Inside Trump - June 26th, 2019

Inside Trump (Jun 26th, 2019)

New Press Secretary / Mueller To Testify / House Passes Detention Center Aid


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1. President Trump has named Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady's communications director, and a longtime Trump aide, as the new White House press secretary. Grisham also will take up the position of White House communications director and will continue serving the FLOTUS in her new roles at the same time. She will replace Sarah Sanders when she steps down on June 28. - AL JAZEERA


2. Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly before two House committees on July 17. The news comes after the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees issued Mueller with subpoenas to appear before Congress. In response, President Trump once again attacked the Mueller investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" and a "hoax" in an interview with Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo. - ABC NEWS


3. The House has passed a $4.5 billion bill to send humanitarian aid to migrants in detention centers on the Southern border in response to reports about poor conditionsHowever, the White House has already promised to veto this version if it's approved by the Senate. In an interview, Trump said he's unhappy with it because "there's no money for protection, it's like we're running hospitals over there." The bill's approval comes after acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, John Sanders, also announced he will resign on July 5. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting head, Mark Morgan, will take his place. - NBC NEWS


4. The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee voted to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. The subpoena comes after Conway refused to attend a congressional hearing addressing allegations she violated the Hatch Act by making statements about political rivals and more. "Her conduct sent a false message to other federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act, or that senior officials are above the law," Henry Kerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, said. "I'm here to emphatically say that's not the case." - THE HILL


5. Trump's State Department chief of protocol, Sean Lawler, has been suspended indefinitely just ahead of the G-20 summit. An official says the Trump nominee is expected to submit his resignation after the summit is over. Lawler is currently under investigation over allegations of discrimination and harassment. Mary-Kate Fisher, the assistant chief of protocol, will attend the G-20 summit in his place. - USA TODAY


6. A federal judge gave congressional Democrats permission to collect financial records from Trump’s real estate company as evidence in their lawsuit against Trump. The lawsuit accuses the president of violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution with his private business dealings. Trump's lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to halt the case, but Sullivan refused. Sullivan told Democrats they can start collecting evidence from June 28 through September. - THE WASHINGTON POST


7. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman for allegedly 'knowingly and willfully' not filing a financial disclosure report after she was fired. Newman's attorney, John Phillips, says it is not true she did so willfully and accuses the White House of using "the Department of Justice to carry out retaliation." - CNN


8. President Trump threatened Iran "obliteration," adding that an attack on "anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force." His statements come after Iran said the White House's recent sanctions are "mentally retarded" and that doors to diplomacy are now permanently closed. - REUTERS


9. President Trump awarded Army Staff Sgt., David G. Bellavia the Medal of Honor for saving soldiers during Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, making him the award's first living recipient for the Iraq War. "David, today we honor your extraordinary courage, we salute your selfless service and we thank you for carrying on the legacy of American valor,” Trump said while handing out the medal. - TIME


10. VP Mike Pence rolled out the "Latinos for Trump" 2020 coalition on Tuesday as a part of a Trump 2020 reelection campaign bid to appeal to Latino voters. “I promise you from the first day of this administration, President Trump has been fighting for the values that are really synonymous with Hispanic and Latino immigrants [such as] hard work, faith, family, freedom, educational choice, and the American way," Pence told South Florida voters. - CBS


Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).


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