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Huffman Wants Investigation Into Trump Lawyer’s Payment to Porn Star
California Democrat wants to know if Trump campaign tried to ‘evade the fundamental disclosure requirements’

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels’ receipt of a $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump’s lawyer should be investigated, California Rep. Jared Huffman says. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images file photo)

California Rep. Jared Huffman wants the Justice Department to investigate a payment made to an adult film actress to keep silent about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic lawmaker pointed to a New York Times report that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted he paid Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, $130,000 out of his own pocket.

Rohrabacher Says Kelly Blocked Trump Meeting
Congressman says White House chief of staff said meeting could risk charges of collusion if Russia was discussed

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly prevented a meeting between him and President Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly blocked a meeting between the California Republican and President Donald Trump.

Rohrabacher wanted to meet with the president to discuss his meeting last summer with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom Rohrabacher said showed him evidence that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election.  

Dems Wrote Memo To Set Up White House, Trump Says
President: Intel Dems wanted to ‘blame the White House for lack of transparency’

President Donald Trump speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last month. Trump is blasting House Intelligence Democrats over a rebuttal memo of which he is blocking the release. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is accusing House Intelligence Committee Democrats with purposely crafting their rebuttal memo about FBI and Justice Department officials’ actions early in the Russia election meddling probe in a way that would back his White House into a corner.

The president used a Saturday tweet to explain his Friday night decision to block the release of the Democratic document that counters one released last week by the panel’s Republicans. Trump claims the Democrats crafted “a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted.”

White House Wavers on Dems’ Intel Memo
‘It’s going to be released soon,’ president said around midday

President Donald Trump speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last month. After indicating he would clear the release a Democratic intelligence memo rebutting a GOP one about the Russia probe, his aides announced he had not yet done so. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Despite his commitment earlier in the day, White House officials on Friday evening said President Donald Trump has not made a final decision on whether to clear a memo from House Intelligence Democrats rebutting one from Republicans alleging abuse by FBI and Justice Department officials in the early days of the Russia probe.

“This afternoon, the president met with the director of the FBI, the principal associate deputy attorney general, and the White House Counsel’s Office to discuss the memorandum from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and receive their input,” Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement. “The president is weighing his options and will respond soon.”

Trump Will Clear Dems’ Intel Memo for Release
Democrats warn of blacked-out sections for ‘political’ reasons

President Donald Trump, here walking to Marine One at the White House, has cleared a Democratic memo for release that rebuts a GOP one alleging FBI and Justice Department abuse in the early days of the Russia election meddling probe. (McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Friday he has signed off on the release of a memo crafted by House Intelligence Committee Democrats that rebuts a GOP document claiming abuses by the FBI and Justice Department in the early phases of the Russia probe.

“It’s going to be released soon,” Trump said. “We’re going to be releasing a letter soon.” That letter must accompany the returned copy — possibly redacted — to the House panel to explain his decision.

Work Grinds to Plod Amid Memo Battle, Trump Attacks
Democratic document heads to president as he accuses the author of treason

House Intelligence ranking member Adam B. Schiff, center, and panel members Eric Swalwell, left, and Joaquin Castro, arrive Monday for a vote on releasing a Democratic response to a Republican memo. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Work in Washington slowed to a plod Monday as the House Intelligence Committee’s disagreements over the Russia probe again bled into public view and President Donald Trump spent the day accusing Democrats of serious crimes.

The Intelligence panel voted Monday evening, unanimously, in favor of releasing a Democratic memo rebutting one compiled by Chairman Devin Nunes, made public last week, that alleges senior law enforcement officials improperly secured warrants in the Russia election meddling investigation.

Trump Swats Down McCain-Coons Immigration Proposal
Would offer path to citizenship for Dreamers, but leaves out immediate funding for border wall

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., is set to introduce legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump shot down an immigration proposal that is expected to be unveiled by Sens. John McCain and Chris Coons to solve the impasse over undocumented childhood arrivals.

The legislation would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children with their parents and would also provide money for border security measures. 

Nunes Memo Alleges Law Enforcement Misled Surveillance Court
But document leaves out key details that led to request for warrant

House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., pushed hard to release a controversial memo slamming law enforcement officials on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A declassified Republican memo cleared for release Friday by President Donald Trump raises concerns with the “legitimacy and legality” of Justice Department and FBI tactics to obtain a surveillance warrant of a then-Trump campaign adviser, although it leaves out key information concerning what led to the request. 

The document, compiled and released by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., highlights what it describes as possibly illegal and misleading “interactions with the Foreign Surveillance Court,” which the memo states “represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes.”

Trump Formally Clears Release of Nunes Memo
President ignores FBI director’s objections as Democrats howl

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., makes his way from the panel's office to a news conference at the Capitol in March. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ignoring warnings from his hand-picked FBI director, President Donald Trump on Friday cleared the release of a classified memo compiled by House Intelligence Committee Republicans alleging the bureau overstepped its authorities early in the Russia election meddling probe.

President Donald Trump confirmed he cleared the Nunes memo for release, telling reporters on Friday that its contents amount to a “disgrace.”

President Will Clear Release of Nunes Memo ‘Probably Tomorrow’
‘It’s in Congress’ hands after that,’ White House official says

President Donald Trump speaks with members of Congress as he leaves the House chamber after delivering his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump will clear House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to release his memo accusing the FBI of overstepping its authorities early in the Russia election probe “probably tomorrow,” a White House official said Thursday.

Friday is the final day of a five-day presidential review period that began following a Monday evening party-line vote by the Intelligence panel to release the document. FBI Director Christopher Wray and congressional Democrats oppose making the memo public, arguing that it cherry-picks information without context or other facts, and could undermine national security.