“I had important meetings today with senators and everything, nobody cared,” President Donald Trump said near the conclusion of his freewheeling sit down with rapper and music producer Kanye West in the Oval Office on Thursday. The buzz-worthy event capped off the Senate’s last week in Washington before heading home to campaign, a busy week filled with music legends, Game of Thrones references and errant cell phones.
President Donald Trump and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced from the Oval Office on Tuesday that Haley would be stepping down from her UN post at the end of the year.
“We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose — hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point,” Trump said, praising the outgoing ambassador.
U.S. Capitol Police arrested scores of protesters in the Hart Senate office building Thursday afternoon. The demonstration was organized by the Women’s March to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate has a vote planned for Friday to advance the nomination following the results of an FBI investigation of sexual assault allegations against the judge in the 1980s.
Sen. Lindsey Graham was escorted by a security detail to the Senate subway on Tuesday while being followed by protesters shouting at him. Graham is an outspoken GOP member of the committee overseeing the confirmation process of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which was marred by protests last week.
The anti-Kavanaugh protesters waiting in the Russell entrance to the Senate subway also accosted Republican Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, but cheered at the arrivals of Sens. Mazie Hirono and Bernie Sanders.
It’s been a long week. But as the nation watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a trying, emotional Supreme Court hearing, the rest of the Capitol was up to its usual foibles. Take a break from the drama with this week’s Hits and Misses, featuring George Gershwin, the Chinese Libertarian Army and a bipartisan love of National Geographic.
Sen. Jeff Flake, one of a handful of senators who could determine the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, voted Friday to advance the nomination, under the condition that the floor vote will be pushed back one week to allow time for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against the nominee.
Senators from both sides of the aisle praised the delay. “We are in a better place than we were at 8 a.m. this morning,” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.
Roll Call reporter Katherine Tully-McManus was on the ground during this long, tumultuous Thursday on Capitol Hill. Marked with massive protests and several arrests, here's what it was like outside the hearing room while the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on sexual assault allegations from accuser Christine Blasey Ford and the nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
President Donald Trump called Senate Democrats efforts to derail Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process a “con job.”
“I’d love to be in the room with the Democrats … [Minority Leader Charles E.] Schumer and his buddies are all in there laughing how they fooled you all,” Trump said at a news briefing Wednesday night.
The lobbyists bested the lawmakers once again at the 20th annual congressional basketball game on Tuesday night. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Ted Cruz were among the members on the team this year, joining Reps. Ryan A. Costello, Brad Wenstrup, Carlos Curbelo, and the sole Democrat and the team — freshman Conor Lamb.
The score was 57-53.
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