Schumer stalling on Kavanaugh meeting deepens White House rift

Schumer stalling on Kavanaugh meeting deepens White House rift

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has refused to meet with Brett Kavanaugh until being assured by Republicans that the nominee’s voluminous document cache will be made available for review. | Alex Wong/Getty Images The Senate minority leader has yet to arrange a meeting with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick. By LORRAINE WOELLERT 07/19/2018 04:10…
McConnell issues Supreme Court ultimatum

McConnell issues Supreme Court ultimatum

Mitch McConnell has a warning for Democrats demanding copious documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Be careful what you wish for. The Senate majority leader privately told senior Republicans on Wednesday that if Democrats keep pushing for access to upwards of a million pages in records from President Donald Trump’s high court pick, he’s…
Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic

Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic

When I wrote, back in February, that I was skeptical that President Donald Trump would ever be proved to have secretly colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election in his favor, I mistyped. What I meant to write was that I wasn’t skeptical. Story Continued Below Last week’s events have nullified my previous skepticism.…
White House morale tanks amid Helsinki fallout

White House morale tanks amid Helsinki fallout

President Donald Trump’s disastrous performance since his news conference alongside Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has sent West Wing morale to its lowest level since the Charlottesville fiasco almost a year ago. As happened last August, when the president refused to condemn neo-Nazi demonstrators, Trump’s attempts to tamp down outrage have backfired. Stilted statements followed by…
Why Russia Will Help the Democrats Next

Why Russia Will Help the Democrats Next

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned last week that the nation is under sustained cyberattack from foreign adversaries like Russia. “I’m here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said, echoing the comments of former CIA Director George Tenet about the summer of 2001. “The warning signs are there. The system…
Trump’s openness to Russian interrogation of Americans sets off fresh outrage

Trump’s openness to Russian interrogation of Americans sets off fresh outrage

It took the White House nearly 24 hours to publicly reject Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request to interrogate Americans, a proposal that was so roundly reviled that even the U.S. Senate managed to agree unanimously that it was a horrible idea. The White House’s Thursday statement finally informing the public that, yes, the president opposes…
Trump plans to invite Putin to Washington this fall

Trump plans to invite Putin to Washington this fall

President Donald Trump has faced a tidal wave of criticism this week after his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland. | Markus Schreiber/AP Photo President Donald Trump asked his national security adviser to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday afternoon.…
DHS secretary agrees Russia meddled in election, but dodges whether it helped Trump

DHS secretary agrees Russia meddled in election, but dodges whether it helped Trump

“Russia was absolutely attempting to interfere in our election systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum. | Mel Evans/AP Photo ASPEN, Colo. — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Thursday that Russia undoubtedly interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but declined to say directly that those…
Foreign Service officers fear Trump may erode diplomatic immunity

Foreign Service officers fear Trump may erode diplomatic immunity

The people Russian President Vladimir Putin wants access to include former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. | David Goldman/AP Photo The White House's suggestion that it may allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador, among other Americans, has infuriated U.S. officials who fear such a move would badly undermine core legal protections offered…
Senate leaders jostle amid Trump-Putin fallout

Senate leaders jostle amid Trump-Putin fallout

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) asked two committees to hold hearings on the implementation of last year's bipartisan Russia sanctions bill, while Minority Leader Chuck Schumer focused on the president’s stated openness to allowing Russia’s government to question Americans. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Senate voted 98-0 to oppose giving Russia access to U.S.…
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