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Steve Bannon spent a total of some 20 hours in conversations with the Mueller team this week.

Steve Bannon met with Mueller multiple times over the past week

by Hallie Jackson

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, who served as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller over multiple days this week, NBC News has learned from two sources familiar with the proceedings.

Bannon spent a total of some 20 hours in conversations with the team led by Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia as well as other issues that have arisen around the probe.

Bannon left his job as a senior White House adviser in August and returned to a leadership role at Breitbart, the right-wing news site based out of Washington. But he fell out of favor with the site’s financial backers, the Mercer family, after criticizing the president and his family in "Fire and Fury,” a book about the Trump administration published earlier this year by author Michael Wolff.

After a more than four-week stalemate, Bannon also returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to resume his interview with the House Intelligence Committee that was halted when he earlier refused to answer key questions in the Russia probe.

More: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/steve-bannon-met-mueller-multiple-times-over-past-week-n848421

Grassley pissed at Sessions. Says protected him for months from public hearings on Russia.

Grassley tells me he's incensed at Jeff Sessions for torching his sentencing overhaul after Grassley stood up for him when Trump wanted to fire him and after he protected Sessions for months from Democratic demands for public hearings on Russia.

'Incensed' Grassley Rips Sessions for Torching Justice Overhaul
By Steven T. Dennis
February 14, 2018, 9:37 PM EST

*Attorney general says bill could free ’very worst’ inmates
*Senator says he protected Sessions from Democrats, and Trump

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday after Sessions criticized his criminal justice overhaul a day before a committee vote.

Sessions wrote a letter charging that the legislation, if passed, could let the "very worst criminals" and gang members out of prison early. Grassley accused the attorney general of being ungrateful, saying that he had supported Sessions when President Donald Trump wanted to fire him and protected him from repeated Democratic demands for public hearings on Sessions’ contacts with Russians in 2016.

"I think it’s legitimate to be incensed and I resent it, because of what I’ve done for him. He had a tough nomination, a tough hearing in my committee," Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office.

"They wanted to call him back every other day for additional hearings about his Russian connection, and I shut them off of that until we had the normal oversight hearing in October I believe it was, see? And the president was going to fire him, and I backed him, you know? So why wouldn’t I be irritated?"

More: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-02-15/-incensed-grassley-rips-sessions-for-torching-justice-overhaul?__twitter_impression=true

CNN Exclusive: At least 100 White House officials served with 'interim' security clearances until No

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Nearly a year into President Donald Trump's administration, senior-level staffers -- including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Rob Porter -- remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full security access, according to information obtained by CNN from a US government official.

Having interim clearance can hamper a staffer's ability to perform essential functions of the job, a former administration official said. It requires those with full permanent clearances to remain vigilant about what information is shared with those still operating on an interim basis.

There were more than 100 staffers in the Executive Office of the President who were operating on interim clearances more than a year after Trump was elected, according to the information.

It's not clear which of those staffers gained full clearances in the three months since the information was produced in November. It is also unclear whether the delay is the result of a bureaucratic backlog or potential complications in the background of these aides.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/politics/security-clearances-white-house/index.html

Why would Mr. & Mrs. Russian Oligarch have trouble getting security clearance?

Think about it.


Bannon’s one move of genius was to understand that people won’t fall for your substitute of a good news story over a bad one. His genius was to say “I’ll give you a new, worse story with a human interest element - servers are boring, here’s a porn star”

Today, the heads of our intelligence agencies told you THE PRESIDENT WON'T PROTECT US FROM ENEMIES.

NY Times: Here's a porn star story.


Amb. Rice sent herself an email on inauguration day & Grassley & Graham have questions about it.

Sens. Grassley and Graham ask Obama natsec adviser @AmbassadorRice about an email she sent herself on the day of Trump's inauguration, memorializing an Oval Office meeting with Obama on Russian hacking.

The highlighted sentence here is remarkable.

Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeeds Effort to Verify Trump Dossier

Source: Foreign Policy

Anthony Ferrante coordinated the U.S. government’s response to Russian election interference. Now he’s helping a news site defend itself from a Russian billionaire’s lawsuit.

For the last six months, a team led by a former top FBI and White House cybersecurity official has been traveling the globe on a secret mission to verify parts of the Trump dossier, according to four sources familiar with different aspects of the ongoing probe.

Their client: BuzzFeed, the news organization that first published the dossier on U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, which is now being sued over its explosive allegations.

The investigation, being conducted by FTI Consulting, is running in parallel to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in Kremlin-directed efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. With the special counsel probe under wraps, the BuzzFeed court case could represent the first public airing of an investigation into the veracity of some of the dossier’s claims.

FTI is a Washington-based business advisory firm that specializes in areas ranging from corporate litigation to forensic accounting, and it is a frequent post-government landing pad for FBI officials.

Read more: http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/12/former-senior-fbi-official-is-leading-buzzfeeds-effort-to-verify-trump-dossier/

Deep dive into the Fourth Estate, the New York Times, and her favorite reporter, Maggie Haberman

This is a long article about the Fourth Estate, the New York Times, and her favorite reporter, Maggie Haberman, who has access to Trump. Warning: It's a deep dive & long read, but I know DUers read.

... snip

Despite all the articles published – and the incredible shooting star of journalistic fame being lavished on their reporter, The New York Times has failed to disclose to the public that she has family FINANCIAL ties to both Russia and the Trump-Kushner clan.

This reporter is Maggie Haberman.

We’ll break down Haberman’s PR spinning, apologist work in a minute. First, let’s give you some hard information that The NYTimes apparently doesn’t want you to know.

We begin with Maggie’s mom...

Start here: http://www.citjourno.org/maggie1

Sen Feinstein blasting some big holes in Chuck Grassley's criminal referral about Christopher Steele

Sean Hannity conspires w/ Julian Assange for dirt on Dems/Mark Warner & story is on Fox "News"

Long story short, Sean Hannity conspired with Julian Assange to illegally obtain dirt on Warner/Dem senators. How do we know this? When Hannity's account was down a fake Hannity account messaged Assange who replied that he had dirt on Warner. Isn't it odd how this dirt ended on on Fox "News"?

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele

EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.

"We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country," Warner texted the lobbyist, Adam Waldman, on March 22, 2017.

"I'm in," Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton, texted back to Warner.

Steele famously put together the anti-Trump dossier of unverified information that was used by FBI and Justice Department officials in October 2016 to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page. Despite the efforts, Steele has not agreed to an interview with the committee.

More: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/08/democratic-sen-mark-warner-texted-with-russian-oligarch-lobbyist-in-effort-to-contact-dossier-author-christopher-steele.html

Watch the video: https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/status/961753731535704064
This is the Fox spin... I feel like I need to justify posting something from Fox. I'm posting because we need to know their spin and because these texts ARE news.

(Rep) Rooney: Entire Republican Staff of House Intelligence Committee Is Under Investigation

Rooney: Entire Republican Staff of House Intelligence Committee Is Under Investigation

Rep. Tom Rooney says the atmosphere on the House Intelligence Committee is “absolute poison”:

Rooney said one reason for the tension is an erosion of trust, exacerbated by an ongoing ethics investigation into the “entire Republican staff,” including “the woman up front that answers the phone” for alleged leaks. He later added that the matter was being handled by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Leaks, you say? From Republican staffers? I am shocked.

Link at Mother Jones: https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/02/rooney-entire-republican-staff-of-house-intelligence-committee-is-under-investigation/

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