2016

Trump Keeps Rosenstein Despite Reported Recording, Removal Talk
‘I have a very good relationship’ with deputy AG, president says

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves the Capitol on May 19, 2017. He is still in his job despite reported remarks about secretly recording President Trump with the goal of removing him from office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rod Rosenstein, despite reports he discussed secretly taping President Donald Trump with the goal or removing him from office, is still the deputy attorney general after the two men spoke aboard Air Force One.

The senior Justice Department official joined Trump on the executive jet on the way to Orlando, where the president is addressing law enforcement officials. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters traveling with Trump that the duo talked for 30 minutes during the flight to Florida.

Pence Accuses China of Trying to Upend ‘America’s Democracy’
Trump touts relationship with Xi, but has little to show for it

Vice President Mike Pence warned China to avoid meddling in "America's democracy" in a speech Thursday that likely will further chill relations with the Asian power. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Trump administration struck a hard line on China Thursday, with Vice President Mike Pence alleging that Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections “pales in comparison” to China’s ongoing actions.

The vice president accused the Chinese government of “employing a whole-of-government approach to advance its influence and benefit its interests.” He cited the conclusions of career U.S. intelligence officials as he said China is “employing this power in more proactive and coercive ways to interfere in the domestic policies and politics of the United States.”

Group Plays Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Outside Capitol to Protest Kavanaugh
UltraViolet Action calls out president as senators read report on allegations against his Supreme Court nominee

President Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” video, in which he bragged about being able to assault women because he was a celebrity, is playing on a continuous loop in front of the Capitol on Thursday. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

While senators are reading the results of the FBI’s investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there’s a video playing outside the Capitol of President Donald Trump joking about sexual assault.

The infamous “Access Hollywood” footage of Trump speaking with Billy Bush about assaulting women because of his celebrity status is playing on a truck-mounted big screen for 12 hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday.

2020 Watch: Trump Trots Out ‘One Percent Biden’ and ‘Da Nang Blumenthal’
Democrats ‘got some real beauties going,’ president says mockingly

President Donald Trump and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, her party’s nominee in a tight Senate race, during a campaign rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Monday night. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

“One Percent Biden” and “Da Nang Blumenthal” were introduced. “Pocahontas” was dropped, as usual, to the delight of an arena packed with “Make America Great Again” merchandise-sporting supporters.

President Donald Trump trotted out some new nicknames Monday night at a rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, mocking and criticizing several potential 2020 Democratic presidential nominees during another raucous campaign stop.

Witnesses Increasingly Wary of House GOP Probe into DOJ, FBI Bias
Pattern of broken confidentiality agreements leaves interviewees vulnerable to selective leaks, critics say

Former FBI Director James Comey turned down a request for a private meeting with the House task force looking into potential anti-Trump bias in federal law enforcement agencies, but would “welcome the opportunity to testify at a public hearing,” his attorney wrote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Witnesses for the House GOP’s investigation into potential bias at the top levels of U.S. law enforcement have grown increasingly dubious of the probe — to the point that some actually prefer public hearings to private ones.

Case in point: Former FBI Director James Comey on Monday declined to submit to a private interview with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform panels, who comprise a joint “task force” examining whether “decisions made and not made” by the Justice Department and FBI during the 2016 Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations were tinged with anti-Republican bias.

Trump: Democrats in ‘Blind Rage’ to ‘Destroy’ Brett Kavanaugh
President tries to stave off major Democratic upset in Tennessee

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait in line before a Monday campaign rally in Johnson City, Tenn. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of being in a “blind rage” over his election that has left them willing to torch anything, including the reputation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“They’ve been trying to destroy him from the very first second he was announced,” Trump told a friendly campaign rally crowd Monday in Johnson City, Tennessee. “They’re trying to destroy a fine man. We can’t let that happen.

Trump Hails Canada’s Trade Decision, But Hill Fight Awaits
President to speak about agreement at 11 a.m. from the White House

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in 2017. Canada joined a U.S.-Mexico trade pact that could replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump on Monday hailed Canada’s decision to join a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact that came about via his preferred negotiation style: Take a hard position then repeatedly double down.

Canadian officials resisted joining the new agreement for weeks after U.S. and Mexican officials announced they had agreed to terms. Trump and top aides signaled they were prepared to move ahead with a two-way pact by submitting it to Congress this week with or without Canada. But negotiators reached a deal just before a midnight Sunday deadline.

White House Formally Taps Darrell Issa to Lead Trade and Development Agency
California Republican, one of Trump's strongest backers in House, has served since 2000

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has been nominated to lead the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House officially nominated Rep. Darrell Issa on Friday to be the new director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

The USTDA is an independent federal agency that works to link U.S. companies and exporters to emerging markets in developing countries to help foster U.S. job growth.

White House Evidence Scant on Trump‘s China Meddling Charge
Paid newspaper ads, free speech stifling part of ’covert’ effort, official says

Voters arrive to cast their ballots at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas on Election Day in November 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump is accusing China of meddling in the U.S. midterm elections, but when pressed for evidence, a senior White House official provided scant examples of a Russia-style disinformation warfare campaign.

During a speech at a United Nations Security Council meeting Wednesday morning, Trump claimed Beijing has been trying to interfere in November’s midterm elections “against my administration.”

Second Kavanaugh Accuser Should Testify Thursday, Sanders Says
Trump spokeswoman: Democrats have ‘exploited’ women ‘for political gain’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says both of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accusers should testify on Thursday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A second woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misdeeds should be allowed to testify alongside Christine Blasey Ford, the first to come forward, during a high-stakes Senate hearing on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s top spokeswoman says.

Deborah Ramirez, 53, who was at Yale University at the same time as Kavanaugh in the 1980s, told the New Yorker in an article published Sunday evening that he exposed himself at a party while extremely intoxicated. Ford, 51, says the federal appellate judge pinned her to a bed in high school and covered her mouth so forcefully she worried he might kill her while groping her against her will. Kavanaugh denies all the allegations.