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Sessions changes statement about Trump campaign and Russia
Reuters: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged on Tuesday he was aware of contact between Donald Trump’s election campaign and Russian intermediaries, again modifying a previous statement about the extent of connections to Moscow.
The comment by Sessions to a House of Representatives panel did not reveal any new link between the Trump team and Russia but it was another example of the top U.S. law enforcement official offering a different version of events as lawmakers try to work out if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee that he now recalls a meeting last year with then-candidate Trump where a campaign adviser said he had connections with Moscow and could help arrange a Trump meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I do now recall” the meeting where adviser George Papadopoulos made the proposal, Sessions said, “but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during the meeting.”
Sessions has previously told Congress he was unaware of any Trump campaign contacts with Russia, leading Democrats on Tuesday to accuse him of lying under oath.
“I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath. That is a lie,” Sessions told the panel.
Accusations of collusion with Russia during the election campaign have dogged Trump’s first 10 months in office >>>
Donald Trump Jr communicated with WikiLeaks during final stages of election
The Guardiann: Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of the US president, was in direct communication with WikiLeaks in the crucial final stages of the 2016 presidential election, a new leak of private correspondence from inside the Trump circle reveals.
The younger Trump exchanged direct messages with the WikiLeaks account on Twitter between 20 September and 12 October 2016. Copies of the correspondence were handed to congressional investigators by Trump Jr’s lawyers and subsequently obtained by the Atlantic magazine.
The communication occurred at a highly sensitive moment for both the Trump presidential campaign and for WikiLeaks, just weeks before election day and at the height of WikiLeaks’ publication of hacked emails belonging to senior Democratic figures at the instigation, US intelligence agencies allege, of the Russian government.
The most politically explosive communication between the two parties, according to the Atlantic, came on and after 12 October 2016.
“Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications,” the WikiLeaks account, @WikiLeaks, said to Trump Jr two days after his father had proclaimed at a campaign rally: “I love WikiLeaks!” >>>
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Roy Moore: new woman comes forward, claiming sexual assault when she was 16
The Guardian: Another woman has come forward to accuse Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a teenager, as national Republicans continued to flee from the controversial candidate.
Beverly Young Nelson, speaking Monday at a news conference in New York with attorney Gloria Allred, alleged Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
Nelson said that Moore physically attacked her in a car, grabbing her breasts and trying to force her head down on to his crotch.
“I thought he was going to rape me,” said Nelson, who at one point broke down in tears.
Nelson also alleged that the Republican Senate candidate threatened her after the assault. “He then looked at me and said, ‘You are a child. I am the district attorney of Etowah County. ‘If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.”
And she said: “When I got home, I went to my room, and the following morning, my neck was black and blue and purple.”
In a statement released shortly before the press conference, Moore called the allegations a “witch hunt”. Later, Moore gave a statement to local news: “This is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her. I don’t even know where the restaurant is or was.”
Nelson had produced her high school yearbook, which Moore signed, and said that the Alabama Republican had been a regular at the restaurant where she worked.
Nelson’s statement follows a Washington Post report last week that the Moore had had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers decades earlier when he was in his 30s.
Immediately after the press conference, Cory Gardner, the chair of the National Republican Senate Committee, said that if elected on 12 December, Moore should be expelled from the Senate.
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
His statement followed remarks by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who said earlier on Monday that Moore “should step aside” from the race and added of his accusers: “I believe the women.”
In response, Moore said McConnell was “the person who should step aside”.
Other Republicans have distanced themselves as well. Senator Ted Cruz withdrew his endorsement of Moore on Monday. “I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true,” said the Texas Republican. Among those senators who initially backed Moore, only Rand Paul has yet to withdraw his endorsement >>>
Reuters - Democratic election victories in Virginia and New Jersey showed Republicans losing more ground in suburban areas, where President Donald Trump’s unpopularity could cost them dearly in next year’s congressional races.
The results from Tuesday, particularly in Virginia, suggest that Trump’s strategy of playing to a loyal but limited base has not enabled him to broaden support for his presidency or his party.
Democrats were delighted, believing that control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and perhaps even the Senate, now both controlled by Republicans, might be up for grabs in next year’s elections >>>