- 2:55 pm Friday, March 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Declaring again that no evidence exists of any links between Russian actions in the 2016 elections and the campaign for President by Donald Trump, the White House on Friday forcefully argued that the real issue that deserves investigation by Congress is whether Obama Administration officials actively spread surveillance regarding the Trump campaign, both before the election and afterwards during the Trump Transition.
“People misused, mishandled, misdirected classified information, leaked it out, spread it out, violated civil liberties,” charged White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who argued it should concern “every single American.”
“Day by day, more and more we are seeing the [More]
- 10:25 pm Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The growing controversy over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections continued to envelop the Trump Administration on Friday, as the White House refused to say if it tried to secretly give intelligence reports to the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, while a Senate panel delved into the Russian campaign of fake news and disinformation that officials say is now aimed squarely at American allies in Europe as well.
Here some snapshots of where things stand:
1. Lawyer for Michael Flynn says his client wants to talk. It wasn’t a direct request for immunity, but it sure read like one, [More]
- 4:39 pm Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As the Senate Intelligence Committee began a new round of hearings Thursday on meddling by Russia in the 2016 campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) revealed that his top campaign staffers had come under hacking attacks – as recently as yesterday – from internet addresses that led back to Russia.
“Former members of my Presidential campaign team, who had access to the internal information of my campaign were targeted,” Rubio said, saying the first attack occurred in July of 2016, just after he had announced he would run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
“10:45 am yesterday, a second attempt was made – [More]
- 9:33 am Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
For the fourth time in the past six days, President Donald Trump has used his platform on Twitter to take a swing at a group of more conservative Republicans in the House, this time raising the specter of using the bully pulpit against them in the 2018 elections, if they don’t get on board with his legislative agenda.
“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast,” Trump said on Twitter.
“We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” he added.
That quickly drew the notice of conservative groups here in Washington, like Club [More]
- 3:20 pm Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections vowed at a joint news conference on Wednesday to conduct a thorough and bipartisan probe, clearly setting themselves apart from their House counterparts, who are locked in a bitter, partisan struggle over the course of their review.
“The committee will go wherever the intelligence leads us,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“We’re here to assure you – and more importantly the American people who are watching and listening – that we will get to the bottom of this,” said Sen. [More]
- 4:27 pm Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
At the request of four Democrats in the Congress, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to formally review how much money the feds spend, and what security precautions are taken, when President Donald Trump takes a weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida.
The request for a GAO review came from three Democratic Senators and one House member – the GAO says it will “review security and site-related travel expenses related to the President’s stays outside the White House at Mar-a-Lago.
- 10:56 am Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Still smarting from last week’s meltdown on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, House Republicans used a closed door “family meeting” in the U.S. Capitol to both clear the air, and see if there was a way to push forward again on a plan to make major changes to Obamacare.
“We had a very constructive meeting with our members,” said Speaker Paul Ryan about the focus on a GOP measure on health care reform. “I’m not going to put a timeline on it.”
“I think there’s a good healthy discussion going on in there,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), [More]
- 2:56 pm Monday, March 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Three days after a GOP health care bill melted down in the U.S. House before a vote, the White House said President Trump is not giving up on his desire to overhaul the Obama health law, as Republicans in the Congress also urged the President to keep pushing ahead on major health insurance changes.
“I don’t think it’s dead,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the failed GOP health bill, which foundered even after repeated efforts by the President to twist the arms of reluctant Republican lawmakers.
“We’re at the beginning of a process. I don’t think [More]
- 12:12 pm Monday, March 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Democrats used rules in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to force a one week delay in a vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Democratic opponents sent mixed signals on whether or not they would lead an all-out filibuster against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
The delay by Democrats – which they can do only once before the Judiciary Committee – also included two other top nominations by President Trump to the Justice Department.
All three of those nominees are expected to gain committee approval next week – from there, it is on to [More]
- 8:11 pm Sunday, March 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After a Republican push in Congress on a GOP health care overhaul bill melted down last Friday, there are not many opportunities for President Donald Trump to turn things around on Capitol Hill right now, as with little of his agenda in the pipeline, it is possible that the President may have to waits months for a significant legislative achievement to make it through the Congress.
Here is where things stand on Capitol Hill for the Trump Administration.
1. Lots of campaign promises, but little ready for action. With the GOP health care bill seemingly now off the agenda in the Congress, [More]