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Key Republicans who held dozens of Benghazi hearings now eager to sweep Flynn scandal under the rug

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Congressional Republicans who hounded the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attacks on American personnel in Benghazi are not nearly as eager to investigate the Trump administration’s handling of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Reporter Jamie Dupress notes that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R – UT), who is the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn’t see any further need for a probe of Flynn, despite the fact that the White House kept him on as national security adviser for weeks after learning he might have been compromised by Russian spies.

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“It’s taking care of itself at this point,” Chaffetz replied when asked if he had concerns over whether other aides knew that Flynn had lied about talking with the Russian ambassador about sanctions imposed against the country by the Obama administration in late 2015.

Similarly, Rep. Devin Nunes (R – CA), who serves as chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN’s Manu Raju on Tuesday that he doesn’t plan on probing the Flynn scandal because he believes the president could use executive privilege to block Congress from looking into it.

Nunes put out an official statement shortly after Flynn’s resignation that praised the general for “dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security.”


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‘Psychedelic Nazi’ arrested on AK-47 charges attended ‘Unite the Right’ in Charlottesville: report

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Federal authorities in Virginia arrested a far-right political activist who had attended the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville during which Heather Heyer was murdered in 2017.

Andrew "Thomasberg was arrested at his home in McLean on Thursday, according to court filings, accused of possessing guns as a drug user and illegally buying an AK-47 in 2017 for that friend, who is cooperating with authorities," The Washington Post reported Friday.

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Bill de Blasio learned of federal investigation — and suspended his 2020 bid the next day: report

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.

"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."

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White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report

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President Donald Trump's White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."

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