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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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Trump On Paris Attack: “It Just Never Ends”


President Trump is asked by FOX News' John Roberts to react to the Champs-Elysees shooting that happened Thursday night in Paris. Trump was holding a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. "First of all, our condolences to the people of France. It's happening. I saw it as I was walking in. So that's a terrible thing. It's a very, very terrible thing that's going on in the world today. But it looks like another terrorist attack," Trump told the press. "What can you say? It just never ends," Trump said. "We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant and I've been saying it for a long time."

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