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.
President Trump apologized to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for ‘the terrible pain and suffering’ he and his family were ‘forced to endure’ throughout his confirmation process as a result of sexual assault allegations against him. President Trump said he does not plan to fire deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein who reportedly secretly recorded Trump.
The New York Tax Department opened an investigation into allegations by the New York Times that the Trump family created their real estate business through ‘instances of outright fraud’ and evaded taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars. The State Department will now only recognize marriage, not same-sex partnerships when granting visas to diplomats’ partners.
The White House gave authorization to the FBI to interview anyone deemed necessary to expand the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. President Trump said the FBI can interview ‘anybody they want, within reason.’ The expansion followed criticism by Democrats that the White House was limiting the investigation.
The Trump administration denied restricting the FBI investigation ordered on Friday at the request of the Senate Committee into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The investigation has delayed the final vote on Kavanaugh. Adviser to President Trump Kellyanne Conway revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault during a CNN interview discussing about the Kavanaugh scandal.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was reportedly summoned to the White House on Monday for a meeting with the chief of staff John Kelly amid speculation that President Trump may fire Rosenstein over a damaging press report. Trump and Rosenstein are scheduled to meet on Thursday. Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s 2016 election investigation. Rosenstein said he will not resign.
Following an Op-Ed article authored by an unnamed senior Trump administration official was published in the New York Times speaking of a ‘resistance inside the Trump administration’ against President Trump’s ‘reckless decisions,’ Trump responded, saying the piece was ‘really a disgrace’ and ‘gutless.’ The newspaper called publishing the piece a ‘rare move.’