The five biggest stories of the year, according to Politico: 1.
FBI agents say Trump Tower wiretapped Clinton.
A group of FBI agents said they had wiretapped President Donald Trump’s Tower, saying he may have been trying to “incite a violent attack” on Hillary Clinton.
Trump responded by saying he would “totally destroy” the bureau, which said it was still looking into the matter.
The FBI is investigating the matter and the Trump campaign, but has not publicly accused the president of a crime.
The New York Times says a “deep state” conspiracy against Trump was working to sabotage his presidency.
The Times reported that “some inside the Deep State” wanted to destroy Trump’s presidency before the 2020 elections.
Trump denied the report, saying, “It’s all fiction.”
Former FBI director James Comey says he would never lie under oath.
Comey said that he did not think Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice and that he felt pressured to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, after Trump’s firing of Comey.
A federal appeals court rules that the death penalty is unconstitutional.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that states must allow for capital punishment, saying the death sentence is “cruel, disproportionate and unconstitutional.”
The U.N. Security Council says Trump is a “nuclear-armed threat to peace and security.”
Trump said that the U.K. and France were “trying to get us to bomb each other” and “we’re not going to do it.”
The Washington Post reports that Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping.
The White House says Trump has told his top aides to get rid of his media advisers.
Trump has said he wants to cut out the press.
The Pentagon announces a new strategy on cyberdefense.
The military says the new strategy includes “further intensifying the cyber-warfare capabilities of the United States, NATO, the European Union, and partner nations, and building up capabilities to deter, deter and destroy attacks.”
The Trump administration announces that it will stop using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”
The administration says the term is too generic and used by people who don’t understand the threat.
Trump tweets that the world is “on the verge of a great new beginning.”
He said, “I can say with certainty that the global Islamic radical Islamic terrorism threat is over.
We are a force for peace and stability, and our new agenda is a force of progress, not hate and division.
I am so happy to see this progress.
Thank you, America!”
Trump says he will nominate a former Marine for a federal judge position in New York.
He also says he wants a former Navy SEAL to head up the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The former SEAL is serving as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan.
Trump fires his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Flynn, who was forced out of the White House over his ties to Russia, resigned on Thursday.
Trump said in a statement that he has decided to let Flynn go because he no longer trusts Flynn and wants “a thorough investigation” into the Russia connection.
The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Russia probe.
The panel is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia to win the presidency.
Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut says Trump’s attacks on the judiciary “are unprecedented in our history.”
He says Trump “is a tyrant who is not fit to be president.”
Former President Bill Clinton speaks about the “bitterly divisive” Trump presidency.
He said Trump “has been a leader who is unyielding in his pursuit of his agenda, in spite of the harsh opposition of every person in this country.”
He added that “the Trump administration is now in the hands of a tyrant.”
The Supreme Court issues a stay on a Florida ballot measure that would have legalized same-sex marriage.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells the crowd at a Trump rally in Florida, “This is a very, very ugly moment in American history.”
Gingrich says the “endgame” for Trump is “impeachment and a total takeover of the entire government.”