WASHINGTON - The sharply divergent views that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and her husband hold of President Donald Trump played out in public again on Thursday night, with George Conway calling Trump a liar on Twitter after his wife defended him on television. Kellyanne Conway sparred with host Chris Cuomo during an extended segment on CNN in which she steadfastly insisted that Trump had not directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law by buying the silence of two women who say they had sexual relationships with him.
WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, said in a television interview set to air Friday that Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments to women who alleged they had affairs with him, directly contradicting claims from the president. Cohen, who has admitted facilitating payments to two women in violation of campaign finance laws, told ABC News that he knew what he was doing was wrong.
WASHINGTON - For months, President Donald Trump's spokesmen, his lawyer and his lawyer's lawyer denied that Trump knew about payments during his 2016 campaign to buy the silence of women who alleged sexual encounters with him.
The quick sentencing of many of those who struck plea deals could mean Mueller is using them for his report, not court.
Authorities across the country said they were responding Thursday to bomb threats made to several locations, though some law enforcement officials were quick to say that these messages were not believed to be credible. Similar threats appeared to stretch from coast to coast, prompting investigations on colleges campuses in Washington state and Pennsylvania and spreading across cities such as New York, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco.
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday delivered back-to-back rebukes of President Donald Trump's embrace of Saudi Arabia, first voting to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen and then unanimously approving a measure blaming the kingdom's crown prince for the ghastly murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
WASHINGTON - In his final speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has been the most vocal of his colleagues in his criticism of President Donald Trump and may very well, after 18 years in Congress, be remembered for ensuring the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh - used the time to warn of global threats to democracy.
WASHINGTON - A Russian gun rights activist pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring with a senior Russian official to infiltrate the conservative movement in the United States as an agent for the Kremlin from 2015 until her arrest in July. Maria Butina, 30, became the first Russian national convicted of seeking to influence U.S. policy in the run-up to the 2016 election as a foreign agent, agreeing to cooperate in a plea deal with U.S. investigators in exchange for less prison time.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump pledged Thursday to do "whatever it takes to get border security," deepening an impasse over border wall funding barely a week from a crucial deadline for a partial government shutdown to begin. In a video posted on Twitter, Trump attacked Democrats as "absolute hypocrites" and claimed they've supported funding border barriers in the past but won't do so now because of their opposition to him.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who has made recent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, confirmed Wednesday night, Dec. 12, that she is "seriously considering" a 2020 White House bid. Gabbard, 37, considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, was one of the first female combat veterans to join Congress and was a high-profile supporter of the 2016 presidential bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.