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Sergei Millian/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- The source of the most salacious allegations in the uncorroborated dossier about President Trump and the Russians is a one-time Russian government translator, according to a person familiar with the raw intelligence provided to the FBI.

Sergei Millian, a naturalized American citizen who most recently headed a group called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, says he was in Moscow at the time the dossier accuses the billionaire American businessman of being involved with Russian prostitutes. Millian claims to have helped Trump recruit Russian investors and he posted pictures of himself attending several black tie events during last week’s inauguration.

He is the man, the people familiar with the un-redacted dossier tell ABC News, who may have unwittingly described Trump’s alleged tryst, during a conversation with someone who was secretly reporting to Christopher Steele.

Steele, a former British MI-6 intelligence officer, collected much of the information in a dossier funded by Trump’s political opponents that was provided to the FBI and circulated in media and intelligence circles for months prior to the 2016 election.

Millian did not answer questions put to him by ABC News over the weekend and again Tuesday.

While the published dossier never names Millian, a version provided to the FBI included Millian’s name as a source, according to someone who has seen the version given to the FBI.

Millian’s place in the long-running chatter about Trump’s purported ties to Russia has been reported in bits and pieces by various news outlets for months.

The assertion that he was the source of the document’s unsubstantiated (and refuted) claims about a Russian government videotape of Trump in a compromising’position was first reported online Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal quoted Millian saying that the information in the dossier was “fake news (created by sick minds),” and was “an attempt to distract the future president from real work.”

Millian has said little publicly in recent weeks. But in July, he told ABC News in an exclusive interview that he was well connected both with Trump and the Kremlin.

“I'm one of those very few people who have insider knowledge of Kremlin politics who has the ability to understand the Russian mentality and who has been able to successfully integrate in American society,” Millian said.

In recent weeks, Trump’s team has said Millian is not who is says he is -- he never worked in any capacity with the Trump Organization, and who had to be warned to stop describing himself as a Trump-approved broker. Millian had for months granted interviews in Russian media making that claim. And he did so during his interview with ABC News in July 2016.

Michael Cohen, who is now President’s Trump’s personal lawyer, told ABC News that he exchanged emails with Millian in order to tell him to stop exaggerating his ties to the Trump Organization. Cohen says he wrote Millian to say it had become clear “that you too are seeking media attention off of this false narrative of a Trump-Russia alliance,” and to ask him to stop “attempting to inject yourself into this crazy, Clinton campaign lie.”

Millian told ABC News he met Trump in 2008 during a marketing meeting in Florida to help bring attention to the Trump Hollywood development. At the event, he posed for a photo with Trump, and said he was introduced to Cohen, who was then a senior attorney for the Trump Organization.

“Trump team, they realized that we have lots of connection with Russian investors. And they noticed that we bring a lot of investors from Russia,” Millian said in the July interview. “And they needed my assistance, yes, to sell properties and sell some of the assets to Russian investors.”

Millian said he signed an agreement “with his team so I can be his official broker.”

“So we did a lot of marketing for Trump. We presented his team with a proposal. It's an 11-page proposal that we wrote. And some of the items were in fact implemented successfully in Russia,” he said.

Both Cohen and the developer of Trump Hollywood, the Related Group, told ABC News that they never had a signed agreement with Millian. “Related has no record of having paid Sergei Millian as a broker or otherwise,” the real estate company said in a statement to ABC News.

Millian told ABC News he was in Moscow during Trump’s 2013 visit, but that he did not travel with Trump or meet with him there. “He worked with some of our advisors,” Millian said, adding that he believed Trump’s was interested in Russia for both business and pleasure.

“He likes Russia because he likes beautiful Russian ladies,” Millian said. “He likes talking to them of course. And he likes to be able to make lot of money with Russians, yes, correct.”

Millian had for years boasted in Russian media of his connections to Trump. In April 2016, he told one Russian newspaper that the two had a longstanding business relationship. “I think partnership is based on friendship, mutual respect, and mutual understanding, and business is based on buyer-seller relationships,” he said.

Cohen told ABC News those claims were untrue.

“I’ve never met the guy,” Cohen said. “I have spoken to him twice. The first time, he was proposing to do something. He’s in real estate. I told him we have no interest. Second time he called me I asked him not to call me anymore.”

The Russian-American Chamber had listed the Trump Organization as one of its sponsors, but removed the name during the summer of 2016. Millian ran the group from an office in Atlanta before moving to New York. The group’s tax records indicate it had only a modest income and operating budget.

In November, the British newspaper Financial Times wrote that Millian’s name surfaced on the FBI’s radar after he reportedly participated in a 2011 trip to Moscow for 50 American businessmen and offered to arrange future junkets. According to the newspaper, the FBI later asked Americans participating in the trip whether Russian intelligence tried to recruit them. One of the businessmen, the newspaper reported, said the FBI told him they suspected that some of the people who organized the trips were spies.

Intelligence experts told ABC News that aspects of Millian’s background raised concerns for them. Paul Joyal, managing director of National Strategies (NSI)., told ABC News that the Russian-American chamber of commerce reminded him of a “classic Soviet front organization.”

“Front organization have been a platform for spotting and assessing potential intelligence recruitment and collection targets,” Joyal said. “They commonly used sponsored trips as a means of making contact and sometimes developing or compromising intelligence targets of interests.”

Millian also changed his name. Court records show that when he first arrived in the U.S. he went by the name Siarhei Kukuts, and later Sergei Kukuts. On a 2009 resume for Sergei Kukuts, posted online, he described himself as having worked in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an interpreter and translator.

Asked why he changed his name, Millian told ABC News he did so “in respect to my grandmother. Her last name, Millianovich.”

Millian told ABC News he was not working with Russian intelligence agencies. “I'm not involved,” he said.

Asked if he ever reported back to Russian officials about his work in the U.S., he said only “if I meet top people in the Russian government-- they invite me let's say to Kremlin for the reception, so of course I have a chance to talk to some presidential advisors and some of the top people.” He considered ridiculous, he said, the notion that he was a Russian spy.

“Of course not,” he said.

In recent months, Millian continued to work to support the Trump campaign. He told ABC News he donated money to the campaign, and posted a photo online of a Trump “donor card,” though there is nothing in Federal Election Commission records to confirm a contribution. Millian appeared to have attended Trump’s inaugural events, posting photos on social media from the festivities in Washington, DC.

Millian declined to talk with ABC News in a brief email exchange this week. But back in July, he said he was motivated to help what he thought would be a warming in the relations between a Trump administration and his birth country.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After being repeatedly pressed about President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims that "millions" of people voted illegally in the presidential election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer left the door open to a possible investigation into the claims during a press briefing Tuesday.

On Monday, Trump said during a meeting with congressional leaders in the White House, that "3 to 5 million illegals" voted, according to two Democratic aides who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Spicer told reporters Tuesday "maybe we will" launch an investigation into Trump's claims.

"Anything's possible I think at some point," he later added. "There is no investigation. I said it was possible. Anything is possible. It was a hypothetical question."

Trump has made repeated claims about alleged voter fraud after losing the popular vote in the election in November, though thus far no evidence has been presented that backs up his claims.

"He continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have presented to him," Spicer said Tuesday.

At least five reporters asked questions on the issue during the press briefing, and at one point Spicer dismissed the suggestion that Trump kept bringing up the topic of the unsubstantiated voter fraud because the president was upset about the vote count. Spicer said that Trump "won very handily" and "he's very comfortable with his win."

When pressed for specific examples of the evidence that Trump has used as the basis of his "longstanding belief," Spicer cited a 2008 study by Pew and "other studies that have been presented to [Trump]."

The Trump transition team was previously asked about this topic and cited the same Pew Research Study, which came out in 2012 but focused on the results of the 2008 election and the need to update voter registrations.

The primary author of the study in question previously responded, tweeting that "the report made no findings re: voter fraud."

Spicer did not give names or sources for the "other studies."

"We'll see where we go from here but right now the focus that the president has is putting Americans back to work," Spicer said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, fended off accusations from Democrats that he acted improperly as a member of Congress by trading shares of a pharmaceutical company, while offering few concrete details about the president’s plans for an Obamacare replacement or entitlement reform.

The physician-turned-lawmaker was questioned early in the hearing by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., regarding a series of trades he made in an Australian pharmaceutical company. The company could benefit from a bill passed by Congress to expedite the drug approval process.

Democrats have questioned whether Price acted on inside information after learning about the company from Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a major shareholder. Price has flatly denied that he violated the STOCK Act.

“Doesn’t this show bad judgment?” Wyden asked.

“No,” Price responded. “The reality is that everything that I did was ethical, and above board and transparent.”

Tuesday's hearing follows a Senate committee review of Price's tax returns from 2013, 2014 and 2015, in addition to other financial documents. The review found that Price didn't include late property tax payments and undervalued pharmaceutical stock on his disclosure forms, according to a bipartisan committee memo obtained by ABC News.

Price did not disclose an ethics investigation into his fundraising practices either, the memo said, though the House Ethics Committee ultimately found no wrongdoing.

Price said Tuesday that the filings had been corrected. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, blasted Democrats' line of questioning: "I have never seen this level of partisan rancor when it comes to dealing with a president from an opposing party."

The Office of Government Ethics has approved Price's plan to divest himself of all medical-related stocks and assets that could pose potential conflicts of interest.

Price had few details about Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, arguing that his role as an administrator will be to implement the laws Congress passes and carry out the president’s directive.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, asked Price if the replacement will be revealed once he is confirmed, as Trump has suggested.

“It’s true that he said this, yes,” Price replied.

“Did he lie to the public about working with you?” Brown asked.

“I’ve had conversations with the president about health care, yes," Price said, later adding that the goal is to provide all Americans with access to health insurance, rather than the universal coverage Democrats have aimed to achieve.

Later in the hearing, he suggested Democrats were trying to score political points against him.

“We know what’s going on here, and I understand. And as my wife tells me, I volunteered for this," he said.

Asked about the implementation of an executive order Trump signed to begin the dismantling of Obamacare, Price told Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., that he wouldn't use the order to begin rolling back the law before a replacement is passed.

"Our commitment is to carry out the law of the land," Price said.

Despite his support of converting Medicaid to block grants in his budget proposal as chairman of the House Budget Committee last year, Price would not directly answer questions from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., about whether he still supports changes to the program.

"What I believe in is a Medicaid system responsive to the patients and provides the highest quality care possible. And I would respectfully suggest to you that that's not the Medicaid system we currently have," Price said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump used his second weekday in office to sign memoranda aimed at advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which pleased supporters of the projects and brought immediate condemnation from environmentalists and other opponents.

Trump said as he signed one of the memoranda, "This is with regard to the construction of the Keystone pipeline, something's that's been in dispute ... We'll see if we can get that pipeline built. A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs."

He also signed a memorandum on the Dakota Access Pipeline, and announced that construction of both pipelines would be "subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us."

The response, pro and con, was swift.

"Today's news is a breath of fresh air, and proof that President Trump won't let radical special-interest groups stand in the way of doing what's best for American workers," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate.

Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice, a national environmental organization, said: “Four days after taking the oath of office, and three days after millions across the country and world marched in protest of his administration," Trump appears to be ignoring public sentiment on the pipelines. “He should brace himself to contend with the laws he is flouting and the millions of Americans who are opposed to these dangerous and destructive projects."

The Keystone XL project was killed when President Obama rejected it in November 2015 and decided not to approve a presidential permit that was necessary because the project would cross the U.S. border from Canada.

The 1,179-mile pipeline, which would stretch from Canada through Nebraska to the Gulf Coast, was supported by Republicans and some Democrats who said the project wouldn't harm the environment and would create thousands of construction jobs as well as decrease America’s dependence on oil imports from the Middle East. But opponents argued it would contribute to climate change by producing more gases through the extraction of oil sands.

Obama cited concerns over climate change in his decision and said Keystone XL's delivery system of crude oil from Canada "would not serve the national interests of the United States."

The other pipeline that Trump addressed on Tuesday, the Dakota Access Pipeline, was stopped in December 2016 when the Army Corps of Engineers denied a crucial easement needed for the project to cross under Lake Oahe, a large reservoir on the Missouri River in North Dakota just upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation.

Construction of the pipeline prompted big, prolonged protests with thousands of Native Americans, environmental activists and allies camping out for months near Standing Rock reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in July sued to block the four-state crude oil project, claiming that the tribe was never meaningfully consulted before construction began. They also cite an 1851 treaty that they say specifies that the land in question was designated for Native American tribes.

In response to Trump's executive memorandum Tuesday, the tribe said in a statement that the "administration’s politically motivated decision violates the law and the tribe will take legal action to fight it."

“President Trump is legally required to honor our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process,” said Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream.”

Earthjustice, which has been representing the tribe in its court battle against the Dakota Access project, said the president's "move is legally questionable, at best."

After signing the memoranda Tuesday, Trump said he wants to make it a requirement that when new pipelines are constructed in the U.S., the pipes themselves are also built in the country.

"If we are going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipes should be built in the United States," the president said. "We build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe, going to put a lot of workers, lot of steel workers back to work.”

Trump also signed actions to expedite environmental reviews and approvals for high-priority infrastructure projects and to streamline what he called "incredibly cumbersome" regulations for domestic manufacturing.

"We intend to fix our country, our bridges, our roadways. We can't be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down or if a highway is crumbling. So we're expediting environmental reviews and approvals," Trump said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Before taking office, Donald Trump and his transition team managed to fill each Cabinet position, checking off one of the top priorities in the transition process by staffing the incoming administration.

At a Jan. 19 press conference, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, "I'm proud to be at a place where we've named our entire cabinet before we reach that historic day tomorrow."

More than 170 people interviewed for a position in the Trump administration prior to the election and more than 200 people received a "full vetting and full review" since the election, according to Pence.

A number of appointees have already had their Senate confirmation hearings. All Cabinet-level appointments need to be confirmed by the Senate before they are officially appointed.

While it's been a custom for the next president to pick an appointee from the opposite party as a way to extend an olive branch, none of Trump's Cabinet nominees are Democrats. His Cabinet includes one African-American man and three women -- one of which is Asian-American and another is Indian-American.

Here is the full list of Cabinet picks:

Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson, CEO ExxonMobil Corporation - Offer announced Dec. 13.

Tillerson, who has spent his career at ExxonMobil, would be the first secretary of state without government or military experience if confirmed. He has a decades-long business relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which has raised eyebrows among Democratic and some Republican lawmakers.

The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Tillerson in early January.

Attorney General
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. - Offer announced on Nov. 18

Sessions, the senator from Alabama who is currently in his fourth term, has been a longtime Trump supporter who campaigned with him throughout the election.

Education Secretary
Betsy DeVos - Offer announced on Nov. 23

DeVos, a Michigan education activist and major GOP donor, is an advocate for school choice and charter schools, and has drawn criticism in conservative circles for being associated with groups that support Common Core.

Secretary of Health and Human Services
Rep. Tom Price - Offer announced on Nov. 28

The Georgia Republican, who met with Trump in New York City earlier this month, is a longtime Obamacare critic and was one of the first House committee chairmen to endorse the presidential candidate.

Secretary of Transportation
Elaine Chao - Offer announced Nov. 29

Chao previously served as labor secretary for former President George W. Bush and was the only Cabinet official to serve through all eight years of his presidency.

Secretary of Treasury
Steven Mnuchin - Announced Nov. 30

Mnuchin worked for 17 years at Goldman Sachs where he served as the chief information officer. He also founded the investment firm Dune Capital Management and the entertainment financing company RatPac-Dune Entertainment.

Secretary of Commerce
Wilbur Ross - Announced Nov. 30

Ross is a billionaire investor and founder of the investment firm W.L. Ross and Co. Ross has been described as the "King of Bankruptcy" for his work restructuring failed companies, and was a key economic adviser to Trump during his run for the presidency.

Secretary of Defense
Gen. James Mattis (Ret.) - Confirmed Jan. 20

Mattis retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 following a storied 41-year career that included leading U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. He most recently served as head of U.S. Central Command. In addition to his nomination requiring Senate confirmation, Congress would also have to pass a special law to exempt Mattis from the requirement that commissioned officers be out of active duty at least seven years before serving as defense secretary. Congress passed a measure last week to expedite that process.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Dr. Ben Carson – Offer announced Dec. 5

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was once Trump’s rival during the 2016 Republican primaries and now serves as the vice chairman on the Trump transition team. He has never held elected office or worked in government.

Secretary of Department of Homeland Security
Gen. John Kelly - Confirmed Jan. 20

Kelly is a retired four-star general and the former commander of U.S. Southern Command. In addition to his experience leading troops overseas, he is known for his strong knowledge of border issues and the drug trade in South and Central America.

Secretary of the Interior
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. - Announced Dec. 15

Zinke is the member of Congress from Montana and a retired Navy SEAL. Zinke endorsed Trump for president back in May.

Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter and outdoorsman, was involved in the Interior secretary selection process, including telephone calls and meetings with the candidates, according to a source familiar with the process.

Secretary of Energy
Rick Perry - Announced Dec. 14

The former Texas governor will lead the federal agency he said he wanted to eliminate but couldn't name in his famous "oops" moment during a 2011 GOP primary debate.

Secretary of Veteran Affairs
Dr. David Shulkin - Announced Jan. 11, 2017

Shulkin is currently serving as under secretary of health for the VA under the Obama administration. If confirmed, Shulkin would be the first VA secretary in the agency's history not to have served in the military.

Secretary of Agriculture
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Purdue - Announced Jan. 19, 2017

Perdue, 70, served as the Republican governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. He worked on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign.

There have been several other high-profile picks for positions considered Cabinet-level:

Chief of Staff
Reince Priebus - Appointed Nov. 13. This is the only Cabinet-level position that does not need Senate confirmation.

The selection of Priebus as Trump's chief of staff was the first Cabinet-level announcement.

Ambassador to the United Nations
Gov. Nikki Haley - Offer announced on Nov. 23. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Haley, the child of Indian immigrants, brings diversity to the nascent administration but has had little international experience as governor of South Carolina.

Administrator of Small Business Administration
Linda McMahon - Announced Dec. 7

Linda McMahon is the co-founder and former CEO of WWE, and prior to the announcement was an adviser to global businesses as part of APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council. McMahon also served on the Connecticut Board of Education and serves on the boards of Sacred Heart University and the Close Up Foundation. She was a top donor to Trump through his campaign. She ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010 and 2012, losing both times.

Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency
Scott Pruitt - Announced Dec. 7

Pruitt is the Oklahoma Attorney General and has been a critic against the EPA. Pruitt's actions largely mirror Trump's own rhetoric on the campaign trail, framing the EPA as an all-too-powerful agency pursuing an ideological agenda based on what he considers dubious science.

And then there were two other early announcements that are senior positions but outside of the Cabinet:

National Security Advisor (non-Cabinet senior position)
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) - Offer announced Nov. 18

Flynn was a prominent campaign surrogate for Trump throughout the election cycle, often introducing the candidate at rallies and appearing on television in support of Trump.

CIA Director (non-Cabinet agency position)
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan. - Offer announced Nov. 18. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Pompeo, who supported Sen. Marco Rubio during the GOP primaries, represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has invited President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Ryan made the announcement during a GOP leadership press conference Tuesday morning.

"With this unified Republican government, we have a unique opportunity to deliver results to the American people. And in the days and weeks, we look forward to laying out more of our agenda," said Ryan.

"To that end, I am inviting President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. This will be an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly from our new president about his vision and our shared agenda," the Wisconsin Republican said.

In 2009, President Obama also addressed a joint session of Congress, as is tradition for the incoming president.

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FBI(WASHINGTON) — FBI Director James Comey has told top FBI officials that President Trump asked him to stay on as head of the bureau. Comey told the officials on a conference call in recent days.

Asked about the report Tuesday by ABC News, Trump had no comment. The White House has not responded to ABC News' inquiries about the news.

Comey was appointed by President Obama in 2013 for a 10-year term, but his future at the FBI came into question after his handling of the FBI probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server.

On July 5, 2016, Comey held a news conference, announcing that the FBI was recommending no charges be filed against Clinton.

Although Comey called Clinton’s actions “extremely careless,” he said the FBI concluded there was no evidence that Clinton intended to violate laws.

Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee running against Clinton, released a statement the same day calling the FBI’s conclusions part of a “rigged system.”

“… Because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another, it does not look like she will be facing the criminal charges that she deserves,” Trump said in the statement, later tweeting that it was “unfair.”

Then at the end of October, with 11 days until Election Day, Comey sent a letter to Congress informing them that the FBI had learned of the “existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into Clinton’s email server. The new emails had been discovered through a separate FBI investigation into former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. The emails came from Weiner's now estranged wife, Huma Abedin, who is one of Clinton's closest aides and worked in the State Department under Clinton.

Trump and his supporters praised Comey’s decision to announce the new email review, while Democrats were flabbergasted. Comey’s letter was viewed by leaders in the Justice Department as a break in a longstanding tradition of avoiding actions that could potentially influence an election’s outcome.

On Nov. 6, 2016, Comey wrote a second letter to Congress, alerting them that the review of the newly discovered emails was complete and the FBI found nothing criminal that would change its July conclusion that Clinton shouldn’t be charged.

With the FBI now clearing Clinton a second time, Trump criticized Comey and the FBI again. "It’s a totally rigged system,” Trump said a campaign rally in Michigan.

After Clinton lost to Trump in the election, the Democrat said she believed Comey’s announcement of the email review 11 days before the election was a turning point in the race.

The Justice Department inspector general has opened an investigation into Comey and the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation. The probe will look at whether Comey failed to comply with department “policies and procedures” by publicly releasing details of the Clinton case and announcing that the investigation was being reopened so close to a presidential election.

On Sunday, President Trump and Comey embraced before cameras during a White House reception to honor law enforcement leaders.

“He’s become more famous than me,” Trump said as he singled out Comey for recognition.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process.

Gorsuch, 49, is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by voice vote. He would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in about 25 years.

Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He attended Harvard Law, and has a Ph.D. from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In legal circles, he’s considered a gifted writer. Like Scalia, he's also both a textualist and an originalist.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump has repeated the unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, a claim that he used after the election to justify his loss of the popular vote, Democratic and Republican sources told ABC News.

"Serious" voter fraud and a "rigged" system were themes of Trump's campaign, both in the primaries and general election, assertions that carried past Election Day. Trump, who has made a series of unsubstantiated or false claims, won the Electoral College with 306 votes (2 eventually defected), but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.

During the meeting with Congressional leadership, Trump said "3 to 5 million illegals" voted, according to two Democratic aides. But a Republican aide said the comments were made in jest.

"He was giving them a hard time," the Republican aide said, a characterization a House Democratic aide disputed.

ABC News contacted several White House officials who have not responded to a request for comment.

In the wake of the Nov. 8 election, Trump tweeted that he won the Electoral College in a "landslide" and claimed that millions had voted illegally.

 

In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016

 

He also claimed on Nov. 27, again without offering evidence that there was "serious" voter fraud in three states.

 

Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016

 

During the election, Trump repeatedly made the claim that the system was "rigged," despite little evidence of voter fraud over the past several elections.

 

"@RealJamesWoods: Without absolutely OWNING the liberal media, HillaryClinton wouldn't stand a chance. #VoterFraud and #MSM her only hope."

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2016

 

 

Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016

 

 

Voter fraud! Crooked Hillary Clinton even got the questions to a debate, and nobody says a word. Can you imagine if I got the questions?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016

 

An ABC News fact-check found the claim about serious voter fraud to be false.

Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller cited two studies as evidence for the then-president-elect's claim, but the authors of both of those studies disputed his characterizations.

A spokeswoman for the National Association of Secretaries of State, Kay Stimson, said in November the organization has "no information that can help to explain what sources or information are behind the basis of the tweets" by Trump.


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump made multiple unsubstantiated claims during the presidential campaign, and he has not stopped doing so since he assumed the presidency.

President Trump is five days into his term and there have been at least two instances in which he made statements that have not been backed up by any evidence.

The first was one about the size of the crowd at his inauguration -- a topic that has raised questions for White House press secretary Sean Spicer as well. The second relates to unproven allegations of voter fraud, which he has stated before.

1. Trump Makes Unproven Claims About Inauguration Audience

The question of how many people attended Trump's inauguration ceremony in person on Friday has been a hotly debated topic since it unfolded after photos of the National Mall from the vantage point of the Washington Monument were compared to that of former President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. The side-by-side photos showed the crowds gathered on the Mall as the inaugurations were underway.

No official crowd counts were ever released because the National Park Service, which oversees the Mall, does not provide them.

That didn't stop Trump from making his own estimates and sharing them when he went to CIA headquarters to speak to members of the intelligence community the next day.

"We had, it looked honestly, looked like a million and half people, whatever it was. But it went all the way back, to the back of the Washington Monument and by mistake I get this network [on TV] and it showed you an empty field, and it said we drew 250,000 people. Now, that’s not bad but it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around in the little bowl that we constructed," Trump said.

In his press briefing on Monday, Spicer defended his own earlier claim that it was the most-watched inauguration ever based on the cumulative number of people who watched it unfold in person as well as those who watched online, on television, or through streaming services. That total number of viewers has not been tabulated.

2. Trump Repeats His Earlier Unproven Claims that There Were Millions of Cases of Illegal Voting


During his first meeting with congressional leaders in the White House after his inauguration, Trump reportedly spent several minutes talking about the election results. Democratic and Republican sources familiar with the conversation told ABC News that as part of that discussion, Trump said that he lost the popular vote because of millions of illegal votes.

He specifically said that "3 to 5 million illegals" voted, according to two Democratic aides who spoke on condition of anonymity. A Republican House aide corroborated the account, but said the comments were made in jest during a jovial exchange with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked at a news conference about what Trump said, and Ryan responded that he did not want to get into a discussion on the topic but reiterated that he has not seen anything to back Trump's claim.

"I have seen no evidence to that effect. I have made that very, very clear," said Ryan, R-Wis.

This is not the first time that Trump has made this unsubstantiated claim. After he became president-elect, Trump posted at least two tweets about "serious voter fraud" and "millions of people who voted illegally."

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million ballots.

In December, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence, defended Trump, citing a Pew study as the source for the "millions" who allegedly voted illegally.

But the Pew study's primary author, David Becker, tweeted in response to references to his research: "As primary author of the report the Trump camp cited today, I can confirm the report made no findings re: voter fraud. We found millions of out of date registration records due to people moving or dying, but found no evidence that voter fraud resulted. Voter lists are much more accurate now than when we issued that study in 2012, thanks to the 20 states sharing data through @ericstates_info."

In another tweet as president-elect, Trump wrote that there was “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California." There is no evidence to back up the claim, and it's unclear why those states were singled out.

ABC News reached out to election officials in all 50 states shortly before Election Day and not one had any evidence or reason to believe that widespread voter fraud has or would occur in their states.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Two days after staff at Donald Trump’s Washington hotel dropped balloons and popped champagne corks to salute his inauguration, America’s first billionaire President was put on notice – he is being sued because of profits that the hotel and other businesses earn from foreign governments.

“The founders of our country were so worried about foreign governments paying cash and giving other benefits to an American president, and the distortion that can have on a President's decision making, that they put a prohibition on it in the Constitution,” said Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics counselor to President Obama.

Eisen helps run the non-partisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, which filed the suit in federal court in New York, calling President Trump’s continued ownership of his vast business empire a violation of what’s called the “emoluments clause” of the U.S. Constitution.

“It's the original conflicts law of the United States, it's called the foreign emoluments clause,” Eisen said. “Emoluments is just a fancy, 18th century word for payola.”

Trump brushed off the lawsuit with just two words Monday, calling it “without merit,” but he also “resigned from all position of management and authority with the Trump Organization and its affiliates,” according to a statement for that organization.

“President Trump also transferred title, management and authority of those companies to a trust, or subsidiaries thereof, collectively managed by his children, Don and Eric, and longtime executive and chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg,” the statement also said.

A copy of the resignation letter dated Jan. 19 -- the day before the inauguration -- seen by ABC News reads: "I, Donald Trump, hereby resign from each and every office and position I hold in the entities listed."

A list of business holdings follows his signature.

But ethics and constitutional scholars, as well as some members of Congress, have been sounding alarms about the potential violation for months.

Many assumed Trump would relinquish control of his business empire in order to put the issue to rest. Instead, during a press conference earlier this month, Trump announced that he would not give up ownership.

Trump lawyer Sheri Dillon said at the time she had taken efforts to iron out potential conflicts by transferring operation of the company to Trump’s adult sons, Don Jr. and Eric Trump.

“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” she said, noting that Trump would “take all steps realistically possible to make it clear that he is not exploiting the office the presidency for his personal benefit.”

That, said Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe, is not enough.

“You could be President of the United States or you could be a tycoon, but you can’t be both at the same time,” said Tribe, who is assisting with the lawsuit. “He is enriched not by a penny here or a penny there, it’s a billion dollars here, a million dollars there. And pretty soon it adds up.”

The Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, may be of greatest concern, Eisen said.

In one of the great product placement campaigns of all time, Trump twice showed up at his new Washington hotel before being sworn in, complimenting himself on its design.

“This is a gorgeous room, a total genius must have built this,” he said. “Under budget, ahead of schedule.”

Among the claims in the lawsuit – taking money from foreign governments to rent rooms at the hotel violates the Constitution.

Eisen noted that officials from Bahrain chose the hotel just a few weeks ago to hold a reception. And others are likely to follow.

And the hotel is not the only concern, according to the case.

Anything from foreign interests leasing space at Trump Tower in New York, money from development deals, even foreign residuals from his TV program the Apprentice, could create an issue.

The President has said he is trying to resolve the matter. He told reporters, for instance, that he would channel hotel profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.

“He has resigned from the company as he said he would before he took office,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. “Don and Eric are fully in charge of the company. He's taken extraordinary steps to ensure that that's happened.”

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump's pick for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), has been confirmed.

The Senate voted 66-32 in favor of Pompeo, including 15 Democrats, while the only Republican to vote against confirmation was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Some Democrats are worried about the new CIA head's support for the National Security Agency's phone surveillance of American citizens. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he had some "serious concerns" about Pompeo because he "called for the re-establishment of the bulk collection of Americans phone records."

But Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) urged his colleagues a vote was needed "as soon as possible."

"You would think that we could all agree that the president needs his national security cabinet, and particularly his CIA director, at his side," he said.

As of Monday night, four days into the new administration, only three of President Trump's cabinet nominees have been confirmed. By the end of former President Obama's first week, he had 13 confirmed.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democrats in Congress are challenging President Donald Trump’s right to continue to lease the historic Old Post Office Pavilion for his Washington, D.C. hotel, citing a line in the agreement that prohibits elected officials from profiting off a government lease.

“President-elect Trump announced during his nationally televised press conference on January 11 that he refuses to divest his ownership interests in his companies, and he took the oath of office on January 20 to be sworn in as President,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wrote Monday in a letter to Timothy Horne, the acting administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees the lease. “As a result, President Trump is in apparent breach of the lease with the Federal Government for his hotel in Washington, DC.”

The specific language in the lease is unambiguous – it says “no member or delegate to Congress, or elected official of the Government of the United States or the Government of the District of Columbia, shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

Neither Trump nor his company has indicated how they intend to resolve the matter.

At a press conference shortly before taking office, Trump lawyer Sheri Dillon said she had taken efforts to iron out potential conflicts by transferring operation of the company to Trump’s adult sons, Don Jr. and Eric Trump.

“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” she said, noting that Trump would “take all steps realistically possible to make it clear that he is not exploiting the office the presidency for his personal benefit.”

How the GSA will handle the questions surrounding the lease and the fact that Trump is in essence both landlord and tenant of the Post Office building will be further complicated by the fact that he will appoint the new director of the agency.

The General Services Administration did not respond to questions about the lease and any potential violations.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and his committee have requested an unredacted copy of the lease agreement for review.

"If people have questions about this, the White House is going to be the one that has to answer those questions," Chaffetz recently told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview on "This Week" regarding concerns about Trump's potential conflicts-of-interest.

"Until we see something that is actually wrongdoing, we're probably not going to go on a fishing trip," he said.

The Trump Organization spent more than $200 million transforming the historic Pennsylvania Avenue property into a luxury hotel.

The letter Cummings sent Monday suggests that, at least in September and October, the hotel’s returns were less than stellar – earning far less than projected.

“President Trump’s company reported losses totaling more than $1.1 million in those two months alone,” the letter reads.

“It is possible that subsequent months drew more business and higher income levels,” Cummings wrote. “The possibility that President Trump will profit from large increases in hotel revenues because he was elected President highlights the grave concerns we have raised for months.”

Indeed, the hotel became a main focal point for Trump supporters during his inaugural festivities.

Phil Ruffin, an Inaugural Committee vice chair and the billionaire owner of the Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas, told ABC News he was going to pay $18,000-a-night to stay in the Trump International Hotel for the inauguration of his good friend.

For much of the week, the lobby of the hotel was filled with Trump supporters.

Trump campaign insiders including Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich posed for photos with supporters at the hotel restaurant, while donors enjoyed champagne at the lobby bar. Trump made several impromptu stops at the hotel throughout the week, where supporters cheered and posed for photos.

Many were able to book rooms there by virtue of being major donors to a Trump inaugural fund, according to a menu of perks offered to donors.

Concerns about potential conflicts of interest have swirled around the hotel from the moment Trump won the 2016 election.

Cummings questioned motives of foreign officials who were suddenly booking events at the hotel.

“If folks wanted to play favor to the president, they go to his hotel,” Cummings told ABC News in an interview. “When they meet up with him, the first thing they will say is ‘We are staying at your hotel, we took out 30 rooms for a week.’”

Trump said during a press conference that he would adopt a policy of donating income from foreign guests to the U.S. Treasury.

But Trump’s team has not addressed the question of how it would resolve questions about its GSA lease, Cummings said.

“Unfortunately, President Trump has refused to address these concerns,” he wrote in his letter, which was also signed by Democratic Reps. Peter A. DeFazio (OR), Gerald Connolly (VA), and André Carson (IN). “And taxpayer dollars may now be squandered as career public servants are forced to take remedial action to cure this breach.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump signed three presidential memoranda this morning, taking immediate action on at least one main campaign promise.

One presidential memorandum called for the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fulfilling a promise made on the campaign trail in a move he says will help American businesses.

"Great thing for the American worker, what we just did," Trump said as he signed that presidential memorandum at the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.

The next presidential memorandum he signed was a hiring freeze on all federal workers "except for military," he said.

The final presidential memorandum of the morning was a reaffirmation of an existing law that bans federal funding for foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or pay for abortions.

Trump previously said that he considers Monday his first "real" workday after Friday's inauguration, though he did do some business over the weekend. He made a trip to the CIA on Saturday, addressing members of the intelligence community, and then swore in his senior staff on Sunday.

In a video message two weeks after his election, Trump pledged that on "Day One" he would take the following actions:

  • Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Cancel "job killing" restrictions on American energy
  • Institute a rule that for every new regulation put in place, two old ones should be eliminated
  • Ask the Department of Defense and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to develop a plan to protect infrastructure from cyberattacks
  • Direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs
  • Impose a five-year ban on executive officials' becoming lobbyists after leaving the administration


Other White House officials tell ABC News that other executive actions could come related to a declaration of intention to renegotiate NAFTA, to immigration and to repealing the Affordable Care Act.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer will hold his first official press briefing with members of the press corps, after he blasted the media Saturday in his first press room statement, accusing news organizations of falsely reporting the size of crowds at the Jan. 20 inauguration and intentionally framing photographs to "minimize the enormous support" of those in attendance.

Editor's Note: The White House has since clarified that this morning's actions were technically "presidential memoranda," not "executive orders" as they were previously indicated on the president's public schedule and referred to in this story. This story has been updated accordingly.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that he believes that his job is to be honest with the public but "sometimes we can disagree with the facts but our intention is never to lie."

"There are certain things that we may -- we may not fully understand when we come out but our intention is never the lie to you," he said.

Monday's news conference is the first time Spicer is taking reporters' questions since the inauguration. On Saturday, he appeared in the briefing room and read a statement to the press but did not take any questions afterward.

Spicer defended Saturday's statement when he said "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe," specifically citing audiences who watched the inauguration online and through streaming services, even though those audience numbers have not been publicly confirmed.

When asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl about whether or not Trump's inauguration had a larger audience than that of President Ronald Reagan's inaugurations, Spicer said "I'm pretty sure that Reagan didn't have YouTube, Facebook or the internet."

In Saturday's statement, Spicer also said "some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting," specifically citing the use of photos from the inauguration on Friday that he said were "intentionally framed in a way ... to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall."

On Monday, Spicer also defended his decision not to take any questions after making his statement on Saturday.

"Look -- I came out to read a statement. I did it. We're here today. I'm going to stay as long as you want," Spicer said.

He also said that the numbers that he released on Saturday about WMATA metro ridership -- which differed from the accurate figures that were released by WMATA later that day -- were provided to him by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

"At the time the information that I was provided by the inaugural committee came from an outside agency that we reported on. And I think knowing when we know now we can tell that WMATA's numbers were different but we were providing numbers we had been provided. It wasn't like we made them up out of thin air," he said.

Earlier in the news conference, Spicer ran through the meetings Trump had Monday morning, which included a meeting with business leaders, lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and a call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

He also criticized Democrats, saying that they were holding up Trump's "unquestionably qualified" candidates who need Senate confirmation.

Spicer was asked about when the White House's Spanish site would be reinstated, and he said "we've got the IT guys working overtime."

"We're working piece by piece to get that done," he said.


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