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Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.
President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he has answered questions in writing that were submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, but he hasn’t turned them over to Mueller’s team yet.
During his show “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on Thursday evening, the Fox News host baselessly claimed that “millions of illegal immigrants” had crossed the U.S. border to come to America and vote in the midterms and “having an immense impact.”
Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has had around-the-clock security provided by the U.S. Marshals Service since she was confirmed in February 2017, a service that will cost taxpayers $19.8 million by September 2019, NBC News reported.
Despite months-long pushback from President Trump’s attorney regarding if and how Trump will answer special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump and “everyone around him” have been “nothing but 100 percent compliant” with Mueller’s investigation.
Despite his arrest over an alleged domestic violence incident Wednesday evening, attorney Michael Avenatti — who rose to prominence representing porn actress Stormy Daniels against President Trump — is “still considering” a 2020 bid for president, USA Today reported.
Mick Mulvaney, who juggles duties as the head of the Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, now has his sights set on a new role within the administration: Secretary of Commerce, Politico reported.
During a meeting with Republican leadership on Thursday, President Trump indicated he wanted to avoid a government shutdown, but would not commit to signing a funding bill that didn’t include the $5 billion he wants for his border wall, The Washington Post reported.
Senate Republicans are publicly urging President Trump to nominate someone to permanently replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general soon in hopes that a nominee would quell bipartisan concern over the future of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, Politico reported.
The White House Correspondents Association on Thursday joined the chorus of media outlets and press advocates that have filed amicus briefs in support of CNN in its suit against the White House for revoking correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials after he sparred with President Trump.