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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said he would not back off from the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use even though she lost the presidential election, and he's staying true to his word.

Now that Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as attorney general, Chaffetz has asked the Justice Department to either convene a grand jury or bring charges against Bryan Pagliano, a Clinton aide who helped set up her private email server. Chaffetz wrote a letter to Sessions on Thursday referring Pagliano for prosecution for failing to comply with a subpoena to testify before the House Oversight Committee.

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Senate Democrats on Thursday evening urged Republicans to delay the confirmation vote for Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt after a court ruled that emails between the Oklahoma attorney general and the fossil fuel industry must be released.

An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered the state attorney general's office to release more than 2,500 emails between Pruitt and members of the fossil fuel industry, like Koch Industries and the National Coal Council, by Tuesday. The ruling came in a case brought by the Center for Media and Democracy in January, in which the group said Pruitt failed to fulfill open records requests.

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As former national security adviser Michael Flynn comes under increasing security over his conversations with the Russian ambassador before inauguration, House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) joined an inquiry launched by Democrats into Flynn's 2015 speaking engagements in Russia.

The committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and other House Democrats sent a letter to the Defense Department earlier in February asking for information on whether Flynn received payment from Russian officials for attending a dinner hosted by Kremnlin-backed outlet Russia Today. The Democrats charged that Flynn may have violated the Emoluments Clause, which bars government officials from receiving payments from a foreign government.

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The day after the Trump administration unveiled a proposed rule aimed at stabilizing the health insurance market, a former Obama administration official warned on Thursday that the regulation could actually contribute to market instability.

"It came out in a context where there are some much more important things the administration is doing that are undermining market stability. And the rule itself, its most impactful provision, is also undermining market stability," Aviva Aron-Dine, former official in the Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama.

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday denied that the intelligence community withholds information from President Donald Trump, following a Wall Street Journal report that officials have sometimes left sensitive details out of his daily intelligence briefings.

"Any suggestion that the U.S. Intelligence Community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the President and his national security team is not true," the ODNI said in a statement.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has signaled that he will not support bipartisan legislation announced yesterday that would prevent President Donald Trump from rolling back sanctions on Russia.

"I don’t think that’s necessary at this point," McConnell told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Wednesday evening. He did add that he would "certainly encourage" Trump to leave sanctions in place.

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The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday asked the FBI and the Justice Department to brief members of the committee on the events that led to the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

"According to media reports, both the FBI and the Justice Department were involved. These reports raise substantial questions about the content and context of Mr. Flynn’s discussions with Russian officials, the conclusions reached by the Justice Department and the actions it took in response, as well as possible leaks of classified information by current and former government employees," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the committee's chair, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member, wrote in a letter to the agencies. "Accordingly, we request that individuals with specific knowledge of these issues from both the FBI and Justice Department brief Committee Members and staff."

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Two top House Republicans on Wednesday sent a letter to the Justice Department inspector general, urging the agency watchdog to investigate leaks about communications between aides to President Donald Trump and Russian officials.

"We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here," wrote Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chair of the Oversight Committee, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the Judiciary Committee. "In light of this, we request that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled here."

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