Brooke Singman

Omarosa’s Trump tape story unravels, as more officials challenge ‘N-word’ claim

Omarosa Manigault Newman’s claims about a recording of President Trump using the “N-word” are being disputed by an ever-growing list of current and former officials, calling into question a key passage in her newly released political tell-all.  Manigault Newman’s claims first surfaced this week in a media blitz to promote the book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” which hit the shelves Tuesday. In interviews and the book, she claimed she confirmed rumors of an old tape from “The Apprentice” in which Trump used the racial slur.  It is unclear at this point whether Manigault Newman ever heard the alleged tape—and whether it exists. But multiple former and current officials close to the president have denied her claims. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski...

FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed

FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired. Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Monday that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice and politically motivated. Goelman said bureau Deputy Director David Bowdich “overruled” the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.  “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans,” the attorney said.  President Trump and his allies for months, though, have hammered Strzok and cast him as the poster child for anti-Trump bias within the bureau and Justice Department.  Reacting to t...

DOJ official Bruce Ohr communicated with Trump dossier author Steele after FBI cut ties: report

Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, left, continued to communicate with former British spy Christopher Steele, right, even after the FBI cut ties with him.  (AP) Long after the FBI cut ties with former British spy and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr continued to maintain extensive contact with him, according to newly reported emails.   The emails, first reported by The Hill, reveal Steele even continued to send information to Ohr after the election. The FBI “suspended and then terminated” Steele as a source in early November 2016 for what the bureau defined as “the most serious of violations” – an “unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI,” according to a House Republican memo earlier this year. Th...

Trump looking into revoking security clearances for Brennan, other top Obama officials

Exclusive: John Brennan still has top security clearance Tucker: Former CIA director John Brennan still has top security access and has history of dishonesty and is now a partisan talking head for a cable news network. Brennan is not alone, and Sen. Rand Paul finds this ‘alarming.’ President Trump is looking into revoking the security clearances of several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday, accusing them of having “politicized” or “monetized” their public service.  She made the announcement at Monday’s press briefing, after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called on the president to specifically revoke Trump critic and former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance.  Sanders sa...

Trump blasts Mueller probe, Putin denies meddling as leaders tout summit as ‘success’

Trump deflects question on Russia meddling at Putin presser President Trump, after being questioned by a reporter on if he believed U.S. intelligence or Vladimir Putin’s denial about meddling in the 2016 election, says he has confidence in both parties; John Roberts reports on the takeaways from the post-summit press conference. President Trump and Vladimir Putin tackled allegations of election meddling in unprecedented terms following their one-on-one summit Monday, with Trump opening the door to an unusual offer of cooperation in the special counsel probe and the Russian president suggesting he indeed favored the billionaire businessman in 2016.  But Putin, emphatically and repeatedly, denied meddling in the U.S. election, saying there’s “no evidence.” And Trump, ...

Defiant Peter Strzok claims scrutiny over anti-Trump text messages ‘another victory notch in Putin’s belt’

A defiant Peter Strzok said the scrutiny he is facing over his anti-Trump text messages amounts to “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to the FBI official’s remarks prepared to be delivered before House committees Thursday morning. Strzok, who arrived on Capitol Hill to testify in a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee Thursday morning, has been in political crosshairs for months over revelations of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with his lover, and former bureau colleague, Lisa Page. Strzok will say in his opening statement that he has never allowed personal opinions to affect his work, that he knew information during the campaign that had the potential to damage then-candidate Donald Trump but never contempl...

NATO pledges to boost defense spending after stern words from Trump

NATO leaders pledged their “unwavering commitment” to boost defense spending on Wednesday, following stern words from President Trump criticizing European leaders for spending too little. The U.S. and European allies signed a declaration stating they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.” The declaration comes after confrontational and testy discussions between Trump and other NATO leaders. Since the election, Trump has criticized NATO countries for not paying their fair share, while suggesting he would only come to the defense of NATO nations that fulfilled their financial obligation. Trump also has pressed NATO countries to fulfill their goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024. NATO...

Trump tangles with NATO leaders in testy start to Brussels summit

President Trump kicked off the highly anticipated NATO summit Wednesday with sharp words for the head of the alliance and Germany, using the meeting to challenge European countries over their defense spending and even agreements with Russia.  Before sitting down for the first official meeting of the day, the president engaged in a testy exchange with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He pressed why the U.S. should continue to pay money to the military alliance while the countries purchase energy from Moscow. “We are stronger together,” Stoltenberg said, while acknowledging there can be differences among allies. “But how can you be together when you’re getting energy from the group you want protection from?” Trump responded, using Germany as an example. Trump challenged Stoltenberg t...

Michael Cohen’s lawyer issues cryptic warning to Giuliani and Trump

The lawyer representing President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen issued a cryptic warning to the president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani this week, in apparent reference to what his client could share with federal prosecutors.  Cohen, who is under criminal investigation as part of a federal grand jury probe into his personal business dealings, retained former White House special counsel Lanny Davis last week to represent him. Michael Cohen hired former White House Special Counsel Lanny Davis to represent him in criminal investigation.  (Lanny Davis Twitter ) Davis, who served under former President Bill Clinton, seemingly challenged Giuliani on Monday for saying his client should tell the truth.  “Did @rudygiuliani really say on Sunday shows that @michaelcohen212 should coop...

FBI’s Strzok ‘smug’ and ‘defiant’ in House interview, but regrets sending anti-Trump texts

Embattled FBI official Peter Strzok was “smug” and “laughed off” questions during his closed-door congressional interview this week, though also told lawmakers he regrets sending the anti-Trump texts that made him the poster child for bureau bias, congressional sources tell Fox News.  Strzok spoke behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, in his first congressional appearance following revelations of numerous anti-Trump messages he exchanged with bureau colleague Lisa Page during the 2016 campaign.  “Strzok was smug, defiant, and laughed off a lot of questions,” one congressional source told Fox News following the interview. The source also echoed earlier reports that Strzok refused to answer some questions on the advice of counsel.  Another congressional sourc...

Trump blasts Strzok for ducking questions, Mueller over ‘conflicts’

President Trump on Thursday blasted FBI agent Peter Strzok for refusing to answer “many questions” in his closed-door grilling on Capitol Hill this week — and took a shot at Special Counsel Robert Mueller over alleged “Conflicts of Interest.”  “Lover FBI Agent Peter Strzok was given poor marks on yesterday’s closed door testimony and, according to most reports, refused to answer many questions. There was no Collusion and the Witch Hunt, headed by 13 Angry Democrats and others who are totally conflicted, is Rigged!” Trump tweeted early Thursday. The president’s tweet comes after Strzok’s hours-long closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. It was his first congressional appearance following revelations of numerous anti-Trump messages he excha...

Trump rips media for ignoring Angel Families ‘permanently separated’ by illegal immigrant crime

President Trump on Friday blasted what he described as a media double standard on immigration, as he honored families whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants and accused the press of ignoring them to focus on the plight of migrants caught crossing the border.  After a week of saturation coverage on illegal immigrant parents separated from their children — a policy Trump reversed under public and political pressure — the president stressed that so-called Angel Families have been “permanently separated.”  The families, whose children and other relatives were killed by illegal immigrants, echoed that message during the White House event.  “You don’t hear these stories,” said Steve Ronnebeck, whose 21-year-old son Grant was killed by an illegal immigrant over a pack of c...