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Republican senator says he’ll vote against Trump’s national emergency

Feb 26 2019 — — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis will vote in favor of a resolution against President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, the North Carolinian wrote Monday in a Washington Post op-ed. Tillis wrote that, while he favors border security, he is concerned the President has overreached with the national emergency declaration. “As a […]

Democrats blast absent Trump with oversight offensive

Feb 26 2019 — — The reckoning that has been due for the Trump administration ever since Democrats won the midterm elections is about to hit with full force, with a multi-front oversight offensive targeting the President and his senior officials. The effort is intensifying after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unleashed a Washington firestorm Monday by warning of the […]

R. Kelly heads back to court after he can’t post $100,000 bail

Feb 25 2019 — — After spending the weekend in jail, R. Kelly is going back to court Monday for the second time in two days. Kelly, one of the most successful R&B acts of all time, was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims, prosecutors said. Three of the accusers would have been underage at […]

Patriots owner Robert Kraft could be charged as early as Monday in sex solicitation case

Feb 25 2019 — — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft could be charged as early as Monday with soliciting prostitution, according to the State Attorney’s Office in Palm Beach County, Florida. The 77-year-old billionaire is among more than 100 people linked to several central Florida day spas and massage parlors suspected of being used for prostitution and targeted by […]

Prosecutors say Manafort’s ‘criminal actions were bold’ in redacted sentencing memo

Feb 23 2019 — — Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office wrote in a sentencing memo filed Friday for Paul Manafort that the former Trump campaign chairman’s years of criminality were “bold” and continued even when and after he served as Donald Trump’s campaign chair in the 2016 election. The memo was made public Saturday with some redactions, and […]

Mueller could tell all in last major court filing in Paul Manafort’s case

Feb 22 2019 — — Friday may be the day that special counsel Robert Mueller tells all in the long-running court saga of Paul Manafort’s prosecution. Mueller’s sentencing memorandum is due to a federal judge in DC District Court before midnight Friday. It is the last major requisite court filing in Mueller’s longest running case, a sprawling prosecution of the […]

Historic Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse begins

Feb 21 2019 — — Pope Francis began an unprecedented summit in Rome to confront the Catholic Church’s clergy abuse scandal by saying that Catholics are not looking for simple condemnation, but concrete actions. “In the face of this scourge of sexual abuse perpetrated by men of the church to the detriment of minors, I thought I would summon you,” […]

Senate investigators pursue Moscow-based former Trump associate

Feb 21 2019 — — Senate investigators want to question a Moscow-based American businessman with longstanding ties to President Donald Trump after witnesses told them he could shed light on the President’s commercial and personal activities in Russia dating back to the 1990s, multiple sources have told CNN. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing allegations of Russian interference in […]

Facing an aggressive Beijing, Taiwan’s president issues a warning to the world

Feb 20 2019 — — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has sent out a warning to Asia in the face of mounting aggression from Beijing. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Tsai said the military threat posed by China was growing “every day” in line with a more assertive foreign policy under its President Xi Jinping. “If it’s Taiwan today, people […]

NYT: Trump asked Whitaker if he could put prosecutor in charge of Cohen probe

Feb 19 2019 — — President Donald Trump asked then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if a US attorney he appointed could oversee an investigation tied to himself after the US attorney in question had already recused himself from the probe, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times report cited several US officials with direct knowledge of the call that […]

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 […]