California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, poses a threat to Roe vs. Wade and the right to abortion.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein noted that Trump had promised to appointed “pro-life” justices who would overturn Roe vs. Wade.
This debate “is not theoretical,” she said, addressing Gorsuch at the start of his confirmation hearing. The abortion right “allows women and their doctors to decide what is best for them and their kids, not politicians."
Trump administration tensions with the United Nations over Israel won't help the world body as it tries to maintain some part of its funding from Washington.
Those tensions flared again Monday when both the State Department and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations sharply attacked an agenda item in a U.N. meeting in Geneva that would have focused on alleged human rights abuse by Israel against Palestinians.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, speaking from the world body's headquarters in New York, said the decision to focus on Israel at the regular meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council reflected long-standing "anti-Israel bias" at the United Nations.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee pressed two top counterintelligence officials about leaks to the media that led to the ouster of former national security advisor Michael Flynn after less than a month on the job.
Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) pushed FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers to explain how details from Flynn's phone calls with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, were made public.
Flynn was forced to resign last month after media reports said he had discussed Obama administration sanctions on Moscow with the Russian envoy in December, and then had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the discussions.
The director of the National Security Agency said the Obama administration did not ask British intelligence to spy on Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer alleged last week.
Adm. Mike Rogers said such a request to eavesdrop on a U.S. citizen would be "expressly against the construct" of intelligence agreements with the British and other close allies.
"I have seen nothing on the NSA side that we ever engaged in such activity" or was asked to conduct surveillance of Trump by Obama, Rogers said.
FBI Director James B. Comeycomments on President Trump's assertions that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.
FBI Director James B. Comey said his agency and the Department of Justice have "no information" to support President Trump's allegations that his predecessor ordered wiretapping of him and his campaign.
"With respect to the president’s tweets," Comey testified at the House intelligence committee, "I have no information that supports those tweets. We have looked carefully inside the FBI."
Responding to a question by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the ranking Democrat on the committee, Comey added that the Justice Department asked him to convey that it also had not been able to uncover any information related to such wiretaps.
FBI Director James B. Comey confirms his agency is investigating possible cooperation between Russia and Trump campaign associates.
Director James B. Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities during the 2016 election campaign.
Comey said the investigation was examining whether "there was any coordination" between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Comey suggested that the case was not a criminal investigation but was being conducted as part of FBI's "counterintelligence mission," aimed at preventing Russia intelligence operations against the U.S.