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    White House shares doctored video to support punishment of journalist Jim Acosta | The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/tech...deo-support-punishment-journalist-jim-acosta/

    Source Reveals Real Reason For Trump Confrontation With Acosta After White House Aides Are Quoted Saying "This Is Going To Be Fun" | DC Tribune

    Excerpt:

    Andrea Mitchell reports that trump’s WH Briefing confrontation with ace reporter Jim Acosta was planned by trump a distraction from the news of the day; “Dems flip the House”. Quoting trump aides who laughed with each other, prior to the briefing, “This is going to be fun.”
    — Michael Grossman (@Michael36776349) November 8, 2018

    http://dctribune.org/source-reveals...es-are-quoted-saying-this-is-going-to-be-fun/
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    Trump calls April Ryan a 'loser,' threatens to revoke more press credentials | The Hill

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    President Trump on Friday suggested he could pull press credentials from other reporters who don't show him "respect."

    The comments come two days after the president suspended the press pass of CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta after a contentious exchange during a news conference.

    "I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man," Trump said.

    Asked how long Acosta's credentials will be suspended, the president replied: "As far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision. But it could be others also."

    Trump also went after April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks as a "loser" who "doesn't know what the hell she is doing."

    Trump rages at @Acosta and April Ryan, demands more "respect" for White House and the "presidency" pic.twitter.com/OJWuJ3NJSv
    — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 9, 2018

    Trump also disputed claims that video shared by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of the Acosta incident was doctored.

    "Nobody manipulated, give me a break. That is dishonest reporting. All that was was a close up," he said.

    Experts say the video, which the White House used to justify its decision to pull Acosta's credentials, was doctored.

    Source, with video:
    https://thehill.com/homenews/admini...l-ryan-a-loser-threatens-to-revoke-more-press
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    Trump played key role in coordinating hush money payments to Daniels, McDougal: report | The Hill

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    President Trumpwas heavily involved during his presidential campaign in silencing the stories of women who claimed to have extramarital affairs with him, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal that contradicts repeated denials from Trump.

    Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence that Trump worked with his friend and media executive David Pecker to use the National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to interviews the Journal had with three dozen people with knowledge of the transactions.

    Trump was allegedly involved in nearly every step of the process to prevent Daniels and McDougal from publicizing their stories and worked with his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to coordinate the deals.

    In August, Cohen pleaded guilty in New York to charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations relating to the payments. He said he made the payments at the direction of “a candidate for federal office” without mentioning Trump by name.

    The payments could have constituted campaign finance violations since any funds used to aid a campaign are supposed to come out of that campaign’s coffers, but Cohen paid the women personally and was later reimbursed by Trump.

    Trump has dismissed the payments, telling the Journal in an October interview, “Nobody cares about that.” He described Cohen as a “public-relations person” who “represented me on very small things.”

    Cohen has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and appears to be cooperating with his investigation into Russia's election interference and any possible illegal activity stemming from the Trump campaign. He has apparently told prosecutors of Trump’s deep involvement in the payments.

    Trump reportedly used his friendship with Pecker, which goes back to the 1990s, to quash unflattering stories about him in the press as he began rising in polls during the 2016 Republican primary.

    Pecker, the chairman and CEO of American Media, and Dylan Howard, one of his top executives, then met with McDougal and coordinated the payment to her, which was subsequently reimbursed by Cohen who was reimbursed by Trump.

    Cohen personally arranged the deal with Daniels after Pecker refused to get involved in a payment to a porn star. He was again reimbursed by Trump.

    Daniels and McDougal have since filed lawsuits seeking to release them from the nondisclosure agreements associated with those payments.

    The White House repeatedly pleaded ignorance of the payments as news of them slowly emerged in the press.

    “We have no knowledge of any of this,” former White House communications director Hope Hicks said of the McDougal deal.

    “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” Trump told reporters in April when asked if he knew of the payment to Daniels. “Michael is my attorney.”

    The Journal report comes days after Democrats took control of the House, ushering in a new group of committee leaders who have widespread subpoena power over Trump. They’ve already expressed deep interest in getting Trump’s tax returns, which he refused to release since beginning his campaign in 2015.

    Source, with video:
    https://thehill.com/homenews/admini...n-coordinating-hush-money-payments-to-daniels
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    Judge Blocks Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline in Setback for Trump | The New York Times

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    As the Trump administration has moved aggressively to roll back environmental protections and speed up oil and coal projects, it has repeatedly been blocked by courts finding that the administration did not follow longstanding rules in making its sweeping changes.

    Now, a federal judge has issued a repudiation of one of President Trump’s first acts as president, his decision to allow the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed, saying that the administration failed to present a “reasoned explanation” for the move and “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change.

    The decision could thrust the White House into a contentious new legal battle over climate change.

    The judge’s finding quickly drew fire from Mr. Trump, who has elevated the pipeline as a prominent symbol of his administration’s effort to encourage fossil fuel use. “It was a political decision made by a judge,” said Mr. Trump on Friday, speaking to reporters at the White House. “I think it’s a disgrace.”

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/climate/judge-blocks-keystone-pipeline.html
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    Trump on Friday: ‘I Don’t Know Matt Whitaker.’ Trump Last Month: ‘I Know Matt Whitaker.’ | The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/us/politics/matthew-whitaker-donald-trump.html

    Exclusive: Matthew Whitaker advised Donald Trump on investigating Hillary Clinton | Vox

    "Whitaker advised the president on launching a new special counsel while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions."

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-poli...ump-hillary-clinton-sessions-attorney-general

    Trump's acting attorney general involved in firm that scammed veterans out of life savings | The Guardian

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    Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, was involved in a company that scammed US military veterans out of their life savings, according to court filings and interviews.

    Whitaker, a former US attorney in Iowa, was paid to work as an advisory board member for World Patent Marketing (WPM), a Florida-based company accused by the US government of tricking aspiring inventors out of millions of dollars. Earlier this year, it was ordered to pay authorities $26m.

    Several veterans, two of them with disabilities, said they lost tens of thousands of dollars in the WPM scam, having been enticed into paying for patenting and licensing services by the impressive credentials of Whitaker and his fellow advisers. None said they dealt with Whitaker directly.

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/09/matthew-whitaker-acting-attorney-general-wpm-scam
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    He’s having a bad week.
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    Trump responds to the wildfires in California
    “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
    This makes the firefighters union unhappy, and police, and sheriffs and everybody
    “I have family & friends who don’t even know if they have a home to go back to. 1000s of people are displaced, who may have lost every single thing they own and you have the nerve to victim blame and threaten to pull your support of them? Fuck you, you insensitive piece of shit.”
    “You know I have a lot of respect for you Mr Trump but I live in Ventura County and this is tragic like how do you manage 30-40 mile an hour winds and this has nothing to do with neglect . This is a not a political agenda so maybe think about what you say before you Tweet.”
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  11. The firefighters union statement
    https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brie...-union-criticizes-trump-over-california-fire”
    “The early moments of fires such as these are a critical time, when lives are lost, entire communities are wiped off the map and our members are injured or killed trying to stop these monstrous wildfires," added Harold Schaitberger, the union's general president.

    "To minimize the crucial, life-saving work being done and to make crass suggestions such as cutting off funding during a time of crisis shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand and the dangerous job our fire fighters do," Schaitberger added.”



    Trump is such a piece of shit
  12. President Trump you are a national disgrace.
    #Notmypresident.
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  14. This kind of shit makes me shed a tear
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  16. The Moth Member

    Gillum 49.2%
    DeSantis 49.6%

    Trump is bombastic about the election and this is why
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    Nelson (D)48.8%
    Scott (R) 46.4%
    So there is a good chance Trump less 1 Senate vote.
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    Trump just announced he was expediting a national emergency declaration for the. Alifornia wildfires. So it’s only 3 days late. The death toll is 42. The fire burned over the town and there was jammed traffic trying to get out. It’s gruesome .
    It’s so bad that Trump will look more than heartless. He doubled down on blaming California after a calmer tweet that was obviously by someone, maybe Melania.
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    https://thehill.com/homenews/admini...prime-minister-theresa-may-during-call-on-air
    This week he missed the ceremony for the end of WWI, because of rain he said, and was 2 hours late to a State dinner. Then he doesn’t go and place a wreath at Arlington for Veterans Day. Then this ranting at the Prime Minister of England.
    I really think there is something wrong and he is ill, I mean he is always ill but I bet there is something more like visible dementia or he’s gone off meds and won’t get back on. Anyway something’s up.
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    CNN has sued the president. What will happen now?

    By Brian Stelter, CNN

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    CNN's lawsuit against President Trump and several top aides is specifically about Jim Acosta's access to the White House, but the case could have repercussions far beyond CNN.

    "This is a very, very important case," said famed lawyer Ted Olson, who is representing CNN. It was Acosta whose press pass was suspended this time, but "this could happen to any journalist by any politician," Olson said.

    The judge assigned to the case has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

    Here's everything you know about CNN v. Trump:

    Is Acosta still banned?

    Yes. He found out his Secret Service "hard pass," which speeds up entry and exit from the White House, was being suspended on Wednesday, November 7. The next day, he was also denied a "day pass" to enter the White House. And over the weekend he was turned away from a presidential event marking the end of World War I in France.

    What does CNN want?

    The lawsuit alleges that Acosta and CNN's First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban. Lawyers are asking a judge for "immediate restoration of Acosta's press credentials and hard pass," plus a declaration that the administration's action was "unconstitutional, in violation of the First Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment."

    What is the White House's position?

    Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, one of the six defendants in the case, said Tuesday that "this is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit." Sanders criticized Acosta for, she said, acting unprofessionally and hogging the mic at a press conference last week. But she did not address the legal issues raised by CNN's lawsuit.

    What happened at that press conference?

    Acosta is one of the most aggressive reporters on the Trump beat, winning him fans as well as critics. Trump called on him during a November 7 press conference. The two men went back-and-forth over Trump's immigration rhetoric, and then Acosta tried to change topics and ask a third question about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. When the president called on another reporter, a White House intern reached for the microphone Acosta was holding, but Acosta refused to immediately hand it over. He asked his intended question, then gave the mic to the intern.

    What did the White House originally claim?

    In a statement announcing the suspension of Acosta's press pass, Sanders said the administration will "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern." But video of the event showed that Acosta did not mistreat the intern. He even said "pardon me, ma'am" when she reached for the mic.

    To support her rationale, Sanders tweeted a distorted video clip of the press conference that didn't show the complete back-and-forth. The same video had been posted by an InfoWars personality two hours earlier. InfoWars is a fringe right-wing media company with a history of posting hateful content and conspiracy theories.

    Two days later, Trump himself cast doubt on Sanders' rationale: He said Acosta was "not nice to that young woman," but "I don't hold him for that because it wasn't overly, you know, horrible." Then he complained about Acosta's behavior more generally.

    How has the White House's rationale shifted?

    Sanders is no longer claiming that Acosta placed his hands on the intern. Her Tuesday statement said he "physically refused to surrender" the mic. Of course, reporters frequently try to ask follow-up questions at press events.

    Sanders went on to say that "this was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters." She added: "If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business." So that's apparently the new rationale for the revocation of his press pass.

    What are CNN's lawyers saying?

    "Journalists cannot be silenced, censored or intimidated. That's the end of the line. The White House cannot get away with this," Olson said in an interview on Tuesday.

    Olson and CNN's other outside counsel, Theodore Boutrous, said they believe CNN has a very strong case. Media industry lawyers agree. George Freeman, the head of the Media Law Resource Center, said "the president's retaliation against Acosta was for no appropriate reason, let alone a constitutionally required compelling reason."

    How does the First Amendment apply here?

    CNN's lawsuit says the only "reasonable inference from defendants' conduct is that they have revoked Acosta's credentials as a form of content- and viewpoint-based discrimination and in retaliation for plaintiffs' exercise of protected First Amendment activity."

    According to CNN legal analyst Paul Callan, "the First Amendment is very clear on that, that the press has a right to report and express opinions regarding the president's conduct."

    What are CNN and Acosta asking for?

    Both a short term and a long term solution. Right away, CNN wants a judge to issue a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction so that Acosta's access to the White House is restored.

    The network also wants the judge to rule that the White House's action was unconstitutional so that it doesn't happen again.

    "A temporary injunction is a short-term measure that remains in effect until, for example, a preliminary injunction is issued," said Jonathan Peters, a media law professor at the University of Georgia. "And whether it would be temporary or something more enduring, the court would consider, before issuing any injunction, the effects on the requesting party if the injunction isn't granted; the effects on the non-requesting party if it is granted; whether the requesting party has a potentially successful case; and the injunction's effect on the public interest."

    What about CNN's other reporters?

    The suspension only applies to Acosta. All of CNN's other reporters, producers and photojournalists assigned to the White House continue to work from its grounds.

    When will a judge rule in this case?

    Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee, has been assigned to the case. He will hold a hearing about the request for a temporary restraining order Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

    But this legal battle could stretch on for a while. In the event there is no settlement, CNN is requesting a jury trial.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/13/media/jim-acosta-cnn-lawsuit-faq/
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    Trump's mood takes a foul turn: 'He's pissed -- at damn near everyone' | CNN

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    A political clobbering, bickering aides and now a public grenade launched across the White House by the first lady have placed President Donald Trump in a position he loathes: backed into a corner.

    A week after standing in the East Room and declaring victory in the midterm elections, the President is isolated and growing more furious by the day. He's openly speculating about replacing more members of his Cabinet, though so far has stopped short of executing the dismissals, leaving those aides in a career purgatory.

    At an election night party at the White House, Trump left attendees guessing when he was spotted in a huddle with a potential replacement for his chief of staff, John Kelly, who himself stood awkwardly in a corner.

    "Yes, he's pissed -- at damn near everyone," a White House official said, noting the mood in the Oval Office is darker than normal this week. After nearly a month straight of campaigning before adoring crowds, the applause has gone silent and the President has retreated. The tempest has led to rampant speculation inside the building about the fates of other senior staffers, some of whom are beginning to plan their exits.

    Friends of the President describe him as embittered by the election losses and troubled by the Mueller investigation. He met Monday with his lawyers to go over a series of written questions from the special counsel. Some of his longtime confidants are worried for his health, believing he's gained weight and looks unwell.

    The timing for the President's fury couldn't be worse, considering the White House is heading into uncharted territory with Democrats assuming control of the House. Trump has told some advisers he's itching for the fight, believing it can provide him a political foil. Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller is inching closer to issuing his report on the Russia investigation.

    "He knows it's winding up. So, it's unsettling," another person close to the President said.

    It was a 24-word statement from the East Wing, where the first lady and her small staff work, about a presidential adviser that revealed how the dysfunction inside the White House is deeper and more tangled than previously known.

    "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House," a spokeswoman for Melania Trump said Tuesday afternoon.

    Yet a day after that extraordinarily public rebuke, Mira Ricardel reported to work in the suite of offices in the National Security Council. After Ricardel was not even given the dignity of being named in the statement -- which referred to her only as "she" -- everyone in the West Wing was saying her name on Wednesday as anxiety intensified about what this latest feud would mean for the President's mood. Later Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement confirming Ricardel will leave her White House position, while noting that Ricardel will "transition to a new role within the Administration."

    In the last week, the President's frayed and fraught relationships have been laid bare for all to see: He's furious at Kelly for a Paris trip that ended in a public relations debacle. He's blaming his political advisers for losing the winning narrative of the midterms. And he was caught off guard by his wife's shot across the bow at one of the top advisers in the West Wing -- a sign that their private conversations clearly aren't functional.

    After his wife ordered the astounding statement to be released Tuesday afternoon, Trump was furious that what had been an internal staffing matter was now thrust into public view, leaving him to look like a bossed-around husband. The President's mood was dark and intense after what officials said was a blindsiding by aides who do not report to him.

    If the sudden public interest in Ricardel, a behind-the-scenes operator, came as a surprise to the President, however, the underlying issues between her and the first lady's office were not new.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/politics/donald-trump-mood-pissed-white-house-intrigue/

    For Trump, there's no easy way out of his funk

    By Stephen Collinson, CNN, November 15, 2018

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    By multiple accounts, Donald Trump is in one of the deepest funks of his presidency. The bad news is that the challenges and threats that are making his mood so dark are likely to get worse before they get better.

    The President is angry at his rebuke from voters in the midterm elections. The oppressive prospect of action by special counsel Robert Mueller hangs like an immovable cloud over his White House. Staff chaos in the West Wing is producing lurid palace intrigue stories in the media that the President hates.

    Abroad, he feuds with allied world leaders, and he's been so effective in implementing his "America First" policy that he's the odd man out at summits.

    And things are unlikely to improve quickly. Many legal observers expect new indictments to come soon in the Mueller probe, potentially bringing the investigation closer to Trump's inner circle in its final stages. The President fulminated over the probe on Thursday morning, calling it on Twitter "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!"

    Democrats are prepping a barrage of investigations that will make life in his White House a misery -- from attempts to seize his tax returns and probe his business dealings to investigations into key policy areas like immigration.

    "He's pissed -- at damn near everyone," a White House official told CNN on Wednesday.

    Trump is letting off steam where he can. He's feuding with a former friend, Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French President's approval rating (at 29%, it is lower than Trump's) and the French jobless rate of over 9%.

    In an interview with the Daily Caller on Wednesday, the President betrayed his disturbed equilibrium, claiming that voter fraud had cost Republicans key races.

    "When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles. Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again," Trump claimed, without evidence.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/15/politics/donald-trump-white-house-mood/
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    Ryan Zinke has been mentioned several times in this thread. Here's one example, from October of 2017:

    Democrats prepare to grill Trump officials on environmental issues in new Congress

    They’re interested in a land deal made by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the timing of an inspector general move that didn’t happen.

    By Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, November 15, 2018

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    Three likely incoming Democratic chairs of House committees overseeing environmental issues vowed to scrutinize the Trump administration’s actions on climate change and bring before them top administration officials who they think have escaped adequate oversight under their Republican colleagues.

    After eight years out of power in the House, Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Tex.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) and Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.) are expected to lead the committees on Science, Space, and Technology; Natural Resources; and Energy and Commerce, respectively, after serving as the panels' ranking Democrats.

    In a slate of interviews, they outlined an expansive agenda to put a hot spotlight on the Trump administration’s rollback of President Obama’s climate agenda and to delve deep into alleged misconduct of officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department and the Housing and Urban Development Department.

    At the top of that list is Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

    Grijalva wants Zinke to testify before his committee about discussions surrounding a deal in Whitefish, Mont., between the Zinkes’ family foundation and Halliburton chairman David Lesar along with other developers. Democrats asked Interior’s acting inspector general to launch a probe of the matter in late June after Politico first reported on the deal. The watchdog office last month referred the matter to the Justice Department.

    Trump said last week he was “looking at” the allegations against Zinke but that overall he was “very happy with most of my Cabinet.” Zinke has denied the allegations as “vicious attacks.”

    The planned oversight is in line with the overall aim by the incoming House majority to scrutinize President Trump and his underlings on subjects such as the president’s tax returns and alleged payments by Trump’s former lawyer to women who said they had affairs with him.

    Some agencies are already gearing up for an onslaught of congressional demands. The EPA recently hired two lawyers who are prepared to handle document requests, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.

    An EPA spokesman, who declined to comment directly on the two hires, said there had not been a spike in hiring at the agency due to the prospect of greater oversight.

    While agencies prepare, there is already a turf battle within the new Democratic majority over how to wield its power to address what scientists say is an ecological crisis the world has little time to solve.

    At the moment, even the forum for a climate debate is up for debate.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/ener...-officials-environmental-issues-new-congress/
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    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/na...ooting-erdogan-foe-u-s-appease-turkey-n933996
    Turkey has tapes of the Saudis strangling, dismembering and pouring acid on the bones of Khashoggi. The Saudis tried to dodge this but Turkey eventually released the tapes. The Saudis gave up covering this up and are punishing the agents that murdered the guy. In an attempt to keep Turkey from releasing the tapes, Trump’s administration considered handing over one of Turkey’s enemies, Gulen, a religious leader who has a Green Card.
    Complex...
    However...
    Gulen is the same guy that Flynn and son were planning on kidnapping, This was one of the tools the feds used to get Flynn to plead guilty.
    Trump considered this to protect the Prince. As Jared and the Prince are best buddies.
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    Ha Ha!
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    Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta's press pass | CNN

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    Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN on Friday, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.

    The ruling was an initial victory for CNN in its lawsuit against President Trump and several top aides.

    The lawsuit alleges that CNN and Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the suspension of Acosta's press pass.

    Kelly did not rule on the underlying case on Friday. But he granted CNN's request for a temporary restraining order.

    This result means that Acosta will have his access to the White House restored for at least a short period of time. The judge said while explaining his decision that he believes that CNN and Acosta are likely to prevail in the case overall.

    Kelly made his ruling on the basis of CNN and Acosta's Fifth Amendment claims, saying the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass.

    He left open the possibility, however, that the White House could seek to revoke it again if it provided that due process, and said he was not making a judgment on the First Amendment claims that CNN and Acosta have made.

    CNN has also asked for "permanent relief," meaning a declaration from the judge that Trump's revocation of Acosta's press pass was unconstitutional. This legal conclusion could protect other reporters from retaliation by the administration.

    "The revocation of Acosta's credentials is only the beginning," CNN's lawsuit alleged, pointing out that Trump has threatened to strip others' press passes too.

    That is one of the reasons why most of the country's major news organizations have backed CNN's lawsuit, turning this into an important test of press freedom.

    But the judge will rule on all of that later. Further hearings are likely to take place in the next few weeks, according to CNN's lawyers.

    The White House took the unprecedented step of suspending Acosta's access after he had a combative exchange with Trump at last week's post-midterms press conference. CNN privately sought a resolution for several days before filing suit on Tuesday.

    The defendants include Trump, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and chief of staff John Kelly.

    Kelly heard oral arguments from both sides on Wednesday afternoon.

    Kelly, a Trump appointee who has been on the federal bench just more than a year now, was very inquisitive at Wednesday's hearing, asking tough questions of both sides, drilling particularly deep into some of CNN's arguments.

    Then he said he would issue a ruling Thursday afternoon. He later postponed it until Friday morning, leaving both sides wondering about the reason for the delay.

    In public, the White House continued to argue that Acosta deserves to be blacklisted because he was too aggressive at the press conference.

    Speaking with Robert Costa at a Washington Post Live event on Thursday, White House communications official Mercedes Schlapp said press conferences have a "certain decorum," and suggested that Acosta violated that. "In that particular incident, we weren't going to tolerate the bad behavior of this one reporter," she said. Schlapp repeated the "bad behavior" claim several times.

    When Costa asked if the White House is considering yanking other press passes. Schlapp said "I'm not going to get into any internal deliberations that are happening."

    In court on Wednesday, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham argued that the Trump White House has the legal right to kick out any reporter at any time for any reason -- a position that is a dramatic break from decades of tradition.

    While responding to a hypothetical from Kelly, Burnham said that it would be perfectly legal for the White House to revoke a journalist's press pass if it didn't agree with their reporting. "As a matter of law... yes," he said.

    The White House Correspondents' Association -- which represents reporters from scores of different outlets -- said the government's stance is "wrong" and "dangerous."

    "Simply stated," the association's lawyers wrote in a brief on Thursday, "if the President were to have the absolute discretion to strip a correspondent of a hard pass, the chilling effect would be severe and the First Amendment protections afforded journalists to gather and report news on the activities on the President would be largely eviscerated."

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/16/media/cnn-trump-lawsuit-hearing/
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