Donald Trump says he has ordered the reversal of sanctions against North Korea that were announced just today by his own Treasury Department.
Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter must admit wrongdoing to move on from allegations of domestic violence, his ex-wife said Friday.
“I can’t speak for any therapy or counseling, or remorse or repentance that Rob has done privately, but in order to be able to step back into public service, there has to be some sort of public acknowledgment that what you did was wrong and you would like to have another space, another shot. And I think that’s the piece that’s missing for me,” Jennie Willoughby said in an interview with CNN.
Porter quite his White House job last year after Willoughby and another ex-wife accused him of abuse. He has inched back into the public eye with a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
Willoughby said she was in regular contact with her ex-husband up until about a month ago, urging him to admit fault as he seeks redemption.
“I need to know that you are doing the work and we need to see it.,” she said. “He hasn’t been willing so far. I think he’s doing work privately and likes to keep that very private. In my opinion, in order for it to translate, in order for me to feel at peace with the work that he’s doing, I want it to be acknowledged openly.”
The House Judiciary Committee is asking a Trump administration official to clarify his testimony about the government tracking the pregnancies and menstrual cycles of young immigrant women in federal custody.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chair of the House judiciary committee, told Scott Lloyd, the former head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, that his February testimony before Congress appears inconsistent with the facts, the Hill reported.
“We were troubled by your responses at the time — but we now have reason to believe that your responses are inconsistent with documentation that has been made public since your testimony,” Nadler wrote.
Judiciary Committee members asked Lloyd whether ORR had used spreadsheets to track how far along unaccompanied girls were in their pregnancies, and tracked their menstrual cycles. He denied it.
Since then, documents have emerged showing Lloyd was in fact tracking pregnancies and receiving receiving updates on girls’ menstrual cycles.
Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke called Friday for ending cash bail.
He noted his own past arrests for drunk driving and burglary, and said he was able to post bail both times because his family has the money.
“Ending the cash bail system makes sense. You cannot be too poor to have your freedom,” he said at a South Carolina campaign stop, according to footage aired by CNN.
Rep. Ruben Gallego wrote to the joint chiefs of staff to ask if military readiness if being hurt by the diversion of resources to the US southern border.
Donald Trump has made his nomination of former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to the federal reserve board Twitter-official.
More signs of possible tension between Trump and Fox News. Trump in recent days has criticized the network’s news reporters (while praising its pro-Trump opinion presenters).
Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweeted a misleading video clip claiming that Rep. Ilhan Omar took classes on terrorism.
The video has spread on right wing conspiracy sites, the Washington Post reports. The video shows Omar, who went to North Dakota State University, saying she took a class on terrorism in college. She studied political science and international relations.
“What is she laughing at in recalling her terrorism classes? This represents the future of the Democrat Party? God help us,” Giuliani says in his tweet.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is moving to deter primary challenges to Democratic incumbents.
The DCCC sent out a list of hiring standards to political consulting firms Friday, saying it will not do business with any firm that works to oust a sitting member of Congress, National Journal reported.
“The core mission of the DCCC is electing House Democrats, which includes supporting and protecting incumbents,” the committee wrote.
Donald Trump will appoint his former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to the federal reserve board, he said Friday.
“He’s going to be great on the fed,” Trump told reporters in Florida.
Moore has been a frequent critic of the Fed. Trump has also criticized the body for raising interest rates.
The White House says ISIS has been fully defeated in Syria.
Arriving in Florida, Donald Trump showed reporters a map to make his point.
The Treasury Department will waive penalties for more taxpayers who had too little in taxes withheld from their 2018 paychecks, officials announced Friday.
People who paid at least 80% of their tax liability during the year will not get hit with penalties, the Hill reported. Normally the threshold is 90%, and Treasury previously said they would lower it to 85%.
After Congress passed a major tax overhaul, a number of taxpayers ended up having too little money withheld from their paychecks.
Cory Booker’s presidential campaign has won an endorsement from a South Carolina state lawmaker.
State Rep. John King is backing Booker, the Associated Press reported. He is the first South Carolina lawmaker to make an endorsement.
King said Booker’s experience combating corruption as mayor of Newark would help him do the same in Washington.
“He has spent his entire career running toward big challenges, so I sat long and hard and thought about who I wanted to support and who I feel would take this country in the right direction,” King said. “Cory Booker is that guy.”
Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond calls Rep. Steve King a “white supremacist” after the Iowa Republican disparaged victims of Hurricane Katrina.