Meeting with his cabinet on Wednesday, President Donald Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the United States intelligence community, contradicting his Tuesday attempts to clarify the Helsinki summit.
“Is Russia still targeting the United States?” a reporter asked Trump.
“No,” Trump replied, taking the side of the Kremlin over the conclusions of the intelligence community that Russia is currently meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.
“I would expect that there are going to be meetings about how they will clarify those comments again,” White House correspondent Kristen Welker predicted.
“The bottom line, the president yet again appearing to break with the findings of his own intelligence community,” Welker reported.
“For him, this becomes very personal,” she continued. “And that’s part of why you see him continually trying to turn the page and frankly, sweep this under the rug.”
JUST IN: President Trump said "no" when asked by reporters if Russia is still meddling in U.S. elections.
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There should be universal ‘dismay and disgust’ at Roger Stone’s actions: Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Judge Amy Berman Jackson delivered quite the lecture to Trump ally Roger Stone during his sentencing hearing on Thursday.
Shortly before sentencing the longtime right-wing dirty trickster, Jackson delivered a blistering condemnation of Stone's efforts to lie to investigators and intimidate witnesses, all to cover up the truth about his efforts to make contact with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election.
"The defendant lied about a matter of great national and international significance," she said. "This is not campaign hijinks. This is not just Roger being Roger."
She also expressed astonishment that anyone would be calling for Stone to be pardoned despite being convicted on seven counts that included perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. She also said that Stone's assault on the truth was "a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy."
Democrats back out hunting for votes after bruising debate
Democratic presidential candidates hit the campaign trail on Thursday after a bruising debate that saw billionaire Michael Bloomberg take a pummelling from his rivals.
"Worst debate performance in history!" crowed President Donald Trump of the former New York mayor's first debate appearance since joining the race in November.
Bloomberg, who has surged in the polls behind hundreds of millions of dollars of spending on television, radio and online ads, was the target of unrelenting attacks all night from the other five candidates on the Las Vegas stage.
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
Donald Trump's longtime aide Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday in a case that has caused a stir in Washington following meddling by the US president and his attorney general.
Stone received a sentence of 40 months in prison.
Stone, one of the Republican leader's allies and "oldest friends," was convicted in November of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to cheat in the 2016 election.
Just 10 days ago, four US prosecutors asked a judge to sentence the former political consultant to between seven and nine years in jail. Trump chimed in via his favorite method of communication -- Twitter -- to denounce what he called a "miscarriage of justice."