WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI chief James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump, has rejected the president’s repeated claim that he and special counsel Robert Mueller are extremely close. In a closed-door congressional grilling, Comey said he and Mueller are not friends in any social sense. Comey also told lawmakers the FBI investigation of potential ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia at first focused on four unnamed Americans, but not Trump. A transcript of the testimony was released Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be breaking in a new chief of staff to begin 2019. Trump has announced that retired Marine Corps general John Kelly, who has had the job for the last 18 months, is leaving by the end of December. Trump said Saturday that Kelly’s departure has been expected for months amid reports that his role at the White House has diminished over time. A White House official says that the top replacement prospect is Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers.
BEIJING (AP) — China has summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest the detention of an executive of electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington’s behest. The official Xinhua News Agency says Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng “lodged solemn representations and strong protests” with Ambassador Terry Branstad on Sunday against the detention of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, while she was changing planes in Vancouver, Canada, last week.
PARIS (AP) — An official says that French President Emmanuel Macron plans to bring together national and local officials on Monday to hear their proposals in this “grave moment the nation is traversing.” The Elysee Palace official says that the goal is to mobilize into action the panoply of officials representing political, economic and social forces of France in a bid to unwind a spiral of protests. Macron is expected to address the nation early in the week.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned lawmakers they could take Britain into “uncharted waters” and trigger a general election if they reject her Brexit deal in a crucial parliamentary vote this week. May is fighting to save her unpopular Brexit plan and her job ahead of a showdown in Parliament planned for Tuesday, when lawmakers are widely expected to nix the withdrawal agreement she struck with the European Union.
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