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Retiring GOP lawmakers cut loose on Trump

Ryan CostelloFew Republicans in Washington are willing to go head-to-head with President Trump, but there is one band of GOP members willing to stand up to the leader of their own party: lawmakers who have announced their retirements.

While it’s not uncommon for members to feel far more liberated on their way out the door, it has taken on a whole new meaning in the Trump era, where lawmakers are confronted daily by a never-ending stream of White House controversies.


Kelly losing favor of White House staff: report

Kelley losing favor of WH staff

Chief of staff John Kelly has lost his “credibility and influence” within the White House, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Kelly was not fully consulted on recent key personnel decisions and has lost the support of some of the staff while angering First Lady Melania Trump by dismissing the president’s aide, Johnny McEntee, White House sources told the Post.

"When you lose that power," Bill Clinton’s chief of staff Leon Panetta told the Post "you become a virtual White House intern, being told where to go and what to do."


Manafort moves to suppress evidence found in storage unit

Manafort tries to suppress evidence found in his locker

Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are arguing that what could be key evidence against him should be kept out of court because the FBI violated his Constitutional rights by illegally entering a storage locker belonging to Manafort's firm.

The FBI first got into the Alexandria, Va. storage unit last May with the assistance of an employee who worked at two or more of Manafort's companies, an agent told the federal magistrate judge who issued the warrant. Then, the agent used what he saw written on so-called Banker's Boxes and the fact there was a five-drawer filing cabinet to get permission to return and seize many of the records.



DOJ dismisses Nunes demand for Trump-Russia document

Nunes dmand for records dismissed by DOJ

The Department of Justice on Friday dismissed Rep. Devin Nunes demand for an unredacted copy of the document that initiated the FBI’s investigation of links between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign.

In a letter released Friday, the Justice Department reaffirmed their and the FBI’s response to House Intelligence Committees inquiries regarding the document.

Nunes, who is the House Intelligence Committee chairman, on Thursday sent a letter to the Justice Department demanding an unredacted copy of that document.




U.S. sanctions ensnare Russians with ties to Trump world

US sanctions ensnare Russians with Trump tries

The United States imposed new economic sanctions on senior Russian politicians, companies and business leaders Friday, citing a list of complaints against Moscow that included its attempts to undermine Western democracies and recurring cyber offensives.

The sanctions target 17 Russian government officials, a state-owned weapons trading company and seven so-called oligarchs. Several individuals on the list have close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.


Trump denies knowing about hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels

Trump denies Stormy checkPresident Trump denied knowing about his lawyer's $130,000 payment to a porn star before the 2016 presidential election, telling reporters Thursday that he doesn't know where the hush money came from.

Why, then, would his attorney make the payment to secure the silence of the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels?

“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael," Trump said.

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Trump's comments could have legal ramifications for Cohen, Trump's personal attorney and the executive vice president of the Trump Organization.


Trump ditches ‘boring’ tax script for Mexican rapists, illegal voting claims

Trump speech full of ugly lies

President Donald Trump on Thursday ditched his “boring” prepared remarks at a tax roundtable in West Virginia, and instead repeated his claim that “millions” of people are voting illegally and boasted that he was right about the threat of Mexican rapists.

“You know, this was going to be my remarks, it would’ve have taken about two minutes, but to hell with it,” the president said, tossing papers in the air. “That would have been a little boring, a little boring.”


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