PARISLa Maison du Whiskythe house of whiskyis a high-end shop on a back street. The French presidents palace and various government offices devoted to intelligence and law enforcement are nearby, and on a weekend the neighborhood is very, very quiet.At 3:16 last Sunday morning, when it appears nobody was around but surveillance cameras were working, two people broke into the shop with relative ease to pull off a stunning heist.In all, they reportedly took 69 bottles estimated by the
How much does it cost for President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet members to travel? We’re about to find out. Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary,Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (who is also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) took government planes this year. hosted by a campaign benefactorThen, of course, there’s Tom Price, who left his position in September following revelations that he spent on private air travel during his tenure as head of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Washington (CNN)The White House is seeking to distance President Donald Trump from the indictments of two former campaign officials, claiming that the charges have nothing to do with Trump's campaign or his presidency.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday's actions from the special counsel have "nothing to do with the President, nothing to do with the President's campaign or campaign activity" and proves there is "no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion."Asked how the mood is inside the West Wing,
Roy Lyness, who put the stars in touch with the advisers behind the set-up, was the accountant behind the similar K2 tax avoidance scheme used by comedian Jimmy Carr.Paradise Papers - exposing the tax secrets of the ultra-rich Live updates of the Paradise Papers leak All you need to know about the leak Trump aide's links with sanctioned Russians Queen's private estate invested offshore Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Bilton asks Mrs Brown’s Boys star
One of the Republicans’ favorite fiscal tricks is masking benefit cuts for average Americans behind tax cuts. The hope is that most voters will see a paltry middle-class tax cut instead of the massive cuts to programs and huge breaks for the rich. The House GOP’s newest attempt at a massive tax cut for the wealthy was released on Thursday. Called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the plan is heavy on cuts and low on jobs. We don’t
Washington (CNN)House Republicans announced a probe into the circumstances surrounding the sale of a uranium mining company to Russia's Atomic Energy Agency, Rosatom, that was approved by the Obama administration in 2010.The deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a committee that is composed of representatives from several US government agencies, including the State Department, which at the time was led by Secretary Hillary Clinton. The Hill reporting raises questions about
On their first full day of jury deliberations at the bribery trial of Senator Robert Menendez, a juror asked the judge a basic question: What is a senator?U.S. District Judge William Walls declined to answer the question, and he refused that juror’s request for a transcript of Monday’s closing argument by Menendez’s attorney, Abbe Lowell. The panel had returned to the Newark, New Jersey, federal courthouse Tuesday after spending about 75 minutes deliberating the day before. Walls told jurors
Washington (CNN)Donald Trump can't tweet his way out of this one.Like clockwork, Trump sought Tuesday morning to discredit the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and his campaign's potential role in it.Mueller's command of the Washington game and mechanics of the law, on show in his first salvo against the Trump team, also represent a test for Trump's instinctive mastery of disruption and diversion."This was an impressive strategy that played out," Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director of
Late last month, a woman biking alongside President Donald Trump‘s motorcade extended her middle finger and became a folk hero to the left. Now, she’s out of a job. Juli Briskman revealed that her employer, Akima LLC, fired her once they realized she was the woman in the picture, she told the Huffington Post. On its About page, Akima says it has a wide variety of interests in government contracting, playing “leadership roles in information technology, data communications, systems engineering, software development, cybersecurity,
(CNN)Jared Kushner has turned over documents in recent weeks to special counsel Robert Mueller as investigators have begun asking in witness interviews about Kushner's role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, CNN has learned.Kushner voluntarily turned over documents he had from the campaign and the transition, and these related to any contacts with Russia, according to a source familiar with the matter. The documents are similar to the ones Kushner gave to congressional investigators.Two separate sources told
As if the news could get any worse for President Donald Trump. Amid the hubbub of Monday’s three-hit beating from the federal investigation into Russian election meddling, a monied effort to impeach the president surpassed a major milestone. A petition launched by progressive mega-donor Tom Steyer calling for Trump’s impeachment surpassed 1.1 million signatures, Axios reports. While petitions alone cannot, of course, begin impeachment proceedings, the popularity of the petition is yet another sign of the president’s contentious stature
Singapore, among the world’s most expensive places to own a vehicle, will stop increasing the total number of cars on its roads next year. The government will cut the annual growth rate for cars and motorcycles to zero from 0.25 percent starting in February, the transport regulator said on Monday.“In view of land constraints and competing needs, there is limited scope for further expansion of the road network," the Land Transport Authority said in a statement on its
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, tasked with pursuing collusion between Read More: Follow the Trump Administration’s Every Move Even more than the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, the case -- showing how Russians attempted to influence key Trump aides -- lays out a blueprint for Mueller’s work as his prosecutors circle other campaign officials.The case against Papadopoulos details repeated contact between Trump’s campaign team and agents working on behalf of Russian interests during the 2016 election campaign. Emails and
Washington (CNN)A former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI after he lied about his interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government -- the campaign's clearest connection so far to Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. In addition, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign official Rick Gates surrendered Monday to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. A former Trump campaign official said
Four days after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed a handful of executive memos to advance the Keystone XL pipeline and revive the U.S. steel industry. He invited builder TransCanada Corp. to reapply for a permit denied by Barack Obama and ordered up fast-track rules forcing not only Keystone but also all new U.S. pipelines to be made from American steel. “From now on, we’re going to be making pipeline in the United States,” he said.Made-in-America Keystone was a stunt.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMobile zoo owner Scott Gavin uses snakes and a raccoon dog at parties Mobile zoos that provide exotic animals for children's parties will require licences to operate in England, the government has said.It comes as the RSPCA told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme animals such as meerkats and raccoons were being handled and kept inappropriately.Animals used currently range from snakes and tarantulas to - more controversially - skunks and monkeys.Animal welfare