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Justice Department Says Rod Rosenstein Isn't Recusing Himself From Russia Investigation

Theoretically, Trump could be saying that Mueller told him to fire Comey, though that makes little sense since Mueller was not part of his administration. Rosenstein also approved the appointment of Mueller as special counsel after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions . Special Counsel Mueller was reportedly planning to interview intelligence officials on whether Mr Trump got rid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, in May to hamper an inquiry ... Read More »

Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

Trump's tweet could be targeting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the probe into Russia's intervention into the last year's presidential polls . Read More »

Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller

Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for "good cause". Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. He will appear before the Senate committee at 10 a.m. ET and the House one at 2 p.m. ET. Trump could alternatively direct the Justice Department to repeal the regulation, potentially allowing the president to directly fire a special counsel. Read More »

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media


A source told People: " Bey and Jay are thrilled and have started sharing the news with their family and closest friends". Barack Obama may have let slip the sex of Beyonce and Jay Z's twins. Another added: 'Did Obama out Beyoncé as having twin girls? In a video broadcast during the ceremony, the former U.S. president congratulated the rapper but also joked about their commonalities while specifying that the latter will now "beat" him on the number of girls he is going to have. Read More »

List of Republican congressmen found with baseball practice shooter


Stephen Brennwald, another YMCA member, said he never saw Hodgkinson talk to anyone and figured the man was a "loner". It was written on notepad paper and had the names of at least three Republican congressmen on it, including representative Jeff Duncan, who spoke with Hodgkinson before the attack. Read More »

Cuba blasts Trump's policy speech as 'hostile rhetoric'

President Trump says his new policy will tighten rules on travel and on sending funds to Cuba . "This is a limitation on what we did, not a reversal of what we did", Rhodes said in an interview. "It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's awful and misguided deal with the Castro regime", Trump said in Miami . Read More »

Afghan soldier wounds 7 American soldiers


After more than 15 years of war the Taliban control broad swaths of the country and the struggling Afghan security forces continue to take an nearly unsustainable amount of casualties as they battle to hold provincial capitals. "Initial information shows three United States soldiers visiting the base were wounded", defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish told AFP , adding that the attacker had been gunned down. Read More »

Representative Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting


Scalise's surgeon said on Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though when he arrived at the hospital he was at imminent risk of death. The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers. Read More »

Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe

Days after Comey was abruptly ousted, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will". Read More »

Trump Appears to Confirm He Is Under Federal Investigation


Among those going before the committee are top officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Department, as well as a number of elections experts and officials. Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency. Read More »

No plan to sack Russia probe head Mueller: US justice official


Trump advisors and conservative pundits including Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter have called for Mueller's removal. Starr, however, warned that Mueller should be careful not to "wander outside the bounds of professionalism and basic integrity" - as those would be grounds to fire him. Read More »

US, North Korean officials met to negotiate nuclear deal


All of this is deeply upsetting to former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson , who had been negotiating for Warmbier's release . Rodman also visited iconic North Korean monuments and coached a womens basketball team. Though Richardson said that Warmbier's condition could further complicate relations between the USA and North Korea . "If the North Koreans immediately released the remaining three prisoners, it could set up an atmosphere for potentially serious talks". Read More »

Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners


Mali authorities say suspected jihadists launched an attack Sunday on a hotel resort in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. The grounds include a hotel, bars, restaurant, spa and swimming pools. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Read More »

UFC Veteran Tim Hague Brain Dead Following Boxing Match


He was able to get back to his feet and stumble backstage, but fell seriously ill just minutes later and was rushed to hospital. In his next three fights, he suffered a seven-second knockout loss to Todd Duffee at UFC 102, a majority-decision loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109 and a unanimous decision loss to Joey Beltran at UFC 113. Read More »

Trump denounces reports of widening Russia probe

Comey has already rejected one invitation from the Judiciary Committee, but Feinstein indicated that she's ready to "compel his attendance" in this case using subpoena power if necessary. In a tweet early Thursday, Trump said: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story". Read More »

Trump weighs firing Mueller, according to confidante


Bush favored. Asked what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe they are lawful and appropriate orders". There was grumbling among some members of Congress. Rep. Kevin Cramer said he believed Mueller's investigation should be dissolved because there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump administration and Russian Federation. Read More »

DUP leader returns to Northern Ireland, talks continue

As talks go on, the European Union unveiled plans to give itself new powers over London's banking business after Brexit , in what could be a blow to the city's supremacy as a global financial hub. Britain and the European Union now have less than two years to conclude exit negotiations before the UK's departure date at the end of March 2019. Read More »

Hurricane forecasters watching two systems


It is possible this disturbance could develop into a depression or tropical storm so stay tuned. On the flipside, if a tropical system were to hit the northeast Gulf and go north from there, it tends to keep us a bit drier. The next name of the 2017 hurricane name list is Bret. Saturday's rain chance is 30%, just some isolated showers or t-storms. Have a great weekend and to all the Fathers out there have a great Father's day. Read More »

Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

Questions about that have persisted in places since reports that former FBI Director James Comey said Trump told him to "let go" of an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn . "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". "Crooked Hillary destroyed phones with hammer, "bleached" emails, and had husband meet with Attorney General days before she was cleared - and they talk about obstruction?" he had said. Read More »

First round of Brexit talks to begin on Monday June 19

Prime Minister Theresa May called fresh general elections to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations. The results - a hung parliament, with the Conservatives hanging on as largest party but without a majority, and large gains by Labour - have turned the electoral landscape on its head. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth pays homage to London fire victims in minute of silence

With the death toll expected to rise, Mr Corbyn has said an inquiry must 'establish all the relevant fact and to ensure that all necessary lessons are learned'. Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors. Protests were held in London on Friday as residents demanded more support for those affected by the fire, BBC reported . Read More »

Virginia Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary election results


Senate candidate, was recognized as the victor by the Associated Press just before 10:30 a race that stayed tight as precincts continued to count ballots. Perriello had made headlines calling Corey Stewart a "Confederate apologist using racism for political ends" and condemning Gillespie for refusing to disavow him. Read More »

Guterres calls for two-state solution for Israel, Palestine

There is a solid constituency for peace on both sides of the Green Line, both among Israelis and Palestinians. The "occupation", claimed Guterres, "has fuelled recurring cycles of violence and retribution". "Now is not the time to give up on this goal", he said. He called for the establishment of a Palestinian state through "direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions, agreements and worldwide law". Read More »

Amid diplomatic contact, North Korea frees American student


The parents of Otto Warmbier , an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labour for alleged anti-state acts , say he has been released and is on a medical evacuation flight home. Rodman's arrival in Pyongyang was relatively low-key and his schedule remained a mystery. Meanwhile, the ministry said that it has approved three more requests by local civic groups to contact North Koreans, raising the total to 21. Read More »

Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting


Hodgkinson said he had a home inspection business back in IL but had been in Alexandria for a while and had been looking for temporary work. "There's just no way that I would have guessed that this guy would be shooting at law enforcement and a congressman", said Brennwald, an attorney. Read More »

Trump appears to confirm he's under investigation

Trump said a few days later that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind. There is no reasonable solution, but the closest it's possible to get is that Trump is talking here about Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein . The actual number of jobs added since Trump took the helm is both less than the number added in the same period a year ago and a drop from the last months of the Obama administration. Read More »

McIlroy dismisses Twitter criticism after US Open exit

McIlroy gleefully corrected Elk's spelling, pointing out he should have written "knew" - and asked whether they "taught grammar in the 50s". And he was also encouraged by the fact he managed to finish with a flourish. For the first time since 1974, four players head into the weekend tied atop the leaderboard, with Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman and English duo Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood locked at seven-under 137. Read More »