Elon Musk Calls BS on Truth Social CEO’s Trump Claim
ANGELA WEISSEver at the center of the rumor mills, on Friday Elon Musk denied a new report claiming that former president Donald Trump had “encouraged” him to buy out Twitter.The claim originated from Devin Nunes—CEO of Trump’s social media company Truth Social—in an interview with the Fox Business Network on Wednesday.“We’re all for it,” Nunes said. “President Trump, basically before Elon Musk bought it, actually said to go and buy it, because the goal of our company is really to build a communnews.yahoo.com
Liberal, conservative face off in California US House fight
The contest to replace former Republican Rep. Devin Nunes in California will present voters with a sharply defined choice: the candidates are a progressive Democrat who supports universal health care and a former Trump administration appointee.
Liberal, conservative face off in California US House fight
The contest to replace former Republican Rep. Devin Nunes in Central California will present voters with a sharply defined choice: the candidates are a progressive Democrat who supports universal health care and a former Trump administration appointee. Preliminary returns released Friday from a Tuesday special election showed Democrat Lourin Hubbard capturing the second spot in a June runoff for the vacant seat in the state’s farm belt.news.yahoo.com
Special US House election will fill term of Trump ally Nunes
Former California U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes’ resignation to lead Donald Trump’s media company has left his one-time constituents with an odd special election: Voters will select someone to complete the remaining months of his term in a district that will disappear next year. The election next month in the Republican-leaning 22nd District in the state's Central Valley is largely an afterthought as national Republicans and Democrats focus on November elections that will determine control of Congress in 2023. About a half-dozen of the key House races are in California.news.yahoo.com
Scoop: Truth Social verifies white nationalist Nick Fuentes
Truth Social, Donald Trump's new social network, has verified an account for Nick Fuentes, who has been labeled a "white supremacist" in Justice Department filings, according to screenshots of the account shared with Axios. Why it matters: The Trump-backed network is welcoming a figure barred by mainstream social media and shunned by some other conservative platforms, including Gettr, the app from former Trump aide Jason Miller. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe fnews.yahoo.com
'Clinton indictment' blows Russia collusion conspiracy wide open, top GOP investigator says
The cybersecurity lawyer indicted this week by a grand jury in special counsel John Durham's investigation could end up being the "fall guy" for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, warned a top House Republican.news.yahoo.com
Claims against Elder: Will they harm him in Calif. recall?
A day after facing allegations that he emotionally mistreated a former fiancee, Republican Larry Elder scheduled two weekend rallies and showed no outward signs of altering the course of his campaign in the California recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Tucker Carlson May Be BS’ing About the NSA. But He’s Not Totally Wrong.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyWhile Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s claims that the NSA has been spying on him may sound like his latest effort to lob a conspiracy theory out into the universe to see what sticks, he might not be as off his rocker as the spy agency would have you think.Carlson launched into a diatribe Monday evening accusing the surveillance giant of spying on him and of having plans to boot his show off air—without providing any evidence to that effect. That promptednews.yahoo.com
Growing mystery of suspected energy attacks draws US concern
The Biden administration faces increasing pressure to respond to a sharply growing number of reported injuries suffered by diplomats, intelligence officers and military personnel that some suspect are caused by devices that emit waves of energy that disrupt brain function.
House scuttles GOP attempt to boot Swalwell from intel panel
The House has rejected an attempt to boot a Democrat from the House intelligence committee. Democrats scuttled a Republican effort to remove Swalwell from the intelligence panel. Democrats scuttled the effort from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, 218-200, after he forced a vote. After the briefing, which was also attended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, McCarthy said he thought Swalwell should be removed. The Republican resolution comes as the once-bipartisan intelligence panel deals with the raw feelings left by the investigations into former President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
Judge rejects Rep. Devin Nunes defamation suit against CNN
A defamation lawsuit Rep. Nunes brought against CNN was tossed out by a Manhattan judge on Friday, Feb. 19. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW YORK – A defamation lawsuit U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes brought against CNN was tossed out by a Manhattan judge on Friday. The Nunes lawsuit said Parnas was telling lies to try to get immunity. In court papers, CNN lawyers said Nunes and his staff had declined to comment prior to publication on whether Nunes had met with a Ukrainian prosecutor. "In his rush to sue, however, Rep. Nunes overlooked the need first to request a retraction."
Trump rewards GOP ally Rep. Jim Jordan with Medal of Freedom
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, prepares to evacuate the floor as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the outgoing president’s fiercest GOP allies. Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, was one of eight House lawmakers who were part of Trump’s defense team in his Senate impeachment trial last year. The White House in a statement noted Jordan “led the effort to confront the impeachment witch hunt” last year. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it was holding the ceremony without the media present.
Trump awarding Medal of Freedom to allies Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan
Washington — President Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to GOP Congressman Devin Nunes of California, one of his staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, during a private ceremony at the White House on Monday. The president is also expected to award the medal to Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, multiple sources confirmed to CBS News. Nunes received the award at the White House on Monday, the White House said, while Jordan will be given the Medal of Freedom next week, two sources confirmed to CBS News. "He uncovered the greatest scandal in American history," the White House said. He has also claimed members of Mr. Trump's transition team were improperly "unmasked" by members of the intelligence community during the Obama administration.cbsnews.com
Trump rewards ally Devin Nunes with Medal of Freedom
President Donald Trump is set to present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Nunes. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to one of his most outspoken congressional allies, California Rep. Devin Nunes, as he looks to reward loyalists with just over two weeks left in his term. Nunes, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has been an ardent backer of Trump's during probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president's 2019 impeachment by the Democratic-led House. In a statement, the White House credited Nunes with uncovering “the greatest scandal in American history," referencing Nunes' efforts to discredit the Russia investigation. U.S. intelligence agencies and multiple congressional committees concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump’s candidacy.
Drubbed in 2018, California GOP looks to regain House seats
And GOP candidates need to win back suburbanites who recoiled from the Trump agenda in 2018 and helped return the House to Democratic control. But Issa’s once strongly Republican district became increasingly friendly for Democrats and he nearly lost his seat in 2016 before deciding not to run in 2018. Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda captured the district in an upset of longtime Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2018, as suburban voters nationally rejected the Trump label. First-term Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros is looking to hold off Young Kim, the Republican he narrowly defeated two years ago to snatch the seat long held by Republican Rep. Ed Royce. Kim, a former legislator who was born in South Korea and grew up in Guam, has depicted the congressman as subservient to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
In wake of impeachment, Trump allies boycott House Intelligence tech hearing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee refused to attend a subcommittee hearing on technology and national security on Wednesday, boycotting the panels first public hearing since the acrimonious impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 10, 2020. The subcommittee hearing, with testimony from experts on intelligence and technology, addressed the relationship between the U.S. intelligence community and the private sector as new technologies make their way into the marketplace. The Republican presidents Senate trial came after months of investigation in the Democratic-led House led by the intelligence committee. Schiff was the lead impeachment manager during Trumps Senate trial.feeds.reuters.com
Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment
The dueling filings previewed arguments both sides intend to make once Trump's impeachment trial begins in earnest Tuesday in the Senate. New information from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is being incorporated in the House case. White House attorneys and Trump's outside legal team have been debating just how political Monday's legal brief laying out the contours of Trump's defense should be. People close to the Trump legal team said Cipollone would deliver the president’s opening argument before the Senate and that Sekulow would follow. Starr and Dershowitz would have “discrete functions” on the legal team, according to those close to the legal team, who were not authorized to discuss the strategy by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Hyperpartisan politics has entered the small business outlook
Sixty-eight percent of small business owners who are Republicans say current conditions for their business are good, twice as many as the 34% among Democratic small business owners, according to the fourth quarter 2019 CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Confidence Survey. Small business owners, like everyone else, have a tendency to view the world through a partisan lens. Now, nearly four in 10 small business owners (39%) in the Q4 CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey say the impeachment of President Trump is likely to have a material impact on their business; a majority (58%) say their business will likely not be affected. These latest small business survey results show the same: a wide majority of Republican small business owners continue to approve of the job Trump is doing, while a wide majority of Democrats still disapprove. For them, the additional uncertainty incited across the pond may not be as far away a problem as it is for small business owners in other industries.cnbc.com
Newsletter: The next phase of impeachment
Here are the stories you shouldnt miss today:TOP STORIESThe Next Phase of ImpeachmentThe House Judiciary Committee will hold its first impeachment hearing today, signifying a new and unpredictable step in the Democrats inquiry into President Trump. A hefty majority of Californians support impeachment, but theyre split along party lines, a new poll finds. More than three decades later, he would buy the Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles Times)CALIFORNIA Nury Martinez was elected president of the Los Angeles City Council, becoming the first Latina to hold the powerful position. A veteran Los Angeles police officer is under investigation after his body-worn camera captured him allegedly fondling a dead womans breasts.latimes.com
Impeachment report: Giuliani spoke to White House, Nunes and OMB at key points in Ukraine campaign
The day before that, on April 23, Giuliani placed three calls to the White House, and received one call back from an unidentified number, according to a sweeping new report published Tuesday by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from her post, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who led a campaign for Yovanovitch's removal, spoke to the White House 11 separate times. These witnesses included current and former diplomats, national security officials, Trump political appointees and career staff from the Pentagon, the White House and the State Department. But the unexpected call logs paint a far more precise and damaging picture of what was occurring behind the scenes at the White House than has been previously known. Nunes did not reveal any of those contacts either before or during the monthlong public phase of the impeachment hearings.cnbc.com
'Obsession,' 'dangerous,' 'basement bunker': GOP impeachment report rips Democrats' inquiry
Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during an impeachment inquiry hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. House Republicans argue in a 123-page minority report that Democrats have failed to establish any impeachable offenses by President Donald Trump, according to a copy of the report reviewed by NBC News. "The Democrats' impeachment inquiry, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, is merely the outgrowth of their obsession with re-litigating the results of the 2016 presidential election," the Republican staff of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees wrote. The Democratic report will be voted upon on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee begins its impeachment hearings on Wednesday. He said that the committee was "continuing to issue subpoenas" and that it would file a supplemental report if necessary.cnbc.com
Newsletter: The Nunes question
Here are the stories you shouldnt miss today:TOP STORIESThe Nunes QuestionCongress is on a Thanksgiving break, but developments in the historic public impeachment hearings against President Trump continue to unfold. Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. Newsletter Get our Today's Headlines newsletter SubscribeOUR MUST-READS FROM THE WEEKEND In mid-September, columnist Steve Lopez hailed a cab and met cabbie Oganes Papazyan. (Los Angeles Times)CALIFORNIA The only child to survive a San Diego murder-suicide that claimed the lives of his parents and his three brothers has died, according to a family member. Six people who had fallen ill aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship that was docked at the Port of Los Angeles were evaluated by paramedics as they disembarked, authorities say.latimes.com
Giuliani associate Parnas wants to testify that Nunes aides hid Ukraine meetings on Biden dirt from Schiff
The Nunes team's scrapped trip to Ukraine has not been previously reported, nor have the meetings that Bondy said his client arranged in place of the overseas trip. The meetings took place in late March, and Derek Harvey, a senior investigator for Nunes, represented the congressman, according to Bondy. A Nunes spokesman did not respond to several requests for comment about what Parnas would reveal to Congress. CNN first reported Friday that Parnas wanted to testify before the House Intelligence Committee about the Vienna trip. The latest allegations about the planned trip to Ukraine this spring, however, suggest that Nunes' purported efforts to dig up dirt on Biden and Democrats did not end with the Vienna trip.cnbc.com
Californias Nunes, impeachment inquisitor, dodges question over alleged meeting with Ukrainian ex-prosecutor
For the past two weeks of historic public impeachment hearings against President Trump, Rep. Devin Nunes has played the role of high-profile inquisitor. On Sunday, in a Fox News interview, Nunes declined to directly answer a question about that allegation, but threatened to sue CNN for reporting it. Everyones going to know the truth; everyones going to know all the facts, Nunes said. The allegation of Shokin meeting Nunes comes from Joseph Bondy, an attorney for Parnas. The lawyer said Shokin told Parnas that he met last December in Vienna with Nunes, who traveled there on congressional business.latimes.com
Giuliani associate willing to testify Rep. Nunes met with ex-Ukrainian official, attorney says
The attorney for an indicted associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says his client is willing to tell Congress that Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., met with Ukraine's former top prosecutor about investigating the activities of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. As vice president, Joe Biden joined a chorus of global pressure for Ukraine to fire then-state prosecutor Victor Shokin. Shokin himself claims he was fired at the behest of the former vice president to ease pressure on Burisma and Hunter Biden. Joseph A. Bondy, an attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, confirmed that his client was willing to testify before Congress that Nunes met with Shokin. On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that Parnas himself helped to arrange meetings in Europe last year for Nunes.cnbc.com
U.S. House intelligence Republicans want subpoenas
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) listens as ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaks at a House Intelligence Committee hearing featuring witness U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifying as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/PoolWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said on Wednesday committee Republicans had requested subpoenas including a demand for testimony by Hunter Biden, son of former U.S. Vice President Hunter Biden, and the impeachment whistleblower. Republicans do not have subpoena power in the House, where Democrats hold a majority of seats, but the request underscored partisan bitterness in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and his dealings with Ukraine.feeds.reuters.com
Whistleblower never met or talked with Schiff: source
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The whistleblower who prompted an impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump never met or spoke with congressman Adam Schiff, the Democrat leading impeachment hearings in Congress, a source familiar with the whistleblowers contacts said. In the weeks before Wednesdays first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry, Republicans on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and other Trump supporters have suggested that Schiff personally met with the whistleblower. In response, committee Chairman Schiff denied even knowing the whistleblowers identity. The source familiar with the whistleblowers contacts with investigators said allegations that Schiff met or had any other contact with the whistleblower were completely false.The whistleblower did meet once with an Intelligence Committee staff member in late July in order to inquire about the congressional investigative process, the source said. The whistleblower filed the complaint on Aug. 12 and the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, determined it was credible.feeds.reuters.com
Trump prioritized Biden investigation over Ukraine aid, witness tells impeachment probe
One revelation in particular drew attention, showing Trumps keen interest in Ukraine investigating political rival Joe Biden. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for, Taylor testified, referring to Trumps personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Asked by Adam Schiff, the committees Democratic chairman, if that meant Trump cared more about the investigations than about Ukraine, Taylor said, Yes, sir.The public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday. The questions presented by this impeachment inquiry are whether President Trump sought to exploit that allys vulnerability and invite Ukraines interference in our elections, Schiff said in his opening statement. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSAnd if President Trump did either, whether such an abuse of his power is compatible with the office of the presidency? Schiff asked.feeds.reuters.com
'Future of the presidency' at stake as Trump impeachment hearings kick off
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trumps tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for, Taylor testified, referring to Trumps personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Asked by Adam Schiff, the committees Democratic chairman, if that meant Trump cared more about the investigations than about Ukraine, Taylor said, Yes, sir.The public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday. The questions presented by this impeachment inquiry are whether President Trump sought to exploit that allys vulnerability and invite Ukraines interference in our elections, Schiff said in his opening statement. And if President Trump did either, whether such an abuse of his power is compatible with the office of the presidency? Schiff asked.feeds.reuters.com
Newsletter: Girding for the impeachment battle
Here are the stories you shouldnt miss today:TOP STORIESGirding for the Impeachment BattleWith public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump starting next week, both sides of the aisle are gearing up. In Northern California, the Camp fire the most destructive in state history destroyed almost the entire town of Paradise. Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. Oct. 16, 1994: Thousands march down Cesar Chavez Avenue near downtown Los Angeles denouncing Proposition 187, which would deny services to immigrants in the country illegally. He writes that Rogers today has never been more revered or more misunderstood.latimes.com
Whistleblower offers direct testimony to Republicans: CBS
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to New York, November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri GripasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence official whose whistleblower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump has offered to answer written questions directly to Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, his lawyer told CBS News. The whistleblowers lawyers made the request on Saturday night to Representative Devin Nunes, the senior Republican on the committee, lawyer Mark Zaid told CBS. Zaid said his client wants to ensure his complaint is handled in a nonpartisan way. Republicans have complained the impeachment process is unfair and has restricted questions from their party, which is in a minority in the House.feeds.reuters.com
Trump rips Nancy Pelosi and endorses Kevin McCarthy for speaker at House GOP fundraiser
President Donald Trump slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in front of a crowd of top GOP donors and House Republicans during a fundraiser at his Washington hotel. Over 115 GOP House members had been expected to attend the event at the Trump International Hotel. The affinity between House Republicans and Trump was evident in another moment Tuesday night, when the president endorsed the California lawmaker to be the next speaker of the House. The Trump campaign declined to comment and the White House did not return a request for comment. The focus of the investigation is based on a phone call Trump had with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in early 2019.cnbc.com