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Things Got a Little Dicey at White House Press Dinner

With Trump absent, comedian Michelle Wolf went after everybody, showed no mercy

(Newser) - "Good evening, here we are at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; like a porn star says when she’s about to have sex with Trump, let’s get this over with." Thus began Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner monologue, one that Politico terms "bruising" and... More »

Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Their Interviews With Mueller: NYT

Sources say special counsel is aware of the conversations

(Newser) - Twice recently, President Trump has asked key witnesses in the Russia investigation about their conversations with special counsel Robert Mueller, three sources tell the New York Times . One alleged conversation involved White House counsel Don McGahn; Trump told an aide that McGahn should deny a January Times article that said... More »

Priebus Opens Up About White House Chaos

'Take everything you’ve heard and multiply it by 50'

(Newser) - Prior to President Trump taking office, Reince Priebus sat down for lunch with nearly a dozen former presidential chiefs of staff. They didn't think much of their successor's chances. "He struck a lot of us as clueless," recalls one. "He doesn't have a prayer,... More »

Gowdy on Memo: Russia Probe Valid With or Without It

Sen. Dick Durbin, meanwhile, says memo could 'precipitate a constitutional crisis'

(Newser) - The memo released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee that alleges FBI and DOJ overreach has dominated the news cycle this week, and Sunday morning's news shows kept it top of mind, per the Hill . Some takes from both sides of the aisle:
  • GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who
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Report: Lawyer Refused Trump's Order to Fire Mueller

McGahn said he'd quit first, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump tried to fire the man overseeing the Russia investigation last year but backed off after the chief White House lawyer threatened to quit, the New York Times reports, citing four sources who "spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing... More »

Rumors Fly About Kushner's White House Role

Front page stories report presidential son-in-law's influence may be waning

(Newser) - Jared Kushner's influence in his father-in-law's White House comes under the microscope on the Sunday front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post in separate articles speculating that his role is waning. Both offer up a bevy of reasons Kushner is no longer front-and-center in both... More »

Report: White House Probing Jared, Ivanka's Email Domain

Officials look into reports aides used private email for business

(Newser) - White House officials—surprised and angered by reports that several Trump advisers used private email accounts for government business—have ordered an internal investigation of email use, Politico reports, citing "four officials familiar with the matter." The sources say investigators have been pulling emails from the White House... More »

Email Prankster Fools Scaramucci, Other Officials

Real Mooch had exchange with fake Priebus

(Newser) - Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci wasn't on the job for long —but it was long enough to be taken in by an email prankster who impersonated other officials. In emails to Scaramucci, the prankster pretended to be Reince Priebus and may have escalated tensions between the... More »

Trump Called Priebus to Oval Office Just to Kill a Fly

Anecdote highlights Priebus' 'humiliating' tenure as chief of staff

(Newser) - President Trump once called Reince Priebus into the Oval Office solely to kill a fly that's buzzing was distracting him during a meeting, the Washington Post reports. The anecdote is representative of Priebus' "humiliating"—and now ended—time as Trump's chief of staff. “He doesn’... More »

Priebus: Actually, I Resigned Yesterday

Trump replaced the former chief of staff in a tweet Friday

(Newser) - Outgoing White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says that he formally resigned from his job after it became clear the president wanted to go in a different direction, the AP reports. Priebus tells CNN that he resigned on Thursday; President Trump announced the staff shakeup in a tweet Friday.... More »

Trump Tweets That He Has a New Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus reportedly resigned

(Newser) - Reince Priebus is out as White House chief of staff, the AP reports, as President Trump announced in a tweet Friday: "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American...." Trump... More »

Scaramucci on Nasty Interview: I Thought I Was Off the Record

But reporter who received vulgar tirade says they had a clear understanding

(Newser) - Just how foul-mouthed was Anthony Scaramucci's tirade against his West Wing enemies? The Guardian is running a who-said-it quiz pitting his quotes against those of the comically foul-mouthed staff from Veep. In the immediate aftermath of the story going public on Thursday, Scaramucci tweeted a mea culpa of sorts,... More »

Scaramucci Literally Accuses Bannon of Figurative Autofellatio

White House communications director gives jaw-dropping interview

(Newser) - To say this New Yorker interview with the new White House communications director is unusual is an understatement, especially when it includes accusations of autofellatio against Steve Bannon. Anthony Scaramucci called Ryan Lizza on Wednesday, upset the New Yorker reporter had tweeted about a dinner Scaramucci attended with President Trump,... More »

It's Been a Busy News Cycle for 'The Mooch'

New communications chief raises tensions with Reince Priebus

(Newser) - Anthony Scaramucci, aka The Mooch, had his biggest day in the spotlight yet, and the end result doesn't appear to be good news for Reince Priebus. The new White House communications chief had a chance to ease tensions with President Trump's chief of staff in a memorable CNN... More »

Scaramucci Blasts 'Leak' of Publicly Available Document

He tagged Priebus in angry tweet

(Newser) - New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was not happy about what he believed was a leak of information from his financial disclosure Wednesday—though it later emerged that the form was available to the public. "In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a... More »

Sean Spicer Steps Down

Source says he disagrees with Trump's choice for communications director

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, the New York Times reports. Per the Times' source, President Trump offered the job of White House communications director to New York financier Anthony Scaramucci at 10am Friday, and Spicer resigned shortly after, telling Trump he "vehemently disagreed" with the... More »

Priebus: No, Trump Didn't Believe Putin

President thinks Russia 'probably' meddled, but wants to move on

(Newser) - President Trump's one-on-one with Vladimir Putin dominated the Sunday talk shows, with Trump's chief of staff providing a blunt assessment of his boss' view on Russian meddling in the election. "The president absolutely did not believe the denial of President Putin," Reince Priebus said on Fox ... More »

'Beyond Stupid': Ad Blitz Against Senator Under Fire

Pro-Trump PAC went after fellow Republican Dean Heller on health care

(Newser) - With the Senate GOP's plan to replace ObamaCare on hold , an ad campaign against one of the drama's high-profile players is drawing scrutiny. A super PAC that supports President Trump unleashed the campaign against Republican Dean Heller of Nevada after he announced that he opposed the measure, reports... More »

Trump Showered With Praise in First Cabinet Meeting

'We've achieved tremendous success,' he says

(Newser) - "We've achieved tremendous success," President Trump declared at his first formal Cabinet meeting on Monday, and he certainly wasn't the only one praising his administration: Asked by Trump to introduce themselves, the group took it in turns to flatter the president before reporters were ushered from... More »

Spicer Says 'Liar' Is Behind New Trump-Priebus Whispers

Politico's sources say president has given his chief of staff a July 4 shakeup deadline

(Newser) - "Liar" was perhaps the word of the week last week, and Sean Spicer used it on Sunday in a fresh context: To slap down a report that President Trump has set a July 4 deadline by which Chief of Staff Reince Priebus needs to shake up the White House... More »

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