Speaker Paul D. Ryan panned calls Tuesday for an independent investigation into Russia after the resignation of President Trump's national security advisor, Michael Flynn, saying the administration will explain what happened.
Ryan said it "was right to ask for his resignation" after disclosures that Flynn, a retired general, misled some in the administration about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. It remains unclear whether Trump asked for Flynn to step down.
Ryan dismissed the need for further investigation. Congress already is investigating Russia's intervention in the November election.
The Kremlin had no official comment Tuesday on Michael Flynn's resignation as President Trump's national security advisor. But unofficially, Russian officials heaped scorn on the United States for the "Russophobia" that, in their view, drove Flynn from office.
"This is a domestic issue of the United States,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told reporters, declining to comment further on the resignation, which came after reports indicated that Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States in December, before Trump took office. Flynn had steadfastly denied having had any such discussion about sanctions.
On Friday, Peskov had said Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak had never discussed the lifting of the sanctions.
Flynn was 24 days into the job when he submitted his resignation letter.
Michael Flynn resigned late Monday as President Trump’s national security advisor, the White House said, following mounting scrutiny over his conflicting accounts of contacts with a Russian diplomat and reports that they were part of a federal investigation.
Flynn’s departure marked another embarrassing setback for an administration just over three weeks old, on a subject that has for months given pause to both Democrats and Republicans — connections between Trump and Russia.
The Treasury Department placed a top Venezuelan government official on its kingpin blacklist Monday, alleging he helped run a vast international drug-trafficking network from South America to the United States and Britain.
The listing prohibits Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah, executive vice president of Venezuela, from doing business with American companies and freezes any assets he has in the United States
Venezuela suffers from dire economic crises, sky-high inflation and rampant government corruption.
The Senate on Monday narrowly voted to confirm Wall Street executive Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary despite strong Democratic opposition fueled by foreclosures at Pasadena’s OneWest Bank when he headed it after the financial crisis.
The Senate’s 53-47 vote split along party lines. All 52 Republicans voted for Mnuchin, joined by only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Following a bruising confirmation battle that included accusations of false statements and a Democratic boycott of a committee vote on his nomination, Mnuchin becomes one of President Trump’s top Cabinet officials.
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 600 people, including 161 in the Los Angeles area, during a weeklong dragnet targeting criminal offenders living in the country illegally, U.S. officials said Monday.
In a filing subitted to a Seattle federal court on Monday, the Department of Justice suggested it would not immediately turn to the U.S. Supreme Court to ask for the Trump administration's travel moratorium to be reinstated after an appeals court dealt a blow to it last week.
In the filing, Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Chad Readler told the U.S. District Court in western Washington that the department wanted to see how the case over the travel ban plays out in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals before proceeding with the case in the lower court.
It's the Seattle court where Judge James L. Robart on Feb. 3 called for a temporary nationwide halt to Trump's travel ban, which the White House appealed to the 9th Circuit. Last week, three 9th Circuit judges upheld Robart's decision. But then a judge from the full appeals court of 25 active judges asked for the wider court to vote on whether an en banc panel -- 11 judges -- should reconsider the government's request to reinstate the travel ban.
President Trump, a conservative populist, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a new generation liberal, painted over ideological differences during a cordial joint appearance Monday at the White House.
The two differ sharply on refugees, with Trump's attempt to block them from entering the country at the top of his agenda and Trudeau making a show out of welcoming many into his country.
Trudeau said the two countries' differences have always been handled "firmly and respectfully” when asked about the contrast during a joint news conference.