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Ex-FBI Chief Comey – Trump ‘Morally Unfit To Be President’

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Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump is a man “morally unfit to be president”, who treats women like “pieces of meat”.

Mr Comey was giving his first major television interview since he was fired by President Trump last year.

He told ABC News that Mr Trump lies constantly and may have obstructed justice.

Hours before the interview aired, the president went on the offensive, accusing Mr Comey of “many lies”.

Mr Comey told ABC’s 20/20 programme on Sunday night: “I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia.”

“I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.

“Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that,” Mr Comey said.

After the interview aired, Mr Trump’s party – via the Republican National Committee – released a statement saying Mr Comey’s publicity tour for his new book showed “his true higher loyalty is to himself.”

“The only thing worse than Comey’s history of misconduct is his willingness to say anything to sell books,” it said.

How did we get here?

It is the latest development in a long-standing feud between the two men, further fuelled by the upcoming publication of Mr Comey’s memoir A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.

The ex-FBI chief is on a publicity blitz for the book.

President Trump has said the” badly reviewed book” raises “big questions”. He also suggested Mr Comey should be imprisoned, and in recent days began referring to him as a “slimeball”.

The story dates back to the 2016 presidential election, when Mr Comey was FBI director, and the investigation into Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails on a private server while Secretary of State.

In July 2016, he said that she had been “extremely careless” in her handling of the emails but the FBI would not press charges.

However, in October, days before the vote, he sent a letter to Congress telling them the FBI was reopening an investigation after finding more emails. The letter went public – and Mrs Clinton says it handed Donald Trump the election.

On 6 November, the FBI said it had completed its review into the new trove of emails and there would, again, be no charges.

Once Mr Trump became president, Mr Comey says he tried to extract a pledge of personal loyalty from him – something the president fiercely denies.

In March 2017, when alleged links between Mr Trump’s campaign and Russia were being investigated by the FBI, Mr Trump allegedly pressured Mr Comey to publicly declare that the president was not personally being investigated – something the then director says he declined to do.

Some Democrats blamed Mr Comey for costing Mrs Clinton the election, while Trump supporters felt he was targeting the president with the Russia investigation.

He was fired by President Trump in May, finding out about his dismissal from TV news.

What about obstruction of justice?

ABC News has released a full 42,000-word transcript of the interview between Mr Comey and chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

A chunk of the interview deals with the sacking of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on 13 February 2017 for lying about contacts with the Russian ambassador.

A day later, Mr Comey is sitting in the Oval Office with Mr Trump alone – the vice-president and the attorney-general have been asked to leave.

The former FBI head asserts in the interview that Mr Trump tried to pressure him into dropping any investigation in Mr Flynn.

“I took it as a direction,” he told Mr Stephanopoulos. “He’s – his words were, though, ‘I hope you can let it go’.”

Mr Comey says he let the comment pass, but concedes he should perhaps have suggested to the president that it would amount to obstruction of justice.

“It’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. It would depend and – and I’m just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent.”

Mr Trump strongly denies Mr Comey’s account.

 

Source: BBC

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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At 92

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Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92.

She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush.

Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and had declined further medical treatment.

Tributes to her poured in from across the US political establishment.

Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US president. Their son, George, was elected in 2000 and served two terms as the nation’s 43rd president.

He said in a statement: “My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.”

Mr Bush said his mother had “kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end”, adding: “I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”

A statement from the office of her husband described her as a “relentless proponent of family literacy”.

Mrs Bush was also the mother of Jeb Bush, who served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and unsuccessfully ran for the White House in 2016.

As first lady, Mrs Bush went beyond the traditional role of a political spouse, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to help parents and children from disadvantaged communities to read and write.

She was a fierce advocate of civil rights and went against many of her husband’s Republican party supporters with her more liberal view on abortion rights.

In a statement from the White House, President Donald Trump said Mrs Bush would be long remembered for her devotion to country and family, “both of which she served unfailingly well”.

 

Source: BBC

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Ghanaian, Others Jailed 139yrs For Cocaine Smuggling At Heathrow

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A Ghanaian living in the UK has been jailed 20 years for the prominent role he played in a cocaine smuggling deal at the Heathrow Airport in the UK.

Wilfred Owusu, 30, was part of a 13-member drug smuggling syndicate busted in December 2016 at the busy airport and were jailed for a total of 139 years on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

The gang was dealing in over 100 kilograms of cocaine, which had an average of 78.5% purity, which was seized during the 15-month scam by Border Force officers.

The drug smugglers led by two corrupt BA baggage handlers imported £32 million of cocaine through Heathrow before being busted by border police.

The syndicate, the court heard, stuff suitcases with the restricted and prohibited items from Brazil from the international arrivals carousel at Heathrow Airport to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks and were being aided by baggage handlers to sneak the cases out of the airport.

Security agents used CCTV footage at the airport to close down on them.

Owusu and others were identified as wholesalers with international contacts who were able to rake cash in for the gang.

Another Ghanaian, Felicia Owusu, who served as a pick-up agent to the gang at the airport, will be sentenced on June 1 due to ill-health.

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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[Video] Ghanaian student in Harvard ‘assaulted’ by police

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A Ghanaian Harvard University student, who was reportedly high on drugs, was repeatedly punched by a police officer after running naked into the street, in an incident that was captured on video on Friday night.

The Mayor of a Massachusetts city called the video “disturbing.”

Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern said in a statement Sunday that the police department has assured him the altercation on the video is being investigated. McGovern says “Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well.”

Police say officers were called Friday night after receiving reports of a naked man standing on a traffic island. Police say the man resisted arrest once on the ground and the officer struck the man to gain compliance.

The Ghanaian, Selorm Ohene, was arrested on charges including disorderly conduct and assault. It’s not clear whether Ohene has an attorney.

He has since been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on an ambulance personnel

 

Source: AP

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