CIA Director Mike Pompeo failed to disclose links to a company owned by the Chinese government during his 2017 confirmation.The CIA defended Pompeo's omission saying, "He would have no reason to know details on the layers of companies" that worked with a business he ran in Kansas.But in 2010, Pompeo expressly described the Chinese company as a supplier to his own firm. Pompeo, who is set to attend a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday in hopes of filling the vacant Secretary of State role, left out his connection to a Chinese company during last year's confirmation to become head of the CIA.According to documents obtained by McClatchy, a Kansas business run by Pompeo imported oilfield equipment from a Chinese government-owned company.But on his 2017 nominee questionnaire, Pompeo was asked if, in the last decade, he had been "involved in any financial or business transactions with, a foreign government or any entity controlled by a foreign government." In response Pompeo … [Read more...] about CIA Director Mike Pompeo failed to disclose business link to China in 2017 confirmation
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WASHINGTON — The effort on Capitol Hill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job is gaining momentum.In the wake of President Donald Trump's comments this week suggesting he had not ruled out firing Mueller, two pairs of senators on Wednesday announced they had merged bipartisan legislation they introduced separately last August that would protect the special counsel.Their move comes even as Republican leaders on Capitol Hill continue to indicate they do not see the need for such a bill.Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., combined their bill with a measure proposed by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del., to produce the "Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act."The bill would ensure that only a senior official at the Department of Justice has the authority to fire the special counsel and the reason would have to be provided in writing. The measure would also give the special counsel 10 days to seek judicial review to … [Read more...] about Legislation to protect Robert Mueller’s job gains momentum on Capitol Hill
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is regarded as the logical choice. He is close to Trump, having courted the president longer than most other high-profile Republicans. The two get along well and talk often.But the Californian has historically been viewed suspiciously by the most conservative members of Congress.Early indications from the White House offered a mixed picture. Some officials told Yahoo News that McCarthy has the inside track. One former White House official said either McCarthy or Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana could get Trump’s backing.“Both Kevin McCarthy and Scalise are very popular with the White House and close to the president,” the ex-official said.But one Trump ally said the president prefers House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.“Scalise … [is] a better story, and DJT loves narratives,” this person said.Scalise’s story is that he was shot last June in an attack on a Congressional baseball practice, … [Read more...] about Republicans wonder who will fill Ryan’s shoes in wake of retirement announcement
U.S. Edition EditionsAustralia EditionChina EditionIndia EditionSingapore EditionUnited KingdomUnited States Apr 11, 12:45 AM EDT Subscribe BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureMillennial MoneyOpinionSportsLuxury National By Riddhima Kanetkar @rk_cule3 On 04/11/18 AT 12:11 AM Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday sat through a five-hour congressional hearing, facing criticism and apologizing for a series of missteps that endangered the privacy of tens of millions of Americans and helped in spreading phony news and Russian disinformation.Several lawmakers had their piece to say to Zuckerberg, however, the one that stood out was the comments made by John Neely Kennedy, an attorney serving as the junior senator from Louisiana since Jan. 3, 2017. According to a report in Nola.com, toward the end of the session, Kennedy removed his suit coat, rolled up his sleeves and lectured Zuckerberg on how to restore the world’s most … [Read more...] about Senator John Kennedy Says Facebook User Agreement Shouldn’t Be In Swahili
(Reuters) - After reports on Monday that the FBI had raided the offices of his attorney Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump was asked if he would fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo “Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on,” Trump replied, calling Mueller’s investigation into any links between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia and possible obstruction of justice a witch hunt. “We’ll see what happens.” Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrats immediately expressed concern that Trump might seek to remove Mueller, who was appointed by the Justice Department in May 2017 to take over the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Russia probe after … [Read more...] about Factbox: How might Trump remove special counsel in Russia probe?