UN| State department| White house monitoring
Breaking developments and situations in the United Nations, State Department and White House. Once a week, they produce an article that either synthesizes these perspectives or offers their own on a particular story dominating the news cycle. All content sourcing and creation is overseen by our editor, Ziva Juneja.
On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr presented Robert Mueller’s report to Congress, marking the conclusion of a two-year probe labeled as a “Witch Hunt” by President Trump. The report clears Trump of colluding with Russia during the 2016 Presidential election, but does not exonerate him of possible obstruction of justice charges.
More than 150 people, including at least 22 United Nations staffers, died as a result of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302’s sudden crash on Sunday.
Last week, the House voted to disapprove Trump’s national emergency declaration which was aimed at pressuring Congress to approve $3.6 billion in funding for the president’s southern border wall project
On Wednesday, Michael Cohen–Trump’s ex-lawyer and personal fixer of sorts–testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, calling the president “a con man, a cheat, and a racist.” While much of what Cohen revealed about Trump’s actions was not entirely surprising, the testimony is perhaps a reminder that this kind of conduct from a president should generate more concern.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) recently threatened to subpoena Robert Mueller’s report. Schiff also warned that he will have the special counsel testify before the House if the Trump administration attempts to bury it.
Trump declared a national emergency on February 15 in an attempt to finally be able to fulfill his campaign promise of building a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. While this may be considered a win for the administration and its supporters, lawmakers representing the opposition are now faced with a daunting situation: What does it entail to challenge the use of this executive power in such an unprecedented context?
In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe spoke openly about President Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. McCabe asserted that, at one point, Trump believed intelligence from Putin over American officials.
A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council has revealed that sanctions against North Korea for its nuclearization have proven ineffective, noting North Korea’s maintenance of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
In case you missed it, President Trump finally gave his second State of the Union address on Tuesday. The SOTU was originally scheduled for January 29, however, putting pressure on Trump to budge on the $5.7 billion demand for the border wall, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to the president saying that the “House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until the government has opened.”
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the White House announced that Ronny Jackson will serve as Assistant to President Trump and Chief Medical Advisor.
Roger Stone, former adviser to President Donald Trump, was arrested January 25 on charges of obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering–all related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. The indictment, which was declassified last week, even goes as far as to describe an incident where Stone allegedly instructed someone to act in the manner of a character from The Godfather: Part II.
Wednesday morning Federal Judge William Pauley sentenced Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, to three years in prison. The ruling comes after Cohen was sentenced and pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts in August. These counts included tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump. In addition to the three-year prison sentence, Pauley imposed $500,000 in forfeiture to Cohen and $1.39 million in restitution.
On Saturday, December 8, President Trump announced his Chief of Staff John F. Kelly’s intention to step down by the end of the year. Kelly was brought in last year to help Trump maintain order in the White House, but found the job to be increasingly difficult.
President George H.W. Bush’s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral was a somber event, yet the interactions between former presidents and spouses was pleasant–that is until President Trump walked in. Upon entering, Trump shook hands with former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle and promptly sat down without engaging with Bill or Hillary Clinton. It was noted that as Trump arrived, Hillary Clinton did not turn his way.
On Wednesday, November 28, the United Nations observed its International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – an annual event focused on promoting the inalienable rights of Palestinians. Among those who spoke at the meeting was former CNN political contributor, Marc Lamont Hill. The next day, CNN said that it had severed all ties with him.
This Sunday, a federal judge denied a bid to delay the scheduled prison sentence of George Papadopoulos. Instead, the former Trump campaign aide will begin serving a two-week jail term today.