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3 Things to Watch: Kim lets Trump know their ‘mysteriously wonderful’ chemistry isn’t enough
‘There is no sign he’s stopped producing missiles,’ analyst says of North Korean strongman

South Koreans watch coverage of President Donald Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, before talks collapsed. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images file photo)

ANALYSIS President Donald Trump once claimed he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “fell in love.” But the dictator he once called “Little Rocket Man” let him know on Friday that their “mysteriously wonderful” relationship might not be enough to strike a disarmament pact.

As recently as Wednesday, the U.S. commander in chief signaled he continues to believe the unlikely warm relationship with Kim could drive a deal under which Kim would give up his nuclear arms.

Top Republican releases Bruce Ohr’s transcript on dossier, Russia investigation
Ohr met with members of Congress last August to discuss his role feeding the FBI information on President Trump

Ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., arrives for the House Judiciary Committee markup of a resolution authorizing issuance of a subpoena to Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee released a transcript on Friday of congressional testimony from Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

Ohr met with members of Congress last August to discuss his role feeding the FBI information about President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign team’s ties to Russia that Ohr gathered from employees at the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

Pelosi OK with investigating Trump children: ‘They are advisers to the president’
Democrats are ‘investigating certain subjects. Whoever falls into that net, falls into the net,’ House speaker says

Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed off Thursday on Democrats pursuing information from President Donald Trump’s children in the course of their oversight investigations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Some House Democrats have expressed reservations about going after President Donald Trump’s children in their oversight investigations into his administration, 2016 campaign and business empire.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not one of them.

3 things to watch: Trump kids, associates eye pleading the Fifth as Dems bore in
WH counsel’s letter to Rep. Cummings reveals legal strategy to fight probes

Children of President Donald Trump — Tiffany Trump (in white), Donald Trump Jr. (back left), and Eric Trump (center front) and wife Lara Trump (front right) — applaud during their father's State of the Union address on Jan. 30. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ANALYSIS — It was a remarkable 24-hour reversal, with President Donald Trump first saying Monday he cooperates with “everybody” before turning to an unlikely source for a precedent to reject House Democrats’ demands for reams of documents: Barack Obama.

House Democratic chairmen of committees in the embryonic stages of investigations into all things Trump have requested documents from and interviews with a long list of individuals and entities related to the president’s time in office, 2016 campaign and business dealings. Trump seemed willing to, at least in some form, comply with some of those requests when he said this on Monday: “I cooperate all the time, with everybody.

What the people tangled up in Nadler’s Trump probe are saying
Of the 81 names singled out by the House Judiciary Committee, several have already spoken out

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has asked dozens of people and groups for information related to his panel’s investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler asked 81 individuals and organizations to hand over documents relating to his panel’s expansive investigation into President Donald Trump, the responses are starting to trickle in.

Some are more cordial than others. So far, at least seven recipients have spoken out publicly about being included in the probe:

Nadler's ‘high bar’ for impeachment could make ousting Trump impossible
Court of public opinion still has decisive role in president’s fate

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has outlined a three-pillared philosophy of presidential impeachment that makes the case the process is inherently political. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ANALYSIS — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has indicated time and again that he is nowhere near beginning an impeachment process against President Donald Trump, a process that would unfold in his committee.

‘Off-script’ Trump intensifies campaign to ‘destroy’ investigations
GOP insider sees ‘PR war’ as House Democrats bore deeper with sweeping document request

President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, where he attacked those who are investigating his 2016 campaign and business dealings. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump went on the attack over the weekend before a conservative audience and in a series of tweets, signaling a legal and public relations strategy that will likely decide whether he wins a second term.

For over two hours Saturday, Trump veered from topic to topic and political foe to political foe during a fiery appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington. The list of federal, state and congressional investigations into his 2016 campaign and business dealings are all “bullshit,” he said before mocking his former attorney general. A day later, he tried to blame House Democrats for his failure to make any progress with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week.

What have Trump and Putin talked about? Democrats intend to find out
House Democratic chairmen set March 15 deadline for White House, State to produce documents and schedule interviews

House Democrats want to know what  President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been talking about.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images file photo)

House Democrats announced an expanded investigation Monday into President Donald Trump’s personal communications with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, requesting documents and interviews from people who might have information about those encounters.

The president has reportedly seized notes from at least one of his face-to-face meetings with Putin — notes Democrats believe may have been destroyed — and instructed an interpreter not to share details of the two men's conversation with other senior aides.

Some House Oversight Democrats pumping the brakes on interviews with Trump family members
Some members feel a public spectacle might not be the best place for following threads from Michael Cohen’s testimony

President Donald Trump points to the crowd after accepting the GOP nomination for president at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Behind him are, from left, daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, daughter in law Vanessa Trump, and son Donald Trump Jr. The president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated three of Trump’s children and Kushner in possible criminal activity Wednesday in a House Oversight Committee hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After Chairman Elijah Cummings suggested earlier this week that his House Committee on Oversight and Reform could try to schedule interviews with members of the Trump family, including the president’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric and daughter Ivanka, some Democrats urged caution about making such moves.

The president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump’s family members in multiple crimes in his public testimony on Wednesday. Specifically, Cohen described Donald Jr. and Eric’s involvement in an illegal hush money scheme to buy the silence of two of the president’s former mistresses, onetime Playboy model Karen McDougal and pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford, better known by her stage name Stormy Daniels.

Trump: Cohen book pitch shows he ‘committed perjury on a scale not seen before’
As House Dems, federal and state officials ramp up probes, president calls for all to ‘stop’

Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Friday demanded that lawmakers obtain a transcript of a book reportedly pushed by his former fixer Michael Cohen that paints a very different picture of his former client than he described to a House panel on Wednesday.

The president also lodged a major allegation against Cohen, who already has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, saying he “committed perjury on a scale not seen before” during testimony this week.