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Top DHS Official Says She ‘Did Not Hear’ Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comment
Kirstjen Nielsen was present at White House meeting

Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin is shown on a television monitor questioning Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during the Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The top official at the Department Of Homeland Security on Tuesday declined to say directly whether President Donald Trump used a vulgar slur to describe several foreign countries during a recent White House meeting with lawmakers on immigration that she attended.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee she “did not hear” whether Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” in last Thursday’s meeting with House and Senate lawmakers.

Capitol Ink | POTUS Mouth

Ahead of FISA Vote, Trump Sows Confusion
House Dems see ‘latest example’ of Trump ‘undermining’ security

President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to speak with members of the press while departing the White House last Friday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump sent mixed signals Thursday morning about a controversial law used to collect intelligence on individuals suspected of spying on the United States just hours before the House is slated to vote on reauthorizing it. And a key privacy hawk in Congress contends the president is more in line with him than the White House lets on.

For nearly two hours, the commander in chief even broke with his own White House’s stance on whether the law should remain on the books. But in an apparent clean-up operation, Trump was forced to fire off a tweet declaring this of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: “We need it!”

Fact Check: Trump’s Dossier Tweet Full of Dubious Claims
Tweet registers high on defensive scale, but low on accuracy meter

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House on Wednesday with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Thursday labeled a dossier of information about his alleged Russia ties “disproven,” suggesting it was directly paid for by the Democratic Party and used by the FBI to tip the scales in the 2016 election.

But each of those claims is dubious at best.

Analysis: Defiant Trump Returns After ‘Performance’ for Members
With arms crossed, president says Mueller interview ‘seems unlikely’

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway in the East Room at the White House, on January 10, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS | President Donald Trump was back Wednesday to his defiant manner after playing the role of accommodating host and facilitator-in-chief on Tuesday when he told lawmakers he would sign just about any immigration bill that funds a border wall.

Trump crossed his arms behind the presidential podium when asked during a joint press conference with his Norwegian counterpart if he is willing to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Justice Department’s Russia probe. The president several times reiterated his long-held stance that his 2016 presidential campaign did not collude with any Russians.

Capitol Ink | Under The Rug

Bustos Slams Green Over Trump Impeachment Vote
Says it hurts Democratic members in districts like hers that voted for Trump

“People are still willing to give him a shot,” Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., said of how voters in districts like hers feel about President Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos criticized fellow Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas for forcing a vote on impeaching President Donald Trump, saying it endangers Democrats like her.

Speaking on CNN’s Axe Files podcast with former Obama adviser David Axelrod, Bustos called the vote “a terrible plan.”

Capitol Ink | Fahrenheit 45!

Democrats Push Back Against Graham, Grassley Dossier Criminal Referral
Graham looks like a ‘man possessed’ over dossier obsession, Swalwell says

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is among those pushing for a criminal investigation into the author of the Trump Russia dossier. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democrat on the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham “looks like a man possessed” as he and other Republican lawmakers amp up pressure on the main actors behind the Trump dossier alleging the president is compromised by ties to Russia.

Graham and Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa recommended a criminal investigation into Christopher Steele, the dossier author, for making false statements to federal investigators.

More Than $175,000 Raised for Moore Accuser After House Fire
Neighbors say a man with a history of public intoxication was seen near the house before the fire

Authorities suspect arson in the fire that burned Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson’s home last week, but they don’t believe it is related to her accusations. (gofundme.com)

More than $175,000 has been raised to assist one of Roy Moore’s accusers whose house was destroyed in a fire last week.

Tina Johnson’s home in Gadsden, Alabama, caught fire on Wednesday, but authorities said they do not believe it was related to her accusing the disgraced former Senate candidate, ABC News reported.