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House Intel Committee Schedules Russia Hearing and More in Politics Today

by Countable | 3.20.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "House Intel schedules first Russia hearing for March 20"

"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes announced Tuesday the first public hearing in their investigation into Russia's meddling in the US election last year will be March 20."

"Nunes said he has invited FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, as well as former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify."

Read more at CNN.

2. "Chaffetz: House Oversight Committee won’t investigate Trump’s voter fraud claims"

"“The House Oversight Committee will not investigate President Donald Trump's claims of wide-spread voter fraud during the 2016 election, Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Tuesday."”

"Speaking on CNN, the Utah representative said he does not see any evidence to back up Trump's tweets."

""We can't just investigate everything that's ever thrown out there by the Democrats, by the Republicans. We have to pick and choose," he said."

Read more at NBC News.

3. "WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’"

"The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeakspublished what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices."

"The thousands of leaked documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking and reveal how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices."

Read more at The Guardian.

4. "Republicans introduce resolution to kill FCC’s internet privacy rules"

"Republicans took the first step toward reversing the Federal Communication Commission’s internet privacy rules today, with 25 senators introducing legislation that would reverse the rules and forbid the commission from passing anything similar to them in the future."

"The privacy rules were introduced last year as an addendum of sorts to the 2015 net neutrality order. That order required the FCC to take over enforcement of privacy protection from the Federal Trade Commission, but the FCC needed to pass clear rules in order to effectively do that."

Read more at The Verge.

5. "Senate Dems introduce bill to block Trump’s revised travel order"

"Senate Democrats are moving to block President Trump's revised executive order to temporarily halt travel from six Muslim-majority countries."

"Sixteen Democrats introduced legislation — spearheaded by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) — to undercut the order by withholding funding to enforce it. “

Read more at The Hill.

— Eric Revell

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  • Linda
    03/08/2017
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    I support bi-partisan investigation into Russian activity during elections and who do they have influence over in our government today. I think it should be led by an independent prosecutor to make sure there is no influence by either party. The investigations should be public and extremely transparent and should include looking at the rash of recent Russian diplomatic deaths around the world and any new deaths that occur during the investigations. I think the new Wikileaks show renewed intent to discredit our security agencies and it's obvious who would want to do that and why. I agree with Chaffetz about not investigating every declaration made by President Trump. He needs to have actual evidence other than his own brilliant mind and conspiracy theories and is wasting so much time and energy on non-issues while every day unwinding the fabric that makes our democracy great and making us less safe in the process. I do not agree with changing internet privacy laws. Leave our internet alone. Leave our free press alone. Leave our EPA intact, don't destroy our clean water for the President's golf courses. Leave our public schools intact. Leave the ACA intact and make it stronger, not weaker. Support the Dems bill about the new travel ban. We have been secure, build on what was in place already. If we alienate our communities, no one will work with our current agencies to report concerns and THAT is what is making us less secure every day now. We appear to have a seriously concerted effort to bring our democracy to its knees. This is bigger than the President acting alone, he does not have the mental capabilities to be making all of this happen without the help of others. That fact alone implicates Russia and others in government.

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  • Michelle
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    I am a constituent. Donald Trump and his associates need to be investigated for their Russian ties. This needs to be a bipartisan investigation and if necessary a special prosecutor. There are so many unexplained ties between Russia and Donald Trump that it would be treasonous to not investigate.

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  • Robin
    03/08/2017
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    No new bills and no repeals should be voted on until the administrations ties to Russia can be properly investigated.

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  • BerBur
    03/08/2017
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    We need transparency in our government to perpetuate confidence and understanding. If there is nothing to hide then why not be as transparent as possible? I implore you to support a bipartisan independent investigation into the Trump Campaign's, transition team and now, administration's ties with Russia. A foreign entity hacking the DNC in an effort to sway our democratic election process is a direct threat to the sovereignty of our great nation. If President Trump and or those close to him assisted or colluded with Russians in anyway, we Americans must know.

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  • Bobbie
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    It seems that Congress and the President only recognize the people from Trump rallies. All you hear is how they're keeping their pledge to the people. The people consist of more than Trump supporters. We all the People deserve to know the truth about Russia. FOLLOW THE MONEY, make the taxes be released. It seems like a simple solution to make politicians phones stop ringing, emails from overflowing and offices being overrun by the people who want nothing but the truth.

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  • Valarie
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    Any and all investigations into Russia needs to also include the President's complete financial records, including his taxes. Americans deserve to know if the president has financial conflicts with foreign powers.

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  • N
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    The integrity of our nation, voting process and democracy is at stake. It is imperative a thorough and unbiased investigation be conducted into the allegations of foreign country interfering in our democratic process.

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  • James
    03/08/2017
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    Motives for the Russian meddling are likely hidden in the President's tax returns. He refuses to make public even though he promised to and more than 70% of Americans want to see them. Without those documents no investigation should be considered complete. If there's nothing to hide then prove it. That said it sure does seem like he's trying very hard to hide something in those returns and is using distractions to shift attention.

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  • M
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    Any and all investigations into Russia needs to also include the President's complete financial records, including his taxes. Americans deserve to know if the president has financial conflicts with foreign powers.

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  • James
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    It is clear that there is something going on between this administration and the Putin regime. The room is filled with smoke. There must be a fire and the way the POTUS is acting, trying to distract at any cost, only makes it look more likely. The time for a bipartisan investigation or independent counsel has passed. We need a Special Counsel with the power to indite to investigate the situation. This has become THE most important issue in America. Is our president a puppet, or being being blackmailed, or abusing his position through conflicts of interest to enrich himself, his children, and his companies???? Such questions left unanswered will eventually have an economic impact as Americans trust and confidence is failing. Please push for a Special Counsel with incitement powers in this matter.

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  • Sheryl
    03/08/2017
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    No bills should be voted on until the Russia involvement investigation is complete.

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  • Rita
    03/08/2017
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    I don't understand why this is debatable. This is Russia we're talking about! #45's Russian Ties/Russian Lies needs to be investigated like yesterday and not by a bipartisan commission but independent. The Republicans can't be trusted to investigate especially since 229 of them voted not to have #45 release his tax returns.

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  • Kim
    03/08/2017
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    The path is clear. An independent investigation is required to determine if Russia indeed interfered with our election and guides the trump White House. The country will not rest until this independent investigation is completed. Many legislators will not be returning to congress if such an investigation isn't instituted

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  • Dorothy
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    We want to know and have the right to know of any Russian collusion with the Trump campaign that affected the results of our election.

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  • Laura
    03/08/2017
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    I am absolutely in favor of a full non/bi partisan investigation into any and all interference in the 2016 election. We must go,down this road wherever it will lead us. Nothing less is acceptable, and this is REGARDLESS of which party is in the WH. This is fundamental to the very essence of our country.

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  • sacramennah
    03/08/2017
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    A partisan rite investigation is unacceptable. Only a non-partisan investigation by an independent entity will be capable of truly getting to the bottom of this and restoring national confidence in our democracy.

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  • Joseph
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    True patriots support an independent investigation of the Kremlin, Putin and Trump involvement in the corruption of our 2016 presidential election. Persist.

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  • Brian
    03/08/2017
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    There is way too much associating the new administration and Russia not to have an independent investigation! When is that going to happen?

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  • Chris
    03/08/2017
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    We need a special prosecutor!

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  • Joyce
    03/08/2017
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    We need to pursue this investigation as our national security is being challenged by Russia's interference..

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