. And now they’re not getting paid. “I’m not going to try to candy-coat it,” Tom O’Connor, a special agent and president of the FBI Agents Association, told me this week. “We really...

Maria Butina's Guilty Plea Could Illuminate Russian Ploy to Shape 2016 Election

December 13, 2018 The first Russian to be convicted of trying to infiltrate and influence American policy makers in the run-up to the 2016 election walked into a courtroom on Thursday with her head held high, gazing defiantly at the audience that had gathered to watch her plead guilty. Wearing a green prison...

Trump’s Yearning to Prosecute His Political Enemies

November 21, 2018 The president of the United States reportedly tried to use the full force of the country’s law-enforcement apparatus to prosecute his political enemies—and Justice Department veterans are calling it everything from “incredibly” alarming to “flat-out un-American.” The disclosure by The New York Times on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had...