Fridays top tale: chairperson ordered top-secret security clearance for Kushner. Plus, the corruption scandal that changed Spain
Good morning, I'm Tim Walker with Friday's essential stories.
House Democrat want to interview Ivanka and Don Jr
Amid the fallout from Michael Cohen's appearance before Congress this week, Democrats on the House oversight committee now wish to hear from Donald Trump's infants. Elijah Cummings, the committee chairman, has said he will seek interviews with Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr, as well as the Trump Organization's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, all of whom featured in Cohen's explosive testimony on Wednesday.
Kushner's clearance. The chairperson personally demanded his son-in-law Jared Kushner be granted top secret security clearance despite the tomb concerns of senior administration officials, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
The president personally demanded his son-in-law Jared Kushner
Moscow project. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, has said the Russian-born former Trump associate Felix Sater will appear before his committee on 14 March to discuss the Trump Tower Moscow project.
The art of no bargain: Kim and Trump in Hanoi. Photograph: KCNA/ AFP/ Getty Images
No deal. Julian Borger explains how Trump and Kim arrived in Hanoi with false expectations, after both misread the other's intentions following their first encounter in Singapore last year. Borger also notes that the US and North Korea merely showed their hands on nuclear talks after the Hanoi summit was over.
Julian Borger explains how Trump and Kim arrived in Hanoi with false expectations, after both misread the other's intents following their first encounter in Singapore last year. Borger also notes that the US and North Korea only showed their hands on nuclear talks
Amateur hour. Michael H Fuchs says the failure of the summit in Vietnam uncovers Trump's amateurish approach to diplomacy.
Russian agent Maria Butina spend years cosying up to NRA leaders. Photograph: Facebook
Presidential idol. Trump's takeover of the conservative establishment includes not only the NRA, but also the Conservative Political Action Conference. Once hostile to Trump, CPAC is now” like a religious meet full of Trump idolatry ,” as David Smith reports.
Portland police: ‘If you guys can go home, there won't be any arrests'- video
No arrests. In the video, an officer tells Gibson:” I merely talked to Jeff Niiya, and he asked me to tell you that he has probable cause to arrest a couple of the guys here .” However, he adds:” If you guys can go home, there won't be any arrests .”
Vladimir Zelenskiy, a Ukrainian comedian who stars in a sitcom about a teacher who unexpectedly becomes chairwoman, is currently leading in the polls ahead of Ukraine' s real-life presidential election.
The bankrupt energy firm PG& E has admitted it is “probable” that one of its transmission lines started the Camp fire in northern California, the deadliest US wildfire in a century, which killed 85 people.
Unicef has warned of “disastrous consequences” after a shocking global spike in measles suits among children- including in the US, which recorded six times more measles instances in 2018 than in 2017.
A new lawsuit could bring to an end New Hampshire's unique and controversial practice of warehousing involuntarily perpetrated mental health patients in prison.
Jose Luis Penas( left) and Francisco Correa, the men whose broken friendship triggered the Gurtel case. Illustration: The Guardian Sign up for the US morning briefing