President Obama denied that he or his staff had authorized any such surveillance. (March 6, 2017)
The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that they had seen no evidence to support President Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by President Obama before he took office.
“We don’t have any evidence that that took place," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a press conference with Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Burbank) , the top Democrat on the panel.
“I have seen no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made,” Schiff said.
A federal judge in Maryland said Wednesday he would "hopefully today, but not necessarily" rule on a legal bid to temporarily block President Trump's retooled travel ban.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs, a group of refugee and immigrant organizations and their clients, argued that the order, scheduled to take effect just after midnight Eastern time Thursday, was an attempt to ban Muslims from the United States.
Government lawyers insisted that Trump was acting within the scope of his executive powers in matters of national security.
President Trump paid about $36.5 million in federal income taxes in 2005 on $150 million in income, an effective rate of 24%, according to a leaked portion of a return given to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston.
The revelation Tuesday amounted to a rare glimpse of Trump's tax filings. It provided a spectacle, heavily promoted on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," which used the release of the new information to create maximum suspense and promote speculation about the reasons behind Trump's unwillingness to release his returns.
The New York Times previously reported on portions of Trump's 1995 returns, which showed that he took a write-down of nearly $1 billion.
Trump has been under pressure to provide his tax returns since early in his candidacy. Though candidates aren't obligated by law to make their tax returns public, it has been a tradition to do so since the 1970s.
President Trump's nominee to be the top U.S. trade negotiator, getting a hearing before the Senate after a long delay, passionately defended Trump against concerns that his business interests abroad could compromise America's trade objectives.
Robert Lighthizer, Trump's choice to be the U.S. trade representative, is well regarded by many on both sides of the aisle as a knowledgeable, aggressive and seasoned trade negotiator with deep experience in the private sector and government.
He was introduced at the hearing Tuesday as a "bulldog" by Bob Dole, the respected Republican former senator for whom Lighthizer once worked, and there was every indication that he will eventually win full Senate confirmation.
The nation’s top chief executives like what they’re seeing and hearing from President Trump and his fellow Republicans, according to survey results released Tuesday by the Business Roundtable.
The economic expectations of the heads of the nation’s largest companies jumped in the first quarter by the most in more than seven years amid optimism about corporate tax cuts, reduced regulations and a boost in infrastructure spending promised by Trump and congressional leaders, the trade group found.
“I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to enact a meaningful pro-growth agenda that will benefit all Americans,” said Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and this year’s chairman of the Business Roundtable.
The White House shifted away from President Trump's stated goal of providing "insurance for everybody" on Tuesday, instead promising that the House GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare offers "more people the option to get healthcare."
The altered tone from Press Secretary Sean Spicer comes as the bill faces new scrutiny, including a report Monday from the independent Congressional Budget Office concluding that 24 million fewer people will have insurance by 2026 under the GOP plan.
Spicer took issue with that analysis, in part by insisting that it failed to take into account separate actions Republicans say they plan to take after their initial bill.
Even before the Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimates Monday on the House proposal to overhaul Obamacare, the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers were trying to discredit the much-anticipated report, or CBO score, as it’s familiarly called.
“Really been meaningless,” said Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic advisor. “Consistently inconsistent,” added Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). “A red herring,” chimed Rep. Larry Buschon (R-Ind.).
Never mind that the CBO works for Congress and that its director, Keith Hall, was appointed by their own party leaders in the House and Senate in 2015.
Facing a Monday deadline, the Justice Department asked lawmakers for more time to provide evidence backing up President Trump's unproven assertion that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the election. The request came as the White House appeared to soften Trump's explosive allegation.
The House Intelligence Committee said it would give the Justice Department until March 20 to comply with the evidence request. That's the date of the committee's first open hearing on the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia.
A spokesman for the committee's Republican chairman said that if the Justice Department didn't meet the new deadline, the panel might use its subpoena power to gather information.