President Trump has tapped an “aggresive” longtime Jewish legal adviser to serve as his private attorney while a special counsel investigates whether his campaign worked with Russia in last year’s election.
Fox Business News and ABC first reported that Trump hired Marc Kasowitz, a New York-based trial lawyer known as a tenacious litigator, to represent him in a Justice Department investigation headed by former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller.
The appointment of a private attorney may indicate that Trump is seriously considering the impact the federal investigation could have on him personally and that he may wish to protect himself should others in his administration turn against him.
“He can be aggressive - he’s got that in him for sure,” said John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, who has worked with and opposite Kasowitz. “He also can be smooth as silk, respectful and deferential.”
Kasowitz has represented Trump for more than 15 years but he is not known as a criminal defense lawyer. During last year’s presidential campaign, Kasowitz threatened to sue the New York Times if it did not retract a story about women who accused Trump of touching them inappropriately. The Times did not retract the story.
Fox News host Sean Hannity has temporarily backed off from his embrace of conspiracy theories surrounding the murder of Seth Rich — after the family of the slain Democratic staffer pleaded for respect.
The embattled right wing media kingpin scrapped a planned appearance by hacker Kim Dotcom that he had promised would offer a bombshell breakthrough in the puzzling case.
The cancellation came after Rich’s parents pleaded in a Washington Post opinion piece for an end to political speculation about the July 2016 slaying, which they believe was a botched street robbery near Rich’s home in a gentrifying Washington D.C. neighborhood.
“We ask those purveying falsehoods to give us peace,” the Riches wrote.
Fox News retracted a story pushing claims that Rich was behind the leaks Tuesday. But a defiant Hannity insisted he wouldn’t back down. “I retracted nothing,” he said.
Hannity has relentlessly pushed unfounded suggestions that Rich might have been the source for the explosive Wikileaks dump of Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Far right wing supporters of President Trump believe the slaying of Rich might have been in retaliation for his supposed leaking. They claim that information could exonerate Trump of ties between his campaign and Russia, even though it is unclear how the two issues are related.
President Trump’s main speech during his visit to Israel took place on Tuesday at the Israel Museum , rather than the Knesset, the parliamentary building where foreign dignitaries usually speak. One possible reason, according to the Speaker of the Knesset: The Israelis couldn’t guarantee that he wouldn’t be interrupted by heckling lawmakers.
As Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein revealed in a tweet on Tuesday: “The topic of Trump’s speech at the Knesset emerged as a first option in discussion but it was made clear to the president’s staff that it was not possible to guarantee a speech without interruptions, and that is how it fell off the agenda. Sad!”
הנושא של נאום טראמפ בכנסת עלה כאופציה ראשונה בדיונים אך הובהר לצוות הנשיא, שלא יכולים להבטיח נאום ללא הפרעות, ובזה זה ירד מסדר-היום. חבל! — Yuli Edelstein 🇮🇱 (@YuliEdelstein) May 23, 2017
Edelstein made similar remarks in front of a nearly-empty Knesset on Tuesday, according to the Times of Israel : “Due to six or seven [Members of Knesset] for whom 20 seconds’ fame is more important to them than the status of the Knesset, the plenary is empty today.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was heckled by MKs from the majority-Arab party Joint List when he addressed the Knesset in 2014.
Israel will host the 2018 Men’s World Lacrosse Championships, the Israel Lacrosse Association (ILA) announced on Tuesday.
Lacrosse is a sport typically dominated by the U.S. and Canada, but Israel has one of the fastest growing programs in the world; the national team finished in seventh place at the 2014 World Championships, and placed second at the 2016 European championship.
In a press release, ILA director Scott Neiss called the decision an “honor,” adding that, “we’re delighted to showcase our country, our facilities, and the spirit of Israel to the world.” The tournament will be played in the city of Netanya from July 12-21.
Team Israel put together a Cinderella run for the ages at the World Baseball Classic earlier this year. Could the lacrosse team do the same?
( JTA ) — Monica Lewinsky said the late Roger Ailes’ success in building Fox News was directly related to his capitalizing on the affair involving the former White House intern and then-President Bill Clinton.
Ailes, the former head of Fox News forced out under the cloud of a sexual harassment scandal, died last week at 77.
“This is not another obituary for Roger Ailes,” Lewinsky wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times published Tuesday. “It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally.”
Ailes, Lewinsky charges, took the story of her affair with Clinton and the subsequent trial and “made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day.”
“As the past year has revealed, thanks to brave women like Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, it is clear that at Fox, this culture of exploitation wasn’t limited to the screen,” wrote Lewinsky. “The irony of Mr. Ailes’s career at Fox — that he harnessed a sex scandal to build a cable juggernaut and then was brought down by his own — was not lost on anyone who has been paying attention.”
This article has been sent!Close