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Trump cites Russia probe as motivation for revoking former CIA director's clearance
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In a striking admission after his unprecedented move to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, President Donald Trump said in a new interview that his true motive for targeting Brennan was his role in the start of the Russia investigation.“I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,” Mr. Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The Wall Street Journal. “And these people led it. So I think it’s something that had to be done."Reading off a statement from the president from the briefing room podium prior to his interview, Sarah...
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White House revoking security clearance of John Brennan, mulling others
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The White House is revoking the security clearance of John Brennan, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and mulling pulling them for several other former intelligence chiefs and other officials.Reading aloud a statement from President Trump at the top of Wednesday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the president has decided to revoke Brennan’s security clearance, claiming the former Obama CIA chief has displayed “erratic behavior.""Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded...
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With closing arguments wrapped, Manafort case goes to jury
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- Closing arguments concluded Wednesday in the financial crimes trial of Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, and the case is now in the hands of 12 jurors who will begin deliberations Thursday morning to decide Manafort's fate.In their closing argument, prosecutors attempted to paint Manafort as a liar and a schemer, calling attention to the mountain of financial records provided to the court."When you follow the trail of Mr. Manafort's money, it's littered with lies,” special counsel prosecutor Greg Andres said in federal court on Wednesday, telling jurors that Manafort is...
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White House economic office faces criticism over incorrect African American economic figures
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The White House Council of Economic Advisers is facing backlash from economists after it acknowledged providing incorrect economic figures to press secretary Sarah Sanders regarding African American unemployment.Sanders during Tuesday's briefing brushed off accusations of racism against President Trump amid his contentious feud with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman with a familiar pivot, citing economic gains by African Americans during Trump's time in office."This President, since he took office, in the year and a half that he's been here, has created 700,000 new jobs for African Americans," Sanders said. "When President Obama left, after eight...
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Progressive candidates bounce back in key Midwest races
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A slate of primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin on Tuesday delivered key answers in some of this midterm cycle’s most pivotal races.There were historic wins for a diverse crop of candidates that includes a transgender woman and a Muslim nominee, and a slew of progressives prevailed only a week after they fell short in a number of high-profile races in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri.Here are some of the top takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries:A resurgence for progressives It was a big night for progressives, as candidates backed by the Working Families Party swept their primaries...
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HUD to revisit rule intended to curb housing segregation
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration wants to change a rule aimed at forcing cities to actively combat housing segregation -- a move which worries fair housing advocates.The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, put in place by the Obama administration, was designed to help cities and counties identify the causes of housing segregation and discrimination and create a plan to improve to address those problems.Fighting discrimination in housing is seen as one of HUD's biggest responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act since where someone lives often determines access to jobs, education, and resources.Under the AFFH rule, public housing...
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Omarosa Manigault addresses Trump arbitration filing in 'Daily Show' interview
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Omarosa Manigault Newman addressed a legal filing by the Trump campaign -- sort of -- as she continued her book tour for "Unhinged" on Tuesday night with an appearance on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah."Manigault, who has spent the past two days plugging her book while also releasing secret audio recordings made during her time in the White House, was hesitant to talk too much about the arbitration."As of today, Donald Trump has decided to sue me or bring litigation against me to silence me and to not allow me to tell my...
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Joe Biden cancels campaign event due to illness 'under doctor's orders'
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden canceled plans to campaign for Democrats in Illinois this week due to an undisclosed illness, state Democrats announced Tuesday.Biden was scheduled to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker at an event in Springfield, Illinois, on Thursday, but he canceled, citing "doctor’s orders," according to the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association.“Everyone who knows Vice President Biden knows that he gives our party and our country his all, but unfortunately he is sick and is under doctor’s orders not to travel,” Doug House, president of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’...
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Progressive Christine Hallquist becomes 1st transgender gubernatorial nominee for major party
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Christine Hallquist, who is running as a progressive Democrat in Vermont, made history on Tuesday as she became the first transgender gubernatorial candidate nominated by a major political party.Advancing a progressive platform focused on economic and social justice, including a $15 minimum wage, environmentally sustainable rural development and expanding access to internet services, Hallquist edged out challengers in a crowded primary."I am so proud to be the face of the Democrats tonight," Hallquist said, addressing supporters at a victory party Tuesday night.Describing her push for education reform, a living wage, and Medicare for All, Hallquist said,...
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WH press secretary: Can't offer 'guarantee' there is no N-word recording
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that she could not offer a "guarantee" that the president has never been recorded using the N-word."I can't guarantee anything," Sanders said when asked to rule out that such a recording exists. "I can tell you the president addressed this question directly. I can tell you I have never heard it. I can tell you if myself or the people in this building serving this country every single day doing our very best to help people all across this country and make it better, if at any...
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Defense Department's top spokesperson under investigation for misusing staff for personal reasons
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon’s Inspector General is investigating the Defense Department's top spokesperson for the possible misuse of her authority for personal purposes.Two U.S. officials confirm that the Department of Defense's Inspector General is investigating Dana White, the chief spokesperson for the DOD, for potential misconduct of misusing her authority for personal reasons.The allegations were made by former staffers who worked for White and have been reassigned within the department.CNN was first to report the existence of the investigation.One U.S. official said among the allegations being made against White are that she asked staffers to make personal...
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White House sources: Special counsel’s team never requested to speak with Omarosa Manigault Newman while she was a White House staffer
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Sources close to the White House tell ABC News that the team that worked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office for interviews with Trump administration employees never had Omarosa Manigault-Newman on their list and the special counsel never requested to speak with her while she a White House staffer.Sources go on to tell ABC News as far as the White House is aware she never met with the special counsel during that time. Mueller’s team contacted the Trump legal team anytime they had a request to speak with an administration member.The White House announced Manigault...
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