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In familiar call, Trump presses Congress on immigration, but sees no action

  • 10:24 pm Monday, April 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Monday denounced U.S. laws dealing with immigration as “weak” and “pathetic,” once more calling on the Congress to make it easier to swiftly deport people who enter the country illegally, though his calls for lawmakers to act on changes have made no headway in the House and Senate in recent months.

“They are obsolete, and they are weak – and they are pathetic,” the President said of current U.S. immigration laws.

During a Rose Garden news conference with the President of Nigeria, Mr. Trump made no apologies for his tough stance on immigration.

“There’s no country in the world [More]

Stormy Daniels sues President Trump for defamation – over a tweet

  • 2:55 pm Monday, April 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Escalating the legal battles for President Donald Trump, adult film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Mr. Trump, filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against the President, charging that a Presidential tweet had led to “death threats and other threats of physical violence.”

Already embroiled in a lawsuit involving the President’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, over a $130,000 payment made just before the 2016 election – which Daniels says was meant to keep her quiet – this suit focuses on what she claims was a 2011 incident where she was threatened by a man, and told to stay [More]

Sensing opportunity, Trump presses for action on North Korea

  • 11:40 pm Sunday, April 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the date of a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un still to be determined, President Donald Trump continued this weekend to press the case that major changes are on the horizon on the Korean Peninsula, as Mr. Trump spoke with both the South Korean and Japanese leaders about progress on a deal with the Pyongyang regime to rein in its nuclear weapons program.

“Things are going very well, time and location of meeting with North Korea is being set,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

On Monday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted that a meeting with Kim Jong Un could take place [More]

Six items of interest from the House GOP report on Russia

  • 10:50 am Saturday, April 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump celebrated the release of a new report by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which declared there was no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign, the GOP document did contain a few new clues on where the House GOP probe looked – and where Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be checking as well.

“No evidence’ that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia,” the President tweeted, as he again denounced the Russia probe as a witch hunt.

But while the House GOP report [More]

Harassment allegations force out yet another lawmaker in Congress

  • 7:32 pm Friday, April 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

For the second time in three weeks, a Republican member of the U.S. House resigned while under an ethics investigation over charges of sexual harassment, as Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on Friday pledged to repay taxpayers within 30 days for the money that was used to fund a legal settlement with a former employee.

“I will pay $39,000 to the U.S. Treasury to reimburse for the severance payments that was made from my office account,” Meehan said in a statement.

Like ex-Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who resigned earlier this month, Meehan had already announced he would not run for re-election, after allegations [More]

House GOP finds no collusion, but criticizes Trump Campaign over Russia, Wikileaks contacts

  • 10:00 am Friday, April 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a 253 page report into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, as the GOP said the evidence clearly showed Russian cyberattacks and disinformation efforts, but no collusion between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Moscow.

The GOP panel though specifically faulted certain actions by the Trump Campaign, which raised questions about possible ties with Russia, singling out a meeting that involved Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, campaign manager Paul Manafort, and others.

“For example, the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and a [More]

Roller coaster Thursday for President Trump on Russia, Cohen, Cabinet

  • 4:47 pm Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a turbulent Thursday, President Donald Trump raised new questions about how he might deal with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, admitted that Michael Cohen was his lawyer in legal dealings with porn star Stormy Daniels, watched as his Cabinet saw a day of success, verbal scrapes, and setbacks, and then saw a Senate panel approve a bill designed to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

A day after his personal lawyer notified a federal court that he would exercise his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in a lawsuit brought by Daniels, the President did an interview by [More]

President Trump’s choice for VA Secretary withdraws his nomination

  • 8:27 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Facing numerous questions about his past work record, White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration for VA Secretary on Thursday morning, calling a variety of claims about him, ‘false and fabricated.’

“If they had any merit, I would not have been selected,” Jackson said in a written statement. “I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination,” Jackson said in a written statement.

“Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this President and the important issue we must be addressing – how we give the best care to our nation’s heroes,” Jackson added.

Jackson’s nomination [More]

Trump’s personal lawyer to take the Fifth in Stormy Daniels case

  • 7:31 pm Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Over two weeks after being the subject of an FBI raid, President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer filed notice in a California federal court on Wednesday that he would exercise his right against self-incrimination, and refuse to answer questions about a lawsuit linked to a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had a past affair with Mr. Trump.

“Based upon the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of [More]

Without mentioning Awan, House panel takes first steps to respond to IT case

  • 1:01 pm Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With few answers yet as to why a group of IT aides were fired by House Democratic lawmakers in 2017, a U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a series of plans designed to tighten internal procedures for internet technology workers who have ‘privileged access’ to the House computer network, focusing on those who work for multiple members of Congress.

“It’s important that we actually get this right,” said Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), who led a task force that looked at how to more closely monitor part-time workers known on Capitol Hill “shared employees.”

Under the plan, House officials would get 30 days [More]