A former Fox News reporter plans to testify to Congress about allegations the network killed her story about Donald Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels.
Diana Falzone plans to talk about the House Oversight Committee with committee investigators and provide documents, NBC News reported.
Falzone signed a non-disclosure agreement but her lawyer said it does not cover a government investigation.
“The law requires that you be allowed to participate in any government investigation — and no NDA can stop that,” lawyer Nancy Erika Smith told MSNBC Thursday night.
According to a New Yorker report, the reporter told colleagues the story was killed because Fox owner Rupert Murdoch wanted Trump to win the election.
The editor who decided not to publish the story has said it was shelved because it lacked sufficient confirmation, and that other news outlets were aware of the possible affair and made the same decision.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refuted a North Korean official’s claim that he and National Security Adviser John Bolton created a hostile atmosphere at a summit in Hanoi.
“They’re wrong about that,” Pompeo said Friday, the Hill reported.
He called his relationship with North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Chol “professional” and said he expects denuclearization talks to continue, despite North Korean threats to call them off.
The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.
The Associates Press reports:
Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last September by national security adviser John Bolton, said the U.S. had already moved against some court employees, but declined to say how many or what cases they may have been investigating. The ICC prosecutor currently has a pending request to look into possible war crimes in Afghanistan that may involve Americans. The Palestinians have also asked the court to bring cases against Israel.
“We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation,” Pompeo said. He said the visa restrictions would apply to any court employee who takes or has taken action “to request or further such an investigation.”
“These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allied consent,” he said.
The United States has never been a member of the ICC.
Former President Barack Obama condemned the New Zealand mosque shooting.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, given his continued cooperation into multiple probes, Reuters reports.
“Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” Mueller’s team said in a court filing.
Rep. Ilhan Omar says the Muslim community “must not live in fear” after the deadly New Zealand mosque shooting.
“I will be at Jumu’ah today and I hope others will too,” she tweeted, using an Arabic term for mosque.
Donald Trump has posted a new Twitter tirade attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
He said the special counsel “should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report.”
“This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime,” he said.
Donald Trump has been unusually quiet about the detention of a former US Marine in Russia, Yahoo News reports.
Trump has frequently boasted about his ability to get US citizens detained abroad released, but has had little to say about the imprisonment of Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Moscow on Dec. 28, 2018 and accused of espionage.
Family members told Yahoo they have received little new information from US officials in Washington. “It’s mind-boggling,” said twin brother David Whelan.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pardoned a Bronx man facing deportation to Gambia because of decade-old misdemeanor convictions for selling clothes without a license.
From Cuomo’s office:
Governor Andrew Cuomo today issued a pardon to a father of five minor children, who has been a contributing member of society and crime free for more than 10 years, but currently subject to deportation by the federal government.
Baba Sillah immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 22, fleeing an oppressive father in Gambia and, like so many others, hoping to pursue a better future in America. He married a U.S. citizen and had five children. Because he entered this country as a visitor, he was not allowed to work and sold clothing and supplies without a license and was charged with multiple low-level misdemeanors and violations. He subsequently obtained a job as a porter, a position he has held for 15 years and paid taxes for 15 years.
“While President Trump is obsessed with building walls to keep immigrants out, the New York family knows that its diversity is our strength,” Governor Cuomo said. “Compassion and justice is the Empire State way and Mr. Sillah is a father of five who deserves to remain with his family.”
Mr. Sillah has been detained since January, after appearing for a routine U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appointment, that he has been making as directed for 17 years. He is being held in Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey and recently applied for clemency in New York. After his removal was scheduled for the end of February, his deportation was stayed by an emergency application to federal district court. He next appears before this court on Friday, where he will be able to present this pardon as further evidence that his deportation should continue to be stayed. If the court decides in Mr. Sillah’s favor, then with this pardon, he will be able to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility to prevent his removal once and for all and allow him to pursue naturalization through his wife, who is a U.S. citizen.
Donald Trump said Friday that “Republicans are waiting with open arms” to welcome Jewish voters he claims have been treated with “total disrespect” by the Democratic party.
Trump backed the so-called “Jexodus” movement, apparently after watching segments on it on Fox News and the right-wing One America News Network.
“Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal!” he said, in reference to his decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and his termination of a nucelar agreement with Iran.
National Security Adviser John Bolton says North Korea’s allegations that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust at last month’s nuclear summit in Hanoi are “inaccurate.” The Associated Press reports:
North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Friday that Trump was willing to talk, but was influenced by uncompromising demands by Pompeo and Bolton. She said the “gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger.”
Bolton said Friday he has spoken with his South Korean counterpart about the North Korea allegations.
The North said Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) will decide soon whether to continue the talks aimed at getting him to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.
North Korea has threatened to scrap negotiations and resume missile and nuclear tests.
US leaders condemn New Zealand mosque shooting
US leaders are condemning a shooting attack on mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 people during Friday prayers.
“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” Donald Trump said in a tweet. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also released a statement condemning the attack. “The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate,” she said, according to USA Today.