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How Trump May Have Covered Up Hush Payment Scheme

VOA News/Masood Farivar CAPITOL HILL — It barely registered with lawmakers during disgraced lawyer Michael Cohen's dramatic congressional testimony Wednesday about President Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and his first year in office. But in what could spell a major legal headache for Trump, House Democrats are investigating whether the president hid from government ethics officials hundreds of thousands of dollars he paid Cohen as part of a scheme to silence porn star Stormy Daniels about her allegations that she and Trump had an affair years before. The investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform…
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Trump Unhappy with Border Barrier Deal Lawmakers Crafted

VOA News/Michael Bowman & Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is not pleased with the agreement lawmakers reached for limited new barrier construction along the border, but that he does not foresee another partial government shutdown over the dispute. "I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled," Trump told a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "It's not doing the trick." Yet the leader suggested he would sign legislation that includes $ billion to build 88 kilometers of new fencing at the border, about a quarter of the $ billion he wanted for a wall. The…
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Trump Speech Stokes Allies’ Fears Over US Troop Withdrawal

VOA News/Henry Ridgwell allies have given a cautious welcome to the announcement of a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to be held later this month in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang. The planned meeting was the major foreign policy announcement Tuesday in President Trump’s State of the Union address. He said the rapprochement with Pyongyang, which began with a summit in Singapore last June, was a major success of his presidency. “Nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” Trump told lawmakers and…
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A Complicated Path to Denuclearization as Trump-Kim Summit Nears

VOA News/Steve Miller SEOUL — Despite the Trump administration asserting there’s been ongoing progress in talks with North Korea over its commitment to denuclearize, it is unclear what has been achieved ahead of the announced summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Bruce Klinger, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, says “that while some speculate that behind the scenes there had been quiet successes between the two sides, in reality, that really hasn't been the case.” North Korea’s denuclearization process has been stalled for months with little signs of outward progress, despite a call by South…
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Economic Fallout Mounts as US Government Shutdown Continues

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas The White House has doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost because of the partial government shutdown, now in a record 26th day with no end in sight to President Donald Trump's standoff with opposition Democrats over his demand for taxpayer money to build a barrier at the southern border with Mexico. Kevin Hassett, the chairman of Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, said Tuesday the country's robust economy has already lost a half percentage point from the shutdown, during which 800,000 government workers have been furloughed or forced to work without…
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Trump Downplays Payments to Women Who Alleged Affairs With Him

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump sought Monday to diminish allegations he directed his lawyer to criminally violate campaign finance laws by making $280,000 in payments to two women to remain silent before the 2016 election about alleged affairs with said on Twitter the payments made by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, were "a simple private transaction," and that opposition Democrats and federal prosecutors "wrongly call it a campaign contribution, which it was not." The leader said that “...even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE," comparing it to campaign finance violations committed in 2008 by…
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CGRS Condemns President Trump’s Speech Against Asylum Seeker Families

CGRS Condemns President Trump’s Speech Against Asylum Seeker Families   San Francisco, CA (November 1, 2018) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) condemns President Trump’s shameful fearmongering against asylum seekers. In a plan announced today, Trump proposes shutting down asylum to individuals who arrive between ports of entry and massively increasing detention of asylum seekers in tent cities—even for children.   “President Trump’s vilification of asylum seekers is disgraceful. Mothers, fathers, and children peacefully seeking safe haven from the humanitarian crisis in Central America have a right to access our asylum system,” said CGRS Director Karen Musalo. “They…
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Reed Calls for U.S. to Step Up Probe into Whereabouts of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a resident, who was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, and whom human rights officials and Turkish government officials believe may have been murdered there: “I am deeply disturbed by the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi government’s alleged role. “If these allegations are proven, the Trump Administration must hold Saudi Arabia and anyone else involved accountable. “President Trump must also recognize that his repeated…
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Reed Statement on Pentagon Postponing Trump’s Military Parade

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after skyrocketing cost estimates led the Department of Defense to announce that the military parade requested by President Trump that was slated to take place the fall is being postponed for at least a year, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a former Army Ranger and the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), issued the following statement: “Halting this costly idea is the right call.  It would have diverted resources and manpower from core missions. “I know President Trump really wants to lead a big military parade past his hotel, but a real leader wouldn’t put his…
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Terms of Trump-Mueller Interview Still Being Negotiated

WHITE HOUSE — Fifteen months since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to head the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump are still negotiating over what questions investigators can ask the president. News reports Wednesday quoted the president's lawyers as saying they are trying to narrow the scope of Mueller's questions by declining to allow the president to answer questions about possible obstruction of justice. In an interview with CNN, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers on the case, said the team is sending a new letter today with a counteroffer. Giuliani…
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