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Department officials are seeking to interview senior C.I.A. officers as part of their review of the Russia investigation, in which U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that President Vladimir Putin had intervened to benefit the Trump campaign.

Investigators want to question at least one senior counterintelligence official and a senior analyst, according to people briefed on the matter. The C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, has told officials that her agency will cooperate — but will still work to protect critical intelligence.

Background: Attorney General William Barr called for the review in order to determine whether law enforcement officials abused their power. Here’s what we know about the origins of the Russia investigation.

Yesterday: Asked in an interview if he would accept incriminating information about an opponent from a foreign government, President Trump said, “I think I’d take it.” He said he would call the F.B.I. only “if I thought there was something wrong.”


A House committee voted on Wednesday to recommend holding two cabinet secretaries in contempt of Congress, hours after President Trump invoked executive privilege to block the release of documents about the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

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