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{FD} Trump meets with Rosenstein, Wray amid campaign spying claims

President Trump was meeting Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a day after demanding a DOJ investigation into whether the FBI “infiltrated” his 2016 campaign. Continue reading

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{FD} IG report on Clinton case expected to hit FBI leaders for sitting on emails in 2016

A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog reportedly is expected to hit FBI leaders for moving too slowly to review a batch of Hillary Clinton emails discovered toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump turns up heat on Obama, Brennan amid ‘informant’ questions

President Trump sought to turn the tables on the Obama administration Monday after demanding a probe into whether his predecessor’s FBI “infiltrated” his 2016 campaign, pointedly asking what then-President Barack Obama knew about the operation – while … Continue reading

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{FD} Trump: Why isn’t McCabe being investigated?

President Trump took aim once again Friday at fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, asking why he’s not “being investigated” over his political connections during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Continue reading

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{FD} Here’s why Giuliani says Mueller can’t indict the president: Read the memo

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has assured President Trump’s legal team that he will follow DOJ guidance holding that a sitting president cannot be indicted, according to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Continue reading

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{FD} US marks historic embassy opening in Jerusalem, amid deadly border clashes

A high-level U.S. delegation prepared to mark the historic opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Monday, a decision cheered by Israelis but met with mass protests from Palestinians that turned violent in the lead-up to the ceremony. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un set for June 12 in Singapore, president says

President Trump tweeted Thursday that his “highly anticipated meeting” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12. Continue reading

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{FD} Cracks in Mueller probe: Questions over Manafort charges, Flynn plea embolden Trump allies

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, in the span of just a few days, has been hit with new questions surrounding investigators’ case against their two highest-profile targets to date – a situation that threatens to disrupt the team’s momentum… Continue reading

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{FD} House report backs claim that FBI agents did not think Flynn lied, despite guilty plea

House Intelligence Committee Republicans, in their newly released report concluding their Russia investigation, seemed to back up reports that FBI agents did not think ex-White House national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to them – despite his ev… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump slams Comey’s ‘leak’ denial: ‘Very sick or very dumb’

President Trump slammed James Comey on Friday for denying in a Fox News interview that his decision to share memos detailing his conversations with the president constituted a leak – saying his former FBI director is “either very sick or very dumb.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says embattled VA pick Ronny Jackson ‘making a decision’ on future: ‘I wouldn’t do it’

President Trump said Tuesday that his embattled nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary will be “making a decision” soon about whether to continue to seek the position, saying he stands by Dr. Ronny Jackson no matter what but, “If I were him … I wouldn’… Continue reading

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{FD} GOP reps refer Comey, Clinton, McCabe for criminal investigation

Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress on Wednesday sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI seeking an investigation of former bureau boss James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Cl… Continue reading

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{FD} Clinton World fumes over Comey book tour: ‘He’s now lying’

The release Tuesday of James Comey’s highly anticipated memoir has rekindled the simmering feud with top Clinton family advisers, who still blame the fired FBI director for President Trump’s 2016 election victory. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump can’t win: Pelosi decries ‘silence’ on Russia nuke threat – after slamming ‘impulsive rhetoric’

Nancy Pelosi slammed President Trump for staying mum on Russia’s missile threats — but also decried his ‘belligerent’ rhetoric on North Korea. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump slams Sessions for using ‘Obama guy’ to investigate ‘massive FISA abuse’

President Trump put Attorney General Jeff Sessions back in his political crosshairs on Wednesday, blasting him for tapping an “Obama guy” to investigate allegations of government surveillance abuse. Continue reading

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{FD} USDA staffer stuns agency gala by publicly accusing supervisor of dangling promotion for sex

An Agriculture Department employee reportedly stunned an audience of her coworkers at a Black History Month event last week by taking the stage and publicly naming a supervisor she claims offered her a promotion in exchange for sex. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania GOP slams election-map ‘power grab’ as ‘judicial activism,’ will challenge

Pennsylvania Republicans, egged on by President Trump, on Tuesday blasted a court decision to impose new congressional maps as a “power grab” by Democrats and vowed to challenge the move in federal court. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump had it in for Comey from ‘Day One’ over ‘soap opera’ style, Priebus says

In a newly published interview, former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Trump was considering firing the FBI director from “Day One,” weary of his “soap opera” approach to investigations. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP Rep. Cramer to challenge Dem Heitkamp for Senate seat, reversing course

North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer plans to announce Friday that he will run for Senate against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, reversing an earlier decision to run for re-election in the House, Fox News has learned. Continue reading

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{FD} Priebus dishes on White House chaos, Sessions’ near-resignation

Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff who has kept a low profile since his ouster last summer, is speaking out on the chaos he witnessed in the West Wing in those early months – detailing the fiery infighting that consumed the Trump tea… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump: ‘So many signs’ Florida shooting suspect was ‘mentally disturbed’

President Trump, in the wake of the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook, said Thursday there were so “many signs” the Florida suspect was “mentally disturbed” – suggesting more could have been done to report him to authorities. Continue reading

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{FD} Susan Rice’s Inauguration Day email raises new questions for Comey

A newly released Inauguration Day email in which Obama national security adviser Susan Rice detailed a meeting with the outgoing president, James Comey and others is raising new questions for the former FBI boss, considering he never mentioned such a s… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump budget aims to jump-start construction, cut red tape

President Trump is calling to pump $1.5 trillion into fixing America’s infrastructure while streamlining the often-cumbersome permitting process, as part of a $4 trillion-plus budget plan unveiled Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama State Dept. official admits free-flowing exchange of reports with Trump dossier author

An Obama State Department official has acknowledged he had regular contact with the author of the controversial anti-Trump dossier – coming forward in an apparent bid to blunt expected criticism from the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Co… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump signs spending deal, ending brief shutdown

President Trump signed a massive budget package early Friday morning that lifts spending caps while funding the government through March 23, ending a brief shutdown after a tumultuous night on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

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{FD} Criminal referral backs up Nunes on dossier claims, as Dems push rebuttal memo

A newly released version of GOP senators’ criminal referral for Trump dossier author Christopher Steele appears to support key claims from the controversial memo on alleged surveillance abuse released last week by House Republicans and the White House. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ that illegal immigrant killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson

President Trump on Tuesday called the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson another “preventable” and “disgraceful” tragedy, after police identified the suspected drunk driver accused of careening into him as a Guatemalan citizen in the … Continue reading

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{FD} FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe ‘removed’ from the bureau

Top FBI official Andrew McCabe has been “removed” from his post as deputy director, Fox News is told, leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump. Continue reading

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{FD} Darrell Issa said to be considering run for another House seat – just not his

Powerful GOP lawmaker Darrell Issa dropped a bomb this week when he said he would not defend his House seat in November, but the California congressman may yet wind up on the midterm ballot. Continue reading

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{FD} Feinstein blames ‘bad cold’ for handling of Fusion GPS transcript

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein seemed to blame a “bad cold” for the controversial way she handled the release of an interview transcript for the co-founder of the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier. Continue reading

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{FD} Republicans probe FBI agents’ text messages for evidence of leaks

Republican-led committees reportedly are investigating whether FBI officials once involved in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe helped leak to the media, based in part on text messages they exchanged mentioning news outlets. Continue reading

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{FD} Obamas criticized for lavish library plans, including ‘test kitchen’

In their effort to break the mold, the planners of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago are taking heat for some less-than-lofty features in the sprawling complex. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP senators refer Trump dossier author for federal investigation

Two top Republican senators have formally recommended that the Justice Department and FBI investigate the author of the controversial anti-Trump “dossier,” in the first known criminal referral from Congress as part of lawmakers’ Russia probes. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says Dems ‘doing nothing’ on DACA, predicts Hispanics will turn on them

President Trump predicted Tuesday that Hispanics will soon turn on Democrats and start “falling in love” with Republicans and his presidency, claiming his political rivals are “doing nothing” to address the future of the Obama-era DACA program. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump administration ends 2017 confronting Russia after year of collusion accusations

The year that began with the narrative of Trump-Russia collusion is ending with an unexpected plot twist – the Trump administration is confronting and cracking down on Russia on several fronts, a development drawing praise from some of the president’s … Continue reading

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{FD} Trump accuses FBI of using ‘pile of garbage’ dossier to go after campaign

President Trump on Tuesday blasted the so-called “dossier” – which was compiled during the 2016 campaign and contained salacious allegations against him – as a “pile of garbage” and accused the FBI of relying on it to go after his campaign. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump predicts mandate repeal will kill ObamaCare, spur replacement plan

President Trump, tweeting from his holiday retreat at Mar-a-Lago, predicted Tuesday that the newly passed tax bill’s repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate will unravel the 2010 law in its entirety and spur a bipartisan health overhaul. Continue reading

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{FD} DOJ scrutiny opens door to new Uranium One investigation

The Justice Department’s scrutiny of an Obama-era deal that gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply has opened the door to the possibility of a new investigation – egged on by the White House. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama adviser Ben Rhodes slammed for tweet joking about GOP leaders’ ‘obits’

Obama adviser Ben Rhodes woke up Thursday to a wave of social media condemnation after a wee-hours tweet joking about the “obits” for top Republican leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} Congress approves final tax reform bill, handing Trump year-end victory

The House gave the final stamp of approval Wednesday to a sweeping tax reform package, handing President Trump his first major legislative victory and most Americans a tax cut starting next year. Continue reading

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{FD} House approves tax reform bill, as Trump eyes major legislative win

The House on Tuesday approved a massive tax overhaul that would usher in steep rate cuts for American companies, double the deduction millions of families claim on their annual returns and make a host of other changes as part of the biggest rewrite of … Continue reading

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{FD} House approves final tax reform bill, as Trump eyes major legislative win

The House on Tuesday approved a massive tax overhaul that would usher in steep rate cuts for American companies, double the deduction millions of families claim on their annual returns and make a host of other changes as part of the biggest rewrite of … Continue reading

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{FD} Trump national security strategy restores reference to ‘jihadist’ terror threat

President Trump’s National Security Strategy, set to be unveiled in a major address Monday afternoon, restores references to the “jihadist” terror threat – in a tacit rebuke to the Obama-era decision to avoid such language. Continue reading

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{FD} Paul Ryan eyeing the exits? Speculation mounts over speaker’s future, as source dismisses ‘gossip’

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political future returned to the speculation spotlight Thursday amid reports that he’s eyeing an exit from Congress after the 2018 midterms. Continue reading

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{FD} Tax bill: What’s in and what’s out?

Congressional Republican negotiators are preparing to unveil the final version of their sweeping and historic tax plan, aiming to muscle it through the House and Senate next week. Continue reading

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{FD} Top senator expands probe into Obama-era Uranium One deal, says he was misled

A top Republican senator has expanded his investigation into an Obama-era deal that gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply, claiming he was repeatedly misled by the Obama administration about a Russian company’s ability to export that m… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blasts New York Times over TV-binging claim: ‘Wrong!’

President Trump slammed The New York Times on Monday morning over what he called a “false” story claiming he watches up to eight hours of television a day – while taking yet another swipe at CNN and MSNBC. Continue reading

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{FD} Franken fake-out? Delayed departure prompts speculation over reversal

Sen. Al Franken’s curiously phrased resignation speech – in which he called out Republicans accused of sexual misconduct, did not admit wrongdoing and scheduled his departure for “the coming weeks” – has spurred a conspiracy theory that may be too capt… Continue reading

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{FD} FBI Director Wray grilled by Republicans over ‘bias’ concerns in Russia, Clinton email cases

FBI Director Christopher Wray faced heated questions Thursday from House Republicans concerned top officials in his agency are “tainted by bias” – in connection with both the 2016 Hillary Clinton email probe and ongoing Russia meddling probe – though t… Continue reading

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{FD} Republicans allege DOJ ‘double standard’ as Mueller probe takes heat

Allegations of anti-Trump bias inside Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team are reviving Republican claims of a “double standard” at the Justice Department, with GOP critics saying Hillary Clinton enjoyed comparatively “special” treatment when she was … Continue reading

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