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Lara Trump blasts Omarosa ‘betrayal,’ calls latest tape a ‘fraud’

Lara Trump is calling the latest tape leak by Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘betrayal.’  (AP) Lara Trump tore into her old friend Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday after she released a tape of the president’s daughter-in-law offering her a job on the 2020 campaign shortly after being fired from the White House. “I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on,” Trump, a senior campaign adviser, said in a statement. She fired back after Manigault Newman appeared on MSNBC and aired excerpts from a tape that appeared to show Lara Trump offering her a job at $180,000 a year to join President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, after she was fired in December 2017. On the tape, Lara Trump appears to make reference to a New York Times...

Cynthia Nixon mocks Cuomo’s remarks bashing America, as ‘Greatgate’ escalates

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing a deluge of criticism for declaring America “was never that great” — with even liberal gubernatorial rival Cynthia Nixon mocking him for what she called a ham-fisted attempt to sound like a progressive. Cuomo sparked gasps from supporters at a bill-signing ceremony on Wednesday when he took a shot at President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, saying: “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” “We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every America is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone,” he said. ANDREW CUOMO SHOCKS CROWD, SAYS AMERICA WAS ‘NEVER THAT GREAT’  The remark zipped arou...

Graham calls for special counsel to investigate FBI’s handling of Clinton emails, FISA warrant

Claiming that FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Carter Page FISA warrant were “corrupt to the core,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle both probes. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said FBI investigators were “in the tank” for Clinton and the FISA warrant process was abused — possibly in a criminal fashion.  “What do you think Democrats would be saying if a Republican — if the RNC [Republican National Committee] — hired a former British agent to go to Russia to get dirt on [Hillary] Clinton?” Graham asked Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.” Graham said he’s grown tired of talking about the Clinton email investigation and the 2016 FISA war...

Pierson refutes Omarosa’s claim that she confirmed Trump’s alleged use of N-word

Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman “played” CBS News by “conflating” two different audiotapes, a senior adviser to President Trump’s reelection campaign asserted Tuesday. Katrina Pierson leveled the accusation on cable news shows after an audio recording raised questions about whether the Trump campaign knew of the president’s alleged use of the N-word. Pierson, who said in an interview that she signed a non-disclosure agreement with Trump, told “Fox News @ Night” that she was asked about a 2016 conference call where she could be heard saying, “No, he said it,” as though she was supporting Manigault Newman’s claim that Trump said the racial slur. Pierson said she was merely placating Manigault Newman, who was carrying on because she “would not let t...

Omarosa’s Trump tape story unravels, as more officials challenge ‘N-word’ claim

Omarosa Manigault Newman’s claims about a recording of President Trump using the “N-word” are being disputed by an ever-growing list of current and former officials, calling into question a key passage in her newly released political tell-all.  Manigault Newman’s claims first surfaced this week in a media blitz to promote the book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” which hit the shelves Tuesday. In interviews and the book, she claimed she confirmed rumors of an old tape from “The Apprentice” in which Trump used the racial slur.  It is unclear at this point whether Manigault Newman ever heard the alleged tape—and whether it exists. But multiple former and current officials close to the president have denied her claims. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski...

Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok sets up anti-Trump Twitter account, GoFundMe page seeking $150G

Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok took his anti-Trump rhetoric public on Monday, setting up a defiant Twitter account and a GoFundMe page seeking to raise $150,000 to cover his “legal costs and lost income.” Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of text messages critical of Trump, wasted no time blasting the administration and House Republicans in his new social media account. “Deeply saddened by this decision,” Strzok wrote in the tweet. “It has been an honor to serve my country and work with the fine men and women of the FBI.” He attached an image of a statement from his attorneys that criticized his firing, saying “the FBI and the American...

FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed

FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired. Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Monday that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice and politically motivated. Goelman said bureau Deputy Director David Bowdich “overruled” the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.  “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans,” the attorney said.  President Trump and his allies for months, though, have hammered Strzok and cast him as the poster child for anti-Trump bias within the bureau and Justice Department.  Reacting to t...

De Blasio lets security haul away Post reporter for asking question

Aug 11: New York’s Mayor Bill deBlasio addresses the media.  (NYC Mayor’s Twitter) Mayor de Blasio is a such a big believer in the free press that he let two bodyguards physically remove a credentialed Post reporter who had the temerity to ask him a question in public on Sunday. The unusual muzzling unfolded at the start of the annual Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan, where the reporter sought de Blasio’s reaction to The Post’s front page story about his administration’s many meetings with lobbyists. It also came after Hizzoner appeared on national TV Sunday to proclaim, “I believe in a free, strong media with diverse views — I’ll defend it with all I’ve got.” Just two hours later, after de Blasio cut a ribbon to kick off the parade and was posing for photos near West 37th Str...

Giuliani unloads on ‘moron’ New York Times reporter for dismissing concerns about Mueller perjury trap

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani slammed as an “idiot” a New York Times reporter during an interview Sunday on Fox News’ “Media Buzz,” saying it should be apparent that even honest clients run a major risk of falling into a so-called perjury trap if they agree to meet with federal investigators. The Times’ Nicholas Confessore argued on MSNBC this week that Giuliani’s concerns that Trump might be charged with lying to investigators if he met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team revealed that “the president’s story is wrong, it’s a lie.” Giuliani unloaded on Confessore, saying prosecutors often aggressively pursue perjury charges even where the underlying truth of the matter involved is unres...

Democratic socialists suffer another loss in Hawaii primary, as Dems notch gains elsewhere

A fiscally conservative Democrat soundly defeated five other high-profile opponents to represent Honolulu in Congress on Saturday, including the architect of the state’s legal challenge to President Trump’s travel ban and a follower of Democrat socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The results were yet another blow to Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who have increasingly tried to take their message mainstream ahead of the November midterm elections, only to see their preferred candidates come up short. Former Congressman Ed Case, a 65-year-old fiscal conservative, overcame Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who as attorney general took the Trump administration to court over a ban on travel to the United States from several countries in the Middle East. The measure, which has sinc...

Omarosa releases purported secret recording of Chief of Staff John Kelly ‘threatening’ her in the Situation Room

Reuters  (Omarosa Manigault-Newman appeared on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to promote her new memoir about her time in the Trump administration, which the White House has called untruthful.) Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the ex-reality star and former Trump aide who has since acccused the president of racism, on Sunday released what she claimed was a secret recording of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “threatening” her in the White House Situation Room. But White House officials pushed back immediately, saying Manigault-Newman’s termination for alleged ethical violations was handled appropriately and charging that she had flagrantly violated security protocols by taping Kelly in the highly secured room in the basement of the West Wing. In the recording, Kelly...

Hawaii’s Ige staves off challenge, will face GOP’s Tupola in November

Hawaii Gov. David Ige greets supporters at his campaign headquarters, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Honolulu.  (Associated Press) Hawaii Gov. David Ige won the state’s Democratic primary Saturday in his bid for a second term, overcoming sharp criticism after a false missile alert in January. Ige defeated U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who gave up her seat in Congress to run for governor. “I just got off the phone with Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, and she wished us congratulations and more importantly, she pledged her support to make sure that we can elect a Democratic governor,” Ige said in a victory speech after Hanabusa conceded, according to a Hawaii News Now tweet.  The incumbent in November will face state Rep. Andria Tupola, who won the Republican gubernatorial primar...