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Jeff Sessions Blocks FBI Agents From Testifying In Russia Probe, So GOP Senator Issues Subpoenas



Donald Trump’s Justice Department this week blocked two FBI agents from testifying before Congress about the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In response, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is drafting subpoenas for the two FBI agents DOJ blocked from testifying before the committee, ABC’s Ali Rogin reports.

The news comes after CNN reported Wednesday the DOJ is refusing to cooperate with Senate investigators probing Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. The two agents, Carl Ghattas and James Rybicki, could reportedly provide first-hand testimony about the president’s communications with Comey leading up to his ouster.

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice declined to make Ghattas and Rybicki available for transcribed interviews before the panel, citing “the appointment of Robert S. Mueller III” to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“Under these circumstances and consistent with the Department’s long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters, the Department cannot make Mr. Ghattas nor Mr. Rybicki available for transcribed interviews at this time,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Samuel Ramer wrote in the letter.

“The Senate committee has yet to receive cooperation from DOJ and the special counsel’s office in scheduling those interviews voluntarily,” a spokesman for Grassley told the news network.

He added: “Both the judiciary committee and the special counsel are engaged in important investigations, and we are committed to being as cooperative with Mueller’s office as we can, which is why we’ve been in ongoing communication with Mueller’s team.”

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If You Thought Kamala Harris Was Tough On Brett Kavanaugh, Just Wait Until She Debates Mike Pence



Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate. Following the news of Biden’s selection, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace called into her network while on vacation to point out that Harris will mop the floor with Vice President Mike Pence during debates.

“The other piece of reporting I’ve picked up in the past week was from the Trump team, that from their viewpoint, because Donald Trump has no capacity to understand that this is the selection of a person to run the government with the president, he only saw this in terms of casting for the night of primetime coverage that is the vice presidential debate, and this was the pick that scared them the most,” Wallace told MSNBC’s Brian Williams.

“They thought she would more than go toe-to-toe with [Mike] Pence, they thought she could chew him up and spit him out and pointed to her cross-examination of one Bill Barr,” she explained.

“I don’t know that there’s a better debater or questioner on the political field right now,” Wallace said. Her skill-set is unmatched in terms much being able to articulate an argument, to patiently wait to make her point and look at the argument that the democratic ticket has to make.”

Take a look at the video clip below:

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