WASHINGTON - Special counsel Robert Mueller III's office on Friday denied an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that his investigators had gathered evidence showing President Trump directed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a prospective business deal in Moscow. "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's congressional testimony are not accurate," said Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Friday moved to accelerate their investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russian interests, reacting to an explosive but unconfirmed report that Trump directed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about his push for a Moscow real estate project. The assertions contained in a BuzzFeed News report landed like a mortar in Washington, where Trump and Democrats are already locked in a weeks-long standoff that has shut down large swaths of the federal government over Trump's demand that taxpayers provide funding for his promi
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump on Friday of putting her and fellow lawmakers in danger by publicizing their travel plans to Afghanistan, forcing them to abandon the trip, a breathtaking allegation from a House speaker against a president as their feud escalated and the government shutdown dragged on. Pelosi also accused the administration of leaking her plans to travel commercially to Afghanistan after Trump had denied the use of military aircraft, and said that the State Department had determined that because Trump had publicized the trip, it could no
WASHINGTON - The White House announced Friday that President Donald Trump would hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February as the two sides seek to jump-start nuclear talks that have bogged down since their first historic meeting last year. The news came after Trump met for about 90 minutes in the Oval Office with Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief who has served as Pyongyang's lead negotiator. Trump "looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
The Defense Department on Friday, Jan. 18, identified three of the four Americans who were killed Wednesday, Jan. 16, in a suicide bombing in Syria that was claimed by the Islamic State. In a statement, the Pentagon named the three as Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of Upstate New York; and Defense Department civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis. The fourth American, a civilian contractor, was not immediately identified.
When Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, earlier this week whether it would be a crime if "the president tried to coach somebody not to testify, or testify falsely," Barr was unequivocal: "Yes," the nominee replied. "Under an obstruction statute, yes." Now that an explosive story published Thursday by BuzzFeed News alleges that Trump did just that, by ordering Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress, Barr's answer puts the White House in an awkward position,legal experts observed.
WASHINGTON - At federal law enforcement agencies from the FBI to the DEA to Customs and Border Protection and others, the frustration about having missed a paycheck last week because of the partial government shutdown is growing into fear and anger amid signs that the lack of funds is affecting investigations. The government shutdown, the longest in American history, has dragged down morale across federal agencies as tens of thousands of workers are required to show up with no idea when their paycheck deliveries will resume.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday channeled President Ronald Reagan's dream from the "Star Wars" era of the Cold War, pledging in a speech at the Pentagon to "detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, anytime, anyplace." The vast vision Trump articulated - which included shielding every city in the country and protecting against all types of missile threats, regardless of type or origin - went far beyond the more modest plans the Pentagon set out in a new missile defense strategy released at the same time. In his remarks, Trump promised an ex
WASHINGTON - A government report released Thursday said the Trump administration probably separated thousands more migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border than has previously been made public, but federal efforts to track those children have been so poor that the precise number is unknown.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Thursday that he was postponing an unannounced trip of hers to Afghanistan, Egypt and Belgium - which he called a "seven-day excursion" - because of the government shutdown. "In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure that you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate," Trump said in a letter to Pelosi that was publicly released by the White House.