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FBI agents fear GOP lawmakers will expose informants in partisan fight over Trump-Russia probe

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With some Republican lawmakers seemingly at war with the FBI over the Trump-Russia probe, some agents increasingly fear the GOP will blow informants’ cover in their crusade to protect President Donald Trump.

Current and former law enforcement officials tell Bloomberg that “the Justice Department’s decision to give congressional Republicans access to documents about FBI investigations risks exposing sensitive sources.”

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One FBI agent tells Bloomberg that he’s so worried about lawmakers exposing his sources that he would be reluctant to include sensitive information that could be used to identify informants in future reports. A second agent, meanwhile, says that they’ve had a harder time getting informants to open up recently thanks to Trump’s public attacks on the FBI.

The spat over FBI documents is being seen within the agency as a vital test for new FBI Director Christopher Wray, who is being pressured by agents to resist handing over information that could compromise agents’ sources.

Additionally, Bloomberg’s sources say agents fear that these documents could be used to purge the FBI of all agents who do not pledge their personal loyalty to Trump.


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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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Alleged ‘pee tape’ incident was not the only Trump ‘sex party’ in Russia investigated by Christopher Steele: report

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Former British spy Christopher Steele investigated multiple alleged sex parties involving Donald Trump that took place in Russia.

His salacious dossier included the allegation that Trump had hired "a number of prostitutes to perform a 'gold showers'show in front of him" in the presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow.

But that was not the only "sex party" involving Trump that was investigated.

"The 476-page Inspector General's report on the Russia probe contains additional salacious information that ex British intelligence officer Christopher Steele obtained from his Russian source network – some of which never made it to the FBI," the Daily Mail reported Monday. "The IG cites four Steele reports including 'select highlights' that Steele 'did not furnish' to the FBI."

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Maddow shocked AG Bill Barr did not resign after IG report undermined his conspiracy theories

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC wondered why Attorney General Bill Barr did not resign after his own Justice Department debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the nation's chief law enforcement officer.

Maddow explained how the Department of Justice Inspector General report released Thursday debunked Barr's claim that there had been "spying" on the 2016 Trump campaign.

The host played a clip of Barr testifying under oath before Congress.

"I think spying did occur," Barr testified.

"Spying did not occur according to the Justice Department," Maddow noted. "The Justice Department's independent inspector general report came out concluding definitively, the Trump campaign was not spied on.

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