John Wagner

Washington, D.C.

National reporter on The Post's breaking political news team

Education: Stanford University, BA in Political Science

John Wagner is a national reporter on The Post's new breaking political news team. He previously covered the Trump White House. During the 2016 presidential election, Wagner focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. He earlier chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade, a stretch that included O’Malley’s eight years as governor and part of the tenure of his Republican predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. He came to The Post from the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where he served as the paper’s Washington correspondent, covering t
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Wyden asks Texas billionaire for detailed accounting of gifts to Clarence Thomas

In a letter, the Senate Democrat said the “unprecedented arrangement between a wealthy benefactor and a Supreme Court justice” raises concerns related to tax and ethics laws.

April 24, 2023

Biden welcomes ‘Tennessee Three’ to White House to discuss gun control

The president met with the three Tennessee lawmakers who faced expulsion votes after participating in protests over last month’s school shooting in Nashville.

April 24, 2023

Hunter Biden lawyer seeks ethics probe of Greene for ‘verbal abuses’

Lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics that the Georgia Republican has spewed "unhinged rhetoric" at the president's son.

April 24, 2023

Conservative radio host Larry Elder launches Republican bid for president

Elder finished atop a field of challengers to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in a 2021 recall election, but voters chose to stick with the incumbent rather than replace him.

April 21, 2023

McCarthy’s debt-limit plan would ‘take a hatchet’ to key programs, White House says

In a statement, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre ticked off a long list of likely consequences if the House speaker’s plan were to become law.

April 20, 2023

Sen. Durbin invites Roberts to testify on Supreme Court ethics amid Thomas revelations

The request follows revelations about a billionaire taking Justice Clarence Thomas on lavish vacations and buying a Georgia home from Thomas and his relatives.

April 20, 2023

Lawyer cites traffic concerns as reason Trump could skip rape trial

Trump "wishes to appear" in a civil trial centered on a rape allegation by author E. Jean Carroll, but he is concerned about the "logistical burdens," his lawyer says.

April 20, 2023

Biden rejects GOP spending cuts, warns of catastrophic government default

President Biden and Democratic leaders are standing firm in their insistence that Congress pass a stand-alone bill to raise the debt limit.

April 19, 2023

GOP blocks Democrats from temporarily replacing Feinstein on Judiciary Committee

Senate Republicans blocked Democrats on Tuesday from temporarily replacing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on the Senate Judiciary Committee, stymieing the party in their push to confirm President Biden’s judicial nominees during Feinstein’s extended absence.

April 18, 2023

Becerra violated Hatch Act by advocating for senator’s election, report finds

President Biden's health and human services secretary said the lapse was "inadvertent" and that he has sought counsel on the rules restricting political activity.

April 18, 2023