U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison pushed back Friday against allegations of domestic abuse, saying his accuser fabricated the story about him. The Minnesota Democrat also dismissed a medical record that named him as the abuser, but said he can't be sure more people won't "cook up" allegations against him.
The #WhyIDidntReport hashtag has surged to the top of Twitter's trending list following comments made by President Trump early Friday that cast doubts on sexual assault allegations brought against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, by Christine Blasey Ford. As of Friday afternoon, over 38,000 tweets have been posted sharing the hashtag along with people tweeting about why they didn't report their own experiences of sexual assault.
Cheryl O'Connor hadn't planned on telling her teenage daughters about that night during high school, decades ago. But then Christine Blasey Ford told her story about a house party in the early 1980s, alleging that Brett Kavanaugh had drunkenly attempted to sexually assault her. "I had a situation like this happen to me," O'Connor told her 16-year-old daughter, Brynn, as they sat together in their Bethesda kitchen this week. She had also been a student at an all-girls prep school in the '80s when she had been at a party picking up her belongings and the door unexpectedly locked behind her. "I didn't think it was a crime," Cheryl O'Connor said. "We weren't taught that." read more
Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador's London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another country.
A top lawyer for President Trump this year sought to help pay legal fees for Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, initially trying to divert money from the White House legal defense fund and later soliciting donors and pledging $25,000 of his own. In both cases, the president's advisers objected to the lawyer's actions over concerns it could appear aimed at stopping the two former aides from cooperating with investigators. John Dowd, who at the time was heading Mr. Trump's legal team, at the start of the year told associates of the president he wanted to direct money from the legal defense fund set up for White House officials and campaign aides to the lawyers for Messrs. Manafort and Gates, according to people familiar with the matter. The pair had pleaded not guilty to charges of tax, bank and lobbying violations in the fall of 2017. read more