Tag: House Intelligence Committee

Impeachment: Day 2 Testimony

Testimony in the impeachment investigation of Donald Trump began on Wednesday November 13 with two witnesses, Ambassador William Taylor Jr., the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, and the senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine, George P. Kent. Today we will here the testimony of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch. She …

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Impeachment Testimony Begins

The public House impeachment hearings begins today with two witnesses who previous gave depositions behind closed doors, Ambassador William Taylor Jr., the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, and the senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine, George P. Kent. Their depositions have been released and can be read here and here. Here are the …

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The Russian Connection: House GOP Obstruction

Now that the House GOP is the minority party, they are still finding ways to scuttle any investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s conspiracy to become president. In a segment on The Rachel Maddow Show, the Good Doctor Maddow explained how the Republicans are digging to slow the process …

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The Russian Connection: A Russian Spy Story and Peter Strzok

After years of investigations in June of 2010 10 Russian spies were arrested on American soil by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dubbed Operation Ghost Stories was a reminder that Russian espionage did not end with the fall of the Soviet Union. Using forged documents, some of the spies assumed stolen identities of Americans, enrolled …

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The Russian Connection: House Republicans – “No Collusion” – Case Closed

Yesterday afternoon Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX), who led the investigation after chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) recused himself, announced that the House Intelligence Committee is ending its investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election. The Democrats on the committee were not informed about the announcement. They found out about it like the rest of …

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CIA to Release Videotape Docs to Senate Committee (Updated)

In a turnabout, the CIA said “it would begin handing over documents to Congress about the destruction of videotapings showing the harsh interrogation of two terror suspects after the House Intelligence Committee threatened to subpoena two agency officials,” according to a breaking story from Associated Press.

This comes after the bombshell revelations earlier yesterday that at least four administration officials, including David Addington, Harriet Myers and Alberto Gonzales, were involved in discussions about what to do with these incriminating videotapes. dday had an excellent diary on this earlier.

The turnabout also comes after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) said he was going to subpoena former and current CIA officials and attorneys if they didn’t agree to appear before the committee. The agreement by CIA apparently also includes agreement on the testimony of CIA general counsel John Rizzo, the official who is said to have ordered the destruction of the tapes, though CIA won’t commit him to a specific date.