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Ivanka Trump slams Roy Moore in interview

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 6:27 AM

What You Need To Know About Roy Moore

On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump opened up about her life inside the swamp and the upcoming tax bill, but when asked about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, the first daughter definitely didn’t pull her punches.

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Trump was in meetings trying to work on the child tax credit that she’s passionate about when the scandal about Roy Moore broke and quickly consumed the Washington media. When reporters shouted questions at her, she rushed through the hallway, at one point saying “guys, I’ve been here all day.” But in her Associated Press interview, she was uncommonly blunt, saying: 

“There’s a special place in Hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.” 

She stopped short of calling on Moore to drop out of the race.

Moore, who is running for the seat left empty by Jeff Sessions, was the easy favorite in the December 12 election against Democrat Doug Jones — then The Washington Post published a story detailing allegations that Moore had encounters with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old. The outlet said their piece was based on interviews with more than 30 people who knew Moore during the time that he was an assistant district attorney in Alabama. That bombshell was followed by an article from The New Yorker that claimed the Senate hopeful was banned from a local mall because he was known to hang around and pick up teenagers. One accuser even showed her high school yearbook signed by the candidate.

The allegations against Moore have been pretty damning for his reputation on Capitol Hill, and  the following Republicans have parted ways with Moore:

  • Vice President Mike Pence said, via his spokesperson, that Pence believes that if the allegations against Moore are true, then “this would disqualify anyone from serving in office.”
  • Sen. John McCain: “The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they are proud of.”
  • Former Gov. of Massachusetts Mitt Romney: “Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.”
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski said, “I’m horrified and if this is true, he needs to step down immediately.” She also said she has spoken to Luther Strange about becoming a write-in challenge, ultimately challenging Moore in the Dec. 12 election.
  • Sen. Jeff Flake: “If there is any shred of truth to the allegations against Roy Moore, he should step aside immediately.”
  • Sen. John Cornyn, who endorsed Moore and is listed on his website, said the allegations are “deeply disturbing.”
  • Sen. David Perdue called the allegations “devastating” and said Moore should withdraw if they’re true.
  • Sen. Pat Toomey: “If there’s a shred of truth to it, then he need to step aside.”
  • Sen. Richard Shelby: “If that’s true, then he wouldn’t belong in the Senate.”

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn were both on board for Moore, but they bailed Monday, calling for Moore to resign. In a Tuesday testimony before congress, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he has no reason to doubt the women’s claims. In addition, the National Republican Senatorial Committee — which supports Republican Senate candidates -- has pulled their support for the Alabaman and on Wednesday they published their official poll. It showed Roy Moore trailing the Democrat by 12 points.

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Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)
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This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. (AP Photo)(AP)

President Donald Trump on Thursday said attorney Michael Cohen represented him “with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal” weeks after he told reporters that he had no knowledge of a $130,000 payment paid to the adult film star by Cohen.

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During a phone interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Cohen did “a percentage of my overall legal work -- a tiny, tiny fraction.”

“Michael would represent me … on some things,” Trump said. “He represents me — like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.”

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the admission “another gift from the heavens in this case” in an interview on MSNBC.

“It’s a hugely damaging admission by the president because according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn’t know anything about the agreement, he didn’t know anything about the payment, Michael Cohen went off and did this on a lark and Mr. Trump knew nothing about it,” Avenatti said. “He tripped himself up.”

Cohen negotiated a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016 in exchange for her signing a nondisclosure agreement barring her from talking about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported in January.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One earlier this month that he was unaware of the payment or where the money had come from.

Avenatti told CNN Thursday that Trump’s most recent comments would only bolster his efforts to force Trump and Cohen to testify under oath about their knowledge of the payment to Daniels.

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“It’s going to add considerable momentum to our efforts to depose the president and put him under oath, because now we have two contrary statements in less than a month,” Avenatti said.

Daniels, who was born Stephanie Clifford, is suing to break the nondisclosure agreement, claiming the document is invalid because it was never signed by Trump.

Cohen filed notice Wednesday that he would not answer questions in the Daniels case, exercising his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Aggravated Indecent Assault

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Trump VA nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws name from consideration

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

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Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting.

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DJ Avicii’s family issues statement on his death, thanks supporters

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Avicii Dead at 28

The family of Swedish dance music DJ Avicii has issued a statement days after his death.

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Variety reported that the family of Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, thanked fans and others for their support.

We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs. 

Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world. 

We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. 

With love, 

The Tim Bergling Family

Bergling was found dead in Muscat, Oman, a city in the Middle East, April 20. The cause of death is not yet known, but authorities have ruled out foul play.

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