Top White House officials pushed a plan to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, despite objections from career national security staff, according to a new congressional report. The report from the House oversight committee said that whistleblowers within the Trump administration have come forward to warn about the proposed nuclear power deal, which could violate the law. The Democratic-controlled committee has launched an investigation into the whistleblowers’ claims, its chairman, Maryland representative Elijah Cummings, said Tuesday.
A Georgia man was charged Wednesday with plotting a terrorist attack on the White House, after he allegedly told an undercover FBI agent he “wanted to do as much damage as possible” and hoped to be a martyr, according to court papers. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, is accused of attempting to damage or destroy the White House by means of fire or an explosive, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta. The court papers said the FBI began investigating Taheb in March, when an unidentified citizen told law enforcement officials that he had “become radicalized.”
President Trump announced on Sunday that he will replace James Mattis as Defense Secretary at the beginning of 2019 two months earlier than planned. Trump announced that Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will take Mattis’ place. The replacement comes after Mattis announced his resignation on Thursday saying his views were not aligned with Trump’s.
Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on Thursday after President Trump’s sudden withdrawal of US troops from Syria. Mattis wrote a resignation letter advising Trump to replace him with someone ‘whose views are better aligned with yours.’ Mattis will close out a 2-year working relationship with Trump remaining in his position until February 28, 2019.
With John Kelly leaving his post by the end of the year President Trump said he will make a decision ‘soon’ on a new chief of staff. Nick Ayers the leading candidate to replace Kelly announced on Sunday that he will not take the position. Ayers and Trump were reportedly unable to agree on terms.
A White House review of Ivanka Trump’s emails revealed that she used a personal account to send ‘hundreds’ of messages discussing government business in 2017. The Presidential Records Act requires all official White House records and communications to be preserved. The spokesman for Trump’s ethics counsel claimed her emails never contained classified information.
CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House following the suspension of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials. The White House stripped Acosta of his ‘hard pass’ which allowed entry to White House events without daily access permission. CNN claims the move violates the network’s and Acosta’s constitutional rights.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired on Wednesday by President Trump. Trump announced that Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will step in as the acting attorney general. Sessions sent a formal resignation letter to President Trump, saying ‘at your request, I am submitting my resignation.’ Whitaker will likely take charge of the Russian investigation.
President Trump believes Jeff Sessions will leave his post as attorney general at the end of the year and has five possible replacements in mind. Tensions have existed between Trump and Sessions since the Russian election meddling investigation began. Rapper Kanye West met President Trump on Thursday, saying the president is on a ‘hero’s journey.’
After nearly two years in the post, Nikki Haley announced her resignation from her position as US ambassador to the UN. Haley did not provide an explanation for her departure. President Trump appeared alongside Haley during her announcement and said she did ‘an incredible job.’ Trump said a replacement will be named within three weeks.