National Newswatch

Giuliani joining Trump’s personal legal team

Apr 19 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow announced Thursday that Rudy Giuliani is joining the President’s personal legal team. “I am announcing today that former New York City Mayor and United States attorney for the Southern District of New York Rudy Giuliani is joining the President’s personal legal team,” Sekulow said in a statement, adding […]

No criminal charges in Prince’s death, attorney says

Apr 19 2018 — — Carver County attorney Mark Metz said the recording artist Prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose after he took counterfeit pills containing the powerful painkiller. “Prince had no idea he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him,” Metz said. There is no evidence showing how he obtained that counterfeit pill, he said. Because […]

Trump decided to abandon plans for more Russia sanctions

Apr 19 2018 — — President Donald Trump personally made the decision to abandon plans to impose more sanctions on Russia for supporting Syria’s chemical weapons attack on civilians, according to three senior administration officials and a source familiar with the discussions. The first senior administration source said the Trump administration informed the Russian government there won’t be an additional […]

Trump declared he’s running again. Many Republicans aren’t ready to back him.

Apr 19 2018 — — A wide array of House and Senate Republicans are not yet ready to endorse President Donald Trump’s bid for a second term, a reflection of the deep uncertainty on Capitol Hill over his political standing amid growing problems at home and abroad. In interviews with a cross-section of more than two dozen GOP lawmakers, ranging […]

Senators leave classified briefing on Trump’s Syria policy ‘very unnerved’

Apr 18 2018 — — Lawmakers emerged from a classified administration briefing expressing concern about administration policy on Syria and the legal justification for last week’s military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. “I am very unnerved by what I’m hearing and seeing,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, who said the briefing on the strikes made […]

CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Apr 18 2018 — — CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited North Korea more than two weeks ago for a secret meeting with leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, sources confirmed to CNN. Pompeo, who is US President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, didn’t take any officials from the White House or State Department with him on the trip, […]

Nikki Haley strikes back at White House: ‘With all due respect, I don’t get confused’

Apr 17 2018 — — A consensus emerged Tuesday at the White House and Mar-a-Lago about how to clean up the administration’s suddenly muddled plans to crack down on Russia: Blame Nikki Haley. Several administration officials said the US ambassador to the United Nations got ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision-making when she hit the Sunday talk show circuit and […]

Pence’s pick for national security adviser withdraws

Apr 16 2018 — — Vice President Mike Pence’s pick for his national security adviser, Jon Lerner, has withdrawn after his hiring created tensions in the administration. “Tonight Jon informed the vice president that he was withdrawing from coming on board as national security adviser and the vice president accepted his decision,” Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary, said in a […]

WSJ: Michael Cohen used same company for payment deals for two women

Apr 16 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen used the same Delaware limited liability company to facilitate payments to two women, according to a report Sunday in The Wall Street Journal. Essential Consultants LLC was used for the partial payment of a $250,000 fee paid to Cohen for negotiating a non-disclosure agreement with a former Playboy […]

R. Lee Ermey, actor in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ dies at 74

Apr 16 2018 — — R. Lee Ermey, the actor known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as an intimidating drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday at the age of 74, according to a statement from his manager. Ermey died from complications of pneumonia, according to Bill Rogin, his manager, in a post on Twitter. CNN’s calls and emails […]

Trump declares ‘mission accomplished’ in Syria strike

Apr 14 2018 — — President Donald Trump declared “mission accomplished” in Friday night’s strike on three Syria targets and argued that it “could not have had a better result.” “A perfectly executed strike last night,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have […]

US, UK and France launch Syria strikes targeting Assad’s chemical weapons

Apr 13 2018 — — The US, UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma. “I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets […]

DOJ: Michael Cohen ‘under criminal investigation’

Apr 13 2018 — — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is “under criminal investigation,” the Justice Department said Friday. In response to Cohen’s motion to restrain the evidence collected in Monday’s raids of his home and office, the US attorney in New York asserted the raids were authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct “for […]

Inside the GOP plan to discredit Comey

Apr 12 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s allies are preparing an extensive campaign to fight back against James Comey’s publicity tour, trying to undermine the credibility of the former FBI director by reviving the blistering Democratic criticism of him before he was fired nearly a year ago. The battle plan against Comey, obtained by CNN, calls for branding the […]