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House Republicans won’t release transcripts for Comey and ‘Putin’s favorite congressman’ in Russia probe

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The House Intelligence committee voted Friday to send a batch of documents related to the Russia probe to the Director of National Intelligence for classification review.

But according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Republican majority appeared to be strategically selective in the documents they chose to make public. Schiff also claimed they were withholding information from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

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Schiff made the following statement in response.

“For the last six months, we have urged the Chairman and Majority to release all of the transcripts of our interviews and proceedings as they committed to do when the Russia investigation began,” the statement read.

“They refused. Now, on the last day of session before the election, Republicans claim to have discovered a newfound commitment to transparency. When the Chairman was pressed on whether the timing of this sudden decision was directed by the White House or the President’s legal defense team, he refused to answer,” Schiff stated.

Schiff expressed skepticism that the release of selective documents stemmed from the GOP’s commitment to public review.

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“However, as has often been the case, even this claim does not withstand scrutiny: The GOP does not want ALL of the transcripts released and wish to conceal certain interviews from the public, including key interviews with Director Comey, Admiral Rogers, Director Brennan, and Rep. Rohrabacher. Apparently, the Majority does not want the public to see the testimony of these agency heads, as well as that of Rohrabacher,’ Schiff noted.

“This is not transparency, only a further subterfuge.”

Schiff further claimed that Republicans on the Intelligence Committee prevented special counsel Robert Mueller’s team from access to important documents.

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“The Majority also rejected the immediate release of all unredacted transcripts to special counsel Mueller, so that his team would have the benefit of the evidence they contain and so that he may determine which witnesses may have perjured themselves before our committee,” Schiff wrote.

“They have no wish to assist in the Russia investigation by either our committee or the special counsel, and apparently wish to protect those witnesses who may have lied to protect themselves or the President.”

Democrats on the committee filed several motions, which were denied by the Republican majority, including that they issue subpoenas to obtain Deutsche Bank records; Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.’s phone records related to the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting; certain Twitter Direct Messages between individuals affiliated with the campaign and Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and Guccifer 2.0; written or audio documentation of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey.

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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