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Pelosi Calls for Investigation Into Trump's Ties to Russia
’This is an issue that is great deal of interest to the American people,’ House minority leader says

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants an investigation in to President-elect Donald Trump’s ties with Russia. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday called for an investigation into any ties Donald Trump has with Russia and whether the Kremlin has any compromising information on the president elect. 

“We want our agencies of government to investigate what those connections are and hopefully resolve it in our favor,” the California Democrat told reporters at her weekly news briefing. 

Intelligence Officials Say Putin Ordered Campaign to Help Trump
Activities demonstrated a ’significant escalation in directness’

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. prepares to testify before the Senate Armed Services hearing on cyberthreats on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign targeting the 2016 U.S. presidential election to undermine confidence in American democracy, smear Hillary Clinton and, eventually, to help lift Donald Trump to victory, according to a declassified report from U.S. intelligence agencies.

The document, based on information and analysis from the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, spells out the U.S. spy agencies’ conclusions on what they say was Russia’s wide-ranging venture to interfere in the American vote.

Capitol Ink | The Best of 2016
View the tumultuous year of 2016 through the satirical lens of RJ Matson

Originally published on March 24, 2016

capitol-ink-03-24-16 Originally published on March 24, 2016

Rohrabacher Accuses Journalist of Bias Against Russia
Says he’s had discussions with people ‘high up in the transition team’ about being Trump’s secretary of State

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has previously made remarks sympathetic to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., accused a journalist who is a refugee from the former Soviet Union of bias in an interview Wednesday.

McCain Won’t Rule Out Another Senate Run
Arizona senator says he’ll decide on seventh term in three years

Arizona Sen. John McCain is not ruling out running for a seventh Senate term in 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Re-elected this month to serve a sixth term in the Senate, Arizona Sen. John McCain won’t rule out running again in 2022.

In his election night victory speech, McCain called himself “the luckiest guy I know” and thanked his constituents for electing him to what he insinuated might be his final term.

Red Alert: Russia Looms Large as Security Threat
Many Cold War lessons must be relearned

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., attend a 2015 news conference in the Capitol's Senate studio on the possibility of arming the Ukrainians in their conflict with rebels backed by Russia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(First appeared in CQ Magazine on May 23, 2016.)

U.S. military forces deployed to Europe are tasked with two missions: Build cooperation among NATO allies and support operations in more dangerous corners of the globe. But as Russia, America’s Cold War nemesis, flexes its military muscle, these forces, which have dwindled in size in recent decades, are again on the front lines. Military leaders now say Russia is the greatest threat to U.S. security.