- 3:49 pm Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 by Staff Writer
A day after publicly siding with Vladimir Putin over U.S. Intelligence on the question of whether Moscow had interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, President Donald Trump defended his efforts to improve relations with Russia, even as he back tracked slightly to say that “I accept” the conclusions of intelligence officials on Russian meddling.
In remarks to reporters at the White House, the President said he had simply misspoke, dropping the word “not” in a sentence about his view on Russian responsibility for election interference in 2016.
“I need to make a clarification,” Mr. Trump said, reading from a prepared script before [More]
- 7:40 pm Monday, July 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Hours after President Donald Trump publicly sided with Vladimir Putin over questions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the Justice Department announced the arrest of 29 year old Maria Butina, alleging that the Russian citizen violated U.S. law by engaging in a series of political activities involving members of one major political party and a U.S. gun rights organization.
“Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government,” the Justice Department said in a statement, charging she was tasked with “developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, [More]
- 5:43 pm Sunday, July 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer
As President Donald Trump flew to Helsinki, Finland for his Monday meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Democrats in Congress demanded that Mr. Trump scrap the summit, pointing to last week’s federal indictments of a dozen Russian Intelligence officers as part of the sweeping investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.
“Donald Trump must press Putin hard on the issue of election interference,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer on Sunday, as Democrats made clear they want tough words from the President on the Russia investigation relayed directly to the Putin.
The President’s schedule said Messrs. Trump and Putin [More]
- 7:24 pm Saturday, July 14th, 2018 by Staff Writer
A day after the Special Counsel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 elections returned a new series of indictments against specific Russian intelligence agents, and just before his first summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed the Obama Administration for not doing enough to stop Russia’s cyber meddling during his bid for the White House two years ago.
“The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration,” the President tweeted from Scotland, where he is spending the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort.
“Why didn’t Obama [More]
- 11:23 am Saturday, July 14th, 2018 by Staff Writer
The former federal judge assigned to go through evidence seized in an April 9 raid on Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, has now turned over a second large tranche of evidence to federal prosecutors, delivering another 883,634 items, bringing the total to over 2 million.
“A release of 883,634 items that were not designated Privileged, Partially Privileged or Highly Personal by the Plaintiff, Intervenors or Special Master was made to the Government today,” Special Master Barbara Jones wrote in a submission made late on Friday to a Federal Judge Kimba Wood.
Under an agreement involving [More]
- 10:25 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer
The extreme political divide over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump boiled over in Congress on Thursday, as a top FBI official who led the initial Russia investigation battled with Republicans for nearly ten hours, with lawmakers repeatedly shouting and screaming at each other during a tense hearing by a pair of House committees.
“This investigation is not politically motivated,” said Special Agent Peter Strzok, who was booted off the probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller after text messages emerged that showed Strzok expressing repeated negative views about [More]
- 1:08 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Lawmakers on a pair of U.S. House committees openly battled over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections on Thursday, as FBI official Peter Strzok denied that his personal texts with an agency lawyer demonstrated bias against President Donald Trump, making the case that the FBI never leaked information about the investigation during the Presidential campaign.
“This information had the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat Mr. Trump, but the thought of expressing that, or exposing that information never crossed my mind,” Strzok told lawmakers, as he staunchly defended the Russia probe.
“This investigation is not politically motivated. It [More]
- 1:19 pm Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer
A day after the Trump Administration threatened to add $200 billion in new tariffs against China in an escalating trade dispute, the Senate showcased bipartisan displeasure with Mr. Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, approving a non-binding motion indicating strong opposition to the President’s trade actions.
“Let’s be clear, this is a rebuke of the President’s abuse of trade authority,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), as a number of GOP lawmakers denounced the President’s trade actions in blunt terms on the Senate floor.
“This is an abuse of Presidential authority,” said Sen. Bob Corker [More]
- 9:31 pm Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Following through on President Donald Trump’s vow to further retaliate against China for any retaliatory duties levied on American exports, the Trump Administration on Tuesday gave official notice for another $200 billion in tariffs on goods imported into the U.S. from China, which could take effect after Labor Day, unless China agrees to U.S. demands to reduce its own trade barriers.
“For over a year, the Trump Administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in announcing the new tariff plan against Beijing.
Lighthizer’s office [More]
- 12:57 pm Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer
A day after President Donald Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, reaction to the pick broke sharply along party lines in Congress as Democrats swiftly denounced the choice, while Republicans gave strong support to Mr. Trump’s selection to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“Brett Kavanaugh is not just a good nominee,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the Senate floor. “Brett Kavanaugh is an exceptional nominee.”
Meanwhile, across the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Democrats gathered to pledge a loud opposition campaign against Kavanaugh.
“I’m going to fight this nomination with everything I’ve [More]