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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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White House Press Sec. Clashes With Reporters Over Trump’s Joe Scarborough Murder Smear



White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had a contentious briefing with reporters on Tuesday as she defiantly pushed back on criticism of President Donald Trump for pushing the conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is guilty of murdering intern Lori Klausutis.

“The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” Trump wrote in a tweet, “about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?”

ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl asked McEnany if Trump would honor a request from Klausutis’ family to take down the tweet.

“Why is the president making these unfounded allegations?” Karl asked. “This is pretty nuts, isn’t it? The president is accusing somebody of possible murder. The family is pleading with the president to please stop unfounded conspiracy theories. Why is he doing this?”

“I do know that our hearts are with Lori’s family at this time,” McEnany said without answering the question.

Shen then glanced at her prepared remarks and accused Scarborough of “joking about killing an intern” years after Klausutis died.

“I’m sure that was hurtful to Lori’s family,” she added.

“He’s the president of the United States,” Karl pointed out, “and he’s accusing somebody of possibly murder. This is different. He’s not a private citizen. He’s the president.”

“Yeah,” McEnany said, returning to her notes. “Joe Scarborough, if we want to start talking about false accusations, we have quite a few we can go through.”

“I’m asking about the president’s allegations,” Karl pressed.


McEnany then left the room without addressing the question.

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