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Trump to Russia: Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Probe Pressure

President Trump reportedly told Russian officials on May 10 in the Oval Office that firing “nut job” ex-FBI Director James Comey relieved “great pressure” on him, according to The New York Times. “I just fired the head of the FBI He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump allegedly said, based on a document read to the Times by an official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump continued, the day after firing Comey. “I’m not under investigation.” The conversation, according to the Times, reinforces the theory that Trump fired him largely over the bureau’s probe into possible collusion between Russian operatives and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The report indicates that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the account. Following the Times story’s publication, Spicer released a statement claiming that Comey created “unnecessary pressure” on the White House’s ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. “The real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”

READ IT AT The New York Times  
Report: Russia Probe Reaches Current White House Official

The law enforcement investigation into collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign has reportedly identified a current employee of the White House as a significant person of interest, according to a new Washington Post report. The probe has now reached into the highest levels of the executive branch—someone “close to the president,” according to people familiar with the investigation, the Post writes. Up until now, investigators were primarily interested only in people who had wielded influence in Trump’s campaign but have since left, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The speed and intensity of the investigation is expected to accelerate in the next few weeks, according to the report.

READ IT AT The Washington Post  
Huma Abedin Files for Divorce From Anthony Weiner

Huma Abedin has filed for divorce from former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, according to the New York Daily News. Abedin brought an anonymous-versus-anonymous action in Manhattan Supreme Court just hours after Weiner pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit text messages with a 15-year-old on Friday morning. Abedin has reportedly asked the court to seal the case.

READ IT AT New York Daily News  
Jeb Bush: I Told You Trump Would Be the ‘Chaos President’

“When I ran for office, I said [Donald Trump] is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president,” Jeb Bush said on Friday, reminding everyone that he warned during the primaries about how many scandals a potential President Trump would bring about. “Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now,” Bush added, speaking at the annual SALT hedge-fund conference in Las Vegas. As unsolicited advice for Trump, the ex-governor of Florida pointedly said: “Stop tweeting.”

Biden ‘Never’ Thought Hillary ‘Was a Great Candidate’

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday at a conference in Las Vegas that he “never thought” Hillary Clinton was a “great candidate.” He said, “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.” Biden also stressed that he believed Hillary “would have been a really good president.” Biden said he would “probably not” run for president in 2020, because he then would be 78 years old and would prefer to focus on his family in the wake of his son Beau’s death in 2015. Biden said he also has made financial promises to his wife, but after those things are taken care of, “I may very well do it.” He also confirmed that he’s been approached by some who want him to run, but that he simply can’t commit to it yet. Biden also wagged his finger at the increasing partisan divide in Washington. “Argue like hell... but show some respect,” he said.

Times Square Suspect: I Wanted to ‘Kill Them All’

The 26-year-old man charged with murder after slamming his speeding sedan into pedestrians in Times Square—killing one person and injuring 20 others—told police that he wanted to “kill them all.” Bronx man Richard Rojas reportedly told cops that he smoked marijuana laced with PCP. Police said that when he was taken into custody he had “glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady.” He told police that he was “hearing voices” and expected to die in the incident. “He began screaming, no particular words but just utter screaming. He was swinging his arms at the same time,” said a security supervisor at a nearby Planet Hollywood who tackled Rojas before he was arrested. Officials are still waiting for toxicology results. An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, Alyssa Elsman, was killed in the crash. Her 13-year-old sister, who was standing nearby, was among those injured. At least three of the injured victims were still in critical condition with head injuries on Friday.

READ IT AT The Guardian  
Fox News Fires Bob Beckel Again

Fox News has fired Bob Beckel again, announcing Friday that his contract had been terminated “for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.” Beckel had been one of the five hosts on Fox’s prime-time gabfest The Five. According to lawyer representing a black IT worker at Fox who was allegedly the butt of Beckel’s remark: “Mr. Beckel stormed out of his office when our client, a Black IT employee came to service his computer, telling our client that he was leaving his office because he is Black. To make matters worse, after our client lodged a complaint about Mr. Beckel's racist behavior, Mr. Beckel, in front of Chief Human Resource Officer Kevin Lord, attempted to intimidate our client and persuade him to withdraw his complaint.” The lawyer alleges that Fox leaked the story and fired Beckel to get ahead of the complaint. Fox News previously fired Beckel in 2015 amid his recuperation from back surgery. Initially, the network described the split as amicable, but within hours then-executive Bill Shine released a new statement lambasting Beckel for having taken “tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy, and goodwill” and that he’d held the network “hostage” with his personal issues. Beckel then joined CNN as a contributor before re-joining The Five this year.

READ IT AT Variety  
Rosenstein Talked Comey With Sessions Before Joining DOJ

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about replacing FBI Director James Comey before either had officially joined the Trump administration. According to The New York Times, Rosenstein indicated in a Friday memo briefing to members of Congress that he had long believed Comey should be replaced because of his public handling of the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Additionally, Rosenstein revealed that he and Sessions had discussed the replacement idea this past winter, while he was still being considered for the administration position he eventually got.

READ IT AT The New York Times  
Chris Cornell’s Wife Questions Cause of Death

The wife of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is publicly questioning a Detroit medical examiner’s ruling that her husband committed suicide in his hotel room Thursday morning. In a letter, Vicky Cornell and the late rocker’s family attorney said they are “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally took his life” and that “without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris—or if any substances contributed to his demise.” Cornell had a prescription for Ativan and, according to his family, could have misused the drug or made a medical mistake. The letter cited medical literature that states “Ativan can cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech, and impaired judgment.” Cornell, 52, was found on the floor of his hotel room with what cops described as a “cord” around his neck.

READ IT AT The Hollywood Reporter  
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Brazil's Attorney General Accuses President of Corruption

Brazil’s attorney general accused President Michel Temer of corruption and obstruction of justice, according to details of an investigation released by the Brazilian Supreme Court on Friday. Brazilian newspaper Globo reported Wednesday that they had audio of Temer allegedly paying hush money to a former lawmaker. Temer began serving as acting president last May while former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was facing impeachment trials and became president in August. Brazilians began protesting Temer's right-wing administration en masse last summer, including during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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