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FBI not answering Congress’ questions on Russia probe: Democrat Schiff

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FBI Director James Comey did not answer all questions from a House intelligence panel about the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a Democratic U.S. congressman said on Thursday.

“I would say at this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows,” U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the Republican-led committee, told reporters.

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“The director spent about three to 3-1/2 hours with us and on the areas he was willing to discuss we had a very in-depth set of questions and answers,” Schiff said, “But there were very large areas that were walled off, and those walls are going to have to come down if we are going to do our job.”

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)


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Dutch man arrested for ‘Black Pete’ suicide bomb threat

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Dutch police have arrested a man who threatened in a social media post to blow himself up over plans to sideline "Black Pete", a Christmas-time character provoking accusations of racist stereotyping.

The arrest is the latest controversy over the country's traditional Saint Nicholas side kick, portrayed in winter parades and by many Dutch children with a black face, thick red lips, woolly hair and a golden earring.

"A 49-year-old man from The Hague was arrested Monday afternoon after he threatened to blow himself up in support of the Saint Nicholas tradition," police said in a statement.

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Trump’s claim on halting Ukraine aid contradicted by Pentagon official Laura Cooper

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According to a new report from The Daily Beast, after the Pentagon's June announcement that it would give Ukraine $250 million in aid, Defense Department officials received a list of questions, seemingly originating from President Trump, seeking information about the aid.

“We got a question from my chain of command forwarded down from the chief of staff, I believe, from the Department of Defense, asking for a follow-up on a meeting with the President,” top Pentagon official Laura Cooper testified on Capitol Hill last month. “The way the email was phrased, it said follow-up from POTUS meeting, so follow-up from a meeting with the President. So, you know, I'm thinking that the questions were probably questions from the President. That's how I interpreted that subject line.”

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Kellyanne Conway snaps after Fox News host mentions Adam Schiff

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On Fox News Tuesday, anchor Bill Hemmer asked White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about the impeachment hearings — and she lost her temper as soon as he brought up House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).

"How concerned is the president over these hearings?" asked Hemmer.

"The president is not concerned at all," said Conway. "The business of the people of this country is not being done ... the Capitol behind me is not a movie set, it is not a cardboard cutout. It’s where your representatives work for you, wasting your money and their time."

"Just to come back to this, I am told that Adam Schiff delivers the opening statement tomorrow," said Hemmer.

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