House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Saturday insisted there was no evidence that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russian operatives.
Nunes, who was a member of Trump’s transition team, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference that former President Barack Obama had “emboldened” Russia and Vladimir Putin.
“We hit a reset button,” the congressman said, “with Hillary Clinton. Then we said we were going to pivot to Asia because we were going to be friends with the Russians.”
Nunes also noted that former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was mocked for calling Russia a threat in 2012. “And President Obama had that great line, all the media laughed about it, that the 80s wanted their foreign policy back, something like that. Everybody laughed. Who created this Russian threat? It was the last administration that put us in this position.”
Nunes also denied being an agent of the Kremlin himself.
“I was asked to serve on the transition team. It was at that point I began getting accused by all sorts of media and some platforms that I was some sort of secret Russian agent,” he remarked. “If anybody was going to be accused of being a Russian agent, I would have been down towards the bottom of the list, after you listed all the Democrats in Congress.”
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The U.S. president said he has not acted on the plan because he doesn't "want to kill 10 million people"
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After O'Rourke talked about the need to stand up to Trump's extremism, McCain objected to some of the language he's used to describe the dangers of the movement that the president has been leading.
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"You compared his rally to Nuremberg!" McCain interrupted.
US financier Jeffrey Epstein appeals bail denial in sex-trafficking case
Jeffrey Epstein, the financier facing charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls, has appealed a federal judge’s decision to keep him in a Manhattan jail while he awaits trial.
According to a court notice made public on Tuesday, Epstein will ask the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the judge’s July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Epstein has pleaded not guilty and the appeal was expected. His lawyer Reid Weingarten did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.