Trump labor secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid Epstein plea deal scandal – live

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Mueller testimony might be delayed – reports

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who was due to testify in Congress on Wednesday, is not going to testify next week, according to Politico.

Instead, he could testify on 24 July and would speak longer than originally planned.

It’s worth noting that both these reporters (Sherman from Politico; Beavers from the Hill) have used the words “fluid” and “tentative” to describe the change.

For the second time this week, the House oversight committee is investigating the government’s treatment of migrant children.

The hearing just began and will focus on family separation – a policy that officially came to an end in June 2018 amid a cloud of secrecy about how families were being tracked and how children were being cared for.

While mass family separations have come to an end, family separations happened at a smaller scale before the policy was announced in April 2018 and continue today.

This hearing comes as the Trump administration faces heightened scrutiny because of reports about inhumane conditions for children in border detention centers.

We’ll be posting updates from that hearing through the morning, including testimony from human rights advocates who have met with children on the border and the former Trump official who helped oversee family separation, Thomas Homan.

Updated

Speaking next to Alexander Acosta, Donald Trump said Acosta was a “great labor secretary not a good one,” according to the White House pool.

Trump also said he did a “very good job.”

He said Acosta explained his decision about Epstein in an hour-long press conference this week.

Labor secretary Alexander Acosta resigns

Alexander Acosta, the US labor secretary under fire for having granted Jeffrey Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in 2008, after the billionaire was investigated for having run a child sex trafficking ring, has resigned, according to the White House pool.

The president told reporters Acosta called him this morning and that it was the secretary’s decision.

Some great background reading on the furore around Acosta here:

Updated

To end the week, the Friday newsletter of Politico Playbook makes the case that Trump’s leadership style is “more volatile than ever.”

This analysis appears inspired by Trump’s recent reuse of his claim that he is a “stable genius.”

WHAT’S GOING ON? It’s doubtful the president has changed much, and you can no longer say the Mueller investigation is weighing on him. Here’s a theory: Past aides were skilled at reading his intentions, understanding what to ignore and knowing how to redirect his whims. But recently, the administration has been unable to keep up with a president whose unstructured decision-making process has him in different positions in a few hours. For White House reporters, just trying to pin down basic facts of what the administration is doing from day to day has become a funhouse of mirrors — adding to the confusion.

Here’s the full look at Paul Ryan’s comments in excerpts of American Carnage published Thursday in the Washington Post.

As House speaker, Ryan pushed through Donald Trump’s agenda in Congress. Before Trump was elected, Ryan was critical of Trump’s fitness to be president. Now, Ryan, who doesn’t hold political office, is back to being critical.

Some excerpts shared by the Post:

“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan says. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”

“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy [Trump] to help him get his mind right,” Ryan recalls. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.”

“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” Ryan says. “We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”

Good morning and happy Friday

Donald Trump, the first president to routinely bully critics on social media, followed up his social media summit last night by attacking former house speaker Paul Ryan on Twitter.

Ryan said the nation had grown “numb” to the president In a book excerpt from American Carnage published on Thursday. Ryan also said it was not good for a government official to call a woman “horse face”, as Trump, while president, has done.

The president ignored it and let his record … just kidding, the president of the United States responded by tweeting some insults about Ryan.

Trump will be at a fundraiser today in Wisconsin, which Ryan represented in Congress. The president will then give a speech about a North American trade agreement, then off to Ohio for another fundraiser.

Meanwhile in DC, the House oversight committee will hold a hearing this morning on family separation – two days after the same committee questioned migrants, advocates and government officials about conditions for children in migrant detention. We’ll have rolling updates and analysis from that hearing today.

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