The Justice Department had warned the White House weeks ago that Michael Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Russian officials before Trump took power on January 20.
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Jared Kushner, married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is taking the post after receiving legal counsel that doing so would not violate the anti-nepotism law.
Trump had come under fire from his frequent sparring partner, Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, for including lobbyists on his transition team.
Hillary Clinton’s bout of pneumonia has shed light on the conditions that candidates and their entourages face while campaigning.
The New York businessman used a speech on the economy to try to turn the page after a week of missteps in which he came under heavy criticism, including from some in his own party.
Trump’s flippancy worries his supporters, as favour for Clinton steadily rises.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was furious over the failure to endorse Ryan and over Trump’s feud with the Khan family, two Republican sources said.
Trump, in a public statement, urged Russia to find Clinton’s missing emails while denying any personal connection to Russian President Putin.