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As Trump denies wrongdoing, pace of Russia probe quickens

  • 5:09 pm Monday, December 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as President Donald Trump again denounced the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his campaign as a ‘witch hunt,’ federal prosecutors on Monday reached a plea bargain agreement with a Russian woman accused of illegal political activity in the U.S., and the Special Counsel’s office prepared to reveal details of alleged lies by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The federal judge overseeing Manafort’s case suddenly scheduled a status hearing for Tuesday afternoon, as Robert Mueller’s office is expected to publicly file a redacted version of a report on what lies the government claims [More]

Denouncing Cohen, Trump disputes campaign link to payoff of women

  • 7:57 am Monday, December 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Three days after federal prosecutors in New York said the President directed his former personal lawyer to pay off two women in an effort to keep them quiet before the 2016 election, President Donald Trump rejected the assertion that the thousands of dollars funneled through Michael Cohen could be construed in any way as a violation of federal campaign election laws, a matter which some experts believe could put the President in legal jeopardy.

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun,” the President tweeted before sunrise on Monday. “So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it [More]

Top Pence aide won’t fill post as Trump’s Chief of Staff

  • 5:02 pm Sunday, December 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after announcing that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would be leaving his post, President Donald Trump’s plan to shift the Vice President’s Chief of Staff into the job collapsed on Sunday, as a White House official told reporters that the President had been unable to reach a deal with Pence aide Nick Ayers, leaving Mr. Trump to look for another choice.

Ayers had been talked about for weeks as Kelly’s replacement, as the President’s relationship with his Chief of Staff worsened in recent months; but White House official told reporters Sunday that Ayers only wanted to serve [More]

Tidbits from the closed door questioning of James Comey

  • 11:18 pm Saturday, December 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

House Republicans on Saturday released a transcript of their private interview on Friday with former FBI Director James Comey, detailing a lengthy closed door skirmish between Comey and GOP lawmakers over the origin of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and how Comey dealt with the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State.

It was the first of two private sessions, as Comey is scheduled to return to Congress on December 17.

Because there were no television cameras, the transcript is the only way to get a bead on what was said [More]

Feds: Manafort lied to prosecutors, Cohen should get jail time

  • 7:38 pm Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a trio of documents submitted to judges on Friday evening in New York and Washington, federal prosecutors accused President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort of lying repeatedly to investigators even after agreeing to cooperate in the Russia investigation, and suggested a four year prison term for the President’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, while acknowledging his extensive help in the Russia probe by the Special Counsel’s office.

“Manafort told multiple discernible lies,” Special Counsel Robert Mueller told a judge, “these were not instances of memory lapses.”

In a 10 page document, the Special Counsel also detailed how Manafort [More]

Trump chooses new Attorney General, ridicules former Secretary of State

  • 4:23 pm Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Amid reports that his White House Chief of Staff might be on his way out, President Donald Trump on Friday said he will nominate former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to serve in that post again, as the President also publicly insulted his former Secretary of State, hours after Rex Tillerson offered a less than flattering review of his time working in the Trump Cabinet.

“A terrific person, a terrific man,” the President said of Barr, who served as Attorney General for the first President Bush.

“He was my first choice from day one,” the President said. “Respected by Republicans and [More]

North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work

  • 8:11 am Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a filing made late Thursday night to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign of Republican Mark Harris of North Carolina, which has come under fire for possible absentee ballot fraud in the 2018 elections, listed a debt of $34,310 to an outside GOP consulting group which was tasked with absentee ballot work in Bladen County, the epicenter of fraud allegations in the race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District.

The submission, made at 10:12 pm on Thursday night by the Harris campaign, was the first public admission by the candidate that he had hired the Red Dome Group specifically to [More]

Democrats win final California race for 40 seat gain in the House

  • 8:01 pm Thursday, December 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A month after Election Day, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) conceded defeat to challenger T.J. Cox on Thursday, as Republicans lost a seventh U.S. House seat to Democrats in California, pushing the party’s net gains to 40 seats in the 2018 mid-term elections, as Democrats triumphed in yet another Congressional district which had voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

A three-term more moderate Republican, Valadao had led by almost eight points on the night of the elections, but mail-in ballots, absentees and provisionals ran against him in the weeks of slow election counting in California, as Cox took the lead last week [More]

Congress okays two week punt on border wall, shutdown fight

  • 5:02 pm Thursday, December 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With most work of the government interrupted this week by the ceremonies honoring the late President George H.W. Bush, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a two-week stop gap funding plan for part of the federal government, re-setting a partisal government shutdown deadline for December 21, as the two sides seem no closer to a deal on money that the President wants for his wall along the Mexican border.

“The idea that the American taxpayer now has to foot the bill doesn’t make sense,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who mocked the President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chant that [More]

Pelosi raises option of not seating two new GOP lawmakers from Florida, North Carolina

  • 11:29 am Thursday, December 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With allegations that absentee ballot fraud may have delivered victory to a new Republican lawmaker from North Carolina, and a newly-elected GOP member admitting he broke federal campaign fundraising laws during his 2018 election bid in Florida, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that it’s possible neither of the Republicans who won those races in November will be sworn-in when the 116th Congress convenes in January.

“The House still retains the right to decide who is seated. That is one of the powers of the House of Representatives,” said Pelosi, who is in line to be Speaker of [More]

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