Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Russian interference in USA polls
By the afternoon the director of the FBI, James B. Comey, had systematically demolished his arguments in a remarkable public takedown of a sitting president.
Comey was testifying along with National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, who also disputed allegations that surfaced past year that British intelligence services were involved in the wiretapping.
But it's the obsessiveness and ferocity of Trump's pushback against the Russian allegations, often untethered from fact or tact, that is making an uncertain situation worse.
Trump's allies have begun to wonder if his need for self-expression, often on social media, will exceed his instinct for self-preservation, with disastrous results both for the president and for a party whose fate is now tightly tied to his. "We always have to be answering questions about the tweets - it puts us on defense all the time when we could be building a case for the president".
But Trump didn't take the bait, instead focusing on his health care overhaul, which could go to the floor as early as Thursday. But I think it's telling what they're focusing on in their questions.
NSA Director Michael Rogers agreed: "I fully expect them to continue this level of activity". His approval rating has tumbled to 37 per cent, according to a new Gallup poll, down eight points from a week earlier.
The hearing, providing the most extensive public accounting of a matter that has dogged the Trump administration for its first two months, quickly broke along partisan lines.
Donald Trump supporters on Monday admitted they are unconcerned about the FBI investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, with one supporter insisting if the "liberal" media won't reveal the truth, we should "let Russian Federation do it for us".
But this president, a proponent of do-it-yourself crisis communications with boundless self-confidence in his capacity to shape the story, seems determined to hug his Russian hand grenade.
Instead, what we got from Trump on Monday were early morning tweets slamming the idea that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
If the Trump campaign, or anybody associated with it, aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of our democracy in history. "Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!" And not only are we investigating Russian action; we're investigating any sort of collaboration with the Trump campaign.
About two hours later, Trump asked in a tweet, "What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?"
Plus he just likes to mix it up.
After the uproar that followed Trump's tweets on Obama and wiretapping, the president and his spokesmen recast the claim, saying he was referring to surveillance more broadly. One of the president's friends posted a picture online leaving little doubt, and Trump's "very little" comment made clear that the golf outing, which his aides were reluctant to acknowledge, actually happened.
"There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception", Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
Still, there's some evidence that the president's magic medium is losing its effectiveness, in part because Trump's Twitter persona seems to have shifted from puckish to paranoid.
Focus groups and polls conducted by two Democratic strategists this month have shown that many voters, even some who support Trump, have grown tired of his tweets as president. "They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe", he said on "Fox News Sunday".
Trump, minutes after McConnell was booed, urged his supporters, "I want you to give him a nice hand because he is on our side". "No", he said. "It was not our intention to say that today".
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Trump said while campaigning for president that if he won, he would probably be too busy doing the people's business to golf. During his first two months in office, Donald Trump has spent seven consecutive weekends at properties that bear his name.
Asked whether he had seen the Trump administration's plan to wipe out Islamic State, Abadi said: "I haven't seen a full plan". In the two leaders' meeting, Trump criticized his predecessor's policies in the region.
The judgment came following a petition on a matter related to mining and stone crushing along the banks of the Ganga . Recognising a river as a living entity means granting it the same legal rights as a human being.
Two 3-pointers in a row from the Gamecocks sent the crowd to their feet and forced the Sun Devils to take a time out. Meanwhile, the women's squad pulled out in a thriller on their home court, defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils.
The first involved "love jihad" where he exhorted Hindu men to marry 100 Muslim women if one Hindu woman was forcibly converted. But he is also a highly controversial politician, known his for virulent anti-Muslim comments.
Alice Bryant adapted the information for Learning English. "This emergency will pass, but we must be prudent", he wrote . Covered in mud and enveloped in debris , she managed to reach solid ground with bystanders cheering her on.
Comey said agents were working to find out if there was "any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts". Most of Trump's golf course visits have taken place while he's spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
A woman from Chitrakoot had moved the Supreme Court after the police had allegedly refused to file a rape case against Prajapati. From the police station, Prajapati went to the hospital in his personal SUV along with his followers, followed by a police jeep.
Right now it looks like most of the rain and snow will pass north of the area, but we'll track that potential through the week. Madison's 2017 precipitation total (rain plus snow converted to liquid) stayed at 5.74 inches, 1.87 inches above normal.
When the company announced February 24 it would close 130-140 stores, it had more than 1,000 locations in the US and Puerto Rico. Another national retailer is going to close some stores, but the list does not include any in the Quad Cities.
French candidates face off in first debate
Le Pen came under fire from Fillon who said a so-called "Frexit" would create economic and social chaos. The TV debate was the top trending topic on Twitter in France on Monday before it even started.
Sen. Cruz: '50-50 Whether the Democrats Filibuster' Gorsuch
Republicans have a 52-48 majority in the Senate ( two independents side with Democrats). "I didn't believe that", Graham said. Trump's nomination of Gorsuch will need support from some Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster.
House GOP Considers Changes to Health-Care Bill
Chris Collins told CNN the change would help bring along other members of his state's delegation who are now wavering on the bill. Republicans leaders want to push their bill repealing and replacing much of the 2010 health care law through Congress by April.
Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns!
In the next segment of the show, Braun Strowman said that it was hard for him to digest the fact that he was to face Reigns. He has previously written about film for Bloody Disgusting , We Got This Covered , What Culture , and The Celebrity Cafe .
Yaya Toure could move to Manchester United !
Seluk said he expected Toure to leave in the summer and suggested he could cross Manchester to play for City's closest rivals. I love this football club, ' Toure replied when asked if he wanted to stay on at City.
Clooney surprises 87-year-old fan with flowers
Pat Adams told her care home her birthday wish would be to meet the 55-year-old, and somehow they actually made it happen. Clooney moved to Sonning, where he lives with his pregnant human rights lawyer wife Amal, in 2014 .
Thomas is in lineup after missing 2 games with knee injury
Keef Morris has missed the last two games for the Wizards with an illness and his status for tonight is also unknown. Washington 2-1 Both teams have held serve thus far as they get set for the final game in the season series tonight.