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FBI Director Wray ‘prepared to issue a rebuttal’ to Nunes memo: Former Bush Homeland Security Adviser

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National security analyst Fran Townsend, the former Homeland Security Adviser to George W. Bush, on Thursday told CBS “This Morning” that Donald Trump’s FBI Director Christopher Wray is “prepared to issue a rebuttal” to Rep. Devin Nunes’ anti-FBI memo should the White House follow through with releasing it.

Townsend explained the FBI is “concerned about sources and methods,” noting officials fear in order to “rebut the contents of the Nunes memo” they would have to reveal sensitive information.

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“The Nunes memo is an advocacy piece, not a fact piece,” Townsend said.

Director Wray is prepared to rebut—if the White House decides to release the Nunes memo—Director Wray is prepared to issue a rebuttal,” the national security analyst added.

Townsend noted the extensive process required for the FBI to obtain a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“I ran this unit in the Justice Department that got the FISA warrants,” Townsend said. “No FISA warrant relies on a single piece of evidence, so if the allegation from Chairman Nunes is that they relied solely on the Steele dossier, that’s not possible.”

“It doesn’t work that way,” she added.

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Fox News has always been bad — but this week shows it’s willing to destroy democracy for Trump

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Fox News has been detrimental to democracy all along, but one journalist and historian believes it's gone fully off the rails this year and become a threat to national security.

Talk show host Stephen Colbert has been mocking the conservative network's commitment to "truthiness" for nearly 15 years, but 2019 has seen Fox News push out Russian disinformation campaigns and attack democracy itself to defend President Donald Trump from impeachment, reported Garrett Graff for Wired.

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Donald Trump Jr. got special permission from the Mongolian government to kill endangered sheep — on your tax dollars

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The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. The endangered species is beloved for its giant curving horns, which can run over 6 feet in length.

On a hunting trip this August, Donald Trump Jr. shot and killed one.

His adventure was supported by government resources from both the U.S. and Mongolia, which each sent security services to accompany the president’s eldest son and grandson on the multiday trip. It also thrust Trump Jr. directly into the controversial world of Mongolian trophy hunting — a polarizing practice in a country that views the big-horned rams as a national treasure. The right to kill an argali is controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics.

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I thought Democrats were making a giant mistake on impeachment — but these experts changed my mind

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On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announced that they would move forward with two articles of impeachment — involving abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against President Donald Trump.

At first, I shared the frustration of many liberals and progressives that these articles are too limited in scope, and leave a great many of Trump’s apparent misdeeds unmentioned. But further reflection and exchanges with legal experts have convinced me that appearance is misleading. In fact, Democrats have performed a deft feat. In a single stroke — OK, two strokes — they have elevated the process of holding Trump accountable above the realm of partisan politics, and have also given the Democratic nominee (whoever that is) an excellent case to use against Trump in next year’s presidential election. The challenge for Democrats going forward will be to keep that nonpartisan outlook in mind — while understanding that, ultimately and unfortunately, the only possible way to hold Trump accountable will be through partisan politics.

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