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Gregg Jarrett: Rod Rosenstein’s coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday, are the equivalent of an attempted coup — a plot to overthrow the president.  As the Times reveals, Rosenstein was furious that Democrats blamed him for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.  Rosenstein, who had volunteered to write the firing memorandum, was “regretful and emotional.”  His behavior was described as “erratic.”  He blamed Trump.  So, in an apparent act of vengeance, he proposed secretly recording the president to try to gain damaging information about him.  He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director. Rosenstein is said to have discussed recruiting cabinet members to depose Trump under the 25th Amendment.  All of ...

Trump asks if Bob Woodward is ‘Dem operative’ amid explosive book details

Trump administration pushes back on Woodward book Members of the Trump administration are vigorously denying various insults and slights against President Trump in a new book by Bob Woodward; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. President Trump on Tuesday asked whether Bob Woodward could be “a Dem operative” after an early copy of the veteran reporter’s soon-to-be-released book portrayed a chaotic White House plagued by infighting and bad-mouthing against the president. Labeling details of the book “a con on the public” with “made up” quotes, the president also seemingly questioned the “timing” of the book reveal. “The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly,” Trump tweete...

Trump warns Assad, Syrian allies on reported plan for Idlib province offensive

FILE 2013: smoke rises after a TNT bomb was thrown from a helicopter, hitting a rebel position during heavy fighting between troops loyal to president Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in a neighbouring village to Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province.  (AP) President Trump late Monday warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and his allies in the region not to attack rebels in the country’s Idlib province, warning that “hundreds of thousands” could be killed. Trump’s tweet came shortly after Iran’s foreign minister said “terrorists must be purged” from Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in the country. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments in Damascus came as Syrian forces and their allies are preparing for an assault. “Syria’s territorial integrity should be safeguarded and all tribes and groups, as...

Trump issues 4-word reply after criticism at McCain, Franklin funerals

In this Sep. 1, 2018 photo, Meghan McCain speaks at a memorial service for her father, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Trump issued a four-word reply Saturday after several speakers at weekend funerals for singer Aretha Franklin and U.S. Sen. John McCain made him a focus of their remarks. “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” the president tweeted around 7 p.m. ET. Earlier Saturday, Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Republican, had alluded to Trump’s slogan during her eulogy for her father, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on Aug. 25. “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” McCain said at a memorial service at the National Cathedral in ...

Trump taking ‘hard look’ at pay-freeze plan for federal workers following pushback

President Trump’s proposal to halt pay raises for federal workers drew pushback from Virginia Republicans Corey Stewart, left, a U.S. Senate candidate, and U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, who is up for reelection. President Trump on Saturday evening appeared to signal that he may be rethinking a plan he announced last week to cancel a proposed 2.1 percent pay raise for federal workers. The president retweeted a Twitter message posted earlier Saturday by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart of Virginia, in which Stewart wrote that federal workers had endured “8 years of hell under Obama, with several rounds of pay freezes and benefit cuts.” Trump “can fix this, and I trust that he will,” Stewart wrote. Just one day earlier, Stewart — typically a sta...

Why CNN is standing by a Michael Cohen story that his lawyer calls false

Lanny Davis, who has been engaged in high-stakes crisis management and political lawyering for decades, says he made a mistake. CNN, which relied on Davis at least in part for a story he now says is false, won’t say it made a mistake. And the contretemps contains a revealing look at the sausage-making of investigative reporting and the sometimes murky dance between reporters and their unnamed sources. Davis, who I’ve found to be a straight shooter over a quarter century dating back to the Clinton scandals, told me in a telephone interview yesterday that he had made an error and regrets it. “I should not be talking to reporters on background about something I’m not certain about,” Davis told me, describing his interactions with CNN reporters. “The combina...

Ex-CIA Director Brennan’s anti-Trump comments did ‘damage’ to intel community, Mullen says

Former CIA Director John Brennan risked damaging the intelligence community with his anti-Trump comments, retired Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told “Fox News Sunday.” Mullen’s comments came as several former intelligence officials appeared on Sunday talk shows, including Brennan — who floated the possibility of taking legal action against the president. “I think John’s an extraordinary servant of the country, but I think he has been incredibly critical of the president, and I think that has put him in a political place which actually does more damage for the intelligence community — which is apolitical,” Mullen said. Brennan had publicly accused President Trump of “treason” after his summit wi...

12 ex-intel officials slam Trump for ‘ill-considered and unprecedented’ action against Brennan

Twelve former senior intelligence officials issued a statement late Thursday criticizing President Trump’s “ill-considered and unprecedented” decision to strip former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. “The president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech,” the statement reads. “As individuals who have cherished and helped preserve the right of Americans to free speech — even when that right has been used to criticize us — that signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable.” Among the signers are six former CIA directors — including retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was a p...

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...

Manafort trial Judge TS Ellis taunts and torments Mueller team: ‘Tears in your eyes’

One of the most highly talked about cases of the year is taking place inside Judge T.S. Ellis’ courtroom – and he’s making sure Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team knows it.  Mueller’s team has leveled multiple charges of tax and bank fraud against Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, particularly pertaining to his political work in Ukraine. But while Manafort is the one on trial, the prosecution has often been on the receiving end of Ellis’ rebukes. The judge has lashed out at them for a variety of alleged missteps, from how they address him to how they’ve sought to portray the defendant. Ellis has also cautioned the team about the high bar set for conviction; prosecutors have to prove Manafort knowingly violated bank and tax laws related to his political work...

Trump tweet slams LeBron James, Don Lemon over CNN interview

President Trump responded by Twitter on Friday night to a CNN anchor’s recent interview with an NBA superstar. “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” Trump tweeted.  The CNN anchor, Don Lemon, interviewed LeBron James, the former Cleveland Cavaliers star who recently signed a massive contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. At the end of his message, the president seemed to be expressing his preference for Michael Jordan, the NBA legend who retired in 2003. During their interview, James and Lemon toured “I Promise,” a school for at-risk children that James has established in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The pair discussed sports, politics and race relat...

ICE agents accuse Oregon mayor of abetting ‘Abolish ICE’ protesters

Portland, Ore. Mayor Ted Wheeler was blasted by ICE agents.  (Facebook/AP) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Monday accused an Oregon mayor of violating the Constitution after emboldening “Abolish ICE” protesters by ordering the police to stand down and openly expressing support for their cause. The accusations were outlined in a cease-and-desist letter sent to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, saying he actively encouraged the protesters and their cause, while making sure Portland’s police wouldn’t crack down on them, thus creating “a zone of terror and lawlessness,” the Washington Times reported. “When the mayor gave the order that police would not support ICE employees trapped in the facility, he turned the lives of our employees over to an angry mob,” Chris Crane, president ...