A close friend of Donald Trump's said the president "is considering perhaps terminating" special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, fueling speculation that has been building in Washington that Trump could intensify the struggle over the Russia investigation.
"I think he's weighing that option," Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, a conservative website, told PBS' "NewsHour" on Monday. "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently."
"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake," Ruddy added.
It's the TV interview that set Washington abuzz Monday night, and it featured a familiar man, Newsmax Chief Executive and President Christopher Ruddy, talking about a familiar topic, President Trump.
"I think [Trump is] considering perhaps terminating the special counsel," said Ruddy during an appearance on PBS' "NewsHour."
He was referring to former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who has been appointed by the Justice Department to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible ties to the Trump administration.
President Trump's first full Cabinet meeting was an exercise in group deference.
Trump kicked things off Monday by bragging about his "record-setting pace" in his first few months in office – a claim some might question, since he has signed no significant legislation even though his party controls the Senate and House.
After that, each person at the table began their progress report with roughly the same message: Thank you, Mr. President.
Justice Neil M. Gorsuch used his first high court opinion Monday to write a concise, pointed essay on how the justices should decide cases — by following the “plain terms” of the law, not by updating an old statute to meet new problems.
“These are matters for Congress, not this court,” he wrote.
He spoke for all nine justices in limiting the reach of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act of 1977 to debt-collection businesses and not to companies that have purchased unpaid debts which they then try to collect for themselves.
President Trump's nominee to be a key banking regulator said through a spokesman Monday that he did not misrepresent that he had a degree from Dartmouth College, but simply used the wording on a certificate he earned from a four-week continuing education program held at the school.
“He’s not implying that he got a degree from Dartmouth College,” said Sig Rogich, a spokesman for Joseph Otting.
Otting, the former chief executive of Pasadena’s OneWest Bank, was nominated last week to be the comptroller of the currency. The job involves leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, an independent bureau of the Treasury Department that oversees federally chartered banks.
A federal appeals court refused Monday to lift a hold on President Trump’s revised travel order barring new visas for nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries.
The unanimous, unsigned ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest in a string of legal defeats the administration has suffered. The administration has said it will take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority: The President must make a sufficient finding that the entry of these classes of people would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States," the ruling said
The lawsuit centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. (June 12, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia have announced they've sued President Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by retaining ties to a sprawling global business empire.
District of Columbia Atty. Gen. Karl Racine and Maryland Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh made the announcement at a jointly held news conference in Washington, confirming the suit has been filed in a court in Maryland. Frosh and Racine cited Trump's leases, properties and other business "entanglements" around the world as the reason for the suit, saying those posed a conflict of interest under a clause of the Constitution.
"The president's conflicts of interest threaten our democracy," Frosh told journalists. "We cannot treat the president's ongoing violations of the Constitution and his disregard of the rights of the American people as the new acceptable status quo."
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions will testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where members are eager to hear an explanation of his actions related to the investigation into whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with a Russian scheme to interfere in last year’s election.
Sessions asked to testify in public, believing “it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him,” according to Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman.
The nation’s top law enforcement official, Sessions recused himself from supervising the Russia investigation after he came under criticism for failing to disclose two meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. Some Democrats also have questioned why Sessions, after that recusal, wrote a memo to Trump saying he recommended the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.