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Trump fires Tillerson, taps Pompeo as next secretary of state

Tillerson out, Pompeo in.President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed him, replacing his top diplomat ahead of a potential high-stakes sitdown between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Tillerson's departure follows months of tension between him and Trump. Gina Haspel, the current CIA deputy director, stands to take over the agency, Trump tweeted Tuesday morning

Ex-Trump Associate Outlines Decades of Spy Work for U.S.

Felis Sater worked as spy for US

Felix Sater, a felon and former business associate of President Donald Trump, claims he was a crucial informant on some of the largest U.S. intelligence efforts of the past two decades, including the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, North Korea nuclear weapons and an attempted assassination of George W. Bush.

In a statement worthy of a John LeCarre novel, Sater boasted of an astounding array of espionage achievements on behalf of the U.S. Questions continue to swirl about whether Sater is helping U.S. Special Robert Mueller investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. His statement, released Monday, doesn’t address that question.


White House officials alarmed at education secretary's '60 Minutes' performance

Betsy DeVos alarms WH with interviews

White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' struggle to answer basic questions about the nation's schools and failure to defend the administration's newly proposed school safety measures during a tour of television interviews Sunday and Monday, according to two sources familiar with their reaction.
Though DeVos was sworn in to her Cabinet position 13 months ago, she stumbled her way through a pointed "60 Minutes" interview with CBS' Lesley Stahl Sunday night and was unable to defend her belief that public schools can perform better when funding is diverted to the expansion of public charter schools and private school vouchers. At one point, she admitted she hasn't "intentionally" visited underperforming schools.

Qatar has evidence of UAE's 'illicit influence' on Kushner: report

UAE influence on Jared KushnerQatari officials obtained evidence of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) "illicit influence" on U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including top-level secret meetings but decided not to share it with U.S. Special Council Robert Mueller, NBC News reported Monday.

Qatari government officials who visited the United States earlier this year considered turning over information to Mueller that they believed demonstrated their neighbors in the Gulf were coordinating with Kushner to hurt Qatar, NBC News said, citing four people familiar with the matter.


Stormy Daniels offers to return 'hush agreement' money to speak freely

Stormy Daniels offers to returnsAdult film actress Stormy Daniels is offering to return the $130,000 payment she received from President Donald Trump's attorney in exchange for dissolving a so-called "Hush Agreement."

Last month, Michael Cohen said he paid $130,000 of his own money to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, ahead of the 2016 election in exchange for her silence regarding an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. Both Cohen and the White House have denied any sexual encounter between the President and Clifford.

White House proposes arming teachers, backpedals on raising age to buy guns

WH proposes arming teachersThe Trump administration on Sunday night proposed providing some school personnel with "rigorous" firearms training and backed a bill to improve criminal background checks on gun buyers, but backpedaled on the idea of increasing the minimum age to buy certain firearms -- a policy President Donald Trump had said he would support.

The proposals, which come more than three weeks after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, also include a plan to establish a commission chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that will recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention, including possible age restrictions on some firearms purchases.


US President Donald Trump reaches out to Bill Clinton's impeachment lawyer video

Emmet Flood, Clinton's impeachment lawyerThe White House has reached out to a veteran Washington lawyer with experience assisting US presidents under investigation to see if he would join the legal team helping President Donald Trump deal with the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A person familiar with the overture said Emmet Flood, a partner at the firm Williams and Connelly, met last week in the Oval Office with Trump to discuss the offer. The person said the discussions were preliminary. They were first reported by the New York Times.

Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer who had been leading Trump's response to the probe, has been predicting that special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is almost over.


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