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Sarah Tate Chambers is a second year law student at the University of South Carolina. She currently works for the Department of Justice's Publications Unit. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Religious Studies.
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President Trump says his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on, reports the New York Times. The news come after North Korea’s former intelligence chief and top nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, visited the White House on Friday to deliver to deliver a letter to the president from the North Korean leader.
A former CIA officer’s espionage trial begins today, according to the Washington Post. Mallory is accused of meeting with a Chinese spy and exchanged U.S. intelligence for money. While Mallory admitted to the activity, he argued that his intention was to out the Chinese spies to U.S. authorities.
North Korea responded to Trump’s cancellation of the previously planned June 12 summit, according to the New York Times. Kim Kye-gwan, a vice foreign minister of North Korea, released a statement saying, “The unilateral cancellation of the summit was unexpected and very regrettable.
The Justice Department requested that its inspector general investigate whether there were political motivations behind the investigation into the connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to the Washington Post. This came on the heels of Trump tweeting that he demanded such an inquiry.
National security adviser John Bolton is pushing to eliminate the cybersecurity coordinator in the White House, according to Politico. The position leads National Security Council staffers who manage interagency cooperation and strategy-making on cyber policy. Bolton’s motives seem mixed: He supports a more aggressive cybersecurity posture and is looking to reorganized the entire NSC.