Rice ‘unmasked’ Trump officials after mysterious UAE prince visit

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice told investigators that a mysterious meeting from an Emirati crown prince prompted her to “unmask” members of Team Trump.

The Obama administration official told members of the House of Representative that she wanted to understand why Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan came to New York in December, CNN reported Wednesday.

Rice’s reported decision to internally reveal the names of Americans in intelligence documents has become a focus of some conservatives following the broad investigations into alleged Russian election meddling.

The names are normally kept secret when the U.S. is connecting intelligence on foreign targets, and some have accused her of “unmasking” the names to leak information to the press.

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Rice has denied misappropriately using intelligence, and said that she has not leaked any classified info.

The practice of names being revealed internally is common, however, and CNN reported that Rice told House Intelligence Committee members last week that her use of it stemmed from Zayed’s December meeting with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, strategist Steve Bannon and future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Officials from the United Arab Emirates broke with tradition and did not tell the Obama administration about the visit to New York, which was first reported by the Washington Post in April.

The crown prince had not commented publicly on the CNN report as of Wednesday night.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, made an unexpected visit to New York in December.

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Zayed reportedly acted as an envoy for Trump ahead of another meeting in January in the Seychelles, remote islands in the Indian Ocean, where the Post said that Blackwater founder and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s brother Erik Prince met with an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prince denies acting for the Trump campaign or administration during his island excursion. It was not immediately clear what was discussed.

Investigations in the House, Senate, FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office are currently looking into alleged election meddling and whether Trump’s campaign colluded in any way with Moscow.

Both Kushner and Flynn, who resigned in February over his contacts with then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, have become centers of the probe.

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Trump has called the investigations a “witch hunt” and said in April, citing no evidence, that Rice may have committed a crime by getting the names of his associates.

Florida Republican Rep. Tom Rooney told CNN that he did not hear anything in Rice’s testimony that suggested she did something illegal.

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Afrojack Drops $100k on Birthday Bling for Himself and His Crew

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Afrojack didn’t just ice up his own neck for his birthday, he made sure his whole crew was shining … even though it cost him SIX figures! Best. Friend. Ever.

The Dutch DJ ordered 5 chains with custom Afrojack logo pendants made with white gold and diamonds. He bought one for himself, but the other 4 went to his closest friends. A source close to Afrojack tells us it was a thank-you for supporting him during his 10 years in the biz.

We’re told each of the 5 pieces cost $ 20k — and Afrojack hit up celeb jeweler Ben Baller of IF & Co. because he was impressedbyLil Uzi Vert‘s new chain. The goodies were delivered last weekend to his 30th bday bash in Holland.

Talk about a happy customer … we’re told Afrojack ordered 5 more for other members of his entourage.

We’re saying he’s spending like there’s “No Tomorrow” — his new track — but he’s got stacks for days.


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Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Pass the duck sauce, and hold the wall.

The top House and Senate Democrats announced an immigration reform package Wednesday that will protect Dreamers and provide border security, following a dinner meeting with President Trump in the White House at which they had Chinese food.

The agreement does not include funding for Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

It does protect 800,000 immigrants, known as Dreamers, who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children. The immigrants’ lives were upended when the Trump administration decided to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, which shielded them from deportation.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Trump and several cabinet members for dinner, continuing the Republican President’s sudden outreach to the other side of the aisle, which has horrified his GOP colleagues.

“We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement after the meal deal.

The agreement specifies bipartisan legislation called the DREAM Act that provides eventual citizenship for the young immigrants, a source told The Associated Press.

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP, Stephen Lovekin/WireImage, Andrew Harnik/AP)

Trump and the two top Democrats were joined by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House chief of staff John Kelly and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top two Republicans in Congress, were noticeably absent.

Ryan told the AP he was meeting with Pelosi before her dinner, and the two of them planned to discuss immigration reform.

For most of this year, Trump has made the Senate and House minority leaders some of his biggest targets in Congress.

He has called Schumer a “clown” and “Fake Tears Chuck” because the New York senator became weepy at a protest of Trump’s travel ban. Californian Pelosi, meanwhile, was derided as a “loser” and a liar.

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But Trump stunned Congress last week when he struck an unexpected deal with the Democrats on debt ceiling and government spending legislation, shunning discussions he held with Republican leaders and his own staff.

President Trump and First Lady Melania lead a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary of the attacks.

Donald Trump in the White House

He later fired off a tweet reassuring Dreamers — at Pelosi’s request.

After another bipartisan meeting at the White House earlier in the day, Trump told reporters, “More and more we’re trying to work things out together.”

The fate of Trump’s beloved wall, which he has vowed Mexico will eventually fund, remains to be seen.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders countered the Dems’ claim that the barricade was off the table.

“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she tweeted.

Trump later enjoyed an after-dinner tweet, taking aim at his least favorite Democrat and her new book.

“Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and everything) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!” Trump wrote of his presidential rival. 

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Sean Spicer passes blame on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Sean Spicer isn’t used to cheers.

The former White House press secretary joined Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night and said the applause from the audience was a welcome relief — but insisted that people have thanked him for his service.

Spicer left his position at the White House in July after Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director, but stayed with the administration until the end of August.

But Kimmel was more interested in how his employment began, not ended: a fight with the press corps over the attendance at President Trump’s inauguration.

“The President wanted to make sure the record got straight,” Spicer said.

“There was a faction of people out there that didn’t want to give him the credit that he rightly deserved. And I think he takes that personally. A lot of people, in the media in particular, constantly sought to undermind the validity of that election.”

The former press secretary also insisted he’s never seen Trump naked when Kimmel asked about the President’s obsession with size.

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Sean Spicer joined “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night on his first post-White House late show appearance.

(Jimmy Kimmel Live via Twitter)

Spicer also said that he had little choice in what he said at the lectern: whatever Trump says goes.

“Your job is to give him advice,” Spicer said, “but ultimately he’s the President.”

But even out of the White House, Spicer is still defending Trump’s alternative facts.

“You can look at an argument or a set of facts and come out with one opinion…and someone else can come up with a different conclusion,” he said.

“That’s what makes our country great.”

The former press secretary also said he never tried to pre-approve Trump’s tweets, no matter how problematic they became late into the night, calling social media “one of the President’s most effective tools in the campaign.”

Spicer said President Trump made him address the inauguration size during his first press briefing.

Spicer said President Trump made him address the inauguration size during his first press briefing.

(Alex Brandon/AP)

As for his hostile relationship with the press, Spicer blamed reporters for “perpetuating myths.”

He hedged when Kimmel pointed out that Trump does the same thing, but instead said “the press corps attacks the President or undermines him or calls into question his credibility.”

Spicer also denied that he left the White House over personal problems with Scaramucci, but said the New York financier didn’t have “the qualifications or the background to work in the communications office.”

As for the New Yorker article, in which Scaramucci unloaded an R-rated tirade at a reporter, Spicer said he wouldn’t “relish in someone else’s problems,” but that the outbursts “proved my point.”

He ended the late night appearance by insisting that Trump does, in fact, want to be President.

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Banner hung at Fenway Park: ‘Racism is as American as baseball'

Racism has once again become a topic of discussion at Fenway Park.

Fans at Wednesday’s Red Sox-Athletics game in Boston decided to unfurl a controversial banner that read “Racism is as American as baseball,” prompting the umpires to ask security to remove the fans and their banner, according to multiple reports.

It wasn’t clear exactly what message the fans were attempting to share at first, but one of them clarified later to the Boston Globe that it was anti-racism.

“The banner came in response to the racist comments at the beginning of the season at Fenway,” one of the banner holders, who remains unnamed, said, citing the story Orioles star Adam Jones shared in May about getting peanuts thrown at him and being called the N-word on multiple occasions. “Overall, we saw, we see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and are reminded also constantly that it’s actually an extremely segregated city.

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A banner was unfurled by fans at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

A banner was unfurled by fans at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

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“It has been for a long time, and that no white people can avoid the history of racism, essentially. So we did this banner as a gesture towards that, to have a conversation about that.”

It’s still unclear as to how they managed to get that monstrosity to the Green Monster. Seriously, that thing is massive.

The banner is just the latest racial incident to go down at Fenway Park this year.

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Fans display a sign that reads “Racism is as American as Baseball” over the Green Monster during the fourth inning.

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In May, Jones called his treatment from fans at Fenway Park “unfortunate.”

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“Very unfortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right,” Jones said at the time. “I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.”

Other major leaguers, including CC Sabathia, Curtis Granderson and Matt Kemp, all echoed that they’ve endured similar experiences, especially in Boston.

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Ethics office allows anonymous donations to staffers' legal funds

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has reverted to an internal policy allowing lobbyists to make anonymous donations to White House staffers’ legal defense funds.

The move could potentially help members of the Trump administration pay for attorneys as the Russia investigations continue.

During the Clinton presidency, a 1993 OGE document authorized the anonymous donations before the ethics office advised against it, Politico reported.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn after a weekend at Camp David

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn after a weekend at Camp David

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Marilyn Glynn, the agency’s acting director under George W. Bush who spent 17 years in the office, told Politico, “It wasn’t in the interest of the public to have people guessing who really is donating here. We preferred more sunshine in the process.”

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But the document was never officially revised to reflect the practices within the office until the OGE director Walter Shaub initiated a review before the 2016 election, saying he was worried the new administration would abide by the 1993 guidance.

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The change in the OGE’s internal policy could potentially benefit members of Trump’s administration as the Russia probe continues

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As the OGE juggled more pressing matters during the transition, Shaub said he ordered a note be added to the document to reflect the disparity.

It read, “NOTE: SOME STATEMENTS IN THIS OPINION ARE NOT CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT OGE INTERPRETATION AND PRACTICE.”

After Shaub stepped down in July, his addendum was removed and replaced with a new note emphasizing that the written statement on legal expenses from 1993 “HAS NOT CHANGED.”

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The new note also states “HOWEVER, BECAUSE EACH ANALYSIS IS VERY FACT-SPECIFIC, AGENCY ETHICS OFFICIALS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OGE DESK OFFICER BEFORE ADVISING EMPLOYEES ON THIS TOPIC.”

Shaub told Politico, “It’s very depressing. It’s unseemly for the ethics office to be doing something sneaky like that.”

The White House later issued a statement saying it was not soliciting legal defense funds or pushing to allow anonymous donations.

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Jemele Hill regrets hurting ESPN with tweet about Trump

Jemele Hill has released a statement on her political tweet heard ‘round the world.

And she isn’t apologizing for words. Rather, Hill says she regrets the spot it put her employer in.

“My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs,” she wrote on Twitter late Wednesday. “My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light.

“My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.”

ESPN said they ’addressed’ the matter with Hill Tuesday after she tweeted that Trump is “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network said.

(Twitter)

After Hill took to Twitter with the statement, ESPN told CNN Money they “accept her apology,” but also blamed her for “implying” she was speaking for the network with the “white supremacist” tweet.  

“Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN,” they said. “She has acknowledged that her tweets crossed that line and has apologized for doing so. We accept her apology.”

Hill did not mention ESPN anywhere in her tweet that has caused a stir.

She co-hosted Sportscenter at 6 p.m., like she usually does, with Michael Smith on Wednesday evening.

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Weiner's lawyers argue client is ill in bid for probation

Disgraced ex-pol Anthony Weiner should get probation for sexting a 15-year-old because he’s sick but not a sexual predator, his lawyers argued late Wednesday.

Weiner, who on May 19 pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor, is set to be sentenced on Sept. 25. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, filed for divorce the day of his guilty plea.

Under Weiner’s plea deal, prosecutors said a sentence from 21 to 27 months in federal lockup is appropriate. Federal judges don’t have to follow plea deals, however, and the maximum sentence for him could be up to 10 years behind bars.

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Lawyers said that while Weiner was in the throes of his illness, the teen contacted him to gather material for a book.

(Inside Edition)

In his bid for probation, Weiner’s lawyers said his behavior came from an untreated addiction that caused him to compulsively respond to internet messages.

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Weiner did not sext the teen because he is sexually interested in teenagers, they contend, pointing out his previous sexting partners were all adults. They also argue Weiner didn’t seek out his victim, let alone other teenagers.

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They said that while Weiner was in the throes of his illness, the teen contacted him to gather material for a book — which, according to the feds, she is now pitching to publishers.

The teen tracked their exchanges from the get-go, “selectively” deciding which exchanges to record and which to delete, they maintain.

Front page of the New York Daily News for Sept. 9, 2017.

Front page of the New York Daily News for Sept. 9, 2017.

(New York Daily News)

The teen — who allegedly sold her story to a tabloid for $ 30,000 in September 2016 — later told federal investigators she had wanted to affect the election, court papers contend.

Weiner’s lawyers emphasized that this isn’t an excuse, but claim it shows his case is unique in comparison to other sexting cases — where an adult, possibly in a position of authority, acted in a predatory fashion.

Weiner copped to sending explicit sexual pics to the North Carolina high school student — and encouraging her to participate in sexual conduct even though she is a minor.

Weiner, who texted the teen under the alias “T-Dog,” is touching his genitals in one photo he sent to the girl.

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Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon: sources

That’s plane outrageous.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy last month, sources said.

Mnuchin, who married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June, submitted a written request for his honeymoon in August, sources told ABC.

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Mnuchin submitted a written request for a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy

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The request for the U.S. Air Force jet, which could have cost around $ 25,000 every hour, is being reviewed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, the sources said.

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Mnuchin, a member of the National Security Council was concerned about maintaining a secure method of communication during his travel.

A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.

A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.

(Instagram)

The request was eventually deemed unnecessary when it became apparent he could access secure communication through other means, the spokesperson said.

The Inspector General is already reviewing Linton and Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky on August 21 after a government watchdog group questioned whether it was planned around viewing the solar eclipse from just outside to path of totality.

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Mnuchin married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June

(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for LS)

A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.

When Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, left a comment calling the 36-year-old “deplorable”, Linton went on the offensive in a long-winded tirade that branded her “adorably out of touch”.

Linton later apologized, and a Treasury spokesperson defended Mnuchin, saying he obtained the appropriate approval for the official visit and reimbursed the government for his wife’s travel.

It is unusual for White House officials to travel on military aircraft unless they deal directly with national security.

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Sean Spicer passes blame on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Sean Spicer isn’t used to cheers.

The former White House press secretary joined Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night and said the applause from the audience was a welcome relief — but insisted that people have thanked him for his service.

Spicer left his position at the White House in July after Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director, but stayed with the administration until the end of August.

But Kimmel was more interested in how his employment began, not ended: a fight with the press corps over the attendance at President Trump’s inauguration.

“The President wanted to make sure the record got straight,” Spicer said.

“There was a faction of people out there that didn’t want to give him the credit that he rightly deserved. And I think he takes that personally. A lot of people, in the media in particular, constantly sought to undermind the validity of that election.”

The former press secretary also insisted he’s never seen Trump naked when Kimmel asked about the President’s obsession with size.

https://twitter.com/JimmyKimmelLive/status/908148553838501888

Sean Spicer joined “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night on his first post-White House late show appearance.

(Jimmy Kimmel Live via Twitter)

Spicer also said that he had little choice in what he said at the lectern: whatever Trump says goes.

“Your job is to give him advice,” Spicer said, “but ultimately he’s the President.”

But even out of the White House, Spicer is still defending Trump’s alternative facts.

“You can look at an argument or a set of facts and come out with one opinion…and someone else can come up with a different conclusion,” he said.

“That’s what makes our country great.”

The former press secretary also said he never tried to pre-approve Trump’s tweets, no matter how problematic they became late into the night, calling social media “one of the President’s most effective tools in the campaign.”

Spicer said President Trump made him address the inauguration size during his first press briefing.

Spicer said President Trump made him address the inauguration size during his first press briefing.

(Alex Brandon/AP)

As for his hostile relationship with the press, Spicer blamed reporters for “perpetuating myths.”

He hedged when Kimmel pointed out that Trump does the same thing, but instead said “the press corps attacks the President or undermines him or calls into question his credibility.”

Spicer also denied that he left the White House over personal problems with Scaramucci, but said the New York financier didn’t have “the qualifications or the background to work in the communications office.”

As for the New Yorker article, in which Scaramucci unloaded an R-rated tirade at a reporter, Spicer said he wouldn’t “relish in someone else’s problems,” but that the outbursts “proved my point.”

He ended the late night appearance by insisting that Trump does, in fact, want to be President.

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