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Rowan Scarborough

Rowan Scarborough

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:14:44 -0400


Robert Mueller probe reporting sparks scathing press criticism

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:14:44 -0400

One constant in the government's 23-month-old Trump-Russia inquisition is that people in the know — the investigators themselves — say there has been a rash of bogus news stories.

No fewer than four who are deeply involved in the investigation have condemned the bad reporting publicly.

The question is, which ...

James Comey casts himself as victim in new memoir

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:33:46 -0400

Fired FBI Director James Comey portrays himself as a victim because of the way Donald Trump reacted when he told the president-elect there was an allegation he spent time with prostitutes in Moscow.

In his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” released on Tuesday, Mr. Comey describes a five-minute one-on-one meeting ...

Robert Mueller: 'Many' news stories on Trump-Russia probe are wrong

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:18:59 -0400

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office is warning that "many" news articles on the Trump-Russia probe have been wrong.

The statement from a spokesperson did not single out particular stories. But the warning did come after media inquiries about a McClatchy News story on Friday that said Mr. Mueller has evidence ...

James Comey, Andrew McCabe clash on story of media leak

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:17:25 -0400

Fired FBI Director James B. Comey went to bat for Andrew McCabe on Jan. 29, tweeting that his onetime deputy director "stood tall when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on."

But inside the Justice Department last year, the two men, who had run ...

Michael Cohen, Trump attorney, again denies 2016 travel to Prague

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:02:28 -0400

Michael Cohen, president Trump's personal lawyer, again on Saturday denied that he ever traveled to Prague during the 2016 election, as alleged in ex-British spy Christopher Steele's dossier funded by the Democratic Party.

Mr. Cohen tweeted in response to a McClatchy News story that said specialcounsel Robert Mueller has evidence ...

James Comey kept Donald Trump in the dark on dossier's Democratic funding

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:18:11 -0400

Fired FBI Director James Comey has acknowledged that he never told Donald Trump that the dossier on which his bureau relied to investigate the president was financed by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign.

Promoting his book, "A Higher Loyalty," Mr. Comey talked to ABC News about his seminal ...

Donald Trump's status in Robert Mueller investigation prove dossier false, supporters say

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:31:08 -0400

Special counsel Robert Mueller's notification to the White House that President Trump isn't an investigative target means that the collusion charges against him in Christopher Steele's dossier are untrue, supporters say.

Mr. Steele, a former British spy paid in part by the Democratic Party, said Mr. Trump personally supported the ...

Trump avoids CNN award for reporting on dossier by skipping correspondents' dinner

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:04:03 -0400

By again skipping the White House Correspondents Association dinner this year, President Trump will not have to honor an award-winning story he and Republicans believe was part of a set up.

The WHCA awarded four CNN journalists with the Merriman Smith Award, broadcast division, principally for Jan. 10-12 stories that ...

FBI showdown over Trump data

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:41:36 -0400

The FBI is refusing to disclose additional information about its decision to begin investigating then-candidate Donald Trump in July 2016, prompting Rep. Devin Nunes to threaten a showdown in federal court.

Mr. Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on intelligence, sent a letter to the ...

Robert Mueller authorized to probe Manafort on allegation found in anti-Trump dossier

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:56:15 -0400

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed court papers late Monday that showed he was authorized to investigate an allegation against Paul Manafort that is found in the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

Mr. Mueller's filing disclosed for the first time a written authorization to investigate Mr. Manafort from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.


Hollywood, Nancy Pelosi, George Soros gang up on Devin Nunes

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 08:14:46 -0400

Rep. Devin Nunes, whose investigation revealed that the Democratic Party funded the Christopher Steele dossier and that the FBI used the unverified charges to spy on a Trump volunteer, says Hollywood and George Soros are combining to try to take his congressional seat in November.

His work to reveal a ...

NRA says it didn't receive any illegal foreign money for 2016 presidential race

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 20:40:11 -0400

The National Rifle Association says its review has found no evidence that the gun rights group received illegal foreign money, including from Russia, for the 2016 election in supporting Donald Trump.

The NRA sent a detailed letter last week to Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat and member of the Senate ...

Judge throws out Carter Page defamation lawsuit

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:10:04 -0400

A federal judge has thrown out former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page's defamation, terrorism and fraud lawsuit against a media giant whose news story was rooted in the infamous Christopher Steele dossier.

Six other dossier-related libel suits in London, New York, Washington and Florida remain.

On Sept. 23, 2016, bestselling ...

Obama-era sequester decimated U.S. military; Air Force short 2,000 pilots: report

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:49:46 -0400

The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday publicized statistics it says show the sorry state of U.S. armed forces aviation units and "mold-ridden" barracks.

The report is a Republican effort to underscore how critical the omnibus spending bill is to war-fighters in the wake of "sequester" budget cuts. The bill ...

Christopher Steele, anti-Trump dossier author, to be deposed in libel case: Court

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:17:46 -0400

A London court on Wednesday ordered Christopher Steele, author of the anti-Trump dossier, to submit to questions from American attorneys suing him for libel on behalf of a Russian entrepreneur.

A senior master in the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench, rejected Mr. Steele's argument that British law prohibited an ...

Frank Vargas military court-martial tainted by conspiracy to fire judge

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:18:24 -0400

A military appeals court has thrown out the sexual assault conviction of an airman after discovering that Air Force legal officers and victim advocates had conspired to fire a military judge who they thought was too lenient.

The episode "runs the risk of undermining the public's confidence in the military ...

Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham suspect James Comey of lies, Trump setup

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:51:43 -0400

A plan of action for how a second special counsel can investigate the FBI and Justice Department is spelled out in a point-by-point letter submitted by two Republican senators.

They specifically want to know whether former FBI Director James B. Comey lied to them and had a plan to double-cross ...

After guilty plea, Gen. Flynn emerges to praise Trump; stumps for longshot GOP House candidate

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:39:37 -0400

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn made his first public speech on Friday since striking a plea deal and he didn't sound like a man who has turned on President Trump.

The former, and briefly tenured, White House national security adviser admitted guilt on Dec. 1 to one count of ...

Donald Trump grew wary of Andrew McCabe in wake of debunked New York Times story

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:28:10 -0400

The White House's suspicions over the motives of besieged FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe go back at least to the first months of President Trump's presidency.

The doubts revolved around a since-debunked February 2017 New York Times story that reported that U.S. intelligence owned numerous intercepts and phone records of ...

Obama aide started Christopher Steele-FBI Alliance

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:06:19 -0400

A senior Obama State Department official gave the green light to an FBI agent in 2016 to meet with dossier writer Christopher Steele, a new book says.

The two met at Mr. Steele's London office, touching off a relationship that would fuel the ongoing investigation into possible Donald Trump-Russia election ...