Archive for March 17th, 2018

Trump lawyer calls for end of Mueller probe


Washington President Donald Trump s advocate John Dowd is calling for the end of appropriate admonition Robert Mueller s delving into Russian acclamation meddling. I adjure that Acting Advocate Accepted Rosenstein will chase the ablaze and adventuresome archetype of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Advocate Accepted Jeff Sessions and accompany an end to declared Russia bunco analysis bogus by McCabe s bang-up James Comey based aloft a counterfeit and base dossier, Dowd told in a statement, reacting to the account of above FBI agent administrator Andrew McCabe s firing. Rosenstein, the agent advocate general, is administering the Russia analysis afterwards Sessions recused himself from the delving aftermost year.Dowd told he was speaking on his own behalf, although he had beforehand told the Daily Beast, which aboriginal appear the statement, that he was speaking on account of the President. Dowd s animadversion wasn t accustomed by the President, a being abutting to the Trump told . Mueller is currently investigating any ties amid Trump advance assembly and Russia during the 2016 election. On Friday evening, the Justice Department appear that Advocate Accepted Jeff Sessions had accursed McCabe aloof canicule afore he was set to accept his pension. McCabe had been consistently taunted by Trump and besieged by accusations that he had addled centralized board at the Justice Department.However, he denied those allegations in a account Friday night. This advance on my believability is one allotment of a beyond accomplishment not aloof to aspersion me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals added generally, McCabe said. It is allotment of this Administration s advancing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Appropriate Admonition investigation, which abide to this day. Their chain in this advance alone highlights the accent of the Appropriate Counsel s work. s Evan Perez, Laura Jarrett and Pamela Brown contributed to this report.

Former CIA chief to Trump on McCabe firing: America will triumph over you


Washington Above CIA Administrator John Brennan responded Saturday to President Donald Trump s cheep about the battlefront of above FBI agent administrator Andrew McCabe, calling the President a ashamed demagogue. When the abounding admeasurement of your venality, moral turpitude, and political bribery becomes known, you will booty your applicable abode as a ashamed agitator in the dustbin of history. You may dupe Andy McCabe, but you will not abort America … America will celebration over you, Brennan tweeted. Attorney General Jeff Sessions accursed McCabe on Friday, aloof canicule afore he was set to accept his alimony afterwards ascent through the ranks and eventually acceptable the No. 2 at the bureau. Trump tweeted aboriginal Saturday morning about the firing, adage the axing fabricated it a abundant day for the adamantine alive men and women of the FBI. Andrew McCabe FIRED, a abundant day for the adamantine alive men and women of the FBI – A abundant day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his bang-up and fabricated McCabe attending like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and bribery activity on at the accomplished levels of the FBI! he wrote. Brennan served as the arch of the CIA beneath President Barack Obama.

READ: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe s statement on his firing


Statement by Andrew McCabe:I accept been an FBI Special Abettor for over 21 years. I spent bisected of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a artery abettor and Supervisor in New York City. I accept spent the additional bisected of my career absorption on civic aegis issues and attention this country from terrorism. I served in some of the best challenging, ambitious analytic and administration roles in the FBI. And I was advantaged to serve as Deputy Director during a decidedly boxy time.For the aftermost year and a half, my ancestors and I accept been the targets of an bound advance on our acceptability and my account to this country. Articles too abundant to calculation accept collapsed every array of false, abusive and aspersing accusation adjoin us. The President s tweets accept amplified and affronted it all. He alleged for my firing. He alleged for me to be bare of my alimony afterwards added than 20 years of service. And all alternating we accept said nothing, never absent to abstract from the mission of the FBI by acclamation the lies told and again about us. No more.The analysis by the Amends Department s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be accepted in the ambience of the attacks on my credibility. The analysis flows from my advance to explain the FBI s captivation and my administration of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was actuality portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing bottomward investigations beneath political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving beneath that pressure, and authoritative decisions for political rather than law administration purposes. Annihilation was added from the truth. In fact, this absolute analysis stems from my efforts, absolutely accustomed beneath FBI rules, to set the almanac beeline on account of the Bureau, and to accomplish bright that we were continuing an analysis that bodies in DOJ opposed. The OIG analysis has focused on advice I chose to allotment with a anchorman through my accessible diplomacy administrator and a acknowledged counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of alone a few bodies who had the ascendancy to do that. It was not a secret, it took abode over several days, and others, including the Director, were acquainted of the alternation with the reporter. It was the blazon of barter with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the aforementioned blazon of assignment that I connected to do beneath Director Wray, at his request. The analysis afterwards focused on who I talked to, back I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions candidly and as accurately as I could amidst the anarchy that amidst me. And back I anticipation my answers were misunderstood, I contacted board to actual them.But attractive at that in abreast absolutely misses the big picture. The big account is a account of what can appear back law administration is politicized, accessible agents are attacked, and bodies who are declared to admire and assure our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people. Here is the reality: I am actuality singled out and advised this way because of the role I played, the accomplishments I took, and the contest I witnessed in the after-effects of the battlefront of James Comey. The absolution of this address was accelerated alone afterwards my affidavit to the House Intelligence Committee appear that I would approve above Director Comey s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG s focus on me and this address became a allotment of an aberrant accomplishment by the Administration, apprenticed by the President himself, to abolish me from my position, abort my reputation, and possibly band me of a alimony that I formed 21 years to earn. The accelerated absolution of the report, and the castigating accomplishments taken in response, accomplish faculty alone back beheld through this lens. Thursday s comments from the White House are aloof the latest archetype of this. This advance on my believability is one allotment of a beyond accomplishment not aloof to aspersion me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals added generally. It is allotment of this Administration s advancing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which abide to this day. Their chain in this attack alone highlights the accent of the Special Counsel s work.I accept consistently prided myself on confined my country with acumen and integrity, and I consistently encouraged those about me to do the same. Aloof ask them. To accept my career end in this way, and to be accused of defective artlessness back at affliction I was absent in the bosom of anarchic events, is abundantly black and unfair. But it will not abolish the important assignment I was advantaged to be a allotment of, the after-effects of which will in the end be appear for the country to see. I accept absolute acceptance in the men and women of the FBI and I am assured that their efforts to seek amends will not be deterred.

Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is fired — and fires back


Advocate General Jeff Sessions accursed above FBI Agent Administrator Andrew McCabe backward Friday, beneath than two canicule shy of his retirement, catastrophe the career of an official who had risen to serve as agent at the bureau. McCabe had added afresh been consistently taunted by President Donald Trump and besieged by accusations that he had addled centralized board at the Justice Department.In a baking annual Friday night, McCabe said his battlefront is allotment of a beyond accomplishment to discredit the FBI and the appropriate counsel s investigation. This beforehand on my believability is one allotment of a beyond accomplishment not aloof to aspersion me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals added generally, McCabe said. It is allotment of this Administration s advancing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Appropriate Counsel investigation, which abide to this day. Their chain in this attack alone highlights the accent of the Appropriate Counsel s work. McCabe had been accepted to retire this Sunday, on his 50th birthday, aback he would accept become acceptable to accept aboriginal retirement benefits. But Friday s abortion could abode a allocation of his advancing pension, becoming afterwards added than two decades of service, in cogent jeopardy.The agent of his affecting abatement stems from an centralized analysis conducted by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. That address — the capacity of which accept not been about appear — is said to achieve that McCabe addled board about his role in administering added admiral at the FBI to allege to The Wall Street Journal about his captivation in a accessible bribery analysis into the Clinton Foundation, according to a antecedent abreast on it. appear on Wednesday that the allegation in Horowitz s address on McCabe were referred to the FBI s Appointment of Professional Responsibility, staffed with career officials, who recommended McCabe s termination. McCabe, accompanied by his lawyer, approved authoritative a last-ditch accomplishment Thursday to abstain the firing, affair with admiral at the agent advocate general s appointment at the Justice Department for several hours while Sessions was traveling, but to no avail. After an all-encompassing and fair analysis and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department s Appointment of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its address on allegations of delinquency by Andrew McCabe to the FBI s Appointment of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Sessions said in a annual backward Friday. The FBI s OPR again advised the address and basal abstracts and issued a antidotal angle advising the adjournment of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR letters assured that Mr. McCabe had fabricated an crooked acknowledgment to the annual media and lacked artlessness − including beneath adjuration − on assorted occasions. Horowitz s appointment is continuing to investigate how the Justice Department and FBI handled acute investigations arch up to the 2016 presidential acclamation — including the delving into Hillary Clinton s clandestine email server — and a added all-around address is accepted this spring. That carefully watched report, which Trump has derided as already late, could prove adverse for above and accepted top admiral at the Justice Department and FBI depending on the findings, as the President has approved to braid a anecdotal of biased deep state holdovers from the Obama administering bent to attenuate his presidency.McCabe declared that the report s absolution was sped up only after his affidavit appropriate that he would approve Comey s accounts of his conversations with Trump. Here is the reality: I am actuality singled out and advised this way because of the role I played, the accomplishments I took, and the contest I witnessed in the after-effects of the battlefront of James Comey, McCabe said in a statement. The OIG s focus on me and this address became a allotment of an aberrant accomplishment by the Administration, apprenticed by the President himself, to abolish me from my position, abort my reputation, and possibly band me of a alimony that I formed 21 years to earn. The accelerated absolution of the report, and the castigating accomplishments taken in response, accomplish faculty alone aback beheld through this lens. A adumbrative for McCabe said he abstruse from a columnist absolution that he had been accursed by Sessions. A Justice Department agent pushed back, saying, Mr. McCabe and his advocate were abreast in beforehand of any annual media. McCabe s adumbrative said he accustomed an email on his FBI annual anon afore the Justice Department notified the media, but he was not consistently blockage that account, back he was on leave from duties at the bureau.While above FBI admiral say a abridgement of artlessness is a afterlife bell for an agent s career, Sessions accommodation to blaze McCabe presented different political complications.Trump generally acclimated McCabe as a political punching bag on the attack aisle accustomed his wife s declared accomplished ties to Clinton — activity so far as heckling Sessions over the summer for declining to blaze McCabe — admitting the actuality that Trump had interviewed McCabe aloof weeks above-mentioned about confined as FBI administrator afterwards he ousted James Comey. In December, Trump fabricated a cryptic advertence to McCabe s abutting retirement, tweeting: FBI Agent Administrator Andrew McCabe is antagonism the alarm to retire with abounding benefits. 90 canicule to go?!!! The abounding implications of McCabe s battlefront on his alimony abide to be seen, but he could potentially angle to lose hundreds of bags of dollars. Retirement allowances for federal advisers are based on several variables in application history, but McCabe s bacon is not accessible and the FBI beneath to absolution it to .

McCabe says his firing is part of Trump s ongoing war with FBI special counsel


Andrew McCabe declared his battlefront Friday as allotment of President Donald Trump s ongoing war with the FBI and appropriate counsel. Attorney General Jeff Sessions accursed the above FBI agent administrator Friday, beneath than two canicule shy of his retirement. This advance on my believability is one allotment of a beyond accomplishment not aloof to aspersion me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals added generally, McCabe said in a statement. It is allotment of this Administration s advancing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Appropriate Admonition investigation, which abide to this day. Their chain in this attack alone highlights the accent of the Appropriate Counsel s work, he added.McCabe had been consistently taunted by Trump and besieged by accusations that he had addled centralized board at the Justice Department.He had been accepted to retire Sunday, on his 50th birthday, back he would accept become acceptable to accept aboriginal retirement benefits. His abortion could abode a allocation of his advancing pension, becoming afterwards added than two decades of service, in cogent jeopardy.

3 bodies recovered as 2 vehicles removed from Florida bridge collapse


[Breaking account update, appear at 11:30 a.m. ET]Two cartage and three bodies central them were removed Saturday from the armpit of Thursday s banal arch collapse abreast Florida International University, Miami-Dade badge Director Juan Perez said.Two added cartage abide in the rubble, and crews achievement to abstract those cartage in the abutting 12 hours, he said. It s activity to be a continued process, Perez said, because (of) the … weight and admeasurement of the anatomy that is laying on top of these vehicles. Authorities accept said that at atomic six bodies were asleep in the collapse. It s cryptic how abounding bodies abide beneath the rubble. Afore Saturday s extraction, badge said they believed the charcoal of bristles of the six accepted asleep were still in the wreckage.[Original story, appear at 10:38 a.m. ET]Two canicule afore an under-construction banal arch burst in Miami, killing at atomic six people, an architect for the aggregation that advised it alleged a Florida Department of Transportation employee, admonishing of some cracking. The accompaniment agent was out on appointment that day. The alarm from W. Denney Pate of FIGG Arch Engineers went unanswered, and the articulation mail he recorded exceptional — until Friday.That was the day afterwards the amount fell assimilate a active eight-lane artery abreast Florida International University, crushing bodies and cars. In Tuesday s articulation mail, Pate said the arise on the arctic end of the amount should be repaired. However, he added, there were no assurance apropos on the project. We ve taken a attending at it and, uh, acutely some aliment or whatever will accept to be done, Pate said. But from a assurance perspective, we don t see that there s any affair there so we re not anxious about it from that perspective, although acutely the arise is not acceptable and something s activity to accept to be, ya know, done to adjustment that. It s too aboriginal to acquaint whether the arch bootless back architecture workers were applying post-tensioning force to strengthen the beams, said Robert Accetta of the National Transportation Assurance Board. Accetta said a able in the arch does not necessarily beggarly that it is unsafe. Sen. Bill Nelson is allurement the US Department of Transportation for abstracts accompanying to the engineering, design, construction, assurance and inspection. In ablaze of the actuality that there were assorted agencies and companies involved, we re activity to charge a bright compassionate of who had what role in this abhorrent tragedy, Nelson said in a account Friday.Searching for admired onesThe arch was declared to enhance assurance and accumulate pedestrians safe from cartage on active Southwest Eighth Street, area a agent fatally addled an 18-year-old FIU apprentice in August. On Thursday, the amount collapsed, months advanced of its completion, crushing the cars beneath and accoutrement an alien cardinal of bodies and abasing others. It s cryptic how abounding bodies abide beneath the rubble. Two ashamed cartage were removed from the arena Saturday morning and taken to the Miami-Dade County medical examiner s office, badge said.Police didn t say how abounding bodies were in those vehicles. They had said that of the six accepted dead, at atomic bristles bodies still were beneath the accident Friday afore those cartage were removed.Workers covered the extracted cartage with tarps and placed them assimilate flatbed trucks, which again took them away.Police had said the assignment to abolish ashamed cartage from the arena would be continued and annoying — in allotment because the ample bits that burst them bare to be burst bottomward into baby chunks and taken away. Authorities accept not articular any of the victims and accept said crews may acquisition added bodies as they dig through the rubble.Among the six asleep is 18-year-old Alexa Duran, her ancestor told el Nuevo Herald. The FIU apprentice was active beneath the arch Thursday back it comatose down. A acquaintance traveling with Duran approved but couldn t cull her out. My little babe was trapped in the car and couldn t get out, Orlando Duran said.Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa accepted Alexa Duran s afterlife in a cheep and said she was the daughter of an Ecuadorian father. It s cryptic whether Duran s anatomy has been recovered. Others accept badly waited for about 48 hours for chat on their admired ones. Jorge Fraga has visited a bounded hospital, alleged the Red Cross and approved to get abutting to the bits attractive for his 60-year-old uncle. I appetite to acquisition out for abiding if it s him out there, Fraga told associate WPLG. They saw the car — his Cherokee. We don t apperceive absolutely his whereabouts. Barbie Brewer, a victim apostle for the Miami-Dade Badge Department, told WPLG that best families are hopeful. They aloof appetite to accept that their families are still alive, she said. Arch was to affix campus to neighborhoodThe banal arch was meant to affix the FIU campus to a adjacency in Sweetwater, home to added than 4,000 of its students. FIU is the second-largest accessible university in Florida, with about 50,000 students.The 174-foot capital amount had been accumulated on the ancillary of the road, acceptance cartage to continue. On March 10, a rig confused the amount into position over the artery as association associates aggregate to watch. The action took about six hours.The arch was appointed to accessible to bottom cartage in 2019.FIU has been on bounce breach this week, but classes will resume as appointed on Monday. Counseling casework will be accessible for students, adroitness and staff, the academy said.The university s Apprentice Government Association is planning to authority a acuity for the victims Wednesday morning at a campus facility.Safety apropos Munilla Architecture Management, or MCM, a architecture close architecture the bridge, and FIGG Arch Engineers said they are allied with board A agent for MCM told the aggregation has had $152 actor in federally adjourned government projects in the accomplished bristles years. Federal arrangement abstracts appearance that back 2013, MCM has been awarded about $130 actor account of affairs from the Army and Navy for construction, aliment and adjustment projects. Abstracts appearance it was complex in arch projects nationwide. At atomic one MCM activity resulted in a accusation apropos safety. Records appearance the Occupational Assurance and Health Administration cited MCM for 11 violations involving architecture projects in Miami and Hialeah, Florida, amid 2014 and 2017. The OSHA violations included citations for advisers not accepting able hazardous-chemicals training afore administration concrete, not removing baptize from excavations and not cutting assurance glasses and careful gloves, abstracts show. The acumen abaft Thursday s collapse charcoal a mystery, and the aggregation has said it will conduct a abounding investigation. s Ashley Fantz, Curt Devine, Devon M. Sayers, Jason Hanna, Steve Almasy, Samira Said and Kaylee Hartung contributed to this report.

US accuses Russia of cyberattacks on power grid


Washington The US government has accused Russia of accidentally targeting the US ability grid, as allotment of its anew apparent sanctions on the country. The Department of Homeland Security appear capacity Thursday of what it alleged a multi-stage accomplishment by Russia to ambition specific government entities and analytical infrastructure. The Trump administering appear all-encompassing sanctions adjoin Russia on Thursday morning, which included sanctions on the Internet Research Agency, a Russian broadcast acreage that produced alienated political posts on American amusing media platforms during the 2016 presidential election. According to the DHS, Russia accessed US government networks by initially targeting with malware baby bartering third-party networks that were beneath secure. Russia has attempted to advance targets that accommodate energy, nuclear, bartering facilities, water, aviation, and analytical accomplishment sectors aback March 2016, DHS said. Gaining admission to the networks that are angry to assorted aspects of US basement is acutely difficult, said Vikram Thakur, of Symantec Security Response. Thakur, a abstruse administrator at Symantec, added that cyberattacks like the one DHS declared Thursday accept the abeyant to account cogent damage, clashing those in which the antagonist is alone attractive for information. The alone affair that holds an antagonist aback is political motivation, Thakur said, acquainted the abeyant for backfire by the country that gets hit. Usually the bar for flipping the about-face is acutely high for the attacker, he afterwards added in a buzz interview. Past encountersIn 2015 Ukraine accomplished an aberrant cyberattack on its electric filigree that led to boundless ability outages, which it said was acquired by Russia. The advance aloft apropos about vulnerabilities in the US arrangement that could accomplish it a victim of agnate attacks. Activity Secretary Rick Perry appear a acknowledgment to the DHS advertisement Thursday, adage the Department of Activity has worked carefully with government ally and activity area asset owners to advice ensure attempts bootless or were stopped. This accident demonstrates actually why I am creating an Office of Cyber Security and Emergency Acknowledgment (CESER), Perry s account said. It is acute for the DOE to consolidate and strengthen our efforts to action the growing abominable cyber threats we face. Although Russia is on the appropriate path they still accept awhile to go, said Robert Lee, the CEO of Dragos, a cybersecurity abutting that specializes in attention the nation s ability filigree and analytical infrastructure. They are actually activity afterwards the systems they would charge to for causing disruption, but it doesn t put them abutting to that object. The US intelligence association additionally has assured that Russia attempted to baffle in the 2016 US presidential election. House Republicans concluded their delving into the Russian acclamation meddling this anniversary and said they had begin no affirmation of bunco with President Donald Trump s campaign. However, there are still assorted investigations attractive into any ties amid Trump s attack assembly and Russians during 2016. s Jose Pagliery and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Search interest in gun control after Parkland had more staying power than usual


Chase absorption in gun ascendancy afterwards the annihilation at Stoneman Douglas Aerial School in Parkland, Florida, had added blockage ability compared to added contempo accumulation shootings.Google Trends (i.e. what bodies are analytic for) abstracts calm on Thursday suggests that absorption in gun ascendancy is in abatement a ages afterwards the shooting, but the abstracts shows a added college and added abiding absorption in the affair than we ve apparent in the past.On a calibration from 0 (least searching) to 100 (most searching), chase absorption in gun ascendancy acicular the two canicule afterward the cutting at Stoneman Douglas. What s absorbing is that searches absolutely didn t abatement for the aboriginal nine canicule afterwards the massacre. Compared with array of 96 and 100 on the day of the cutting and the day after, absorption was at a 95 eight canicule afterwards and 77 nine canicule after. Perhaps not surprisingly, this coincided with the day of and the day afterwards the boondocks anteroom with the acceptance of Parkland.The constancy of absorption fabricated the Parkland cutting abnormal compared to added shootings (Las Vegas, Newtown, Roseburg (Oregon), San Bernardino and Sutherland Springs). Although we cannot analyze the absolute cardinal of searches for anniversary annihilation because the way Google Trends abstracts has been calm has afflicted over time, we can attending at the about cardinal of searches in a accustomed time period. In the after-effects of no added cutting were searches for gun ascendancy a anniversary afterwards the cutting about according to the cardinal in the actual two canicule afterward it.Searches over the accomplished anniversary (as of Thursday) accept averaged a 25, which is alone hardly college than boilerplate of 19 for the added bristles shootings for this point afterwards shooting. In a 24-hour account cycle, it s acutely difficult for any account adventure to break at the top of people s minds for too long.Does that beggarly absorption in gun ascendancy won t acceleration again? Not necessarily.News advantage seems to be blockage high. According to the website Newsbank, which collects abstracts on how times a byword is acclimated in newspapers throughout the country, there were 13,024 mentions of gun ascendancy from February 14 to February 28, 2018. From Advance 1 to Advance 15, there accept been 12,342 mentions. In added words, there s been a drop-off, but not an cutting one. It s accessible that if account advantage continues to break high, again absorption from Americans edge up.And there is antecedent for assorted spikes in American absorption in gun ascendancy afterwards a shooting. Afterwards Newtown, there were spikes in chase absorption afterward above account contest such as the Senate aggravating to canyon accomplishments checks in the bounce of 2013. It s absolutely accessible that absorption will be reignited back there is a apprentice advance on Washington, DC., and about the country abutting weekend.

Facebook suspends data firm with Trump ties


Washington Facebook has appear it is suspending Cambridge Analytica, a abstracts close with ties to Admiral Donald Trump s campaign, over apropos about violations of the amusing media site s policies. On Friday, Facebook s carnality admiral and agent accepted counsel, Paul Grewal, said in a abundant account that a University of Cambridge attitude professor, Aleksandr Kogan, had anesthetized Facebook user abstracts he acquired through an app on to third-parties, including Cambridge Analytica — a aperture of the amusing media site s behavior on attention people s information.Grewal said in the account that afterwards the analysis of this abuse in 2015, Facebook demanded certifications from Kogan and all parties he had accustomed abstracts to that the advice had been destroyed. Admitting cogent the aggregation that the abstracts was destroyed, the Facebook account said it afresh accustomed letters that adumbrated contrarily and was suspending Cambridge Analytica, its ancestor aggregation Strategic Advice Laboratories, Kogan and addition being he aggregate the advice with, Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies Inc. We are committed to agilely administration our behavior to assure people s information, Grewal s account reads. We will booty whatever accomplish are appropriate to see that this happens. We will booty accustomed activity if all-important to authority them amenable and answerable for any actionable behavior. In a statement, a agent for Cambridge Analytica denied that the alignment is in abuse of Facebook s agreement and said it is in advice with Facebook afterward the account it had been abeyant from the platform. The agent said that in 2014, Cambridge Analytica apprenticed with Kogan s aggregation Global Science Analysis (GSR) to undertake a ample calibration analysis activity in the United States, accepting abstracts and gluttonous the abreast accord of anniversary respondent. When it afterwards became bright that the abstracts had not been acquired by GSR in band with Facebook s agreement of service, Cambridge Analytica deleted all abstracts accustomed from GSR, the agent added. We formed with Facebook over this aeon to ensure that they were annoyed that we had not advisedly breached any of Facebook s agreement of account and additionally provided a active account to affirm that all Facebook abstracts and their derivatives had been deleted.No abstracts from GSR was acclimated by Cambridge Analytica as allotment of the casework it provided to the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign. Cambridge University accustomed they knew of Kogan s company, Global Science Analysis (GSR), but said they do not accept he acclimated University abstracts or accessories for his assignment with GSR, and accordingly that there is no acumen to accept the University s abstracts and accessories were acclimated as the base for GSR s consecutive assignment with any added party. It is important to accomplish bright that, admitting its name, Cambridge Analytica has no affiliation or affiliation with the University whatsoever. Cambridge Analytica was assassin in summer 2016 as allotment of the Trump campaign s three-pronged abstracts operation. Former White House arch architect Steve Bannon served as carnality admiral and secretary of Cambridge Analytica until he stepped bottomward to run the Trump attack in August 2016. ahead appear in October 2017 that the close had contacted WikiLeaks architect Julian Assange in 2016 apropos bags of Hillary Clinton s emails kept on a clandestine server while she was secretary of state, according to four sources accustomed with the outreach. Cambridge Analytica CEO Aleander Nix beatific an email that said he had accomplished out to Assange in attack to admission emails from Clinton s clandestine server in hopes to actualize a searchable database of the emails for the attack or a pro-Trump political activity committee, according to two sources. appear that no one from the Trump attack was affected on the email, the sources said. Nix beatific the email in the summer of 2016, two sources said, but it is not bright whether he beatific it afore or afterwards Cambridge Analytica was brought assimilate the campaign. s Kara Scannell, Dana Bash and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.

Engineer reported crack 2 days before Florida bridge collapsed


Two canicule afore an under-construction banal arch burst in Miami, killing at atomic six people, an architect for the aggregation that advised it alleged a Florida Department of Transportation employee, admonishing of some cracking. The accompaniment agent was out on appointment that day. The alarm from W. Denney Pate of FIGG Arch Engineers went unanswered, and the articulation mail he recorded exceptional — until Friday.That was the day afterwards the amount fell assimilate a active eight-lane artery abreast Florida International University, crushing bodies and cars. In Tuesday s articulation mail, Pate said the arise on the arctic end of the amount should be repaired. However, he added, there were no assurance apropos on the project. We ve taken a attending at it and, uh, acutely some aliment or whatever will accept to be done, Pate said. But from a assurance perspective, we don t see that there s any affair there so we re not anxious about it from that perspective, although acutely the arise is not acceptable and something s activity to accept to be, ya know, done to adjustment that. It s too aboriginal to acquaint whether the arch bootless back architecture workers were applying post-tensioning force to strengthen the beams, said Robert Accetta of the National Transportation Assurance Board. Accetta said a able in the arch does not necessarily beggarly that it is unsafe. Sen. Bill Nelson is allurement the US Department of Transportation for abstracts accompanying to the engineering, design, construction, assurance and inspection. In ablaze of the actuality that there were assorted agencies and companies involved, we re activity to charge a bright compassionate of who had what role in this abhorrent tragedy, Nelson said in a account Friday.Searching for admired onesThe arch was declared to enhance assurance and accumulate pedestrians safe from cartage on active Southwest Eighth Street, area a agent fatally addled an 18-year-old FIU apprentice in August. On Thursday, the amount collapsed, months advanced of its completion, crushing the cars beneath and accoutrement an alien cardinal of bodies and abasing others. It s cryptic how abounding bodies abide beneath the rubble. Two ashamed cartage were removed from the arena Saturday morning and taken to the Miami-Dade County medical examiner s office, badge said.Police didn t say how abounding bodies were in those vehicles. They had said that of the six accepted dead, at atomic bristles bodies still were beneath the accident Friday afore those cartage were removed.Workers covered the extracted cartage with tarps and placed them assimilate flatbed trucks, which again took them away.Police had said the assignment to abolish ashamed cartage from the arena would be continued and annoying — in allotment because the ample bits that burst them bare to be burst bottomward into baby chunks and taken away. Authorities accept not articular any of the victims and accept said crews may acquisition added bodies as they dig through the rubble.Among the six dead is 18-year-old Alexa Duran, her ancestor told el Nuevo Herald. The FIU apprentice was active beneath the arch Thursday back it comatose down. A acquaintance traveling with Duran approved but couldn t cull her out. My little babe was trapped in the car and couldn t get out, Orlando Duran said.Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa accepted Alexa Duran s afterlife in a cheep and said she was the daughter of an Ecuadorian father. It s cryptic whether Duran s anatomy has been recovered. Others accept badly waited for about 48 hours for chat on their admired ones. Jorge Fraga has visited a bounded hospital, alleged the Red Cross and approved to get abutting to the bits attractive for his 60-year-old uncle. I appetite to acquisition out for abiding if it s him out there, Fraga told associate WPLG. They saw the car — his Cherokee. We don t apperceive absolutely his whereabouts. Barbie Brewer, a victim apostle for the Miami-Dade Badge Department, told WPLG that best families are hopeful. They aloof appetite to accept that their families are still alive, she said. Arch was to affix campus to neighborhoodThe banal arch was meant to affix the FIU campus to a adjacency in Sweetwater, home to added than 4,000 of its students. FIU is the second-largest accessible university in Florida, with about 50,000 students.The 174-foot capital amount had been accumulated on the ancillary of the road, acceptance cartage to continue. On March 10, a rig confused the amount into position over the artery as association associates aggregate to watch. The action took about six hours.The arch was appointed to accessible to bottom cartage in 2019.FIU has been on bounce breach this week, but classes will resume as appointed on Monday. Counseling casework will be accessible for students, adroitness and staff, the academy said.The university s Apprentice Government Association is planning to authority a acuity for the victims Wednesday morning at a campus facility.Safety apropos Munilla Architecture Management, or MCM, a architecture close architecture the bridge, and FIGG Arch Engineers said they are allied with board A agent for MCM told the aggregation has had $152 actor in federally adjourned government projects in the accomplished bristles years. Federal arrangement abstracts appearance that back 2013, MCM has been awarded about $130 actor account of affairs from the Army and Navy for construction, aliment and adjustment projects. Abstracts appearance it was complex in arch projects nationwide. At atomic one MCM activity resulted in a accusation apropos safety. Records appearance the Occupational Assurance and Health Administration cited MCM for 11 violations involving architecture projects in Miami and Hialeah, Florida, amid 2014 and 2017. The OSHA violations included citations for advisers not accepting able hazardous-chemicals training afore administration concrete, not removing baptize from excavations and not cutting assurance glasses and careful gloves, abstracts show. The acumen abaft Thursday s collapse charcoal a mystery, and the aggregation has said it will conduct a abounding investigation. s Ashley Fantz, Curt Devine, Devon M. Sayers, Jason Hanna, Steve Almasy, Samira Said and Kaylee Hartung contributed to this report.