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Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on how investigators dealt with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any links to his campaign, as he again charged that top officials at the FBI had committed misconduct, led by former FBI Director James Comey. “The FBI is a fantastic institution but some of the people at the top were rotten apples,” the President said. “James Comey was one of them.” “I’ve done a great service for this country by getting rid of him,” the President said in a recorded interview aired on the Fox News morning program, “Fox and Friends.” Mr. Trump and his allies have been on a public blitz in recent days against the Russia probe, trying to cast the actions of the FBI – and the Obama Administration – as an effort to infiltrate his campaign, in order to dummy up charges of collusion against his campaign and top aides. “The firing of Comey is a good thing”: President @realDonaldTrump discusses former FBI Dir. James Comey & possible spying by the FBI pic.twitter.com/7J4lS7PG40 — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 24, 2018 Democrats though point out that while the FBI was investigating the Trump Campaign during the 2016 election, news of it never leaked, even as Comey was publicly inserting himself into the campaign with announcements about Hillary Clinton and her email troubles. On Thursday afternoon, officials at the Justice Department will brief lawmakers in both parties about how the FBI used an informant to check out reports of ties between Russia and the Trump Campaign in 2016. Originally, only House GOP lawmakers were going to be involved, but protests from Senators forced that to change; the briefings will involve the FBI Director, the Deputy Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence. Those three officials met earlier this week with President Trump at the White House, as Mr. Trump has charged the FBI basically planted a ‘spy’ in his campaign, an allegation that has so far gained little traction outside a group of more conservative House Republicans. As for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, his office provided an update of sorts on the investigation while submitting documents to a federal judge handling criminal charges against Paul Manafort, once the head of the Trump Campaign in 2016. “The Special Counsel’s conduct of the investigation remains ongoing,” the Mueller team reported, saying the probe continues to look at “links and/or coordination between Russia and individuals affiliated with the campaign of President Trump.” “The investigation is not complete and its details remain non-public,” the Special Counsel’s office stated, in arguing against the public release of search warrants involved in the Manafort case. Meanwhile on Wednesday, Mueller’s office started moving toward the final stages in the guilty plea of one-time foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. “The parties respectfully request that the Court refer this case for the preparation of a presentence investigation report, and that the parties provide a joint status report within thirty days, no later than June 22, 2018,” the two sides agreed in a court document. Legal experts said that showed the feds were ready to have Papadopoulos sentenced, and that he likely had no more information to offer to investigators. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to investigators, when asked about Russian contacts who had told him they had negative information on Hillary Clinton. The Special Counsel’s office outlined their indictments and guilty pleas this way in their Manafort case submission:

Reports: North Korea demolishes nuclear test site

Reports: North Korea demolishes nuclear test site

North Korea has announced it has demolished a nuclear test site, multiple media outlets are reporting. >> Read more trending news  Explosions were set off over several hours in front of foreign journalists at what North Korea was its nuclear test site in the mountains in the country’s northeast region, The Associated Press reported. Sky News correspondent Tom Cheshire was a witness of the explosion. “They counted it down - three, two, one. There was a huge explosion, you could just feel it. Dust came at you, the heat came at you. It was extremely loud. It blew an observation cabin made out of wood to complete smithereens,” Cheshire reported. The blasts were set off on three tunnels into the site and observation towers. The closing of the testing site had been announced as a step leading up to the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, the AP reported. Trump’s administration and the North Korean leader were scheduled to come to the table next month, but recently leaders have been verbally volleying shots at each other. Recently, Vice President Mike Pence made comments during a Fox News interview that compared North Korea to Libya. Libya stopped its weapons program then shortly after it’s leader was overthrown and eventually killed, the AP reported. North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs said that Pence’s comments were “ignorant” and “stupid.” Choe Son Hui told North Korea’s state-run news agency “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.” Trump, during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in this week said that the summit could be delayed or cancelled, the AP reported.

Trump appears on 'Fox and Friends,' talks MS-13, immigration, North Korea in taped interview

Trump appears on 'Fox and Friends,' talks MS-13, immigration, North Korea in taped interview

President Donald Trump discussed MS-13, immigration, North Korea and the NFL’s new policy on national anthem protests in an interview that aired this morning on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” >> Jamie Dupree: Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents Here are the latest updates: Update 6:44 a.m. Thursday:  On a possible summit with North Korea: “If that happens, it’ll be a great thing for North Korea. Most importantly, it would be a great thing for the world,” Trump said, adding that he’d like denuclearization to be “done immediately, but physically, a phase-in may be a little bit necessary.” On former FBI Director James Comey: “I would actually say, how is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused this country,” Trump said, adding: “I’ve done a great service for this country by getting rid of [Comey], by firing him.” Update 6:15 a.m. Thursday:  On MS-13: Trump called members of MS-13 “stone cold killers” and said Democrats are “sticking up” for the gang. On immigration: “The whole system is corrupt,” Trump said, adding that he would only approve a congressional plan to bring back DACA if “it includes a wall, a real wall.”    On the economy: 'We have a great economy – probably the best economy the country's ever had.' On NFL national anthem protests: “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Otherwise, you shouldn’t be playing; you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump will discuss North Korea, immigration and the NFL's new policy on national anthem protests in an interview airing this morning on Fox News' 'Fox and Friends.' >> PREVIOUSLY: Trump slams Comey, DOJ in wide-ranging 'Fox & Friends' interview Brian Kilmeade's interview with Trump was taped Wednesday in Bethpage, New York, after the president appeared at a forum about MS-13, The Hill reported.  Trump tweeted about the interview Wednesday night. >> Read more trending news  'Will be interviewed on @foxandfriends tomorrow morning at 6:00 A.M. Enjoy!' he wrote. >> See the tweet here Please return for updates.

Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on how investigators dealt with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any links to his campaign, as he again charged that top officials at the FBI had committed misconduct, led by former FBI Director James Comey.

“The FBI is a fantastic institution but some of the people at the top were rotten apples,” the President said. “James Comey was one of them.”

“I’ve done a great service for this country by getting rid of him,” the President said in a recorded interview aired on the Fox News morning program, “Fox and Friends.”

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