By Barbara Goldberg and Steve Gorman NEW YORK (Reuters) - The two top Democrats in New York's state legislature said on Sunday that sexual harassment allegations leveled against Governor Andrew Cuomo by five women, most of them former aides, have undermined his ability to lead and he should resign. In calling for the governor to step down, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also cited charges that Cuomo's governing style created a "toxic work environment" and that his office under-reported the coronavirus death toll among nursing home residents. "Everyday there is another acco...
Former President Donald Trump's effort to enforce a nondisclosure agreement against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has failed, The New York Times reports.
Trump sued Manigault Newman after she published incriminating tell-all book about him in 2018.
"The decision in the case, which Mr. Trump's campaign filed in August 2018 with the American Arbitration Association in New York, comes as the former president is enmeshed in a number of investigations and legal cases related to his private company," the Times reports.
In a statement, Manigault Newman, who was also a contestant on the reality TV show "The Apprentice," said that Trump "has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years."
"Finally the bully has met his match!" she added.
"That's right, folks. We won," said her attorney, John M. Phillips, on Twitter. "We won. We won. We beat the former President of the United States at his own game and added precedent to show his NDA is worthless."
Lies filtered through Trump’s White House ‘like they were in the air conditioning system’: former aide
From Donald Trump's mysterious 2019 visit to Walter Reed hospital, to his decision to ban travel from China in response to COVID-19, a "culture of lies" consumed the former president's administration, according to a new book from his one-time press secretary Stephen Grisham.
"Casual dishonesty filtered through the White House as if it were in the air conditioning system," Grisham writes in "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to the Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the forthcoming tell-all.
Back in January, the Post reported that Trump made 30,573 false or misleading claims over four years — but that figure didn't necessarily include those detailed in Grisham's book.
In 2019, Trump visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center without telling the media why, resulting in a "days-long mystery in the national news," the Post reports.
However, Grisham implies in the book that Trump's Walter Reed visit was for the purpose of undergoing a simple colonoscopy, although she doesn't actually use the word.
"As for the elaborate concealment — Grisham writes that Trump was resistant to having Vice President Mike Pence in power even for a short period of time, and he didn't want to be 'the butt of a joke' on late-night TV," the Post reports.
Grisham suggests that Trump could have used the bully pulpit to "demystify colonoscopies and save lives," the Post reports.
"But as with COVID, he was too wrapped up in his own ego and his own delusions about his invincibility," according to Grisham.
Trump also lied about his decision to ban travel from China in the early days of the pandemic. He didn't actually want to impose the travel ban, despite his later claims that he did, but "the upcoming election influenced every decision Trump made about the pandemic," according to Grisham.
"Sometimes the staff even lied to Trump," the Post reports. "When President George H.W. Bush died, the staff arranged for the former president's family to have use of Air Force One, as is customary, but obscured most of the details from Trump for fear of his reaction. The airplane was used to carry Bush's service dog, Sully, his family and his casket to the funeral."
Grisham writes: "We knew he wouldn't be okay with that, even for a brief trip. Dead bodies, death, sickness — those things really seemed to creep him out."
Trump provokes fear among Georgia GOP leaders as he continues crusade against state’s Republican governor
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Georgia Republican officials are upset and concerned by former President Donald Trump's attacks on Gov. Brian Kemp and mock endorsement of Democratic voting rights activist and former state Senate Minority Leader Stacey Abrams to replace him in 2022 — but many of them are still too worried about reprisal from Trump's voting base to criticize him directly over it.
"The former President's criticism of Kemp now includes hyping Democrat Stacey Abrams as a preferable alternative to the GOP governor, whose crime against Trump was staying out of his attempt to overturn the Georgia 2020 election returns," reported Michael Warren. "'Having her, I think, might be better than having your existing governor, if you want to know what I think,' Trump said Saturday at his rally in Perry, adding later, 'Stacey, would you like to take his place? It's OK with me.'"
Trump has been furious at Kemp ever since President Joe Biden won the state of Georgia last year. The former president expected Kemp and other GOP officials he endorsed like Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step in and prevent Georgia's electors going to Biden. Although they swiftly enacted a package of controversial new voter restrictions going forward, Kemp and Raffensperger bluntly told Trump there was nothing in the law to let them overturn the election.
According to the report, however, Republicans are divided over how to respond to Trump's behavior, fearful that efforts to criticize him could simply make officials like Kemp even more divisive.
"Despite Trump's loss in Georgia last year, he remains a popular figure among the Republican base in the state. Candidates get nowhere with their own voters by taking Trump on directly," said the report. "'What they don't put up with is you attacking him, because then it is Trump and them against you. They see themselves as Trump's people, Trump's followers, Trump's defenders,' said a senior GOP official who is loyal to Kemp. 'As long as you don't make him the victim ... that's the only needle to thread.' So far, neither Kemp nor his campaign has responded publicly to Trump's taunts. His office declined to comment for this story."
Abrams, who was Kemp's opponent in 2018, has not yet formally decided if she will mount a rematch in 2022.
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