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Former intel chief James Clapper confirms British intelligence warned US about Trump-Russia activity

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper James Clapper confirmed reports that British intelligence agencies notified their U.S. counterparts about suspicious interactions between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence agents.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked Clapper and Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, to confirm a Guardian report that revealed British intelligence first noticed the suspicious activity in late 2015, and other European allies passed on additional information to the U.S. over spring 2016.

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Yates told the senator she couldn’t answer, so Feinstein asked Clapper if the report was accurate.

“Yes, it is, and it’s also quite sensitive,” Clapper said. “The specifics are quite sensitive.”

Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI opened an investigation into those ties in July 2016, which echoed previous congressional testimony by FBI director James Comey.

The former CIA director said he wasn’t sure what intelligence agencies might have done with evidence cited in the Guardian report, but he said evidence dating back to 2015 showed Russian attempts to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.

“I’m not sure about the accuracy of the article, so clearly, actually, going back to 2015 there was evidence of Soviet — excuse me, Freudian slip — Russian activity mainly in information gathering-where or reconnoitering mode where they were investigating voter registration rolls and the like,” Clapper said. “That activity started early, so we were monitoring this as it progressed and certainly as it picked up and accelerated in the spring, summer and fall of 2016.”

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Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report

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The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.

"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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