WASHINGTON - A beefed-up White House legal team is gearing up to prevent President Donald Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators and from being revealed in the special counsel's long-awaited report, setting the stage for a potential clash between the branches of government. The strategy to strongly assert the president's executive privilege on both fronts is being developed under newly arrived White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has hired 17 lawyers in recent weeks to help in the effort.
WASHINGTON - Talks between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats aimed at ending a partial government shutdown collapsed in acrimony and disarray Wednesday, with Democrats accusing the president of walking out and Trump calling the meeting "a total waste of time." The breakdown in talks left no end in sight for the shutdown on its 19th day. Trump continued to demand billions for his U.S.-Mexico border wall as a condition for reopening the government, a push Democrats have continually rejected.
In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off federal emergency aid to California for forest fires. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that "billions of dollars" are sent to California to help with its wildfire recovery efforts and claimed, without evidence, that the state would not need the funds if forests were properly managed. "Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money," Trump stated. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"
BASKERVILLE, Va. - The government check hadn't arrived, and John Boyd was out of seeds. So he left his family farm here in southern Virginia on Tuesday and went to the local Farm Service Agency office, a last-ditch attempt to see if any essential personnel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture were still working. He was hoping they could help, even with the partial federal government shutdown stretching to its 19th day.
The National Treasury Employees Union became the second federal employees' union to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the shutdown. Tuesday's, Jan. 8, collective action alleges more than 400,000 federal employees - including tens of thousands of NTEU members - are being forced to work without pay during the partial government closure. The complaint asked that the named plaintiff, Customs and Border Protection Officer Albert Vieira, and other similarly classified individuals be paid owed wages.
TransCanada Corp. is taking the Canada out of its name. The Calgary-based firm that was created in 1951 as TransCanada Pipelines to bring natural gas to Eastern Canada from Alberta, will change its name to TC Energy in the second quarter. The TRP ticker symbol used on the Toronto and New Stock Exchanges will remain.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told people close to him that he expects to depart the Justice Department if a new attorney general is confirmed, though there are no concrete plans in place or timeline for him to do so, according to people familiar with the matter.
The pictures emerging from the scene of an anti-pipeline action in British Columbia could not be more off-brand for Justin Trudeau. The Canadian prime minister came to power on a promise to rebuild the relationship between Canadian authorities and indigenous communities. Though he's won plaudits for being willing to address these issues, critics often wonder how much his government has accomplished in the name of reconciliation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., delivered a brief joint response that was carried live by all the major television networks.
WASHINGTON - The government shutdown has stalled President Donald Trump's program to send billions of dollars to farmers hurt by the trade war with China as the Agriculture Department office responsible for administering the payouts is closed for lack of funding. On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the department has extended the deadline for farmers to apply for bailout payments. The application window was slated to close Jan. 15, but Perdue said Tuesday that the deadline will be extended, at minimum, weeks after the shutdown ends.