1. Jan. 12, 2018
Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid adult film star Stormy Daniels hush-money to silence her about her affair with the president.
2. Jan. 20-22, 2018
Government shuts down for three days over disagreement between the two political parties over fixing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, which gave legal protections to young immigrants. The shutdown ends when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell makes a commitment to hold a vote on the immigration issue and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agrees to continue negotiations on immigration and spending issues.
3. Jan. 31, 2018
Trump signs an executive order that keeps the Guantanamo Bay prison center open, reversing the effort of President Barack Obama to close it.
4. Feb. 5, 2018
Trump claims a congressional memo vindicates him. The memo alleges the FBI abused its powers during its investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible connection with Russia.
5. Feb. 16, 2018
A New Yorker magazine story details an alleged affair between a Playboy model and Trump and the methods used to suppress her story.