LBN – October 4th 2017

*Rex Tillerson Will Neither Quit Nor Deny He Called Trump a ‘Moron’

 

Secretary of State Rex Tillersonon Wednesday reaffirmed his support for President Trump in a public statement from the Treaty Room of the U.S. Department of State. “My commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as secretary of state,” he said. “President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda has given voice to millions who felt completely abandoned by the political status quo and who felt their interests came second to those of other countries.” Tillerson reportedly nearly quit his post last summer after the real-estate magnate’s polarizing speech to the Boy Scouts of America in July, calling the president a “moron”; Vice President Mike Pence allegedly intervened. “While I’m new to Washington, I have learned that there are some who try to sew dissension to advance their own agenda by tearing others apart, in an effort to undermine President Trump’s own agenda,” Tillerson said of the reports. And regarding the claim that he called the president a “moron,” Tillerson said: “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.” Following the presser, MSNBC reporter Stephanie Ruhle clarified: “My source didn’t just say he called him a moron. He said he called him an f-ing moron.”

*Senators Introduce Bill to Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ Used in Las Vegas Shooting

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would ban so-called “bump stocks” in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas. “There’s no better way to honor the 59 people were were slaughtered than to take action,” Feinstein said at a press conference announcing the legislation, adding that her daughter was supposed to attend the concert but decided against it last-minute. According to police in Las Vegas, the shooter, Stephen Paddock, had 12 bump-stocks attached to his weapons. “There is no legitimate reason or excuse in recreation or hunting for a bump-stock device,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) added.

*Son-in-Law Says Paul Manafort Conspired to Mislead Bankruptcy Court

Paul Manafort’s estranged son-in-law accused him of conspiring to mislead a federal bankruptcy court about his real-estate investments, USA Today reported Wednesday. The accusation corresponds with a case the former Trumppresidential campaign manager is involved in regarding four California real-estate investments that total in the millions of dollars. Jeffrey Yohai, who is getting divorced from Manafort’s daughter, has worked in real estate in California and New York. Manafort’s business and financial transactions are also being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

*Ivanka, Don Jr. Were ‘Near Fraud Indictment’ Over Trump SoHo Until Curious Visit by Dad’s Lawyer

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were reportedly near a criminal indictment in 2012 over what New York City prosecutors had deemed to be intentionally misleading information given to prospective buyers at the Trump SoHo hotel and condo development. However, the probe was mysteriously dropped after Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowicz, came to talk to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., in a visit that followed the litigator’s $25,000 donation to the DA’s reelection campaign, according to a joint report publishedWednesday by ProPublica, The New Yorker, and WNYC. Three months after the visit, the case was dropped. Among prosecutors’ evidence: emails from the now-president’s children, reportedly coordinating how to go forward with the knowingly deceptive information, according to four people who saw the documents. The Kasowicz donation was returned, but a larger check came months later. “I did not at the time believe beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed,” Vance told The New Yorker. “I had to make a call and I made the call, and I think I made the right call.” The second contribution is now being returned, Vance said.

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*Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to U.S.

The girlfriend of gunman Stephen Paddock—who opened fire in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing 59 people and then himself—has returned to the U.S. from the Philippines, where she was traveling when the shooting occurred. She will be questioned by the FBI. Marilou Danley left the U.S. on Sept. 25, and police have called her a “person of interest” in the investigation. “The investigation with her is ongoing and we anticipate some further information from her shortly,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a press conference. Authorities have also said Paddock transferred $100,000 into her account in the Philippines last month. The sheriff’s office has released body-camera footage from the officers who responded to the shooting, as well as new information on Paddock and how he planned the devastating attack.

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