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Saturday, January 19, 2019

‘Inaccurate’: Special Counsel Corrects Buzzfeed Scoop On Cohen

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team took the unusual step Friday of responding to a media report about its investigation, calling a bombshell story reported by BuzzFeed News “inaccurate.”

It referred to a story that claimed, citing two law enforcement sources, that Mueller had a large amount of evidence showing that President Donald Trump had directed his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, a federal crime.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” said Peter Carr, Mueller’s spokesperson.…

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Embarrassed US Military Leaders Apologizing For Trump

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from war-torn Syria has drawn criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, although some paleoconservatives on the right (including Patrick Buchanan and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) have applauded the move. Meanwhile, in Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane (who heads the Syrian Democratic Forces coalition) is saying that U.S. military leaders are “embarrassed” and “apologizing” because of Trump’s decision.

Kobane told NBC News that U.S. troops “didn’t expect this decision. It’s out of their hands, and they are constantly apologizing for it.”

 

Together, American forces and Kurdish fighters in Syria have been battling the terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria), and when Trump announced his decision to withdraw troops, he insisted that the U.S.…

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Senator Asks FBI To Probe DHS Secretary’s Possible Perjury

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon has announced on Twitter that he is formally asking FBI Director Christopher Wray to launch a perjury investigation into the role that Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, regarding comments she made about the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Merkley’s request follows the leaking of a government memo, which the Democratic senator says contradicts Nielson’s claim that separating families was not an official policy of the Trump Administration.

In the letter to Wray, Merkley writes, “The FBI has previously indicated that the Department of Justice requires a formal criminal referral from Congress to initiate an investigation concerning congressional testimony.…

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