- 2:28 pm Thursday, January 10th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
As President Donald Trump and top Democrats in Congress pointed the finger of blame at each other on the twentieth day of a partial government shutdown, there were no signs on Capitol Hill that GOP lawmakers would abandon the President’s drive for money to build a border wall, though Republican lawmakers publicly expressed concerns about the idea of the President declaring a national emergency, in order to shift money around in the federal budget to build the wall.
“Our side is holding strong,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who along with other conservative Republicans had pressed the President for months to [More]
- 4:00 am Thursday, January 10th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Overshadowed by the bitter political standoff over funding for border security, which has resulted in a partial government shutdown that has stretched for almost three weeks, Democrats in the House are using their new majority status to press ahead on some of their campaign promises, unveiling major legislation in recent days on ethics in government, voting rights, and gun violence, and setting the stage for action on climate change, and a variety of investigations of the Trump Administration.
“We put power back into the hands of the people,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as she helped to introduce the first major [More]
- 4:11 pm Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A day after addressing the nation on the need for more money to deal with border security, President Donald Trump walked out of a meeting at the White House with top Democratic leaders, after they again rejected his call for Congress to approve money to build a wall along the border with Mexico, a plan that President repeatedly promised during the 2016 campaign would be paid for by the Mexican government.
“The President just got up and walked out,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who told reporters outside the West Wing of the White House that Mr. Trump was angered [More]
- 11:36 am Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Again accusing the state of California of not doing enough to prevent wildfires on forest lands, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he was ordering federal emergency officials not to give any more disaster relief to the Golden State to deal with damage from wildfires, drawing a swift rebuke from Democrats in the Congress.
“Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money,” the President wrote in a tweet, as he characterized California’s anti-wildfire efforts as ‘disgraceful.’
It was not immediately apparent what pushed the President to order FEMA – which is [More]
- 11:58 pm Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A nationwide address by President Donald Trump and a response from top Democrats in the Congress on Tuesday night showed no immediate signs of breaking a partisan standoff over border security funding, leaving open the prospect of a continued partial government shutdown, as some 800,000 federal workers seem more and more likely to miss a scheduled paycheck on Friday.
In the first Oval Office address of his time in office, President Trump pointed the finger of blame at Democrats over the funding impasse over the border, making it clear that he would move to re-open shuttered parts of the government only [More]
- 2:42 pm Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With Paul Manafort accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of lying to investigators even after agreeing to cooperate with the Russia probe, lawyers for President Trump’s former campaign manager inadvertently revealed some of the allegations against their client on Tuesday, admitting in an improperly redacted document that Manafort shared polling information during the 2016 campaign with a man linked to Russian intelligence.
In a filing made to a federal judge in Washington, lawyers for Manafort submitted a document which blacked out certain passages – but allowed people to copy and paste the information into another text document, where the [More]
- 1:07 pm Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
In a highly unusual legal matter, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday again allowed fines to be levied against an unknown foreign company for not complying with a federal grand jury subpoena, even as that company – owned by an unnamed foreign government – officially asked the Justices to rule directly on its legal challenge against the subpoena, in a secret case which many believe is part of the Special Counsel investigation of Robert Mueller.
- 11:32 am Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed an indictment on Tuesday against a Russian lawyer who was a central player in a 2016 meeting with top officials of President Donald Trump’s campaign, charging lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya with obstruction of justice as part of her work in a money laundering case involving Prevezon Holdings and Russian government officials.
“This investigation brought to light how Veselnitskaya secretly schemed with a senior Russian prosecutor to provide false information to U.S. law enforcement in an attempt to influence the legal proceedings in the Southern District of New York,” prosecutors in the Southern District of [More]
- 4:00 am Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Locked in a battle of political chicken with Democrats in the Congress, President Donald Trump will speak to the nation on Tuesday night to press his case for extra money to fortify the southern U.S. border against illegal immigration, as the Trump Administration scrambled to soften the impacts of an extended partial government shutdown, with the Internal Revenue Service announcing it would process tax refunds in coming weeks and months even if the Congress and the President don’t end a funding lapse which started before Christmas.
The IRS decision came amid a growing impact of the partial shutdown around the nation, [More]
- 12:32 pm Monday, January 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump would take his fight for extra money to deal with illegal immigration to the border with Mexico on Thursday, as negotiations between top officials and lawmakers in Congress seem to have produced little headway in a dispute that has created a 17 day partial government shutdown, which could lead some 800,000 federal workers to miss a paycheck at the end of this week.
“President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis,” White House Press Secretary Sarah [More]