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Kevin Cirilli

Kevin Cirilli is a political reporter for Bloomberg. Before joining Bloomberg, he worked at The Hill and Politico. Prior to coming to Washington, he helped cover the Jerry Sandusky scandal for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and Philadelphia magazine. While at Penn State University, he was a recipient of the Damon M. Chappie Award for Investigative Journalism and was campus editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. Kevin was a Pulliam Fellow of Journalism at The Arizona Republic. He grew up in suburban Philadelphia's Delaware County. In his free time, he enjoys eating Philly food and running.

Manafort, Gates Had Deep Trump Campaign Ties Despite Denials

The White House has sought for months to distance itself from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and inaugural planner Rick Gates, who were both charged Monday on multiple counts of money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying.

Yellen at White House for Routine Cohn Meeting, Official Says

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was back at the White House Friday for a routine meeting with economic adviser Gary Cohn, a U.S. official said, a day after President Donald Trump interviewed her for a potential reappointment to her job.

Trump Will Use Campaign Funds to Pay for Russia Legal Bills

President Donald Trump will use money donated to his campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his personal legal bills related to investigations into his campaign’s ties to Russia, two people familiar with the matter said.

Manchin Emerges as Possible Pick for Energy Department

Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s stalled legislative agenda.

Trump Struggles to Regain Footing After Staff Defections

President Donald Trump sought to impose order in his White House in the face of a widening Russia probe on Friday, ending a tumultuous week by appointing a new lead lawyer, sidelining his old one and hiring a new communications director as two top spokesmen quit in protest.

Scaramucci Being Considered as Trump Communications Chief

SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci is under consideration for the post of White House communications director, according to a person familiar with the deliberations, a critical job in an administration that has been struggling to keep its message focused amid multiple investigations.

Trump Campaign Staff Told to Save Records for Investigators

President Donald Trump’s campaign committee staff and vendors were directed to preserve documents and records in case they’re requested by the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election or by congressional committees.

Trump's Allies Plan to Treat Comey Like a Political Opponent

The White House is mobilizing to defend President Donald Trump during ousted FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony, an effort comparable to preparations for the presidential debate following the release of an Access Hollywood tape that nearly derailed his campaign.

Corporate CEOs Descend on Riyadh for Trump's Summit

Defense contractors were the big winners, but President Donald Trump’s first day in Saudi Arabia yielded a slew of high-profile investment deals that showcased the administration’s ability to draw support from major corporations.

Trump Ally Roger Stone Says He Won't Testify Privately on Russia

A longtime political ally of President Donald Trump said in a Bloomberg Television interview Friday he is "anxious" to testify publicly to congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the U.S. election, but that he would decline to meet with lawmakers behind closed doors.

Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager Said to Aid Lockheed in F-35 Dispute

Lockheed Martin Corp. turned to Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and his lobbying firm to help them navigate a dispute with the new president over the cost of its F-35 fighter plane, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Trump Revamps U.S. Trade Focus by Pulling Out of Pacific Deal

President Donald Trump abruptly ended the decades-old U.S. tilt toward free trade by signing an executive order to withdraw from an Asia-Pacific accord that was never ratified and promising to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump Team Shunning Davos Meeting of World’s Economic Elite

Donald Trump won’t send an official representative to the annual gathering of the world’s economic elite in Davos, taking place next week in the days leading up to his inauguration, although one of the president-elect’s advisers is slated to attend.

AT&T Executives to Meet With Trump to Talk Time Warner Deal

Donald Trump met with AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson to discuss the company’s proposed $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. The president-elect has said he opposes the deal.

Trump Says He’ll Weigh Intelligence Findings on Russian Hack

President-elect Donald Trump said he’ll meet next week with U.S. intelligence officials to discuss their findings that Russia hacked Democratic Party e-mails to meddle in the 2016 election, signaling a possible shift from his previous dismissals of Russian involvement.

Trump Says No Deals While in Office; Sons Will Run Company

President-elect Donald Trump gave his first clues as to how he’ll step away from his businesses, saying he would put his two sons Don and Eric in charge by Inauguration Day Jan. 20 but offering no information about his own role.

Boeing Said to Offer Talks on Air Force One After Trump Tweets

Boeing Co. executives told officials on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team that the cost of a new version of Air Force One could be lowered if the government agrees to reduce its requirements for the plane, people familiar with the discussions said.

Trump Claims Victory at Carrier as Manufacturing Still Bleeds

President-elect Donald Trump said he called the top executive of United Technologies Corp. shortly after his election and told him not to close a Carrier factory in Indianapolis that became a symbol of the Republican’s outsider campaign for the White House.

Trump Said to Narrow Intelligence Director Down to Three Choices

President-elect Donald Trump has narrowed his search for Director of National Intelligence to three choices: retiring-Senator Dan Coats, former George W. Bush homeland security adviser Frances Townsend and National Security Agency Director and U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Rogers, according to a top transition source.

Trump Sees Petraeus as Secretary of State Fight Continues

President-elect Donald Trump met with retired General David Petraeus Monday, as a senior official with the transition said the former CIA director is being considered for secretary of state amid open infighting among Trump’s advisers about who to pick for the post.

On Thanksgiving, Obama and Trump Find Time for Duties and Dining

For one President, it was his last Thanksgiving in power, for the next, his last before taking office. Both celebrated the holiday with family and friends after releasing video messages calling for Americans to come together after a divisive political campaign.

Trump Outlines Agenda Amid Business Scrutiny, Press Tension

President-elect Donald Trump vowed to start the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, institute a five-year ban on federal officials lobbying after leaving government, and cancel “job-killing” regulations on energy production within his first 100 days in office.

Michigan’s Romney McDaniel, Bossie Said Contenders for RNC Chief

Michigan GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and deputy presidential campaign manager David Bossie are the two leading contenders being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Republican National Committee, according to two senior Trump advisers.

Carson Said Not Interested in Serving in Trump Cabinet Post

Ben Carson, a former candidate for Republican presidential nomination, will not serve in cabinet position under President-elect Donald Trump, according to close friend and business manager Armstrong Williams. NOTE: Carson had been mentioned as possible HHS or education secretary Earlier: Ben Carson Says He’s Having Talks About Possible Cabinet Job

Mnuchin Said to Be Top Treasury Pick Among Trump’s Advisers

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Steven Mnuchin has been recommended by Donald Trump’s transition team to serve as Treasury secretary, according to two people familiar with the process, and the choice is awaiting the president-elect’s final decision.

Trump Staff Picks Straddle Establishment-Outsider Divide

Donald Trump’s choice of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for White House chief of staff marks his greatest capitulation to the GOP establishment so far and caps a weekend spent watering down some of his boldest promises from the campaign trail.

Trump's Populist Uprising Takes Him All the Way to White House

Two engines propelled Donald Trump’s rise from longshot to next president of the United States: an angry message of nativist populism, directed at the very elites among whom he’d spent his adult life, and his loquacious, volcanic, uncontrollable, made-for-television personality. They pushed him further than anyone had believed possible, and made fools of many a pundit who held to his underdog status until the final hours of election night.

Trump Rushed From Stage in Reno as Clinton Allies Mobilize

Donald Trump was rushed from a stage in Nevada by Secret Service agents after flying from swing state to swing state while Hillary Clinton used her fund-raising edge on get-out-the-vote efforts and TV advertising in a final rush of campaigning that may determine the outcome of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election.

Pence Backs Ryan for Speaker Re-Election, Spokesman Says

"Governor Pence 100 percent supports Paul Ryan to be re-elected speaker of the House," says Marc Lotter, spokesman for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence. NOTE: National Review reported earlier that Pence in an interview declined three times to say whether Ryan should be re-elected speaker

Manafort: Reports of FBI Inquiry on Foreign Ties a ‘Smear’

NBC report that FBI is conducting a preliminary inquiry into foreign business connections of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort "is an outrageous smear being driven" by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Manafort says in statement. "There is no FBI investigation and NBC even admitted that there is no criminal investigation," Manafort says NOTE: NBC says FBI inquiry not a criminal investigation Manafort says move an attempt "to take the focus off" W

White House Sees No FBI Meddling as Clinton Allies Attack

As Hillary Clinton’s allies went on the attack against FBI Director James Comey, the White House pushed back against accusations from some Democrats that the agency chief is purposely interfering with the presidential election.

Clinton Says Comey E-Mail Move ‘Unprecedented’ as Trump Pounces

Hillary Clinton attacked FBI Director James Comey’s decision to inform Congress it was reviving an investigation into her use of a private e-mail server as Donald Trump’s advisers urged him to use the development to seize momentum 10 days before the election.

Trump Advised Not to Target Anthony Weiner on Campaign Trail

Donald Trump’s top advisers are advising him not to target Anthony Weiner during campaign appearances this weekend in an effort to keep the focus on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, according to several people familiar with the strategy. Instead, Trump set to focus his speeches in Denver and Phoenix today on attacking the Affordable Care Act Rudy Giuliani has become the top surrogate and adviser working with Trump in attacking Clinton for the FBI’s reo