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August 5, 2017

‘A good man, very pro-Israel’: Trump defends McMaster from far-right snipers

Terse statement follows attacks from bloggers and Breitbart and firings of three White House officials known to be allies of senior adviser Steve Bannon

Donald Trump has come to the defense of his national security advisor, HR McMaster, in the face of a sustained attack on the army general from the far right.

The president put out a short statement on Friday night which described McMaster as a “good man”, and said they were “working very well together”. But by Trump’s standards it was a terse statement, unlikely to stem the flow of invective from the president’s own hardline supporters or resolve the factional conflict inside the White [...]

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August 4, 2017

Jeff Sessions bows to Trump pressure and launches crackdown on leakers

  • Attorney general says DoJ has ‘tripled the number of active leak investigations’
  • Trump had criticised ‘weak’ Sessions for failing to deal with intelligence leaks

The US justice department has “tripled the number of active leak investigations” and devoted new FBI resources to cracking down on leakers, Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said in a press conference on Friday, promising also that the department was reviewing its approach to subpoenaing journalists.

“We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity,” Sessions [...]

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May 13, 2017

Comey, chaos … crisis? Trump enters new territory after most explosive week yet

Trump’s decision to fire James Comey stunned Washington, upset the bureau, and brought Russia back into focus. How much more can Republicans take?

Ill met by moonlight, a dozen reporters and cameramen peered into the darkness. Where was Sean Spicer? The press secretary had given a TV interview at 9pm then disappeared behind an awning, apparently conferring with colleagues. Journalists waited on the drive. The White House glowed behind them. “This is so weird,” one said. “It’s like hunting a dog and then [...]

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May 11, 2017

James Comey farewell letter emerges as Senate subpoenas Michael Flynn – live

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