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Michael Cohen: Trump’s lawyer advised me to lie about Moscow tower project

Recently released transcripts of a closed-door meeting show Cohen accusing Jay Sekulow of telling him to lie to Congress Donald Trumps two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Cohen from earlier this year, along with some exhibits from the testimony. Cohen, who is serving a three-year prison sentence, transcripts of interviews with the former attorney general Loretta Lynch and several other current or former justice department officials, including many who played key roles in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Intelligence committee is also seeking more information about Cohens 2017 testimony…

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Mueller’s Trump-Russia report to be released on Thursday

William Barr will release a redacted version of the near 400-page report to Congress and the public, spokeswoman said Special counsel Robert Muellers said. Opponents of Trump hope the report will answer longstanding questions about his ties to Russia, including what transpired at Sign up for the US morning briefing Mueller is also expected to shed light on whether, once in the White House, Trump sought to obstruct justice, for example by firing James Comey as FBI director in May 2017, when the agency was heading the Russia investigation. But…

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Ex-Senate aide pleads guilty to posting Republicans’ contact details online

Jackson Cosko published five senators personal information, having previously worked for Senator Maggie Hassan A former congressional staffer has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses that stem from posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaughs supreme court nomination. The Department of Justice said in statement on Friday that 27-year-old Jackson A Cosko could face a prison term of at least 30 months and as much as 57 months. The offenses included making public restricted personal information, computer fraud, witness tampering and…

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Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

After stunning primary upset in New York, Illinois senator cautions party that democratic socialism will not work nationally As Democrats calibrate their political messaging in advance of the November midterm elections, Senator Tammy Duckworth cautioned her party not to become too starry-eyed about the success in New York of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won an upset primary victory this week. While Ocasio-Cortezs candidacy might have been a fit for New Yorks 14th congressional district, said Duckworth, the junior senator from Illinois, her brand of Democratic socialism would not work in the…

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Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

Vice-presidential candidate denies he profited from a 2008 meeting with Fed chairman in which officials outlined fears for financial crisis Paul Ryan, Mitt Romneys vice-presidential running mate, sold stock in US banks on the same day he attended a confidential meeting where top level officials disclosed the sector was heading for a deep crisis. The congressman on Monday denied profiting from information gleaned from the meeting on 18 September 2008 when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, then treasury secretary Hank Paulson and others outlined their fears for the banking sector.…

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Al Franken resigns from Senate over sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota Democrat becomes highest ranking politician to step down in wake of mounting accusations against men in Hollywood, media and politics Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, becoming the highest-ranking US politician yet to step down in the wake of widening allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the media and politics. Speaking on the Senate floor, Franken, who said he would quit in the coming weeks, said: All women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. But he said that his…

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Arizona congressman to resign after discussing child surrogacy with female staffers

Republican Trent Franks says he deeply regrets that workplace discussion caused distress as Congress grapples with sexual misconduct allegations The Arizona congressman Trent Franks has announced he will resign from Congress at the end of January after discussing child surrogacy with female staff members. I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable, Franks said in a statement on Thursday. I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the…

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Bob Corker: White House is ‘adult day care center’ and Trump may start WWIII

Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement begging as Corker warns Trumps threats risk global conflict Donald Trumps fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an adult day care center and warned that the president risked setting the US on the path to World War III. An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of not…

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Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: ‘We will win this struggle’

Senators Medicare for All bill, which is gaining steam among Democrats, would cover 323 million Americans under single system Battle lines have been drawn as Bernie Sanders launches his latest attempt to establish a healthcare system that covers all 323 million Americans. Standing in opposition to Sanders plan are what he calls the most powerful and greedy forces in American society: the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, Wall Street and the Republican party. The opposition to this will be extraordinary, Sanders said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, prior…

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The conservatives turning against Donald Trump

After 200 days of Trumps presidency, his awkward marriage of convenience with Republicans has increasingly come under severe stress More Republicans will turn against Republicans have flexed their muscles of late over threats from the White House against Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump and Russia, and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and passing fresh sanctions against Moscow that Trump was reluctantly obliged to sign. In addition, high-profile Republicans at various levels of government have been accused of mounting shadow campaigns for 2020 including Mike Pence, the vice-president, who…

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Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort tells Senate panel of Russia meeting

Committee rescinds subpoena after Manafort agrees to turn over notes, while Jared Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for second day of private testimony Donald Trumps former campaign chairman met Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview. Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Dianne Feinstein had also issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort to testify publicly during a Wednesday hearing before the committee. But…

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John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, spokesman says

Statement reveals brain tumor known as glioblastoma was removed along with blood clot above senators right eye during surgery last Friday John McCain, the Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. A brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was removed from McCain along with a blood clot in a surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Friday, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. McCains office had only previously announced that the blood clot had been removed from above the 80-year-olds left eye. The Mayo Clinic said…

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Senate will vote to repeal Obamacare without replacement, after new healthcare bill stumbles

Republican Mitch McConnell calls for vote on clean repeal, after senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran come out against latest effort to replace Obamacare Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will vote on a clean repeal of Obamacare without any replacement, after two Republican senators broke ranks to torpedo the current Senate healthcare bill. Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas came out on Monday night in opposition to McConnells tweet on Monday night, in which the president urged a repeal of Obamacare…

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‘Nervous’ Jeff Sessions’ attempt at Trump-like bravado falls flat

Analysis: In his Senate testimony on Russia, the attorney generals default position was cant recall and vagueness was the order of the day He started with a declaration well suited to old-school newspaper headlines, insisting that the claim he was involved in collusion with Russia was an appalling and detestable lie. But Jeff Sessions called him last week had crumbled under fire. The attorney general managed to avoid inflicting significant damage on his boss but, having got his soundbite out, failed to answer the most important questions during a teeth-grindingly…

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Ben Carson hails homelessness agency that Trump budget would eliminate

Head of housing and urban development did defend proposed cuts that would affect agency, saying: We have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has defended massive cuts to his own agency , saying we have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing. Speaking before a Senate committee, he offered no objections to the budget proposed by the Trump administration, which envisions a funding reduction of $7.4bn compared to…

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