President Trump returned Friday from being feted in France to confront new, damaging revelations in the investigation into whether his associates coordinated with Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election, as well as perilous signs in Congress for the Republican healthcare bill that represents one of his major campaign pledges.
Frustrated and unhappy with how his team has handled the response to the steady drip of damaging information, Trump has reportedly decided to hire Ty Cobb, a longtime Washington lawyer, to manage the White House’s political and legal responses to the Russia investigation.
Trump administration lawyers voicing frustration with a federal judge in Hawaii have asked the Supreme Court to intervene again and to allow the government to strictly enforce its temporary foreign travel ban.
The acting U.S. solicitor general said the justices should issue a ruling to clarify the travel ban or, at minimum, block the latest ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii.
"At this point, this court's intervention is both necessary and warranted," Jeffery Wall, the acting Solicitor General, said in an appeal filed Friday evening.
A bill bolstering sanctions on Russia has stalled in Congress amid partisan finger-pointing, leaving lawmakers worried that the inaction could limit their legislative check on the Trump administration.
Top Democratic senators warned administration officials ahead of bilateral talks next week not to give back Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland that were seized amid revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Returning the compounds or lifting other sanctions would have required congressional review under legislation approved by the Senate in an overwhelming 98-2 vote last month.
Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer aimed at obtaining derogatory information about Hillary Clinton in June 2016 had another, previously undisclosed participant: a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer.
Rinat Akhmetshin, who received U.S. citizenship and became a Washington lobbyist after emigrating from Russia more than a decade ago, confirmed in an email message Friday that he had joined the meeting with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Veselnitskaya brought a memo to the meeting to present to Trump Jr., Akhmetshin said, adding that he was not aware of the contents.
The Pentagon identified 16 service members, three from Southern California, who were killed this week when their military cargo plane suffered a mid-air failure on a cross-country flight and crashed in a soybean field in rural Mississippi.
The KC-130T aircraft was carrying one Navy sailor, six Marines and nine crew members on a mission from North Carolina to California when it disappeared from air traffic control radar Monday afternoon as it passed over Leflore County, Miss.
Investigators have yet to determine what happened to the plane, which was transporting equipment and personnel from the elite 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, based at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., for pre-deployment training.
With their bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act only a vote away from collapse, Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to rally GOP senators behind revised healthcare legislation in hopes of passing it next week.
The new version — which represents Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest bid to unite his fractious caucus — still would enact historic cuts in federal healthcare assistance to low- and moderate-income Americans and fundamentally scale back Medicaid’s half-century-old guarantee of health coverage for the poor.
The revised bill would further loosen insurance requirements to allow health plans to offer stripped-down, cheaper plans, a move designed to win over skeptical conservative senators.
President Trump tried to deflect questions Thursday about his son’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer, implying that the attorney had been let into the U.S. under murky circumstances by the Obama administration's attorney general.
Trump, employing an attribution that he often uses, "somebody said," remarked that he had heard the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had been allowed into the U.S. by then-Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch, a frequent target of Trump aides and supporters.
“Somebody said that her visa or her passport, to come into the country, was approved by Attorney General Lynch,” Trump said at a news conference in Paris.
President Trump said Thursday that he, and not subordinate officials, would make the decision about what to do with President Obama's program that shields more than 750,000 people from deportation who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
"It’s a decision that I make, and it’s a decision that’s very very hard to make. I really understand the situation now," Trump said.
"I understand the situation very well. What I’d like to do is a comprehensive immigration plan. But our country and political forces are not ready yet," he added.
His boss contradicts him. Sometimes sends him off to clean up messes. Makes him explain controversial policies.
When you have been chief executive of one of the largest companies on the planet, and suddenly you find yourself taking orders from an unpredictable politician with no government experience, it can be, well, complicated.
"Well it is a lot different than being CEO of Exxon because I was the ultimate decision-maker," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday in unusually candid comments to reporters.