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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to honor a Senate committee's subpoena request for documents relating to Russian interference in the election, a source close to Flynn confirms to ABC News.

The Fifth Amendment gives an individual the right to protect against self-incrimination.

"He will not be producing the documents they sought. He is entitled to decline pursuant to the Fifth Amendment," a source close to Flynn tells ABC News.

To date, Flynn is the only Trump associate whom the Senate has subpoenaed.

Legal experts told ABC News that Fifth Amendment rights do not just apply to someone seated at a witness table. It also allows the individual to decline to produce documents that could potentially be incriminating.

The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Flynn's personal documents on May 10 after the former national security adviser declined to cooperate with their original April 28 request in relation to the panel's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election and its possible ties to Trump associates.

Prior to the April request, Flynn said through a statement from his lawyer that he wouldn't submit himself to questioning from the committee "without assurances against unfair prosecution."

President Trump then weighed in on Twitter, saying that Flynn was right to ask for immunity "in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!"

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on March 31 that the president "believes that Mike Flynn should go testify."

Spicer told reporters that Trump wants Flynn to "go testify, go get it out there, do what you have to do."

Last week, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said that "Gen. Flynn's lawyers said that he would not honor the subpoena and that's not a surprise to the committee," but Burr's office later put out a statement saying that Flynn's attorneys had not yet gotten back to them.

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State Department photo/ Public Domain(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- Human rights was not a primary focus of President Trump’s talks with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

“It was not the central part of our conversations,” Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One as the U.S. delegation flew from Saudi Arabia to Israel earlier Monday.

Saudi Arabia is the 10th worst nation in the world for granting political and civil rights to its citizens, according to the 2017 ranking by Freedom House, an independent watchdog group.

Tillerson told reporters that in Trump’s conversations over the weekend with the Saudi king and others in the royal family, “We were focused on this fight against terrorism primarily.”

The secretary of state also responded to questions about some of the president’s troubles back home, including about Trump’s disclosure of sensitive intelligence to Russian officials and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Ahead of the president’s arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel and his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, Tillerson was asked if Trump planned to apologize for sharing Israeli intelligence information about ISIS with Russian officials at a recent White House meeting.

“I don’t know that there’s anything to apologize for," Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One as the U.S. delegation traveled to Israel with Trump on his first foreign trip as president.

The Washington Post
reported that Trump disclosed sensitive information to Russia's Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office.

U.S. officials told ABC News that the intelligence was shared with the U.S. with the intent that the source remain confidential and, according to the Post, that the information not be disclosed to others.

Trump on Twitter argued that he has the "absolute right" to share information with the Russians, and wanted to share with them "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety."

When Tillerson was asked about any concerns by Israel about the sharing of its intelligence, he said: “To the extent the Israelis have any questions, or clarification, I’m sure we’re happy to provide that."

The New York Times reported on Friday that during that Oval Office meeting Trump told the Russians that he "faced great pressure because of Russia" -- an apparent reference to investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties between it and Trump's campaign -- but with the firing of Comey, that has been "taken off."

In a statement Friday in response to the Times' report, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Comey "created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia."

Tillerson was asked Monday whether Comey's dismissal makes his job easier as secretary of state.

"It’s had no effect on my dealings with Russia," he said, adding, "It's had no impact on my ability to conduct foreign affairs from the State Department with my counterparts."

Tillerson's press briefing aboard Air Force One Monday came after Sunday's press conference in Riyadh with the Saudi foreign minister, which members of the traveling American press corps were not informed about.

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to ABC News that the press conference came about at the "last minute" and that "regrettably, there was not enough time to issue an alert to the traveling U.S. media."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The road of high-stakes 2017 special elections is now traveling into the Mountain West, where on Thursday Republican multi-millionaire tech executive Greg Gianforte is slated to face off against Democratic populist singer-songwriter Rob Quist in Montana.

After the GOP survived a closer-than-expected battle in Kansas’s 4th district and kept Democrat Jon Ossoff below the 50 percent threshold in Georgia’s 6th district to force a runoff, Republicans are hoping to hold on to this seat for Montana's at-large U.S. House district.

The seat was vacated after President Trump tapped Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the interior. He was confirmed on March 1, and Governor Steve Bullock scheduled a special election for May 25. Republicans have held this seat for the last two decades and are favored to hold onto it this week, but Montana has been known to split their tickets: they have a sitting Democratic governor and U.S. senator.

But the election isn't ultimately about control of this single seat, one out of the 435 in the U.S. House; Republicans will maintain a significant majority in that chamber regardless of this race's outcome.

It's actually all about momentum: Democrats are hoping a surprise win will energize their base, boost their national fundraising numbers and invigorate activists hoping to tip the entire U.S. House blue during the 2018 midterm elections. Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping to hang onto yet another House seat and block the narrative that Trump's unpopularity might hurt down-ballot Republicans in 2018.

Here's everything you need to know about Montana's special election.

Meet the candidates


Republican Greg Gianforte, 56, is a former technology and software company executive who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2016. He founded Brightwork Development in 1986 and sold the business eight years later. He retired at 33, according to Inc. magazine.

“After realizing that he couldn’t spend the rest of his life fly-fishing,” according to Inc., the multi-millionaire founded another technology company based in Bozeman, called RightNow Technologies, which he sold in 2011.

Gianforte owns almost $250,000 of shares in Russian companies that have been sanctioned by the U.S. government, according to the Guardian.

Opponents also say Gianforte is anti-public lands because of a dispute over a public stream access point. He has been supportive of major pieces of Trump’s agenda, like health care reform and his travel ban, as well as his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Democrat Rob Quist, 69, is a bluegrass and country singer-songwriter, a former member of the Montana Arts council, and a small business owner. A Bernie Sanders-esque populist candidate who frequently performs at an Idaho nudist resort, Quist toured the country with the Mission Mountain Wood Band before moving to a horse ranch in rural northwest Montana.

Quist narrowly defeated former U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis at the party’s convention in March in four ballots.

Montana’s electoral history


A Republican hasn't held the U.S. House seat in Montana since 1997, but the state has a habit of electing Democrats in some statewide races. The Treasure State has a two-term Democratic governor, who won 50 percent to 46 percent over Gianforte in November. It also has a two-term Democratic U.S. senator. But former Rep. Ryan Zinke won his seat in November by 15 percentage points, and Trump won Montana by more than 20 points -- 56 percent to 35 percent.

Gaining national attention


The race has attracted some national attention -- though it has still failed to garner any comments from Trump. Vice President Mike Pence, however, held a rally in Billings for Gianforte on May 12, and rode horseback earlier in the day at a coal mine. Donald Trump Jr. also visited the state twice to campaign for Gianforte. Meanwhile, Sanders was in Missoula, Butte and Billings on May 20 and Bozeman on May 21 to campaign for Quist.

On the airwaves


Gianforte ran an ad in which he fires a gun at a computer monitor displaying graphics charging Quist with supporting a national gun registry. Meanwhile, an ad has Quist firing his gun at a television with a Gianforte ad on the screen, calling his opponent a “millionaire from New Jersey.”

Quist decried “nearly 300 millionaires in Congress” and said “there’s enough millionaires in Washington,” adding that the House shouldn’t be a “millionaire’s club.” He also said “Washington’s out of tune” -- a nod to his musical background. He also promises to represent all Montana, “not just the millionaires.”

Gianforte, meanwhile, embraced Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” in this TV ad, adding that D.C. insiders have “rigged the system.” Gianforte has also said he will fight Washington, D.C.’s “war on the West” by supporting public lands and promising to “stop the terrible trade deals.”

It's all about the money


Gianforte’s campaign has raised $2.3 million and spent $2.5 million, according to the latest available campaign finance numbers from the Federal Election Commission. Gianforte has also loaned himself $1 million. Quist’s campaign, meanwhile, has raised $3.3 million and spent $2.6 million. Outside groups haven’t been as involved as other races: A Democratic group House Majority PAC is buying $25,000 of airtime -- a small, late investment from a national group, according to Politico. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is making a late investment of $200,000 in commercials, according to Politico.

The county to watch

If you’re only watching one county on Thursday night, keep your eyes on Lake County. It’s a small area with less than 30,000 people -- split between the small town of Polson, the Flathead Indian reservation and other rural areas -- but it’s been nearly perfect in predicting Montana's federal and gubernatorial statewide elections over the last two decades.

Lake County has matched both major party candidates' statewide result within 2 percentage points or less in 16 of the last 19 such statewide elections. It’s predicted the statewide margin within an average of 2.5 percentage points since 2004 -- and a razor-thin 1.2 points in the last five such statewide races.

The county did not match the statewide vote in the 2008 presidential race -- the only mismatch in federal or gubernatorial races since 1996 -- siding with former President Barack Obama by a 49-47 percent margin while the state voted for Sen. John McCain by a 50-47 percent margin.

After Montana’s race, here are the next special elections to watch:

California’s 34th U.S. House district special election -- June 6. Rep. Xavier Becerra resigned to become California Attorney General. Hillary Clinton won this Los Angeles district 84-11 percent in November. Democrats have held the seat since 1983.

Georgia’s 6th U.S. House district special election runoff -- June 20. Rep. Tom Price resigned to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. Trump won this northern Atlanta district by only 2 percentage points. Republicans have held this seat, for two decades under Newt Gingrich, since 1979.

South Carolina’s 5th U.S. House district special election -- June 20. Rep. Mick Mulvaney resigned to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Trump won this rural northern South Carolina district 56 percent to 35 percent. Mulvaney was the first GOP representative here since 1883.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo has been contacted by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ABC News has confirmed.

The panel sent Caputo, a protégé of longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone, a letter on May 9 requesting his cooperation, and any documents and records pertinent to the investigation by May 22.

The committee also asked Caputo to preserve existing documents and appear for a voluntary, transcribed interview with staff, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ABC News.

Caputo, who officially worked for Trump's presidential campaign from November 2015 to June 2016, has repeatedly denied any contact with Russian officials or collusion during the campaign.

In his written response to the panel, Caputo said he was never in contact with Russian officials or government employees during his time with the campaign.

The only time he ever discussed Russia with Trump was in 2013, when he "simply asked me in passing what it was like to live there in the context of a dinner conversation," Caputo wrote.

The focus on Caputo, first reported by The New York Times, comes as the federal investigation of Trump associates and potential collusion with Russian officials has turned to at least one Trump White House staffer, in addition to Trump campaign advisers.

Caputo's name was brought up in the committee's March 20 open hearing with NSA Director Mike Rogers and then-FBI director James Comey, when Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) mentioned his political-consulting work in Russia.

Caputo lived in Russia in the 1990s and briefly advised Gazprom Media, the media division of the Russian energy conglomerate with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

House Intelligence Committee aides declined to comment.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who is leading one of the congressional investigations of Russia’s election interference and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, said he's concerned by a report in The New York Times that President Trump called fired FBI Director James Comey a “nut job” at a meeting with Russian government officials.

“I hope that’s not true. I don’t know if that’s what was said or not,” the Utah Republican told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos of the report about the president's May 10 meeting.

Chaffetz added that he would prefer that Trump had confronted the Russians over their interference with the election. “You would like the president to beat them over the head over that,” he said Sunday on This Week.

The House Oversight Committee needs to see transcripts of all relevant conversations about the Russia investigation, Chaffetz said, referring to any written accounts of the Oval Office meeting with the Russians and Comey’s reported detailed memos of his own interactions with the president.

“It’s important to remember that nobody has even seen these documents,” the congressman said. “We’re certainly pursuing them, and I hope we find them sooner rather than later.”

Chaffetz said he expects to speak with Comey on Monday.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said on the same segment of This Week that he hopes Chaffetz will use his subpoena power to get the meeting transcripts.

“I want every note that they have," Cummings said to Stephanopoulos. "There have been so many lies and so many contradictions, so I’m hoping that the chairman will issue subpoenas.”

But Cummings stopped short of suggesting the president might ultimately face impeachment. “I think they we need to gather the facts,” he said. “I have been always one to be very careful as regards to gathering the facts and then coming to the conclusion.”

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke -- who last week claimed that he was appointed to be an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security -- is denying allegations that he plagiarized content in his 2013 master's thesis, while calling the reporter who broke the story a "sleaze bag."

CNN reported on Saturday night that Clarke, a controversial figure who has spoken out against the activist group Black Lives Matter and has been accused of human rights abuses by civil rights groups, lifted language from several sources in building his thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School.

The CNN report claims that Clarke footnoted his sources in the thesis, titled "Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible," but failed to use quotation marks in places where he had used passages verbatim, which breaks with school guidelines at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where Clarke earned a master's degree in security studies in 2013.

Clarke responded to the allegations in an email to his hometown paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by claiming that the story was partisan in nature.

I just sayin'. This "hired gun" Kaczynski did the same with me". Do I need to put that in quotation marks? https://t.co/aLxC3OCevQ

— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) May 21, 2017

"Only someone with a political agenda would say this is plagiarism," he wrote.

Clarke, who has been a vocal supporter of Trump on social media, and spoke on his behalf at the Republican National Convention last summer, disparaged Andrew Kaczynski, the reporter who broke the story, in several posts on Twitter.

Ample evidence of my previous tweet on @CNN political hack @KFILE. Guy is a sleaze bag. I'm on to him folks. https://t.co/D1kV8kg80G

— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) May 20, 2017

"Guy is a sleaze bag," Clarke wrote in a post that linked to a story in which Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pushed back against against a Kaczynski-authored story for Buzzfeed News, in which he was accused of using disputed quotes. "I'm on to him folks."

Clarke also referred to Kaczynski as a "hired gun" in a post in which he linked to a story published on a site called GotNews, which is run by conservative provocateur Charles "Chuck" Johnson.

Kaczynski on Sunday retweeted Clarke, and said that the sheriff had not addressed the issues raised in the story.

"Sheriff Clarke has yet to respond to the substance of our story," he wrote.

The Department of Homeland Security has not confirmed Clarke's appointment as assistant secretary.

Deaths in jail

Clarke's office has come under scrutiny over four deaths that have occurred in his jail since 2016, including an incident in which an inmate gave birth to a stillborn baby.

Among the most high profile incidents to take place in Clarke’s custody was the death of Terrill Thomas, a 38-year-old man who died of thirst in Milwaukee County Jail in April 2016.

Thomas was found dead in his jail cell nine days after he was arrested in connection with a shooting. The death was ruled a homicide, with dehydration the primary cause, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Clarke has not commented on the details surrounding Thomas' death, and issued a press release in September of 2016 citing an internal investigation of the case as the reason for his silence.

This month, a Milwaukee jury recommended criminal charges against seven Milwaukee County jail staffers in the death of Thomas, but ignored Clarke.

Clarke told Watchdog.org, a non-profit organization focused on transparency, that the narrative surrounding the deaths that have taken place in his jail was formed as a result of political prejudice.

“This has everything to do with politics and my support of Donald Trump,” the sheriff told the website. “These people are invested in bringing me down.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there's "a lot that's troubling" in the events surrounding President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The senator was asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday about recent reports that Trump had asked Comey for his loyalty, told the FBI chief to let go of a probe of his former national security adviser and, according to The New York Times, told Russian officials after firing Comey that the pressure was now "off."

"There's obviously a lot that's troubling about that," Sasse responded. "There's also a lot that we don't know yet and I want to underscore how good it is for America that Bob Mueller has this position," he said, referring to former FBI director Robert Mueller's appointment as Justice Department special counsel over the probe of Russia's election meddling and possible ties to Trump associates.

"This is a decorated Marine through to U.S. attorney to head of the criminal division to bipartisan applauded head of the FBI for 12 years," Sasse said of Mueller. "Lots of good stuff for the American people to put hope in about the fact that Bob Mueller is going to conduct that investigation."

On Trump's request for Comey's loyalty, he said: "The FBI is a special institution that is supposed to be defending the American Constitution by letting investigative paths go where they lead. And, obviously, when you're an agent at the Bureau, all the way up to the director of the bureau, you don't take a loyalty pledge.”

With Mueller’s appointment, he said, “We all need to be looking forward to the task of trying to rebuild trust in a lot of these institutions” of government, including the FBI.

Sasse was a well-known member of the ‘Never Trump’ movement during the 2016 campaign who questioned then-candidate Trump's understanding of the Constitution and the U.S. government's system of checks and balances.

Asked by Stephanopoulos if the concerns he expressed during the campaign are proving true, Sasse said that the erosion of a shared understanding of U.S. civic values was happening before Trump was elected.

"We've had an erosion of an understanding of basic American civics for decades,” he said. “But, yes, I am concerned that at this particular moment, there's not enough long-term thinking about how we restore an understanding of the American structure of government."

"I wish that everybody in government, including in particular the president, would spend a lot more time and energy saying [in] five and 10 years from now, am I going to have contributed to a world where American kids understand why the First Amendment is so glorious?” Sasse said.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser declined to say whether the president confronted Russian officials about the country's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election during a meeting at the White House earlier this month, telling ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that there "already was too much that's been leaked from those meetings."

"One of the things that I'm most concerned about is the confidence, the confidentiality of those kind of meetings, as you know, are extremely important," National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said in an exclusive interview that aired on This Week on Sunday. "I'm really concerned about these kind of leaks because it undermines everybody’s trust in that kind of an environment where you can have frank, candid and oftentimes unconventional conversations to try to protect American interests and secure the American people.”

"The initial leak that came out was a leak about concerns about revealing intelligence sources and methods," McMaster said, referring to a report from The Washington Post on Monday.

The report stated the president revealed highly classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State."

"Information that's not even part of the president's briefing. And so in a concern about divulging intelligence, they leaked actually not just the information from the meeting, but also indicated the sources and methods to a newspaper," McMaster said on This Week.

"I take your point on that, although there is also the question of whether or not it was right for the president to give that information to the Russians," Stephanopoulos responded. "But I just asked the direct question: Did the president confront the Russians on their interference in our election?"

McMaster still did not answer.

"I'm not going to divulge more of that meeting," McMaster said. "Those meetings, as you know, are supposed to be privileged. They're supposed to be confidential."

The New York Times reported Friday that President Trump told Russian officials during their May 10 meeting that his firing of former FBI Director James Comey eased "great pressure" on him, while calling Comey "crazy, a real nut job."

When asked by Stephanopoulos about the report, McMaster -- who was in the Oval Office meeting with Trump and the Russian officials – would not deny the comments.

"I don't remember exactly what the president said," Trump's national security adviser said, adding, "But the gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russia to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news. And that was the intention of that portion of that conversation."

Stephanopoulos pressed, “You have the president of the United States telling the Russian foreign minister in their first meeting that the pressure is off because he's fired the FBI director investigating Russian interference in the campaign. Does that seem appropriate to you?”

“As you know, it’s very difficult to take a few lines, to take a paragraph out of what appear to be notes of that meeting and to be able to see the full context of the conversation,” McMaster responded. “The real purpose of the conversation was to confront Russia on areas, as I mentioned, like Ukraine and Syria, their support for Assad and their support for the Iranians, while trying to find areas of cooperation as in the area of counterterrorism and the campaign against ISIS."

In a statement Friday to ABC News, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute The New York Times account, saying, “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia.”

Asked if Comey’s “grandstanding” hurts our ability to deal with Russia, McMaster said on This Week, “I think what's been hurting our ability to deal with Russia more than any other factor has been Russia's behavior.”

“Since President Trump has taken action in Syria, we think that there may be opportunities to find areas of cooperation in places like Ukraine, in places like Syria in particular,” McMaster added.

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Saul Loeb/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- An African-American congressman was threatened with lynching and subjected to racially charged name-calling after he called for President Trump's impeachment last week.

At a town hall in Houston on Saturday, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) played voicemails that his office received and recorded, which included vulgar threats and racial slurs directed at the congressman, the Houston Chronicle reported.

"You ain't going to impeach nobody. Try it and we will lynch all of you," one caller warned. Another said, "You'll be hanging from a tree."

On Tuesday, Green laid out his case to ABC News' Ben Siegel: "I think the president has committed an impeachable act, and having done so, he should be impeached."

Green reiterated his call to impeach the president Wednesday on the House floor and encouraged those who agree to sign a petition. He believes Trump should be impeached because of "the obstruction of a lawful investigation of the President’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 Presidential Election," according to Green's website.

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Twitter/@nbcsnl(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live reprised most of its Team Trump impersonations for the show's season finale this weekend, kicking off the show with a cold open featuring guest stars and cast members belting out a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

 Alec Baldwin returned yet again to play to President Trump, as did actress Scarlett Johansson to play first daughter Ivanka Trump.

"SNL" cast member Kate McKinnon played counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Beck Bennett played Vice President Mike Pence, Aidy Bryant plated deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Cecily Strong played first lady Melania Trump, and Mikey Day and Alex Moffatt played Trump offspring Donald Jr. and Eric, respectively. And senior counselor to the president Steve Bannon was represented by a cast member in a Grim Reaper costume.

In the cold open, Baldwin's Trump plays the piano, while everyone sings "Hallelujah." Kate McKinnon performed the song in November on the show, to acknowledge Hillary Clinton's defeat in the presidential election.

After Baldwin's Trump is finished singing, in a nod to the president's week, he says, "I'm not giving up because I didn't do anything wrong, but I can't speak for this people."

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Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As part of his first foreign trip as president, Donald Trump will deliver a major speech on Sunday to leaders of more than 50 Middle Eastern countries, which his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, hinted could break from his past rhetoric on Islam and terrorism.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump was tough on what he called "radical Islamic terrorism" and bashed his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for not using the phrase.

Trump used the phrase in a commencement speech to Coast Guard cadets this week, previewing his Sunday address in Saudi Arabia by saying, "I'll speak with Muslim leaders and challenge them to fight hatred and extremism and embrace a peaceful future for their faith. … We have to stop radical Islamic terrorism."

ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos pressed McMaster during an exclusive interview on whether the president plans on using the phrase during his first speech overseas in the Muslim world.

"I think what the president does is he listens to people. He listens to people in the region and a big part of this, this isn't America just on transmit here in the Middle East. This is the president asking questions, listening, learning. And, of course, the president will call it whatever he wants to call it," McMaster said in an interview that will air Sunday on This Week.

"I think it’s important that whatever we call it, we recognize that these are not religious people. And, in fact, these enemies of all civilization, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under this false idea of kind of a religious war," McMaster added.

Earlier this week, McMaster said the speech is "intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America's commitment to our Muslim partners."

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Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First lady Melania Trump stepped off Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport Saturday morning without a head scarf -- following the example of her predecessor, Michelle Obama -- and potentially creating a stir in this conservative Islamic country.

Women here, including visitors and foreign dignitaries, are expected to be fully covered in public, including their head and hair, per religious and legal code.

Senior adviser Ivanka Trump, traveling as part of the presidential entourage, was also seen not wearing an abaya.

 When Mrs. Obama visited with her husband in January 2015, her flouting of the custom was seen by some as a sign of disrespect to her hosts. The White House at the time said she intended to make a statement in a country where women have few rights.

One of those critical of her move: Donald Trump.

During the Obamas' visit, Trump tweeted, "Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refusing to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies."

Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted.We have enuf enemies

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2015


The Trumps did seem to get a little political cover ahead of their visit from Saudi minister of foreign affairs Adel bin Ahmen Al-Jubier, who told local media last week, "We welcome any style of clothing."

Al-Jubier said the government "usually doesn't demand," but makes "suggestions" to visiting female dignitaries.

One notable difference in the official agendas of the Obamas and Trumps: Human rights and women's rights. The White House says President Trump will not make those issues a focus of his visit.

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Eric Thayer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ousted FBI Director James Comey will testify in a public hearing before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day, the panel announced Friday.

Comey has not spoken publicly since President Donald Trump abruptly fired him less than two weeks ago amid his agency's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump camapaign and Russian officials.

"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media," said Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the committee.

The White House originally pointed to a recommendation from acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server as the impetus for his departure. But Trump said later that he had already decided to fire Comey.

The New York Times reported today that Trump told Russian diplomats in the Oval Office that Comey's firing had relieved pressure on the White House amid the ongoing Russia investigation. Trump also called Comey a "nut job." The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple Congressional committees.

"Director Comey ... deserves an opportunity to tell his story," said Sen. Mark Warner, the panel's top Democrat. "Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it."

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is not denying a report Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump called former FBI Director James Comey a "nut job" in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister the day after firing Comey.

The remarks, reported in the New York Times, came amid an investigation into potential collusion between the president's campaign and Russian government officials, allegations Trump has repeatedly dismissed as "fake news."

"The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a statement.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations."

The Times reported on Friday that Trump told the Russians he "faced great pressure" because of the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling.

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump told the Russians in the Oval Office on May 10, according to a document read to the The New York Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- The federal investigation of alleged collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials is looking not only into Trump campaign advisers previously cited in public accounts, but it is also scrutinizing at least one current White House staffer, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.

The Washington Post was the first to report on this detail of the investigation, saying a "senior White House adviser" has become "a significant person of interest" in the probe.

Officials speaking to ABC News would not identify the staffer, and it is unclear exactly why authorities are interested in this individual.

The Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to spearhead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election -- as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Russia storyline as "fake news."

Multiple Congressional committees are also investigating potential ties between the President’s campaign and the Russians.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer provided a statement responding to The Washington Post denying collusion.

"As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity," said Spicer.

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