California Democrat Adam Schiff is in a unique position to become one of President Trump’s biggest critics: He is, after all, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
And he is taking advantage of this position to the fullest.
On Thursday, Schiff launched a new attack against Trump, accusing the president of revealing classified information about the CIA during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News. In the interview, Trump casually mentioned that the CIA was the victim of a computer hack. “I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years,” Trump said.
Schiff, responding on Twitter, said that “@POTUS appears to have discussed something that, if true & accurate, would be classified. Had it been anyone else he would call it a ‘leak.’” Schiff acknowledged, however, that as president, Trump has the authority to de-classify any information, but, he said, it should be done “as the product of thoughtful consideration.”
Schiff also went on record several times this week disputing Trump’s claim that the former president Obama had wiretapped the Trump campaign offices, stating that none of the information presented to his committee supports this claim.
“I’ve been a committed opponent of anti-Semitism, racism and totalitarianism all my life,” Gorka said in a brief written statement provided, after weeks of requests, to the Forward by the White House press office. “Any suggestion otherwise is false and outrageous.”
The Forward report did not allege Gorka was anti-Semitic, but rather showed, based on interviews with two senior members of Vitezi Rend, that Gorka had taken a lifelong oath of loyalty to the group.
In his response, Gorka did not deny or confirm being a member of Vitezi Rend.
Furthermore, Gorka did not say whether he reported his membership to American immigration authorities upon seeking U.S. citizenship. A State Department manual states that members of Vitezi Rend are “presumed to be inadmissible” to the country.
Gorka ended his statement by thanking the president for offering him the opportunity to join the White House team, where he serves as his deputy assistant and is in charge of counter-terrorism. “I am grateful to President Trump and his team for giving me the opportunity to serve and keep America safe against today’s totalitarians.”
(JTA) — Kesher Israel has hired a successor to Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested 2 1/2 years ago for secretly videotaping women in the mikvah ritual bath of the Washington, D.C., synagogue, and is now in prison.
Rabbi Hyim Shafner, a congregational rabbi in St. Louis since 2004, will serve as the senior rabbi of the modern Orthodox congregation in the Georgetown section of the nation’s capital. Rabbi Avidan Milevsky has been serving on an interim basis since July 2015.
In a letter to the congregation, Kesher Israel President Elanit Jakabovics described Shafner as “humble, genuine, spiritual, and healing,” as well as “sensitive to the needs of his community and thoughtful in his approach.”
Prior to his St. Louis experience, Shafner served eight years as the campus rabbi at the Hillel of Washington University in that city. He and his wife, Sara Winkelman, spent a year working with the Jews of India, where he served as a community rabbi for the Jews of Mumbai.
Freundel, 64, was arrested in October 2014, and began serving a 6 1/2-year sentence in May 2015 after pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism.
Anti-Semitic fliers calling for an end to “Jewish privilege” have been strewn all over the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to student Eva Zeltser, who posted an image of the poster with her commentary on Tuesday.
“Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege,” the flier shouts, purporting to show with false statistics that Jews monopolize the wealth of America.
Forty-four percent of American Jews, it alleges, are in the top 1% of income earners, a gross exaggeration of the facts, claiming to base the assertion on data from a Pew study. That Pew study, on income across different religious groups, found that 46 percent of Jewish households in America make over $100,000, hardly a sum that puts one in the 1%.
“Found all over the UIC campus. Things like these posters are actively posted to catalyze anti-Semitism and increase hate toward Jews,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “While I try to abstain from writing personal narratives on Facebook, enough is enough. If you are against hate crimes against one group, you should be against these acts of violence for ALL groups.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been cleared in federal and state probes into possible improper fundraising that had ties to the Satmar community in Brooklyn.
“I’ve said consistently that we acted appropriately, we acted ethically, we acted lawfully,” de Blasio told WNYC. “I think this confirms what I’ve been saying.”
Federal prosecutors investigated whether de Blasio gave special treatment to a Satmar Hasidic landlord in exchange for campaign support.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim, who replaced the recently dismissed Preet Bharara, said there was not enough evidence to prove corruption or proof of criminal intent.
No charges for the mayor but he won’t talk to me about it as he leaves Park Slope library in his gym clothes. @NY1 pic.twitter.com/pA2cJ74vSs— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) March 16, 2017
De Blasio is up for reelection in November.
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