- 4:09 pm Friday, May 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Unable to broker an agreement on a schedule for votes on bills dealing with immigration, a simmering internal fight among Republicans on that hot button issue boiled over on the House floor Friday, resulting in the defeat of a major farm policy bill, with the outcome raising the chances that the House will have a wide open showdown over DACA and illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in June.
A frustrated House Speaker Paul Ryan stood with his arms folded in the Well of the House as the 213-198 rejection of the Farm Bill was an embarrassing reminder of the inability of GOP leaders [More]
- 1:09 pm Friday, May 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In the wake of shooting at a high school in Texas, President Donald Trump on Friday expressed the grief of the nation, telling the families of the victims, “We’re with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever,” as Mr. Trump bemoaned what has become a familiar occurrence, a mass shooting involving young students.
“This has been going on too long in our country,” the President said in the East Room of the White House. “Too many years. Too many decades.”
“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, [More]
- 10:26 pm Thursday, May 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
An internal wrestling match over the best path forward on immigration left various factions of Republicans in the House increasingly at odds with each other Thursday, imperiling approval of a major farm policy bill, as GOP leaders struggled to prevent an arcane rules maneuver from being used to force a vote on the DACA program.
“What we’ve been trying to do is find an immigration bill that has 218 votes,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “We’ve been laboring to get to 218.”
“It’s clear that we don’t have 218 for a specific bill,” Ryan told reporters, the first real public admission [More]
- 8:18 am Thursday, May 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A year to the day after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named as Special Counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump lashed out at the ongoing probe, again denying that he coordinated any actions with Russia, or obstructed justice in the resulting investigation, as Mr. Trump charged that the FBI ‘spied’ on his campaign.
“Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history,” the President wrote on Twitter.
Mr. Trump’s tweet came a day after the current FBI Director, Christopher Wray, rejected assertions that [More]
- 9:02 pm Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that he did nothing wrong in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting which had been advertised as one that might give the Trump Campaign “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, as an unexpected document dump by a Senate committee on Tuesday released new information about the investigation, spurred new questions, and filled in some blanks about the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
“I did not collude with any foreign government and did not know anyone who did,” Trump Jr. said flatly in his interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the panel released [More]
- 1:06 pm Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after North Korea raised objections to a United States demand that Pyongyang end its nuclear weapons program as part of an upcoming summit meeting, President Donald Trump told reporters he would wait to hear more from Kim Jong Un’s government.
“We’ll see what happens,” the President told reporters during an Oval Office photo opportunity. “We’ll have to see. We’ll have to see.”
Asked if Kim was bluffing, the President gave the same answer, but signaled that his own goal for the historic meeting remains the same – the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“We haven’t been notified at all,” [More]
- 9:31 am Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Donald Trump Jr. denied doing anything wrong by meeting with a group of Russians who promised ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections, telling investigators that he did not remember if he had talked about the details of that meeting with his father, the President, as a U.S. Senate panel released hundreds of pages of documents related to the controversial election year meeting at Trump Tower in New York.
“I have no recollection of documents being offered or left for us,” Trump Jr. said. “I did not collude with any foreign government [More]
- 6:40 pm Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In a legal setback for former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled on Tuesday that the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections did not overstep its authority by bringing indictments against Manafort which were unrelated to the Russia probe.
“The motion to dismiss will be denied for a number of reasons,” wrote Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who argued in a 37 page decision that charges related to Manafort’s work in Ukraine – which predated the 2016 campaign – “falls squarely” within the authority granted to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
- 10:59 am Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
More Republicans in the U.S. Senate stepped to the defense of ailing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday, amplifying calls for the White House to publicly apologize over the comments of a top aide to President Donald Trump, who dismissed McCain’s opposition to Mr. Trump’s CIA nominee, by saying of McCain, “He’s dying anyway.”
“The person who said that should apologize, and should apologize publicly,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after a GOP lunch meeting with the President – but the subject of McCain reportedly did not come up.
“Of course there should be an apology,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) [More]
- 3:30 am Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, ready to press GOP Senators to act on his plans to fund his wall along the border with Mexico, and encouraging Republican leaders to put more pressure on Democrats to confirm various judicial and executive nominees moving slowly through the Senate.
“He will be discussing the administration’s agenda,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, who told reporters on Monday that he also expected Mr. Trump to plug his choice for CIA Director.
“I think a focus of that will be on appointees and getting the President’s team in place, particularly Gina [More]