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Saturday, August 10, 2019

The FBI on Thursday released its notes -- known as 302 reports -- detailing a dozen interviews agents had with senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as they investigated potential ties between the incoming president and Russia. Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for the private investigation firm Fusion GPS and relayed research the former British spy, Christopher Steele, was conducting for the company. read more


Thursday, August 01, 2019

Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing a "damning report"on former FBI director James Comey's conduct and has referred him for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, the Hill's John Solomon reported Wednesday night. Unfortunately, Solomon is reporting that Department of Justice prosecutors under Attorney General William Barr have decided not to prosecute Comey for the alleged infractions. read more


Monday, July 22, 2019

At the same time Comey was personally scrutinizing the president during meetings in the White House and phone conversations from the FBI, he had an agent inside the White House working on the Russia investigation, where he reported back to FBI headquarters about Trump and his aides, according to officials familiar with the matter. The agent, Anthony Ferrante, who specialized in cyber crime, left the White House around the same time Comey was fired and soon joined a security consulting firm, where he contracted with BuzzFeed to lead the news site's efforts to verify the Steele dossier, in connection with a defamation lawsuit. read more


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Baquet, in his remarks, seemed to fault the complaining readers, and the world, for their failure to understand the Times and its duties in the era of Trump. "What I'm saying is that our readers and some of our staff cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us when we take on Joe Biden. They sometimes want us to pretend that he was not elected president, but he was elected president," Baquet said.

Yet the problem for the Times is not whether it can navigate social-media controversies or satisfy an appetite for #resistance-based outrage, both of which it can tell itself are not a newspaper's job to do.

The closest Baquet came to identifying a moment when the paper had misjudged current events was when he described it as being "a little tiny bit flat-footed" after the Mueller investigation ended. "Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, Holy ----, Bob Mueller is not going to do it,'" Baquet said. "And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we're talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago."

"By this account, the question of how to address presidential racism was a newly emerged one, something the paper would need to pivot into now that the collusion story is no longer viable."

"How to address presidential racism was a newly emerged one, something the paper would need to pivot into now that the collusion story is no longer viable."
Looks like they found a way.

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