Author: Zach Schonfeld

China launches more drills after US lawmakers’ visit to Taiwan

China announced on Monday it was once again organizing military drills in the waters and airspace around Taiwan after a five-member U.S. delegation landed on the island. Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command, said the drills would involve troops from multiple branches and are a “solemn deterrent”…

Energy secretary expects gas prices to fall further

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday projected an ongoing decline in gas prices to continue but expressed uncertainty given potential changes in global events that would impact supply levels. In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with guest anchor Brianna Keilar, Granholm cited a recent short-term outlook from the Energy Information Administration (EIA)…

White House pushes back on notion of DOJ politicization: ‘This is not true’

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Sunday pushed back on Republicans who are vocally accusing the Biden administration of politicizing the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) for searching former President Trump’s Florida property last week. “This is not about politicizing anything,” Jean-Pierre told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl. “That is not true…

Lawmakers condemn Trump, GOP attacks on FBI after Mar-a-Lago search

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle urged their colleagues on Sunday to tamp down recent attacks levied against the FBI following its search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Trump allies have portrayed the unprecedented search — which included the seizure of 11 sets of classified documents as part of the agency’s investigation into…

Presidential historian: Way Trump obtained, kept classified material is unprecedented

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss on Sunday said former President Trump’s handling of classified documents after he left office did not align with the actions taken by his predecessors. “We have never in history seen a former president take ultra-classified documents, stick them in his basement, loosely watched by government standards, and with the shadow of…

Trump calls for return of privileged documents reportedly seized at Mar-a-Lago

Former President Trump on Sunday called on the FBI to return documents reportedly seized at Mar-a-Lago that are protected by attorney-client and executive privileges. “Oh great!” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material, and also ‘executive’…

McCaul calls Trump rhetoric after Mar-a-Lago search ‘inflammatory’

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Sunday said Americans deserve more details on what led to the FBI’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, but he expressed concern over some recent rhetoric from Trump attacking the agency. “There is something like a healthy skepticism about law enforcement, certainly, but for the former president to be…

Schiff questions if Trump declassified documents seized by FBI

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday questioned former President Trump’s defense that he had declassified documents seized by the FBI at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week. “We should determine whether there was any effort during the presidency to go through the process of declassification,” Schiff told CBS “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret…

Klobuchar: FBI investigation of Trump goes beyond politics

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Sunday condemned GOP criticism of the FBI following its search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property as “dangerous to our country,” hailing the agency for not bowing to partisan politics. “This is beyond politics,” she told NBC “Meet the Press” guest anchor Andrea Mitchell. “They’re simply doing their jobs,” Klobuchar…