Cambridge Analytica, the Trump campaign’s data firm, harvested private information from more than 50 million unwitting Facebook users in what is being described as one of the largest data breaches in the social media giant’s history. That data — taken without authorization — was used to build a digital operation that guided Trump’s campaign for the presidency…
That’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that cities experienced an increase in assaults on days when they hosted a Trump campaign rally. There was no corresponding link between the incidence of violence and rallies for Hillary Clinton. “It appeared to be a phenomenon that’s unique to Donald Trump’s rally,” said Christopher Morrison, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study.
Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey issued a dire warning Friday, saying he has reached the conclusion that Trump poses a “serious threat to US national security.” In a tweet posted late Friday afternoon, McCaffrey said he “reluctantly” came to that conclusion based on Trump’s refusal “to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the committee “has finished interviewing witnesses in its yearlong probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the matter, signaling the end is near of a contentious investigation that has revealed deep partisan divisions on the panel.”
The meetings were held at the request of chief of staff John Kelly, CNN reported Friday. They were scheduled after several of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries got caught wasting taxpayer dollars on items including private jet trips, helicopter rides, luxury furniture, and doors that cost more than many homes.
Trump reportedly initiated discussions with an impeachment lawyer this week, signaling that he may be more worried about the Russia investigation than he’s willing to admit. The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump met with Emmet Flood, the lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings, to talk about joining his legal team.
Trump’s hastily reached decision to accept an invitation to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has sent the White House into a tailspin, leaving senior administration officials scrambling to coordinate talking points about an agreement upon which no one seems to have agreed.
Nunberg made the shocking comments during a lengthy interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger. And it came hours after he told the Washington Post he wouldn’t comply with a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller’s team is seeking copies of all correspondences with senior Trump campaign and administration officials.
Trump took to Twitter Saturday to threaten a trade war with the European Union after his proposal to hike tariffs on steel and aluminum was blasted by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and in multiple countries, as well as trade groups, economists, and major U.S. employers.
Just days after Jared Kushner was humiliated by having his security clearance downgraded due to fears that he could be blackmailed by foreign agents, Ivanka Trump may now be facing a similar fate. CNN reported Thursday night that FBI counterintelligence officials are investigating Ivanka’s involvement in brokering a deal involving the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, Canada, which houses an Ivanka Trump-branded spa.
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele had a fiery exchange on Saturday with Matt Schlapp, the head of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), after another CPAC official made a very public — and very racist — remark about Steele at the annual gathering of far-right ideologues.
Hoffman has donated millions of dollars to GOP causes and politicians, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott — a top recipient of NRA donations who maintains an “A+” rating from the NRA’s Political Victory Fund — and the Senate Leadership Fund, a group focused on defending Republicans’ majority in the Senate.
He still hasn’t appointed anyone as the top science adviser for the White House, a position that has traditionally been held by prominent scientists with extensive education and experience. So the post fell into the lap of a 31-year-old politics major whose most recent job was as chief of staff for Trump ally and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.
According to CNN, Mueller is expanding his probe beyond Russia to look at Kushner’s contacts with potential foreign investors from several different countries, including China and Qatar. This is the first sign that Mueller’s investigation is looking at Kushner’s financial dealings with countries other than Russia.
Burns announced late Thursday that he had thrown his name into the race for Gowdy’s seat as the representative for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. He followed up that announcement Friday with a tweet touting his work for Trump and asking people to visit his campaign website.
“The Russians set up websites and Facebook pages and Twitter accounts — pretending to be Americans — and duped us into following them and friending them and retweeting them,” Smith said Friday on Fox News’ “Shepard Smith Reporting.”
Predictably, Trump responded to the indictment by fleeing from the press and refusing to answer reporters’ questions. The only comments Trump has made about the stunning revelations came in the form of tweet in which he falsely claimed that the indictment exonerated him and proved that Russia’s efforts didn’t influence the election results.
According to a report by Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, Thomas Brunell — a Texas-based Republican who advocated for GOP gerrymandering in multiple states and wrote a book arguing against the merits of competitive elections — has removed his name from consideration to become the next deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
The White House’s announcement on Friday that it would block the release of a Democratic rebuttal to the GOP memo it declassified last week was met with suspicion, as many lawmakers questioned what Trump may be trying to hide by keeping the memo out of public view.
A day after the second White House aide in one week resigned amid allegations of domestic abuse, Trump tweeted his concern about the accused — and remained silent on the plight of their alleged victims. “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new,” Trump tweeted.
The move raises a host of questions about Donald Trump’s motives for declassifying the intelligence in the Republican memo but refusing to do so for the Democratic version of the memo, despite a unanimous vote by the bipartisan House Intelligence Committee in favor of publishing the second memo.
Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. As Donald Trump took to Twitter to try to convince Americans that the GOP’s overhyped memo was not as much of a failure as it appeared to be, Twitter users were busy elsewhere — tweeting jokes about the memo under the hashtag #YoMemoJokes. The hashtag, a clever play on words, was pushed to the top trending […]
Four-star general Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, issued a grave warning Monday night, telling CNN’s Don Lemon that partisan attacks on the FBI and other agencies are “chiseling away at institutions we are going to need again.” Hayden made the remarks during a discussion about congressional Republicans’ failure to hold Donald Trump […]
The Fresno Bee, a daily newspaper in Fresno, CA, issued a savage takedown of GOP Rep. Devin Nunes on Friday, blasting the congressman for being “Trump’s stooge” and “doing the dirty work” of the White House. “What, pray tell, does Rep. Devin Nunes think he’s doing by waving around a secret memo attacking the FBI, the nation’s premier law […]
Donald Trump urged his aides to orchestrate a plan to discredit specific FBI officials after learning that they were likely to testify against him in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe, according to an explosive new report by investigative reporter Murray Waas in Foreign Policy. The report, published Friday evening, details a series of events that took place in June 2017, […]