Scarborough Slams FL Gov. Rick Scott as Trump ‘Lackey’ For Using School Shooting to Go After FBI Director

Morning Joe‘s Joe Scarborough went in hard against Florida Gov. Rick Scott for what he viewed as egregious hypocrisy in the wake of the Florida shooting. Scarborough lambasted Scott for kowtowing to President Donald Trump by attack FBI director Christopher Wray for the organization’s failure to act on a tip about Nikolas Cruz. Scott, governor of the state in which Cruz allegedly shot and killed 17 students and teachers last Wednesday, called on Wray to resign as FBI chief after it was revealed the bureau failed to follow up on a tip about the gunman’s alarming behavior. “How interesting that one of the president’s lackeys, a guy who has embarrassed himself repeatedly defending the indefensible for the president, uses a school shooting in his state to try [to disparage] one of the president’s [targets] … a guy who’s spoken truth to power,” Scarborough said. Scarborough also noted that Scott Continue reading "Scarborough Slams FL Gov. Rick Scott as Trump ‘Lackey’ For Using School Shooting to Go After FBI Director"

Anderson Cooper Lays Out How White House is ‘Gaslighting’ America to ‘Cover Up’ Rob Porter Scandal

CNN’s Anderson Cooper kicked off his show on Tuesday night with an epic monologue delving into the current White House crisis over its handling of the domestic abuse allegations against a senior official — and accused President Donald Trump’s administration of “gaslighting” the American people. “We begin tonight keeping them honest, with the White House continuing their effort to gaslight the American people,” Cooper opened, before giving a definition of the term. “Gaslighting is when someone tries to make you question your own reality and sanity,” he explained. “And they do this by lying, they do it by speaking in contradictions, and by denying the reality that you know to be true.” “So that is how the White House is gaslighting the American people daily in an effort to cover up how it handled the case of Rob Porter.” Porter resigned from the White House last week after Continue reading "Anderson Cooper Lays Out How White House is ‘Gaslighting’ America to ‘Cover Up’ Rob Porter Scandal"

Shep Smith: ‘Becoming Clear’ That FBI Told WH ‘Porter Was a Huge Problem Last Summer’

Following today’s White House press briefing in which White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged that the FBI completed its background investigation on ex-staffer Rob Porter last summer but that the White House personnel security office didn’t, Fox News’ Shepard Smith noted that the White House’s timeline keeps shifting. “Well, there you have it,” Smith stated. “Who knew what and when regarding President Trump’s former senior aide. We don’t have a definitive answer but we do have new information from the White House. A brand new timeline.” After playing footage of FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying to the Senate that the FBI’s background check on Porter was completed last July, Smith said that the FBI passed information of Porter’s alleged abuse of his ex-wives to the White House at that time. But then added what Sanders explained today. “The White House says that may be the case, but Continue reading "Shep Smith: ‘Becoming Clear’ That FBI Told WH ‘Porter Was a Huge Problem Last Summer’"

Reporters Grill Sarah Sanders Again After FBI Director Contradicts WH on Rob Porter

FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted the White House’s version of events on the Rob Porter scandal and the timeline, which led to reporters grilling Sarah Huckabee Sanders yet again today. Wray said today, “he FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March, and then a completed background investigation in late July that is soon thereafter we received requests for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November. And then we administratively closed the file in January. And then earlier this month, we received some additional information and passed that on as well.” That appears to contradict what Huckabee Sanders said yesterday, but she insisted today, “The FBI portion was closed, the White House Personnel Security Office––who is the one that makes a recommendation for adjudication––had not finished their process.” Reporters from Fox News’ John Roberts to ABC’s Cecilia Continue reading "Reporters Grill Sarah Sanders Again After FBI Director Contradicts WH on Rob Porter"

FBI Director Chris Wray: We Still Have ‘Grave Concerns’ About Nunes FISA Memo

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI director Christopher Wray confirmed the reports about his apprehension over Devin Nunes‘ FISA memo. For the last few weeks, it was believed that Wray opposed President Trump‘s decision to release the memo, saying that it would give a partisan-charged “false narrative” about malpractice within his bureau. The memo came up during today’s hearing on global threats to the United States, and Wray expressed his “grave concerns about the accuracy of the memorandum.” Wray cited “omissions” as his top concern, explaining that he wasn’t sure how thousands of sensitive documents and bits of intelligence could be sufficiently condensed into Nunes’ brief memo. For the last Continue reading "FBI Director Chris Wray: We Still Have ‘Grave Concerns’ About Nunes FISA Memo"

Christopher Wray Testifies FBI Completed Porter Background Investigation in July, Countering WH Claim

The White House is now a full week into the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal. Much of the controversy revolves around when the White House knew about the allegations that Porter abused his two ex-wives, specifically since he was unable to receive a security clearance from the FBI a year into his joining the administration. In today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray seemed to indicate that the White House was potentially made aware of Porter’s past domestic abuse last summer. Pressed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on whether the FBI was aware of the allegations and if they informed the administration that the
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WATCH LIVE: FBI Director Wray Testifies Before Senate Intel Committee on ‘Worldwide Threats’

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing today on the most pressing international threats to America. In light of recent events, there is bound to be a great deal of interest when FBI Director Christopher Wray appears to deliver his testimony. There is a strong probability that Wray will face a broad range of questions regarding the Russia investigations and Christopher Steele‘s dossier on President Trump. Other witnesses for today’s hearing will include Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Michael Pompeo, and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers. Watch above, via Washington Post. [Image via screengrab] — —
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