Trump sexual assault allegation should be investigated, say Republican duo – live

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In an interview shared yesterday, USA soccer player Megan Rapinoe scoffed at the notion of going to the White House after a potential women’s world cup victory.

Trump heard and responded characteristically, in a series of Tweets:

Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level… in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet…invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”

One problem. Trump initially tweeted his reply to the wrong account.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s air chief—who has been leading the Trump administration’s rollbacks of rules for pollution and climate change—is departing amid a congressional probe of a possible ethics violation.

Bill Wehrum, a lawyer who has represented energy interests, came under scrutiny after meeting with two former clients and taking part in a decision in favor of a former client, the power company DTE Energy, according to the Washington Post.

EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler did not say why Wehrum is leaving but commended him for “his service, his dedication to his job, the leadership he provided to his staff and the agency, and for his friendship.”

Wehrum was confirmed in November 2017.

Two Republican senators say allegation against Trump should be investigated

Two Republican senators said Tuesday the sexual assault allegation made against President Donald Trump by writer E Jean Carroll should be investigated, while most of the party has mostly ignored the claims or defended the president.

From CNN:

Joni Ernst of Iowa said Trump and Carroll should be questioned about the alleged assault. “I think anybody that makes an accusation like that, they should come forward,” Ernst said when asked if Carroll should be believed. “But obviously there has to be some additional information. They need to interview her. They need to visit with him.”

Mitt Romney of Utah said there needs to be an “evaluation” but that he didn’t know what entity should conduct it, “whether it’s Congress or whether it’s another setting, I’m not sure.

“It’s a very serious allegation,” Romney said. “I hope that it is fully evaluated. The president said it didn’t happen and I certainly hope that’s the case.”

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A Senate hearing on the “unprecedented migration at the US southern border” is just getting underway and you can watch live here.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the committee holding the hearing, said in his opening remarks: “We’ll hear stories of [migrants who] probably have already been placed into involuntary servitude. We have records of people being beaten, and videos taken and sent back down to their home countries demanding payment.”

Johnson expressed concerns that the system for processing migrants at the southern border is completely overwhelmed, sentiments that were echoed by Brian Hastings, Chief of the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate of US Border Patrol.

“Three weeks into the month, we’ve already passed the apprehension level for every June since 2007,” Hastings said. “The flow continues to overwhelm resources throughout the immigration system.”

The hearings come as a photograph of a father and his 23-month-old daughter face down along the banks of the Rio Grande is being published around the world as a grisly representation of the dangers that migrants face on the border.

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The Hill is reporting that Code Pink activists have been granted a permit to fly the “Baby Trump balloon” just blocks from the White House during Trump’s July 4 celebration.

The Trump baby blimp is flown at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin during US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The Trump baby blimp is flown at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin during US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

With news coming yesterday that special council Robert Mueller will be testifying before Congress next month, Trump took his televised interview as a chance to make unfounded broadsides at him – accusing him of illegally disposing of evidence during the investigation.

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Trump rules out replacing his vice-president, Mike Pence, with former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, as a Wall Street Journal op-ed suggested Trump ought to do earlier this week.

I love Nikki, she’s endorsed me, she’s my friend, but Mike has been a great Vice President…I love Nikki…but you can’t break up a team like us, we get along together.”

-Donald Trump on running mate questions.

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On the escalating tensions between the US and Iran after a US drone was shot down last week Trump says he “hopes” the two countries don’t go to war, but “we are in a very strong position… it would not last long… I’m not talking boots on the ground… just saying if something happened it wouldn’t last long.”

Summary

Good morning and welcome to the politics live blog for Wednesday the 26th of June. We kick off this morning with Fox Business channel, where Donald Trump started off the morning by attacking his Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, on national television.

Trump’s remarks came in the midst of a wide-ranging interview with host Maria Bartiromo. he president

Trump and Powell have been at loggerheads over the chairman’s raising of interest rates while Powell has made a public display of touting the bank’s independence from the president’s wishes.

Other recipients of Trump attacks this morning include Twitter, Trump’s preferred means of public communication, who he says is “biased” against him, Google, who Trump says is “trying to rig the election” and German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who, without mentioning her by name, Trump claims “hates the United States perhaps worse than any person I’ve ever met.”

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