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Steve Bannon 'subpoenaed by Mueller’s Russian probe' - before refusing to answer lawmakers' questions

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, was subpoenaed by the investigation into Russian election meddling, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, shortly before he refused to answer questions at a separate panel on the same topic.   Mr Bannon will now be legally obliged to give testimony before a grand jury about the Trump campaign’s links to Russia, according to the paper.  The move was taken by investigators led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with getting to the bottom of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US election.  Last week a new book quoted Mr Bannon as saying a meeting attended by Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr, and Russian-linked figures was “treasonous” and "unpatriotic".  It is believed to be the first time Mr Mueller has used a subpoena – a legal device to force someone to give testimony – since taking over the investigation last year. Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russian election meddling Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File The New York Times suggested the move could be a negotiating tactic, with it still possible that Mr Bannon will give evidence to investigators rather than before a grand jury.  Separately, Mr Bannon appeared before the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors on the same topic.  He refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for the President, provoking a subpoena from the panel's Republican chairman. Late on Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said Mr Bannon's refusal to answer the questions came at the instruction of the White House. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, left, leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting Credit: AP "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Mr Schiff said shortly after Mr Bannon's interview concluded. Mr Schiff said the committee planned to callhim back for a second interview. A spokeswoman for Mr Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday afternoon. At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "no one" had encouraged Mr Bannon not to be transparent during questioning but there's a "process of what that looks like." "We witnessed today what I believe was the most aggressive effort by the White House thus far to obstruct our efforts to seek the truth."@RepSwalwell reacts to Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions at the W.H.'s direction during his 9.5-hour under-oath testimony. #LastWordpic.twitter.com/TmUVKm3hXL— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) January 17, 2018 "As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material. This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades," Sanders told reporters. A White House official said the president did not seek to formally exert executive privilege over Mr Bannon - a move that would have barred him from answering certain questions.  Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website, was Mr Trump’s election campaign chief for the final few months before the vote. Profile | Steve Bannon He is credited with turning round Mr Trump's fortunes and securing an improbable victory by doubling down on Mr Trump's nationalistic campaign messages.  However the pair have fallen out spectacularly in the new year after Mr Bannon was quoted at length criticising Mr Trump’s family members in the book Fire and Fury. In particular, Mr Bannon’s criticism of a controversial Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election infuriated the president.  The meeting was set up after Mr Trump’s son was told that the Russians may have dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was running as the Democratic presidential candidate at the time.  Mr Trump publicly attacked Mr Bannon after the comments came to light.  "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," he said. 

Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, agrees to tell Russia investigators what he knows

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has agreed to answer questions from prosecutors on the Russian election meddling investigation, it has been reported. Mr Bannon was going to be legally forced to testify before a grand jury, but has now reportedly struck a deal where he will just speak to investigators led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with getting to the bottom of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. The reported agreement means he will be able to answer questions in a less daunting setting but suggests he is willing to give details about his time in the White House. It comes after reports emerged on Tuesday that Mr Bannon had been subpoenaed by the investigation into Russian election meddling, a legal device to force someone to give testimony. The move had been widely viewed as a tactic to persuade Mr Bannon, who was at the heart of the Trump administration for several months, to give evidence to Mr Mueller's investigators.  Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russian election meddling Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File It also suggests that Mr Mueller's investigation is a long way from reaching a conclusion, despite the White House's claims to the contrary. Separately, Mr Bannon was giving evidence to the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors on the same topic.  However, he refused to answer a broad array of queries due to an alleged gagging order imposed by the White House following his departure. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Mr Schiff Adam Schiff , the top Democrat on the committee, said shortly after Mr Bannon's interview concluded. Mr Schiff said the committee planned to callhim back for a second interview. A spokeswoman for Mr Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Tuesday afternoon. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, left, leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting Credit: AP At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said no one had encouraged Mr Bannon not to be transparent during questioning. "As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material. This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades," she added. A White House official said the president did not seek to formally exert executive privilege over Mr Bannon - a move that would have barred him from answering certain questions.  "We witnessed today what I believe was the most aggressive effort by the White House thus far to obstruct our efforts to seek the truth."@RepSwalwell reacts to Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions at the W.H.'s direction during his 9.5-hour under-oath testimony. #LastWordpic.twitter.com/TmUVKm3hXL— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) January 17, 2018 Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website, was Mr Trump’s election campaign chief for the final few months before the vote. He is credited with turning round Mr Trump's fortunes and securing an improbable victory by doubling down on Mr Trump's nationalistic campaign messages.  Profile | Steve Bannon However, the pair fell out spectacularly in the new year after Mr Bannon was quoted at length criticising Mr Trump’s family members in the book Fire and Fury: Inside the White House. In particular, Mr Bannon’s criticism of a controversial Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election infuriated the president.  According to the book a Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election was set up after Mr Trump’s son, Donald Jr, was told that the Russians may have dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Mr Trump publicly attacked Mr Bannon after the comments came to light. "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," he said. 

Trump: ‘How did I win Arkansas by so much’ against Clinton?

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In a reference to his victory against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, President Trump said on Jan. 16: “How did I win Arkansas by so much when she came from Arkansas?”

From: www.washingtonpost.com

Donald Trump walks back on 's---hole countries' comment as 54 African states demand apology

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President Donald Trump was accused of using "hate-filled, vile and racist" language in the Oval Office after he reportedly attacked immigrants coming to the United States from "s---hole countries". Mr Trump denied making the comments about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, saying he had been "tough, but this was not the language used". A group of 54 "extremely appalled" African countries demanded he retract and apologise for his reported comments. After an emergency session to weigh Mr Trump's remarks, the group of African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the US administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour." The group is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media," a statement added, demanding a "retraction and an apology." President Donald Trump, pictured in a meeting on prison reform on Thursday. Later that afternoon he was reported to have made the slurs against immigrants It came after the United Nations human rights office decried the remarks - which were reported by the Washington Post - as "racist". In an extraordinary rebuke, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing on Friday morning that the US president's alleged comments "encouraged racism and xenophobia". "These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word one can use but 'racist'," Mr Colville said. "You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 's---holes', whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome," he added. The issue was more than "vulgar language", Mr Colville said. "It's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy lives of many people." Lindsey Graham was inside the Oval Office when Mr Trump reportedly made his controversial remarks Mr Trump had also failed to clearly condemn the "anti-Semitic and racist actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville" at a rally in Virginia last August, Mr Colville said Mr Trump had convened a meeting at the White House on Thursday to discuss reforming immigration policy, and one of the politicians inside the Oval Office suggested that a deal could be reached if Mr Trump agreed to restore protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. “Why are we having all these people from s---hole countries come here?” the president responded, according to two people who spoke to The Washington Post. The paper said he was referring to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador.  "This is ignorance ... to speak in such vile racist terms." Rep. @LuisGutierrez reacts to Trump's 'sh**hole countries' remark, says "the paint has been stripped away from Donald Trump." pic.twitter.com/US4Amyx4U5— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2018 He then reportedly suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met on Wednesday. His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians “taken aback”, the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for South Carolina, and Dick Durbin, Democratic senator for Illinois, among those in the room. Here is my statement on the President’s comments today: pic.twitter.com/EdtsFjc2zL— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) January 11, 2018 Mr Durbin said Mr Trump had used the reported words. The senator said: "In the course of his comments he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist. I use those words advisedly, I understand how powerful they are. "I cannot believe that, in the history of the White House and that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday." Mr Graham said: "Following comments by the president I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel." Hillary Clinton, on Twitter, accused Mr Trump of having  "ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him". Congressman Luis Gutierrez said: "We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people or certain colours. "We can now we say with 100 per cent confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution." Asked about the remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah said:  "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," he said. Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Mr Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values." Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Paul G. Altidor, said that “the president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people.”  Leading academics also condemned Mr Trump. “The notion that all immigrants from certain nations are a drag on the US economy is unsupported. The notion that all students from a certain nation think and behave in the same way is equally unacceptable,” said British born John Quelch, the dean of Miami Business school. Mr Trump has called himself the "least racist person that you've ever met." On Friday he signed a proclamation honouring Martin Luther King Day. In a speech at the event Mr Trump said: "No matter what the colour of our skin, or the place of our birth, we are all created equal." As he left the room the president was asked several times by journalists "Are you a racist?" but refused to answer. Earlier, Mr Trump spoke to The Wall Street Journal, and claimed that he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea’s leader. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have repeatedly traded insults “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un, ”said Mr Trump, despite there being no formal contact between US and North Korean officials in decades.  “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.” Asked if he has spoken with Mr Kim, Mr Trump replied: “I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.” The president has called the nation’s leader a “maniac,” a “bad dude,” mocked him as “short and fat,” and referred to him repeatedly as “rocket man.”  Mr Kim in response has warned he would “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”.  Mr Trump told the paper, however, that his Twitter insults were simply part of his game plan. “You’ll see that a lot with me,” he said about combative tweets. “And then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.” The president said he approved of North Korea’s participation in next month’s Olympic Games, and acknowledged that Pyongyang may be trying to separate Washington and Seoul.  “If I were them, I would try,” he said. “The difference is I’m president, other people aren’t. And I know more about wedges than any human being that’s lived.” Donald Trump approval rating tracker Mr Trump also announced for the first time that Mexico could pay for the border wall through negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. “They can pay for it indirectly through Nafta,” he said. “We make a good deal on Nafta, and, say, I’m going to take a small percentage of that money and it’s going toward the wall. Guess what? Mexico’s paying.” 

Chris Matthews apologizes for “Bill Cosby pill” rape joke about Hillary Clinton

Added: 13.01.2018 17:06 | 1 views | 0 comments

The MSNBC host is under fire for a quip made off-camera before interview with the former presidential candidate

From: www.salon.com

Kellyanne Conway: We're forced to talk about Hillary, whom we never mention

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Kellyanne Conway, refuting the claim that the White House is "obsessed" with Hillary Clinton, said on “Fox & Friends”: “The fact is, we only have to talk about her because people won’t let go of an election that she lost miserably.”

MSNBC host apologizes for comments made ahead of Hillary Clinton interview

Added: 12.01.2018 21:23 | 1 views | 0 comments

Outtake footage obtained by the website The Cut showed Matthews asking "where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?"

From: feeds.cbsnews.com

Hillary Clinton calls Trump's views "ignorant" and "racist" after president's "sh*thole" comment

Added: 12.01.2018 20:24 | 0 views | 0 comments

Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on Twitter Friday morning and President Obama, whose father was from Kenya, has not responded

From: feeds.cbsnews.com

Chris Matthews apologizes for making joke about 'Bill Cosby pill'

Added: 12.01.2018 17:46 | 1 views | 0 comments

MSNBC host Chris Matthews apologized Friday after video footage surfaced showing him making a racy joke prior to an interview with Hillary Clinton.

From: rss.cnn.com

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