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Biden to keep Wray as FBI director: law enforcement source
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Mark Hosenball | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has asked Christopher Wray to stay on as FBI director and Wray has agreed to remain the head of the agency, a U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters. “Christopher Wray became FBI director at a moment of tremendous turmoil for the bureau and the country, and he has served with great professionalism and integrity. I am glad to see that President Biden intends to keep Director Wray in his position,” Schiff said. Wray also told the panel the FBI was conducting multiple investigations into violent domestic extremists and that the largest “chunk” of investigations involved white supremacist groups. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked on Wednesday if Biden had confidence in Wray and said she had not spoken to the president about the matter.
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Biden to keep Christopher Wray as FBI director
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Mark Hosenball | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has asked Christopher Wray to stay on as FBI director and he has confidence in the job Wray is doing, the White House said on Thursday. Biden’s decision to retain Wray as FBI chief was welcomed by Adam Schiff, the Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and a critic of Trump’s handling of intelligence issues. “Christopher Wray became FBI director at a moment of tremendous turmoil for the bureau and the country, and he has served with great professionalism and integrity. I am glad to see that President Biden intends to keep Director Wray in his position,” Schiff said. Regarding China, Wray said the FBI is opening a new counterintelligence investigation related to China “every 10 hours.”CNBC first reported the decision to keep Wray.
Persons: Joe Biden, Christopher Wray, Wray, Jim Watson, Donald Trump, Jen Psaki, Biden “, ” Psaki, Adam Schiff, “ Christopher Wray, Biden, ” Schiff, Schiff, ” Wray Organizations: WASHINGTON, Islamic, Justice Department, REUTERS, FBI, Federal Bureau of, Twitter, House Intelligence, Capitol, CNBC Locations: United States, beheadings, Washington , U.S, Russia, China
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued a wave of pardons Tuesday night, using the final hours of his presidency to grant clemency to 143 people, including former top White House aide Steve Bannon, according to a list made public by the White House on Wednesday morning. Broidy was a top fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party who pleaded guilty in October to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws. "He appreciates President Trump for taking the time to recognize that he can contribute to society in a meaningful way." Steve Bannon is getting a pardon from Trump after defrauding Trump’s own supporters into paying for a wall that Trump promised Mexico would pay for. In November, Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
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Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, thinks President Trump should not be granted access to classified information after leaving office. Former presidents usually get routine intelligence briefings, and granted access to classified information, but some argue Trump should not. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said that President Donald Trump should not be given intelligence briefings when he leaves office. Schiff is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and oversaw the inquiry that preceded Trump's first impeachment. Traditionally, former presidents are given routine intelligence briefings and granted access to classified information after they leave office.
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Biden will wait for recommendation on sharing secrets with Trump
  + stars: | 2021-01-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden answers a question as he announces members of economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will wait for a recommendation from his intelligence advisers on whether to share classified information with President Donald Trump after the Republican leaves office, Biden’s top aide said on Sunday. Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of staff, made the comment after former principal deputy director of national intelligence, Sue Gordon, wrote an op-ed arguing against sharing such information with Trump once he has left the presidency. “We’ll certainly look for a recommendation from the intelligence professionals in the Biden administration ... and we will act on that recommendation,” he said. Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was more blunt, telling CBS’ “Face The Nation” program, “I don’t think he can be trusted with it.”
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Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Washington were among more than a dozen states that activated their National Guards to strengthen security. Meanwhile, downtown Washington, D.C., was virtually empty, with streets near the Capitol closed and battalions of camouflaged National Guard soldiers taking up positions across the city center. It was signed by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. In Michigan, a fence was erected around the Capitol in Lansing, and troopers were mobilized from across the state to bolster security. A tearful Beeler later told the Washington Post he had been working security in Washington all week and pulled up to the checkpoint after getting lost.
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Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Washington were among states that activated their National Guards to strengthen security. Responding to news of the arrest, Democratic U.S. Representative Don Beyer of Virginia said the danger was real and the city was on edge. “Anyone who can avoid the area around the Capitol and Mall this week should do so,” Beyer wrote on Twitter. Thousands of armed National Guard troops were in the streets in Washington in an unprecedented show of force after the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Others told the Washington Post they wanted the protest organized in response to new state gun rules to be peaceful.
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Four House committee chairs signed onto the letter, which called for documents and briefings from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Director of National Intelligence on what was known ahead of the attack. The letter was signed by Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. and Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. In the letter, lawmakers cited press reporting that the U.S. Capitol Police had been warned that Trump supporters would attempt to violently enter into the Capitol. Capitol Police officials have said they did not see FBI intelligence ahead of the attack. The first is what was known by the intelligence community and law enforcement ahead of, during and after the attack.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Congressional Intelligence and Homeland Security oversight committees are opening investigations into why federal and local law enforcement agencies did not pay closer attention to a warning the day before pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, congressional aides said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) questions witnesses during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing about 'worldwide threats to the homeland' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 17, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoThey join the Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committees investigating security lapses at the Capitol complex on Jan. 6 which resulted in rioters entering the building and threatening legislators, congressional staff and members of the media. The FBI declined to comment on the congressional probes and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Congress also is expected to investigate how social media and technology companies were used to organize the rampage.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The below are comments from lawmakers concerning the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday that made Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shows the article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump after signing it in an engrossment ceremony, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 13, 2021. SENATE LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, REPUBLICAN“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office... REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF, DEMOCRAT“Today’s decision to impeach President Donald J. Trump was a grave one, but not a difficult one. I voted to impeach President Trump.
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Comments on historic second impeachment of U.S. President Trump
  + stars: | 2021-01-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The below are comments concerning the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday that made Donald Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shows the article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump after signing it in an engrossment ceremony, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 13, 2021. SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER“Donald Trump has deservedly become the first president in American history to bear the stain of impeachment twice over. REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF, DEMOCRAT“Today’s decision to impeach President Donald J. Trump was a grave one, but not a difficult one. I voted to impeach President Trump.
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U.S. National Guard riot shields are laid out at the ready outside the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021. The incoming Biden administration has significantly ramped up security around his team ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration. The riot at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6 forced lawmakers to flee the inner chambers of the building, fearing for their lives. The biggest single security operation is in Washington, where Biden will be sworn in outside the Capitol next Wednesday. In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers authorized National Guard troops to support security efforts in the state capital of Madison.
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ET Live Updates: House Set to Impeach Trump, After Pence Rejects Call to Strip His Powers Lawmakers said they would move to impeach the president on Wednesday, after formally calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the House vote on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence rejected the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment. Credit... Nicole Craine for The New York Times The House on Tuesday night formally called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and strip President Trump of his powers. With Democrats controlling the House, Mr. Trump is likely to become the first American president to be impeached twice. Other sites such as Snapchat, Reddit and Twitch also curtailed Mr. Trump.
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“He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” “These facts require immediate actions by President Trump,” he continued. A few Republicans defended him, but most others simply argued that a rush to impeach Mr. Trump without a hearing or an investigation raised constitutional questions. With Democrats controlling the House, Mr. Trump is expected to become the first American president to be impeached twice. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington sent a letter to Mr. Trump on Sunday asking for an emergency declaration to obtain additional funding for inauguration security. On Tuesday, a federal inspector general questioned an order to deliver the estimates before Mr. Trump leaves office, after whistle-blowers warned that the rush would imperil their accuracy.
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'More must be done' on security in days ahead, top U.S. lawmakers say
  + stars: | 2021-01-12 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following a Tuesday briefing by the FBI on last week’s deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol, six top lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives committees on homeland security, justice, oversight, intelligence and the armed services said in statement that they are worried about safety in the near future. “Based on today’s briefing, we have grave concerns about ongoing and violent threats to our democracy. It is clear that more must be done to preempt, penetrate, and prevent deadly and seditious assaults by domestic violent extremists in the days ahead,” wrote the lawmakers, including Judiciary Chair Jerrod Nadler and Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, slightly more than one week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
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(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped a former career diplomat in William Burns to lead the CIA as the Democrat raced to put a national security team in place days before his inauguration. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for nearly five years, would also head an agency advising Biden on where he can cooperate with China and where to confront the world’s rising power. Burns must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, where Biden’s fellow Democrats will soon have a narrow majority. “As a career diplomat under Democratic and Republican presidents, he has established himself as a smart and tested public servant who is free from political interference,” said incoming Senate intelligence committee chair Mark Warner. Biden has called on lawmakers to confirm his national security team as close to his inauguration as possible.
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ingHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday disputed progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's claim that the Democratic Party isn't building new leadership. You'll have to ask her — because we are," replied Pelosi, who was recently sworn in as House Speaker of the 117th Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday disagreed with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's claims that Democratic leaders haven't been assembling a new cohort to take over the party. Other high-ranking Democrats include House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, 81, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, 80. In the CBS interview, Pelosi didn't elaborate on any members who are being considered to eventually lead the party.
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studioEAST | Getty ImagesLONDON — Bitcoin's record-breaking rally has led to a surge in retail investment interest in the cryptocurrency market. Despite this, there are signs of a sharp rise in demand from retail investors, who don't want to miss out on the action. That may have significant implications for the latest crypto market cycle, as retail speculation was considered to be a big factor in bitcoin's 2017 rally. Many crypto investors say bitcoin is akin to "digital gold," a potential safe haven asset and a hedge against inflation. The risk of an abrupt reversal is high, as volatility in cryptocurrencies tends to be ignored by retail investors.
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Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Trump to be impeached after he asked Georgia's secretary of state to 'find' extra votes to declare him the election winner in the state. Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Trump to be impeached after a recording showed him pleading with Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger to "find" thousands of extra votes and overturn Joe Biden's election victory there. Excerpts of an extraordinary recording of Trump's phone call with Brad Raffensperger, who is also a Republican, was published by the Washington Post on Sunday. During the call, President Trump can be heard sharing unsubstantiated theories about election fraud and telling Raffensperger: "All I want to do is this. Rep. Adam Schiff, one of the lead investigators in the first impeachment inquiry against President Trump, said of the recording: "Trump's contempt for democracy is laid bare.
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(Reuters) -U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s top election official to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in the southern state, according to a recording of the hour-long call released by U.S. media on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office after returning from Mar-A-Lago to the White House in Washington, U.S., December 31, 2020. Because we won the state,” Trump said in the recording, insisting that there was “no way” he lost in Georgia. Raffensperger responded on Twitter: “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. We will not.”There is a strong case that Trump violated a Georgia law against soliciting election fraud, as well as a similar federal law, according to Anthony Michael Kreis, a law professor at Georgia State University.
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'He's been missing in action': Schiff reacts to Trump pushback on Covid-19 bill
  + stars: | 2020-12-23 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) reacts after President Donald Trump signaled he may veto the Covid-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress.
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U.S. House intel chair wants briefing on recent hacking campaign
  + stars: | 2020-12-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration(Reuters) - U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff on Tuesday asked for a briefing from U.S. agencies about a widespread hack of U.S. government networks and potential vulnerabilities. Schiff said news “about FireEye is especially concerning because reportedly a nation-state actor made off with advanced tools that could help them mount future attacks.”FireEye chief executive Kevin Mandia said in a CBS interview Sunday that the hack of U.S. government networks has “genuinely impacted” about 50 companies or organizations.
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No question Russia behind hack on U.S., Schiff says - MSNBC
  + stars: | 2020-12-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives for a national security briefing before members of the House of Representatives about how Russia has been using social media to stoke racial and social differences ahead of this year's general election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - There is no question that Russia is behind the recent hacking campaign against the United States, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence panel said on Sunday, warning that President Donald Trump’s effort to play down Moscow’s role and point to China was a threat to U.S. national security. “Based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s any question that it was Russia,” House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff told MSNBC in an interview. “It just uniformly destructive and deceitful, and injurious ... to our national security,” he said of Trump’s Saturday comments.
Persons: Adam Schiff, Carlos Barria WASHINGTON, Donald Trump’s, Organizations: Intelligence, stoke, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S . House, MSNBC Locations: Russia, Washington , U.S, United States, China, U.S
Several government agencies, including the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security, have issued technical advisories on the situation. The latest U.S. hack employed a similar technique: SolarWinds said its software updates had been compromised and used to surreptitiously install malicious code in nearly 18,000 customer systems. In some cases where access was especially valuable, the hackers used it to deploy more active malicious software to spread across its host. “This is powerful tradecraft, and needs to be understood to defend important networks,” Rob Joyce, a senior NSA cybersecurity adviser, said on Twitter. “Now we learn with the SolarWinds hack that if anything, the defenders are falling farther behind.
Persons: Sergio Flores, , Paul Nakasone, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, John Ullyot, Trump, FireEye, SolarWinds, Rob Joyce, Marco Rubio, , Mitt Romney, Dick Durbin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joe Biden, Adam Schiff, Biden “, Jason Healey, George W, Bush Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Sergio Flores U.S, National Security Agency, NSA, Cyber Command, SolarWinds, Microsoft, U.S . Treasury, Commerce Department, Russia, White, State Department, Joint Chiefs, Staff, Department of Homeland Security, Treasury, FireEye Inc, Publicly, Microsoft Corp, Federal Bureau of, FBI, FireEye, Orion, U.S, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Security Agency, Twitter, Republican, Russian, Democrat, Democratic, , National Security Council, of, Columbia University Locations: Regis, San Francisco, Austin , Texas, U.S, Texas, United States, Russia, ., China, Ukraine, America, what’s
REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality,” Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. “Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may! In his tweet, Trump tagged Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. A spokesperson for ODNI and the White House’s National Security Council did not respond to a request for comment. He noted that Pompeo served as CIA director before becoming the top U.S. diplomat, and he has “an extremely sophisticated understanding of national security.
Persons: Donald Trump, Kacper, ” Trump, , Mike Pompeo, Mitt Romney, Adam Schiff, Trump, Pompeo, National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Daniel Hoffman, Russia, ” Hoffman, Cozy Bear Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Fake News Media, Twitter, , Commerce, Treasury, Department, Democratic, House Intelligence, Kremlin, National Intelligence, ODNI, White, National Security Council, CIA Locations: Russia, “ Russia, China, Kremlin, CIA Moscow
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