‘NOTHING TO SEE HERE’: WHITE HOUSE REJECTS CALLS FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ON COMEY FIRING

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House is rejecting calls from Democrats to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

During Monday’s daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said there was “no need” to appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether Comey was fired as a result of the investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

“There is no need for a special prosecutor. There are two congressional committees and the FBI is conducting their own review,” said Spicer.

A growing number of Democrats have been rallying for the appointment of a special prosecutor since last week’s announcement that president Trump had notified Comey that his services were no longer needed, although Comey had been the target of Democrats themselves ever since his announcement just before the election that the FBI director had reopened the agency’s probe into then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Many Democrats, including Clinton herself, claimed Comey’s announcement on the reopening of the investigation played a direct role in the former Secretary of State’s November loss to president Trump.

“This is a process that’s working exactly as it should,” Spicer said. “There’s frankly no need for a special prosecutor.”

When pushed for comment on whether or not the White House’s decision to avoid use of a special prosecutor may lead to push back from Democrats when the president chooses Comey’s replacement, Spicer essentially said that Democrats would just need to get over it.

“If you look at what Acting Director [Andrew] McCabe said last week, he said they have the resources they need and their work continues,” Spicer said.

“It’s at what point, you have a House and Senate, a House committee, a Senate committee, the FBI (investigating),” Spicer said. “I don’t understand why you need additional resources when you have three entities.”

Spicer also added that despite speculation to the contrary, the operation to find a replacement for Comey is running “completely as it should,” and being overseen by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — whose letter to the president on Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case was cited by the White House as cause for his removal.

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IS SPICER NEXT TO GO? WHITE HOUSE SOURCES SAY PRESS SECRETARY PRESIDENT’S LATEST TARGET AS TRUMP ATTEMPTS TO DRAIN THE SWAMP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House press secretary Sean Spicer may be the next to go as president Donald Trump attempts to rid his cabinet of “establishment” high rollers.

According to a report published by Infowars on Thursday, Spicer could be fired as early as next week as Trump carries out his campaign promise to “drain the swamp”.

The report comes just days after the ultra conservative White House spokesman was reportedly sent to the sidelines amid concerns by Trump that he had become overwhelmed by his high pressure role.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has been called in to step in for Spicer as the president is said to be contemplating his next move. Officially, the White House says Spicer is absent due to a previously scheduled assignment related to his Navy Reserve duty at the Pentagon (http://www.thewrap.com/sean-spicer-skip-comey-press-briefing-sarah-huckabee-sanders-white-house/), but sources say the interim departure couldn’t have come at a better time.

Spicer has come under fire in recent weeks after a series of contentious encounters with members of the left leaning press press left him shaken and visibly angry. During one occasion in early May, the press secretary made headlines after walking out on a scheduled press conference where he refused to answer, or even acknowledge, certain members of the media (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/reporters-erupt-when-spicer-ends-press-conference-without-taking-questions/article/2621911).

On other occasions, Spicer allowed his anger to get the best of him and engaged in a series of back and forth banters with members of the White House press corps. During one heated exchange in March with American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan, Spicer, borrowing from his Trump’s attack on “fake news”, quipped “I appreciate your agenda here. … At some point, report the facts”. The blow up came after Ryan attempted to corner Spicer on the ongoing allegations of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

According to the Infowars report, Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who Trump previously considered for the role as White House spokesperson, is among Trump’s top picks to replace Spicer.

Despite the innuendo that Spicer’s career may be the next to follow the fate of former FBI director James Comey, who was fired by Trump earlier this week, a White House spokesperson says the recent speculation about Spicer’s future is baseless.

“Sean has always taken his Navy duties very seriously,” said a White House spokesperson when reached for comment. “So when he says he’s on duty, he’s on duty. There’s nothing more to it than that.”

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PREPPING FOR WAR: NORTH KOREA HOLDS ‘LIVE FIRE’ DRILLS AS U.S. BATTLE SHIP DRAWS NEAR

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — North Korea on Tuesday conducted a mass live-fire drill that reportedly involved up to 400 artillery pieces under the supervision of leader, Kim Jong Un. The drill is just the latest indication that the rogue state is preparing to launch a preemptive strike against the U.S., say military experts.

The drill comes on the heels of the approach of a nuclear-powered American submarine that is currently barreling toward the region.

As reported on Monday, the entire U.S. Senate has been called to the White House for an emergency briefing of the conflict (https://rebekahworsham.org/2017/04/24/brink-of-war-entire-senate-called-to-white-house-for-briefing-on-north-korea-as-rogue-state-warns-of-preemptive-strike/).

According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats are have cleared their schedule in order to update members of the Senate on the latest developments.

Meanwhile, China president Xi Jinping has warned Kim Jong Un that should war break out between the United States and North Korea, it will be Korea that suffers most.

In an editorial piece for the Global Times, a publication that is widely regarded as the official news source of the Communist Party, Chinese government officials wrote: “The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point.”

The warning continued that “it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return” and that “all stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses.”

Lu Kang, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, urged Kim Jung un to find a peaceful solution to the conflict before “it is too late”.

“The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is complicated and sensitive and the tension is high,” said Kang.“We urge all sides concerned to keep restrained and calm and refrain from taking actions that could escalate tensions.”

The aid of the Chinese government comes just weeks after president Donald Trump met with Xi Jinping and essentially told him that destruction of the United States was not in China’s best interests. “If we go down, our debt to you and the trillions that you make from us in foreign trade goes down with us,” Trump reportedly told Jinping.

Despite warnings from their Chinese neighbors, North Korea has seemingly remained defiant.

“There is no limit to the strike power of the People’s Army armed with our style of cutting-edge military equipment including various precision and miniaturised nuclear weapons and submarine-launched ballistic missiles,” a government spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday to a Pyongyang-based newspaper (https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0425/870024-donald-trump-wants-tougher-new-sanctions-on-north-korea/).

Trump on Tuesday said that “one way or another” North Korea’s nuclear weapons program must be stopped.

“North Korea is a big world problem,” said the president, “and it’s a problem we have to finally solve.”

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TRUMP STRIKES BACK: U.S. DROPS ‘MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS’ ON ISLAMIC STATE AFTER MARINE IS KILLED FIGHTING ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump ordered the drop of the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. military’s arsenal on Thursday in response to the death of a U.S. Marine.

The The MOAB — Massive Ordinance Air Blast — also known as the “Mother of All Bombs” was dropped on an ISIS tunnel complex in Nangarhar Province after a Green Beret was killed fighting ISIS there, a U.S. defense official has confirmed.

It was the first time the a 21,000-pound bomb had been utilized since it’s development in 2003.

“The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities,” the Pentagon said in a statement, referencing the term for the Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch.

In a statement from the White House, press secretary Sean Spicer said the strike targeted a “system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely.” Spicer added that the U.S. “took all precautions necessary” to minimize civilian casualties.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb at Trump’s direction, according to the sources.

Trump, during his presidential campaign, had famously vowed to “bomb the sh-t” out of ISIS if elected.

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HIS OWN BIGGEST FAN: RYAN PRAISES OBAMACARE REPEAL EFFORTS DESPITE REPUBLICAN CALLS FOR A DO OVER

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Wednesday praised the efforts of his team to repeal the embattled ObamaCare program despite criticism from many of of his own colleagues.

Mocking the replacement plan presented by Paul as “ObamaCare 2” and “ObamaCare Lite” many hard core conservatives are calling for a complete start over on the project, a move that Ryan calls unnecessary.

“We are in the fourth quarter of the House passing this bill which is the fourth committee—that’s when a lot of negotiations intensify near the end of the process,” Ryan told Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/22/ryan-voices-confidence-on-obamacare-repeal-as-conservatives-call-to-start-over.html). “This is called legislating—we have to broker compromises to make sure we draft legislation that can actually pass.”

“The president has been bringing members down and talking to members and closing the deal,” Ryan said. “This is so encouraging—we’ve never seen this kind of presidential engagement with our members before—President Trump and Vice President Pence are rolling up their sleeves.”

But conservatives say they are less than impressed.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, declared on Wednesday that at least 25 of his colleagues would reject Ryan’s health care plan, exceeding the 22 Republican “no” votes required to block the legislation.

“I can tell you that opposition is still strong—they don’t have the votes to pass this tomorrow,” Meadows said. “We believe that they need to start over and do a bill that actually reduces premiums.”

Ryan has scheduled a vote on the bill to be held this Thursday, but many Republicans are calling on Ryan to postpone the vote and go back to drawing board.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Wednesday during his daily press briefing that the president is confident that Republicans will work out a compromise.

Ryan told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday that he remains optimistic the bill will pass.

“We’ve got a promise to keep. We promised the American people we would repeal and replace this law. We have to do it for real, not for fake. For real,” Ryan said. “A real promise kept is one where we actually use the only process we have to actually repeal this law and so I believe at the end of the day, members are going to say ‘I am going to keep my promise to the people who voted for me, who sent me into office.’”

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TAPPING TRUMP: COMMUNICATIONS ‘INCIDENTALLY COLLECTED’ ON TRUMP DURING SURVEILLANCE, SAYS NUNES

WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped as part of a surveillance effort by the government just received some unexpected backing courtesy Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

Members of the intelligence community “incidentally collected” communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, Nunes, chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee, announced on Wednesday.

Nunes said the effort produced “dozens” of reports which ultimately unmasked several individuals’ identities and were “widely disseminated.”

“I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence,” Nunes said.

Nunes’ revelations support, at least in part, the president’s claims that he had been the subject of “wiretapping” at some point surrounding the election, a claim for which Democrats have widely criticized the president.

The White House was quick to respond upon hearing the news.

“There’s a lot of questions that I think his statement raises, and that I hope we can get to the bottom of,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the bombshell.

In another startling revelation, Nunes says the FBI has been less than cooperative in the investigation into the NSA’s surveillance of the Trump.

“We don’t actually know yet officially what happened to General Flynn,” Nunes said of how communications from former national security advisor Michael Flynn were leaked to the press. “We just know that his name leaked out but we don’t know how it was picked up yet. That was one of the things that we asked for in the March 15th letter, was for the NSA, CIA, and FBI to get us all the unmasking that was done.”

“And I’ll tell you, NSA is being cooperative,” Nunes continued, “but so far the FBI has not told us whether or not they’re going to respond to our March 15th letter which is now a couple of weeks old.”

When asked whether or not he had cause to believe that former president Barack Obama was behind the order to surveil Trump Nunes said that is a possibility he “cannot rule out”.

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TERROR IN LONDON: 4 DEAD AFTER KNIFE WIELDING ATTACKER WREAKS HAVOC OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

LONDON, ENGLAND — Four people, including a London police officer, are confirmed dead after a knife wielding suspect launched an attack outside the U.K.’s parliament on Wednesday. In addition to those killed, at least twenty others are confirmed injured, three of which are police officers.

London police were called to the Parliament building at around 2:40 p.m. local time (10:40 a.m. EST) in response to reports of a vehicle crashing into a crowd at Westminster Bridge.

Police say the driver of the vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, leapt from the car and began hacking passersby with a knife.

The attacker was shot by police and later confirmed dead.

Deputy Commisssioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley told reporters that all the information they’ve received leads them to believe that only one attacker was involved.

“Sadly, I can confirm that now four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting Parliament, and one man that we believe to be the attacker who was shot by police fire at the scene,” said Rowley. “We are satisfied at this stage that it looks like there was only one attacker. But it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.”

“This is the day we have planned for but we hoped would never happen,” Rowley continued. “Sadly, it’s now a reality.”

According to a spokesperson for the National Security Council, president Trump was briefed on the attack shortly after it occurred and immediately called British Prime Minister Theresa May where he offered his condolences.

In addition to offering his condolences, Trump promised May the full cooperation and support of the US government in “responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”

The US State Department echoed Trump’s support for the U.K. in a statement issued shortly after the attack.

“We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the statement.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also condemned the attack during his daily press briefing on Wednesday, and praised the quick response by police officials and first responders on the scene.

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