Hillary Clinton said Friday that President Trump’s response to the George Floyd-inspired protests in Minnesota is yet another reason for voters to give him the boot in the November election.
“The president of the United States is calling for violence against American citizens,” Mrs. Clinton tweeted. “That is so wrong. We need honest reckoning and reconciliation.”
“If you haven’t already joined the work to replace him in November, start now,” she said.
Ms. Clinton, who lost to Mr. Trump in the 2016 election, appeared to be alluding to Mr. Trump’s early-morning comments regarding the unrest in the wake of Floyd’s death.
Floyd, a black man, was killed Monday by a white officer who pinned him to the ground and put his knee on his neck area.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” he tweeted. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way.”
“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he said. “Thank you!”
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Hillary Clinton campaign was ‘stirring up a scandal’ over Russia, CIA believed
The CIA in 2016 asked the FBI to investigate whether the Clinton campaign had approved a plan to distract from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email troubles by “stirring up a scandal” claiming Russian interference, according to new information declassified Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, in a letter to Congress, said the referral…
The CIA in 2016 asked the FBI to investigate whether the Clinton campaign had approved a plan to distract from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email troubles by “stirring up a scandal” claiming Russian interference, according to new information declassified Tuesday.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, in a letter to Congress, said the referral went to then-FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.
The referral was based on information American intelligence gleaned from Russian intelligence alleging that Mrs. Clinton “had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”
The intelligence community did not take a position on the accuracy of the claims about Mrs. Clinton, but Mr. Ratcliffe said former CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama on the claims in late July 2016.
According to Mr. Brennan’s handwritten notes, Mr. Ratcliffe said, the former director talked about the “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.”
Democrats’ presidential convention was taking place in Philadelphia, with the party riven by revelations from the hack of the DNC’s emails showing how much officials had put their thumb on the scale in favoring Mrs. Clinton over chief rival Sen. Bernard Sanders.
Mrs. Clinton was also still reeling from revelations that while State Department secretary she used a secret email account tied to a private server kept at her home in New York, exchanging classified information on the insecure server and shielding her activities from public disclosure.
Mr. Ratcliffe’s memo mentions both email scandals.
The referral to Mr. Comey and Mr. Strzok was made Sept. 7, 2016, Mr. Ratcliffe said. The referral was regarding “U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.”
Mr. Ratcliffe does not say in the letter what became of the referral.
He said he would provide a classified briefing with more information to lawmakers.
Mr. Comey is slated to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and Chairman Lindsey Graham said the fired FBI chief will have to answer questions about the revelation.
“Whether these allegations are accurate is not the question. The question is did the FBI investigate the allegations against Clinton like they did Trump? If not, why not? If so, what was the scope of the investigation? If none, why was that?” Mr. Graham said.
He publicly released Mr. Ratcliffe’s letter, which outlines what the CIA believed in 2016.
American intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia did attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, sowing chaos but also with a particular focus on denigrating Mrs. Clinton.
Allegations of cooperation between Mr. Trump’s team and Russia, fed by the now-discredited Steele Dossier, would roil the new president, sparking his firing of Mr. Comey, which led to the nearly two-year special counsel’s investigation.
That investigation did not substantiate any Trump-Russia conspiracy.
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Bill Clinton to AOC: ‘Resistance’ unites Democrats as disdain for Trump bridges divides
The Democratic National Convention on Tuesday showcased the evolution of the party from old school former President Bill Clinton to up-and-coming stars such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stacey Abrams, underscoring Joseph R. Biden’s claims to be a transitional figure in the 2020 presidential race. Despite clear differences entering the virtual convention, the gray-haired leaders…
The Democratic National Convention on Tuesday showcased the evolution of the party from old school former President Bill Clinton to up-and-coming stars such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stacey Abrams, underscoring Joseph R. Biden’s claims to be a transitional figure in the 2020 presidential race.
Despite clear differences entering the virtual convention, the gray-haired leaders of yesteryear and members of the party’s political vanguard made it clear that the one thing they agree on is that they can’t stomach the idea of another four years of President Trump.
“Donald Trump says we’re leading the world,” Mr. Clinton said, according to speech excerpts. “Well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate triple.
“At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it’s a storm center,” he said. “There’s only chaos. Just one thing never changes — his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame. The buck never stops there.”
The 73-year-old introduced himself to a national audience in 1980 as the boyish-faced governor of Arkansas. He warned the thousands of party faithful in attendance back then that the “symbols and accomplishments of the Democratic Party of the past” will not carry the party to victory.
Forty years later, Mr. Clinton embodied the old guard, joining the likes of former President Jimmy Carter, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in urging voters to rally behind Mr. Biden.
One of the most forceful repudiations of Mr. Trump came from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by Mr. Trump for refusing to enforce a travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries.
“Public servants promise to defend our Constitution. Uphold our laws. And work on behalf of the American people,” Ms. Yates said. “But from the moment President Trump took office, he has used his position to benefit himself rather than our country. He’s trampled the rule of law, trying to weaponize our Justice Department to attack his enemies and protect his friends.”
Jill Biden, meanwhile, offered insight into how her husband, Mr. Biden, overcame family tragedies spanning from the deaths of his first wife and a daughter in a 1972 car crash to the loss of his son Beau to brain cancer in 2015.
“There are times when I couldn’t imagine how he did it — how he put one foot in front of the other and kept going,” Mrs. Biden said. “But I’ve always understood why he did it… He does it for you.”
Mr. Schumer said control of the Senate is also on the line in November.
“If we’re going to win this battle for the soul of our nation, Joe can’t do it alone,” he said.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Abrams, meanwhile, highlighted the party’s generational change.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who has shot up the ranks as a far-left star since winning election in 2018, delivered a nominating speech for progressive Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, the runner-up to Mr. Biden in the Democratic primary contest.
Mr. Sanders vouched for Mr. Biden in a Monday speech.
Some liberal activists questioned why Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, one of the faces of the “Resistance” to Mr. Trump, got less speaking time than other speakers in the program.
A coalition of 225 delegates had called on the DNC to make Ms. Ocasio-Cortez the keynote speaker or, at the very least, get as much speaking time as former Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who also appeared during Monday’s proceedings.
But instead of a traditional “keynote” speaker, Democrats instead assembled a coalition of 17 up-and-coming leaders to deliver a collective keynote address.
The speakers included Ms. Abrams, the voting rights activist and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, as well as Democratic Reps. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania and Colin Allred of Texas, both millennials who represent reddish districts in the House.
Part of a video spliced comments from the various speakers to paint a picture of a country facing monumental economic and health crises as a result of Mr. Trump’s failures.
Georgia State Rep. Sam Park said that “teachers in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and across the country are being asked to return to the classroom without a plan to keep them safe, and parents are exhausted juggling full-time work and full-time child care.”
The DNC’s keynote address has been awarded in the past to Democratic up-and-comers, some of whom ended up running for president themselves or evolving into party luminaries.
Former President Barack Obama delivered his famous “Red state, Blue state” speech in 2004 when he was an Illinois state senator running for U.S. Senate.
The late Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, delivered one of the most famous DNC keynotes in 1984 but never took the plunge to run for president.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia had been eyeing a potential presidential run ahead of his 2008 keynote address.
At the time, Mr. Warner was mounting his first run at the U.S. Senate after leaving the Virginia governor’s office in 2006.
Julián Castro was the mayor of San Antonio when he gave his 2012 DNC keynote address. Mr. Castro later joined the Obama administration and ran for president in 2020.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts delivered the DNC keynote speech in 2016 ahead of her 2020 presidential run.
The party did take care of some business on Tuesday by formally announcing the party platform and voting for Mr. Biden to be the party’s presidential nominee — a nomination Mr. Biden will accept on Thursday.
Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, who Mr. Biden tapped as his running mate last week, will deliver her nomination acceptance speech on Wednesday.
One by one, representatives from 57 U.S. states and territories cast their nominating votes via video, subbing in for the usual convention floor nomination process.
The speakers ranged from elected officials, such as Reps. Barbara Lee of California and Terri Sewell of Alabama, to “everyday” Americans like Arizona middle school teacher Marisol Garcia and Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February 2018.
Several of Mr. Biden’s former 2020 rivals participated, including Mr. Sanders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.
During the roll call vote in 2016, Mr. Sanders moved that Hillary Clinton be nominated by acclamation in an attempt at party unity.
The virtual format of this year’s convention all but assured Democrats that they would avoid a repeat of 2016 when angry Sanders fans staged a walkout in protest.
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Clinton accuser burned personal journal; kept infamous photo of Prince Andrew
Virginia Giuffre, a prime accuser against Jeffrey Epstein and partner Ghislaine Maxwell, testified that she kept a detailed journal of her forced role in the two’s global sex trafficking, but has since burned it in a backyard bonfire. Ms. Giuffre’s life story is that Ms. Maxwell recruited her in the late 1990s when she was…
Virginia Giuffre, a prime accuser against Jeffrey Epstein and partner Ghislaine Maxwell, testified that she kept a detailed journal of her forced role in the two’s global sex trafficking, but has since burned it in a backyard bonfire.
Ms. Giuffre’s life story is that Ms. Maxwell recruited her in the late 1990s when she was 16 years old and introduced her to Mr. Epstein at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Fla. She says the two then groomed her for a life of global-trotting sexual encounters.
In recent years, Ms. Giuffre, now 36, has made sensational allegations about her sex partners, to include Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s son; Mr. Epstein’s former counsel, famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz; former UN ambassador Bill Richardson; and former Sen. George Mitchell. She also says she saw former President Bill Clinton at Epstein’s private Caribbean island where underage girls frolicked.
Mr. Dershowitz adamantly denies the claim and has sued Ms. Giuffre. He told Tucker Carlson Friday night on Fox News that she is making up stories in an attempt to get money.
Mr. Clinton, who took nearly 30 flights in Mr. Epstein’s private jet, has repeatedly denied he visited the compound in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Netflix special on Epstein quoted a worker as saying he saw Mr. Clinton with Ms. Giuffre there. Mr. Dershowitz said after the series aired that Ms. Giuffre by that time had broken off her ties to Epstein and moved to Australia.
Prince Andrew acknowledges a friendship with Epstein, even after the wealthy financier pleaded guilty in Florida to prostitution offenses involving underage girls. Prince Andrew told the BBC he has no memory of meeting her. Mr. Richardson and Mr. Mitchell also deny her claims.
Ms. Giuffre sued Ms. Maxwell in 2015, alleging she sexually trafficked her to politicians and corporate magnates as a teenager, Virginia Lee Roberts. The judge in that case, since settled, unsealed a number of documents in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, including Ms. Giuffre’s 2016, 347-page deposition.
Interest in her civil case heighten dramatically with the suicidal hanging of Mr. Epstein in a New York lockup and subsequent federal charges brought against Ms. Maxwell last month. The British socialite and millionaire remains imprisoned without bail.
Ms. Giuffre’s private journal could have added weight to her allegations. But it no longer exists, she testified.
“Where are your notes?” a Maxwell attorney asked.
“I burned them,” Ms. Giuffre answered. “In a bonfire when I lived in Titusville [Fla.] ……This wasn’t anything that was a public document. This was my own private journal and I didn’t want it any more. So we burned it.” She said her Australian husband helped.
She testified she began writing notes in a green spiral notebook in 2012, more than a decade after her Maxwell-Epstein saga began
“Bad memories,” she said. “Things that I’ve gone through, lots of things, you know. I can’t tell you. There was a lot of pages. It was over 300 pages in that book.”
She was also questioned about the infamous photograph of her, Prince Andrew, his arm around her waist, and Ms. Maxwell, in London. The photographer: Epstein, using her “little yellow Kodak camera.”
” Where is the original of the photograph ……I want to know where the photograph is,” a Maxwell attorney says, according to the deposition transcript.
“I probably still have it,” she answered, saying the photo is likely among storage boxes in a home in Sidney owned by her in-laws.
She said she had it developed and printed upon returning to Palm Beach in 2001.
Ms. Giuffre testified that in January 2001 Epstein facilitated a passport application, her first, through an office in New York City. She filled out the application, putting down her occupation as “masseuse.”
The application is listed as court evidence. Her original passport is not.
She said she lived in a Palm Beach-area apartment rented for her by Epstein from January 2001 to the fall 2002.
“You have to understand that Jeffrey and Ghislaine are joined hip by hip, okay?” Ms. Giuffre testified. “So they both trafficked me. Ghislaine brought me in for the purpose of being trafficked. Jeffrey was just as a part of it as she was. She was just as a part of it as he was. They trafficked me to many people. And to be honest, there is people I could name and then there’s people that are just a blur. There was so much happening.”
She added, “It was part of my training. They both told me, ‘you’ve got tickets to go here. This is who you’re meeting, and this is what you’re doing’ ….. The first time I was with Alan Dershowitz was in New York, so I wasn’t actually sent to him. It actually happened at one of Jeffrey’s residences.”
Again, Mr. Dershowitz acknowledges a friendship with Epstein, but asserts the supposed encounter never happened.
“I am telling me the truth … and I have the evidence to prove it,” Mr. Dershowitz told Tucker Carlson. “And she has not a scintilla of evidence beyond her own word, which is worthless because she has such a long history of lying. She was a serial liar who does it for money and she’s continuing to do it and the media has been taken in by her. But the time has come to investigate me and her. I call to the FBI to do that.”
Mr. Trump’s name doesn’t come up during the deposition.
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