The White House on Monday denied reports that President Trump disclosed high-level intelligence to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week, saying the conversation covered only a range of common threats and did not include operations not already publicly disclosed.
Speaking to reporters outside the entrance of the West Wing, national security advisor H.R. McMaster said the accounts that he and other officials were present for the meeting with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S. "should outweigh" what anonymous sources claim.
"I was in the room. It did not happen," McMaster said in a brief statement.
Senators offered sharp reactions to reports that President Trump disclosed highly classified material to Russian officials during a recent meeting at the White House, calling the president's action, if true, "terrifying," "reckless" and "deeply disturbing"
The Washington Post reported the disclosure late Monday just as senators were arriving for an evening vote, and many shared the information as it was unfolding.
"This conduct by the president is not only dangerous, it's reckless," said Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant minority leader.
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein will brief all members of the Senate on Thursday about President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.
Last week, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he made a request for Rosenstein to answer lawmakers' questions about his memo on Comey and the circumstances surrounding his dismissal.
In a victory for voting rights advocates, the Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from North Carolina’s Republican leaders and let stand a decision that struck down their 2013 law that added new restrictions on voting.
The 4th Circuit Court had branded the law as racially biased and said North Carolina lawmakers had targeted black voters “with almost surgical precision.”
North Carolina lawmakers took action immediately after the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote had voided part of the historic Voting Rights Act that required some states, including North Carolina, to get federal approval before altering their voting laws.
The string quartet had just finished when President Trump raised his arms in triumph.
“Am I doing okay?” Trump asked, turning to chuckling Republican leaders who had once shunned him but now surrounded him in the Rose Garden to celebrate the House’s passage of a healthcare bill. “I’m president! Hey, I’m president. Can you believe it?”
That was just over a week ago, and though the path ahead in the Senate for the bill looked difficult, administration officials and supporters could truthfully say, after several false starts, that they were moving forward on their legislative agenda.
At his inauguration in January, President Trump looked down the National Mall and described a nation beset by “carnage,” its jobs going overseas and its military overextended to the advantage of other countries. He declared “America first,” a new inward-looking doctrine that invoked the phrase of the nationalists who opposed entering World War II.
Yet as Trump prepares to depart Friday for his first trip abroad, he no longer behaves like a president eager to disengage from the world, and from the postwar alliances of the last seven decades that he so denigrated as a candidate. Nor is the foreign stage looking as receptive to his anti-globalism as he had once expected, and hoped, when nationalists seemed ascendant only months ago.
Even before he announces his choice for a new FBI chief, President Trump is getting pushback from the Senate, which will need to approve his pick to replace the fired former director, James Comey.
Democrats say they may try to block Trump's nominee, whomever it might be; at least one leading Republican and many Democrats are saying the appointee shouldn’t be a political figure.
At least eight candidates have been interviewed for the post, which was vacated when Trump fired Comey last week. Trump, who leaves the U.S. on Friday on his first international trip as president, said it was possible he might make a “fast decision” and unveil a choice before he departs.