Nov 21, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1. Another day of reckoning

President Trump has broken with his party leadership and his own daughter, telling reporters that Roy Moore "totally denies" the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him and "you have to listen to him also."

Axios' Jonathan Swan emails with crucial context: "The RNC and NRSC have pulled all support for Moore. Multiple senior Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said they believe Moore's female accusers... Ivanka Trump told the AP: 'There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I've yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts.'"

More from Trump:

  • "We don't need a liberal Democrat in that seat... we don't need somebody soft on crime like [former prosecutor Doug] Jones."
  • "Women are very special. I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very very good for women and I'm very happy" these things are coming out.
  • Reminder: Trump faced multiple harassment and assault allegations of his own during the presidential campaign.

But Trump was only part of another historic day. The quick hits:

  • CBS fired broadcaster Charlie Rose after a Washington Post article detailed multiple claims of harassment, including several on the record. PBS ended their relationship, and Bloomberg terminated their retransmission of his show.
  • Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) initially denied the BuzzFeed report that his office settled with a former worker after he allegedly fired her for turning down sex. He since admitted the settlement, but continues to deny the harassment allegations. He now faces a House Ethics Committee probe.
  • The New Yorker's latest by Ronan Farrow exposed how Harvey Weinstein allegedly used non-disclosure agreements, opposition research and favorable ties with the New York district attorney to evade prosecution.
2. What you missed
  1. Inside the FCC's plan to end net neutrality. Details.
  2. Trump and Putin's phone call: The two spoke for an hour today. Topics included Syria, Ukraine, North Korea and terrorism.
  3. Latest from Niger: The Pentagon confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that additional remains of Sgt. La David T. Johnson were found at the site of the attack in Niger that killed four U.S. service members. More.
  4. Mugabe is officially gone: The African strongman has finally resigned after a coup. That's it.
  5. About those iPhones: Students have been working illegal overtime hours to assemble the iPhoneX at Apple's main supplier in Asia. Extra info.
1 fun thing

The annual presidential turkey pardon happened today, and Drumstick picked up the crucial pardon.

Trump's joke: "As many as of you know, I have been very active in overturning many actions of my predecessor, but I have been informed by the White House Counsel's Office that Tater and Tot's pardons [made by former President Barack Obama] cannot under any circumstances be revoked. Tater and Tot, you can rest easy."


Mike Allen