Author: Alex Pappas

The Trump dossier: How a political document made its way to the FBI

FOX NEWS It was the summer of 2016, and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson was speaking with Christopher Steele, the former British spy he enlisted to cobble together dirt on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. “He said we should tell the FBI, it’s a national security issue,” Simpson recalled to congressional investigators in August, according to a transcript of a closed-door interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee released this week. The release of the Simpson transcript by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, has thrust the anti-Trump dossier back into the spotlight. It has also...

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House votes to renew FISA program, following mixed messages from Trump

FOX NEWS The House voted Thursday to renew a key foreign surveillance program after a heated floor debate, amid mixed messages from President Trump about his support.  The renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which lets agencies collect information on foreign targets abroad, was approved on a 256-164 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate.  Supporters say it’s a critical tool for preventing terrorist attacks.  “We don’t know what the terrorists are up to,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on the House floor ahead of the vote, warning of grave consequences if the...

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‘Somebody’s already been killed’ because of Trump dossier, Fusion GPS rep revealed

FOX NEWS An attorney for the co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS revealed during a closed-door interview this summer with congressional investigators that “somebody’s already been killed” as a result of the publication of the anti-Trump dossier.  The statement was contained in a 312-page transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s August interview with committee investigators, released unilaterally Tuesday by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.  The release itself provoked controversy, with an aide to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, calling it “confounding” for Feinstein to drop the transcript in the “middle of an ongoing...

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Dennis Kucinich to formally announce campaign for Ohio governor next week

FOX NEWS Former Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich plans to formally announce his candidacy for governor of Ohio next week, Fox News has learned.  (Reuters, File) Former Fox News contributor and Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich plans to formally announce his candidacy for governor of Ohio next week, Fox News has learned exclusively. Kucinich, the former mayor of Cleveland, filed papers in Columbus on Monday to establish a campaign committee.    Kucinich joins a crowded Democratic primary for the nomination, including Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, former Rep. Betty Sutton, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Ohio...

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White House tell-all to hit bookshelves early, as publisher defies Trump demand

FOX NEWS A forthcoming tell-all book about the White House is being rushed to the bookshelves so it will go on sale Friday, despite President Trump’s legal team demanding an immediate halt to its publication. “Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, to Friday, January 5, at 9 a.m. ET, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, January 9,” a spokesman for publisher Henry Holt and Company told Fox News in an email. After news broke that the publishers were moving up publication, Wolff tweeted: “Here...

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Trump demands publisher stop release of book that caused Bannon fallout

FOX NEWS President Trump lambastes Bannon over book quotes In the book, author Michael Wolff reports that the former White House chief strategist described a 2016 meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the campaign as ‘treasonous.’ President Trump’s legal team on Thursday sent a letter to the publisher and author of a forthcoming book about the White House demanding they immediately stop its publication, a day after excerpts led the president to issue a rare, blistering takedown of former adviser Steve Bannon. The letter was sent to Steve Rubin and Michael Wolff, the publisher...

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Rand Paul airs grievances about Trump, Hillary and aliens in annual 'Festivus' tradition

FOX NEWS As he has done in years past, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday participated in a humorous “airing of grievances,” a practice popularized on the television show Seinfeld.  (REUTERS/Eric Thayer) As he has done in years past, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday participated in a humorous “airing of grievances,” a practice popularized on the television show Seinfeld. Characters on Seinfeld celebrate the parody holiday “Festivus” by airing grievances with each other. For years, Paul has been tweeting his grievances, and on Saturday, he took aim at President Trump, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and joked about a recently revealed Pentagon program to investigate UFOs at Harry Reid’s request. “You’re going to be saying #HappyFestivus again,” Paul tweeted Saturday, channeling Trump. “Believe me!” Here are some of Paul’s grievances:  Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at...

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