Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley said Friday that President Donald Trump must feel “besieged” as former FBI James Comey prepares for a media tour to promote his new book.
“This is about the Trump White House at war with the FBI,” he said during an appearance on CNN. “And the FBI is a bureaucracy and it’s a culture and they feel that Donald Trump is unethical, that there are a lot of laws that are being circumvented — potentially broken — and, you know, there is no coincidence that Cohen is getting raided and… is going to be criminally investigated.”
“Comey leaked these excerpts in a very coordinated fashion,” Brinkley continued. “If you’re Donald Trump right now, you’re besieged. You really have to feel like it could be the beginning of the end. Lord knows what Cohen has in his documents and maybe even tape recordings.”
The FBI raided the office and personal residence of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen this week. Trump was outraged by the raid, in which FBI agents reportedly seized documents related to a number of potential investigations.
CNN crime reporter Shimon Prokupecz said the FBI raided Cohen because they feared he would destroy documents. “That’s a crime in and of itself,” he noted.
“Cohen was under surveillance already by the FBI. They had covert surveillance on him, of his e-mails where they found some indications that his only client was the president, Donald Trump.”
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Legendary civil rights icon John Lewis unloads on Trump from the House floor: ‘I know racism when I see it’
Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to condemn racist statements by President Donald Trump.
As chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington during with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.
"I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution," Lewis began.
"I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it," he explained. "And at the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism."
US withholds cash from UN Population Fund over China abortions
The United States said Tuesday it will again withhold contributions to the UN Population Fund due to its work with China, which controls family size, as the agency accused Washington of jeopardizing women's health.
It marked the third straight year that the United States has refused to fund the UN body as President Donald Trump's administration seeks to combat abortion, a pivotal issue for his evangelical Christian base.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo determined that "China's family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization practices," conditions that under US law require an end to funding, a State Department spokeswoman said.
Kim Jong-un threatens to restart nuke tests as Trump’s efforts to talk to the regime fall apart again: report
On Tuesday, CNN's Brian Todd reported that the North Korean regime is on the brink of rescinding what little they promised President Donald Trump, as the future of his efforts to continue talks appear uncertain.
"Kim Jong-un's regime is once again in negotiation by intimidation," said Todd. "Just two weeks after their historic meeting at the DMZ, and President Trump's short stroll into North Korea, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un appears to be threatening to start testing his nuclear weapons again. In a new statement, Kim's foreign ministry calls the joint U.S./South Korean military exercises planned for next month a breach of the main spirit of what President Trump and Kim agreed to in Singapore, and says, 'We are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S."