Forgive the abuse of this space for selfish reasons, but this is a direct appeal to Donald Trump. If you’re looking for a new lawyer, Mr Prez, I am at your disposal. Frankly, the credentials aren’t so hot. In 1987, I failed the solicitors’ final examination by the widest margin ever recorded. In seven individual exams, due to a combination of innate stupidity and not having glanced at the syllabus, I scored zero. In the eighth, the negatively marked Solicitors’ Accounts, a conservative estimate places the tally at minus 600. For all that, I would be an improvement on the lawyer employed by Trump lately to shut down the scandal about his relationship (if any) with Stormy Daniels. As a legal student, Rudy Giuliani had the edge, sailing through his exams so serenely that he won a prestigious clerkship for a Supreme Court Justice. He went on to dovetail a lucrative legal practice with a stellar political career as the Mayor of New York, … [Read more...] about Rudy Giuliani is doing a fantastic job of ruining Trump’s presidency
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Stephen Bannon, who was ousted as White House chief strategist last summer but has remained in touch with some members of president Donald Trump’s circle, is pitching a plan to West Wing aides and congressional allies to cripple the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to four people familiar with the discussions. The first step, these people say, would be for Mr Trump to fire deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the work of special counsel Robert Mueller and in recent days signed off on a search warrant of Mr Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Mr Bannon is also recommending the White House cease its cooperation with Mr Mueller, reversing the policy of Mr Trump’s legal team to provide information to the special counsel’s team and to allow staff members to sit for interviews. Read more Mueller requests 35 blank subpoenas in case against Manafort Mueller interviews FBI’s top lawyer to … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon plotting abrupt end to Russia investigation, insiders say
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepared for his appearance before Congress this week, he is unlikely to have anticipated facing so many questions about Diamond and Silk. The Silicon Valley giant - quizzed by members of the House Commerce Committee over his company's role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and the social network's vulnerability to exploitation - was asked repeatedly about the Republican commentators and accused of banning their videos for political ends. "Why is Facebook censoring conservative bloggers such as Diamond and Silk? Facebook called them 'unsafe' to the community. That is ludicrous. They hold conservative views. That isn’t unsafe," said Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, reading aloud a message from a constituent. Read more Fact-checking some of Zuckerberg's strangest claims to US politicians Mr Zuckerberg responded by explaining that, "in that specific case, our team made an … [Read more...] about Diamond and Silk: Who are the Donald Trump super-fans and why are they angry with Facebook?
After White House chief of staff John Kelly pressured President Donald Trump last fall to install his top deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, atop the Department of Homeland Security, the president lost his temper when conservative allies argued she wasn't sufficiently hardline on immigration. "You didn't tell me she was a [expletive] George W. Bush person," Trump growled. After Kelly told Fox News Channel's Bret Baier in a January interview that Trump's immigration views had not been "fully informed" during the campaign and had since "evolved," the president berated Kelly in the Oval Office - his shouts so loud they could be heard through the doors. And just 11 days ago, Kelly grew so frustrated on the day that Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin that Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis both tried to calm him down and offer pep talks, according to three people with knowledge of the incident. "I'm out of here, guys," Kelly said - comments some interpreted as a … [Read more...] about The inside story of how Trump’s Chief of Staff lost his power
A former Texas state official who once compared proposed endangered species listings to “incoming Scud missiles” and continued to fight the Endangered Species Act after she left government, now has a role in overseeing federal wildlife policy. Susan Combs has been selected as acting secretary for fish, wildlife and parks by Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke. He made the move after his bid to make her an assistant secretary for policy, management and budget stalled in the Senate because of opposition from both Republicans and Democrats for various reasons. Read more EPA secretary Scott Pruitt 'fires security chief over siren use' The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was preoccupied with a pileup of Environmental Protection Agency nominees who required confirmation. Later, the committee's chairman, Alaska's Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski held up hearings for Combs because of a … [Read more...] about Fierce Endangered Species Act opponent picked to oversee US wildlife policy