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Archive for January 24th, 2018

Special Counsel Probe Reaches Trump’s Inner Circle with AG Sessions Interview

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress about contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The special counsel investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has officially penetrated the president’s inner circle.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week as special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of legal experts dive deeper into allegations against President Trump and his former and current associates, the New York Times reported. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what questions were posed to Sessions, but he is a key witness in several targets of the probe: During the campaign, Sessions met with several Russian officials and was involved in developing Trump’s positions on Russia.

The attorney general also may have information about the firing of then-FBI director James Comey.

The president’s relationship with Sessions has been rocky since he recused himself in any future investigations involving Trump’s campaign since the former Alabama senator had close ties  of his close ties to the campaign.

So far, Mueller’s investigation has produced indictments against four former Trump campaign.

Trump to Acting FBI Director: Whom Do You Vote for in Presidential Election?

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testifies before Congress.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Shortly after Andrew McCabe became the acting FBI director to replace the ousted chief, James Comey, President Trump summoned the new bureau boss to the Oval Office for what was supposed to be an introductory meeting.

During the meeting, Trump asked McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 presidential election – an oddly timed question for a new commander in chief accused of firing Comey for refusing to end an investigation involving former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents.

McCabe responded that he didn’t vote, according to several current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Post.

While the FBI director is chosen by the president, the position is supposed to be non-partisan. Trump eventually appointed Christopher Wray to serve as the FBI director.

It was widely reported this week that Wray threatened to resign after the Trump administration pressured him to fire McCabe, who returned to his position as deputy FBI director.

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President Exaggerates Missing Texts Involving FBI Agent Accused of anti-Trump bias

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump pounced on news that the FBI is missing text messages involving a top counter-intelligence official who was removed from the special counsel’s investigation of Russian meddling because of an anti-Trump bias.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, the president suggested the five months’ worth of missing text messages from the agent, Peter Strzok, is “one of the biggest stories on a long time.”

Trouble is, Trump overstated the number of missing texts – “perhaps 50,000” – prompting the Justice Department to correct the president.

Hundreds of text messages between Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page were released to reporters and Congress last month. The FBI released additional text messages on Friday, saying a computer glitch caused the messages to be improperly stored.

The Justice Department is trying to recover the messages.

Trump and conservative allies have pointed to the messages in an aggressively targeted campaign to suggest the special counsel investigation is a “witch hunt” perpetrated by anti-Trump investigators.