2016

Trump Boasts Tapes Bluff Forced Comey’s Truthful Testimony
President calls Comey-Mueller friendship ‘very bothersome,’ special counsel probe ‘ridiculous’

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies durilast week. On Friday, President Donald Trump declared feeling “total and complete vindication.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Attempting to cast doubt over the Justice Department investigation of Russia’s election meddling and whether he obstructed justice, Donald Trump is calling the probe “ridiculous” and the close friendship of two men at its core “troublesome.”

What’s more, the president boasted that his May 12 tweet that raised the possibility he possessed recordings of his private talks with former FBI Director James Comey forced the onetime top cop to tell the truth earlier this month when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Trump had fired Comey three days earlier.)

Kirkpatrick Considering Challenge to McSally
Forms exploratory committee after moving into the district

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has formed an exploratory committee to challenge Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

DNC Said No Thanks to Help After Hack
Former Homeland chief says feds could have done more

Jeh Johnson, who formally led the Department of Homeland Security, said in hindsight there was more the federal government could have done to prevent hacking and election interference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday the Democratic National Committee turned down help from the FBI after its system was hacked — and that he had not known about it for months.

“What are we doing? Are we in there?” Johnson said he asked when he became aware of the intrusion. He said the response he received was that the FBI had spoken to the committee but “they don’t want our help.”

Trump Contradicts His Own Account of Comey Firing
Appears to acknowledge that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice

President Donald Trump fired off another round of tweets on Friday decrying the “Witch Hunt” against him over the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey and possible ties between his associates and Russia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump, who has contradicted top aides about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, on Friday fired off a tweet at odds with his own statements about the decision that triggered a special counsel probe.

Trump, alluding to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, wrote that he is being “investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!” He then, as he does almost daily, referred to the Justice Department’s Russia election meddling probe as a “Witch Hunt.”

Trump: DOJ Pivots to Obstruction After Failing to Prove Collusion
President tweets Russia probe being ‘led by some very bad and conflicted people!’

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden on Friday during which he called former FBI Director James Comey a liar. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Updated at 8:32 a.m. | President Donald Trump is contending the Justice Department is examining whether he obstructed justice because investigators were unable to prove his presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

Trump made the claim, and called the overall probe “phony,” as he often does, in a tweet around 7 a.m. Thursday. It came after some of the president’s surrogates have attempted to ding the credibility of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is now leading the DOJ investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump Will Not Attend Congressional Baseball Game
White House cites insufficient time to secure Nationals Park

An investigator examines the third base dugout at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., to gather evidence in the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others during baseball practice on Wednesday.  Due to security concerns, President Trump will not attend Thursday night's GOP vs. Democrats game at Nationals Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House says President Donald Trump will not attend Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game, citing insufficient time to fully secure Nationals Park.

Presidents have shown up at the annual Republicans vs. Democrats tilt, and press secretary Sean Spicer indicated Trump wanted to attend following Wednesday morning’s shooting at the GOP team’s practice session in Alexandria, Va. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were wounded by a 66-year-old Illinois man who appears to have been a staunch critic of Trump and Republicans.

Report: Mueller Investigating Whether Trump Obstructed Justice
Special counsel’s shift of focus would only deepen president’s legal woes

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Justice Department’s special counsel investigating Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election is now also reportedly examining whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now leading the DOJ probe, is looking into whether the 45th president is guilty of a federal crime, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

Sanders ‘Sickened’ That Shooter Was Campaign Volunteer
Vermont independent deplores ‘this despicable act’

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he was “sickened by this despicable act” when he learned the shooter at a congressional baseball practice was a former volunteer on his presidential campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he was “sickened” by the fact that the person who opened fire at Republicans practicing Wednesday morning for the Congressional Baseball Game was a volunteer on his unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign.

The gunman, who shot at five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, later died from injuries sustained in a shootout with officers at a practice field in Arlington, Virginia. He has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

White House Changes Subject to Health Care
Democrats happy to discuss issue they see as winner for them

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions was testifying on the Russia scandal, both the White House and Democrats wanted to talk about health care. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday fanned the flames of the Russia scandal that hangs over Donald Trump’s presidency, the White House appeared eager to change the subject to health care.

And that appears to be just fine with Democrats amid a messaging war over the Republicans’ crafting of a replacement for the 2010 health care law that Trump claims will be “far better” than the Obama-era system.

Democrats Decry ‘Legislative Malpractice’ on Health Care
GOP cites seven-year repeal effort as justification for current process

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is throwing Republicans’ prior statements about health care back at them. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats on Tuesday continued to assail how Republican leaders are crafting legislation to overhaul the U.S. health care system, calling it “legislative malpractice,” and are using GOP leaders’ own statements from years past to make their point.  

While Republican members routinely criticize the manner in which Democrats passed the 2010 health care law on a strictly party-line vote, there are stark differences between that process and the current one.