Tag Archives: US Senate

Sessions agrees to testify about Russia in public hearing

Source: NBC News

“Bowing to pressure from Democrats, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has scheduled a hearing for 2:30 p.m. … Committee members were taken by surprise by Sessions'[s] letter over the weekend offering to appear before the panel investigating Russian hacking, in lieu of what was to be an open appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Subsequent reports suggested the intelligence hearing would happen behind closed doors. … Democrats didn’t want Sessions to use a secret Intelligence Committee hearing to get out of public testimony over the question of his participating in firing FBI Director James Comey, and over whether he had an undisclosed meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.” (06/12/17)


Sessions to testify before US Senate panel

Source: CNN

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that he plans to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday, but it was not immediately clear if he would testify in public or private. The move is a prominent switch from his previous plans to testify publicly on the Justice Department’s budget and puts him more directly in the firing line over questions about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a federal investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. Sessions had been scheduled to testify Tuesday before the House and Senate subcommittees that oversee his department’s budget, but Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will go before them instead, he said Saturday in letters to the chairmen of those subcommittees.” (06/10/17)


Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia

Source: Politico

[editor’s note: Instead of trying to pick a story on the topic that’s either unbiased — ha! — or matches my own biases, I’m just going to dump the actual transcript on you. I’m sure there will be plenty of commentary over the next few days. If it’s opinion you want, find it there instead of getting spoon-fed it as “news” – TLK] (06/08/17)


James Comey’s “shock and awe” testimony

Source: The Atlantic
by Amy Zegart

“Imagine that two years ago, you sequestered a jury of 12 Americans, kept them in a news-free zone, and brought them today to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Chances are that all of them — no matter what their political beliefs — would be stunned and outraged. From the perspective of one of these Americans, Comey dropped bombshell after bombshell: The Russians are mucking around in American democratic elections, trying to change how we think, how we act, how we vote—and they will be back. The attorney general cannot be trusted to ensure impartial enforcement of the law. The president fired the FBI director and then lied about why he did it. Yet by the time Comey said these things in an open hearing, all of it was old news. It should have been more shocking than it was, but on some level, Americans were used to it.” (06/08/17)


Anonymous no more

Source: National Review
by Jim Geraghty

“Washington is abuzz with anticipation of former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday; an open session begins at 10 a.m., followed by a closed session in the afternoon. It will indeed be thrilling and revelatory to hear about a Trump-administration controversy from a named, on-the-record source.” (06/05/17)

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448287/james-comey-testimony-trump-russia-investigation

CIA torture report: Where’s our next heroic whistleblower?

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“What do the CIA, the US Senate, and the White House have to hide? My guess is quite a bit. Should they be allowed to hide those things from the taxpayers who pay the bills and whose lives are put at risk by the criminal acts of the US intelligence community? Absolutely not. Will they get away with hiding it? Not forever. The days of governments being able to permanently bury secrets are over, thanks to heroes like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and the folks at WikiLeaks.” (06/03/17)


Flynn refuses Senate subpoena, invokes Fifth Amendment

Source: USA Today

“Embattled former national security adviser Michael Flynn is asserting his right against self-incrimination in declining to provide a Senate committee documents related to its investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Flynn relayed his decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly. Earlier this month, the panel had issued the formal request for data and communications involving the former Army lieutenant general and Russian officials as part of the committee’s ongoing investigation.” (05/22/17)


US Senate intel panel subpoenas Flynn for Russia-related documents

Source: Fox News

“The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Wednesday for papers related to the panel’s investigation into alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 election. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee of Democratic vice chairman, said the panel had first requested the papers from Flynn on late on April 28. Burr and Warner said in a joint statement Flynn ‘declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the Committee’s request.’ … Flynn attorney Robert Kelner declined to comment on the newly issued subpoena to the Associated Press. Flynn had previously been in talks with the committee about agreeing to be interviewed as long as he was granted immunity.” (05/11/17)


US Senate confirms Trump’s chief trade negotiator

Source: The Hill

“The Senate on Thursday easily confirmed President Trump’s nominee for United States trade representative. After months of delays, Robert Lighthizer sailed through in an 82-14 confirmation vote. The bulk of the Trump administration’s trade agenda has been in a holding pattern, leaving issues such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the direction of future global deals up in the air while Lightizer waited for Senate approval.” (05/11/17)


US Senate confirms Wilson as Air Force secretary

Source: Politico

“The Senate confirmed Heather Wilson to be Air Force secretary Monday, making her only the second of President Donald Trump’s nominees to be approved for a Pentagon post. The vote was 76-22. Only Democrats opposed Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico. Her confirmation was a rare victory for the Trump administration in its long slog to fill senior vacancies at the Pentagon.” (05/08/17)