DNC launches lawsuit targeting Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and Russia

The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and the Russian Government. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges a conspiracy between high level Trump campaign members and the Russian government and spies to defeat the Democrat campaign. DNC Chairman Tom Perez released a statement alleging collusion…

Trump’s lawyer’s privacy claims over evidence attacked

A US prosecutor has attacked claims by Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, that many of the materials seized by the FBI this week from his office and home should remain private. Invoking attorney-client privilege, Mr Cohen argued that the materials seized as part of a criminal investigation contained sensitive material from his…

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fired two days before retirement

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Andrew McCabe from his former position as FBI Deputy Director, just two days before he was eligible to retire. Mr McCabe, who would have been eligible to retire on his 50th birthday in two days, was heavily involved in the investigations into Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in…

Australia exempt from Trump trade tariffs

US President Donald Trump has announced that Australia will be exempt from planned steel and aluminium import tariffs. The announcement came following discussions between Mr Trump and Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Trump will confirm the exemption through an executive order, which is yet to be released. The announcement was made on Twitter, with…

Trump to meet with Kim Jong-Un to discuss denuclearisation

US President Donald Trump is set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to discuss the possibility of denuclearisation, after a surprise invitation was sent to the US President. Relayed by South Korean national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, the invitation will set up the first meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader…

IMF, China, Europe critical of Trump’s plan to impose tariffs

Europe has joined the IMF and China in criticising Trump’s plan to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and  10% on aluminium, saying it could spark a trade war. European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned that this will lead to tariffs being imposed on American products like Harley Davidson, Levi’s Jeans and Kentucky bourbon. “If…

US to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

The US announced on Friday its plans to move the its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as part of US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. US President Donald Trump’s decision last December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused tension with Washington’s Arab allies as well as the European…

US charges Russians with tampering in US election, Trump claims vindication

US special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with attempting to influence the 2016 election campaign. Three Russian companies were also charged as part of the espionage conspiracy, which utilised social media trolling and other methods in an attempt to “sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016…

Stopgap bill ends second US Government shutdown this year

A stopgap funding bill was passed by the US House of Representatives and Senate, and signed into law by President Donald Trump in order to end the second government shutdown this year. Despite holding a majority in the House, the Republicans were unable to pass the bill due to 67 dissenting Republicans, including Rand Paul,…

Nunes memo released, claims FBI bias against Trump

The controversial Nunes memo has been released, alleging an abuse of power by the FBI in the investigation into Russia and the 2016 federal election. The document was released with Trump’s approval, despite a warning from the Department of Justice that it was a “reckless” act. The memo claims that the FBI relied on information…