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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): The FBI News Review: Congress told Russia 2016 election moves typical ‘spycraft’ – WCJB

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election bore some of the textbook tricks of the trade of Kremlin spycraft, including the volume and breadth of contacts with Trump associates, former FBI officials told lawmakers Wednesday in the latest congressional hearing dedicated to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report .
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Eurasia Review: Trump Plans To Meet Putin At G-20; Kremlin Says Meeting Not Yet Confirmed

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(RFE/RL) — U.S. President Donald Trump says he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Group of 20 summit in Japan later this month, although the Kremlin says it has not received confirmation from Washington of a potential meeting.

“I’ll be meeting with Putin at the G-20,” Trump told reporters at the White House on June 12.

The comments represent the latest confusion over a potential meeting between the two leaders. Trump last month said he would meet with the Russia leader at the G-20, but the Kremlin at the time indicated there had been no agreement on a face-to-face meeting.

Trump last met with Putin in a one-on-one setting in Helsinki in July 2018, when they dismissed top aides for a two-hour session. The meeting without U.S. aides or note-takers broke with traditional policy and was sharply criticized by Trump opponents.

Responding to a question from a reporter, Trump said it is “probably easier if we have people in the room, because you people don’t trust anything.”

Meanwhile, Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, told state-run TASS news agency that “the Kremlin has no such confirmations” about a face-to-face meeting at the summit, scheduled for June 27-28 in Osaka,

“Nothing has changed in this regard. The American side has not initiated the holding of a separate meeting,” he said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying he believes the two leaders will meet in Japan but that no agreement has been set.

“There has been no clarity on these aspects, but we still believe that contacts will take place as our seniors, both the presidents and the ministers, are attending this event, but nothing has been clarified and regulated in terms of the format, the length and the specific timeframe of them,” he said.

“To date, there have been no clear agreements on full-scale meetings,” Ryabkov said.

Trump has made it clear that he is seeking better relations with Russia and Putin specifically.

After the summit in Helsinki, Trump faced fierce criticism from U.S. lawmakers — including some Republicans — who said he failed to hold Putin accountable for Russian actions, such as what U.S intelligence agencies said was a campaign of interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Eurasia Review: Medical Marijuana Does Not Reduce Opioid Deaths

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Legalizing medical marijuana does not reduce the rate of fatal opioid
overdoses, according to researchers at the Stanford University School
of Medicine.

The finding contradicts a 2014 study that legal-pot advocates,
public officials and even physicians have touted as a reason to legalize
marijuana. That study found lower rates of fatal opioid overdoses in
the states that had legalized marijuana for medical purposes than in
states where marijuana remained illegal.

The Stanford study, which revisited the issue after many more states
had legalized medical marijuana, found no evidence of a connection
between opioid deaths and the availability of medical cannabis, said
Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

“If you think opening a bunch of dispensaries is going to reduce
opioid deaths, you’ll be disappointed,” Humphreys said. “We don’t think
cannabis is killing people, but we don’t think it’s saving people.”

A paper describing the new study will be published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Humphreys is the senior author. The lead author is postdoctoral scholar Chelsea Shover, PhD.

Medical pot now legal in 47 states

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical
marijuana. By 2010, 13 states, most of them in the West, had legalized
medical marijuana. Today, 47 states permit some version of medical pot.

For the new study, the Stanford researchers used the same method
employed in the 2014 study to evaluate the connection between legalized
medical marijuana and fatal opioid overdoses. They confirmed the
findings from the 2014 study, but when they looked at opioid deaths up
to 2017 — by which point most states had legalized some form of medical
marijuana, if not recreational marijuana — they found that the
opposite was true: States with legal medical marijuana had a higher rate
of deaths due to opioid overdose.

After the 2014 study was released, medical marijuana proponents and
some public officials interpreted the results to mean that, given access
to legalized pot, people would turn to it rather than opioids for pain
relief or recreation. Yet when the Stanford researchers compared states
that have more restrictive medical marijuana laws with those that allow
recreational marijuana, they found no correlation between opioid
overdose mortality and the level of restriction.

“Accounting for different types of laws didn’t change the bottom line,” Shover said.

Also, given that only 2.5% of the U.S. population uses medical
marijuana, it’s unlikely that use could affect mortality statistics, the
researchers said.

‘Something else about those states’

Humphreys said the results of the 2014 study may have reflected
policies and conditions in states that legalized medical marijuana
early. Those states tended to be wealthier and more politically liberal,
with greater access to addiction treatment and to naloxone, which
reverses the effects of opioids and can prevent overdose fatalities. The
states that legalized pot early also incarcerate fewer people for drug
use, Humphreys added. When people are released from prison, where they
lack access to drugs and lose tolerance to them, they may try to use the
same levels as they did before they were incarcerated, leading to
overdose.

The finding of lower death rates “wasn’t about the cannabis,” Humphreys said. “It was something else about those states.”

Humphreys and Shover said they believe that medical marijuana
provides benefits and that research into its effectiveness should
continue.

“There are valid reasons to pursue medical cannabis policies, but
this doesn’t seem to be one of them,” Shover said. “I urge researchers
and policymakers to focus on other ways to reduce mortality due to
opioid overdoses.”

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Eurasia Review: Japan’s Shinzo Meets Rouhani In Tehran

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani slammed the US
sanctions on his nation as an act of terrorism and “root cause of
tensions in the region”, and told the visiting Japanese Prime Minister
that Iran will continue with modifying its undertakings under the
nuclear deal if it remains the only party complying with its terms.

Speaking
at a joint press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Abe
Shinzo in Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani noted the age-old ties between
the two countries and appreciated the Japanese premier for giving a
positive response to his invitation to visit Iran.

He further praised constructive ties and
consultations with Japan in the past several years, and stressed that
Tehran welcomes cooperation with Japan at all the bilateral, regional
and international levels.

“We discussed investment in Iran’s Southern port
city of Mahshahr and the port of Makran,” Rouhani said, and added that
Japan’s willingness to continue buying crude from Iran ensures stability
in growing ties between the two countries.

“We welcome Japan’s interest to continue purchasing Iran’s crude and settle financial ties between the two countries,” he said.

“In addition to bilateral ties, we also discussed
regional security and detente,” Rouhani said, and voiced pleasure in the
two countries’ interest in regional stability.

The president ensured his state’s policy has been
built on peace and security at regional and global stage, but meantime,
indicated that Tehran is fully prepared for all scenarios, implying that
it would definitely not sit idly if it comes under attack by the US.

“I ensured Mr. Prime Minister we will not initiate
any war with any country in the region, but if war is imposed on us, we
will give a decisive response,” the Iranian president reiterated.

“Mr Shinzo voiced optimism in the present conditions and said he knows that propsects are bright,” he added.

Rouhani praised Japan’s support for the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said he has informed the
Japanese premier that Iran is resolved to continue the present path of
modifying its undertakings under the nuclear deal based on the contents
of “Paragraphs 36 and 37” if the merits promised by the signatories to
Tehran are not provided.

The president slammed Washington’s sanctions on
Tehran and said, “I told Mr. Prime Minister that the sanctions imposed
on Iran are a clear instance of economic terrorism.”

“Tensions in the region are rooted in the United States’ economic war against Iran,” Rouhani reiterated.

Yet, he appreciated Japan’s goodwill and care for
regional security and stability, and asked for expansion of nuclear
cooperation with Tokyo for peaceful purposes.

The Japanese premier appreciated Iran’s warm
hospitality during the visit, and said he had wished to visit Tehran all
throughout the last three decades after he accompanied his father, the
then foreign minister, during a visit to Tehran.

Noting that this is the first official trip to
Iran by a Japanese prime minister after 41 years, he expressed strong
willingness to expand cooperation with Tehran in various areas,
including medical grounds.

The Japanese premier further voiced concern over
instability in the region, and said his country is willing to help to
deescalate the present tensions.

Shinzo appreciated the religious Fatwa issued by
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei that has placed
strong religious ban on the acquisition, production, stockpiling and use
of the Weapons of Mass Destruction, and voiced pleasure in Iran’s full
compliance with the nuclear deal.

He failed to note the US sanctions and military
threat to Iran by the deployment of thousands of troops in and around
the Persian Gulf, and asked Iran to help him advance his mediation
efforts.

Shinzo, heading a high-ranking politico-economic
delegation, arrived in Tehran on Wednesday on a three-day visit to
discuss bilateral ties and cooperation. According to Japanese media,
mediation between Iran and the US is on his agenda.

The visit comes more than one year after
Washington’s abrupt withdrawal from the landmark nuclear deal that led
to the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran. Japan is not a member of
the deal but has been a supporter.

Before making the trip official, Shinzo and Trump
had a phone conversation on Tuesday about the Japaneses prime minister’s
trip to Tehran.

The US president’s anti-Tehran top aide, Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo, has recently claimed that Washington is ready to
engage in talks with the Islamic Republic without preconditions, and his
boss has reinstated harsh economic sanctions against Iran to force
Tehran back to the table – a desire that has not yet come to reality.
Washington has also escalated America’s military presence in the Persian
Gulf – recently sending an aircraft carrier group, a squadron of B-52
bombers and additional Patriot air defense systems as a “message” to
Iran. Trump claimed that the United States is not seeking armed conflict
with Tehran, calling for negotiation with Iran to reach a new deal. The
US president also introduced sanctions on third countries that would do
business with the Islamic Republic. Dependent on Iranian oil, Japan is
one such country.

In May, Iran announced it was suspending some of
its commitments under the nuclear deal, setting a 60-day deadline for
the five remaining parties to the deal — France, Germany, the UK, China
and Russia — to take practical measures towards ensuring Tehran’s
interests in the face of the American sanctions.

The Japanese Prime Minister is slated to meet
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday. His trip is the
first visit to Iran by an incumbent Japanese premier in 41 years, as
Tokyo and Tehran have friendly ties and will mark the 90th anniversary
of diplomatic relations this year. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono
also held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif hours
before the Shinzo-Rouhani summit.

Once Japan signalled its willingness few weeks ago
to do mediation between Iran and the US, Spokesman of Iran’s top
security body – the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) – Keivan
Khosravi said last Thursday that Shinzo’s efforts to get the US back to
the nuclear agreement and remove Washington’s extraterritorial sanctions
are the two principles that can guarantee the success of his upcoming
visit to Tehran.

“Iran-Japan relations have always enjoyed a
balanced and stable level and progress in political and economic
spheres,” Khosravi wrote in a memo to FNA.

“Japan’s approach in area of foreign policy has
mainly been based on support for the legal and political norms approved
by the international community,” he underlined, adding that Tokyo “has
been in most cases immune to the tides and ebbs of extremism and
inactivity in its foreign policy”.

“Preserving and enhancing the political and
economic position of Japan in the international system, which is an
asset of this country interwoven with the identity of its people, are
among the principles that the Japanese fiercely adhere and follow up,”
he noted.

“The upcoming visit of Abe Shinzo to Tehran is
assuredly a significant event in the course of bolstering and expanding
bilateral relations between the two countries in different areas,” the
senior Iranian security official highlighted.

 “Assuredly the highest executive official of this
country will seize the opportunity to boost the political credibility
of Japan,” Khosravi underscored.

“It is said that Abe Shinzo is visiting Iran as a
mediator authorized by the US,” he highlighted, and stressed, “Efforts
to return the US to the JCPOA and make up for the damages inflicted on
Iran and removing Washington’s extraterritorial sanctions against our
country, which are both from the accepted and reiterated principles of
the international community, can act as a guarantee for this visit’s
success.”

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Eurasia Review: Uncovering The Hidden History Of A Giant Asteroid

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A massive ‘hit-and-run’ collision profoundly impacted the
evolutionary history of Vesta, the brightest asteroid visible from
Earth. This finding, by a team of researchers from Tokyo Institute of
Technology, Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research and ETH Zurich,
Switzerland, deepens our understanding of protoplanet formation more
than 4.5 billion years ago, in the early infancy of the Solar System.

In a remarkable feat of astronomical detective work, scientists have determined the precise timing of a large-scale collision on Vesta that helps explain the asteroid’s lopsided shape. Their study, published in Nature Geoscience, pinpoints the collision to 4,525.4 million years ago.

Vesta, the second largest body in the asteroid belt, is of immense
interest to scientists investigating the origin and formation of
planets. Unlike most asteroids, it has kept its original, differentiated
structure, meaning it has a crust, mantle and metallic core, much like
Earth.

Most of what we know about the asteroid had so far come from
howardite-eucrite-diogenite (HED) meteorites, following studies in the
1970s that first proposed Vesta as the parent body of these meteorites.
In recent years, NASA’s Dawn mission,
which orbited Vesta in 2011-2012, reinforced the idea that HED
meteorites originate from Vesta and provided more insights into the
asteroid’s composition and structure. Careful mapping of Vesta’s geology
revealed an unusually thick crust at the asteroid’s south pole.

The new study provides a confident framework for understanding
Vesta’s geological timeline, including the massive collision that caused
the formation of the thick crust.

Key to uncovering this timeline was examining a rare mineral called
zircon found in mesosiderites (stony-iron meteorites that are similar to
HED meteorites in terms of texture and composition). Based on a strong
premise that both types of meteorites came from the same parent body,
Vesta, the team focused on dating zircon from mesosiderites with
unprecedented precision.

Makiko Haba of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), a specialist in geochemical and chronological studies of meteorites, and Akira Yamaguchi of Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) were involved in sample preparation — a major challenge, Haba explains, as fewer than ten zircon grains have been reported over the past few decades. “We developed how to find zircon in mesosiderites and eventually prepared enough grains for this study,” she says.

Joining forces with co-authors at ETH Zurich who developed a
technique to measure the age of the samples using uranium-lead dating,
the team pooled their expertise to propose a new evolutionary model for
Vesta. “This work could not be achieved without collaboration between
Tokyo Tech, NIPR, and ETH Zurich,” Haba points out.

The team highlights two significant time-points: initial crust
formation 4,558.5 ± 2.1 million years ago and metal-silicate mixing by
the hit-and-run collision at 4,525.39 ± 0.85 million years ago. This
collision, impacting Vesta’s northern hemisphere as shown in Figure 1,
likely caused the thick crust observed by the Dawn mission, and supports
the view that Vesta is the parent body of mesosiderites and HED
meteorites.

By building on this study, Haba says she plans to examine “more
precise conditions, such as temperature and cooling rate during and
after the large-scale collision on Vesta based on mesosiderite and HED
meteorite measurements.”

“I’d like to draw a picture that shows the whole history of Vesta
from the cradle to the grave,” she says. “Combining such information
with an impact simulation study would contribute to a more comprehensive
understanding of large-scale collisions on protoplanets.”

The dating method could be applied to other meteorites in future.
Haba adds: “This is very important for understanding when and how
protoplanets formed and grew to become planets like Earth. I’d like to
also apply our dating method to samples from future spacecraft
missions.”

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Eurasia Review: Golunov’s Release Highlights Arbitrariness Of Putin Regime, Not Its Weakness Or Opposition’s Strength – OpEd

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Not surprisingly, the Russian opposition claimed its protests had forced the weakening Putin regime to release Ivan Golunov and the Kremlin suggested that what had happened simply showed once again that there is a good tsar (Vladimir Putin) but unfortunately bad boyars (lower-ranking officials) and that justice had triumphed.

Neither of these suggestions is true. Instead, as any number of commentators suggested today, Golunov’s release was just as arbitrary as his arrest, did not reflect any strengthening of the opposition or weakening of the regime, but instead was a reprise of past Kremlin efforts to escape a bad situation of its own making (e.g., kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D00127B17F7C).

Consequently, there is no reason to conclude that the regime is on its last legs or the opposition is in a position to force change. Instead, as other commentators pointed out, this is a one-off action, the regime will continue as it has repressing those it wants do and retreating only if it thinks that is its interests so it can take undeserved credit and repress others more easily.

(For some commentaries making these points, see ura.news/articles/1036278267, rosbalt.ru/posts/2019/06/11/1786434.html, rosbalt.ru/blogs/2019/06/11/1786401.html, rosbalt.ru/posts/2019/06/11/1786460.html, echo.msk.ru/blog/karina_orlova/2443591-echo/ and kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5CFFF1AA2895C.)

Perhaps the most thoughtful comment came from Olga Romanova who pointed out that the Golunov case represented the Putin regime at its most typical and showed that no one is going to be able to change his system. The only worthwhile goal is to destroy it completely and put a different one in its place (ehorussia.com/new/node/18658).

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Trump’s Lawyers Are Practically Daring Congress To Impeach Him

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Donald Trump’s lawyers are all but daring Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry into the president’s alleged crimes.

On May 20, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta knocked down the dubious argument made by Trump’s lawyers that Congress has no “legitimate legislative purpose” to obtain the president’s financial records, which have been subpoenaed by the Oversight and Reform Committee. Mehta ruled that Congress has broad investigatory powers that should not solely be limited to impeachment.

“It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry,” Mehta wrote.

In their brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging a congressional subpoena for financial records held by Trump’s accounting firm, the president’s lawyers argued that the court should not consider the inherent “non-legislative powers” of Congress ― impeachment ― if it is not actively going down that path. The brief goes on to cite Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) repeated denials that the House is engaged in impeachment proceedings for the president.

Trump’s lawyers also argued that Mehta had no right to invoke the impeachment power in ruling for Congress, when the Oversight and Reform Committee did not mention impeachment in its brief before Mehta or in its subpoena for the documents. In doing so, the president’s lawyers are directly arguing that Congress would have more authority if they were to subpoena for documents as part of an impeachment inquiry. “[T]he Constitution also grants Congress non-legislative powers,” the brief states, adding, “And the House and Senate can, respectively, impeach and try impeachments.”



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“If you open an impeachment inquiry, do you get more information?” Pelosi said during a CNN interview on Tuesday. “You still end up in the court.”

Absent impeachment, Congress’ subpoena of the president’s financial records from his accounting firm Mazars USA LLP should be held invalid as the Oversight and Reform Committee has no legitimate legislative reason to obtain them, Trump’s lawyers continue to argue, as they did before losing in district court.

The committee has provided numerous legislative reasons to subpoena Trump’s financial records in its legal briefs. Specifically, the committee says it is pursuing the records to determine if the president lied on his mandatory annual financial disclosure reports and whether any legislation is necessary to fix any loopholes or provide more transparency on presidential finances. The committee passed the For The People Act in 2019 to expand disclosure requirements and provide statutory support for the Foreign Emoluments Clause in the Constitution.

Trump’s lawyers, however, argue that these legislative purposes should be discarded because, according to them, they are unconstitutional. In fact, the president’s lawyers say the already existing presidential financial disclosure laws are unconstitutional.

The president lost using these arguments before Mehta and also in a separate district court case regarding a subpoena for the president’s bank records.

“[T]here can be little doubt that Congress’s interest in the accuracy of the President’s financial disclosures falls within the legislative sphere,” Mehta wrote.

These cases appear headed to the Supreme Court and Trump’s appeal brief contains a Trumpian appeal to the personal interest of the justices there.

It argues that justices should be concerned about Congress subpoenaing their personal financial records if they allow the subpoena for Trump’s financial information to stand. That’s because the justices are already covered by congressionally enacted financial disclosure laws. Additionally, the House-passed For The People Act contains provisions extending judicial ethics codes to the Supreme Court.

“[R]eplace ‘President’ with ‘Justices’ and [Mehta’s ruling] would, without question, authorize a congressional subpoena for the Justices’ accounting records— even for many years before they joined the Court,” Trump’s lawyers argue.

Trump wants to make sure that when the Supreme Court considers his personal financial records, they think of their own, too.

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(CNN) – House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday threatened to subpoena FBI Director Christopher Wray in order to learn whether there are active counterintelligence investigations related to President Donald Trump and Russia or if the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation on that topic has concluded.

Following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in March, Schiff has said he wanted to know whether that meant the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into members of Trump’s team, which was opened in June 2016, had ended, or f it has instead “mushroomed into a set of other counterintelligence investigations.”

On Wednesday, Schiff had yet to get an answer from the FBI and was prepared to soon issue a subpoena if necessary.

“We are determined to get answers, and we are running out of patience. If necessary, we’ll subpoena the director and require him to come in and provide those answers under oath,” the California Democrat said.

Schiff’s comments came after his committee held a hearing on the counterintelligence portion of the Mueller report, which did not establish a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government but did document numerous contacts between Russians and members of Trump’s team. The hearing is the first of several that Schiff is planning in order to highlight the substance of the first volume of the Mueller report, while the Judiciary Committee is doing the same for the second volume on obstruction of justice.

At the hearing, Schiff expressed frustration that the Gang of Eight — the congressional leaders who are briefed about sensitive intelligence matters — had still not been briefed on the “constellation of counterintelligence investigations” around Russia and the Trump campaign since former FBI Director James Comey was fired in 2017.

“Once James Comey was fired, we no longer continued to get Gang of Eight briefings on this constellation of counterintelligence investigations, and we not have not had one since, which is a real problem,” Schiff said. “To this date we have requested from the FBI and from the director a briefing on the status of the counterintelligence investigations. We do not know to this date whether they are ongoing. We do not know whether any of them have been closed. We do not know what those findings are but we are determined to find out.”

Schiff’s comments came at a hearing in which Democrats invited two former FBI officials to testify on the significance of the counterintelligence findings in the Mueller report, while Republican-invited witness Andrew McCarthy, a former US attorney and Fox News contributor, expressed his skepticism toward the special counsel investigation.

The sharp partisan split was on full display.

“Most Americans consider the solicitation of foreign help during a presidential campaign, the offer of foreign assistance, and the campaign’s eagerness to accept that offer, quote, if it is what you say it is, I love it, to constitute plain evidence of collusion,” Schiff said.

But California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the Intelligence panel, accused Democrats of perpetuating a “grotesque spectacle” and called the Mueller report a “shoddy political hit piece.”

There were occasional cases in which witnesses were less rigid in their viewpoints. Former FBI official Robert Anderson — who worked with Peter Strzok, the FBI agent removed from Mueller’s team for sending anti-Trump text messages — called Strzok’s messages “unbelievably inappropriate” and said that it was correct he was removed. And McCarthy, who criticized the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe, highlighted the danger of Trump campaign officials taking the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“I think by taking the meeting, and I don’t think you need a lot of training for this, by taking the meeting, you’ve made yourself beholden to Putin in terms of however he wants to characterize it down the road, so that even if nothing inappropriate happens at the meeting, you have that vulnerability as well,” McCarthy said.

Still, the witnesses also expressed views at the hearing that went beyond the facts contained in the Mueller report, underscoring the partisan nature of the committee’s Russia-related proceedings over the past few years.

McCarthy, for instance, rejected parts of the US intelligence community’s assessment on Russian meddling in 2016. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn’t be portrayed “as on one side or the other side,” even though US intelligence agencies concluded that he specifically tried to help Trump get elected.

Stephanie Douglas, a former official in the FBI’s national security division, speculated beyond the findings in Mueller’s report. She repeatedly suggested that the Russians “tasked” former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with transferring internal polling data to a Russian associate. The Mueller report confirmed that these data transfers occurred throughout 2016, but Mueller never said the Russian government requested or received the polls.

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