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Donald Trump Jr. says 2020 rivals can't compare to Trump's appeal

Donald Trump Jr. says 2020 rivals can’t compare to Trump’s appeal

The son of the president tells 'Watters' World' that Trump is the only one that understands and empowers the American people. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7,…

Prodded by Putin, Russians Sought Back Channels to Trump Through the Business World

Sputnik/Reuters WASHINGTON — At 9:34 on the November morning after Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an informal envoy for President Vladimir V. Putin, sent a text message to a Lebanese-American friend with ties to the Trump campaign. But his report made clear how vigorously Mr. Putin sought to find points of contact and influence with Mr. Trump’s team — and how many people on the American side were willing to participate to one degree or another in discussions that touched on topics as varied as Mr. Trump’s desire to build a Moscow hotel to United States policy toward Ukraine. It is not clear that the Russians had much, if any, success in influencing American policy through the back channels they established, although Mr. Trump’s comments often strike foreign policy experts as remarkably sympathetic to Mr. Putin. According to the Mueller report, Mr. Putin wasted no time enlisting Russian oligarchs to carry the Kremlin’s message after Mr. Trump’s election. On the American side, a varied cast of characters was fielding overtures and proposals from Russians or pro-Russian Ukrainians during the campaign and transition, including: Mr. Gerson; George Nader, the Lebanese-American with Trump campaign connections; Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman; Michael D. Cohen, the president’s longtime fixer and lawyer; and Erik Prince, the Blackwater founder and brother of Betsy DeVos, Mr. Trump’s pick for education secretary. An American investment banker with many contacts in Russia, Robert Foresman, said that Mr. Gorkov told him before the meeting that Mr. Putin had approved his trip and that he would report back to Mr. Putin afterward, the special counsel’s report states. Mr. Gorkov publicly suggested it was business, while Mr. Kushner said it was diplomatic issues. As the special counsel’s report noted in recounting the meeting between Mr. Kushner and Mr. Gorkov, there “had been public reporting both about efforts to secure lending on the property and possible conflicts of interest for Kushner arising out of his company’s borrowing from foreign lenders.” The template of Russia trying to advance its policy goals through the business interests of people in Mr. Trump’s orbit was set in mid-2015, almost as soon as Mr. Trump announced his candidacy. Instead, Mr. Nader connected the Russian official to Mr. Gerson, Mr. Kushner’s hedge fund friend, and to Mr. On Jan. 11, 2017, Mr. Dmitriev and Mr.
Where President Donald Trump’s Kids Could Still Face Legal Danger | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Where President Donald Trump’s Kids Could Still Face Legal Danger | Velshi & Ruhle...

The Trump children are likely breathing a sigh of relief. Former federal prosecutor Cathy Fleming and MSNBC Legal Analyst Danny Cevallos join Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle to look at what the Mueller Report found about the president’s family and…

Redaction of Mueller Report Halted as Barr Passes Out from Sharpie Fumes

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The redaction of the Mueller report stalled on Monday after the Attorney General, William Barr, passed out from inhaling fumes from multiple Sharpie markers. Barr, who had been working around the clock to redact the report before its release, reportedly lost consciousness while trying to black out a seventy-four-page section detailing Donald Trump, Jr.,’s contacts with more than three dozen Russian individuals. “You cannot use that many Sharpies, for hours on end, without proper ventilation,” a Justice Department staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “This was a disaster waiting to happen.” The insentient Barr was rushed to Walter Reed medical center, where a grim-faced hospital spokesperson described his condition as “Ben Carson–like.” At the White House, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, offered a more upbeat assessment. “We expect Attorney General Barr to make a swift and full recovery, so that he can get to work on the President’s taxes,” she said.

Meet the Man Behind Trump’s Biden Tweet

“It’s definitely an organic process,” CarpeDonktum told me over the phone shortly after Mr. Trump tweeted his video. “If a political campaign wanted to hire me to do viral marketing stuff for them, that could be interesting,” he mused. CarpeDonktum started making memes, like countless other online Trump supporters, after spending time on Reddit’s The_Donald forum. According to their creator, it’s no fluke that the videos caught the eye of the president; he tailors them to an older generation of internet users. “It’s boomer humor,” he said of his style of videos. And CarpeDonktum, who described himself as “an entertainer” who “wants to make people laugh,” is not above engaging in all-caps Trumpian politics (which includes angrily tweeting at liberal politicians). But at a time when our politics is programmed by what’s viral on Twitter, CarpeDonktum appears — stupefyingly as it might seem — to have something approaching power in MAGAland. “All of the memes and stuff like that.” he said. The stuff online that people dismiss as memes — that’s the way to motivate people,” he added. “It’s the viral political marketing of the future.” In theory, his story is a perfect realization of the utopian understanding of the utopian promise of the internet: a truly democratic system of communication where anyone, anywhere can create things and get them seen by important people — even the president!

5 things to know for March 4: Tornadoes, politics, Good Samaritan, Asia, Michael Jackson

(CNN)It's a grim morning in Alabama after a deadly outbreak of tornadoes last night. House Democrats start ramping up their investigations of President Trump today. The vote in the Senate will come sometime in the next two weeks. If it passes, the resolution would go to the President for his signature, but Trump has already said he'd veto it. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be meeting up later this month to end the trade war between the two countries. Meanwhile the US and South Korea canceled major war games, which North Korea has long considered a provocation. It was a shocking, outrageous story: A woman stabbed to death at an intersection while trying to help a panhandler. Now the story gets even more shocking: Baltimore police say the woman's husband and stepdaughter are the actual suspects. Part one of the new HBO documentary on Michael Jackson, "Leaving Neverland," aired last night. Part two deals with Jackson's 2005 trial on child molestation charges and Robson and Safechuck's decision to now come forward with their accusations.

Nadler announces sweeping document requests, says Trump obstructed justice

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who would oversee any impeachment proceedings against President Trump, announced that he will submit more than 60 document requests to the White House and Justice Department on Monday -- a barrage that Nadler called the opening salvo in new and wide-ranging investigations. “Tomorrow, we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Jr., [Trump Organization CFO] Allen Weisselberg, to begin the investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power,” Nadler, D-NY., said on ABC News' "This Week." He added that the goal of the probe was "to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power." The evidence, Nadler maintained, was that Trump called the Mueller probe a "witch hunt," allegedly "tried to protect [fired national security adviser Michael] Flynn from being investigated by the FBI," and supposedly admitted that he had fired FBI Director James Comey "to stop the Russian thing" in an NBC interview. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. When pressed by Stephanopoulos as to whether Nadler would accept a possible report by Mueller finding no improper or illegal collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia, Nadler suggested he would not -- and then proceeded to unload a litany of unrelated complaints against the White House. We’ve seen all the democratic norms that we depend on for democratic government attacked by the administration." Nadler added that "the Mueller investigation, No. Nadler's committee has also called in the former acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, and plans to question him again in the coming weeks. Last month, Neal held a hearing in which experts discussed the authority under current law for Neal to make a request for any tax returns to the treasury secretary.

Stephen Lynch goes off on Republicans during Michael Cohen hearing

Rep. Stephen Lynch didn’t hold back during the Michael Cohen hearing Wednesday. However, his ire wasn’t aimed at Cohen, the former personal attorney of President Donald Trump, himself, but toward the Massachusetts congressman’s Republican colleagues on the House oversight committee. “We have brought this committee to its knees in terms of losing its credibility, and it’s a shameful mockery of what our purpose is,” Rep. Jody Hice, a Georgia Republican, said during his allotted time. “Wanna talk about a low point?” the South Boston Democrat asked rhetorically. “Your side ran away from the truth, and we’re trying to bring it to the American people,” Lynch added. Cohen testified that he led negotiations on the proposed Moscow tower up into the 2016 presidential campaign, which he said Trump “never expected to win,” and regularly briefed two of the president’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, on the project. “We were interested in building what would have been the largest building in all of Europe.” Cohen — who has been sentenced to three years in prison for a litany of crimes during the 2016 campaign — says he lied when he told Congress in 2017 that Trump’s pursuit of the Moscow tower ended before the 2016 presidential primaries. “The lies that I told to Congress, in fairness, benefited Mr. Trump,” he said Wednesday, addressing the Republican attempts to undermine his credibility. I want you to look at the documents, and I want you to make your own decision.” Before his time for questioning ran out, Lynch offered some support to Cohen, suggesting that Republicans weren’t concerned about the accuracy of his statements, but about their potential political implications. “I don’t think my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are afraid you’re going to lie,” he said.
Blumenthal Questions Truthfulness Of President Trump Jr.'s Senate Testimony | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Blumenthal Questions Truthfulness Of President Trump Jr.’s Senate Testimony | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Senator Richard Blumenthal talks with Rachel Maddow about a new bipartisan bill that would ensure that Robert Mueller's report be made public, and about the potential for further criminal charges from the special counsel's office for lying to Congress. »…

Hillary Clinton tells friends she’s leaving 2020 door open

And one close Clinton friend told Zeleny "it would surprise me greatly if she actually did it." "Most losing presidential candidates never totally close the doors to running for president" again, Zeleny said. She wants to take on Trump. Sen. Warren is way more comfortable in talking about issues like that." Now that the government is open, House Democrats are moving forward with plans to investigate the Trump campaign, the Trump administration, and the Trump Organization. Meanwhile, close Mueller-watchers are asking what the Roger Stone indictment signals about the special counsel's next moves. "I think people are looking at this indictment, especially if they're members of the resistance, and saying, this is the beginning of indictments that are just going to be raining down, that next up is Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner," Murray said. This is actually the first time we've seen the special counsel's office bring a case jointly with another U.S. Attorney's office, and I think that could be another indication among the many other signs we've seen from Mueller's office that they may actually be winding things down," Murray said. Take a peek on social media and you will see what Democrats think of Schultz running as an independent, lamenting that a progressive third-party candidacy could siphon votes from Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents -- and help Trump win re-election. Some Democrats hope Schultz is stirring talk of a presidential run to generate book sales.