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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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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Trump pushed for a sweetheart tax deal on his first hotel — it’s cost NYC $410,068,399 and counting

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In 1975, New York City was run-down and on the verge of bankruptcy. Twenty-nine-year-old Donald Trump saw an opportunity. He wanted to acquire and redevelop the dilapidated Commodore Hotel in midtown Manhattan next to Grand Central Terminal.

Trump had bragged to the executive controlling the sale that he could use his political connections to get tax breaks for the deal.

The executive was skeptical. But the next day, the executive was invited into Trump’s limousine, which ushered him to City Hall. There, he met with Donald’s father Fred and Mayor Abe Beame, to whom the Trumps had given lavishly.

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

- Opening arguments -

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