Ahead of Comey’s Big ABC Interview, Here Are the Five Craziest Things We Know From His Book So Far

Anticipation is high for former FBI Director James Comey‘s first sit-down interview on television since his ousting from the White House. He will speak with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in the first of a round of media appearances promoting his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which will be released Tuesday. The book has been touted as a tell-all on his time serving President Donald Trump‘s administration. Here are the most shocking things we know so far: Trump was fixated on proving there was no ‘pee tape.’ He even told Comey to investigate it. Comey writes that Trump said to him, “I’m a germaphobe. There’s no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way.” Having reportedly been so obsessed with the matter and ensuring his wife, Melania, didn’t become upset, he asked Comey to look into Russia’s claims Continue reading "Ahead of Comey’s Big ABC Interview, Here Are the Five Craziest Things We Know From His Book So Far"

Sarah Sanders: Trump Called Michael Cohen on Friday Because They ‘Have a Long Relationship’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump phoned his lawyer, Michael Cohen, last week because the two “have a long relationship.” She made the remarks to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning from Washington, where she declined to speak about the nature of the call but said the president would keep his relationship with Cohen. “He’s had a long relationship with Michael Cohen,” Sanders said. “He’s gonna continue to have that relationship. In terms of specifics of their private conversation, I can’t get into that.” While Sanders said the president believes he’s done nothing wrong, she underscored that he could only speak for himself. “The president is very confident in that fact that he has done nothing wrong, and he can’t speak on behalf of anyone else, but he’s very confident in what he has and hasn’t done, and he’s going to continue focusing Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: Trump Called Michael Cohen on Friday Because They ‘Have a Long Relationship’"

Zuckerberg on Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections: ‘This Is An Arms Race’

During the start of his testimony before Congress Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Russian interference in U.S. elections “an arms race.” He made the remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein, discussing Facebook’s efforts to deal with foreign meddling in U.S. elections. Zuckerberg called that one of his “top priorities in 2018.” “On of my greatest regrets in running the company is that we were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016,” Zuckerberg said. “We expected them to do a number of more traditional cyber attacks which we did identify and notify the campaigns that they were trying to hack into them, but we were slow at identifying the type of new information operations.” Those new operations were recognized “right around the time of the 2016 election itself,” he said. Zuckerberg noted 2018 wasn’t just a significant time for Continue reading "Zuckerberg on Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections: ‘This Is An Arms Race’"

Who is Alex van der Zwaan, the First Person Sentenced in the Mueller Probe?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation just placed its first person behind bars. So, who is he? Alex van der Zwaan was served with a 30-day jail sentence on Tuesday along with a $20,000 fine after admitting to lying to special agents in Mueller’s Russia probe during November 2017. The false statements concerned e-mail communications and phone calls  between him and Richard Gates, an ex-campaign aide to President Donald Trump. Van der Zwaan is a 33-year-old Dutch attorney who is also the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan, who is also linked to President Vladimir Putin. Khan is one of the individuals named in the infamous Trump-Russia dossier that suggests Trump could be open to blackmail from the Kremlin. Van der Zwaan was a London-based associate of a high-powered law firm called Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom in the early 2010s. At the time, Gates and Paul Manafort, another Continue reading "Who is Alex van der Zwaan, the First Person Sentenced in the Mueller Probe?"

Trump Supporters Diamond and Silk Slam Joe Biden: ‘He Didn’t Have the Guts to Run’ For President

Youtube personalities Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson have officially weighed in on a hypothetical brawl between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The two women joined Fox News host Jesse Watters on Saturday night to discuss Trump’s ongoing feud with Biden, after both politicians discussed physically fighting each other this week. Diamond and Silk claimed Biden wouldn’t have a chance in an altercation with Trump, saying the 75-year-old Democrat was behaving like a “schoolyard bully.” “It’s time for the American people to start looking at Joe Biden,” Diamond said Saturday. “Bullying a sitting president. We are hearing he’s thinking about running for president. Perhaps he ought to run for that border if he don’t know how to respect a sitting president. People who voted Democrat. We are tired of them trying to intimidate to dominate. They like to bully people and call people names Continue reading "Trump Supporters Diamond and Silk Slam Joe Biden: ‘He Didn’t Have the Guts to Run’ For President"

Democratic Sen. Calls Out Zuckerberg After Statement: ‘Come to Congress and Testify’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg made a public statement vowing to improve the platform’s commitment to privacy — but it doesn’t seem like his words will suffice for the United States Senate. Sen. Ed Markey demanded the founder of the social media site speak to Congress about Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica, the controversial company recently reported to have harvested upwards of 50 million user profiles in an attempt to influence voters across the country in the 2016 presidential election. “You need to come to Congress and testify to this under oath,” the senator tweeted in a response to Zuckerberg’s Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon. In hist post, Zuckerberg expressed regret for previously providing capabilities for Cambridge Analytica and other apps on the site to harvest Continue reading "Democratic Sen. Calls Out Zuckerberg After Statement: ‘Come to Congress and Testify’"

Podesta: Emails Released to Give ‘Fox News Something to Talk About’ Instead of Access Hollywood Tape

John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, opened up on Wednesday about his hacked emails that were leaked just hours after the controversial Access Hollywood tape featuring President Donald Trump. Podesta said he believes the emails were dumped by Wikileaks in an effort to distract the American public from the tape, in which Trump is heard boasting about grabbing women by their genitalia without permission. He also questioned whether there may have been a level of “coordination” between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks in releasing the hacked emails just after the shocking recording broke international news. “I think it was done to try to divert attention,” Podesta told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “At least to give the anchors on Fox News something to talk about other than the Access Hollywood tape.”