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Trump claims 'game over' on Mueller report as Democrats say game on

Document threatens to reopen debate over impeachment and raises questions on the futures of William Barr and Sarah SandersMueller report released – live updatesSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contributionDonald Trump’s claims of vindication after the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday were quickly drowned out by furious Democrats, who pointed to a wealth of evidence the president attempted to obstruct justice and demanded fresh hearings into potentially crim...
Tags: White House, US news, Democrats, US politics, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Trump Administration, Sarah Sanders, William Barr, Trump-Russia investigation, Sarah SandersMueller


Facebook allowed violent posts by man charged with Ilhan Omar death threat

Site took no action to remove posts by Patrick Carlineo alluding to violence against Muslims and US officials, until Guardian reviewFacebook allowed a man charged with threatening to kill congresswoman Ilhan Omar to post violent and racist content for years, and took no action to remove his posts when he was arrested.Patrick Carlineo, of upstate New York, posted several entries to his Facebook page alluding to violence against Muslims and US officials including former president Barack Obama, a G...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Technology, Social Networking, Religion, US, Barack Obama, US news, Islam, Guardian, US crime, US Congress, Islamophobia, Ilhan Omar, Patrick Carlineo


White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker

The top Democrat in the US Congress ordered a safety review for a Muslim lawmaker and her family Sunday after accusing President Donald Trump of putting her in danger by tweeting a video of her spliced with footage of the 9/11 attacks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took time out from an official trip to issue a strong statement urging Trump to remove the clip featuring Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar. "Following the president's tweet, I spoke with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure that Capitol Po...
Tags: News, Minnesota, White House, House, Nancy Pelosi, US Congress, Donald Trump, Capitol Police, Trump, Omar, Ilhan Omar


Ilhan Omar: White House escalates Trump attack over 9/11 comment

Sarah Sanders: ‘It’s a good thing president is calling her out’Congresswoman heralds ‘unwavering love for America’Opinion: Omar is the target of a dangerous hate campaignThe White House escalated its assault on the Muslim American congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Sunday, after Donald Trump repeatedly tweeted video footage of September 11 and accused Omar of downplaying the terror attacks. Related: Ilhan Omar: how Democrats responded to Trump's 9/11 attack Continue reading...
Tags: Minnesota, Republicans, White House, Religion, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, Islam, September 11 2001, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Omar, Ilhan Omar


Donald Trump's preference for 'acting' senior officials alarms experts and allies

* 15 leadership posts unfilled, including defense and interior * Congress bypassed but ‘It gives me more flexibility’ – TrumpDonald Trump speaks in Calexico, California, while the then homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, watches flanked by her acting successor, Kevin McAleenan. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/ReutersDonald Trump has surrounded himself with an increasing number of temporary officials in his cabinet, raising fresh concerns over the president’s influence across US departm...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, White House, US, Barack Obama, US Congress, Nielsen, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Faa, Boeing


Treasury department won't meet deadline to release Trump's tax returns

Attorney general tells Senate subcommittee he intends to release reacted version of Mueller’s Trump-Russia report itselfSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 12.27am BST Jeff Bezos will meet with federal prosecutors this week, CNN reports, as investigators deepen their inquiry into the Amazon CEO’s claims that Saudi Arabia was behind the National Enquirer extortion scandal that exposed his affair. Related: Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner of 'extortion and blackma...
Tags: Republicans, Saudi Arabia, Senate, White House, US, US news, Cnn, Democrats, US politics, Treasury, US Congress, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Trump


William Barr claims Trump campaign was 'spied' on under Obama – live

Attorney general tells Senate subcommittee he intends to release reacted version of Mueller’s Trump-Russia report itselfSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 4.39pm BST Vice President Mike Pence has asked the United Nations to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, per AFP.#BREAKING US Vice President Pence asks UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader pic.twitter.com/SLm2sIsCCp 4.27pm BST Donald Trump said his adviser Stephen Miller - an immigration h...
Tags: Obama, Republicans, Senate, White House, US, US news, Democrats, US politics, United Nations, Un, Venezuela, US Congress, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Mike Pence


Barr to face Senate subcommittee as Mueller report expected within a week – live

Lawmakers are expected to ask the attorney general about Mueller’s Trump-Russia inquiry at hearing on justice department’s budgetSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.37pm BST Jeffrey Rosen, Donald Trump’s pick to be deputy attorney general, faces a Senate confirmation hearing today. Rosen is currently the deputy secretary of transportation and has not previously worked in the Justice Department, the Washington Post reports. 2.27pm BST Under pressure to show they have s...
Tags: Republicans, Senate, White House, US, US news, Ap, Democrats, US politics, House, US Congress, Donald Trump, Central America, Mueller, Rosen, Barr, Trump Administration


Judge blocks Trump policy of sending asylum seekers to Mexico – live

Decision comes after the Department of Homeland Security said it planned to expand the programSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 12.38am BST A number of reports today have suggested that the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary will give even more power to Stephen Miller, the far-right senior adviser in the White House known for aggressively pushing some of Trump’s most extreme anti-immigrant initiatives. Analysis: Stephen Miller, the hard-line youn...
Tags: Republicans, California, Washington, Mexico, White House, US, US news, Democrats, US politics, US Congress, Nielsen, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Miller, Trump, Stephen Miller


Democrats will 'never' see Trump tax returns – White House chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney to Fox News Sunday: ‘That is not going to happen’House ways and means panel wants returns by 10 AprilDemocrats will “never” see Donald Trump’s tax returns, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday, as a new front opened in the confrontation between the administration and Congress. Related: ‘Pete! Pete! Pete!’ Buttigieg fever hits New Hampshire – can he keep up the pace? Continue reading...
Tags: Congress, White House, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, New Hampshire, House, House Of Representatives, Fox News, US Congress, Donald Trump, US taxation, Trump, Buttigieg, Mick Mulvaney


Twenty states move to block funding for Trump's border wall – live

Motion challenges president’s use of a national emergency to build the US-Mexico border wall without congressional approvalGo beyond the headlines: sign up to our US morning briefing 3.24pm BST Donald Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and will hold a rival rally the night of the event, he said Friday.“The dinner is so boring, and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.Trump declares he will not atten...
Tags: California, Mexico, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, US news, US politics, US Senate, US immigration, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, White House Trump, Trump Administration, Us-mexico Border, Trump-Russia investigation


Mueller report was more damaging than Barr revealed, officials say – live

Attorney general failed to properly convey findings of Trump-Russia report, New York Times reportsGo beyond the headlines: sign up to our US morning briefing 2.22pm BST California congressman Eric Swalwell has announced his bid for the presidency, and will base his campaign around the issue of gun control, according to the Atlantic. Swalwell, a 38-year-old Democrat, will reportedly announce his run on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The Atlantic said that Swalwell “has been building up t...
Tags: Republicans, Stephen Colbert, California, White House, Russia, US, Joe Biden, US news, Atlantic, Democrats, US politics, New York Times, US Congress, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump


House Democrats issue subpoenas over White House security clearances – live

Oversight committee authorizes subpoenas over security clearances and for documents related to citizenship questions on 2020 censusGo beyond the headlines: sign up to our US morning briefing 8.10pm BST The Democratic National Committee announced on Tuesday that its second presidential primary debate will be held in Detroit, Michigan. The debate will take place on July 30 and 31 and broadcast on CNN. “The debate lineups for each night will be determined at random to provide each candidate wit...
Tags: Republicans, Mexico, White House, US, Dnc, US news, Cnn, Democrats, US politics, House, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Democratic National Committee, McConnell, Detroit Michigan


Trump and allies revel in release of Mueller report findings – live

Summary says Trump-Russia investigation found no evidence of collusion but president not cleared of obstruction of justiceSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism 4.42pm GMT Donald Trump said it “wouldn’t bother me at all” to have special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report released.“Up to the attorney general, but it wouldn’t bother me at all,” he said, in response to a shouted question at his White House event with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 4.39pm GMT New York Re...
Tags: New York, Republicans, White House, Russia, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Benjamin Netanyahu, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Parkinson, Mueller, South Bronx, Robert Mueller


Trump joins condemnation of New Zealand mosque shooting – live

Sarah Sanders says the US ‘strongly condemns’ attack as president tweets his ‘warmest sympathy and best wishes’Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.21pm GMT The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.The Associates Press reports: Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last Septe...
Tags: Republicans, Israel, US, Barack Obama, US news, Afghanistan, Democrats, United States, US politics, International criminal court, New Zealand, US Congress, Donald Trump, Icc, Trump, Michelle


Senate moves to end Trump's border wall emergency declaration – live

Proposal would deal blow to president but Trump indicates he would veto legislation against national emergency declarationSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 10.15pm GMT The US is prepared to use cyber operations to strike back more aggressively against the growing threats of cyberattacks and interference in the 2020 presidential elections, the Associated Press is reporting. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command, says the military learned a lot as it worked with...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, Senate, White House, US, US news, Iran, Democrats, US politics, Plane Crashes, Air transport, Army, US Senate, Associated Press, US Congress, Donald Trump


Democratic 2020 candidates roll up to support marijuana legalisation

In a joint effort, Warren, Harris, Sanders and Gillibrand are co-sponsors of legislation authored by BookerThere was a time when it was taboo for presidential candidates to talk about marijuana. Bill Clinton said he smoked but “didn’t inhale”. Barack Obama said he did inhale and even did some cocaine in his youth – “maybe a little blow” – but said the drug use was “reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy”. As presidents, both continued the “war on drugs” and upheld the prohibi...
Tags: New York, Republicans, California, Drugs, Barack Obama, Society, US news, Cannabis, Democrats, US politics, Bill Clinton, US domestic policy, US crime, Jamaica, US Congress, Times


Trump border wall request will set up new budget fight, adviser says

White House will ask for $8.6bn for wall in 2020 budget Larry Kudlow claims ‘no reason to obsess’ about deficitDonald Trump will on Monday will ask Congress for an additional $8.6bn to pay for the wall he has promised to build on the border with Mexico, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request said. Related: Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter over border wall criticism Continue reading...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, Mexico, White House, World news, US news, US politics, US economy, US domestic policy, US immigration, US Congress, Trump, Ann Coulter, Larry Kudlow, Trump Administration, Us-mexico Border


Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live

Shine to join Trump re-election campaign as senior adviserPresident tweets that Cohen ‘directly asked me for pardon’Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 5.25pm GMT CNN have just shown pictures of Trump being loaded into Marine One – the White House helicopter – in Georgia. The president is en route to Alabama where he will examine tornado damage. 5.12pm GMT In a statement emailed to reporters by Sarah Sanders, Shine said he was looking forward to spending more time with ...
Tags: White House, US, Alabama, Georgia, World news, US news, Cnn, US politics, House Of Representatives, US Senate, Fox News, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Bill Shine, Cohen


John Kelly says working for Trump was his 'least enjoyable job' – live

Ex-chief of staff said Mulvaney should tell president ‘what he needs to hear’Paul Manafort to be sentenced Thursday afternoonSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 1.59pm GMT •Paul Manafort will be sentenced this afternoon. Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman was found guilty of eight felony crimes last August, including filing false tax returns and bank fraud. Manafort will discover his fate at 3.30pm, and is likely to face a lengthy prison sentence. •Michael Cohen told h...
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Kirstjen Nielsen admits migrant parents were deported without children – live

Homeland security secretary testifies on Capitol Hill about Trump’s hardline immigration proposals – follow the latest liveSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 5.08pm GMT The AP reports:Foreign leaders showered President Donald Trump and his family with more than $140,000 in gifts during their first year in the White House, with China and Saudi Arabia among the most lavish givers. 5.06pm GMT Nielsen maintains the Department of homeland security has the “legal authority”...
Tags: Republicans, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, US, US news, Ap, Democrats, US politics, Capitol Hill, US Congress, Nielsen, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Kirstjen Nielsen


House panel demands White House turn over Kushner documents – as it happened

White House given deadline of Monday to comply with committee’s request after reports Trump ordered security clearance for KushnerSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 1.25am GMT We made it through Friday evening! Here’s what happened today: 12.56am GMT Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony was watched by 15.8 million people, AP reports. Nielsen company released the numbers today, showing the total across eight different networks throughout the day: The number contrasts...
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House panel demands White House turn over Kushner documents – live

White House given deadline of Monday to comply with committee’s request after reports Trump ordered security clearance for KushnerSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 9.22pm GMT Donald Trump is pushing back on criticism of his willingness to absolve North Korean leader Kim Jong-un of responsibility in the death of American Otto Warmbier.The president claimed he had been “misinterpreted” in a pair of tweets, hours after Warmbier’s parents rebuked Trump’s comments accepting Ki...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, House Of Representatives, US Senate, Kim, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Elijah Cummings


Otto Warmbier's family rebukes Trump after he sides with Kim over death – live

Family of American who died in 2017 after being imprisoned in North Korea says Kim Jong-un was ‘responsible for the death of our son’Sign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 3.15pm GMT The family of Otto Warmbier, the American who died in 2017 after being imprisoned and tortured in North Korea, have responded to Trump’s meek statement on Kim Jong-un’s involvement, insisting Kim is “responsible” for their son’s death.In a statement Otto Warmbier’s parents, Fred & Cindy Warmbier sa...
Tags: Republicans, North Korea, US, Barack Obama, US news, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, Sheldon Adelson, Mitt Romney, US Senate, Kim, US Congress, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Trump


Top Democrat threatens subpoena over Jared Kushner security clearance – live

Donald Trump reportedly ordered officials to grant Jared Kushner security clearance, as Democrats plan to interview president’s childrenSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.31pm GMT Just the president talking about a former employee writing him a love letter:Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a “love letter to Trump” manuscript for a new book that he was pushing. Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book ...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, White House, US, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US Congress, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Helsinki, Trump, Elijah Cummings


White House panel to 'question whether climate change is security threat' – live

Committee would advise Trump on the ‘scientific understanding of today’s climate’, according to National Security CouncilSign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 4.11pm GMT A proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Security panel is being assembled to weigh whether climate change is a national security threat, according to the Washington Post.The panel is being spearheaded by William Happer, a professor who, according to the Post: “has said that carbon emissions linked ...
Tags: Post, Republicans, Washington Post, White House, Virginia, US, US news, Democrats, United States, US politics, National Security, National Security Council, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Quinnipiac University


Trump-Russia: FBI had 'backup plan' to save investigation evidence – live

Plan created after Comey firing to ensure information would survive firings or reassignments of top officials Sign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 7.54pm GMT Trump had this to say at the White House when asked about Bernie Sanders making a second run for the presidency: “Personally, I think he missed his time,” Trump said. “But I like Bernie.” 7.34pm GMT Update to the NYT report mentioned further down below:Donald Trump has denied making any requests of acting atto...
Tags: Republicans, White House, Russia, US, US news, Fbi, Democrats, US politics, US Congress, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Bernie, Comey, Matthew Whitaker, Trump Administration


Democrats investigate 'White House plan' to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia – live

New congressional report says senior Trump officials pushed project to share technology despite objectionsSign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 5.22pm GMT Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, has said reports that the White House planned to share nuclear technology information with Saudi Arabia renewed questions over on whose behalf the Trump administration is working. “For the last two years, our committee has been concerned about allegations ...
Tags: Republicans, Saudi Arabia, White House, US, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, House Of Representatives, Middle East, US Senate, Al Qaeda, US Congress, House Intelligence Committee, Yemen, Donald Trump


White House press secretary says she was interviewed by special counsel - live

Sarah Sanders said of her interview with Mueller’s team: ‘I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them’Sign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 11.33pm GMT Trump has weighed in on the shooting in Illinois: Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois. Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you! Related: Aurora shooting: alleged gunman apprehended after at least one killed 11.24pm GMT Trump’s announcement of his emergency...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, America, World news, US news, Democrats, Associated Press, US immigration, US Congress, Illinois, Donald Trump, Border Patrol, Trump, Aurora, Mueller


National emergency: Trump's 'clear abuse of power' faces torrent of lawsuits

Declaration prompts dire warnings but fallout could be contained by successful legal challenge or resolution in CongressTrump declares national emergency – live updatesAs state attorneys general across the country threaten to sue the White House over Donald Trump’s declaration of a national immigration emergency on Friday, Democrats and Republicans insisted Trump was overstepping his powers, while legal analysts warned of a dangerous new phase of the Trump presidency. Related: Trump declares n...
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