Trump Ordered Mueller’s Firing

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Good Friday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, but ultimately backed down after the top White House lawyer threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.

  • The president proposed legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants in exchange for an end to decades of family-based migration policies, a costly border wall and a vast crackdown on other immigrants living in the country illegally.

  • Representative Patrick Meehan, Republican of Pennsylvania, facing backlash after revelations that he settled a sexual harassment complaint brought by a former aide, will not seek re-election this year.
  • In Davos, Mr. Trump sought to repair a diplomatic rift with Britain after several fractious episodes led to his cancellation of a London visit. He met with Prime Minister Theresa May and insisted that talk of discord was a false rumor.
  • A closely watched lawsuit claiming that Mr. Trump is violating the Constitution by failing to divorce himself from his businesses appeared to inch forward in a hearing before a federal judge in southern Maryland.

  • Victims’ rights and women’s rights groups sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying that rules that she issued to guide campuses on managing sexual assault complaints violated federal law and discriminated against accusers.

— The First Draft Team

White House Memo

Trump’s Impromptu News Conference: An Unplanned Drop-By or a Deliberate Dig?

By MAGGIE HABERMAN
John F. Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, with Nick Ayers, the chief of staff for the vice president. It is hard to discern how Mr. Kelly views his job, or his relationship with the president, beyond a sense of duty.

John F. Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, with Nick Ayers, the chief of staff for the vice president. It is hard to discern how Mr. Kelly views his job, or his relationship with the president, beyond a sense of duty. Al Drago for The New York Times

After hearing last week that President Trump had erupted in anger watching news clips of his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, telling a Fox News interviewer that the president’s view of a border wall was not “fully informed,” people around the White House wondered whether it was a mere blip, or a turning point in their relationship.
Some of the answer may have come on Wednesday evening in Mr. Kelly’s office.
To the surprise of the 20 or so reporters who were in the office, Mr. Trump dropped into a briefing on immigration that was only getting started. It was ostensibly just to say hello after Mr. Trump learned from Mr. Kelly that the session was taking place. Mr. Trump, despite his criticism of “fake news,” rarely misses a chance to speak with reporters.
The president boasted that he was eager to speak with Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. He emphasized his interest in a path to citizenship as a solution for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. He expressed joy about going to Davos, Switzerland.
The planned background briefing on immigration was abruptly called off after the president left.
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