Feb 14, 2018 - Politics

Trey Gowdy: House Oversight has launched Porter investigation

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Image

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told CNN Wednesday that the House Oversight Committee launched an investigation last night into the Trump administration's handling of the domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

“You can call it official. You can call it unofficial. I'm going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer. And if they don't answer them, then they're going to need to give me a really good reason.”
— Gowdy on "New Day" CNN

Why it matters: The White House has been in hot water for their handling of Porter's exit — specifically what they knew and when. Yesterday, FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted the White House, which still can't get it's story straight, on the Porter timeline. Now Congress is taking the matter into its own hands.

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Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

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We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.

Huawei threatens America's closest relationship

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is inching toward a decision that could profoundly harm the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States under President Trump.

Driving the news: Johnson is expected to decide, as soon as this week, whether to defy Trump's request that he ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from the U.K.'s 5G wireless network.