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Trump Plucks New Staffer From Secret Service

Anthony Ornato will be White House chief of operations

(Newser) - Looks like President Trump has a new staff member: Dan Walsh is out as White House chief of operations and Anthony Ornato is in, Fox News reports. "The United States Secret Service Deputy Assistant Director, Anthony Ornato, will become my new Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations," Trump... More »

Trump Lawyers Will Skip Impeachment Hearing

White House complains about process

(Newser) - The impeachment process shifts to the House Judiciary Committee this week—but President Trump and his lawyers will not be taking part. In a letter to the committee released Sunday evening, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the Wednesday hearing would not "provide the president with any semblance of... More »

'Slow-Moving Blob' Got White House Locked Down

Officials thought it was an airspace violation, but it might have just been birds

(Newser) - An apparent airspace violation in Washington, DC, got the White House and the US Capitol locked down for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning, NBC News reports; within hours came word that it was actually a "slow-moving blob" that was to blame. CNN reports the "mysterious" blob showed up... More »

In McGahn Ruling, the Stakes Are High

Could affect separation of powers, along with the impeachment inquiry

(Newser) - Will former White House counsel Don McGahn have to testify before Congress about his old boss? A federal judge ruled Monday that he must, but the Justice Department said Tuesday that it will appeal, reports the Hill . No word yet on when a final resolution to the case might come,... More »

Rudy Giuliani's Son Has Also Scored Himself a 'Cushy' Gig

Andrew Giuliani is making $95K as a sports liaison

(Newser) - Looks like Hunter Biden isn't the only one whose high-flying dad might have helped him score a cushy job. Rudy Giuliani's offspring, Andrew Giuliani, is making almost six figures as a sports liaison for the White House, CNBC reports. That means the 31-year-old is paid $95,000 to... More »

White House Releases Doctor's Memo About Visit

Sean Conley says Trump's hospital visit was 'routine, planned'

(Newser) - The White House has released a memorandum from President Trump's physician in an attempt to quell talk that his Saturday trip to Walter Reed Medical Center wasn't at all routine. "Despite some of the speculation, the president has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated... More »

Erdogan Played Anti-Kurd Film in Oval Office. It Didn't Go Well

Lindsey Graham among GOP senators left miffed

(Newser) - President Trump had to umpire a tense exchange between Republican senators and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, which reportedly began when Erdogan aired a propaganda film against Syria's Kurds. Axios first reported that five Republican senators critical of Turkey's incursion into Syria watched as Erdogan whipped... More »

This Is Probably Trump's Favorite Nationals Player

Kurt Suzuki wears MAGA hat, while several teammates sit the event out

(Newser) - Welcomed to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series title, the Washington Nationals gave President Trump a No. 45 team jersey, as is the custom on these occasions. But one player gave him another gift: When Trump called Kurt Suzuki to the microphone to celebrate his playoff... More »

Nationals Pitcher on White House Visit: 'I Just Can't Do It'

Sean Doolittle won't attend Monday to celebrate World Series win, citing aversion to Trump's actions

(Newser) - The Nationals finally have their World Series rings , and with that honor came an expected invite to the White House, a Monday event that was announced on Friday , per Fox News . One person who won't be celebrating there: relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, who talked extensively about his decision with... More »

Top Trump Adviser Quits

Tim Morrison, adviser on Russian and European affairs, steps down

(Newser) - President Donald Trump's top adviser for Russian and European affairs is leaving his job at the White House, a day before he's scheduled to testify before the House impeachment investigators, a senior administration official said Wednesday. Tim Morrison owes his job at the National Security Council to Trump,... More »

Conway Denies Threatening Reporter in Bitter Phone Call

Listen yourself to conversation between Conway, 'Washington Examiner' journalist

(Newser) - A DC journalist says Kellyanne Conway bullied and threatened her on a phone call, and the White House counselor is pushing back. Mediaite reports Conway was miffed about an article in which Washington Examiner reporter Caitlin Yilek wrote about her being considered for the White House chief of staff role... More »

Harry Dunn's Parents: Trump Made Inappropriate Offer

They refused Tuesday meeting with Anne Sacoolas at White House

(Newser) - The parents of a British teen killed in an Aug. 27 crash involving a US diplomat's wife said they had no plans to meet the woman during their visit stateside. Indeed, they said they'd been advised against such a meeting unless Anne Sacoolas returned to the UK for... More »

As Impeachment Looms, New Troubles for Trump

White House has been subpoenaed, and there's a possible 2nd whistleblower

(Newser) - For the first time, the impeachment inquiry reached directly into the White House on Friday as Democrats subpoenaed officials about contacts with Ukraine. "We deeply regret that President Trump has put us—and the nation—in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice," wrote... More »

House Democrats: We're Subpoenaing the White House

Will request 13 separate batches of documents related to Trump's Ukraine phone call

(Newser) - House Democrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry of President Trump say they'll subpoena the White House on Friday for documents related to his dealings with Ukraine, citing "flagrant disregard" of their previous requests for information. House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote in a memo to committee members... More »

Mouse Causes New Chaos at White House

Rodent fell from ceiling, landing in reporter's lap

(Newser) - The usually quiet ( and dusty ) White House briefing room was aflutter Tuesday. "A mouse literally fell out of the ceiling in our White House booth and landed on my lap," NBC News' Peter Alexander tweeted just after 10:30am. Video followed showing reporters attempting to capture... More »

WH Concealed Calls With Putin, Crown Prince: Report

As well as reported convo in which Trump told Russians election interference didn't concern him

(Newser) - As an impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains momentum after a whistleblower complaint regarding his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, more stories are breaking that suggest a concealment like the one alleged after the Trump-Zelensky call may not have been limited to that call. Sources tell CNN... More »

Oops: White House Sends Ukraine Stategy to Dems

And Democrats put it up on Twitter

(Newser) - "Unsend," anyone? The White House mistakenly emailed its talking points on the Ukraine scandal to House Democrats on Wednesday, the Hill reports. The offices of Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Don Beyer were among those who confirmed receiving the 11:22am email, which the White House tried to recall... More »

White House: Son of Osama bin Laden Has Been Killed

Details are still unclear on what exactly happened to Hamza bin Laden and when

(Newser) - The White House says Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaeda leader who'd become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, has been killed in a US counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A White House statement gives no further details, such as when Hamza bin... More »

Trump Pressed Fox Reporter Over Alabama Controversy

President again tweets about the hurricane controversy

(Newser) - President Trump really doesn't want to let this days-long Alabama-Hurricane Dorian mess fade to memory. Not content with numerous tweets repeating his claim that the state was threatened by the storm, Trump called Fox News senior White House correspondent John Roberts into the Oval Office on Thursday to repeat... More »

Report: Trump's Personal Assistant Abruptly Quits

Sources say Madeleine Westerhout shared details about Trump family

(Newser) - Madeleine Westerhout, who has served as President Trump's personal assistant and "Oval Office gatekeeper" since the presidential transition, abruptly quit Thursday after she was accused of leaking details about White House operations and the president's family, sources tell the New York Times . The sources say Westerhout, whose... More »

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