The accounts, intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, from Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to his superiors contradict public assertions by the attorney general. A former official said that the reports indicate Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on Trump’s views on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.
The president called the disclosures in a Post report “illegal leaks” as he continues to try to shift the public focus to what he has said is a partisan attempt to undermine his presidency.
Former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper sounded off on the president’s statements disparaging intelligence agencies and expressed disbelief at his embrace of Russia.
Spicer on Friday at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/Post)
Spicer on Friday at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/Post)
After just six tumultuous months on the job, longtime Washington insider Sean Spicer failed to last in service of a president who rejects convention and prefers to act as his own chief representative. The White House spokesman quit following the appointment of wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Anthony Scaramucci's new role is a remarkable political ascension for the investment veteran, who had bounced around several Republican campaigns before striking gold as a full-throated Trump supporter.
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These events are staged nationwide, but the clinic in Wise County, Va., is among the biggest, drawing people from all over the Appalachia and casting the sterile political debates in the nation's capital into the starkest human terms.
In a fast-changing city, fields that nobody wanted 20 years ago are increasingly in high demand. That's leading to some tense exchanges between those willing to pay and those who are not.
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Washington ace Max Scherzer battled back after an awful start, but reliever Enny Romero gave up the winning run.
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The records, which come as the White House adviser faces increasing scrutiny as part of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, show the vast and varied wealth of the president’s son-in-law.
Aras Agalarov, an eager-to-please tycoon who helped bring bling to Russia, has built political capital in the Moscow region and in the Kremlin itself by acting as a consummate fixer and reliable executor.
Janee Harteau quits amid calls for new leadership in the department following the death last week of Justine Damond. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she asked for the chief’s resignation.
A U.S. military spokesman provided the death toll, but an Afghan police chief later put the number at 12. U.S. forces apparently mistook the police for Taliban militants.
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The Cavaliers' star point guard shook up the league by demanding a trade, making it clear that three years is long enough for him to stand in the shadow of the league's best player, LeBron James.
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