Former FBI Director James Comey asked a judge to reject a subpoena he received from House Republicans for closed-door testimony, arguing that leaks would harm both his credibility and the public perception of investigations by the Justice Department.
The 30-year-old Russian has been teaching yoga and baking cookies since she was arrested on charges of working for Russian intelligence during the 2016 election campaign, say sympathetic supporters. She was sent to administrative segregation this week for what prison officials claimed was her “safety.”
While Sen. Jeff Flake cannot single-handedly block all votes on judicial nominees with his demand for a law protecting the Russia probe special counsel, he only needs one Republican defector to likely get his way.
Based on recent precedent, it seems safe to assume that the FBI and Department of Justice will ignore President Trump’s tweets calling for investigations into cases like the recent unsigned op ed in The New York Times. But how long can we rely upon this assumption?
Long before the current probe into Russian meddling in US elections, Soviet and US intelligence agents were operating out of the National Press Building in Washington, DC to covertly influence policymaking. Steven Usdin, author of a new book called the “Bureau of Spies,” tells TCR what he discovered in the archives.
Calls for greater independence of the FBI in the wake of concerns about the Trump investigation are misguided, says a University of Louisville law professor. He argues those who worry about presidential interference should support creating a separate federal crime agency while keeping its counterintelligence functions answerable to the president.
The president’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and discussing Trump’s authority to grant pardons to aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe.