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Johnson warned Comey on Trump volatility before dossier briefing

Johnson warned Comey on Trump volatility before dossier briefingJeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security, tells Rachel Maddow about concerns he raised with James Comey about how Donald Trump would react to news of the Christopher Steele dossier.



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Alice Marie Johnson Granted Clemency By Trump After Kim Kardashian Push

Alice Marie Johnson Granted Clemency By Trump After Kim Kardashian PushPresident Donald Trump announced he commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie



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'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Strikes Back At Trolls For Bullying Kelly Marie Tran

'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Strikes Back At Trolls For Bullying Kelly Marie TranRian Johnson, director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," slammed the "manbabies"



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Boris Johnson rips Russia in hoax phone call

Boris Johnson rips Russia in hoax phone callBritish Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed dealing with Moscow in an 18-minute phone call with Russian pranksters impersonating the prime minister of Armenia in a recording posted online Thursday and confirmed by the foreign ministry as genuine. During the hoax, which purportedly occurred last week, Johnson congratulates the caller — whom he thinks is new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan — before promptly turning to Britain’s frayed relations with Russia. “It’s very important, I think, prime minister that we don’t have a new Cold War,” he added on the call, advising “determination and firmness” in dealing with Moscow.



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Trump Posthumously Pardons Boxer Jack Johnson

Trump Posthumously Pardons Boxer Jack JohnsonPresident Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he is pardoning late



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Donald Trump considering pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson after Sylvester Stallone's call

Donald Trump considering pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson after Sylvester Stallone's callDonald Trump says he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. The US president announced on Saturday that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of his, had called to bring Johnson's story to his attention. Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing and crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries following the civil rights era. Most famously, his story was fictionalised for the play "The Great White Hope," starring James Earl Jones, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play in 1969. A film version with Jones was released in 1970. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Mr Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.  Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018 Johnson was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes. The boxer died in 1946. His great-great niece has pressed Mr Trump for a posthumous pardon, and Senator John McCain and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been pushing Johnson's case for years. The tweet came a week after Mr Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who had been a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, arguing that Libby had been "treated unfairly" by a special counsel. Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Mr Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. Mr McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson "was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago." "Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honour," McCain said earlier this month. At a glance | Presidential pardons In Jim Crow America, Johnson was one of the most despised African-American of his generation, humiliating white fighters and flaunting his affection for white women. The son of former slaves, he defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. He then mowed down a series of "great white hopes," culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries. "He is one of the craftiest, cunningest boxers that ever stepped into the ring," said the legendary boxer John L. Sullivan, in the aftermath of what was called "the fight of the century." But Johnson also refused to adhere to societal norms, living lavishly and brazenly and dating outside of his race in a time when whites often killed African-Americans without fear of legal repercussions. After seven years as a fugitive following his conviction, Johnson eventually returned to the US and turned himself in. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921. He died in 1946 in a car crash. The stain on Johnson's reputation forced some family members to live in shame of his legacy. Sylvester Stallone is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016 Credit: AP The family "didn't talk about it because they were ashamed of him, that he went to prison," Linda E. Haywood, 61, has said of her great-great uncle. "They were led to believe that he did something wrong. They were so ashamed after being so proud of him." Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12. She remembers learning about Johnson when she was in sixth grade during Black History Month, and only learned later that he was kin. Once, she recalled, she asked her mother about Johnson. "She just grimaced," Haywood said. Haywood has pressed to have Johnson pardoned since President George W. Bush was in office, a decade ago. Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented. President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War; he was framed for embezzlement. Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the US Neutrality Acts in 1949. Haywood wanted Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, to pardon Johnson, but Justice Department policy says "processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons." The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president. The general DOJ policy is to not accept applications for posthumous pardons for federal convictions, according to the department's website. But Mr Trump has shown a willingness to work around the DOJ process.



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Russia accuses Boris Johnson of 'distorting' OPCW findings on Skripals

Russia accuses Boris Johnson of 'distorting' OPCW findings on SkripalsRussia’s Foreign Minister on Friday accused his British counterpart of distorting the findings of the world chemical watchdog’s investigation into a spy poisoning the UK blames on Moscow. “Already politicians like Boris Johnson are once again trying to distort the truth and announce that the OPCW statement supports Britain’s conclusions without exception,” Sergei Lavrov said. “I will underline that the OPCW confirmed only the contents of the chemical substance,” he said.



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Full Johnson Interview: Russia is an 'Unfriendly Adversary'

Full Johnson Interview: Russia is an 'Unfriendly Adversary'In an interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says that Russia's actions have resulted in an unhealthy relationship with the world.



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Johnson on Sec. Shulkin Twitter firing: ‘Not the way I’d do it’

Johnson on Sec. Shulkin Twitter firing: ‘Not the way I’d do it’Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) tells Chuck that Trump “needs to understand the effect” his Twitter firings “has on attracting other people” to the White House.



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Kremlin warns Boris Johnson it has a 'surprise' for those who compare Russia to Nazi Germany

Kremlin warns Boris Johnson it has a 'surprise' for those who compare Russia to Nazi GermanyThe Kremlin has warned Boris Johnson that it has a “surprise” in store for those who have the “impudence” to compare Russia with Nazi Germany. In a veiled warning to the Foreign Secretary, Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry, claimed that the UK is using the Salisbury attack as part of a “black PR” campaign to turn the West against Russia. Describing Mr Johnson’s comparisons between Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin as a “colossal provocation,” Ms Zakharova told Russian reporters that there would be repercussions for Britain. “We have a surprise for all who have the impudence to compare, to draw parallels between Russia and the Third Reich,” she added. " Let's wait until Thursday, I promise to unveil a historic gift at a press conference. The gift is for Boris Johnson and everyone. " Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova attacked the Foreign Secretary over his comments It comes after Mr Johnson compared Russia’s actions to those of Nazi Germany, telling MPs last week that it was “certainly right” to compare this summer’s Fifa World Cup with the Berlin Games of 1936. The Foreign Secretary went further two days later, telling reporters during a trip to Lincoln that Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 shared similarities with the invasion of the Sudetenland prior to Second World War. Mr Johnson’s comments were met with a withering response from the Kremlin, which accused him of being “poisoned with venom of hate, boorishness and unprofessionalism”. Meanwhile, Theresa May’s decision to blame Russia for ordering the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has seen Western leaders rally behind Britain. Following a meeting of the European Council in Brussels last week, as many as 10 European leaders are preparing to expel Russian diplomats, including France, Ireland, Holland, Denmark. Russian spy poisoning | Read more The Prime Minister is expected to announce the reciprocal measures in an update to MPs on Monday afternoon. In the wake of growing condemnation, the Kremlin has moved from denying its involvement in the attack to suggesting that Mr Skripal’s poisoning was conducted by the British intelligence services. Today, Ms Zakharova claimed that Britain could “not defend their thesis”, adding that EU leaders came to their conclusions without a “single fact” or “argument” that proved Russian involvement. “[It] does not even remotely resemble a trial.” Front Bench promotion – end of article



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