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Peter Strzok sues over firing for anti-Trump texts

Peter Strzok sues over firing for anti-Trump textsThe former FBI agent who opened the bureau’s Russia probe says the government violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights.



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Peter Strzok sues FBI for firing him over anti-Trump texts

Peter Strzok sues FBI for firing him over anti-Trump texts



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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher to be ordered to hand over private emails and texts

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher to be ordered to hand over private emails and textsThe House Oversight Committee voted on Thursday to authorise a subpoena for all work-related texts and emails sent or received by White House officials on personal accounts, part of a long-running probe into whether senior administration aides have violated federal records laws by using private messaging services for official business.The 23-16 vote, divided along party lines, puts into the crosshairs President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, both of whom have admitted through an attorney to using personal accounts in the course of their work.The effort is also a turnabout of sorts for House Republican efforts in 2016 to highlight Hillary Clinton’s use of personal emails for her official work as secretary of state.“The committee has obtained direct evidence that multiple high-level White House officials have been violating the Presidential Records Act by using personal email accounts, text messaging services, and even encrypted applications for official business — and not preserving those records in compliance with federal law,” Elijah Cummings, chairman of the committee, said.“What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications.”The broad subpoena includes all communications — even messages that contained classified material — sent or received by White House employees, including employees in the National Security Council.It specifically names Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff.The committee first requested those messages in March 2017 under the Republican leadership of Jason Chaffetz, after reports that multiple White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, were using encrypted apps to conduct administration business.CNN reported in October that Mr Kushner had communicated with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia using WhatsApp, and a lawyer for Mr Kushner and Ivanka Trump confirmed to the committee in March that they both used private email accounts for White House business.The White House has not produced a single document in response, Mr Cummings said. The Presidential Records Act requires that nearly all communications with White House staff on official matters be preserved and that officials who use personal accounts either copy or forward an official account on all such messages.Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the panel, painted the efforts as a partisan attack on Donald Trump.“They are so desperate to get the President. They just can’t help themselves,” Mr Jordan wrote on Wednesday on Twitter.Just last month, Mr Jordan and two other Republicans called on the committee to renew its examination of Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server.Democrats on the committee slammed Republicans’ opposition to the authorisation and charged them with hypocrisy after Republicans demanded thousands of Ms Clinton’s private emails as part of the Benghazi investigation.Mr Trump made Clinton’s private email server a central line of attack in his 2016 campaign for president.“We received those documents, and I called for them to be made public,” Mr Cummings said. “Our approach today should not be different merely because Donald Trump is president.”Washington Post



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Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts

Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts* Ricardo Rosselló resisting calls to resign over leaked messages * Ricky Martin and other performers join crowds on streets of San JuanThousands marched in Puerto Rico to demand the resignation of Rossello. Photograph: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty ImagesAccompanied by some of Puerto Rico’s most famous performers, thousands of people marched to the governor’s residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents.The crowd ranged from teenagers to retirees, with some waving the island’s flag printed in black and gray rather than red, white and blue to symbolize their discontent with a government they call corrupt and unresponsive to its people. Musicians Ricky Martin, Residente and Bad Bunny marched and addressed the crowd.Police erected concrete barricades and shop owners covered store windows with metal sheeting or plywood as if a hurricane were coming. The multicolored umbrellas that form a photogenic awning over the street in front of the governor’s mansion were taken down.The turnout filled several city blocks in colonial Old San Juan but appeared to fall short of the many tens of thousands that some Rosselló opponents had predicted. Many older protesters went home before nightfall as chanting young people filled Old San Juan’s Totem Plaza and the first few blocks leading up to the 16th century fortress where the governor resides.Karla Villalon has three elementary-age children and an 81-year-old grandmother. Her kids have been uprooted twice in two years when first one school, then another, was closed by budget cuts under Rosselló. Her grandmother, a retired teacher, is anguished over the possibility of losing her pension in future rounds of cutbacks.Villalon was outraged when Rosselló’s former education secretary was arrested and accused of steering millions in improper contracts to politically connected contractors. Then hundreds of pages of online chats between Rosselló and members of his administration leaked, revealing the men mocking women, the disabled and victims of Hurricane Maria. Villalon has had enough.“It’s the final straw,” the homemaker said before the march. “My kids’ classrooms have mold in them … There’s just so much outrage that’s been building over time.”Demonstrators chant and wave Puerto Rican flags in San Juan. Photograph: Gabriella N Baez/ReutersThe Rosselló administration has remained under siege since the weekend after leaked text messages between the governor and a number of his inner circle revealed a slew of misogynist and homophobic comments shared between the group.A number of senior members of the administration have already resigned in the wake of the scandal, but on Monday Rosselló refused to tender his resignation, claiming that while the messages were inappropriate they were not illegal.“I’m not proud of what I did,” Rosselló told reporters on Tuesday. “Those were merely comments – but they were hurtful comments. So, I apologize for what I’ve done but again, I need to move forward and continue on the work we’re doing for Puerto Rico.”The affair only adds to sustained criticism of Rosselló’s leadership as sweeping austerity and privatization measures imposed after Hurricane Maria decimated the island almost two years ago drew public backlash.Puerto Rico, an unincorporated US territory, is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar debt crisis now managed by an unelected oversight board appointed in Washington that oversees much of the island’s economic affairs.Shortly before the text message scandal, referred to as “RickyLeaks”, a number of administration officials and contractors, including the former education secretary Julia Keleher, were arrested by the FBI over allegations of corruption and misappropriation of $ 15.5m in federal funds apportioned to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.Workers cover shop windows with wood in preparation for protests against Governor Ricardo Rosselló near La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Giusti/APKey figures in the movement to oust Rosselló remained hopeful that the protests on Wednesday would remain peaceful.A number of high-profile Puerto Ricans, including the actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, singer Ricky Martin and trap artist Benito Martínez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, have also lent vocal support to the protests. Martin and Ocasio are expected to appear at the protests.San Juan’s firebrand mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, an outspoken critic of Rosselló, told the Guardian by text message the demonstrations would mark “a historic day in Puerto Rico”.Cruz, who announced she would challenge Rosselló in elections next year, became the face of resistance to the Trump administration’s faltering efforts to assist during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria.Both Mayor Cruz and Ricky Martin also appeared as targets of abuse in the leaked text messages.According to the messages, Rosselló referred to Cruz as “off her meds” while other administration officials mocked Martin’s sexuality.



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Georgian Businessman Offers More Texts With Cohen to Rebut Mueller Footnote

Georgian Businessman Offers More Texts With Cohen to Rebut Mueller FootnoteIn a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday, lawyers for Giorgi Rtskhiladze demanded a retraction to a footnote in Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The letter says the footnote includes only part of Rtskhiladze’s text exchange with then-Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen, failing to provide the full context.



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MS-13 gang member detained at border with 'fake family unit' sent texts telling others to do the same, CBP says

MS-13 gang member detained at border with 'fake family unit' sent texts telling others to do the same, CBP saysIn an exclusive interview, the Rio Grande Border Patrol chief tells Fox News that migrants recognize there are gaps in U.S. immigration policies.



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Texts show manager firing student who asked off for funeral

Texts show manager firing student who asked off for funeralEWING, N.J. (AP) — A text exchange shows a New Jersey restaurant manager firing an employee after she asked for time off to attend a friend's funeral.



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Harvey Weinstein accuser told by investigator to delete texts she wanted to keep private

Harvey Weinstein accuser told by investigator to delete texts she wanted to keep privateThe Manhattan District Attorney’s office has informed Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys that the lead detective investigating alleged sexual assault allegations against the disgraced Hollywood producer told an accuser to delete texts from her phone before handing it over to authorities. The new revelation comes as questions have arisen about the handling of the investigation, with the district attorney’s office dropping part of the case against Mr Weinstein after it was discovered the the same detective had allegedly coached another witness. Mr Weinstein, who has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex or touching, has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct, but is facing an investigation in New York related to three accusations.



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Trump Intervenes In Mueller Probe, Ordering Release Of Carter Page FISA Application, Comey Texts

Trump Intervenes In Mueller Probe, Ordering Release Of Carter Page FISA Application, Comey TextsWASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has intervened in an ongoing investigation



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Carter Page reacts to new Strzok-Page texts

Carter Page reacts to new Strzok-Page textsCarter Page says he wants to fix the 'terrible thing' that has happened in the country. Former Trump campaign associate speaks out on 'Hannity.'



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