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Mikese Morse committed to mental health center: 3 years later, 2 families still broken


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Rudy Giuliani says ‘I committed no crime’ while working for Trump


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Biden committed to increasing capital gains tax through “stepped-up basis”


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Sen. Joe Manchin says Jan. 6 Capitol riot ‘changed me,’ making him more committed to bipartisanship


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White House: Biden is ‘absolutely’ committed to nominating first Black woman to the Supreme Court


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McConnell reportedly believes Trump committed impeachable offenses


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China lowers age of criminal responsibility to 12 after high-profile offences committed by children


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John Brennan Claims FISA Abuses were Committed by ‘Overly Aggressive’ FBI Agents ‘Doing Their Level Best’

John Brennan Claims FISA Abuses were Committed by ‘Overly Aggressive’ FBI Agents ‘Doing Their Level Best’Former CIA director John Brennan on Tuesday defended the FBI agents who committed errors in applications for warrants to surveil Trump-campaign associate Carter Page and pushed back on the allegation that they were motivated by partisanship, but admitted that "there were mistakes made.""Well clearly, there were mistakes made based on the inspector general's report," Brennan told MSNBC's Chris Hayes. "And I know a lot of people attribute it either to incompetence or politicization. Well, I just might attribute it to, these were FBI agents who were doing their level best to try to prevent Russia interference in the election."In a report on the FBI's Russia probe released earlier this month, the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that the bureau omitted crucial details in its requests for warrants to surveil the Trump campaign. The FBI failed to inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the controversial Steele dossier, which played a "central and essential" role in the application to spy on Page, contained unreliable information and was indirectly commissioned by the Clinton campaign.Inspector General Michael Horowitz also found that an FBI lawyer doctored an email used in the warrant application to conceal the fact that Page served as a source for the CIA, a potential crime prosecutors are now investigating.However, Horowitz nevertheless concluded that no political bias tainted the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation."They were probably overly aggressive, they didn't pay careful enough attention to some of the details, they may have ignored some aspects of the work that was uncovered," the former CIA director said. "But I think the IG was very clear that politicization did not seem to creep into any aspect of their work either at the initiation of the investigation or throughout."Brennan emphasized, however, that the concerns with the FISA court "really need to be addressed" given the court's "tremendous authority" to allow the FBI to surveil U.S. citizens.The former CIA chief also said he sees partisanship on both sides among the lawmakers responsible for Congress's oversight responsibilities."The Republicans are not the only ones that engaged in this partisan activity. I experienced some of it on the Democratic side when I was director of CIA and at the White House," Brennan said.



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Tim Scott doesn't believe Trump committed an "impeachable offense"

Tim Scott doesn't believe Trump committed an "impeachable offense"On "The Takeout" this week, the South Carolina GOP senator took issue with the House impeachment inquiry



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Poll: Voters Split on Whether Trump Committed ‘Impeachable Offense’ on Ukraine

Poll: Voters Split on Whether Trump Committed ‘Impeachable Offense’ on UkraineU.S. voters are split on the question of whether President Trump committed an impeachable offense in asking Ukraine's president to help his administration investigate Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner.Fifty percent of Americans said they think Trump's request to Ukraine amounts to an impeachable offense, while the other half of voters disagreed, according to a survey by Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll.The White House on Wednesday released the partial transcript of Trump's July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which reveals that he asked Ukraine to investigate Biden's role in ousting the prosecutor in charge of probing a Ukrainian energy company that was paying the former vice president's son, Hunter Biden.The revelation, brought to light by a whistleblower complaint, spurred Democrats to launch a formal impeachment probe against Trump on Tuesday.“The poll shows that the public has serious concern over the Trump actions, with 50 percent favoring impeachment if he ‘pressured’ the Ukrainian leader but only 45 percent if he just ‘asked’ for the investigation,” said Mark Penn, one of the poll directors.The half of Americans who considered Trump's actions grounds for impeachment included 22 percent of Republicans, according to the poll.A majority, 58 percent, said they found it inappropriate for Trump to ask Ukraine for assistance with the investigation. A smaller majority, 53 percent, said Trump's actions appeared to be an effort to damage Biden politically rather than a sincere effort to expose wrongdoing.Half of voters also said they believe the whistleblower filed the complaint in good faith to expose a real abuse of power, while the other half agreed with the characterization that the anonymous member of the intelligence community was “playing politics to hurt Trump.”The intelligence community inspector general found that the whistleblower exhibited “arguable political bias” but said the allegations included in his complaint were nevertheless worthy of investigation.



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