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DOJ Sues Omarosa, Who Blames White House

Her lawyer says unjust lawsuit is retaliation

(Newser) - The Justice Department wants $50,000 from Omarosa Manigault Newman as penalty for failing to file a financial disclosure report following her White House tenure. The former assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, now a staunch Trump critic, didn't file the... More »

White House Won't Allow Kellyanne Conway to Testify

House committee is reviewing her alleged Hatch Act violations

(Newser) - The White House said Monday it will not allow presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to appear before a House committee looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated a federal law that limits political activity by government workers. The White House refusal, outlined in a letter from White House lawyer Pat Cipollone,... More »

Macron on Friendship Tree's Death: No Biggie

He plans to send a replacement oak

(Newser) - France wants to give it another go, so look out for "friendship tree" No. 2. French President Emmanuel Macron says he'll send a new oak sapling to President Trump after the one planted on the grounds of the White House last spring apparently croaked . A dead tree—even... More »

Trump, Macron's 'Friendship' Tree Vanished. Now, Bad News

French media says oak sapling died while in required quarantine

(Newser) - Where an oak sapling once stood on the White House lawn, now lies an empty patch of grass—and the French media are using it as "a metaphor ... for the deteriorating relations between the US and Europe," per Deutsche Welle . The tree that used to stand on that... More »

Man Who Set Himself on Fire Near White House Dies

Witnesses saw him walking while ablaze in White House Ellipse, a national park

(Newser) - Visitors to a national park near the White House were stunned Wednesday to see a man walking while completely on fire, and the Washington Post now reports that the man identified as 33-year-old Arnav Gupta of Maryland has died. Videos were taken— here's one and here's another , but... More »

Dems Talk Impeachment After McGahn Defies Subpoena

Nadler slams Trump's 'lawless conduct'

(Newser) - House Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Trump to stonewall their investigations, this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House, the AP reports. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the president's directive... More »

'Immigration Knife Fight' Breaks Out at White House

Stephen Miller wanted someone else to lead ICE, officials say

(Newser) - President Trump's right-hand man on immigration tried another shakeup at Homeland Security this week and triggered a behind-the-scenes battle—one so vicious that an aide called it an "immigration knife fight." Per administration officials, Stephen Miller objected to President Trump naming former FBI official Mark Morgan as... More »

Michael Wolff Wrote Another Book About Trump

And it's out in just 3 weeks

(Newser) - Michael Wolff is ready for round two. The author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (and Newser co-founder) has written a follow-up, and it'll hit shelves in less than three weeks. Siege: Trump Under Fire will be released by Henry Holt on June 4. The publisher... More »

Opposition Leader: US Military, Are You Listening?

Juan Guaidó tries opening the door to new relations

(Newser) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Saturday said he's instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the US military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign, the AP reports. The leader said he's asked Carlos Vecchio, who... More »

Former Red Sox Star: I Wouldn't Go to WH, Either

"It's like you are going to shake hands with the enemy," David Ortiz says

(Newser) - Thursday is the day when the 2018 World Series champs are headed to the White House for a visit with President Trump. But a good number of the Boston Red Sox don't plan on attending, and a former player is offering solidarity. The Washington Post reports that manager Alex... More »

Latest Team to Turn Down WH Invite: 'Difficult, If Not Impossible'

Tony Bennett, coach of Virginia Cavaliers, says it's a scheduling issue

(Newser) - The Virginia Cavaliers won their first-ever NCAA men's basketball championship in early April by beating Texas Tech, and like many victors, the University of Virginia men's basketball team may have had a chance to visit the White House—except the team's coach says they're not going,... More »

Trump's Defiance of Congress on Subpoenas Escalates

This has 'constitutional crisis written all over it,' writes one pundit

(Newser) - The White House and Congress are embroiled in a growing fight over Congress' ability to force officials in the executive branch to testify. Democrats in Congress see the White House resistance as a violation of checks and balances laid out in the Constitution. But President Trump says House Democrats are... More »

Netanyahu Will Be at the White House Monday

President Trump to host Israeli prime minister for two days

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be at the White House for two days next week, the White House announced Wednesday. "The president and the prime minister will discuss their countries' shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting on March 25," says a... More »

White House: Dems Can't See Kushner Clearance Documents

Lawyer calls request 'radically intrusive'

(Newser) - The White House says it isn't going to comply with a "radically intrusive" request from Democrats to see documents related to the controversial top-secret security clearance of Jared Kushner. In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, White House counsel Pat Cippolone argued that the committee did not... More »

Report: Trump Ordered Kelly to 'Fix' Kushner Security Clearance

Dems threaten to subpoena White House

(Newser) - House Democrats vowed to step up their investigation of White House security clearances amid reports that President Trump demanded a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump ordered former chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance last year despite... More »

After Questions on Cohen, Reporters Kept From Dinner

2 granted access after photojournalists took stand: AP

(Newser) - Some reporters, abruptly evicted from a work area at a Hanoi hotel on Tuesday, were barred from covering President Trump's dinner with Kim Jong Un on Wednesday. Though the White House called it a "social dinner," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the press pool would be... More »

Trump Called Him a 'Mess' After His Tell-All. Now, a Suit

Former White House aide Cliff Sims has filed complaint against president

(Newser) - Trump called Cliff Sims a "mess" and a "gofer" when the latter's "boring" tell-all book about the White House dropped nearly two weeks ago. The president also mentioned the "non-disclosure agreement" Sims—who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign, and as a White House aide... More »

Trump: I Work More Than Almost Any Past President

He says leak of work schedules should have been a positive, shows how hard he works

(Newser) - President Trump says the leak of his daily schedules "should have been reported as a positive, not negative"—because it shows just how hard he is working. The leak showed that around 60% of Trump's workday is unstructured "executive time," but the president says that... More »

Ahead of Physical, Trump Hasn't Followed Doctor's Advice

Different physician will perform this year's exam

(Newser) - President Trump, the second president ever to still be in office at the age of 72, undergoes the second physical exam of his presidency Friday—and though he was declared to be in "excellent health" last year, insiders say he hasn't been following the medical advice he was... More »

Source Leaks Trump's Private Daily Schedules to Media

Axios reports that 60% of his time is unstructured 'executive time'

(Newser) - President Trump is fond of "executive time" in the White House—unstructured stretches in which he makes phone calls, has informal chats, watches cable news, etc.—and a new report makes clear just how fond he is. Axios reports that over the last three months, 60% of Trump'... More »

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