Jun 9, 2017

Trump's attorney tries to muddle Comey leak timeline

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Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal attorney, released a new statement today pushing back on reports that his response yesterday to fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony inaccurately represented the timing of news reports surrounding Comey's interactions with Trump.

Kasowitz's claim: Comey claimed in his testimony yesterday that Trump's infamous "tapes" tweet on May 12 was his impetus for leaking his memos regarding his interactions with Trump to the New York Times, leading to the first report of their existence on May 16. But Kasowitz says that a Times report on May 11 about Comey's dinner with Trump must mean that Comey had incorrectly testified about the day he'd leaked the memos.

But consider: The sources for the dinner report in the Times are "associates" of Comey. And Comey's written opening statement said: "As was my practice for conversations with President Trump, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterwards and shared it with the senior leadership team of the FBI."

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  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.