National Newswatch

Kevin McAleenan, Trump’s Homeland Security secretary, resigns

Oct 11 2019 — — Kevin McAleenan on Friday resigned from his post at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security, bringing an end to a six-month tenure in which he struggled to maintain control of a sprawling law enforcement and border security agency that hardliners have tried to use to push President Trump’s stringent immigration agenda. McAleenan went […]

Why Shep Smith finally walked out of Fox News for good

Oct 11 2019 — — Last month Shep Smith decided that he had simply had enough. With President Trump actively distorting the truth and many of his own colleagues helping him do it, the Fox News star prided himself on anchoring a newscast that countered the network’s pro-Trump opinion shows. The way Smith saw it, he was making sure that […]

Shepard Smith steps downs from Fox News Channel

Oct 11 2019 — — Shepard Smith, considered a moderate voice on Fox News Channel, announced Friday that he’s stepped down from the cable news network. Smith said the decision to leave was his own. “Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News. After requesting that I stay, they obliged,” he said on air. “Recently I […]

Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pressured State Department to oust her

Oct 11 2019 — — Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators Friday that President Donald Trump had personally pressured the State Department to remove her, even though a top department official assured her that she had “done nothing wrong.” Yovanovitch said that after she was abruptly recalled from her post in the spring, Deputy […]

5 explosive lines from ex-ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s statement to Congress

Oct 11 2019 — The former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, testified behind closed doors Friday as part of the Democratic-run impeachment inquiry, giving critical information about her time in Ukraine and abrupt removal earlier this year. In a 10-page statement obtained by The New York Times and The Washington Post, Yovanovitch defended her tenure and decried the […]

After uncertainty, Yovanovitch testifies behind closed doors in Trump impeachment inquiry

Oct 11 2019 — Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, arrived on Capitol Hill Friday to testify in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump despite a vow from the White House to block cooperation in the probe. Yovanovitch appeared for her expected closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees as part of […]

Trump loses appeal to stop House subpoena of his tax documents

Oct 11 2019 — — President Donald Trump on Friday lost his appeal to stop a House subpoena of his tax documents from his longtime accountant Mazars USA. In a 2-1 ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court ruling saying the firm must turn over eight years of accounting records. The […]

‘It’s craziness here’: At a camp in northern Syria, Kurdish forces struggle to contain the world’s unwanted ISIS prisoners

Oct 11 2019 — — The unrest began when hardliners at Syria’s biggest camp for female ISIS detainees gathered in a tent, allegedly to whip a woman as punishment for defying their puritanical code. Kurdish soldiers arrested those responsible, but as they led the prisoners away, more black-clad women congregated, chanting “God is great,” index fingers jabbing at the hot […]

Michael McKinley, senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, resigns

Oct 11 2019 — Michael McKinley, a career diplomat and senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has resigned from his position amid rising dissatisfaction and plummeting morale inside the State Department over what is seen as Pompeo’s failure to support personnel ensnared in the Ukraine controversy. A senior officer who has held a range of diplomatic posts, […]

Explosion sets Iran-owned oil tanker on fire near Saudi port city

Oct 11 2019 — — Iran’s national oil company said two explosions hit one of its tankers 60 miles from the Saudi port city of Jiddah on Friday, ratcheting up tension in the volatile region. An explosion set the vessel on fire and caused heavy damage to its tanks, with oil spilling into the Red Sea, according to Iran’s state-run […]

Turkish forces push deeper into northeastern Syria as NATO chief urges restraint

Oct 11 2019 — — Turkish forces pushed deeper into northeastern Syria on Friday, the third day of a cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters that has set off another mass displacement of civilians and met with widespread criticism from the international community. There were casualties on both sides and Turkey reported its first military fatality, saying a soldier was […]

Washington Post: National security officials raised concerns about Trump’s Ukraine approach before July call

Oct 10 2019 — At least four national security officials were so concerned by the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that they shared their discontent with a White House lawyer both before and after President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s President, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing US officials and other people familiar […]

Giuliani’s associates tried to cut business deal in Ukraine boasting of Trump ties

Oct 10 2019 — — When it came to their dealings in Ukraine over the last year, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman wore two hats. The Florida businessmen were helping President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani set up meetings with high level Ukrainian officials, according to documents obtained by the State Department inspector general. Giuliani has acknowledged that he […]