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Congress Investigating the Rob Porter Mess

House panel looking into how he kept his White House job

(Newser) - Having trouble keeping track of the Rob Porter story in regard to who knew what, when? Congress is, too. The House Oversight Committee has begun an investigation into how the ousted White House staff secretary kept his high-echelon post despite police and other records spelling out abuse allegations from his... More »

FBI Chief Just Worsened White House's Rob Porter Problem

Christopher Wray's account differs with the White House version of events

(Newser) - The Rob Porter saga re-emerged front and center in Washington on Tuesday, as FBI chief Christopher Wray testified before a Senate panel. The upshot is that Wray's account suggests the White House was warned about Porter's background months before it has previously acknowledged, reports USA Today . Porter resigned... More »

WH Speechwriter Steps Down, Ex Says: I Feared for My Life

David Sorensen is 2nd WH staffer to resign in recent days amid domestic violence accusations

(Newser) - The White House, still reeling from criticism on how it handled domestic abuse allegations against ex-staff secretary Rob Porter, has a new headache. Per the Washington Post , David Sorensen, a speechwriter reporting to senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, stepped down from his role Friday after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, to... More »

Omarosa on White House: 'It's Not Going to Be OK'

Former Trump staffer dishes about the world of Trump on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

(Newser) - Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman thanked fans Thursday for tuning in to the season premiere of Celebrity Big Brother , where she says she's been "eating, sleeping, laughing, and competing." What she didn't mention in her tweet: "dishing about the White... More »

White House Walks Back Handling of Abuse Allegations

'We all could have done better'

(Newser) - The White House apologized for its handling of Rob Porter in the wake of domestic violence allegations against him from two ex-wives—though it did little else to clear up the situation around the former staff secretary. "I think it’s fair to say we all could have done... More »

New Name in Spotlight in Mueller Investigation

White House communications director Hope Hicks is under scrutiny

(Newser) - A new name may play an unexpectedly big role in the Robert Mueller investigation: Hope Hicks. The 29-year-old director of White House communications is coming under scrutiny for comments she allegedly made in regard to Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial meeting with Russians during the campaign, reports the New ... More »

Wolff's Take on 'Anomalous' Trump: 'Is Something Wrong?'

'Fire and Fury' author has more to say on president in new 'Guardian' interview

(Newser) - Michael Wolff continues to make the media rounds to chat about his White House exposé Fire and Fury , and his latest sit-down was with the Guardian , which he hosted at his NYC apartment. Wolff (a co-founder of Newser) says the revelations in his book are "all explosive," and... More »

Colbert Seeks Reassurance From Wolff, Gets 'Nothing'

'That's the alarming thing, that this is all true'

(Newser) - Michael Wolff says he's surprised by the success of his book Fire and Fury—alleging chaos in the Trump White House and citing aides questioning the president's mental state—because, well, "I thought we knew this." Appearing on the Late Show on Monday night, Wolff warned... More »

Report: Trump's Schedule Has Been Steadily Shrinking

'Executive Time' apparently includes watching cable news

(Newser) - President Trump's schedule has been steadily shrinking over his year in office, and it now includes a lot of "Executive Time," which is often code for watching TV and using Twitter in his residence, according to Jonathan Swan at Axios , who says he has seen copies of... More »

Wolff Calls Trump Least Credible Person to Ever Live

Says attacks have only benefited his White House tell-all

(Newser) - Michael Wolff is shrugging off President Trump's claim that his new book is " full of lies ," and seems to agree with Stephen Colbert . "My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than, perhaps, anyone who has ever walked on Earth," he... More »

WH Goes After Staffer, Guest Phones in 'Security' Push

Employees, guests banned from bringing in personal devices starting next week

(Newser) - The White House has a new policy banning personal cellphones at work, but aides tell Bloomberg it has nothing to do with unauthorized leaks to the media. Beginning next week, both staffers and guests will be limited to government-issued devices in the West Wing in response to cybersecurity concerns, press... More »

A White House Staple for Nearly 200 Years Is Vanishing

Magnolia tree planted by Andrew Jackson in memory of his wife is too decayed to stay up

(Newser) - The oldest tree at the White House is set to be taken down later this week, bringing to an end a piece of Americana that's been in place in DC since the mid-1800s. Per CNN , the Jackson Magnolia, one of several magnolias on the presidential grounds, has been the... More »

White House, Silent on the People's Petitions, Makes Move

It is taking tool down, says new site will launch in January

(Newser) - The White House is temporarily removing a petition tool from its website after 11 months of silence, promising to respond to public concerns next year. The Trump administration said the platform, used extensively by critics and less frequently by allies, will be removed at midnight Tuesday and return in late... More »

For the CDC, These 7 Words Are Off Limits

White House forbids 'fetus,' 'transgender,' 'diversity' and 4 others in documents

(Newser) - They're not exactly on par with George Carlin's famous list , but the CDC now has a list of forbidden words all its own. That is, the White House has told the health agency not to use the words in any budget documents being prepared for next year, reports... More »

Robin Roberts Said 'Bye, Felicia' to Omarosa. Now, a 'Civil War'

According to Omarosa, that is

(Newser) - Omarosa was booted from (or left) the White House, Robin Roberts dismissed her with a "bye, Felicia" on Good Morning America, and now Omarosa has declared a "black woman civil war" against the morning show host, Fox News reports. Omarosa had appeared on GMA Thursday to offer her... More »

Omarosa on Exit: I Saw Things That Made Me 'Uncomfortable'

She also says there's 'one person' who has a 'personal vendetta' against her

(Newser) - Details of Omarosa Manigault Newman's exit from the White House are firming up, and it doesn't appear the break was as straightforward as Trump's administration claims. Though the Secret Service has denied reports that agents escorted Omarosa from the building Tuesday, sources tell the Daily Beast she... More »

White House Gives Up on 2 Controversial Nominations

Talley, Mateer will not be moving forward

(Newser) - One is a former ghost hunter who has never tried a case. The other described transgender children as "Satan's spawn." Neither man is going to become a federal judge. A White House official tells Politico that the administration will not be moving forward with the nominations of... More »

Omarosa Leaving White House

Reports differ on whether she quit or was fired

(Newser) - Omarosa is out at the White House. The one-time Apprentice star, full name Omarosa Manigault Newman, is once again parting ways with President Trump. The reasons aren't clear, but the AP notes that it means Trump is losing one of his most high-profile supporters in the African-American community. Omarosa... More »

Sean Spicer Is Ready to 'Set the Record Straight'

So former press secretary is writing a book about his 'turbulent tenure' in the White House

(Newser) - He had a short run in the White House, but his "turbulent tenure" was apparently long enough for Sean Spicer to write a book. That's what Politico reports the former White House press secretary is currently in the midst of doing, with Spicer revealing to Fox News' Sean... More »

Work Orders Offer 'Rare Glimpse' Into WH Maintenance Issues

Like mice, roaches, ants, and a toilet seat for the Oval Office

(Newser) - Remember when President Trump reportedly called the White House a "real dump" ? The New York Post notes that, at least in terms of maintenance issues, that observation may not be entirely inaccurate. Hundreds of work orders for the White House were submitted in 2017, and News4 got its... More »

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