2016

Analysis: 4 Takeaways From Trump’s First Turkey Pardoning
Even when Trump passes presidential test, Russia matter looms

A protester, David Barrows, wears a President Donald Trump mask while holding a sign outside the White House on Tuesday as the president prepared for the annual turkey-pardoning ceremony. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Drumstick is a free bird, thanks to President Donald Trump.

The commander in chief used his executive authorities Tuesday to pardon the Minnesota-bred fowl just two days before he might have become someone’s Thanksgiving meal.

Trump on Putin Election Meddling Denials: He ‘Means It’
Chinese President Xi Jinping described as ‘more powerful’ than Mao Zedong

Chinese and U.S. flags are displayed in front of the portrait of China’s late communist leader Mao Zedong outside the Forbidden City in Beijing during President Donald Trump’s visit. Trump described Chinese President Xi Jinping as “more powerful” than Mao. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Saturday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “means it” when he denies meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. He also said Chinese President Xi Jinping is “more powerful” than Mao Zedong, one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Trump said he again asked Putin on the sidelines of a summit of powerful Pacific Rim countries if Russia meddled in the election. Putin again denied it — but the president did not tell reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One if he warned Putin to cease such tactics.

Report: Mueller Probing Rohrabacher’s Meeting with Flynn
Rohrabacher received repeated criticism for pro-Russian stances

UNITED STATES — NOVEMBER 1: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., arrives for the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on “An Insider’s Look at the North Korean Regime” on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is reportedly probing into a meeting California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to NBC.

Rohrabacher, a Republican, is frequently referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite congressman because of his support for a stronger partnership between Russia and the United States.

Wasserman Schultz Ducks Questions On Brazile Accusations
Brazile accused former DNC chair of handing 2016 ops to Clinton campaign

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., ducked questions about accusations by former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile that she turned over DNC operations to the 2016 Clinton campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has put on a clinic for the Five Ds of Dodgeball since Donna Brazile publicly accused her of prematurely turning over the Democratic National Committee to the Clinton campaign in 2016.

Back home in Florida Monday, the Florida Democrat and former DNC co-chair repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations her successor, Brazile, levied against her.

Comey Drops His Cover on Twitter
Former FBI director drops Niebuhr on Twitter and emerges as @comey as he promotes book

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election on June 8, 2017. (By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former FBI Director James B. Comey is no longer using Reinhold Neibuhr for cover, making his Twitter account official as he promotes his book.

The website Gizmodo discovered earlier this year while Comey was still FBI director, that he had a Twitter account with the handle @ProjectExile7 under the moniker Reinhold Niebuhr. Comey had written his college thesis about the theologian.

Weiner to Report to Prison Today
Begins 21-month sentence for sending explicit texts to an underage girl

Former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner exits federal court in Manhattan in May after pleading guilty to federal charges of transmitting sexual material to a minor. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images file photo)

Disgraced former New York Rep. Anthony Weinerwill begin his 21-month prison sentence Monday at a Massachusetts facility.

The former Democratic congressman pled guilty in May of sending sexually explicit messages to an underage girl. He is supposed to report to Federal Medical Center Devens, the New York Daily News reported.

Trump Urges DOJ to Investigate His Political Foes
Rare move by a president follows Twitter rant before Asia trip

President Trump wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the Democratic Party, a rare statement by a sitting president. They are pictured here on the campaign trail. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Trump made his most clear statement yet about the Justice Department and how the Democratic Party handled the 2016 election, stopping just shy of directing a DOJ probe into the matter. Such a move is unusual for a sitting president.

“But honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats. They should be looking at [Tony] Podesta and all of that dishonesty,” Trump said of the Justice Department. “They should be looking at a lot of things. And a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me.”

Trump: Dems Must ‘Guarantee’ All Wall Funding in DACA Bill
President's demand could complicate work on immigration bill

Aurelia Lopez and her daughter Antonia overlook construction of border wall prototypes in October  in Tijuana, Mexico. The prototypes are being built just north of the U.S.- Mexico border. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images file photo)

Updated at 10:07 a.m. | President Donald Trump will insist Democrats give him a formal “guarantee” for the full amount of federal dollars for his proposed southern border wall, a demand that will further complicate work on a bipartisan immigration bill.

Trump in early September ended the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, giving Congress six months to pass an immigration bill that addresses those affected by his cancellation plan. Weeks later, the White House released its priorities for that measure, which included full funding for the border wall project.

Clovis Latest Casualty of Russia Probe, Withdraws Nomination
Trump adviser identified as communicating with Papadopoulos

Sam Clovis, seen here high-fiving then-candidate Donald Trump in Iowa last year, has withdrawn his nomination to a top post at the Agriculture Department. (Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

Sam Clovis, the nominee for the Agriculture Department’s top scientific post, has withdrawn from consideration after being identified as one of the Trump campaign officials with whom former campaign aide George Papadopoulos communicated about his Russian contacts.

“We respect Mr. Clovis’s decision to withdraw his nomination,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Kelly’s Civil War Comment Leads White House Off Message — Again
Asked four times if White House thinks slavery was ‘wrong,’ Sanders silent

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comment about the Civil War in a television interview Monday night started a slide off message — despite his staff’s plans for a day about tax reform and the president’s coming Asia trip. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

White House officials attempted to move beyond the legal troubles of three former Trump campaign aides, pushing a message that President Donald Trump was busily preparing for his Asia trip and meeting with lawmakers on his agenda. Then, again, came self-inflicted errors.

Trump’s staff set up his day to steer the narrative toward that coming 11-day trek through a handful of Asian countries — with the North Korea threat and trade issues on the agenda — and the Republican push for a tax overhaul bill.