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Trump: The Driver Of The Car Is A Disgrace To His Country; “Terrorist,” “Murderer”


President Trump condemns the man who killed an anti-fascist protester in Charlottesville, VA with his car on Saturday as a "murderer" and a "disgrace to his country." DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me– It was very important to me to get the facts out and correctly, because if i would have made a fast statement — and the first statement was made without knowing much other than what we were saying — the second statement was made after knowledge, after greater knowledge… Excuse me. there are still things that people do not know. i want to make a statement with knowledge. I want to know the facts…. The driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family, and his country. You can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want… And then you get into legal semantics. The driver of the car is a murderer, and what he did is a horrible thing.

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William Browder: Fusion GPS Was Acting On Behalf Of Russia


At a Senate Judiciary Hearing today, William Browder, Hermitage Capital Management chief, testified the firm Fusion GPS was acting on behalf of Russia with their debunked dossier against Trump. Browder testified Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson was hired by a client of Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who visited Donald Trump Jr., to lobby for a repeal of the Magnitsky Act. SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: This whole story reads like some kind of novel that nobody would buy, it's got to be fiction, but unfortunately maybe it's true. Let's just break down sort of why you're here. You believe that Fusion GPS should of registered under FARA, because they were acting on the behalf of the Russians? WILLIAM BROWDER: That's correct. SEN. GRAHAM: So, I just want to absorb that for a moment. The group that did the dossier on President Trump hired this British spy, wound up getting it to the FBI. You believe they were working for the Russians? BROWDER: And in the Spring and Summer of 2016 they were receiving money indirectly from a senior Russian government official. SEN. GRAHAM: Okay. So, these are the people that were trying to undermine Donald Trump by showing the nefarious ties to Russia. Is that what you're saying? BROWDER: Well, what I'm saying with 100% certainty is that they were working to undermine the Magnitsky act and the timing of that. SEN. GRAHAM: But, the Fusion GPS products apparently as they hired a guy to look into Trump? BROWDER: Yes. SEN. GRAHAM: Right BROWDER: Correct.

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Sessions: I Plan On Serving As Attorney General As Long As It Is Appropriate


AP: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he has no immediate plans to resign a day after President Donald Trump excoriated the nation's top prosecutor for recusing himself from the probe of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. "I have the honor of serving as attorney general," Sessions said Thursday. "It's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself. We love this job. We love this job. And I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate." In an interview last night with The New York Times, President Trump said he would have never nominated Sessions if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell: Senate Holding Vote To “Wipe The Slate Clean” Of Obamacare


On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, discussed the Senate Republican effort to repeal Obamacare on the Senate floor, following President Donald Trump's remarks to repeal Obamacare first, and replace it later: SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL: Today, we thankfully have an administration that has chosen instead to listen and agrees with us that Americans deserve a lot better. I appreciate the efforts of the administration at every step of the process to move beyond the failures of Obamacare… We look forward to continuing these efforts as we travel to the White House later today because we have a very important task before us. As I announced last evening after consulting the White House and our members we've decided to hold the vote to open debate on Obamacare repeal to early next week. The Obamacare repeal legislation will ensure a stable, two year transition period which will allow us to wipe the slate clean and start over with real patient Senate healthcare reform.

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Rep. Tim Ryan: Democratic Party Has “A Lot Of Factions,” Not Really Any Major Leader


Rep. Tim Ryan (Dem, Ohio) told C-SPAN Wednesday morning that Republicans target Nancy Pelosi, but there isn't really a major leader in the Democratic caucus, or party. "We're a Democratic group," Ryan said. "We got a lot of different factions to it and I would say right now there's really not any major leader of the party." "It's not about just politics. It's not just about ‘ok how do we win elections?' You win elections because then you can implement your ideas and in my estimation, ideas that will help people in Akron, Ohio," he added. Ryan briefly challenged Minority Leader Pelosi for her leadership position at the beginning of the year. He talks about wether he would consider another try: "No, not really. I don't have really any interest in doing that. I ran. I felt like somebody had to run, didn't necessarily want to run myself, but I felt like we needed a change obviously. But I have no real desire to run again and run for leadership." (Video via WFB)

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Fmr. DHS Chief Jeh Johnson: No Evidence Russia Altered Ballots


Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testifies at a House Intelligence hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Rep. Conaway (R-TX), the Republican overseeing the Russia probe in the House, questions Johnson: REP. MIKE CONAWAY: You said in your opening statement — or your — in your prepared remarks that, to your knowledge, there was no vote tallying changes, that no one's vote was — they voted one way and it recorded some other way. Is that still your opinion, that, with respect to the '16 election, that — that the intrusions or attempted — whatever it is the Russians or others did not affect the actual voting itself? JOHNSON: Based on everything I know, that is correct. I — I know of no evidence that, through cyber intrusions, votes were altered or suppressed in some way.

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House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy: Just Found Out DNC Never Turned Over Servers Allegedly “Hacked” By Russia


At a Wednesday afternoon at which former Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson testified, newly appointed House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy of S.C. discusses the facts which he has discovered about the DNC claim that it was hacked by a hostile foreign power during the 2016 election. GOWDY: Director Johnson, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I do think it's important. The last time you and I talked, I wasn't 100 percent sure, but I've since had it confirmed — the DNC never turned the server over to law enforcement. So twice now you have said that you could have camped out in front of the DNC, and I would say, in defense of you, it wouldn't have made any difference if you had, because they weren't going to give you the server. So if you're investigating, either from law enforcement or from an intelligence standpoint, the hacking by foreign, hostile government, wouldn't you want the server? Wouldn't that help you, number one, identify who — who the attacker was? And if memory serves me, this was early in the summer of 2016 when we learned of the DNC hack. So if they had turned the server over to either you or Director Comey, maybe we would've known more, and maybe there would've been more for you to report. So I guess what I'm asking you is, why would the victim of a crime not turn over a server to the intelligence community or to law enforcement? JOHNSON: I — I'm not going to argue with you, sir. That was a leading question, and I'll agree to be led. (Video via Amicus Humani Generis on YouTube)

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Yates & Clapper Admit Viewing “Unmasked” Trump Campaign Communications; Deny Leaking To Press


Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates (who was fired by President Trump for refusing to defend the travel ban) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper respond to questions about the extent to which President Trump's 2016 campaign was spied on by the federal government. SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: Did either of you ever review classified documents, in which Mr. Trump his associates, or members of Congress had been unmasked. JAMES CLAPPER: Well, yes. GRASSLEY: You have? Can you give us details here? CLAPPER: Well. No, I can't. GRASSLEY: Ms. Yates, have you? SALLY YATES: Yes, and I can't give you details. GRASSLEY: Did either of you ever share infomation about unmasked Trump associates or members of Congress with anyone else? CLAPPER: Um. Well, I'm thinking back of six-and-a-half years, I could have discussed it with either my deputy or my general counsel. GRASSLEY: OKay, Ms. Yates? YATES: In the course of the Flynn matter, I had discussions with other members of the intel community — I'm not sure if that is responsive to your question. GRASSLEY: And in both cases, you can't give details here? YATES: No. CLAPPER: No. Later in Grassley's quesitoning, Yates and Clapper denied ever being anonymous sources for media: GRASSLEY: Have either of you ever been an anonymous source in a news report about matters relating to Mr. Trump, his associates, or Russia's attempt to meddle in the election. CLAPPER: No. YATES: Of course not. Monday evening, Trump reacted to the hearing on Twitter: Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russia and Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017 Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today — she said nothing but old news!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017

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Sen. Chuck Grassley: BuzzFeed ‘Kompromat’ Dossier About Trump Has No Basis In Fact


Sen. Chuck Grassley comments on the document published by BuzzFeed alleging the Russian government has compromising information on the president. SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: So where is all this speculation about collusion coming from? In January, BuzzFeed published a dossier spinning wild conspiracy theories about the Trump campaign. BuzzFeed acknowledged that the claims were unverified and some of the details were clearly wrong. BuzzFeed has since been sued for publishing them. Since then, much of the dossier has been proven wrong and many of his outlandish claims have failed to gain traction. For example, no one's looking for moles or Russian agents embedded in the DNC. Yet some continue to quote parts of this document as if it were gospel truth. And according to press reports, the FBI has relied on the document to justify his current investigation. There have been reports that the FBI agreed to pay the author of the dossier, who paid his sources, who also paid their sub sources. Where did the money come from and what motivated the people writing the checks? The company that oversaw the dossiers creation of Fusion GSP won't speak to that point either. Its founder Glenn Simpson is refusing to cooperate with this company's — the committee's investigation and inquiry. His company is also the subject of a complaint to the Justice Department. That complaint alleges that Fusion worked as a non-registered foreign agent for Russian interest and with the former Russian intelligence agency at the time it worked on the dossier. It was filed with the Justice Department in July, long before the dossier came out. The man who wrote the dossier admitted in court that it has unverified claims. Does that sound like a reliable basis for law enforcement or intelligence actions? Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) joins Greta Van Susteren to discuss Susan Rice declining to testify on Russian interference before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said her excuse for not testifying is "wrong."

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