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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.
As of April 22, lawyers representing Trump and the Trump Organization are suing House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings in an effort to block a subpoena for the president’s financial records.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that at least 205 people have been killed in the battle for control of Libya’s capital, Tripoli. The violence started when Libyan military commander, Khalifa Hifter, and the Libyan National Army launched an offensive to take Tripoli from the control of the U.N. recognized government. The current government also said it would seek to prosecute Haftar in the International Criminal Court.
In a tweet posted on Saturday, President Trump claimed that the United States has “the absolute legal right” to send detained migrants at the border to sanctuary cities.
Earlier this week, the UN Human Settlements Program held a formal discussion on solutions to combat climate change. Notably, the program considered the prospect of sustainable floating cities.
On Tuesday, Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, announced to the Security Council that the threat of a nuclear weapon being used is “higher than it has been in generations.” The ominous announcement was made in a meeting held in support of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), in advance of the 2020 conference to review the accord.
On Monday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a statement containing accusations against the Trump administration made by the Adjudications Manager in the Personnel Security Office. The whistleblower, Tricia Newbold, told the Committee that her office denied several applications for security clearance only for them to be overturned.
The United Nations sent a team of investigators to the Mopti region of Mali following a raid this weekend, where more than 150 people were killed. The raid occurred on March 23 in the village of Ogossagou. Local officials and security sources say the death toll has reached 160, while the UN Human Rights Office estimates that 153 people were killed and 53 have been wounded.
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.