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Daily Briefing: North Korea Tensions Grow, Flynn Investigation, Hillary Email Probe

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1. Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. – READ MORE

2. Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn

Investigations intensified into President Donald Trump’s ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Thursday as the Pentagon watchdog joined lawmakers in probing payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored TV network. – READ MORE

3. Report: Federal Grand Jury Issued Subpoenas In Hillary Clinton Email Case

A federal grand jury provided FBI agents with subpoenas to inspect Hillary Clinton’s BlackBerry devices last year, court papers provided to Judicial Watch show. – READ MORE

4. House seeks contempt charges against CEO who maintained Hillary Clinton’s secret email server

A House committee asked the Justice Department Thursday to pursue contempt of Congress charges against the head of the company that was responsible for handling Hillary Clinton’s controversial secret email server. – READ MORE

5. Only 2 House Dems Have Examined Those Susan Rice ‘Unmasking’ Docs

Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes is the only Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence other than Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel’s ranking minority member, to review intelligence files showing former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice “unmasked” aides to President Donald Trump during his transition to the Oval Office – READ MORE

6. WATCH: North Korea Threatens United States, Blows Up Capitol in Latest Propaganda Video

The captions in the video say things such as, “We will show you what a strong country that leads the world in nuclear and missile technology is capable of.” Then it ends with the words: “The final collapse will begin.” – READ MORE

7. New GOP bill would punish students or faculty who interfere with free speech

According to AP, GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin are pushing a bill that would see students at public universities expelled should they disrupt, or prevent speeches, and would force the universities to maintain a neutral stance on speakers who are invited to the campuses to give talks. – READ MORE

8. Pentagon Warned Michael Flynn In 2014 Not To Accept Foreign Money

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 to not accept payments from foreign governments without receiving permission, newly released documents show. – READ MORE

9. Trump On NAFTA: I’ll Renegotiate It Or Terminate It

Donald Trump said terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement is still on the table if he is unable to strike a “fair deal” for the United States. – READ MORE

10. US Admiral: North Korean Nuclear Threat A Matter Of When, Not If

A U.S. admiral said Thursday the situation in Korea is becoming increasingly dangerous as the North moves to advance its weapons program and develop a long-range nuclear missile. – READ MORE

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