Republicans Watch Their Step in a Slow Retreat From Trump

Republicans on Sunday inched away from President Trump amid mounting evidence that he may have sought to interfere in the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In a sign of growing anxiety, several important Republicans expressed discomfort with Mr. Trump’s firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who had been leading the agency’s inquiry into whether […]

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Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net. For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income […]

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House Inquiry Turns Attention to Trump Campaign Worker With Russia Ties

Michael Caputo, who served as a communications adviser to the Trump campaign, has been asked by the House committee investigating Russian election meddling to submit to a voluntary interview and to provide any documents he may have that are related to the inquiry. The House Intelligence Committee, which is examining possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, made […]

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Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told

Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. That avenue of investigation was added in recent weeks after assertions by former FBI Director James Comey that President Donald Trump had tried […]

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Pelosi: Trump ‘vulnerable personally’ amid Russia probe

President Donald Trump has made himself “very vulnerable personally” amid investigations of his campaign ties with Russia, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday. She pointed to Trump’s reported request to now-fired FBI Director James Comey to lay off an investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. “I think the Flynn thing is where the president is very […]

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Trump might have obstructed justice, if Comey’s allegation is true

Former FBI director James B. Comey’s allegation that President Trump pressed him to shut down the bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn provides the strongest support yet for a criminal obstruction-of-justice case against Trump, legal analysts say, though even more evidence would probably be required to warrant action. Comey wrote in a memo that Trump asked him […]

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Israel-US spat erupts ahead of Trump visit to region

A diplomatic spat on Monday erupted between U.S. and Israeli officials, just days before a planned visit by President Donald Trump, after an American representative questioned Israel’s claim to one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Israel angrily demanded an explanation from the White House, casting a cloud over the highly anticipated visit by the new president, which is being […]

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Trump defends release of classified information

One day after reports he leaked “highly classified information” to top Russian officials, President Trump defended his right to share “facts” about terrorism and airline safety as part of a joint counter-terrorism effort to fight the Islamic State. “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism […]

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“Highly damaging”: Former intel official weighs in on Trump report

President Donald Trump revealed “highly classified” information to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week, The Washington Post reported. Congress reacts to reports of Trump’s disclosure of classified information “This is highly damaging for two reasons,” said former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell about the reported reveal, which the White House denies. “First, the Russians will […]

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