Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Takeaways from the first hearing in Congress on election meddling by Russia

3:45 pm Mar. 20, 2017

The House Intelligence Committee held the first public hearing on questions involving actions taken by Russia to interfere with the 2016 elections in the United States, as both parties used starkly different strategies as they asked questions of the heads of the FBI and National Security Agency about that probe.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. FBI confirms Trump-Russia investigation for the first time. Many had long assumed that the FBI

FBI Director confirms probe of Russia meddling and possible links to Trump Campaign

10:44 am Mar. 20, 2017

In the start of Congressional hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed for the first time that a formal counter intelligence investigation is underway into any Russian actions, and that the probe is also looking at possible links to associates of President Donald Trump and his campaign. The President responded by again pointing the finger at his predecessor.

“I have been authorized

Spicer tangles with press corps over Trump-Russia questions

8:14 pm Mar. 16, 2017

Almost two weeks after President Donald Trump accused ex-President Barack Obama of doing surveillance on the Trump campaign, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly jousted with reporters at a briefing, accusing the press of ignoring stories that favored Mr. Trump, while again sidestepping questions of what prompted the President to say he was wiretapped in 2016.

“Where was your passion, and where was your concern when they all said that

Revised Trump travel ban put on hold by federal judge in Hawaii

11:24 pm Mar. 15, 2017

Hours before it was to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugee admissions to the United States, as Mr. Trump denounced the ruling, saying it makes the U.S. look “weak.”

“We’re going to fight this terrible ruling,” the President said during a speech in Nashville, Tennessee, as he vowed to pursue an appeal.

“We’re going to