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Latest Twist in Russia Investigation Involves Unnamed Member of Congress
Rick Gates’ pleaded guilty to lying about meeting that matched dinner with Rohrabacher

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after a court hearing on the conditions of his release on Nov. 6, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The wide-ranging investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign took an unexpected diversion to Capitol Hill on Friday, when former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about a meeting between his boss Paul Manafort and an unnamed member of Congress.

Gates admitted, according to court documents, that the 2013 meeting was part of a secret multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign for the Ukrainian government and its Russian-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych. Gates also pleaded guilty to conspiring with Manafort to hide the millions of dollars they were paid by the Ukrainian government.

Trump Wants Russia Investigation to Look at Obama White House
President appears to shift messaging on Mueller investigation

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked why the Obama administration isn’t under investigation since Russian meddling in U.S. elections happened on his watch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump is suggesting that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III should expand his probe of Russia’s election meddling to include top Obama administration officials.

Trump’s veiled suggestion that former President Barack Obama and his team be investigated instead of him and his campaign advisers is part of a shift in the president’s messaging in recent days.

Trump Re-Ups Criticism of Obama’s Handling of Russia
POTUS pins blame on predecessor for Russia meddling in U.S. elections

President Donald Trump continued his Twitter attack on former President Barack Obama on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump kept his foot on the gas on Twitter Tuesday blaming his predecessor for Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, annexation of Crimea, and swelling influence in Syria.

The Democrats’ interest in the Russian affair, Trump alleged, arose only after he won the election.

Rohrabacher Says Kelly Blocked Trump Meeting
Congressman says White House chief of staff said meeting could risk charges of collusion if Russia was discussed

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly prevented a meeting between him and President Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly blocked a meeting between the California Republican and President Donald Trump.

Rohrabacher wanted to meet with the president to discuss his meeting last summer with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom Rohrabacher said showed him evidence that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election.  

Senate Intel Leaders Look for Better Security Before 2018 Primaries
DNI testifies about importance of public information on Russian election meddling

FBI Director Christopher Wray, left, shakes hands with Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr before a Tuesday hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee hope to make their findings public on improving election security before primary contests get underway.

That’s what panel Chairman Richard M. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday in wrapping up the open portion of the annual hearing on “Worldwide Threats.”

Partisan Rancor Ramps Up Over Schiff FISA Memo
As Dems call POTUS hypocrite for withholding memo, GOP says it was unfair

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is the author of the Democratic response to the House GOP FISA memo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The usual suspects have shouldered their political quivers as debate rages over the White House’s decision to withhold a Democratic House Intelligence Committee memo rebutting one from the Republican side.

Over the weekend, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee and the memo’s primary curator, repeatedly hammered the president for releasing the Republican memo but not the Democratic one, calling it a hypocritical move.

Dems Wrote Memo To Set Up White House, Trump Says
President: Intel Dems wanted to ‘blame the White House for lack of transparency’

President Donald Trump speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last month. Trump is blasting House Intelligence Democrats over a rebuttal memo of which he is blocking the release. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is accusing House Intelligence Committee Democrats with purposely crafting their rebuttal memo about FBI and Justice Department officials’ actions early in the Russia election meddling probe in a way that would back his White House into a corner.

The president used a Saturday tweet to explain his Friday night decision to block the release of the Democratic document that counters one released last week by the panel’s Republicans. Trump claims the Democrats crafted “a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted.”

White House Wavers on Dems’ Intel Memo
‘It’s going to be released soon,’ president said around midday

President Donald Trump speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last month. After indicating he would clear the release a Democratic intelligence memo rebutting a GOP one about the Russia probe, his aides announced he had not yet done so. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Despite his commitment earlier in the day, White House officials on Friday evening said President Donald Trump has not made a final decision on whether to clear a memo from House Intelligence Democrats rebutting one from Republicans alleging abuse by FBI and Justice Department officials in the early days of the Russia probe.

“This afternoon, the president met with the director of the FBI, the principal associate deputy attorney general, and the White House Counsel’s Office to discuss the memorandum from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and receive their input,” Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement. “The president is weighing his options and will respond soon.”

Trump Will Clear Dems’ Intel Memo for Release
Democrats warn of blacked-out sections for ‘political’ reasons

President Donald Trump, here walking to Marine One at the White House, has cleared a Democratic memo for release that rebuts a GOP one alleging FBI and Justice Department abuse in the early days of the Russia election meddling probe. (McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Friday he has signed off on the release of a memo crafted by House Intelligence Committee Democrats that rebuts a GOP document claiming abuses by the FBI and Justice Department in the early phases of the Russia probe.

“It’s going to be released soon,” Trump said. “We’re going to be releasing a letter soon.” That letter must accompany the returned copy — possibly redacted — to the House panel to explain his decision.

Report: Schiff Engaged With Russian Prank Callers
Comedians were offering ranking Democrat on House Intelligence Committee naked photos of Trump

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was pranked by a pair of Russian comedians and is heard on their audio asking a number of questions about the photos they offered. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Audio of Russian radio comedians prank-calling Rep. Adam Schiff shows the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee asking for details about naked photos of President Donald Trump they were offering.

The audio from last year was posted by U.K. outlet The Daily Mail. The audio’s existence was first reported by the Atlantic.