Trump Reportedly Questioning Authenticity of ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape
â€œWhen Youâ€™re a Star, They Let You Do Itâ€
Donald Trump, likening himself to embattled Senate hopeful Roy Moore, is reportedly questioning the authenticity of the â€œAccess Hollywoodâ€ tape in which he brags about sexual assaulting women.
Moore has been accused by at least nine women of various acts of inappropriate behavior, child sexual assault, and sexual assault including groping. Moore reportedly has a history of hitting on teenaged girls as young as 14, and many of his accusers have advised they were 16 to 18 when he pursued them.
In a report detailing Trumpâ€™s break from some Republicans with his defense of Moore, The New York Times noted that the president had privately vented about his daughter Ivankaâ€™s condemnation of the potential US Senator. But â€œsomething deeper has been consuming Mr. Trump,â€ they further reported:
He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous â€œAccess Hollywoodâ€ tape, in which he boasted about grabbing womenâ€™s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. (In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.)
So Mr. Trump has been particularly open to the idea, pushed by Mr. Mooreâ€™s defenders, that the candidate is being wrongly accused, even as Mr. McConnell and a parade of other Republicans have said they believe the accusers.
It was just over a year ago that the nation learned of the â€œAccess Hollywoodâ€ tape, recorded in 2005. As NCRMÂ reportedÂ at the time:
Video has surfaced of Donald Trump bragging about kissing, groping, trying to have sex with various women, and making lewd comments about women while married to Melania Trump.
The video, obtained byÂ The Washington Post, was recorded in 2005, mostly on a bus trip as Trump and Billy Bush were headed to a studio where the billionaire would record a cameo for the soapÂ â€œDays of Our Lives.â€Â
Trump, while bragging, told Bush,Â â€œwhen youâ€™re a star, they let you do it.â€
â€œI moved on her and I failed. Iâ€™ll admit it,â€ Trump says in the video.Â
â€œI did try and f— her. She was married,â€ Trump also says.
â€œAnd I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, â€˜Iâ€™ll show you where they have some nice furniture.â€™â€
â€œI moved on her like a bitch, but I couldnâ€™t get there. And she was married,â€ Trump says. â€œThen all of a sudden I see her, sheâ€™s now got the big phony tits and everything. Sheâ€™s totally changed her look.â€
â€œIâ€™ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her,â€ Trump continues.â€œYou know Iâ€™m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. Itâ€™s like a magnet. Just kiss. I donâ€™t even wait.â€
â€œGrab them by the p—y,â€ Trump also says. â€œYou can do anything.â€
â€œAnd when youâ€™re a star they let you do it,â€ Trump brags. â€œYou can do anything.â€
The video can can be seen below:
At least 16 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs
A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
According to an NBC News report from October, Corcoran directed another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, to sign the letter claiming a thorough search of Mar-a-Lago had been made and all classified or “sensitive” documents had been returned. That was proven untrue after federal agents, executing a search warrant, recovered hundreds of documents with classified markings.
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