Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen may be seeing the writing on the wall: With President Trump's mixed messages about her performance, the Fed leader indicated Wednesday that it "may well be" that she will not serve a second term.
Yellen's tenure as Fed chair expires in early February, and she told lawmakers that she "absolutely" intends to serve out her term. Yellen did not directly answer a question about whether she was open to serving another four years should she be re-nominated by Trump.
"I really haven't had to give further thought to this question," she told the House Financial Services Committee, on the first of two days of the Fed chair's semi-annual testimony to Congress.
Trump Jr. told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday night that in hindsight he "probably would have done things a little differently" when he met the Russian attorney after being promised damaging information about his father's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
On Wednesday, millions of Americans unwittingly will be drawn into the heated battle over the controversial rules for online traffic that Republicans are pushing to dismantle.
Amazon, Google, Netflix and hundreds of other websites that support the rules will post messages on their home pages or send notifications to mobile app users in a coordinated one-day effort warning people of what the Internet might be like without net neutrality.
Donald Trump Jr. said he "probably would have done things a little differently" when he met a Russian attorney during his father's presidential campaign after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to interview excerpts released by Fox News on Tuesday afternoon.
But as Trump Jr. found himself at the center of a widening controversy involving the Trump administration's relationship with Russia, the president's son also defended his motivations for taking the June 2016 meeting, telling Sean Hannity, "For me, this was opposition research."
The remarks came in Trump Jr.'s first interview since he published old emails on Tuesday morning from a friend who said the Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had “official documents and information” that would “incriminate” Clinton “and be very useful to your father" as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump."
The House Intelligence Committee wants to hear from "everyone connected" to the June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer that Donald Trump Jr. helped arrange, the panel's top Democrat said Tuesday.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said investigators can no longer trust President Trump's family to provide truthful information after his son's shifting accounts of the meeting last summer, which was initiated by an acquaintance who promised damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that was part of a broader Russian government effort to hurt her candidacy.
"What I think is notable here is the pattern," Schiff said, referring to other Trump associates who over past months have had to acknowledge contacts with Russians that they previously denied or failed to disclose.
President Trump offered praise for his "high quality" son in his first remarks on Donald Trump Jr. in the four days that the younger man has been at the center of a media storm for his meeting with a Russian lawyer.
Trump on Don Jr: "My son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency" (Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the statement)
In saluting his son for transparency, Trump was alluding to Donald Jr.'s release hours earlier of a chain of emails written in the days before his June 9, 2016, meeting with the lawyer — emails that the son disclosed only after he'd learned from the New York Times that it was about to publish them.
The chain of emails began with a message from Rob Goldstone, a music promoter with business dealings in Russia who is a friend of Trump Jr.’s. Goldstone offered to set up a meeting with a Russian government attorney who had “official documents and information" that would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton “and be very useful to your father."
Donald Trump Jr. published his emails with music publicist Rob Goldstone, showing he was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Hillary Clinton and her dealings with Russia. We've annotated the exchanges.
The first page is Trump Jr.'s memo. After that, it might help to read the emails in chronological order, from bottom to top.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that he will delay the start of the traditional August recess as Republicans have made scant progress on President Trump's agenda, including the GOP's stalled Obamacare repeal.
In a potential breakthrough to a crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, the United States announced Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with Qatar to fight terrorism and eliminate money for terror groups.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the "memorandum of understanding" was weeks in the making and set out steps both countries would take to "interrupt and disable" the flow of terror financing and "intensify counterterrorism activities" globally.
"Together, the United States and Qatar will do more to track down funding sources, will do more to collaborate and share information, and will do more to keep the region and our homeland safe," Tillerson said.