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Rep. Devin Nunes still has subpoena powers in House intel probe of Trump-Russia ties

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) still oversees subpoenas in the congressional Russia probe from which he stepped aside over ethics concerns.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee met privately this week to discuss the ongoing investigation, and the Republican majority agreed to continue under the panel’s current rules, reported CNN.

That means Nunes, who stepped away from the probe while an ethics claim against him is investigated, still has the authority to issue subpoenas after consulting with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee’s ranking Democrat.

The House of Representatives’ Ethics Committee launched an investigation last month into Nunes over his late-night trip to the White House to get an exclusive intelligence briefing from two members of the Trump administration and then disclosed classified information to the public without proper authorization.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) is overseeing the House intelligence probe in his place.

Some of the committee’s Democratic members were unhappy with Nunes maintaining the authority over subpoenas, sources told CNN, and the arrangement has also caused tension between him and Conaway.

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Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’

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On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":

In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.

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Justice Department sues Omarosa Manigault Newman over financial disclosures

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who campaigned for President Donald Trump and later worked for him in the White House, alleging she failed to file a required public disclosure report after she left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, claims Manigault Newman "knowingly and willingly" failed to file the financial disclosure report after corresponding multiple times with attorneys for the White House. It accuses her of violating the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA) by not filing the report, which was required because her salary exceeded $124,406, despite several oral and written reminders from White House ethics lawyers.

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Retired admiral could pose serious threat if he decides to run against Iowa Republican: report

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On Wednesday, Iowa Starting Line reported that Ret. Adm. Michael Franken is in talks with state and national Democrats about challenging GOP Sen. Joni Ernst.

Franken, who has served as Deputy for Military Operations for AFRICOM, Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy, hails from Sioux Center, a town in the deeply conservative northwest part of the state.

Ernst, who first gained national attention for her 2014 campaign ad about castrating hogs, is a reliable vote for President Donald Trump in the Senate, and the president's poor approval ratings in Iowa have left Democrats hopeful that they can defeat her.

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