“When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process,” a spokesman for the office of special counsel Robert Mueller III said. A Trump for America lawyer contends that transition documents are private property, not government records. The organization argues Mueller overstepped the law in acquiring private records without a warrant or subpoena.
The president’s aides have met with 116 political hopefuls in recent months, senior White House officials said. The president has told advisers he wants to travel extensively and hold rallies. Active campaigning by Trump carries potential pitfalls for a historically unpopular commander in chief and could help drive angry Democrats to the polls.
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The administration’s labor adviser is a chief proponent of the notion that government employees are overcompensated, so a leaked proposal to freeze salaries in fiscal 2019 stands its best chance yet of becoming policy. The bottom line: Feds would get less pay and fewer benefits for more work.
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Investigators said they could show that McKesson Corp. had failed to report suspicious orders involving millions of highly addictive painkillers sent to drugstores from California to Florida. Some of those went to corrupt pharmacies that supplied drug rings. Investigators wanted a $1 billion fine and criminal charges brought against McKesson. That’s not how things worked out. This report comes from a joint investigation with “60 Minutes.” The show airs tonight at 7:30 Eastern and 7 Pacific.
“Star Wars” superfans who want the signature of iconic actor Mark Hamill are driving the lucrative world of the franchise, which has been estimated to be worth more than Harry Potter, James Bond and Lord of the Rings combined. And the Star Wars franchise seems to be expanding, with new movies, story lines, characters and actors — and new autographs to obtain.
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The chief of a little-known agency said the Pentagon did not take his UFO investigations seriously. He quit, but before leaving his job, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged for the release of three of the most unusual videos in the Pentagon’s secret vaults.
It’s not clear whether other federal departments have been instructed by the Trump administration to avoid certain words in preparing their budget documents for next year.
Jakiw Palij, who served as an armed guard in a labor camp in Poland, was ordered out of the U.S. in 2004, but Germany, Poland and Ukraine have repeatedly refused to accept him. In a race against time, lawmakers and Jewish groups are asking the Trump administration to act.
Middle-class families have been at the center of the GOP message about why the party needs to pass a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax code. But days before Congress votes, basic questions about how the plan will affect pocketbooks and lives remain unanswered.
A strained international aid system has broken down amid the biggest global refu­gee crisis since World War II. The problem started when the United Nations, squeezed by growing demands for aid, slashed food rations in a camp of 250,000. That left the refugees little option but to buy food on credit from local markets.
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“The war on Christmas is over,” Alec Baldwin’s President Trump says. “It will soon be replaced by the war with North Korea.”
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