Trump seeks $10 million from former aide in disclosure case

Trump seeks $10 million from former aide in disclosure case

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seeking $10 million in damages from a former senior campaign consultant, Sam Nunberg, alleging that Nunberg leaked confidential information to reporters in violation of a nondisclosure agreement.

In a court filing obtained by The Associated Press, Nunberg accuses Trump of trying to silence him “in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair” between senior campaign staffers.

The document cited a New York Post story about a public quarrel between the staffers published last month.

The legal dispute reflects Trump’s efforts to aggressively protect the secrecy of his campaign’s inner workings.

The case is spelled out in court documents that sought to block private arbitration proceedings that Trump initiated in May. Read More

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Charges of anti-Semitism over tweet are ‘ridiculous’: Donald Trump

Charges of anti-Semitism over tweet are ‘ridiculous’: Donald Trump

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Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton’s campaign is “ridiculous” to portray an anti-Clinton tweet that appeared to depict the Star of David atop a pile of cash as anti Semitism.

In a statement issued by his Republican presidential campaign yesterday evening, Trump suggested Clinton and her allies were using the matter to distract from her own recent campaign troubles.

Trump said the tweet portrayed “a basic star, often used by sheriffs who deal with criminals and criminal behaviour,” as part of an effort to convey that “Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt candidate ever.”

It was the presumptive GOP nominee’s most extensive comment since his official account tweeted then deleted the image Saturday, sparking uproar over its potentially anti-Semitic connotations. Trump’s account later posted a new version with a circle in place of the six-point star.

Addressing the origins of the tweet for the first time, Donald Trump campaign social media director Dan Scavino said in a statement posted on Trump’s Facebook page yesterday evening that he had lifted it from an anti-Clinton Twitter feed and had never intended to offend anyone.

“The social media graphic used this weekend was not created by the campaign nor was it sourced from an anti-Semitic site. It was lifted from an anti-Hillary Twitter user where countless images appear,” he wrote. Read More

ISIS may plan Istanbul like attack in US: CIA

ISIS may plan Istanbul like attack in US: CIA

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The Islamic State terror group may carry out a terror attack similar to the one at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, CIA Director John Brennan has said.

The despicable attack at Istanbul’s international airport that killed dozens and injured several certainly bears the “hallmarks” of the Islamic State’s depravity, Brennan said here yesterday.

“We’ve seen ISIL (Islamic State) carry out and incite an array of terrorist attacks in the region, directly, indirectly and I would be surprised that ISIL is not considering carrying out these attacks in the near abroad as well as the far abroad,” he said.

“And the United States, as we well know, is leading the coalition to try to destroy as much of this poison, inside of Syria and Iraq, as possible. So it would be surprising to me that ISIL is not trying to hit us, both in the region as well as in our homeland,” Brennan said while to replying to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.

“I think what you see in the propagation of their material, they have a magazine, Dabiq, that goes out that says exactly that. It exhorts individuals to do it.”

“So if anybody here believes that, you know, the US homeland is hermetically sealed and that Daesh or ISIL would not consider that, I think-I would guard against that,” he added.

Brennan said global instability is one of the defining issues of the time, and its implications are hard to overstate.

“As instability spreads, extremists and terrorists are finding sanctuary in ungoverned spaces. Energy supplies are being disrupted. Political reform is suffering as too many governments opt for authoritarian measures at the expense of democratic principles and respect for human rights,” the CIA official said.

As many as 42 people were killed and hundreds wounded yesterday after suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs attacked Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey’s crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group. Read More

Favourability ratings of Clinton, Trump increased: Gallup survey

Favourability ratings of Clinton, Trump increased: Gallup survey

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The favourability ratings of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have increased since they clinched the presidential nominations of the respective Republican and Democratic parties, a Gallup survey said on Thursday.

Since clinching nomination in early June, Clinton’s favourable ratings among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents have gone up slightly to 71%, compared with 68% in April and May, the survey said.

68-year-old Clinton’s image is now partly restored to what it was at the start of the year when 74% of Democratic viewed her favourably.

Trump has also maintained higher favourable ratings among Republicans and the party leaders since he emerged as the sole Republican candidate in May compared with earlier in the year.

Trump’s favourable ratings among Republicans averages 64% so far in June, the same as in May but higher than the 54% to 56% in the three prior months.

His current favourable ratings also exceed the average 61% he earned from this partisan group in January, the survey noted.

Clinton, 68, and Trump, 70, have each lost ground over the course of 2016 among independents who lean toward neither party.

“Because of this, the candidates’ national favorable ratings have stayed still or declined slightly, despite recent improved ratings from their own partisans,” it said. Read More

US accuses Russia of harassing diplomats

US accuses Russia of harassing diplomats

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Washington has delivered high-level complaints to Moscow about accusations of increasing intimidation of American diplomats in Russia, the State Department said.

“We see an increase and we take it seriously,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters at a press briefing on Monday.

Secretary of State John Kerry last discussed the matter with Russian PresidentVladimir Putin on March 24, CNNreported citing Trudeau as saying.

The spokeswoman said that harassment of diplomats by Russian security agents and traffic police had been an issue over the past two years but did not detail any incidents nor why Kerry brought up the matter with Putin.

Other Western embassies had reported the same behaviour towards their diplomats stationed in Moscow, Trudeau added.

Moscow, however, has charged that Washington has also engaged in problematic behaviour.

Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow has “felt a significant increase in pressure on the Russian Embassy and consulates general of our country in the US.”

According to Zakharova, staff members of Russia’s consulate missions abroad “regularly become the objects of provocations by the American secret services, face obstacles in making official contacts and other restrictions,” including travel.

Trudeau dismissed Russia’s claims of US harassment of its diplomats as “without foundation” and said American diplomats are faced with same restrictions as Russian diplomats under the terms of a reciprocal agreement. Read More

Clinton never personally denied Benghazi security: Democrats

Clinton never personally denied Benghazi security: Democrats

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Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional security at the US outpost in Benghazi, Libya, according to Democratson a select House panel who absolved the former secretary of state and the US military of wrongdoing in the deadly September 11, 2012 attacks.

In a report pre-empting the Republicans, the panel’s five Democrats said after a two-year investigation that the military could not have done anything differently that night to save the lives of four Americans killed in Libya. US Ambassador Chris Stevens died in one of the two assaults at the diplomatic facility and CIA annex.

Democrats’ release of their own report heightened the partisanship of the inquiry, which has been marked by finger-pointing on both sides.

Republicans accuse the Obama administration of stonewalling important documents and witnesses, while Democrats say the panel’s primary goal is to undermine Clinton’s presidential bid.

The Libya attacks became immediate political fodder, given their timing in the weeks before President Barack Obama’s re-election, and that has not abated despite seven previous congressional investigations.

The panel’s Republican majority missed a self-imposed deadline to issue a report “before summer,” but the Democrats’ move in issuing their report could spur the GOP’s final product.

Whatever the timing, the Republican report is certain to have repercussions for Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. The investigation led to the revelation that Clinton relied on a private email server to conduct government business, a practice now the subject of an FBI probe. Read More

Trump targets to raise $10 million

Trump targets to raise $10 million

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The campaign of Donald Trump, presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican party, has set a target of raising another $10 million by the month end, according to an email sent on Monday.

Over the last few days, the Trump campaign raised $11 million, it said adding it is working to “shatter records” by raising another $10 million in the remaining four days of June.

The mass email seeking funds was sent by his son Eric Trump, who described it as the most ambitious fund raising campaign yet.

Hillary Clinton‘s campaign machine and her liberal media allies are desperate. First, they claimed we raised too little. Then, when donors like you helped us to raise $11 million in just a few days, they claimed we were lying,” the junior Trump wrote in his first fund raising email.

A real estate tycoon from New York, Donald Trump had self-funded his campaign during the primary elections. He started raising money for the general election in May.

In May, Clinton out-raised him. However, Trump argues that he started fund raising only in the last few days of May.

The Trump campaign says its fund raising activities have gained pace this month.

“The truth is we did better than $11 million and no amount of spin from Crooked Hillary’s machine can change that fact. We cannot let them get away with this,” Eric Trump said.

“That’s why we set another Trump-sized goal. We are working to shatter records again this week — by raising another $10 million before the Federal Election Commission’s 2nd quarter fund raising deadline this Thursday at midnight. Afterwards, our results will be covered heavily by the media,” he wrote. Read More