Dec 16, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff "worried" about GOP working against House Intel

Trump with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tells MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace:

  • "Republican House members on our committee ... are taking steps to shut us down."
  • Asked if congressional Republicans are trying to lay a foundation for Trump to fire Mueller, Schiff said: "That's exactly what I'm worried about."

Shot: Trump, asked yesterday if he would consider a pardon for Michael Flynn: "I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens. Let's see. I can say this: When you look at what's gone on with the FBI and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry."

  • Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel, said later: "There is no consideration being given to pardoning Michael Flynn at the White House."

P.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions distanced himself from Trump's renewed criticism of the FBI. Sessions said at a news conference yesterday that the FBI is "fulfilling a fabulously important role working to fight against violent crime."

  • WashPost A1, "Trump's judicial picks hit first head winds": "The White House said ... it is standing by the nomination of Matthew Petersen ... for the U.S. District Court for [D.C.], despite a clip from his confirmation hearing posted on Twitter in which Petersen was unable to answer questions about legal and courtroom terms posed by a Republican senator." See the clip.

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FBI to investigate death of black man after video shows officer kneeling on neck

A man protesting near the area where a Minneapolis Police Department officer allegedly killed George Floyd. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI will investigate the death of a black man for possible civil rights violations after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the man's neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The big picture: The man, identified as George Floyd, was being arrested for alleged forgery and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a police press conference Monday night. Police say he resisted arrest before suffering from “medical distress."

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Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns

Fine testiying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Glenn Fine, the Pentagon's principal deputy inspector general, submitted his resignation on Tuesday.

Why it matters: President Trump removed Fine as the Pentagon's acting inspector general in April 7 after a group of independent federal watchdogs selected him to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which was set up to oversee the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.