Rep. Quigley: Kushner’s clearance ‘absolutely’ should be suspended

June 22, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner should “absolutely” have his security clearance suspended, Rep. Mike Quigley told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday afternoon. Cummings’ letter criticized the White House for allowing fired national security adviser Michael Flynn to keep a security clearance despite concerns raised by then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates that he could be vulnerable to blackmail based on intelligence …

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Senate intel digs for more Michael Flynn documents

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The leaders of the Senate Russia investigation are probing for more information from former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a process that is ongoing as he provides additional documents in response to their subpoenas. Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the investigation, said they planned to discuss more what they were looking for in the second batch of documents they are seeking from Flynn. …

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Trump gives away his most consequential decision to the Pentagon

June 16, 2017

… guy who defines the strategy of the United States.” Doug Lute, who served as US ambassador to NATO and special adviser and deputy national security adviser for Afghanistan and Pakistan to Presidents Bush and Obama, agreed but also stressed consideration of third-order consequences. “An effective strategy will align the military part with the political part with the diplomatic part with the economic part with the intelligence part,” Lute told me. “If Jim Mattis is …

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5 things we learned at Jeff Sessions’ hearing

June 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions captivated Washington Tuesday, beating back rumors of a private meeting with Russia’s ambassador to the US and mounting a defense for President Donald Trump, one week after former FBI Director James Comey artfully unloaded on both men. Here are the top five things we learned. …

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Trump: Qatar must stop funding terrorism

June 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism, claiming credit for and endorsing the decision of Gulf nations to ostracize their neighbor, even as US Cabinet officials said their blockade is hurting the campaign against ISIS. In doing so, the President’s tone, if not his message, clashed with his most senior national security officials, highlighting the often mixed messages emerging from his administration since the Qatar crisis began Tuesday. …

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House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 10, 2017

… Comey testified that he gave the memo to him and asked him to anonymously disclose it to the media in an attempt to prompt the naming of a special counsel. The Senate committee sent a request for Comey’s memos from the FBI on and a separate request to the White House for any records kept by Trump, on May 17. Comey testified Thursday that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and implied Trump may have become the subject of …

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Flynn providing documents to Senate, first batch by June 6

May 31, 2017

(CNN)Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will provide documents requested by the Senate intelligence committee — including an initial batch by June 6 — a person close to Flynn said Tuesday. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsProsociate 4 Agency Upgrade Upgrade a Prosociate License to unlimited use developer/agency2 Shares In The MTC Coop – Member Special Start Getting Easy Traffic To Your Online Offers On 100% Autopilot In As Little As 3 Minutes, …

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Trump Should Be ‘Scared’ Of Comey Testimony, Says Former FBI Director’s Friend

May 25, 2017

… Trump and answer some questions over whether the president had inappropriately sought to influence the FBIs work. The former FBI Director is also expected to elaborateon a specific meeting, in which, according to a memo written by Comey, the president asked for a half of investigations into former national security Advisor Mike Flyyn. After news of the memos existence broke, Wittes said he became concerned about things Comey had told him in the past about the president. Wittes told CNN, I was …

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P.C. Trump Abandons Radical Islamic Terror

May 23, 2017

… by White House strategist Stephen Miller, the architect of the administrations proposed ban on immigration from six Muslim-majority nations. But its language was softer than language on Islam used by aides such as national security Council spokesman Michael Anton or White House counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka, who see the war on terrorism as an ideological struggle against fundamentalist Islam. The speechs departure from Trump campaign rhetoric could also irk segments of Trumps base …

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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

… to Foreign Policy. Attention span. Asking heads of state to speak 2-4 minutes. Because of Trump’s attention span. https://t.co/nBxWWdlbgj Christine Brandt (@LavishTantrums) May 17, 2017 Make sure you tell him how well he’s doing hahaha Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock As president, Trump is often briefed on matters of national security. But Trump doesn’t much like to read, so national security Council folks have had to take creative approaches to getting Trump to finish …

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What is obstruction of justice?

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)In the wake of reports that President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey to end a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, questions are being raised about whether the President’s actions amounted to obstruction of justice. “‘Close it down’ is an instruction to stop investigating President Trump’s campaign,” CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday. “Richard Nixon was …

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Gergen: ‘We’re in impeachment territory now’

May 17, 2017

(CNN)If President Trump truly did ask James Comey to end the investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn — as the former FBI director is said to have claimed in a memo — then the United States has reached a rare tipping point, David Gergen said Tuesday night. “After watching the Clinton impeachment I thought I’d never see another one, but I think we’re in impeachment territory now for the first time,” he told Anderson Cooper during a live CNN …

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Dershowitz: Most serious charge ever against a sitting US president

May 16, 2017

… President reportedly relayed specific classified intelligence. Multiple administration officials denied the story, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who said, “I was in the room, it didn’t happen” and “at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren’t already publicly known.” …

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Trump again reveals his dangerous incompetence

May 16, 2017

… Trump’s national security adviser who participated in the meeting, insisted to reporters, “At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren’t already publicly known … I was in the room. It didn’t happen.” But security experts say this is a non-denial denial. The Post’s sources say Trump did not directly reveal methods, but gave the Russians enough detail that they could …

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Intel officials: Trump disclosure ‘carelessly’ threatened relationship with ally

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)A Washington Post report that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week drew immediate reactions from intelligence officials, who warn any revelations jeopardizing “a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State” would severely impact international cooperation on matters of national security. The report claims that Trump relayed sensitive details gathered through an intelligence-sharing …

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