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Tucker Carlson on FISA report: Carter Page should sue commentators who doubted him ‘into bankruptcy’

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Tucker Carlson said Monday that former Trump campaign aide Carter Page should sue every individual who allegedly spread falsehoods about him in connection to the FBI’s Russia investigation in the wake of the release of the Justice Department inspector general’s report.

The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host played clips of several pundits, former bureaucrats and incumbent lawmakers criticizing Page and making allegations that were later not borne out in Michael E. Horowitz’s report.

“Imagine if that was you — imagine if some former U.S. attorney — [MSNBC legal analyst] Barbara McQuade — was on television day after day, in effect accusing you of treason, and then congressmen and TV reporters all nodded in agreement … [and] the FBI knew you didn’t do it, but instead of lifting the burden of suspicion from your shoulders, instead lied in order to hide your innocence,” Carlson said.

“That was Carter Page’s life for years. It’s hard to believe it could happen in this country, but it did happen,” he continued. “Let’s hope Carter Page spends the rest of his life suing every one of these people into bankruptcy.”

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Carlson specified that one person Page should seek legal action against is former CIA director and current CNN contributor John Brennan, who Carlson accused of being a partisan and a “malicious liar.”

Carlson played video of then-Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., grilling Brennan during a hearing in May 2017.

“Do you know who commissioned the Steele dossier?” Gowdy asked Brennan.

“I don’t,” Brennan responded, later claiming the dossier was not “part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community assessment that was done.”

Later in his monologue, Carlson said Page was one of several individuals caught up in the Trump-Russia “witch hunt” and had connections to the findings of Horowitz’s report.

He said the report showed the FBI used spies and undercover agents to gather intelligence on the 2016 Trump campaign. He said the bureau also utilized “defensive briefings” that are supposed to share intelligence with presidential candidates in order to protect the country and aid the candidate’s understanding of international affairs.

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“In this case, however, the FBI used that briefing to spy on Trump staff and to build criminal cases against them,” said Carlson, who claimed the FBI used “flimsy excuses” to spy on Page and to take actions that hurt Trump’s campaign.

“It repeatedly engaged in abusive behavior to ensure that that spying continued illegitimately,” he said.

He added that the bureau’s then-director, James Comey, has now been further revealed as a “sinister fraud” who is cognizant of the possibility he will “never be punished.”

“Comey ought to be groveling for forgiveness from the rest of us — he ought to be relocating to Paraguay in shame,” Carlson said. “In fact, he’s more self-righteous than ever. Jim Comey is a good person — unfortunately, you are not … [T]he FBI ‘did not insert spies in the Trump campaign’ Comey claims — No, they just used spies to monitor the Trump staff.”

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“He doesn’t care what you know, because they could issue 100 IG reports, every one of them exposing Jim Comey as the sinister fraud he so clearly is and he knows that none of it matters because he knows he will never be punished.”

Horowitz on Monday released the highly anticipated findings from his nearly two-year review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation and the issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants for a Trump campaign official.

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The report said investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding either the launch of the Trump-Russia investigation or as efforts to seek the controversial FISA warrant to monitor Page in the early stages of that probe.

“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page,” the report said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins says she already knows the plot of the series’ 3rd movie

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Wonder Woman 1984” hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but director Patty Jenkins is already preparing for a third film in the franchise.

On Sunday, Jenkins unveiled the first trailer from “1984” at Comic Con Experience Brazil, where she also dished on the future of Diana Prince, played by Gal Gadot.

“We actually already know the whole story to (‘Wonder Woman 3’) and then some because there is an Amazon (spinoff) movie as well and so we already have it all mapped out,” Jenkins, 48, told Collider. “It’s just a matter of, will we change our minds and when.”

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Jenkins also discussed when fans might expect to see the third film, but said it won’t be any time soon.

“I think what we don’t want to do is do it back-to-back,” the director admitted. “It’s been great doing these two movies back-to-back, but I think it’s important to give it a little rest in between. And, I like doing other things in between, and Gal has other things to do. I never want to make decisions too far in advance. We have to see if we both feel like making the movie we think we want to make when the moment comes.”

“Wonder Woman” was released in 2017 and “1984” is slated to hit theaters in summer 2020.

“It would not be two (years), I’ll tell you that much,” Jenkins said of when a third film could begin filming. “I’m not doing that again.”

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At the same convention, Jenkins and Gadot, 34, sat down with Entertainment Tonight to talk about the upcoming superheroine flick.

“In the first movie, we got to establish Wonder Woman and to tell the journey of Diana Prince becoming Wonder Woman,” Gadot told the outlet. “In this story, we meet her in 1984. She’s been around, she’s been helping mankind, you know, doing what she feels she needs to do, her calling.”

She also said her character “lost some of her teammates over the years, and (now) something crazy is about to happen to her.”

After previously admitting that “1984” made her cry, Gadot explained to the outlet why that reaction shocked her.

“I’m not an easy crier… I can’t tell you what happened in the movie that made me cry, I can just tell you that it was the very beginning, but I’ve never seen that. All of a sudden I wasn’t Gal, or Wonder Woman, the actress, the producer who was on set when everything was shot,” Gadot recounted. “I was a little girl from a suburb in Israel watching, all by myself, in the scene… and I see this amazing woman doing these amazing things, and I did not expect that.”

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Gadot also noted that the film was “so freaking important” and “not like any other movie.”

“1984,” also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, is set to hit theaters June 5, 2020.

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House Democrats Expected To Unveil Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

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House Democrats are expected to unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump early Tuesday morning, multiple media outlets reported late Monday.

“There will be some announcements tomorrow morning,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) told reporters shortly after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). ”This is not a happy day … but I think we are doing what we have to do.”

Engel said lawmakers would hold a news conference at 9 a.m.

The announcement comes after a marathon day of hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee that featured dramatic clashes between Democrats and Republican allies of the president.

It’s unclear how many articles of impeachment will be drafted against the president. Trump has been under scrutiny for months after a whistleblower warned of a pressure campaign against the new president of Ukraine. A parade of current and former U.S. officials have since described an effort to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine unless it promised to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the articles on Thursday, Politico reported, citing Democratic lawmakers and aides familiar with the party’s plans.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Kayleigh McEnany: Trump-Russia collusion probe shouldn’t have been launched, inspector general report shows

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The report issued Monday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz exposes deeply disturbing and improper behavior by the Obama-era FBI that led to the investigation of non-existent collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

As the nearly two-year multimillion-dollar investigation by Special Counsel Robert Muller showed, there was no collusion.

Attorney General William Barr said in summing up the inspector general’s report: “The FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”

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Importantly, the Horowitz report found that at least “17 significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI application to conduct surveillance of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Moreover, the FISA application to engage in surveillance of Page not only contained significant errors and omissions, but was based in large part on former British spay Christopher Steele’s defamatory dossier full of lies – bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign – the inspector general’s report found.

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The dossier “played a central and essential role in” getting the warrant from the FISA Court that kicked off the whole Russia collusion investigation, the inspector general found.

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In other words, the investigation of the Russia collusion hoax was launched under false pretenses. This shows that the investigation should never have happened. It was a monumental waste of time and money and was a needless distraction that caused division among the American people.

Ignoring all of these facts, Democrats and the anti-Trump media have chosen instead to manufacture yet another baseless conspiracy theory against President Trump as they chase down their wild dreams of impeachment. It seems that nothing will get them to halt their effort to overturn the will of the 63 million Americans who elected Donald Trump be our president.

But as Democrats and their media allies concoct yet another impeachment conspiracy theory – this time basing their witch hunt on a routine telephone call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine – they ignore the significant findings of wrongdoing at the hands of the Obama administration.

So careless was the Obama-era FBI that it “did not [even] press Steele for information about the actual funding source for his election reporting work,” the inspector general’s report found.

You don’t need to be a trained investigator to grasp the blatantly obvious fact that the funding of the Steele dossier by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is a crucial piece of information that should have been revealed to the FISA Court. At a minimum, that funding should raise serious doubts about the accuracy of the Steele dossier, which has since been shown to be a work of fiction.

But rather than probing this questionable sourcing of the Steele dossier, the FBI misrepresented it to the FISA Court and then used the warrant granted by the court to gain access into the private communications of the Trump presidential campaign.

It’s no wonder that the inspector general’s report stated in no uncertain terms that “we are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made… reflect[ing] a failure … by the managers and supervisors… including FBI senior officials.”

Indeed, every American should be deeply concerned.

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Enshrined in our Constitution is the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unlawful search and seizure. The Fourth Amendment protects the privacy of us all – from ordinary citizens up to candidates for president. If we allow this precious right to be ignored when dealing with a presidential campaign, it can be ignored when dealing with the rest of us.

This is why a laborious and painstakingly detailed process is required to make the case to the FISA Court justifying when and why surveillance is necessary. That process, however, was marginalized, neutered and completely ignored when it pertained to the private communications of Carter Page.

Desperate Democrats are not content to leave it to the American people to choose our president – either in 2016 or again in the election less than 11 months from now.

First, the Democrats concocted the Russia collusion hoax that was knocked down by Mueller. Now it’s the Ukraine hoax, ignoring an exonerating transcript as bipartisan opposition builds against the attempted coup Democrats are waging against the duly elected president of the United States.

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Opting for conspiracy over facts and partisanship over constitutional principles, Democrats have chosen to ignore the damning evidence of wrongdoing by the Obama-era FBI.

But on November 3, 2020, voters will be able to hold accountable the lawless Democrats, who have had one goal since November 8, 2016: take down President Trump and overturn the will of the American people – by any means necessary.

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Kayleigh McEnany: Trump-Russia collusion probe shouldn’t have been launched, inspector general report shows

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The report issued Monday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz exposes deeply disturbing and improper behavior by the Obama-era FBI that led to the investigation of non-existent collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

As the nearly two-year multimillion-dollar investigation by Special Counsel Robert Muller showed, there was no collusion.

Attorney General William Barr said in summing up the inspector general’s report: “The FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”

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Importantly, the Horowitz report found that at least “17 significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI application to conduct surveillance of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Moreover, the FISA application to engage in surveillance of Page not only contained significant errors and omissions, but was based in large part on former British spay Christopher Steele’s defamatory dossier full of lies – bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign – the inspector general’s report found.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT

The dossier “played a central and essential role in” getting the warrant from the FISA Court that kicked off the whole Russia collusion investigation, the inspector general found.

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In other words, the investigation of the Russia collusion hoax was launched under false pretenses. This shows that the investigation should never have happened. It was a monumental waste of time and money and was a needless distraction that caused division among the American people.

Ignoring all of these facts, Democrats and the anti-Trump media have chosen instead to manufacture yet another baseless conspiracy theory against President Trump as they chase down their wild dreams of impeachment. It seems that nothing will get them to halt their effort to overturn the will of the 63 million Americans who elected Donald Trump be our president.

But as Democrats and their media allies concoct yet another impeachment conspiracy theory – this time basing their witch hunt on a routine telephone call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine – they ignore the significant findings of wrongdoing at the hands of the Obama administration.

So careless was the Obama-era FBI that it “did not [even] press Steele for information about the actual funding source for his election reporting work,” the inspector general’s report found.

You don’t need to be a trained investigator to grasp the blatantly obvious fact that the funding of the Steele dossier by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is a crucial piece of information that should have been revealed to the FISA Court. At a minimum, that funding should raise serious doubts about the accuracy of the Steele dossier, which has since been shown to be a work of fiction.

But rather than probing this questionable sourcing of the Steele dossier, the FBI misrepresented it to the FISA Court and then used the warrant granted by the court to gain access into the private communications of the Trump presidential campaign.

It’s no wonder that the inspector general’s report stated in no uncertain terms that “we are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made… reflect[ing] a failure … by the managers and supervisors… including FBI senior officials.”

Indeed, every American should be deeply concerned.

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Enshrined in our Constitution is the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unlawful search and seizure. The Fourth Amendment protects the privacy of us all – from ordinary citizens up to candidates for president. If we allow this precious right to be ignored when dealing with a presidential campaign, it can be ignored when dealing with the rest of us.

This is why a laborious and painstakingly detailed process is required to make the case to the FISA Court justifying when and why surveillance is necessary. That process, however, was marginalized, neutered and completely ignored when it pertained to the private communications of Carter Page.

Desperate Democrats are not content to leave it to the American people to choose our president – either in 2016 or again in the election less than 11 months from now.

First, the Democrats concocted the Russia collusion hoax that was knocked down by Mueller. Now it’s the Ukraine hoax, ignoring an exonerating transcript as bipartisan opposition builds against the attempted coup Democrats are waging against the duly elected president of the United States.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Opting for conspiracy over facts and partisanship over constitutional principles, Democrats have chosen to ignore the damning evidence of wrongdoing by the Obama-era FBI.

But on November 3, 2020, voters will be able to hold accountable the lawless Democrats, who have had one goal since November 8, 2016: take down President Trump and overturn the will of the American people – by any means necessary.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY KAYLEIGH MCENANY

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Kirk Douglas celebrates 103rd birthday, gets sweet tributes from Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Happy Birthday, Kirk Douglas!

The legendary actor turned 103 on Monday, and in honor of his special day, he was showered with touching messages from famous family members.

Michael Douglas, his 75-year-old son, shared a sweet snap of himself kissing his father’s forehead.

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“Happy birthday Dad!” he captioned the Instagram post. “You are a living legend and your entire family sends you all the love in their hearts!”

Catherine Zeta-Jones – who’s married to Michael Douglas – also shared her own touching tribute to her father-in-law in an undated throwback image of Kirk sitting on her lap.

“This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!,” the “Chicago” actress, 50, wrote. “Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart. 😘❤️.”

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Last month, Michael Douglas revealed to Jimmy Kimmel that his father wanted just a small birthday celebration as opposed to the extravagant affair the family usually presented year after year.

“So, he was 100, big birthday, big birthday. The trouble is, when you’re 100, you don’t really want a big birthday,” Michael explained. “I threw a big party for him, it was great.”

“101. You know, ‘OK, let’s have a nice party.’ ‘Again? I don’t…’ ‘Dad, it’s 101 years old. You have to have a birthday.’ 102…” he continued. “He’s begging me, he’s got tears down his eyes. ‘Let’s just have dinner, the family together. Bring the kids.'”

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Monday also spelled congratulations for the Douglas family as Michael also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy, for “The Kominsky Method.” He’d won the award at the last Golden Globes back in January.

Zeta-Jones congratulated the “Wall Street” star with a picture of the two on her Instagram Story in their red-carpet best, writing, “Congrats darling! Golden Globe nominee!”

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Sharing an image of himself with his father, Michael issued his own “thank you” for his nomination.

“12.9.2019 what a great day!” Michael added. “Thank you to the [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] for the @GoldenGlobes nomination, and for making my Dad proud on his 103rd birthday! #TheKominskyMethod.”

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Durham’s objections to IG findings slammed by CNN, MSNBC personalities: ‘Could’ve just kept his mouth shut’

CNN and MSNBC personalities were quick to denounce U.S. Attorney John Durham, who made a stunning statement Monday objecting to the conclusions made by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz about his review looking into the origins of the Russia investigation.

Following the release of Horowitz’s report, which noted several “significant” errors in the highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application process but found no evidence of wide-reaching political bias within the FBI, Durham in a rare move released a statement of his own revealing that his ongoing investigation was drawing a different conclusion from what the DOJ watchdog found.

“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Durham said in a statement.

“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff,” Durham also stated. “However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.”

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The anti-Trump cable networks knocked Durham’s comments, suggesting they were politically motivated.

“It is surprising that he would do that, Mr. Durham, considering the fact that he’s not refuting it with any facts. He’s just saying he disagrees. He could’ve just kept his mouth shut and then when his report comes out, we’ll see what he has,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper said while heading the network’s coverage of Monday’s impeaching hearing.

CNN’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger told Tapper and the panel that Durham’s statement “seems highly political.”

A panel on MSNBC expressed a similar sentiment, specifically commentator and former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi, who said he was “perplexed” by Durham’s statement.

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The stunning statement by U.S. Attorney John Durham sparked backlash from CNN and MSNBC personalities. (Montage)

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“I find it hard to understand how a prosecutor in the middle of his investigation would decide to make an announcement that he doesn’t like somebody else’s conclusions and that he might be going in a different direction. There’s really no operational or investigative purpose for that,” Figliuzzi said. “It leads me to think, and I’d be very disappointed if this is the case, that there’s a political reason for this, and I have to wonder, personally, whether we’re seeing Attorney General [Bill] Barr speak through the office of John Durham.”

Figliuzzi went on to suggest that Durham could be “disciplined” if he spoke out about an ongoing investigation and questioned whether there was “direction or pressure” on the U.S. attorney to make his statement.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Trump To Meet Russia’s Lavrov At White House Tuesday

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

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When Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last visited the White House, President Trump had just fired his then-FBI director, James Comey. At the time, Trump bragged it would remove pressure related to an investigation into whether his campaign had ties to Moscow. But instead, it had the opposite effect, fanning the political flames over his Russia policy.

Two-and-a-half years later, Lavrov is set to return on Tuesday, and Trump’s Russia policy is still very much in the spotlight.

There were no immediate details on what Trump plans to discuss with Lavrov, who is in Washington to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A senior U.S. official said the talks would be about “the state of the bilateral relationship.”

Trump’s critics have said he has been too friendly with Moscow, given how Russia has worked at cross-purposes with the United States, interfering with the presidential election in 2016, annexing part of Ukraine, and backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Trump has said he wants to work with Russia on curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions — as well as a broader nuclear non-proliferation deal.

Lavrov’s visit coincides with Paris talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy meant to resolve the simmering war in eastern Ukraine.

But it also comes as Trump faces a House impeachment inquiry into a hold he placed on military aid for Ukraine, and whether he made releasing the aid and hosting Zelensky for an Oval Office meeting with Zelenskiy contingent on Ukraine announcing an investigation into his political rivals.

The Lavrov meeting also coincides with the release of a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general report on the FBI’s Russia probe. That report criticized the bureau over its surveillance of a former adviser to the Trump campaign. Trump and his supporters said it was evidence of a plot against him.

Last week at a NATO leaders’ summit in London, Trump said he had been talking to Putin about “a treaty of some kind on nuclear weapons that will probably then include China at some point.”

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Trump to attend Army-Navy football game for the 3rd time, White House says

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President Trump will attend Saturday’s 120th ArmyNavy football game in Philadelphia, his third time at the annual event, White House spokesman Judd Deere confirmed Monday on Twitter.

Trump attended the 119th game between the rivals last year, and flipped the coin before spending a half on each side in a show of impartiality.

He also watched one of the biggest American college football rivalries as president-elect back in 2016, in Baltimore.

Earlier this season, Trump attended a pivotal college football matchup between the Tigers of Louisiana State University and the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama, at the time a pair of undefeated teams ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively in the College Football Playoff Rankings.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump, sitting in a box one tier above the field, were introduced to the capacity crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., just before the game began. The couple received sizable cheers, with a few boos mixed in. The crowd started chanting “USA, USA” shortly after they were introduced.

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The Navy Midshipmen (9-2) are looking to break the three-year winning streak of the Army Black Knights (5-7).

Navy leads the legendary rivalry 60-52-7.

The branches are to meet on Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Dec. 14. The game is set to kick off at 3 p.m. ET.

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The expected crowd of over 70,000 fans should anticipate heightened security when entering the stadium and tailgating in the parking lots around South Philadelphia, Military Times reported.

The Midshipmen and Black Knights first met on the football field in West Point, N.Y., in 1890.

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Another Inquiry Doesn’t Back Up Trump’s Charges. So, on to the Next.

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his allies spent months promising that a report on the origins of the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation would be a kind of Rosetta Stone for Trump-era conspiracy enthusiasts — the key to unlocking the secrets of a government plot to keep Mr. Trump from being elected in 2016.

On that point, the report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, did not deliver, even as it found serious problems with how F.B.I. officials justified the surveillance of a Trump campaign aide to a federal court.

But by the time it was released, the president, his attorney general, his supporters in Congress and the conservative news media had already declared victory and decamped for the next battle in the wider war to convince Americans of the enemies at home and abroad arrayed against the Trump presidency.

They followed a script they have used for nearly three years: Engage in a choreographed campaign of presidential tweets, Fox News appearances and fiery congressional testimony to create expectations about finding proof of a “deep state” campaign against Mr. Trump. And then, when the proof does not emerge, skew the results and prepare for the next opportunity to execute the playbook.

That opportunity has arrived in the form of an investigation by a Connecticut prosecutor ordered this year by Attorney General William P. Barr — and the president and his allies are now predicting it will be the one to deliver damning evidence that the F.B.I., C.I.A. and even close American allies conspired against Mr. Trump in the 2016 election.

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Read the Inspector General’s Report on the Russia Investigation

The Justice Department’s inspector general released this report into the early stages of the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation.

Mr. Barr made clear his thoughts on the inspector general’s report on Monday in a blistering public statement in which he described how the F.B.I. in 2016 “launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions” and carried out surveillance “deep into President Trump’s administration.”

He chose to leave out the fact that the inspector general had found that the F.B.I. had solid reason to open its investigation, choosing instead to say that in his view there was insufficient reason “to justify the steps taken.”

The attorney general’s comments echoed his statements after the conclusion of the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. In a significant political victory for Mr. Trump, the special counsel found that there was no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and did not make a judgment about whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice.

But Mr. Barr went further, suggesting that the president had been a victim of America’s law enforcement machinery and pledging to investigate the origins of the inquiry.

The man he has asked to lead that investigation, John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Hartford, Conn., chummed the waters on Monday by releasing a highly unusual statement saying he disagreed with some of the findings of the inspector general’s report and had a mandate to conduct a broader, more thorough investigation.

Mr. Durham is carrying out his inquiry in the heat of a presidential campaign, raising the prospect that Mr. Trump could seize on his findings should they come out in the months or weeks before the 2020 election.

The strategy on display Monday was first used by the president and his allies in March 2017, when Mr. Trump tweeted that the Obama administration had used the F.B.I. to wiretap Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

The tweet caused a sensation among the president’s supporters, and Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican who was then the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, pledged to investigate. Months later, the Justice Department told a federal court that the claim was unsubstantiated, but the damage was done.

Mr. Trump eventually told Sean Hannity of Fox News that the claim in the tweet was based on “a little bit of a hunch and a little bit of wisdom.” The fact that it became such a controversy, the president brazenly asserted, was actually evidence of F.B.I. misdeeds.

“If they weren’t doing anything wrong, it would’ve just gotten by,” he said. “Nobody would have cared about it.”

In early 2018, Republicans fueled speculation that the release of a document written by Mr. Nunes would prove widespread F.B.I. surveillance abuses during the 2016 campaign and show how the bureau opened its Russia investigation based on a dossier of uncorroborated information provided by a former British spy, Christopher Steele.

Mr. Trump’s allies used the F.B.I.’s objections to the release of the Nunes memo to promote a Twitter campaign —#releasethememo — and in February of last year Mr. Trump ordered it declassified.

It landed mostly with a thud, and it even ended up debunking the claim that the dossier was the origin of the F.B.I..’s Russia investigation. The Nunes memo confirmed press reporting — that the investigation began after a Trump campaign aide told an Australian diplomat that the Russian government had obtained thousands of emails from Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

But the president’s allies soon found another opportunity: the Justice Department’s announcement of an investigation into the origins of the Russia inquiry led by Mr. Horowitz. It would be this investigation, they predicted, that would reveal the depths of the F.B.I.’s perfidy.

During a congressional hearing in September, one Republican lawmaker asked Corey Lewandowski, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, where he thought the “whole lie of Russian collusion started.”

Mr. Lewandowski replied that he expected Mr. Horowitz would get the answer — that it “began at the highest levels of the government and was perpetrated through the intelligence community to come up with a narrative of why Hillary Clinton lost the campaign as opposed to the real narrative, why Donald Trump won the campaign.”

Mr. Horowitz’s report made no such conclusions, even if it did criticize F.B.I. officials for serial mistakes in their applications to carry out surveillance of a Trump campaign aide.

“That so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, handpicked teams on one of the most sensitive F.B.I. investigations that was briefed to the highest levels within the F.B.I., and that F.B.I. officials expected would eventually be subjected to close scrutiny, raised significant questions regarding the F.B.I. chain of command’s management,” the report said.

But the report did not find a widespread, anti-Trump conspiracy inside the F.B.I., and it even contained damning information about how some agents working on the case hoped that Mr. Trump would win a surprise victory over Mrs. Clinton.

Polls show that the relentless, White House-led assault on America’s law enforcement machinery has had an impact — especially among Republicans — but the returns might be diminishing.

In polling by the Pew Research Center last year, less than half of Republicans had a favorable view of the F.B.I., a sharp decline from previous years. In a September poll, however, two-thirds of Republicans again said they have a favorable view of the F.B.I.

It is uncertain when Mr. Durham will conclude his investigation, but Mr. Barr has given him a wide aperture to examine the work of the law enforcement and intelligence officials in 2016, and even to examine whether close American allies collaborated in an effort to elect Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham traveled to Italy to examine whether the Italian government played a role in setting up a meeting between a Russia-linked professor and a Trump campaign aide, and Mr. Trump pressed Ukraine’s president and Australia’s prime minister to help Mr. Durham.

There is no indication that Mr. Durham will exhume any information that will fundamentally change the understanding of what happened in 2016. But for Mr. Trump and his allies, the final conclusions might ultimately be less important than the months spent speculating about what those conclusions might be.

Speaking to reporters in London last week, Mr. Trump played down expectations about the Horowitz inquiry — indicating it was only an appetizer for what’s to come.

“I do think the big report to wait for is going to be the Durham report,” he said.

“That’s the one that people are really waiting for.”

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