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Trump defends Cohen, says he won’t ‘flip’


President Donald Trump pushed back Saturday on reports Michael Cohen would “flip” on him, attacking the New York Times for “going out of their way” to try to destroy his relationship with his longtime personal attorney.

“Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if…. it means lying or making up stories,” the president wrote on Twitter, apparently referencing this report. “Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”

Federal agents raided Cohen’s office and residences on April 10 as the government reportedly probes possible criminal violations in connection to Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign.

“The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Habberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will “flip,” the president wrote.

Haberman, a former Politico reporter, highlighted the story that seemed to have “touched a nerve.”

“One B, sir (or Dan?). Here’s the story that seems to have touched a nerve,” she wrote on Twitter, hinting at the possibility that White House social media director Dan Scavino could be behind the morning missive.

On Friday night, the president continued his broadsides against former FBI Director James Comey, who is speaking out about his relationship with the president on an ongoing book tour.

“James Comey illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council?,” Trump wrote. “Therefore, the Special Council was established based on an illegal act? Really, does everybody know what that means?”

On Thursday evening, Comey’s memos were released to Congress and shorty thereafter were leaked to members of the media. Portions of those documents were redacted, including for some information that was deemed classified.

The Justice Department watchdog is reportedly probing whether Comey disclosed any classified information when he leaked the contents of some of his memos to Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman. Richman told NBC News that memos he shared were not the memos that were originally classified and that that to his knowledge nothing he shared with reporters has been deemed classified.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/21/trump-defends-michael-cohen-nyt-544870

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‘The Mod Squad,’ ‘Adam-12’ and how TV brought the counterculture into 1968’s cop shows


“One black, one white, one blonde” was the tagline for a new kind of cop show that premiered in 1968 on the heels of Vietnam’s bloody Tet Offensive, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, a shootout between the Black Panthers and Oakland police and the passage of the Fair Housing Act.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-et-st-1968-the-mod-squad-adam-12-hippies-20180420-story.html

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Meet The Students Who Dreamed Up Friday’s National School Walkout

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Playboy model wins right to tell story of alleged Trump affair


Karen McDougal says she began a relationship with future president in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron

The former Playboy model Karen McDougal has reached an agreement on Wednesday with tabloid publisher American Media Inc that will allow her to speak freely about an affair she alleges she had with President Donald Trump.

McDougal filed suit in California last month seeking to be released from a deal reached in 2016 with AMI, publisher of the National Enquirer, that gave the company exclusive rights to her story in exchange for $150,000.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/19/playboy-model-wins-right-to-tell-story-of-alleged-trump-affair

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Trump decided to abandon plans for more Russia sanctions

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House Republicans preparing to subpoena Comey memos


The House Judiciary Committee has prepared a subpoena for the Justice Department to obtain copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos documenting his encounters with President Donald Trump, according to sources familiar with the Republican-led committee’s plans.

Committee members were briefed on the subpoena plan Wednesday, and under standard committee processes, the subpoena could be issued as soon as this week, unless the Justice Department satisfies the demand beforehand.

Comey’s memos are believed to be important evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump’s interactions with Comey in early 2017 were part of an effort to obstruct the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians. Republicans have complained that access to the memos for lawmakers has been limited even though Comey testified about the memos to Congress last year and has discussed some of their contents during an ongoing national publicity tour for his new book.

“There’s an urgency there since Jim Comey’s out there talking about the memos,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee.

The subpoena effort is an escalation of the confrontation between House Republicans and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller’s probe. Trump allies in Congress have thrashed Rosenstein for what they’ve described as stonewalling of their requests for sensitive documents related to the probe, as well as the FBI’s 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Trump himself has embraced the Judiciary Committee’s fight in recent weeks, lashing out at his own Justice Department for failing to more rapidly comply with the committee’s requests for unredacted files. The pushback has raised fears among Democrats and DOJ defenders that Trump is seizing on the document drama as a pretext for removing Rosenstein and exerting more influence over Mueller’s investigation.

“The Comey memos are key to the special counsel’s work. Pursuant to long-standing Department policy and absent any satisfactory accommodation, the Department of Justice cannot simply hand over evidence that is part of an ongoing criminal investigation,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

He added: “If House Republicans refuse any accommodation short of the Department of Justice handing over custody of these documents — which it cannot do — I fear the Majority will have manufactured an excuse to hold the Deputy Attorney General in contempt of Congress. If they succeed in tarnishing the Deputy Attorney General, perhaps they will have given President Trump the pretext he has sought to replace Mr. Rosenstein with someone willing to do his bidding and end the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

Aides to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte declined to comment, as did the Justice Department. Goodlatte’s subpoena threat was first reported by The Hill.

The Justice Department and FBI insist they’re rushing to comply with requests but that they must subject their documents to a rigorous review to protect classified material, grand jury information and other information pertinent to active investigations.

Goodlatte joined House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy to request copies of the memos from Rosenstein on Friday.

“There is no legal basis for withholding these materials from Congress,” they wrote in a letter to Rosenstein.

Though they initially demanded the files by Monday, the chairmen relented when Rosenstein asked for a few more days to weigh the request.

In a reply letter, Rosenstein emphasized that a select group of lawmakers and aides had already been allowed to see the memos under a strict guarantee that they not be publicly disclosed.

So far, Rosenstein wrote, they had abided that commitment. He also noted some material in the memos may already be public — Comey testified to Congress about the substance of several of his memos and is in the middle of a national publicity tour for his new book, in which he further characterizes his interactions with Trump.

“However, one or more of the memos may relate to an ongoing investigation, may contain classified information, and may report confidential Presidential communications,” Rosenstein wrote, “so we have a legal duty to evaluate the consequences of providing access to them.”

To support his argument, Rosenstein attached a 1941 opinion from then-Attorney General Robert Jackson, a 1989 memo from then-Assistant Attorney General William Barr, a 2000 letter from Assistant Attorney General Robert Raben outlining the limits on congressional oversight of executive branch investigations.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/18/comey-memos-subpoena-republicans-house-536587