White House pushes back on Trump criticism of U.S. Intelligence 3:52 pm Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

White House pushes back on Trump criticism of U.S. Intelligence

  • 3:52 pm Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

After watching President-Elect Donald Trump reject the conclusions of the U.S. Intelligence Community on the involvement of Russia in cyber attacks related to the 2016 elections, the White House on Monday publicly pushed back against Mr. Trump, telling reporters there is “undisputed” evidence of Russian involvement that Congress must continue to investigate.

Just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had done earlier in the day, White House spokesman Josh Earnest stood by an October assessment from U.S. Intelligence, which pointed the finger at Russia for email hacks of Democratic Party figures.

“They’ve concluded and reported to the American public that Russia was [More]

Top Senate Republican: “The Russians are not our friends”

  • 10:28 am Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The top Republican in the U.S. Senate staked out a tough response to any Russian interference in the 2016 elections, standing by an Intelligence Community assessment that accused Russia of directing email hacks of Democratic Party officials, and bluntly saying that the “Russians are not our friends.”

“Let me just speak for myself – the Russians are not our friends,” McConnell said in a morning news conference at the U.S. Capitol. “The Russians do not wish us well.”

“I have the highest confidence in the intelligence community,” the Senate Majority Leader added.

McConnell said he fully expected Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and [More]

Trump picks Kelly for Homeland Security; several key cabinet decisions still to come

  • 7:28 am Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump began his week by picking retired Gen. John Kelly for the job of Homeland Security Secretary, as Mr. Trump still has some big decisions to make on his Cabinet, along with the more tedious process of filling hundreds of lower-level government positions.

“Gen. John Kelly’s decades of military service and deep commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism inside our borders makes him the ideal choice to serve as our Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,” Mr. Trump said in a morning new release.

“The American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at [More]

Trump stiff-arms claims of Russian interference in 2016 elections

  • 5:09 pm Sunday, December 11th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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President-Elect Donald Trump made clear on Sunday that he does not believe charges of Russian involvement in the 2016 race for President, telling Fox News Sunday that Democrats are behind such talk, arguing they are still aggravated by of Hillary Clinton’s election defeat.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump told Fox News Sunday.

“I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it.”

Asked about the CIA investigation, Trump again took a jab at the U.S. Intelligence Community.

“They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody else,” said Mr. Trump.

“It could be somebody sitting in a bed some [More]

Republicans sweep final races for Congress in 2016

  • 10:02 pm Saturday, December 10th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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The voters of Louisiana did not take any sort of detour in their final runoff elections for Congress on Saturday, as they overwhelmingly voted to keep a U.S. Senate seat in Republican hands, and elected a candidate to Congress who seemed to channel Donald Trump, known as the “Cajun John Wayne.”

Elected to the U.S. Senate was Republican state treasurer John Kennedy; his win gives the GOP a 52-48 seat advantage when the Senate convenes in January.

That means Democrats gained two seats in the November elections, defeating GOP incumbents in Illinois and New Hampshire, but fell short of taking back control [More]

Favorite for Secretary of State likely to draw scrutiny over ties to Russia

  • 4:36 pm Saturday, December 10th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Amid a dustup

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