Tag: Legislature

FBI Director Reportedly Asked DOJ To Refute Trump Wiretapping Claim

After President Trump used Twitter over the weekend to accuse former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject his claims, senior U.S. officials told The New York Times on Sunday. Comey made the request on Saturday, saying the allegation is baseless and must be…

Former DNI James Clapper Denies Trump Tower Wiretap [VIDEO]

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper denied President Trump’s allegation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election. “If something like that happened, would this be something you would be aware of?” asked NBC News host Chuck Todd. “I would certainly hope so,” Clapper replied. “I can’t say —…

Sessions Used Campaign Funds For Trip To Meet With Russian Envoy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he was acting in his capacity as a U.S. senator when he met with the Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention, but The Wall Street Journal reports that he paid for related expenses with his political funds and that he spoke about President Trump’s campaign at the event.…

Kushner And Flynn Met With Russian Envoy In December

Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said on Thursday. Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in…

Trump: Sessions Is Victim Of ‘A Total Witch Hunt’

President Trump admitted in a statement Thursday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could have responded to a question posed during his confirmation hearing “more accurately,” but blamed Democrats for bringing attention to the fact that Sessions said he never interacted with Russian officials during the campaign when he actually met the Russian ambassador to…

Ben Carson Wins Confirmation As Housing Secretary

The Senate has confirmed retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson as housing secretary. The vote was 58-41. Carson will lead an agency of some 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion. Carson has no government or housing policy experience. Despite that, his nomination cleared a Senate committee in January on…

Pelosi: AG Sessions Should Resign After Lying Under Oath

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday evening that he spoke with the Russian ambassador during Donald Trump’s campaign. In a statement released late Wednesday, Pelosi said Sessions is “not fit to serve as the top law-enforcement officer…

DHS Has Just $20 Million For Trump’s Border Wall

The White House has said construction could begin quickly on President Trump’s border wall using “existing funds and resources” from the Department of Homeland Security, but a DHS document says the agency so far has identified just $20 million that could be redirected to the project, Reuters reported Wednesday. The document, which was given to…

229 Republicans Vote to Hide Trump’s Tax Returns [VIDEO]

House Republicans voted en masse to block a resolution that would have forced Trump to turn his tax returns over to Congress on Monday night. The measure was introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Under a 1924 law, the Ways and Means Committee is empowered to…

Top GOPers Urge Sessions To Recuse Himself After Russia Revelations

In a tweet Thursday morning, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “recuse himself” from investigations of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Chaffetz also urged Sessions to “clarify his testimony” in light of recent reports that Sessions twice spoke to Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the United…

Read the Entire Text of President Donald Trump’s Speech to Congress

President Donald Trump addressed both houses of Congress Tuesday night. You can read his speech as provided by the White House below: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we…

Billionaire Wilbur Ross Wins Senate Confirmation

President Trump’s nominee for U.S. commerce secretary won Senate confirmation on Monday, paving the way for work to begin on renegotiating trade deals with China and Mexico. Billionaire Wilbur Ross was confirmed with a Senate vote of 72-27, with support from 19 Democrats. Ross will now be at the helm of an agency with over…

Trump Accuses Obama: He’s ‘Behind’ Leaks, Protests [VIDEO]

President Trump on Tuesday morning blamed former President Obama for leaks of classified information from the White House and for protests in the wake of a controversial executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox and Friends, during which he gave no evidence…

Trump To Deliver First Presidential Address To Congress – WATCH LIVE

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, looking to refocus his presidency and rally support for his policies from Republicans in Congress and the public at large, amid historically low approval ratings. Trump advisers say the president will tout what he has described as early…

Tom Perez Chosen As New DNC Chair

The Democratic National Committee met in Atlanta on Saturday and chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the new DNC chair, an important step of self-definition for a party seeking new direction after its unexpected loss of the White House in November. Seven candidates were in contention for the position, but Perez, the preferred candidate…

Judge Orders Trump’s EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt To Release 3,000 Emails

A judged ordered Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency pick to release thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies. Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons from Oklahoma County District said to Pruitt’s office that it would have to hand over the emails to the Center for Media and Democracy, or CMD,…

Trump Picks Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced attorney Alexander Acosta as his next labor secretary pick, just one day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his bid over controversies seen as likely to upend his confirmation. Acosta, who is Latino, is an attorney who has served in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, and is the…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with…

Senate Expected To Confirm Steven Mnuchin As Treasury Secretary

On Monday, the Senate is expected to confirm two of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and David Shulkin to head the Department of Veteran Affairs. The vote on Mnuchin, a former top Goldman Sachs executive and Hollywood financier, will be much closer than Shulkin’s confirmation. Republicans argue that Mnuchin is well-qualified…

Hundreds Arrested In Surge Of Immigration Raids In At Least 6 States

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least six states this week in a surge of what federal officials labeled “routine enforcement actions.” The raids targeted illegal immigrants known to have criminal records beyond their immigration status, though some immigrants without a history of crime were arrested as…

Senate Confirms Tom Price As HHS Secretary

On Monday the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The party-line vote was the fourth contested Cabinet vote in a row. Democrats argued before the vote that Price, a seven-term congressman and former orthopedic surgeon, had failed to come clean about some…

Senate Votes To Confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions As U.S. Attorney General

Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the next attorney general in President Trump’s administration on Wednesday night, earning a simply majority by around 7:20 p.m. with the vote total at 52 yes to 47 no. The night before Senator Elizabeth Warren made headlines for attempting to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King criticizing…

#ShePersisted Goes Viral After Senate Votes To Silence Warren

GOP Turtle-Man Mitch McConnell inadvertently created a rallying cry for supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren when he rebuked her after the Senate voted to prevent her from speaking. As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight to protest Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) nomination for attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that the late Coretta Scott…

Pence Casts Vote To Confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

Regardless the attemps by Democrats in the final hours, the U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education. DeVos’ nomination faced fierce opposition from Democrats, and two Republican senators—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—had previously said they would vote against DeVos. After those GOP defections,…

US Senate To Vote On DeVos Nomination

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on President Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. Democrats made a last-ditch effort to hold the floor for 24 hours as they tried to persuade a third Republican to join them in opposition to DeVos to break what appeared to be a 50-50 tie. Barring another defection, Vice…

Trump Administration Imposes New Iran Sanctions [VIDEO]

President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran on Friday morning, days after White House officials warned Tehran of being put “on notice” for its ballistic-missile test firings last weekend. The executive order targeted individuals and companies, and resemble the moves made by the Obama administration after previous tests. The White House has not accused…

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Founder Of Club ‘Fascism Forever’

Gorsuch founded the Fascism Forever Club during his freshman year at Georgetown Preparatory, a now-$30,000-a-year private Jesuit school that is one of the most selective in the United States. He served as president until he graduated in 1985, according to his senior yearbook. The club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of…

Trump to Senate GOP: Go Nuclear on SCOTUS Vote

On Wednesday President Trump said that he would be fine with the Senate changing rules to pass his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, with just 50 votes as opposed to the necessary 60 required now. “Yes, if we end up with the same gridlock we’ve had in Washington for longer than eight years, in all…

Trump Selects Judge Neil Gorsuch For SCOTUS

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night, saying in a speech at the White House: “This may be the most transparent judicial process in history.” Gorsuch, 49, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in 25…

Senate Dems Will Filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Senate Democrats are going to try to bring down President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick no matter who the president chooses to the fill the current vacancy. With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that…