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This Committee has previously written to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the memoranda that former Director Comey created purportedly memorializing his interactions with President Trump.[1] My staff has since reviewed these memoranda in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) at the FBI, and I reviewed them in a SCIF at the Office of Senate Security. The FBI insisted that these reviews take place in a SCIF because the majority of the memos are classified. Of the seven memos, four are marked classified at the “SECRET” or “CONFIDENTIAL” levels. Only three did not contain classified information. FBI personnel refused to answer factual questions during the document reviews, including questions about the chain of custody of the documents I was reviewing, the date that they were marked classified, and who marked them as classified.
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-presses-justice-department-about-classification-comey-memos

Washington (CNN)White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review whatever version of Robert Mueller's report Attorney General Bill Barr submits to Congress before it reaches lawmakers and the public, https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/18/politics/mueller-report-white-house-see/index.html

Eighteen-and-a-half blacked-out pages at the end of one document under the title "The Illegal Campaign Contribution Scheme" almost certainly contain details of Trump's interactions with Cohen.
That prosecutors from the Southern District of New York believe those elements need to be kept out of the public eye suggests that their investigations -- which have already indirectly implicated Trump -- are not over.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/20/politics/donald-trump-russia-investigation-michael-cohen/index.html

White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress Washington (CNN)White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review whatever version of Robert Mueller's report Attorney General Bill Barr submits to Congress before it reaches lawmakers and the public, multiple sources familiar with the matter said, setting up a potential political battle over the hotly anticipated document.

The attorneys want the White House to have an opportunity to claim executive privilege over information drawn from documents and interviews with White House officials, the sources said.
The White House's review of executive privilege claims are within its legal purview https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/18/politics/mueller-report-white-house-see/index.html

Fifty percent say they agree with Trump's assertion that the special counsel's investigation is a "witch hunt" and that he has been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics; 47 percent disagree. Just 3 percent don't have an opinion.

There is, unsurprisingly, a stark partisan divide on that question: 86 percent of Republicans but just 14 percent of Democrats say Trump is the victim of a "witch hunt." Among independents, 54 percent say he is; 42 percent say he isn't.

Expert says: 'If there was a general shortage of gas across Europe, Britain would run short very soon' And to the UK?

One of Britain’s weaknesses, according to Professor Thomas, is that we have far too little storage for gas – about 15 days’ worth compared to the Netherlands having a year or more. “This dates back to when we were self-sufficient in gas and could simply turn up or down production when needed,” he says. “So if there was a general shortage of gas across Europe, we would run short very soon.”

Mr Lough agrees, but says it would require a cut-off lasting “a few weeks” for the effects to be felt strongly in the UK. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/putins-gas-threat-what-happens-if-russia-cuts-the-gas-to-europe-10074294.html

As the world’s second-largest producer of natural gas, Russia actually has leverage over its European customers by threatening to cut off gas supplies, and it’s using this power to foster discord among European countries. A new pipeline that Moscow intends to build could dramatically increase that leverage, potentially raising its share of Germany’s gas market to above 50 percent. This policy, and the pipeline in particular, poses a direct challenge to the post-World War II U.S. interest in European stability—and could potentially have effects that outlast the election scandals. https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/06/20/russia-pipeline-power-000460

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/clinton-campaign-dnc-paid-for-research-that-led-to-russia-dossier/2017/10/24/226fabf0-b8e4-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7f4955f08ee6

FEC Complaint: Hillary for America & DNC Failure to Disclose
CLC filed a complaint with the FEC alleging the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law. https://campaignlegal.org/document/fec-complaint-hillary-america-dnc-failure-disclose

Then add Fusion GPS to Correct the Record and Priorities USA, as well as the DNC in terms of overt collusion between organizations meant to be separated by a wall of campaign finance laws. https://dailycaller.com/2017/11/01/hillary-could-be-indicted-over-campaign-finance-laws/

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/clinton-campaign-dnc-paid-for-research-that-led-to-russia-dossier/2017/10/24/226fabf0-b8e4-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7f4955f08ee6

FEC Complaint: Hillary for America & DNC Failure to Disclose
CLC filed a complaint with the FEC alleging the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law. https://campaignlegal.org/document/fec-complaint-hillary-america-dnc-failure-disclose

Then add Fusion GPS to Correct the Record and Priorities USA, as well as the DNC in terms of overt collusion between organizations meant to be separated by a wall of campaign finance laws. https://dailycaller.com/2017/11/01/hillary-could-be-indicted-over-campaign-finance-laws/

Steele testified that he used a 2009 article from the crowdsourced news site CNN iReport, for instance, to check information he learned about Webzilla, one of the three related entities that had sued BuzzFeed for defamation. BuzzFeed published the dossier in full — explaining they hadn't verified it — on January 10, 2017, after CNN reported that President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump had been briefed about it.
When asked if he had an understanding of what CNN iReport was, Steele said he did not know. He thought the information on the site had "some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site," Steele said during the deposition. CNN iReport was a separate citizen journalism initiative from CNN's editorial news service that allowed users to contribute stories, photos or videos. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/16/politics/steele-information-dossier/index.html

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/clinton-campaign-dnc-paid-for-research-that-led-to-russia-dossier/2017/10/24/226fabf0-b8e4-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?utm_term=.5ffc1ae8d9f1

FEC Complaint: Hillary for America & DNC Failure to Disclose
CLC filed a complaint with the FEC alleging the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law.
https://campaignlegal.org/document/fec-complaint-hillary-america-dnc-failure-disclose

Then add Fusion GPS to Correct the Record and Priorities USA, as well as the DNC in terms of overt collusion between organizations meant to be separated by a wall of campaign finance laws. https://dailycaller.com/2017/11/01/hillary-could-be-indicted-over-campaign-finance-laws/

(CNN)A newly released snippet of a deposition with the ex-British spy behind the Trump-Russia dossier describes some of the steps he took to verify information he collected for it in 2016, including pulling from a user-generated citizen journalism initiative by CNN, iReport, which no longer operates. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/16/politics/steele-information-dossier/index.html

Why NSA should disclose all Hillary Clinton’s emails https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/235401-why-nsa-should-disclose-all-hillary-clintons-emails

Feinstein: Will you provide Mueller’s report to Congress, not your rewrite or a summary?

Barr: Well, the regs do say that Mueller is supposed to do a summary report of his prosecutive and his declination decisions and that they will be handled as a confidential document as are internal documents relating to any federal criminal investigation. Now, I’m not sure—and then the [attorney general] has some flexibility and discretion in terms of the [attorney general]’s report. … [M]y objective and goal is to get as much as I can of the information to congress and the public. These are departmental regulations, and I’m going to be talking to Rod Rosenstein and Bob Mueller. … There’s probably existing thinking in the department as to how to handle this. But all I can say at this stage, because I have no clue as to what’s being planned, is that I am going to try to get the information out there consistent with these regulations and to the extent I have discretion, I will exercise that discretion to do that. (Emphasis added) https://www.lawfareblog.com/william-barrs-remarkable-non-commitments-about-mueller-report

Graham: What the public deserves to know about Clinton probe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qQgiHKNTOg

Graham says he’ll probe 25th Amendment discussions between McCabe, Rosenstein https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/15/graham-fbi-mccabe-rosenstein-1223370

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H. A. Goodman is an author, columnist and journalist who studied International Relations at USC and worked for a brief stint at the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. He's been published in Salon.com, The Hill Contributors, The Baltimore Sun, The Jerusalem Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Hill Congress Blog, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Roanoke Times, and various other publications throughout the country. Goodman is also the author of Breaking the Devil's Heart and Logic of Demons, a widely acclaimed series of existential fantasy novels www.hagoodman.com