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Ex-CIA Director worried by 2016 contacts between Russia and certain U.S. persons

11:15 am May. 23, 2017

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress on Tuesday that he was so concerned about intelligence that showed contacts between Russian officials and people linked to the campaign of President Donald Trump, that he warned key members of Congress and other intelligence agencies about the Russian actions, and sent that information on to the FBI for further investigation.

It became very clear to me last summer, that Russia was engaged in

Trump would add over $3 trillion in debt before balancing budget in 2027

8:00 pm May. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump is sending Congress a spending plan for 2018 that would increase money spent on defense and border security, cut many areas of non-defense spending by Uncle Sam, and achieve a balanced budget by 2027, though it would add several trillion dollars to the national debt along the way.

Here are some of the early highlights from the Trump budget.

1. Over $3.1 trillion in new debt over 10 years.

Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment, decries “public frenzy” over Russia probe

3:01 pm May. 22, 2017

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on Monday, as his lawyers refused to honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the first time that someone with close ties to President Trump has refused to cooperate in the course of this politically charged investigation.

“In these circumstances, General Flynn is entitled to, and does, invoke his Fifth

AP: Flynn to assert Fifth Amendment rights, won’t honor subpoena in Russia probe

9:19 am May. 22, 2017

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate panel investigating election interference by Russia, as the one-time aide to President Donald Trump will instead assert his Fifth Amendment rights, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

That report came several days after the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), told reporters that Flynn’s lawyers were not going to honor

Comey agrees to testify before Senate panel on Russian election interference

6:14 pm May. 19, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session before Congress, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced late on Friday, as the panel will schedule a hearing with Comey after Memorial Day.

“I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“I hope that former Director

Trump focus on domestic policy suffers amid FBI, Russia controversies

3:00 am May. 19, 2017

After celebrating House approval of a GOP health care bill with a pep rally in the White House Rose Garden on May 4, political fallout from the firing of the FBI Director and the investigation into Russia’s election meddling have pushed President Donald Trump’s focus away from his domestic agenda, as he leaves for his first overseas trip on Friday.

Following an active first 100 days in office, which sometimes saw

Trump slams Comey, once more dismisses Russia probe as “witch hunt”

4:03 pm May. 18, 2017

In his first substantive comments about the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, President Donald Trump denied that his campaign had been involved in any collusion with Moscow, as he declared that the probe “divides the country.”

“I think it’s totally ridiculous, everybody thinks so,” the President said about the investigation into Russian meddling, and whether it had ties to any Trump associates.

“There