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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Two former Trump campaign advisers have offered to testify before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s interference in the election.

Carter Page, who advised President Donald Trump's campaign on foreign policy, and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, both told CNN Friday that they want to address allegations that they communicated with Russian officials before the committee.

The development comes hours after committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced that Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, also offered to be interviewed.

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Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, has “voluntarily” offered to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s interference in the election.

Making this announcement Friday, committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said he would not require Manafort to testify publicly, but would allow him to do so if he so chose.

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Since sparking a political conflagration by tweeting, in the wee hours of March 4, that his phones at Trump Tower were wiretapped by Barack Obama prior to the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has insisted he'd eventually be vindicated. According to Trump and his supporters, that vindication arrived Wednesday.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) called reporters to the Capitol Visitor Center to solemnly claim that the intelligence community “incidentally collected” information about Trump and some members of his transition team following the election. That information, he said, was collected apart from the FBI's investigation into whether there was any "cooperation" between Trump's campaign and Russian government officials in their efforts to meddle in the U.S. election.

Nunes said the information was collected legally, but his vague and cagey claims were seized upon in a rush of breathless, speculative, and, in some cases, incorrect reports that claimed Trump was telling the truth about having his "wires tapped" all along. The Obama administration spied on the then-President elect, these news outlets agreed (the cat was well out of the bag before Nunes’ office conceded Thursday afternoon that he didn’t know “for sure” that intelligence agencies actually collected communications from Trump or his staffers.)

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The federal government agency that owns the building housing President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel has determined that it does not violate the terms of its lease.

The General Services Administration’s ruling comes as a huge blow for watchdog groups and Democrats who've charged that Trump’s presidency put his company in breach of the lease, which states that an elected official may not be involved with or benefit from the agreement.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) apologized to his colleagues behind closed doors Thursday after going straight to the media and then the White House to claim that Trump transition staffers’ communications were “incidentally” picked up by the U.S. intelligence community, according to one Democrat on the committee.

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