Former FBI director James Comey agreed to testify to House members behind closed doors about investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and whether President Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 election. Republicans will release a transcript within 24 hours.
Donald Trump appeared familiar with a deal that a Playboy model made to sell the rights to her story of an alleged affair with him when Trump discussed the matter in 2016 with his attorney Michael Cohen. Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani says, “That’s open to interpretation.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions chuckled along as a group of high school students chanted “lock her up.” The chant, a reference among President Trump’s supporters to Hillary Clinton, began after Sessions lamented the spread of “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” on college campuses.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says a special counsel isn’t necessary, at least so far, to investigate FBI actions in 2016 regarding Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign. He says a U.S. Attorney in Utah is checking on the bureau.
The U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., is dropping charges against 129 people accused of rioting on President Trump’s inauguration day, Prosecutors made the decision after a jury found the first six defendants to stand trial not guilty. The government said it would focus on a “smaller, core group” of 59 defendants.
Senators Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham made a criminal referral against former British spy Christopher Steele. The move infuriated Democrats and raised the stakes in the growing partisan battle over the investigations into Trump, his campaign team and Russia.
After President Trump dismantled a voter fraud commission, its vice-chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, filed criminal charges against two people he says voted illegally in the 2016 election. Kobach obtained prosecutorial power in 2015 and is the only secretary of state in the nation with such authority. He has filed charges against 15 others–mostly cases in which U.S. citizens allegedly voted in more than one jurisdiction.
Federal prosecutors are trying to convict 200 people in Inauguration Day protests that turned violent. A jury cleared the first half-dozen defendants after one of their attorneys urged them to protect the “rights of free speech.”
The president tweeted that the “legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets [sic] go FBI & Justice Dept.” A president’s directing a particular investigation — especially of a former political rival — would be viewed by most officials in law enforcement as improper.
The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reports.