Updated: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he will recuse himself from any investigations involving the presidential campaign, a vow made following revelations that Sessions met twice last year with the Russian ambassador. Thursday night, Trump asserted in a statement posted to Facebook that Sessions did not say anything wrong. “Jeff Sessions is an honest man. … He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional.”Sessions, who had served as an adviser to the Trump campaign, said at the Thursday press conference that there were no discussions related to the campaign during the two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The first meeting came after a speech, and it was brief, Sessions said. During the second, the subject of terrorism and Ukraine came up, and the conversation grew “a little bit testy.” Sessions declined an invitation for a future lunch.“Le me be clear,” Sessions … [Read more...] about Trump says ‘Sessions is an honest man’ after AG recuses himself from campaign-related probe
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“Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual,” Trump said in his statement. “He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them.”What did Cruz say? What horrible, disgusting things did his campaign convey in those attack ads? Trump accuses of Cruz of misrepresenting him as a liberal, not a conservative.For example, Cruz allegedly had the nerve, the utter gall, to say Trump supported the Affordable Care Act. There’s a handful of other falsehoods floating about, Trump alleges. Telling people he was anti-Second Amendment when he insists he’s “one of the strongest proponents of the right to bear arms.” Construing him as pro-choice when he, “like Ronald Regan, on many issues,” became a pro-lifer.Then there’s the apparent claim that Trump would appoint liberal judges to federal court. Well, Trump would have you know he only chooses individuals who … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Says Ted Cruz is ‘Unstable,’ Threatens Lawsuit
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Trump fired back defending him, and promising to keep him on board — despite the pending misdemeanor battery charge against him. Lewandowski is accused of grabbing a now former Breitbart.com reporter, Michelle Fields, at a campaign event on March 8. Trump’s campaign spokesperson contends Lewandowski is ‘absolutely innocent’ of the charges. And it turns out, according to Florida criminal defense attorneys who spoke with LawNewz.com, Lewandowski might have a strong defense.“I would say something like this is not normally charged. I was surprised to see the charges,” Florida criminal defense attorney Brian Gabriel told LawNewz.com. Gabriel frequently represents cases in Jupiter, Florida, where the incident occurred.First, Florida law says that misdemeanor battery includes:1. Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; … [Read more...] about Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski’s Strongest Possible Defenses to Simple Battery Charge
Donald Trump told reporters at The New York Times that he believes Susan Rice may have committed a crime when she reportedly ordered the unmasking of the identities of Trump officials when they were caught up in foreign intelligence intercepts.“I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” Trump told The Times. “It’s such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time.”So is it true? Could Susan Rice have committed a crime? We checked in with some top national security experts, and most say Trump’s allegations would be very difficult to prove. That’s because a prosecutor would have to find that Rice unmasked the identities of these Trump officials for purely political purposes. Even if that were the case in reality, a prosecutor would have to find proof of her intent in order for a jury to find her guilty of a crime.“I still see it as … [Read more...] about President Trump Says Susan Rice Committed a Crime. Is He Right?
Donald Trump told a crowd at a rally in Georgia on Wednesday that President Barack Obama is protecting Hillary Clinton from indictment over her private e-mail system.The Hill reports Trump told the crowd gathered in Atlanta, GA that Clinton is following President Obama’s direction in her response to the Orlando terror attack so that he will continue to protect her from indictment.“That whole thing is ridiculous whats going on there,” Trump reportedly said referring to the Clinton e-mail investigation, according to The Hill. “How that can happen in our country today is one of the great insults to law enforcement. She’s being protected, she’s being totally protected.”Trump also reportedly told the crowd that it will come as a surprise to him if Clinton is ultimately indicted.“Maybe we’ll all be surprised, maybe our laws will work the way they are supposed to work, Trump said. … [Read more...] about Trump Says Hillary’s Response to Orlando Mirrors Obama’s Because She Fears Indictment
White House request to knock down recent stories of a Trump-Russia link. Many, who are certain that Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin, have pointed to this as proof that there is truth to the claims that President Donald Trump‘s campaign advisors communicated regularly to the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. But, in reality, the FBI’s lack of response proves absolutely nothing about that. In my opinion, that is a non-story. The alarming story is that the Trump administration even asked the FBI to do such a thing if indeed that is what happened. Not only did the White House violate decades-old procedures that limit communications with the FBI on ongoing investigations, the move was unethical. Some legal scholars have even gone so far as to say it could amount to obstruction of justice as well. That is a crime.According to the CNN report, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was trying to dispute … [Read more...] about Did Trump’s White House Just Obstruct Justice? Some Legal Experts Think So.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied that his recusal from the Russia investigation precluded him recommending the firing of FBI Director James Comey. It was well within his authority, he said. But is that true?The question was raised during the AG’s tense hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. U.S. officials have said since December that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election so President Donald Trump could win.Sessions, one of Trump’s biggest supporters during the campaign, has had to fend off allegations of wrongdoing. He recused himself in March from involvement in the FBI’s Russia investigation after he failed to disclose two conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. It has also been reported that Congress is probing an alleged third meeting.So, in the midst of all this, Sessions insists he could still properly recommend Comey’s firing. That doesn’t … [Read more...] about Despite What Jeff Sessions Says, Comey Firing Could Pose Recusal Problem
The president tweeted early Tuesday, “well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again – Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C.” It was not immediately clear what “S.C.” refers to in his tweet.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a judge’s ruling that blocked the temporary ban on refugees as well.The 4th U.S. Circuit also has called Trump’s national security concerns an after-the-fact justification for a policy that was “rooted in religious animus.”The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. … [Read more...] about Trump Says Travel Ban Ruling Comes at ‘Dangerous Time’
Donald Trump, “[O]pen up our libel laws.”The National Law Journal reports if the Supreme Court grants certiorari to take up Armstrong v. Thompson, it will be the first time in decades the nation’s high court has an opportunity to reexamine the holding in New York Times v. Sullivan. In the landmark 1964 Sullivan case, the Supreme Court held the First Amendment protects media outlets even when the print false statements about public officials, so long as they did not act with “actual malice.” Under this standard, it is incredibly difficult for public officials to bring successful lawsuits for libel and defamation.Here is how the NLJ describes the Armstrong case: William Armstrong, a former low-level criminal investigator for the U.S. Treasury Department, is challenging a lower court ruling that placed him in the category of “public official,” for whom the Times case made defamation suits hard to win. The … [Read more...] about Case Before SCOTUS Could Be First to Actually ‘Open Up Our Libel Laws’ (As Trump Says)
, who has accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the past, including during an interview with LawNewz, has resurfaced with her thoughts on the tape of Trump talking about how he can “grab” a woman’s genitals without consequences. After the recording surfaced on Friday, a good bit of the response on social media pointed out that Harth had accused Trump of just that, arguing that this confirmed her story. Harth agrees, telling “Inside Edition” in a new interview airing Monday and Tuesday that this vindicates her.“It made me feel like, ‘See? This is what I was saying,” Harth says in the new interview. “He’s saying in his words what he does. How can people not believe me now?’” However, her anger was reignited when Trump denied during Sunday’s debate that his comments reflected anything he had actually done. She said that “He lied. He lied and it made me angry that he did … [Read more...] about Trump Sexual Assault Accuser On ‘Pussy Grab’ Tape: ‘See? This Is What I Was Saying!’