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Archive for April 27th, 2018

House Panel Says ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion, Drawing Scathing Rebuttal from Dems

Members of the House Intelligence Committee. Photo via U.S. Capitol.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a highly redacted, final report on its one-year Russia investigation, saying it found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to undermine the 2016 presidential election.

But Democrats, in a scathing rebuttal, accused Republicans of drawing a premature conclusion in a “a systematic effort to muddy the waters and to deflect attention away from the President.”

Trump seized on the report to amplify his assertion that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation should end.

“Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. ‘No evidence’ that the Trump Campaign ‘colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia,’” Trump wrote. “Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia- Wow! A total Witch Hunt! MUST END NOW!”

The final report closes what has been a politically contentious investigation with little agreement between Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans did conclude Russia sought to sow discord ahead of the election by launching cyber attacks and propaganda campaigns on  social media.

The Senate judiciary and intelligence committees are conducting their own investigations, as is Mueller, who so far has landed indictments against more than 20 people and entities.

ISIS Sympathizer Who Attacked FBI Agent with Knife Gets 17 Years in Prison

Fareed Mumuni

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An ISIS sympathizer who attacked an FBI agent with a knife and was plotting a pressure-cooker bomb attack in the New York area was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Fareed Mumuni, 23, who also was accused of trying to help ISIS sympathizers get to Syria, lunged at an unsuspecting FBI agent with a knife after feds arrived at his Staten Island home in June 2015.

The agent, Kevin Coughlin, decided at the last minute to wear body armor, which prevented the blade from puncturing him.

“I never met you. I never wronged you,”Coughlin told Mumumi at Thursday’s sentencing, according to the New York Daily News. “I never did anything to you, yet you tried to kill me.” 

Brooklyn Federal Judge Margo Brodie rejected the prosecutors’ recommendation that Mumuni be sentenced to 80 years, saying he wasn’t a ringleader and didn’t recruit others to ISIS.

Other Stories of Interest

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Protect Mueller’s Firing

U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fire by President Trump.

The committee advanced the measure with a 14-7 vote, putting pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow the full Senate to vote.

Four Republicans joined Democrats to pass the legislation: Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

McConnell pledged last week to prevent the bill from reaching the Senate floor for a vote, saying there was “no indication” that Trump would fire Mueller and it was unlikely he would approve the measure.    

Grassley said Thursday “this bill should be considered by the full Senate,” despite the objections of McConnell, The USA Today reports.

“Because special counsel investigations only occur where there is a conflict of interest within the executive branch, special counsel investigations are usually matters of great national concern,” Grassley said. “And Congress, by exercising its oversight powers, can help the American people to have confidence that these investigations are conducted efficiently and independently.”

FBI Report Contradicts White House Timeline on Rob Porter Abuse

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI revealed that the White House was notified twice about accusations of violent abuse against then-staff secretary Rob Porter, casting serious doubt on the Trump administration’s insistence that it didn’t know about the allegations until much later.

The New York Times reports that FBI sent a detailed timeline to Congress that indicates the White House was twice told of “derogatory information” about Porter.

The FBI provided the timeline to the House Oversight Committee, saying the bureau first sent information on serious allegations of violent abuse to White House Counsel Don McGahn in March 2017.

In August 2017, the White House Personnel Security Office asked for Porter, his ex-wives and girlfriends to be re-interviewed.

Then in November 2017, the FBI said it sent a second, more detailed report to the White House Personnel Security.

The FBI report contradicts White House claims that it was never fully made aware of the allegations.

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