HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

242,029 user registrations and 74,889,783 posts since 2001
Pic of the Moment

The Left Column

kpete

Woah. Rep Schiff: New evidence of Trump/Russia collusion "would merit a grand jury investigation"

(CNN) The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia, suggesting "it's the kind of evidence" that a grand jury investigation would want to consider.

Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Thursday that he had seen additional evidence, but would not specify what it was.

"We continue to get new information that, I think, paints a more complete picture of at least what we know at the outset of our investigation," Schiff said.

Asked to explain his comments earlier in the week when he said there was more than just "circumstantial evidence of collusion," Schiff said, "I do think that it's appropriate to say that it's the kind of evidence that you would submit to a grand jury at the beginning of an investigation.

DonViejo

Second Intel Dem (Mike Quigley) Confirms Trump-Russia Evidence 'More Than Circumstantial'

(Daily Beast) Two members of the House Intelligence Committee have told The Daily Beast that they have now seen "more than circumstantial" evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

"The evidence is more than circumstantial," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee said. Rep. Mike Quigley, another Democrat on the committee, said in a separate conversation Thursday he had seen the same as Schiff.

babylonsister

Democratic Congressman Calls for 'Total and Complete Shutdown' of Trump Agenda in Congress

(NCRM) Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), an ardent and outspoken opponent of President Donald Trump's actions, has issued a statement calling on the House and the Senate to cease action on all Trump administration items until the FBI has completed its investigation into Donald Trump, his administration and transition teams, and any possible collusion with Russia. That would include the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch tot he Supreme Court, and the health care bill, among many others.

“The bombshell revelation that U.S. officials have information that suggests Trump associates may have colluded with the Russians means we must pause the entire Trump agenda,” Rep. Lieu says, citing Wednesday night's CNN report that states the FBI has evidence of collusion. “We may have an illegitimate President of the United States currently occupying the White House.”

“Other than allowing routine governmental functions, there must be a total and complete shutdown of any agenda item being pushed by the Trump Administration. Congress cannot continue regular order and must stop voting on any Trump-backed agenda item until the FBI completes its Trump-Russia collusion investigation.”

DonViejo

Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination

(WaPo) As the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing from witnesses for and against Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nomination was delivered a critical blow: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced he would oppose Gorsuch and join other Democrats in filibustering the nomination, making it likely that the judge will struggle to find the support needed to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle.

Gorsuch “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump, Schumer said in a Senate floor speech.

Gorsuch is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology,” Schumer added. “He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs.”

JudyM

McCain: Congress doesn't have 'credibility' to handle Russia probes

(The Hill) Congress no longer has the credibility to independently tackle a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump and his associates' ties to Moscow, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday.

"It's a bizarre situation, and what I think, the reason why I'm calling for this select committee or a special committee, is I think that this back-and-forth and what the American people have found out so far that no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone," McCain told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren. "And I don't say that lightly."

Kingofalldems

US officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians

(CNN) The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.

This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, according to one source.

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered "a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power."

Recursion

Schiff: there is evidence that is "not circumstantial" of campaign/Russia coordination

(The Atlantic) Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said MSNBC Wednesday afternoon that there is evidence that is “not circumstantial” of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Schiff’s statement escalates the rhetoric on Capitol Hill about allegations of ties between Russia and the president’s circle. It follows two major developments. On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his bureau is investigating collusion. Then, on Wednesday, Representative Devin Nunes, the chair of the House intelligence committee, made a puzzling announcement about so-called incidental collection of information from Trump team members. Nunes made that announcement without informing Schiff first.

Schiff was furious. During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, he cast doubt on whether the House investigation was still viable.

“The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both,” Schiff said. “Unfortunately I think the actions of today throw great doubt in the ability of the both the chairman and the committee to conduct the investigation the way it ought to be conducted.”

Mr. Sparkle

Ex-CIA Chief of Staff: Other House Intel Committee Members Likely Horrified Over Nunes Actions

(Mediaite) Following House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes’ press conference on his briefing of President Donald Trump over his finding of “incidentally collected” communications of Trump transition members, a former CIA chief of staff lit into the Republican lawmaker over his actions.

MSNBC security analyst Jeremy Bash noted that he served as counsel to the House Intelligence Committee in the past while pointing out that he “never heard of a chairman of an oversight committee going to brief the President of the United States about concerns he had about things he read in an intelligence report.”

“The job of the committee is to do oversight of the executive branch,” Bash exclaimed. “Not to bring them into their investigation or to tip them off to things they may be looking at.”

Fast Walker 52

While Gorusch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he was wrong

(Think Progress) About 40 minutes after Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began his second day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eight of the justices he hopes to join said a major disability decision Gorsuch wrote in 2008 was wrong.

Both the Supreme Court’s decision and Gorsuch’s 2008 opinion involved the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires that public school systems which take certain federal funds provide a “free appropriate public education” to certain students with disabilities.

Applying this law to individual students, the Supreme Court acknowledged in its Wednesday opinion in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, is not an exact science. “A focus on the particular child is at the core of the IDEA,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the unanimous Supreme Court. “The instruction offered must be ‘specially designed’ to meet a child’s ‘unique needs’ through an ‘individualized education program.’”

demmiblue

Manafort's plan to 'greatly benefit the Putin Government'

(AP) President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Around DU

Good Reads

General Discussion

Topics

Places

Latest Breaking News

Donald Trump takes 12th golf trip since becoming President nine weeks ago

1 hr ago - Donald Trump has this weekend taken his twelfth golfing holiday since his presidential inauguration just over nine weeks ago. Departing the White House for the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, it is unclear whether he plans to do anything other ... (The Independent)

'You truly are an evil man': Rep. Ted Lieu scorches Trump for hoping Obamacare 'explodes'

1 hr ago - David Ferguson 25 Mar 2017 at 16:41 ET Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (CA) blasted Pres. Donald Trump on Twitter Saturday after the president said hes looking forward to watching the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare explode and fa ... (RawStory)

Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: 'It is cancer'

3 hrs ago - Muslim special agents and intelligence analysts at the FBI are reporting a climate of fear inside the agency coinciding with the political ascendance of Donald Trump, the Guardian has learned. FBI officials from Muslim-majority countries, a minority ... (MSN/Guardian)

Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

3 hrs ago - Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:07pm EDT Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route. U.S. Navy c ... (Reuters)

U.S. military acknowledges strike on Mosul site where more than 100 were allegedly killed

4 hrs ago - The U.S. military acknowledged for the first time Saturday that it launched an airstrike against the Islamic State last week in the densely packed Iraqi city of Mosul where residents say more than 100 people were killed. “An initial review of strike ... (Washington Post)

Uber self-driving test car involved in crash in Arizona

5 hrs ago - Posted 6 hours ago by Natasha Lomas More bad news for Uber: one of the ride-hailing giant’s self-driving Volvo SUVs has been involved in a crash in Arizona — apparently leaving the vehicle flipped onto its side, and with damage to at least two other ... (TechCrunch)

New York governor applauds failed effort to repeal and replace health care law

5 hrs ago - The failure of the push to repeal and replace Obamacare was cheered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who rolled out doomsday scenarios all week about the chaos that would have resulted if the GOP succeeded in overturning the healthcare-for-all law. Cuomo show ... (Daily Freeman)

Saudi embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

5 hrs ago - LONDON (AP) — The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the Persian Gulf country's embassy said. Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November ... (MSN/Associated Press)

Inspector General Probes Trump Administrations Move To Pull Obamacare Enrollment Ads

6 hrs ago - 03/25/2017 02:23 am ET | Updated 1 hour ago Inspector General Probes Trump Administration’s Move To Pull Obamacare Enrollment Ads Halting outreach for ACA enrollment could “contribute to weakening healthcare marketplaces and raising costs,” Sen. ... (Huffington Post)

TV ads thanking Republicans for repealing Obamacare aired hours after the bill was abandoned

7 hrs ago - 11h 10,848 darrell issa Screenshot via American Action Network/YouTube .................. Commercials thanking Republicans for repealing Obamacare aired near several conservative-leaning television markets — hours after the GOP's Obamacar ... (businessinsider)

Committee votes down bill to allow 18-year-olds to carry concealed weapons without permits

7 hrs ago - UGUSTA — Lawmakers disposed of two bills Friday that would have loosened Maine laws that allow an adult to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. The bills offered by Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would have allowed someone as young as 18 to carr ... (Portland Press Herald)

Trump: Don't Worry! O'care Will 'Explode,' We Will Pick Up The Pieces

7 hrs ago - By KRISTIN SALAKY Published MARCH 25, 2017, 10:59 AM EDT President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday for the first time about the Republicans' failure to bring their health care bill up for a vote in the House, telling Americans not to worry but that ... (Talking Points Memo)

Report: Trump Told Freedom Caucus To 'Forget The Little S***' In Repeal Bill

7 hrs ago - By KRISTIN SALAKY Published MARCH 25, 2017, 10:40 AM EDT President Donald Trump was reportedly skimpy on the details of the now-failed American Health Care Act in a meeting with conservative Republicans Thursday, apparently telling them to "forget ... (Talking Points Memo)

Bernie Sanders Has A Message For Disenchanted Trump Voters

8 hrs ago - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivered a fiery joint rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The object of their scorn? Trump's new National Economic Council director, Gary Cohn. " we are going to send the special interest ... (Crooks and Liars)

Schiff urges Trump to avoid baseless accusations

8 hrs ago - BY NIKITA VLADIMIROV - 03/25/17 06:00 AM EDT The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee urged President Trump to listen to his advisers and avoid making groundless accusations. “Mr. President, I implore you, the country implores you, you ... (The Hill)

Trumps civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil rights for trans p

9 hrs ago - 25 Mar 2017 at 00:36 ET ......................Based on his prior writings, Severino will likely take the agency in a different direction than it had under the Obama administration. Last year, the agency issued rules banning disc ... (raw story)

Napolitano told friends he was on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist

10 hrs ago - Judge Andrew Napolitano may be temporarily sidelined at Fox News, but he’s been telling friends and associates that he could be in for a big promotion — to the Supreme Court. After meeting with President Trump twice during the transition, first in D ... (Politico)

Montana bill seeks abortion ban on 'pain-capable' fetuses

12 hrs ago - HELENA, Mont. — Mar 24, 2017, 10:51 PM ET The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called "pain-capable" fetuses. If approved, Montana would join more than a dozen states adopting laws protecting pain-cap ... (ABC News)

More signs that House panels Trump-Russia probe is reeling

14 hrs ago - Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the committee, announced Friday that he had postponed what was to have been another public hearing on Tuesday, a decision that was angrily denounced moments later by Rep. Adam Schiff, the Californian who is ... (Raw Story)

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones backs off Pizzagate claims

19 hrs ago - Alex Jones, the conspiracy-loving media personality, apologized Friday for his role in promoting “Pizzagate,” the baseless viral story that a Washington pizza restaurant was the locale of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton and her campaign ... (Washington Post)

Venezuela asks the UN to help boost supply of medicines

20 hrs ago - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has asked for help from the United Nations to boost the country's supplies of medicines. Mr Maduro said the UN had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the country. Venezuela's Medi ... (BBC)

Terror in Lille as hooded gunman shoots three people outside Metro station in French city then esca

21 hrs ago - A DRIVE-BY shooting in central Lille has left three wounded after a hooded gunman opened fire outside a train station. The shooter has reportedly fled the scene leaving several victims – including a schoolboy – with gunshot wounds. Armed police have ... (SunUK)

Poll: Most favor an independent commission to probe Trump-Russia ties

22 hrs ago - A majority of registered voters are in favor of an independent commission to investigate the potential ties between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government, a new poll finds. According to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Frid ... (MSN/The Hill)

Warren: 'Today is a great day... but I'm not doing a touchdown dance'

22 hrs ago - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) on Friday praised the cancellation of a vote on a GOP ObamaCare repeal bill, saying it's a "great day" but that she isn't "doing a touchdown dance." "Today is a great day for the people of Massachusetts & peop ... (The Hill)

Pelosi: GOP health bill failure victory for the American people

22 hrs ago - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a victory lap Friday, calling the GOP's decision to pull its healthcare bill a "victory for the American people." "Today is a great day for our country," Pelosi said moments after Speaker Paul Ryan ... (The Hill)

Drought, Weather Fuel Record Oklahoma Wildfires

23 hrs ago - Published: March 24th, 2017 By Andrea Thompson Wildfires fueled by gusting winds, hot, dry weather, and desiccated plant life have burned nearly 900,000 acres of Oklahoma so far this year, a record, as well as parts of Kansas and Texas. The blazes h ... (Climate Central News)

Illinois governor vetoes Chicago pension fix, angers city's mayor

23 hrs ago - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed a legislative fix favored by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for two of the city’s struggling pension funds and castigated it as a “kick-the-can approach.” The financial footing and credit ratings for the n ... (Reuters)

UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul

23 hrs ago - The United Nations has raised grave concerns about reports of high civilian casualties in the Iraqi city of Mosul. A senior UN official in Iraq said she was stunned by accounts of "terrible loss of life", after claims that at least 200 people had be ... (BBC)

Penn State ex-president convicted of one charge in Sandusky scandal

23 hrs ago - A jury convicted the former president of Penn State University of child endangerment on Friday for his handling of a 2001 report that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was seen molesting a boy in a campus shower. But jurors in Harrisburg, Penn ... (Reuters)

Trump disappointed House conservatives blocked healthcare bill

Yesterday - Fri Mar 24, 2017 | 6:10pm EDT By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton | WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Friday that he was disappointed that a conservative faction in the House of Representatives blocked his healthcare legislation and said " ... (Reuters)

Blogroll

.