Trump targets Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal in campaign speech

President Donald Trump took aim at the Green New Deal touted by freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his first true campaign speech of the 2020 election cycle, unveiling a line of attack that seems destined to be a staple of his campaign stump speech. Trump said at a large rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas. “It would shut down American energy, which I don’t think the people in Texas are going to be happy with,” Trump said elsewhere in the speech, eliciting cheers from the audien


President Donald Trump took aim at the Green New Deal touted by freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his first true campaign speech of the 2020 election cycle, unveiling a line of attack that seems destined to be a staple of his campaign stump speech. Trump said at a large rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas. “It would shut down American energy, which I don’t think the people in Texas are going to be happy with,” Trump said elsewhere in the speech, eliciting cheers from the audien
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Trump targets Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal in campaign speech

President Donald Trump took aim at the Green New Deal touted by freshman lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in his first true campaign speech of the 2020 election cycle, unveiling a line of attack that seems destined to be a staple of his campaign stump speech.

“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of ‘let’s hop a train to California,’ of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore!” Trump said at a large rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas.

“It would shut down American energy, which I don’t think the people in Texas are going to be happy with,” Trump said elsewhere in the speech, eliciting cheers from the audience of more than 5,000. “It would shut down a little thing called air travel. How do you take a train to Europe?”

Trump appears to have seized on a line from an informal page of FAQs about the Green New Deal, released last week by Ocasio-Cortez, one of the congressional resolution’s co-sponsors, which specifically referred to cows and airplanes.

The line said lawmakers had set a goal of “net-zero” emissions in a decade rather than zero emissions at all, “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”

Read more: Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really want to get rid of farting cows?


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‘This is the fight of our lives,’ Elizabeth Warren says as she formally launches her 2020 presidential bid

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally launched her presidential campaign on Saturday at a rally in her home state of Massachusetts, marking the final step in a process that had been underway for months. After Lawrence, Warren’s campaign said she planned to travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and California. Even before Warren’s formal announcement, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent out a statement lambasting the senator and her policy positions. So


Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally launched her presidential campaign on Saturday at a rally in her home state of Massachusetts, marking the final step in a process that had been underway for months. After Lawrence, Warren’s campaign said she planned to travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and California. Even before Warren’s formal announcement, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent out a statement lambasting the senator and her policy positions. So
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'This is the fight of our lives,' Elizabeth Warren says as she formally launches her 2020 presidential bid

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally launched her presidential campaign on Saturday at a rally in her home state of Massachusetts, marking the final step in a process that had been underway for months.

Warren made little secret for years of the fact that she was considering a White House bid, and the former Harvard Law School professor has been considered a top contender among Democrats ever since she was first elected to the Senate in 2012.

Warren’s announcement Saturday in Lawrence, Mass., was the first event in a seven state tour of early voting primary states. After Lawrence, Warren’s campaign said she planned to travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and California.

Even before Warren’s formal announcement, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent out a statement lambasting the senator and her policy positions.

“We are here to take on a fight that will shape our lives, our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives, just as surely as the fight that began in these streets more than a century ago,” Warren said, in a statement posted to blogging site Medium.

“Because the man in the White House is not the cause of what’s broken, he’s just the latest — and most extreme — symptom of what’s gone wrong in America,” she added.

So far, there has been little reliable polling on the 2020 Democratic presidential field, which is growing on a near daily basis. But there is some good news in the numbers for Warren. A recent Politico-Morning Consult poll showed that more than half of all Americans already support what is expected to be a pillar of Warren’s candidacy: Higher taxes on the ultra-wealthy.

“This is the fight of our lives. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way,” Warren said on Saturday. “And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.”

An Oklahoma native who moved to Massachusetts as an adult, Warren has already staked out the issues of economic equality and anti-corruption, well ahead of the rest of the Democrats expected to run in 2020.

Both are subjects that Warren is uniquely positioned to tackle, given her experience as both a professor and her legislative record as a senator.

This fall, Warren introduced sweeping new ethics legislation, no doubt with an eye toward her 2020 campaign platform. The Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act would place a lifetime lobbying ban on former presidents and vice presidents, Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and federal judges. It would also require presidential candidates to release at least eight years of tax returns — President Donald Trump has refused to release any of his tax returns.

Also this fall, Warren introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act, which would require, among other provisions, that employees be given seats on the board of directors at some of the nation’s biggest companies.


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Firm owned by longtime Trump bodyguard received $225,000 from RNC

As former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo told CNN at the time, “I think it’s a responsibility of everyone in the Republican Party to take care of the president and his family first. But unlike McEntee, he did not immediately return to the Trump campaign, where his most recent job outside of government had been. There, on November 7, 2017, Schiller reportedly denied a salacious allegation that Trump interacted with prostitutes during a 2013 trip to Moscow, on which Schiller had accompanied hi


As former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo told CNN at the time, “I think it’s a responsibility of everyone in the Republican Party to take care of the president and his family first. But unlike McEntee, he did not immediately return to the Trump campaign, where his most recent job outside of government had been. There, on November 7, 2017, Schiller reportedly denied a salacious allegation that Trump interacted with prostitutes during a 2013 trip to Moscow, on which Schiller had accompanied hi
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Firm owned by longtime Trump bodyguard received $225,000 from RNC

In late summer 2017, after eight months at the White House with Trump, Schiller was ready to move to Florida, make more money and get outside the Beltway, according to former White House aides. Inside the West Wing, Schiller also reportedly chafed under the newly imposed, top-down leadership style of then-chief of staff Gen. John Kelly.

At the same time, on Capitol Hill, the Republican National Committee was coming under pressure from Trump allies who wanted it to use its specially designated legal fund to help pay personal attorney fees for the president and his eldest son, Donald Jr., who were caught up in the early stages of the special counsel’s Russia probe.

As former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo told CNN at the time, “I think it’s a responsibility of everyone in the Republican Party to take care of the president and his family first. They didn’t sign up for this bogus investigation and it’s our responsibility to protect him as much as we can.”

The RNC agreed to tap the fund. In August and September 2017, it spent more than $427,000 on lawyers for both men. But an uproar ensued when the RNC later reported the payments on its mandatory monthly campaign filings.

Even within the RNC, many staffers reportedly believed that the legal fund, originally created to pay for things like vote recounts, was never intended to pay anyone’s personal legal bills related to a criminal proceeding.

The last legal bill the committee paid for the Trumps was on Sept. 18, 2017, for Don Jr. Yet within days, the RNC quietly started paying three other Trump-related expenses, according to committee filings with the Federal Election Commission.

The first was a salary for John Pence, nephew of Vice President Mike Pence, who was earning around $12,000 a month from Trump’s re-election campaign.

Next came $37,500 a month in rent payable to the Trump Organization for office space in Trump Tower, which was used by the president’s re-election campaign.

Schiller officially left his job at the White House on Sept. 20. But unlike McEntee, he did not immediately return to the Trump campaign, where his most recent job outside of government had been. Instead, he landed at the RNC.

On October 4, 2017, one week after the Trump Tower rent payments started, the RNC cut its first check for $15,000 to Schiller’s KS Global Group for what it called “security services.”

The expense was disclosed by the committee on its next campaign filing in October, as required by law. But it went unnoticed by reporters for another three months.

One month after he was retained by the RNC, Schiller sat for an interview with the House Intelligence Committee, which had launched its own investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

There, on November 7, 2017, Schiller reportedly denied a salacious allegation that Trump interacted with prostitutes during a 2013 trip to Moscow, on which Schiller had accompanied him.

At the time of Schiller’s testimony, records show that KS Global Group had already collected $30,000 in fees from the RNC. Schiller had also moved to Boca Raton, Florida, full time, according to Florida state corporation filings. One week before he testified on Capitol Hill, Schiller had registered KS Global Group in Florida, and listed his home address as an apartment in Boca Raton.

The RNC wasn’t the only pro-Trump group helping Schiller to make ends meet, however. Also not yet reported at the time was the fact that Schiller’s lawyers were being paid, at least in part, by the Trump campaign. Between January and April 2018, the campaign paid more than $94,500 to Schiller’s attorney’s law firm, according to campaign finance reports.


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Trump: ‘There’s a good chance we’ll have to’ declare a national emergency to build the wall

President Donald Trump on Friday said, “I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to” declare a national emergency in order to appropriate the funds to build his border wall. Asked Friday if he was concerned about courts halting an emergency declaration, Trump replied, “we have very, very strong legal standing to win,” adding it would be “very hard” for a court to enjoin the declaration. Recent polling shows little public support for Trump using a national emergency to access wall funds. Republic


President Donald Trump on Friday said, “I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to” declare a national emergency in order to appropriate the funds to build his border wall. Asked Friday if he was concerned about courts halting an emergency declaration, Trump replied, “we have very, very strong legal standing to win,” adding it would be “very hard” for a court to enjoin the declaration. Recent polling shows little public support for Trump using a national emergency to access wall funds. Republic
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Trump: 'There's a good chance we'll have to' declare a national emergency to build the wall

President Donald Trump on Friday said, “I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to” declare a national emergency in order to appropriate the funds to build his border wall.

Trump wouldn’t say he would definitely declare it, but he told reporters that such a declaration “would help the process.”

The remarks came as a specially created committee in Congress is poised to spend the next two weeks trying to reach a compromise on border security before the current short-term government funding bill expires on Feb. 15.

If no deal is reached, then Trump could decide to either partially shut down the government for the second time this year, or potentially sign a bill funding federal agencies, and then use his executive powers to declare a national emergency on the southern border.

This could allow the president to commandeer funds that have already been appropriated by Congress for other purposes, such as disaster relief, and use them to pay for the construction of a wall.

But such a declaration would almost certainly be challenged in court. There, the administration could find it challenging to make the argument that the immigration situation on the southern border, which has not materially changed in several months, merits an emergency declaration only now, after Trump was unable to secure the needed funds from Congress.

Asked Friday if he was concerned about courts halting an emergency declaration, Trump replied, “we have very, very strong legal standing to win,” adding it would be “very hard” for a court to enjoin the declaration.

Trump also declared several times that the wall was already being built. He was presumably referring to stretches of both new wall and replacement wall that were approved and paid for last year with 2018 funding, but which are slated to begin construction later this winter.

“We’re building the wall, and we’re building a lot of wall,” the president said, “but I can do it a lot faster the other way.”

It was unclear what impact statements like these, which imply that the purpose of the national emergency would be merely to speed up construction, might have on the legal argument for a national emergency, if Trump were to declare one and it were to be challenged in court.

Trump has so far drawn a hard line in negotiations with Congress, saying he will not accept anything short of billions of dollars designated for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn a line, as well, telling reporters on Thursday, “there’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.”

Recent polling shows little public support for Trump using a national emergency to access wall funds. According to a respected poll released Monday, only 34 percent of Americans back declaring a national emergency in order to use military funding for the wall, while almost twice as many respondents — 64 percent — oppose the idea.

Republican senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have also warned the president against declaring a national emergency. On Sunday, Rubio called it a “terrible idea.”

But at least one of Trump’s closest allies in the Senate, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, appeared ready to make the case to his fellow Republicans that a national emergency wasn’t merely an acceptable option, it was Trump’s only option.

“Republicans need to get behind President Trump emergency declaration to build wall/barrier,” Graham tweeted on Friday afternoon. “Looking like he has no other option.”

The building of a border wall was one of Trump’s core campaign promises in 2016, and his failure to do so could damage his support among his deeply loyal base. On the other hand, the past month’s battle over wall funding, and the historically long government shutdown Trump forced when Congress refused to appropriate the funds, have also hurt the president’s broader approval ratings.

— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this article.


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State of the Union address will offer a ‘bipartisan way forward on immigration,’ official says

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday will be built on the theme of “choosing greatness,” a White House official said Friday about the annual address to the nation. The speech will be structured like a traditional State of the Union address and be centered on five subject pillars, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The first will be Trump’s “vision for a safe and legal immigration system,” said the official, who later added that the president was goi


President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday will be built on the theme of “choosing greatness,” a White House official said Friday about the annual address to the nation. The speech will be structured like a traditional State of the Union address and be centered on five subject pillars, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The first will be Trump’s “vision for a safe and legal immigration system,” said the official, who later added that the president was goi
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State of the Union address will offer a 'bipartisan way forward on immigration,' official says

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday will be built on the theme of “choosing greatness,” a White House official said Friday about the annual address to the nation.

According to a senior administration official, Trump will say: “Together we can break decades of political stalemates, bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.”

The speech will be structured like a traditional State of the Union address and be centered on five subject pillars, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The first will be Trump’s “vision for a safe and legal immigration system,” said the official, who later added that the president was going to “try and provide a bipartisan way forward on immigration.” The official declined to say whether Trump would declare a national emergency if Congress does not appear as though it will reach a bipartisan border security plan that includes wall funding.

The second pillar will involve updating Congress on Trump’s “fight to protect American workers who have been hurt by decades of bad trade deals,” said the official. This will include calling on Congress to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, a recently signed replacement of the longstanding NAFTA agreement.

The third pillar will address infrastructure projects, and the president will call on Congress to approve “a substantial investment” in rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Fourth, Trump will address lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs, the official said, and the president will call on Congress to support his efforts to bring down prices.

Fifth, and finally, the official said, “Trump will update Congress on his diplomatic and military efforts around the world, including his efforts to protect American interests and bring to an end America’s endless wars.”

The president will seek to strike a “unifying, bipartisan and optimistic tone,” said the official. He acknowledged that optimism is not a traditional centerpiece of Trump’s speeches, but noted that the State of the Union “is unlike other occasions in the year.”

The speech will also include a reminder of “how much the president has accomplished for all Americans, and the broad appeal of the president’s agenda,” the official said. This ticking off of his accomplishments became a hallmark of Trump’s speeches practically as soon as he took office, so its planned inclusion on Tuesday came as little surprise.

The White House would not directly address the specifics of what Trump will say, so as not to get ahead of the president on Tuesday night. But the official said that Trump will mention the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

Asked about whether the president could offer a bipartisan vision in the midst of near-historic acrimony between the White House and Democrats in Congress, the official said only that the president would offer “common sense solutions with bipartisan appeal that are doable and practical.”

The real question Trump would pose, according to the official, was “are we going to seek common ground, and choose the politics of cooperation and compromise?”

“There’s a lot of common ground that’s doable and practical,” between the president and Congress, the official said.

The White House declined to discuss the speechwriting process, save to say the address will include input from across the government, and would likely be tinkered with up until the very last minute.

Trump’s guest list will be released Monday afternoon, the official said, and parts of the speech will acknowledge the guests in the president’s box, as is traditional for State of the Union speeches.

Tuesday’s speech will be Trump’s second formal State of the Union address. He gave a major address to Congress shortly after his inauguration in 2017, but it was not technically a State of the Union address.


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Trump and Pelosi harden their positions in the latest border wall fight

WASHINGTON – There are about two weeks until large sections of the government could shut down again, but neither President Donald Trump nor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear ready to back off their positions on funding for Trump’s proposed southern border wall. Last week, Trump signed a short-term measure, which lacked funding for a wall despite his demands, to reopen the government and end a record-long shutdown. But as negotiators from both parties met to begin hammering out a deal that could


WASHINGTON – There are about two weeks until large sections of the government could shut down again, but neither President Donald Trump nor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear ready to back off their positions on funding for Trump’s proposed southern border wall. Last week, Trump signed a short-term measure, which lacked funding for a wall despite his demands, to reopen the government and end a record-long shutdown. But as negotiators from both parties met to begin hammering out a deal that could
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Trump and Pelosi harden their positions in the latest border wall fight

WASHINGTON – There are about two weeks until large sections of the government could shut down again, but neither President Donald Trump nor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear ready to back off their positions on funding for Trump’s proposed southern border wall.

“There’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters on Thursday morning as congressional Democrats unveiled their opening offer for border security funding, part of a formal negotiating process currently underway on Capitol Hill.

Last week, Trump signed a short-term measure, which lacked funding for a wall despite his demands, to reopen the government and end a record-long shutdown. But as negotiators from both parties met to begin hammering out a deal that could pass the House and Senate, 16 blocks away at the White House, Trump was eagerly playing the role of third man in the room.

“I don’t expect much coming out of this committee,” Trump told reporters at a midday photo-op. “I keep hearing the words ‘we’ll give you what you want.’ The problem is, if they don’t give us a wall, it doesn’t work. Without a wall, it doesn’t work.”

Trump accused Pelosi of “just playing games,” and said that if the committee reached an agreement by the Feb. 15 deadline that did not contain adequate wall funding, “I don’t even want to waste my time reading what they have, because it’s a waste of time. Because the only thing that works for security and safety for our country is a wall.”

The president’s tone appeared to shut the door on what had, briefly on Thursday, seemed like a potential opening from Pelosi, albeit one buried in the details of her proposal.


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Trump friend and advisor Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Mueller case, calls it ‘a lynching’

The judge stressed that Stone should have no contact with witnesses in the case. After his arraignment, Stone was interviewed by Alex Jones on Jones’ InfoWars show, where he blasted the case against him. Stone echoed Jones when Jones called Clinton a “war criminal.” “And the irony of course is that I’m charged with perjury, lying before Congress, which I’m not guilty of,” Stone said. WATCH: Trump associate Roger Stone arrested for allegedly lying in Mueller investigation


The judge stressed that Stone should have no contact with witnesses in the case. After his arraignment, Stone was interviewed by Alex Jones on Jones’ InfoWars show, where he blasted the case against him. Stone echoed Jones when Jones called Clinton a “war criminal.” “And the irony of course is that I’m charged with perjury, lying before Congress, which I’m not guilty of,” Stone said. WATCH: Trump associate Roger Stone arrested for allegedly lying in Mueller investigation
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Trump friend and advisor Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Mueller case, calls it 'a lynching'

Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson scheduled a status hearing for Friday afternoon in the case.

The other judge, Jackson, will conduct that hearing. A prosecutor in Mueller’s office said the case will be prosecuted by the special counsel’s team and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Robinson allowed Stone to remain free on a $250,000 signature bond that was set at his first court appearance on Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The judge stressed that Stone should have no contact with witnesses in the case. She also continued an order restricting his travel to between Florida and his future court appearances in Washington and to the New York City area.

In a barely audible voice, Stone said, “Yes, your honor,” when Robinson reminded him of his release conditions.

During the hearing, a crowd outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse held signs with messages that included, “Free Stone Fire Mueller,” “We Stand with Stone,” “Lock him Up,” and “Dirty Traitor.”

One person waved a Russian flag, and another played the Russian national anthem.

Mueller accuses Stone of lying to Congress about his alleged efforts to have WikiLeaks disseminate Democratic National Committee communications that were hacked hacked by Russian agents.

The indictment alleges Stone was was in contact with top-ranking Trump campaign officials about efforts to leak damaging information about the Democratic nominee Clinton right before Election Day.

It also says a senior official in the Trump campaign “was directed” to talk with Stone about potential future releases by WikiLeaks.

After his arraignment, Stone was interviewed by Alex Jones on Jones’ InfoWars show, where he blasted the case against him. Jones routinely trafficks in unfounded conspiracy theories.

The outspoken Stone noted that there was not, despite some peoples’ speculation that there would be, a gag order slapped on him at his arraignment.

“There was no suggestion of a gag order, but this would not have been the appropriate time, that, I suspect it would be coming from Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who essentially ordered torture for Paul Manafort, to torture him, and has rejected every challenge to Robert Mueller’s authority,” Stone said.

” She at this point will be the judge in my case, we’ll see about that.”

Jackson had revoked Manafort’s $10 million release bond last June after he was charged with trying to tamper with witnesses while under house arrest awaiting two federal criminal trials related to crimes connected to his consulting work for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine. After he was convicted of some charges at his first trial, Manafort pleaded guilty to other charges on the eve of his second scheduled trial.

“This is a lynching,” Stone said. “This is a legal lynching of me because I appear on InfoWars, because I’m friends with Alex Jones, because I support Donald Trump and I supported him for president and I still support him, because I helped take down the evil queen, the foul-mouthed, short tempered, self-centered kleptocrat Hillary Clinton.”

Stone echoed Jones when Jones called Clinton a “war criminal.”

“And the irony of course is that I’m charged with perjury, lying before Congress, which I’m not guilty of,” Stone said.

“They know that they have to take me down in order to take Donald Trump down, cause they know that they have to take InfoWars down because they don’t want us to tell the American people what they’re up to,” Stone said. “It’s insidious, it’s ruthless- Alex, I’m facing potentially 45 years in jail.”

WATCH: Trump associate Roger Stone arrested for allegedly lying in Mueller investigation


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Trump lashes out after Roger Stone’s arrest: ‘Human Traffickers are treated better’

President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at Robert Mueller’s investigation after the indictment of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. In the Stone charging documents on Friday, Mueller described repeated contacts between Stone and high-ranking members in Trump’s campaign organization. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1. The group leaked thousands of Clinton campaign emails during the final month of the 2016 campaign. At a


President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at Robert Mueller’s investigation after the indictment of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. In the Stone charging documents on Friday, Mueller described repeated contacts between Stone and high-ranking members in Trump’s campaign organization. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1. The group leaked thousands of Clinton campaign emails during the final month of the 2016 campaign. At a
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Trump lashes out after Roger Stone's arrest: 'Human Traffickers are treated better'

President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at Robert Mueller’s investigation after the indictment of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.

The president tied the arrest to the ongoing fight over U.S. immigration policy, and accused investigators of colluding with CNN.

CNN said its reporters were not tipped off, they merely made an educated guess because the special counsel’s grand jury does not typically meet on Thursdays, but did this week.

The last time that happened, the meeting of the grand jury was followed by an indictment the following day. CNN said its reporters deduced that there might be one coming on Friday, so they sent cameras to the homes several suspects.

“CNN’s ability to capture the arrest of Roger Stone was the result of determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events,” the network replied to Trump’s tweet.

Stone was arrested during a predawn raid Friday at his home in Florida. He faces seven counts, including witness tampering, obstruction of justice and making false statements to Congress. He was released on a $250,000 bond.

Stone’s attorney Grant Smith also questioned the FBI’s decision to arrest Stone at his home Friday. “There was no need to have the FBI show up with a SWAT team,” Smith told NBC News.

Smith also emphasized that Friday’s indictment did not explicitly charge Stone with coordinating or colluding with the Russian government.

Stone has “been very public for the last two years about where he was and what he was doing” during the election, Smith said. “If they’d found any collusion they would have charged him with it.”

Stone plans to “fight vigorously” against the charges, Smith said.

The indictment alleges that Stone had been in contact with top-ranking Trump campaign officials about efforts to leak damaging information about Hillary Clinton just before the 2016 election.

In criticizing the actions of law enforcement in Stone’s case, Trump linked his complaints to the fight over a border wall. The refusal of House Democrats to meet Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a border wall has resulted in the longest partial government shutdown in modern history.

Trump has repeatedly argued that the United States is not harsh enough in its treatment of people who cross the southern border without papers. The president argues that these migrants bring illegal drugs, traffic in human beings, and mistreat the migrants they smuggle.

Trump’s use of “border coyotes” refers to the English translation of a Spanish slang term for someone who transports migrants across the Mexican border, often on foot.

In the Stone charging documents on Friday, Mueller described repeated contacts between Stone and high-ranking members in Trump’s campaign organization.

During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Organization 1 and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by Organization 1.

The indictment does not identify “Organization 1” or its head, but it clearly refers to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, because it says the head of the organization was at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has been living there since 2012 while avoiding sexual offense charges in Sweden.

The group leaked thousands of Clinton campaign emails during the final month of the 2016 campaign. At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Oct. 10, 2016, Trump praised the group, saying “WikiLeaks! I love WikiLeaks.” In addition, Trump’s oldest son, Donald Jr., acknowledged he’d had private communications with WikiLeaks.


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Mueller’s office disputes BuzzFeed’s bombshell on Michael Cohen

On Saturday, Trump said he was grateful to Mueller for a statement disputing BuzzFeed’s report. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, attacked Cohen’s credibility, saying that he wanted to sell the “Brooklyn Bridge” to anyone who believed Cohen. For Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, the special counsel’s statement presented an opportunity to attack the media at large. The report documented some of the most serious allegations made against Trump and Cohen since Mueller began his pro


On Saturday, Trump said he was grateful to Mueller for a statement disputing BuzzFeed’s report. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, attacked Cohen’s credibility, saying that he wanted to sell the “Brooklyn Bridge” to anyone who believed Cohen. For Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, the special counsel’s statement presented an opportunity to attack the media at large. The report documented some of the most serious allegations made against Trump and Cohen since Mueller began his pro
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Mueller's office disputes BuzzFeed's bombshell on Michael Cohen

Throughout the day Friday, many of the main characters in the story, including Cohen and Trump, speaking through their attorneys, declined to directly confirm or deny the claim that Trump directed Cohen to lie, instead focusing on peripheral aspects of the story.

Trump — a prolific user of Twitter who frequently uses his account to rail against opponents, issue policy and attack the Russia probe — did a victory lap of sorts on Friday, by retweeted a number of posts celebrating Mueller’s rebuke of the BuzzFeed article. On Saturday, Trump said he was grateful to Mueller for a statement disputing BuzzFeed’s report.

“I appreciate the special counsel coming out with a statement last night. I think it was very appropriate that they did so,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I think that the BuzzFeed piece was a disgrace to our country. It was a disgrace to journalism.”

It constituted a sharp turnabout by the president and his defenders, who have denounced the special counsel’s probe as a “witch hunt,” and attacked Mueller himself in unusually personal terms.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, attacked Cohen’s credibility, saying that he wanted to sell the “Brooklyn Bridge” to anyone who believed Cohen. One of the authors of the report, Anthony Cormier, had told CNN Friday morning that he was “100 percent” confident in his sourcing. BuzzFeed tweeted later Friday that the roots of the story stretched back over a year.

For Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, the special counsel’s statement presented an opportunity to attack the media at large. “So sad that so many journalists have lost their integrity,” Parscale tweeted Friday.

Much like the original story amounted to a political spear for Democrats to wield against the president, Friday night’s special counsel statement represented a political gift to Trump and his reelection campaign, giving fresh fodder to the well worn narrative that stories unfavorable to the president are “fake” and that the news media is “biased” against the Trump administration.

The report documented some of the most serious allegations made against Trump and Cohen since Mueller began his probe of Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

The report cited two law enforcement officials and also cited “multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.” In addition to the charge that Cohen lied to Congress at Trump’s direction, the law enforcement officials alleged that Trump supported Cohen’s plan for him to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign to discuss the Trump Tower proposal.

The BuzzFeed report also sparked widespread reactions from Congressional Democrats vowing to investigate the story’s central claims.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Friday that his committee will increase its efforts to investigate the aborted Moscow Trump Tower deal, while several other high-profile Democrats urged more hearings.

–Reuters contributed to this article.


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Elizabeth Warren already owns two huge policy issues that could shape the 2020 presidential race

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s nascent presidential campaign has so far drawn attention to the DNA test she took in hopes of proving her Native American bloodline, President Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks against her, and whether or not she is “likable.” Her potential impact on the policy issues that will shape the 2020 race has received far less attention. On at least two of them, Warren is already running the table against other potential Democratic 2020 candidates. Both are subjects that Warren is u


Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s nascent presidential campaign has so far drawn attention to the DNA test she took in hopes of proving her Native American bloodline, President Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks against her, and whether or not she is “likable.” Her potential impact on the policy issues that will shape the 2020 race has received far less attention. On at least two of them, Warren is already running the table against other potential Democratic 2020 candidates. Both are subjects that Warren is u
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Elizabeth Warren already owns two huge policy issues that could shape the 2020 presidential race

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s nascent presidential campaign has so far drawn attention to the DNA test she took in hopes of proving her Native American bloodline, President Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks against her, and whether or not she is “likable.” Her potential impact on the policy issues that will shape the 2020 race has received far less attention.

As Warren stumped across Iowa last weekend, reporters asked her whether she’d take money from billionaires, how she planned to talk about her gender and whether her campaign was similar to Hillary Clinton’s. But not about U.S. plans in Syria, immigration or the volatile stock market.

Still, while the Massachusetts Democrat has yet to release a formal platform, certain key issues are coming into focus as she steps further into the national spotlight. On at least two of them, Warren is already running the table against other potential Democratic 2020 candidates.

The first is corruption and the lack of transparency in government, and more specifically within the Trump administration. The second is changing the laws that govern U.S. businesses to make them more favorable to employees and consumers.

Both are subjects that Warren is uniquely positioned to tackle, given her experience as a Harvard law professor. And either of them could alter the tenor of the next presidential election, regardless of whether Warren wins the nomination or not.


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