Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley blasted former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, recalling a private conversation where they defended resisting President Trump, telling her they did so out of necessity. Haley said that the two men “confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country.”
A New York judge has ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2m (£1.6m) for misusing funds from his charity to finance his 2016 political campaign. The Donald J Trump Foundation closed down in 2018. Prosecutors had accused it of working as “little more than a checkbook” for Mr Trump’s interests. Charities such as the one Mr Trump and his three eldest children headed cannot engage in politics, the judge ruled.
Donald Trump has been accused of breaking his oath of office by asking China to investigate 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden. The US president said he thinks Beijing should look into the former vice president and his businessman son, Hunter, who formed a private equity fund in China – though he said he has not yet appealed to the Chinese president to do so.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, accusing him of seeking foreign help to smear Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of next year’s election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry after a closed-door meeting with Democratic lawmakers, saying Trump’s actions undermined national security and violated the U.S. Constitution.
A conservative aide has been fired after the US president found himself giving a speech in front of a doctored presidential seal. The hoax image included a Russian-inspired two-headed eagle holding golf clubs and cash in its talons. Instead of the Latin “E pluribus unum” (from many one), the words were in Spanish and translated to “45 is a puppet”, referring to Mr Trump being the 45th president of the United States.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned Conrad M. Black, a friend and former business associate who wrote a flattering book about the president last year. Black, a Canadian-born citizen of Britain, was found guilty of mail fraud and obstruction in 2007 in a ploy to swindle millions of dollars from investors in his media company. Black served more than three years in prison and was legally barred from re-entering the United States, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend during his Florida visit, federal prosecutors allege in court documents. Yujing Zhang, 32, approached a Secret Service agent at a checkpoint outside the Palm Beach club early Saturday afternoon and said she was a member who wanted to use the pool, court documents said. There is no indication Zhang was ever near the president.
Michael Cohen, the one-time personal attorney and fixer to President Donald Trump, on Wednesday presented an extensive set of his former boss’s possible criminal liabilities that Cohen described as under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York. In public testimony before Congress, Cohen provided fresh details about Trump’s participation in Cohen’s campaign finance crimes, including steps that occurred after Trump took office, and revealed that prosecutors are investigating other unspecified criminal activity by Trump. Cohen’s testimony dramatically expanded the scope of what is publicly known about New York federal prosecutors’ examination of the President, his company and his family.
President Trump’s personal charitable foundation agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision in the wake of a lawsuit claiming that the President and his three oldest children violated campaign finance laws and abused its tax-exempt status. The lawsuit claims the foundation was used as ‘little more than a checkbook’ for President Trump’s business and personal spending.
It was announced Tuesday, by President Trump’s White House physician, that Trump received a perfect score on a cognitive test for neurological impairment, meaning the President does not suffer from mental health issues which interfere with his ability to function in the office. Dr. Ronny Jackson cited Trump’s ‘good genes’ and ‘excellent’ cardiac health, as well.