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Russia probe looms over Trump-Putin summit meeting

  • 5:43 pm Sunday, July 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump flew to Helsinki, Finland for his Monday meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Democrats in Congress demanded that Mr. Trump scrap the summit, pointing to last week’s federal indictments of a dozen Russian Intelligence officers as part of the sweeping investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

“Donald Trump must press Putin hard on the issue of election interference,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer on Sunday, as Democrats made clear they want tough words from the President on the Russia investigation relayed directly to the Putin.

The President’s schedule said Messrs. Trump and Putin [More]

Trump blames Obama in wake of latest Russia indictments

  • 7:24 pm Saturday, July 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after the Special Counsel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 elections returned a new series of indictments against specific Russian intelligence agents, and just before his first summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed the Obama Administration for not doing enough to stop Russia’s cyber meddling during his bid for the White House two years ago.

“The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration,” the President tweeted from Scotland, where he is spending the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort.

“Why didn’t Obama [More]

Prosecutors get more evidence from FBI raid on President Trump’s ex-lawyer

  • 11:23 am Saturday, July 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The former federal judge assigned to go through evidence seized in an April 9 raid on Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, has now turned over a second large tranche of evidence to federal prosecutors, delivering another 883,634 items, bringing the total to over 2 million.

“A release of 883,634 items that were not designated Privileged, Partially Privileged or Highly Personal by the Plaintiff, Intervenors or Special Master was made to the Government today,” Special Master Barbara Jones wrote in a submission made late on Friday to a Federal Judge Kimba Wood.

Under an agreement involving [More]

Partisan tensions boil over in Congress on Strzok, Russia probe

  • 10:25 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The extreme political divide over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump boiled over in Congress on Thursday, as a top FBI official who led the initial Russia investigation battled with Republicans for nearly ten hours, with lawmakers repeatedly shouting and screaming at each other during a tense hearing by a pair of House committees.

“This investigation is not politically motivated,” said Special Agent Peter Strzok, who was booted off the probe of Special Counsel Robert Mueller after text messages emerged that showed Strzok expressing repeated negative views about [More]

Fireworks erupt as Strzok denies bias in Trump-Russia probe

  • 1:08 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Lawmakers on a pair of U.S. House committees openly battled over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections on Thursday, as FBI official Peter Strzok denied that his personal texts with an agency lawyer demonstrated bias against President Donald Trump, making the case that the FBI never leaked information about the investigation during the Presidential campaign.

“This information had the potential to derail and quite possibly defeat Mr. Trump, but the thought of expressing that, or exposing that information never crossed my mind,” Strzok told lawmakers, as he staunchly defended the Russia probe.

“This investigation is not politically motivated. It [More]

Senate vote signals strong opposition to Trump steel, aluminum tariffs

  • 1:19 pm Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after the Trump Administration threatened to add $200 billion in new tariffs against China in an escalating trade dispute, the Senate showcased bipartisan displeasure with Mr. Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, approving a non-binding motion indicating strong opposition to the President’s trade actions.

“Let’s be clear, this is a rebuke of the President’s abuse of trade authority,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), as a number of GOP lawmakers denounced the President’s trade actions in blunt terms on the Senate floor.

“This is an abuse of Presidential authority,” said Sen. Bob Corker [More]

Trade war grows as US threatens $200 billion in new tariffs on China

  • 9:31 pm Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Following through on President Donald Trump’s vow to further retaliate against China for any retaliatory duties levied on American exports, the Trump Administration on Tuesday gave official notice for another $200 billion in tariffs on goods imported into the U.S. from China, which could take effect after Labor Day, unless China agrees to U.S. demands to reduce its own trade barriers.

“For over a year, the Trump Administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in announcing the new tariff plan against Beijing.

Lighthizer’s office [More]

Battle lines clear as Judge Kavanaugh starts meetings with Senators

  • 12:57 pm Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after President Donald Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, reaction to the pick broke sharply along party lines in Congress as Democrats swiftly denounced the choice, while Republicans gave strong support to Mr. Trump’s selection to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“Brett Kavanaugh is not just a good nominee,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the Senate floor. “Brett Kavanaugh is an exceptional nominee.”

Meanwhile, across the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Democrats gathered to pledge a loud opposition campaign against Kavanaugh.

“I’m going to fight this nomination with everything I’ve [More]

Brett Kavanaugh no stranger to D.C. legal, political circles

  • 9:06 pm Monday, July 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump on Monday night selected federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Trump not only tapped a judge considered to have a strong conservative credentials, but also one whose roots run deep in Washington, D.C., in both the political and legal arena.

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under law,” the President said in the East Room of the White House.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Kavanaugh attended Mater Dei and Georgetown Prep private schools in the immediate suburbs of Washington, then went [More]

President Trump’s Supreme Court Final Four

  • 8:50 am Monday, July 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump prepared for a 9 pm ET event tonight at the White House to unveil his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, four federal appeals court judges were part of Mr. Trump’s final review, as the President kept his decision close to the vest.

“Let’s say it’s the four people,” Mr. Trump said Sunday on the tarmac before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from his New Jersey golf club.

“They’re excellent, every one. You can’t go wrong,” the President added.

Here’s a quick review of the possible choices to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, [More]