President Obama has ordered a "full review" of what the intelligence community has called Russian hacking activity related to the 2016 election and expects to receive the report before he leaves office, a senior White House official said today.
Newt Gingrich is not a fan of President-elect Donald Trump's decision to stay on as executive producer of "Celebrity Apprentice" when he assumes office, suggesting a more relevant television show for Trump -- "Leading the World."
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President-elect Donald Trump is set to remain an executive producer of "Celebrity Apprentice," a representative for MGM tells ABC News. MGM holds a majority stake in Mark Burnett Productions, which owns "The Apprentice." The news comes as Trump is facing questions about what business ties, if any, he will keep as he assumes the presidency and criticism that he could face conflicts of interest. Trump has tweeted "I will be leaving my great business" and said he will details his plans later this month, ABC's CANDACE SMITH and LESLEY MESSER report. When asked about the "Celebrity Apprentice" role, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said: "Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett." http://abcn.ws/2gqvNcN
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George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with President-elect Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus, Sunday on "This Week." And the Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics, with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Republican strategist and former Trump campaign senior adviser Sarah Huckabee, National Review editor Rich Lowry, and Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons.
If Donald Trump decides not to give up ownership of his businesses, he could be at risk of violating the U.S. Constitution as soon as he's sworn in. Although he indicated that he has plans to separate himself from his businesses, he has also made the case that the law is "totally" on his side and that "the president can't have a conflict of interest," writes ABC's JORDYN PHELPS. But legal experts tell ABC News that's simply not the case. Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe argues that Trump is set to become "a walking, talking violation of the Constitution" if he doesn't give up his businesses. http://abcn.ws/2hpO87B
Fast food executive Andrew Puzder has been tapped to head the Department of Labor, the Trump transition team said Thursday. "Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor," Trump said in a statement. Puzder, who has spent his career in the private sector, is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., which is the parent company of fast food chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Puzder is a vocal opponent of the Obama administration's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25. ABC's ARLETTE SAENZ, SHUSHANNAH WALSHE and CANDACE SMITH have more. http://abcn.ws/2gq7JGZ