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cooper burns sean spicer with side-splitting mash-up of him repeating ‘i’ve not


on a tuesday night segment, host anderson cooper blasted white house press secretary sean spicer for skirting around a variety of questions in his latest briefing.when asked whether he’d spoken with president donald trump about russia’s election interference, climate change and his claim that president barack obama wiretapped him, spicer simply repeated that he had “not asked the president about that” — an answer that inspired derision from cooper.“the answers say nothing,” cooper said. “they also kind of speak volumes.”cooper asked correspondent jeff zeleny for his input, to which zeleny replied that spicer doesn’t “want to contradict anything the president has said.”“i think logical but also legal,” zeleny said.watch the entire segment below via cnn.






sean spicer repeatedly refuses to deny trump is secretly recording oval office c


white house press secretary sean spicer was asked multiple times during his friday press briefing whether president donald trump is secretly recording conversations he has in the oval office — and each time, spicer refused to deny it.the first time spicer was asked if trump had made recordings of conversations that he’s had with former fbi director james comey, spicer simply responded that “i’ve talked to the president and the president has nothing further to add on that.”spicer was then asked why trump sent out a tweet hinting that there were recorded conversations with comey, and spicer reiterated that he “has nothing further to add to that.”a reporter then asked if there are recording devices in the oval office and spicer again said that there is “nothing to add to that.”at least twice






‘these tools wouldn’t be used against americans’


according to a massive document dump from wikileaks, the cia is spying on americans through malware on cell phones and samsung televisions. former cia director michael hayden told stephen colbert on tuesday’s “late show” that the claim is false. “if they were, would you say yes?” colbert asked. hayden said he would. “is that a true answer?” colbert asked and hayden said it was. “i don’t believe you.” “look, i can tell you that these tools would not be used against an american,” he said, noting “there are some bad people in the world who have samsung tvs…so, the nsa develops tools. the cia develops tools that we can use.” “how is that not possible?” colbert asked hayden. he noted that the government has already worked to wiretap those it deems a threat, including those with russian ties. “w






gingrich goes down in flames on the view after insisting comey both lied and vin


during tuesday’s episode of “the view,” former house speaker newt gingrich joined the women to promote his new book. the panel hammered the former georgia republican for speaking like a politician out of both sides of his mouth. when asked about the testimony from former fbi director james comey, gingrich said that trump was exonerated by the testimony and questioned whether comey was lying under oath about the memos. he argued that comey testified that there was no evidence of collusion that he has seen and thus the investigation should be dropped. “if you believe that, why was it so hard to accept that he didn’t find whatever everybody thought there was going to be on mrs. clinton?” goldberg asked. “well, i think actually he found more than enough on mrs. clinton which is why she’s still






feinstein to trump: "stop tweeting, think about what you say"


washington -- sen. dianne feinstein, d-california, issued a stern warning to president donald trump in the wake of a turbulent few weeks for the white house. "stop tweeting, think about what you say because you're reflecting in a big pool," feinstein said sunday on "face the nation.""the senate and the house have to feel a sense of stability from day to day. we can't feel the anxiety that goes with not knowing what may happen next, what may be said next. and we need to depend on our president for truth. that is really important," feinstein added. it's also important for the american people to know what could be behind "some of the actions that have recently been taken," feinstein said. and she has questions for former fbi director james comey, who was recently fired. "what i want to know f






why did trump ask congress to uncover wiretap info he already has?


msnbc white house correspondent hallie jackson backed white house press secretary sean spicer into a corner by asking him why president donald trump would call on congress to investigate wiretapping information he already claims to have. during tuesday’s white house briefing, jackson asked spicer, if trump already has proof that president barack obama illegally wiretapped him then why would he call for a congressional investigation instead of simply presenting his evidence?“you said the president stands by his tweets saturday morning that president obama ordered this wiretap,” she noted. “you’ve also said that the president wants congress to investigate. some members of congress, by the way, have asked the white house and asked the president to come forward with the information.”“so bottom






trump feels "vindicated" by james comey's testimony, lawyer says


president trump's lawyer, marc kasowitz, welcomed fired fbi director james comey's account of his conversations with president trump, saying in a statement that mr. trump "is pleased that mr. comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the president was not under investigation in any russia probe."the statement goes on to say that the president "feels completely and totally vindicated," and that "he is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda." on wednesday, the eve of former fbi director james comey's public testimony about his conversations with president trump, the senate intelligence committee released his seven-page opening statement, at comey's request. comey is expected to say thursday that president trump asked him to "lift the cloud" over him and the fed






report: trump asked comey to shut down flynn investigation


washington — the white house is disputing a report that president donald trump asked former fbi director james comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser michael flynn.the new york times says trump made the request to comey during a february meeting. the newspaper cites a memo comey wrote following the meeting.trump fired comey last week.the white house says the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and mr. comey." the white house says that while the president has repeatedly expressed his view that flynn is a "decent man," he has never asked comey or anyone else to end any investigations involving him.flynn was fired after misleading top white house officials about his contacts with russia.






feinstein to trump: "stop tweeting, think about what you say"


washington -- sen. dianne feinstein, d-california, issued a stern warning to president donald trump in the wake of a turbulent few weeks for the white house. "stop tweeting, think about what you say because you're reflecting in a big pool," feinstein said sunday on "face the nation.""the senate and the house have to feel a sense of stability from day to day. we can't feel the anxiety that goes with not knowing what may happen next, what may be said next. and we need to depend on our president for truth. that is really important," feinstein added. it's also important for the american people to know what could be behind "some of the actions that have recently been taken," feinstein said. and she has questions for former fbi director james comey, who was recently fired. playvideoface the nati






i can’t talk about the president’s tweets ‘because i’m not the president’


white house deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said on thursday that she was forbidden from discussing things that president donald trump has written on twitter. in a tweet on thursday morning, trump accused special counsel robert mueller of conducting a “witch hunt” after news reports suggested that the president may be under investigation for obstruction of justice. the white house declined to provide an on-camera briefing to reporters, but sanders took questions for 18 minutes off camera thursday afternoon. when she was asked to discuss the president’s tweet, the deputy press secretary reportedly said that she couldn’t because “i’m not the president.”sanders was also asked if the president had faith in mueller.“i believe so,” she replied. "because i'm not the president," says






sean spicer tries to walk back wiretap claims by comically repeating ‘i’m not aw


white house press secretary sean spicer wants everyone to know that he, the white house and the president are “not aware” of a justice department investigation into donald trump’s wiretapping accusations. in fact, he repeated the claim 10 times in response to one question on thursday and then recommended that reporters use a thesaurus to look up additional ways to say it.on wednesday, there was confusion about whether or not president trump was briefed by the justice department before he accused president barack obama of illegally wiretapping him. at first spicer appeared to say that he did not know, before he seemingly corrected himself to say “there is no reason to believe that there is any type of investigation with respect to the department of justice.”spicer on thursday was asked to c






at glastonbury, depp asks about assassinating the president


los angeles — johnny depp has asked a crowd at the glastonbury festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. the remarks came during a segment thursday in which depp was speaking about president donald trump.he asked the question at the annual festival that celebrates the performing arts.the 54-year-old "pirates of the caribbean" star followed by saying that he is not an actor, but someone who lies for a living.however, he said, it's "been a while, and maybe it's time."actor john wilkes booth assassinated president abraham lincoln in 1865.depp was at the festival to introduce a screening of his 2004 film "the libertine."he played trump last year in a funny or die video parody of the businessman's 1987 book "the art of the deal."






trump claims he’d never demand loyalty — cnn plays video of him doing just that


president donald trump told reporters friday that he would never demand a pledge of allegiance from anyone. however, he’s done exactly that in the past. “mr. president, can we get back to james comey’s testimony,” abc journalist jon karl asked friday. “you suggested he didn’t tell the truth in everything he said. he did say, under oath, that you told him to let the flynn — you said you hoped the flynn investigation he could let –”“i didn’t say that,” trump said.“so he lied about that?” karl asked.“well, i didn’t say that. i mean, i will tell you i didn’t say that,” trump replied. “and did he ask you to pledge –” karl began before being cut off.“and there would be nothing wrong if i did say it, according to everybody that i’ve read today. but i did not say that,” trump said.“and did he ask






ex-federal prosecutor laughs off firing at trump’s expense


new york (ap) — fired u.s. attorney preet bharara took plenty of shots — some funny, some purposely not — at republican president donald trump on thursday as he made his first public speech since being forced from his job last month.the former prosecutor for the southern district of new york drew laughter when he told a packed house at the cooper union college that he insisted on being fired when top federal prosecutors appointed by other presidents were asked to resign because he “thought that’s what donald trump was good at.”the quip, a reference to trump’s longtime role on “the apprentice” reality tv show, was among several humorous jabs at the president, who initially asked him to stay on, only to later let him go.in more serious moments, bharara addressed his surprise at being forced






yes, someone asked about hockey at the white house press briefing


during thursday's white house briefing, a reporter asked whether president trump was rooting for the washington capitals or the new york ran...       






donald trump jr. live tweets response to comey testimony


president trump will be watching with his outside legal counsel, marc kasowitz, while former fbi director james comey testifies before the senate intelligence committee, cbs news' margaret brennan reports. the trump team plans to withhold comment until the end of the hearing, and kasowitz is expected to make a statement afterward.however, one member of the trump family has begun a running commentary in response to comey's testimony -- donald trump jr. he began with comey's account of his conversation with the president, in which, according to comey, the president asked him to end the investigation into michael flynn.idaho republican sen. jim risch asked of comey, "he (the president) did not direct you to let it go?" comey responded, "not in his words, no," to which risch followed up, "he s






top dem taunts trump over wiretap investigation demand


rep. adam schiff (d-ca) on wednesday taunted donald trump over the president’s call for congress to investigate his allegation that former president barack obama tapped trump tower during the 2016 presidential campaign, warning the president to “be careful what you wish for.”trump demanded an investigation into his unsubstantiated wiretap claims, despite his ability, as president, to declassify material that would prove his assertion. schiff, a top democrat in the house of representatives, cautioned the president that he may not like where that investigation leads.“i don’t think [trump’s claim] has much credibility,” schiff said. “but they’ve asked us to look into that and be careful what you wish for.”“i’d like to have those who were present at the time be asked the question, ‘was the pre






mcmaster refuses to answer whether trump questioned russians about hacking


in an appearance on abc news, president donald trump’s national security adviser lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster refused to answer host george stephanopoulos’ questions about whether the president confronted the russian officials he met with in the oval office over their electoral interference.upon first being asked if the president confronted russian officials, mcmaster demurred, saying “there already was too much that’s been leaked from those meetings.”he kept with the white house’s line on criticism of leaks, saying “i’m really concerned about these kind of leaks because they undermine everybody’s trust in that kind of an environment”.“i understand your concern about leaks,” stephanopoulos rebutted, “but i could also see the feeling of perhaps someone, likely on your staff or in your community,






trump’s personal lawyer asked to testify at house panel september 5: bloomberg


u.s. president donald trump’s personal lawyer michael cohen said he has been asked to testify on sept. 5 before the house intelligence committee, bloomberg reported on tuesday.the house committee is among those investigating alleged russian meddling in the u.s. election and any possible collusion with the president’s campaign or associates.(writing by susan heavey)






trump meets with manufacturing ceos


washington — president donald trump is meeting at the white house with two dozen manufacturing ceos.trump told the executives that his policies will create millions of jobs, though he did not outline specific initiatives to drive that job growth.the president singled out lockheed martin ceo marillyn hewson, saying she was working on lowering the costs of f-35 fighter jets. referencing his campaign rival hillary clinton, he asked hewson if she thought the democrat would have asked for savings on the contracts.






trump meets with manufacturing ceos


washington (ap) — president donald trump is meeting at the white house with two dozen manufacturing ceos.trump told the executives that his policies will create millions of jobs, though he did not outline specific initiatives to drive that job growth.the president singled out lockheed martin ceo marillyn hewson, saying she was working on lowering the costs of f-35 fighter jets. referencing his campaign rival hillary clinton, he asked hewson if she thought the democrat would have asked for savings on the contracts.






at glastonbury, depp asks about assassinating the president


los angeles (ap) — johnny depp has asked a crowd at the glastonbury festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. the remarks came during a segment thursday in which depp was speaking about president donald trump.he asked the question at the annual festival that celebrates the performing arts.the 54-year-old “pirates of the caribbean” star followed by saying that he is not an actor, but someone who lies for a living.however, he said, it’s “been a while, and maybe it’s time.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.actor john wilkes booth assassinated president abraham lincoln in 1865.depp was at the festival to introduce a screening of his 2004 film “the libertine.”he played trump last year in a fun or die video parody of the businessman’s 1987 book “t






pelosi questions whether trump will last in office


appearing on msnbc’s “morning joe,” house minority leader nancy pelosi (d-ca) expressed concern for president donald trump’s mental state saying she thinks his family should be concerned by his deterioration.asked by panelist mike barnicle, “are you concerned of the president’s health?” pelosi said she believes trump’s family should intervene.“i think his family should be concerned of his health,” pelosi carefully stated. “the fact is this is hopefully not repairable. he’s the president of the united states.“you mean you hope it is repairable, “host joe scarborough interjected.“yes, not irreparable,” pelosi agreed.later in the segment pelosi was asked once again if she was concerned about the president’s health, with the democrat responding “i’m concerned about his fitness for office.”watc






everything president trump has tweeted (and what it was about)


president trump has complained bitterly about his belief that the obama administration had secretly tapped his phones. the possibility that he might be surveilling his own white house was raised by a tweet he sent friday morning referencing fired fbi director james comey.when asked if that meant that trump was secretly recording conversations that occur in the white house, press secretary sean spicer said he had asked the president about the issue.based on that conversation, he offered this response: “the president has nothing further to add on that.”trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted that comey had told him three times that the president wasn't under fbi investigation."i said, 'if it's possible, would you let me know, am i under investigation?' he said, you are not under inv






did trump send pence and sessions out of comey meeting so there would be no witn


cnn’s chief political analyst gloria borger had a series of concerning questions that president donald trump will be forced to answer surrounding his feb. 14 conversation with former fbi director james comey. according to jake tapper, a source revealed that trump asked attorney general jeff sessions and vice president mike pence to leave the room before he asked comey to drop the investigation into retired lt. gen. michael flynn. “what they are trying to say, also, is that comey’s friends are trying to politicize this,” borger said. “in fact, ‘if comey was so concerned about this, should have talked to oversight committees about this.’ why is this coming out at this juncture? is it a way for a payback for the firing of comey?”borger brought back previous discussions about the president’s c






kissinger makes a surprise appearance in the oval office


after being summoned to the oval office for what was expected to be a photo-op with russian foreign minister sergey lavrov, members of the white house press corps were surprised to see former secretary of state henry kissinger was sitting with the president instead of lavrov. kissinger's visit to the white house fell one day after president trump fired fbi director james comey for, "not doing a good job," amid an ongoing investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election."it's an honor to have henry kissinger with us." mr. trump said. "we're right now talking about russia and various other matters."last december "face the nation," moderator john dickerson sat down with the former secretary of state and asked him about russian hacking during the election."i don't doubt that the ru






sessions asks 46 us attorneys to resign; bharara’s future unclear


u.s. attorney general jeff sessions on friday asked for the resignations of the 46 remaining united states attorneys in the country who had been appointed by the obama administration, and robert capers, the u.s. attorney for the eastern district, which includes long island, promptly resigned.but the status of the more widely publicized united states attorney for the southern district, preet bharara, also a democratic appointee, whose area includes manhattan, was not immediately clear.most popular nation storieswhen asked if bharara had been asked to resign, sarah isgur flores, sessions’ chief spokesperson, said in an e-mail: “the request for u.s. attorneys to tender their resignation applies to all senate-confirmed u.s. atttorneys.”see alsotell us: how is trump doing?more coveragedonald tr






comey asked sessions to run interference with white house


former fbi director james comey asked attorney general jeff sessions to prevent him from being alone in a room with president trump, cbs news' andy triay reports. this was confirmed to cbs news by an individual familiar with what comey told associates after mr. trump asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn. the story was first reported by the new york times.comey wanted sessions to intercede with the white house to prevent the president from speaking with the fbi director alone and also to head off what he thought were inappropriate requests from mr. trump. playvideocbs evening newsanticipation builds ahead of comey's testimony the white house said monday the president will not invoke executive privilege to keep fired fbi director james comey






trump spokesperson awkwardly admits she has no clue where trump got his ‘illegal


deputy white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders went on nbc’s today on monday to try to back up president donald trump’s claims that he had been illegally wiretapped by former president barack obama.however, when asked to provide sourcing the the president’s claims, sanders repeatedly stammered and awkwardly tried to avoid answering the question until she had to finally admit that she had no idea where trump was getting his information from.the segment started out with today anchor savannah guthrie asking sanders a simple, straightforward question about whether the president’s claims of illegal wiretaps came from an official intelligence briefing, or whether they were based solely on reports from right-wing media outlets such as breitbart news.“is that the source of this informat






sean spicer squirms when reporters ask him why trump won’t release the comey tap


white house press secretary sean spicer looked visibly uncomfortable at times on monday when reporters questioned him about why president donald trump won’t release any recordings of conversations that he had with former fbi director james comey.trump on friday raised some eyebrows when he accused comey of lying under oath when he claimed trump asked him to “let go” of the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn.despite his accusations against comey, the president nonetheless refused to confirm or deny the existence of recordings of conversations with comey that could prove the president right.when one reporter asked spicer why trump would hesitate to release the recordings if they were concrete evidence that comey had lied to the senate, spicer simply said trump






trump blames his own generals for yemen raid that killed navy seal


president donald trump was asked by the crew on fox & friends about the failed raid in yemen that took the life of navy seal william “ryan” owens, and the president was quick to deflect blame onto others.when asked about criticism from owens’s father about the failed raid, trump pointed out that planning for the mission actually started under former president obama.“this was a mission that was started before i got here,” trump said. “this was something that was, uh, you know, they wanted to do. they came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, i believe. and they lost ryan.”trump went on to say that he could understand why owens’s father would not want to meet with them since






the latest: trump asked comey to shut down flynn probe


washington — the latest on one-time fbi director james comey memo stating that president donald trump asked him to shut down an fbi investigation into ousted adviser michael flynn (all times edt):6:34 p.m.a person familiar with the situation says fbi director james comey wrote in a memo after a dinner with president donald trump that trump had asked him to shut down an fbi investigation into ousted national security adviser michael flynn.the person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. the existence of the memo was first reported tuesday by the new york times, which said it was drafted after a february meeting in the oval office.the fbi declined to comment tuesday. the white house denied that trump had made that request of comey






sen. graham issues stark warning to republican senators dealing with trump: watc


sen. lindsey graham (r-sc) on monday issued a stern warning to his fellow republican senators when it comes to dealing with donald trump: watch your back.msnbc’s garrett haake asked graham about the president’s claim the gop house of representatives healthcare bill was “mean.” the cbo score on the senate’s companion bill, released monday, found that 22 million people will lose their insurance if it passes. the house bill referred to by the president is expected to cost 23 million people their insurance coverage.“if the house bill was ‘mean’ according to the president, at 23 million, what’s the senate bill?” haake asked graham.“here’s what i would tell any senator—if you’re counting on the president to have your back, you need to watch it,” graham replied with a laugh.asked @lindseygrahamsc






cnn panel says ivanka trump appointment makes us look like a ‘monarchy’


ivanka trump on wednesday officially became an unpaid white house employee, which has led to charges that she is only getting a job in the administration because she’s the daughter of the president.during a cnn panel on thursday, host alisyn camerota asked trump supporter jason miller to justify the president giving his own daughter a top job at the white house by asking him, “how is this not nepotism?”“how is it nepotism?” miller shot back.“she’s the daughter of the president, that’s how it’s nepotism!” camerota replied.“no, because she’s working for free,” miller explained.“so because she’s not collecting a salary, it skirts nepotism laws?” camerota asked.“everybody, from the white house counsel to the doj, says this doesn’t violate nepotism rules,” miller replied.panelist norm eisen, ho






affordable care act replacement will “take a while to formulate” – the denver po


february 23, 2017, 3:18 pm garner, iowa – when a voter here asked if sen. charles grassley supports a probe of president donald trump’s tax returns, the republican senator gave a qualified “yes.” in virginia, asked about russian interference in the presidential election, rep. david brat said an investigator should “follow the rule of law wherever it leads.” and in arkansas, sen. tom cotton told...






trump asked james comey to pledge his loyalty to him


soon after he was inaugurated, president trump asked fbi director james comey to pledge his loyalty to him, a request that comey turned down, cbs news' pat milton confirmed thursday, citing a law enforcement source who was told the story by comey.comey felt that conversation, which occurred in january, shortly after mr. trump was inaugurated, was the beginning of his downfall, according to the new york times, which first reported the story.playvideocbsntrump contradicts his staff on how he decided to fire comey while white house staff and vice president mike pence said president trump took the recommendation to fire former fbi director james comey from t... in january, mr. trump invited comey to have dinner with him at the white house, and in the course of their conversation, the president






no promises and no one above law, supreme court pick says


washington — supreme court nominee neil gorsuch declared tuesday he's made no promises to donald trump or anyone else about how he'll vote on abortion or other issues and testified he'll have no trouble as a justice holding anyone accountable, including the president who picked him.gorsuch also called trump's attacks on federal judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing."during the long second day of his senate confirmation hearings, gorsuch made two other notable statements in response to questions from members of the judiciary committee, and both also related to trump, who nominated him.republican lindsey graham of south carolina asked gorsuch whether trump had asked him to overturn roe v. wade, the case establishing a right to abortion, and what he would have done had trump asked him to d