Lurking in the background of the roiling debate about harassment and assault in American society are the allegations made against President Trump by at least 19 women, many of whom came forward after the release of the Access Hollywood tape in October 2016. Trump vociferously denies any wrongdoing. “Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?” a reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, in late October. “Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it,” Sanders replied.
Some of the women’s stories date back to the 1980s when Trump’s personal relationships were fixtures of the New York City tabloids; others begin after he returned to the public eye with his NBC series The Apprentice. Their accounts describe a wide range of alleged behavior, including lewd remarks, overt harassment, groping, and sexual assault. One woman, Summer Zervos, is currently suing the president for defamation after he repeatedly called her and the others liars. What follows are details from each accuser—listed alphabetically—and the president’s corresponding defense.
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House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against President Donald Trump, though they acknowledged their efforts have no chance of success while Republicans control both houses of Congress.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, introduced five articles of impeachment that include obstruction of justice for Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, two emoluments clause violations, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press.
“The time has come to make clear to the American people and to this President that his train of injuries to our Constitution must be brought to an end through impeachment,” he said.
Cohen, the ranking member on the House judiciary committee’s Constitution subcommittee, acknowledged the limitations of his proposal.
“I don’t expect the House judiciary committee, which is operated like a branch of the administration, to take up hearings,” he said.
He told members of the press he would likely be facilitating briefings in lieu of hearings.
“There are many reasons why I think the President is an awful President, an awful person, but not all those reasons rise to the level of impeaching a sitting President. We are not seeking his impeachment because of what he did before he was President,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Illinois, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said beside Cohen.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded in a statement, saying time spent calling for Trump’s impeachment “would be better spent focusing on tax relief for American families and businesses.”
“It’s disappointing that extremists in Congress still refuse to accept the President’s decisive victory in last year’s election,” she said.
Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, called the impeachment effort “radical.”
“House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they’ve decided to support a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Democrats have argued to impeach Trump. Earlier this month, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, said the President has committed “significant constitutional impeachable violations,” adding that Democrats needed to act.
The suspected gunman in a Texas church mass shooting on Sunday has been identified as a Texas native in his mid-20s, officials said.
The alleged gunman was ID’d as Devin Kelley from New Braunfels, federal and state law enforcement sources confirmed.
At least 26 people were killed and 20 injured after the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
The shooter is dead, according to law enforcement officials.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told a local newspaper that a man walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and opened fire, leaving multiple people dead.
-Air Force officials confirmed to ABC News he served in the U.S. Air Force from 2010 until he was discharged.
-In 2012, Kelley was court martialed for two counts of assault on his spouse and assault on their child.
-He received a bad conduct discharge, confinement for a year and a reduction to the grade of E-1.
-A source told ABC News Kelley spent a year in the brig at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and got out in 2013 for the 2012 offenses.
-He was dressed in all black with tactical-type gear and was wearing a ballistic vest.
-He was at a Valero gas station before he drove across the street to the church, exited his vehicle and opened fire, according to officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
-He moved to the right side of the church and continued to fire, before he entered the church and shot people inside.
-As he exited the church, a local resident grabbed his rifle and “engaged” the suspect. The suspect dropped what was described as a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church.
-The local citizen pursued the suspect and when law enforcement responded, the suspect crashed and was found deceased in his vehicle.
-It was not immediately clear whether he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident.
-Multiple weapons were found in the vehicle, and the vehicle was being processed by special operations group bomb techs.
-Authorities are searching his social media accounts and said that on Facebook in recent days, he showed off what appeared to be an AR-15-style gun.
-An ATF source said that agents are searching the alleged shooter’s home for explosives.
The family of fallen Army soldier La David Johnson confirmed that President Donald Trump did disrespect her son and his entire family during a condolence call, allegedly. Trump vehemently denied the claims via Twitter, saying that Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson misheard what transpired on the call after witnessing the discussion during a limousine ride.
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Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post that she was present during the call from the White House on Tuesday to Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson. Johnson’s mother also stood by an account of the call from Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) that Trump told Johnson’s widow that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.”
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.
Trump lashed back. He denied Wilson’s account in a Twitter message Wednesday. He said he had “proof” that the exchange did not go as Wilson had described. Trump did not elaborate, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had not taped the conversation. She said several White House staffers were in the room during the call, including chief of staff John Kelly.
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Jemele Hill, an ESPN anchor who called for fans to boycott the NFL, has been suspended for two weeks by the network.
Hill, who called President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter last month violated the company’s social media guidelines for a second time by calling on fans to take indirect action against the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they didn’t stand up during the national anthem.
“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.”
Jones issued his edict before the Cowboys’ game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. It came after amid a backlash against players “taking a knee” during the national anthem, driven in part by President Trump’s angry denouncement of what some players say is legitimate social protest.
“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones said. “We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear.”
Jones’ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem. Hill, an outspoken liberal, tweeted that Jones “has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones… If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts.”
The ESPN host wrote, “By drawing a line in the sand, Jerry put his players under more scrutiny and threw them under the bus… If the rationale behind JJ’s stance is keeping the fanbase happy, make him see that he is underestimated how all of his fanbase feels.”
She urged “paying customers” to “boycott his advertisers” if they don’t agree with Jones’ comments. Hill quoted a list of Cowboys’ advertisers in one of her tweets, which included AT&T, Bank of America, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Ford Motors, MillerCoors and Pepsi, and sent a message to her 760,000-plus Twitter followers.
ESPN, the network that employs Hill, agreed to pay $15.2 billion in 2011 to air the NFL’s “Monday Night Football,” according to The New York Times. Although Hill got off with no formal suspension after calling Trump a “white supremacist,” her latest violation will cost her two weeks of work.
ESPN has not responded regarding whether or not Hill will be paid during the suspension.
The NFL declined comment when reached by Fox News.
Hill, an outspoken liberal who currently has a pair of photographs with Barack and Michelle Obama pinned atop her Twitter feed, co-hosts “SC6,” a relatively new version of the network’s flagship show, SportsCenter.
She was in the middle of a national story when she criticized President Trump on Twitter last month. Her tweets caught the attention of the White House and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said she considers the rhetoric a “fireable offense.” Trump even took to Twitter himself to mock ESPN and demand an apology.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists,” Hill wrote on Sept 11. She called him “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.” Hill also called Trump a “bigot,” and “unqualified and unfit to be president.” She even added: “If he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
Hill eventually admitted that she cried in a meeting with ESPN President John Skipper over the situation.
“Since my tweets criticizing President Donald Trump exploded into a national story, the most difficult part for me has been watching ESPN become a punching bag and seeing a dumb narrative kept alive about the company’s political leanings,” Hill wrote.
“It was the first time I had ever cried in a meeting. I didn’t cry because Skipper was mean or rude to me. I cried because I felt I had let him and my colleagues down,” Hill wrote in a commentary on the ESPN site The Undefeated.
Hill also said she probably needs “to take some classes about how to exercise better self-control on Twitter,” but that didn’t stopped her from encouraging followers to boycott advertising of the Cowboys on a few weeks after the Trump comments.
Jones and the rest of the Cowboys kneeled arm-in-arm before the national anthem before a game against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago, days after Trump reignited the anthem-protest controversy with a series of tweets. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the Anthem last season in protest of what he believed were instances of racial injustice in the U.S. He is currently out of the league and many feel his political stance is why no team has given him an opportunity to play in 2017.
Back in 2014, ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The following year his contract was not renewed by the network. Hill was also suspended nearly a decade ago when she compared Boston Celtics fans to Nazis in a blog on ESPN’s website in 2008.
Las Vegas-based stipper/model Kijuana Nige wasn’t happy that Miami Dolphins team owner Steven Ross and head coach Adam Gase changed course and are now demanding all of their players stand for the anthem.
So she decided to blow up the team’s offensive line coach Chris Foerster, with whom she had an affair with.
She posted a video of the 55-year-old doing coke in the team’s offices.
“I think about you when I do it. I think about how much I miss you, how hot we got together. How much fun it was,” Foerster says in the video. “So much fun. Last little bit before I go to my meeting. I wish I was licking this off your pussy.”
Foerster resigned from the team this morning.
Nige defended herself for posting the video:
“The white people mad at me like I forced blow down this mans nose and like I recorded it on tha low,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “No those are his habits and he recorded himself and sent it to me professing his love. So quick to make excuses for him but will roast a minority player over an anthem, dog fights, weed, domestic issues etc. But y’all keep saying ALL LIVES MATTER STFU‼️”
She also suggested that she had more embarrassing videos of other coaches that will see the light of day if OG anthem protester Colin Kaepernick doesn’t get better treatment.
“They better leave ppl like Colin Kaepernick alone before I pick off more of’em you know this shit easy 4 me,” she wrote in her Facebook comments.
In another comment, she said, ” So is our Nigga Colin Kaepernick back good or what ♀️”
Foerster has coached in the NFL for 25 years, and is one of the league’s highest-paid assistant coaches, making between $2.5 to $3 million per season.
A Dolphins front office source confirmed to the Miami Hera
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has told CBS that he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play football in the NFL again.
According to a report by Jason La Canfora on Sunday, Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season.
Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers and other social injustices. The protests spread this season after the former San Francisco 49ers starter opted out of his contract and was unable to sign on with another team.
The issue has grown as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recently said he was racially profiled by Las Vegas police during a confrontation, and President Donald Trump aggressively chastised players and team owners for protests during the anthem.
According to CBS, La Canfora sat down with Kaepernick, his girlfriend and his trainer on Saturday night. It was not described as an interview, as La Canfora paraphrased Kaepernick’s comments.
La Canfora said his “primary takeaway” was that Kaepernick’s sole focus is on being a quarterback. Kaepernick does on-field work and throws hundreds of passes for several hours a day at an undisclosed location in New Jersey. He also trains in a gym and spends part of his days working with youth in Harlem.
Kaepernick said his agent is talking to all 32 teams, and he’s hopeful a team will give him an opportunity for a tryout. He said the Tennessee Titans knew he wanted to work out for them last week, but he was not among four quarterbacks invited for an audition. The Titans signed Brandon Weeden.
Kaepernick said if he is signed, he doesn’t plan to kneel during the anthem. He also said proceeds from his jersey sales would be donated to charity.
A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert near Mandalay Bay late Sunday, killing at least 50 people, injuring more than 200 and sending the Las Vegas Strip into chaos.The massacre is believed to be the worst mass shooting in United States history.
One off-duty Las Vegas police officer attending the concert was among the victims killed.
The suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, was killed by police on a high-level hotel floor at Mandalay Bay, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said early Monday. He said police believed they had located Marilou Danley, a person of interest associated with Paddock.
Police also found two vehicles, a Hyundai Tucson, Nevada license plate 114 B40, and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, Nevada license plate 79D 401.
The attack came during the last performances on the final night of the three-day Route 91 country music festival, which has been held for the past four years on a 15-acre lot on Las Vegas Boulevard across from Mandalay Bay.
Gunfire from an automatic weapon rang out while Jason Aldean was onstage. Concertgoer Ivetta Saldana, who was there with a friend, said the shots sounded like fireworks.
She said she hid in a sewer.
“It was a horror show,” she said at the Town Square shopping center south of the Strip. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
One responding officer was critically injured, and another had minor injuries, police said.
False reports of other shooters:
At one point police were investigating reports of active shooters at other Strip properties. Those reports turned out to be false.
Mandalay Bay, the MGM Grand and the Tropicana remained on lockdown at 2:25 a.m. Guests were told to stay in their rooms, and the hotel is not letting people into the building.
Roads throughout the area, including I-15 between Blue Diamond Road and Charleston Boulevard, were shut down. The Metropolitan Police Department is asking people to avoid the south Strip.
It appeared the shooter was firing down at concertgoers from upper-level rooms at Mandalay Bay. He was killed on the 32nd floor, police said.
Scores of victims were transported to hospitals across the valley. One off-duty police officer from Bakersfield was among the victims.
NARANJITO, Puerto Rico — Twenty miles from their capital of San Juan, Puerto Ricans still are marooned in a once-lush landscape that Hurricane Maria raked almost entirely of greenery 10 days ago.They are without running water, electricity or consistent communications with the rest of the world.
Obtaining necessities such as water, food and fuel for cars and generators is a daylong mission for each item. But across the Plata River from a long line of cars and people waiting for drinkable water from a tower, a smaller line formed near a PVC pipe trickling water from a hillside spring.
“When it rains, we don’t come,” Ramos said as she watched people fill coolers, pales and bottles to put in their cars. “We gather water from the downspouts and wash clothes by hand.”
Michelle Rebollo, Ramos’ mother, said gathering this water was today’s task.
“Tomorrow we’re going to try to find gasoline,” Rebollo said in perfect English. “Then, we’ll try to get money. Each one is a whole day.”
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Saturday that 714 gas stations, more than half the stations in Puerto Rico, are operating and receiving fuel. But many of the stations lining the roads near Naranjito were closed or confronted travelers with a sign: “No hay gasolina,” no gasoline.
Puerto Rico will receive more fuel in coming days with eight deliveries from Sunday to the next Saturday, Rosselló said.
“Today we have 51 to 53 of 69 hospitals open, depending on how you measure it,” he said. “Nine of those hospitals are energized,” meaning they have a normal electric power supply and do not depend on an emergency generator.
The death toll from Maria has reached 16 so far and is likely to rise, the governor said.
Some of the proceeds will go towards helping the people in Puerto Rico