Student protesters have gathered outside the White House this afternoon to stage a lie-in to call for lawmakers to take concrete action on gun control.
The lie-in protest comes just days after the horrific Parkland school shooting and amid calls from student survivors of the shooting making impassioned calls for gun control measures:
Students from the Washington, DC, area stage a "lie-in" outside of the White House to protest inaction on preventing gun violence https://t.co/yu9umVNIgt
In the past few days, young survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting have been calling for lawmakers to take action on guns and singling out President Donald Trump in particular.
On Twitter, Trump mostly stuck to tweeting about Russia this past weekend, though according to The Washington Post, the President “surveyed Mar-a-Lago Club members about whether he ought to champion gun control measures in the wake of last week’s school massacre in nearby Parkland, telling them that he was closely monitoring the media appearances by some of the surviving students, according to people who spoke with him there.”
Would the president actually support any gun control measures? Well, today the White House put out this statement:
Senator Orrin Hatch has reportedly apologized to Rob Porter‘s ex-wives to his initial statements defending the ex-White House aide.
Porter used to work for Hatch, and in the days following the revelations of domestic abuse allegations against Porter, Hatch issued multiple statements.
His first statement defended Porter from the “vile attack” against him. His second statement walked back the first and made it clear he thinks domestic violence is abhorrent.
After that, he said he hoped Porter reconsiders and stays in his position. And following THAT, he said that it’s better that he resigned, adding that while he doesn’t take “all” of the allegations seriously, there’s enough there to be a serious problem.
Well, both Colbie Holderness and Jennie Willoughby have now apparently received letters of apology from Hatch.
During an interview on Fox News this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood by his decision to recuse himself in the Russia case.
It has been known for a while now that President Trump has been frustrated by that decision, and Maria Bartiromo asked Sessions if he regrets it.
“I believe I did the right thing,” he responded, “the only thing i could do. I participated in this campaign, and as such, under explicit regulations of the Department of Justice, no one can participate in the investigation of a campaign in which they were an active participant.”
Bartiromo also asked him about how he can “turn this ship around,” referring to how “politicized” the FBI and DOJ have been.
The AG did not quite accept that premise, simply saying “we are setting a tone of professionalism and responsibility.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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Senator Chuck Grassley has publicly been sending messages directly to President Trump about Russian election interference.
First, he told the President yesterday what to tell Putin the next time they cross paths:
@realDonaldTrump The next time President Trump that you talk to Putin tell him to butt out of our elections quit the cyber warfare interference in our democracy
And now today he said to Trump that Russian interference is pretty clear and undeniable:
@realDonaldTrump We can no longer say there is no Russian interferences in our elections since Mueller indictments(I add Russian goal is to divide Americans)
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 18, 2018
Student survivors of the horrific Parkland, FL school shooting spoke on multiple Sunday shows today, and one of the students had a very direct message for President Trump.
Trump claimed yesterday that Democrats “didn’t want to” solve the gun problem:
Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox News yesterday that “Democrats and the mainstream media” created more chaos than Russia did.
Hours later, Russian propaganda outlet RT elevated that statement:
1) WH puts out a false talking point that essentially absolves the Russians of election interference 2) Russian propaganda arm embraces it and gives signal boost https://t.co/jQ1SMTHEjV
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 18, 2018