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Mueller Tells Congress: FBI ‘Currently’ Looking Into Issues of Trump Team Blackmail

Mueller Tells Congress: FBI ‘Currently’ Looking Into Issues of Trump Team BlackmailREUTERSTowards the end of Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, the former special counsel indicated that the FBI is currently investigating matters of blackmail and compromise involving those who were in President Donald Trump’s orbit.During his allotted time, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) noted that because it was outside the Mueller investigation’s purview, the final report did not reach any counterintelligence conclusions regarding “any Trump administration officials who may be vulnerable to compromise or blackmail by Russia.”“Those decisions were probably made in the FBI,” Mueller, himself a former head of the FBI, replied. “We referred to the counterintelligence goals of our investigation which were secondary to any criminal wrongdoing we could find.” Krishnamoorthi, meanwhile, pointed out that the report also did not address whether Russian oligarchs engaged in money laundering through the president’s businesses. “And, of course, your office did not obtain the president’s tax returns, which could otherwise show foreign financial services, correct?” Krishnamoorthi asked.“I’m not going to get into that,” Mueller responded.The Illinois lawmaker then noted that Mueller had charged former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn with making false statements about his conversations with Russian officials. “Since it was outside the purview of your investigation, your report did not address how Flynn’s false statements could pose a national security risk, because the Russians knew the falsity of those statements, right?” Krishnamoorthi wondered.“I cannot get into that, mainly because there are many elements that the FBI are looking into different aspects of that issue,” Mueller said in response.“Currently?” Krishnamoorthi quizzically replied.“Currently,” the one-time FBI chief confirmed. Following the hearing, the Democratic congressman told The Daily Beast that he was surprised when Mueller told him that there are such ongoing investigations into Trumpworld.“Yes, that was news,” said Krishnamoorthi. “I didn’t anticipate that.”“He said that there’s an ongoing FBI investigation into the counter-intelligence risk associated with Flynn, and so I presume it’s others as well,” the congressman continued. “We know that others have some very questionable ties and dealings with Russia such as Jared Kushner. I’d be very curious whether the counterintelligence investigations extend to his risks, as well.”—With additional reporting by Sam Brodey.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Explainer: What it would take for Congress to impeach Trump

Explainer: What it would take for Congress to impeach TrumpOne, President Richard Nixon, resigned before he could be removed. Two, presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, were impeached by the House, but not convicted by the Senate. Since he took office in January 2017, Trump has been under investigation.



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Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in Congress

Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in CongressA fired-up Donald Trump took aim once more at Democratic lawmakers who “hate” America as he hit the campaign trail Wednesday, hours after an opposition bid to impeach the US president over “racist” attacks was shot down in Congress. Egging on a sea of supporters in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump reeled off the names of the ethnic minority congresswomen whom he has urged to “go back” to their countries of origin in a series of incendiary tweets. “These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil,” charged Trump — whose tweets were condemned as “racist” a day earlier by the House of Representatives, although a subsequent attempt to launch impeachment proceedings failed in the chamber.



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House votes to hold Attorney General William Barr, Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress

House votes to hold Attorney General William Barr, Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of CongressHouse lawmakers accused Attorney General Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross of failing to provide Congress with information about the citizenship question for the census; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Stars.



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Trump faces uphill battle to keep financial records from Congress after lawyers clash in appeals court

Trump faces uphill battle to keep financial records from Congress after lawyers clash in appeals courtJudges on a federal appeals court appeared skeptical of President Donald Trump's demand that it block a House subpoena for his financial records.



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How the arguing between Nancy Pelosi and the freshmen Democratic members of Congress went public

How the arguing between Nancy Pelosi and the freshmen Democratic members of Congress went publicThe conflict between Nancy Pelosi and progressive Democrats stemmed from a debate over a spending package for humanitarian relief on the southern U.S. border.



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Legalize it, marijuana advocates tell Congress

Legalize it, marijuana advocates tell CongressMarijuana, the subject of a Wednesday hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, has become increasingly uncontroversial, with even a majority of Republicans in a 2018 poll saying they wanted the drug made legal.



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'World should know,' migrant tells U.S. Congress of toddler's death

'World should know,' migrant tells U.S. Congress of toddler's deathA Guatemalan asylum seeker left some members of a U.S. House panel visibly shaken on Wednesday with the story of her daughter’s death, saying the toddler had contracted a deadly lung infection during a 20-day detention near the U.S. border with Mexico. Yazmin Juarez told a House of Representatives subcommittee that it was “like they tore out a piece of my heart” when just weeks after they were released her daughter Mariee died at 19 months old. Juarez testified at the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that was examining treatment of refugees in U.S. detention.



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President Trump calls out some members of Congress for treating Border Patrol 'badly'

President Trump calls out some members of Congress for treating Border Patrol 'badly'Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs says that Border Patrol agents are being treated unfairly by some on the left.



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When is Robert Mueller set to testify to Congress and what can we expect?

When is Robert Mueller set to testify to Congress and what can we expect?Robert Mueller will testify before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees on July 17. The highly anticipated appearance comes three months after the special counsel released the 400-page report on Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election.The testimony will take place over two open sessions with Mr Mueller and two closed sessions with his staff. The House judiciary committee will choose 22 of its 41 members to question the special counsel during the open sessions, an aide told NBC. Each chosen member will be allowed five minutes of questioning. They, along with those not chosen for the open sessions, will be given time to follow up during closed session.They’ll be allowed to ask anything they want, but are expected to stay within questioning that deals with information given in the report. There will be no transcript of the closed session of the House intelligence committee, for which members will have access to the un-redacted version of volume 1 of the Mueller report. There will likely be a transcript of the session with the House judiciary Committee, for which members will be given an un-redacted version of the volume II.The first volume deals with collusion and conspiracy with the Russian government, while the second one deals with obstruction of justice. Neither committee will be given access to redacted information that protects information provided to the grand jury.Republicans on both committees include some of the president’s most ardent supporters, like representatives Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes. Several representatives told Politico that they planned to stick to a line of questioning that relies on the conclusion that there was “no collusion” found by the lengthy report.On the Democrats' side, members are likely to push for more clarification. “It’s clear that most Americans – and even some Members of Congress – have not read Mueller’s report, and understand the deeply unethical, unpatriotic and corrupt behaviour that he uncovered by the Trump campaign and President Trump,” said a spokesperson for representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. “That’s why it is so important that Americans hear directly from Mueller himself.”



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