Senators demand investigation of reports of torture in Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday to investigate any involvement of U.S. interrogators at secret prisons in Yemen where inmates have reportedly been tortured.

Trump does not intend to fire investigator Mueller: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has no intention of firing the special counsel investigating charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, even though he questioned the official’s impartiality in an interview, the White House said on Friday.

As debt limit looms, House leaders eye bipartisan deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional leaders are quietly working on a bipartisan deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling within weeks, hoping to prevent the difficult debt issue from snarling a budget fight to come in September, a senior Democratic budget writer said on Friday.

House panel wants formal response from Trump on Comey tapes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Russia investigation said on Friday he wanted a formal response from President Donald Trump to a request for records about conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

White House spokesman does not rule out Trump-Putin July meeting in Germany

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House spokesman did not rule out a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin when he was asked about reports the two leaders may hold talks on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Germany next month.

Trump aide Juster to be nominated as U.S. ambassador to India: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a top economic aide, Kenneth Juster, as the next U.S. ambassador to India, two senior White House officials said on Friday.

White House close to naming nominees for U.S. SEC: senior official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is very close to naming its nominees for the top U.S. securities regulator, a senior official said on Friday, which could lead the current three-member Securities and Exchange Commission to reach its full five-member complement in the near future.

Trump signals willing to work with Republicans on healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party’s healthcare overhaul on a “very, very narrow path” to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes.