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U.S. Lawmakers Demand Documents On Russia Election Probe

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee called on the Trump administration on Wednesday to provide them with what they expect will be thousands of documents related to the investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.

The request may be an effort to avoid a repeat of an unusual document access arrangement made between the Senate Intelligence Committee and CIA to review information related to enhanced interrogation techniques at secret overseas “black site” prisons during the George W. Bush administration.

Under that arrangement, Senate investigators were limited to reviewing documents on a shared computer network set up at a Central Intelligence Agency facility, which later led to accusations the agency had spied on the work of congressional staffers.

“It will not be adequate to review these documents, expected to be in the thousands of pages, at the agencies. They should be delivered to the House Intelligence Committee to provide members adequate time to examine their content,” Representatives Devin Nunes, the committee’s Republican chairman, and Adam Schiff, its top Democrat, said in a joint statement.

They said they expect “prompt” responses to requests for documents.

U.S. intelligence agencies contend that Moscow waged a multifaceted campaign of hacking and other actions to boost Republican President Donald Trump’s election chances against Democrat Hillary Clinton last year.

Trump has worried lawmakers, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, by dismissing such claims and criticizing intelligence agencies for raising them. They have demanded special committees to investigate, but Republican congressional leaders said they would leave that work to existing committees.

Trump’s fellow Republicans control majorities in both the Senate and House.

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner, issued a statement late on Tuesday saying their committee was also moving forward with its investigation.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any attempt to help Trump win.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Dustin Volz; editing by Andrew Hay)

IMAGE: An image of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is seen on the advertising board of the store “Army of Russia”, located opposite the U.S. embassy, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 25, 2017

    A smaller number of Republicans don’t insist on handing over information related to possible Russian involvement it is noted. Besides Trump, does the GOP as a body have something to hide as well? Otherwise, why does this have to look like a “partisan” issue?

    Each passing day reveals to us the near utter demise of the GOP on the one hand, and the necessity of a total recall and replacement of the entire two-party concept for dismantling on the other, along with tossing out all its decayed mechanisms such as elected officials—save for enough honest and trustworthy ones, for running day-to-day affairs, until a new replacement is ready.

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    1. I of John January 26, 2017

      I have to agree with you. Twp parties were never quite enough and the rigging of the two parties make smooth governing very difficult.

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    2. Eleanore Whitaker January 26, 2017

      It isn’t they they can’t hand over the links between Putin and Trump. It is that they are doing exactly what the WaterGate Nixon burglars did: COVER UP. The Republicans are now in the position of being forced into a massive cover up of facts. Ergo, the Trump advisors using that term, “alternate facts” to label their outright lies and deception.

      His is barely two weeks into his administration and the Republicans have him signing off on dozens of executive orders to take over government. These Republicans never learn that WE tell them what to do. The minute the began to be shills of big money, they forgot who can take them out as easily as we put them in.

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 26, 2017

        Yes, I suspect that there is a cover-up akin to Watergate. Money, and the opportunity to get lots more of it, gainfully or not, is a powerful incentive to be corrupt, and w/o a sense of morality and commitment to be moral, people like GOP congressmen will look the other way– and Trump, and others like him will always submit to the allure and take the bait.

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      2. dpaano January 26, 2017

        From what I read this morning, the ACLU is going full bore and filing lawsuits against Trump and his cronies for the executive orders on illegal immigrants, the executive order on using torture and opening up overseas prisons, the executive order stopping money for organizations providing birth control, etc. in other countries, and, of course, the stupid wall!!! They said they’ve been getting more and more donations to build up their organization, and I’m sending some today!!! They are geared to stop Trump from doing ANYTHING that is basically against the Constitution! I suggest we ALL consider sending a couple of dollars to the ACLU!!! For once, they’re doing something worthwhile!
        I also read that the confirmation committee is stating that they will be taking the FULL 30 hours per nominee to review EACH nomination before any action is taken. At that rate, it’ll take about 6 months for all of Trump’s idiots to be confirmed! Hey, they did basically the same thing when President Obama took office….it’s our turn now. If the committee is supposed to get 30 hours per nominee….they need to take every second of it…..more power to them!

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  2. FireBaron January 26, 2017

    Wait! Congress is demanding Teflon Donnie turn over evidence that will incriminate him for being Vladimir Vladimirovich, Tsar of All Russias, personal sock puppet? Nah. I am sure he will find some way to jury rig the documents so he throws Priebus under the bus.

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    1. dpaano January 26, 2017

      There’s always “alternative facts,” right? I guess that’s just the billionaires way of saying, “we’re lying through our teeth!”

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 27, 2017

        ill bet Russia’s PUTTHEAD is waiting for the prize from the DUMPSTER for giving the clown the white house

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  3. Eleanore Whitaker January 26, 2017

    Everyone in this country should welcome the Baron of BS’s threat to investigate voting fraud. North Carolina already had to appear before the Supreme Court for violations to voting rights laws. So, let the Emperor investigate. He is being bashed to hell by anyone who is not mentally ill when he makes the claim “3 million voted illegally.” Then, he tries to make the claim that people are registered in more than one state. He is correct. His daughter, Tiffany is registered in 2 states and so was his NAZI adviser, Bannon, until the media pointed that out and he ran like a scared rabbit to make sure to unregister in his “extra” vote state.

    The Republicans bit off more than they can chew allowing this mentally deranged nut to ever become president. The more he opens his big mouth about voting fraud, the more it becomes evident HE is the biggest voting fraud there is.

    The question Comey the Double Agent FBI man is avoiding is HOW Putin and Trump are linked. We already know there is substantical evidence of Russian hacking into the election. Just imagine what the right wing would have said and done if there was even a slim thread of a chance she and Putin were as in cahoots as Putin and Trump are.

    There is a big reason he said, “We should have taken Iraqi oil.” Because Russia needs that oil to keep the lion’s share of the oil interests to dethrone China as a world power. Take Trump Down.

    The more he acts insanely, the more people struggle to try and reason with a mentally deranged nut. It is a FACT that insanity has a serious ripple effect: It makes the sane people struggle harder to try and make sense of the insanity until the sane become as insane. Don’t believe it? Try studying the Hitler insanity template.

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    1. dpaano January 26, 2017

      I hear that Iraq is already screaming that if he even TRIES to take their oil, there’s going to be a war. We can put that right up there with the threats from China if the U.S. bothers with their little “island building” in the So. China Seas, plus the North Korean threat if the U.S. continues the joint operations with South Korea (which, by the way, have been a yearly thing for as long as I can remember. I was there for 2 weeks myself back in the 80’s for this very same operation)! As I’ve said before, he’s going to get us into a war within the year, and it ain’t gonna be pretty!

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  4. easthills January 26, 2017

    All we need are his taxes. It’s as simple as that. Why does he get away with not showing his taxes??

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    1. dpaano January 26, 2017

      He promised so many times during his campaign that he would release his tax returns, especially if he won the election. Well, Mr. Trump, you won (maybe not entirely legitimately, but you won), and we’re still waiting! Trying to say that the nation doesn’t care and it’s just the journalists who are asking for these is just your way of deflecting….or maybe “alternative facts!”

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  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 26, 2017

    can the DONNY DUMP DUMPSTER by law not allows those documents not to be released if he read then and thy have his illegal doings in them ?

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  6. dpaano January 26, 2017

    Of course, Russia is going to deny it….do you HONESTLY think they’re going to hacking and causing problems in our elections? Seriously?

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    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 26, 2017

      yes I do think that’s what thy are going to and did do . and I think DONNY DUMP hand his hand in it some how some way

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  7. waggaze January 26, 2017

    Let’s hope this bipartisan effort results in an independent investigation into Putin/Russian election interference, investigation of the Russian money trail for hacking and Drumpf’s business deal with Russia/Putin and the dossier released on Drumpf the psychotic madman.

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    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 26, 2017

      you will get all but the GOP gang of pinhead idiots hand it . all that stuff will be hidden and then blame it all on the DEMS

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      1. waggaze January 27, 2017

        I agree. They don’t love America as patriots. They love their corporate donors and hate the middle class.

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        1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 27, 2017

          be afraid be very afraid >> ok people you tell me how close this truly is >> after WW 1 the Charlie Chaplin look alike Hitler was on the losing side at the start of his evil hateful racist sick ways . then the Chaplin clown got his evil ways put back together. forming the Nazi party and his swart sticker sign . putting together his nut house SS . GANG OF WACKO’s . and with that started his terror rage believing only what was in his own deranged head on the world with a WW2 . when he needed something or wanted something he went into other country’s beat them to nothing and then took every thing from those crushed country’s . (DOSE THIS SOUND LIKE ANYONE IN TODAYS TIME ? ) the 2017 HITLER is none other then DONNY DUMP himself . today’s 2017 rerun of the HITLER days ( when the DUMPSTER was ask at one time how he felt about people comparing him to Hitler he said it didn’t bother him im sure this surprise’s no one ) he talks in the same form of Hitler . wanting to block any and every thing the press says (because you know he hates the truth just as Hitler did .) today the DUMPSTERS staff is the SS his inner cycle./////I guess one could see his Nazi party and or army would be his brain dead followers . he talks about (him and his SS staff talks about telling every one and trying to make all SHUT UP . he talks about going (BACK IN MIND YOU ) to Iraq and taking their oil . seems too scary that its his rise to the 3rd stance of HITLERS NAZI PARTY . 1ST ONE WAS WW1 2ND WW2 and now the (and his )3RD run at the cup DONNY DUMP THE DUMPSTER TERROT CLOWN SHOW IN THE WHITE HOUSE . if ever a time this country and the world needs the secret workings of the CIA to save all . all this is so close to what is being played out today and way to scary . with the DUMPSTER its worse then Hitler for if Hitler had NUKE’s I don’t believe we would have an earth today . surely at leas not one of today . who knows its said if Hitler got what he wanted we all would be speaking German today .

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  8. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 26, 2017

    wait for it wait for it it will be the news head headlines DONNY DUMP &AND HIS RUSSIAN B/F together showed the USA just how easy it was to rig an election that all the info of any investigation only came up with all the proof . COULD THIS HAPPEN ? don’t put nothing pass the DUMPSTERS addiction of seeking attention

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  9. jamcrky January 26, 2017

    WOW! you look at that picture in the article and he really does have tiny little hands

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  10. ruthenium66 January 26, 2017

    If it’s proven that Trump actively engaged with Moscow to influence the election, and he is removed from office…shouldn’t Pence be removed as well since he came to power in the same election?

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  11. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 28, 2017

    ok for all the brain dead followers for DONNY DUMP are you going to join his feelings about his Russian B/F PUTTHEAD ? do all of you not bright followers feel that the PUTTHEAD is a gentleman as the DUMPSTER’s seem to think so and calls him that ? and if you think like the clown car driver then you want him to lift the sanctions on Russia ? im sure being brain dead as you followers are you don’t understand or want to see that the DUMPSTER want to do this for a payment to PUTTHEAD for helping DONNY DUMP win the election . unknowing to you all doing this is a form of a TRAITOR to the USA . but then again what do you care you all are still getting your free DONNY DUMP CLOWN SHOW . but he says he love to fight . if so then why did it that the coward draft dodger 5 times to chicken out of fighting for the country he say he so loves ? until he got his POS dear old daddy to buy a DR.’s note

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