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Trump warns evangelicals of 'violence' if GOP loses in the midterms - US President Donald Trump, facing scrutiny for hush money payments to a porn star and a former Playboy model, pleaded with evangelical leaders for political help during closed-door remarks on Monday, warning of dire consequences to their congregations should Republicans lose in November's midterm elections. "This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it's a referendum on your religion, it's a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment. It's a referendum on so much," Trump told the assemblage of pastors and other Christian leaders gathered in the State Dining Room, according to a recording from people in the room. "It's not a question of like or dislike, it's a question that they will overturn everything that we've done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence. When you look at Antifa -- these are violent people," Trump said, describing what would happen should his voters fail to cast ballots.Trump finally orders flags lowered to honor McCain - Earlier Monday, the White House flag had returned to its regular position even as other flags around Washington -- including at the US Capitol -- remained in the half-staff mourning position. But on Monday afternoon, the White House once again lowered the flag to half-staff and Trump, in his statement said he "signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment." The contrast earlier in the day offered the latest reminder of the animosity that Trump has maintained for McCain, even after his passing. Trump is a spoiled rotten brat who lashes out when his feeling get hurt he is worse than a 2 year old.Presidential obstruction of justice: The case of Donald J. Trump - it has become apparent that the president’s pattern of potentially obstructive conduct is much more extensive than we knew. To take only a few examples, it has since been reported that President Trump: attempted to block Attorney General Sessions’ recusing himself from the Russia investigation despite the AG’s clear legal duty to do so; asked Sessions to reverse his recusal decision; demanded and obtained the resignation of Sessions for his failure to contain the Russia investigation (before ultimately rejecting it); twice ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller; dictated a false account for a key witness, his son Donald Trump Jr., of the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign and Russian representatives; publicly attacked Special Counsel Mueller and key witnesses to the obstruction case; and has repeatedly disputed the underlying Russian attack and Vladimir Putin’s role in it despite possessing evidence to the contrary.Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization CFO, Granted Immunity In Cohen Investigation - Federal prosecutors granted immunity to President Donald Trump’s longtime CFO for providing information regarding hush-money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign.Trump Wants to Ban Flipping Because He Is Almost Literally a Mob Boss - Last November, a person close to the Trump administration speaking to the Washington Post invoked a chilling metaphor. “This investigation is a classic Gambino-style roll-up,” the source said. “You have to anticipate this roll-up will reach everyone in this administration.” This turns out to be a perfectly apt and quite literal description not only of the investigation, but of Trump’s own ethos and organizing principles. The way a roll-up of the Gambino family, or any other crime organization, would work is that the FBI would first find evidence of crimes against lower-level figures, and then threaten them with lengthy prison sentences unless they provide evidence against higher-ranking figures in the organization. The roll-up moves from bottom to top. It would be extremely difficult to prosecute any organized crime if it were not possible to trade lenient sentences in return for cooperation. In an interview with Fox News, President Trump offers his view that flipping is dishonorable, and is so unfair it “almost ought to be outlawed.”Trump the mob boss wants protection - There’s a reason President Trump increasingly sounds like the mob boss in a cliche-ridden gangster film: That’s basically what he is — and he must know how such movies usually end. Richard Nixon was a qualified president and less corrupt than Donald Trump, according to former Watergate prosecutor Philip Allen LacovaraTrump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg given immunity by prosecutors to testify - Prosecutors say Weisselberg told another executive to designate a reimbursement to Cohen for the Stormy Daniels hush-money payment as "legal expenses." The longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was given immunity by federal prosecutors in New York during the course of the Michael Cohen investigation, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.The Note: A bad week for Trump clarifies the stakes - Instead, the most dangerous of weeks for the president ends with the potential for more tabloid turns, owing to the long relationship between Trump and the National Enquirer’s David Pecker that’s now under potential prosecutorial scrutiny. It also ends with Trump insulting Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who finds himself defending himself with fewer defenders among his old Senate colleagues. All the while Trump is considering – according to his own lawyer – the possibility of pardoning Paul Manafort, just days after his conviction.David Pecker: media mogul and Trump confidant was granted immunity in Cohen investigation - National Enquirer chief reportedly met with prosecutors as part of the inquiry into Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen. David Pecker, chief executive of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, the tabloid magazine involved in hush-money deals to women ahead of the 2016 US presidential election, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of the investigation into Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, it emerged on Thursday. Pecker met with prosecutors to describe the involvement of Cohen and Trump in pay-offs to women who alleged affairs in the past with the president, the Wall Street Journal reported. Pecker, a long time friend of Trump, was initially subpoenaed by federal investigators four months ago. News of the media figure’s help in an investigation that’s likely to prove damaging to Trump’s presidency came in the week that also saw Cohen turn on his former boss, as other former acolytes continue to assist the special counsel’s parallel Russia inquiry in Washington, further embattling the White House.Sessions hits back at Trump: Won't be influenced by 'political considerations' - Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has endured a rocky relationship with Donald Trump for months, has issued his strongest pushback yet against the president, saying in a statement the Department of Justice "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."The convictions of two close associates of President Donald Trump in a mind-bending double-header drama in two cities on Tuesday were a moment of clarity in the legal morass that has thickened around the White House over the last 19 months. Yet anyone who thought that being implicated in a crime in one of the most sensational political moments of recent history would soon temper Trump's behavior, stop his White House peddling untruths or reshape the political terrain that sustains his presidency is being disappointed -- at least for nowTrump says longstanding legal practice of flipping 'almost ought to be illegal' - Only a criminal or a mob boss would say that in an attempt to protect their own butt from prosecution, however they would squeal like a pig and give up everyone to save that same butt from prosecution. Suspects cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for a reduced sentence is a central feature of the criminal justice system, but Trump has long valued loyalty over legal precedent or practice.Trump’s Troubles Are Just Getting Started - The conviction of his former campaign chair and the guilty plea of his former personal attorney will not be the end of the president’s legal difficulties. Democrats have begun calling Trump an “unindicted co-conspirator,” echoing the language of Watergate prosecutors in the Nixon era, but prosecutors have not yet alleged that Trump consciously knew that he was breaking campaign-finance law.Trump’s Company Is Suing Towns Across the Country to Get Breaks on Taxes — “Trump, Inc.” - Why is Trump’s business arguing its properties are worth just a fraction of what Trump has claimed they are on his own financial disclosures? To save on taxes.Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, reaches a plea deal - Cohen has long claimed his loyalty to Trump was unbreakable -- most famously saying "I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president" -- but in an exclusive interview earlier this month with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Cohen signaled a willingness to cooperate with investigators.New Russia meddling claims put Trump on spot over Putin - President Donald Trump is facing fresh political heat over his relationship with Vladimir Putin over details of a new Russian hacking strike against US democracy that emerged hours after he again cast doubt on Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential race. The claims that Russian hackers targeted conservative think tanks critical of Trump and the Moscow government and the US Senate may also again expose the odd divide between the President and his own national security and intelligence establishment on the issue.US firms to Trump: Don't raise tariffs on more Chinese goods - Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported Chinese goods: Don't do it.Team Trump still isn't telling the truth about that 2016 Trump Tower meeting - President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer made an even more startling statement on the program. Giuliani declared that the Trump campaign representatives who met with Russians in that June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting (Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner) didn’t know they were representatives of the Russian government.Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry - We assessed President Trump’s claims about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the ensuing federal investigation of his campaign.How Trump’s security-clearance gambit could actually get him in deeper trouble with Mueller - Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, who suggested Trump’s revocation of security clearances could be construed as retaliation against witnesses. “It’s a federal crime -- §1513 if anyone wants to look it up -- to retaliate against someone for providing truthful information to law enforcement,” he said. “So he’s getting closer and closer to really dangerous ground here.”Trump’s thin skin is now influencing important decisions - He has skin so thin you could read the newspaper through it. Every slight weighs on him and eats him up. He is unable to absorb the slings and arrows of the presidency like a mature adult. Now President Trump’s inability to tolerate criticism is influencing important decisionsDC mayor taunts Trump after cancellation of military parade - Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser claimed she "got thru" to Trump about costs for the parade, which at one point was calculated to run about $12 million but more recent estimates said could run as high as $92 million by the time Trump canceled the event.The inflated cost of Trump’s military parade could fund four and a half years of the Mueller investigation. - The new estimate? $92 million, with $50 million paid by the Pentagon and $42 million paid by other government agencies.Parody account of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok takes off with tweets critical of Trump - The tweet said, "I have been fired for expressing my personal opinion in private texts about a dictator that history will soon deem not only a Russian asset but an unhinged madman threatening the sovereignty of the United States of America."Critics rip Trump for revoking John Brennan's security clearance - Critics of President Trump's decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance as setting a dangerous precedent. Brennan himself called the action a part of the president's broader effort to "suppress freedom of speech" and "punish critics." "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics," he tweeted. "It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent." Sanders also threatened that the administration is considering revoking the clearances of a number of other current and former intelligence officials.White House announces John Brennan's security clearance revoked - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that President Trump has ordered former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance to be revoked. Brennan served in the Obama administration. He was CIA director from 2013 to 2017. "Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility," Sanders told reporters in her opening remarks at Wednesday's press briefing. Trump is a petty brat, baby Trump’s little feelings got hurt by John Brennan telling the truth, so he took Brennan‘s security clearance.Trump Condemned Racism As ‘Evil.’ Here Are 20 Times He Embraced It. - It’s been over a year since his election, and Trump has only doubled down on his racist rhetoric and policies. He’s spent much of that time reaffirming the legacy of racism upon which he built both his campaign and his real estate business. From taco bowls and travel bans to “birtherism” and scorn about Black Lives Matter, HuffPost has kept running lists during and after the election detailing examples of Trump’s racism dating as far back as the 1970s. We’ll continue to document those incidents here as they happen.Trump's Cabinet of Con Artists - Trump is a con artist surrounded by con artists, all pulling more cons and making America friendlier to—you guessed it—con artists. During the 2016 campaign, and from time to time afterward, Donald Trump would regale his crowds with a dramatic reading of a song called "The Snake," in which a snake begs a woman to take him into her home, and then when he bites her and she expresses her shock, he says, "You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in." In Trump's telling, it was a parable about immigration—that foreigners were inherently untrustworthy and if we let them come to our country they might just kill us. But at times he almost seemed to be talking, with a wink, about himself. The country knew who he was, and made him president anyway.Trump Is a Con Man for the Super Rich—Democrats Must Expose Him - Trump’s strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America’s white working class and the nation’s ownership class. It’s a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don’t respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just might create a permanent Republican majority around an axis of white resentment and great wealth.Trump won’t stop tweeting out evidence he’s actively obstructing justice - by admitting Strzok’s firing is “as much about the Mueller operation as anything else,” Trump is providing Mueller with more evidence that he’s still trying to meddle in the Department of Justice in an effort to protect himself from an active criminal investigation.Penn Jillette says he knows Trump tapes exist, because 'I was in the room' - Comedian/magician and former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Penn Jillette has just pulled a surprising rabbit out of his hat and inserted himself in the did-Donald-Trump-speak-slurs on-"The Apprentice"? controversy roiling Washington again. Yes, he says, there are tapes from the reality series in which Trump, its host, is heard making racially or sexually inappropriate remarks. And he knows this because, he says, "I was in the room" at the time. But, no, he's not going to say specifically what he heard Trump say and when, because he's afraid of misquoting Trump and that "might be unfair" to the man elected president of the United States in 2016.‘Everyone signed one’: Trump is aggressive in his use of nondisclosure agreements, even in government - President Trump’s bitter fight with a former top White House aide has highlighted his aggressive and unconventional use of nondisclosure agreements to prevent current and former government employees from revealing secrets or disparaging him or his family. The latest uproar centers on claims in a book by former senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman that the Trump campaign offered her a $15,000-a-month job in exchange for signing a broadly worded NDA that would have barred her from disclosing details of her time at the White House. Trump shot back in a tweet on Monday that “Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement” — the first apparent acknowledgment by Trump that he has used such documents as president.Omarosa claims ex-Trump aides' silence costs $15,000. Here's what campaign records show - Campaign finance records show several former aides to President Donald Trump have received payments of roughly $15,000 per month from campaign or party accounts, bolstering part of former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s claim that she was offered the same amount to keep quiet about her time in the White House. The Apprentice contestant turned White House aide Manigault Newman has alleged that multiple former Trump Administration aides have been taking money for their silence since leaving their posts, a hush money payment under the guise of a no-show job that she says she turned down.Mark Zaid: 'Any NDA that extends beyond classified information would be unconstitutional.' - The courts have been clear that any NDA that extends beyond classified information would be unconstitutional as an infringement of free speech.”Trump NDAs can’t silence ex-White House officials: legal experts - It said violators would face a $10 million penalty for every disclosure of nonpublic information they learned during their White House tenure, though Marcus said the penalty was probably reduced in the final version. The White House said in a statement Monday to Jake Tapper of CNN that White House staffers “were never asked or required to sign NDAs with $10 million clauses. Beyond that, we do not discuss security or personnel matters.” Reuters, which was unable to verify the Washington Post report, did not obtain an immediate response to an inquiry Sunday night about the purported NDAs.Trump calls Omarosa a 'dog' in latest attack on ex-aide - President Donald Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, the only African-American to have served in a senior role in the White House, as a "dog." "When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.The Utter Collapse of Donald Trump's 'Best People' Boast - As a candidate, Donald Trump would famously boast that if elected, he'd "surround myself only with the best and most serious people" -- adding: "We want top-of-the-line professionals." The first 18 months of his presidency have repeatedly revealed the fallacy of that pledge, as myriad members of Trump's Cabinet and senior staff have departed -- often under suspicious circumstances -- even as the President himself has railed against the ineptitude of people who still work for him.Trump Tower, Collusion and the Law - “Don’t be fooled by word games,” Victoria Nourse, a professor at Georgetown Law, told us via email. “There is no legal term ‘collusion.’ The legal term for collusion is the crime of conspiracy. If you agree to kill someone and take a step toward that (hired the killer, or encouraged the killer, met with the killer) you are guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.Melania Trump's parents become U.S. citizens through 'chain migration' Trump wants to end - Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the oath at a special, private ceremony in New York City. Trump believes its ok for his people to use chain migration just not other folks.Trump renews attacks on protesting NFL players, says 'be cool' - The National Football League has struggled to address the issue of players who silently protest against police brutality and social inequality during the national anthem, amid Trump’s regular criticism of such protests and as it tries to manage relations with both its players and fans. Trump is a racist who use the bully pulpit to spout his racist’s rants.Omarosa says Trump is a racist who uses N-word – and claims there's tape to prove it - Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House adviser writes in new memoir that she witnessed ‘truly appalling things’Feinstein 'alarmed' by National Archives denying documents request on Trump's Supreme Court pick - Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she is "alarmed" by the National Archives decision to withhold documents related to the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying Democrats on the panel need the information.Now the Trump administration wants to limit citizenship for legal immigrants - The most significant change to legal immigration in decades could affect millions of would-be citizens, say lawyers and advocates. The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare, four sources with knowledge of the plan told NBC News. - The move, which would not need congressional approval, is part of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller's plan to limit the number of migrants who obtain legal status in the U.S. each year.Trump cites sketchy data — and makes it worse by mangling the details - Digging into the reports reveals that Trump is mischaracterizing key findings. Or the numbers change month-to-month in a way that neutralizes the president’s claim. Or the reports are based on a limited and arguably insufficient slice of data. Trump has repeated each of these claims at least a few times, especially the one about 95 percent of manufacturers having an optimistic outlook. That line appears 12 times in The Fact Checker’s database of Trump’s false or misleading claims.Trump Inaccurately Claims California Is Wasting Water as Fires Burn - In his first remarks on the vast California wildfires that have killed at least seven people and forced thousands to flee, President Trump blamed the blazes on the state’s environmental policies and inaccurately claimed that water that could be used to fight the fires was “foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.” State officials and firefighting experts dismissed the president’s comments, which he posted on Twitter. “We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let’s be clear: It’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires,” said Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency. Trump just makes it up crap as he goes along.No, the Trump Tower meeting was not 'totally legal' - Exposing a longstanding lie blunt even by his standards, President Trump on Sunday confessed by tweet that the purpose of the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his campaign and a Kremlin-linked lawyer was “to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics.” Meeting with a foreign power to get assistance with a presidential campaign is not totally legal; special counsel Robert S. Mueller III almost certainly could indict Donald Trump Jr. today for what is publicly known about the meeting; and the president should be deeply concerned about his own liability.Donald Trump’s war with the media has deadly implications - Shooting the messenger, metaphorically speaking, is a long-established practice among American presidents and prickly politicians the world over. But by repeatedly insisting journalists should be treated as “the enemy of the people”, Donald Trump has hit a new low – with dangerous international ramifications.President Trump admits he’s trying to kill Obamacare. That’s illegal. - Four cities have just filed suit, arguing that Trump’s attempts to undermine the law violate the Constitution.Collusion Isn’t a Crime, But Aiding and Abetting Is - Trump’s 2016 call for the Russians to hack Clinton’s email should worry his lawyer more.How Michael Cohen’s Audio Clip Unraveled Trump’s False Statements - it revealed the statements by Ms. Hicks and Mr. Giuliani to be false. The recording, which was broadcast by CNN late Tuesday night, shows Mr. Trump was directly involved in talks about whether to pay The Enquirer for the rights to the woman’s story. The recording, and the repeated statements it contradicts, is a stark example of how Mr. Trump and his aides have used falsehoods as a shield against tough questions and unflattering coverage.Donald Trump just said something truly terrifying - At a speech in Kansas City to the VFW annual convention on Tuesday, President Donald Trump -- amid one of his trademark anti-media rants -- said this (emphasis mine): "Stick with us. Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. ... What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."Donald Trump didn't tell the whole truth about the Russia investigation 7 times in 1 tweet - there are at least seven examples of exaggerations, mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods contained in it. That's one for every seven words!National Enquirer’s Yearslong Dealings With Trump Lawyer Fall Under Federal Scrutiny - Michael Cohen and tabloid publisher traded favors over many years; the Omarosa mediationNYT publisher disputes Trump's retelling of off-the-record conversation - Trump has not abandoned some of his most highly charged rhetoric about the press, including calling journalists the 'enemy of the people.'Trump Administration’s Justification For Adding A Census Citizenship Question Is Unraveling - New documents show Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wanted to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census months before there was a formal request.Donald Trump Asked, “What Do You Have to Lose?” This Illinois Town Found Out. - How a small town got caught up in Ben Carson’s crusade against fair housing.U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership - America still wins praise for its people, culture and civil libertiesThe Trump Organization is set to distance itself from one of its biggest headaches in the Russia probe - The Trump Organization will end its contract with the real estate investment firm that owns the Trump SoHo hotel in New York, effectively ending Trump's relationship with the troubled hotel. In walking away early from the deal, the Trump Organization will also distance itself from the controversial firm it worked with nearly a decade ago to develop the troubled hotel: Bayrock. Bayrock and its cofounder, Felix Sater, are now under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is examining Trump's business dealings as part of his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the 2016 election.
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