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James Comey fails to disclose if FBI is investigating Trump campaign’s ties to Russia: report

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On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey failed to disclose whether the agency is investigating any ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said Comey “failed to meet agreed upon deadline to confirm existence of FBI inquiry into Russia/Trump by this afternoon,” according to CNN congressional reporter Manu Raju.

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But Comey will reportedly be meeting with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to discuss any potential investigations.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Whitehouse had urged Comey to reveal whether the agency has started a probe into the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia—as well as the nature and scope of the investigation. Both senators said they had given the FBI head a March 15th deadline.

On Wednesday, Graham also threatened to subpoena any documents related to President Trump’s claim that Trump Tower had been wiretapped, according to the Hill.

“He hasn’t answered that letter. If he doesn’t answer it today, I’m going to go to the chairman of the [Judiciary] Committee, Sen. Grassley, and seek his support to subpoena,” Graham said on Fox News.

Comey faced pressure on other fronts. On Tuesday, Grassley said he’d delay that nomination of Trump’s pick for deputy attorney general until Congress gets more clarity on the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s role in influencing the election.

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The FBI director is also set to testify in a public hearing in the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, March 20th, according to Politico.

Graham said Wednesday afternoon that Comey has offered a classified briefing some time in the future in regards to information related to Trump Tower surveillance.

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(Note: This article has been updated.)

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Morning Joe’s Mika: Thousands are dying of COVID-19 because Trump is ‘surrounded by inexperienced suck-ups’

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MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski got right to the point on Tuesday morning by saying people are getting sick and dying in the U.S. because Donald Trump is surrounded by a collection of "suck-ups" who won't tell him the brutal truth about what is happening in the country.

As part of a "Morning Joe" panel discussion on the failings of the Trump administration to head off of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country -- despite ample warnings it was on the way -- Brzezinski, as well as co-host Willie Geist, levied some hard accusations against the president and his team.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika reveal why Trump likely ignored startlingly accurate COVID-19 memos

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked President Donald Trump for apparently ignoring startlingly accurate warnings from trade adviser Peter Navarro about the coronavirus pandemic.

Navarro's memos were circulated at the highest levels of government in January and February, but the president downplayed the virus until early March, when statewide lockdowns started wrecking the U.S. economy.

"In one worst-case scenario cited in the memo, Navarro warned that more than half a million Americans could die, and, yet, weeks after that, you had Donald Trump at rallies saying that in April when it warms up, this will miraculously go away," Scarborough said. "Put this in context with, I suppose you could say with 9/11, the memos warning of al-Qaeda attacks using airplanes, maybe missed signals FDR didn't pick up on before Pearl Harbor. I really don't know, though, what parallel there can be, because so many more people are going to die because of these missed signals."

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‘One failure after another’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts tragic COVID-19 mistakes Trump keeps trying to deny

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough lamented the repeated failures and missed opportunities by President Donald Trump as he faced the coronavirus outbreak.

The "Morning Joe" host criticized the president for claiming it was not the federal government's job to test Americans for the virus, and instead shifted responsibility to the states and their governors.

"This is a perfect 'the buck stops here' contrast with Donald Trump, saying, 'I am not responsible,'" Scarborough said. "What we can talk about is ventilators, the national Defense Production Act. We could talk about all the ways that Donald Trump keeps trying to pass the buck, keeps trying to say, 'I'm not responsible.'"

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