Author: Karoun Demirjian

Republicans, Democrats partner on Russia sanctions bill, new cyber measures

A bipartisan group of senators has unveiled a comprehensive package of Russia sanctions and measures to counter cyber crime, the latest attempt to push congressional leaders to intensify punitive measures against would-be election hackers ahead of November. Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Robert J. Menendez (D-N.J.), whose bill is co-sponsored and includes contributions from Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), announced their plans for the legislation last month after President Trump’s widely criticized showing at a summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. In the weeks since, the clamor from...

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Republicans vote to release memo alleging FBI missteps in surveillance of Trump campaign operative

The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a memo detailing alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department, escalating a political fight between conservatives and the nation’s intelligence agencies. The vote, which proceeded along party lines in the Republican-controlled committee, means that President Trump now has up to five days to review the material and decide whether to keep it secret, though he could agree to the release anytime before that deadline. If he does nothing, the committee can release the memo publicly. The Justice Department and the FBI are likely to lobby Trump in the...

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Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel and House committee to testify on Russia probes

By Karoun Demirjian, Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman, Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s office has subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon to appear before a grand jury, a move that indicates his broad investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign is far from wrapping up. The subpoena was issued last week, according to a person familiar with the situation, who said that Bannon expects to be able to persuade the special counsel’s office to accept a voluntary interview of Bannon by prosecutors in place of a grand jury appearance. The news of...

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