LEAVING IT TO CONGRESS? Trump has not spoken to Comey on Obama wiretap claims, WH says

FOX News

President Trump has not spoken to his FBI director about his claims that former President Barack Obama tapped his phones last year, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer – who put the onus on Congress to investigate the widely disputed allegations. Spicer, appearing for his first on-camera briefing since Trump's explosive allegations over the weekend, was peppered with questions Tuesday about what proof, if any, the president had. Spicer said no evidence supporting the wiretapping claim had been shared with him and that the issue was above his paygrade. He added that Trump's tweets should be taken "at face value" and pushed back on reports the White House was attempting to walk back the claims. One official apparently claiming to have insight, however, is FBI Director James Comey.


Federal judge dismisses racketeering claims against Trump family

FOX News

Trump responds to former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. A Manhattan judge on Wednesday dismissed claims that President Trump and his eldest children broke federal racketeering laws by promoting marketing opportunities that brought thousands in losses for investors, but allowed state claims to proceed. The plaintiffs claimed in a 2018 class-action lawsuit that Trump Corporation, Donald Trump, Don Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump received millions in secret payments by promoting a multilevel marketing company called American Communications Network. President Trump speaks to the media about the testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to Congress. Trump endorsed the company in speeches and on "The Celebrity Apprentice."


Trump Wanted to Be Sworn-In With "Art of the Deal" And Other Explosive Claims From Omarosa's Book

Slate

The former Apprentice villain turned White House staffer is ramping up publicity for her soon-to-be-released tell-all book that has several juicy tidbits to keep Washington talking even if many doubt the source of the information. Omarosa Manigault Newman, who once said critics of her former boss would one day be forced to "bow down to President Trump," now calls him a "racist, bigot, and misogynist." The book is set to officially be released Aug. 14 but a few media outlets managed to get a hold of early copies and Manigault Newman is set to make an appearance on Meet the Press Sunday to discuss Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Manigault Newman's book "riddled with lies and false accusations" and Trump called her "a lowlife" during a photoshoot on Saturday. Reporter: "Do you feel betrayed by Omarosa?" President Trump: "Lowlife.


4chan believes it has proof that Trump sex act claims are fake news

Mashable

Users on the biggest pro-Donald Trump subreddit are sharing a 4chan post that they believe proves that unverified claims about Trump and a sex act are fake news. An unverified intelligence dossier published by BuzzFeed contained allegations that Trump hired prostitutes to participate in a urine-based sex act in a Moscow Ritz-Carlton Hotel. However, one anonymous 4chan user claims to have sent anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson fanfiction "about Trump making people piss on a bed Obama slept in." Now 4chan users believe that this was the idea behind the scandal. In the /pol/ thread, an anonymous post from Nov. 1, the week before the election, reads: "So they took what I told Rick Wilson and added a Russian spy angle to it.


Trump distances White House from GCHQ wiretap claim

BBC News

Donald Trump has said he did not "make an opinion" over claims the UK's GCHQ spy agency carried out wiretapping on him during the US election campaign. Speaking at a press conference in Washington, Mr Trump said the White House had quoted a legal commentator who appeared on US TV channel Fox News. GCHQ rejected allegations made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that it spied on Mr Trump, as "nonsense". Downing Street says it has been assured the US will not repeat the claims. Mr Trump was asked by a German reporter after the president's meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel about British involvement in the wiretapping claims, which the White House has provided no evidence for.