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Trump was in the room during hush money discussions with tabloid publisher

Trump in room with AMI

Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August 2015 when his lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways Pecker could help counter negative stories about Trump's relationships with women, NBC News has confirmed.

As part of a nonprosecution agreement disclosed Wednesday by federal prosecutors, American Media Inc., the Enquirer's parent company, admitted that "Pecker offered to help deal with negative stories about that presidential candidate's relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided."

The "statement of admitted facts" says that AMI admitted making a $150,000 payment "in concert with the campaign," and says that Pecker, Cohen and "at least one other member of the campaign" were in the meeting. According to a person familiar with the matter, the "other member" was Trump.


Senate Passes Resolution Holding Saudi Crown Prince ‘Responsible’ for Khashoggi Murder

Senator Bob Corker: MBS responsible fore Khashoggi murderA non-binding resolution blaming Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi passed unanimously in the Senate Thursday afternoon.

The resolution, introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), announces that the Senate “believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder” of Khashoggi. It also calls for Saudi Arabia to “ensure appropriate accountability for all those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.”


Senate Votes to End U.S. Role in Devastating Yemen War

Senate votes to end US role in Yemen

The U.S. Senate has rebuked the Trump administration, the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates by voting to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, one of the world’s most catastrophic conflicts.

Though it is unlikely to become law during the final days of the current session of Congress, opponents of the nearly four-year war have delivered a vote of no-confidence in a campaign President Donald Trump’s key lieutenants have portrayed as crucial to containing Iranian aspirations for the Middle East.


Maria Butina Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

Maria Butina pleads guilty

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. federal courtroom today to a conspiracy charge, according to reports from the courthouse.

CNN reported that Butina admitted at the plea hearing to “knowingly engaging in conspiracy against the United States.”

Butina was arrested in July 2018 over allegations that she failed to register with the attorney general as an agent of the Russian government while infiltrating the National Rifle Association and National Prayer Breakfast. She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.


After Trump comment on Huawei, official says Justice Dept. sticks to law enforcement

John Demers, US Attorney for nat'l SecurityA top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump’s comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] if it would help secure a trade deal.

Assistant Attorney General John Demers told a U.S. Senate hearing on Chinese espionage that the Justice Department is not “a tool of trade.”

“What we do at the Justice Department is law enforcement. We don’t do trade,” Demers said when Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal asked him about Trump’s comment.


Theresa May survives confidence vote of Tory MPs

Theresa May survives vote of confidence

Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117.

After securing 63% of the total vote, she is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year.

Speaking in Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit "people voted for" but said she had listened to the concerns of MPs who voted against her.


Trump to sign order aimed at revitalizing economically distressed communities

Ben CarsonPresident Trump on Wednesday is slated to sign an executive order aimed at helping economically distressed communities, building off a provision in his tax-cut law.

The order will create a White House panel dubbed the Opportunity and Revitalization Council, which will be led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and consist of representatives from 13 federal agencies.

A senior White House official said the council will be tasked with helping to engage with members of government at all levels about how to use funds to boost low-income communities.

TVNL Comments:  Trump and his familyand friends all have investments in such communities. Many of the designate areas are already gentrified and do NOT need tax incentives to invest.  In addition, many very ditressed communities have not  been included in this order.


National Enquirer publisher agrees to cooperate with prosecutors

Pecker, owner of American MediaAmerican Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, the Department of Justice announced in a statement on Wednesday.

AMI admitted that it paid $150,000 to a woman "in concert with" President Trump's campaign "in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election."


Incoming New York Attorney General Plans Investigations of Trump and Family

Letitia James, incoming NY AG to probe Trump and family

New York Attorney General-elect Letitia James plans to launch sweeping investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and "anyone" in his circle who may have violated the law once she settles into her new job next month, NBC News reported.

"We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well," James, a Democrat, told NBC News in her first extensive interview since she was elected last month.


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