Pelosi: Trump needs ‘an intervention’ after White House blow-up


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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Donald Trump needs “an intervention” after his latest “temper tantum” at the White House, ratcheting up her criticism of a president she says is not fit for office.

“I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” Pelosi told reporters a day after the president stormed out of a meeting on infrastructure and the two leaders held dueling press conferences.

“What goes on there? Who’s in charge? And he says he’s in charge. And I suspect that he may be,” Pelosi added. “And I suspect he may be even more since yesterday, because I don’t think that any responsible assistant to the president of the United States would have advised him to do what he did yesterday.”

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Trump Jr. on demands to testify again: ‘It is all nonsense’


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Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday expressed frustration over demands that he reappear before the Senate Intelligence Committee after the release of the Mueller report, saying that he is "fully cleared" of any wrongdoing after "30 hours of testimony nonsense."

"No one has spoken to these guys more than I have," Trump Jr. told "Fox & Friends." "The Mueller report cites my congressional testimony, cites my Senate testimony. It cites my Twitter feed. The 19 leftist lawyers on that committee — who would love nothing more than to get a guy like me and certainly my father — they didn’t do anything."

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Schiff on Barr: He’s Rudy Giuliani without ‘all the good looks and general likability’


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Attorney General Bill Barr should resign over his conduct before Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday, calling the attorney general a "personal attorney" for President Donald Trump.

The California Democrat said he hesitates to "call Bill Barr the Attorney General."

"I think Bill Barr has all the duplicity of Rudy Giuliani without all the good looks and general likability of Rudy Guliani," Schiff said during the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference Wednesday. "The most dangerous thing, I think, that Bill Barr has done is basically say that a president under investigation can make the investigation go away if he thinks its unfair which, by the way, means the other 14 investigations firmed up through other offices he can also make go away."

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Michael Avenatti says he ‘flew too close to the sun’ in rise and fall


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Michael Avenatti, the attorney and cable news star who once harbored presidential ambitions, conceded in an interview with Vanity Fair that he "flew too close to the sun" as he ascended to celebrity before crashing back to earth under the weight of federal criminal charges.

Avenatti first rose to prominence on the national political stage as the attorney for Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who claimed to have had a one-night sexual affair with President Donald Trump. The Southern California-based attorney quickly became one of the president’s chief antagonists, legally pursuing him and longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen and criticizing both regularly on television.

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Trump pitches his ‘merit-based’ immigration proposal


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President Donald Trump on Thursday formally rolled out his proposal to overhaul the country’s approach to immigration, saying the U.S. must prioritize younger and highly educated immigrants to "contribute more to our social safety net" and "restore the integrity of our broken asylum system."

Trump also said the U.S. should crack down on asylum seekers, as migrant caravans continue to flow from Central America.

"Our nation has a proud history of affording protection to those fleeing government persecutions. Unfortunately, legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims," Trump said in a Rose Garden speech. "My plan expedites relief for legitimate asylum seekers by screening out the merit-less claims. If you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. If you don’t, you will promptly be returned home."

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Trump to follow sit-down with Hungarian autocrat by hosting Poland’s nationalist president


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President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda June 12, receiving another central European nationalist at the White House less than a month after sitting down with Hungary’s authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

"The visit will reaffirm the longstanding historical and cultural ties between the United States and Poland, particularly in light of the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II later this year," the White House said in a statement. "The two countries will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Poland’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism."

Duda has faced international criticism for his the Law and Justice (PiS) party’s clashes with the European Union over changes made to the country’s judicial system, which it says are needed to root out the vestiges of communism. Critics see it as an attempt to Continue reading “Trump to follow sit-down with Hungarian autocrat by hosting Poland’s nationalist president”

3 officers in president’s motorcade injured in Louisiana crash


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The law enforcement officers in Donald Trump’s motorcade were injured in a crash Tuesday while accompanying the president to an energy infrastructure event in Louisiana.

“Today, three motorcycle officers from local law enforcement were injured in an accident while traveling with the President’s motorcade," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "All three are being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital and are in stable condition.”

A reporter following the president’s motorcade tweeted she saw "3 officers down on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles as Trump motorcade headed to Hackberry." She wrote she saw "One in grassy ditch, sitting up. One flat on his back on highway shoulder, bleeding. A third standing up, bleeding from his arm."

The president was not injured.

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Biden: Republicans will want to work with Dems after Trump leaves office


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Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday he expects Republicans will have an "epiphany" when President Donald Trump leaves office, and will embrace working with Democratic colleagues.

"I just think there is a way, and the thing that will fundamentally change things is with Donald Trump out of the White House. Not a joke. You will see an epiphany occur among many of my Republican friends," Biden said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. "It’s already beginning in the House now … If we can’t change, we’re in trouble. This nation cannot function without generating consensus. It can’t do it."

Biden launched his campaign in April with a video announcement featuring staunchly anti-Trump rhetoric, classifying the 2020 election as a "battle for the soul of this nation." He also said if Trump won another four years in the White House, that he would "forever and fundamentally alter the Continue reading “Biden: Republicans will want to work with Dems after Trump leaves office”

Trump calls Wray’s anti-spying remarks ‘ridiculous’


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Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he "didn’t understand" FBI Director Christopher Wray’s "ridiculous" answer that the FBI didn’t spy when looking into then-candidate Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 election.

"I didn’t understand [Wray’s] answer," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. "I thought the attorney general answered it perfectly. So I certainly didn’t understand that answer. I thought it was a ridiculous answer."

Trump has claimed the FBI "spied" on his campaign and that subsequent investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including by special counsel Robert Mueller, were part of an "attempted coup" against him. Attorney General Bill Barr has also pushed that narrative, telling lawmakers last month that "spying did occur."

"Well, it’s not the term I would use. Lots of people have different colloquial phrases," Wray said during testimony before a Senate appropriations subcommittee. "I believe that the FBI is engaged Continue reading “Trump calls Wray’s anti-spying remarks ‘ridiculous’”

Ex-FBI general counsel says Trump’s obstruction attempts look like a ‘pattern of corruption’


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Former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said Friday he’s troubled by obstruction allegations outlined in the Mueller report, explaining that even if there isn’t a possibility of charging President Donald Trump, there still appears to be a "pattern of corruption."

"It’s troubling to say the least. It’s alarming," said Baker, now the director of national security and cybersecurity at the R Street Institute. "Even if it doesn’t rise to the level of illegality, it sure looks like a pattern of corruption."

During an interview with the Brookings Institution, Baker also refuted the notion that the Russia investigation was an "attempted coup" — a claim Trump has repeatedly alleged.

"(The campaign probe) was about Russia. We’ve written about this. It was about Russia, period, full stop," Baker said. "When the Papadopoulos information comes across our radar screen it’s coming across in the sense we were always looking at Russia. Continue reading “Ex-FBI general counsel says Trump’s obstruction attempts look like a ‘pattern of corruption’”

Trump predicts he’ll face Biden as Dem presidential contender


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President Donald Trump predicted Friday that he will face former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, writing on Twitter that aside from Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic field is "fading fast."

"Looks to me like it’s going to be SleepyCreepy Joe over Crazy Bernie," Trump tweeted, pinning nicknames to the two Democratic front-runners.

Earlier Friday morning, in the midst of touting his trade strategy amid an escalating trade war with China, Trump attacked Biden over his role in the Obama administration and its handling of trade negotiations with China.

"Tariffs will make our Country MUCH STRONGER, not weaker. Just sit back and watch! In the meantime, China should not renegotiate deals with the U.S. at the last minute," he tweeted. "This is not the Obama Administration, or the Administration of Sleepy Joe, who let China get away with ‘murder!’"

Trump has Continue reading “Trump predicts he’ll face Biden as Dem presidential contender”

Stacey Abrams says a 2020 presidential run is still possible


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Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader who lost the contentious race for governor race last year, has not ruled out the possibility of running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In an excerpt from a new interview for “Pod Save America,” Abrams simply replied “yes,” when asked whether she would ever consider joining the crowded pool of candidates.

Abrams’ name was previously floated as a possible running mate on former Vice President Joe Biden’s ticket, but Abrams bucked that notion during an interview on “The View,” saying, “You don’t run for second place.”

“If I’m going to enter a primary, then I’m going to enter a primary,” she said. “If I don’t enter a primary, my job is to make certain that the best Democrat becomes the nominee and whoever wins the primary, that we make sure that person gets elected in 2020. Running in a primary Continue reading “Stacey Abrams says a 2020 presidential run is still possible”

Marianne Williamson reaches donor threshold for Dem debates


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Author and lecturer Marianne Williamson has hit the 65,000-donor threshold set by the Democratic National Committee for the upcoming 2020 debates, her campaign announced Thursday.

Her announcement boasted that her campaign contributions came from more than 200 people in each of 43 states, which she said “far outpaces the DNC requirement of 200 people in 20 states,” referring to the Democratic National Committee.

“Ours has been — and will continue to be — a campaign of ideas that people care about and that they are willing to stand behind. It takes a certain kind of audacity to take a stand for something truly new,” Williamson said in her emailed announcement. “Thank you to those of you who have seen the possibility of a new American beginning and have been willing to invest in its formation. What has occurred here is the proverbial ‘end of the beginning,’ and now the next Continue reading “Marianne Williamson reaches donor threshold for Dem debates”

Trump: I ‘temper’ Bolton’s hawkish instincts


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President Donald Trump said Thursday he is satisfied with advice he’s been receiving from John Bolton on international affairs, repudiating recent reports that he’s losing faith in his national security adviser.

"He has strong views on things but that’s okay. I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing," Trump said Thursday during an Oval Office press conference. "I’m the one that tempers him. That’s okay. I have different sides. I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him. I like John."

On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported Trump felt Bolton was trying to get him "into a war," with Venezuela following Juan Guaidó’s failed coup attempt — a comment Trump later insisted was made in jest.

Bolton has a long track record as one of the GOP’s most hawkish voices on foreign policy. Most recently, Bolton said in a statement Sunday that the Continue reading “Trump: I ‘temper’ Bolton’s hawkish instincts”

Trump says John Kerry should be prosecuted for talking to Iran


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President Donald Trump said on Thursday that John Kerry "should be prosecuted" for allegedly violating the Logan Act through his conversations with Iran, escalating a feud between his administration and the former secretary of State.

"John Kerry violated the Logan Act," Trump said during a White House press availability. "He’s talking to Iran and has has many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do. That is total violation of the Logan Act."

In response, Kerry spokesman Matt Summers told POLITICO that "everything President Trump said today is simply wrong, end of story."

"[Trump’s] wrong about the facts, wrong about the law, and sadly he’s been wrong about how to use diplomacy to keep America safe," the Kerry spokesman said. "Secretary Kerry helped negotiate a nuclear agreement that worked to solve an intractable problem. The world supported it then and supports it still. We’d Continue reading “Trump says John Kerry should be prosecuted for talking to Iran”

Comey: ‘The FBI doesn’t spy. The FBI investigates’


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Former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the bureau "doesn’t spy" and that he "had no idea" why Attorney General William Barr used that language to describe agents’ investigation of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

"I have no idea what (Barr’s) talking about. The FBI doesn’t spy. The FBI investigates," Comey said on CBS This Morning. "The Republicans need to breathe into a paper bag. If we had confronted the same facts with a different candidate, say a Democrat candidate…they would be screaming for the FBI to investigate, and that’s all we did."

On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray, who got the job after Trump fired Comey, told the Senate Appropriations Committee that spying is "not the term I would use" to describe the bureau’s probe into Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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FBI’s Wray: Spying is ‘not the term I would use’ to describe Trump campaign probe


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FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that he wouldn’t use the word "spying" to describe the bureau’s investigative work, breaking from Attorney General William Barr’s use of the term in reference to the probe of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

"Well, it’s not the term I would use. Lots of people have different colloquial phrases," Wray said during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance.”

Trump has claimed the FBI "spied" on his campaign and that subsequent investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including by special counsel Robert Mueller, were part of an "attempted coup" against him.

Barr mirrored that language when he testified before Congress in April.

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Cohen: ‘There still remains much to be told’ in Trump saga


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Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Monday that "there still remains much to be told" about the president, as his feud with his ex-boss continues.

Cohen — who has said the president directed him to lie about hush-money payments and that Trump artificially inflated and deflated his assets to suit his own purposes — did not elaborate. He heads to federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., Monday to begin a three-year sentence for a series of tax fraud and lying charges.

"I hope that when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be in a place without xenophobia, injustice and lies at the helm of our country," he said. "There still remains much to be told. And I look forward to the day that I can share the truth."

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Democratic White House hopefuls call on AG Barr to resign


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A group of Democratic White House hopefuls on Wednesday called for Attorney General William Barr to resign over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"AG Barr is a disgrace, and his alarming efforts to suppress the Mueller report show that he’s not a credible head of federal law enforcement," tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). "He should resign — and based on the actual facts in the Mueller report, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President."

Several Democratic presidential contenders peppered Barr with questions about the Mueller report Wednesday when he testified before a Senate panel. Democrats say he misled Americans when he issued a four-page summary of Mueller’s report before releasing the full document, and they say he should have recused himself from the investigation because he wrote a memo a year ago calling the Mueller probe "fatally Continue reading “Democratic White House hopefuls call on AG Barr to resign”

New York Gov. Cuomo says Biden ‘can actually get something done’ if he wins


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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly threw his support behind Democratic hopeful Joe Biden on Tuesday, knocking others in the party by saying Democratic voters want a candidate "who can actually get something done" because "people can’t eat rhetoric."

"I think what Democrats are concerned with, they want someone who can beat Trump, and I think Joe Biden is the man there," Cuomo told MSNBC. "(Voters) want someone who can actually get something done once elected. The Democrats’ problem, I think, has been their failure to actually provide results in people’s lives. People can’t eat rhetoric."

In 2014, Biden helped Cuomo roll out a $16.7-billion federally funded package to strengthen New York state infrastructure, housing and emergency response systems following the devastation of Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Lee. And Cuomo has said in recent weeks that he thought Biden had the best chance of beating Trump in Continue reading “New York Gov. Cuomo says Biden ‘can actually get something done’ if he wins”