National Newswatch

Alec Baldwin suggests Trump’s latest attack on ‘SNL’ could be ‘a threat to my safety’

Feb 18 2019 — — Alec Baldwin, the actor who plays President Trump on “SNL,” is responding to the president’s latest shot at the show. Baldwin is asking if Trump’s tweet “constitutes a threat” to his family’s safety. On Saturday night Baldwin reprised his Trump impersonation for an “SNL” skit that recreated the president’s Friday morning speech about the border, […]

Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks

Feb 15 2019 — — Prosecutors said for the first time that they have evidence of Roger Stone communicating with WikiLeaks, according to a new court filing from special counsel prosecutors. During its investigation of the Russian hack of the Democrats, “the government obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen […]

William Barr confirmed as next U.S. attorney general

Feb 14 2019 — — The U.S. Senate has confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Republican-led Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Barr. The vote fell mostly along party lines with the exception of Republican Rand Paul […]

Judge voids Paul Manafort plea deal, says he ‘intentionally’ lied to the FBI, special counsel and grand jury

Feb 13 2019 — — Paul Manafort “intentionally” lied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, breaking the plea agreement that made him the star cooperator in the Russia probe, a federal judge found on Wednesday. Manafort “made multiple false statements to the FBI, the OSC and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation,” including his contacts […]

How Team Trump keeps changing its story in the Russia investigation

Feb 13 2019 — — Over the past two years, President Donald Trump and his team have offered changing accounts regarding key matters in the Russia investigation. Their denials have been debunked, Trump has contradicted his senior aides and sometimes his team has completely flipped its position. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election along […]

Key Hill negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert shutdown

Feb 11 2019 — — Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a government shutdown at the end of this week. The four lead bipartisan negotiators, emerging from talks Monday night, declined to get into details on how the agreement was struck, but when asked whether it included barrier funding and a resolution to the […]

Warren: Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ by 2020

Feb 10 2019 — — President Donald Trump might be in jail by the time Election Day comes around, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on her first full day of campaigning as a declared presidential candidate. “By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President,” Warren said to voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gathered […]

White House refuses to meet Congress’ deadline on Khashoggi killing

Feb 8 2019 — — President Donald Trump refused to meet a legal mandate Friday to tell Congress whether the White House thinks Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is personally responsible for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “The President maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate,” a senior administration official told CNN. […]

Trump furious after Schiff hires former NSC aides to help oversee his administration

Feb 7 2019 — — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has hired officials with experience at the National Security Council to help with his panel’s oversight of President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a committee aide. The aide declined to say how recently the newly hired officials worked at the council, whether they served under Trump or to identify […]

A big Democratic donor turned his money to Trump. Now investigators turn to him.

Feb 7 2019 — — One week after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Imaad Zuberi, an American venture capitalist and longtime Democratic donor, began piling tens of thousands of dollars into Republican coffers. It was a dramatic shift for Zuberi, who embraced Democrats as his entrĂ©e into Washington, serving as a major donor on fundraising committees for Democrats […]

Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope’s comments on ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

Feb 6 2019 — — A day after Pope Francis created an international uproar by saying Catholics nuns had been subjected to “sexual slavery” by the founder of a French order, the Vatican sought to clarify his remarks. “When the Holy Father, referring to the dissolution of a Congregation, spoke of ‘sexual slavery,’ he meant ‘manipulation,’ a form of abuse […]

House intelligence chair announces sweeping investigation into Trump’s finances and Russia

Feb 6 2019 — — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday a broad investigation his committee would undertake “beyond Russia” into whether President Donald Trump’s financial interests are driving his actions. Schiff said the investigation would “allow us to investigate any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the President or anyone in […]

Washington Post: Trump Organization fires at least 18 undocumented workers from golf courses

Feb 5 2019 — — The Trump Organization has fired at least 18 undocumented workers over the past two months, The Washington Post reported Monday. The purge of workers reported by the Post followed repeated reports about President Donald Trump’s company employing undocumented immigrants despite the President’s near-constant focus on the issue of immigration. Trump’s son Eric confirmed to the […]