Day 296 since the deadliest mass shooting on U.S soil in Las Vegas that killed 58, injured 546 and Congress has taken NO action to prevent future mass shootings. #NeverForget
During the 2016 campaign, senior NRA members met in Moscow with the wife of the Russian billionaire who funded Maria Butina theguardian.com/us-news/2018/j…
Bill Shine disputed reports that he "banned" @kaitlancollins from the Rose Garden event. "Could you ask her if we ever used the word ban?" he told reporters. She said it was made clear she could not cover the event because of her questions earlier.
Trump once attacked Clinton for being afraid of the press. Now his White House seems to be trying to minimize engagement.
Defense Sec'y Jim Mattis hasn't briefed reporters on-camera in the Pentagon since April. His chief spokesperson hasn't done so since May.
Some reporters say fewer of their colleagues are going to the Pentagon, finding it increasingly pointless. politico.com/story/2018/07/…
Tonight is the court-ordered deadline for reunifying migrant children separated from their parents.
Over 1,100 migrant children still remain separated.
Homeland Security officials may have neglected to give a choice to as many as three-quarters of all migrant parents removed from the U.S. about leaving their children behind, contradicting repeated public assurances from Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. politico.com/story/2018/07/…
Jimmy Carter says the U.S. "has already lost its long-time commitment to basic human rights," adds that he's afraid our "indifference to human rights violations" would encourage them to grow. abcn.ws/2LAUdRn
ICE will deport Alejandra Juarez, the wife of a Marine and an Iraq War veteran, on August 3.
A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that the largest of the six lawsuits against the new citizenship question on the 2020 census can move forward in court.
New poll shows that voters aren't buying Trump's idea that Russia is trying to help Democrats win. 4 times as many voters say Russia wants to help Republicans.
The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals.
Trump 2 days ago: "I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election ... they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats."
Claire McCaskill: "Russia continues to engage in cyber warfare ... While this attack was not successful, it is outrageous that they think they can get away with this. I will not be intimidated. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Putin is a thug and a bully."
Documents reviewed by The AP show that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who met with Don Jr., Kushner and Manafort in June 2016, worked more closely with Russian government officials than she previously let on. apnews.com/4946c3cfaea04c…
"The documents paint a portrait of Natalia Veselnitskaya as a well-connected attorney who served as a ghostwriter for top Russian government lawyers and received assistance from senior Interior Ministry personnel."
Oksana Shachko, a Putin critic and one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement, has been found dead in her Paris apartment. theguardian.com/world/2018/jul…
Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, says that Trump is ignoring sanctions on Russia for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and is calling on him to issue new sanctions on Russia in response to the attack.
Mueller is scrutinizing Trump tweets and negative statements from the president about Jeff Sessions and James Comey as part of the obstruction investigation, three people briefed on the matter.
Mueller wants to question Trump about the tweets.
Privately, some Trump lawyers have expressed concern that Mueller will stitch together several episodes, encounters and pieces of evidence, like tweets, to build a case that Trump embarked on a broad effort to interfere with the investigation. nyti.ms/2LRKdAf
Mueller's team didn't explicitly say they're examining possible witness tampering, but the fact they're scrutinizing Trump's actions under a section of the U.S. Code titled 'Tampering With a Witness, Victim, or an Informant,' raised concerns. nytimes.com/2018/07/26/us/…
In April 2017, Trump issued an indirect threat about James Comey's job. "It's not too late" to ask him to step down as FBI director, he said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo.
Mueller wants to ask Trump what he meant by that remark, NYT reports. nytimes.com/2018/07/26/us/…
Manafort lawyers want a bunch of evidence to NOT be shown at trial.
They put all of it — emails, memos, polling, etc., that includes Rick Gates, Tad Devine, others — online in their court filing.
Longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg has been subpoenaed to testify in the criminal probe of Michael Cohen, WSJ reports. wsj.com/articles/trump…
"For years, at least through the financial crisis, Mr. Weisselberg prepared Mr. Trump’s tax returns, according to one former Trump Organization employee."
The Trump Organization’s CFO, Allen Weisselberg, surfaced on Michael Cohen’s Trump tapes last night.
He has decades of history with the Trumps and knows most of the financial secrets.
Here's what you need to know about Allen Weisselberg:
- Trump's closest business confidant
- Also handles Trump’s personal finances
- Served as treasurer of the president’s troubled philanthropy
Trump Org employee echoed @KatyTurNBC reporting on Weisselberg subpoena: “Alan knows everything and anything about all the financials...He knows every dollar that goes in and every dollar that leaves. He knows where all the bodies are buried.”
The Michael Cohen story and the Emoluments lawsuit are both converging on the same end point.
Trump places his personal interests before those of the country. That will be exposed.
Nancy Pelosi on the motivation to impeach Rosenstein: "I don't know, but what I've heard is Jim Jordan wants to take attention away from the scrutiny that he is under in Ohio, that could be a part of it." (via ABC)
Freedom Caucus leader @Jim_Jordan sends “Dear Colleague” letter telling members he plans to run for Speaker of the House in November.
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that blocked an Indiana mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion that then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed in March 2016.
Betsy DeVos — who, as many of us learned today, owns a $40 million yacht — yesterday proposed to end loan forgiveness for students defrauded by for-profit colleges. nyti.ms/2A9bpZL
Jean-Claude Juncker used "a dozen colorful cue cards with simplified explainers" to negotiate with Trump.
Each card had at most 3 figures about a topic, like trade in cars.
“If you want to be stupid," he told Trump, "I can be stupid, as well."
"We knew this wasn't an academic seminar," an EU official said. "It had to be very simple."
Increasing pattern with Trump:
1) Manufacture crisis
2) Claim you cut a great deal to end crisis
3) Don't actually detail the deal
Mnuchin takes issue with characterization of @USDA tariff relief to farmers as "a bailout" and called it "a ridiculous comment."
He said that when foreign countries target US farmers, "we will stand up and fight for them."
Or just pay them.
Trump says new health plans that aren't for sale yet are doing "record business" hill.cm/79r43nz
“We really are starting to live by two very important rules: Buy American and hire American,” Trump says at Illinois rally.
Reminder: Trump and Ivanka largely manufacture Trump-branded products in countries like China, Indonesia, Turkey & Canada.
Trump actually said, "the big, fat, sloppy United States" when talking about trade with China.
Trump's 'Keep America Great!' re-election flags are made in eastern China and soon could be hit by punitive tariffs of Trump's own making thanks to his trade dispute with Beijing. reut.rs/2AlX3p9
Whistleblower provides emails that show Stormy Daniels’ arrest was pre-planned.
If true, an alarming abuse of police power for political motives.
Remember when a man died in a Trump Tower fire and also there were no sprinklers on that floor? That was 3 months ago. cnn.com/2018/04/07/us/…
A couple surprises for Day 11 at the Kremlin Annex tonight.
CNN BREAKING: Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting cnn.com/2018/07/26/pol…
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
So here's the news. Cohen says Trump knew in advance about Trump Tower meeting, was informed by Don Jr., signed off and looked forward to getting the dirt.
Kenia, now reunited with her 12-year-old son, Angel, hadn't seen him since they'd been separated at the border six weeks ago after coming from Honduras.
In that time, the government started giving him medication twice a day "because he was sad." buzzfeednews.com/article/amberj…
Two sources who have spoken to Trump about Cohen this week have told The Daily Beast that the president was furious—hurling “expletives,” per one confidant—after CNN revealed Cohen had covertly recorded at least one of their conversations.
“They’re dead to each other [now],” said a source close to Trump who also knows Cohen.
Trump allies are already gaming out how to, in the words of one outside Trump adviser to The Daily Beast, “bury” Cohen.
NEW: @MichaelAvenatti will represent 3 additional women who have come forward claiming they were paid by AMI for their stories about affairs with Trump.
One of the women says she was impregnated.