Jamie Dupree 

Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

45 years ago today – Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”

  • 4:00 am Saturday, October 20th, 2018 by Staff Writer

This Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when an embattled President Richard Nixon fired the special Watergate prosecutor, but only after both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General refused to carry out the President’s orders, and resigned from their positions.

The move by President Nixon came during an ongoing legal dispute over the release of the Watergate tapes – recordings made in the Oval Office by a secret taping system that the President had installed – which ultimately contained evidence that forced Nixon from office.

Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox wanted all the tapes for his [More]

New York man arrested for threatening Senators over Kavanaugh

  • 1:26 pm Friday, October 19th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Federal prosecutors in New York announced the arrest on Friday of a man who allegedly threatened to murder and assault a pair of U.S. Senators for their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as police say the suspect placed a series of threatening telephone calls in which the man threatened to shoot the Senators if they supported the Kavanaugh nomination.

In court documents unsealed on Friday, a special agent with the U.S. Capitol Police detailed a number of voice mails left by the suspect, identified as Ronald DeRisi of Smithtown, on Long Island in New York.

The expletive-filled messages [More]

Trump praises GOP Congressman who assaulted reporter

  • 11:17 pm Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Kicking off a three state western campaign swing on Thursday night, President Donald Trump used a stop in Missoula, Montana to praise a GOP Congressman who assaulted a reporter during a 2017 special election campaign, as the President drew cheers at a campaign rally by calling Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) “my guy.”

“Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy,” Mr. Trump said at an airport rally, using his arms to mimic someone throwing another person to the ground.

The President recounted how he been in Rome when he heard that Gianforte had body slammed a reporter in May [More]

Attorney General Sessions hails “aggressive campaign against leaks”

  • 6:24 pm Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As a former FBI agent was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday in Minnesota for disclosing classified information to the news media, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hailed the latest court moves against leakers in the federal government, saying the Trump Administration is waging what may be ‘the most aggressive campaign against leaks’ in the history of the Department of Justice.

“Today’s sentence should be a warning to every would-be leaker in the federal government that if they disclose classified information, they will pay a high price,” Sessions said in a statement, making clear that government leakers will be ‘prosecuted [More]

FULL VIDEO: Kanye West in the Oval Office

  • 3:29 pm Thursday, October 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Wearing a signature red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, rapper and producer Kanye West dominated a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday, declaring that the hat made him feel ‘like Superman,’ as West extolled the virtues of the President, dropped an f-bomb and more before reporters, and talked about maybe running for President in 2024 – only after Mr. Trump has served two terms.

West – who spoke for nearly ten minutes at one point – made clear again that he was a big supporter of the President and his policies, [More]

Trump blames stock market drop on Federal Reserve

  • 12:25 pm Thursday, October 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

For a third straight day, President Donald Trump leveled stern public criticism at the Federal Reserve, directly blaming a recent drop in the stock markets on increases in interest rates, as the President bluntly said the Fed is endangering economic growth under the Trump Administration.

“I think the Fed is out of control,” the President told reporters in the Oval Office. “I think what they’re doing is wrong.”

It was the third consecutive day that Mr. Trump had criticized the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates; last night in Erie, Pennsylvania, the President said the Fed ‘has gone crazy.’

“I think the [More]

Average price of Obama health law plans to drop in 2019

  • 10:17 am Thursday, October 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

In a surprise announcement, the Trump Administration reported Thursday that the average price for benchmark health insurance plans under the Obama health law system would drop in 2019 by 1.5 percent, as statistics issued by the feds indicated the controversial health insurance exchanges were stabilizing in price and coverage.

“President Trump’s Administration took action to address the skyrocketing price of health insurance, and now we are starting to see the results,” said Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

But Verma made clear that President Donald Trump did not want to keep the current Obamacare health system [More]

Trump on higher interest rates: “I think the Fed has gone crazy”

  • 8:33 pm Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Hours after the major American stock markets registered their biggest losses since early this year, President Donald Trump again publicly rebuked the Federal Reserve, arguing their move to raise interest rates has caused stock losses and even some uncertainty about future economic growth.

“I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the President told reporters after arriving in Erie, Pennsylvania for a campaign rally, as he vented frustration again about decisions to raise interest rates, as Mr. Trump argued those tight-money policies will harm future growth.

It was the second straight day that the President had publicly criticized the Fed’s policy decisions.

“The Fed [More]

Senate doxing suspect pleads not guilty, remains jailed

  • 9:00 pm Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a 27 year-old former Democratic Congressional employee to remain in jail, as Jackson Cosko pleaded not guilty to charges that he published the addresses and phone numbers of a Republican Senator during the recent debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In an appearance before a federal magistrate judge, Cosko pleaded not guilty to seven different counts, including making public the personal information of Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

The indictment also spelled out other charges against Cosko, alleging that he illegally accessed a computer in the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) – where [More]

Four weeks out, Trump, Pence try to save GOP majority in Congress

  • 2:49 pm Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Apart from targeting a handful of U.S. Senate seats held by Democrats, top Republicans mainly find themselves playing defense in the final weeks of the 2018 mid-term election campaign, working furiously to protect the seats of GOP lawmakers in the House, as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence criss-cross the country in a bid to keep both the House and Senate in GOP hands next year.

Four weeks from Election Day, President Trump was holding a campaign rally in Iowa – not for his 2020 re-election bid – but instead trying to bolster the chances of Rep. David Young [More]