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Mueller cites Flynn’s cooperation, asks for no jail time

  • 9:40 pm Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser should not face time in prison, the Special Counsel’s office told a federal judge in Washington on Tuesday, as Robert Mueller’s team cited extensive assistance by Michael Flynn not only with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, but also with at least two other unnamed investigations.

In a heavily redacted submission to a federal judge overseeing Flynn’s case, the Special Counsel’s office said Flynn, “deserves credit for accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government,” as Mueller said Flynn provided “firsthand information about the content and context of [More]

Republicans acknowledge House campaign arm was hacked during 2018

  • 1:02 pm Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The National Republican Congressional Committee – the election arm of Republicans in the U.S. House – reported on Wednesday that it was the target of a ‘cyber intrusion’ during the 2018 election campaign, with reports indicating those responsible may have been located outside the United States.

“The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity,” the group said in a written statement sent to reporters.

The story was first reported by Politico, which said the GOP believed a foreign entity was responsible.

The NRCC said it notified the FBI, and launched an internal [More]

Evidence mounts of possible U.S. House election fraud in North Carolina

  • 8:08 am Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With less than a month before the 116th Congress convenes, more evidence surfaced Tuesday in North Carolina which points to the strong possibility of election fraud involving supporters of a victorious GOP candidate for the U.S. House, as more people acknowledged being paid to collect absentee ballots, while a top Democrat in the Congress raised red flags as to whether Republican Mark Harris will take his seat in January, saying there is a ‘very substantial question’ as to the integrity of the Ninth District tally.

The latest revelations focus on absentee ballots requested in Bladen County, North Carolina, where [More]

America honors the late President George H.W. Bush

  • 9:57 pm Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After Vice President Mike Pence and Congressional leaders opened the honors for America’s 41st President, the general public filed into the Capitol Rotunda by the hundreds late into Monday night, offering their own support for the late President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94.

Whether wearing a winter scarf with the stars and stripes or a small child carrying an American flag, people of all walks of life quietly soaked in the moment inside the Capitol Rotunda, as a military honor guard stood by.

Outside in the cold, thousands of people had been lining up for [More]

House scraps votes for this week as Congress struggles with year-end work

  • 1:49 pm Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the nation pauses to honor the life of the late President George H.W. Bush over the next few days, much of the legislative work which had been scheduled for action in the Congress will also be put on hold this week, further raising questions about what lawmakers can get done before wrapping up the work of the 115th Congress.

With the remains of the 41st President set to Lie in State in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday evening to Wednesday morning – to then be followed by a state funeral ceremony and burial back in Texas – plans for legislative [More]

In wake of Cohen guilty plea, Trump complains again about Russia probe

  • 11:31 am Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Starting a week which could see new accusations of wrongdoing officially leveled against his former campaign manager, President Donald Trump once more blasted his former personal lawyer for pleading guilty last week to a charge of lying to Congress, accusing Michael Cohen of lying to save his own skin, as the President again denounced Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s direction of the Russia probe, while critics accused the President of obstructing the investigation.

“Bob Mueller (who is a much different man than people think) and his out of control band of Angry Democrats, don’t want the truth, they only want lies,” the [More]

Capitol Hill prepares honors for the late President George H.W. Bush

  • 7:55 pm Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the American flag at half-staff, the U.S. Capitol was readied on Sunday for the Monday arrival of the casket bearing the body of the 41st President of the United States, as members of the military practiced their roles in honoring the late President George H.W. Bush, who will be the twelfth President to be honored with a Lying in State ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

With the building closed off to tourists, the middle of the Rotunda floor was already occupied by the Lincoln Catafalque, so named for its historic role in bearing the casket of the slain President in [More]

Comey reaches deal with GOP for closed door testimony

  • 11:40 am Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Three days after filing a federal lawsuit in a bid to avoid closed door testimony before a pair of House committees, former FBI Director James Comey has agreed with House Republicans to testify later this week, with the two sides agreeing to have a full transcript of his remarks made public within 24 hours, as Comey said Sunday he will not be muzzled outside the secret session.

“Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours,” Comey said in a post on Twitter Sunday morning. “This is the closest I can get to public testimony.”

“The [More]

Congress heaps praise on the late President George H.W. Bush

  • 8:57 am Saturday, December 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Lawmakers in both parties on Saturday mourned the news that former President George H.W. Bush had died at the age of 94, showering the former President in bipartisan praise for a political career which did not embrace some of the raw political battles so often a feature of American political discourse in recent years.

“George H.W. Bush may have been the only person ever elected President of the United States primarily by being nice,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who served as Secretary of Education under the 41st President.

“I learned so much from George H.W. Bush,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), [More]

Comey goes to court to avoid closed door House testimony

  • 4:00 am Friday, November 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With time running out on the GOP majority in the U.S. House, former FBI Director James Comey has asked a federal court in Washington to scuttle a subpoena from Republicans on a pair of House committees for his testimony next Monday, arguing he is willing to answer any questions from the Congress, but wants to do it in public, and not behind closed doors.

Republicans on the Judiciary and Oversight committees want to ask Comey questions about both the Russia investigation, and the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State.

Comey is scheduled for testimony on Monday; [More]