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Trump Press Secretary Doubles Down on Voter Fraud Claim


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After being repeatedly pressed about President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims that "millions" of people voted illegally in the presidential election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer left the door open to a possible investigation into the claims during a press briefing Tuesday.On Monday, Trump said during a meeting with congressional leaders in the White House, that "3 to 5 million illegals" voted, according to two Democratic aides who spoke on condition of

Two Unsubstantiated Claims Made by Trump Since He Became President


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump made multiple unsubstantiated claims during the presidential campaign, and he has not stopped doing so since he assumed the presidency.President Trump is five days into his term and there have been at least two instances in which he made statements that have not been backed up by any evidence.The first was one about the size of the crowd at his inauguration -- a topic that has raised questions for White House press secretary Sean Spicer as well. The second re

Trump Moves to Advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump used his second weekday in office to sign memoranda aimed at advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which pleased supporters of the projects and brought immediate condemnation from environmentalists and other opponents.Trump said as he signed one of the memoranda, "This is with regard to the construction of the Keystone pipeline, something's that's been in dispute ... We'll see if we can get that pipeline built. A lot of job

Trump Signs Actions to Advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump used his second weekday in office to sign actions aimed at advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines as well as to streamline regulations for infrastructure building and for manufacturing."Something's that's been in dispute and is subject to a renegotiation of terms by us," Trump said of the Keystone XL pipeline before signing an executive action. "We'll see if we can get that pipeline built. Lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great cons

A Look at Trump's Cabinet Nominees


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Before taking office, Donald Trump and his transition team managed to fill each Cabinet position, checking off one of the top priorities in the transition process by staffing the incoming administration.At a Jan. 19 press conference, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, "I'm proud to be at a place where we've named our entire cabinet before we reach that historic day tomorrow."More than 170 people interviewed for a position in the Trump administration prior

Ryan Invites Trump to Address Joint Session of Congress


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has invited President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28.Ryan made the announcement during a GOP leadership press conference Tuesday morning."With this unified Republican government, we have a unique opportunity to deliver results to the American people. And in the days and weeks, we look forward to laying out more of our agenda," said Ryan."To that end, I am inviting President Trump to address a joint

Trump Asks James Comey to Stay on as FBI Director


FBI(WASHINGTON) — FBI Director James Comey has told top FBI officials that President Donald Trump asked him to stay on as head of the bureau. Comey told officials on a conference call in recent days.Asked about the report today by ABC News, Trump had no comment. The White House has not responded to ABC News' inquiries about the news.Comey was appointed by Barack Obama in 2013 for a 10-year term, but his future at the FBI came into question after his handling of the FBI probe into former Se

Judge Neil Gorsuch Emerges as Leading Contender for Supreme Court


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process.Gorsuch, 49, is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by voice vote. He would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in about 25 years.Gorsuc

Trump Repeats Unsubstantiated Claim About Voter Fraud During Election


ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump has repeated the unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, a claim that he used after the election to justify his loss of the popular vote, Democratic and Republican sources told ABC News."Serious" voter fraud and a "rigged" system were themes of Trump's campaign, both in the primaries and general election, assertions that carried past Election Day. Trump, who has made a series of unsubstantiated or false claims,

Trump's HHS Nominee Returns to Capitol Hill


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and spearhead the administration's healthcare reform, will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday for his official confirmation hearing.Democrats sharply questioned the Georgia Republican in a courtesy hearing last week about his plans for Obamacare, entitlement reform and a number of health-related stock trades he executed while working on legislation &mdash

Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA Director


Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump's pick for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), has been confirmed.The Senate voted 66-32 in favor of Pompeo, including 15 Democrats, while the only Republican to vote against confirmation was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).Some Democrats are worried about the new CIA head's support for the National Security Agency's phone surveillance of American citizens. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he had some "serious concerns" about Pompeo because he "c

Trump Foreign Profits in Violation of Constitution, Suit Claims


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Two days after staff at Donald Trump’s Washington hotel dropped balloons and popped champagne corks to salute his inauguration, America’s first billionaire President was put on notice – he is being sued because of profits that the hotel and other businesses earn from foreign governments.“The founders of our country were so worried about foreign governments paying cash and giving other benefits to an American president, and the distortion that can h

Democrats Challenge Trump's Right to Lease DC Hotel Building


Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democrats in Congress are challenging President Donald Trump’s right to continue to lease the historic Old Post Office Pavilion for his Washington, D.C. hotel, citing a line in the agreement that prohibits elected officials from profiting off a government lease.“President-elect Trump announced during his nationally televised press conference on January 11 that he refuses to divest his ownership interests in his companies, and he took the oath

President Trump Signs 3 Presidential Memoranda, Pulls US From TPP


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump signed three presidential memoranda this morning, taking immediate action on at least one main campaign promise.One presidential memorandum called for the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fulfilling a promise made on the campaign trail in a move he says will help American businesses."Great thing for the American worker, what we just did," Trump said as he signed that presidential memorandum at the Resolute desk in

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: 'Our Intention Is Never to Lie'


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that he believes that his job is to be honest with the public but "sometimes we can disagree with the facts but our intention is never to lie.""There are certain things that we may -- we may not fully understand when we come out but our intention is never the lie to you," he said.Monday's news conference is the first time Spicer is taking reporters' questions since the inauguration. On Saturday, he appeared in the briefing room

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