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Acting attorney general made nearly $1M working for controversial group, records show

Last year, before joining the Justice Department and taking a government salary, now-Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker made nearly a million dollars in salary while leading a tax-exempt organization that allegedly advocated right-wing positions. The disclosure comes in financial reports the Justice Department sent to congressional committees late Tuesday afternoon – after DOJ revised the documents five times in the past two weeks, the documents show. The reports say Whitaker received $904,000 in salary from the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust, where he served as president and executive. Two weeks ago, after President Donald Trump removedJeff Sessions as attorney general and tapped Whitaker to take over, the Associated Press noted that as a tax-exempt, charitable organiz...

WaPo report on Ivanka Trump ‘misinformation being peddled’

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‘The View’ reacts to report Ivanka Trump used private email

Ivanka Trump, daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, sent hundreds of emails using a personal account, according to a Washington Post story published Monday. During his 2016 campaign for president, her father relentlessly condemned Hillary Clinton for a similar offense — using a private email server — and called for the former secretary of state to be jailed. On “The View” Tuesday, Whoopi Goldberg suggested instead both women used private emails because guidelines for government email use were too vague. Joy Behar pushed back, citing the report that she sent emails throughout the year after her father was elected: “So there’s really no excuse.” A spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn’t dispute the report. R...

Trump submits written responses to special counsel

President Donald Trump has submitted his answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, the president’s attorneys told ABC News. “The President today answered written questions submitted by The Special Counsel’s Office. The questions presented dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry. The President responded in writing,” Jay Sekulow, Counsel to the President told ABC News in a statement. “I write the answers. My lawyers don’t write answers,” Trump said last week when asked by reporters about the special counsel’s questions. “I was asked a series of questions, I answered them very easily.” In returning his written answers to Mueller, the president capped a months-long negotiation with the special counsel over t...

Trump defends Saudi denials in Khashoggi murder, says relationship most important

In an extraordinary statement, President Trump on Tuesday defended Saudi Arabia in the face of mounting pressure over the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He then doubled down on his statement to reporters Tuesday afternoon as left the White House to travel to Florida. “It’s a complex issue, it’s a shame, but it is what it is,” Trump said. “It is America first to me, it is all about America first.” “I’m not going to destroy the world economy and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia,” he went on. “Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on tha...

Democrats intend to probe Ivanka Trump’s use of personal email in next Congress

Amid reports that first daughter and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump exchanged hundreds of official government business emails using a personal email account, top Democrats on Capitol Hill “want to know if Ivanka complied with the law” and in the next Congress plan to continue their investigation of the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act. Trump’s reported use of a personal email account to conduct official government business, first confirmed by the Washington Post, creates an awkward dynamic in the West Wing. Her father’s presidential campaign heavily criticized Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server account during her tenure as Secretary of State. On Tuesday, the president defended his daughter’s private email use telling reporters that h...

WATCH: Judge halts Trump asylum order, Ivanka’s email controversy

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WATCH: Trump pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey

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Trump says no new punishment for writer’s murder

The Latest on U.S. response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1 p.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will not levy additional punitive measures at this time against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee). Trump said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. does not condone the killing of the U.S-based Saudi columnist, but that “foolishly” canceling $110 billion in arms sales — as some in Congress have suggested — would only mean that Saudi Arabia would go to other countries to acquire them. Trump says the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia “vigorously deny” any knowledge of the planning and execution of the Oct. 2 murder of The Washington Post columnist at the Saudi Consulate in...

Military could shift more troops to California as migrants gather in Tijuana

The Army might shift some of its troops along the border to California where caravans of migrants seeking asylum have gathered in Tijuana, Mexico across the border from San Diego, but clarified that no timelines have been determined for the possibility that some troops could leave the border ahead of the mission’s scheduled end on Dec. 15. “We are continually assessing our resources and refining requirements in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security,” according to a U.S. Army North statement. The Army command, headed by Lt. Gen. Jay Buchanan, is overseeing the deployment of 5,800 active-duty military personnel to the border in support of Customs and Border Protection as it prepares for the arrival of several migrant caravans making their way through M...

Schumer asks for probe into Whitaker’s White House contacts

The Senate’s top Democrat asked the Justice Department’s watchdog on Tuesday to open an investigation into communications between acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the White House. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into Whitaker’s communications beginning in 2017, when Whitaker was appointed chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whitaker was elevated to the top job after Sessions was ousted by President Donald Trump earlier this month. In a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants inspector general’s investigators to look into whether Whitaker had access to confidential grand jury information in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation...

Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday. The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump‘s assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labeling her “Crooked Hillary” and saying she belonged in jail. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the email use, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn’t dispute the report. “While transitioning int...