On Tuesday, Trump biographer David Cay Johnston warned that Americans should take President Donald Trump’s jokes seriously.
While interviewing with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Johnston said that Trump is acting as if he is a dictator. He said that Trump’s team is being “very careful” how they go about the battle of release Trump’s tax returns in an effort not to break the law.
“They’re being very careful not to violate the law,” Johnston said. “The IRS commissioner who is a tax lawyer sent a letter saying they referred this to the Justice Department. Of course, the IRS has its own legal shop. It’s called the chief counsel but all they’re doing is trying to avoid directly violating the law which would subject them to the risk of criminal prosecution and prison.”
He then said that Trump truly thinks he can be the president for 14 years.
“He is moving to turn this country into a Trump dictatorship. He said just the other day ‘when I’m president 14 years from now’ and some people take it as a [joke], but he is saying that because he’s thinking about how do I make it,” he said.
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Amazon fires: how celebrities are spreading misinformation
Many high-profile figures seeking to denounce the fires in the Amazon -- from Madonna and Cristiano Ronaldo to Leonardo DiCaprio and Emmanuel Macron -- have unwittingly ended up misleading millions on social media, either sharing photographs of the region that are years old or images taken in other parts of the world.
Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year, the highest number for any year since 2013. Most were in the Amazon.
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"Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning," France's President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter, posting a photograph of a burning forest (1) accompanied by the hashtag #ActForTheAmazon.
US charges 80 in internet fraud and money laundering scheme
US authorities on Thursday announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs.
Federal prosecutors unsealed the dozens of indictments after 17 people were arrested and taken into custody in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States.
Most of the remainder of those indicted were believed to be in Nigeria, the US Justice Department said.
The suspects allegedly targeted the lovelorn, the elderly, and small and large businesses, using a variety of scams to persuade their victims to send money over the internet.
Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction
Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on Friday.
Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino after the death last year of the last male, named Sudan, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where the groundbreaking procedure was carried out Thursday.
Two females, Najin, 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, are the only survivors of the subspecies of white rhino, and live under 24-hour armed guard at Ol Pejeta.