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President Bill Clinton’s former press secretary has gone on a blistering attack against Attorney General William Barr, accusing him of lying to the American people and of not being an “incredibly principled man.”
Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart went on the offensive during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning.
After the show played old footage of Barr discussing the issue of executive privilege in relation to then-President Clinton, Lockhart unloaded.
“I don’t know Bill Barr… I don’t know that I believe all of the stories before his confirmation that he was some incredibly principled man,” he said.
“He was the guy for the job. If anyone believed that and they still believe it, they are just naive.”
Lockhart then took aim at how Barr has handled the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“What he did was an incredible disservice to the country,” he said on CNN.
“The way he withheld the report and then on three separate occasions told the American public this is what the report says. So that everybody read it in that frame of mind. The fact is the report said just the opposite.
“You can call it misleading, spin. I call it lying. When you have the president of the United States, the press secretary, the attorney general all effortlessly lying something’s got to change.”
Lockhart is not the only person to take aim at Barr in recent days, with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Democrat Maxine Waters also calling him into question.
“He does something once again that is going to scuff up his reputation. Absolutely his reputation is shot,” Scarborough said last week of Barr’s handling of the release of the Mueller report, also describing him as a “political hack” and no longer “a respected legal mind.”
“Here’s a guy that served in Washington for 30 years, had the respect of Republicans — he won’t get his reputation back. It’s shot. Sullied, the way he’s handled himself.”
Meanwhile, Waters trashed the attorney general on the eve of Special Counsel Mueller’s report being released to the public, calling Barr “a lackey and a sycophant” for President Trump.
“I never expected Barr to do anything that would be respectful to the members of Congress or to include us in any real way,” she told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, joining colleagues fuming over the decision by Barr to hold a press conference before releasing a redacted version of the report.
“He has proven himself. He auditioned for this job. He was chosen to protect the president of the United States and that’s exactly what he’s doing. I’m not surprised.”
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Former Obama adviser on Seth Moulton’s jump into 2020 race: ‘He’s someone that checks a lot of boxes’
Robert Wolf, former economic adviser to President Obama, Monday said of Rep. Seth Moulton’s 2020 presidential bid, “He’s someone that checks a lot of boxes.”
Wolf, a Fox News contributor, made the statement on “Fox & Friends” only hours after the congressman announced he was running.
When Wolf was asked if he thinks Moulton can beat Trump, he answered, “I think it’s too early to tell,” adding that he has known Moulton for years given they are from the same Massachusetts hometown.
“There’s something he brings to the table that a lot of people aren't talking about,” said Wolf about the three-term congressman from Massachusetts, who also is an Iraq war veteran.
“He’s really strong on national security. He’s on the armed services. And he’s strong on defense. And I also think he has progressive values so, you know, he’s someone that checks a lot of boxes,” said Wolf.
Moulton’s announcement makes him the 19th Democrat fighting for the Oval Office. He becomes the third candidate from Massachusetts to launch a presidential campaign, joining Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Republican Gov. Bill Weld, whose primary goal is challenging Trump.
“You need name recognition and you need to raise money and those are the two things he’s going to have to show quickly,” said Wolf about Moulton.
“I also think for him it's going to be a lot about New Hampshire. He’s 45 minutes from New Hampshire, he has to show he can really do well there.”
He added, “At this point in 2008, right now, is Giuliani beating Secretary Clinton. And at this point in 2016, President Trump was about 5 percent. So one thing we don’t know, is we don’t know.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is expected to declare his candidacy for president this week, two sources with knowledge of the former vice president’s plans confirmed to Fox News.
Wolf said he’s “a big fan” of Biden.
“One of the reasons I think he’s really gained in the polls recently is with the rise of Senator Sanders and the rise of Donald Trump's popularity within his own party, that combination really, couple of things, one, it takes the whole age factor out of the equation. And number two, it goes back to the number one poll for Democrats, who is the candidate that is best to beat Donald Trump? And a lot of the polls have Joe Biden,” said Wolf.
“And so his polling, he’s the only one north of 30 percent. Him and Bernie (Sanders) are the only ones today north of 20 percent. But once again, this is a lot of name recognition. We really won't know until things fall out, until he announces, whether he gains in popularity and the excitement the polls are saying.”
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President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted he can't be impeached, denying claims he obstructed justice concerning special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment," Trump tweeted. "There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can't impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!"
Several Democrats have called for impeachment following the release of Mueller's report, which details at least 10 times Trump might have obstructed justice, though the special counsel did not conclude the president committed a crime.
Mueller wrote "the president's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is scheduled to host a conference call Monday with House Democrats to formulate a strategy following the report's release.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told NBC News on Sunday he has not ruled out impeachment, but said Congress will "have to hear from" Mueller and Attorney General William Barr before they can proceed, if they choose to impeach.
"Some of this would be impeachable," Nadler said, referring to the allegations in the report. "Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable."
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Pedestrians walk in front of a banner of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before the upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments in Cairo, Egypt April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
April 22, 2019
CAIRO (Reuters) – Opponents of constitutional amendments that could see Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030 urged people to vote “no” on Monday, the third and final day of a referendum on the proposal.
The amendments would also bolster the role of the military and expand the president’s power over judicial appointments. The constitutional changes were approved by parliament last week.
While the amendments are expected to be passed in the referendum, observers say the turnout will be a test of Sisi’s popularity, which has been dented by austerity measures since 2016. He was re-elected last year with 97 percent of votes cast.
Sisi’s supporters say he has stabilized Egypt and needs more time to reform and develop the economy. Critics fear changing the constitution will shrink any remaining space for political competition and debate, paving the way for a long period of one-man rule.
Ahmed al-Tantawi, one of a small number of opposition members of parliament, said the referendum was being held against a backdrop of intimidation and “vote buying”.
The electoral commission said on Monday afternoon it had not received any formal complaints so far about any irregularities.
“We can say that the first two days of voting were held under the slogan, the ‘ticket and the cardboard box’,” Tantawi said, referring to reports that grocery boxes were being handed out to people in exchange for casting a vote.
“But there is a chance on the third day of voting for Egyptians, particularly the youth, to return things to their natural course,” he said.
Activists have posted photos on social media that appeared to show white cardboard boxes packed with groceries being handed out to people after they voted.
A Reuters reporter saw some voters receiving vouchers for groceries after leaving a central Cairo polling station, which they then exchanged for packages of cooking oil, pasta, sugar and tea at a nearby charity.
It was not immediately possible to verify who was distributing the food.
When asked about the boxes, Mahmoud el-Sherif, spokesman for Egypt’s election commission, said it was monitoring for any violations. But he added: “The commission has received no notifications or complaints of this kind so far.”
The commission says it has strict measures to ensure a fair and free vote, posting judges at each polling station and using special ink to prevent multiple voting.
If approved, the amendments would extend Sisi’s current term to six years from four and allow him to run again for a third six-year term in 2024.
They would also grant the president control over appointing head judges and the public prosecutor from a pool of candidates, and give Egypt’s powerful military the role of protecting “the constitution and democracy”.
Cairo’s streets have been adorned with banners encouraging people to vote, some of them backing a “yes” vote.
Ahmed Maher, a founder of the April 6 Movement, one of the youth groups behind the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, said Egyptians still had a chance to make their voice heard.
“Try to change the result, even by a small ratio,” he wrote in a message posted on social media. “Tell your relatives, friends and acquaintance to go down and say ‘No’.”
Some 61 million of Egypt’s nearly 100 million population are eligible to vote. The result is expected within five days.
(Reporting by Cairo bureau; Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Aidan Lewis and Edmund Blair)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who launched her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in February, named five new staffers and five senior advisers for her campaign Monday, Politico reported.
Sen. Klobuchar has tried to brand herself as a no-nonsense pragmatist who can win in parts of the country where support for President Donald Trump is strong, but has opposed some ideas that have gained traction in the party's progressive wing, such as a proposal for four-year free college.
However, she has garnered only low single-digit support in the crowded Democratic field in national and early state polling in the two months since she started her campaign.
As she tries to intensify her campaign, her new hires include Pete Giangreco as a senior adviser and Fred Yang as a research adviser, according to Politico. Giangreco helped her win her first Senate race in 2006, and then he worked on President Barack Obama's campaigns in both 2008 and 2012. Yang has vast experience as a Democratic pollster on numerous House and Senate races.
She has also brought on board three media advisers – Roy Temple, Jay Howser, and Andi Johnson – who are all from GPS Impact consulting firm and who have worked on a range of congressional and gubernatorial races.
The staff hires include Tim Hogan as communications director; Lucinda Ware as national political director, Anjan Mukherjee as research director; and Mike McLaughlin as national field director.
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As thousands gathered on the White House lawn for the annual Easter egg roll on Monday morning, Kellyanne Conway criticized House Democrats latest impeachment push, calling it "a ridiculous proposition."
The issue was raised again after a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was released last week, which Dems argue provides evidence to the contrary of Attorney General William Barr's summary that the investigation found no evidence that President Trump obstructed justice.
However, Conway pushed back.
"You can't impeach a Republican president for something the Democrats started, which is this ridiculous investigation that has cost us $25 million, over 2500 subpoenas," Conway told "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt on Monday morning.
"The special counsel provides a report to the attorney general who, in concert with the deputy attorney general and office of legal counsel, decided there was no obstructive conduct. They could not bring obstruction charges - they made that decision," she continued.
"I'm sure if director Mueller and his team could have brought those very clear charges they would have."
She added that many in the media are now trying to "save face" after fiercely believing and predicting Mueller's investigation would uncover collusion between Trump and Russia, which would have supplemented their arguments in 2016 that Trump "lied and stole the election."
As the 2020 election approaches, Conway also commented on the wide array of Democrats entering the race and reminded viewers that candidates need to run on real issues.
"Simple math," she said. "One, 19, 50, anything times zero, simple multiplication ... 19 are running, but if your message is zero it's a big zero."
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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Democrats' calls to impeach President Donald Trump "simply sad" and said Monday party members have been trying to find ways to attack him since 2016, when he defeated Hillary Clinton for the White House.
"They got beat because they had a bad candidate and we had a great candidate," Sanders told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "Our candidate had a better message, a better vision, and outworked his opponent. They have been losing every day since."
Instead, Democrats could be working with Trump to "solve some of the big problems," Sanders said. "They have become not just an embarrassment for their party but an embarrassment for public service because they are not providing the service which they were elected to actually fulfill."
She also slammed CNN's April Ryan, after the reporter Friday called for Sanders to be fired after special counsel Robert Mueller said in his report Sanders had lied when she told reporters "countless" members of the FBI welcomed Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.
Sanders took particular offense at Ryan's saying "you have to start lopping the heads off" when a lack of credibility is found.
"I have had reporters say a lot of things about me," she said. "They've said I should be choked. They've said I should deserve a lifetime of harassment. I certainly never had anybody say I should be decapitated — this takes us to a new low even for the liberal media. I think it just once again proves why this journalist isn't taken seriously."
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addresses the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
April 13, 2019
By Jan Wolfe
(Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized President Donald Trump on Saturday for a Twitter post that used 9/11 imagery while suggesting Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Muslim, was dismissive of the New York attacks.
“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence,” Pelosi said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”
On Friday, Trump tweeted a video suggesting that Omar, a Democratic U.S. representative from Minnesota, was dismissive of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month in which she described the terror attack as “some people did something.”
The Trump tweet included the words “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
In Omar’s speech, given to a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, she said Muslims had “lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.”
Omar said the advocacy group recognized that “some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Lawmakers from Trump’s Republican party have accused Omar of minimizing the 9/11 attacks, while critics of the president say he took Omar’s words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Dan Grebler)
FILE PHOTO: The British Petroleum oil refinery is seen in Whiting, Indiana, August 16, 2007. REUTERS/John Gress
April 19, 2019
By Erwin Seba
HOUSTON (Reuters) – U.S. oil refiners are planning a heavy slate of plant overhauls in the second quarter, with total production this month off 8.5 percent compared with the start of the year, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Early spring and winter traditionally are heavy periods for U.S. refinery maintenance. But refiners are planning more upgrades than usual in the first half of 2019 to avoid fall and winter shutdowns as they prepare to meet coming low-sulfur standards.
This year’s maintenance schedule and higher crude prices helped push U.S. gasoline prices to a national average of $2.83 a gallon last week, up 26 percent since the start of the year, according to data from the American Automobile Association. U.S. crude futures rose 32 percent in the first quarter.
International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 is a standard for maritime diesel that takes effect on Jan. 1 and is designed to reduce air pollution. Refiners have been revamping their plants to make IMO 2020 compliant fuel.
“They will push (winter) turnarounds later into 2020 to take advantage of that margin bump from the switch to IMO 2020,” said Susan Bell, a senior associate at energy consultancy IHS Markit.
Most U.S. refiners typically ramp up production of motor fuel during the second quarter to build inventories for the summer driving season. But Bell said an average of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil refining capacity could be offline through the second quarter.
Work on refiners’ crude distillation units (CDUs) and catalytic crackers helped send volumes down to 15.85 million bpd in the last week of March, from 17.5 million bpd in the first week of January, the EIA said. CDUs generate feedstocks for fuel processing units such as catalytic crackers.
Among the refiners scheduling major maintenance this month are Valero Energy Corp and BP Plc. Valero’s Memphis, Tennessee, refinery will shut its 65,000 bpd gasoline producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit for a 60-day overhaul the last week of April.
BP is shutting one of two small CDUs at its 413,500 bpd Whiting, Indiana, refinery on Monday for 30 days of work. The Whiting refinery is BP’s largest in North America.
Work also is continuing this month on a planned overhaul of the 112,000 bpd gasoline-producing residual catalytic cracking unit at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s 218,200 bpd Norco, Louisiana, refinery. That unit is expected to restart in the first full week of May.
Two other major overhauls finished during the switchover between the quarters.
Exxon Mobil Corp recently finished CDU overhauls at two plants: its 560,500 bpd Baytown, Texas, refinery wrapped up work on its largest CDU in late March and the company’s 502,500 bpd Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery restarted its second-largest crude unit on Monday.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)
Independent Women’s Voice President Tammy Bruce and former CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord called the mainstream media “obsessed” with President Trump and compared them to drug addicts avoiding rehab Friday while appearing on the “Ingraham Angle” to discuss the aftermath of the Mueller report release.
“At this point, with the clips you showed, it’s turned into fan fiction. … It’s almost as if they know it’s absolutely impossible. But they can’t let it go. It’s like that show, ‘Intervention,’ where the person starts to run across the parking lot because they don’t want to get into the van to go to the airport to go to the rehab center,” Bruce said.
“They’ve completely lost any sense of normalcy of any kind of sense of reality. They know it. They don’t care. They just think, well, maybe this is going to be click bait and maybe some of our audience will come back.”
Ingraham played both Bruce and Lord a montage of CNN hosts and pundits talking about how the Mueller report release and results were a win for Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Let’s be clear this report is a gift to the government of Russia,” one CNN commentator said in the montage.
The Mueller report was released Thursday and showed investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russian operatives.
Lord said he believes the media is “obsessed” with President Trump and disappointed the report didn’t find evidence of collusion. He also said he believes the investigation into how the Russia investigation began will deliver the “real truth.”
“They’re about to get the real truth with all of these deep-state people in the FBI and the Department of Justice who were colluding with members of the media to trap Donald Trump, to frame Donald Trump. And they were obsessed about it. They’re still obsessed about it,” Lord said.
“They’re so disappointed they didn’t get him and they’re going to try again. The only one they’re going to get is themselves.”
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FILE PHOTO: Ice Hockey – 2018 IIHF World Championships – Group A – Russia v Slovakia – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark – May 14, 2018 – Nikita Gusev of Russia in action. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/FIle Photo
April 14, 2019
Nikita Gusev, the reigning MVP of the Kontinental Hockey League, is joining the Vegas Golden Knights for their playoff run.
He signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Golden Knights on Sunday and is expected to practice with the team on Monday.
Vegas and the San Jose Sharks were tied 1-1 in their best-of-7 series entering Sunday’s Game 3 in Las Vegas.
“He’ll join our group (Monday) and we’ll see where it goes,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told reporters. “I’m not going to make any promises either way. We’ll see what happens. I like our team. I’ve liked our team all year. If we think we need him to put in the lineup, we’ll see where it goes.”
Gusev, 26, has been on the roster of SKA St. Petersburg since the 2015-16 season. He led the league in scoring this season with 82 points (17 goals, 65 assists). He was released from his contract this week after SKA St. Petersburg was eliminated in the KHL conference finals.
He has played nine seasons in the KHL and was part of Russia’s gold-medal team in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Vegas acquired his rights in a trade with Tampa Bay during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
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Nancy Pelosi is speaker again for one reason: her party picked up 40 seats in mostly moderate districts.
And yet the Democrats are being yanked to the left by their most visible uber-liberals, creating a huge image problem for the 79-year-old congresswoman.
With the left-wingers grabbing the lion’s share of media attention, President Trump is already trying to run against her party as a bunch of wild-eyed socialists.
That leaves Pelosi with the unenviable task of preventing the Democrats from being defined by their most ideological members — and yes, the irony that this challenge falls to a classic San Francisco liberal is unmistakable.
Democrats aren’t the world’s most organized party. Holding together a fractious caucus has never been an easy task. And there are lingering levels of distrust from the way the establishment favored Hillary Clinton in 2016 over Bernie Sanders, who now finds himself the nominal front-runner for 2020.
With the party obsessed with knocking off Trump, keeping a façade of unity may well be impossible.
“The far left’s frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the rise,” The Washington Post declares.
The latest contretemps revolves around Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim congresswomen, who has repeatedly stirred controversy with comments viewed as anti-Semitic. It was Pelosi who had to steer passage of a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry that was watered down by not mentioning Omar.
Now the Minnesota lawmaker is in a war of words with Trump, triggered by her remarks about 9/11. Omar complained that Muslims were being treated as second-class citizens because “some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” The New York Post put a photo of the burning twin towers on the front page with the headline, “Here’s Your Something.”
The president pounced by retweeting a post that called Omar a “sick monster.” He posted a video with footage of the World Trade Center — titled “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” — with Omar’s remarks spliced in.
When Omar started receiving death threats, some in the media blamed Trump, as if criticism of a politician is the equivalent of inciting crackpots against her. But the situation was certainly inflamed.
The Post reports that “Omar’s allies over the weekend were upset by what they viewed as Pelosi’s delayed response” in supporting her colleague. Her first statement criticizing Trump made no mention of Omar. Pelosi ratcheted up her rhetoric on Monday, saying the president’s sharing of the video was “beneath the dignity of the Oval Office.”
Liberals are also upset, according to the paper, at Pelosi’s jibe at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a “60 Minutes” interview. Pelosi said AOC’s “wing” of the party included “like five people.”
Trump has ramped up his attacks on Omar, saying Monday that she’s “very disrespectful” toward both America and Israel and has “got a way about her that’s very, very bad for our country.”
The president is also using Omar as a way of dinging Pelosi. Keep in mind that Trump has not directly assailed Pelosi — not even bestowing a nickname on the woman who seemed to have outmaneuvered him during the 35-day government shutdown.
Look at this presidential tweet: “Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!”
Trump is essentially saying that Pelosi has lost control to her left-wing zealots, and has been reduced to an Omar puppet. Pelosi actually runs the House with a strong hand, but Trump’s slam nicely dovetails with his desire to run against the Omar/AOC/Bernie “socialists.”
Liberal critics are accusing the president of using bigoted rhetoric.
“If Omar is a target, it has little to do with what she said and everything to do with who she is: A black Muslim woman — and an immigrant — whose very person disrupts the exclusionary ideal of a white Christian America,” says Jamelle Bouie, an African-American columnist for The New York Times.
It’s all gotten pretty ugly, no question about it. Ilhan Omar, although she apologized once for anti-Semitic comments, does not appear to be a conciliatory politician. And neither, of course, is Donald Trump.
But there is a payoff to waging such high-profile fights: Omar raised $832,000 in the first quarter of the year, more than all but a few House Democrats.
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