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Comey: Trump seemed surprised by the ‘salacious’ details that were revealed in Steele dossier

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Speaking with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, former FBI director James Comey admitted that President Donald Trump seemed startled to hear some of the “salacious” details included in the notorious Steele dossier when confronted by them.

According to Comey, he went in suspicious about Trump’s “commitment to truth” but remained neutral while speaking with him.

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“I was concerned about his commitment to truth telling, based on some things I’d see during the campaign” Comey explained. “But I went in trying to see what he was like as a leader.”

The NBC host then pressed Comey on how the Steele dossier was received when the ex-FBI head brought it up, including allegations of sexual escapades with Russian prostitutes.

“When you told him the contents of the Steele dossier, did you get the impression that it was the first time he ever heard those allegations?’ Todd asked.

“Yes. And I didn’t give him a briefing on the whole dossier,” Comey explained. “My assignment was to brief him on a small part of it that was salacious and personal. My sense was — I didn’t get a sense he knew about those.”

“Why include that salacious part?” host Todd asked.

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“We thought it was important that he knew,” Comey replied. ” I say we, I mean all of the intelligence chiefs that put together the intelligence community assessment. We thought it was important that he knew because we knew and we didn’t want to be holding that back from the new president.”

“The FBI’s role is counter-intelligence and so we do a defensive briefing whether or not something is true, just to let the person know, who might be the target of a leverage effort that we have this information,” he concluded.

Watch the video below via NBC:

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Feds now probing Giuliani’s links to Ukrainian natural gas projects – and if he profited from them

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Federal investigators are now probing the ties of the President's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, into Ukrainian energy projects, and if he stood to gain financially in a business venture headed by his two "henchmen" who are now in jail.

The two associates infamously aided Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine to launch investigations into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in an attempt to assist President Donald Trump's re-election efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

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Americans are increasingly fearful of monitoring of their online and offline activities, both by governments and private companies, a survey showed Friday.

The Pew Research Center report said more than 60 percent of US adults believe it is impossible to go about daily life without having personal information collected by companies or the government.

Most Americans are uneasy about how their data is collected and used: 79 percent said they are not comfortable about the handling of their information by private firms, and 69 percent said the same of the government.

Seven in 10 surveyed said they think their personal data is less secure than five years ago, while only six percent said it is more secure, the report found.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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