Former Trump Attorney: President Untruthful About Russia

Former Trump Attorney: President Untruthful About Russia

Former Trump Attorney: President Untruthful About Russia A combination photo shows President Donald Trump's onetime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, outside federal court in New York City, April 16, 2018, and Trump in the White House, July 18, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, said Friday he believes the president is not telling the truth about his campaign's involvement with Russia. Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, in part for helping make payments to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump to stay silent before the 2016 election. In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, Cohen responded "no" when asked if Trump was telling the truth to Special Counsel Robert Mueller about "everything related to Russia." Cohen said he bought the silence of the women because Trump "was very concerned about how this would affect the election" if the allegations were made public. FILE - Michael Cohen..

US Launches New Strategy for Africa

US Launches New Strategy for Africa

The Trump administration has unveiled a new strategy for Africa that's focused on countering Chinese and Russian influence on the resource-rich continent. And the administration is demanding more accountability for American aid. Patsy Widakuswara has more from the White House.

US Judge: Lawsuit Over Trump Travel Ban Waivers Will Proceed

US Judge: Lawsuit Over Trump Travel Ban Waivers Will Proceed

US Judge: Lawsuit Over Trump Travel Ban Waivers Will Proceed FILE - Protesters chant during a rally against the travel ban at San Diego International Airport, March 6, 2017. SAN FRANCISCO — A lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants from countries under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward, a U.S. judge said Thursday. Judge James Donato heard arguments on the administration's request that he dismiss the lawsuit. The case was "not going away at this stage,'' he said at the close of the hearing. The plaintiffs say the administration is not honoring a waiver provision in the president's ban on travelers from five mostly Muslim countries — Iran, Lybia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban in a 5-4 ruling in June. FILE - Protesters hold up signs and call out against the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump's travel ban outside the the Supreme Court in Washing..

Report: Federal Prosecutors Probing Trump Inauguration Spending

Report: Federal Prosecutors Probing Trump Inauguration Spending

Report: Federal Prosecutors Probing Trump Inauguration Spending FILE - President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Nov. 29, 2018. WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee misspent some of the funds it raised, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter. The investigation opened by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office is examining whether some of the committee's donors gave money in exchange for policy concessions, influencing administration positions or access to the incoming administration, the Journal said. The probe could present another legal threat for Trump and his White House, which already faces a web of lawsuits and probes into subjects such as the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia, hush-money payments to women made by the president's former lawyer, and spending by Trump's f..

US Budget Deficit Hits Record $204.9B for November 

US Budget Deficit Hits Record $204.9B for November 

US Budget Deficit Hits Record $204.9B for November FILE - The U.S. Capitol is pictured in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit surged to a record for the month of November of $204.9 billion, but a big part of the increase reflected a calendar quirk. In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Thursday that the deficit for November was $66.4 billion higher than the imbalance in November 2017. But $44 billion of that figure reflected the fact that December benefits in many government entitlement programs were paid in November this year because Dec. 1 fell on a Saturday. For the first two months of this budget year, the deficit totals $305.4 billion, up 51.4 percent from the same period last year. The Trump administration is projecting that this year's deficit will top $1 trillion, reflecting increased government spending and the loss of revenue from a big tax cut. The new report showed that the higher tariffs from President Donald Trump's ..

US Senate Votes to End Backing for Saudi War Effort in Yemen

US Senate Votes to End Backing for Saudi War Effort in Yemen

US Senate Votes to End Backing for Saudi War Effort in Yemen Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich (L), and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., arrive for a classified security briefing on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 13, 2018. CAPITOL HILL — The U.S. Senate on Thursday dealt a historic rebuke to Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally, passing a resolution to end American support for the kingdom's military intervention in Yemen's civil war and another measure condemning the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist. After hours of passionate debate, the Republican-led chamber voted 56-41 to approve the first resolution. Moments later, it adopted the second resolution by a voice vote. In both cases, the chamber acted in defiance of the Trump administration, which has strenuously argued against a rupture of cooperation between Washington and Riyadh. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., joined at left by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.,..

Republican Senator Distances Himself From Raytheon Stock Buy

Republican Senator Distances Himself From Raytheon Stock Buy

Republican Senator Distances Himself From Raytheon Stock Buy FILE - Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., participates in a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 6, 2018. WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has quickly unloaded Raytheon stock following a report that the recent purchase was made after he urged President Donald Trump to boost military spending by billions of dollars. The Daily Beast first reported that a financial adviser to Sen. James Inhofe bought between $50,000 and $100,000 of Raytheon stock on Tuesday. Days earlier, the Oklahoma Republican had met with Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss the military's budget. That led to separate reports that said Trump would ask Congress to provide the Pentagon with record-level spending of $750 billion in 2020. Leacy Burke, a spokeswoman for Inhofe, said the senator had no involvement in the Raytheon transaction and wasn't aware of it "until it came through the system.'&#0..

Pelosi: US House Democrats to Seek Trump Tax Returns

Pelosi: US House Democrats to Seek Trump Tax Returns

Pelosi: US House Democrats to Seek Trump Tax Returns House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 13, 2018. WASHINGTON — Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that members of Congress from her party will seek to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns when they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January — a move the White House is likely to strongly resist. The House Ways and Means Committee will "take the first steps" toward obtaining the documents, said Pelosi, who has the backing of her members to become speaker of the House next month. As it is likely to be a challenging process, it will be up to the committee to figure out how to proceed, she said. "There is popular demand for the Congress to request the president's tax returns," she told reporters in the Capitol. "I'm sure the White House will resist and so the question is where do we go from there," she said. FILE ..

House GOP Leader: Government Shutdown Would Be 'stupid'

House GOP Leader: Government Shutdown Would Be 'stupid'

House GOP Leader: Government Shutdown Would Be 'stupid' A young Honduran migrant waits for his parents to cross over the U.S. border wall after he was squeezed through one of its gaps, from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 12, 2018. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says a looming government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. The California Republican said Thursday that even if House Republicans cobble together enough votes to approve the wall, the plan is likely to fail in the Senate. Democrats in that chamber have vowed to block it from receiving the necessary 60 votes. McCarthy said he thinks "going into a shutdown is stupid," but he offered no immediate plan ahead of a December 21 deadline. The House adjourned for six days after his remarks. McCarthy's comments put him at odds with Trump, who said this week he'd be "proud to shut down the governme..

Pelosi: 4-Year Maximum in Speaker Post Is 'a Long Time'

Pelosi: 4-Year Maximum in Speaker Post Is 'a Long Time'

Pelosi: 4-Year Maximum in Speaker Post Is 'a Long Time' House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 13, 2018. Rep. Nancy Pelosi shrugged off suggestions Thursday that she weakened herself by agreeing to limit her tenure as next House speaker to a four-year maximum, a deal that clears the way for her to be elected to the post for the new Congress. "That's a long time," she said at a news conference a day after she and seven insurgents who'd been pushing for younger leadership announced their pact. For weeks, the 78-year-old California Democrat had resisted opponents' demands that she step aside or restrict how long she'd serve, saying limits would make her a lame duck and sap her bargaining clout. But on Wednesday she relented and struck a deal that all but guarantees she'll be elected when the House votes on its new speaker on January 3. "What, four years? No, I don't think that..

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