President Trump released a statement on Tuesday saying the US will stand by Saudi Arabia’s rulers and not act against them in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a setback for the Trump administration, a judge ordered the US government not to enforce the ban on asylum for immigrants crossing the southern border illegally.
President Trump launched his strongest attack yet on Jeff Sessions saying, ‘I don’t have an attorney general.’ He also said he is unhappy with Sessions’ immigration response. Trump visited North Carolina and praised emergency responders for their role in controlling and helping with the ‘nightmare’ of Hurricane Florence, which killed at least 36.
President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts in a Manhattan court on Tuesday. Cohen said he acted ‘in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office’ to keep information from becoming public during the 2016 election and make secret payments to Trump’s alleged mistresses.
The New York State attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation on Thursday, accusing the charity and Trump family of violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing, and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign. The lawsuit alleges illegal conduct over more than a decade. President Trump established the foundation in 1987.
Following the publishing of a letter to special counsel from President Trump’s lawyers about the Russia investigation which said Trump could ‘exercise his power to pardon.’ Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani commented saying Trump ‘has no intention of pardoning himself.’ Former US attorney Preet Bharara said on Sunday it ‘would be outrageous’ for the president to pardon himself.
President Trump pardoned best-selling author and documentarian Dinesh D’Souza from his felony conviction for making illegal campaign contributions on Thursday, saying D’Souza had been ‘treated very unfairly by our government.’ Trump granted pardons to others including former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, while considering granting further pardons, raising questions about the extent of the presidential pardon power.
A BBC report revealed on Wednesday that Michael Cohen was secretly paid at least $400,000 by Ukrainians to set up talks between President Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last year. A federal judge ruled that President Trump violated the constitutional rights of Americans when he blocked Twitter followers after being criticized.
President Trump disclosed on Wednesday he paid his lawyer as much as $250,000 for expenses including a $130,000 payoff to adult film star Stormy Daniels, raising questions about the possible improper omission of the debt last year. Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. said he cannot remember if he spoke to his father about the Trump Tower meeting with Russian agents.
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.
President Trump admitted his lawyer Michael Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels during the election campaign, but denies the payment was made from campaign funds. Trump and his legal team, including Rudy Giuliani, confirmed he later repaid the money to Cohen. Further, Giuliani announced on Thursday there is a ‘50/50’ chance Trump will be subpoenaed in the Russia probe.