Jamie Dupree 

Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’

  • 12:36 pm Monday, July 16th, 2018 by Staff Writer

After several hours of talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Donald Trump on Monday called the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections a ‘disaster,’ as he seemingly rejected the findings of his own intelligence organizations, accepting the word of Putin that Russia did not meddle in the last campaign for President, and making the case that the investigation had undermined relations between the two countries.

“President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a joint news conference. “I will say this – I don’t see any reason why it would [More]

Trump sets July 9 date to announce Supreme Court pick

  • 8:49 pm Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he plans to make his announcement of a choice for U.S. Supreme Court on the Monday after July Fourth, a move which should set in motion Senate confirmation hearings in August, followed by a full Senate debate and vote after Labor Day, getting a new Justice installed before the Court’s new term begins on the First Monday in October.

“Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it,” the President said aboard Air Force One, on the [More]

Political fight swiftly accelerates over Supreme Court vacancy

  • 7:48 am Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The decision on Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire quickly set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, as Republicans vowed quick hearings and a vote by fall, and Democratic groups raised ominous questions about President Donald Trump’s list of 25 judges under consideration for the spot on the Court.

“The Senate should not consider ANY Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Thursday morning, as Democrats still burn with anger over Republicans blocking the final nominee of President Barack Obama before the 2016 elections.

While Democrats grit their teeth, for GOP [More]

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire

  • 2:24 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a pivotal vote on a host of controversial political issues, announced Wednesday that he would retire from the High Court, providing President Donald Trump with the chance to nominate a second Justice to the bench, further cementing the court’s conservative majority.

“For a member of the legal professions it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court,” Kennedy said in a letter to President Trump.

The decision is certain to spur a heated confirmation hearing this summer in the Senate; the Supreme Court is now in recess until the beginning of the new term, [More]

Trump: GOP should give up on immigration until after 2018 elections

  • 7:27 am Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after Republicans in the House defeated one more conservative immigration reform plan, and delayed action until next week on a second bill because of a lack of GOP votes, President Donald Trump on Friday suggested a different avenue entirely – urging Republicans in Congress to drop the issue until after the November elections.

“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” the President tweeted early on Friday morning, saying the answer was simple – get more GOP lawmakers in the 2018 mid-term elections.

“Elect more Republicans in November and [More]

Supreme Court: States can force online sellers to collect sales taxes

  • 10:46 am Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Staff Writer

In a decision that will impact online shopping for all Americans, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a South Dakota law which required online companies to collect and remit state sales taxes, even if that company did not have a ‘physical presence’ in the state.

“Each year, the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a 5-4 decision.

“These critiques underscore that the physical presence rule, both as first formulated and as applied today, is an incorrect interpretation of the Commerce Clause,” the [More]

Ryan backs Gowdy, breaks with Trump on FBI conduct in Russia probe

  • 1:42 pm Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With President Donald Trump continuing to charge that the FBI intentionally spied on his campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said he agreed with another top Republican who said key lawmakers had seen no evidence of misconduct by the FBI when it came to the Trump Campaign and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

“I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate,” the Speaker said of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who said last week that a late May briefing provided to a small group of lawmakers showed no evidence that the FBI did anything wrong.

“I [More]

Trump calls off visit of Philadelphia Eagles over anthem dispute

  • 7:32 pm Monday, June 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Escalating his fight with players in the National Football League over whether they should stand for the National Anthem, President Donald Trump late Monday called off a planned visit to the White House on Tuesday by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, vowing instead to hold a “different type of ceremony” where he will “loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”

“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” Mr. Trump said in [More]

Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case

  • 10:51 am Monday, June 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer

In a victory for advocates of religious freedom, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, issuing a 7-2 decision that said state authorities were biased against the baker’s religious beliefs, but left open the larger issue of whether businesses could refuse to serve same-sex couples on First Amendment grounds.

“The government, consistent with the Constitution’s guarantee of free exercise, cannot impose regulations that are hostile to the religious beliefs of affected citizens and cannot act in a manner that passes judgment upon or presupposes [More]

Top Republican sees no FBI misconduct in probe of Trump-Russia connections

  • 9:06 pm Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday was again denouncing the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible ties to his campaign, a key Republican who saw documents last week about the probe said the review showed no misconduct by the FBI, and that investigators were doing exactly what they should have been doing – trying to figure out what Russia was doing to meddle with the American elections.

“I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do, when they got the information they got, and that it [More]