Lie detector test indicates Stormy Daniels was truthful about Trump affair  

From NBC News:

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels underwent a polygraph exam in 2011 about her relationship with Donald Trump, and the examiner found there was a more than 99 percent probability she told the truth when she said they had unprotected sex in 2006, according to a copy of the report obtained by NBC News Tuesday.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, took the lie detector test at the request of a magazine that interviewed her in 2011, but didn’t publish the content at the time.

The report is accompanied by a sworn declaration from the examiner, signed on Monday, March 19, 2018, attesting to the polygraph report’s authenticity. Details of the report were first published by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. […]

“Long before Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, Ms. Clifford passed a lie detector test confirming her relationship with Mr. Trump,” Avenatti said. “Where are his test results claiming otherwise? Where are Mr. Cohen’s test results claiming otherwise? When this is over, the American people will know the truth about the relationship and the cover-up.”

In an interview with NBC News today, Avenatti confirmed that he paid $25,000 to purchase the video of the polygraph exam along with related documentation.

“The reason why we did that was because we caught wind of the fact that there were number of third parties, some in the mainstream media, that were attempting to purchase the video and the file for use in what I would describe as nefarious activities,” Avenatti said. “We purchased the materials and the video to make sure that they were maintained from an evidentiary standpoint for potential use in the case.”

Clifford is now locked in a legal battle with Trump and his team over a nondisclosure agreement she signed shortly before the 2016 election in exchange for $130,000.

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Republicans bet their Senate majority on Trump  

From Politico:

His approval rating is perpetually underwater, and the pandemonium surrounding his presidency only grows the longer he’s in the job.

But Senate Republicans are nevertheless making a counterintuitive, all-in bet that President Donald Trump will save their 51-49 majority — and perhaps even help them pick up a few seats. […]

Yet even if the GOP does follow through on its full Trump deployment plan, Democrats argue that the president’s personality and popularity among some voters is neither transferable to other Republicans nor enough to put their candidates over the top. Just look at the two latest examples, they say: Trump went all in for Rick Saccone in last week’s Pennsylvania special House election, and before that for Roy Moore’s Senate bid in Alabama.

Both lost.

“The pattern here is every time he goes in, they lose,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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For the first time, Trump aims at Mueller  

From Politico:

For 10 months, President Donald Trump and his team abided by a simple rule: Don’t go after special counsel Robert Mueller.

But this weekend, as he digested news that the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election was circling nearer to him and his family, Trump came closer than ever to abandoning his unspoken truce with Mueller, reigniting fears among Republicans that the president could fire the special counsel.

Cooped up in the White House without any public events on his schedule and cable news blaring, Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade that differed from past outbursts in one significant way: He mentioned Mueller directly. Before this weekend, Trump had only referenced Mueller by name once on Twitter, in a retweet.

Now, it appears, Mueller is fair game. […]

Firing Mueller would set off a firestorm in Washington, likely triggering a severe backlash against the president even among his Republican supporters in Congress.

“If he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule-of-law nation,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. The senator issued the same warning last summer after Trump raised the same alarms.

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Trump finalizing opioid plan that includes death penalty for dealers  

From Politico:

The Trump administration is finalizing a long-awaited plan that it says will solve the opioid crisis, but it also calls for law enforcement measures — like the death penalty for some drug dealers — that public health advocates and congressional Republicans warn will detract from efforts to reverse the epidemic.

The ambitious plan, which the White House has quietly been circulating among political appointees this month, could be announced as soon as Monday when President Donald Trump visits New Hampshire, a state hard hit by the epidemic. It includes a mix of prevention and treatment measures that advocates have long endorsed, as well as beefed-up enforcement in line with the president’s frequent calls for a harsh crackdown on drug traffickers and dealers.

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Trump celebrates the firing of ‘choirboy’ FBI deputy McCabe days before his retirement  


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former No. 2 official who was deeply involved in the agency’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in the 2016 US election.

Sessions announced the firing on Friday, saying that an investigation indicated that McCabe had lied under oath — a major ethical violation for an FBI official and potentially a criminal offense.

President Donald Trump, who has long called for McCabe’s firing but said the decision was up to Sessions, chimed in just after midnight on Twitter, calling the ouster ‘a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy.’

‘Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!’ Trump continued. Trump fired Comey as FBI director last May.

The latest sacking came just two days before McCabe planned to retire after more than 20 years of FBI service, yanking the full government pension he would have otherwise qualified for. The pension was said to be worth about $1.8million.

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Robert Mueller has likely crossed Trump’s ‘red line.’ Now what?  

Referring to the recent subpoena ordering “the Trump Organization to hand over all documents related to Russia and other topics” under investigation — and examining “the role foreign money may have played in funding Mr. Trump’s political activities” — journalist Charles Pierce opines that clearly special counsel Robert Mueller has “pole-vaulted” over President Trump’s red line.

Pierce writes:

From this, it looks like Mueller plans to burn it all down. It looks as though he’s decided that everything with which this president is involved is so irredeemably corrupt and lousy with dirty money that trying to split the difference between which corruption was involved with the campaign, and what dirty money financed it, is an impossible rat’s nest to untangle. So the easiest thing is to light a match and see what burns in what color flame. […]

There is a sense right now of something stirring in the murk. Too many people are acting far too nervously. Something shapeless is rising from the deep and, waiting for it, is Robert Mueller. He plunges implacably forward and, if he ever does look behind him, sees only the rising floodtide of the Rubicon.

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Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says porn star was physically threatened to remain silent over alleged affair with Trump  

From USA Today:

Lawyer Michael Avenatti, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program and CNN’s New Day, did not elaborate on who made the alleged threat or whether it occurred before or after she signed a non-disclosure agreement with Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, not to discuss her alleged relationship with Trump. […]

Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the allegations of a physical threat against Daniels, Avenatti said it was not an allegation but a fact.

“The fact is that my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump,” he said.

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