Trump’s threats to fire Mueller or the deputy attorney general overseeing the investigation, Rod Rosenstein, escalated this week when the FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room and office Monday. The raid was unrelated to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, but instead focused on payments made to women who have said they had sexual relationships with Trump.
The official Twitter account for the Republican National Committee tweeted on Thursday night a mock cover of the former FBI director’s much-anticipated memoir, A Higher Loyalty. It accuses Comey of egotism and features blurbs from some of his detractors. “…practically wrecked our political system with [his] self-obsessed handling of the Clinton case,” one of the blurbs reads. “…self-serving, narcissistic,” reads another.
On April 9, the FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room and searched a safety deposit box and two cell phones belonging to him. His lawyers are asking that their team be able to review evidence in the case for documents that could fall under attorney-client privilege. They appeared in court on Friday, as did three lawyers for Trump, who at this time is not a party in the case.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team reportedly has evidence that Trump’s personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen traveled to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign — a potentially explosive development that could prove to be the strongest evidence yet of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The United States, Britain, and France struck targets in Syria on Friday night to penalize the regime in Damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians a week ago. In a televised address announcing the air strikes under way, President Donald Trump said of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad: “These are not the actions […]
The president reportedly asked the former FBI director, whom he ousted on May, to investigate the salacious allegations stemming from the Steele dossier, which claimed Trump once paid Russian sex workers to pee on a Moscow hotel bed former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama once slept in.
Former FBI Director James Comey took a swipe at Republican leaders in Congress who have “stood idly by” or remained “silent” while Trump attacks our institutions and undermines our democracy. Comey, a lifelong Republican until recently, delivered the stinging rebuke in a passage from his upcoming book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” part of which was published by the Washington Post on Thursday.
Trump is reportedly considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who approved the raid and oversees Mueller’s probe in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the case. Following the raid, the president also left open the idea of firing Mueller, and the White House confirmed that he believes he has the power to do so directly.
The unusual move comes just hours after some of them belittled concerns for just such a remedy. “I haven’t seen a clear indication that we need to pass something,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. His comment came hours after Trump claimed “many people have said [he] should fire” Mueller.
“I can tell you that we’re not just going to hold in contempt, we will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach,” Nunes told Ingraham, who asked what his committee would do to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if they don’t bow to his demand.
President Donald Trump’s most avid defenders have split over how to respond to the FBI raid of his lawyer Michael D. Cohen’s office and residence. Last night, Fox hosts Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity used their shows to call for action against the investigators while this morning, the hosts and guests of Fox & Friends warned that any such action could have severe consequences for Trump’s administration.
After the FBI executed a raid on the office of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump launched another unhinged rant. He called the raid “an attack on our country” and “a whole new level of unfairness.” And when asked if he planned to fire Mueller, he responded cryptically with “We’ll see what happens.”
Less that 24 hours after the FBI raided the home and office of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained that the extraordinary event was being covered by the press. The FBI raided seized records related to Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels. Daniels recently revealed the details of an extramarital affair with Trump and attempts to cover it up before the 2016 election.
Cohen has been in the news over the Stormy Daniels matter, which involved his paying of hush money. He says he did without Trump’s knowledge and has exchanged barbs with Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti and may have been behind an effort to intimidate Daniels in Las Vegas.
A new report this week from the Wall Street Journal found that Stone sent an email to his associate Sam Nunberg on Aug. 4, 2016, saying that said he had had dinner with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the previous night. CNN reports that, on that same day, Stone went on the fringe online right-wing show InfoWars and predicted that Assange had major evidence of wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation.
Mueller has pinned down Trump with two grand juries, issuing a wide net of indictments on diverse charges that have kept the president off-balance. The sentencing of Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer working for indicted Trump aide Rick Gates, underscored a message for the president: those who lie to investigators face swift consequences.
“The Kremlin’s confidence is growing as its agents conduct their sustained campaigns to undermine our confidence in ourselves and in one another,” McMaster said, referencing Moscow’s cyber intrusions targeting the U.S. energy sector and the billions of dollars in damages caused by last year’s NotPetya cyber attack.
After thanking the press, Trump answered several more minutes worth of questions, including a lengthy digression about Russia that concluded with Trump saying “If we got along with Russia, that would be a good thing, not a bad thing.” “And just about everybody agrees with that, except very stupid people,” Trump added.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is sending his first target, the former attorney to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, to jail in connection with the ever-expanding Russia probe. And the reason that person’s about to serve time — for lying to prosecutors — could send chills up the spine of Trump advisers.
Around 400 fiber-optic cables are responsible for transporting data for most of the world’s emails, text messages and phone calls. Cutting several of the cables at strategic points could have a major impact on communication channels worldwide. General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the U.S. European Command, told Congress in March that Russian naval ships and submarines are poking around the cables.
A longtime Republican strategist claimed Sunday it was “hard” to believe that the special counsel would not find “something” illicit in President Donald Trump’s long financial history that would lead to his impeachment should Democrats take back the U.S. House of Representatives in the fall.
The “must-run” piece aired on March 21 and featured Sebastian Gorka, the former adviser to President Donald Trump, lamenting the existence of a Deep State—a popular conspiracy theory among some circles that longtime career public servants in the government are working to subvert the U.S. government. Trump has repeatedly complained about such a mysterious rogue network.
For the last year, Foster — empowered by his boss, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee’s chairman — has been the behind-the-scenes architect of an assault on the FBI, and most centrally its role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to interviews with current and former congressional aides, federal law enforcement officials and others.
“They were unable to take on the representation due to business conflicts. However they consider the opportunity to represent the President to be the highest honor and they sincerely regret that they cannot do so,” the firm said in a statement to reporters. “They wish the president the best and believe he has excellent representation in Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow.”