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Former FBI Director Mueller appointed as special counsel in Russia probe

  • 6:33 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The Department of Justice on Wednesday moved to ensure an independent review of allegations that Russia meddled in the U.S. elections, and whether there were any ties to associates of President Trump, as former FBI Director Robert Mueller was tapped to lead the politically charged investigation.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a written statement.

Rosenstein said he had not determined that there was any wrongdoing, but wanted [More]

Ryan urges no rush to judgment as GOP grapples with Trump-Comey fallout

  • 11:02 am Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers on Wednesday that Congress should gather all the evidence about why President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey last week, as Republicans vowed to focus on the work of the American people, even as Mr. Trump’s struggles cast a shadow over their legislative work on Capitol Hill.

“Our job is to be responsible, sober, and focused only on gathering the facts,” Ryan said about reports that the President had urged Comey to drop a probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

At a news conference following a closed door meeting [More]

Congress asks for Comey memos on conversations with Trump about Russia probe

  • 11:52 pm Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A week after the President fired FBI Director James Comey, a top Republican in Congress asked the bureau to turn over memos that Comey reportedly wrote after conversations earlier this year with President Donald Trump, as the White House denied press reports that Mister Trump had pressed Comey to back off on an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the President attempted to influence or impede the FBI’s investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen Flynn,” wrote Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the head of the House Oversight Committee.

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White House denies report that Trump asked Comey to end Flynn probe

  • 6:48 pm Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The White House on Tuesday evening denied a report from the New York Times, telling reporters that President Donald Trump never asked former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as Trump officials again found themselves under siege from breaking news.

“While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the White House said in a statement.

“The President has the utmost [More]

White House: “wholly appropriate” for Trump to share intelligence with Russian officials

  • 12:37 pm Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The White House National Security Adviser on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s move to share intelligence with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week, saying the move was “wholly appropriate,” though adviser H.R. McMaster acknowledged that Mr. Trump did not know the source of the information he passed on.

“It is wholly appropriate for the President to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people,” McMaster told reporters.

Sticking by his assessment of a Washington Post story from last night – “the premise of that article is false” – McMaster repeatedly said the President’s discussion [More]

Trump says he had “absolute right” to share intelligence on Islamic State with Russians

  • 7:36 am Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump acknowledged on Tuesday morning that he did share intelligence information with top Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting last week, declaring that “I have the absolute right” to inform the Russians about information related to terrorism and the Islamic State.

“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do,” the President tweeted, making his first comments on the latest major story to engulf the Trump White House.

Mr. Trump’s tweets included no attack on the news media, or on the Washington Post which first reported [More]

White House denies Trump revealed classified intelligence to Russians last week

  • 10:27 pm Monday, May 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The White House was swamped by another major story on Monday evening, as the Washington Post and several other news organizations reported that President Trump had revealed highly classified material about the Islamic State, during an Oval Office meeting last week with top Russian officials, a charge that was rejected by top aides to the President.

But while administration officials denied the story, other news organizations said they had confirmed the basics, as the Trump White House was plunged once more into crisis mode.

Let’s break down what we know – and don’t – about this story:

1. What exactly did the Post [More]

10 years ago today – fascinating testimony from James Comey

  • 10:37 am Monday, May 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

While former FBI Director James Comey is much in the news after being fired last week by President Donald Trump, ten years ago today, Comey testified on Capitol Hill about a dramatic behind the scenes encounter when he was the Acting Attorney General during the George W. Bush Administration.

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2007, Comey told of a 2004 dispute over surveillance by the National Security Agency, which the Bush White House wanted renewed – but part of which the Justice Department had decided violated the law, and would not garner their support.

At the time, Comey’s [More]

Health care bill remains linchpin for Trump agenda in Congress

  • 9:11 pm Sunday, May 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

While the White House grapples with questions over Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, the Trump legislative agenda is still developing on Capitol Hill, with health care at the center of those efforts in Congress, as the President wraps up his fourth month in office at the end of this week.

Here’s where things stand in the halls of the U.S. Capitol:

1. Senate Republicans trying to solve the health care puzzle. It’s only been ten days since the House approved a GOP health care measure, but there is no real indication yet as to how Republicans in the Senate will change [More]

Even with new management in DC, balanced budget not on the horizon

  • 8:27 am Sunday, May 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

As top officials in the Trump Administration put the finishing touches on a 2018 budget plan that’s due to be sent to Congress later this month, early reports indicate that while there will be calls for cuts in both domestic spending and entitlement programs, the plan is only expected to promise a balanced budget within 10 years.

Just how difficult would it be to balance the budget?

1. It’s been 16 years since Uncle Sam was in the black. The last time the U.S. ran a yearly budget surplus was from 1998-2001, mainly because of unexpected economic growth during the last years [More]

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