Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Trump pick for Labor Secretary withdraws nomination

2:51 pm Feb. 15, 2017

Under fire on multiple fronts, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday, a day before he was to go before a U.S. Senate committee for confirmation hearings.

“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a written statement.

“While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his


Trump praises Flynn, denounces leaks by Intelligence Community

11:40 am Feb. 15, 2017

Angered by leaks about the investigation of his former National Security Advisor and questions about the ties of his campaign to Russia, President Donald Trump again strongly criticized the U.S. Intelligence Community, as Mr. Trump charged that Michael Flynn was the victim of a campaign run by both the press and intelligence insiders.

“People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that Democrats had under Hillary Clinton,” the President


Democrats demand broader focus in Congress on Trump-Russia ties

10:50 pm Feb. 14, 2017

Galvanized by the resignation of a top White House official and news reports on possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign for President and Russia, Democrats on Tuesday night demanded that GOP leaders in Congress back the creation of a blue ribbon panel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

“The need for an independent commission to investigate grows more urgent by the hour,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), as Democrats


After Flynn resignation, Democrats push larger probe of Russia-Trump ties

12:03 pm Feb. 14, 2017

Hours after the resignation of President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Democrats in Congress demanded a broader investigation of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, as well as the actions of the Trump Administration, accusing Republicans of conducting “no oversight of President Trump.”

“Do you hear the silence?” asked Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at a news conference with fellow Democrats.

“That is the sound of House Republicans conducting no oversight of President


Senate confirms Trump nominees for Treasury, VA

6:53 pm Feb. 13, 2017

Kicking off a week in which Republicans hope to win final confirmation for a series of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, the Senate on Monday evening approved his choices for Treasury and VA secretaries, but Democrats


Questions swirl over future of Trump’s National Security Adviser

9:04 pm Feb. 12, 2017

The White House on Sunday refused to publicly defend the President’s National Security Adviser while questions swirled over whether Michael Flynn told the truth about his post-election telephone contacts with a top Russian official, as Democrats in the Congress stepped up their demands for Flynn’s ouster.

Asked if the President still had confidence in Flynn, White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller had no direct answer on the Sunday talk shows.



Democrats make Senate Republicans work to confirm Trump Cabinet

9:50 am Feb. 12, 2017

It was very early last Friday morning, and the Senate was at work on another late night. A couple of young pages were up well past their bed time again. Floor aides were tired. Senators had been told to expect more votes around 2 am.

Democrats had already forced all-night sessions on Monday and Tuesday, making this the third time the Senate had been in session after midnight in just four