Emma Loop Profile picture
Freelance journalist / previously @buzzfeednews, @ottawacitizen, @thewindsorstar / loopemma@gmail.com
Twitter author Profile picture 1 subscribed
Aug 27, 2018 8 tweets 1 min read
Rick Davis says McCain asked him to read a letter.

“This will be somewhat difficult,” he says, clearing his throat. McCain's letter begins by thanking Americans for allowing him to serve them.

"I’ve made mistakes but hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them,” McCain says.
Aug 26, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
A little story: McCain was one of the first senators who made this foreigner feel less lost in DC.

I had just gotten on an (usually senators' only...) elevator in the Russell Building. The doors were closing when suddenly an arm shot between them. It was McCain. 1/? Inside my head I was like, holy shit! I'm in an elevator alone with John McCain! And I was slightly worried he might be mad I was in the elevator. But he wasn't in the slightest. Instead, we asked each other how our days were going. He replied bluntly with some slightly vulgar...
Aug 7, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
can’t believe I missed the five-year anniversary of this legend throwing back a few brews and swimming across the Detroit River

windsorstar.com/news/local-new… #windsor #YQG I’ll never forget him calling the newsroom *after getting out of jail* to say 1) that the story needed to clarify that he made it across the river 2) the woman referenced in the story was *not* his girlfriend, despite what she might say.

Best. Summer. Internship. Ever.
Aug 1, 2018 24 tweets 6 min read
Experts are giving their opening statements at Senate Intel's hearing on social media and foreign influence.

More info and a livestream: intelligence.senate.gov/hearings/open-… Here is @MarkWarner’s opening statement:
Jul 31, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
.@MarkWarner on today's Facebook news: “Today’s disclosure is further evidence that the Kremlin continues to exploit platforms like Facebook to sow division and spread disinformation, and I am glad that Facebook is taking some steps to pinpoint and address this activity." And here's @SenatorBurr to reporters just now: "I'm not sure that this will be the last thing [unintelligible]." He says he was briefed on it.

(If someone got the last part of that quote, let me know!)
Jul 19, 2018 10 tweets 6 min read
.@ChrisCoons and @JeffFlake are on the Senate floor, about to ask for unanimous consent to adopt this non-binding resolution expressing support for the Russia investigation, agreement with the ICA, and more: coons.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/… @ChrisCoons @JeffFlake Flake is going all in on Trump, referencing Orwell’s 1984 and saying what happened in Helsinki was “truly an Orwellian moment."
Jul 18, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Bad pic, but @simonamangiante just wrapped up her interview with House Intelligence Committee Democrats after about 4 hours behind closed doors. Quotes to come... @simonamangiante Mangiante Papadopoulos slightly walked back her comments about her belief that the FBI entrapped her husband George Papadopoulos but said she did tell the committee that she believes he was set up.
Jul 13, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
.@MarkWarner, vice chairman of Senate Intel, is holding a presser about today’s Mueller indictment shortly. I couldn’t make it to the Hill in time, so follow my excellent colleague @LissandraVilla for updates.
Jul 12, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
In some non-Strzok news, a little update on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation:

- They seem* to be closing in on the end of interviews. @SenatorBurr, the chairman, tells me they have “a handful” left. "I can’t give you a number but it’s not that many." *Keep in mind they could always add more witnesses to the list. It could still be a little while.
Jul 12, 2018 42 tweets 7 min read
FBI agent Peter Strzok is testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. Follow along here: judiciary.house.gov/hearing/commit…
Jul 3, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
INBOX: The Senate Intelligence Committee releases its summary of findings on the Jan. 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment on Russia.

"The Committee finds that the overall judgments issued in the ICA were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong.” burr.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/… The committee previously announced that it agreed with the findings of the ICA — splitting with Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who took issue with the part about the Russians’ preference for Trump — but now we have the summary report. Reading through now...
Jul 2, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: The Senate Intelligence Committee Is Still In Regular Contact With The Trump Dossier Author

“We’re still in conversation weekly,” committee chairman Richard Burr told BuzzFeed News.

buzzfeed.com/emmaloop/senat… “I know that we are in communications and we obviously would like to get that hearing” — Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the committee. buzzfeed.com/emmaloop/senat…
Jun 26, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
The Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously passed the 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act today. It’s named after late committee staffer Matthew Pollard, who died in April. Here’s what the committee says this IAA does:

“Deter and counter aggression from foreign state actors, such as Russia and China, both at home and abroad;”

“Protect the U.S. government’s supply chain from sabotage and counterintelligence threats;”

Jun 20, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, says the committee has invited former FBI director James Comey and former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to testify in likely an open hearing as part of the Russia probe. Burr said that to his knowledge, neither McCabe nor Comey has responded to the committee’s letters yet.
Jun 20, 2018 24 tweets 6 min read
The Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on the Obama administration's response to Russian election interference is about to begin. Livestream and witness info here: intelligence.senate.gov/hearings/open-… Committee chairman @SenatorBurr and vice chairman @MarkWarner shake hands with the witnesses before the hearing begins.
Jun 18, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing now on the inspector general’s report about the Clinton probe with IG Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray: c-span.org/video/?446804-… “He seems to be having a wonderful time,” Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says of former FBI director James Comey, who declined the invite to attend the hearing saying he’s out of the country but posted a pic from Iowa on social media.
Jan 11, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Just asked Feinstein about her comment yesterday about being "pressured" to release the Simpson transcript.

"I made no statement to that effect," she said.

Me: but there are recordings of you saying you felt pressured

"I don't believe there are. I don't believe I said that." Me: ...Ok. reporters have the recordings

Feinstein: "it appears in one place, and I saw it, and I'm just telling you, you asked me the question, and the question is, it's not correct"
Oct 30, 2017 42 tweets 4 min read
I'm now at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on AUMF. Defense Secretary Mattis & Secretary of State Tillerson are here. Programming warning, though: I’m very likely going to have to leave at around 5:30 pm for Senate votes. Hopefully I’ll be able to return.