Author: Judson Berger

Cohen distances himself from Trump, says family has ‘first loyalty’

FOX NEWS Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney to President Trump, seemed to distance himself from the president in an extensive new interview – repeatedly saying his family has his “first loyalty” and parting with Trump on criticism of the FBI. Cohen spoke with ABC News at a Manhattan hotel, speaking at length to the media for the first time since the feds raided his properties in April. While he hasn’t been charged with a crime, investigators are looking at his business dealings and possible election law violations – likely including the $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy...

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Trump slams Sessions for using ‘Obama guy’ to investigate ‘massive FISA abuse’

FOX NEWS President Trump put Attorney General Jeff Sessions back in his political crosshairs on Wednesday, blasting him for tapping an “Obama guy” to investigate allegations of government surveillance abuse. The president was reacting to Sessions revealing a day earlier that the Justice Department’s inspector general will investigate the allegations, in light of memos released on Capitol Hill about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser. “Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already...

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Darrell Issa said to be considering run for another House seat – just not his

FOX NEWS Powerful GOP lawmaker Darrell Issa dropped a bomb this week when he said he would not defend his House seat in November, but the California congressman may yet wind up on the midterm ballot. The nine-term representative of California’s 49th District, who barely survived a bruising 2016 contest, is said to be weighing the possibility of running this fall in a nearby district – if the current incumbent, fellow Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, resigns. “It’s not implausible, really … for him to potentially be a candidate in that district,” a source familiar with the Issa team’s thinking said. “Darrell’s obviously well known.”...

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Feinstein blames ‘bad cold’ for handling of Fusion GPS transcript

FOX NEWS Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein seemed to blame a “bad cold” for the controversial way she handled the release of an interview transcript for the co-founder of the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier. The California senator and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee drew the ire of committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earlier this week for publishing the transcript without consulting him. She told an NBC News reporter that she regrets not speaking to Grassley beforehand, citing her cold as a possible factor. “The one regret I have is that I should have spoke with Senator Grassley...

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Republicans probe FBI agents’ text messages for evidence of leaks

FOX NEWS Republican-led committees reportedly are investigating whether FBI officials once involved in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe helped leak to the media, based in part on text messages they exchanged mentioning news outlets. The Hill reported that House and Senate panels are looking anew at the text messages exchanged between agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, who were romantically involved and exchanged anti-Trump views in their now-public texts. They also discussed news articles and strategized on how to react. One set of texts in late October 2016 suggests they knew about a Wall Street Journal article in advance....

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Trump accuses FBI of using 'pile of garbage' dossier to go after campaign

FOX NEWS President Trump on Tuesday blasted the so-called “dossier” – which was compiled during the 2016 campaign and contained salacious allegations against him – as a “pile of garbage” and accused the FBI of relying on it to go after his campaign. The president weighed in on Twitter, in response to a Washington Times report that was discussed on “Fox & Friends.” “WOW, @foxandfrlends ‘Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.’ And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as...

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Trump predicts mandate repeal will kill ObamaCare, spur replacement plan

FOX NEWS President Trump, tweeting from his holiday retreat at Mar-a-Lago, predicted Tuesday that the newly passed tax bill’s repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate will unravel the 2010 law in its entirety and spur a bipartisan health overhaul. “Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare, the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!” Trump tweeted. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to buy health insurance was a big win for Republicans who had struggled to take on ObamaCare earlier this year. The measure strikes a major blow to former President Barack Obama’s signature health law. What comes next, however, is unclear. While Trump has described the mandate repeal as tantamount to the repeal of the entire law, other parts of the ACA remain in place.  TAX BILL STRIKES BLOW TO OBAMACARE: WILL IT SURVIVE? But the individual mandate is considered the linchpin of the program, meant to ensure young and healthy customers are buying into the system, to offset the cost of taking on more sick and elderly customers.  Without the mandate, millions could drop out of the insurance pool since they no longer face a penalty for noncompliance.  Official estimates predict 4 million more people would be uninsured...

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Trump national security strategy restores reference to 'jihadist' terror threat

FOX NEWS President Trump’s national security strategy, set to be unveiled in a major address Monday afternoon, restores references to the “jihadist” terror threat – in a tacit rebuke to the Obama-era decision to avoid such language.   The president is expected to detail his administration’s strategy at 2 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C. Trump is expected to discuss threats he’ll deem as “rogue regimes,” like North Korea, and “revisionist powers,” like Russia and China, who aim to change the status quo. But notably, the document repeatedly refers to “jihadist” terror groups, in a break from the Obama administration....

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