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House Intel Subpoenas Trump's Personal Attorney

Micahel Cohn subpoenaed by House Intel CommitteeThe House intelligence committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia's election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign, according to a congressional aide.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal committee matters.

Cohen, a longtime attorney for the Trump Organization, remains a personal lawyer for Trump. He served as a cable television surrogate for the Republican during the presidential campaign.


Russians talked about potentially 'derogatory' information on Trump, associates: report

Russians talked about incrimnating material on Trump, associatesRussian government officials reportedly talked about having possibly "derogatory" information about President Trump and some of his top aides during the 2016 presidential race.

The officials' discussions were intercepted by U.S. intelligence, CNN reported Tuesday, citing two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.


White House communications director Mike Dubke resigns

Mike DubkeMike Dubke confirmed his resignation as White House communications director Tuesday.

The resignation was first reported by Axios which said Dubke, who has been in the role for three months, handed in his resignation on May 18.

"It has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments," Dubke said in a statement.


Tillerson Declines Request To Host Ramadan Event

Rex Tillerson refused to host Ramadan breakfastSecretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years.

Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day’s fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department.


Clapper on Kushner-Russia reports: My ‘warning light was clearly on’

James ClapperFormer Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday that he and the intelligence community were “very concerned” about reports that White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed establishing secretive back channels with the Kremlin.

“I will tell you that my dashboard warning light was clearly on, and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community, very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians,” the former intelligence chief told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


Trump campaign likely didn’t save documents: report

Trump campaign didn't save recordsThe Trump campaign likely did not preserve documents and communications key to the law enforcement investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's associates and the Kremlin, Politico reported Saturday.

Political campaigns, Politico noted, are typically not required to preserve emails on their private server for long windows of time, and most messages are deleted within 30 to 90 days, unless steps are taken to preserve them.


Russia scandal ices government lawyer hiring

Rod RosensteinPresident Donald Trump was already struggling to fill hundreds of top legal jobs throughout the federal government.

Over the past two weeks, that task became exponentially more difficult, according to top GOP lawyers.

Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the subsequent string of allegations – from Trump demanding a pledge of loyalty from Comey and pressuring him to ease off a probe into his former aide, to revelations that Trump trashed Comey as a “nut job” in an Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials—have narrowed the ranks of people willing to serve.


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