Chris Christie Faces Questions From His Leaked Trump Vetting Dossier: ‘This is a Monumental Staff Failure’


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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized the dysfunction of Presidential Donald Trump’s transition team in the wake of leaked transition documents obtained by Axios. In a new report on Axios on HBO Sunday night, reporter Jonathan Swan asked Christie to read from his political vetting dossier. Christie’s dossier, along with dozens of others, were leaked to Axios and detail what RNC staffers working on Trump’s transition team in 2016 viewed as “red flags” and questions to ask during interviews for jobs in the administration. Swan asked Christie to read off questions from his dossier that were suggested to be asked by Trump if Christie was tapped for an administration role. Both questions concerned his sour relationship with Jared Kushner, whose father Christie prosecuted. Christie, who was head of the Trump transition, was fired from the Trump campaign two days after the election — he claims due to pressure from Continue reading "Chris Christie Faces Questions From His Leaked Trump Vetting Dossier: ‘This is a Monumental Staff Failure’"

CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents


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CNN political analyst David Gergen says he thinks Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is a bigger influence on some of President Donald Trump’s decisions than any of the former presidents he’s spoken to recently. Gergen was speaking with Ana Cabrera on CNN Newsroom Sunday night, who was asking about a segment in Chuck Todd’s interview with Trump where he said he’s spoken with former presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. “Do you see their hands in any of the choices President Trump has made as president?” Cabrera asked Gergen. Gergen shot down the question, saying “I think these have been courtesy calls for the most part. I don’t think they swayed his decision making.” “Listen, Tucker Carlson, Fox anchor, had more influence in the president’s decision not to hit Iran than did any of the former presidents,” Gergen continued. “He is not turning to them as previous presidents Continue reading "CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents"

CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents


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CNN political analyst David Gergen says he thinks Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is a bigger influence on some of President Donald Trump’s decisions than any of the former presidents he’s spoken to recently. Gergen was speaking with Ana Cabrera on CNN Newsroom Sunday night, who was asking about a segment in Chuck Todd’s interview with Trump where he said he’s spoken with former presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. “Do you see their hands in any of the choices President Trump has made as president?” Cabrera asked Gergen. Gergen shot down the question, saying “I think these have been courtesy calls for the most part. I don’t think they swayed his decision making.” “Listen, Tucker Carlson, Fox anchor, had more influence in the president’s decision not to hit Iran than did any of the former presidents,” Gergen continued. “He is not turning to them as previous presidents Continue reading "CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents"

Jonathan Swan Details Axios Report on Chaos of Trump Presidential Transition


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Axios’ Jonathan Swan appeared on MSNBC to detail his Sunday report on a large trove of leaked documents detailing the frenzy of Donald Trump’s presidential transition following the 2016 election. Swan spoke with Steve Kornacki, who was filling in for Kasie Hunt on Kasie DC. “The documents we have are the documents that were produced after they fired Chris Christie,” Swan said. “Trump fires — actually [Steve] Bannon fires [Christie] after the election and they toss aside most of his work, start from scratch with the names.” “So there was this frenetic frenzied period where the leadership … President Trump, Reince Priebus, were coming up with names for the top jobs,” he continued. “This was dumped on the back of the Republican National Committee. They had a team of two dozen—almost all of them in their 20s, and they did the best job they could on Continue reading "Jonathan Swan Details Axios Report on Chaos of Trump Presidential Transition"

LEAKED: Axios Obtains Large Number of Vetting Documents for Trump Admin Appointees


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Donald Trump Axios has obtained nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents that detail “red flags” and potential scandals for President Donald Trump’s political appointees. Axios reported on the trove of documents during Axios on HBO Sunday night, documents which often foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government. For example, former EPA head Scott Pruitt’s dossier had a section in his vetting form titled “allegations of coziness with big energy companies” and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s vetting form contained a separate 25-page document titled Rudy Giuliani Business Ties Research Dossier. Other times, the documents note that some of the candidates Trump interviewed and sometimes selected for a position had harshly criticized him. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s document had a note that she’d said Trump is everything “we teach our kids not to do in kindergarten.” Axios reached out to the Trump administration and multiple candidates for comment, some of Continue reading "LEAKED: Axios Obtains Large Number of Vetting Documents for Trump Admin Appointees"

Jeanine Pirro Attacked Jeff Sessions on Her Fox News Show After He Blocked Trump From Hiring Her: Washington Post


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According to a new profile, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro used her show to attack then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he reportedly blocked President Donald Trump from hiring her. The item is one of several pieces of information offered about the Fox host and staunch Trump ally in a new Washington Post profile series detailing Trump’s associates and confidantes.
“For a while, Trump considered Pirro for a Washington job, interviewing her for a top Justice Department position under Jeff Sessions — a job she lobbied hard to get, according to a senior administration official. But Sessions blocked the appointment, the official said, after which Pirro attacked Sessions on her show for recusing himself from the Russia investigation,” The Washington Post reported.
The article also outlines Pirro’s past as district attorney for Westchester County in New York and her attempted bid in politics. The article also describes that talk about giving Continue reading "Jeanine Pirro Attacked Jeff Sessions on Her Fox News Show After He Blocked Trump From Hiring Her: Washington Post"

WATCH: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Confronted By Angry Protestors at South Bend Town Hall


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2020 presidential contender Mayor Pete Buttigieg faced an often hostile and emotional crowd at a town hall in South Bend, Indiana held in the wake of a police shooting. Buttigieg has left the campaign trail to return home to South Bend, where he has faced a number of emotional protests. During the Sunday town hall, he faced a number of protests and outbursts from audience members angered by the shooting and the official response to it. “I tried to set a town hall up three years ago between the community — the community reached out to the police. We have to bridge this gap between the police and the community,” one protestor said amid shouts from the audience members. The current wave of unrest in South Bend was kicked off after Eric Logan was shot and killed by a South Bend police officer on June 16. Few details are known Continue reading "WATCH: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Confronted By Angry Protestors at South Bend Town Hall"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Steve King and GOP: ‘You Were Too Racist Even For’ Republicans


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Decries Paul Manafort's Rikers Transfer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) embrace of white supremacists after he attempted to shame her for her comments drawing attention to migrant detention centers. King asked Ocasio-Cortez to accept an offer to tour the sites of Nazi concentration camps and the Holocaust. The freshman congresswoman has drawn condemnation from Republicans for comparing camps housing southern border migrants to concentration camps, comments she has defended. AOC quickly fired back at King, saying “the Republican Party literally stripped you of your Congressional committee assignments because you were too racist even for them.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Steve King and GOP: ‘You Were Too Racist Even For’ Republicans


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Decries Paul Manafort's Rikers Transfer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) embrace of white supremacists after he attempted to shame her for her comments drawing attention to migrant detention centers. King asked Ocasio-Cortez to accept an offer to tour the sites of Nazi concentration camps and the Holocaust. The freshman congresswoman has drawn condemnation from Republicans for comparing camps housing southern border migrants to concentration camps, comments she has defended. AOC quickly fired back at King, saying “the Republican Party literally stripped you of your Congressional committee assignments because you were too racist even for them.”

BREAKING: Democrats to Vote to Subpoena Kellyanne Conway Over Repeated Violations of Federal Law


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Trump White House Says OSC Is Violating Kellyanne Conway's 'Free Speech' By Calling for Firing House Democrats will vote to subpoena President Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway over repeated violations of federal ethics laws. The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, will vote on Wednesday to authorize a subpoena “for testimony in connection with Ms. Conway’s failure to comply with the Hatch Act and ethics laws.” This month, the Office of Special Counsel recommended the firing of Conway over repeated violations of the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits partisan political activity by federal employees. “Like with other presidential appointees, the President has the authority to discipline Ms. Conway for violating the Hatch Act. Given that Ms. Conway is a repeat offender and has shown disregard for the law, OSC recommends that she be removed from federal service,” the OSC report read. Trump has said he doesn’t intend to fire Conway or discipline her in any way. “I think she’s a Continue reading "BREAKING: Democrats to Vote to Subpoena Kellyanne Conway Over Repeated Violations of Federal Law"

BREAKING: Democrats to Vote to Subpoena Kellyanne Conway Over Repeated Violations of Federal Law


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Trump White House Says OSC Is Violating Kellyanne Conway's 'Free Speech' By Calling for Firing House Democrats will vote to subpoena President Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway over repeated violations of federal ethics laws. The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, will vote on Wednesday to authorize a subpoena “for testimony in connection with Ms. Conway’s failure to comply with the Hatch Act and ethics laws.” This month, the Office of Special Counsel recommended the firing of Conway over repeated violations of the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits partisan political activity by federal employees. “Like with other presidential appointees, the President has the authority to discipline Ms. Conway for violating the Hatch Act. Given that Ms. Conway is a repeat offender and has shown disregard for the law, OSC recommends that she be removed from federal service,” the OSC report read. Trump has said he doesn’t intend to fire Conway or discipline her in any way. “I think she’s a Continue reading "BREAKING: Democrats to Vote to Subpoena Kellyanne Conway Over Repeated Violations of Federal Law"

MSNBC’s Joy Reid Rips Media For Burying Latest Trump Sexual Assault Allegation


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MSNBC host Joy Reid claims the media at large “relatively buried” advice columnist E. Jean Carroll’s accusation that she was sexually assaulted by President Donald Trump in the 1990s. “In any other universe, in any other presidency, in any other news cycle, E. Jean Carroll’s bombshell revelations against the sitting president of the United States would have been the lead story all week long, as soon as they dropped,” Reid said Sunday on AM Joy. “Despite all of that, the story was relatively buried in this week’s news cycle. Even The New York Times tucked the story away in its ‘Books’ section despite running a headline that could not have been any more explicit: ‘E. Jean Carroll accuses Trump of sexual assault in her memoir,” Reid continued. In a cover story for New York magazine, Carroll accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s in a department store dressing Continue reading "MSNBC’s Joy Reid Rips Media For Burying Latest Trump Sexual Assault Allegation"

Chuck Todd Bewildered By Trump Claim He Didn’t Lose Popular Vote: ‘What Are You Talking About?’


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NBC’s Chuck Todd was bewildered by President Donald Trump again claiming he did not actually lose the popular vote in 2016, and appearing to cast doubt on the vote total. “You didn’t like the fact that you lost the popular vote. That bothered you didn’t it?” Todd asked. “There were a lot of votes cast that I don’t believe. I look at California–” Trump said before Todd cut him off saying “Mr. President.” Trump has often bristled in interviews when it is mentioned he lost the 2016 popular vote to Hillary Clinton. “Excuse me,” Trump continued “Take a look at Judicial Watch. Take a look at their settlement. California admitted to a million votes.” Trump appeared to be obliquely referencing a settlement announced by the conservative watchdog group, which aimed to have Los Angeles County remove inactive voters from voting rolls. However, the lawsuit did not expose Continue reading "Chuck Todd Bewildered By Trump Claim He Didn’t Lose Popular Vote: ‘What Are You Talking About?’"

Jeanine Pirro Piles on Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign: ‘Stick to Making Friendship Bracelets’


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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro piled on 2020 presidential frontrunner Joe Biden over recent campaign missteps, saying he should “stick to making friendship bracelets.” Pirro noted that Biden has faced criticism from his competitors in the Democratic primary for his praise of “civility” in working with segregationist Democratic senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge. “I don’t remember things being this bad 15 months before the Republican primary,” Pirro said. Pirro also brought up that Biden mentions President Barack Obama in campaign speeches even though Obama has been silent on the state of the Democratic primary. “Even Joe’s best pal Barack is uncharacteristic all silent these days. Joe has to remind him that they are besties with the best friend forever bracelet. Joe, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for your best pal Barack to endorse you,” Pirro said. Earlier this month, Biden was made fun of for deploying a Continue reading "Jeanine Pirro Piles on Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign: ‘Stick to Making Friendship Bracelets’"

Jesse Watters Teams with Don Jr. to Bash Media Outlets, Praise President Trump


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Fox News host Jesse Watters took time out of his interview with Donald Trump Jr. to praise President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign rally and bash other media outlets’ coverage of the event. Watters offered up his criticism of the media to Trump Jr. during his interview with the president’s son on Watters’ World Saturday night. “The media was totally disrespectful of this speech. You have an incumbent president officially launching his candidacy for reelection in primetime in a key swing state in Florida. And they don’t seriously analyze this and how he’s framing the issue,” Watters said. Watters then played a clip of various shows criticizing Trump’s Orlando rally this week. “The media–the more they attack the president the stronger the bond is between his supporters and him,” Watters said. Trump Jr. agreed saying “the level of hate and disdain the media has for these hard working people, now they Continue reading "Jesse Watters Teams with Don Jr. to Bash Media Outlets, Praise President Trump"

Nancy Pelosi Reportedly Called Trump to Ask Him to Call Off Planned ICE Raids


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Pelosi Defends Biden on Segregationist Controversy: 'Authenticity' is Most Important 'And Joe Biden is Authentic' According to a new report, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump Friday and asked him to call off planned immigration raids–a request Trump appeared to grant Saturday. CNN reported Saturday of the call’s existence. A source tells CNN that Trump and Pelosi spoke at 7:20 p.m. Friday for about 12 minutes, and the White House confirmed to CNN a call took place. Trump said this afternoon that he is delaying planned ICE raids to try and work with congressional Democrats on a solution to the border crisis. The raids were planned for Sunday in multiple cities. The president was tweeting in defense of the raids as recently as this morning. Trump had already indicated he made the delay “at the request of Democrats.”

CNN’s S.E. Cupp Hits Joe Biden’s Campaign Missteps: ‘It Seems to Me Like Biden’s Been Cryogenically Frozen’


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CNN host S.E. Cupp hit Joe Biden’s recent campaign missteps, saying it appears like the 2020 presidential contender has been “cryogenically frozen” and has not seen how politics has changed. “It seems to me like Biden’s cryogenically frozen for the past decade or two. Someone woke him up and he’s running one of his old campaigns where he could defend the crime bill or wax nostalgic about working with racists,” Cupp said. “We’re not in that place.” Cupp was speaking on her Saturday show S.E. Cupp Unfiltered following a speech from Biden in South Carolina running down his campaign issues. CNN political commentator Doug Heye agreed, saying “We’re kind of in the first 20 minutes of Austin Powers right now where he’s come out of the cryogenic freezer.” “He can talk about working with John McCain,” Heye said “It can set up Biden to be back Continue reading "CNN’s S.E. Cupp Hits Joe Biden’s Campaign Missteps: ‘It Seems to Me Like Biden’s Been Cryogenically Frozen’"

Bill de Blasio Says He’s Still Angry With Joe Biden: How Can You Be Civil With Someone Who’s Called For the Death of African Americans?


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2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio continued to heavily criticize Joe Biden for his praise of the “civility” in working with segregationist Democratic senators like James Eastland. “It’s an affront to every person of color in this country for him to say, I remember working with this guy and it was so ‘civil,'” de Blasio said of Biden. “How can you be civil with a guy who believes in violence against African-Americans?” The New York City mayor was speaking with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Saturday, who asked about de Blasio’s denouncement of Biden. He was the first 2020 presidential candidate to criticize Biden for his comments highlighting his work with segregationists Eastland and Herman Talmadge. “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done,” Biden said last week. “You read what James Eastland has called for …. he Continue reading "Bill de Blasio Says He’s Still Angry With Joe Biden: How Can You Be Civil With Someone Who’s Called For the Death of African Americans?"

CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’


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CNN media analyst Bill Carter appeared astounded by Sean Hannity’s recently revealed texts with former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, saying the Fox host appeared like a “propaganda operative.” “Hannity has been known to be known as a partisan commentator, but here he’s like a propaganda operative because he’s connecting with someone very much in the mix of the story,” Carter told CNN’s Ana Cabrera Saturday evening. Recently unsealed court documents show that Hannity exchanged hundreds of messages with Manafort, often discussing his then-ongoing prosecution by the Department of Justice and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cabrera described the messages as “stunning.” “Any news organization would not want their journalists to be involved in this and he has distanced himself from being a journalist … this seems another step to me,” Carter said. “He’s actually involving himself in a story with a witness trying to get the Continue reading "CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’"

CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’


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CNN media analyst Bill Carter appeared astounded by Sean Hannity’s recently revealed texts with former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, saying the Fox host appeared like a “propaganda operative.” “Hannity has been known to be known as a partisan commentator, but here he’s like a propaganda operative because he’s connecting with someone very much in the mix of the story,” Carter told CNN’s Ana Cabrera Saturday evening. Recently unsealed court documents show that Hannity exchanged hundreds of messages with Manafort, often discussing his then-ongoing prosecution by the Department of Justice and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cabrera described the messages as “stunning.” “Any news organization would not want their journalists to be involved in this and he has distanced himself from being a journalist … this seems another step to me,” Carter said. “He’s actually involving himself in a story with a witness trying to get the Continue reading "CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’"