Dec 1, 2017

Sen. Warner questions why Trump still denies Russian interference

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee questioned why President Trump won't acknowledge Russian interference. "Frankly, virtually every one of my Republican colleagues acknowledges Russian intervention. The one individual that still seems to deny that this is not a major issue is Donald Trump."

Why now: Former National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian officials earlier today.

More from Warner:

  • "My hope is that General Flynn will tell everything he knows and tell why he was having these contacts with Russians, who directed these contacts. I think it goes well beyond the fact that he just lied to the FBI."
  • He wants to bring Jared Kushner back to the Hill for questioning: "I believe there's an awful lot of questions that Mr. Kushner still has to answer."
  • "We've got now two people pleading guilty, we've got a campaign manager and his deputy still under indictment. How many more figures have to be brought to justice because of their ties with Russia before we end up connecting all these dots?"
  • The Trump team "can't distance themselves" from Michael Flynn. Earlier, Trump lawyer Ty Cobb said nothing about Flynn's guilty please "implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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