Justice Dept. Watchdog and Senate Open Inquiries Into Seizure of Democrats’ Data

Democrats denounced the Trump administration’s seizure of lawmakers’ data as an abuse of power and called on Republicans to back the congressional inquiry.

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In Leak Investigation, Tech Giants Are Caught Between Courts and Customers

Apple, under fire for turning over the data of two lawmakers to the Trump Justice Dept., said it did so unknowingly, while Google fought a request for New York Times data because it related to a corporate client.

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Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress

The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.

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Republicans Question Spy Agencies’ Work on Domestic Extremism

Agency officials say they are analyzing information, not collecting intelligence on Americans.

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Biden to Face a Confrontational Russia in a World Changed From His Time in Office

The president-elect will have to assure American national security in ways that will require pushing back on the Kremlin at times and, at others, seeking Russian cooperation.

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Adam Schiff, Trump’s Chief Antagonist, Ponders Life After Trump

Having raised over $40 million this election cycle, the California Democrat is weighing his next moves, including the possibility of a Biden administration post, a Senate run or even House leadership.

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Who Are the Senior Officials at the Pentagon and the N.S.A?

The arrival of the new officials has prompted concerns. Their backgrounds offer insights into their policies.

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Imagining the Trump Presidency That Wasn’t

A politically incorrect administration might have succeeded where this one failed.

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House Reports Push for More Focus on China by Intelligence Agencies

Separate studies by Democrats and Republicans reached a similar conclusion: More resources are needed to compete with Beijing.

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Whistle-Blower: D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists

The former head of the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence division has accused three senior leaders of warping the agency around President Trump’s rhetoric.

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American Intelligence Knows What Russia Is Doing

Congress needs to understand about foreign election meddling, too.

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Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner

The bank will examine a 2013 transaction between the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and a company part-owned by Jared Kushner.

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Pentagon Denies Spying on Americans Protesting Police Killings

The Defense Department’s top intelligence official said that he had not been ordered to conduct surveillance on citizens, and that he supported their right to demonstrate peacefully.

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House to Vote on Limiting F.B.I. Power to Collect Americans’ Internet Data

Lawmakers compromised on an ambiguously worded amendment that narrows a failed but popular Senate proposal.

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