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Trump Lawyer’s Advice to President: Don’t Pardon Russia Probe Figures

One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyers said Sunday he is advising him to not pardon anyone linked to the year-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election because it would “just cloud” the perception that there was wrong-doing.  

Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor and part of Trump’s legal team, told CNN, “You’re not going to get a pardon because you’re involved” in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. But he said that in the months to come pardons were “certainly not excluded” if Trump concluded “you’ve been treated unfairly.”

“The president has issued no pardons in this investigation,” Giuliani said. “The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation.”

“And my advice to him, as long as I’m his lawyer, is not to do it,” he said. “Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind. I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired or anybody being pardoned.”

Trump has pardoned several conservative icons in recent weeks, but Giuliani said no one being investigated by Mueller “should rely on it.”

Even so, he said, “When it’s over, hey, he’s the president of the United States. He retains his pardon power. Nobody’s taking that away from him. He can pardon in his judgment based on the Justice Department, counsel’s office, not me. I’m out of it. And I shouldn’t be involved in that process because I’m probably too rooted in his defense, but I couldn’t and I don’t want to take prerogatives away from him.“

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed last week, prompting new questions whether Trump might pardon him. Manafort is accused of witness tampering in a criminal case that stems from his lobbying efforts for Ukraine years before he was a top Trump aide for nearly five months during the 2016 campaign.

Trump attacked Manafort’s jailing, saying on Twitter, “Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort …. Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob…. Very unfair!”

There is no indication when Mueller’s investigation might end. He is probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interests to help him win and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey when he was leading the agency’s Russia investigation before Mueller, over Trump’s objections, was appointed to take over the probe.

In a new broadside against the investigation, Trump tweeted, “WITCH HUNT! There was no Russian Collusion. Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion. The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax. Too bad they didn’t look at Crooked Hillary like this. Double Standard!” His reference to “Crooked Hillary” is his oft-repeated pejorative for his 2016 challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani called for investigation of the origins of the Mueller investigation, contending it was “premised on Comey’s illegally leaked memo” about the FBI’s director’s private conversations with Trump.

“There’s a lot of unfairness out there, but we don’t know the scope of it,” Giuliani said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trump Lawyer’s Advice to President: Don’t Pardon Russia Probe Figures

One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyers said Sunday he is advising him to not pardon anyone linked to the year-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election because it would “just cloud” the perception that there was wrong-doing.  

Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor and part of Trump’s legal team, told CNN, “You’re not going to get a pardon because you’re involved” in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. But he said that in the months to come pardons were “certainly not excluded” if Trump concluded “you’ve been treated unfairly.”

“The president has issued no pardons in this investigation,” Giuliani said. “The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation.”

“And my advice to him, as long as I’m his lawyer, is not to do it,” he said. “Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind. I want that to come out loud and clear and not get clouded by anybody being fired or anybody being pardoned.”

Trump has pardoned several conservative icons in recent weeks, but Giuliani said no one being investigated by Mueller “should rely on it.”

Even so, he said, “When it’s over, hey, he’s the president of the United States. He retains his pardon power. Nobody’s taking that away from him. He can pardon in his judgment based on the Justice Department, counsel’s office, not me. I’m out of it. And I shouldn’t be involved in that process because I’m probably too rooted in his defense, but I couldn’t and I don’t want to take prerogatives away from him.“

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed last week, prompting new questions whether Trump might pardon him. Manafort is accused of witness tampering in a criminal case that stems from his lobbying efforts for Ukraine years before he was a top Trump aide for nearly five months during the 2016 campaign.

Trump attacked Manafort’s jailing, saying on Twitter, “Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort …. Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob…. Very unfair!”

There is no indication when Mueller’s investigation might end. He is probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interests to help him win and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey when he was leading the agency’s Russia investigation before Mueller, over Trump’s objections, was appointed to take over the probe.

In a new broadside against the investigation, Trump tweeted, “WITCH HUNT! There was no Russian Collusion. Oh, I see, there was no Russian Collusion, so now they look for obstruction on the no Russian Collusion. The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax. Too bad they didn’t look at Crooked Hillary like this. Double Standard!” His reference to “Crooked Hillary” is his oft-repeated pejorative for his 2016 challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani called for investigation of the origins of the Mueller investigation, contending it was “premised on Comey’s illegally leaked memo” about the FBI’s director’s private conversations with Trump.

“There’s a lot of unfairness out there, but we don’t know the scope of it,” Giuliani said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN Special Envoy Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees in Iraq

The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie said on Sunday.

The Hollywood actress was visiting the Domiz Camp, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which is home to 33,000 Syrian refugees displaced by seven years of civil war.

Funding received by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help refugees from the Syrian conflict fell sharply this year from 2017 when the agency received only 50 percent of the funds it needed, Jolie told a news conference.

“There are terrible human consequences. When there is even not the bare minimum of aid, refuge families cannot receive adequate medical treatment. Women and girls are left vulnerable to sexual violence, many children cannot go to school, and we squander the opportunity to invest in refugees,” she said.

UNCHR will publish figures on Tuesday that show that the number of displaced people globally, and the duration of their exiles, are “the highest they have ever been”, she said.

“At the same time political solutions seem to be completely lacking leaving a void that humanitarian aid cannot fill. Words like ‘unsustainable’ don’t really paint a picture of how desperate the situation really is,” said Jolie.

She met families at the camp, including two mothers who are now widows caring for young children after their husbands died from conditions that could have been treated under normal conditions, Jolie said.

In 2011, Domiz was a small camp housing tents. Now it is a town complete with concrete houses, shops and fast food stalls.

Ahmed Hussein, a refugee father of nine children, one of whom died and five of whom are handicapped, said he and other refugees lacked access to basic treatment and could not find jobs.

“I wish Angelina had come to my house to meet my handicapped children who need medical treatment,” he said in his makeshift house where he has been living since 2015 when he fled the Syrian town of Qamishli with his family.

Mosul devastated

On Saturday Jolie visited Mosul, the biggest city in northern Iraq, which Iraqi forces took back last year from Islamic State militants, who had occupied the city for three years, forcing 900,000 residents to flee.

Jolie met families from western Mosul and walked through bombed out streets, video footage and photos provided by the UNHCR showed.

Normality has returned to many parts of Mosul, with displaced residents leaving camps nearby to return home, but reconstruction in the Old City in West Mosul has been slow.

It was largely destroyed during a campaign by a 100,000-strong alliance of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi’ite militias backed by air support from a U.S.-led coalition.

“This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years working with UNHCR. People here have lost everything,” Jolie said in a U.N. statement.

“They are destitute. They have no medicine for their children, and many have no running water or basic services,” she said. “I hope there will be a continued commitment to rebuilding and stabilizing the whole of the city. And I call on the international community not to forget Mosul.”

Jolie has worked for UNHCR since 2001, visiting uprooted civilians from Iraq to Cambodia and Kenya. This was her fifth visit to Iraq, UNHCR said.

 

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Trump Renews Defense of North Korea Agreement

U.S. President Donald Trump renewed his defense Sunday of the agreement he reached with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, saying it already has led to an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear tests and “rockets flying all over the place.”

Trump has voiced his irritation at U.S. critics’ assessment that the brief pact he and Kim signed at their Singapore summit was not specific enough to ensure an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons development. The accord said Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” but set no timetable for the disarmament or terms for independent inspections of North Korean nuclear sites.

Trump, on Twitter, said, “Funny how the Fake News” – Trump’s term for news stories he doesn’t like – “in a coordinated effort with each other, likes to say I gave sooo much to North Korea because I ‘met.’ That’s because that’s all they have to disparage! We got so much for peace in the world, & more is being added in finals. Even got our hostages/remains!”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late last week the United States and North Korea will soon resume negotiations, possibly this week, and the U.S. “most definitely” is expecting verifiable North Korean action to denuclearize the Korean peninsula by the end of Trump’s first term in the White House in January 2021.

Trump also defended his decision to end military exercises with South Korea, long an irritant to North Korea, as Washington and Pyongyang attempt to finalize terms of the denuclearization.

“Holding back the ‘war games’ during the negotiations was my request because they are VERY EXPENSIVE and set a bad light during a good faith negotiation. Also, quite provocative. Can start up immediately if talks break down, which I hope will not happen!” he said.

While en route home from the summit, Trump tweeted, “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” an assessment both Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Congress said amounted to hyperbole or wishful thinking, even as they as they mostly praised Trump’s effort in meeting with Kim.

One Trump critic, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer, mangled an American idiom and inadvertently praised Trump, saying that the summit was “all cattle and no hat,” meaning substantive and no talk, instead of the opposite, correct phrasing, he meant to say, “all hat and no cattle.”

Trump tweaked his political rival Sunday, saying, “Chuck Schumer said ‘the Summit was what the Texans call all cattle and no hat.’ Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites. Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Бойовики зірвали відведення військ біля Станиці Луганської – ООС

На Донбасі підтримувані Росією бойовики зірвали відведення військ від Станиці Луганської, повідомив на брифінгу представник прес-центру Операції об’єднаних сил Микола Бондарчук.

«Російсько-окупаційні війська черговий раз зірвали відведення військ в районі населеного пункту Станиця Луганська, о 22-й годині (16 червня – ред.) відкривши вогонь зі стрілецької зброї. Об’єднані сили дотримуються взятих зобов’язань щодо забезпечення рішень Тристоронньої контактної групи», – наголосив Бондарчук.

Українська сторона під час засідання Тристоронньої контактної групи в Мінську 13 червня заявила, що для розведення сил та засобів в районі Станиці Луганської потрібне дотримання тиші протягом семи днів.

Сторони домовилися про розведення сил біля Станиці Луганської ще у вересні 2016 року, однак цей процес зривався кілька разів.

Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської анексії Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці сепаратистів. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати лише російські «добровольці». За даними ООН, за час конфлікту загинули понад 10 тисяч людей.

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Бойовики зірвали відведення військ біля Станиці Луганської – ООС

На Донбасі підтримувані Росією бойовики зірвали відведення військ від Станиці Луганської, повідомив на брифінгу представник прес-центру Операції об’єднаних сил Микола Бондарчук.

«Російсько-окупаційні війська черговий раз зірвали відведення військ в районі населеного пункту Станиця Луганська, о 22-й годині (16 червня – ред.) відкривши вогонь зі стрілецької зброї. Об’єднані сили дотримуються взятих зобов’язань щодо забезпечення рішень Тристоронньої контактної групи», – наголосив Бондарчук.

Українська сторона під час засідання Тристоронньої контактної групи в Мінську 13 червня заявила, що для розведення сил та засобів в районі Станиці Луганської потрібне дотримання тиші протягом семи днів.

Сторони домовилися про розведення сил біля Станиці Луганської ще у вересні 2016 року, однак цей процес зривався кілька разів.

Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської анексії Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці сепаратистів. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати лише російські «добровольці». За даними ООН, за час конфлікту загинули понад 10 тисяч людей.

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США: 20 людей поранено внаслідок стрілянини

20 людей отримали поранення в результаті стрілянини, що сталася в американському місті Трентоні (штат Нью-Джерсі) на фестивалі Art All Night, повідомляє агентство AP.

16 постраждалих отримали вогнепальні поранення, четверо поранених – у критичному стані, у тому числі 13-річний хлопчик, зазначають з посиланням на місцеву прокуратуру.

Правоохоронці повідомляють, що вогонь відкрили двоє підозрюваних близько 3-ї години ночі в неділю. Одного з нападників, 33-річного чоловіка, за даними поліції, застрелили. Про другого нападника інформації немає.

На момент початку стрілянини на культурно-музичному фестивалі Art All Night було близько тисячі людей, усі вони в паніці розбіглися.

Поліція з’ясовує обставини і причини події, а також мотиви зловмисників.

1 жовтня 2017 року сталася стрілянина в Лас-Вегасі, штат Невада, під час концерту музики кантрі, загинули понад 50 людей, близько півтисячі були поранені.

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США: 20 людей поранено внаслідок стрілянини

20 людей отримали поранення в результаті стрілянини, що сталася в американському місті Трентоні (штат Нью-Джерсі) на фестивалі Art All Night, повідомляє агентство AP.

16 постраждалих отримали вогнепальні поранення, четверо поранених – у критичному стані, у тому числі 13-річний хлопчик, зазначають з посиланням на місцеву прокуратуру.

Правоохоронці повідомляють, що вогонь відкрили двоє підозрюваних близько 3-ї години ночі в неділю. Одного з нападників, 33-річного чоловіка, за даними поліції, застрелили. Про другого нападника інформації немає.

На момент початку стрілянини на культурно-музичному фестивалі Art All Night було близько тисячі людей, усі вони в паніці розбіглися.

Поліція з’ясовує обставини і причини події, а також мотиви зловмисників.

1 жовтня 2017 року сталася стрілянина в Лас-Вегасі, штат Невада, під час концерту музики кантрі, загинули понад 50 людей, близько півтисячі були поранені.

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