McConnell “plans to serve his full term” as GOP leader, spokesman says

Washington — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to serve his full term at the helm of the Republican conference, a spokesperson for the Kentucky senator said, dispelling questions about McConell’s future after he froze mid-sentence for several seconds during a press conference earlier this week. The spokesperson told CBS News that McConnell, 81, “appreciates … Read more

Ex-Trump lawyer says evidence against him ‘overwhelming’ in Mar-a-Lago case

Photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP A former Trump White House lawyer said the evidence against the former president over his handling of classified documents was now “overwhelming” and would “last an antiquity”, after new charges were filed in the case on Thursday. Related: Trump faces more charges in classified documents case as second aide named “I think … Read more

Trump says he handed over security tapes, denies wrongdoing after latest charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Donald Trump on Friday denied wrongdoing in his handling of security tapes sought by federal investigators, a day after prosecutors added new charges alleging the former president ordered employees at his Florida resort to delete the videos. Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said in an interview with conservative radio … Read more

Top US Senate Republican McConnell to stay in post through 2024 election-CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Top U.S. Senate Republican Mitch McConnell plans to remain in his leadership post through the 2024 elections, CNN reported on Friday, two days after the minority leader froze up for about 21 seconds while speaking to reporters. CNN, citing a statement from the Republican leader’s office, said the statement was silent on McConnell’s … Read more

Anti-vaxxer in chief? DeSantis elevates vaccine skepticism to marquee campaign issue

Sarah Galloway supports former President Donald Trump, but questions his approach to COVID-19 vaccines. “I didn’t take it, I don’t want my family to take it,” Galloway, who is married with three children, said of the COVID shot. Galloway wants Trump to emulate Gov. Ron DeSantis, who initially promoted the vaccines before voicing increasing skepticism … Read more

Ex-Trump Official Emphasizes Gravity Of Classified Docs

A former Trump administration official stressed the critical importance of protecting classified documents amid new charges against former President Donald Trump alleging he mishandled secret material after leaving office. Trump was charged Thursday with three additional felony counts in the Justice Department’s probe, adding to the 37 he was already facing. Two new charges stem from … Read more

Who polices the police? Federal probe in Memphis marks latest effort to reform law enforcement

The list of U.S. big-city police departments under federal scrutiny seems to keep growing: Chicago. Minneapolis. Louisville. Seattle and Phoenix. Now comes Memphis, where the Department of Justice announced Thursday a civil rights investigation into the city and its police force over alleged systemic use of excessive force and discrimination. The probe comes seven months … Read more

Biden orders changes to the military code of justice for sexual assault victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday will sign an executive order giving decisions on the prosecution of serious military crimes, including sexual assault, to independent military attorneys, taking that power away from victims’ commanders. The order formally implements legislation passed by Congress in 2022 aimed at strengthening protections for service members, who were … Read more