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Comey concluded Russia trying to undermine election — but opposed putting it out before Election Day: report

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FBI Director James Comey privately concluded that Russia was trying to influence the upcoming U.S. election, but argued it was too close to Election Day to say so publicly, according to CNBC.

A former official told CNBC that Comey believed a foreign power was trying to undermine the election. “He believed it to be true, but was against putting it out before the election,” the official said. Comey argued that “if it is said, it shouldn’t come from the FBI, which as you’ll recall it did not,” the official added.

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The announcement ended up coming from the Department of Homeland Security and The Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In a joint statement earlier this month, the agencies said: “The U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.”

Last Friday, less than two weeks before Election Day, Comey announced the FBI was reviewing the case involving Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. New emails were reportedly uncovered during a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner, the former husband of senior Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.

The former official told CNBC that government insiders were confused as to why Comey argued against publicizing Russia’s alleged involvement in U.S. elections, but apparently did not have the same concerns about the Clinton email case.


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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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To any halfway objective observer, the first day of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which are ongoing as of this writing, have not gone well for Trump’s defenders.

Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.

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‘Blather and hysteria’: Conservative columnist explains why GOP anti-impeachment ‘antics’ just crashed and burned

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and other House Republicans were clearly trying to rally the Trumpian base on Wednesday, when the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered its first public testimony. Jordan and Nunes aggressively tried to discredit the inquiry and the two witnesses who testified: diplomat William B. Taylor (U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. But conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a Wednesday column, stressed that House Republicans — for all their “antics and conspiracy theories” — failed to show why Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House Democrats showed why he should.

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