Special Counsel Disputes BuzzFeed Report That Alleged Trump Directed Cohen to Lie to Congress

The special counsel’s office issued a rare statement late Friday disputing a BuzzFeed report that said President Trump directed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about the president’s involvement in a real-estate deal with Russia during the 2016 campaign. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of…

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Cohen Hired IT Firm to Rig Early CNBC, Drudge Polls to Favor Trump

In early 2015, a man who runs a small technology company showed up at Trump Tower to collect $50,000 for having helped Michael Cohen, then Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, try to rig online polls in his boss’s favor before the presidential campaign. In his Trump Organization office, Mr. Cohen surprised the man, John Gauger, by…

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Dutch PM: ‘White wine sipping elites’ don’t give Trump fair shake

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte faced criticism on Sunday after making comments about what he called “white wine sipping elites in Amsterdam” who are not giving US President Donald Trump a fair chance. Rutte made the comments during an appearance on Buitenhof, a weekly TV show focused on Dutch politics that aired on Sunday. “In…

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Will Donald Trump build the wall or hit a wall?

‘Build that wall’ was a regular slogan by US President Donald Trump during and after his campaign. Now, he’s demanding over $5bn from the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives to keep his promise. The Democrats have refused to give in, leading to a partial government shutdown that began on December 22, affecting nearly 800,000 government employees.…

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‘Occupation of Iraq is over’: Iraqi leaders denounce Trump visit

Iraqi political and militia leaders have condemned US President Donald Trump’s unannounced trip to Iraq as a violation of their country’s sovereignty. In a surprise visit to US troops, Trump on Wednesday landed at an airbase west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where he thanked the soldiers for their service. Sabah al-Saadi, the leader of the…

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Trump: “I can’t tell you when” shutdown will end

In a short question and answer session with reporters this morning, President Trump said “I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen,” and that the partial government shutdown won’t end until “we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it.” Between the lines: His comments, per the White House pool…

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Cohen Sentencing, Tabloid Deal Intensify Spotlight on Trump

The sentencing of one former ally of President Trump and the disclosure of a key agreement with another intensified the focus on Mr. Trump’s alleged role in coordinating efforts to suppress the stories of two women to protect his 2016 campaign. The dual developments on Wednesday came as part of a legal saga that has…

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All the people Trump has called “dumb as a rock”

President Trump is quite a fan of calling people “dumb as a rock,” having used the insult against nearly a dozen people on Twitter over the past few years. The full list of Trump’s targets: Rex Tillerson, Mika Brzezinski, Don Lemon, Glenn Beck, Rick Wilson, Chris Matthews, Bill Maher, Jonah Goldberg, Bryant Gumbel, Jay Leno,…

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