Ex-Treasury official pleads guilty to SARS leaks about former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Russians

A former U.S. Treasury official pleaded guilty Monday to illegally leaking highly confidential documents about suspicious financial transactions of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and others to reporters at BuzzFeed News. The official, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, leaked so-called suspicious activity reports, or SARS, starting in October 2017 about Manafort, his business associate and fellow Trump campaign official Rick Gates, Russian agent Maria Butina, the Russian Embassy in Washingt


A former U.S. Treasury official pleaded guilty Monday to illegally leaking highly confidential documents about suspicious financial transactions of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and others to reporters at BuzzFeed News.
The official, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, leaked so-called suspicious activity reports, or SARS, starting in October 2017 about Manafort, his business associate and fellow Trump campaign official Rick Gates, Russian agent Maria Butina, the Russian Embassy in Washingt
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Ex-Treasury official pleads guilty to SARS leaks about former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Russians

A former U.S. Treasury official pleaded guilty Monday to illegally leaking highly confidential documents about suspicious financial transactions of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and others to reporters at BuzzFeed News.

The official, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, leaked so-called suspicious activity reports, or SARS, starting in October 2017 about Manafort, his business associate and fellow Trump campaign official Rick Gates, Russian agent Maria Butina, the Russian Embassy in Washington and a suspected Russian money laundering entity.

Edwards, 41, continued leaking the sensitive documents for the next year.

The Quinton, Virginia, resident pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures of SARS during an appearance in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, a week before she was scheduled to go on trial.

In the courtroom during her plea was her family, including her daughter, who is a high school student.

Edwards, who had held a senior position in Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, is due to be sentenced June 9 by Judge Gregory Woods, and faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison.

“We’re going to push hard for” a non-jail sentence, said her lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, who noted that federal sentencing guidelines suggest a jail term of zero to six months for Edwards.

Agnifilo, told reporters after the hearing that, “I think that she was movitated by things she thought was important,” and “didn’t trust that the government was doing the right thing.”

The lawyer said that Edwards had been “in contact with different subcommittees in Congress, with other people in the government” about the information she ended up leaking to BuzzFeed.

A criminal complaint filed against Edwards in October 2018 says she had “hundreds of electronic communications” with a reporter, “many via an encrypted application.”

After Edwards began leaking the documents, the journalist wrote articles which mentioned the details of those reports, the complaint said.


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‘My conscience is clear’ — GOP Sen. Rick Scott on opposing Trump impeachment and removal

Republican Sen.Rick Scott told CNBC on Wednesday that he has little doubt President Donald Trump will stay in office for the remainder of his term despite ongoing impeachment proceedings. The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote Wednesday to approve two articles of impeachment, which would then be passed along to the Senate for trial in the new year. But Scott, a key ally of Trump, that said much of the Democrats’ arguments stem from “hearsay” and falsities. “The bottom line is, this


Republican Sen.Rick Scott told CNBC on Wednesday that he has little doubt President Donald Trump will stay in office for the remainder of his term despite ongoing impeachment proceedings.
The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote Wednesday to approve two articles of impeachment, which would then be passed along to the Senate for trial in the new year.
But Scott, a key ally of Trump, that said much of the Democrats’ arguments stem from “hearsay” and falsities.
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'My conscience is clear' — GOP Sen. Rick Scott on opposing Trump impeachment and removal

Republican Sen.Rick Scott told CNBC on Wednesday that he has little doubt President Donald Trump will stay in office for the remainder of his term despite ongoing impeachment proceedings.

The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote Wednesday to approve two articles of impeachment, which would then be passed along to the Senate for trial in the new year.

The articles accuse the president of abuse of power for asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden while withholding aid as leverage, and with obstruction of Congress for stonewalling the House investigation.

But Scott, a key ally of Trump, that said much of the Democrats’ arguments stem from “hearsay” and falsities.

The Florida senator said that it’s not a matter of opinion, and argued that Democrats need to remember Trump is being charged with high crimes and misdemeanors, which he doesn’t believe Trump committed.

“The bottom line is, this is an impeachment trial and you have to think of it that way,” Scott said on “Squawk Box.” “My conscience is clear.”

The president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. On Tuesday, Trump sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a raging, six-page letter that called the impeachment process an “illegal, partisan attempted coup.”


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Ex-Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates sentenced to 45 ‘intermittent’ days in jail, 3 years’ probation after Mueller cooperation

Rick Gates, former campaign aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs federal court after being sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation, in Washington, DC, December 17, 2019. Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign chairman and inaugural official for President Donald Trump, was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail to be served intermittently and three years of probation, winning leniency for his “extraordinary” cooperation with federal prosecutors against other Trump associates.


Rick Gates, former campaign aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs federal court after being sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation, in Washington, DC, December 17, 2019.
Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign chairman and inaugural official for President Donald Trump, was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail to be served intermittently and three years of probation, winning leniency for his “extraordinary” cooperation with federal prosecutors against other Trump associates.
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Ex-Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates sentenced to 45 'intermittent' days in jail, 3 years' probation after Mueller cooperation

Rick Gates, former campaign aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs federal court after being sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation, in Washington, DC, December 17, 2019.

Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign chairman and inaugural official for President Donald Trump, was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail to be served intermittently and three years of probation, winning leniency for his “extraordinary” cooperation with federal prosecutors against other Trump associates.

“I accept complete responsibility for my actions that have led me here,” Gates, 47, told Judge Amy Berman Jackson before she sentenced him in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., for conspiracy and making a false statement.

“I greatly regret the mistakes I’ve made, and I’ve worked hard to honor my commitment to make amends,” Gates said, as he asked the judge for leniency. Gates will be allowed to serve his jail term on weekends or on a scheduled to be determined later.

At the same hearing, a prosecutor revealed that Gates’ former business associate Paul Manafort — who had served as Trump’s presidential campaign chief for several months in 2016 — had urged Gates not to plead guilty in the case by offering him access to funds for his defense.

“Mr. Gates received pressure from Mr. Manafort not to plead, and Mr. Manafort assured that there would be a defense fund if Mr. Gates decided not to plead,” assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Gaston told Jackson.

Gates not only ended up pleading guilty after being charged along with the GOP lobbyist Manafort, he also testified against him at trial in 2018.

Gates’ relatively light sentence for the charges was expected, despite federal sentencing guidelines suggesting a prison term of between 46 and 57 months for the longtime Republican consultant.

Prosecutors last week told Jackson in a court filing that they supported his request for only probation, given his “extraordinary assistance” to them.


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Prosecutors support probation for ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who helped Mueller probe

Rick Gates, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits Federal Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Gates is a former business partner of Paul Manafort, who served for several months as chief of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Gates served on that campaign as well, and on Trump’s inaugural committee. Gates later testified at the trials of Manafort, Trump’s long-time friend Roger Stone and Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who had served under two Democratic pres


Rick Gates, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits Federal Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.
Gates is a former business partner of Paul Manafort, who served for several months as chief of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Gates served on that campaign as well, and on Trump’s inaugural committee.
Gates later testified at the trials of Manafort, Trump’s long-time friend Roger Stone and Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who had served under two Democratic pres
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Prosecutors support probation for ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who helped Mueller probe

Rick Gates, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits Federal Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday backed a bid for former senior Trump campaign official Rick Gates to receive a sentence of probation for his crimes, citing his “extraordinary assistance” cases that led to convictions of other associates of President Donald Trump.

Prosecutors said they will not oppose Gates’ request for a non-prison sentence as long as the former Republican consultant and lobbyist continues to help them with investigations, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Prosecutors noted that Gates, who is due to be sentenced Dec. 17, continued to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and investigators even after receiving “pressure not to cooperate … including assurances of monetary assistance.”

They did not detail who made those “assurances” of monentary help to Gates.

Gates is a former business partner of Paul Manafort, who served for several months as chief of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Gates served on that campaign as well, and on Trump’s inaugural committee.

He later pleaded guilty in early 2018 to conspiracy, lying to Mueller’s investigators and other charges.

As part of his guilty plea, he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, in their probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Gates later testified at the trials of Manafort, Trump’s long-time friend Roger Stone and Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who had served under two Democratic presidents.

Manafort and Stone both were convicted at their own trials. Manafort is serving a seven-a-half year sentence for multiple crimes related to earnings from his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

Stone is awaiting sentencing for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Craig was acquitted at trial of making false statements about his work for Ukraine.

Gates’ lawyers, in their own sentencing memorandum filed Monday that Gates’ cooperation “likely represents the most extensive undertaking by any cooperating defendant in the work of” Mueller’s office.

“We submit that Richard Gates has accepted responsibility for his misconduct in every way possible and is deserving of a sentence of probation for a term to be determined by Your Honor,” the lawyers wrote to the judge in the case.

Prosecutors in their filing Tuesday wrote, “Since entering a guilty plea in February 2018, the defendant, Richard W. Gates III, has provided the government with extraordinary assistance,” prosecutors wrote.

“He met with investigators more than fifty times, providing truthful information to the Special Counsel’s Office and several other prosecuting offices of the Department of Justice.”

Gates “should be commended for standing up to provide information and public testimony against individuals such as Manafort, Craig, and Stone, knowing well that they enjoy support from the upper echelons of American politics and society,” prosecutors wrote in their court filing.

“Although he is being sentenced now, Gates has committed to continue his cooperation with the government, and has agreed that the Court can make such continuing cooperation a condition of any probationary sentence that he may receive.”


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Prosecutors support probation for ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who helped Mueller probe

Rick Gates, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits Federal Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Gates is a former business partner of Paul Manafort, who served for several months as chief of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Gates served on that campaign as well, and on Trump’s inaugural committee. Gates later testified at the trials of Manafort, Trump’s long-time friend Roger Stone and Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who had served under two Democratic pres


Rick Gates, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits Federal Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.
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Gates served on that campaign as well, and on Trump’s inaugural committee.
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Prosecutors support probation for ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who helped Mueller probe

Rick Gates, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits Federal Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday backed a bid for former senior Trump campaign official Rick Gates to receive a sentence of probation for his crimes, citing his “extraordinary assistance” cases that led to convictions of other associates of President Donald Trump.

Prosecutors said they will not oppose Gates’ request for a non-prison sentence as long as the former Republican consultant and lobbyist continues to help them with investigations, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Prosecutors noted that Gates, who is due to be sentenced Dec. 17, continued to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and investigators even after receiving “pressure not to cooperate … including assurances of monetary assistance.”

They did not detail who made those “assurances” of monentary help to Gates.

Gates is a former business partner of Paul Manafort, who served for several months as chief of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Gates served on that campaign as well, and on Trump’s inaugural committee.

He later pleaded guilty in early 2018 to conspiracy, lying to Mueller’s investigators and other charges.

As part of his guilty plea, he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, in their probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Gates later testified at the trials of Manafort, Trump’s long-time friend Roger Stone and Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who had served under two Democratic presidents.

Manafort and Stone both were convicted at their own trials. Manafort is serving a seven-a-half year sentence for multiple crimes related to earnings from his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

Stone is awaiting sentencing for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Craig was acquitted at trial of making false statements about his work for Ukraine.

Gates’ lawyers, in their own sentencing memorandum filed Monday that Gates’ cooperation “likely represents the most extensive undertaking by any cooperating defendant in the work of” Mueller’s office.

“We submit that Richard Gates has accepted responsibility for his misconduct in every way possible and is deserving of a sentence of probation for a term to be determined by Your Honor,” the lawyers wrote to the judge in the case.

Prosecutors in their filing Tuesday wrote, “Since entering a guilty plea in February 2018, the defendant, Richard W. Gates III, has provided the government with extraordinary assistance,” prosecutors wrote.

“He met with investigators more than fifty times, providing truthful information to the Special Counsel’s Office and several other prosecuting offices of the Department of Justice.”

Gates “should be commended for standing up to provide information and public testimony against individuals such as Manafort, Craig, and Stone, knowing well that they enjoy support from the upper echelons of American politics and society,” prosecutors wrote in their court filing.

“Although he is being sentenced now, Gates has committed to continue his cooperation with the government, and has agreed that the Court can make such continuing cooperation a condition of any probationary sentence that he may receive.”


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The psychological reason you get sucked into Black Friday sales

More than half of Black Friday shoppers will buy things online and in brick-and-mortar stores. And people see Black Friday deals as better than they really are because of marketing tactics, Rick says. (Not to mention, “Black Friday” sales typically span from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, so you have more time than it might seem.) FOMOThen there’s the fact that many Black Friday deals are marketed as “limited-time offers,” which makes the sales even more thrilling. Shopping momentumThere’s a


More than half of Black Friday shoppers will buy things online and in brick-and-mortar stores.
And people see Black Friday deals as better than they really are because of marketing tactics, Rick says.
(Not to mention, “Black Friday” sales typically span from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, so you have more time than it might seem.)
FOMOThen there’s the fact that many Black Friday deals are marketed as “limited-time offers,” which makes the sales even more thrilling.
Shopping momentumThere’s a
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The psychological reason you get sucked into Black Friday sales

Trying to avoid shopping on Black Friday is a bit like trying to resist eating a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving: both treats come once a year, are designed to entice you and taste absolutely delicious. The average Black Friday shopper spends $313.29 on sale items, and 69% of that money typically goes toward gifts, according to 2018 statistics from the National Retail Federation. More than half of Black Friday shoppers will buy things online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Beyond the holiday giving spirit, there are a few deeper psychological reasons why Black Friday is a perfect storm for spending, according to Scott Rick, associate professor at the Michigan Ross School of Business, whose research focuses on the emotional causes and consequences of consumer financial decision-making.

Everyone loves a ‘deal’

Consumer research has shown that buying something at a price that’s lower than what you’re willing to pay, or lower than the standard price, is satisfying, Rick says. “[E]ven if it’s something you don’t really need, the value of the deal itself is very pleasing,” he says. And people see Black Friday deals as better than they really are because of marketing tactics, Rick says. In reality, sales happen all year round and prices fluctuate over time, he adds. (Not to mention, “Black Friday” sales typically span from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, so you have more time than it might seem.)

FOMO

Then there’s the fact that many Black Friday deals are marketed as “limited-time offers,” which makes the sales even more thrilling. Limited-time offers increase “anticipatory regret” — aka “fear of missing out” or FOMO — which drives people to purchase things they otherwise wouldn’t, according to research. Consumers tend to give into a limited-time offer because it feels like less of a gamble than trying to find a better deal somewhere else.

Shopping momentum

There’s a phenomenon called “shopping momentum,” which occurs when a purchase provides a psychological impulse that encourages you to purchase a second, unrelated product. Shopping leads to more shopping. It’s how stores get you with so called door-buster deals on Black Friday — “a lot of it is just loss leader to bait you inside and get you to buy high-margin stuff,” Rick says. Loss leader refers to products that are sold at a discount, or a “loss” to the retailer, to attract new customers. You might shop at a store that you rarely go to to get a great deal on a smart TV, for example, and once you’re there, you’ll be compelled to buy other items that aren’t discounted, like new air buds or a new iPhone.

It’s an escape


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Trump talked to Roger Stone about WikiLeaks, Rick Gates says in testimony contradicting the president

Gates testified in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that less than a minute after finishing a July 2016 call from Stone, Trump indicated that “more information would be coming” from Wikileaks. A former top Trump campaign official on Tuesday testified that President Donald Trump talked to political trickster Roger Stone about WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. In a written response to special counsel Robert Mueller last November, Trump had said, “I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with


Gates testified in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that less than a minute after finishing a July 2016 call from Stone, Trump indicated that “more information would be coming” from Wikileaks.
A former top Trump campaign official on Tuesday testified that President Donald Trump talked to political trickster Roger Stone about WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.
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Trump talked to Roger Stone about WikiLeaks, Rick Gates says in testimony contradicting the president

Roger Stone, former advisor to President Donald Trump, arrives with his wife Nydia Stone (R) and his legal team for the second day of his trial at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse on November 6, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Gates testified in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that less than a minute after finishing a July 2016 call from Stone, Trump indicated that “more information would be coming” from Wikileaks.

That testimony by Rick Gates at Stone’s trial contrasts with Trump’s claim last November that he did not recall speaking to Stone about WikiLeaks, the document disclosure group that during the 2016 campaign released emails stolen from the Democratic Party and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s own campaign chief.

A former top Trump campaign official on Tuesday testified that President Donald Trump talked to political trickster Roger Stone about WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.

In a written response to special counsel Robert Mueller last November, Trump had said, “I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with” Stone, “nor do I recall Mr. Stone having discussed WikiLeaks with my campaign.”

But Trump also said, “I was aware that WikiLeaks was the subject of media reporting and campaign-related discussion at the time.”

The president’s written responses were requested by Mueller last year as part of his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the question of whether Trump’s campaign had coordinated with Russians.

Gates testified Tuesday that in addition to speaking to Trump about WikiLeaks, Stone was known in the campaign as a source for information expected to be released by the group.

And Gates also testified that another campaign official, Paul Manafort, told him that he would update Trump with any information that he could get from Stone.

Jurors on Tuesday saw an email between Gates and Stone after the Democratic National Committee revealed that its computers had been hacked in 2016. U.S. intelligence agencies later said that hackers were Russian agents.

In that email, Stone asked Gates for the contact information of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior advisor to the president.

WikiLeaks later ended up releasing emails stolen from the DNC during the campaign in an apparent effort to boost Trump’s candidacy.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, declined to comment about Gates’ testimony when contacted by CNBC.

Stone, a longtime Republican operative and friend of Trump’s, is charged with lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election, as well as other crimes. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Gates pleaded guilty in 2018 to lying to the FBI and to conspiracy. He testified later that same year against his former boss and onetime Trump campaign chief Manafort, who is now serving a 7½-year prison term for multiple crimes. Gates has yet to be sentenced for his crimes.


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Energy Secretary Perry refuses to testify before Trump impeachment inquiry, his spokesperson says

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will refuse to appear before a closed session of House of Representatives committees investigating President Donald Trump for possible impeachment, an Energy Department spokeswoman said on Friday. “The Secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden


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Energy Secretary Rick Perry will refuse to appear before a closed session of House of Representatives committees investigating President Donald Trump for possible impeachment, an Energy Department spokeswoman said on Friday.
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Energy Secretary Perry refuses to testify before Trump impeachment inquiry, his spokesperson says

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a news conference after the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation conference in Vilnius, Lithuania October 7, 2019.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry will refuse to appear before a closed session of House of Representatives committees investigating President Donald Trump for possible impeachment, an Energy Department spokeswoman said on Friday.

“The Secretary will not partake in a secret star chamber inquisition where agency counsel is forbidden to be present,” spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a statement.

“If the committee is interested in conducting a serious proceeding they are welcome to send for the Secretary’s consideration an invitation to participate in an open hearing where the Department’s counsel can be present and the American people can witness,” she said.


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Trump opponents are ‘chasing the ghost’ on impeachment, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says

The outgoing U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said he does not believe that U.S. President Donald Trump will be formally impeached, even though political opponents are clearly determined to “harm” him. Perry, who is on a trip to Dubai, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Saturday that he didn’t think Trump would eventually face articles of impeachment. This is as a big a ‘chasing the ghost’ as I’ve seen before,” said Perry. Rudy Giuliani — the president’s private attorney — has taken a lead role in


The outgoing U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said he does not believe that U.S. President Donald Trump will be formally impeached, even though political opponents are clearly determined to “harm” him.
Perry, who is on a trip to Dubai, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Saturday that he didn’t think Trump would eventually face articles of impeachment.
This is as a big a ‘chasing the ghost’ as I’ve seen before,” said Perry.
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Trump opponents are 'chasing the ghost' on impeachment, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says

The outgoing U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said he does not believe that U.S. President Donald Trump will be formally impeached, even though political opponents are clearly determined to “harm” him.

Trump is denying allegations that he tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter in an effort to damage Biden’s 2020 Democratic presidential bid.

Now, and for only the fourth time in history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if Trump’s call to the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.

Perry, who is on a trip to Dubai, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Saturday that he didn’t think Trump would eventually face articles of impeachment.

“No, not at all. This is as a big a ‘chasing the ghost’ as I’ve seen before,” said Perry.

“People so dislike this president in a political way that they will spend whatever it takes, even to the point of giving up their own reputations, to try to harm him,” the energy secretary added.

Perry said he has been in many meetings with Ukrainian officials and the real goal was always to try to give the country access to energy which didn’t come from Russia.

Rudy Giuliani — the president’s private attorney — has taken a lead role in communications with some officials in Ukraine. When asked if Giuliani had become a political liability to Trump, Perry said “I don’t know,” before adding that it is often important to take advice from outside of political administrations.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-10-26  Authors: david reid
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Rick Perry says US energy production in a ‘substantially better position’ than a decade ago

The world’s largest oil and gas producer is in a “substantially better position” when compared to a decade ago, according to the departing energy secretary. In a farewell speech to Energy Department employees last week, Rick Perry claimed the U.S. had “achieved the magnificent goal of energy independence.” His comments contrasted with data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), an independent entity within the Energy Department. On its website, the EIA states: “The United


The world’s largest oil and gas producer is in a “substantially better position” when compared to a decade ago, according to the departing energy secretary.
In a farewell speech to Energy Department employees last week, Rick Perry claimed the U.S. had “achieved the magnificent goal of energy independence.”
His comments contrasted with data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), an independent entity within the Energy Department.
On its website, the EIA states: “The United
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Rick Perry says US energy production in a 'substantially better position' than a decade ago

The world’s largest oil and gas producer is in a “substantially better position” when compared to a decade ago, according to the departing energy secretary.

In a farewell speech to Energy Department employees last week, Rick Perry claimed the U.S. had “achieved the magnificent goal of energy independence.”

His comments contrasted with data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), an independent entity within the Energy Department.

On its website, the EIA states: “The United States produces a large share of the petroleum it consumes, but it still relies on imports to help meet demand.”

Speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble in Dubai on Saturday, Perry said: “I don’t try to get up and stand on the ramparts and beat my chest and say the United States is the largest oil and gas producer in the world — which we are.”

“What is more important is that we are a ready supplier… We still import product, we still bring it into the United States for refining for instance. But, we are in a substantially better position than we were a decade ago. I take that as a great win for us,” Perry said.

The outgoing energy secretary was speaking to CNBC shortly before traveling to Saudi Arabia for the Future Investment Initiative (FII) next week.

The U.S. surpassed Russia in 2011 to become the world’s largest producer of natural gas and surpassed Saudi Arabia in 2018 to become the world’s largest producer of petroleum, according to the EIA.

“I don’t think I’ve ever said that we are completely and absolutely independent and that we don’t need anybody and thumb our nose at the rest of the world,” he continued.

“We are very proud that American technology, American innovation has us at this position of being this number one producer of this product. But, arguing about whether or not we are completely independent or not, I try not to be subject to that.”

Perry told CNBC on Saturday that he would leave his post on December 1, with deputy energy secretary Dan Brouillette poised to take the reins.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-10-26  Authors: sam meredith
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