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FBI lawyer suspected in Russia probe origin was kicked off Mueller team for anti-Trump texts - Report

FBI lawyer suspected in Russia probe origin was kicked off Mueller team for anti-Trump texts - Report | 22 Nov 2019 | The FBI lawyer under criminal investigation for allegedly altering a document connected to the surveillance of a Trump adviser was kicked off ex-special counsel Robert Mueller's team for anti-Trump texts, according to a report Friday. The New York Times identified Kevin Clinesmith as the former FBI attorney under investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is probing the origins of the Russia probe. It was reported Thursday that Mr. Durham is probing whether an FBI lawyer falsified an email that was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to surveil Mr. Page. Mr. Clinesmith was the primary FBI attorney assigned to the Russia probe in 2017.

Democrats set to open new chapter in impeachment

Democrats set to open new chapter in impeachment | 22 Nov 2019 | After a two-week barrage of public hearings, Democrats are eyeing the next stage of their impeachment inquiry as they edge closer to an end-of-year goal for wrapping up their investigation into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other Democrats on the panel finished their last scheduled public hearings this week with what sounded like closing arguments for impeachment. Schiff said lawmakers will determine their next steps "in the coming days."

Poll finds sharp swing in opposition to impeachment among independents

Poll finds sharp swing in opposition to impeachment among independents | 21 Nov 2019 | A new national survey finds independent voters leading a sharp swing in opposition to impeachment, the second major poll to produce those findings this week. The latest national poll from Emerson College finds 45 percent oppose impeaching President Trump, against 43 percent who support it. That's a 6-point swing in support from October... More importantly, the poll shows more independents now oppose impeachment than support it, a significant change from Emerson's polling in October. The new poll found 49 percent oppose impeachment compared to 34 percent who support it. In October, 48 percent of independents polled supported impeachment, against 39 percent who opposed.

'It was a coup. Period.' - Tulsi Gabbard warns against US meddling in Bolivia

'It was a coup. Period.' - Tulsi Gabbard warns against US meddling in Bolivia | 22 Nov 2019 | Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has finally provided her take on the violent unrest that toppled the sitting president Evo Morales, telling her followers that it was a coup which shouldn’t involve US interference. "What happened in Bolivia is a coup. Period," Gabbard wrote on Twitter, warning against what may lie in store for Washington's interventionists. "The United States and other countries should not be interfering in the Bolivian people's pursuit of self-determination and right to choose their own government," she argued.

FBI lawyer allegedly altered document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser

FBI lawyer allegedly altered document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser | 21 Nov 2019 | A former FBI lawyer allegedly altered a document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 election, a report said Thursday. The evidence of the altered document was turned over to federal prosecutor John Durham, who is investigating how intelligence was gathered by agencies including the CIA and FBI during the probe into the Trump campaign, CNN reported. It's not clear what role the altered document played in the investigation into Page -- or if a FISA warrant against him would have been okayed without the fudged document, according to the report.

Former FBI lawyer under criminal investigation after allegedly altering document in 2016 surveillance of Trump campaign adviser

Former FBI lawyer under criminal investigation after allegedly altering document in 2016 surveillance of Trump campaign adviser | 21 Nov 2019 | A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN. The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign. The finding is expected to be part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's review of the FBI's effort to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Horowitz will release the report next month.

Al-Qaeda-linked chemist who tried to weaponize anthrax released from Malaysian prison

Al-Qaeda-linked chemist who tried to weaponize anthrax released from Malaysian prison | 21 Nov 2019 | Yazid Sufaat, a biochemist accused of having close ties to al-Qaeda [al-CIA-duh] and plotting terrorist attacks, has been freed from prison after serving two years behind bars in Malaysia. Authorities say he will be monitored closely. The 55-year-old Malaysian national is accused of using his degrees in biological science and chemistry from California State University to aid and abet al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups... In the 1990s, he allegedly tried to create weapons of mass destruction by loading a lethal strain of anthrax onto munitions.

Trump signs short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

Trump signs short-term spending bill to avert shutdown | 21 Nov 2019 | President Trump on Thursday signed a funding stopgap measure just hours ahead of a shutdown deadline, extending funding levels from the last fiscal year until Dec. 20. The measure, which passed in the Senate earlier Thursday and in the House on Tuesday, bought Congressional negotiators an additional four weeks to hammer out a deal on how to spend the agreed $1.37 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, and tackle issues including Trump's request to fund a border wall... But behind the scenes, appropriators are far from sure they will be able to work out a deal in time, with many raising concerns that an additional stopgap measure could be necessary ahead of Christmas.

Marquette Poll shows support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin as Trump leads 4 top Democratic rivals

Marquette Poll shows support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin as Trump leads 4 top Democratic rivals | 20 Nov 2019 | Support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin, according to Wednesday's Marquette University Law School Poll. And for the first time, President Donald Trump has surged ahead of all four top Democratic rivals in potential head-to-head matchups. Just 40% of Wisconsin registered voters believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 53% disagreed, according to the survey.

Polio outbreak in Philippines caused by the vaccine, says WHO

Polio outbreak in Philippines caused by the vaccine, says WHO --Yet, Philippine's [so-called] health officials plan to ramp up the polio vaccination programme. | 21 Oct 2019 | A polio outbreak in the Philippines--the first in over 20 years--has been caused by the vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. The case of a three-year-old girl was caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, a joint statement by the WHO and UNICEF has said. The virus has also been detected in sewage in Manila, the nation's capital, and in the province of Lanao del Sur...Public confidence in vaccines in the Philippines is already at a low point after a dengue fever vaccine was blamed for the deaths of at least three children in 2017.

Two U.S. service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan | 20 Nov 2019 | Two U.S. service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military said. U.S. Forces Afghanistan said preliminary reports do not indicate the crash was caused by enemy fire but said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The statement does not say where the crash occurred.

'I want nothing!' - Trump denies key impeachment witness Gordon Sondland's claim there was a Ukraine 'quid pro quo'

'I want nothing!' - Trump denies key impeachment witness Gordon Sondland's claim there was a Ukraine 'quid pro quo' | 20 Nov 2019 | President Donald Trump responded Wednesday to a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry who claimed that Rudy Giuliani had been directed by the president to pursue a "quid pro quo." U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland told the panel leading the proceedings that Giuliani was expressing Trump's desires when he "demanded" Ukraine announce investigations involving Trump's personal political rivals. Trump seized on Sondland's recollection of a phone call the two men had in September, when Sondland asked the president directly about his plans for Ukraine. "What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories. What do you want, what do you want?" Sondland asked in that call, according to Trump, who was speaking to reporters outside the White House. Sondland had made similar remarks about the call in his testimony earlier Wednesday. Trump...said he told Sondland on the call: "I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell [Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy] to do the right thing."

DNA test shows Hunter Biden is father of Arkansas woman's baby

DNA test shows Hunter Biden is father of Arkansas woman's baby | 20 Nov 2019 | DNA testing has established, "with scientific certainty," that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Independence County on behalf of the child's mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts. Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, "is not expected to challenge the results of the DNA test or the testing process," the filing states. A hearing in the case was previously scheduled for Dec. 2 in Batesville.

Team Biden Accidentally Sends Out Post-Debate Email Hours Before Debate Begins

Team Biden Accidentally Sends Out Post-Debate Email Hours Before Debate Begins | 20 Nov 2019 | Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign team accidentally sent out its post-debate email hours before Wednesday's Democratic debate began. The fifth Democratic debate begins at 9 p.m. ET in Atlanta, Georgia...Biden's campaign team appeared to jump the gun, sending out a post-debate-related email at 3:09 p.m., The Hill reporter Niv Elis tweeted. "Did I make you proud?" the email asked, adding that Biden is "leaving the fifth Democratic debate now."

FBI has reportedly sought interview with Ukraine 'whistleblower'

FBI has reportedly sought interview with Ukraine 'whistleblower' | 20 Nov 2019 | The FBI last month reportedly requested an interview with the 'whistleblower' who made the complaint about President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and sparked the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House. A source familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that an agent from the bureau's Washington field office reached out to the whistleblower's lawyers. The source added that it was clear from the FBI that the whistleblower was not regarded as the target of any investigation but rather a potential witness.

Republicans seek to subpoena Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower, DNC files

Republicans seek to subpoena Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower, DNC files | 20 Nov 2019 | The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has sent a letter to Chairman Adam Schiff asking that Hunter Biden and the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump be subpoenaed to appear before the committee. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., along with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, penned a scathing letter to Schiff in which they slammed the "sham 'impeachment inquiry'" and notified the chairman of their intent to subpoena Biden and the whistleblower. Jordan, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has been appointed as a temporary member of the House Intelligence Committee.

MPs demand Zelensky, Trump investigate suspicion of U.S.-Ukraine corruption involving $7.4 bln

MPs demand Zelensky, Trump investigate suspicion of U.S.-Ukraine corruption involving $7.4 bln | 20 Nov 2019 | Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump, investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the "family" of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party. At a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Wednesday, MP Andriy Derkach announced that deputies have received new materials from investigative journalists about international corruption and the participation of Ukrainian officials in it...With reference to the investigation, he emphasized: it was money criminally obtained by the "family" of Yanukovych and invested in the purchase of Ukrainian debt in 2013-2014. For his part, MP Oleksandr Dubinsky from the Servant of the People faction said that according to investigators, "the Yanukovych 'family' illegally obtained $7.4 billion and laundered the funds through an investment fund close to some representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party in the form of external government loan bonds."

Morrison, Volker undercut claims of 'quid pro quo,' 'bribery' and 'cover-up' in pivotal day of testimony

Morrison, Volker undercut claims of 'quid pro quo,' 'bribery' and 'cover-up' in pivotal day of testimony | 20 Nov 2019 | Republicans sounded a celebratory note as House Democrats' impeachment inquiry wrapped up another day of public hearings Tuesday evening, saying the day's witnesses had served only to highlight fundamental problems in the case against President Trump. "Did anyone ever ask you to bribe or extort anyone at any time during your time in the White House?" House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., asked at one point in Tuesday's afternoon hearing. Former National Security Council (NSC) aide Tim Morrison: "No." Former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker: “No." Later, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., covered similar ground in asking the witnesses about Trump's fateful July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: "Mr. Morrison, you were on that call, and there was no quid pro quo, correct? No bribery? No extortion?" "Correct," Morrison replied in response to each question.

Jeffrey Epstein prison guards charged with falsifying records

Jeffrey Epstein prison guards charged with falsifying records | 19 Nov 2019 | Two prison guards who were on duty during the night Jeffrey Epstein killed himself have been taken into custody Tuesday on federal charges linked to their alleged failure to check on his well-being. The guards, identified as Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, have been charged with making false records and conspiring to make false records and to defraud the United States by impairing the lawful functions of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the New York facility where Epstein was found dead on Aug. 10, prosecutors announced...Both guards surrendered themselves to authorities Tuesday morning, prosecutors say.

FBI investigating possibility of 'criminal enterprise' in Jeffrey Epstein death, prisons chief admits

FBI investigating possibility of 'criminal enterprise' in Jeffrey Epstein death, prisons chief admits | 19 Nov 2019 | FBI investigators probing the death of Jeffrey Epstein are looking into whether a "criminal enterprise" may have played a role, the Bureau of Prisons' director revealed Tuesday during testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who described the death as a "black eye on the entire Bureau of Prisons," made the admission when questioned by Sen. Lindsey Graham. New York City's medical examiner ruled that the convicted sex offender took his own life inside his Manhattan federal prison cell on Aug. 10.

Pres. Trump called Gov. Edwards after win over Rispone

Pres. Trump called Gov. Edwards after win over Rispone | 18 Nov 2019 | President Donald Trump made several visits to Louisiana to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate, Eddie Rispone, who lost the governor's seat to Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards in Saturday's election. The election was close, with Edwards finally edging out Risponse with 51.3% of the state's vote versus Rispone's 48.6%. According to The Advocate, President Trump called Edwards on Monday afternoon. He told the governor he "ran a hell of a campaign" and looks forward to working with him again, according to a spokesman for Governor Edwards.

Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation | 19 Nov 2019 | Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010. Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012. The 48-year-old Australian was evicted in April and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions. He is currently being held at Belmarsh prison in London.

Vindman Was Asked Three Times to Be Defense Minister of Ukraine

Vindman Was Asked Three Times to Be Defense Minister of Ukraine --Vindman would have been in charge of Ukraine's armed forces -- *literally,* Nazis. | 19 Nov 2019 | Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman testified before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that the Ukrainians approached the American national security official about serving the European nation as the defense minister a total of three times. When questioned by the Republican's Intelligence Committee counsel, Vindman said it was when he went to Ukraine earlier this year for President Volodymyr Zelensky's inauguration that he turned down multiple offers to be Ukraine's Minister of Defense. Vindman [a Deep State traitor] said it would have been a "great honor" to serve in the position but added that he maintained that his loyalties lied with the United States and said he never left the door open to taking the foreign job.

Pompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law

Pompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law | 18 Nov 2019 | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. will not consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law, putting American policy at odds with the widely held belief that settlement expansion is harmful to the Israeli and Palestinian peace process. Pompeo said that the decision helps strengthen the U.S.'s position ahead of the expected release of its Mideast peace plan, authored by President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. The secretary didn't give an update on any expected date for that plan, but said the U.S. will release it "when the conditions are right."

2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements

2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements | 19 Nov 2019 | Several Democrats running for president in 2020 hammered the Trump administration's Monday declaration that it will no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, a move they said would hinder peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians...Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a top progressive in the primary field, said she would reverse the policy if elected and rededicate the U.S.'s efforts to a two-state solution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the new policy Monday, marking a 1978 memorandum establishing American talking points related to Israeli civilian-settlement activity in areas occupied by Israel, which included the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Sinai in Egypt and the Golan Heights in Syria.

Jail guards at time of Epstein death reject deal - AP sources

Jail guards at time of Epstein death reject deal - AP sources | 16 Nov 2019 | Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice Department is considering criminal charges in connection with Epstein's death at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August. The city's medical examiner ruled Epstein's death a suicide.

Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards

Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards | 19 Nov 2019 | Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he [allegedly] took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein's death. Epstein died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

White House official sues Politico over Ukraine report, ties story to 'Schiff's baseless Ukrainian quid pro quo hoax'

White House official sues Politico over Ukraine report, ties story to 'Schiff's baseless Ukrainian quid pro quo hoax' | 18 Nov 2019 | A White House official filed a libel lawsuit against Politico over reports about unsubstantiated leaks from closed-door impeachment hearings. Kash Patel, the senior counter-terrorism director for the National Security Council, filed a $25 million libel lawsuit against Politico owner Robert Allbritton and reporter Natasha Bertrand over reporting that claimed Patel was feeding Trump information about Ukraine. Patel, who worked for Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes, was the subject of two Politico reports, including one titled, "Nunes Protege Fed Ukraine Info to Trump." ...In his lawsuit, which was obtained by Fox News, Patel slammed the report, writing, "[If Politico] had bothered to wait for the transcript, they would have learned that Hill completely fabricated the story that Kash had provided 'materials on Ukraine' to the president." Patel also targeted Rep. Adam Schiff, tying him to the leaks from the closed-door hearings.

Buttigieg websites on 'Black America' plans used stock photos of minorities

Buttigieg websites on 'Black America' plans used stock photos of minorities | 18 Nov 2019 | Pete Buttigieg's campaign has scrubbed a photo of a black woman and child from a section of his website devoted to the Democratic presidential candidate's plan to battle racial inequality. The problem -- as first reported by The Intercept's Ryan Grim -- was that the image was a stock photo of a woman in Kenya who apparently has nothing to do with the campaign. But Fox News has learned that the photo mix-up was far from an isolated case for the South Bend, Ind., mayor's White House campaign. Its website has used other stock pictures of black individuals seemingly unaffiliated with the campaign, especially in promoting "the Douglass Plan," which is billed as an investment in the "empowerment of black America."

Four dead, six wounded in mass shooting in southeast Fresno home, police confirm

Four dead, six wounded in mass shooting in southeast Fresno home, police confirm | 17 Nov 2019 | At least four people were killed and six others wounded Sunday night in southeast Fresno by "unknown suspects" [Deep State psy-ops terrorists who will keep on carrying out mass shootings/false flags until the government disarms the citizenry] who remain at large, the police department has confirmed. In an update just before 10 p.m., Fresno police said 10 people had been shot just before 8 p.m. in the backyard of a home on the 5300 block of East Lamona Avenue near Caesar Avenue. The neighborhood of single-story homes remains cordoned off and nearby roads including Peach and Olive avenues were closed to traffic at 10:30 p.m.

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