(Associated Press)

In an effort to stem fast-worsening ties, Turkey and the United States agreed Friday to set up a diplomatic working group to defuse a bitter dispute over Kurdish militias operating in Syria.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, ending two days of talks with top Turkish officials, conceded that serious disagreements continue to haunt relations between Turkey and the United States, which are NATO allies. 

“We find ourselves at a bit of a crisis point in the relationship,” Tillerson said at a news conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in the capital of Ankara.

  • White House
Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington on June 7, 2017.
Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington on June 7, 2017. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

President Trump on Sunday renewed his attack on fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who is likely to be a significant witness in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Following reports that McCabe made contemporaneous notes about his encounters with the president, Trump said on Twitter that he doubts such memos exist, or that if they do, that they are accurate.

Such memos, the existence of which were first reported by the Associated Press, are often made by law enforcement officials, who record their recollections immediately after the fact. Similar practices were followed by fired FBI director James Comey.

  • Russia
Andrew McCabe
Andrew McCabe (Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)

Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos regarding Trump that are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey detailing interactions with him, the Associated Press has learned.

It was not immediately clear whether any of McCabe's memos have been turned over to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, whose criminal investigation is examining Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice, or have been requested by Mueller.

McCabe's memos include details of interactions with the president, among other topics, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who wasn't authorized to discuss the memos publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

  • Russia
John Dowd, pictured in 2007, is one of the lawyers representing President Trump.
John Dowd, pictured in 2007, is one of the lawyers representing President Trump. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

It’s time to end the investigation into whether President Trump’s team colluded with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election, one of the president’s personal lawyers said Saturday. 

The statement from John Dowd came the morning after Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions fired Andy McCabe, a former top FBI official who is accused of making misleading statements during an internal review. McCabe had been a frequent target of Trump’s criticisms and claimed his firing was another attempt to undermine the Russia investigation. 

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd said. He first provided his statement to the Daily Beast.  

President Trump is seeking more than $20 million in damages from the porn actress who is trying to void the deal that requires her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with him, according to court papers filed Friday by his attorneys.

Stormy Daniels has breached her confidentiality agreement at least 20 times, the Trump legal team alleged in filings in federal court in Los Angeles. The pact entitles Trump to at least $1 million in damages each time Daniels breaks her silence about the president.


Andrew McCabe, a former top FBI official who fell into the crosshairs of President Trump's angry tweets, has been fired less than two days ahead of his planned retirement Sunday after Justice Department officials concluded he had made misleading statements during an internal investigation.

McCabe was sacked Friday night by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who acted on a recommendation from the department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles allegations of improper conduct.

President Trump praised the late-night firing of former top FBI official Andrew McCabe and blasted him and former FBI Director James B. Comey, whom Trump axed last year.

Later Saturday, the president continued his attack on the FBI, Justice Department and the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Democrats said the firing was inappropriate and vindictive. They questioned Trump’s motive.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) with President Trump.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) with President Trump. (Michael Reynolds / EPA)

President Trump moved Friday to protect the GOP’s majority in the U.S. Senate by persuading a Republican challenger to drop out of the primary race against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.

Shortly after Trump tweeted that Danny Tarkanian, a staunch supporter of the president, should clear the way for Heller to run unopposed, Tarkanian did exactly that.

Heller is one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republican senators in a year when Trump’s unpopularity has imperiled many GOP incumbents.

  • Congress
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 25, 2014.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 25, 2014. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died.

Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee. She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led it from 2007 through 2010.

Hard on the heels of firing his secretary of State, President Trump is preparing another shake-up, moving toward replacing his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster.

The three-star Army general has been widely seen as a calming force in a chaotic West Wing, but never clicked with the commander in chief. A decision to replace him has long been rumored, and now seems increasingly imminent.

President Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of State probably augurs the end of the 2015 accord that has blocked Iran from building nuclear weapons, an agreement praised by world powers but detested by Trump — and by Pompeo, a notable hawk on the Islamic Republic.

Trump has set a May 12 deadline to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord unless European allies "fix" it, a prospect that appears unlikely. The president also has agreed to meet in May with Kim Jong Un to try to persuade the North Korean leader to surrender his already large nuclear arsenal, which seems even more remote.