John Brennan, the ex-C.I.A. chief, testified that he had concerns last year that Russia was trying to influence the Trump campaign

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:42 AM EDT
John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, said Tuesday that he became concerned last year that the Russian government was trying to influence members of the Trump campaign to act — wittingly or unwittingly — on Moscow’s behalf.

“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals,” Mr. Brennan told lawmakers. “It raised questions in my mind about whether Russia was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.”

Days Before He Was Fired, Comey Asked for Money for Russia Investigation

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WASHINGTON — Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three officials with knowledge of his request.

Mr. Comey asked for the resources during a meeting last week with Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who wrote the Justice Department’s memo that was used to justify the firing of the F.B.I. director this week.

Mr. Comey then briefed members of Congress on the meeting in recent days.

GREAT NEWS >> The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could end partisan gerrymandering for good.

Partisan gerrymandering robs Americans of our right to fair representation and a meaningful choice at the polls.

Now, we’re even closer to ending it for good. This week the Supreme Court agreed to hear Gill v. Whitford, a landmark challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative districts -- one that could lead them to declare extreme partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional nationwide.

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Partisan gerrymandering denies voters the right to choose their representatives in Congress and state legislatures. That’s why our strategy goes after this problem in all its forms -- and why it’s essential that courts step in to protect voters' fundamental constitutional rights.

Common Cause is working closely with the Campaign Legal Center, who is litigating the case, and the Brennan Center for Justice, to lead the organizing of amicus briefs in the Wisconsin case. We are matching a bipartisan collection of citizens, academics, and political leaders with the top legal minds in the country to make the strongest case possible to the Supreme Court that now is the time to end gerrymandering.  

We’ve brought a case of our own that’s likely to end up in front of the Supreme Court too -- Common Cause v. Rucho, which challenges gerrymandered Congressional districts in North Carolina as unconstitutional. And in state after state, we’re enacting impartial redistricting reforms that put the people -- not politicians -- in charge of drawing legislative maps.

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