- 12:23 pm Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Embroiled in a new legal dispute after an FBI raid earlier this month, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has dropped a $100 million defamation lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed news, and the head of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which spearheaded the development of the Steele Dossier, paid for by Democrats in 2016, which made accusations of ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.
“Michael Cohen hereby voluntarily dismissed the above-entitled action as to all named Defendants without costs to any party as against the other,” Cohen’s lawyers stated in a one page filing with a federal court in [More]
- 10:30 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The head of the Capitol Hill office which deals with workplace harassment cases said Wednesday that she still does not have the power to reveal the names of lawmakers who used taxpayer dollars to pay legal harassment settlements, drawing sharp rebukes from members of both parties on a House spending panel, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate expressed growing frustration about the matter.
“The transparency issue is revolting,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). “It is absolutely unacceptable that we continue to let members who abuse their employees hide.”
At a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee, Susan Grundmann, the [More]
- 2:16 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
On hold for months, President Donald Trump’s pick to head NASA was finally given the green light by a pair of GOP Senators, as the Senate voted 50-48 to overcome a possible filibuster, and advance the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next Administrator of NASA.
A final vote to confirm Bridenstine’s nomination could come as early as Thursday in the full Senate.
The key votes came from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – Flake initially voted to filibuster Bridenstine, but after an extended wait, returned to change his vote for the final margin of [More]
- 6:49 am Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Confirming press reports about a secret trip by CIA Director Mike Pompeo to North Korea, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had gone “very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.”
In the middle of his own summit with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said on Twitter this morning that details of a meeting between him and the North Korean leader “are being worked out.”
“Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!” the President tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
“We have a responsibility to achieve [More]
- 7:59 pm Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday gave Americans an extra day to file tax returns for 2017, after troubles surfaced for a number of hours with an online payment system, causing troubles for those trying to finish filing and paying their taxes just before the deadline.
“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said David Kautter, who is the Acting IRS Commissioner.
“The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation,” Kautter said in a statement.
The trouble started on the final day of tax filing [More]
- 11:30 am Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that part of a federal law which requires the deportation of certain criminal aliens was too vague, as Justice Neal Gorsuch, nominated to the Court by President Donald Trump, joined with the four more liberal justices to provide the majority opinion, upholding a ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the process.
“Vague laws invite arbitrary power,” Gorsuch wrote in his own concurring opinion. “The law before us today is such a law.”
“In my judgment, the Constitution demands more,” Gorsuch added, as the Supreme Court invalidated part of the Immigration and [More]
- 9:57 pm Monday, April 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After waiting for months to get enough votes to win confirmation, Senate Republicans have decided to press ahead this week with the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the first procedural step on Monday evening to force a final vote on President Trump’s pick to lead the space agency by late in the week.
“Congressman Bridenstine was encouraged to see a cloture petition filed in regard to his nomination as NASA Administrator,” said his spokeswoman Sharyl Kaufman, referring to a Senate effort to end debate, and spur a vote on Bridenstine, [More]
- 5:35 pm Monday, April 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A federal judge in New York on Monday refused a request by lawyers for President Donald Trump to stop federal investigators from going through evidence seized from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, but the judge held off on deciding how best to review those materials for questions of possible attorney-client privilege involving the President, and whether that should keep some of the evidence out of the hands of prosecutors.
In a several hour hearing, federal judge Kimba Wood left open the possibility that she might appoint a “special master” to oversee the process of evaluating the evidence seized from the President’s lawyer, [More]
- 1:03 pm Monday, April 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Congressional investigators reported Monday that the installation of a soundproof communications booth in the office of Environmental Protection Administration chief Scott Pruitt violated federal law, because it spent more money than allowed by Congress for changes to the office of a Presidential appointee.
“It is time for Scott Pruitt to go,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). “He can use the phone booth to call the movers.”
“There are few greater examples of government waste than a $43,000 phone booth,” said Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN). “Now we know that the purchase wasn’t just unnecessary and wasteful, but actually illegal.”
- 7:33 pm Sunday, April 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The personal lawyer of President Donald Trump will be in a federal court in New York on Monday, as his lawyers – with the backing of the President – try to stop federal prosecutors from going through materials seized in a surprise raid last week that involved documents and electronic devices from the long time legal and personal ally of Mr. Trump.
“Attorney client privilege is now a thing of the past,” the President declared in a Sunday morning tweet.
“I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided [More]