Zeke Miller and Steve Peoples, Associated Press Updated 10:15 pm PST, Sunday, February 3, 2019 FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump points to a supporter as he departs a rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. The initiative includes changing state party rules, crowding out potential rivals and quelling any early signs of opposition. less FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump points to a supporter as he departs a rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a ... more Photo: Alex Brandon, AP Photo: … [Read more...] about Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP
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NEW YORK — A news story making the rounds claims that members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and transition team engaged in more than 100 contacts with “Russian-linked officials.” The compilation of alleged contacts, however, is a product of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, founded by John Podesta, who served as chairman of Trump opponent Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.The analysis uses questionable methods to claim contacts with “Russian-linked officials” and categorizes Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, as Russia-linked operatives based on U.S. intelligence assessments despite a lack of conclusive evidence. USA Today led the charge with a headline claiming, “Trump’s team had over 100 contacts with Russian-linked officials, according to think tank analysis.” The newspaper reported the analysis was conducted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and its Moscow Project, and … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Did the Trump Campaign Have 100+ Contacts with ‘Russian-Linked Officials’?
2020 Elections 'The goal is to have the convention be an advertisement of who we are as a party,' says one top adviser, not 'a battle of the 15,000 people in the arena.' President Donald Trump is tightening his iron grip on the Republican Party, launching an elaborate effort to stamp out any vestiges of GOP opposition that might embarrass him at the 2020 Republican convention. The president’s reelection campaign is intent on avoiding the kind of circus that unfolded on the convention floor in 2016, when Never Trump Republicans loudly protested his nomination before a national TV audience. The effort comes as party elites like Utah Sen. Mitt Romney are openly questioning Trump’s fitness for the job, and it’s meant to to ensure that delegates to next year’s convention in Charlotte, N.C., are presidential loyalists — not anti-Trump activists looking to create a stir.Story Continued Below Shortly before the holidays, Trump political aides Bill Stepien and … [Read more...] about Trump campaign moves to stave off mayhem at 2020 convention
WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to the FBI and special counsel investigators after pleading guilty to federal charges, breaching his plea agreement, according to a court filing on Monday.Manafort said in the same filing he disagreed with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's assertion that he lied to investigators.Both the special counsel and Manafort's attorneys agreed there was no reason to delay his sentencing and asked the court to set a date for that.Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, said in the filing that after signing a plea agreement: "Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters." 33 PHOTOS Paul Manafort's trial for bank and tax fraud charges See Gallery Paul Manafort's trial for … [Read more...] about Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to FBI: special counsel
Darlene Superville, Associated Press Updated 1:55 pm PST, Thursday, November 15, 2018 First lady Melania Trump speaks at the Family Online Safety Institute annual conference in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. First lady Melania Trump speaks at the Family Online Safety Institute annual conference in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Photo: Susan Walsh, AP Photo: Susan Walsh, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 First lady Melania Trump speaks at the Family Online Safety Institute annual conference in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. First lady Melania Trump speaks at the Family Online Safety Institute annual conference in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Photo: Susan Walsh, AP Melania … [Read more...] about Melania Trump OK with criticism over anti-bullying campaign