Kamala Harris: Trump is a racist
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“I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion,” presidential candidate Kamala Harris said when an interviewer asked if she thought President Trump is a racist.
“When you talk about him calling African countries s-hole countries, when you talk about him referring to immigrants as rapists and murderers, I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion,” Harris told reporter Terrell J. Starr in an interview with The Root.
“So you definitely agree that he’s a racist?” Starr asked again.
“I do, yes,” she said. “Yes.”
The junior senator from California is one of two black candidates in the running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Asked if she would “have a conversation” about reparations for African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow, Harris said she would. She added that she supports the wholesale legalization of marijuana and believes sex work should be decriminalized for consenting adults.
The interview came a day after Trump lashed out at Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee on Twitter for what he called a “racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!”
Lee’s acceptance speech included a call to action for the 2020 election. “Let’s all mobilize,” he said. “Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”
Trump’s attitude toward African-Americans is expected to be one of the topics that his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, will be asked about at his appearances before Congressional committees, according to the New York Times . Cohen, who will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday, is expected to be asked about Trump’s reported use of racist language during the decade he worked for the Trump Organization.
Last November, Vanity Fair reported a conversation Cohen had with Trump about the racial makeup of a 2016 campaign rally. In the interview, Cohen said, “I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me.’”
Maryland Democrat Apologizes For ‘N District’ Slur
Maryland Democrat Apologizes For Allegedly Calling County A ‘N District’ 2:10 PM 02/26/2019 | Politics Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter A Maryland Democratic lawmaker apologized to the state’s Legislative Black Caucus Monday after calling a district in Prince George’s County a “n district.”
Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, who is white, was approached by the caucus regarding her alleged remarks Monday night, after news broke that Lisanti had said the racial slur at a cigar bar in Annapolis, Maryland, while speaking to a colleague, who was also white, after work late one night.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland chair, Del. Darryl Barnes, said Lisanti apologized multiple times but also added he thinks anyone who uses the word is “a reflection of what’s in their heart,” The Washington Post reported .
(Photo Credit: Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti/Screen Shot/YouTube)
“She apologized several times,” Barnes, a Democrat, said. “She recognizes how she has hurt so many within the caucus, and she hoped to repent from this. She said that she doesn’t remember fully what happened, but she recognizes what happened.”
“I do think that someone who uses the word, it’s a reflection of what’s in their heart,” Barnes said.
Lisanti was reportedly questioned about the use of the racial slur in early February. She denied ever using the word but also said she did not remember much of that night. Lisanti also said she is sure she has used the racial slur before in her life.
“I don’t recall that. … I don’t recall much of that evening,” Lisanti said to The Washington Post. She was also asked if she had ever used the racial slur before. “I’m sure I have. … I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain,” she said.
Maryland Democratic House Speaker Michael E. Busch condemned the comments , saying Lisanti should “face the consequences of her behavior” and that “there is no place in the House of Delegates for any racial slurs — or slurs of any kind in society in general.” (RELATED: ‘Unforgivable’: Trump Calls Out Northam Over Racist Photo And Late-Term Abortion Comments)
Barnes said it is possible the Black Caucus gives other recommendations to House leadership about Lisanti’s position in the state House.
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Cardinal George Pell, Vatican Treasurer, Convicted Of Child Sexual Assault | HuffPost
26/02/2019 11:45 AM AEDT | Updated 26/02/2019 11:48 AM AEDT Cardinal George Pell, Vatican Treasurer, Convicted Of Child Sexual Assault 2k ASSOCIATED PRESS Cardinal George Pell of Australia was found guilty in December of five counts of historical sexual offenses.
Cardinal George Pell , once one of the highest-ranking members of the Vatican, was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse during a trial in Australia in December, becoming the most senior figure in the Catholic Church to be found guilty of such crimes.
Pell, 77, was found guilty of five counts of historical sexual offenses related to the sexual abuse of two choirboys in 1996 and 1997, shortly after he was made the archbishop of Melbourne. A jury reached the verdict in December, but the media was barred from reporting on the news because of a court-imposed gag order.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday and is expected to serve prison time. He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years, according to The Associated Press.
The cardinal was once the third-most-powerful figure in the Catholic Church, serving as the de facto finance chief, and was close with Pope Francis. Pell was removed from his role as one of the pope’s advisers in December after the verdict was reached.
The media has been prohibited from covering the trial because of a sweeping suppression order meant to maintain the integrity of criminal trials in Australia. The orders are relatively common in the country , and news organizations that break them can be subject to heavy fines and jail time.
The Washington Post was among the first to report the conviction in December but other American outlets, including HuffPost, could not do the same because they have staff in Australia. A similar story was first published by The Daily Beast, but the outlet geo-blocked the report in Australia in an attempt to comply with the gag order.
“We understood there could be legal, and even criminal, consequences if we ran this story,” Noah Shachtman, the editor of The Daily Beast, said at the time . “But ultimately, this was an easy call. You’ve got a top Vatican official convicted of a horrific crime. That’s major, major news. The public deserves to know about it.”
This is a developing story, check back for updates.
Andy Anderson dead at 68 – The Cure and Iggy Pop drummer passes away at home surrounded by family after cancer battle
Health News ROCK STAR DEAD Andy Anderson dead at 68 – The Cure and Iggy Pop drummer passes away at home surrounded by family after cancer battle
The musician revealed he had terminal cancer in a Facebook post just weeks ago Breaking 27th February 2019, 10:28 am Updated: 27th February 2019, 10:53 am THE Cure drummer Andy Anderson has died aged 68.
He lost his battle with cancer just weeks after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease on a Facebook post. Redferns Second on the right, Andy made his debut with the band with the single The Lovecats Facebook 3 Andy Anderson was born Clifford Leon Anderson in London
The musician who has also worked with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel was reportedly surrounded by friends and loved ones when he died at his home.
He had written on Facebook earlier this month: “No boo-hooing here, just be positive. For me, it’s just another life experience and hurdle, that one has to make, yet another choice in life. Be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation.”
His former bandmate Lol Tolhurt said: “Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey.
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Republican Congressman, Trump ally, tweets attack against Michael Cohen ahead of public testimony
Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., asked the House Ethics Committee Tuesday to investigate a tweet from a Republican congressman about Michael Cohen ahead of his public testimony before Congress , a move that could prompt an official investigation.
In a letter to the panel, Rice said she believes Rep. Matt Gaetz’s controversial tweet Tuesday evening, which implied alleged details about Cohen’s romantic life could come out during Cohen’s public testimony, constituted witness tampering.
Gaetz, a self-described Trump loyalist, tweeted : “Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…”
“As a former District Attorney and federal prosecutor, I believe this statement is in violation of 18 U.S. Code 1512, which clearly defines witness tampering and intimidation,” she wrote in the letter obtained by ABC News. “According to the Department of Justice … this statute applies to proceedings before Congress.”
Rice, who encouraged the committee to refer the matter to the Justice Department after an investigation , discussed the tweet with Gaetz on the House floor Tuesday evening, according to a source familiar with their conversation.
Under its rules, the House ethics panel could launch an investigation into the matter from the referral. A committee official declined to comment on Rice’s referral.
After a committee investigation, the panel could eventually recommend the House vote to reprimand, censure or fine Gaetz, Bryson Morgan, a former investigative counsel for the House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics, told ABC News.
The panel could also recommend expulsion, which would require a two-thirds majority of the chamber.
Gaetz was questioned by reporters moments after his tweet and why he wrote it, saying “the tweet speaks for itself.”
(Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, back center, leaves after a closed door Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 26, 2019. Gaetz was asked if the tweet should be perceived as a threat telling reporters, “Absolutely not. We’re witness testing not witness tampering. And when witnesses come before Congress their truthfulness and voracity ought to be tested and we have the opportunity.”
Asked whether his tweet attacking Michael Cohen should be perceived as a threat, Rep. Matt Gaetz told reporters, “Absolutely not. We’re witness testing not witness tampering.” https://t.co/Qg1JcOm5Jh pic.twitter.com/YfBC2weUCC
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2019 ’s former personal attorney and long-time fixer, disbarred in New York) Gaetz apologized in a later tweet around midnight Wednesday and said he planned to delete the inflammatory Cohen tweet.
“Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did,” he said in a response to a tweet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “I’m deleting the tweet & I should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry.”
Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did. I’m deleting the tweet & I should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry. https://t.co/Rdbw3sTQJD
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 27, 2019 Lanny J. Davis, an attorney for Michael Cohen, said: “We will not respond to Mr. Gaetz’s despicable lies and personal smears, except to say we trust that his colleagues in the House, both Republicans and Democrats, will repudiate his words and his conduct. I also trust that his constituents will not appreciate that their congressman has set a new low — which in today’s political culture is hard to imagine as possible.”
The tweet from Gaetz was a stunning attack from a member of Congress ahead of public testimony.
“I think it’s enough to warrant an investigation. This is knowingly using intimidation … with the intent to influence or delay or prevent the testimony,” said Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor, senior adviser to American Oversight, a government watchdog group referring to the federal code. “This guy could be charged with witness tampering.”
Asked for any proof about his allegations against Cohen, Gaetz told ABC News “tune in tomorrow and find out.” Gaetz is not a member of the House Oversight Committee, which will question Cohen tomorrow for his first public hearing.
Cohen has been testifying before members and staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors since first thing Tuesday morning.
(Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building before testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. The longtime Trump Organization employee plead guilty to lying to Congress as well as financial crimes including bank and tax fraud late last year. Cohen also pleaded guilty to campaign finance violation for payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.
A source familiar with his public testimony plans for Wednesday told ABC News Cohen is expected to publicly accuse President Trump of potentially committing a crime while in office. The accusation, according to the source, is related to Trump’s alleged repayment of money to Cohen for his deal with Daniels. Trump has denied Daniels’ claim but has admitted to the reimbursement.
Trump has denied the affair alleged by Daniels and another accusation from former Playboy model Karen McDougal, and has previously said the payment amounted to nothing more than a “simple private transaction,” and that they do not qualify as campaign finance violations.
ABC News’ Karma Allen contributed to this report.