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Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead at his London home

Russian exile found dead in London apt.

A Russian exile who was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in his London home, according to friends.

Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night. The cause of death is not yet clear. One of his friends, the newspaper editor Damian Kudryavtsev, posted the news on his Facebook page.


Trump's personal assistant John McEntee fired from White House

Trump's personal assistant firedPresident Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was abruptly fired Monday over what are being described as "security" reasons, according to several news reports.

The New York Times is reporting McEntee apparently lost his security clearance, joining other White House staffers including Trump's son-in-law and senior policy adviser Jared Kushner who have seen their status downgraded in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal.

Revelations that Porter, the White House staff secretary, had access to classified information despite accusations of domestic violence against him prompted a review of security procedures within the White House.


Trump picks controversial figure Gina Haspel as new CIA chief

Gina Haspel chose to head CIAGina Haspel, a veteran CIA clandestine officer picked by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to head the CIA, is a controversial figure, backed by many in the U.S. intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency’s“black site” detention facilities.

Haspel was selected as the agency’s new director after the Republican president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and chose current CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson’s replacement.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Haspel would become the first woman to head the CIA, after serving as deputy director since February 2017. Trump told reporters he has worked very closely with Haspel and regards her as“an outstanding person.”


Driver killed, Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge

Disney trip bus plunges; driver dead, students hurtA bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World plunged into a ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing the driver and injuring many passengers, authorities said.

First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack, who confirmed the fatality.

About 45 people were on board, and were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, he said.



Roger Stone Knew in Advance About the Stolen Emails. Did He Tell Trump?

Roger Stone knew about the emails.  Did he tell Trump?Yesterday, Donald Trump’s House Republican allies announced that they had found no evidence that Donald Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russia. And yet the considerable body of public evidence to the contrary continues to grow.

Today, the Washington Post reports that Trump’s friend and informal adviser Roger Stone had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had obtained stolen emails from John Podesta. Two sources — one of whom is Sam Nunberg, and the other of whom is not named — tell the Post that Stone knew about the email hack before it was publicly disclosed.


White House fires top Tillerson aide who contradicted account of Secretary of State's dismissal

Steve Goldstein, Tillerson aide, fired

Steve Goldstein, Rex Tillerson's top spokesman at the State Department, was fired Tuesday for contradicting the official administration account of Tillerson's firing, a White House official told NBC News.

A State Department official confirmed the firing of Goldstein, who was an undersecretary of State, to NBC News, as well.  Goldstein had only been in post since Dec. 4.

Trump announced over Twitter on Tuesday that he was replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Goldstein had said soon afterward that Tillerson had not spoken directly about the move with the president.


House Republicans break with intelligence community on Russia

Devin Nunes closes House Intel probe.Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee reached an opposite conclusion Monday from the intelligence community they oversee, announcing that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not trying to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election.
The Republicans also said they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they are shutting down their yearlong investigation
Their viewpoint -- which perfectly aligns with Trump's view on election meddling -- will be met with sharp disagreement by Democrats and is bound to inflame partisan tensions on a committee that's been beleaguered by partisanship throughout its Russia probe.
Trump seized on the news Monday evening, tweeting about it in all capital letters.

Trump fires Tillerson, taps Pompeo as next secretary of state

Tillerson out, Pompeo in.President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed him, replacing his top diplomat ahead of a potential high-stakes sitdown between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Tillerson's departure follows months of tension between him and Trump. Gina Haspel, the current CIA deputy director, stands to take over the agency, Trump tweeted Tuesday morning

Ex-Trump Associate Outlines Decades of Spy Work for U.S.

Felis Sater worked as spy for US

Felix Sater, a felon and former business associate of President Donald Trump, claims he was a crucial informant on some of the largest U.S. intelligence efforts of the past two decades, including the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, North Korea nuclear weapons and an attempted assassination of George W. Bush.

In a statement worthy of a John LeCarre novel, Sater boasted of an astounding array of espionage achievements on behalf of the U.S. Questions continue to swirl about whether Sater is helping U.S. Special Robert Mueller investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. His statement, released Monday, doesn’t address that question.


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