US intelligence chiefs give warnings on ISIS and Al-Qaeda

US intelligence chiefs give warnings on the threats posed by ISIS, North Korea and China at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.

FBI: Russia used social media in 2018 US midterms

(29 Jan 2019) FBI Director, Robert Wray, tells a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that Russians continued to interfere in the US elections in 2018. (Jan. 29)

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US media giants grilled at hearing on Capitol Hill

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey admits being “unprepared” for vast campaigns of manipulation that affected social media in the past few years, especially during the 2016 US presidential campaign. Dorsey is appearing before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence campaigns on social media.

Trump’s Putin Press Conference Just Made Republicans’ Lives Way Harder (HBO)

The president of Russia and the president of the United States holding a press conference is not unusual. Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all took questions with their Russians counterparts at some point in their presidencies.

What made President Trump and President Putin’s appearance Monday in Helsinki so unusual was the fact that, when asked about Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump seemed to side with Putin instead of the conclusions of 17 intelligence agencies, his own director of National Intelligence, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Justice Department.

And asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin to never do it again, Trump, well, didn’t. Instead, he responded, “My people came to me, Dan Coats [the Director of National Intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

Coats later put out his own statement emphasizing Russia’s involvement.

“We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security,” Coats said.

Republicans back in America were also quick to distance themselves from Trumps remarks.

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Former Senate Aide Turns Himself Into FBI

The former directory of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Wolfe, turned himself into the FBI Washington field office on Monday. Wolfe is accused of lying to the Justice Department and the FBI on the Russia probe. (June 11)

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CIA nominee Haspel swears in before Congress hearing

Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, is sworn in before her confirmation hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee. IMAGES