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Andrew McCabe says he — not Robert Mueller — removed former FBI agent Peter Strzok from Russia probe

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Former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday said that he was the one who removed former FBI agent Peter Strzok from participating in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As revealed by a newly released congressional transcript obtained Politico, McCabe told members of Congress in 2017 that he made the call to pull Strzok from the probe after learning of text messages he sent that made disparaging comments about President Donald Trump.

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McCabe told lawmakers in 2017 that he decided to yank Strzok off the investigation on the same day he learned about his controversial text messages on July 27 of the same year.

“I made the decision to remove him from the investigation that evening,” he said. “I came back from my meeting with the inspector general. I met with a very small group of my fellow leaders. We discussed Peter’s reassignment, and we discussed where we would place him.”


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Career diplomats fear ‘retaliation’ for defying Trump — here’s why they’re doing it anyway

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In an article for the Washington Post on Tuesday, reporter Lisa Rein analyzed the dire choice facing many career civil servants in the Ukraine scandal — by coming forward, they risk reprisal and public abuse from President Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, many, like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, diplomat William Taylor, and National Security Council official Fiona Hill, are doing so. And Rein broke down how significant this is.

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Mulvaney drops last-minute lawsuit over subpoena and instead ‘will rely on the direction of the president’

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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has reversed course once again and will not sue the U.S. House of Representatives for issuing a subpoena that he has vowed not to honor.

On Monday, Mulvaney's attorney said that his client is dropping plans to join a lawsuit brought by former national security adviser John Bolton’s aide, Charles Kupperman.

Attorney William Pittard said that Mulvaney would file a separate lawsuit instead in opposition to a subpoena from House Democrats.

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Manafort said he would personally update Trump on WikiLeaks’ damaging Hillary Clinton leaks: Rick Gates

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Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates on Tuesday testified in court that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said that he would personally give then-candidate Donald Trump updates on the timing of WikiLeaks' damaging information dumps on Hillary Clinton.

As reported by Vox.com's Andrew Prokop, Gates told the court that Manafort in 2016 instructed him to regularly touch base with Trump ally Roger Stone to get information about when WikiLeaks could be releasing stolen emails intended to harm Clinton's campaign.

Manafort then said that he would update others in the campaign, "including the candidate," about future email drops, Gates testified.

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