SCOOP: Top GOP Armed Services aide resigns after 13 committee members objected to electoral college, lashing ‘congressional enablers of this mob,’ per his resignation letter obtained by @politico…
“Anyone who watched those horrible hours unfold should have been galvanized to rebuke these insurrectionists in the strongest terms. Instead, some members...chose to put political theater ahead of the defense of the Constitution and the republic.”…
The aide, Jason Schmid, is a longtime top policy staffer on the GOP side of the committee. He did two tours of duty in Iraq as an Army intelligence analyst. He was wounded there while embedded with an Iraqi infantry battalion.…

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29 Sep 20
🤔Ratcliffe just declassified to Graham a claim that Russian intel alleged that Clinton “approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against [Trump] by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the DNC.”

...but says “the IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation.” Image
It’s reasonable to ask why Graham and Ratcliffe would even put this out there if, as Ratcliffe acknowledges, “the IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”
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23 Sep 20
Senate Republicans have released their “interim report” on their Hunter Biden investigation. We’ve read it—it’s largely a compilation of previously public assessments & news articles, some rehashed from the impeachment inquiry. Lots of media-bashing too.

Story TK w/ @kyledcheney Image
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22 Sep 20
Democrats have been calling on the Trump administration to resume election security briefings, and now that they’ve invoked the two-hour rule today, the first briefing in weeks is canceled.
However, Rubio told me earlier today that this election security briefing is TOMORROW, not today. Source says Rubio could have changed it from a hearing to a meeting. No functional difference because all of the Intel hearings are closed anyway.
And here is Rubio’s statement. Evanina was supposed to brief the committee today about *all* intel matters, so election security could have of course come up. Tomorrow’s briefing on election security is with DNI Ratcliffe. Image
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18 Sep 20
McConnell has repeatedly said he would move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy this year.…
SCHUMER: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Ginsburg’s passing. No mention of potential confirmation fight before the end of the year. Image
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18 Sep 20
In convo w/ a right-wing blogger, Sen. Johnson hints his forthcoming report will cast doubt on the IC conclusion that Russia prefers Trump, accusing the FBI of “playing hide the ball and delay.”

I’ve not heard a single senator doubt the IC’s conclusion about Russia’s intentions.
This is baffling. We knew Sen. Johnson was investigating the Biden/Burisma issue in addition to the Obama WH’s actions during the presidential transition period, but he seems to be introducing a brand new unsubstantiated claim — that Russia isn’t actually trying to boost Trump.
After Rubio became Senate Intel chair, I asked him about Johnson’s investigations.

“If we hear or see something, I’ll encourage them to go read up on the intelligence they have access to. Ultimately, we can’t control what people decide to believe or say.”…
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10 Sep 20
.@politico exposed some of Derkach’s election meddling efforts in July. @NatashaBertrand @kyledcheney and I revealed that he sent packets of Biden dirt to top Trump allies on Capitol Hill.…
This is a seismic development. The president and his top officials have said China is the bigger threat to the election, but that’s not what lawmakers have been told; and now, Treasury has sanctioned a key Russian involved in that influence campaign.
Schiff says Derkach was “peddling this false information to Congress,” as we reported in July. Image
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