The Senate Intelligence Committee corrected comments its chairman made early Thursday regarding fired national security advisor Michael Flynn, saying it had not received a response from Flynn's lawyer stating that he would not honor a subpoena for private documents.
Panel Chairman Sen. Richard M. Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, had said earlier Thursday that a lawyer had informed the committee of Flynn's decision to refuse to answer the subpoena.
Burr says he may have spoke too soon and that "definitive answer" from Flynn's lawyers hasn't been received yet.
Federal regulators on Thursday took the first formal step toward repealing tough net neutrality rules enacted two years ago that imposed strict oversight of Internet service providers to ensure the unfettered flow of online content.
The move by the Federal Communications Commission — cheered on by major broadband companies and strongly opposed by consumer advocates — is part of a broader effort by Republicans since President Trump took office to undo regulations enacted during the Obama era.
With net neutrality supporters, including Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), protesting outside the agency’s building, the Republican-controlled FCC voted 2-1 along party lines to start a formal, months-long process of dismantling the rules put in place in 2015
The Trump administration, taking the first formal step toward overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement, on Thursday notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mexico in 90 days.
The letter to lawmakers, sent by the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, means that Trump’s trade officials could launch talks with Canadian and Mexican officials as soon as Aug. 16.
Lighthizer, during a hastily called telephone briefing with reporters, said that in giving notice to Congress of a 90-day consultation period – which is required under so-called fast-track trade legislation – President Trump was moving to fulfill his promise to “permanently reverse the dangerous trajectory of American trade.”
Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has been appointed independent special prosecutor in the Justice Department investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (May 17, 2017)
President Trump doesn't seem to be responding well to the appointment of a special counsel to head the investigation into whether anyone tied to his campaign cooperated in Russian efforts to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.
As usual, he took to Twitter to express his thoughts -- and send a message to his followers.
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
His reaction undercut the carefully measured statement the White House issued last night after Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod J. Rosenstein announced that Robert Mueller, the former head of the FBI, would head the investigation.
In Washington, some people — Democrats mainly — are practically counting down the days left in Donald Trump’s presidency, as one stunning revelation quickly overruns another.
But outside the Beltway, where people aren’t glued to cable TV for the latest on FBI Director James B. Comey’s firing, or consumed with their Twitter feed for the latest on Trump divulging sensitive intelligence to Russia, there is hardly the same sense of urgency, much less crisis.
“Fake news,” shrugged Bob Winninghoff, 84, a Republican who used to sell Fords for a living here in rural western Montana.
A warning to the hundreds of thousands of people publicly urging the Federal Communications Commission to keep its tough net neutrality rules:
You might be wasting your time.
Three years ago, a historic outpouring of about 4 million public comments — fueled by a viral video rant by HBO’s John Oliver — led the then-Democratic-controlled agency to install strict oversight of Internet service providers to ensure they allow the unfettered flow of online content.
In March 2004, Comey, then deputy attorney general, was summoned to the hospital bed of his boss, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft.
Ashcroft, weak from gallbladder surgery, was under pressure from White House officials Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card to sign papers reauthorizing the domestic surveillance program secretly launched after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Reaction in Congress was lopsided over the appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the election and possible links to President Trump's campaign, as Democrats welcomed the inquiry and Republicans gave lukewarm support.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the appointment late Wednesday "very much needed."
Schumer said Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein did "the right thing" by naming Mueller to the job.