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FBI confirms Hillary Clinton email investigation

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The FBI has formally confirmed it is investigating Hillary Clinton’s private emails, giving fuel to a controversy that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been unable to put behind her.

In a letter dated February 2 that was made public on Monday, FBI General Counsel James Baker said the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state is “ongoing.”

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Clinton has repeatedly denied doing anything wrong.

Although the FBI’s investigation first became public in July, the Republican Party jumped on the latest news, saying it should disqualify her from the presidency.

“The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email server is far from the routine ‘security review’ she has claimed,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “Clinton’s conduct was a severe error in judgment that grossly endangered our national security and put highly classified information at risk.”

Clinton acknowledged in March that she exclusively used a private email account and private server from 2009 to 2013 while secretary of state, opting against a government account despite official recommendations.

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Although the FBI letter — filed by the Justice Department in federal court in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit — provides no details about the investigation’s scope or content, it suggests one of the favored Republican lines of criticism against Clinton’s campaign is far from exhausted.

In January, the State Department said 22 of the documents found on the former First Lady’s private server contained material considered “top secret.”

The new FBI letter has emerged just as the first presidential primary was getting underway in New Hampshire, a key early test for Republican and Democratic candidates in their quest for the White House.

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The contest pits Clinton against her sole Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, who had a large lead in pre-vote polls.


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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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