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Call to Remove Confederate Statues From Capitol Divides Democrats

WASHINGTON — The nationwide push to dismantle Confederate memorials divided Congress’s most senior Democrats on Thursday, as Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, pressed for the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol while her Senate counterpart tried to keep the focus …

Racism

Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s personal lawyer on Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.”<p>The email …

Robert E. Lee

Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings

Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership - Including Putin.”<p>The adviser, George Papadopoulos, offered to set up “a meeting …

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Sessions Emerges as Forceful Figure in Condemning Charlottesville Violence

WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Jeff Sessions denounced the violence in Charlottesville, Va., as an “evil” act of domestic terrorism on Monday, he was in some ways an unlikely figure to emerge as one of the most prominent voices in the Trump administration on the issue.<p>Though he is the nation’s …

Terrorism

Car Hits Crowd After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Violence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence on Saturday as white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed in one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the South.<p>White nationalists had long planned a demonstration over the …

Racism

Here’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC

Fired White House staffer argued "deep state" attacked Trump administration because the president represents a threat to cultural Marxist memes, …

H. R. McMaster

Trump Says Military Is ‘Locked and Loaded’ and North Korea Will ‘Regret’ Threats

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump continued to beat war drums on Friday against North Korea and, unexpectedly, said he would consider a military option to deal with an unrelated crisis in Venezuela. But though he declared that the armed forces were “locked and loaded,” there were no indications …

North Korea

FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home

FBI agents raided the home in Alexandria, Va., of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, arriving in the pre-dawn hours late last month andseizing documents and other materials related to the special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.<p>The raid, which occurred …

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North Korea Can Put a Nuclear Weapon on a Missile, Officials Believe

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies have made an assessment that North Korea has constructed a nuclear weapon small enough to fit on a missile, according to a U.S. official briefed on the assessment.<p>The U.S. belief that North Korea has reached this milestone was first reported by The Washington …

North Korea

Counsel’s Office Is Said to Seek White House’s Flynn Records

Investigators working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently asked the White House for documents related to former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, and have questioned witnesses about whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the …

Corruption

One year into the FBI's Russia investigation, Mueller is on the Trump money trail

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward, according to people familiar with the investigation.<p>The …

Secret Service vacates Trump Tower command post in lease dispute with president’s company

The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and President Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space, according to two people familiar with the discussions.<p>Previously, the Secret Service had stationed its …

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Special Counsel Mueller using grand jury in federal court in Washington as part of Russia investigation

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III began using a grand jury in federal court in Washington several weeks ago as part of his investigation of possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, according to two people familiar with the inquiry.<p>The development is a sign that …

Special Counsel

Exclusive: top FBI officials could testify against Trump

The acting head of the bureau told top officials to prepare.<p>Shortly after the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several of the highest-ranking managers of the bureau they should consider themselves possible witnesses in any investigation …

Government

Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on border wall, transcript reveals

President Trump made building a wall along the southern U.S. border and forcing Mexico to pay for it core pledges of his campaign.<p>But in his first White House call with Mexico’s president, Trump described his vow to charge Mexico as a growing political problem, pressuring the Mexican leader to stop …

World Leaders

Full transcript: Trump’s Wall Street Journal interview

The president sat down with the Journal's editor-in-chief Gerard Baker in the Oval Office on July 25.<p>President Donald Trump called his son-in-law a “good boy” while thanking Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker for a positive editorial about Jared Kushner and said the leader of the Boy …

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Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation <b></b>that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril.<p>The …

Donald Trump

EXCLUSIVE: Kelly called Comey to express anger over firing, sources say

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> New White House chief of staff John Kelly was so upset with how President Donald Trump handled the firing of FBI Director James Comey that Kelly called Comey afterward and said he was considering resigning, according to two sources familiar with a conversation between Kelly and …

Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role

WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior …

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Anthony Scaramucci’s wife files for divorce

Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s potty-mouthed new communications director, has been dumped by his beautiful blond wife because of his “naked …

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Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus with retired General Kelly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump replaced his beleaguered White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after only six months on the job on Friday, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shake-up of his top team.<p>Trump announced the move in a tweet a day after his …

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Reince Priebus Out as Trump Chief of Staff; John Kelly to Fill Post

WASHINGTON — Reince Priebus, the establishment Republican-turned-loyalist to President Trump who served as his White House chief of staff for the last six months, was pushed out on Friday in the latest convulsion in a chaos-wracked West Wing to which he had repeatedly failed to bring some semblance …

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Trump Says That Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military

WASHINGTON — President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that the United States will not “allow or accept” any transgender person to serve in the military.<p>Mr. Trump consulted with “generals and military experts” on the sweeping policy, he said. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming …

Transgender

Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly

President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.<p>Members of Trump’s circle, including …

U.S. Attorney General

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show

Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and …

World Leaders

Spicer Resigns After Dispute Over Trump Appointment

WASHINGTON — Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.<p>Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested …

Donald Trump

Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range …

Corruption

Read excerpts from The Times’s interview with the president.

<i>President Trump spoke on Wednesday with three New York Times reporters — Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman — in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office. Also in attendance was Hope Hicks, a White House spokeswoman. At one point, the president’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump</i> …

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Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with …

Government