Fox Contributor Hits Ivanka for ‘Unforgivable’ Use of Private Email: ‘Was She Not Around for the 2016 Campaign?’

Following a stunning Washington Post report that Ivanka Trump , senior adviser to the president, used a private email address to conduct government business, a Fox News contributor slammed the first daughter for claiming she didn’t know better. “It is unforgivable,” Marc Thiessen told host Shannon Bream during her Monday night broadcast, discussing comparisons to Hillary Clinton‘s highly controversial use of a private server that remains in a legal grey area. While Thiessen acknowledged that the the two cases are “very different,” he expressed shock at Trump’s misstep, wondering, “was she not around for the 2016 campaign?” “Was she not there when the Trump rally people were saying lock her up? Her excuse was she wasn’t briefed on [it], she didn’t understand the rules. Any American could have told you that was paying half attention to the 2016 election the we understand the rules are if you’re Continue reading "Fox Contributor Hits Ivanka for ‘Unforgivable’ Use of Private Email: ‘Was She Not Around for the 2016 Campaign?’"

BREAKING: Ivanka Trump Reportedly Sent ‘Hundreds’ of Emails on Gov’t Business from Personal Account

A stunning new report reveals that First Daughter and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump has been using her personal email a lot to conduct government business. Per the Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence. White House ethics officials learned of Trump’s repeated use of personal email when reviewing emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit. That review revealed that throughout much of 2017, she often discussed or relayed official White House business using a private email account with a domain that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner.
In fact, if this sounds familiar, it’s probably because back in September 2017, there Continue reading "BREAKING: Ivanka Trump Reportedly Sent ‘Hundreds’ of Emails on Gov’t Business from Personal Account"

White House Lists ‘Rules’ for Future Press Conferences in Letter to Acosta

The White House has officially restored Jim Acosta‘s hard pass and is backing down on its threat to revoke his credential again, but they sent a letter to the CNN correspondent outlining “rules” they want all reporters following in briefings. The rules include journalists asking “a single question” before yielding the floor and “physically surrendering the microphone” to other reporters, with follow-ups allowed “at the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions.” [image via screengrab]

CIA Reportedly Concluded Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi’s Assassination

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi sent shockwaves all over the world with demands for answers from Saudi Arabia, and now it turns out the CIA apparently believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was ordered by the Saudi crown prince himself. The Washington Post––which has done a lot of stellar reporting on the lack of answers surrounding the assassination of their colleague––has new reporting out tonight about the CIA’s conclusion:
The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally. A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman. Continue reading "CIA Reportedly Concluded Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi’s Assassination"

Trump Has Reportedly Been Asking Advisers Whether Pence Is Loyal

President Donald Trump is apparently concerned about where the loyalties of his vice president lie. A new report from The New York Times finds that Trump has been asking people around him about Mike Pence‘s loyalty to a remarkable degree:
In recent weeks, with his electoral prospects two years from now much on his mind, Mr. Trump has focused on the person who has most publicly tethered his fortunes to him. In one conversation after another he has asked aides and advisers a pointed question: Is Mike Pence loyal? Mr. Trump has repeated the question so many times that he has alarmed some of his advisers. The president has not openly suggested dropping Mr. Pence from the ticket and picking another running mate, but the advisers say those kinds of questions usually indicate that he has grown irritated with someone.
Part of the calculus here may be, as the Continue reading "Trump Has Reportedly Been Asking Advisers Whether Pence Is Loyal"

US Prosecutors Reportedly Optimistic About Bringing Julian Assange to Court

U.S. prosecutors are gearing up for what they hope will be Julian Assange‘s day in an American court, according to a new report. On Thursday, it was revealed in The Wall Street Journal that the Justice Department is feeling “increasingly optimistic” about the possibility, Washington insiders believe. Though the Wikileaks founder has been hunkering down in London’s embassy in Ecuador since the country granted him asylum back in 2012, the Journal reported that he could be publicly indicted soon, which might cause him to be pushed out. The outlet was unable to specify the particular charges Assange may face but added that they could relate to the Espionage Act that bears consequences for divulging information pertaining to national defense. Barry Pollack, Assange’s lawyer, told the Journal he had “heard nothing from authorities suggesting that a criminal case against Mr. Assange is imminent.” “Prosecuting someone for publishing Continue reading "US Prosecutors Reportedly Optimistic About Bringing Julian Assange to Court"

White House Spox Mercedes Schlapp Gives John Kelly Vote of Confidence: He’s With Us ‘At This Point’

Amid a flurry of speculation over the potential exit of President Donald Trump‘s Chief of Staff John Kelly, White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp attempted to put the rumors to rest. During a conversation with The Washington Post‘s Robert Costa for the publication’s Thursday talk titled “A New Era of Women in Politics,” Schlapp was asked whether Kelly was “leaving soon,” and appeared to answer directly. “No,” she said. “I mean, the president has a great relationship with Gen. Kelly. The one thing Gen. Kelly has brought to the staff is a lot of the putting in processes in place when it Continue reading "White House Spox Mercedes Schlapp Gives John Kelly Vote of Confidence: He’s With Us ‘At This Point’"