TRUMP’S behavior raised questions about his relationship with Putin; former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe

In May 2017, the FBI opened an inquiry into whether Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, the New York Times has reported.

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Citing unnamed former law enforcement officials, the paper reported on Friday that in the days after the president fired FBI director James Comey, law enforcement officials were so worried about his behavior that they began investigating whether the president was working against US interests and on behalf of Moscow.

Counterintelligence investigators were reportedly considering whether Trump’s actions constituted a national security threat, an extraordinary line of inquiry against a sitting president. They also sought to determine whether the president was knowingly working for Russia, the report said.

Trump responded on Saturday morning with a volley of tweets which did not question the Times’ reporting but lambasted “the corrupt former leaders of the FBI” for opening an investigation “for no reason & with no proof”.

“Funny thing about James Comey,” Trump said. “Everybody wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike. My firing of James Comey was a great day for America. He was a Crooked Cop.” Continue reading TRUMP’S behavior raised questions about his relationship with Putin; former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe

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California Lawsuit over Trump’s emergency declaration ‘imminent’; state Attorney General Xavier Becerra

California Lawsuit over Trump’s emergency declaration ‘imminent’; state Attorney General Xavier Becerra

California will “imminently” challenge US President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a US-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said.

“Definitely and imminently,” Mr Becerra told ABC’s This Week program when asked whether and when California would sue the Trump administration in federal court.

Other states controlled by Democrats are expected to join the effort.

“We are prepared, we knew something like this might happen. And with our sister state partners, we are ready to go,” he said.

Mr Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday under a 1976 law after Congress rebuffed his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was a signature 2016 campaign promise.

The move is intended to allow him to redirect money appropriated by Congress for other purposes toward wall construction instead.

The White House says Mr Trump will have access to about $8 billion. Continue reading California Lawsuit over Trump’s emergency declaration ‘imminent’; state Attorney General Xavier Becerra

President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

European nations must take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria, US President Donald Trump has said, after a delay in announcing what he said would be the end of the “caliphate”.

Mr Trump shocked allies in December by declaring the pullout of roughly 2,000 US troops who had been assisting local forces in Syria against IS, whose sole remaining territory is half a square kilometre in eastern Syria.

The pending US pullout set off a countdown for governments whose citizens, having joined IS, were captured by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,” Mr Trump said in a tweet, using another acronym for IS. Continue reading President Trump: ‘EU nations must take back captured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters’

Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to speak to every EU leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to the Withdrawal Agreement.

It comes days after another defeat in parliament and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on 29 March.

In her talks with EU leaders and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, she will be seeking to change the Irish backstop, one of the most contentious parts of the withdrawal agreement she agreed in November, her office said.

Mrs May has told EU leaders she could pass her deal with concessions primarily around the backstop – a guarantee that there can be no return to border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Continue reading Prime Minister May to speak to EU leaders over changes to Brexit deal

Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march

Six people have been charged after a number of police officers and emergency workers were attacked at a pro-Brexit yellow vest protest march in London.

Footage posted on social media appears to show some activists clashing with officers at the march through Whitehall and Piccadilly on Saturday.

Five protesters were charged with assault on an emergency worker, and one was charged with obstructing police.

They are all due to appear before Westminster magistrates on 19 March. Continue reading Six pro-Brexit protesters charged after London ‘yellow vest’ march