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Leaked transcripts reveal FBI feared Trump could have fired Comey ‘at the behest’ of Russia

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CNN has obtained a series of transcripts of closed-door meetings between members of Congress and FBI officials that reveal the FBI feared that Trump could have fired the bureau’s former director “at the behest of the Russian government.”

During an interview with lawmakers, then-FBI general counsel James Baker outlined multiple scenarios that the FBI was examining with regard to President Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russian government.

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One the “one extreme,” said Baker, was the possibility that Trump was completely innocent and all of his campaign’s connections with Russia were completely coincidental.

The other extreme possibility, explained Baker, was that Trump was “acting at the behest of and somehow following directions” from Russia and “somehow executing their will.”

Baker went on to explain why the FBI thought this topic was worthy of investigation.

“If the President of the United States fired Jim Comey at the behest of the Russian government, that would be unlawful and unconstitutional,” he said.

At this point, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) asked Baker if he believed Trump had fired Comey under orders from the Kremlin.

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“I don’t know,” Baker replied.

Read the entire report on the transcripts here.


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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

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As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.

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‘Insane’: Park ranger shoots unarmed man through his heart and then handcuffs his dead body

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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.

Charles "Gage" Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family's home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that's where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.

The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park's Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell's lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.

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Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’

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President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.

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