The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials -- possibly including President Donald Trump himself -- may have been "monitored" after the election as part of an "incidental collection."
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the intercepted communications do not appear to be related to the ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia. He said he believes the intelligence collections were done legally.
It was unclear whether Trump's own communications were specifically monitored. Nunes initially said "yes" when asked if Trump was among those swept up in the intelligence monitoring, but then said it was only "possible" that the president's communications were picked up. read more
The ranking member on the House intelligence panel warns that lawmakers may have to subpoena the FBI. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday accused FBI Director James Comey of withholding crucial information about its probe into Russian interference in the election and raised the prospect of subpoenaing the agency. "I would say at this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters after a briefing with Comey. "I appreciate we had a long briefing and testimony from the director today, but in order for us to do our investigation in a thorough and credible way, we're gonna need the FBI to fully cooperate, to be willing to tell us the length and breadth of any counterintelligence investigations they are conducting," Schiff said. "At this point, the director was not willing to do that." read more
Exclusive: Republicans and Democrats in Congress keen to facilitate discreet meetings in the UK or on neutral territory, as pressure grows on President
Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy who prepared the explosive Trump report, has been approached about testifying before the US Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into the new President's alleged links with Russia, The Independent can reveal.
Mr Steele's friends say it is currently unlikely he would be willing to travel to the US. But it is understood Democrats as well as some Republicans in Congress are prepared to facilitate discreet initial meetings in the UK or on other neutral territory. read more
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos appeared to speak tolerantly of pedophilia in video clips shared ahead of his speaking engagement at next week's Conservative Political Action Conference. He flippantly said young boys "discover who they are" through such relationships, later implying that those relationships can be sexual in nature, and can "give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable rock where they can't speak to their parents." The news of these comments led CPAC to drop Yiannapoulos as a speaker and Simon & Shuster to cancel his $250,000 book deal Monday afternoon. At Breitbart News, a half dozen employees are planning to leave if he isn't fired.
A dossier on Donald Trump's psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser. Trump "doesn't understand fully who is Mr. Putin -- he is a tough guy," former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov told NBC News. "Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper -- seven pages -- describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks," added Fedorov, who said he has known Trump since 2000. The dossier was being revised regularly, he said, adding that many in the Kremlin believed that Trump viewed the presidency as a business. Fedorov added: "Trump is not living in a box -- he is living in a crowd. He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak." read more