Trump campaign consultant took data about millions of Facebook users without their knowledge

Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Tom Hamburger, The Washington Post Published 9:10 pm, Saturday, March 17, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: ANDREW TESTA Image 1of/35 CaptionClose Image 1 of 35 Christopher Wylie, who helped Continue Reading

Obstruction inquiry shows Trump’s struggle to keep grip on Russia investigation

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election. Public pressure was building for Sessions, who had been a senior member of the Trump campaign, to step aside. But the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, carried out the president’s orders and lobbied Sessions to remain in charge of the inquiry, according to two people with knowledge of the episode. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him. Trump said he had expected his top law enforcement official to safeguard him the way he believed Robert F. Kennedy, as attorney general, had done for his brother John F. Kennedy and Eric Holder had for Barack Obama. Trump then asked, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” He was referring to his former personal lawyer and fixer, who had been Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s top aide during the investigations into communist activity in the 1950s and died in 1986. The lobbying of Sessions is one of several previously unreported episodes that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has learned about as he investigates whether Trump obstructed the FBI’s Russia inquiry. The events occurred during a two-month period — from when Sessions recused himself in March until the appointment of Mueller in May — when Trump believed he was losing control over the investigation. Among the other episodes, Trump described the Russia investigation as “fabricated and politically motivated” in a letter that he intended to send to the FBI director at the time, James B. Comey, but that White House aides stopped him from sending. Mueller has also substantiated claims that Comey made Continue Reading

Trump’s Inner Circle Of People You’ve Never Heard Of

In business and now in government, President Trump has a record for rewarding one thing: loyalty.Besides his immediate family, Trump has a core group of aides inside and outside the White House whom he trusts. Some have been by his side for as long as four decades, others are newer additions, and many more have been kicked out over the years.Trump took some of his most loyal employees with him to the White House: Keith Schiller, Hope Hicks, and Dan Scavino now all have official roles in the administration. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, a key member of the inner circle, is also now well-known. But there are several other characters close to the president who remain outside Washington, occupying a crucial space in Trump’s overlapping worlds of business and politics, especially since the president has spent at least 30 percent of his time in office so far at one of his properties.From top executives at the Trump Organization who have climbed the ranks over the years, to newer associates at his private clubs who are now raising their profiles at Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, there is a constantly evolving group of Trump aides who don’t work for the government but are still closely aligned with the president, wielding influence away from DC’s spotlight.BuzzFeed News spoke with half a dozen current and former Trump employees to get a sense of who matters most in Trump’s outsider orbit. With Trump now in Bedminster for a planned extended vacation, here are some of the people who might have his ear. Matthew Calamari: Calamari is at the center of Trump’s inner circle and one of his most loyal aides. He now serves as chief operating officer of Trump Properties and has worked for Trump for 35 years. Calamari, a former college linebacker who maintains a thick mustache, can be spotted lurking in the background of Trump photographs over the years. The president fondly refers to him as “Matty.”Calamari first got Continue Reading

Incoherent, authoritarian, uninformed: Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read

The president of the United States is not well. That is an uncomfortable thing to say, but it is an even worse thing to ignore. Consider the interview Trump gave to the New York Times on Thursday. It begins with a string of falsehoods that make it difficult to tell whether the leader of the free world is lying or delusional. Remember, these are President Donald Trump's words, after being told a recording device is on: Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. And even these committees that have been set up. If you look at what's going on — and in fact, what it's done is, it's really angered the base and made the base stronger. My base is stronger than it's ever been. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whole thing is. So, I think it's been proven that there is no collusion. It almost goes without saying that literally zero congressional Democrats have said that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Zero. More from Vox: Trump's strategy for dealing with North Korea is in shambles 5 things to know about Puerto Rico 100 days after Hurricane Maria Is Amazon really ripping off the US Postal Service? What key Democrats are actually saying is closer to the opposite. On December 20, for instance, Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and thus the Senate Democrat leading the investigation into collusion, said, "despite Continue Reading

Trump retweets image depicting ‘CNN’ squashed beneath shoe

By Amy B Wang, WASHINGTON POST Updated 8:32 pm, Sunday, December 24, 2017 Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM, AFP/Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Donald Trump participates in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls from his home at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. on December 24, 2017. Trump came under fire earlier in the day for a tweet.  less President Donald Trump participates in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls from his home at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. on December 24, 2017. Trump came under fire earlier in the day for a ... more Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM, AFP/Getty Images Trump retweets image depicting 'CNN' squashed beneath shoe 1 / 1 Back to Gallery President Donald Trump on Christmas Eve retweeted a doctored image with the CNN logo imposed on a bloodlike splatter under his shoe, prompting an outcry - with critics deeming the picture and its timing offensive. The image had originated from a Twitter account named "oregon4TRUMP," as a reply to one of Trump's tweets boasting about his first-year achievements. "So many things accomplished by the Trump Administration, perhaps more than any other President in first year," Trump had tweeted Saturday afternoon. "Sadly, will never be reported correctly by the Fake News Media!" "Thank you President TRUMP!!" oregon4TRUMP replied, adding an apparently altered image of Trump in the back of a car with the crushed CNN logo on the sole of his left shoe. The image had additional text superimposed on it that read, "WINNING." On Sunday morning, in between tweets promoting a conspiracy theory about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and attacking "Fake News" and "Fake Polls," Trump retweeted the Continue Reading

Trump says East Coast could use ‘Global Warming’ during cold

Updated 10:39 pm, Thursday, December 28, 2017 Now Playing: President Trump is getting slammed for his Thursday tweet on global warming. Media: GeoBeats WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday the East Coast "could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming" as bitterly cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend. Trump wrote on Twitter, "In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record." He added: "Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!" In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017The president did not acknowledge the difference between the weather and the climate. Weather refers to the atmospheric conditions during a shorter period, while climate is a longer view of weather patterns. Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a "hoax" created by the Chinese to damage American industry. He announced earlier this year his intention to pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement aimed at curbing greenhouse gas production. The accord set goals for slowing the rate of climate change by reducing the emissions that contribute to melting Arctic ice, increasing sea levels and changing weather patterns across the globe. window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; Continue Reading

Meet Donald Trump supporters from the various groups he’s offended — including women, Muslims and Mexican-Americans

During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign he’s professed love for women, "the Hispanics," "the blacks," "the Muslims" and myriad other groups he has offended — yet hard numbers show they don't love him back. Seventy-seven percent of Hispanics and seven in 10 women view him unfavorably, according to recent Gallup polls. A whopping 86% of black voters viewed him unfavorably in an NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll. Meanwhile, just 7% of Muslims surveyed said they would support him, per a February poll from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A small but very vocal minority, however, has boarded the Trump Train. Some have alienated friends in supporting the bigoted bloviator; others didn't want to be pictured here. All, though, believe that the mad mogul — who has slung misogynistic barbs for decades, called for a "complete shutdown" of all members of an entire religion from entering the country and pledged to build a big, beautiful wall to keep out Mexican immigrants — should be our next commander-in-chief. These are their stories. Mexican-American — and voting for Trump While announcing his candidacy for the highest office in the land, the presumptive GOP nominee famously stereotyped Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and vowed to build "a great wall" on the United States' Southern border — and make Mexico pay for it. He has also pledged to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in America. But Alise Mendoza, a 25-year-old advertising professional from Long Beach, Calif., hasn’t let Trump’s racist rhetoric keep her from supporting him — even though her dad emigrated from Durango, Mexico in the '80s without papers and became a U.S. citizen eight years later. "He came here with pretty much no money, and the reason he came here, obviously, was to get a better life," Mendoza told the Daily News. She says "we need the wall" to prevent Mexican immigrants Continue Reading

Fact check: Trump’s bogus voter fraud claims

Donald Trump is citing unsubstantiated urban myths and a contested academic study to paint a false narrative about rampant voter fraud in the U.S. and the likelihood of a “rigged” election.• Trump claimed “people that have died 10 years ago are still voting,” citing a report that found 1.8 million deceased people remain on voter registration rolls. But the report did not find evidence of wrongdoing, and numerous studies have found such voter fraud is virtually nonexistent.• Trump claimed there is a massive problem with “illegal immigrants [who] are voting,” citing research by Old Dominion professors who say noncitizen voters may have benefited Democrats in 2008. But a Harvard professor who manages the data used in the Old Dominion study said the data was misused and the study’s conclusions are wrong.• Finally, Trump broadly claimed that “voter fraud is very, very common,” and he has called for poll watchers to look for people impersonating voters or voting numerous times. However, numerous academic studies and government inquiries have found in-person voter fraud to be rare.For weeks, Trump has been warning about rigged elections. He urged his supporters in Ambridge, Pa., on Oct. 10 to monitor polls and “watch other communities, because we don’t want this election stolen from us.”In a speech in Wisconsin on Oct. 17, Trump provided some detail and purported evidence to back up his claims about the prevalence of voter fraud, particularly by noncitizens and people casting ballots on behalf of deceased voters. But we found that his evidence is lacking.One of Trump’s principle claims of voter fraud is that “dead people” are voting in large numbers.“People that have died 10 years ago are still voting,” Trump said in his Wisconsin speech.Later, Trump cited a Pew Charitable Trust report as evidence of “dead people” voting in large Continue Reading

The tortured way Ohio GOPers answer Trump question

COLUMBUS - Do you support Donald Trump?It's a question we've asked Republican officials for months now, but one that came to a head last weekend, after the Washington Post unearthed a tape of the GOP nominee's 2005 lewd comments about his behavior toward women. Trump has said controversial and offensive things countless times before, but for some Republicans, this was too much. Some pulled their endorsements.The rest have universally condemned his comments and the behavior they describe, but mostly have stuck with the Republican nominee – even as women subsequently came forward to accuse Trump of touching them inappropriately.Is that awkward for them? Just take a look at these statements from Ohio's top Republicans ahead of Trump's return to Cincinnati Thursday.(Note: These statements were compiled before multiple women accused Trump of touching them inappropriately. The Trump campaign has decried the stories as fiction. The Enquirer reached out to all the officials below, giving them an opportunity to update their statements. Only one did.) Wait, what?Secretary of State Jon Husted has always said state law prohibits him from endorsing in elections. And his answer this week about who he was voting for was rather ... opaque."At this point I can't bring myself to vote for either of them," he told of Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. He said he was leaning for Trump's vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, over Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine. He didn't elaborate.A write-in for Pence? Or using the running mates to pick the presidential candidate?The latter, Husted, a likely 2018 candidate for governor, told The Enquirer Wednesday."Neither candidate represents my values. I do like and respect Mike Pence, and on that basis, and on the basis of who will make the appointments to the upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court, I’m going to vote for the Republican ticket," he said, without naming Continue Reading

Fact check: Trump’s presser on Clinton emails, Putin and more

Donald Trump made several false and misleading statements in an hourlong press conference Wednesday — on Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton’s emails and more.• The Republican presidential candidate wrongly said that Sen. Bernie Sanders had “lied” in saying Trump supported a minimum wage below $7.25. In fact, Trump told NBC News in May that he didn’t support a federal “floor” and would leave it up to the states. Sanders got it right.• Trump insisted again that Vladimir Putin called him a “genius,” even though Putin clarified just last month that he called Trump “flamboyant.”• We found no evidence to corroborate Trump’s claim that Putin “mentioned the N-word one time.” Two experts on Russia told us they had no idea what Trump was talking about.• Trump claimed with no evidence that Hillary Clinton deleted emails from her private server “after she gets a subpoena” from Congress.• There’s also no evidence for Trump’s repeated claim that “many people” saw or knew about “bombs lying all over the floor” of the San Bernardino shooters’ home and didn’t report it.• Trump said Blue Cross Blue Shield in Texas had “announced a 60% increase” in health insurance premiums. That’s a proposed increase for 2017 that has yet to be approved by regulators for certain plans purchased by those buying their own insurance.In the press conference, Trump was right about one top Democrat, Vice President Biden. Trump pointed out that Biden was wrong to say that Trump wanted to “carpet-bomb” in the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. Sen. Ted Cruz said that.Trump claimed that Sanders “lied” in saying that Trump “wants the minimum wage to go below $7.” But Sanders got his facts right. He said Trump “believes that states Continue Reading