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December 19, 2018

President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria isn't sitting well with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

The Republican senator, typically one of Trump's biggest supporters, tweeted Wednesday that withdrawing troops from Syria "would be a huge Obama-like mistake." Graham also objected to Trump's claim that ISIS has been defeated in the country, saying, "With all due respect, ISIS is not defeated in Syria, Iraq, and after just returning from visiting there -- certainly not Afghanistan."

Graham said that withdrawing from Syria will "put our allies, the Kurds at risk" and will "be viewed as a boost to ISIS desire to come back." Meanwhile, other members of the Republican party celebrated Trump's announcement, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeting, "I am happy to see a President who can declare victory and bring our troops out of a war. It's been a long time since that has happened." Brendan Morrow

November 29, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey is challenging a subpoena he received last week from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee who want him to privately testify about the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

On Thursday, Comey's attorneys filed a challenge to the subpoena in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, saying Comey "asks this court's intervention not to avoid giving testimony but to prevent the [panel] from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks."

The FBI and Justice Department are "appropriately subject to congressional oversight," the lawyers wrote, but Comey should "not be coerced into participating in an improper and partisan effort to undermine the legitimacy of an institution that he served for the better part of four years." There is "no legitimate reason" for this testimony to be private, the attorneys argued, and the subpoena violates House rules and "harasses the witness." Last week, Comey tweeted he is "happy to sit in the light and answer all questions." Catherine Garcia

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