5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Ivanka Trump used private email account to discuss government business

  • Federal judge blocks Trump's asylum ban

  • Trump won't act against Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi murder

  • 4 dead after gunman opens fire at Chicago hospital

  • White House issues new guidelines for journalists

In 2017, Ivanka Trump used her personal email account to send hundreds of emails to White House aides, her assistants, and Cabinet officials, several people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post. Many of these emails were in violation of federal records rules, they said, and White House ethics officials found out about her personal email use while responding to a public records lawsuit. Nearly 100 of the emails were about government policies and official White House business, and hundreds were related to her work schedule and travel, the Post reports. During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump made Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state a major issue. A spokesman for Ivanka Trump's attorney told the Post she did not know about records rules when she sent the emails, and none of her messages contained classified information.

Source: The Washington Post

A federal judge late Monday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump administration from denying asylum to immigrants who cross the U.S. border with Mexico illegally. Judge Jon S. Tigar said that Trump does not have the authority to "rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden." Whether a person arrives at a legal point of entry "should bear little, if any, weight in the asylum process," he said, as is reflected under current law. Additionally, the judge said the immigrants would be put at "increased risk of violence and other harms at the border" if Trump's ban went into effect. Judge Tigar's temporary restraining order will expire on Dec. 19.

Source: The Washington Post, CNN

President Trump on Tuesday acknowledged that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have "had knowledge" about the murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but declined to take further action against Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2 in what the CIA has reportedly determined was an operation directed by bin Salman. Still, Trump said "we may never know all the facts" of Khashoggi's case in his Tuesday statement, and signaled that the previously announced sanctions against 17 Saudis would be the extent of America's retaliation against Saudi Arabia. Trump went on to favorably paint Saudi Arabia as "leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism," and suggested cutting off economic ties with the Saudi government would be a "wonderful gift" to Russia and China.

Source: CNN, The White House

Four people are dead after a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on Monday afternoon. The victims include police officer Samuel Jimenez, a married father of three who joined the Chicago Police Department in 2017, and two hospital employees. The gunman is also dead, a police spokesman said, and it's not known at this time if he took his own life or was shot by officers. The Associated Press reports the incident began in the parking lot, when the gunman began arguing with a woman he was in a relationship with, and escalated when a friend intervened. He shot and killed the woman, a hospital employee, and when police officers arrived, the suspect ran inside the hospital and exchanged gunfire with officers.

Source: The Associated Press

On Monday, the White House announced it had restored CNN reporter Jim Acosta's hard press pass, following a legal battle. At the same time, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine announced new guidelines for journalists covering press conferences. They are only allowed to ask one question, with any follow-ups answered at the discretion of President Trump or the White House official holding the press conference. When a journalist is done asking their question, they must also hand over the microphone. Anyone violating those rules could have their press pass suspended or revoked, the White House said.

Source: NBC News
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