National Newswatch

Kushner offered advice to Saudi crown prince after journalist’s death

Dec 9 2018 — — The President’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, continued to have private conversations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to The New York Times. Kushner offered the de facto Saudi ruler advice “about how to weather the storm” following the death of Khashoggi, the Times reported […]

Prosecutors want ‘substantial term of imprisonment’ for Michael Cohen

Dec 7 2018 — — Federal prosecutors Friday requested that Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen receive “a substantial term of imprisonment” for various finance-related crimes. In separate filings, prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and the Southern District of New York outlined their cases for Cohen’s future.

Trump picks former Fox host to be UN ambassador

Dec 7 2018 — — President Donald Trump announced on Friday that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is his choice to succeed Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert, a former Fox News host who arrived at the State Department in 2017, would be a relatively inexperienced newcomer in one of the most high-profile positions in US […]

Trump nominates William Barr to be his next attorney general

Dec 7 2018 — — President Donald Trump has decided to nominate former attorney general William Barr to be the next permanent head of the Justice Department, the President told reporters Friday. Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has been emerging this week as a consensus candidate to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two sources […]

White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon

Dec 7 2018 — — John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN. Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party. […]

Saudi crown prince ‘ordered, monitored’ killing of Khashoggi, Corker says

Dec 4 2018 — — Republican senators reacted with outrage Tuesday after leaving a classified briefing about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, promising swift action to confront both Saudi Arabia and the White House’s timid response to the killing. GOP Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are leading the charge to offer […]

Joe Biden believes he is the ‘most qualified person in the country to be president’

Dec 4 2018 — — During a stop for his book tour in Missoula, Montana, Monday night, former Vice President Joe Biden discussed his 2020 prospects, saying he believes that he is the “most qualified person” to be president, noting a decision is coming in the next two months, and acknowledging he’s a “gaffe machine.” “I’ll be as straight with […]

Mueller may be poised to lift the lid of his investigation

Dec 4 2018 — — America may get its most intimate look yet inside Robert Mueller’s secretive Russia investigation in the next four days, with a series of disclosures that have the potential to be greatly damaging for President Donald Trump.

Qatar is pulling out of OPEC to focus on gas

Dec 3 2018 — — OPEC is losing one of its oldest members. The small, gas-rich state of Qatar said Monday that it will leave the oil cartel on January 1 after nearly 60 years. The country’s state oil company, Qatar Petroleum, made the announcement in a series of tweets. “The withdrawal decision reflects Qatar’s desire to focus its efforts […]

The astounding Putin-MBS high five

Nov 30 2018 — — A video is worth a thousand words: At the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman can be seen flashing big smiles, laughing and giving each other a robust high five before sitting down for their meeting.

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to misleading Congress about Russia investigation

Nov 29 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to making false statements to Congress about the Russia investigation. Cohen waived his right to an indictment when he appeared in a New York federal court. According to the information read out in court, Cohen made a false statement regarding a proposed Trump Tower deal in […]

Manafort lied after pleading guilty, Mueller’s team says

Nov 26 2018 — — Paul Manafort has “breached” his plea agreement with the Justice Department by lying to the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller’s office two months after he started to cooperate in the Russia probe, prosecutors alleged Monday.