Category: Politics

Trump uses Comey memos to try to discredit Mueller investigation


President Donald Trump questioned the base of appropriate admonition Robert Mueller s Russia analysis in a cheep aboriginal Saturday morning, alleging that the delving started afterwards above FBI Director James Comey illegally leaked classified information. James Comey illegally leaked classified abstracts to the columnist in adjustment to accomplish a Appropriate Council? Therefore, the Appropriate Council was accustomed based on an actionable act? Really, does everybody apperceive what that means? Trump wrote at anon afterwards midnight.The President has alleged the appropriate counsel s delving a witch hunt as Mueller investigates whether Trump attack assembly colluded with Russia and any instances of obstruction of amends in the action of the investigation.After he was accursed by Trump, Comey testified afore the Senate aftermost year that he provided memos to a friend — Columbia Law School assistant Daniel Richman — to apprehend to the New York Times in hopes it would alert the arrangement of a appropriate admonition to advance the Russia investigation.The Department of Justice s ambassador accepted is reviewing how Comey handled the memos, including whether any classified advice was break shared, sources accustomed with the amount told .The ambassador accepted is investigating at atomic two memos Comey aggregate with Richman that allegedly accommodate classified information, The Wall Street Journal appear this week. According to the newspaper, Comey himself redacted portions of one announcement afore administration it, and FBI admiral after upgraded the allocation of the added announcement as confidential, the everyman akin of classification.Comey told s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he could not anamnesis absolutely how abounding of his memos in absolute were classified. I don t apperceive absolutely how abounding there are, Comey told Tapper. Some may be memos, some may be e-mails. … And I anticipate some of them — I apperceive back I created some of them, they were classified, but I don t apperceive how abounding of that group. s Laura Jarrett, Evan Perez and Pamela Brown contributed to this report.

From Harriet Tubman to the Kennedys: Famous photos set for West Coast debut


The ancient accepted angel of Harriet Tubman. JFK and Jackie on their bells day. The Wright brothers aboriginal flight.Those are aloof some of the admired images the bigger library in the apple has beatific to the West Coast for visitors to the Annenberg Space for Photography to enjoy.The selections, from the Library of Congress all-embracing accumulating of photographs, catholic from Washington to Los Angeles for the Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America s Library display at the Annenberg Space for Photography, aperture Saturday. The exhibit s namesake photo, Not an Ostrich, depicts extra Isla Bevan captivation a goose (not an ostrich) at the 41st Annual Poultry Show in New York s Madison Square Garden in 1930.Californians and visitors will accept close-up admission to some of the country s best iconic photography: a carte-de-visite of built-in underground railroad baton Harriet Tubman in the backward 1860s; Dorothea Lange s 1936 Migrant Mother image, which has appear to betoken the Abundant Depression; an affectionate snapshot of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier on their bells day in 1953; the Wright brothers aboriginal flight, in 1903; and Harry Houdini accomplishing a abracadabra ambush in 1908. The display additionally appearance images depicting the accustomed American experience. The accumulating marks the aboriginal time an display of this calibration featuring a alternative of photographs from the Library of Congress has been displayed on the West Coast, per the Annenberg Space. Babysitter Anne Wilkes Tucker pored over the library s accumulating of 14 actor photos, selecting about 500 for the display afterwards alone attractive at about 1 million. The acclaimed Houston-based babysitter catholic to Washington one to two weeks a ages over the advance of about 18 months. I got paid to attending at photographs, which is the joy of my life, she told in a contempo interview. My aboriginal antecedence was what I anticipation was a able picture. My additional antecedence was cerebration about why the library had acquired this and how it relates to American history. My third antecedence was aggravating to antithesis the representation of the library. Her goal, she said, was to advertise the best of the best images the Library of Congress has calm back photography was invented in 1839, and represent the US citizenry and acquaintance in the decades that accept passed. Wilkes Tucker calls the exhibition a sample of America. It s like a abundance box: You accumulate extensive in and you cull article abroad out, she said. The photography in the display includes a assorted ambit of portraits, as able-bodied as social, political, business, bounded and accurate images, a account of the United States from the daguerreotype to the agenda age. I approved to represent everything: patriotism, the boxy pictures, Wilkes Tucker said. I appetite the array to be so abundant that everybody can acquisition a account that they love, and it would be alike bigger if the account makes them curious. It s Wilkes Tucker s achievement that the display encourages a new citizenry to booty advantage of the assets of the Library of Congress, which has a all-inclusive agenda annal in accession to its concrete headquarters. The display will additionally affection appropriate programming, alternate workshops and partnerships to added highlight the library. The library is aloof such a allowance — it s a allowance to the American people, she said. The display runs through September 9.

Why LA s Mexican-American-Jewish-Italian mayor is spending time in Iowa and South Carolina


Los Angeles Eric Garcetti isn t absolutely a accustomed fit in Iowa.The ambassador of Los Angeles, a assorted and advanced city, afresh catholic to the overwhelmingly white and politically abundant added bourgeois state, area political activists are already gearing up for the first-in-the-nation caucuses that will disentangle beneath than two years from now.He alien himself to Democratic activists at Cooney s Tavern as the grandson of a Mexican immigrant who became a aborigine because this country said there was a abode in it for him. He joked about his ancestry as just your boilerplate Mexican-American-Jewish-Italian, animating a band from his accent at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.Garcetti s circuitous character is what sets him afar in what will acceptable become the bigger and best assorted acreage of Democratic presidential candidates in generations.He s a Jewish-Mexican-American with blue-collar roots who tries to affix by anecdotic his adolescence adjacency as middle America in LA. He s additionally a Rhodes Academic with undergraduate and master s degrees from Columbia University who advised at the London Academy of Economics and went on to become ambassador of a burghal that is home to the wealthy, acclaimed and advanced elite. His ancestor was the Los Angeles commune apostle who abominably prosecuted OJ Simpson.On his aboriginal bout of Iowa as a abeyant 2020 contender, Garcetti attempted to articulation his accomplishments to the acquaintance of Iowans, who will drive the aboriginal chase for Democratic presidential nomination. He insists that Angelenos allotment the aforementioned aspirations and apropos as Iowans — acquainted that he is grappling with crumbling infrastructure, traffic, and a astringent homelessness crisis in his own burghal as mayor.He is actually a connected shot. No ambassador has anytime gone beeline from Burghal Hall to the White House. And the 47-year-old ambassador is not yet igniting apartment with his altered claimed adventure the way the adolescent Barack Obama did.But in interviews with dozens of voters while traveling with Garcetti above the aboriginal presidential claiming states of New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa, his abeyant to become a above adversary was apparent. Voters generally said they admired how Garcetti acclimated the adventure of his grandfather, the Mexican immigrant to the US who fought in Apple War II and opened his own barbershop, as a criterion to explain his family s ethics and their American story. Now I m actuality today, the grandson of that man, as ambassador of the bigger burghal in the bigger accompaniment in this country, Garcetti told the army Cooney s Tavern. The abutting grandpa Sal — whether they re advancing from Mexico, or they are advancing from the Midwest — deserves to achieve abiding that their approaching is as ablaze as his was, and ours can be already again. The ambience is clear: Garcetti doesn t anticipate America has lived up to that affiance with Donald Trump in the White House. Though Trump won over common voters who admired his authenticity, the Los Angeles ambassador argues that the President s assurances that he would advice those voters acquire accepted hollow. We ve got somebody who is arena with our lives in the White Abode — who doesn t affliction what the amount of soybeans are; who doesn t affliction if that animate is added big-ticket for our carpenters, Garcetti said, alluding to Trump s tariffs and appulse that China s castigating measures could acquire on Iowa. He s burst and he s divisive. We, on the added hand, are bodies who care. It s a bulletin that Garcetti is application for the 2018 midterm elections, and it s conceivably the outline of a broader bulletin for a 2020 presidential run.He accustomed it out in South Carolina in February, area longtime Democratic organizer Bernice G. Scott — a athletic of Democratic backroom in the Palmetto Accompaniment — helped altercation voters to a barbecue cafe banquet to apprehend him speak. Scott wasn t abiding what to expect. Afterwards his allocution at a association centermost alfresco of Columbia, she arrive him to cafeteria at her abode on his abutting appointment to lower Richland County. It s not area you appear from, she says back asked whether Garcetti s Los Angeles accomplishments would be a hurdle for him. It s how you can use your accomplishments and your acquaintance to advice added bodies who don t acquire that. There s an compassionate that area he came from, there are the aforementioned roots and ethics that we have; the amount of allowance addition — don t affliction if you re rich, poor, black, white, Hispanic, Scott said. She paused for a minute: I acquainted like I knew him a connected time, and this is the aboriginal time I met him. From the Valley to the White HouseThe antic about Garcetti s accomplishments at Burghal Hall is that the ambassador is 1/8 everything. He grew up bistro menudo, a acceptable Mexican soup, on weekends in his grandmother s kitchen. On the Jewish side, it was bagels on Saturday and blind out with his cousins. He said: That aloof seemed normal. While Salvador Garcetti was accomplished as a abutment barber, Garcetti s grandmother formed as a meatpacker. His affectionate grandparents fled animality as Jews in Eastern Europe. His grandfathering on his mother s ancillary became a tailor, who concluded up acid apparel for Jack Valenti and afterwards Admiral Lyndon B. Johnson.Garcetti s father, Gil Garcetti, did not run for canton commune apostle until Garcetti was in college. The ancient Garcetti acclaimed that the ancestors confused from their 3-bedroom abode in a common area of Encino to the chic adjacency of Brentwood back Garcetti was in aerial school. (Gil Garcetti ultimately switched careers to become a photographer). I anticipate anybody has the consequence that LA is Hollywood and fast lives, the Los Angeles ambassador said in an account in March while giving a active bout of his adolescence adhere outs. That couldn t be added from the truth. … Nobody knew who we were. Garcetti is highlighting that notion, as able-bodied his grandparents blue-collar story, in allotment to untangle himself from the angel of Los Angeles as the bright mecca of abundance and celebrity life. He draws amusement with what has become his signature line: LA is aloof like the blow of America, with a few added Kardashians in the mix.Garcetti acknowledges the opportunities that he had as a child, including accessory what is now accepted as Harvard-Westlake, one of the best clandestine aerial schools in Los Angeles. But he argues that his ethics are abiding in his aboriginal adventures as a kid from a common adjacency in the San Fernando Valley who admired baseball and arena Galaga at the arcade.Over a chili cheeseburger at Tommy s Burgers, one of his adolescence haunts, Garcetti declared his family s adjacency adjacent as middle America in LA — a abode already dotted with orange groves and factories, area you could get a decent home for a reasonable price. It was actually area The Brady Bunch was filmed. So it affectionate of acquainted like everywhere and nowhere. It was bearding America, he said. It aloof affectionate of shaped who I was — that you could airing to your Little League. It was alone America in what anguish up, as I grew up realizing, was a absolutely big city. Music was additionally an basic allotment of Eric Garcetti s childhood, with three pianos in the family s home. Gil Garcetti encouraged his son to accompany a career as a applesauce pianist afterwards Oxford. Garcetti didn t, but he still composes music on the Knight cocked piano in his Burghal Hall office. It takes him to a altered place. It clears his mind, Gil Garcetti said during an account with on a contempo afternoon alfresco LA s Museum of Accustomed History, area he was photographing the antiquities in the King Tut exhibition for a new book.A zen access to TrumpDemocrats are still angry with the acquaint of their accident in 2016, and abounding are anxious about not repeating the aforementioned mistakes back they acquire their nominee.Garcetti vs. Trump would be a arresting contrast. The accelerating LA ambassador quotes Dostoyevsky and Eleanor Roosevelt on the attack aisle and transitions calmly from English to Spanish in his speeches.Over his career in LA burghal politics, he has developed a loyal afterward amid California Democrats as a abysmal thinker, a feminist, an environmentalist and a angry apostle for LGBT rights, who pushed to accession the minimum allowance in Los Angeles to $15 an hour and achieve association academy free.He enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in 2005 while confined on the Los Angeles Burghal Council and served as an intelligence administrator for 12 years.At Columbia, his longtime acquaintance Ben Jealous, the above arch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Bodies (who is active for governor of Maryland), recalled in an account how Garcetti helped alpha a accumulation alleged Atramentous Men for Anita Hill with one of their professors. The two accompany organized a bounded avoid in the adjacency surrounding Columbia to force bounded abundance owners to acquire cans from abandoned people. They additionally started a accumulation aimed adjoin creating a safe amplitude for gay and bi-sexual men to acquire discussions — this was 25 years ago, Jealous noted. Eric s abstruse ability is humility, Jealous said in a contempo blast interview. You apprehend him to be arrogant. During his apprentice years, Garcetti did altruistic assignment in Ethiopia and organized dissidents in Burma. He afterwards accomplished animal rights and political science at Occidental Academy and has visited added than 80 countries above the world. He and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, a adolescent Rhodes Academic and activist, who he met on the alike to Oxford, are aggressive over who can appointment all of them first.When Garcetti was advancement to accompany the Olympics to LA in 2028, he won over International Olympic Committee associates by greeting them in their built-in languages, including a few curve of Amharic to the affiliate from Ethiopia.As mayor, Garcetti has acclimated his ancestors history to affix with the city s huge citizenry of undocumented immigrants. He has actively adjoin the Trump administration s expedited deportations, pointing out the accessible action after-effects of the families that acquire been burst up in LA. He directed his Appointment of Immigrant Affairs to advice affix undocumented immigrants with non-profit groups that action acknowledged aid.While added 2020 contenders are quick to appearance their acerbity at the President, Garcetti has taken a added zen approach, advancement his adolescent Democrats not to decay time responding to anniversary annoying tweet.In places like South Carolina, he urges his admirers not to booty Trump s bait. In this moment, back the Admiral is defining himself by how he can bisect us and alarm us, we acquire to stop babble at the television and stop agreeable at the Facebook augment and get to assignment and win some elections, he told the army who listened to him allege over a argent banquet of barbecue and greens in lower Richland County.He rejects the angle that he s been any beneath blatant than added arch 2020 Democrats like US Senators Cory Booker, a adolescent Rhodes scholar, and Kamala Harris, acquainted his own animated speeches at venues like the women s marches in Los Angeles. On any accustomed day, you can portray any of us as firebrands or anxious deliberators, he said. He sees little point debating who would be Trump s fiercest analyzer in 2020. As Democrats, he says, The added we re bedeviled with ourselves, the added we re activity to lose. Garcetti s challengesOne of the affidavit that Garcetti seems to affix is that he does not avowal about his aristocratic resume on the trail. He generally says Democrats care to stop acting like the smarty-pants party and speak English to voters (Dostoevsky quotes aside).He focuses instead on his basement accomplishments in Los Angeles to abode the city s alarming cartage — how he championed Admeasurement M, a voter-approved sales tax access that will accession $120 billion over 40 years for cartage improvements.In the year of #MeToo and changeable empowerment, the Los Angeles ambassador addendum that he insisted back he was adopted that added than 50% of the city s commissioners are women. He assassin his adept arch of staff, Ana Guerrero, the activist babe of casual acreage workers, back she did not yet acquire a academy degree. He connected to advance her alike as she warned him that her time would be accountable as a distinct mother. He walks the walk, Guerrero said in an account in her office. Homelessness is now, by far, the bigger crisis arresting the burghal and the best arresting botheration adverse Garcetti, as he attempts to position himself for a presidential run.About 34,000 bodies in LA were abandoned in 2017, and the admeasurement of the citizenry rose by 20% from 2016 to 2017, according to the city s anniversary abandoned count. (More than a fifth of those bodies became abandoned for the aboriginal time over that 2016-2017 year).Perhaps best stunning, there was a 41% fasten in homelessness amid accouchement countywide. Tent encampments advance out on sidewalks above the city, far above the dystopian arena on Skid Row area the citizenry was already concentrated. Within Skid Row, agitated abomination is still rampant, and all-overs and debris still awning the sidewalks.Throughout the city, freeway ramps are blowzy with trash, which the burghal is apathetic to apple-pie up because admiral charge aboriginal verify that they are not throwing abroad the acreage of the bodies who alive in adjacent tents. The botheration has tentacles far above the abundance of those active on the streets. The huge blaze that swept through the hillsides forth the 405-freeway aftermost December, antibacterial homes in Bel Air, began with a affable stove blaze at a abandoned encampment.Garcetti s contempo State of the City accent centered on his vow to end homelessness in Los Angeles, but some activists accountability him for not acceptable added focused on the affair sooner.Los Angeles voters accustomed Proposition HHH in November of 2016 to accommodate $1.2 billion for abiding apartment over a decade. Garcetti s ambition is 10,000 units of abiding admiring apartment over the abutting 10 years. Guerrero said one aspect of the claiming that they tackled aboriginal was streamlining advice amid burghal and county, which handles bloom and welfare, convening all of the players from law enforcement, to sanitation officials, to account providers who are experimenting with pilot programs for tiny houses and added acting shelter. I appetite the war room, Garcetti told Guerrero. He governs in that style, Guerrero said, adopting Socratic method-style discussions area aides are encouraged to altercate adjoin themselves.When asked about the criticism that he did not do abundant on the homelessness affair in his aboriginal few years as mayor, Garcetti addendum that the burghal helped abode 8,400 veterans back he took office, and that the dollars for abiding admiring apartment from the acclamation admeasurement aloof began to breeze aftermost October.In his Accompaniment of the Burghal address, he additionally acclaimed that there was beneath than $20 actor in the city s account for homelessness four years ago. This week, he included $430 actor directed adjoin the crisis in his account proposal. Road to a decisionThe aftermost stop on Garcetti s contempo bout of his adolescence haunts is Tapia Farms in the Valley, which has some of the aftermost acreage of actual acreage acreage in the burghal of Los Angeles. There s a army for Tomato-mania, but the LA Ambassador wanders inconspicuously to the acreage stand s adverse until he s accustomed by one of the cashiers.When Garcetti and his wife Amy lived in their own abode in Silver Lake (which was featured in Dwell Magazine) they acclimated their blooming thumbs to actualize an all-embracing kitchen garden. But at the mayor s official abode in LA, which is accepted as Getty House, it s all hydroponics, so amazon seedlings are off the table.Garcetti calls Amy — who he describes as his love, his accomplice and his No person — to ask what he can accompany home. He picks up a collapsed of accomplished strawberries, pays with cash, and again active out to aces up his 6-year-old babe Maya.That array of Sunday course would achromatize abroad bound if Garcetti decides to run for president.Most Democratic strategists say that in adjustment to be competitive, the candidates will acquire to achieve a close accommodation on whether to run amid the 2018 midterm acclamation in November and the New Year.The LA Ambassador says he ll achieve the accommodation about whether to run for admiral by talking to voters in places like Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. Ninety-five percent of my assignment is actuality mayor, Garcetti said. But that 5% that nags at all of us — of what s activity amiss in this country — I anticipate is best anticipation out not in your own head, but by accepting out there, actuality out there, and alert to Americans. If he were adopted president, Garcetti would acquire to leave in the average of his additional term. I ask what he feels he d acquire to achieve afore he d be adequate abrogation Burghal Hall. I anticipate I ll be sad that there s consistently works larboard undone, he says, while aptitude adjoin his car alfresco the batting cages area he and his accompany acclimated to hit fastballs in the Valley. I took the billy from association who came afore me — who started the busline investments; who began to reimagine our airport; who started advance in jobs and bigger apprenticeship — and I m activity to acquire to do the aforementioned for addition else. I appetite to about-face drive on traffic. I appetite to achieve in a cavity in homelessness on the way to eradicating it on our streets, Garcetti said. But there s consistently article abroad to do tomorrow. And you acquire to be at accord alive you re not activity to accomplishment it all.

Barbara Bush to be laid to rest Saturday


Washington Ancestors and accompany will accumulate Saturday to pay their respects and bless the activity of Barbara Bush, the dame of a Republican political dynasty.Bush, alone the added woman in US history to accept had a bedmate and son adopted President, died Tuesday at the age of 92 at her home in Houston. She had been aggressive abiding adverse pulmonary ache and congestive affection failure, and absitively adjoin gluttonous added medical advice beforehand this anniversary afterwards a alternation of hospitalizations.According to Mrs. Bush s wishes, the commemoration at the Bushes ancestors church, St. Martin s Episcopal Abbey in Houston, Texas, on Saturday will be a actual simple service. Her son, above Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, acquaintance Susan Baker, and presidential historian Jon Meacham will bear eulogies.Her bedmate of 73 years, above Admiral George H.W. Bush, and her son, above Admiral George W. Bush, will be in appearance for the funeral, as able-bodied as above Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Admiral Donald Trump, who had clashed with the Bush ancestors during the 2016 election, has absitively not to appear Mrs. Bush s burial to avoid disruptions due to added security and out of account for the Bush family. While speaking at a account appointment Wednesday, Trump continued his condolences and alleged Bush a wonderful, admirable person and a titan in American life. Aboriginal adult Melania Trump, forth with above aboriginal ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, will be amid the about 1,500 accepted guests. Trump s absence from Bush s burial is not aberrant for a sitting president. Admiral Obama did not appear Nancy Reagan s burial in 2016 or Betty Ford s burial in 2011. Admiral George W. Bush did not appear Adult Bird Johnson s burial in 2007. Bush will be laid to blow at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, active abutting to her babe Robin, who died as a adolescent from leukemia.Barbara Pierce was built-in June 8, 1925, in New York. She met George Bush back they were teenagers and they were affiliated in January 1945. As aboriginal lady, Bush took up articulacy as a cause, adopting acquaintance and eventually ablution the nonprofit Barbara Bush Foundation for Ancestors Literacy. Armed with quick wit, Bush was a angry apostle of her family, but she additionally accurate her claimed assessment alike if it went adjoin the Republican Party or her husband s political positions. Back account bankrupt that Bush had passed, tributes to the broadly accepted above aboriginal lady, who was a adherent mother and wife, came cloudburst in. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us bedlam until the end. I m a advantageous man that Barbara Bush was my mother, Admiral George W. Bush wrote of his mother who becoming the appellation the Enforcer for befitting adjustment at home.Trump ordered the flags bargain to half-staff this anniversary in anamnesis of Bush. Members of the accessible were accustomed to pay their respects Friday as Bush lay in calm at St. Martin s. Bush is survived by her husband, George H.W.; sons George W., Neil, Marvin and Jeb; daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; and 17 grandchildren. s John Crawley, Jamie Gangel, Betsy Klein, and Kate Bennett contributed to this report.

Trump defends Cohen after NYT report


President Donald Trump aggressively dedicated his claimed advocate Saturday morning afterwards The New York Times appear on Trump s sometimes poor analysis of the attorney, Michael Cohen, who the bi-weekly said ability abet with appropriate admonition Robert Mueller in his delving into Russian acclamation meddling.In a alternation of tweets brindled with blame adjoin the Times White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, and her sourcing, Trump wrote that she and the bi-weekly are action out of their way to abort Michael Cohen and his accord with me in the achievement that he will flip. They use…….non-existent sources and a drunk/drugged up also-ran who hates Michael, a accomplished being with a admirable family. Michael is a agent for his own account/lawyer who I accept consistently admired & respected, Trump continued. Most bodies will cast if the Government lets them out of trouble, alike if……..it agency lying or authoritative up stories. Sorry, I don t see Michael accomplishing that admitting the abhorrent Witch Hunt and the backbiting media! It is cryptic who the President was anecdotic as a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Cohen. The Friday commodity quotes longtime Trump acquaintance Roger Stone and Sam Nunberg, a above Trump abettor who has formed with Cohen and Stone, forth with Trump biographers Tim O Brien and Michael D Antonio, and Ohio pastor Darrell Scott. has accomplished out to the White House to ask who the President was apropos to as a drunk/drugged up also-ran who hates Michael Cohen. Cohen s spokesman, David Schwartz, beneath to animadversion to .Stone told , I accept no acumen to accept the President s cheep has annihilation to do with me. Beyond that I accept no comment. O Brien, one of two Trump biographers quoted in the Times piece, said, I apperceive he wasn t apropos to me, abacus he was not abiding who the accountable of Trump s cheep is.On Twitter, O Brien argued Trump s posts are an aberrant appeal to Cohen to break loyal. Translation: Please, Michael Cohen, please, please, please, amuse don t flip, O Brien tweeted.D Antonio, the added biographer the Times quoted and a contributor, did not acknowledgment s appeal for comment.The New York Times dedicated its advertisement aggregation in a Saturday morning tweet, anon acquainted Haberman s role as allotment of a aggregation that, aloof this week, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in National Advertisement for its advantage of Russian arrest in the 2016 presidential election.Trump s cheep comes a anniversary afterwards the FBI raided Cohen s office, home and auberge room, consistent in the access of advantaged communications amid Cohen and his clients, said Stephen Ryan, a advocate for Cohen, in a statement. The abstracts additionally included advice accompanying to Stephanie Clifford, bigger accepted as porn extra Stormy Daniels, a antecedent accustomed with the amount told . Daniels alleges she had an action with Trump in 2006, which the White House has denied. Trump anon airtight the arrest as a disgraceful situation and an advance on our country. Several canicule afterwards the raid, the Justice Department appear that Cohen has been under bent investigation for months in New York because of his business dealings.The arrest has led to speculation, categorical in the Times report, that Cohen could flip and abet with Mueller in his analysis into Russian elections meddling and any accessible links with Trump associates. Mr. Trump s attorneys and admiral accept become accommodated to the able achievability that Mr. Cohen, who has a wife and two accouchement and faces the anticipation of adverse acknowledged fees, if not bent charges, could end up allied with federal admiral who are investigating him for action that could relate, at atomic in part, to assignment he did for Mr. Trump, the Times reports.Trump has again denied any bunco amid his attack and Russia. s Boris Sanchez contributed to this report.

Michael Flynn to campaign for Montana Republican


Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump s above civic aegis adviser, will attack in Montana for a Republican Senate applicant very soon, the applicant has announced.Troy Downing, an Air Force adept and one of the four Republicans allusive to booty on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in November, appear the account Friday. It is time to angle up for our #American Heroes, Downing tweeted. I am aflame to advertise that American Patriot @GenFlynn will be abutting me in #Montana actual soon. Capacity to come! Flynn is a retired Army abettor accepted and additionally served as the administrator of the Defense Intelligence Agency beneath President Barack Obama. He was accursed as Trump s civic aegis adviser afterwards it became accessible that he addled administering admiral about his communications with the Russian agent to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.Flynn afterwards pleaded accusable to lying to the FBI about conversations he d had with Kislyak, and has appear that he is allied with appropriate admonition Robert Mueller s delving into Russian meddling in the 2016 acclamation and any accessible bunco by the Trump campaign. Trump has again denied any collusion.Downing has angry himself to Trump throughout his Senate bid, including by alliance to aback Trump s plan for a bank forth the US-Mexico bound and acknowledging the Republican backed tax ameliorate bill.Downing s attack did not acknowledge to s appeal for added capacity on the event. Representatives for Republicans Matt Rosendale and Russell Fagg, two of the added contenders for the Republican Senate choice in Montana, did not anon acknowledge to a appeal for comment.Montana Democrats relished the news, however, accustomed that Flynn was affected to abandon from the White House over questions surrounding buzz calls he fabricated to Kislyak. Flynn fabricated account aftermost April back he got in a bit of hot baptize for, well, lying to the Vice President of the United States and was again fired, the affair said in a blog post. But the President continues to stick up for him, alike arresting him this morning. With no bright frontrunner in the #MTSen primary, Downing seems added than blessed to ride Trump s coattails through the primaries. The catechism is: will it work? Flynn had maintained a almost low contour afterwards his plea, but he did endorse a Republican California aldermanic candidate, Omar Navarro, beforehand this year. Flynn appeared with the applicant at an accident in March. Navarro is attractive to bound Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in a absolutely Democratic commune that includes genitalia of Los Angeles.Tester s chase has abundantly aureate beneath the civic radar, admitting the actuality that he is a Democrat active in a accompaniment Trump won by 20 allotment points.A agent for Tester beneath to animadversion on Flynn s captivation in Downing s campaign.

A new allegation says Trump lied about his wealth. Here s what we do know


Afore he was President, Donald Trump bamboozled a Forbes anchorman about his claimed abundance in the 1980s in adjustment to accomplish it assimilate the magazine s Forbes 400 list, according to a new accusation by the reporter. What the reporter, Jonathan Greenberg, abundant on s New Day Friday bears similarities to added tales of Trump casual himself off as (fake) Trump Organization executive, John Barron, and aloof about his exploits on the capacity of money and women. Greenberg said Trump, as Barron, fabricated a almost $5 actor affluence attending like $100 actor to get on the list.The accepted Forbes account puts Trump at No. 248 on the 400 list, No. 766 on its billionaires list, and pegs his account at $3.1 billion, a cogent bead from the $3.7 billion it appear in 2016.The specific accuracy of Greenberg s allegations, admitting backed up by a afresh apparent audio recording, will accept to be sussed out, but it is conspicuously still accurate that we don t apperceive as abundant as you would anticipate about the President s finances. has accomplished out to the White House for comment. The Washington Post letters that the White House beneath to comment, and The Trump Organization did not acknowledge to the Post s appeal for comment.Just this week, as the IRS was affected to accord accustomed Americans an added day to book their taxes afterwards a ample website malfunction, Trump asked for a six-month addendum — absolutely acknowledged — in filing his taxes. Not that it absolutely affairs from a accuracy standpoint, back alike admitting this wealthiest of Presidents ability accept the best achievability for conflicts of interest, he has broken, and continues to breach with the longstanding custom of absolution Americans see his tax returns.That doesn t beggarly we don t apperceive anything.He is required, as a applicant for and now as President, to acknowledge a lot of advice about the abundantly ample web of companies, absolute acreage and golf courses that accompany him his fortune. this anniversary appear an all-embracing analysis of that advice in an all-embracing alternate — What we do absolutely apperceive about Trump s business empire.There is a lot of advice to pore over:In the best contempo filings, he fabricated at atomic $307.7 actor from golf properties$139.8 actor from absolute estate$105.4 actor from hotels$14 actor from appearance business$8.8 actor from aircraftHe s got a alimony from the Screen Actor s Guild (he was a absoluteness TV star, remember), makes money off a carousel in Central Park, brings in a fair bulk from licensing his name internationally (although there accept been problems on that advanced recently).It s alluring to dive into the locations — Kolkata, Mumbai, Punta del Este. The best contempo filings were from afore they aloft the prices at his Mar-a-Lago club.All of this is controlled by his sons and a assurance while he s President.It would be abnormal for John Barron to alarm in and beacon the ship.

Democrats file suit alleging Russia Trump WikiLeaks conspired to interfere in 2016 campaign


The Democratic National Committee is suing the Trump campaign, several top admiral who abounding the now-infamous June 2016 affair in Trump Tower, Russia, WikiLeaks architect Julian Assange, longtime Trump acquaintance Roger Stone, above Trump attack administrator Paul Manafort, above attack adviser George Papadopoulos and others, alleging a admirable racketeering, hacking and counterfeit cabal that afflicted Democrats through WikiLeaks advertisement of centralized affair emails.The 66-page accusation filed in Manhattan federal cloister on Friday lays out how the Trumps curried favor in Russia through their ancestors business, and again Russia formed with Trump admiral afore the presidential acclamation to advertise the boodle from a cyberattack of the DNC.The Democratic Affair says the cabal and the hacking aching their accord with voters, algid donations, disrupted their political assemblage and subjected their staffers to harassment. The accusation outlines about every accepted advice amid Trump admiral and Russians.The Washington Post aboriginal appear the lawsuit.

The 11 must-read moments from James Comey s private memos


Minutes afterwards they were beatific to Congress, aloft FBI Administrator James Comey s clandestine memos on his interactions with Admiral Donald Trump leaked. Capitol Hill s leakiness is our accretion as the 15 pages of memos — bound by Comey in the canicule arch up to and accoutrement the aboriginal months of Trump s admiral — acrylic a active annual of a arch controlling acrimony accepted norms of conduct, bedeviled on the advancing Russia analysis and actually atrocious to defended adherence from Comey — and anybody else. (It goes afterwards adage — admitting I am adage it — that Comey s memos represent one ancillary of what is a he said/he said story.)I went through the memos and pulled out the 11 key passages that you actually shouldn t miss. (You can apprehend the abounding memos here.)1. He said you adored her and afresh they hated you for what you did later, but what best did you have? He said he anticipation actual awful of me and looked advanced to alive with me, adage he hoped I planned to break on. This comes from the January 2017 affair amid Comey and Trump — beneath than two weeks afore his inauguration. It s annual acquainted that, at atomic in Comey s telling, Trump didn t consistently anticipate he was a liar and a leaker. The Trump portrayed actuality by Comey is anxious and complimentary.2. He afresh started talking about all the women who had falsely accused him of avaricious our affecting them (with accurate acknowledgment of a stripper who said he affective her) and gave me the faculty he was arresting himself to me. This is that aforementioned affair — January 2017 — and comes aloof afterwards Comey has abreast Trump on the Russian corruption allegation. The alteration from those allegations — which Trump angrily denies — to a address of why he is innocent of all the added allegations adjoin him is telling. Trump absolutely acutely feels as admitting he needs to prove himself to Comey, to appearance the administrator that he s not that affectionate of guy. 3. The conversation, which was affable at all times, was chaotic, with capacity touched, left, afresh alternate to later, authoritative it actual difficult to blab in a beeline fashion…..It absolutely was conversation-as-jigsaw-puzzle in a way, with pieces best up, afresh discarded, afresh alternate to. No ascertainment anywhere in these memos rings truer of Trump than this one, which comes from the one-on-one banquet the two men at the White House eight canicule afterwards Trump had been affidavit in. Watch any Trump columnist appointment or accent and you are anon addled by the massively accidental attributes of it. Trump can jump — as he did beforehand this anniversary — from his Electoral College win to the bearings in North Korea afterwards blinking an eye. To his supporters, it shows an able apperception absolved by defective to break on message. To his critics it shows addition butterfingers of absorption on abundant of annihilation for any continued aeon of time.Comey s annual of the analytic hops in the babble — from Trump s countdown army admeasurement to the carrion of the 2016 attack to how alpine his son, Barron, was is conceivably the best able moment in the memos. It captures Trump s access and mindset perfectly.4. I said I don t do base things. I don t leak. I don t do weasel moves. Comey critics will apply on these curve because we apperceive that he leaked genitalia of these memos afterwards he was accursed in an attack to accept a appropriate prosecutor appointed to appraise whether — amid added things — Trump was secretly taping conversations in the White House. By Comey s own accepted — as laid out aloft — his bent aperture was weasel move. Trump has acclimated Comey s alertness to aperture genitalia of these memos as disqualifying for the broader annual that Comey provides. It isn t that. But it does advance that Comey anguish up not actuality absolutely who he presented himself to be with the Admiral in that January 2017 dinner.5. At this point he asked me (and asked afresh later) whether your guy McCabe has a botheration with me, acknowledgment that I was appealing asperous on him and his wife during the campaign. This is one of at atomic three times in the memos that Trump brings up agent FBI Agent Administrator Andrew McCabe abrupt with Comey. Why? It s bright Trump is actual afraid that McCabe may accept a vendetta adjoin him because Trump afresh attacked McCabe s wife for active for the Virginia accompaniment Senate as a Democrat — and accepting a ample donation from afresh Gov. Terry McAuliffe. That Trump is bedeviled on this actuality — and that he never absolutely takes Comey s affirmation that McCabe is a pro s pro and he has annihilation to anguish about to affection — speaks to how he angle the world: As a connected action for ascendancy and ability with vendettas actuality captivated and acted aloft at all times.6. He afresh alternate to loyalty, adage I charge loyalty. I replied that he would consistently get bluntness from me. He paused and said that s what he wants honest loyalty. This back-and-forth sits at the basis of so abundant that happened afterwards — including Comey s battlefront in May. Trump asks for loyalty . Comey promises honesty. Trump, anytime the accord maker, tries honest loyalty. Comey writes at the time of the actual absolute achievability that the two men are artlessly not compassionate one addition or that their understandings of what happened in that moment differ. What s bright — from Comey s afterwards memos — is that Trump seizes on this barter as a array of handshake acceding that Comey will consistently be loyal. Comey, of course, believes he did no such thing.7. He afresh went on to explain that he has austere anxiety about Mike Flynn s judgment….the Admiral acicular his fingers at his arch and said the guy has austere acumen issues. Reminder: This animadversion by Trump comes aloof eight canicule afterwards he has become President! Which agency that he harbored doubts about Flynn continued afore January 20, 2017. And yet he still chose Flynn as a his civic aegis adviser. Which is analytical except aback you bethink that adamant adherence is by far the best important affair to Trump. And there was no one added loyal to Trump in the attack than Flynn.8. He afresh asked, Do you accept a FISA adjustment on Mike Flynn? I paused for a few abnormal and afresh said that I would acknowledgment here, but that this illustrated the affectionate of catechism that had to be asked and answered through accustomed channels. This exchange, amid Comey and Trump arch of agents Reince Priebus in aboriginal February 2017, speaks volumes about both men. Priebus, a aloft Republican Civic Committee chairman, acutely has no abstraction of the able bound of how a White House communicates with the Justice Department about advancing investigations. It additionally tells us that Priebus, like Trump, had an clue that all was not able-bodied with Flynn from a actual aboriginal date.For Comey, his alertness to acknowledgment Priebus catechism alike while blame the arch about how he shouldn t ask that array of being is a arrangement that played out throughout his interactions with the Admiral and his administration. On any cardinal of occasions, Comey could accept told the Admiral (or Priebus) no or fabricated bright that his blackout should be advised in no way, appearance or anatomy as assent. But, he didn t do hat. Not ever.9. The admiral said the hookers thing is nonsense but that Putin had told him we accept some of those best admirable hookers in the world. (He did not say aback Putin had told him this.) Uh, what? Aback did the Russian admiral canyon forth this key bit of advice to Trump? Was it in one of the academic calls the two men exchanged post-election? Presumably it had to be because the day afore his affair with Comey, Trump said on Twitter, I don t apperceive Putin… Regardless, that s array of a awe-inspiring affair for Trump to aloof accompany up, no? (Nota bene: This back-and-forth occurred afterwards Comey s affair with Priebus in February; the arch of agents brought Comey by the Oval Office to babble with Trump.) Separately, and it s not bright if this is related, Trump s aloft babysitter abreast told the House Intelligence Committee that he nixed an action by a Russian to accelerate bristles women to then-Private aborigine Trump s auberge allowance in Moscow in 2013. Keith Schiller said he fabricated abiding it didn t happen. And we don t apperceive who the Russian is.10. He replied that we charge to go afterwards the reporters, and referred to the actuality that 10 or 15 years ago we put them in bastille to acquisition out what they know, and it worked. The ambience of this band from a February 14 affair is that Trump is agitated by the leaks of his less-than-great buzz calls with the leaders of Australia and Mexico. Comey is not a fan of leakers either and the two men acquisition some accepted arena on it. It is somewhat air-conditioned to apprehend that affect bidding by the Admiral of the United States.Then there is the actuality that the case to which Trump appears to be apropos is the jailing of New York Times anchorman Judith Miller for the belief she wrote off of the aperture of the character of CIA accessible Valerie Plame. Apperceive who was one of the bodies bedevilled in that aperture investigation? None added than Scooter Libby, who Trump pardoned beforehand this month!11. He said he was afterward up to see if I did what he had asked aftermost time — accepting out that he alone is not beneath investigation….He afresh added Because I accept been actual loyal to you, actual loyal, we had that thing, you know. I did not reply, or ask him what he meant by that thing. What isn t said in this April 2017 buzz alarm affairs added than what is. Trump is acutely aggravating to banquet out on the January banquet he and Comey had in which Trump asks for adherence and Comey promises him honesty. Trump is banishment the matter, aggravating to booty Comey s blackout aback afresh as a bright indicator that he would do what the Admiral asked aback he asked it — including getting out there that Trump wasn t beneath investigation.Comey, afresh — as he did in that January banquet — chooses to break bashful rather than actual the President. Imagine how things ability accept been altered if the FBI administrator ad said in this moment: Mr. President, I apprenticed honesty, not loyalty. And that s all I can or will do ? It s accessible Trump ability accept accursed him sooner, sure, (the ax fell on Comey beneath than a ages later) but the ambiguity that absolute so abundant of the accord amid the two men would accept been actual different.

Trump adds former federal prosecutors Jane and Marty Raskin to legal team


Washington Former New York City ambassador Rudy Giuliani isn t the alone new accession to Admiral Donald Trump s acknowledged team. Former federal prosecutors Jane and Marty Raskin accept additionally abutting the team, Jay Sekulow, a admonition to the president, appear on Thursday. The Raskins are a husband-and-wife duo with a Florida-based law firm, Raskin & Raskin, that specializes in white-collar bent defense, according to its website. The Raskins don t accept a arresting civic contour like Giuliani, but they accept experiencing litigating cases central of a courtroom. In one case, they served as co-counsel for a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement abettor who was accusable for extortion. A board begin the abettor not accusable in a Miami federal cloister in 2014. The Raskins additionally accept acquaintance administration government investigations. The close lists aldermanic and absolute admonition investigations as an breadth of expertise. The bio for Martin Raskin states that he has acquaintance apery accessible officials.Martin has served in several positions aural the Justice Department, including as Assistant US Advocate for the District of New Jersey, according to his bio. Raskin afterwards went into clandestine practice. Jane Raskin has additionally formed for the Justice Department, including as a balloon advocate for the organized abomination and racketeering section s Boston s Strike Force, according to her bio. Raskin was afterwards appointed Admonition to the Assistant Advocate General of the Bent Division in Washington, DC, and additionally served as First Assistant US Advocate for the District of Massachusetts. Raskin & Raskin s website highlights significant experience administration chase warrants and touts its assignment in litigating the acknowledgment of bags of pages of abstracts adequate by attorney-client advantage to a civic law firm. In aboriginal April, the FBI raided the home, appointment and auberge allowance of Trump s longtime advocate Michael Cohen. Not continued after, the admiral tweeted, attorney-client advantage is dead. appear beforehand this anniversary that the adjudicator administering the case has instructed prosecutors to accommodate Cohen with copies of abstracts bedeviled in the arrest as she weighs how to vet the advice for attorney-client privilege.