When Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, earlier this week whether it would be a crime if "the president tried to coach somebody not to testify, or testify falsely," Barr was unequivocal: "Yes," the nominee replied. "Under an obstruction statute, yes." Now that an explosive story published Thursday by BuzzFeed News alleges that Trump did just that, by ordering Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress, Barr's answer puts the White House in an awkward position,legal experts observed.
WASHINGTON - At federal law enforcement agencies from the FBI to the DEA to Customs and Border Protection and others, the frustration about having missed a paycheck last week because of the partial government shutdown is growing into fear and anger amid signs that the lack of funds is affecting investigations. The government shutdown, the longest in American history, has dragged down morale across federal agencies as tens of thousands of workers are required to show up with no idea when their paycheck deliveries will resume.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday channeled President Ronald Reagan's dream from the "Star Wars" era of the Cold War, pledging in a speech at the Pentagon to "detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, anytime, anyplace." The vast vision Trump articulated - which included shielding every city in the country and protecting against all types of missile threats, regardless of type or origin - went far beyond the more modest plans the Pentagon set out in a new missile defense strategy released at the same time. In his remarks, Trump promised an ex
WASHINGTON - A government report released Thursday said the Trump administration probably separated thousands more migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border than has previously been made public, but federal efforts to track those children have been so poor that the precise number is unknown.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Thursday that he was postponing an unannounced trip of hers to Afghanistan, Egypt and Belgium - which he called a "seven-day excursion" - because of the government shutdown. "In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure that you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate," Trump said in a letter to Pelosi that was publicly released by the White House.
Facebook on Thursday, Jan. 17, said it had removed hundreds of pages that originated in Russia for engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" on its site, including a network of accounts that touched on regional weather and sports but actually served as way for Russian state-owned media to secretly reach social media users.
WASHINGTON - Faced with growing numbers of call outs by its workers - and images of some of them lining up for food donations - leaders of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged Wednesday, Jan. 16, that "many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations." Significant numbers of TSA agents have not been coming to work, either because of financial hardship or to underscore their opposition to being forced to work without pay. And the agency said the call outs are rising.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Wednesday were making plans to undermine President Donald Trump at his Jan. 29 "State of the Union" address. Just past 8:30 a.m., the leadership's communications arm sent an email to lawmakers urging them to bring furloughed federal workers or other "message-related" guests to the nationally televised event. Unknown to most of her caucus, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had decided on a more confrontational approach.
BEIRUT - The Islamic State asserted responsibility Wednesday for a suicide blast in the U.S.-patrolled city of Manbij in Syria, the first such attack since President Donald Trump said American forces would withdraw from the country because the militant group has been largely defeated. In a message posted to Twitter, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State said that U.S. service members were killed while conducting a routine patrol in the city but did not say how many died or provide further details.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address - or deliver it in writing - because of the partial federal government shutdown. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi said the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, both of which have key responsibilities for planning and implementing security at the scheduled Jan. 29 address, have been "hamstrung" by furloughs.