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Trump Lawyer: 'There Is No Investigation, Period'

Says president's tweet was responding to report of investigation

(Newser) - Tweets that President Trump is under investigation have been greatly exaggerated, the president's own lawyer says. "Let me be clear here," Jay Sekulow tells NBC's Meet the Press. "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction." He went on to... More »

Gore Accuses Trump of Being 'Divisive' With London Tweets

Trump criticized and misquoted London mayor in tweet

(Newser) - Al Gore appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday to take President Trump to task for criticizing and misquoting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a tweet while the latter attempts to deal with the aftermath of Saturday's deadly attack. “I don’t think that a major... More »

Homeland Security Chief: Leaks 'Darn Close to Treason'

Plus, John Kelly, Clapper weigh in on Jared Kushner's alleged contact with Russia

(Newser) - Whoever is behind the leaks of intelligence Britain shared with the United States in the wake of the Manchester bombing is in dangerous territory, according to the secretary of Homeland Security. "I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leaked—high, high level... More »

Clapper: US Institutions 'Under Assault'

Former DNI has dire words about Trump's firing of Comey

(Newser) - The former director of national intelligence minced no words Sunday in describing "our institutions" as being "under assault, both externally—and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system," Clapper told CNN in addressing James Comey's firing as he investigated... More »

Susan Collins: Senate to Start Health Care 'From Scratch'

Paul Ryan expects Senate 'will complete the job'

(Newser) - Republican moderate Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is continuing to express concerns about the health care bill passed by the House and says she expects the Senate to start "from scratch." Collins says the House bill is hard to assess because it was passed without a fresh Congressional... More »

Trump: Kim Is a 'Smart Cookie'

Touches on trade, North Korea, China, the presidency in wide-ranging interview

(Newser) - As part of the brouhaha surrounding President Trump's first 100 days in office, the new leader of the free world sat down with Face the Nation and gave a wide-ranging interview that touched on North Korea, the realities of the presidency, Democrats, and China. Some highlights:
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McMaster: N. Korea Is a 'Grave Threat'

Pyongyang's latest missile test in 'open defiance of the international community'

(Newser) - White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster says North Korea's most recent missile test represents "open defiance of the international community." He says North Korea poses "a grave threat" not just to the United States and its Asian allies, but also to China. Speaking on Fox ... More »

McMaster: 'Range of Options' to Deal With N. Korea

Slams 'provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior' of Kim Jong Un

(Newser) - Citing Pyongyang's failed missile launch as part of "a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime," National Security Adviser HR McMaster said Sunday that the United States is developing a "range of options" to counter Kim Jong... More »

Haley: Syria Regime Change 'We Think Is Going to Happen'

Says Trump's decision to bomb was 'one of president's finest hours'

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to bomb Syria this week "was really one of the president's finest hours," says US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking with CNN 's State of the Union. "He wanted to know exactly what the facts and evidence was. He... More »

Ryan: Health Bill Owes More to Older Americans

'We should be offering more assistance than what the bill currently does'

(Newser) - Paul Ryan is looking to squeeze a little more out of House Republicans' health care bill, amid outcry that the measure leaves older Americans out in the cold, reports Politico . "We believe we should have even more assistance ... for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience... More »

Ex-DNI Clapper on Trump's Wiretap Claim: 'I Can Deny It'

James Clapper says he would have known if FISA had authorized such a move

(Newser) - The man who was the director of national intelligence until January 20 wasted little time in shooting down President Trump's claim that former President Obama's administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, reports the AP . "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the... More »

White House Is Silent on Flynn

Senior adviser won't discuss whether Trump still has confidence in his National Security Adviser

(Newser) - The White House wasn't exactly resounding on Sunday in its defense of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "That's the question that I think you should ask the president, the question you should ask Reince [Priebus], the chief of staff," senior policy adviser Stephen Miller told Meet ... More »

Conway: Ban Is 'a Small Price to Pay'

Trump's order sees some pushback from Republicans

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway says that a federal judge's emergency order late Saturday temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to President Trump's travel ban "really doesn't affect the executive order at all." Conway says Trump's order is about "preventing, not detaining"... More »

Chuck Todd, Conway Throw Down Over 'Alternative Facts'

'Alternative facts are not facts—they're falsehoods'

(Newser) - If the first 48 hours of the Trump administration are anything to go by, it's going to be a testy four years between the White House and the Fourth Estate. Following Saturday night's press conference in which press secretary Sean Spicer lambasted media reports about the size of... More »

Graham, McCain Back Tillerson at SecState

Meanwhile, McConnell says Cabinet picks will go through; Schumer is in no hurry

(Newser) - Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain will support Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in a move that all but clinches his nomination, reports Politico . Graham confirmed his position on CBS' Face the Nation and in a joint statement with McCain; Marco Rubio still hasn't decided, but McCain... More »

Pence: Lewis' Stance 'Deeply Disappointing'

Says he hopes civil rights icon will reconsider boycotting the inaugural

(Newser) - Vice President-elect Mike Pence says it is "deeply disappointing" that civil rights icon John Lewis would question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's White House victory. In an interview with CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, Pence said he respects "the sacrifice" the Georgia congressman made, but said... More »

McConnell on Ethics Tiff: Dems Need to 'Grow Up'

Says opposition to unvetted Cabinet nominees is just 'little procedural complaints'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats need to "grow up" and "get past" the election. The Kentucky Republican is objecting to concerns raised by Democrats that Congress this week will hold hearings to consider nominees for the incoming administration who haven't completed ethics reviews . The director... More »

Conway: Search for SecState Expanding

And might add Jon Huntsman to the list

(Newser) - Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, and David Petraeus: Donald Trump's shortlist for secretary of state is evidently not as short as previously thought, reports Politico . "It is true that he’s broadened the search," said Kellyanne Conway, who's made no secret of her personal contempt... More »

Bernie Sanders: 'Nothing Wrong' With Recount

Though it's not likely to change anything, he says

(Newser) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says "there's nothing wrong with" pursuing recounts to ensure the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory. The former Democratic presidential candidate addressed the looming recount in Wisconsin—and the prospect of others in Michigan and Pennsylvania—Sunday morning on CNN's... More »

Ryan: We Are Not Planning Deportation Force

Says 'we don't want' racist elements in the GOP

(Newser) - House Speaker Paul Ryan says the people generating racist graffiti in the wake of Donald Trump's election are "not Republicans," reports the AP , and "we don't want them in our party." The Wisconsin congressman told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday that... More »

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