It had seemed as if Joe Arpaio’s political career was over.
In November 2016, after more than two decades of winning elections as sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., he was defeated handily by a Democrat. Then, in July of last year, he was convicted of criminal contempt for violating a federal court order to stop racially profiling Latinos.
But President Trump offered him a pass, pardoning Arpaio in August.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday released the full transcript of the panel’s interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm that researched President Trump during the 2016 campaign.
The lengthy transcript was released over the objections of Republicans, who have been sharply critical of Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS.
“The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice,” Feinstein said in a statement. “The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
President Trump, who won election as a populist and railed against free trade agreements, will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the White House announced on Tuesday.
The annual conference, to be held Jan. 23-26, has brought together international leaders of nations, business and finance at the Alpine ski resort since 1971 to discuss global cooperation. Given its elitist reputation, most presidents have not attended and Trump skipped it last year; his decision to go may reflect the waning influence of anti-globalists around him, notably fired chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.
This year’s theme reflects the gathering’s international flavor: “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” Yet a White House statement indicated Trump would not hesitate to bring his nationalist message to the assemblage of globalists.
Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Israel, Egypt and Jordan later this month, his office announced on Monday, rescheduling a trip postponed after President Trump’s controversial decision last month to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Trump’s Jerusalem decision, including plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, was warmly received among Jewish Israelis but caused a backlash in the region and stiff opposition from Palestinians, who consider East Jerusalem the capital of a future Palestinian state. For decades, U.S. policy held that Jerusalem’s status was a matter for Palestinians and Israelis to settle as part of a broad peace deal.
Pence was not able to travel to the Middle East in the immediate aftermath of the decision, in part because of protests there but also because Republicans thought Pence would be needed to break a tie vote in the Senate for their tax cut bill. The delay of the trip had raised doubts as to whether Pence would reschedule it.
In great likelihood, Utah will have a new U.S. senator next year by the name of Mitt Romney.
The question isn’t why so many eagerly embrace the peripatetic former presidential hopeful, who grew up in Michigan and made his public life in Massachusetts. He’s the closest thing possible to a native son who wasn’t actually born on Utah soil.
The bigger mystery is how Romney, given his evident disdain, would get on with President Trump: as another in the lockstep Republican ranks or, some hope, a leader of resistance from within the GOP?
White House senior advisor Stephen Miller on Sunday denounced writer Michael Wolff as “the garbage author of a garbage book.”
In a combative interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Miller disputed the broad outlines of Wolff’s portrayal of President Trump while deflecting a number of specific queries posed by host Jake Tapper about episodes depicted in the book.
Tapper pressed Miller in particular about the book’s characterization of a June 2016 meeting with Kremlin-linked figures at Trump Tower in which the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and son Donald Trump Jr. took part.