Feb 1, 2019

Trump says Kamala Harris has had best "opening act" out of 2020 Democrats

Donald Trump (L) and Kamala Harris (R) Photos: Mark Wilson; Mason Trinca via Getty Images

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times Thursday, President Trump said Sen. Kamala Harris has had the best "opening act" out of the Democrats who have signaled they will run for president in 2020.

The big picture: Trump said the Democratic party as a whole has “really drifted far left” and claimed Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been "hurt very badly with the Pocahontas trap," referring to her effort last year to prove she has Native American heritage. When asked about speculation that he may not run for re-election in 2020, Trump told the Times that he loves being president and that he doesn't see any viable Republican candidates who could challenge him in a primary.

Other highlights:

  • On Roger Stone: Trump said he never spoke to his longtime associate Roger Stone about WikiLeaks, but that the way FBI agents raided Stone's house at 6 a.m. was "a very sad thing for our country."
  • On the Mueller investigation: Trump said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told his attorneys that he is not a subject or target of the Russia probe. He said he "does not know" if that covers the investigation in the Southern District of New York as well.
  • On his intelligence chiefs: Trump said testimonies by CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence — in which they contradicted him on their threat assessments of Russia, Iran and North Korea — were "mischaracterized."

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DOJ watchdog finds flaws in FBI surveillance process beyond Page application

Carter Page. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Justice Department inspector general found errors in 29 out of 29 randomized FBI applications for acquiring wiretap warrants through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, according to a report released Tuesday.

Why it matters: The broad DOJ audit of the FISA program stems from a damning investigation into the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, which uncovered "serious performance failures" by some FBI officials during the Russia probe. The IG's final findings come as Congress debates whether to renew the authority it grants to the FISA courts.

Coronavirus dashboard

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U.S. coronavirus updates: White House studies models projecting virus peak

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The White House and other institutions are observing several models to better understand and prepare cities for when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.

The state of play: The coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S. in two weeks, but many states like Virginia and Maryland will see their individual peaks well after that, according to a model by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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