Stories by Lauren Meier

Trump praises Montana Republican who assaulted reporter

Speaking at a Montana campaign rally for GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte Thursday evening, President Trump told the crowd: "Any guy that can do a body slam, he is my type! ... I shouldn’t say that. You know, that’s nothing to be embarrassed about."

Flashback: Trump was referring to an incident last year in which Gianforte body slammed reporter Ben Jacobs and broke his glasses the night before Montana's election. Records later showed that Gianforte falsely told the police that Jacobs initiated physical contact with him.

White House counsel Don McGahn officially departs administration

Don McGhan at Trump tower
Don McGahn, White House Counsel to President-elect Donald Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Don McGahn, who spent almost two years as White House counsel and became a witness against the president in the Mueller investigation, has departed the Trump administration, the New York Times reports.

What's next: McGahn will be replaced by Washington litigator Pat Cipollone, as scooped by Axios' Jonathan Swan on Saturday. Trump had been looking for loyalty in his next White House Counsel, per Swan. He grew to loathe and distrust McGahn, and wanted somebody whom he felt would be unquestioningly "loyal" and who actually wanted the job. McGahn had been working "extensively" with Robert Mueller's team and had shared "detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart" of the special counsel's investigation.

First woman set to lead largest U.S. Army command

Laura J. Richardson. Photo: U.S. Army/Axios

For the first time in U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) history, a woman, Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, will lead 776,000 soldiers and 96,000 civilians in the biggest Army command, CNN reports.

The big picture: Richardson has broken the glass ceiling before with the military. In 2017, she became the first female deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, according to the Army, and in 2012 became the first female deputy commanding general of a maneuver division.