Trump instructs Kelly to get Russiagate docs released to Congress

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President Trump left a Monday meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with an agreement on future steps to facilitate the release of Russia-probe documents to Congress.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the men “agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.”

House Intelligence Committee Republicans led by chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., have sought unsuccessfully to see certain documents on the FBI’s probe of possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia, including on its use of an informant.

In addition to plans for a Kelly-organized meeting, Trump left the meeting with reassurance that the Justice Department’s inspector general would review whether there was politically motivated infiltration or surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein asked the inspector general to review the matter Sunday afternoon, following a tweet from Trump that he would “officially” ask “that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes.”

Trump, Wray, and Rosenstein were joined in the meeting by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana.

“Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” Sanders said in her statement.

Following initial reports of an FBI informant linked to his campaign, Trump wrote on Twitter last week that it would be “bigger than Watergate” if there was an “embedded informant” on the campaign, and tweeted, “Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign.”

Subsequent reporting indicated the informant was a Cambridge University professor, who was not embedded in the campaign but sought out meetings with campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, and with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis.

The inspector general review of the matter will accompany an ongoing probe launched in March regarding the FBI’s use of an opposition research dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele to get a 2016 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order to surveil Page.

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Mark Kelly: Trump Rolled Over For NRA, Did Nothing About Guns After Parkland

Former astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of shooting survivor and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), accused President Donald Trump Friday of capitulating to the National Rifle Association after the Parkland school shooting and doing nothing for America’s children.

After a shooter killed 10 people Friday in Santa Fe, Texas, the president “talked about how it’s been going on too long,” Kelly told Anderson Cooper on CNN. “I think we all know that,” he added.

Trump promised big changes after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.

Trump “spoke very pointedly to a number of U.S. senators and said that they were scared of the NRA and maybe he would have to be the person [to strengthen] background checks,” Kelly said. “That was Tuesday. By Thursday, he’d completely lost interest. And about two months later, he was the speaker at the NRA convention in Dallas.”

Cooper referred to a statistic reported Friday by The Washington Post that more people have been killed in U.S. schools this year than people serving in the military.

Kelly responded: “It’s ridiculous that these kids have to live in a country, these kids in Santa Fe or in Parkland or 22 other places around the country just this year alone, that they have to assume that kind of risk when they go to school.”

He added: “To see our elected leaders do nothing over and over again, it’s just an incredibly sad situation.”

Check out the rest of what Kelly had to say in the video above.

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John Kelly’s Scathing Criticism of ‘Vicious’ Press on NPR Left on the Cutting-Room Floor

JOHN BURNETT: So what’s harder — commanding Marines in a combat zone in Iraq or bringing order to the Trump White House?

JOHN KELLY: Working in the White House is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, bar none.

BURNETT: Talk about that.

KELLY: Well, first, with all due respect to people like yourselves, I was not ready for the press that covers a White House. All of my time, and you remember it a little bit, I think, we were pretty good to you guys. We had a good team effort going in the field. When I was working in the Pentagon at a higher level, senior level the Pentagon press corps were really good to work with. I mean they, they seldom wrote or did the story you wanted to read, naturally, but they were really professional in trying to get the accurate aspect of every story. It wasn’t personal. It was pretty professional. And I still call some of them … good acquaintances. This is vastly different. This is — it’s personal, it’s vicious. …

I did my first off the record [interview] — that was immediately violated. But after about six weeks in a job one of the reporters said to me, “Look you were our worst nightmare. This place was a clown show before you showed up. We didn’t think this president would last a year [or] 18 months. Now that you’re here, there’s order to the place. The leaks all but went away. So, sorry but you got to go.” So here I am, sitting, still here.

BURNETT: With your background valuing chain of command and military discipline, do you feel like you’ve brought some discipline and integrity to this inner circle?

They overstate that, press covers that a lot. Again, I don’t mean to be too hard on the press but they — I know everything. Right? And so when I read the press accounts of what’s going on here, I say, “gee, how could they have gotten that that wrong?” So I think the press, and maybe it’s because only certain people talk and those people maybe leak or are sources — and maybe those people aren’t as honorable as they should be. But when I read what they write, I think to myself they may have had some low-level source and that’s — and to write a story like that — whatever “that” is for a major newspaper like the Post or the Times — to base it on almost rumor strikes me as being a little bit — not the way to do business.

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Kelly Clarkson to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Kelly Clarkson has a busy spring planned. She is set to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards when it moves to its new home on NBC on May 20. The powerhouse singer and “The Voice” coach took to her social media (April 16) to not only celebrate “The Voice” going live but to make the announcement she was asked to host. Clarkson has received dozens of awards in her near 16-year career and has presented her peers with awards but this is new territory for the three-time Grammy winner.

Since her career began with her very first song, Clarkson has had a significant presence on the Billboard charts. Her “American Idol” inaugural hit “A Moment Like This” broke the record set by the Beatles for the fastest jump to No. 1 – an honor she’s landed twice and still holds the record (“My Life Would Suck Without You” would jump from No. 97-1 in 2009).

Albums Thankful (2003), All I Ever Wanted (2009) and Piece by Piece (2015) have reached No. 1 on the Top 200 Albums chart while she’s had three Hot 100 No. 1s – the aforementioned tunes and 2012’s single “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Clarkson’s latest album Meaning of Life debuted at No. 2 in 2017.

Kelly Clarkson currently holds the record for most top 10s on the Adult Top 40 chart proving just how important her catalog is to adult radio. Recently, Clarkson scored her 101st No. 1 across any chart when single “Love So Soft” would hit No. 1 on the dance chart. Her most recent single “I Don’t Think About You” has peaked at No. 16 on Adult Top 40 and has climbed to No. 28 on Adult Contemporary.

As the newest coach on “The Voice,” Clarkson has been able to show a broader audience her bubbly and outspoken personality fans have loved for over a decade and she’s bound to bring laughter to the Billboard Music Awards when it airs at 8:00 p.m. on May 20. Check out Kelly Clarkson’s announcement below.

Related: 10 greatest moments in the history of the Billboard Music Awards

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John Kelly threats to quit after blow up at Trump in Oval Office meeting

John Kelly


White House Chief of Staff John Kelly threatened to quit on March 28, according to sources familiar with the events.

What I’m hearing: Kelly blew up at Trump in an Oval Office meeting that day, and while walking back to his office muttered he was going to quit. Sources said it was not related to the David Shulkin firing that happened the same day.

A senior administration official said that calling it a threat was “probably too strong, it was more venting frustration.” Kelly often says he doesn’t have to be there and didn’t seek the job originally.


  • Kelly packed up some personal belongings, though I’m told that wasn’t necessarily because he was walking out.
  • He was fired up enough that colleagues got allies to call in to calm him down.
  • At one point DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen – perhaps the person in the administration he trusts most – came over to talk him off the ledge.

Context: Kelly has verbally threatened to quit more than once over the past eight months.

Why it matters: Very few people inside this White House feel secure or satisfied, given the wild, unpredictable mood and policy changes of Trump. Kelly months ago restored some order and sanity to the place but most of that is gone.

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President Trump blasts report on Chief of Staff John Kelly losing power

The president said a recent Washington Post report on his Chief of Staff is “just another hit job” on Twitter, publicly defending John Kelly amid speculation over his future in the administration.

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