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Congress told Russia 2016 election moves typical ‘spycraft’ – WCJB
Iraq says it won’t participate in Bahrain economic conference for Mideast peace – The Times of Israel
“Christopher Wray” – Google News: Trump: If Offered Dirt By Foreign Government On 2020 Rival, ‘I Think I’d Take It’ – WPSU
“Christopher Wray” – Google News: Trump Tells ABC: Sure, I’d Collude Again – TPM
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Congress told Russia 2016 election moves typical ‘spycraft’ – WCJB

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election bore some of the textbook tricks of the trade of Kremlin spycraft, including the volume and breadth of contacts with Trump associates, former FBI officials told lawmakers Wednesday in the latest congressional hearing dedicated to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report .
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Iraq says it won’t participate in Bahrain economic conference for Mideast peace – The Times of Israel

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Iran’s semiofficial news agency is reporting that dozens of hardline students have gathered outside of Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport, where the Japanese premier’s plane earlier landed, to protest over possible efforts by Shinzo Abe to calm tensions between Iran and the United States.
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“Christopher Wray” – Google News: Trump: If Offered Dirt By Foreign Government On 2020 Rival, ‘I Think I’d Take It’ – WPSU

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Updated at 8:45 p.m. ET President Trump says he might accept dirt from another country on his potential Democratic rivals if offered, raising new questions and concerns about foreign influence on American elections.
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In a new interview released this afternoon by ABC News, President Trump tells George Stephanopoulos that he’d take information from a foreign government if one offered dirt on his 2020 opponent.
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“Christopher Wray” – Google News: CNN’s Anderson Cooper: ‘If any other president’ said they’d take foreign dirt, GOPers would ‘call him a tra… – Fox News

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Trade tensions continue between U.S. and China; reaction and analysis from the ‘Special Report’ all-star panel. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper sounded off Wednesday on President Trump’s ABC News interview in which he suggested he would accept dirt on political opponents from foreign governments and not report it to the FBI.
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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Trump’s Lawyers Are Practically Daring Congress To Impeach Him

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Donald Trump’s lawyers are all but daring Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry into the president’s alleged crimes.

On May 20, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta knocked down the dubious argument made by Trump’s lawyers that Congress has no “legitimate legislative purpose” to obtain the president’s financial records, which have been subpoenaed by the Oversight and Reform Committee. Mehta ruled that Congress has broad investigatory powers that should not solely be limited to impeachment.

“It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry,” Mehta wrote.

In their brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging a congressional subpoena for financial records held by Trump’s accounting firm, the president’s lawyers argued that the court should not consider the inherent “non-legislative powers” of Congress ― impeachment ― if it is not actively going down that path. The brief goes on to cite Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) repeated denials that the House is engaged in impeachment proceedings for the president.

Trump’s lawyers also argued that Mehta had no right to invoke the impeachment power in ruling for Congress, when the Oversight and Reform Committee did not mention impeachment in its brief before Mehta or in its subpoena for the documents. In doing so, the president’s lawyers are directly arguing that Congress would have more authority if they were to subpoena for documents as part of an impeachment inquiry. “[T]he Constitution also grants Congress non-legislative powers,” the brief states, adding, “And the House and Senate can, respectively, impeach and try impeachments.”



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“If you open an impeachment inquiry, do you get more information?” Pelosi said during a CNN interview on Tuesday. “You still end up in the court.”

Absent impeachment, Congress’ subpoena of the president’s financial records from his accounting firm Mazars USA LLP should be held invalid as the Oversight and Reform Committee has no legitimate legislative reason to obtain them, Trump’s lawyers continue to argue, as they did before losing in district court.

The committee has provided numerous legislative reasons to subpoena Trump’s financial records in its legal briefs. Specifically, the committee says it is pursuing the records to determine if the president lied on his mandatory annual financial disclosure reports and whether any legislation is necessary to fix any loopholes or provide more transparency on presidential finances. The committee passed the For The People Act in 2019 to expand disclosure requirements and provide statutory support for the Foreign Emoluments Clause in the Constitution.

Trump’s lawyers, however, argue that these legislative purposes should be discarded because, according to them, they are unconstitutional. In fact, the president’s lawyers say the already existing presidential financial disclosure laws are unconstitutional.

The president lost using these arguments before Mehta and also in a separate district court case regarding a subpoena for the president’s bank records.

“[T]here can be little doubt that Congress’s interest in the accuracy of the President’s financial disclosures falls within the legislative sphere,” Mehta wrote.

These cases appear headed to the Supreme Court and Trump’s appeal brief contains a Trumpian appeal to the personal interest of the justices there.

It argues that justices should be concerned about Congress subpoenaing their personal financial records if they allow the subpoena for Trump’s financial information to stand. That’s because the justices are already covered by congressionally enacted financial disclosure laws. Additionally, the House-passed For The People Act contains provisions extending judicial ethics codes to the Supreme Court.

“[R]eplace ‘President’ with ‘Justices’ and [Mehta’s ruling] would, without question, authorize a congressional subpoena for the Justices’ accounting records— even for many years before they joined the Court,” Trump’s lawyers argue.

Trump wants to make sure that when the Supreme Court considers his personal financial records, they think of their own, too.

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(CNN) – House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday threatened to subpoena FBI Director Christopher Wray in order to learn whether there are active counterintelligence investigations related to President Donald Trump and Russia or if the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation on that topic has concluded.

Following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in March, Schiff has said he wanted to know whether that meant the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into members of Trump’s team, which was opened in June 2016, had ended, or f it has instead “mushroomed into a set of other counterintelligence investigations.”

On Wednesday, Schiff had yet to get an answer from the FBI and was prepared to soon issue a subpoena if necessary.

“We are determined to get answers, and we are running out of patience. If necessary, we’ll subpoena the director and require him to come in and provide those answers under oath,” the California Democrat said.

Schiff’s comments came after his committee held a hearing on the counterintelligence portion of the Mueller report, which did not establish a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government but did document numerous contacts between Russians and members of Trump’s team. The hearing is the first of several that Schiff is planning in order to highlight the substance of the first volume of the Mueller report, while the Judiciary Committee is doing the same for the second volume on obstruction of justice.

At the hearing, Schiff expressed frustration that the Gang of Eight — the congressional leaders who are briefed about sensitive intelligence matters — had still not been briefed on the “constellation of counterintelligence investigations” around Russia and the Trump campaign since former FBI Director James Comey was fired in 2017.

“Once James Comey was fired, we no longer continued to get Gang of Eight briefings on this constellation of counterintelligence investigations, and we not have not had one since, which is a real problem,” Schiff said. “To this date we have requested from the FBI and from the director a briefing on the status of the counterintelligence investigations. We do not know to this date whether they are ongoing. We do not know whether any of them have been closed. We do not know what those findings are but we are determined to find out.”

Schiff’s comments came at a hearing in which Democrats invited two former FBI officials to testify on the significance of the counterintelligence findings in the Mueller report, while Republican-invited witness Andrew McCarthy, a former US attorney and Fox News contributor, expressed his skepticism toward the special counsel investigation.

The sharp partisan split was on full display.

“Most Americans consider the solicitation of foreign help during a presidential campaign, the offer of foreign assistance, and the campaign’s eagerness to accept that offer, quote, if it is what you say it is, I love it, to constitute plain evidence of collusion,” Schiff said.

But California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the Intelligence panel, accused Democrats of perpetuating a “grotesque spectacle” and called the Mueller report a “shoddy political hit piece.”

There were occasional cases in which witnesses were less rigid in their viewpoints. Former FBI official Robert Anderson — who worked with Peter Strzok, the FBI agent removed from Mueller’s team for sending anti-Trump text messages — called Strzok’s messages “unbelievably inappropriate” and said that it was correct he was removed. And McCarthy, who criticized the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe, highlighted the danger of Trump campaign officials taking the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“I think by taking the meeting, and I don’t think you need a lot of training for this, by taking the meeting, you’ve made yourself beholden to Putin in terms of however he wants to characterize it down the road, so that even if nothing inappropriate happens at the meeting, you have that vulnerability as well,” McCarthy said.

Still, the witnesses also expressed views at the hearing that went beyond the facts contained in the Mueller report, underscoring the partisan nature of the committee’s Russia-related proceedings over the past few years.

McCarthy, for instance, rejected parts of the US intelligence community’s assessment on Russian meddling in 2016. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn’t be portrayed “as on one side or the other side,” even though US intelligence agencies concluded that he specifically tried to help Trump get elected.

Stephanie Douglas, a former official in the FBI’s national security division, speculated beyond the findings in Mueller’s report. She repeatedly suggested that the Russians “tasked” former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with transferring internal polling data to a Russian associate. The Mueller report confirmed that these data transfers occurred throughout 2016, but Mueller never said the Russian government requested or received the polls.

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