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Trump admits he has no ‘tapes’ of Comey conversations

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Political Editor, LeNora Millen

In his Trumpian style of 140 character tweets, President Trump admitted on Thursday that he does not have “tapes” of his private conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey.  His latest admission puts to rest mystery surrounding the validity of his claims of taped recordings of his meetings with Comey.

In a threatening tweet on May 12—Trump said he had secretly recorded conversations between him and Comey—to perhaps intimidate Comey.  Similar to a suspense novel playing out in real time, the mystery surrounding the existence of tapes would drag out for nearly six weeks.

Events leading up to the tweet about possible tapes, occurred one day after the New York Times reported details of a dinner between Trump and Comey.  Trump appeared agitated by the Times report, later issuing an apparent Twitter threat to the former FBI director, whom he had recently fired.

“James B. Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted.

Over the course of several weeks, White House officials and Trump refused to discuss whether such tapes existed.  Sean Spicer appearing annoyed at the steady flow of questions in the briefing room—dodged reporter’s questions, often refusing to say whether President Trump secretly recorded his conversations.

After a well-publicized inquiry from congressional investigators about the existence of tapes, Trump tweeted Thursday, “I did not make, and do not have any such recordings.”

…whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have any such recordings.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017

During a June 9 news conference, in the White House Rose Garden, Trump ignored questions when asked whether the “tapes” exist.  Appearing insulted at the barrage of questions, he told reporters they would have to wait “a fairly short period of time” to find out.

“Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer,” Trump said. “Don’t worry.”

Comey, seemingly unraveled at Trump’s threat of tapes, appeared somewhat relieved at such a claim— agreeing that Trump should release whatever “tapes” he may have.

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said in his June 8 Senate testimony on Capitol Hill.

On Thursday at an off-camera briefing for White House reporters, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ put a spin on Trump’s response on Twitter  by stating the following:

“I think the president’s statement via Twitter today is extremely clear, and I don’t have anything to add beyond the statement itself,” she said.

Huckabee Sanders faced numerous questions about Trump’s statement, during the briefing; however, her response did not touch on Trump’s reasoning, or his motivation for his actions.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who repeatedly demanded that Trump provides the information about the tapes’ existence by Friday, state that Trump’s tweet does not fully settle the matter.

“We have to have an official statement, tweets aren’t official,” said Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.), heading the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Until they get that official response, Conaway said, he would not comment on whether a subpoena may still be issued.

He added that it was “good for to clarify” his position and that “you always take the president at is word — until it’s proven otherwise.”

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, also said the president’s tweet was not sufficient.

“We’d all like to believe that our president can be trusted when he says something; regrettably, though, he has repeatedly proved otherwise,” Schiff said. “If this is meant to constitute his answer to the House investigation, then it needs to be fully truthful. … If the president is being less than candid about this, I think we have very serious problems with the White House.”

Schiff said that even if he accepts the president’s assertion that the tapes do not exist, he has questions about “why he would have said the opposite, to begin with.”

“Was this an effort to intimidate James B. Comey, was this an effort to silence James B. Comey?” Schiff asked. “Those questions still need to be answered.”

Schiff said he will continue to ask witnesses that come before the committee if they are aware of the existence of tapes and said he will consult with Conaway before deciding whether a subpoena is still in order.

 

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct

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Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeaed as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’

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TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during ColorofChange.org 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17

 

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President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Why declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so controversial?

The final status of Jerusalem has always been one of the most difficult and sensitive questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the United States declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would be seen as prejudging that question, deciding an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations and breaking with the international consensus on the holy city.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also moves the United States one major step closer to relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be seen as cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city.

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