Russian-backed online campaigns benefited Trump: Research report

“What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically, Donald Trump,” the report says. The report also emphasizes that it is difficult to tell whether these campaigns genuinely persuaded individuals to vote one way or another. The IRA campaign began as early as 2009 in Russia, according to the report, with early tweets written in Russian and apparently tested on a domestic Russian audience, according to the report. “English language tweet a


“What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically, Donald Trump,” the report says. The report also emphasizes that it is difficult to tell whether these campaigns genuinely persuaded individuals to vote one way or another. The IRA campaign began as early as 2009 in Russia, according to the report, with early tweets written in Russian and apparently tested on a domestic Russian audience, according to the report. “English language tweet a
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Russian-backed online campaigns benefited Trump: Research report

A report compiled on online influence operations in the 2016 elections points to an “aggressive” effort by Russia to inflame sentiments on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, with efforts dating back to as early as 2009. Russia increased those efforts as campaigning for the 2016 U.S. presidential election heated up, with the intention of boosting the candidacy of Republicans and then-candidate Donald Trump, the report says.

“What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically, Donald Trump,” the report says.

The research was conducted for the Senate Intelligence Committee by Oxford University’s Internet Institute. It describes an effort by Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) to sow discord and polarize voters in the United States by creating and promoting news and opinion meant to amplify the most extreme views held by organizations on both the right and left of the political spectrum.

The report also emphasizes that it is difficult to tell whether these campaigns genuinely persuaded individuals to vote one way or another.

“Understanding precisely how social media platforms impact public life is difficult,” the report says.

The report gives a unique look into how the IRA was used to sow discord long before Donald Trump’s candidacy, announced in June 2015, and then solidified around themes that would eventually send him to the White House. “These attacks against our country were much more comprehensive, calculating and widespread than previously revealed,” said Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va.

The IRA campaign began as early as 2009 in Russia, according to the report, with early tweets written in Russian and apparently tested on a domestic Russian audience, according to the report.

“English language tweet activity increased somewhat in early 2014, before ramping up dramatically at the end of 2014 into 2015,” the report states.

The report says the IRA created Facebook posts that frequently “expressed tolerance of extremist views,” by calling immigrants “parasites,” and pitting groups such as veterans and immigrants against one another.

The IRA also used paid Facebook and Instagram posts that mostly targeted African-Americans, followed by white voters divided into liberal and conservative segments, Latin American voters and Muslim voters, with smaller targeted campaigns.

“Facebook uses an auction system to price impressions for different segments, meaning different target interests are priced differently, according to advertiser demand,” the report says. “African Americans, Native Americans, Latin Americans, and youth were the cheapest, while ads to conservatives, Muslim Americans and LGBT users were the most expensive. If we look at the amount spent in total, we see that a similar amount was spent on conservatives (a small number of expensive ads) as was spent on targeting African Americans (a large number of cheap ads).”

“This newly released data demonstrates how aggressively Russia sought to divide Americans by race, religion and ideology, and how the IRA actively worked to erode trust in our democratic institutions,” said Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

The report says the IRA incited anger among ideologically aligned groups and specific demographic groups, as follows:

African-American voters were targeted with content “preying on anger with structural inequalities faced by African-Americans,” the report says. “These campaigns pushed a message that the best way to advance the cause of the African American community was to boycott the election and focus on other issues instead.”

Conservative voters were heavily targeted with ads focused on anti-immigrant messaging, patriotic messaging and a general sentiment of liberal aims to appease non-Americans at the expense of citizens. This content largely encouraged these individuals to vote for Trump.

Liberal voters and the LGBT community. These groups only occasionally “sought to drive some of these voters toward Bernie Sanders or third parties. Content was focused on “antagonism towards groups that are perceived as anti-gay.”

Mexican-American voters. These individuals received “limited” contact as part of the IRA’s targeted campaign until after the 2016 election, when a organized group called “Brown Power” emerged as an IRA-run group “geared towards increasing distrust in the U.S. political system.”


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Trump reportedly sought to order prosecutions of Hillary Clinton and James Comey

President Donald Trump said he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute his former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, The New York Times reported Tuesday. To impress his point upon Trump, McGahn had White House lawyers draft a memo outlining the consequences of merely asking the DOJ to investigate his political rivals — including impeachment, the newspaper reported. “Mr. McGahn will not comment on his legal advice to the president,” said McGahn’


President Donald Trump said he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute his former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, The New York Times reported Tuesday. To impress his point upon Trump, McGahn had White House lawyers draft a memo outlining the consequences of merely asking the DOJ to investigate his political rivals — including impeachment, the newspaper reported. “Mr. McGahn will not comment on his legal advice to the president,” said McGahn’
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Trump reportedly sought to order prosecutions of Hillary Clinton and James Comey

President Donald Trump said he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute his former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The Times, citing two people familiar with the conversation, reported that Trump made the remark in the spring to former White House counsel Don McGahn, who told the president that he had no authority to order such action by the DOJ.

To impress his point upon Trump, McGahn had White House lawyers draft a memo outlining the consequences of merely asking the DOJ to investigate his political rivals — including impeachment, the newspaper reported.

“Mr. McGahn will not comment on his legal advice to the president,” said McGahn’s lawyer, William Burck. “Like any client, the president is entitled to confidentiality. Mr. McGahn would point out, though, that the president never, to his knowledge, ordered that anyone prosecute Hillary Clinton or James Comey.”


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The Fed wants to loosen regulations even more for community banks

The Federal Reserve isn’t finished easing up rules for the nation’s smallest financial institutions, according to remarks Wednesday from the central bank’s top regulator. He said the next proposal would be aimed at a leverage ratio proposal for community banks. In the most recent changes, the Fed put banks into four categories for leverage requirements but stressed that size was only one factor it would use in determining how much of a buffer banks would need. Those changes were aimed primarily


The Federal Reserve isn’t finished easing up rules for the nation’s smallest financial institutions, according to remarks Wednesday from the central bank’s top regulator. He said the next proposal would be aimed at a leverage ratio proposal for community banks. In the most recent changes, the Fed put banks into four categories for leverage requirements but stressed that size was only one factor it would use in determining how much of a buffer banks would need. Those changes were aimed primarily
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The Fed wants to loosen regulations even more for community banks

The Federal Reserve isn’t finished easing up rules for the nation’s smallest financial institutions, according to remarks Wednesday from the central bank’s top regulator.

Just two weeks after the Fed announced changes to the way banks are classified and the types of capital cushions they’ll need, Randal Quarles, vice chair of supervision, said more changes are coming that will allow community banks relief from the post-financial crisis capital requirements

“Our work to improve regulatory efficiency is not done, and we expect to make additional progress in the months ahead on a number of issues,” Quarles said in remarks to be delivered to the House Financial Services Committee. He said the next proposal would be aimed at a leverage ratio proposal for community banks.

“We expect that this proposal would meaningfully reduce the compliance burden for community banking organizations, while preserving overall levels of capital at small banks and our ability to take prompt action when problems arise,” he added.

In the most recent changes, the Fed put banks into four categories for leverage requirements but stressed that size was only one factor it would use in determining how much of a buffer banks would need. Beyond assets, the central bank said it would consider nonbank assets, short-term wholesale funding and off-balance-sheet exposure.

Those changes were aimed primarily at easing conditions for banks with between $100 billion and $250 billion in assets.

Dodd-Frank reforms after the financial crisis sought to increase capital buffers, decrease risk-taking and institute a procedure for unwinding banks that fell into the “too big to fail” category.

However, President Donald Trump has said some of those efforts went too far, and the administration has sought to loosen the reins for community and regional institutions while still keeping protections in place for larger institutions.

Quarles said the reforms have largely worked and the system overall is in solid shape.

“The banking sector remains in strong condition, in line with strong U.S. economic performance, with lending growth, fewer nonperforming loans, and strong overall profitability,” he said.

He did note that several areas of concern remain that the Fed is monitoring closely, with a particular focus on cyber and technology risks.


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Democrats to investigate whether Trump administration sought to punish AT&T, Amazon

Representative Elijah Cummings, the likely incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the committee “may want to look into” if the White House retaliated against Amazon and AT&T. Since winning control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections last week, Democrats have vowed to launch investigations on a wide range of topics involving the Trump administration. Schiff said Trump “was secretly meeting with the postmaster (general) in an effort to b


Representative Elijah Cummings, the likely incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the committee “may want to look into” if the White House retaliated against Amazon and AT&T. Since winning control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections last week, Democrats have vowed to launch investigations on a wide range of topics involving the Trump administration. Schiff said Trump “was secretly meeting with the postmaster (general) in an effort to b
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Democrats to investigate whether Trump administration sought to punish AT&T, Amazon

When Democrats take control of the U.S. House they plan to investigate the Trump administration’s decision to try to block AT&T from acquiring Time Warner, and whether officials sought to punish Amazon.com by prodding the U.S. Post Office to hike shipping prices for the world’s largest e-commerce company, a senior Democrat said on Sunday.

Speaking to online publication Axios, Representative Adam Schiff, who is expected to be the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Democrats will review if Trump used the powers of the federal government to punish the companies.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the likely incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the committee “may want to look into” if the White House retaliated against Amazon and AT&T.

Cummings also said on ABCs “This Week” that he intends to investigate if Trump killed plans to relocate the new headquarters of the FBI because moving it could harm his business interests in the Trump Hotel across the street.

Since winning control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections last week, Democrats have vowed to launch investigations on a wide range of topics involving the Trump administration.

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, while Time Warner’s holdings include CNN. Trump has lambasted both outlets frequently for their critical coverage.

“It is very squarely within our responsibility to find out, Schiff told Axios in an interview that will air Sunday on HBO.

Schiff said Trump “was secretly meeting with the postmaster (general) in an effort to browbeat the postmaster into raising postal rates on Amazon… This appears to be an effort by the president to use the instruments of state power to punish Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post,” Schiff said.

It is not clear what committees may probe the corporate issues, since Schiff’s Intelligence Committee would not have oversight. A Schiff spokesman declined further comment.

AT&T and Amazon.com both declined to comment Sunday. The White House did not immediately comment.

Trump has repeatedly complained Amazon does not pay the U.S. Postal Service a fair rate for package delivery. Trump has said, without citing evidence, that this costs U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, and he has threatened to raise the company’s postal rates.

Trump opposed the AT&T-Time Warner merger as a candidate and has repeatedly attacked CNN and last week a CNN reporter’s White House press pass was suspended.

The Justice Department is appealing a federal judge’s approval of the $85.4 billion AT&T acquisition of Time Warner.

With a split decision in last week’s congressional elections, Democrats plan a cautious approach. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Democrats will not conduct “any investigation for a political purpose, but to seek the truth.”

Cummings vowed a “methodical” approach in approaching investigations. “I’m not going to be handing out subpoenas like somebodys handing out candy on Halloween,” Cummings said.


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UBS expects to be sued by US Justice Department over crisis-era mortgage securities

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. UBS said it had been advised by the Justice Department that the law enforcement agency intends to file the civil complaint. It anticipates the Justice Department will seek unspecified monetary penalties regarding the mortgage securities, which date back to 2006 and 2007. The lawsuit would be among the last actions over misconduct in the sale and pooling of mortgage securities which helped to cause the financial


The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. UBS said it had been advised by the Justice Department that the law enforcement agency intends to file the civil complaint. It anticipates the Justice Department will seek unspecified monetary penalties regarding the mortgage securities, which date back to 2006 and 2007. The lawsuit would be among the last actions over misconduct in the sale and pooling of mortgage securities which helped to cause the financial
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UBS expects to be sued by US Justice Department over crisis-era mortgage securities

UBS Group, Switzerland’s largest bank, said it expects to be sued by the U.S. Department of Justice as early as Thursday on civil charges related to the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008-2009 financial crisis, according to a company statement.

The bank said the claims were not supported by the facts or the law and it would contest any such complaint “vigorously.”

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UBS said it had been advised by the Justice Department that the law enforcement agency intends to file the civil complaint.

It anticipates the Justice Department will seek unspecified monetary penalties regarding the mortgage securities, which date back to 2006 and 2007.

The lawsuit would be among the last actions over misconduct in the sale and pooling of mortgage securities which helped to cause the financial crisis.

The Department of Justice has settled similar claims with Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Barclays.

Barclays settled for $2 billion in March after resisting a penalty the U.S. government sought near the end of the Obama administration in 2016. Justice had sought a much higher fine at the time and, when the two sides could not come to terms, the department filed a lawsuit.

More recently, HSBC Holdings agreed to pay $765 million last month to settle with the Justice Department over its sale of defective mortgage securities before the crisis, while major player Royal Bank of Scotland Group reached a $4.9 billion deal in May.


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Twitter deleted more than 10,000 accounts that sought to discourage voting

Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday’s U.S. election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company. “We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email. The removals took place in late September and early October. The number of accounts removed is modest, considering that Twitter has previously delete


Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday’s U.S. election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company. “We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email. The removals took place in late September and early October. The number of accounts removed is modest, considering that Twitter has previously delete
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Twitter deleted more than 10,000 accounts that sought to discourage voting

Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday’s U.S. election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company.

“We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email. The removals took place in late September and early October.

The number of accounts removed is modest, considering that Twitter has previously deleted millions of accounts it determined were responsible for spreading misinformation in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Yet the removals represent an early win for a fledgling effort by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, a party group that supports Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The DCCC launched the effort this year in response to the party’s inability to respond to millions of accounts on Twitter and other social media platforms that spread negative and false information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other party candidates in 2016, three people familiar with the operation told Reuters.


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Republican operative who sought Clinton emails had ties to Michael Flynn going back to 2015: Report

Mueller’s prosecutors are interested in whether anyone in Trump’s orbit assisted Smith in his search for Clinton’s emails, according to the Journal. He was found dead in a hotel in Minnesota days after telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview that he had been seeking Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers. Trump himself repeatedly suggested during the 2016 election that the emails Clinton’s attorneys deleted from her private server contained incriminating information. In a press conference


Mueller’s prosecutors are interested in whether anyone in Trump’s orbit assisted Smith in his search for Clinton’s emails, according to the Journal. He was found dead in a hotel in Minnesota days after telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview that he had been seeking Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers. Trump himself repeatedly suggested during the 2016 election that the emails Clinton’s attorneys deleted from her private server contained incriminating information. In a press conference
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Republican operative who sought Clinton emails had ties to Michael Flynn going back to 2015: Report

Mueller’s prosecutors are interested in whether anyone in Trump’s orbit assisted Smith in his search for Clinton’s emails, according to the Journal. One witness familiar with his search was called before a grand jury, the paper reported. And a grand jury subpoena sought out documents related to Smith’s hunt.

The quest for Clinton’s emails drew Smith to the anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks, an anti-secrecy group which U.S. investigators have said was used by Russian intelligence services to disrupt the presidential election. The Journal said that in a December 2016 email, Smith told supporters that he had found “multiple individuals” who possessed Clinton’s emails, and directed at least one of them to provide those emails to Wikileaks.

The nature of Smith’s death has raised some suspicion.

He was found dead in a hotel in Minnesota days after telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview that he had been seeking Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers. A suicide note found near him said: “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.”

The reporter who interviewed Smith later wrote in a tweet that he saw “no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life.” In June, it was made public via a court filing that Kathryn Rakoczy, an attorney known for her work in violent crimes cases, had joined the Mueller probe.

Trump himself repeatedly suggested during the 2016 election that the emails Clinton’s attorneys deleted from her private server contained incriminating information. In a press conference in July of that year, the president appealed to Russian hackers to make the emails public.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said at the time.

This summer, Mueller’s investigators obtained an indictment against 12 Russian hackers that accused them of attempting to break into Clinton’s personal server for the first time that same day.

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Fed hikes interest rates, raises its economic outlook and drops ‘accommodative’ language

As widely anticipated, the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee increased the fed funds rate 25 basis points. This is the eighth increase since the Fed began normalizing policy in December 2015. The funds rate serves as the baseline for multiple forms of consumer debt as well as savings accounts and CD rates. The funds rate increase will be felt immediately in the prime rate and increase credit card charges, but its impact in other areas usually is more incremental. Along with the rate inc


As widely anticipated, the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee increased the fed funds rate 25 basis points. This is the eighth increase since the Fed began normalizing policy in December 2015. The funds rate serves as the baseline for multiple forms of consumer debt as well as savings accounts and CD rates. The funds rate increase will be felt immediately in the prime rate and increase credit card charges, but its impact in other areas usually is more incremental. Along with the rate inc
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Fed hikes interest rates, raises its economic outlook and drops 'accommodative' language

The Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark interest rate a quarter point Wednesday, upped its anticipation for economic growth this year and next, and provided a road map of what lies ahead through 2021.

As widely anticipated, the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee increased the fed funds rate 25 basis points. That now takes the rate to a range of 2 percent to 2.25 percent, where it last was in April 2008. This is the eighth increase since the Fed began normalizing policy in December 2015.

The funds rate serves as the baseline for multiple forms of consumer debt as well as savings accounts and CD rates. The funds rate increase will be felt immediately in the prime rate and increase credit card charges, but its impact in other areas usually is more incremental.

Along with the rate increase, the FOMC continued to project one more hike before the end of the year and three in 2019.

The Fed had kept its target rate anchored near zero from December 2008 until this hiking cycle began as it sought to bring the economy out of the financial crisis slump. Since then, the central bank has sought to normalize policy through consistent but gradual increases.


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Judge cold to idea of gag order on Michael Avenatti sought by Cohen

Lanny Davis, a lawyer representing Cohen in connection with a pending federal criminal probe in New York City, had no immediate comment when contacted by CNBC. Otero suggested Cohen’s lawyer Brent Blakely did not fully appreciate the significance of asking him to suppress the right of Avenatti to speak publicly. And the judge said Blakely had so far “failed” to make a convincing case for the requested gag. Proceedings in the case have been suspended because of the existence of the criminal inves


Lanny Davis, a lawyer representing Cohen in connection with a pending federal criminal probe in New York City, had no immediate comment when contacted by CNBC. Otero suggested Cohen’s lawyer Brent Blakely did not fully appreciate the significance of asking him to suppress the right of Avenatti to speak publicly. And the judge said Blakely had so far “failed” to make a convincing case for the requested gag. Proceedings in the case have been suspended because of the existence of the criminal inves
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Judge cold to idea of gag order on Michael Avenatti sought by Cohen

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Avenatti said those talks ended last Sunday after “it became clear to me that Michael Cohen was attempting to play a game.”

Lanny Davis, a lawyer representing Cohen in connection with a pending federal criminal probe in New York City, had no immediate comment when contacted by CNBC.

Avenatti declined to answer questions about the three other women he says are linked to Trump.

Avenatti said he was awaiting permission from those women to disclose details about their cases.

Otero, during the hearing, seemed sympathetic to Avenatti’s arguments that gagging him in the case would be unfair and absurd given the fact that Trump continues to tweet about Cohen and Trump’s current lawyer Rudy Giuliani frequently comments to media outlets about Cohen and Daniels.

Otero suggested Cohen’s lawyer Brent Blakely did not fully appreciate the significance of asking him to suppress the right of Avenatti to speak publicly.

Referring to Americans’ rights of free speech under the Constitution, Otero noted that “those are the most sacred of rights.”

Blakely, in asking for the gag on Avenatti, cited the hundreds of Twitter posts made by Daniels’ lawyer, as well as his steady stream of media appearances

“You look at the conduct — it’s unprecedented,” Blakely said.

“At what point does he stop. When does this court say enough is enough.”

But Otero, noting Giuliani’s recent public condemnations of Cohen for having secretly recorded Trump talking about paying hush money for another alleged mistress, said, “Irony doesn’t escape me.”

And the judge said Blakely had so far “failed” to make a convincing case for the requested gag.

In addition to holding off on ruling on the gag order request, Otero did not rule on Avenatti’s request that the case resume after being put on hold for the past three months.

Proceedings in the case have been suspended because of the existence of the criminal investigation of Cohen in New York.

That probe, Cohen has argued, would prevent him from being able to answer questions fully under oath in Daniels’ lawsuit in California.

At his news conference outside of court, Avenatti said he was eager for the stay in the case to be lifted.

“We do not want this case delayed for months or years on end,” he said. “It’s time to get on with it.”

Avenatti also took a shot at Giuliani, who on Thursday night had told CNN that Cohen is “a proven liar,”

“There’s no way you’re going to bring down the president of the United States on the testimony uncorroborated of a proven liar. I guarantee you this guy is a proven liar,” Giuliani had said.

The former New York City mayor was referring to a report that Cohen was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Trump campaign for possible collusion with Russians interfering in the presidential election, that Trump had known in advance about a planned Trump Tower meeting with campaign officials and Russians who had offered negative information about Hillary Clinton.

Avenatti said of Giuliani: “This guy is an absolute train wreck of a lawyer.”

“In fact, I think he’s the best lawyer we have working for us in the case,” Avenatti added.


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Judge denies Trump administration’s bid to block California’s immigrant sanctuary laws

A federal judge rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s request to block California’s”sanctuary laws” protecting undocumented immigrants, handing a defeat to the Trump administration on one of its signature issues. But the judge also temporarily barred a law that had required employers to restrict federal immigration officials’ access to workplaces. Mendez in his decision wrote that the federal government failed to establish that California’s sanctuary laws sought to intentionally obstruct agains


A federal judge rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s request to block California’s”sanctuary laws” protecting undocumented immigrants, handing a defeat to the Trump administration on one of its signature issues. But the judge also temporarily barred a law that had required employers to restrict federal immigration officials’ access to workplaces. Mendez in his decision wrote that the federal government failed to establish that California’s sanctuary laws sought to intentionally obstruct agains
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Judge denies Trump administration's bid to block California's immigrant sanctuary laws

A federal judge rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s request to block California’s”sanctuary laws” protecting undocumented immigrants, handing a defeat to the Trump administration on one of its signature issues. But the judge also temporarily barred a law that had required employers to restrict federal immigration officials’ access to workplaces.

The rulings were issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John Mendez in Sacramento, and were made public Thursday.

Mendez’s rulings were in response to a preliminary injunction sought by the Justice Department, which sued the state over the laws.

The rulings do not decide the final question of the controversial laws’ legalilty.

Mendez in his decision wrote that the federal government failed to establish that California’s sanctuary laws sought to intentionally obstruct against enforcement of federal immigration laws.

However, Mendez did say the state could no longer compel businesses, under the law known as AB 450, to prevent immigration officials from accessing a workplace and employment records without first obtaining a search warrant or a subpoena. Businesses, however, are free to insist on those conditions.

At the same time, the judge said he “joins the ever-growing chorus of Federal Judges in urging our elected officials to set aside the partisan and polarizing politics dominating the current immigration debate” and work together to draft laws “that addresses this critical political issues.”

“Our Nation deserves it,” Mendez wrote. “Our Constitution demands it.”

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, said in a statement: “I agree with Judge Mendez that piecemeal judicial decisions won’t solve the nation’s immigration challenges. Only Congress can chart the path forward by rising above mindless, partisan divisions and working together to solve this problem, not exacerbate it.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-06-26  Authors: dan mangan, jeff daniels, nicholas kamm, afp, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, federal, immigration, bid, californias, sought, state, trump, block, judge, immigrant, officials, wrote, denies, administrations, mendez, sanctuary, rulings, laws


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