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Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

Sunday 19th of March 2017 05:07:48 PM

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, Tom Price, according to a person familiar with the office. (Pro Publica)

Trump in tweet: Germany owes U.S. ‘vast sums of money’ for NATO

Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:34:14 PM

A day after meeting the German chancellor, President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted that the country owes the United States “vast sums of money” for defense under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s security umbrella. “Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…..” Trump wrote on Twitter. “…vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” (Politico)

Graham keeping the heat on Trump’s wiretapping claims

Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:25:28 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he still plans to “to get to the bottom” of President Trump’s claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 election. “We owe it to [Trump]; we owe it to the American people to find out what happened in the 2016 election,” Graham said in an interview with John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday on New York’s AM 970. (The Hill)

Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Is Trump’s Choice for Key Justice Post

Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:20:21 PM

President Trump has selected George T. Conway III, the husband of his counselor Kellyanne Conway, to head the civil division of the Justice Department, people familiar with the decision said on Saturday, placing him in charge of a crucial office charged with defending Mr. Trump’s contentious travel ban and lawsuits alleging that his business activities violate the Constitution. (NYT)

Former US ambassador to NATO educates Trump

Saturday 18th of March 2017 10:24:20 PM

President Trump and his entire administration get their information and intel from TV shows, radio shows and alt-right sites like Breitbart, no surprises that Trump continues to create embarrassing situations for the US. In the latest tweet storm, Trump attacked Germany wrongly stating that they ‘owe’ money to the US.

1/ Sorry, Mr. President, that’s not how NATO works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending NATO. pic.twitter.com/8svkzRBEQb

— Ivo Daalder (@IvoHDaalder) March 18, 2017

White House apologizes to British government over spying claims

Friday 17th of March 2017 01:45:19 PM

The White House has apologized to the British government after alleging that a UK intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump at the behest of former President Barack Obama. (CNN)

GCHQ dismisses ‘utterly ridiculous’ claim it helped wiretap Trump

Friday 17th of March 2017 12:29:18 PM

British intelligence officials have denied an allegation that the UK helped former president Barack Obama “wiretap” Donald Trump during the 2016 election. The claim was repeated by the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Thursday and dismissed as “utterly ridiculous” by a GCHQ spokesperson. (The Guardian)

Trump to name coal lobbyist as deputy EPA chief: report

Friday 17th of March 2017 01:32:01 AM

Coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is reportedly President Trump’s pick to be the deputy chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is expected to be tapped for the position in coming weeks.(The Hill)

Paul Ryan says the Obama administration didn’t wiretap Trump Tower

Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:53:55 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan today closed the case on President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the Obama administration had his phones tapped during the election. Citing intelligence reports given to House leaders, Ryan said, “No such wiretap existed,” according to CNN. (The Verge)

Trump says he will submit evidence of wiretapping to House committee ‘very soon’

Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:17:42 PM

President Trump discussed his tweeted accusation that President Obama ordered “wires” at Trump Tower tapped during last year’s presidential campaign in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday. (Fox News)

Probably right after he submits his tax returns!

Hawaii judge halts new Trump travel ban, setting stage for epic legal battle

Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:42:48 PM

President Trump appears set on a collision course with federal judges, vowing to fight them to the end after a district court in Hawaii issued the second block in as many months on his proposed travel ban on visitors from majority-Muslim countries. (The Guardian)

Trump defends Obama wiretapping charges, predicts ‘very interesting items’ to be revealed

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:41:22 PM

President Trump on Wednesday defended his unsubstantiated claim that former president Barack Obama ordered surveillance on his phones at Trump Tower in New York during last fall’s campaign. Trump again offered no evidence to support his wiretapping accusation, but he maintained in an interview with Fox News Channel that information would soon be revealed that could prove him right. (NYTimes)

‘People are scared’: Paranoia seizes Trump’s White House

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 10:08:55 PM

Staffers are leaving their phones at home, using secret apps and monitoring each other’s social media. A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies — inside their own government. (Source: Politico)

Justice Department charges Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 07:22:40 PM

The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials. The charges include hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage. The charges are unrelated to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. (Washington Post)

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