URGENT - Exclusive: WH press secretary Sarah Sanders interviewed by special counsel's office
(CNN) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has interviewed White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, she told CNN on Friday."The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them," Sanders said in response to a question from CNN.The interview is one of the final known interviews by Mueller's team. It came around the same time as the special counsel interviewed former White House chief of staff John Kelly, well after a number of other senior officials, including former White House communications director Hope Hicks and former press secretary Sean Spicer, were brought in for questioning.
URGENT - Trump says he will sign national emergency
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump said Friday he will sign a national emergency declaration to address the situation on the southern border, while arguing that his actions are consistent with those of his predecessors."I'm going to be signing a national emergency and it's been signed many times before. It's been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so it gave the presidents the power," Trump said. "There's rarely been a problem. They sign it, nobody cares. I guess they weren't very exciting."The President argued that he is doing so to address "an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.""We don't control our own border," Trump said. "We're going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we're going to do it -- one way or the other we have to do it."