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Morning Briefing: Seth Rich ‘Had Contact’ With Wikileaks, White House Denies Revealing Classified Info To Russians

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10 things you need to know this morning – May 16th 2017

1. Report: Investigator Says Evidence Showing Deceased DNC Staffer Seth Rich Was Emailing With WikiLeaks (VIDEO)

Monday during the 10 p.m. ET news broadcast on Fox’s Washington, D.C. affiliate WTTG, correspondent Marina Marraco said an investigation by former D.C. homicide detective Rod Wheeler found that the now-deceased Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich had been emailing with WikiLeaks.

2. White House Denies Report Claiming Trump Revealed Classified Information To Russian Foreign Minister

The White House has denied a Washington Post report that Donald Trump revealed classified information when he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak last week.

3. Supreme Court Won’t Revive North Carolina’s Voter ID Law

The Supreme Court declined to review a ruling that struck down North Carolina’s voter ID law Monday, dealing a blow to ballot integrity measures around the country.

4. Trey Gowdy Says He’s Not ‘The Right Person’ To Lead FBI

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Monday that he informed Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the weekend that he is not the right person to take over as FBI director.

5. US Says Syria Is Hanging Hundreds Of Detainees And Cremating Them To Hide Evidence

The Department of State is alleging that the Syrian government is mass executing thousands of prisoners and then cremating the bodies to hide all traces of evidence.

6. Only Named Source In WaPo Report On Trump’s Leaking Of Classified Information Denies It

The Washington Post accused President Donald Trump of leaking “highly-classified information” in a recent meeting with Russian officials, but the only named source in the piece denies it.

7. Before Lois Lerner Targeted The Tea Party, She Helped The Clinton Foundation

Six years before she became the central figure in the IRS’s illegal targeting of Tea Party tax-exemption applicants, Lois Lerner cleared the way for the Clinton Foundation’s transformation from building a presidential library to being a $2 billion global political influence peddling machine, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

8. Lawsuit Demands Tillerson Release More Clinton Emails, Grand Jury Info

Officials with the nonprofit government watchdog Cause of Action Institute said Monday they have filed a lawsuit to force the public release of more information about grand jury subpoenas related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s BlackBerry email accounts.

9. Edward Snowden, Over 100 Activists Call for Trump to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange

Edward Snowden and over 100 other activists called for President Trump to drop charges brought against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

10. Poll: Comey ‘Scandal’ Greeted by Yawns, Indifference Among Voters

Despite histrionics from the mainstream media and Democratic lawmakers over President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last week, latest polling shows the public are greeting the “scandal” with a resounding “meh.”

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