Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton on Thursday insisted that EPA Director Scott Pruitt had been a "victim" of Democrats because of news reports which accuse Pruitt of corruption. At a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Thursday, Democrats repeatedly suggested that Pruitt should resign over the reports, but many of the Republicans praised the EPA director. "You're not the first person to be the victim of -- for lack of a better term -- Washington politics," Barton told Pruitt. "You got picked to be the EPA administrator because of the service you provided for the great state of Oklahoma in fighting some of the Obama administration radical clean air policies."
We were wrong. On the day when people from across the globe come to our capital city to consider the sordid history of slavery and lynching and try to reconcile the horrors of our past, the Montgomery Advertiser recognizes its own shameful place in the history of these dastardly, murderous deeds. We take responsibility for our proliferation of a false narrative regarding the treatment of African-Americans in those disgraceful days. The Advertiser was careless in how it covered mob violence and the terror foisted upon African-Americans from Reconstruction through the 1950s. We dehumanized human beings. Too often we characterized lynching victims as guilty before proven so and often assumed they committed the crime.
Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Trump, told a federal judge on Wednesday that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in a lawsuit brought by adult entertainer Stormy Daniels. Cohen's declaration, in support of his request to pause proceedings in the civil case, cited an "ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York." Earlier this month, the FBI raided Cohen's home, office and a hotel room where he had been staying. That investigation includes looking into the effort to quash embarrassing stories about Trump during the 2016 campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter.
"At an absolute minimum, Donald Trump has divided loyalties, and the evidence we already have suggests that Donald Trump is a traitor. In fact, I would say that the evidence we already have, the public materials such as emails for example, strongly indicate that Donald Trump is a traitor. However, I don't even think he understands what he's done." -- reporter David Cay Johnston
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort was interviewed twice by FBI agents prior to joining the Trump campaign, according to court filings on Tuesday. One meeting in 2014 was first reported by BuzzFeed News in February, but court filings also show a meeting with FBI agents that occurred the year before, as FBI agents reportedly interviewed Manafort about his work in Ukraine. A former FBI official told BuzzFeed in February that Manafort denied knowledge about money stolen by the government of Ukraine's Victor Yanukovych, and promised to turn over documents that he never produced. "We had him in 2014," a former official told the website. "In hindsight, we could have nailed him then."