DW: Republicans in Congress, aside from the verbal admonishments, have not exactly been trying very hard to rein President Trump in, have they? Should they finally step up now after the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Christine Todd Whitman: Congress should play its role. Congress, [the House] and the Senate have roles to play and they abdicated those in many instances. They are the third body of the tripartite government and they need to start acting like it. But it seems to have almost become a cult of personality and they don't dare take him on. But they have a role. They are the brakes [on an unchecked executive branch]. If they see behavior that they feel is not in the best interest of the country as a whole or is undermining the basic statutes and laws of our country, they should speak up — more than speak up, they should take some action. Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman served as EPA chief under President George W. Bush … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s GOP loyalists like a ‘cult of personality,’ says ex-governor
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Deutsche Bank and several other banking institutions were subpoenaed on Monday by two US House of Representatives committees investigating President Donald Trump's finances. The House's Intelligence and Financial Services committees issued subpoenas to the German lender — as well as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup — seeking information about Trump's business dealings and possible Russian money laundering. "The potential use of the US financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern. The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible," Financial Services Committee chair Maxine Waters said in a statement. Read more: German regulators breathing down Deutsche Bank's neck over money laundering The subpoenas mark a renewed push by Democratic leaders to collect information on the president's finances and that of the Trump Organization … [Read more...] about Democrats subpoena Deutsche Bank over Trump’s finances
A US judge handed George Papadopoulos a 14-day prison sentence on Friday, noting that the former campaign adviser to US President Donald Trump had "lied in an investigation that was important to national security." Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries. He is the first campaign aide to be sentenced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 election campaign of then-Republican candidate Trump. "I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself," Papadopoulos told the federal court in Washington. "I made a dreadful mistake but I am a good man." Read more: What you need to know about the Mueller investigation Light sentence Government prosecutors had demanded a prison sentence of up to six months, saying that Papadopoulos' lies had impeded their investigation and that his efforts to cooperate were "at best begrudging." Judge Randolph … [Read more...] about Trump aide jailed for lying to FBI in Russia probe
With less than a week to go before the 2019 general election , Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are going head-to-head one last time. The Tory and Labour leaders are set to participate in an election debate tonight, just six days before the UK goes to the polls to choose a new government. It will be the last live TV debate before the general election, and the last scheduled meeting between the two main party leaders. Corbyn and Johnson previously took part in the ITV leaders debate , which took place last month. Here's everything you need to know about the BBC leaders' debate tonight: What time is the BBC debate? The BBC leaders' debate is tonight (Friday 6 December) on BBC One at 8:30pm. It will also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer , the BBC News website, BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sounds app. On Monday 9 December, the BBC will air a 90 minute Question Time special in which a representative from each major party will face questions from an audience of under-30s. It has not yet … [Read more...] about General election: What time is the BBC’s leaders debate tonight?
Although Democrats made electoral gains in Tuesday's midterm elections, officials in Germany and other European Union countries said they do not believe the results will prompt a change in US President Donald Trump's approach to foreign policy. "It would be a mistake to expect a course correction from Donald Trump now," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. He emphasized that the United States remains Germany's closest partner outside of Europe, but in order to maintain that partnership he said, "We will have to recalibrate and adjust our relationship with the USA." The Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's polls, but Trump's Republicans strengthened their grip on power in the Senate. The transatlantic coordinator for the German government, Peter Beyer, was also skeptical that Tuesday's election results will ease Europe's worries, particularly since NATO matters and international trade are under the jurisdiction of the … [Read more...] about Germany, Europe see little hope for Trump policy change after US midterm election