Sean Spicer abruptly resigns as White House Press Secretary

Sean Spicer abruptly resigns as White House Press Secretary

The story goes on to state that the opposition party typically picks up seats during midterm elections, which could be a concern for Republicans along with low approval ratings for Trump.

But the real story was obviously his attacks on old friend and AG Jeff Sessions for doing the right thing and recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, on former-Russia-probe-leader and Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Jim Comey as a liar, on Mueller for doing his job by leading the Russian Federation probe, on Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, for being from Baltimore (he's actually from Philly and lives in Bethesda, Md., but that's another story). "We think he's a straight, honest guy", Dowd said.

Most Americans have concluded there is no "smoking gun" despite the accusations, he says, and those same Americans are losing respect for the media as it continues to pound away at the issue. NBC News reports that multiple USA officials say Mueller is "finding the strike zone", meaning that he must be getting close to closing-so it's unsurprising that Trump is getting defensive.

Along with background on Mueller's team, there are also reports the White House is exploring the president's authority to grant pardons amid the Russian Federation probe- specifically, his power to pardon aides, close family, and even himself.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and top White House aide, also attended the meeting. Trump Jr. was told the lawyer had damaging information that could be used against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Times reporter Maggie Haberman followed up.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Friday President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign manager have agreed to negotiate whether to be interviewed by the panel in its Russian Federation probe.

The special counsel's investigation into Trump's finances is likely to include a look at the billionaire businessman's tax returns, according to Bloomberg.

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The recusal angered Trump, who said in a New York Times interview this week that he would not have chosen Sessions for attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself.

White House lawyers are said to be looking for ways to undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

With the investigation apparently extending to financial transactions, United States media reported that Trump allies were looking into issuing presidential pardons and for ways to discredit Mueller's investigation.

According to the Post, Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the Russian Federation probe. She says: "It's relevant that people know what the motivations are".

The fact that Putin's lobbyists raised the Magnitsky Act with Trump Jr., and that the dictator himself brought it up with the president, shows how important the question is to Putin personally.

They also asked Mnuchin to examine whether Scaramucci or any other member of the Trump administration "has any financial interest in the RDIF", and if Trump or anyone on the transition team was "aware of, directed, or approved Mr. Scaramucci's contact with the RDIF".

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