Congress is pining for a special prosecutor
WASHINGTON—To be perfectly honest, I didn't get to Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing until the star witness, James Comey, the director of the FBI, had been granted permission by the committee to absent himself to the Gents for a spell. By then, of course, most of the lightning already had struck.
This is what we now know: There is currently an ongoing FBI investigation into possible contacts between the 2016 Trump campaign and various Russian players.Read more
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) joins MTP Daily to discuss the House Intelligence Committee hearing today in which James Comey testified about possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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Rep. Eric Swalwell said that members of the Trump administration have ties to Russia and while he does believe there is direct evidence, a case can be prosecuted solely on circumstantial evidence.
Neither Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, nor Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, would have had a chance of reaching Capitol Hill if California voters had not ended the closed-primary system at the start of the decade. Swalwell would have been swamped by longtime Rep. Pete Stark in 2012, and Khanna would have been beaten by Rep. Mike Honda in 2016, and the two Democratic incumbents would have gone on to handily defeat their token Republican opposition.Read more
California Democrat takes to House floor to denounce Rep. Steve King's 'hateful and divisive' comments
A House Democrat, touting a poster portraying well-known Americans of immigrant heritages, ripped into Iowa Republican Steve King on Wednesday over his widely rebuked comment that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
California Rep. Eric Swalwell took to the floor of the House with the poster, which featured photos of prominent public figures as babies, including Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. The poster was emblazoned with a “Somebody Else’s Babies” hashtag.
Congressman Eric Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about his advocacy for an independent commission to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russia.
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Some are worried if the Trump administration will pursue efforts to extradite the Russian hacker, currently being held in the Czech Republic.
Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed News Reporter
SAN FRANCISCO — A Russian hacker currently being held in the Czech Republic is being seen as a test case for whether the Trump administration will take a hard line against Russia, as diplomatic backchannels in Washington and Moscow tussle over which government will be granted permission to extradite the hacker.
Yevgeniy Nikulin, 29, of Moscow, Russia, was indicted in a Northern California District Court on October 21, 2016 for aggravated identity theft, conspiracy, and hacking the computers of social media companies including LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring, which is now defunct.Read more
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer lead a competitive but deeply unsettled field in the 2018 governor’s race, according to a privately-funded survey Wednesday conducted by Public Policy Polling.
Newsom is out ahead with 25 percent, while Faulconer is in second at 20 percent. Before going any further, a caveat. A few, actually.
The director of the FBI has few friends among Capitol Hill Democrats after his high-profile statements about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. But some consider James Comey preferable to any FBI director Donald Trump would appoint, particularly in his weakened political state.
Comey is under significant political pressure. The US justice department’s internal watchdog has opened an inquiry into his decision to publicly discuss, days before the vote, an FBI investigation of Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, in violation of department regulations.
The House Select Intelligence Committee is examining allegations that the Russian government tried to influence the 2016 election, Republican Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement Wednesday.
The two Californians said the committee is looking at Russian cyber activity and "other active measures" directed against the U.S. It also will examine links between Russia and people working for political campaigns as well as the federal response to Russia, including leaks of classified assessments from the intelligence community.Read more