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Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment, decries “public frenzy” over Russia probe

  • 4:01 pm Monday, May 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on Monday, as his lawyers refused to honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the first time that someone with close ties to President Trump has refused to cooperate in the course of this politically charged investigation.

“In these circumstances, General Flynn is entitled to, and does, invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against production of documents,” wrote Flynn’s lawyers in a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had sought evidence and testimony from Flynn.

“He is the target [More]

AP: Flynn to assert Fifth Amendment rights, won’t honor subpoena in Russia probe

  • 10:19 am Monday, May 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate panel investigating election interference by Russia, as the one-time aide to President Donald Trump will instead assert his Fifth Amendment rights, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

That report came several days after the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), told reporters that Flynn’s lawyers were not going to honor the committee’s subpoena.

A spokesperson later said last Thursday that Burr had been mistaken – but now that exact story line seems to be developing today.

“Gen. Flynn¹s lawyers said [More]

With the President on the road, what’s next for the Trump agenda in Congress

  • 8:03 pm Sunday, May 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Even as President Donald Trump is on an extended foreign trip, there will be a lot of domestic news developing this week as his budget for 2018 is released, though action on the Trump spending plan and a number of other major agenda items is still uncertain on Capitol Hill.

Here is where we are on major issues in the Congress, as lawmakers get ready to leave Washington later this week for a ten day break, anchored by Memorial Day:

1. Health care overhaul legislation. In terms of major legislation, this is the brightest spot for the agenda of the Trump White [More]

From an old newspaper column, echoes of current political arguments

  • 10:20 am Saturday, May 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In recent weeks, I’ve been compiling a list of frequent arguments that are being made to me on social media about the troubles of the current administration, thinking I would put together a blog about the daily reaction of President Donald Trump’s supporters, as backers of both parties do battle over the Trump Presidency.

And then an old column from Art Buchwald surfaced, with threads that were almost identical to today.

As a kid, I always enjoyed reading Buchwald columns; not only did they involve politics, but the way that Buchwald used humor to jab at those in charge was often enlightening.

On [More]

Comey agrees to testify before Senate panel on Russian election interference

  • 7:14 pm Friday, May 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session before Congress, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced late on Friday, as the panel will schedule a hearing with Comey after Memorial Day.

“I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“I hope that former Director Comey’s testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President,” added Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat [More]

Trump focus on domestic policy suffers amid FBI, Russia controversies

  • 4:00 am Friday, May 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After celebrating House approval of a GOP health care bill with a pep rally in the White House Rose Garden on May 4, political fallout from the firing of the FBI Director and the investigation into Russia’s election meddling have pushed President Donald Trump’s focus away from his domestic agenda, as he leaves for his first overseas trip on Friday.

Following an active first 100 days in office, which sometimes saw him do three or four public events in a day, the President’s White House schedule slowed noticeably over the last two weeks, as he did little to promote GOP efforts [More]

Trump slams Comey, once more dismisses Russia probe as “witch hunt”

  • 5:03 pm Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In his first substantive comments about the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, President Donald Trump denied that his campaign had been involved in any collusion with Moscow, as he declared that the probe “divides the country.”

“I think it’s totally ridiculous, everybody thinks so,” the President said about the investigation into Russian meddling, and whether it had ties to any Trump associates.

“There was no collusion – everybody, even my enemies have said there was no collusion,” Mr. Trump added.

As for the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel [More]

Trump grumbles about special counsel probe of Russia matter, labels it “witch hunt”

  • 7:56 am Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day after the appointment of a former FBI Director to probe Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, and possible ties to the his campaign, President Donald Trump on Thursday complained about the lack of a special counsel to probe “illegal acts” that he says took place during the administration of President Barack Obama.

“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. (His first tweet contained a typo – that was corrected a few hours later.)

“This is the single greatest [More]

GOP talks about keeping individual mandate in health care reform effort

  • 11:45 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While most of the headlines and questions in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol in recent days have been about President Donald Trump and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, GOP Senators continue to work behind the scenes in a bid to forge their own version of a bill to make major changes in the Obama health law.

“The issues that are out there are workable; I don’t see any reason that we can’t get this done,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who is one of the strongest allies of President Trump in the Senate.

With the calendar [More]

Former FBI Director Mueller appointed as special counsel in Russia probe

  • 6:33 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The Department of Justice on Wednesday moved to ensure an independent review of allegations that Russia meddled in the U.S. elections, and whether there were any ties to associates of President Trump, as former FBI Director Robert Mueller was tapped to lead the politically charged investigation.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a written statement.

Rosenstein said he had not determined that there was any wrongdoing, but wanted [More]

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