Trump Called for Acting FBI Director’s Firing Hours After FBI Agents Raided Manafort’s Home

by Aaron Rupar – An incriminating fact-pattern emerges. On Wednesday, the Washington Post broke news that “FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.” The New York Times confirmed the report, adding that the agents were looking for “tax documents and foreign banking records.” The news was also confirmed by a spokesman for Manafort. Josh Dawsey   ✔@jdawsey1 Manafort spokesman confirms raid. Different person familiar w/probe says Manafort was in town at the time of the pre-dawn raid. 10:23 AM – Aug 9, 2017 In light of the news about the raid of Manafort’s home, Trump’s tweets on the day of July 26 are of renewed interests. That was the day Trump abruptly posted a string of tweets tweets announcing “that the...

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Google Draws Wikileaks’ Ire for Secretly Providing Private Email Data to DOJ

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams – In what non-profit media organization Wikileaks is calling a “horrifying precedent for press freedoms,” internet giant Google has confirmed it complied with a request by the U.S. government to hand over the complete content and data attached to email accounts belonging to three Wikileaks staffers under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge in 2012. On Sunday, attorneys representing Wikileaks sent a letter (web) to executives at Google  demanding answers related to what they termed the “serious violation of the privacy and journalistic rights” of their three employees – Investigations Editor Sarah Harrison, Section Editor Joseph Farrell and senior journalist and spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson. “The broadly tailored search warrants are evidence of the fact that the government refuses to recognize that WikiLeaks is staffed by journalists and editors. It refuses to recognize that the organization’s act of publishing US government documents is an...

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