Five holes in the story All the doubts cast on Trump FBI

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – A few holes have already been blown into the story of why Donald Trump fired the director of the FBI — with some self-inflicted blasts coming from the president himself.Doubt was cast Thursday on about five elements of the story.The White House had stated the following: the FBI’s Russia investigation was no big deal, the investigation was unrelated to James Comey’s ouster, the ouster came at the behest of a senior Justice Department official, it helped boost morale at the FBI, and before being canned the director promised Trump he wasn’t being investigated.One by one, the story’s pillars wobbled.—One: The White House tossed aside the main rationale from the previous day — that the firing happened because some official recommended it in the Justice Department. It’s the explanation offered by Vice-President Mike Pence, as well as the initial one from several White House spokespeople.Turns out, it was Trump’s idea. He’d been planning it for a while, he asked for the recommendation, and why do the details of this matter, a White House spokeswoman shrugged 24 hours later.“Like, why are we arguing about the semantics?” Sarah Sanders told Thursday’s daily briefing.“Instead of getting so lost in the process — ‘Did this happen at 12:01 or 12:02? Did he fire him because he wore a red tie or a blue tie?’ — (Trump) fired him because he was not fit to do the job. It’s that simple.”In an interview with NBC, Trump said he’d been planning to sack Comey no matter what the recommendation said: “I was going to fire regardless … (Comey)’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil.”Trump said he had dinner with the director.—Two: At that dinner, he asked Comey whether he was under FBI investigation. He said Comey assured him that he was not, personally, under investigation. Multiple news reports have cited sources close to Comey saying he would never have made such a guarantee.The new acting director of the FBI did not make that guarantee when asked at a Senate hearing.He appeared before the same committee conducting a Russia probe. Members of the committee have begun asking questions about Trump’s business ties. For instance, they’ve requested documents from the same anti-foreign money laundering unit, within the Treasury Department, that fined Trump Taj Mahal casino $10 million in 2015 for long-standing violations.Comey could be asked about this if he appears before lawmakers, who want to question him. Some are also raising questions about the propriety of Trump pressing the police for information about himself.—Three: The White House insisted the firing has no bearing on the FBI’s Russia investigation.Unless, maybe, it does.Trump’s spokeswoman has suggested it could speed things up: “We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity,” Sanders said of the probe on foreign influence in the 2016 election.“And we think that we’ve actually, by removing director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.”The investigation will proceed as planned, according to the FBI director. Andrew McCabe said the firing will have no effect, testifying before a Senate committee: “Quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.”—Four: The previous day, the White House called the Russia probe a minor matter — Sanders called it one of the smallest things on the FBI’s plate. Not so, says its acting director.“I would not (say that),” McCabe told the Senate hearing. “We consider it to be a highly significant investigation.”—Five: The White House suggested morale was low at the FBI, requiring a personnel change.But the new interim boss, McCabe, testified Thursday: “I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity and it has been the greatest privilege and honour in my professional life to work with him. I can tell you also that director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does until this day.”He did concede there were internal disputes about how the Hillary Clinton email investigation was handled.And some involve him.An investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general was launched in January into whether McCabe should have been involved in the email case. That’s because his wife Jill McCabe ran for the Virginia state senate in 2015, and reportedly received a large contribution — $500,000 — from a group with ties to the Clinton-friendly governor.Democrats focused on the president, the FBI, and Russia.They have threatened to delay proceedings in the Senate unless they get a few demands met. One is a special prosecutor to examine Trump’s Russia ties. Another is a briefing from the Justice Department official who wrote the memo recommending the firing.They have been promised a briefing next week.“Tuesday night’s (firing) was a shocking development. The timing of director Comey’s dismissal, to me and to many members on this committee, on both sides of the aisle, is especially troubling,” said Sen. Mark Warner, of the intelligence committee.“It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the president’s decision to remove director Comey was related to this investigation and that is truly unacceptable.”last_img read more


Beside The Points For Thursday Jan 4 2017

See more college football predictions Oh, and don’t forgetBills fans were very generous after Andy Dalton won them a playoff berth We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeWater is technically snake oil, I guess?Tom Brady is really great at being a football player, but his provenance as a nutritionist or health expert is suspect. In the spirit of “just because you’re a bird doesn’t mean you’re an ornithologist,” Christie Ashwanden took a serious look at the TB12 method, and the reality is that drinking lots of water isn’t the same as putting on sunscreen, drinking too much water is actually pretty dangerous, and “pliability” could have less to do with Tom Brady’s continued efficacy behind center than, say, a continually successful offensive line that’s been adept at protecting him from injury. On the other hand, as I’m currently on day four of The Gronk Cleanse, I am pretty hammered. [FiveThirtyEight]The Bills are IN! But…The Buffalo Bills have snapped the longest active streak in the NFL and made the playoffs after 17 years of not doing that. The organization is in heaven right now. Still, making the playoffs can have a lot more to do with luck than skill, and this Bills group is pretty middle-of-the-road talent-wise when compared to those 17 other teams. While they finished 9-7, teams that got outscored by 57 points over the course of the year usually get fewer breaks in their direction and finish with six or seven wins. [FiveThirtyEight]Jordan Greenway with a firstOf 1,690 men’s Division I college hockey players, 13 identified themselves as black. One is Jordan Greenway, a Boston University forward who became the first African-American hockey player to represent Team U.S.A. at the Winter Olympics. [The Undefeated]UCF is committing to the bitThe University of Central Florida is claiming that they’re the national champions of college football. Despite not making the college football playoff, UCF argues that, since they went undefeated and beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl, they get to be champs. This stunt could be a lot of things, but it’s not a half measure by any stretch: Athletic Director Danny White said that the coaching staff is getting their national title bonuses and all. [SB Nation]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?They get a parade!Cleveland went 0-16 this season, joining the Detroit Lions as the only franchises to lose 16 regular season games. Thousands of Cleveland fans will reportedly gather this Saturday to watch a parade commemorating the season of “perfection.” []Four out of five top broadcasts!Off the top 100 most viewed telecasts in 2017, 81 of them ended up being sports events. Live sports continues to be one of the main attractions on the television. Put in a historical context, even the NFL is doing alright: While Fox telecasts of NFL games were down from 2016 and 2015, viewership is still up compared to 10, 15 and 20 years ago, according to Sports Business Daily. [Austin Karp]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL game: Can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions?Big Number21 percentGoing into the NFL Wildcard weekend, New England is the overwhelming favorite to win the Super Bowl, with a 31 percent chance of doing so. Minnesota, Philly, and Pittsburgh have 19, 15 and 14 percent chances of doing so according to out Elo model, so we’d expect about a 79 percent chance one of those teams wins the championship. Now, you may recall none of those teams are playing football this weekend. Among the wild card teams, the ones with the best shots are New Orleans, Kansas City, and Atlanta, with a 5 percent, 4 percent and 4 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl. Still, there’s only a 21 percent chance one of the teams this weekend wins it all. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: cwick:Rare D-I women’s quadruple-double recordedquadruple double!neil:Whoa!10 steals 👀cwick:@neil is it easier to get 10 steals or 10 blocks?neil:Way easier to get the blocks (at least in the NBA)There are only 20 games of double digit steals in Basketball-Reference’s databaseThere are 143 double digit block gamesPredictions NFL All newsletters NBA College Football See more NBA predictions read more


Paul Walker of Fast Furious Paul Crouch of TBN passes away

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Fast & the Furious fans worldwide have being mourning the death of one of the franchise’s stars, Paul Walker who plays “Brian O’Conner ” in the movies. In a sort of twisted irony, the actor and his friend died in a movie-like car crash in California while he was on his way to a charity event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Reports are that the Porsche GT Walker was driving flew off the road, slammed into a tree then burst into flames. Officials say speed is a factor. The final Fast & Furious sequel will open in June 2014. Walker was 40 years old. Also passing away over the weekend, another Paul… founder of TBN, Trinity Broadcasting Network Paul Crouch. Crouch had been suffering a degenerative heart disease for years now and was known for his love of shouting praise the lord. TBN is the world’s largest Christian television network. Paul Couch was 79 years old. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more



first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Delano Williams judges Conch Fest; Kalooki’s, Mr. Grouper & Pavillion big winners Related Items:Bay Bistro, Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, Chef Evans, conch cuisine, Conch Shack, conch-e-tition, Crackpot Kitchen, Danny Buoys, dudley stokes, erica hammond, Fresh Catch, Johnwoo Richardson, Kalooki’s, mr. grouper, Octavio Neto, Opus, Pelican Bay, Ricardo Daley-Diaz, Seaside Café, Seven, Somerset Pavillion TCI Community College-Provo, Toni Anne Thomas Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Nov 2014 – At this year’s CONCH-E-TITION, will have a thrilling panel judges…the former WWE Diva Erika Hammond from the USA, the founder of the Jamaican Bobsled team Dudley “Tal” Stokes, Providenciales, Roberta Novas Yoshida, Vice President of Grupo Radar, Brazil; Alain Peter Arthur, Executive Producer of Caribbean Vibrations TV-Canada; Yvonne Rankine-Drum, Customer Service Manager, InterCaribbean Airways, Providenciales andRalph Patrick, Accountant, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Providenciales. There will also be some other overseas invited guests….Octavio Neto, a Publicist and Journalist of Grupo Radar, Brazil; Toni Anne Thomas, Television and Filming Expert from Canada, Ricardo Daley-Diaz, Director of Photography for Caribbean Vibrations TV-Canada and Johnwoo Richardson, Caribbean Vibrations TV-Canada.The Conch cuisine competitors includes last year’s champion, Hemmingways, Hole In The Wall, new restaurant on the block…Kalooki’s, Fresh Catch, Conch Shack, Pelican Bay, Opus, Crackpot Kitchen, Chef Evans, Mr. Grouper, Bay Bistro, Seven, Seaside Café, Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, Somerset Pavillion TCI Community College-Provo, Danny Buoys and Grandma’s Boy Kitchen & Catering. The home kitchen is Lil’ Chefs.A ticket costing of $25 entitles attendees to a tasting of every conch dish in the competition. A Grand Champion will be decided by popular vote of all attendees who return a completed ballot. There will also be prizes for winning chefs in each of three categories: Conch Salad, Conch Chowder, and Specialty Conch. Rain continues, flooding stops business as usuallast_img read more


Cal State San Marcos named safest college in California 13th in nation

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Cal State San Marcos named safest college in California, 13th in nation Posted: March 8, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — California State University San Marcos is the safest college campus in California and the 13th safest in the U.S. according to a recent study, the university announced Thursday.The National Council for Home Safety and Security created the rankings using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and a campus safety survey administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Most schools with at least 10,000 students were ranked by looking at violent and property crime rates for the cities in which the schools are located and the number of law enforcement officers employed by the institution, according to CSUSM.“Keeping our students safe is the University Police Department’s No. 1 priority,” said CSUSM police Chief Scott Ybarrondo. “There are enough stresses in college life, and worrying about your safety on campus should not be one of them. We are committed to ensuring CSUSM remains one of the safest universities in the nation.”The Mormon-run Brigham Young University-Idaho topped the national list.UC Irvine came in 44th, followed by Cal State Fullerton at 59. UC San Diego was ranked 71st and San Diego State University came in at number 97. March 8, 2018last_img read more


Apartment fire breaks out in Scripps Ranch

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A fire broke out earlier today in the 9000 block of Erma Place in Scripp’s Ranch.The fire started on the patio of the first floor apartment and quickly spread to the second floor. The cause of the second alarm fire is unknown but firefighters quickly gained control of the blaze.No one was injured but there were four people who were displaced. Police are currently investigating the case of the fire. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 16, 2019 Apartment fire breaks out in Scripps Ranchcenter_img KUSI Newsroom March 16, 2019 Updated: 12:11 PMlast_img read more


Jurors picked for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallaghers war crimes trial

first_img June 18, 2019 Updated: 11:20 AM Jurors picked for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s war crimes trial AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Eddie Gallagher Posted: June 18, 2019 AP, SAN DIEGO (AP) — A seven-man jury was selected Tuesday to decide the fate of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq and other war crimes.Five Marines and two Navy members were chosen for the high-profile and politically charged court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher. The case is built around testimony from Gallagher’s fellow troops and highlights an unusual break in the secrecy of the elite special operations force.Gallagher says disgruntled platoon mates fabricated the charges. His defense has been championed by his family and some congressional Republicans who have claimed that he’s a hero getting railroaded.President Donald Trump even intervened to get Gallagher removed from the brig as he awaited trial and is said to be considering a pardon for him.Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive for military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in San Diego. Jury selection continued Tuesday morning in the court-martial of the decorated Navy SEAL, who is accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner and wounding two civilians in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, charges that carry a potential life sentence. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)Gallagher is accused of stabbing to death an injured prisoner and wounding two civilians — an elderly man and a school-age girl — in sniper shootings in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder — charges that carry a potential life sentence.The jury picked from a panel of 12 is composed of five enlisted men, including a Navy SEAL and four Marines, plus a Navy commander and a Marine chief warrant officer.Most of the jurors have served in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Defense attorneys rejected several jurors, including the only woman, a Marine major who advocates for military sexual assault victims. They also had removed a Marine colonel who oversaw investigations, along with another Navy commander and a Marine master sergeant.Prosecutors did not have anyone removed from the panel.The case has been plagued by news leaks of court documents and a subsequent investigation to find the source of those leaks. The lead prosecutor was removed from the case earlier this month for tracking the defense team’s emails as part of an investigation into the leaks.Defense lawyers unsuccessfully sought to have a Navy judge dismiss the case because they say investigators and prosecutors withheld evidence that could help Gallagher and violated his rights to a fair trial by embedding tracking software in emails sent to them.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, refused to dismiss the case. But he took steps to ensure Gallagher gets a fair trial and fix violations of his constitutional right against illegal searches and the right to counsel.Rugh released Gallagher from custody, removed the lead prosecutor and reduced the maximum penalty he faces if convicted, to life imprisonment with parole instead of no chance of parole.___Melley reported from Los Angeles. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more