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Cryptic tweet from Stormy Daniels' lawyer hints at photos tied to alleged Trump affair

Stormy Daniel's lawyer hints at photos

Only days before porn star Stormy Daniels is scheduled to appear on CBS' 60 Minutes to discuss her alleged affair with President Trump, her lawyer on Friday tweeted a tantalizing photo of a CD inside an opened safe, suggesting she has photos linked to the relationship.

In a caption accompanying the tweet, attorney Michael Avenatti writes: "If 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' how many words is this worth????? #60minutes #pleasedenyit #basta"

In an exchange of comments below the tweet, a writer suggests the CD in the photo only contains video of Daniels taking a lie detector test in 2011 about the alleged affair. Avenatti replies: "Nope. Enjoy Sunday and the days that follow..."


Trump removes H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, replacing him with John Bolton

HR McMater out, Bolton in.President Trump fired his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, Thursday and named John Bolton to succeed him, according to the White House.

McMaster's ouster comes amid a period of particular turmoil in Trump's national security team, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired March 13 and CIA Director Mike Pompeo was named to replace him.


Retired general tears into Kushner: 'Simply outrageous' he is leading representative of US

Gen. Barry MccaffreyA retired four-star Army general during an interview Wednesday tore into White House adviser Jared Kushner.

“Putting Jared Kushner, a 30-something person with no foreign policy or defense policy experience, as a leading representative of the United States is simply outrageous,” retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey told MSNBC.

He also warned that Kushner's portfolio shows the "personalization of a family business dealing with U.S. policy."

Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, has faced scrutiny in the past.

Earlier this month, a group of 25 House Democrats called for White House chief of staff John Kelly to fire Kushner.




Trump shakes up his legal defense team with John Dowd's resignation

John DowsThe shake-up of President Trump's legal team continued Thursday with the resignation of attorney John Dowd.

"I love the president, and I wish him well," Dowd said in a brief statement.

The move comes at a critical juncture for the president whose lawyers are in the midst of negotiations with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller over terms of a possible interview with Trump.


Trump orders tariffs worth billions against China for 'aggression'

Trump signs China tariff billPresident Donald Trump signed a presidential order Thursday to impose new tariffs on imported Chinese products, as a means to stem "economic aggression" by Beijing.

The announcement slaps billions of dollars in potential fiscal penalties on Chinese imports that Trump said will "make us a much stronger, much richer nation."

"We want reciprocal, a mirror," he added. "If they charge us, we charge them the same thing. That's the way it's gotta be."


UAE adviser lobbied Trump to oust Tillerson

UAE adsaviser lobbied Trump to ouster TillersonGeorge Nader, a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), worked for over a year to transform one of the largest donors to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, into a tool of influence for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to the New York Times.

The newspaper revealed in a report published on Wednesday that George Nader, a Lebanese-American, offered Eliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser, more than $1bn worth in contracts and helped deliver deals worth more than $200m with the UAE.

According to the documents obtained by the NYT, Nader and Broidy were pushing the White House to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had several confrontations with US President Trump over critical foreign policy issues, namely Iran and the Gulf crisis. Tillerson was laid off last week.



How a Witness for Mueller and a Republican Donor Influenced the White House for Gulf Rulers

George Nader and Donald Trump

A cooperating witness in the special counsel investigation worked for more than a year to turn a top Trump fund-raiser into an instrument of influence at the White House for the rulers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to interviews and previously undisclosed documents.

Hundreds of pages of correspondence between the two men reveal an active effort to cultivate President Trump on behalf of the two oil-rich Arab monarchies, both close American allies.

High on the agenda of the two men — George Nader, a political adviser to the de facto ruler of the U.A.E., and Elliott Broidy, the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee — was pushing the White House to remove Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, backing  confrontational approaches to Iran and Qatar and repeatedly pressing the president to meet privately outside the White House with the leader of U.A.E.


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