National Newswatch

The IRS turned over Nixon’s tax returns the same day a congressional panel asked for them

Jul 26 2019 — — The Internal Revenue Service turned President Richard Nixon’s tax returns over to a congressional committee the same day in 1973 that the panel requested them for a review, according to letters released by House Democrats on Thursday. The newly released documents appear to contradict the Trump administration’s claims that House Democrats’ demands for the president’s […]

Canadian senator’s NATO report accidentally reveals location of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe

Jul 17 2019 — — A recently released – and subsequently deleted – document published by a NATO-affiliated body has sparked headlines in Europe with an apparent confirmation of a long-held open secret: U.S. nuclear weapons are being stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. A version of the document, titled “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, […]

Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege

May 21 2019 — — A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post. The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing […]

Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow instructed him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016

May 20 2019 — — Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former longtime personal attorney, told a House panel during closed-door hearings earlier this year that he had been instructed by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow to falsely claim in a 2017 statement to Congress that negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, according to people familiar with […]

Trump orders staff to prepare arms-control push with Russia and China

Apr 26 2019 — — President Trump has ordered his administration to prepare a push for new arms-control agreements with Russia and China after bristling at the cost of a 21st-century nuclear arms race, according to administration officials. The aim of the nascent effort, a senior administration official said, is to bring Russian nuclear weapons unregulated by treaties under new […]

Justin Trudeau says he’s learned from scandal, but does not apologize

Mar 7 2019 — — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday addressed the political scandal rocking Ottawa, saying he’s learned “lessons” but stopping short of an actual apology. The comments, made at a news conference in Ottawa, seem unlikely to stop the swirl of questions about a controversy that has already cost Trudeau two female cabinet ministers and a […]

Justin Trudeau’s rise to power seemed charmed. Now he faces a fight for his political life.

Mar 5 2019 — — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rose to power as a press-whispering, selfie-snapping, progressive icon who promised transparency and went viral for promoting women. But after four years in the spotlight, Trudeau’s government faces accusations of shady brokering and backroom bullying, of sexism and hypocrisy. Though Trudeau has tried to defend his government’s actions, he seems, […]

Michael Cohen’s explosive opening statement about Trump, annotated

Feb 27 2019 — — Michael Cohen is set to deliver a stemwinder of an opening statement Wednesday morning to the House Oversight Committee in his debut public testimony. Cohen will say his former boss President Trump is “racist” and a “conman.” He will say that Trump personally signed a check to cover the costs of the Stormy Daniels hush-money […]

President Trump’s imaginary numbers on military aid to South Korea

Feb 25 2019 — — “South Korea — we defend them and lose a tremendous amount of money. Billions of dollars a year defending them. And working with Secretary Pompeo and John Bolton, they agreed to pay, yesterday, $500 million more toward their defense. Five hundred million, with a couple of phone calls. I said, ‘Why didn’t you do this […]

Trump two years in: The dealmaker who can’t seem to make a deal

Jan 21 2019 — — Donald Trump was elected president partly by assuring the American people that “I alone can fix it.” But precisely two years into his presidency, the government is not simply broken — it is in crisis, and Trump is grappling with the reality that he cannot fix it alone. Trump’s management of the partial government shutdown […]

Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

Jan 13 2019 — — President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said. Trump did […]

Trump slams Fed chair, questions climate change and threatens to cancel Putin meeting in wide-ranging interview with The Post

Nov 27 2018 — — President Trump placed responsibility for recent stock market declines and this week’s General Motors plant closures and layoffs on the Federal Reserve during an interview Tuesday, shirking any personal blame for cracks in the economy and declaring that he is “not even a little bit happy” with his hand-selected central bank chairman. In a wide-ranging […]