Nov 14, 2019

DOJ investigating GOP Rep. Ross Spano for campaign finance violations

Florida Rep. Ross Spano. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Department of Justice is conducting a criminal investigation into freshman Rep. Ross Spano (R-Fla.) over possible campaign finance violations, the House Ethics Committee announced in a news release Thursday.

What's happening: The Ethics Committee unanimously voted to "defer consideration" of the issue from its own inquiry to the Justice Department, per the release. Spano has denied wrongdoing, writing in a statement that he plans to cooperate fully with the investigation and that mistakes his campaign made with respect to loans were "completely inadvertent and unintentional."

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Justice Department inspector general to testify on FISA investigation

Michael Horowitz. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11 about his investigation into alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the Russia probe, Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced Monday.

Why it matters: Horowitz's highly anticipated report is expected to explore, among other things, whether the FBI's court-ordered surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page was properly handled. Trump allies hope that Horowitz's report, as well as a separate investigation into intelligence collecting led by prosecutor John Durham, will undermine the findings of the Russia investigation.

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Keep ReadingArrowNov 18, 2019

Duncan Hunter to resign from Congress

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Dec. 3 in San Diego, California. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) announced his resignation from Congress on Friday, three days after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds.

The state of play: Hunter's exit also comes a day after the House Ethics Committee instructed him to stop voting in light of his guilty plea. Hunter's plea agreement said he and his wife spent over $150,000 of campaign funds on personal expenses, including meals and luxury vacations, per CBS News.

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Read: Second release of FBI files from Mueller probe interviews

Illustration: Aïda Amer

The Department of Justice published nearly 300 pages of memos and notes from FBI interviews with key witnesses in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The big picture: The release was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit from BuzzFeed and CNN.

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