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The central figure in the controversy over the FBI's exploitation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump praised the House Permanent Select Committee for its four-page memorandum detailing FBI FISA abuses. “The brave and assiduous oversight by Congressional leaders in discovering this unprecedented abuse of process represents a giant, historic leap in...
The long-awaited memorandum developed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence documenting abuses by the FBI during the last presidential campaign was released today over the objections of Capitol Hill Democrats and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. The memo was championed by Rep. Devin G. Nunes (R.-Calif.), the chairman of the House intel committee. “The Committee has discovered serious violations...
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee sent a letter late Wednesday to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein requesting he turn over all communications from former FBI director James B. Comey Jr., former FBI general counsel James A. Baker, Deputy FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe, as well as 13 other FBI agents and Justice...
Hours after President Donald J. Trump told congressmen, as he exited the House chamber after his State of the Union address, he will "100 percent" release the memorandum written by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence detailing abuses by the FBI during the 2016 political cycle, the FBI and Capitol Hill Democrats are mounting a last-ditch effort to...
The chairman of the House Permanent Select on Intelligence issued a statement Wednesday dismissing objections from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the four-page memorandum the committee developed to document FBI abuses during the 2016 political cycle. "Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ...
As President Donald J. Trump left the House of Representatives chamber after his first State of the Union address late Tuesday, he had an exchange with Rep. Jeffrey D. Duncan (R.-S.C.) confirming that he will release the four-page memo detailing FBI abuse of the FISA program and its misbehavior during the 2016 political cycle. "Just release the memo," said Duncan...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2018 —The United States faces myriad dangers from rogue regimes and global competitors, and the nation must have a strong defense to discourage these rivals and forge a world of peace, President Donald J. Trump said in his State of the Union address tonight. The president said these regimes – including China and Russia – “challenge our...
The former Navy officer and foreign policy volunteer for Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, who is now the center mass of the controversy regarding the FBI's surveillance of that campaign during the 2016 political cycle told Big League Politics he wants Congress to release the four-page memorandum detailing FBI abuses of the FISA process. "Yes, I’m good with the release," said...
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace that the American people will want to read the four-page memorandum prepared by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the FBI and its interaction with the so-called "dossier,"  or opposition research file, developed by Hillary R. Clinton's presidential campaign. "This memo is...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2018 — The regime of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un remains a danger to the world, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday in Honolulu, while emphasizing diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. The goal remains the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Mattis told reporters at U.S. Pacific Command’s headquarters at Joint Base...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 —As Turkey continues its attack on Kurdish forces along the Syrian border town of Afrin, the Defense Department says the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is the common threat in the region, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White told reporters today. Published reports say Turkey launched the Afrin military operation Jan. 20. “ are working very closely with...
Crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton pulled into port at San Diego Thursday with more than $721 million worth of cocaine, more than 47,000 pounds, from 23 interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America. “The threat of transnational organized crime is a danger no one ship, agency, country or person can address alone,”...
In 2011, Chelsea E. Manning, then serving as Spc. Bradley E. Manning, a former Army intelligence specialist assaulted a female superior while deployed in Iraq--an incident that led to his bust to private first class. "He threw his hands up in the air, yelled "no," and rushed me," said Spc. Jihrleah W. Showman in a sworn statement. Manning, a biological male who...
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 23, 2018 —Precision strikes killed an estimated 145-150 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists near Shafah, Syria, Jan. 20, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. The precision strikes were a culmination of extensive intelligence preparation to confirm an ISIS headquarters and command-and-control center in an exclusively ISIS-occupied location in the contested Middle Euphrates River valley,...
Capitol Hill conservatives are questioning the timing of an article that the McClatchy news service ran claiming that the FBI was investigating a possible nexus between the National Rifle Association and the Russian government--hours before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the transcripts of Glenn R. Simpson's Nov. 14 testimony about that connection. Simpson, the co-founder and leader of the...
The New York Republican congressman, who served in Iraq as a military intelligence officer for the 82nd Airborne Division in 2006, called for Congress to act forcefully after learning that the Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed that it lost five months of text messages between two senior bureau officials. “Congress must do everything it can to recover these critical text...
U.S. forces, coalition partners and Syrian Democratic Forces liberated Raqqah, Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014. Combat remotely piloted aircraft such as the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper were heavily integrated during combat operations to liberate the city. RPA aircrews...
PACIFIC OCEAN -- Two naval aviators aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) joined an elite group after achieving a major career milestone when they completed their 1,000th arrested landing on the aircraft carrier, Jan. 18. "I hope that they recognize that getting 1,000 traps isn't just me," said Hutcherson, a naval flight officer. "It's the ship, it's the maintainers, and...
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 19, 2018 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Jan. 12 and Jan. 18, conducting 63 strikes consisting of 102 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the most recent strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in...
Capitol Hill conservatives are pressuring the Republican leadership to approve releasing a memorandum produced by The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on how President Barack Obama's administration used the national security apparatus to surveil the campaign of Donald J. Trump to the American people. The Intelligence Committee approved a motion Thursday proposed by Rep. Peter T. King (R.-N.Y.) that made...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has highlighted the efforts aimed at strengthening diplomatic avenues for a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Mattis spoke to reporters yesterday while en route to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula. “The situation we face I would call it sobering,” Mattis...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — Coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the “evil of ISIS,” with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security, an Operation Inherent Resolve official said today in Baghdad. Coalition partners will continue to support the Iraqi security forces to “root out and destroy” the remaining terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq...
It’s hard to understand what our deployed men and women are doing to combat violent extremism. We hear about this fight daily in the news, but let’s face it – these are extremely complicated matters, and the American public often doesn’t have a full understanding of it. That’s why the Defense Department partnered with National Geographic Channel on a new...
In a 2014 interview with The Washington Blade, a newspaper and website devoted to the gay community in the nation's capital, former ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley aligned himself with President Barack Obama's LGBT diplomacy--even when it meant feuding with local Catholic bishops. The Blade reported: Feeley conceded progress on LGBT rights in Latin American countries has been “spotty,”...

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