U.S Justice Department confirms that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe

Map. History of District Columbia conflict

17 August 2018
Mueller interviewed James Comey, asked about interactions with Trump: report
6 month ago
[email protected]: "We are going to be fully cooperative with the special counsel."
6 month ago
[email protected]: "You can't fix the problem if you just tinker with immigration in a small way."
6 month ago
[email protected]: "If we focus on what we agree on, a lot more than what we disagree on, we can have a lot of progress and hopefully get to something that helps everybody and solves a big problem."
6 month ago
"We have 100 percent confidence in Director Wray" at the @FBI, says @PressSec.
6 month ago
"We would like to see an end to chain migrationbut I'm not going to debate or negotiate" with reporters, says @PressSec.
"We want to see this come to a complete and full conclusion" by the special counsel and firing him "would not be helpful to the process," replies @PressSec on whether @POTUS shouldn't just fire Mueller.
6 month ago
Back on ImmigrationReform, @RepGoodlatte bill is "something we would support," says @PressSec.
"Not at all," replies @PressSec on whether DACA recipients being used as a bargaining chip.
@PressSec: "At this point the president is willing to sign something to find a permanent solution for DACA."
@POTUS will continue speaking to Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate in push to achieve an agreement, adds @PressSec.
6 month ago
"I don't think they're that far apart," says @PressSec of bipartisan effort to quickly reach ImmigrationReform deal.
Republican Rep. Pat Meehan says he developed a deep "affection" for an aide decades younger than him, told her they were 'soul mates' as they talked over ice cream one night, reacted "selfishly" when he found out she had a boyfriend, but denies harassment.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth's office announces she is pregnant with her second child, "will become the first Senator to give birth while in office."
"There are some new discussions that we're starting to work on," replies Cohn about possible bilateral trade agreements.
"We do have a special relationship" with UK not only in words as interests overlap in almost every area, says McMaster.
McMaster, back at @WhiteHouse briefing room lectern, says @POTUS wants relations with African countries to benefit both them and the US.
"The U.S. is pulling back from nothing," replies Cohn to question about Washington pulling out of international agreements on trade, environment, etc.
Presence of @POTUS in Davos intended "to sell his accomplishment, to remind the world we're open for business."
"Treat each other equally" is our trade policy, according to Cohn.
Asked about authoritarian governments who appear to have taken up President Trump's "fake news" rhetoric, McMaster pushes back against "demonstrably false" argument that the president has not spoken up about human rights issues.
Tariffs today imposed by @POTUS on Chinese solar panel makers and South Korean washing machines "will make the US competitive and help grow our economy," says Cohn.
"The cells can be imported, we're protecting our panel makers," adds Cohn on the China solar industry tariff.
Cohn: "We need to see wage growth in this country, something we haven't seen in almost a decade."
Cohn: "We need to create more jobs."
"The president is going to Davos to speak to world leaders about investing in the United States," says Cohn, adding "he's the best salesperson the United States has."
Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn: "America first is not America alonewe're part of a world economy, and the president believes that."
"I have a job and it's my intention to go as long and hard as I can," says McMaster.
National Security Advisor McMaster, says Pres Trump will also meet Thursday in Davos with Israeli PM @netanyahu to discuss Iran threat and pursuit of lasting Mideast peace, though his Jerusalem/Embassy decision outraged Palestinians.
SH Sanders: "In short, it's totally unacceptable to the President, and should be declared dead on arrival"
"The danger is growing" from the "grave threat" posed by the DPRK, says McMaster.
"Campaign of maximum pressure" by US and allies "has made a significant difference" on the Korean Peninsula, says McMaster.
President leaves for Davos Wednesday evening. Meets Thursday with CEOs and some foreign leaders including PM @theresa may. Will discuss North Korea situation and Iran threat and flaws in Iran nuke deal. Will address @wef Friday.
6 month ago
[email protected]: "@jpmorgan announced this morning that because of the Trump tax cuts, they will raise wages for 22,000 of their employees, create thousands of new jobs, and increase small business by lending four billion dollars."
"Economic security is national security," says HR McMaster.
@POTUS At Davos, @POTUS will meet with heads of select CEOs who have businesses in the United States, says Cohn.
Trade "needs to be fair and reciprocal," adds Cohn, announcing @POTUS will arrive Thursday morning in Switzerland.
At WH Briefing, economic advisor Gary Cohn says Pres Trump going to @wef in Davos this week to "tell the world that America is open for business." Says Pres wants the world to invest in America.
6 month ago
[email protected]: The Flake, Graham and Durbin agreement is "totally unacceptable to the president and should be declared dead on arrival."
Press Sec. Sanders: "President Trump will reiterate that a prosperous America benefits the world. When America grows, so does the world."
"America is open for business" will be US government delegation's message in Davos, says Gary Cohn.
"A couple of special guests" to preview @POTUS trip to WEF2018 in Davos.
6 month ago
On ImmigrationReform: "The Flake-Graham-Durbin agreement" does not meet administration's "benchmarks" and "should be declared dead on arrival," says @PressSec.
"An ally has a specific legal definition" per the official "When you're dealing with any partner, if your interests and their diverge then you're going to have to mitigate that. We're going to continue to operate according to US interests first" re Kurds Syria
@RepMeehan says he developed "affection" for younger aide, saw her as a "soul mate" but denies harassment. Says he's still running
More on US-Kurds/YPG: "Our objectives in Syria are driven by the US national security interests" per 2nd sr admin official "Our action on the ground are always going to be as a result of where our interests lie"
"They can range that area" US official says of Syria air defenses "We think the implication there is that the agreement made with Turkey was to guarantee that the Syrian government would not prevent Turkish aircraft from flying missions"
Dem Ranking Members of the Judiciary, Oversight, and Intelligence Committees on the new FBI text messages: "These Republican attacks show their desperation at the fact that Mueller already has obtained two guilty pleas, two indictments, and at least two cooperating witnesses."
@RandPaul: I'm introducing a bill to mandate that spending go through a normal appropriations process so we vote on spending individually. I call my bill the Government Shutdown Prevention Act and I'm introducing it this week in the Senate because Americans deserve real spending reform.
[email protected] on immigration debate: "If we couple border security with the DACA kids, I think you can meet the needs of both."
Early today, a man with guns and ammo was arrested near the @WhiteHouse, according to the @SecretService which has just provided this statement to @VOANews.
US senior administration official says US and Turkey "still share a desire for the same end states in Syria"
US message to Turkey - "We urge them to limit the incursion as much as possibleto ensure that its operations are limited in scope and duration," per official "We want to ensure no party allows Assad's brutal government back into Afrin Syria
Chief of Staff Kelly, Secretary Tillerson, National Security Advisor HR McMaster, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn and other senior @WhiteHouse staff will travel to WEF2018 in Davos, according to @PressSec.
"There's been rhetoric from President Erdogan and there's been some more private messaging,' per official "We're waiting to see how things develop on the ground" re Turkey Afrin Syria
"We're engaging with a number of different Turkish interlocutors on the military and the political side, and the MFA and then in and around president Erdogan and all of their messages aren't the same" per sr administration official Turkey Afrin Syria
Minority Leader @SenSchumer says offer to @POTUS to fund his border wall was "part of a package" deal and is "now off the table."
US getting "conflicting signals" from Turkey on ops in Afrin Syria, per senior administration official
[email protected]: "I am, for one, always concerned about weaponizing classified information."
Schiff says Nunes may have violated an agreement with the FBI, DOJ by letting House Repubs see the memo, says: "The Nunes spin memo distorts the underlying materials and has presented Members with a very misleading impression of what those materials show."
Asked about commitment he gave to consider DACA legislation, @SenateMajLdr says, "I intend to keep my word."
Trump slaps new tariffs on solar products and washing machines - "There won't be a trade war"
President denies report FBI Dir Wray threatened to resign. "No. He didn't at all. Not even a little bit."
"Our companies will not be taken advantage of any more." says Pres Trump, taking action to protect them from unfair trade practices by imports of certain washing machines and solar panel equipment.
@SenGillibrand: The shutdown is over, but we have not yet solved the moral crisis before us. Each day, hundreds of Dreamers lose their protections and live in fear of deportation. They deserve to know that their futures are secure in the only country they've ever called home.
President Trump signed authorizations for "safeguard tariffs" to counter improper trade practices on imports of washing machines and solar panels.
"I've been called by at least 10 major executives" who will soon announce "major investments." - POTUS
At WEF2018 in Davos, @POTUS says he'll be talking about "investing in the United States again."
In signing Section 201 action, @POTUS mentions South Korea's @LGUS and @Samsung by names and says he hopes they'll keep their promise to set up plants to manufacture washing machines in the US. "A big industry, a lot bigger than people would understand."
6 month ago
[email protected]: "We're bringing business back to the United States for the first time in many, many years."
"I'm not at all concerned" about talking to the Special Counsel, says @POTUS.
New tariffs will not lead to a trade war, asserts @POTUS.
President Trump says he's not worried about what Atty Gen Sessions told special counsel Mueller when questioned about Russian contacts. In response to reporters' questions in Oval Office photo op, said he didn't ask Sessions about it.
NAFTA negotiations going well, according to @POTUS.
Tariffs on solar panels, washing machines demonstrate that the US will not be taken advantage of any more, says @POTUS signing Trade Act Section 201 actions.
At @CFR org, Biden also said he thinks Trump Admin made a "wise decision" to okay sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. Biden said he was pushing for that for two years during the Obama Admin. But also concerned about backsliding on anti-corruption in Ukraine.
Two things Joe Biden tells @CFR org he misses most about not being VP: Air Force Two and getting his intelligence brief every morning.
Pool reporters, photographers and videographers will witness @POTUS sign Section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines.
Joe Biden: "Mitch McConnell wanted no part of having a bipartisan commitment" on response to Russian electoral interference in fall 2016. "The die had been cast, here. This was all about the political play."
Joe Biden on warnings of Russian electoral interference in fall 2016: The president and I would sit there saying, "'What they hell are we going to do?'You got out and you unilaterally say this is what's happening, you're going to be accusedof trying to tip the election."
House Judiciary ranking member Jerry Nadler tells Chairman Goodlatte he considers the Nunes memo "profoundly misleading": "Those materials tell a very different story than the conspiracy theory concocted by Chairman Nunes and being repeated in the press."
Sen. Chuck Schumer retracts offer made last week to President Trump to fund proposed border wall in exchange for permanent DACA solution, aide confirms to @ABC.
Alex Jones showing what he claims are pages from the FISA memo.6 month ago
Alex Jones showing what he claims are pages from the FISA memo.
U.S. has pointed AQAP's scholar Shaykh al-Mujahid Khalid Batarfi as a Specially Designated Global "Terrorist"
US intelligence "actually understood the capability and the testing capacity.. we'll never get the week and the month right" says @CIA's Pompeo "Continue to deliver good, solid info" on DPRK
US still has gaps in knowledge of DPRK says @CIA Dir Mike Pompeo - "There was insufficient focus on the problem set hadn't received the focus and the attention that was going to be need for what the administration was going to ask of the intelligence community"
"ISIS and Al Qaeda are difficult targets for sure" says @CIA Dir Mike Pompeo. "Success on battlefield helps "It provides us real opportunities to reach in There are more people who decide being part of Team America is better than being part of Team Jihadi" adding Pompeo
On Russia, Vladimir Putin bent on returning the former Soviet Union to its greatness and glory" says @CIA's Mike Pompeo "This administration is deeply aware that we need to push back against the Russians everywhere we find them"
For DPRK North Korea, nukes for "more than just government preservation" says @CIA's Pompeo "Call it coercive, how Kim Jong Un is prepared to use these nuclear weapons," such as reunification of Korean peninsula
"We're taking the real world actions we think will make unmissable to Kim Jong Un that we are intent on denuclearization" says @CIA's Pompeo
@CIA Director Pompeo believe that DPRK's Kim Jong Un is a rational actor, adding "We're concerned that he may not be getting really good accurate information"
"DPRK have moved at a very rapid clip their testing capacity has improved," says @CIA Dir Mike Pompeo "Kim Jong Un will not rest with a single successful test"
In fight vs terror, @CIA needs to be able to engage with people taken off battlefields in order to take down networks, says CIA Director Pompeo
On DPRK, US not "not where we need to be" on interdicting shipments to North Korea, says @CIA's Pompeo, adds working diligently so he can say a year from they are still months away from having nukes to threaten US
"It's not a static time frame" on when DPRK will be able to pose a nuclear risk to US mainland, says @CIA Director Pompeo at @AEI
"Days like today, which are few and far betweenimportant for the American people to under stand we operate in a democracy, that we respect the rule of law" says @CIA's Pompeo
[email protected] Director Pompeo @AEI states that he has devolved operational decisions to lower levels of the bureaucracy - an important development that echoes recent changes in DoD decision-making
"We are doers at the @CIA we just get stuff done." Director Mike Pompeo
US Secret Service arrested a man near White House at 2:30am this morning after a Suspicious vehicle was searched, person inside was found with a loaded firearm.
U.S Justice Department confirms that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe
Russia's army of trolls and bots still tweeting about the US government shutdown, even with federal workers back on the job and offices open again
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned by the special counsel's office as part of the investigation into Russia meddling in Election2016 and whether @POTUS obstructed justice since taking office, reports @nytimes
Sessions interviewed by Mueller's investigators last week: NYT
6 month ago
[email protected]: Thank you to General John Kelly, who is doing a fantastic job, and all of the Staff and others in the White House, for a job well done. Long hours and Fake reporting makes your job more difficult, but it is always great to WIN, and few have won more than us!
No contact with Palestinian Authority leadership since Dec. 6, according to a senior @WhiteHouse official
6 month ago
[email protected]: "I expect General Kelly not to just be here for the next 3 years but the next 7 years."
6 month ago
[email protected]: "[@realDonaldTrump has] got a great deal of confidence in Director Wray."
6 month ago
[email protected]: "The president was engaged throughout this process."
6 month ago
[email protected]: "I think Republicans certainly did the right thing, held their ground, made sure that we reopened the government before we started negotiations on immigration reform."
6 month ago
[email protected]: Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans and Democrats will be able to reach a deal on DACA by February 8, but everyone will be trying.with a big additional focus put on Military Strength and Border Security. The Dems have just learned that a Shutdown is not the answer!
An armed carjacking in D.C. led to a crash overnight and the three suspects in their late teens are still on the loose, according to authorities. D.C. Police say the carjacking happened in the 3100 block of 36th Street, NW at around 10:55 p.m. Officers say the three male suspects, one armed with a handgun, stole a white 2014 Subaru Impreza with Pennsylvania license plates.
6 month ago
[email protected]: In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI says it is missing five months worth of lovers Strzok - Page texts, perhaps 50,000, all in prime time. Wow!
6 month ago
[email protected]: Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: "Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins againSchumer and Dems cavedgambled and lost." Thank you for your honesty Jim!
White House official: President Donald Trump signs bill funding government through Feb. 8, ending 69-hour shutdown.
Jeff Sessions has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. But Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, three sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.
FBI Director threatened to resign after months of pressure from White House, Sessions to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
6 month ago
The following members of the Senate attended today's discussion at the White House, according to @PressSec:
Once Government funding bill reaches WH, says Sanders, it has to undergo OMB and legal review. Says could reach @POTUS desk for signature this evening, and the federal government could return to full capacity operations tomorrow.
"What the president did, clearly worked" replies PressSec to @POTUS approach over the weekend to government shutdown.
"What the president did clearly worked." — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on his posture during the shutdown
"We're hopeful that we don't have to (deport the 'Dreamers)," replies @PressSec.
"He thinks he's doing a great job," replies @PressSec to question on @POTUS stance on performance of @SecretaryRoss at @CommerceGov.
OMB and legal reviews need on CR to end governmentshutdown "before it hits the president's desk." [email protected]
A group of GOP senators - including Sens. Perdue and Cotton - are currently meeting at the WH to pitch a new DACA bill, per aides and lawmakers.
Big priority for @POTUS was making sure governmentshutdown "was well managed," says @PressSec. "It worked because we're back where we basically started."
If all goes as planned to end shutdown, says @PressSec, Pres Trump will embark on his planned trip Wednesday to the @wef in Davos.
"We certainly want to go negotiate," with Democrats on ImmigrationReform, says @PressSec.
Sarah Sanders begins the briefing by urging Turkey to show 'restraint' in northern Syria operation. Calls on Pakistan to expel Taliban
"I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses," says statement by @POTUS read by @PressSec. "We will make a deal on immigration if, and only if, it's good for our country."
Two prominent Republicans in frequent contact with the White House told Vanity Fair that Trump has discussed choosing Kelly's successor in recent days. Ivanka is reportedly playing a central role in the search, quietly field-testing ideas with people.
Pence, speaking alongside Netanyahu: "The Schumer shutdown failed."
In Jerusalem, @VP welcomes deal back home to end Government shutdown. Declares "the Schumer shutdown failed," Credits the "firm stand" of the president and GOP. Says Congress can return to enacting more of the president's agenda.
Elizabeth Warren:It's been over 100 days since protection for 800k Dreamers ended, since community health centers were funded, since hurricanes ravaged TX, FL and PR. The Republicans refused to fix any of these issues– and they still haven't fixed them. We don't need new promises. We need new laws.
Senator Ed Markey: "A budgetary vision without funding is a hallucination. The futures and families of DREAMers will not be assured by a promise from Republican leadership."
Sen Markey on his no vote: "I remain deeply skeptical of any short-term budget agreement that relies on the good faith commitment of President Donald Trump."
Briefing by @PressSec at the @WhiteHouse has been been pushed back 30 minutes to 14:00 EST.
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah on immigration negotiations: "The Graham-Durbin proposal is not a proposal the President can sign"
@SenGillibrand: I am deeply disappointed that today's outcome fails to protect Dreamers. They deserve better from the elected leaders of the only country many of them have ever called home.
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah on negotiations to end the shutdown: "The President was certainly involved, he was engaged in the process talking to the Republican leaders"
[email protected] on immigration: "I'm interested in not just talking about amnesty, I want to talk about solving this problem so we don't have a DACA-like situation five or 10 years from now."
Collins hails the bipartisan negotiations to reopen the government: "I give our leaders a lot of credit for listening to the ideas that we put forward and for showing some flexibility"
"Every meeting that we were inwas always an optimistic meeting. We always knew there was a pathway forward, and it was a reasonable pathway forward," @Sen JoeManchin says on deal to reopen government after 3-day shutdown
Republican Sen. Susan Collins: "Today is a day to celebrate because we have shown that a determined group of senators working together across the aisle can result in positive action"
Sen. Kamala Harris on agreement reached with McConnell on future DACA legislation: "I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word."
[email protected]: "It's a shame that the American people, and the Senate, have had to endure such hand wringing, finger pointing, stridency to secure guarantee that we will finally move to address this urgent issue."
Senate votes to end shutdown
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin: "The question is how we move forward. What I have seen here on the floor of the Senate in the last few days is something I have not seen for years: constructive, bipartisan conversations and dialogue"
Chuck Schumer: The GOP Majority has 17 days to prevent Dreamers from being deported. In every possible way, urge your Senators to vote yes on our bipartisan compromise to ProtectDreamers when it comes to the floor.
"So many of you cast a vote that was very hard and very difficult because you believed as I did, that the issue of immigration and the issue of Dreamers is the civil rights issue of our time," @SenatorDurbin says to his Democratic colleagues ahead of vote on spending bill
Chuck Schumer: I expect @SenateMajLdr to fulfill his commitment to the Senate and abide by this agreement. If he does not honor our agreement, he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic Senators but the members of his own party as well.
1230pm: Senate voting to end filibuster on bill to fund the Government and end shutdown. Vote on 3-week funding bill itself will follow.
Sen. Durbin: "To all the Dreamers who are watching today: Don't give up. I know that your lives on hanging in the balance."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "We have a chance to get back to work"
"Now comes the test, the real test," says @SenatorDurbin. "We have to stand together."
Schumer with a parting shot at Trump: "The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines."
Schumer: "The Trump shutdown will soon end"
Sen. Chuck Schumer: "The White House refused to engage in negotiations over the weekend. The great dealmaking president sat on the sidelines."
Chuck Schumer says that he hasn't spoken to Trump since Friday and that the White House refused to engage in negotiations over the weekend: "The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines."
"We have a way to address the fate of the Dreamers, starting right instead of waiting until March." Schumer
Chuck Schumer: I am confident that there are sixty votes in the Senate for a DACA deal. And there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate. It is a good solution and I will vote for it.
"In a few hours the Government will be open," says Schumer.
[email protected]: "The Republican party controls the House, the Senate, the presidency and yet they were unable to keep the government open for the American people."
[email protected]: "Presidents Trump's unwillingness to compromise caused the Trump shutdown."
On Senate floor, @SenSchumer announces "we will vote today to reopen the Government."
Chuck Schumer: We will vote today to reopen the government, to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement is not reached by Feb 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA. The process will be neutral and fair.
"The Republican leaders told me to work out a deal with the White house, the White House said work it out with Republican leaders on the hill. Separately, @POTUS turned away from not one, but two bipartisan compromises. Each would've averted this shutdown," @SenSchumers ays
Schumer says Senate "will vote today to re-open the government"
[email protected]: "These days, you never know who to deal with when it comes to the Republicans."
"I can't think of anybody who's more explicit on their position on immigration. It has simply never changed for President Trump" @KellyannePolls
[email protected]: "we got a path clear on how we're going to get a full year budget and we got a path clear on how we're going to start the immigration debate. I think that's significant. That's not what we had before.
Rep. @NancyPelosi: "Every year the Republicans plan 'the Davos break' Why is the House out? So that some of the Republican leadership can go visit their top one percent friends in Davos and celebrate the passage of a very unfair tax bill."
"A shutdown is very serious. When the president said a 'good shutdown' - oxymoron. There is no such thing as a 'good shutdown'. On the first anniversary of his inauguration, he got what he wanted: A shutdown, a Trump shutdown," Rep. @NancyPelosi says
"When I think of the main obstacle it is this: There is a dark cloud hanging over the capitol, and that dark cloud is the Trump tax scam," Rep. @NancyPelosi says ahead of vote on short-term funding plan
6 month ago
On @POTUS and US government presence at WEF2018 in Davos, @PressSec tells reporters that Cabinet members have "delayed their departure, and we'll determine what that looks like as the day goes on and as we see how the next several hours go."
6 month ago
[email protected] on @POTUS: "The president's been incredibly engaged. He's talked to a number of members over the weekend."
6 month ago
[email protected]: "We want a deal on DACA. We want a deal on border security."
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