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Man Indicted After Allegedly Trying to Smuggle Gift-Wrapped Heroin Onto Flight at LAX

A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted James Mitchell, 25, on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on a Frontier Airlines flight to Cincinnati, according to the U.S. If convicted, Mitchell faces up to life in federal prison, federal prosecutors said. Mitchell was arrested Dec. attorney’s office. A federal grand jury indicted James Mitchell, 25, on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport. attorney's office)

A Los Angeles man was indicted on suspicion of trying to smuggle heroin wrapped in Christmas-themed paper onto a flight departing Los Angeles International Airport, federal authorities said. attorney's office)

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Man Indicted After Allegedly Trying to Smuggle Gift-Wrapped Heroin Onto Flight at LAX

A federal grand jury indicted James Mitchell, 25, on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. (Credit: U.S. (Credit: U.S. 33.941589
-118.408530 21, more than a week after authorities discovered 13 pounds of heroin — estimated to have a street value of $2.1 million — inside his luggage, prosecutors said.

Woodland Hills Mother Who Survived Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Becomes Victim Again

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-118.608975 Drawers were open and photo albums were in disarray, but nothing was taken, she said. A woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Woodland Hills in late December is interviewed on Jan. She does not know if the incidents are connected, but she wants who ever did this to her to be caught. 28 when a black, newer-model SUV with dark windows pulled up beside her, she told KTLA. Two women inside the vehicle signaled for her to roll down her window and, as they began asking her for directions, a man armed with a knife exited the SUV and entered the victim’s car on the passenger side, she said. KTLA is not using the names of the victim or her family to protect them. Anyone with information about either incidents can call the Los Angeles Police Department. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A Woodland Hills mother of two who survived a kidnapping and sexual assault last month became a victim again about a week later. 10, 2017. “I want to see justice served quickly and severely,” she said. Eventually she managed to get away and ran to a nearby hospital. During the ordeal, she said she thought of her children, a 10-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, and whether she would ever see them again. A little more than a week later, on Jan. The man forced her to drive for what felt like hours until he told her to stop in Burbank, where he sexually assaulted her.  “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else, I want him to be found.”
Los Angeles Police are investigating both incidents. (Credit: KTLA)
The victim, a 33-year-old woman, was waiting at a red light at the intersection of Canoga Avenue and Burbank Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. “He asked me to start driving or he was going to kill me,” she said. “He was punching me, hitting me. 6, she came home to discover her front door was forced open. He was wearing a black beanie, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, dark gray sunglasses with blue lenses. I tried to fight back and I started to kick and scream,” she said. The man who kidnapped and attacked her in late December is described as being a Hispanic man in his mid 30s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a stocky build and dark facial hair. on Dec.

Internet Wonders Where Sasha Obama Was During President’s Farewell Address

Maybe Sasha was unable to attend because she had to get to work on her 2040 Presidential campaign.#WhereWasSasha #WheresSasha
— Debra DeAngelo (@DebraDeAngelo) January 11, 2017

You know Michelle's the kinda mom who's like "GROUNDED MEANS GROUNDED" #WheresSasha
— Devin Corrigan (@official_devinc) January 11, 2017

"I had a thing." – Sasha #wheressasha
— Tracey Nolan (@misstraceynolan) January 11, 2017

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Obama Delivers Farewell Address Tuesday Night in Chicago “Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
Meantime the Internet began searching for absent Sasha, using the hashtag #whereissasha. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia Obama wave goodbye to supporters after Obama's farewell address on January 10, 2017.(Credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

Outgoing President Barack Obama used his farewell address to praise his two daughters as his proudest achievement — but one was missing. Sasha, 15, is a sophomore at the prestigious DC private school, Sidwell Friends. A senior administration official says Sasha missed the speech because she has an exam in the morning. “You are smart and you are beautiful but more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful — and you are full of passion. And bore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. First Lady Michelle Obama put her arm around Malia as the President spoke. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia Obama wave goodbye to supporters after Obama's farewell address on January 10, 2017.(Credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

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Internet Wonders Where Sasha Obama Was During President’s Farewell Address

U.S. Among the theories, Sasha was on an elite anti-terrorism mission or looking for President-elect Trump’s tax returns. U.S. “Malia,” Obama said, gesturing to his eldest daughter, “…and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women. The truth — a little more mundane.

More Than 200 People in Russian Town Sign Petition to Rename Street From ‘Godless’ to ‘Donald Trump Street’

Children near the Ryazan Kremlin in Russia’s town of Ryazan brave the cold to go sledding in Jan., 2017. ‘Make Ryazan Great Again’
Bizyukin says he feels the US is often unfairly portrayed as a threat to Russia but that the people in Ryazan and elsewhere have a much more positive attitude. It bears the name “Godless” — given to it during the years of Communism when religion was rejected. On a weekend that was freezing even by the standards of Russia’s harsh winter, temperatures dropping to -30 Celsius, people in the town of Ryazan were braving the Arctic blast. ‘Some signed for fun’
Bizyukin has launched a petition to rename the little alley into “Donald Trump Street” in honor of the US President-elect, saying almost 300 people had already signed. What’s bad about it?”
But the positive feelings about the incoming US president do not necessarily mean people in Ryazan want to name a street after him. I like his family, his ties with children, wife — all of that. 54.609542
39.712586 Ryazan’s city council says streets cannot be named after people who are still alive. “Like any other city, Ryazan has its share of problems in economy, with infrastructure,” said Bizyukin. Many were doing their shopping on the city’s main street, the bus terminals busy with people rushing between the warm vehicles and the stores to escape the cold. But it won’t make much difference, just to show respect.”
The petition to rename Godless Street into Donald Trump Street faces another obstacle. Its major industries are electronics and oil refining. Only a few streets away, however, 34-year-old Sergey Bizyukin walked with us through a small street that has a big significance for him. Ryazan is about 125 miles southeast of Moscow on the Oka River and has a population of 500,000. “He’s positive, good,” he said. Sergey Bizyukin wants Godless Street in Russia’s town of Ryazan renamed Donald Trump Street. I like Trump. “Some saw it as a joke and signed because it was fun, some stood for normalization of US-Russia ties, and some signed because they don’t like the name of Godless Street,” Bizyukin said, shivering in the cold wind. (Credit: CNN)
“There are enough options for cooperation, for friendship, for economic cooperation, as well as culture and other fields.”
The petition has borrowed from Trump’s presidential election campaign, with Bizyukin giving it the slogan “Make Ryazan Great Again.”
Many in Ryazan say they believe that a Trump administration will foster ties with Russia, building on a good personal relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Trump. “What’s going to change?”
Another added: “It could be a sign of respect to Trump, that’s all. “Some of them are being sorted out, some are sorted out very slowly, and it may take a while to talk about some of the problems.”
He acknowledges that his petition is less about Trump himself and more about using Trump’s popularity in Russia to advocate for change in US-Russian relations. But Sergey Bizyukin says even if the petition fails that won’t discourage him. He believes simply launching it has already caused many in Ryazan to debate ways to improve relations with America. Some Russian’s in this town are petitioning to rename one of there street as Donald Trump Street. “Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin respects Donald Trump exactly the same way Donald Trump respects Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.”
Obstacles to change
Another spoke of his admiration for Trump. He does not want to go to war, he wants to make friends. “I don’t think it makes sense to rename it,” one man said. “They have good ties,” one man said. But we shouldn’t do it now, maybe later. “I think they will be friends and everything will be fine.

Woman Shot, Killed by Family Member in Brea; Woman in Custody

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A woman was shot and killed in Brea Tuesday night and an extended family member, also a woman, has been arrested, police said. The motive behind the shooting is under investigation and neither the victim or suspect have been identified. in the 400 block of North Tangerine Place, Brea Police said. 10, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

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Woman Shot, Killed by Family Member in Brea; Woman in Custody

Brea Police officials investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on Jan. Brea Police officials investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on Jan.

San Pedro Catholic High School Teacher Arrested On Suspicion of Processing Child Pornography

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San Pedro Catholic High School Teacher Arrested On Suspicion of Processing Child Pornography

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-118.301406 A teacher at a Catholic high school in San Pedro has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, officials said Tuesday. He is being held on $20,000 bail, to arrest records showed. O’Connell was under investigation and has been cooperating fully with the police since that time,” the letter read. Daniel O’Connell, a physics teacher at Mary Star of the Sea, was taken into custody Tuesday morning after a warrant was served at his Rancho Palos Verdes home, neighbors told KTLA. O’Connell was in “full compliance” with requirements for the Archdiocese, including fingerprinting and a clear background check, according to school officials. Daniel O’Connell is seen in a photo on the Mary Star of the Sea High School website. School officials and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles declined an interview, but shared a letter sent out a letter to parents and students alerting them of the arrest. O’Connell’s alleged activities do not involve any students at Mary Star of the Sea High School nor did they take place on the Mary Star campus.”
The letter goes on to say that the school has reviewed its Internet filtering and safeguards, and determined that they are functioning appropriately.

Utah Woman Charged When 12-Year-Old Son Is Found Malnourished After Allegedly Being Locked in Bathroom for ‘at Least a Year’

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-113.284671 8 when the boy’s father took him to the hospital. The two other children did not require medical attention. The investigation started Jan. All of the light switches were off and covered with large amounts of duct tape to keep the lights off. Brandy K. 10, 2017. Jaynes is seen in a photo released by authorities on Jan. Detectives described the living conditions inside the bathroom as “deplorable.”
They found a single blanket, feces scattered across the room, empty cans of beans and a camera that could monitor activity inside the bathroom. Jaynes, the boy’s mother. Investigators said the bathroom door had two locks, allowing it to be locked from the outside. Crouse said he believes Jaynes used the camera to monitor the boy from her cellphone. According to deputies, Jaynes told them the boy was locked in the bathroom because he wanted to sleep in there and she locked him inside for his “safety” when she left home. David Crouse said,
Crouse said officials believe the boy had been locked in the bathroom for “at least a year.”
Authorities got a warrant to search the home of 36-year-old Brandy K. The boy is expected to be in the hospital for the next three weeks. Officials said two other children were removed from the home, both siblings of the abused boy. One of the siblings said the last conversation they had with their brother through the door was six months ago. Officials said the boy’s father found him locked in an upstairs bathroom at the mother’s home in southern Utah. He said the siblings told investigators they could see their brother in the bathroom on their mother’s phone. Officials said he was so malnourished he could not stand up. Jaynes is facing aggravated felony child abuse charges. “The child looked like he was the victim of a concentration camp from World War II,” said Washington County Lt. A Utah mother faces child abuse charges after her 12-year-old son was found extremely malnourished, weighing only 30 pounds, KTLA sister station KSTU-TV reported.

Congress Reacts to New Allegations of Trump-Russia Ties

Sources tell CNN that these same allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year, prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to send a letter to FBI Director James Comey in October, in which he claimed Comey had “explosive information” about the relationship. Intel Chiefs Presented Trump With Claims That Russian Operatives Have Compromising Info on Him “Sen. “I would just say to you that I have no information about this matter.”
Chris Coons, a Democrat also on the committee, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” on Tuesday the allegations would be “explosive” and “truly shocking” if true, which he could not independently verify. “Allegations get made about candidates all the time and they’ve been made about President-elect Trump a lot sometimes. Trump, according to multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings. (Credit: Angerer/Getty Images)

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Congress Reacts to New Allegations of Trump-Russia Ties

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the lobby after meeting with French businessman Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer of LVMH, at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. And Chuck Grassley, the committee’s chair, told CNN’s Manu Raju following the hearing that if the allegations are true, then intensifying sanctions against Russia is “the best thing we can do.”

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4 Top U.S. Some of them, virtually all of them have been proven to be exaggerated or untrue,” Sessions said. Sessions told Democratic Sen. The news emerged late into attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions’ first day of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering his appointment. Reid took something of a victory lap on Tuesday. Classified documents presented last week to Trump and President Barack Obama included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Al Franken, who appeared to be breaking the news to Sessions, that he was “not aware” of any communication between the Russian government and Trump affiliates during the course of the campaign, and seemed to dismiss the new allegations. President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the lobby after meeting with French businessman Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer of LVMH, at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. Reid’s letters and statements speak for themselves,” a Reid spokesman, Adam Jentleson, said Tuesday, re-sharing that October letter. (Credit: Angerer/Getty Images)

Congress is quickly grappling Tuesday with a new spate of allegations about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, with some already claiming that the unverified report vindicates their prior suspicions and statements.

18 Women Sue Ex-USA Gymnastics Doctor in Sex-Assault Case

It is a decision to continue to be immersed in these events on a national scale, for an extended period of time,” Denhollander told reporters at a press conference Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The plaintiffs alleged a pattern of sexual abuse, disguised as treatment, that began in the late 1990s and continued into 2016. “It will continue as new information and/or allegations are brought forward. The suit claims that MSU investigated one of the alleged victims’ complaints in 2014 but dismissed them after determining that the victim “didn’t understand the ‘nuanced difference’ between sexual assault and an appropriate medical procedure.”
In a statement, Michigan State University said an internal review “discovered no evidence that any individuals came forward to MSU with complaints about Nassar before Aug. The victims in the lawsuit are or were athletes in a variety of sports, including gymnastics, swimming, figure skating, track and field, field hockey, basketball, and soccer. Nassar, 53, is already facing state and federal criminal charges, including sexual assault with a person under 13 and possession of child pornography. The other, Rachael Denhollander, says she was assaulted by him repeatedly at Michigan State in 2000, when she was 15 and seeking treatment for wrist and back pain. Nassar in the summer of 2015, we immediately notified the FBI and relieved him of any further assignments. Nassar was arrested on the sexual assault charges last November. “The university began an internal review in September, looking at all aspects of operations involving Nassar’s work at the university,” MSU’s statement continued. 29, 2016, other than the 2014 complaint that was investigated by MSU Police and our Title IX office.”
Michigan State fired Nassar last fall and has launched an internal investigation. Nassar, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held at the Newaygo County Jail in White Cloud, Michigan, on the federal charges. Larry Nassar is shown in a staff photo from his time at Michigan State University. The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory damages. Eighteen women and girls have filed a federal lawsuit against disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, alleging that he sexually assaulted them repeatedly for years during physical examinations. Related stories

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Former USA Olympic Gymnast Sues Team Doctor for Sexual Harassment; Alleges National Executives Buried Claims Also listed as defendants in the suit were USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport, with whom Nassar was affiliated from 1996 to 2015; Michigan State University, where Nassar worked from 1996 to 2016; and Twistars USA, a Michigan gymnastics facility where Nassar also worked. It could not be immediately determined Tuesday whether Nassar has retained an attorney in the civil suit. Most of the girls were teenagers at the time of the alleged assaults, although several were as young as 9. USA Gymnastics has fully cooperated with the FBI in its investigation. We find it appalling that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in this manner, and we are grateful to the athletes who have come forward.”
Calls to Twistars USA were not returned. It also seeks institutional reform and new measures of accountability to ensure the safety and protection of other young athletes. “When we first learned of athlete concerns regarding Dr. CNN left messages for campus police but did not receive an immediate response
USA Gymnastics said in a statement that it’s appalled by the allegations against Nassar. Matt Newburg, Nassar’s attorney in the state and federal criminal cases, told CNN he does not represent him in the civil case. The lawsuit alleges that USA Gymnastics, MSU and Twistars were negligent in allowing the abuse to occur, and that Michigan State kept Nassar on its staff even though at least three of his patients had filed complaints about his behavior. Seventeen of the plaintiffs in the civil suit, filed Tuesday, have chosen to remain anonymous. An external law firm is advising MSU on the review, which will result in disciplinary action if appropriate. Also, MSU initiated a separate review looking closely at our clinic policies and operations to determine if there are steps we should take to make improvements.”
An attorney for the alleged victims, Stephen Drew, said Michigan State University Police have since received more than 60 additional complaints since allegations against Nassar started to surface. Nassar was the team doctor for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women’s crew teams, an associate professor in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and a physician for the US national gymnastics team through four Olympic Games. “The decision to pursue civil charges was painful and it was difficult. In December, a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges.

L.A. Comptroller Says City Should Scrap Plan to Reduce Ticket Fines, Modernize Parking System Instead

“Out of date technology and miscommunication between departments can lead to unfair and punitive ticket fines,” Galperin said. Galperin also unveiled a new parking website Tuesday that includes information on L.A.’s parking ticket program and when and where you are most likely to get a ticket. “As much as we’d like to reduce parking fines, we currently rely on the revenues,” Galperin said in a statement. The alternative plan for reducing ticket fines introduced last summer by LADOT’s Seleta Reynolds would reduce the cost of street cleaning and expired meter tickets by $10, noting this would cut $12.55 million from the city’s budget. Last year, that helped the city generate nearly $148 million in ticket revenues — three-fourths of which went to overhead, salaries and administrative costs, according to Controller Ron Galperin. “Even if the city were to reduce all traffic fines by half (which is not being proposed) the reduction would still be less than 1 percent of the total budget,” her report states. Last summer the head of L.A.’s Department of Transportation introduced a plan to reduce parking ticket fines, but on Tuesday the controller urged City Council to instead invest in an overhaul of parking infrastructure. Instead, lawmakers should invest in technology that would reduce the cost of parking enforcement and help residents avoid getting a ticket in the first place, he said. The remaining $41 million in ticket revenue was transferred to the general fund, he said, which covers city services such as police and fire. He also advised decreasing the burden on violators by making changes to late fees and penalties — 19 percent of tickets currently get paid late and incur additional fees — along with a reevaluation of street sweeping schedules and more efficient delivery truck parking. Together, the delivery companies incurred more than 45,000 tickets last year, and it took the equivalent of 10 full-time traffic officers to regulate them. Notably, the LADOT plan introduced to City Council also called for such measures, including text-message notifications about street-sweeping enforcement. Among other things, the website’s data shows the two biggest parking offenders are UPS and FedEx. More than 2.4 million tickets are given out each year in Los Angeles; nearly half the time it’s either for a street cleaning violation or an expired meter. But Galperin argues that the city should proceed cautiously as it faces a projected $245 million shortfall in its current budget and potential cuts in federal funding due to its status as a sanctuary city. “Angelenos deserve more than a fine reduction, they need a fair system that gives them a fair shake. No matter the price of a parking fine, an unfair ticket is still an unfair ticket.”
His suggestions for smarter parking technology include a smartphone app that allows users to add money to their meter remotely and digital parking signs that would have clearer messaging.

Riot LA Comedy Festival

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“Literary Death Match” – 7pm Jan.  Try clicking here. Katz Live” – 7pm Jan. Complete official rules for this giveaway can be found by clicking here. 14-15) for your chance to win a pair of Premium Passes, which includes guaranteed admission to three of the shows listed below, plus parking admission to the Super Deluxe lot, and additional admission to additional shows on Saturday & Sunday that aren’t already sold out. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre
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LAPD Officials Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Downtown

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LAPD Officials Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Downtown

Los Angeles Police officials respond to an officer-involved shooting in downtown L.A. KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this story. Los Angeles Police officials respond to an officer-involved shooting in downtown L.A. on Jan. 10, 2017. near the intersection of 11th and Hope streets, Officer Sal Ramirez told KTLA.

After Mistrial, Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca Will Be Retried; 2 Cases to Be Combined

District Judge Percy Anderson previously split that charge from the obstruction and conspiracy charges Baca faced at trial last month. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that they will retry former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca following a recent mistrial in which a jury nearly cleared Baca of obstructing an FBI investigation into the county’s jails. Related stories

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Jury Selection to Begin in Corruption Trial for Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca After the panel announced it was deadlocked, Anderson declared the mistrial. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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After Mistrial, Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca Will Be Retried; 2 Cases to Be Combined

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is seen after his obstruction trial ended in a mistrial in December 2016. The panel deliberated for days, with all but one of the 12 jurors voting to acquit Baca of obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. The judge in the case also granted a request by the U.S. During the two-week trial, prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office tried to convince jurors that Baca had played a central role in a scheme carried out by a group of subordinates to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses and corruption by sheriff’s deputies working as jailers. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is seen after his obstruction trial ended in a mistrial in December 2016. U.S. Baca’s lawyers countered he had been unaware of the ploy unfolding beneath him. attorney’s office to add to the trial the charge of making false statements to federal authorities.

4 Top U.S. Intel Chiefs Presented Trump With Claims That Russian Operatives Have Compromising Info on Him

9, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trump, according to law enforcement, intelligence and administration sources. Trump became the nominee, further investigation was funded by groups and donors supporting Hillary Clinton. The raw memos on which the synopsis is based were prepared by the former MI6 agent, who was posted in Russia in the 1990s and now runs a private intelligence gathering firm. Spokespeople for the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. Officials who spoke to CNN declined to do so on the record given the classified nature of the material. Trump were initially funded by groups and donors supporting Republican opponents of Mr. Those sources also said that once Mr. The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials. But, in preparing this story, CNN has spoken to multiple high ranking intelligence, administration, congressional and law enforcement officials, as well as foreign officials and others in the private sector with direct knowledge of the memos. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. But the FBI had already been given a set of the memos compiled up to August 2016, when the former MI6 agent presented them to an FBI official in Rome, according to national security officials. Some of the memos were circulating as far back as last summer. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, Dec. CNN has reviewed a 35-page compilation of the memos, from which the two-page synopsis was drawn. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. One high level administration official told CNN, “I have a sense the outgoing administration and intelligence community is setting down the pieces so this must be investigated seriously and run down. One reason the nation’s intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington, multiple sources tell CNN. On the same day that the President-elect was briefed by the intelligence community, the top four Congressional leaders, and chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees — the so-called “Gang of Eight” — were also provided a summary of the memos regarding Mr. What has changed since then is that US intelligence agencies have now checked out the former British intelligence operative and his vast network throughout Europe and find him and his sources to be credible enough to include some of the information in the presentations to the President and President-elect a few days ago. The Trump transition team declined repeated requests for comment. McCain became aware of the memos from a former British diplomat who had been posted in Moscow. That said, the synopsis was considered so sensitive it was not included in the classified report about Russian hacking that was more widely distributed, but rather in an annex only shared at the most senior levels of the government: President Obama, the President-elect, and the eight Congressional leaders. Trump during the GOP primaries, multiple sources confirmed to CNN. This synopsis was not an official part of the report from the intelligence community case about Russian hacks, but some officials said it augmented the evidence that Moscow intended to harm Clinton’s candidacy and help Trump’s, several officials with knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. Trump but cannot confirm if it was discussed in his meeting with the intelligence chiefs. Sources tell CNN that these same allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year, prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to send a letter to FBI Director Comey in October, in which he wrote, “It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States.”
CNN has confirmed that the synopsis was included in the documents that were presented to Mr. The memos originated as opposition research, first commissioned by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by Democrats. The two-page summary was written without the detailed specifics and information about sources and methods included in the memos by the former British intelligence official. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. His investigations related to Mr. Related stories

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Top Intel Officials Reject Trump View on Russia Hacks as Debate Comes to a Head in Congressional Hearing I think [the] concern was to be sure that whatever information was out there is put into the system so it is evaluated as it should be and acted upon as necessary. These senior intelligence officials also included the synopsis to demonstrate that Russia had compiled information potentially harmful to both political parties, but only released information damaging to Hillary Clinton and Democrats. At this point, CNN is not reporting on details of the memos, as it has not independently corroborated the specific allegations. Some of the allegations were first reported publicly in Mother Jones one week before the election. CNN has also learned that on December 9, Senator John McCain gave a full copy of the memos — dated from June through December, 2016 — to FBI Director James Comey. Trump.

GOP Was Also Target of Russian Hacking, FBI Director James Comey Tells Senators

20, I’m not sure it’s going to happen,” Wyden said. On Tuesday, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, California’s Adam Schiff, said “the seriousness of these allegations warrant the most thorough and non-partisan of investigations.”
Another California Democrat on the committee, Eric Swalwell, said the “best way forward is to have an independent, bipartisan commission that can depoliticize this. They thought he was a fringe candidate and didn’t think that at all.”
Clapper said the intelligence community’s report on the hacking was based on a variety of sources, including technical data, open-source information and human sources as well. The testimony came in a Senate intelligence committee hearing that examined Russia’s intrusions in the 2016 election campaign and its intentions, with America’s top intelligence officials testifying just days after they released an unclassified report blaming Moscow for the hacks. None of that was released.”
Comey said there was no sign “that the Trump campaign or the current RNC was successfully hacked.”
Asked by Sen. “If it doesn’t happen before Jan. He said that policy makers and politicians should “consider the whole range of tools to respond.”
“The challenge you get into with cyber for cyber, of course, you also have to consider the counter-retaliation to that,” Clapper said. FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan, left to right, testify before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Jan. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate committee, examining the cyber breaches, that the intelligence community concluded with “high confidence” that Russia hacked the election to “denigrate” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and contrast her unfavorably to Republican Donald Trump. Comey later added that “there was evidence of hacking directed at state-level organizations, state-level campaigns, and the RNC, but old domains of the RNC, meaning old emails they weren’t using. Dianne Feinstein said last week that she and other senators will soon introduce a similar bill, while House lawmakers introduced one in early December and re-introduced it again last week. “The Russians just believed, or came to the conclusion, that because the President-elect is a businessman, that he would be easier to make deals with than the Democrats,” Clapper said. CIA Director John Brennan said that had called the director of a Russian intelligence agency behind the hacks and warned the Russians that they were playing with fire, a message the Russian said he’d pass on to Putin. “Attributing cyber operations is difficult but not impossible.”
When Arkansas Republican Sen. 9, Russia shifted its focus from influencing the campaign to undermining the validity of the results, a theme that Trump himself began to stress on the campaign trail, telling people the election was going to be “rigged.”

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4 Top U.S. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who repeatedly pushed the FBI director to release any information it had before Inauguration Day. California Democratic Sen. Comey told senators that the “highly respected private company eventually got access and shared” the evidence with the FBI. “We owe it to the American people to do an independent and bipartisan review.”
After the conclusion of the public session, Burr said that the hearing would continue in a classified setting. He pushed back on King, saying, “You asked me if you have any pending investigations and we’re not going to talk about that.”
He added that “I’m tone deaf on politics and that’s as it should be.”
Tuesday’s hearing is the first public examination of Russia’s activities since Trump received a briefing from the country’s top intelligence officials on Moscow’s interference in the presidential election. Intel Chiefs Presented Trump With Claims That Russian Operatives Have Compromising Info on Him
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Putin Directly Ordered Effort to Influence US Election, Intel Report Says But Sen. Republicans have previously denied their organizations were hacked. “It’s not our call what to do in response,” he said of the intelligence community. There were frequent questions about ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the hearing. Clapper was asked whether intelligence agencies had found that people close to Trump had business interests that would make the Russians predisposed to favor Trump. Clapper said that the response to activist attacks of this sort has to be carefully considered. There’s plenty of room for Republicans to come on board.”
In the final run-up to Nov. Comey also said that the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the (Democratic National Committee) than the RNC,” adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.”
Comey said the FBI would have preferred to “get access to the original device or server” that was the target of hacking at the DNC. “We have multiple high-quality sources that contribute to that assessment,” Clapper said. Earlier on, Comey refused to comment on whether the FBI is investigating any potential connections. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FBI director James Comey told a Senate panel that there was “penetration on the Republican side of the aisle and old Republican National Committee domains” no longer in use. Angus King of Maine, an Independent, alluded tartly to Comey’s very public statements about investigations into Clinton during the election campaign — “the irony of you making that statement I cannot avoid.”
Comey said that there was a difference between open and closed investigations. “While we spend a lot of time worrying about precision and being surgical, our adversaries” might not be that careful. The constant should be that both parties care about our democracy. Top intelligence officials indicated on Tuesday that the GOP was also a Russian hacking target but that none of the information obtained was leaked. CNN previously reported that the Democratic National Committee “rebuffed” a request from the FBI to examine its computer services after it was allegedly hacked by Russia during the 2016 election. Republicans have preferred to limit investigations to congressional committees they control. In the classified and declassified reports released last week, they outlined their findings that Putin directly ordered the “influence campaign.”
Republicans and Democrats both called for a thorough investigation into Russia’s hacking of the presidential election Tuesday, reaffirming their confidence in US intelligence agencies’ findings even as Trump has continued to downplay them. Much of that information was made public through the organization WikiLeaks, lead by Julian Assange. The 17 US intelligence agencies already issued a statement in October expressing their unanimous assessment that Moscow had probed state election voting centers and penetrated the email accounts of Democratic groups and individuals. He declined to offer more detail on how the information was collection in order to protect sources. The Democrats were the victims this time,” but “it could be the Republicans next time. Congressional Democrats are pushing for a bipartisan, independent commission to look into the hacks. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, whether the hacker had the ability to selectively leak that old information, Comey indicated that they did. 10, 2017. Tom Cotton asked whether Russian President Vladimir Putin thought Trump was going to be the likely winner, Clapper responded, “Initially, no. The report “gives me no reason to doubt the findings,” said the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, North Carolina Republican Richard Burr. The FBI instead relied on the assessment of a third-party security company called CrowdStrIke. “I would never comment on investigations,” Comey told Sen.