National Newswatch

Interpreter from Trump-Putin summit may be forced into congressional spotlight

Jan 14 2019 — — Only one American was a firsthand witness to President Donald Trump’s summit last summer with Russian President Vladimir Putin: veteran State Department translator Marina Gross. Gross’ job is to blend into the background and seamlessly help two leaders communicate. But now there is mounting interest in seeing Gross step into the spotlight, as Democrats on […]

Fact Check: Trump’s prime-time speech on the government shutdown

Jan 8 2019 — — President Donald Trump is holding court front and center tonight to deliver remarks from the Oval Office in the hopes of convincing the American public and skeptical lawmakers that there is a crisis at the southern border. His goal: to secure billions of dollars in funds to build his promised “big, beautiful” wall amid a […]

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign

Dec 14 2018 — — Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if their allegations of affairs became public, the president’s former personal attorney said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. Cohen’s comments are his first since being sentenced earlier this […]

Jared Kushner pushed to inflate Saudi arms deal to $110 billion: Sources

Nov 26 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s reluctance to hold Saudi leadership accountable for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi stemmed from a partly aspirational $110 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudia Arabia that was inflated at the direction of Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, according to two U.S. officials and three former White […]

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker made nearly $1M working for controversial group, new records show

Nov 21 2018 — — Last year, before joining the Justice Department and taking a government salary, now-Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker made nearly a million dollars in salary while leading a tax-exempt organization that allegedly advocated right-wing positions. The disclosure comes in financial reports the Justice Department sent to congressional committees late Tuesday afternoon – after DOJ revised the […]