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Trump adviser claims he lied to FBI out of loyalty to Trump: Source

George Papadopoulos, the Trump foreign policy aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, initially misled agents out of what he claimed was loyalty to President Donald Trump, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Trump had publicly denied that there had been any contact between his campaign and Russian officials, and Papadopoulos did not want to contradict the official line, the source said.

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We're Again Testing How Much Bullsh*t American Politics Can Withstand

Prior to Carter Page’s bravura piece of surreal performance art on Monday before the House Select Committee On Intelligence, there was Casey Stengel in 1958, confounding the Senate Anti-Trust and Monopoly Subcommittee that was looking into removing professional baseball’s exemption from the country’s anti-trust regulations. And then, 15 years later, Tony Ulasewicz, the hangdog ex-NYPD cop-turned-Nixonian bagman, explained to Sam Ervin and the special committee looking into Watergate how he handled the payoffs to the original Watergate burglars—including the piquant detail that, while he was roaming Washington with paper bags full of cash, he wore a subway motorman’s change dispenser on his belt because he was doing so much business in public phone booths.

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Russia’s divide-and-disrupt strategy on social media

Sen. Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, compared the Russians’ social-media tactics in the 2016 election to the way “criminal predators” stalk their prey. They dangle something to ingratiate themselves to their potential victims, then, “boom, they come in for the kill,” Harris said.

In the case of the Russian exploitation of Facebook, Twitter and Google to disrupt American democracy by intensifying divisions among us to boost the candidacy of Donald Trump, the Democratic senator from California explained in a phone interview from Washington, “the American people were their prey.”

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Swalwell: Kushner ended interview on own terms

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Rep. Eric Swalwell says he’s seeing a lot of obstruction from colleagues on the House Intel Committee’s investigation over possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Opinion: Bogus GOP probes divert from serious Russia inquiry

The Russian government — with its plans to attack our democracy in the next election – scored a major victory Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Visalia — who earlier this year recused himself from our investigation of Russia’s meddling in 2016’s election — announced he is launching a new investigation into Hillary Clinton’s role in a long-since-debunked “conspiracy” involving 2010 uranium sales to Russia.

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Russian internet trolls sought to co-opt unwitting American activists

From their desks in St. Petersburg, Russian internet trolls at a company with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to co-opt American civil rights activists and use them to stoke racial tensions and stir political unrest, authorities said.

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Swalwell: Americans Want to Know Russia Won't Interfere Again

The American public is not tired of hearing about Russian involvement in the 2016 election, and want to know that the next election will be more secure, Rep. Eric Swalwell said Tuesday.

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Nunes goes rogue with Trump Russia subpoenas

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Congressman Eric Swalwell talks with Rachel Maddow about how it an be that Rep. Nunes is issuing subpoenas in the Trump Russia investigation when he is supposed to have stepped aside because of his conflicts.

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Prosecuting the President

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East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is among a group of Golden State ex-prosecutors who are connecting the dots in the Trump-Russia case.

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Bay Area Groups, Politicians Push to Keep DACA Program (Video)

nbc-bay-area-daca.pngAdvocates and several government officials are rallying against President Donald Trump's plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, program by Friday.

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