The classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White House was provided by Israel, according to a current and a former American official familiar with how the United States obtained the information. The revelation adds a potential diplomatic complication to the episode.
Israel is one of the United States’ most important allies and a major intelligence collector in the Middle East. The revelation that Mr. Trump boasted about some of Israel’s most sensitive information to the Russians could damage the relationship between the two countries. It also raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran, Russia’s close ally and Israel’s main threat in the Middle East.
Tim Nolan, a local Republican political figure and the former chair of the Trump campaign for Campbell County, Kentucky, has been arrested and charged with “felony human trafficking of a minor, felony inducing a minor to engage in sex, and a third count of giving alcohol to a minor,” according to an indictment filed in Boone County, KY earlier this week.
According to the The River City News, who obtainedthe indictment on Friday, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has charged Nolan with “human trafficking (a class B felony), first degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class C felony), and third degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class A misdemeanor).” All of the alleged felonies were committed in 2016, while he was chair of the Campbell County arm of the Trump campaign.
Nolan is also a former judge.
According to the indictment, obtained by The River City News, Nolan is accused of subjecting a minor under the age of 18 to “commercial sexual activity”. He is also accused of inducing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Nolan is also accused of providing alcohol to a minor.
No doubt to the consternation of President Donald Trump (it still aches to type that, to say it), Daniela Vargas has been released from ICE. The freedom of the 22-year-old #Dreamer was heralded by the Southern Poverty Law Center:
We’ve just won an important legal victory.
Today, Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old aspiring math teacher, was released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. A week ago, she had been detained by immigration agents moments after speaking publicly about immigrants’ rights.
It was a transparent attempt to chill free speech and intimidate immigrants who speak up. We filed a habeas petition to force her release and to stop her deportation.
“We’re joining the community in celebrating the release of our client, Dany Vargas,” said SPLC Deputy Legal Director Naomi Tsu.
“But we will continue to challenge the unconstitutional actions of ICE agents in this case and will not rest until she is no longer under threat of deportation. It is counterproductive and harmful to our communities for ICE to be targeting aspiring young people in this country and we urge ICE to release other immigrant youth held in detention.”
The Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment — or PENCE — would block the harmful practice of trying to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT minors in New York’s Erie County.
Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke is trolling the president-elect by introducing a law banning conversion therapy under his name. Known as the Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment — or PENCE for short — the legislation, if passed, would make the New York county just one of a few municipalities to block the practice. Currently, five states and D.C. prohibit the use of conversion therapy outright.
The name is a direct jab at Mike Pence’s 2000 campaign website, which openly supported the harmful practice of attempting to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT minors.
Rudy Giuliani is the favorite to be secretary of state in Donald Trump’s administration, according to a senior Trump official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source isn’t authorized to speak on the record.
And then this:
The official said there’s no real competition for the job, and it’s the former New York mayor’s if he wants to take it. (emphasis added)
There’s no competition for Secretary of State? Does anyone in the President-Elect’s team actually want to work? Do any of them have a clue what it takes to run a country?
Says he was going to say something terrible about Hillary and her family, but decided not to.
Trump said Clinton does not have a presidential look, Holt said. She’s the first female nominee of a major party.
“I don’t believe Hillary has the stamina. I said ‘the stamina.'”
As soon as he visits 128 countries or spends 11 hours testifying before a congressional committee, “then he can talk about stamina.
Trump wanders again. “We are losing billions and billions of dollars.”
“Words matter when you run for president and they really matter when you are president,” Clinton says. She acknowledges that this campaign has troubled many world leaders.
“Our word is good,” she reassures.
Says Trump never said what his alternative would be to deal with Iran.
Holt: Do you support the current U.S. policy on first use [of nuclear weapons].
Trump says China should “go into” North Korea, Iran has power over North Korea.
Trump: Saudi Arabia and others should be paying us money.
Clinton speaks of Iran. Sanctions were not enough.
President Obama, John Kerry, she helped, shut down Iran’s nuclear program.
Speaks of Trump’s “cavalier attitude” about nuclear weapons.
“A man who can be provoked by a Tweet should not have his hand anywhere near the nuclear codes.”
Trump keeps naming Sean Hannity as his source.
Trump says that he has much better judgment than Hillary Clinton.
“I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament.”
Trump: ISIS formed because of a vacuum formed by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton.
Trump: “NATO could be obsolete.” Says NATO does not focus on terror.
Hillary speaks of cooperating with Muslims in America, not alienate Muslims and push them away like Trump has done.
Clinton: George W. Bush made the agreement to leave Iraq. The only way we could have stayed would have been to have an agreement with the then-Iraqi government to protect American troops. That did not happen.
Trump: “Had we taken the oil,” there would be no ISIS.
Holt: “How will you prevent home-grown terrorism?”
Trump: Speaks of ISIS.
Clinton: “I have put forth a plan to defeat ISIS.” It does entail going after them online. We must also intensify air attacks against ISIS. Take out their “claim of being a caliphate.”
“We’re hoping to push [ISIS] out of Iraq in a year.”
This would be awesome.
Trump talks about his endorsements.
Now talking about ISIS.
Clinton: We are not going to sit idly by and let state actors go after public and private information.
“I was so shocked when Donald invited Putin to hack into Americans.”
Hillary Clinton speaks on cyber security. There are independent hackers. There also cyber attacks coming from states. “The most recent and troubling of them has been Russia.”
Trump says Clinton treated Obama horribly.
“As far as the lawsuit,” admits he was sued, “we settled with no admission of guilt.”
That just means cash flowed and the other side was silenced.
Clinton: [Trump] has started his race for president on this racist, birther lie.
Clinton: Trump was sued in 1973 because he would not rent to African Americans. “He actually was sued twice by the justice department.”
Talking about a birth certificate. President Obama’s. “I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate.”
Lester Holt: “The birth certificate was produced in 2009. You continued to speak about it in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and January 2016.”
“I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. I did. You know what else I did? I’m preparing to be president.”
Again, Lester Holt has lost control. Trump rambles on.
Trump: “In New York City, we had 2,200 murders, and stop and frisk brought it down to 500.”
Hillary: Crime has continued to drop under the current mayor. We have to work with faith communities
Clinton speaking of “implicit bias,” which is a problem for all of us, she says. Police now are having to handle a great deal of mental health problems on the street.
“We’ve got to address the systemic racism in our justice system. We can’t just say ‘law and order.'”
Clinton is glad the federal government is ending private prisons. “I want to end them in the state systems.”
Hillary Clinton bemoans the negative picture Trump paints of the Black community.
“Stop and frisk was found to be unconstitutional,” Hillary says.
Trump bemoans Chicago, “I have property there.”
Holt: “Stop and frisk has been ruled unconstitutional.”
Trump: “No, you’re wrong.” Blames the judge and current mayor.
Trump, “African Americans live in Hell.” Calls for bringing back “stop and frisk.”
Trump: “We need law and order. When I look at Charlotte, NC, a city where I have investments.”
Holt turns to the question of race. “Everyone should be respected by the law,” Clinton says. “And everyone should respect the law.”
Clinton speaks of “brave police officers” who also want reform.
Clinton: “We have to tackle the plague of gun violence.”
No focus. Clinton and Trump go back and forth. Lester Holt again tries to take the reigns.
Trump, “Look, it’s all words. It’s all sound bytes.”
Regarding people who did not get paid, “I took advantage of the laws of the country.”
Hillary speaks of people she’s met who were “stiffed” by Donald Trump.
Trump does not deny the accusation from Clinton, “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and didn’t deserve to be paid.”
Again, Trump speaks. Lester Holt has lost control.
“As far as my tax returns, you don’t learn much from tax returns. You learn from financial disclosures,” Trump said.
Hillary Clinton: Trump’s paid zero in federal taxes. What’s he hiding? “There’s something he’s hiding.”
“Were he ever to get near the White House, what would the conflicts be?”
Clinton, “For 40 years, or 39, everyone running for president has released their tax returns.”
Lester Holt to Trump: “You have not released your tax returns.”
“I’m under a routine audit and I will release them” as soon as the audit is over.
Dancing away from the question, now talking about a trade deficit.
Holt presses Trump on his taxes. Trump says he gets audited often by the IRS.
Trump goes after Clinton again. “We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble.”
Lester Holt has lost control of the debate. Clinton speaks of the “Trump loophole,” “Trumped up trickle down” economics.
“I don’t think top-down works in America,” Clinton says.
Hillary speaking of her record. Donald Trump keeps squinting.
The moderator, Lester Holt has already lost control of the debate.
Hillary is keeping her cool. Donald Trump is speaking to Hillary.
The debate is on. Donald Trump is wandering, drinking water already. Hillary’s best take-away so far? “Trump Dump Trickle Down Economics.
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy,” Mr. Trump said. “I finished it.”
During the 2008 Democratic contest, a senior strategist for Mrs. Clinton at one point pondered, in an internal memo that was later leaked, the ways in which Mr. Obama’s personal background differed from many Americans. But contrary to Mr. Trump’s assertion, neither Mrs. Clinton nor her campaign ever publicly questioned Mr. Obama’s citizenship or birthplace, in Hawaii.
Phyllis Schlafly, whose grass-roots campaigns against Communism, abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment galvanized conservatives for almost two generations and helped reshape American politics, died on Monday. She was 92.