Susan Rice makes claim Russians could be behind violent George Floyd demonstrations

Former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice bizarrely suggested in a televised interview Sunday that the Russians could be behind the violent nationwide demonstrations following the in-custody death of George Floyd, although she offered no evidence for the incendiary claim. Rice’s made the claim after top Democrats insisted for years that the White House had […]

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White House downplays Minnesota claims of far-right role in riots, in dispute over who’s fueling violence

White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien downplayed on Sunday reports that far-right and white supremacist groups were involved in stoking the violence at protests nationwide this weekend following the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis last Monday. While O’Brien did not specifically rule out far-right involvement in the protests over the killing […]

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Flynn Discussed Sanctions at Length With Russian Diplomat, Transcripts Show

WASHINGTON — The former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn discussed sanctions at length with a Russian diplomat in late 2016, according to transcripts declassified on Friday that appear to bolster earlier assertions that Mr. Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence and F.B.I. agents about those conversations. The transcripts have become a conservative cause, and […]

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What do the Flynn-Kislyak transcripts say?

Transcripts of phone conversations between then-incoming White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 were released Friday. The transcripts have long been sought by lawmakers because they reveal the contents of the phone calls between Flynn and Kislyak during the 2016 presidential transition period. Flynn pleaded guilty for […]

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F.B.I. Once Investigated Trump Campaign Adviser’s Ties to Egypt

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and the special counsel’s office investigated whether a former Trump campaign adviser secretly worked for the Egyptian government to influence the incoming administration in the months before President Trump took office, according to several people familiar with the inquiry. The former adviser, Walid Phares, was one of five Trump campaign aides […]

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Slash tax rate in half for corporations returning to US, White House adviser suggests

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday floated the idea of cutting the corporate tax rate in half for US companies that bring their operations back from other countries. “Why not provide a 50 percent discount for the corporate tax rate if you’re moving from outside the US to the US?” Kudlow told reporters […]

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Kushner, Law Aside, Doesn’t Rule Out Delaying 2020 Election

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, refused on Tuesday to rule out postponing the presidential election in November, a comment that fed directly into Democratic concerns that President Trump might use the coronavirus crisis to delay or delegitimize the contest and one that contradicted Mr. Trump himself. “I’m […]

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Aide Ousted From White House Reappears Again in Administration Job

WASHINGTON — Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the hawkish adviser who has popped up in various Trump administration departments over the past three years, is back in a government building, this time at the Pentagon. Mr. Cohen-Watnick’s latest position in the Trump administration is deputy assistant secretary of defense for counternarcotics and global threats, Pentagon officials said on […]

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Watch Trump Advisor Admit ‘It Is Scary to Go to Work’

“It is scary to go to work,” White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said while discussing admiration staff members testing positive for coronavirus. Hassett made the admission during an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation. Host Margaret Brennan asked President Trump’s economic adviser about wearing a mask at the White House now that two […]

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President Obama was in on plot to ‘frame’ Flynn, attorney says

Former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn’s lead attorney accused top officials of orchestrating a plot to frame her client, insisting that former President Barack Obama himself was in on it. Flynn had initially pleaded guilty to providing a false statement to the FBI regarding his contact with a Russian ambassador, but later changed his […]

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Trump calls Flynn ‘innocent man’ after DOJ drops case against former national security adviser

President Trump praised his former national security adviser Michael Flynn and tore into the administration of former President Barack Obama on Thursday after learning that the Justice Department had dropped its case against Flynn. “He was an innocent man,” Trump said of Flynn during a meeting at the White House with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. […]

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DOJ drops case against Michael Flynn, in wake of internal memo release  

The Justice Department on Thursday moved to drop its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, in a stunning development that comes after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI. The announcement came in a court filing, […]

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Zoom taps former Trump national security adviser McMaster for company board

Former Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster joined Zoom as an independent director, the virtual conferencing platform announced Wednesday. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said Wednesday that McMaster is “a welcome addition” to the company’s board. BOLTON TO REPLACE MCMASTER AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, TRUMP SAYS “During his decorated military career, he has built an expertise […]

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Flynn bombshells cast doubt on Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack’s compliance with court order

Explosive, newly unsealed evidence documenting the FBI’s efforts to target national security adviser Michael Flynn — including a top official’s handwritten memo debating whether the FBI’s “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired” — calls into question whether Brandon Van Grack, a Justice Department prosecutor and former member […]

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Axelrod says Reade allegation never came up during 2008 Biden vetting

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod said over the weekend that the sexual assault allegation leveled against Joe Biden did not come up in 2008 during the Obama campaign’s vetting process for their eventual vice presidential pick. Axelrod, who was the chief strategist for the campaign and later a White House senior adviser to former President […]

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U.S. not considering canceling debt held by China -Trump adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said on Thursday it was “unequivocally untrue” that the administration was considering cancelling some debt held by China as a way to strike at Beijing for perceived shortfalls in its candidness on the coronavirus pandemic, a CNBC reporter said on Twitter. The Washington Post, citing two […]

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Rand Paul calls on Trump to pardon Flynn in wake of unsealed FBI files

Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., called on President Trump to pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn after internal FBI documents released Wednesday showed FBI officials in 2017 discussing if they should try “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.” Flynn later pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the FBI, […]

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Who is Bill Priestap, ex-FBI official who wrote Flynn interview notes?

Newly unsealed FBI notes that discussed motivations behind interviewing then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in the White House in January 2017 were written by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, Fox News is told. This is not the first time that Priestap’s name has come up in connection with high-profile matters. FBI DISCUSSED INTERVIEWING MICHAEL FLYNN ‘TO GET […]

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Fourth stimulus bill may not be needed if states bounce back: White House official

© Reuters. Trump adviser Hassett speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington By Tim Ahmann WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fourth bill to provide stimulus to the U.S. economy may not be needed if states are able to successfully reopen their economies “relatively quickly,” as some forecasters expect, a White House economic […]

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U.S. economy may not need more stimulus to weather coronavirus hit: White House official

© Reuters. Trump adviser Hassett speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington By Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy may be able to weather the hit from the coronavirus with the stimulative policies already in the pipeline without the need for more measures […]

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