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House Intel Committee demands Trump hand over any copies of the Comey tapes ‘to the extent they exist’

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The House Intelligence Committee on Friday wrote to White House Counsel Don McGahn requesting he hand over copies of any tape recording between Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey “to the extent they exist now.” The committee set a deadline of June 23.

The committee also wrote to Comey requesting “any notes or memoranda in his possession memorializing” his conversations with the president.

The request comes one day after Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, confirming, under oath, that Trump demanded his loyalty and asked him to quash the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

The Senate Intelligence Committee likewise wrote to Comey’s “good friend,” Columbia professor Daniel Richman, requesting any copies of the former FBI director’s memos he may possess. Comey on Thursday testified he asked Richman to share details of his conversations with the president to the press.

At a press conference Friday, Trump said he was “100 percent” willing to testify that he never demanded loyalty from Comey, effectively saying the former FBI director lied under oath.

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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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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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