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Barr backs FISA overhaul bill, says it will protect against future ‘abuse and misuse’

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Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday said he supports the passage of the new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act bill, which he says contains new provisions that “will protect against abuse and misuse in the future.”

“I have reviewed the House FISA bill and support its passage,” Barr said in a statement Wednesday. “The bill contains an array of new requirements and compliance provisions that will protect against abuse and misuse in the future while ensuring that this critical tool is available when appropriate to protect the safety of the American people.”

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Barr went on to say that he was “pleased” that the bill contains provisions that he and FBI Director Christopher Wray, at the recommendation of Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz, put forth “to address past failures,” saying Horowitz’s recommendations “helped shape our proposals.”

“It is of the utmost importance that the Department’s attorneys and investigators always work in a manner consistent with the highest professional standards, and this overall package will help ensure the integrity of the FISA process and protect against future abuses going forward,” Barr said, urging “broad bi-partisan support” for the measure.

Barr’s support for the bill, introduced this week, comes as the current legislation – the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act – is slated to expire Sunday, March 15. The bill includes enhanced congressional oversight of the FISA process, penalties for those who abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) process for political purposes, and the requirement to have transcripts of court proceedings.

At issue were three surveillance provisions that are set to expire Sunday, including one that permits the FBI to obtain our orders to collect business records on subjects in national security investigations. Another, known as the “roving wiretap” provision, permits surveillance on subjects even after they’ve changed phones, and to monitor subjects who don’t have ties to international terrorist organizations.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the bill tightens up the legislation to avoid abuses but doesn’t go far enough in protecting civil liberties, but said “we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

“This bill is an important package of reforms,” Nadler said.

A top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who has been vocal in the FISA reform process and throughout the investigation into FISA abuses, said the bill could have gone further but “does represent real reform.”

Jordan said the revisions are much better than the current FBI surveillance tools that have come into focus with the improper applications to surveil former President Trump campaign aide Carter Page in the Russia probe.

BARR PITCHES GOP LAWMAKERS ON FISA REFORMS TO CLEAN UP RUSSIA PROBE ‘MESS’

“This bill before us represents real reform to the FISA program,” Jordan said. “These reforms have long been necessary but have been especially warranted in recent years, given the FBI spying on the Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page.”

The new legislation also requires the attorney general to personally sign off on surveilling government officials.

The Justice Department inspector general, after a years-long review, found in December there was no evidence of political bias or improper motivation in starting the Trump Russia probe. However, the IG report revealed there were at least 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the Page FISA applications.

The legislation is slated for a vote as early as Wednesday.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Devin Nunes responds to Christopher Steele defense of dossier: ‘Preposterous’

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House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told “Fox & Friends Sunday” that British ex-spy Christopher Steele “didn’t even know what the hell was in his dossier”  that was used to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign official Carter Page.

In his first public remarks since his controversial allegations of President Trump’s relationship with Russia were published in 2017, Steele told a group of students at Oxford University over the weekend that he stood by his much-panned dossier.

“Well, let’s remember the great work that investigative reporter Lee Smith discovered in his book, ‘The Plot Against the President,'” Nunes responded, referring to a publication questioning the origins of the Russia probe and the involvement of Democrats with the production of the unverified anti-Trump dossier.

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Nunes said Lee discovered preexisting “proto-dossiers” produced by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party through the U.S. firm Fusion GPS, suggesting Steele “put his name” on the dossiers containing a variety of damning but unverified allegations against Trump that served as a basis for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page.

“All Steele did was, he put his name on these dossiers that happened to be exactly what the FBI wanted in order to spy on the Trump campaign. So, Steele is not a guy who has any credibility whatsoever,” Nunes said.

EX-SPY CHRISTOPHER STEELE SURFACES AFTER FISA REPORT CHALLENGES TRUMP DOSSIER RESEARCH

“These are not his dossiers no matter how many times the fake news media wants to talk about it,” he reiterated.

“I think it’s been proven pretty clearly that he largely didn’t even know what the hell was in his dossier. So, for him to even be talking about this is unreal because if he wants to take credit for these dossiers, really, he should be sued for defamation and slander because — because they were fake.”

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Nunes also rejected Steele’s claim that he communicated directly with Russian officials to gather evidence for his allegations, saying, “Do you think that the Russians, who were formally connected to the government in some way, would give Christopher Steele — who they know is doing some type of work for someone… that they would give him information on Donald Trump?”

He continued, “The whole thing is preposterous.”

Nunes also noted a document, sent by the British government in early January 2016 to the incoming Trump administration, which reportedly disavowed Steele and his credibility.

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“Now look, that document… went missing,” Nunes said, adding that the letter was critical for former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s defense. “Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have asked, but like everything on this Russia hoax, the documents seem to disappear that are really important for the Trump administration and Republicans.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Federal judge slams AG Barr over Mueller report, vows to review unredacted version

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A federal judge has vowed to review an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on the Russia investigation in order to determine if those redactions, ordered by Attorney General William Barr, were warranted and followed federal guidelines.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, who is presiding over a lawsuit brought forth by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) — a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., focused on privacy and First Amendment issues — in conjunction with BuzzFeed News, said that an independent review of the full, unredacted report is necessary because he has “grave concerns about the objectivity” of Barr’s Justice Department in authorizing redactions in line with department rules and exemptions allowed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Walton — who was appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush and was a former FISA court judge — said in his ruling Thursday that Barr’s “lack of candor” is evidenced by his decision to release a summary of the Mueller report effectively exonerating Trump from potential charges of obstruction without the report being made available to the public so they could draw their own conclusions.

In April, Mueller submitted a report concluding his nearly two-year investigation into potential collusion between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, which also examined whether Trump tried to obstruct that investigation. Shortly after, Barr subsequently released a memo to the public explaining that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice yet also did not exonerate him. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, however, determined the evidence did not support such an obstruction case. Mueller later lamented the memo lacked the context to explain the full scope of the investigation’s findings.

“The court seriously questions whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary,” Walton wrote.

The Washington, D.C., judge also questioned the “credibility” of Barr’s memo.

“In the Court’s view, Attorney General Barr’s representation that the Mueller Report would be ‘subject only to those redactions required by law or by compelling law enforcement, national security, or personal privacy interests’ cannot be credited without the Court’s independent verification in light of Attorney General Barr’s conduct and misleading public statements about the findings in the Mueller Report,” he added. “It would be disingenuous for the Court to conclude that the redactions of the Mueller Report pursuant to the FOIA are not tainted by Attorney General Barr’s actions and representation.”

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Fox News’ Bill Mears and David Spunt contributed to this report. 

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FISA court blocks FBI agents linked to Carter Page probe from seeking wiretaps: report

FBI agents involved in the wiretapping of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page have been blocked, at least temporarily, from appearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in regard to other cases, according to a report.

The decision by James E. Boasberg, chief judge of the secretive court created under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), comes as Congress faces a March 15 deadline on whether to renew three FBI national-security surveillance and investigative tools that were enacted after 9/11, The New York Times reported.

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In a 19-page ruling, Boasberg also largely approved revisions that the FBI said it would make to its process for seeking wiretaps – in reaction to a damning inspector general report that detailed errors and omissions in applications to conduct surveillance on Page in 2016 and 2017, the Times report said.

Last month, Attorney General William Barr told Senate Republicans he would be taking action to clean up the errors and omissions cited by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

“I think he’s going to take a lot of what Horowitz did and add his own stamp on it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after a lunch meeting with Barr at the time.

Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has been concerned with FISA warrant abuse, said Barr’s executive changes were “pretty comprehensive [and] very impressive.”

In his December report, Horowitz said four applications submitted to the FISA court, requesting approval to conduct surveillance on Page, presented an incomplete and inaccurate account of the evidence arguing for the surveillance – such as omissions of details that would have raised questions about FBI claims that Page was a Russian agent, according to the Times.

In addition, the Justice Department had failed to tell the FISA court that a source linked to the so-called Steele dossier – a now-discredited collection of claims about the Trump campaign and Russia, reportedly compiled by a former British spy – had contradicted some of the claims the dossier had attributed to him, the Times reported.

The Justice Department later acknowledged that some of the evidence it presented about Page had fallen short of the legal standard required to continue surveilling him, the Times reported.

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Former Trump adviser Carter Page. (Getty Images)

While many in the intelligence community call the FISA program vital for national security in the post-9/11 world, some in Washington have raised questions about potential encroachments on civil liberties and personal privacy.

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Meanwhile, President Trump met with Republicans on Tuesday night regarding changes that could be included in revised FISA legislation that Trump could sign into law if approved by Congress this month, the Times reported. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., then discussed the proposals on Wednesday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the Times reported.

“McCarthy said that he tought he and Nancy Pelosi might come up with a package,” Sen. Graham told reporters Wednesday, according to the Times. “Well, if that happens, that’s a big breakthrough.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Chad Pergram contributed to this story.

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Roger Stone gets testy with Axios reporter asking about his criminal case

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Former Trump advisor Roger Stone got testy in an Axios interview that aired Sunday night, as Stone refused to answer questions related to his criminal case because of a court-imposed gag order against him but said he’s “proud” of his support for the president.

Stone, who was sentenced to over three years in prison after being convicted of seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, repeatedly told Mike Allen, the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, “I’m not going to discuss that,” or “I can’t comment on that” after Allen probed him about his wrongdoings.

“I’m not going to discuss anything that pertains to this case and that could be inferred to pertain to the case,” Stone said agitatedly in response to Allen’s questions in the “Axios on HBO” interview. “This is going to be a very boring interview.”

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When asked if he’s expecting a presidential pardon, Stone said: “I’m certainly not going to comment on that.”

He has remained under a gag order imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson as she considered motions in his case. Stone’s legal team has requested a new trial amid claims of bias on the part of the jury forewoman, as her history of Democratic Party activism and anti-Trump social media posts emerged.

Stone defended Trump, despite it being “several years” since they last spoke, and said he was confident Trump “will go down now, regardless of the future, as one of our greatest presidents.”

When confronted with a quote by Trump from a 2008 New Yorker interview — in which Trump called Stone “a stone-cold loser” and said “he always tries taking credit for things he never did” — Stone said the quote was “outdated.”

Stone also refuted claims by Donald Trump Jr. that he exaggerated his access to the Trumps, saying: “Well, he wasn’t around, so I’m not sure how he would know?”

He continued, “One does not have to be on a campaign staff in order to affect the electoral outcome of an election in America. Given the modern miracle of social media and the ability to communicate, I’m proud of my support for the president. I did as much as I possibly could on my own to get him elected.”

Stone also said he has become deeply religious and “renewed my faith,” adding that he was born Catholic. He said his commitment to religion has brought him “an enormous amount of solace and peace.”

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Stone also bolstered Trump’s wide support from evangelical Christians, saying he believed Trump was “steadfast in his faith.”

“Christians believe deeply in redemption and they believe in evolution,” Stone said. “It’s not whether you’ve sinned– we’ve all sinned. It’s not mistakes you made 15 years ago or 20 years ago or last year. It’s what’s in your heart today. I think Trump has been forgiven anything he did wrong. I think we all have and I think he’s a different person.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Appeals court dismisses Dem effort to force ex-White House counsel Don McGahn to testify

In a victory for President Trump, an appellate court ruled Friday that it wouldn’t enforce a congressional subpoena to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before House lawmakers.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that it doesn’t have the authority to decide the case, essentially making congressional subpoenas to the White House invalid. House Democrats had wanted McGahn to testify amid its investigation into whether Trump attempted to obstruct Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“If we order McGahn to testify, what happens next? McGahn, compelled to appear, asserts executive privilege in response to the Committee’s questions,” Judge Thomas Griffith, an appointee of President George W. Bush, wrote in the opinion.

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Then-White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a setback for Democrats in Congress, a federal appeals court has ruled that judges have no role to play in the subpoena fight between the House of Representatives and the Trump administration over the testimony of high-ranking officials. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

“The Committee finds those assertions baseless,” he continued. “In that case, the Committee assures us, it would come right back to court to make McGahn talk. The walk from the Capitol to our courthouse is a short one, and if we resolve this case today, we can expect Congress’s lawyers to make the trip often.”

The subpoena for McGahn to appear before lawmakers prompted a clash between the executive and legislative branches, with Trump claiming that he can block witnesses from talking to Congress. The Justice Department argued that presidential advisers had “absolute immunity” from speaking to lawmakers.

“McGahn’s assertion of absolute testimonial immunity against compelled congressional process is, in my opinion, a step too far, again, under Supreme Court precedent,” wrote Judge Karen Henderson, another Bush appointee who endorsed the opinion, wrote, according to Politico.

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed McGahn on April 22, but the White House blocked his appearance. The obstruction probe coincided with an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

He was impeached in the House and acquitted earlier this month in the Senate. The House said it still wants to question McGahn about potential obstruction on Trump’s part during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In Mueller’s report, McGahn’s name appears more than 150 times in reference to Trump’s alleged attempts to hinder the investigation.

In the court’s lone dissenting vote, Judge Judith Rogers said the court’s refusal to enforce the subpoena stripped the House of impeachment powers since the request for his testimony came during the impeachment inquiry, the politics website reported.

“In the context of impeachment, when the accuracy and thoroughness of the investigation may well determine whether the President remains in office, the House’s need for information is at its zenith,” wrote Rogers, a Bill Clinton appointee.

In a lawsuit filed the  House Judiciary Committee over the summer, McGahn was called  “most important witness, other than the President, to the key events that are the focus of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation” into Russian interference.

McGahn was a star witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report who — under Trump’s orders — refused to release documents or testify before the panel. The Democratic lawsuit challenged the White House rationale that McGahn and other witnesses can defy subpoenas.

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The Trump administration has argued that, under executive immunity, Congress may not constitutionally compel senior presidential advisers to testify about their official duties.

Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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Doug Collins: Dems ‘playing games,’ refuse to acknowledge FISA abuses in Trump-Russia probe

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As they push to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), House Democrats won’t acknowledge the abuses of the law because that would not suit their “narrative to discredit the president,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Thursday.

“They wanted to play games with the FISA,” the House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member told “Fox & Friends.”

“What they don’t want to deal with is the actual FISA process and FISA court itself because they don’t want to acknowledge the Horowitz report. They don’t want to acknowledge the fact that the president said this should never happen to another president and, frankly, it should never happen to American citizens like Carter Page.”

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz released a report last year detailing significant inaccuracies and omissions on the part of the FBI in its FISA warrant applications, misleading the court in the process.

A major aspect of the report exposed the degree to which the FBI had relied on the unverified dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele as part of opposition research for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“Again, you get to the very roots there and we start putting protections in this to make it do what it is supposed to do and that’s protect us from foreign terrorists, not spying on American citizens. Those are the kind of changes we need to make,” Collins added.

“The House Democrats do not like President Trump and they don’t want to acknowledge the fact that there was basically an attempted coup.”

Collins’ comments came after he told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., “is the chairman of one of the best committees in Congress, most prestigious committees, and yet he’s ruining it because we don’t actually delve into ideas.”

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The panel is set to consider reforms during a so-called “markup” this week.

“We put this off in December because [Democrats] were in the middle of the sham impeachment and they couldn’t deal with the FISA stuff that needed to be authorized,” Collins said, referencing “things that we need in our intelligence committee,” including roving wiretaps.”

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Barr pitches GOP lawmakers on FISA reforms to clean up Russia probe ‘mess’

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Attorney General William Barr met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday pledging internal reforms to the FISA warrant process, while some GOP senators will seek to cement additional changes into law to prevent further mishaps exposed in the Russia probe.

Barr told Republican senators he’ll be making executive changes to clean up the significant errors and omissions outlined by Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz in applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page as part of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

“I think he’s going to take a lot of what Horowitz did and add his own stamp on it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday after the lunch meeting with Barr.

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Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has been concerned with FISA warrant abuse, said Barr’s executive changes were “pretty comprehensive [and] very impressive.”

“And he made a commitment to make sure that what happened in 2016 that internally he’s going to clean up that mess, and whether or not we need statutory changes I think is a subject of debate,” Graham added.

A spokesperson for Barr did not immediately respond to a request for comment on details of the reforms the attorney general plans to implement.

The timing for the FISA debate is crucial. Congress is seeking to renew the USA Freedom Act that’s set to expire next month, including one authority that enables the FBI to collect from a third party a wide range of documents and records on subjects in terrorism and national security investigations. The deadline is March 15, leaving Congress with little time to act.

Some senators want broader reforms to the government’s secret surveillance program for those posing a national security risk. Barr made the case that the tools in the statute are important to national security and he wanted Congress to pass a straight reauthorization of the provisions while revisiting other reforms after the deadline, senators said.

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“He basically talked about a clean reauthorization of the Freedom Act and tinkering with it from there,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said.

Barr’s meeting with Republican senators was scheduled weeks ago, long before Barr raised the prospect of a possible resignation, though tensions between the attorney general and the Republican president seem to have cooled in recent days.

Barr told people close to him early last week that he has considered leaving his post after President Trump wouldn’t respect his request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department’s cases. The week before, Barr took a public swipe at Trump, saying in a television interview that the president’s tweets about department cases and staffers make it “impossible” for him to do his job.

Barr’s suggestion that he might quit over the president’s tweets left many close to Trump questioning whether the attorney general really was considering stepping aside, instead believing he was trying to quell an internal uproar at the Department of Justice and bolster his own reputation and his ability to act on Trump’s behalf. In the days that followed, some of the president’s closest GOP allies scrambled to let Trump know they think Barr is the right person to lead his Justice Department.

Lawmakers interviewed by Fox News said Barr didn’t address his job status or Trump’s tweets but received a warm welcome and encouragement to stay on the job.

“He received a lot of encouragement in hopes that he would [stay on],” Cramer said, adding that several senators thanked Barr for his service and urged him to stick it out. “He didn’t commit to anything like that.”

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The FBI believes the surveillance powers are vital in thwarting acts of terrorism, with Director Christopher Wray urging Congress this month to permanently authorize them.

Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that none of the provisions at issue for renewal have anything to do with the mistakes made in the Page case and urged lawmakers to keep the issues separate.

“They are vital to our relentless efforts to keep something like 325 million American people safe,” Wray said of the surveillance powers.

The Fox News’ Jason Donner and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trey Gowdy urges top intelligence officials to stop briefing ‘leaker’ Adam Schiff

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Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy on Tuesday urged top intelligence officials to stop delivering sensitive briefings to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff because he is “a leaker.”

“No one is above the law, apparently except whoever leaks classified information out of Adam Schiff’s committee,” Gowdy said on “Hannity,” reacting to the recent intelligence briefing on Russia’s alleged 2020 election interference efforts to help President Trump.

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“What the intelligence committee needs to give some thought to is [to] stop briefing someone who has a history and is an epidemic leaker.”

“Quit briefing him,” Gowdy said.

Contrary to numerous media reports, there is no evidence to suggest that Russia is making a specific “play” to boost President Trump’s reelection bid, a U.S. intelligence official told Fox News on Sunday.

Top U.S. election official Shelby Pierson, who briefed Congress on Russian election interference efforts, may have overstated intelligence regarding the issue when speaking to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, a source told Fox News.

U.S. intelligence officials have publicly testified only that the Russians have been using “information warfare” ahead of the election. Fox News is told Democrats pressed Pierson on whether Russia was trying to help Trump, and accurate context or perspective to her responses failed to emerge.

The whiplash came as fears of Russian intervention have gripped the 2020 presidential race following an unverified report by The New York Times and CNN that Russia wanted to help Trump, which CNN has since walked back.

Gowdy told Sean Hannity that Robert Mueller spent more than two years investigating Trump-Russia collusion, yet failed to find sufficient evidence of such a plot.

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“It took two minutes this time for us to find out there was no evidence,” the former congressman said.

Hannity asked when Schiff will be held accountable for the lies he told to the American people about the Trump-Russia allegations.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and John Roberts contributed to this report.

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Lara Trump blasts Eric Swalwell’s new ‘absurd’ Trump-Russia collusion claim

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Lara Trump on Tuesday blasted Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., for summoning a new Trump-Russia collusion theory in light of the recent intelligence briefing on Moscow’s alleged 2020 election interference efforts.

“It’s almost laughable at this point that people are still droning on with this idea that there’s something to do with Russia and this president. It is so absolutely ridiculous,” Trump, who is married to the president’s son Eric, told “Fox News @ Night.”

Trump said that while the president has been “very tough on Russia,” the idea that there is new Russian collusion in the 2020 election is “absurd.”

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In the wake of reports of U.S. intelligence officials briefing Congress that Russia is meddling in the 2020 election to support Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Swalwell raised the question of whether President Trump is “an agent of Russia.”

Swalwell told CNN Friday, “The real question, though, is did Donald Trump know that Russia had a preference for Bernie Sanders? Donald Trump has, for the past few months, constantly and not so subtly been tweeting that his preferred candidate is Bernie Sanders. Is he taking intelligence that he’s getting and feeding it back to be aligned with Russia so he gets the candidate he wants in the general [election]?”

Top U.S. election official Shelby Pierson, who briefed Congress on Russian election interference efforts, may have overstated intelligence regarding the issue when speaking to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, a source told Fox News.

U.S. intelligence officials have publicly testified only that the Russians have been using “information warfare” ahead of the election. Fox News is told Democrats pressed Pierson on whether Russia was trying to help Trump, and accurate context or perspective to her responses failed to emerge.

The whiplash came as fears of Russian intervention have gripped the 2020 presidential race following an unverified report by The New York Times and CNN that Russia wanted to help Trump, which CNN has since walked back.

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Trump went on to say, “They tried to say there was something wrong with the Ukraine phone call in the Senate. The president was finally acquitted of that ridiculous nonsense. Now, Eric Swalwell, who is a failed presidential candidate, is trying to drag this up again. It just kind of seems like he wants to be relevant and wants to get out there and talk on TV.

“I don’t really know what to say to that. It’s completely absurd,” Trump added.

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