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Ex-CIA director asked Republicans to condemn Russian sabotage before election — and they refused

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The former CIA director under President Barack Obama asked Republican lawmakers to publicly condemn Russian interference in the presidential election — but they refused.

John Brennan, who led the intelligence service last year, told PBS’ “Frontline” that he presented lawmakers with evidence that Russia was attempting to influence the U.S. election, according to the Washington Post.

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“In those briefings of Congress, some of the individuals expressed concern that this was motivated by partisan interests on the part of the [Obama] administration,” Brennan told PBS, “and I took offense to that. I told them that this is an intelligence assessment, that this is an intelligence matter.”

It’s not clear what evidence Brennan presented during the briefing, but he told PBS his conclusion was backed by U.S. intelligence, and he asked lawmakers for a bipartisan response to the foreign interference.

His newly public comments match reporting from December, when the Post revealed Obama administration officials had privately asked senior congressional officials from both parties to stand publicly united against Russian sabotage.

However, according to that report, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused and threatened to turn any White House efforts to publicly challenge Russia into “an act of partisan politics.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia attempted to help Donald Trump win the election at the expense of Hillary Clinton, and both lawmakers and a special counsel are investigating whether his campaign colluded with Kremlin agents.

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Two of Trump’s top campaign officials were indicted on tax fraud and money laundering charges this week in connection with the special counsel probe, and a foreign policy adviser pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russia.


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Justice Ginsburg sends out dire warning about the new Supreme Court ruling in Wisconsin election case

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a disturbing dissent on Monday as the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in Tuesday’s upcoming Wisconsin election with a move she warned could result in “massive disenfranchisement.”

The election, which includes the Democratic presidential primary, a Wisconsin Supreme Court race, and a raft of other local campaigns, has become embroiled in controversy as observers warn the coronavirus pandemic threatens the safety and integrity of the election. While Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has pushed to delay the election until June in light of the pandemic, the Republican-dominated legislature has refused to act, apparently believing the chaos caused by the crisis will depress turnout and benefit the GOP.

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Boeing is no longer manufacturing airplanes after closing its last factory ‘until further notice’: report

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Boeing announced Monday it is suspending production of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft "until further notice" due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on workers and suppliers.

Shuttering the South Carolina plant on Wednesday halts production at the last of the aviation giant's US commercial aircraft facilities.

Boeing, which employs more than 161,000 people, the vast majority in the United States, already suspended activity indefinitely at its factories in Washington state.

The company had been struggling with the grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft after two deadly crashes when the COVID-19 outbreak hit, halting most air travel worldwide and leading some airlines to cancel orders for new aircraft.

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Trump is ‘unethical and tyrannical’ for firing inspector general who relayed Ukraine complaint: Conservative columnist

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On Monday, writing for the Washington Examiner, conservative columnist Quin Hillyer laid into President Donald Trump for getting rid of intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson.

Hillyer pointed out that the GOP and some Democrats "rightly expressed outrage" when President Barack Obama fired Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who Obama had claimed was "confused and disoriented" in meetings and took unauthorized absences from work. But "Trump has even less reason to fire Atkinson now than Obama had to fire Walpin then."

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