House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy privately claimed that he believed Donald Trump was being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with his fellow GOP House leaders. The recorded conversation caught McCarthy saying “There’s two people I think Putin pays: [Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump.” Speaker Paul Ryan immediately interjected and stopped the conversation from proceeding.
Donald Trump pressured former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, telling Mr. Comey that he "hopes you can let this go," according to a recently released memo Comey wrote immediately after the conversation. It is illegal, even for the President of the United States, to impede an investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice or the FBI.
Donald Trump shared the highest level of classified information about the Islamic State with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador during a meeting with the two in the oval office. The individual who provided the information did not give the Trump White House permission to share it with Russia and it is very possible that the source is now compromised. Government officials, speaking confidentially, claimed that the information Trump passed along was so secret that it hasn't been shared with our closest allies.
Donald Trump's top advisers are afraid to leave him alone with foreign leaders because they are worried that he will "speak out of turn." This is especially true for his National Security Adviser, General McMaster, who feels he has "to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground."
Donald Trump claimed that former FBI Director James Comey requested to have a private dinner with him shortly after his inauguration, but multiple sources have said that is not true and that such a request would have had to be approved by the Deputy Attorney General before Comey would be able to host the President for dinner.
Donald Trump refused to allow any American press in the oval office to capture images of his meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, but he did allow the Russian press to enter and document the meeting.
Donald Trump met with Sergey Kislyak, the individual at the heart of a swirling scandal concerning Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign and potential collusion with the Russian government, without notifying the press or including him in the official readout of the meeting that was supposed to be a bilateral meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The public only found out that Kislyak was in the meeting because the Russian press, who were the only press allowed to capture the meeting, published images of Trump, Lavrov, and Kislyak smiling and laughing together.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's wrote a letter recommending the termination of FBI Director James Comey and that Trump agreed after receiving the letter from him, but that is not true. What actually happened is that Trump summoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who has supposedly recused himself from the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election), and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to his office and asked the two to come up with a reason in writing to terminate Mr. Comey. Rosenstein then followed the orders of the President and wrote a memo outlining why Comey should be let go, which Trump then used as a justification to terminate Mr. Comey.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer ran behind a tall bush on the White House grounds in an attempt to avoid answering journalists questions regarding Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Spicer spent several minutes behind the bushes before eventually reappearing and answering a handful of questions from the press, although he insisted they all turn their lights off.
Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey "with cause" because Trump said he mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail server. That explanation defies logic considering Trump praised Comey for his handling of the investigation back in early November. The real reason Trump fired Comey may have more to do with the fact that Comey and the FBI have been investigating Trump and his associates ties to Russia and whether or not they colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 Presidential election.
Donald Trump was personally warned by President Obama that Michael Flynn was potentially compromised by the Russian government two days after the Presidential election. Trump ignored President Obama's warning and asked Flynn to be his National Security Adviser. Flynn was fired from the position weeks later after it was revealed that he lied about conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
Donald Trump sent out numerous tweets accusing former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates of leaking classified information and encouraging Republican Senators to grill her on that issue. Legal analysts have pointed out that there is no precedent in our nations history where a President threatened a witness before they were to testify before a Senate committee.
Four top aides to Donald Trump are accused of secretly meeting with Russian government officials in Prague during the height of the 2016 Presidential campaign. A memo written by a respected former MI6 official to the British government claims that these officials went to Prague to hold “secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers” over how to reimburse the hackers for their work.
A Kentucky man with a bag full of knives and a machete walked in to cafe on the camps of Transylvania University in Kentucky and began asking customers if their political views. He first approached a woman and asked if she was Democrat or Republican. Once she answered Republican he said "you are safe" and then moved on. He then pulled out his machete and seriously wounded a student before being arrested.
Donald Trump told a Reuters journalist that he thought being President would be easier and that he missed his old life of luxury. Trump said that he "loved [his] previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
Donald Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama was to blame for Michael Flynn's vetting because Flynn accepted payments from Russian officials during the Obama Administration. Trump claimed that he decided not to vet Flynn because "he was approved at the highest level of security by the Obama administration."
Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that strips federal funds from any city that classifies itself as a "sanctuary city." These cities limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials concerning nonviolent undocumented immigrants. Update: A federal judge blocked the executive order pending litigation.
Judge Tim Nolan, who was Donald Trump's campaign manager for the state of Kentucky, was charged with human sex trafficking of a minor after an investigation concluded there was probable cause for his arrest and prosecution. Nolan was charged with one count of human trafficking for allegedly subjecting a minor under the age of 18 to commercial sexual activity, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor, and one count of giving alcohol to a minor.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized a federal judge for putting a hold on Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban by degrading him for "sitting on an island in the Pacific." Sessions told right-wing radio host Mark Levin that he is "amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
Bill O'Reilly was accused of sexual harassment by at least five women and has settled five sexual harassment lawsuits out of court totaling $13 million. The lawsuits span a decade, but two of the accusations came to light in lawsuits against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Update: 21st Century Fox fired Bill O'Reilly effective immediately.