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Democratic memo: Here are 6 key points in Schiff's rebuttal

Democratic memo released

A redacted version of the Democratic response to a memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department abused their power to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was released Saturday.

The 10-page document compiled by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushes back on a number of claims Republicans made in a memo that was released earlier this month, throwing details of the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election into an almost he-said-she-said story.

The memo's release was initially blocked by President Trump but was made public after a number of redactions. Here are some key takeaways:

1. FBI didn't rely solely on dossier

Democrats say the FBI did not rely on the controversial dossier written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which was in part funded by Democrats, when they started investigating Page.

The FBI was already investigating Page, who had been assessed to be an "agent of the Russian government," prior to the FBI receiving the dossier.

The timeline in the Democratic memo says the FBI decided to start its investigation into Carter in late July 2016. It received Steele's dossier in mid-September, more than six weeks later.

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Justice Department Will Not Retry Sen. Bob Menendez

Bob Menedez will not be retriedThe Justice Department will not retry Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption-related charges, federal prosecutors indicated Wednesday in a court filing.

Menendez’s trial last year resulted in a hung jury, and a federal judge acquitted the New Jersey Democrat and his friend Salomon Melgen on several charges last week.

“Given the impact of the Court’s Jan. 24 Order on the charges and the evidence admissible in a retrial, the United States has determined that it will not retry the defendants on the remaining charges,” a Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement.

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Justice Dept.: 'Reckless' to release Nunes memo without review

Nunes warned about memoThe Justice Department warned Wednesday that it "would be extraordinarily reckless" for the House intelligence Committee to release a classified memo publicly "without giving the Department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum," and to "advise" on possible harm to national security and ongoing investigations from its public release.

CNN has obtained a copy of the letter sent by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to committee Chairman Devin Nunes.
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Nadler wins top Democratic post on Judiciary Committee

Jerry Nadler ges Judicial Comm. post

House Democrats have tapped New York Rep. Jerry Nadler as their next leader on the Judiciary Committee, the panel that would potentially initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump if Democrats win back the House.

Nadler won a decisive victory over Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) in a caucus-wide election Wednesday morning. Lofgren, a former immigration lawyer, is the second-most senior member on the panel behind Nadler.

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Trump’s Ex-Im Bank Nominee Rejected After 2 Republicans Bail

Trump's Ex-Im Bank Nominee voted down

The Senate Banking Committee rejected former Rep. Scott Garrett's nomination to chair the U.S. Export-Import Bank by a 10-13 vote Tuesday morning after two Republicans voted against him, dooming his nomination.

In a blow to President Trump, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., both voted against Garrett, a former congressman from New Jersey who has a history of opposing the government-backed bank, which provides financing to foreign entities so they can buy U.S. goods and services. They joined the committee's 11 Democrats in opposing the nomination.

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Democratic senators to Al Franken: Resign

Dem Senators ask Franken to resignEleven Democratic senators -- eight female and three male -- called on Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, marking the first time any senator has called on the Minnesota Democrat to leave office as allegations of sexual harassment against him continue to mount.

In a statement on Facebook, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote: "While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."

US Rep. Conyers in hospital as ex-aide describes harassment

Jphn Conyers hospitalized amid charges of sexual harassmentMichigan Rep. John Conyers was hospitalized in Detroit on Thursday as a former aide publicly accused him of sexual harassment, telling NBC's "Today" show that she was fired for rejecting advances from the longest-serving member of the U.S. House.

Marion Brown, 61, said the Democratic congressman propositioned her for sex multiple times over more than a decade. She said she stayed on the job because she needed to support her family and found the work rewarding.

"It was sexual harassment ... violating my body," she said. "Propositioning me. Inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and then propositioning me ... for sex."

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