The real ‘bigger picture’ of the Russian interference in the 2016 election
POLITICO TOP 5 BIGGER NEWS STORIES:The House is on recess for a week, but that doesn’t mean it’s not time for a new batch of major stories.
The top five stories to watch are all coming in today.1.
Senate Intelligence Committee: FBI Director James Comey will testify on Tuesday, which will be the Senate Intelligence Chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, says.
Comey’s testimony is likely to focus on the 2016 presidential election and Russia’s role in the election.
Feinstein says that the testimony will not be limited to Russia.
Feinstein, who is also the chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that Comey will “examine the Russian effort to influence our election, including whether any actions were coordinated with President Trump, and whether anyone on the Trump campaign or administration colluded with Russia.”2.
FBI: The Justice Department has reached a plea deal with Russian spies over the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The plea agreement was reached on Monday.
The Justice Dept. has agreed to a $10 million payment to settle a federal probe of whether Russian spies used money from the Russian government to purchase emails and other materials from Clinton.
The FBI says it will pay $10,000 in cash to settle the investigation.3.
Trump: “The biggest problem with the Russian collusion thing is they knew how to do it,” Trump told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last week.
“They knew what they were doing.
They knew how much money to pay.
And so what happened was they didn’t do anything.
And that’s the big problem with it.
And it was a total, total, complete and total failure.
They didn’t get it done.4.
Trump and the Russia investigation: Trump has been feuding with the FBI for weeks, accusing the bureau of politicizing its probe.
Trump, on Tuesday afternoon, asked the FBI director, James Comey, to “get the hell out of here.”
Comey replied that he had no comment.
Trump and the FBI are in the middle of a new round of talks to find a way to end the investigation, which is set to continue through the end of the week.
Comey has refused to say whether the FBI will reopen the probe or not.5.
Mueller probe: The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election is expected to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
The Senate Judiciary committee is also expected to hold a hearing on the investigation on Wednesday.
Trump has said he believes the Mueller investigation is politically motivated and wants the Justice Department to step aside.