Tag: United States Senate

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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 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…

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 Blames Airport Chaos on Delta

Airports all over the United States spun into crisis over the weekend after President Trump signed an order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers and protesters rushed to the aid of American residents who were barred from reentry, and legal battles began all over the country. Despite…

Trump Approves Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump on Tuesday set in motion the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. The directives were given through an executive order. The Obama administration killed the Keystone project in 2015, citing environmental concerns, while it also commissioned a report on the environmental impacts of the Dakota Access pipeline as fears grew…

James Mattis, Ben Carson, Mike Pompeo Senate Hearings – WATCH LIVE

President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet hearings continue Thursday with secretary of defense nominee James Mattis, secretary of housing and urban development nominee Ben Carson, and CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo. WATCH LIVE SENATE QUESTIONS TRUMP’S PICKS CIA CHIEF, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE & SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT < ----- While Rep. Pompeo (R-Kan.), a member…

Senate Begins Formally Repealing ObamaCare

Early Thursday, after voting down dozens of amendments proposed by Democrats over seven hours, Senate Republicans approved a budget resolution measure officially beginning the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with no replacement yet proposed. The resolution, which passed on a partisan 51-48 vote — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined all Democrats present in…

Protesters At Sessions Hearing: No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA

Before the confirmation hearing for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, protesters shouted and interrupted the proceedings. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” many demonstrators in the room yelled Tuesday morning before they were escorted out. Others held signs that said “End Racism—Stop Sessions.” The proceedings continued despite…

Senate Opens Confirmation Hearings Of Trump Nominee Sessions

The Senate is scheduled to launch three days of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks on Tuesday. First up in the morning is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s nominee for attorney general. WATCH LIVE CONFIRMATION HEARING OF TRUMP NOMINEE SESSIONS Sessions is expected to tout his conservative legal credentials; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)…

Trump To Be Briefed On Russian Hacking Report Friday [VIDEO]

On Friday, the heads of the CIA and FBI, plus Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, are scheduled to brief President-elect Donald Trump on a 50-page classified report on Russian hacking, a day after President Obama was presented with the same findings from the U.S. intelligence community. Trump has publicly questioned the intelligence community’s findings…

NAACP President Arrested After Sit-In To Protest Trump

Several protesters, including NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, were arrested Tuesday after an hours-long sit-in by about two dozen civil rights activists at the Mobile, Alabama, office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for attorney general. The protesters criticized Sessions’ record on voting rights and race relations, and Brooks said he was…

Obama, Pence Visit Capitol Hill For Obamacare Fight

President Barack Obama arrived to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss the best way to send Obama’s cherished law to its graveyard and replace it with — well, something. The…

GOP Plans To Tear Down Obama’s Legacy As New 115th Congress Sworn In Today

The 115th Congress begins Tuesday with Republicans, set to control the House, Senate, and presidency for the first time since 2006, planning to start dismantling many Obama-era financial and environmental regulations, and undo parts of Obama’s signature healthcare reform law. President Obama is meeting with fellow Democrats on Wednesday to discuss how to prevent ObamaCare…

Obama Creates Two New National Monuments In Utah And Nevada

President Obama on Wednesday designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, protecting 1.65 million acres of federal land. Most of it, 1.35 million acres, surrounds the Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah. The rest is northeast of Las Vegas around Nevada’s Gold Butte. The moves were the latest in a series of actions…

Marco Rubio Running For Senate Re-Election [VIDEO]

Multiple sources report Sen. Marco Rubio will announce his re-election bid Wednesday. The move would be a reversal of a pledge he made a year ago, when he decided to run for president or return to his once-private life. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks of his plans to re-enter the Senate race. A source…

Congress to Act on Debt Limit By Nov. 5

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned lawmakers in a letter on Thursday that the deadline for increasing the government’s borrowing limit has moved up to about Nov. 5, or a month earlier than expected. The altered deadline was due to tax receipts coming in below estimates and military retirement trust funds costing more than expected, according…

Obama Announces US Cuba Opening Of Embassies [VIDEO]

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in…

Senate Confirms Comey As FBI Director

The Senate on Monday confirmed James Comey as the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a 93-1 vote. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., voted “no,” becoming the first senator to vote against an FBI director since the death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972. Two senators — Oregon Democrats Jeff Merkley and Ron…

Former IRS Commissioner To Testify On Capitol Hill

The Senate Finance Committee has launched an investigation into the improper targeting of Tea Party groups Lawmakers are getting their first chance to question the former head of the Internal Revenue Service, the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting tea party groups. Some of the questions on Tuesday will be direct:…