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Trump has revealed he asked Comey on three occasions whether he was a target in a probe into alleged Russian election meddling, stoking allegations of presidential interference. Trump tweeted, adding in a subsequent tweet: "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, McCabe repeatedly - and at times bluntly - rejected some of the claims the White ...
  • Trump says he planned to fire Comey 'regardless' of Justice recommendation

    Trump says he planned to fire Comey 'regardless' of Justice recommendation

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    Asked by reporters why he fired Comey, Trump said, "He wasn't doing a good job, very simply". The White House initially said President Donald Trump made the call at the recommendation of the top two officials at the Justice Department, but in an NBC News interview that aired Thursday, the president said he would have fired Comey even without the recommendation.
  • Trump knew of Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation prior to his appointment

    Trump knew of Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation prior to his appointment

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    On Monday, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told senators that Flynn's misstatements about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA raised concerns that Flynn could be targeted for blackmail. During the White House press briefing this afternoon, press secretary Sean Spicer addressed the 18-day gap between Yates' first meeting with White House counsel and the firing of Flynn.
  • Texas Senate Votes to Give Immigration Lockups Child Care Licenses

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    Supporters of the ban say using the free speech zones actually prohibits speech by implying free expression is not allowed across the rest of campus. Don Huffines, R-Dallas. The private prison company GEO Group , which operates an 830-bed family facility south of San Antonio, lobbied Texas politicians to introduce the licensing bill, which could help its Karnes Residential Center remain open.
  • Mattis makes clear U.S. commitment to protecting Turkey

    Mattis makes clear U.S. commitment to protecting Turkey

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    Mattis met in London with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on the sidelines of a security conference on Somalia a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the usa of siding with terrorists by giving small arms, ammunition, mortars and shoulder-fired weapons to the Syrian-Kurdish YPG, or People's Protection Units.
  • Roger Stone denies reports linking him to Trump-Comey decision

    Roger Stone denies reports linking him to Trump-Comey decision

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    This contradicts a Tweet Trump sent out Wednesay morning saying he had not spoken to Roger in a long time. Stone has not been shy on Twitter about his views on Comey's firing, either. Trump's longtime friend helped shape his political rise. But Stone told Cuomo that the two communicate "occasionally". Trump denied that Stone influenced his decision.
  • Trump Says He Planned To Fire 'Grandstander' Comey 'Regardless Of Recommendation'

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    But the acting director's contradiction of the White House version of events raises even more questions about the real reasons that Trump fired Comey. Comey has never said that he told the President he wasn't under investigation, and one unnamed associate of Comey's told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that Trump's claim that Comey told him he wasn't under investigation was " literally farcical ".
  • New S.Korean leader sets course in stormy diplomacy

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    Despite tensions raised by President Trump's demand that South Korea pay for the THAAD missile defense system and earlier claims that he may terminate the Korea-U.S. China views THAAD as a threat and a destabilizing influence in the region, and has retaliated against South Korea with limits on tourism and imports.
  • Nawaz Sharif leads high-level delegation to China

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    China is pouring money into its Belt and Road initiative, a push for global influence championed by President Xi Jinping. The summit aims to ease concerns about China's rise and boost Xi's profile at home, where he's become the most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping died in 1997.
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  • North Korea Will Prepare for Nuclear Attack Until US Abandons 'Hostile' Policy

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    DeTrani. A statement Thursday from the mission said a "Korean-style anti-terrorist offensive will be commenced to mop up the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the USA and South Korea". China did back some of the economic sanctions pursued by the Obama administration against North Korea for two nuclear tests past year. The performance of Afghan national security forces will worsen due to weak military leadership, desertions and combat casualties, he predicted.
  • Is Donald Trump Getting His News From Reddit?

    Is Donald Trump Getting His News From Reddit?

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    Comey reportedly found out that he had been fired around the time the news broke on television . Also during the White House briefing, Ms Sanders said the removal of Mr Comey has not impeded the bureau's Russian Federation investigation.