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Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure from investigation

The acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Andrew McCabe, has called the case "highly significant" but said there had been no effort by the White House to impede the inquiry. The President also reiterated that he was not personally under investigation. Pelosi told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that "every day the president gives us more reason to believe that he does not respect the office that he holds". Read More »

Yates Says She Told White House Flynn Was Russia Blackmail Risk


Spicer referred to Flynn as a "good man" who President Trump didn't want to smear. The former Director of National Intelligence just gave his statements along with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to a Senate judiciary committee regarding the allegations that the Russians had a hand in shaping United States elections through their collusion with the Trump campaign. Read More »

Officials Weigh In on Embassy Clash with President Erdogan's Bodyguards


Tensions are running high between the U.S. and Turkey after the Trump administration announced plans to arm Kurdish Syrians militants with small arms, machine guns, armored vehicles and other military hardware. ISTANBUL, May 18 (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to retaliate if it faces a threat from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and will not shirk from launching a military campaign if need be, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Read More »

Colorado governor pardons felon to stave off deportation


She says she's hopeful that he won't be deported but adds that she and the couple's two children would follow him there if he is. Two Colorado lawmakers signed a letter asking Gov. "This is clear example of someone who did everything to get a second chance", said Hickenlooper. Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, who prosecuted Lima-Marin, took to Twitter to express his displeasure at Marin's pardon by the governor. Read More »

Comey 'a nut job,' Trump reportedly told Russians

I stand by it". Earlier this week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to take over the federal investigation in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House. Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous". Read More »

Lee Statue Is Being Removed from Lee Circle


The removal comes after a long and divisive battle over whether old South emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage. "Robert E. Lee stood atop New Orleans for 133 years as one of the most well-respected men and military minds of American history until a politician with self-serving motives launched a toxic crusade to rewrite the city's history", said a statement from the Monumental Task Committee, who has challenged the statue removals at every turn, through legal and legislative ... Read More »

Torch-Carrying White Nationalists Protest Removal Of Confederate Statue


Signer called the event "either profoundly ignorant" or "designed to instill fear". "I want everyone to know this: We reject this intimidation . such intolerance is not welcome here". Lee statue, they can agree to condemn hateful speech created to intimidate minority groups in the city. A group of white nationalists carried torches Saturday night in Charlottesville, Virginia while protesting the planned removal of Confederate statues in the city - an incident that has provoked anger ... Read More »

Trump says firing 'nut job' Comey took off pressure

The White House was rocked by a further revelation Friday, when reports emerged that Trump said his sacking of FBI director James Comey has relieved "great pressure" on him caused by the Russian Federation investigation. The investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is now looking into a possible cover-up, according to McClatchy . Read More »

In New Orleans, the Confederate monuments now all but gone


And on Wednesday , a statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard was removed. When a judge finally approved the city's plan earlier this year, white supremacists issued death threats against Mayor Landrieu and the city contractors he'd hired to tear down the statues. Read More »

Joe Lieberman Is the Leading Choice for New FBI Director

Former Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the frontrunner to lead the FBI, Politico and CNN reported on Thursday , citing unnamed sources, following the firing of James Comey . I think the question is whether you want someone with a political pedigree or whether you want someone with a law enforcement pedigree. After Lieberman supported McCain in the 2008 presidential race, some angry Democrats wanted to strip him of his chairmanship of the Homeland ... Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry is 'greatest witch hunt' in history

U.S. President Donald Trump waits to greet Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos in the White House in Washington , DC, U.S., May 18, 2017. Senators coming out of that meeting told reporters that Rosenstein said Trump made it clear that he planned to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo outlining issues with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's flouting Justice Department protocol. Read More »

Final Confederate monument to come down in New Orleans


Beauregard is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans . A couple of weeks later, a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was toppled; on Wednesday , a statue of Confederate General P.G.T. It's important, he added, that taking down the statues isn't just a "cosmetic fix". In a speech about the removal of the monuments, the mayor said they were landmarks that were not a true reflection of the city. Read More »

Trump told Russians pressure off after firing 'nutjob' Comey

A memo by Comey alleged Trump even asked that the probe into Flynn be shut down. People familiar with the matter tell the Post that it's a senior adviser who is close to the President, though they declined to identify who it is. Cummings said the committee's GOP chairman, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, "should. have his subpoena pen ready" to obtain any White House documents related to Trump's meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Read More »

Teen tells police that another suspect shot boy

Police had said Thursday that he was shot in the back of his head. Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason told media that a deputy stationed at Kroger on I-55 saw Archie exit the grocery store at about 2:30 a.m. Hinds County sheriff's officials say the child's mother had left the vehicle running with Kingston inside. Byron McBride , DeAllen Washington and Dwan Diondro Wakefield have all been arrested in the child's death. Read More »

Amid tumult, Trump leaves on first presidential foreign trip

Trump is expected to be welcomed warmly by leaders in Riyadh and Jerusalem, but lingering questions over his views on the Iran nuclear deal, commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation security and skepticism of the Paris climate agreement could generate tension at meetings with European counterparts in Brussels and Sicily. Read More »

Palestinians Taking Trump Efforts Seriously, Says Minister


As early as a March 2016 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Trump vowed, "We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem ". These comments led to vociferous protests by the Israelis, with the discussion descending into shouting, and the Israelis reminding the USA team that the Western Wall and adjacent area "is territory holy to Israel". Read More »

Comey to testify before Senate intel committee

Comey agreed on Friday to testify before the intelligence panel, which is conducting an investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Mark Warner, announced Friday that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee. Following outcry over Comey's dismissal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the federal probe into ties ... Read More »

White House lawyers research impeachment

The White House does not believe that Trump is likely to be impeached, as they believe that Republicans in Congress support him. The White House is seen at dusk on September 30, 2013. The legal discussions are part of a broader internal effort to bolster the president's legal defense, which has become more complicated with the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Read More »

After Times Square attack, calls for more sidewalk barriers


Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen, a senior official told NBC News. The auto ended up tilted on its left tires at West 45th Street, where street barriers stopped it, O'Neill said. De Blasio added, "It appears to be intentional in the sense that he was troubled and lashing out". Four people were in critical condition, with "open fractures" and "multiple traumas". Read More »

Sorry liberals, SCOTUS voter ID decision isn't a win for you

As Diana Gibbon Motz of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote: "Although the new provisions target African Americans with nearly surgical precision, they constitute inapt remedies for the problems assertedly justifying them and, in fact, impose cures for problems that did not exist". Read More »