The B Street Band, “America’s number one Bruce Springsteen cover band,” will play at the Garden State Inaugural Ball in New Jersey next week.
Springsteen in the flesh appeared at President Barack Obama’s star-studded 2009 inauguration, but considering “The Boss” once called Trump a “flagrant, toxic narcissist,” it’s safe to say he won’t be rocking out onstage for the president-elect (despite Trump naming Springsteen superfan Chris Christie as honorary chair of the ball).
Performers from Elton John to Kanye West have declined to participate in the upcoming inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Tom Barrack, Trump’s inaugural committee chief, tempered expectations for the inauguration Tuesday, insisting Trump doesn’t care that a-list celebrities aren’t interested in palling around with him on his big day.
“We’re fortunate in that we have the greatest celebrity in the world, which is the president-elect,” Barrack said. “So what we’ve done instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place. It’s a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation.”
Listen to the band below, via YouTube:
(Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the B Street Band was scheduled to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration.)
Ex-Pompeo adviser agrees to testify to impeachment investigators after resigning: report
On Monday, Politico's Andrew Desiderio reported that Michael McKinley, a former ambassador to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has agreed to testify behind closed doors to House Democrats leading the impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump:
NEWS: Former Pompeo adviser Michael McKinley, who resigned last week, will testify in closed session on Wednesday before House impeachment investigators, according to an official working on the inquiry.
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) October 14, 2019
Here’s why Rudy Giuliani can not legitimately claim to be Donald Trump’s lawyer
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani bills himself as President Donald Trump's attorney. But one former prosecutor explained why that is not an accurate description during a Monday appearance on MSNBC.
"Meet the Press Daily" anchor Katy Tur interviewed former Southern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah, who is a distinguished fellow in criminal justice at Pace Law School.
"So this news that the SDNY is looking into what Rudy Giuliani was doing overseas in Ukraine, explain what they’re doing. Also, very weird since Giuliani used to run the office," Tur noted.
Rudy Giuliani’s bank records part of investigation by federal prosecutors: report
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani is having his banking records scrutinized as part of the federal criminal investigation into his dealings in the Ukraine.
The report says that prosecutors are also looking into his work for a city mayor in the country.
Giuliani has been a central figure in Trump's apparent scheme to extort the Ukrainian president into helping him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, holding military aid appropriated by Congress hostage until the country investigates "corruption."