Unveiled financial records of Essential Consultants LLC—the company used by President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels—reveal payments from a firm associated with a Russian oligarch, the New York Times reports.
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CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised lawmakers that he would not be a “yes man” as Trump’s new Secretary of State if confirmed, the Wall Street Journal writes.
On Friday, the Pentagon announced that an American service member was among those killed by a roadside bomb in Syria, CBS reports. The bomb killed two members of the anti-ISIS coalition and wounded another five when it exploded Thursday night, apparently somewhere near the Syrian town of Manbij. Roadside bomb attacks are rare in the war-torn country, and the coalition is still gathering information about what happened.
President Donald Trump has signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress after threatening to veto it earlier today, CNN informs us. Tweeting on Friday that he was considering not signing the bill because it did not address DACA recipients and border wall funding was incomplete, Trump had raised the spectre of yet another government shutdown just as Congress moves to recess for two weeks.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to be building the case to indict the Russians who carried out the hacking of the Democratic National Committee servers and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and the subsequent release of the information during the 2016 presidential election, NBC reports.
The Justice Department has issued indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on charges related to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, Politico reports. The charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The charges were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The White House indicated it is inclined to approve the release of the Democratic rebuttal to the memo released by Rep. Devin Nunes alleging abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department in their efforts to apply for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump’s decision about whether to declassify the document is expected today.
Over the past week, the White House aggressively responded to concerns about President Donald Trump’s mental competency raised by the book Fire and Fury, prompting former chief strategist Stephen Bannon to walk back comments attributed to him in the book, the New York Times reports.
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