Detained physician puts Trump-Saudi relations back in spotlight

(CNN)The Trump White House’s mysterious and controversial relationship with Saudi Arabia is under fresh scrutiny over the case of a US-Saudi citizen who has reportedly been jailed, beaten and tortured in the kingdom. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was in Saudi Arabia last week to push his Middle East peace initiative and is close to the Crown Prince. But there has been no public indication that Kushner advocated on behalf of Fitaihi or inquired about the terms of his detention. There is already bipartisan anger in Washington over the administration’s response to the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year. CNN has reported that US intelligence agencies have concluded that the …

This week is going to be completely full of news. Day and night.

(CNN)President Donald Trump is traveling 12 time zones across the world for a second high-stakes summit with the North Korean despot Kim Jong Un. During the day in Vietnam and while Americans are sleeping, Trump will try to breathe new energy into de-nuclearization talks with North Korea. At night in Vietnam and during the daytime in DC, his former lawyer and fixer will be testifying in open and closed hearings on Capitol Hill. Not expected to happen this week The Mueller report — One thing Trump won’t have to worry about is the release or filing of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. Trump has said the timing of the report …

North Carolina GOP candidate will not run in new congressional election

(CNN)North Carolina Republican Mark Harris will not run in the new election for the 9th Congressional District following November’s disputed result caused by absentee ballot irregularities, his campaign announced Tuesday. “I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign,” he added. “It is my hope that in the upcoming primary, a solid conservative leader will emerge to articulate the critical issues that face our nation.” This story is breaking and will be updated. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Sanders to face voters at CNN town hall before campaign trips to Brooklyn and Chicago

(CNN)Before Sen. Bernie Sanders sets out on the first campaign swing of his second presidential bid, he has some business to mind to in Washington. California Sen. Kamala Harris in a fundraising email last week wrote that she is “excited to welcome my friend and colleague (Sanders) to the growing field of incredible Democrats who have entered this race.” And the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, greeted Sanders with a similar message and has since described him and Warren as a “one-two punch.” Sanders laid down a marker in an email to surrogates this weekend, asking them to treat campaign rivals “respectfully” and reminding them that “many (of the primary candidates) have been friends …

Manafort’s lawyers taunt Mueller for not tying him to Russian interference in 2016 election

(CNN)Paul Manafort’s legal defense team, in one of its last opportunities to hit back at prosecutors, taunted special counsel Robert Mueller for not bringing a case that tied the former Trump campaign chairman to Russian government interference in the 2016 election. His defense lawyers argued that Manafort would have never been prosecuted as harshly had it not been for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller in May 2017. “Indeed, it is fair to say that, but for the appointment of the Special Counsel and his Office’s decision to pursue Mr. Manafort for a rarely prosecuted FARA violation, Mr. Manafort would not have been indicted in the District of Columbia,” the defense team writes. Under Mueller, Manafort’s foreign lobbying …

The battle is on between Trump and his Democratic foes

(CNN)A clarifying week in Washington showed how ugly the war of oversight between President Donald Trump and House Democrats will become and dug new battle lines in the most intense exchanges yet of the 2020 campaign. “The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see. When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn! The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!” Trump tweeted on Saturday. Trump also pivoted toward 2020 in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, laying out his clearest thematic blueprint yet for his re-election bid. The President proclaimed that an economic “miracle” was …