Oct 1, 2018

Without evidence, Trump suggests Feinstein leaked Ford letter

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President Trump suggested that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member, leaked a letter from Christine Blasey Ford that accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s during a press conference on Monday.

Reality check: Ryan Grim, reporter at The Intercept who first broke the story about Ford's allegations, tweeted, "Feinstein's staff did not leak the letter to The Intercept." And Sen. Feinstein has denied these claims herself.

"She should have said, 'Listen, I have a problem. I have this report. I'd like the FBI to look at while we're doing the hearings.' We had two months! No, she didn't do that. She waited until we were closed, but then she probably leaked it, but you know, who am I to say? But she probably leaked it based on her very bad body language the other day."
— President Trump

The big picture: Trump said the same during a campaign rally in West Virginia on Saturday, citing no evidence beyond Feinstein's "body language" during Senate Judiciary's Thursday hearing that she leaked Ford's letter.

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Trump hits back at Mattis: "I gave him a new life"

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President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"

Obama praises young protesters, urges mayors to pursue police reforms

Former President Barack Obama called on all mayors to review their use-of-force policies and commit to policing reform in a virtual town hall Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brothers Keepers Alliance.

Why it matters: Obama has addressed the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed on social media and in a Medium post, but this was his first time speaking about the past week's events on camera. His voice will add weight to the growing pressure on local, state and federal officials to pursue policing reforms.

James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution

Mattis on Fox in Septemnber 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

Why it matters: Trump’s former defense secretary had refrained from publicly criticizing his former boss since resigning in 2018.