Trump Defies Sessions by Saying He Will ‘Probably’ Support Marijuana Bill

Before heading on a trip abroad that will take him to the G-7 summit in Canada on Friday, and then to Singapore to meet with Kim Jong-un early next Tuesday, President Trump hinted that he is likely to support a bill introduced Thursday that would protect state

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Trump Defies Sessions by Saying He Will ‘Probably’ Support Marijuana Bill

…read more

Source:: Rolling Stone – Latest Politics News

Breaking Down Robert Mueller’s Newest Indictments

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Paul Manafort, the longtime Republican strategist and disgraced former chairman of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, just got a lot stronger.

Mueller on Friday filed a new, superseding indictment that alleges Manafort and and one of Manafort’s partners in his multi-year lobbying

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Breaking Down Robert Mueller’s Newest Indictments

…read more

Source:: Rolling Stone – Latest Politics News

Senate Investigators May Have Found a Missing Piece in the Russia Probe

An ex-congressman has attracted scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary Committee, as it continues to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Curt Weldon, a Republican and former Pennsylvania congressman, lost his re-election campaign more than a decade ago following an FBI probe into his ties to two Russian companies. He has “connections to both Russia and the Trump campaign” that are raising suspicions among senators, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said. Feinstein is the committee’s ranking member, and wants to interview Weldon, the spokeswoman said.

The reasons for the committee’s interest in Weldon are murky, but his ties to Russia are significant. Members of Congress believe, for example, that Weldon may lead to answers about why the Trump administration sought to lift sanctions on Russia in the aftermath of the 2016 election despite a public statement by intelligence agencies that the Kremlin tried to help Trump win. Weldon may also have information about the role a Russian oligarch may have played in trying to influence the Trump administration—though Weldon denied this when I asked him about it.

Additionally, Weldon appears to have knowledge of a key instance in which a foreign national sought to influence the president through one of his closest advisers—a central theme of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s election interference.

At issue is the question of whether the president and his associates have sought to trade favors with foreign entities for personal gain. Mueller has been investigating, for example, whether Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, tried to use his position to repay old debts to a Russian oligarch, and whether Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have influenced Trump’s foreign-policy decisions based on their business interests. Mueller is …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Politics

Free the Weed: A New Bill Could End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation today that highlights the growing divisions within the Republican Party on the nation’s current patchwork of marijuana laws. The effort to allow states to decide their own marijuana policy potentially pits President Trump, who has voiced support for the state’s right to choose their own policy, against his own staunchly anti-marijuana

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Free the Weed: A New Bill Could End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

…read more

Source:: Rolling Stone – Latest Politics News