Trump’s Lawyers Reportedly Sent 20-Page Letter to Mueller Arguing He Could Not Obstruct Justice


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  In a 20-page memo sent to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in January, President Donald Trump‘s lawyers argued that the president has broad authority, granted by the Constitution, that gives him the power to end federal investigations and thus Trump could not possibly have obstructed justice. The correspondence, written by John Dowd and Jay Sekulow and obtained by the New York Times, asserts Trump has the authority to “exercise his power to pardon.” It also asserts that, under the power of the Constitution, Trump could “if he wished, terminate the inquiry.” The letter also argues that Mueller cannot force the president to answer questions on whether or not he obstructed justice because he could not possibly have done so. The NYT reports:
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April Ryan Pummels Steve Cortes After He Declares Unemployment Rate ‘Wonderful News for Black and Brown People’


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Things got heated on Don Lemon‘s show on Friday night during a panel on unemployment. During the panel, Trumpian Steve Cortes credited President Donald Trump for the record low unemployment numbers, especially among minority communities. Then, touting the numbers he exclaimed, “This is wonderful news for black and brown people in this country who are finally starting to prosper.” White House correspondent April Ryan was not about to let him get away with those remarks unscathed. After political commentator Catherine Rampell and Lemon both chimed in, noting that former president Barack Obama has a lot to do with the current unemployment rates, Ryan unleashed on the Trump supporter. “Oh, my God, see. This is now Donald John Trump’s economy. Did he have a positive residue from Barack Obama. Yes. Could he do more for black unemployment, Yes. Is black unemployment dropping now, Yes. But If you really want Continue reading "April Ryan Pummels Steve Cortes After He Declares Unemployment Rate ‘Wonderful News for Black and Brown People’"

Don Lemon Laughs at Trump’s Big Giant Letter from Kim Jong Un: ‘That is Huge’


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On Friday night, CNN host Don Lemon couldn’t help but comment on the big, giant letter President Donald Trump received from Kim Jong Un on Friday via Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol. Earlier Friday, the White House sent out photos of Trump with Kim Yong Chol and the letter, a move that, in itself drew comments, not only about the size of the envelope but as CNN’s Jim Sciutto pointed out, the fact it shows Trump smiling next to a man who ran a gulag. Yet, flashing the photo on the screen during his show Friday night, Lemon couldn’t contain a chuckle as Continue reading "Don Lemon Laughs at Trump’s Big Giant Letter from Kim Jong Un: ‘That is Huge’"

Steve Bannon: Firing Rod Rosenstein ‘Not Obstruction of Justice’ if He Doesn’t Turn Over Docs on FBI Source


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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon sat down in Rome for an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that aired on CNN Friday night. In the wide-ranging interview, Bannon spoke about the Justice Department and Robert Mueller‘s Russian probe. He also hit directly on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who he suggested should be fired, if he doesn’t turn over “every document” concerning the alleged FBI source that President Donald Trump has claimed spied on his campaign, a controversy Trump dubbed “Spygate.” “You turn over every document, and if he doesn’t turn it over, you give him 24 hours. If he doesn’t turn it over, I would fire him, and that’s not obstruction of justice,” Bannon told Zakaria. “That’s giving a law enforcement officer a direct order to turn over documents to Capitol Hill, and if he doesn’t do it, I would fire him.” It is not the Continue reading "Steve Bannon: Firing Rod Rosenstein ‘Not Obstruction of Justice’ if He Doesn’t Turn Over Docs on FBI Source"

U.S. Reportedly in Talks for Possible Trump-Putin Summit


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The Trump administration is currently in talks for a potential summit between the United States and Russia, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday night. According to the report, “The White House is planning for a potential summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to people familiar with the efforts, a meeting that would bring to the international stage one of the world’s most enigmatic political relationships and possibly ease tensions that have grown to Cold War proportions.” If the Summit between Trump and Russia takes place it would be third time the leaders met and had discussions. Topics for the discussion would likely include Syria and nuclear arms control. The WSJ report comes on the same day as Trump announced that the summit with North Korea, which had at one point in time been canceled, was now back on and would proceed, Continue reading "U.S. Reportedly in Talks for Possible Trump-Putin Summit"

Rob Reiner Battles Anthony Scaramucci Over Trump’s Lies: He Does It All the Time!


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On Friday, director Rob Reiner and former Trump communication director Anthony Scaramucci sat down together with Ari Melber to talk Trump. The segment did not disappoint. Straight off the bat, Reiner asked Scaramucci: “I want to ask you, because you know Donald Trump. I met him one time. I don’t know him that well. You know him better than I do. Why do you think that he lies all the time? Why is that? Why does he lie like every minute?” Scaramucci then suggested Trump was more of an embellisher than a liar. “He is an embellisher of stories,” Scaramucci opined. “He will tell a big tale and a big story, and so now the media is conflating that with absolute lying.” Scaramucci then tried to claim that Trump was just doing the same thing they do in Hollywood. “So when the media says he said 3,001 lies, Continue reading "Rob Reiner Battles Anthony Scaramucci Over Trump’s Lies: He Does It All the Time!"

Former AG Eric Holder: Trump’s Pardons May Be Aimed at Sending Message in Russia Probe


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On Friday, former Attorney General Eric Holder questioned President Donald Trump‘s motives behind his pardons, including the most recent pardon of conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza. “If you pardon somebody, all right, that means that they don’t have much to worry about with regard to whatever the pardon covers,” Holder said at a Politics and Eggs event in New Hampshire. He continued on: “But if Bob Mueller, for instance, wants to take a pardoned person, put that person before a grand jury, that person no longer has the ability to say, I’m going to invoke my Fifth Amendment right. That’s been stripped away… And that person then becomes a perfect witness for the special counsel.” The comments from Holder, who served in the Obama administration, come just one day after Trump pardoned D’Souza and announced the decision via a tweet. He also teased two more celebrity clemency actions Continue reading "Former AG Eric Holder: Trump’s Pardons May Be Aimed at Sending Message in Russia Probe"

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Responds to Trump’s Steel Tariffs: ‘This is Insulting’


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On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slammed President Donald Trump for his announcement that he planned to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum effective June 1. According to the White House announcement made on May 31, the decision was made due to “national security.” Speaking with Chuck Todd from Meet the Press in an excerpt from an exclusive interview airing in full on Sunday, Trudeau said that the imposition of tariffs was “insulting.” “Our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II…and the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most difficult places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow… this is insulting to them,” Trudeau said. The Canadian Prime Minister continued on: “The idea that the Canadian steel that’s in military, military vehicles in the United States, the Canadian aluminum Continue reading "Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Responds to Trump’s Steel Tariffs: ‘This is Insulting’"

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing Briefly Addresses Joy Reid During Segment on Roseanne, Samantha Bee


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On Friday, MSNBC briefly addressed the controversy surrounding Joy Reid‘s controversial blog posts from thirteen years ago and stressed they are standing with her. Earlier today, Reid apologized for a post from her blog that showed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz)’s head photoshopped over the Virginia Tech shooter’s body and noted she sincerely regretted those posts from her past. “To be clear, I have the highest respect for Sen. McCain as a public servant and patriot and wish him and his family the best,” Reid said in her statement. “I have reached out to Meghan McCain and will continue to do so. She is a former on-air colleague and I feel deeply for her and her family.” MSNBC’s Chris Jansing briefly addressed it during a segment this afternoon that covered both Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee. In response to Reid’s apology, NBC senior editor Claire Atkinson said, “there is Continue reading "MSNBC’s Chris Jansing Briefly Addresses Joy Reid During Segment on Roseanne, Samantha Bee"

Joe Rogan Announces Roseanne Bailed on Podcast: She Told Me She Thought Valerie Jarrett Was Jewish


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Roseanne Barr bowed out of her scheduled interview on the Joe Rogan Experience Friday and went radio silent on the podcast’s host just one day after a now-deleted and bonkers tweetstorm in which she claimed she begged for her show back at ABC and lamented, “they won’t stop ’til I die.” On Friday, host Joe Rogan tweeted out that Barr would not be appearing on his podcast and noted, “she’s not doing well.” “The Roseanne podcast is not happening today,” Rogan wrote. “She’s not doing well and doesn’t want to travel, and she’s gone radio silent on me, so I’m just going to step away. The whole thing has been pretty brutal on her, and I hope she can find some peace.”

BREAKING: Trump Says June 12 North Korea Summit is Back On


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On Friday, after a meeting at the White House with top-level North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, President Donald Trump announced that the June 12 Summit with North Korea would go on as planned in Singapore — despite it previously being canceled. The North Korean delegation met with Trump to hand a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the president. After accompanying the visitors to their waiting vehicles, Trump told the press that the North Korean summit was back on. “We’ll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore, Trump told reporters, noting that the meeting “went very well.” He added: “It’s a get-to-know-you situation,” and in the process, “we’ve gotten to know their people very well.” Trump stopped short of making promises of what would come of the historic summit, however, noting, “It will be a process. The relationships are building and that’s a positive.” Continue reading "BREAKING: Trump Says June 12 North Korea Summit is Back On"

CNN Panel Explodes Over Racism: ‘The Problem Isn’t Roseanne Barr, The Problem is Donald Trump’


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A CNN panel exploded Thursday night after former Trump campaign spokesperson Jason Miller kvetched that President Donald Trump was being blamed for Roseanne Barr‘s racism. It all happened on Anderson Cooper‘s show during a discussion when panelist Karine Jean-Pierre said Trump had a history of racism. “I grew up in New York City, I know exactly who Donald Trump is,” Jean-Pierre said. “We had to listen and watch him when I was growing up…He has a race issue. Honestly, the problem isn’t Roseanne Barr — the problem is Donald Trump.” “I don’t think you know President Trump at all,” Miller replied, adding, “Everything is triggered on trying to blame everything on President Trump.” That is when fellow conservative panelist Tara Setmayer pounced. “Donald Trump has a race problem, it is clear,” Setmayer shot back. “He has a long history of this, of established bigotry; he was sued Continue reading "CNN Panel Explodes Over Racism: ‘The Problem Isn’t Roseanne Barr, The Problem is Donald Trump’"

Press Reportedly Barred from Television Awards Event Honoring Samantha Bee


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The media was barred from attending Television Academy event honoring Samantha Bee Thursday night, according to multiple reports by members of the media planning to attend. The Hollywood Reporter noted that they had planned to attend but were told they were no longer allowed as a result of “today’s events.”
Though The Hollywood Reporter was initially slated to cover both the 6:45 p.m. red carpet and reception, media was told by a Television Academy rep at 3:35 p.m. that press would not be allowed into the reception “as a result of today’s events involving Samantha B.,” leading to “the need to limit access to tonight’s activities.”
The event referred to were, of course, Bee’s now infamous remarks regarding Ivanka Trump and subsequent apology. Bee later apologized and said she “crossed a line.” However, it seems that the Television Academy wasn’t taking any chances with their Continue reading "Press Reportedly Barred from Television Awards Event Honoring Samantha Bee"

Roseanne Barr Says She ‘Begged’ ABC to ‘Let Me Apologize’ and Not Cancel Show


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  Roseanne Barr has decided to stay on Twitter after all. She is also using the platform to tell her side of the story after her show her sitcom was shuttered in wake of the controversy over her racist remarks. After making the racist comments on Twitter that got her show axed, Barr vowed to leave Twitter. Yet, just hours later she was tweeting again and on Thursday she announced she planned to stay for good. “So, so, I’m staying on twitter to try and help build a movement of grassroots ppl who wish 2 solve the problems of this neighborhood, The USA,” Barr wrote. Then, she claimed she begged for her show to be spared. “I begged Continue reading "Roseanne Barr Says She ‘Begged’ ABC to ‘Let Me Apologize’ and Not Cancel Show"

Michael Moore Announces ‘Secret Project’ Involving Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr


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Filmmaker Michael Moore recently announced a secret project involving Roseanne Barr and President Donald Trump.  Moore teased the project, which he said on his website that he’s been working on “for months” on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. The teaser clip shows a segment from Barr’s shortlived talk show The Roseanne Show that features Trump, Moore, and Barr sitting at a table talking about Moore’s documentary “Roger & Me.” “It’s terrific, I tell you, I love what he did,” Trump is heard saying, praising Moore. “If I was Roger, I wouldn’t have liked it but I enjoyed it. I hope he never does one on me though.” Along with the clip, Moore tweeted out, “I know Roseanne. And I know Trump. And Continue reading "Michael Moore Announces ‘Secret Project’ Involving Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr"

Blagojevich’s Wife Breaks Silence: Trump ‘Knows How Important’ it is for Rod to Get Home


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On Thursday, President Donald Trump teased the commutation of former Apprentice contestant and former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich along with fellow Apprentice series alum, Martha Stewart. “Eighteen years is, I think, really unfair,” Trump said, claiming Blagojevich was sent to prison “for being stupid and saying things that every other politician, you know that many other politicians say.” The president added, “I am seriously thinking about — not pardoning — but I am seriously thinking of a curtailment of Blagojevich.”
Speaking to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Thursday night, Blagojevich’s wife Patricia Blagojevich responded to Trump’s tease that her husband may soon be home. “You know… we are also grateful that the president is thinking of us in this way,” she responded when asked what she talked about with her husband, who remains in prison, after the news broke. She then added that she’s been disappointed before. “It has Continue reading "Blagojevich’s Wife Breaks Silence: Trump ‘Knows How Important’ it is for Rod to Get Home"

S.E. Cupp on Joy Reid’s Uncovered ‘Baghdad John’ Blog: ‘Sounds Like She has an Ambien Problem’


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On Thursday, HLN’s S.E. Cupp suggested that Joy Reid‘s recently uncovered “Baghdad Bob” blog post may be due to an “Ambien” problem. The 2007 post was uncovered by Buzzfeed News on Thursday and includes a photoshop of Sen. John McCain‘s head over the body of Virginia Tech shooter. The post is titled, “Baghdad John Strikes Again.” Responding to the latest problematic blog for Reid,  here is what Cupp said:
[Joy Reid] published an image of Senator John McCain’s head photoshopped on to the body of Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho in 2007 on her controversial, now defunct blog. This after it was revealed she once raised conspiracy theories about September 11th on that blog…Last month, Reid came under fire for homophobic comments she allegedly made on that same blog, after initially claiming she’d been hacked and calling on the FBI to investigate, later she sort of admitted Continue reading "S.E. Cupp on Joy Reid’s Uncovered ‘Baghdad John’ Blog: ‘Sounds Like She has an Ambien Problem’"

Jake Tapper Compares Trump’s Pardoning of Far-Right ‘Heroes’ to Oprah Gifting ‘Pontiacs to Suburban Moms’


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On Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper started off his show by hitting on President Donald Trump‘s pardon of conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza and subsequent tease to reporters that more pardons may be coming, including pardons to former Apprentice alums Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich. “Martha Stewart, Blagojevich, if other Celebrity Apprentice contestants are in need of a pardon, now is a good time to raise your hand,” Tapper said at the start of the show. He then quipped: “President Trump seemingly passing out pardons to heroes of the far-right almost as eagerly as Oprah once gifted Pontiacs to suburban moms.” Tapper then noted a stunning similarity among those pardoned by Trump. “They are all individuals prosecuted by people who the president deems to be his opponents, They are individuals who face charges that members of the Trump Team could face themselves,” Tapper noted, before detailing the ties. “Blagojevich and Continue reading "Jake Tapper Compares Trump’s Pardoning of Far-Right ‘Heroes’ to Oprah Gifting ‘Pontiacs to Suburban Moms’"

‘Insincere Outrage’ or ‘Double Standard?’: Twitter Divided Over Samantha BeeGate


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Comedian Samantha Bee apologized on Thursday after she called First Daughter Ivanka Trump a “c-nt” during a segment of Full Frontal. “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” Bee said in a tweet. Yet not everyone on Twitter was ready to accept Bee’s apology. Glamour Magazine’s Celeste Katz pointed out it was not the first time Bee has stuck her foot in her mouth.

Mike Pompeo on North Korean Summit: ‘Confident We Are Moving in the Right Direction’


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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with reporters on Thursday about his meeting with a top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol. The meeting was aimed at attempting to salvage a June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Just last week, the summit was called off by the White House, yet since then Trump has repeatedly teased the idea that the summit may go on, as planned. Yet speaking to reporters on Thursday, Pompeo stressed that “real progress” had been made but did not give a firm date for an eventual summit between the two leaders. “I’m confident we are moving in the right direction,” Pompeo told reporters, noting that a senior North Korean official is now planning to travel to Washington to deliver a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump. He then noted that if the “talks are successful, it Continue reading "Mike Pompeo on North Korean Summit: ‘Confident We Are Moving in the Right Direction’"