Trump, in angry Twitter spree, declares ‘the complete power to pardon’
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:40:11 -0400
Those who hope for a Twitter tirade from the president every Saturday morning were amply rewarded, as he lashed out at multiple targets.
Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Fatal Shooting
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:06:52 -0400
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned on Friday, nearly a week after a police officer fatally Justine Damond.
Gen. Dunford On North Korea: We Can Protect the American People Today
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:53:36 -0400
Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford explains how North Korea is progressing toward a nuclear weapon but stresses the U.S. is more than capable of handling that threat.
US student freed after week held in China over taxi dispute
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:48:40 -0400
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An American university student is free following a weeklong detention in China for allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother during a fare dispute, in a case that drew objections over the student's treatment from U.S. lawmakers.
Israel under pressure over holy site, shooting at Amman embassy
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:37:32 -0400
Israel faced mounting pressure Monday over tougher security at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a shooting at its embassy in Jordan raised further concerns following a weekend of deadly unrest. It was not immediately clear whether the incident in Amman on Sunday -- in which two Jordanian men were killed and an Israeli seriously injured -- was linked to the dispute over the Jerusalem compound. Israel and Jordan are bound by a 1994 peace treaty, but tensions have been high over the new security measures at the site in annexed east Jerusalem.
Russian Spy House That Inspired 'The Americans' Will Be Put Up for Sale
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:07:14 -0400
A New Jersey home that has been vacant since the FBI arrested a family of undercover Russian spies living there is heading for sale
Woman Shares Touching Photo of Walmart Employee Helping Blind Man Shop
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:52:00 -0400
She said the heartwarming moment caught her eye.
Eight Massive Wildfires Rage Across California
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:04:40 -0400
Among the fires is the most destructive wildfire in the U.S. this year, which crept within a mile of the historic tourist town of Mariposa.
9 Dead, 28 Found Injured In A Truck In Texas
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:41:54 -0400
Eight people were found dead and about 30 others are in critical state after being discovered in a semi-trailer at a Walmart car park in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday morning, the police said.
Donald Trump says he has 'complete power to pardon' as he attacks Russia probes and intelligence leaks
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:57:14 -0400
President Donald Trump asserted he has "complete power to pardon" as he attacked the multiplying investigations into potential links between his campaign and Russia during last year's election Mr Trump's intervention followed reports that he and his legal team had explored his authority to pardon assistants, family members, and possibly even himself. The president said there was currently no need to use the power, because nothing wrong had been done. But his comment set up up the potential future prospect of a constitutional crisis as the idea of a president self-pardon has never been tested. Donald Trump: 'America is coming strong!' 01:12 Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "While all agree the US President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us." While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 That was a reference was referring to the latest leak from US intelligence agencies suggesting Jeff Sessions, his embattled attorney general, discussed "substantive" issues with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign. Mr Kislyak was recorded by US agents in 2016 telling colleagues in Moscow that he discussed with Mr Sessions campaign-related matters, and prospects for US-Russia relations in a potential Trump administration. Their first encounter was in April 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington before Trump’s first major foreign policy speech. The second was in July 2016 at the Republican National Convention. At the time Mr Sessions was a US senator and key foreign policy adviser to the candidate. A US official said:"The question is whether he crossed the line and discussed classified information, or talked about deals like lifting sanctions if the Russians were interested in investing in the US, or had dirt on Secretary Clinton." Mr Sessions, America's top prosecutor, has previously denied, and continues to deny, discussing campaign issues with Russian officials. But in March he recused himself from an investigation being carried out by his own Justice Department into links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mr Trump lashed out at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigating any links to Russia, calling on him to focus instead on Hillary Clinton's email practices when she was US Secretary of State, and the conduct of James Comey, who Mr Trump fired as FBI Director. The president wrote on Twitter: "So many people are asking why isn't the Special Counsel looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 emails deleted..." So many people are asking why isn't the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 The revelation about Mr Sessions in the Washington Post capped one of the worst weeks of Mr Trump's presidency following the failure in the US Senate of his attempt to overhaul America's healthcare system, and floundering public approval ratings. Mr Trump had been seeking to turn a corner, boosting his image by appointing Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director on Friday, and launching the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. But the the appointment of Mr Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, led to the immediate departure of his press secretary Sean Spicer, and the possibility of further internal turmoil. Sean Spicer: Donald Trump didn't want me to quit 00:42 Speculation mounted over the future of Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff. One former administration adviser suggested there may be a "dam burst" of officials leaving. Mr Trump praised Mr Spicer as a "wonderful person with a bright future". Mr Spicer said he left to avoid there being "too many cooks" in the White House and to give Mr Scaramucci a "clean slate". Mr Trump also ratcheted up his attacks on the media, accusing the New York Times of having a "sick national security agenda" and "foiling a US attempt to kill" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. That followed comments by General Tony Thomas, head of Special Operations Command, that a "good lead" had been gained from a raid in Syria in 2015 but "went dead" after details were leaked. Fox News reported he was referring to a report at the time in the New York Times. The newspaper said the Pentagon had raised no such objection to their story before it was published. Meanwhile, it was confirmed Mr Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, and his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, have agreed to be interviewed in private by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is also investigating potential links to Russia.