Author: Tim Mak

McConnell Vows Congressional Response To ‘Abhorrent’ Khashoggi Murder

NPR Enlarge this image Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., told reporters that the Senate was considering a response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi but declined to outline the options. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption toggle caption Jacquelyn Martin/AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced the role of Saudi Arabia in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling it “abhorrent” — and said that it deserves a Congressional response. Breaking with the president, who has said that the CIA had made no conclusions about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the death,...

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John Bolton’s Curious Appearance In A Russian Gun Rights Video

NPR [embedded content] YouTube Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton recorded a video used by the Russian gun rights group The Right to Bear Arms in 2013 to encourage the Russian government to loosen gun laws. The episode, which has not been previously reported, illustrates the common cause that Russian and American gun rights groups were forming in the years leading up to the 2016 election through former National Rifle Association president David Keene. Keene appointed Bolton to the NRA’s international affairs subcommittee in 2011. Russian politician Alexander Torshin helped establish The Right to Bear Arms and cultivate ties with...

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Did A Foreign Power Interfere In The Election? New Bill Would Mandate An Answer

NPR Enlarge this image A bill proposed in the Senate would require Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to say within a month of an election whether a foreign power had interfered with it. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP A new Senate bill would require America’s spy bosses to report within one month of a federal election on whether a foreign power had interfered with it. That’s part of a proposal by Florida Republican Marco Rubio and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen, who say Congress must do more to safeguard elections following the attack by Russia...

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Fusion GPS Founder’s Senate Judiciary Testimony Released

NPR Enlarge this image The testimony of Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, was released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Simpson testified in August. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption toggle caption Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Updated at 2:19 p.m. ET. The former British intelligence officer who authored the infamous Russia dossier wanted to show it to the FBI because he was concerned that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was being “blackmailed.” Christopher Steele told the political research firm that hired him, Fusion GPS, that what he uncovered from Russian sources was serious enough to bring to...

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