Graham vows to protect Mueller probe
- Graham's defense of Mueller comes in the wake of the President's latest attacks suggesting partisan bias on the special counsel.
- Trump's criticism of Mueller, a Republican, also came a day after his personal lawyer, John Dowd, called for an end to the special counsel's probe.
- On Saturday, CNN learned that Mueller had interviewed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
- McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday night after being long derided by the President.
- Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont issued a similar call to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Saturday.
Sharkmob is the new studio from ex-Division and Hitman devs
- Sharkmob is the latest indie studio to spring forth from the deep talent pool of triple-A developers.
- Its founders have racked up more than a decade each at Ubisoft Massive, working on the likes of Tom Clancy’s The Division and IO Interactive’s Hitman.
- Today the new studio announced that it’s working on a multiplayer game that will debut on PC and likely Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well.
- However, Sharkmob CEO Fredrik Rundqvist has revealed that the team has licensed intellectual property (IP) that he’s calling a “cult classic.” The plan is to turn it into a franchise, complete with content updates and live services once it’s launched.
- Individually, the team members have also worked on Ubisoft games such as Far Cry 3, World in Conflict, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
- The senior team is reprising their roles from The Division at the new studio, which it founded in 2017.
Andrew McCabe is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so far
- President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, adding to a series of high-profile exits from the White House in recent weeks.
- The administration has been rocked by a series of high-profile departures — including Sean Spicer as press secretary and James Comey as FBI director — since Trump took office in January 2017.
- But McCabe said in a Friday night statement that he believed he was "singled out" over the events he witnessed and actions he took after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May. President Donald Trump has asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to leave his post, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
- According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, White House officials said there was no single factor behind Cohn's resignation.
Mueller is in possession of Andrew McCabe's memos documenting his conversations with Trump and Comey
- The special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained several memos written by former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe which document his conversations with President Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey, CNN reported.
- The former FBI deputy director's memos documenting some of those circumstances could serve a number of significant purposes in Mueller's investigation, particularly as it relates to the obstruction-of-justice thread, which focuses on whether Trump sought to hamper the Russia investigation when he fired Comey last year.
- Later, during an Oval Office meeting that was meant to be a meet-and-greet session following Comey's firing, Trump reportedly asked McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 US election.
- The FBI also released a trove of internal emails and documents in January that confirmed McCabe was not warned against becoming involved in the Clinton investigation but recused himself anyway following a Wall Street Journal report about political donations to his wife's campaign.
A White House staffer left a piece of paper with his encrypted email password at a bus stop in Washington, DC
- Richard Drew/AP A White House staffer wrote down his passwords for an encrypted email service on White House stationary and left it at a bus stop in DC, The Intercept reported Saturday.
- The email information on the stationary included log-in credentials for staffer Ryan McAvoy's ProtonMail account.
- ProtonMail is an end-to-end encryption email service often used by journalists, people in politics, and others who regularly handle sensitive information.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired last week and CIA director Mike Pompeo was tapped to take his spot.
- Trump selected deputy CIA director Gina Haspel to assume leadership of the agency following Pompeo's departure.
- National security adviser H.R. McMaster, Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin, and Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson are rumored to be the next officials who will be shown the door.
McCabe has memos documenting his conversations with Trump
- Washington (CNN) - Much like fired FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump before he was fired Friday, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
- Following his firing, McCabe told CNN in an interview that he spoke to the President several times while he was acting FBI director in May after Comey's dismissal, and Trump berated him about his wife's failed state Senate campaign.
- It is unclear what is in McCabe's memos and what span of time they cover.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on Friday, about a day before his 50th birthday and the date he was set to retire and begin receiving his anticipated pension, over accusations that McCabe directed FBI officials to speak to the media about an investigation tied to the Clinton Foundation and misled investigators about his actions.
Top Democrat lambastes the firing of deputy FBI director and say sit has an 'odious taint'
- Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff pushed back on Twitter against the firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was forced out of the bureau just one day before he was eligible to retire with full pension benefits.
- The Department of Justice's inspector general office has been looking into McCabe's approval of unauthorized disclosures to the media in October 2016, related to the bureau's probe into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state.
- Last month, he spearheaded a memo that attempted to undermine Republicans' claims that top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice, including McCabe, improperly obtained a surveillance warrant to spy on a former member of the Trump presidential campaign.
- McCabe was one of three top FBI officials former FBI Director James Comey told about his conversations with Trump, many of which are now the subject of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired Comey.
Sessions Fires FBI's McCabe Right Before He Was Set to Retire
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI’s former deputy director, Andrew McCabe — a favorite target for President Donald Trump and Republicans — on Friday night, two days before he was to retire.
- McCabe responded to the decision with a combative statement saying he was the target of a political attack by Trump and that he has knowledge of events that took place after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May. Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general who is representing McCabe, said the efforts to investigate and eventually fire McCabe came after disclosures that McCabe would be a “corroborating witness” against the president.
- The bureau’s professional responsibility office found that McCabe misled Justice Department officials about his role in letting bureau officials talk to a reporter about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation in October 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Embattled former FBI deputy says he 'never misled' Justice investigators
- Yet it is McCabe's effort to push back on that narrative of bias in October 2016 that landed him in the crosshairs of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, whose office concluded that McCabe misled investigators about his decision to authorize FBI officials to speak with the media about his role in a separate, ongoing investigation tied to Clinton's family foundation, according to source briefed on it.
- McCabe told CNN that in December, about a day or two after the press reported that he had confirmed to lawmakers that his onetime boss, former FBI Director James Comey, had, in fact, informed him of a series of hotly contested conversations with the President last year, McCabe found out the inspector general's office had "changed their plans" and would likely issue a report focused exclusively on his actions.
READ: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's statement on his firing
- The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey's accounts of his discussions with the President.
- The OIG's focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn.
- This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.
- It is part of this Administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day.