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Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House

Trump team knew Flynn was under investigationMichael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.

Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser. The job gave Mr. Flynn access to the president and nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies.

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Flynn, Manafort Are Key Figures in Russia Probe Mueller Will Lead

Flynn and Manafort Key subjectsFormer Trump aides Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort have emerged as key figures in the FBI's investigation into Russian campaign interference, which has just been taken over by a special counsel, four law enforcement officials told NBC News.

Officials say multiple grand jury subpoenas and records requests have been issued in connection with the two men during the past six months in the ongoing probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian attempts to influence the election, an inquiry that will now be overseen by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

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House Majority Leader McCarthy said last year he believed Putin was paying off Trump

Kevin McCarthyHouse Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told House Speaker Paul Ryan a year ago he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was paying off Donald Trump, according to a report Wednesday evening.

"There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump," McCarthy said during a private discussion on Capitol Hill, according to a Washington Post report of the June 15, 2016, conversation. McCarthy was referring to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who has a reputation for defending Putin and Russia.

"Swear to God," McCarthy added.

McCarthy, Ryan and others had just left talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who had informed them of Moscow's method of financing populist politicians to hurt Eastern European democracies.

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Controversial sheriff David Clarke hired by Trump's Department of Homeland Security

Sheriff David ClarkePresident Trump's administration has added another controversial figure, hiring Sheriff David Clarke for the Department of Homeland Security.

The current Milwaukee County sheriff told radio host Vicki McKenna on Wednesday that he is leaving Wisconsin to become an assistant secretary in the agency’s the Office of Partnerships and Programs, working as a liaison to state and local police.

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Robert Mueller appointed special counsel to oversee probe into Russia's interference in 2016 election

Robert Mueller appointed special counselThe United States Department of Justice has announced that a special counsel has been appointed to investigate Russian interference into last year's presidential election.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been assigned by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and related matters."

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Whining Trump claims ‘no politician in history’ has been ‘treated worse or more unfairly’

Trump whines at Coast Guard Academy graduationPresident Trump offered a robust defense of his presidency Wednesday, arguing that he has been treated unfairly by the Washington media amid a series of deepening scandals that have engulfed his administration.

In a commencement ceremony at the Coast Guard Academy, Trump said “no politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down, can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.”

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Macron Pulls A Trudeau And Fills Half His Cabinet With Women

Macron fills half of cabinet with womenFrench President Emmanel Macron has delivered on his promise to take gender equality seriously.  

On Tuesday, he announced the members of his 22-person cabinet ― 11 of them are women, including Olympian Laura Flessel as Minister of Sports, and publisher Françoise Nyssen as Minister of Culture.

Tuesday’s appointments come just a few days after Macron submitted his list of candidates for France’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Of over 400 names, half of them were women.

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Household debt tops 2008 peak ahead of financial crisis

Household debt in US at pre crash levelU.S. household debt has topped the record level reached in 2008, a milestone for the recovery that shows consumers are borrowing again,

But while the debt doesn’t pose the risks that toppled the financial system nine years ago, there are still some signs of potential trouble, notably high student loan debt and delinquencies.

Debt balances for American households increased $149 billion, or 1.2%, in the first quarter to $12.73 trillion, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday. That’s modestly above the $12.68 trillion peak in 2008 and 14.1% higher than the bottom in 2013.

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Conservative columnist: Trump should be removed under 25th Amendment

Comservative columnist: Use 25th amendment to remove TrumpConservative columnist Ross Douthat on Tuesday argued President Trump should be removed under the 25th Amendment — rather than impeachment.

In his New York Times column, Douthat says that the 25th Amendment, which permits the Cabinet to remove the commander in chief if a majority tells Congress he cannot perform his presidential duties, is a “more appropriate” method for “this strange situation than impeachment.”

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