WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday night that the House will vote in the coming days on a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, encouraging fellow Democrats to support the effort as they try to stop Trump's push to expand efforts to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist has been arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, will testify before the House Oversight Committee next week, the panel announced Wednesday night. Cohen will testify at 10 a.m. on Feb. 27, the committee's chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State will not be allowed back into the United States, prompting an outcry from the woman's lawyer, who vowed to pursue legal action. Hoda Muthana, 24, left her home in Alabama in 2014 to marry an Islamic State fighter in Syria. She now lives with her young son in a Syrian refugee camp. "I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!" Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.
The Chicago Police Department announced Wednesday evening that Jussie Smollett, the actor at the center of a highly scrutinized case involving his alleged assault last month, is now considered a suspect in the criminal investigation for filing a false police report. Such an action would be a Class 4 felony. Detectives also presented evidence on Wednesday to a Cook County grand jury, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, limiting their abilities to impose financial penalties and seize property. The decision delighted critics of civil asset forfeiture, who welcomed it as a new weapon in their war against what's been labeled "policing for profit" - the practice of seizing cash, cars and other property from those convicted, or even suspected, of committing a crime.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Feb. 20, sought to discredit a news report that says he asked his then-acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker whether he could put a Trump ally in charge of an investigation into hush money paid to women during the 2016 campaign. "The New York Times reporting is false," Trump said in a morning tweet. "They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!— Donald J.
The family of the Kentucky teen who was involved in an encounter with a Native American advocate at the Lincoln Memorial last month filed a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post on Tuesday, Feb. 19, seeking $250 million in damages for its coverage of the incident. The suit alleges that The Post "targeted and bullied" 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON - On William Barr's first full day as attorney general, President Donald Trump singled him out during remarks in the Rose Garden after signing a national emergency declaration aimed at building his long-promised border wall. "I want to wish our attorney general great luck and speed, and enjoy your life. Bill, good luck," Trump told him at Friday's ceremony, drawing light laughter from others in attendance, who surely remembered the many ways the president tormented Barr's predecessor, Jeff Sessions.
WASHINGTON - The legal battle over President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to pay for a border wall grew Tuesday with another lawsuit challenging his actions, a fight that could explore sweeping constitutional questions as judges decide how much deference to give presidential power and what - if any - evidence Trump needs to support his assertions of a dire situation needing a solution that sidesteps Congress.