President Trump, Congress honor preacher Billy Graham at Capitol

February 28, 2018 Admin3915 0

At a ceremony honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham at the U.S. Capitol, President Donald Trump shared a special memory of his father taking him to see the prolific preacher. USA TODAY President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to honor Christian evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham Feb. 28, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) WASHINGTON – President Trump and congressional leaders praised Billy Graham as America’s pastor during a private ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as the preacher lay in honor. Graham, an evangelical preacher who spoke to millions in his lifetime, died Feb. 21 at age 99. His casket was placed in the center of the Capitol Rotunda for READ MORE

Hope Hicks to resign as Donald Trump’s White House communications director

February 28, 2018 Admin3915 0

S he had been romantically linked to Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary, who resigned earlier this month after being accused of domestic violence by two ex-wives, allegations he has denied. Miss Hicks had worked to defend Mr Porter from the allegations, helping to craft the White House’s initial supportive response. She is expected to leave the White House in the next few weeks. Before working for Mr Trump the former Ralph Lauren fashion model had worked in public relations promoting the brands of the president’s daughter Ivanka. She became Mr Trump’s spokeswoman and as his campaign gained steam she single-handedly and effectively fielded an ever increasing deluge of calls from journalists. In August 2017 she was promoted to became the fourth White House READ MORE

Donald Trump suggests ‘terror’ ratings for movies to help stop gun attacks after shock at what son Barron watches

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D onald Trump has suggested films should be given a “terror” rating to help stop school shootings as he expressed shock at the “really violent” entertainment children are watching. Mr Trump revealed he had been taken aback by what his 11-year-old son Barron watches and raised fears about the computer games that are being played. During a gun policy meeting in the White House, Mr Trump reprimanded senators, including those of his own party, for being “afraid of the NRA”, the National Rifle Association. And he doubled down on proposals to raise the age for buying an semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, insisting he was interested in the move even though the NRA opposed it. Speaking in front of cameras in the White House, READ MORE

Trump to Republican senator: ‘You’re afraid of the NRA’

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In an exchange during a meeting of a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, Trump asked Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Toomey if their background check bill they authored in the aftermath of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 included a provision that would have raised the age at which individuals could purchase rifles from 18 to 21. Toomey said it did not. “You know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA,” Trump said. The Manchin-Toomey bill is different from the more limited “Fix NICS” bill , from Sens. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and the second ranking GOP member in the chamber, and Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, which offers financial incentives for state and local governments READ MORE

Trump voices support for certain gun control measures

February 28, 2018 Admin3915 0

The wide-ranging meeting, which included blunt back-and-forths between Trump and members of both parties, was further evidence of the vast divide on guns and showed that Trump was unfamiliar with details of key gun legislation being debated on Capitol Hill. Trump, again, brought up his support for raising the age of gun purchases from 18 to 21, though he didn’t specifically say he would sign a bill that includes that provision. The President also said he was eagerly waiting to sign an executive action to ban bump fire stocks, gun accessories that make it easier for semi-automatic weapons to fire like they are automatic. But, during an exchange with Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, Trump signaled that he did READ MORE

Donald Trump: Police Should Have Taken Guns From Florida Shooter ‘Whether They Had The Right Or Not’

February 28, 2018 Admin3915 0

President Donald Trump  criticized police for not doing more to prevent a mass shooting at a Florida high school , arguing they should have taken the shooter’s guns away “whether they had the right or not.” During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on gun control Thursday, Trump suggested guns should be taken away “immediately from people that you can judge easily are mentally ill,” alluding to the Florida shooter, who had undergone a psychiatric evaluation in 2016 but was ultimately not hospitalized. “The police saw that he was a problem, they didn’t take any guns away,” Trump said. “Now that could have been policing, but they should have taken them away anyway, whether they had the right or not.” He doubled down on the claim later READ MORE

Mueller asking if Trump knew about hacked Democratic emails before release

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved in their strategic release, according to multiple people familiar with the probe. Mueller’s investigators have asked witnesses whether Trump was aware of plans for WikiLeaks to publish the emails. They have also asked about the relationship between GOP operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and why Trump took policy positions favorable to Russia. The line of questioning suggests the special counsel, who is tasked with examining whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, is looking into possible coordination between WikiLeaks and Trump associates in READ MORE

President Trump Taunted ‘Disgraceful’ Jeff Sessions Again. This Time, Sessions Hit Back

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(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as “disgraceful” his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia investigation. Jeff Sessions, who rarely responds publicly to criticism from his boss, didn’t keep quiet this time and said the Justice Department he leads had acted appropriately. “As long as I am the attorney general, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution,” Sessions said. The department’s internal watchdog will evaluate whether prosecutors and agents wrongly obtained a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act READ MORE

What did Donald Trump know about stolen WikiLeaks emails?

February 28, 2018 Admin3915 0

Special counsel Robert Mueller is beginning to ask direct questions about whether Donald Trump knew about the stolen Democratic emails from the 2016 presidential election before their theft became public knowledge — as well as whether he was in any way involved in how they were released during the campaign. Witnesses who were involved with Trump’s campaign are being asked if the president knew that WikiLeaks was going to publish the stolen emails, according to NBC News . Particular attention has been paid to Trump’s infamous July 2016 public comments at a news conference shortly after WikiLeaks began publishing Democratic National Committee emails. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump told reporters at the time. The READ MORE

Ex-Watchdogs Side With Jeff Sessions After Donald Trump Calls Him ‘DISGRACEFUL!’

February 28, 2018 Admin3915 0

President Donald Trump’s latest skirmish with Jeff Sessions played out on Twitter Wednesday morning, as he criticized the Attorney General for not doing enough to investigate potential surveillance abuse. Trump tweeted that an internal investigation into Chairman Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) FISA abuse allegations –– laid out in a controversial memo –– would be toothless if run by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, as opposed to DoJ lawyers themselves. “DISGRACEFUL!” Trump added, after asking why Sessions had given the task to the IG. But former inspectors general tell The Daily Beast that it makes perfect sense for the investigation to move forward this way. “The request to do an investigation like this is well within the jurisdiction of the IG’s office and frankly, READ MORE