FROM Michael Koncewicz
Is the House Intel Committee's Russia probe dead? Republican Congressman Devin Nunes of California is chair of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian hacking and ties to the Trump campaign. Yesterday, on the White House lawn, he told reporters about a new discovery involving intelligence intercepts. "Details about US persons associated with the incoming administration – details with little to no apparent foreign intelligence value -- were widely disseminated in the intelligence community reporting." Today, Nunes apologized for telling reporters — and the Trump White House — before sharing the information with fellow committee members. Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff replied, that's not good enough. "So at this point the only people who do know are the Chairman and the President – and given that the President's associates are the subject of the investigation that's wholly inappropriate and unfortunately really impugns the credibility of the chairman in terms of his ability to conduct an independent investigation."
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?