„Nobody needs NATO more than France,” he warned. „It’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”
Trump later softened his tone at a joint appearance with Macron, but the French leader stood by his statement, and accused Turkey of working with extremists in Syria.
„The common enemy today are the terrorist groups, as we mentioned, and I’m sorry to say that we don’t have the same definition of terrorism around the table,” Macron said.
He noted that Turkey has attacked the Kurdish militia that backed the allies against the Islamic State and accused Ankara of working with „ISIS proxies”.
Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later came face to face at four-way talks with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and all 29 NATO leaders had dinner with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.
Merkel said she was „relatively optimistic” after the meeting, but Macron warned that „not all clarifications were obtained and not all ambiguities were resolved”.
„There are disagreements, choices that are not the same but there is a need to move forward. I’m a pragmatist,” he said.
Erdogan has threatened to hold up NATO efforts to beef up the protection of the Baltic republics against Russia, unless the other allies declare the Kurdish militias who fought with US and French forces against the IS group in northeast Syria „terrorists”.
NATO has mooted a plan to bolster the defences of Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia against a potential attack from Russia, though details remain unclear.
Polish President Andrzej Duda played down the dispute, saying he believed „a good solution” would be found.
But he too weighed in on Macron, urging him to stop carping about NATO and come up with „concrete propositions” for how to improve the alliance.
– Not paid up in full –
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg renewed his own criticism of the French leader’s remarks, saying allies „should never question the unity and the political willingness to stand together and to defend each other”.
Trump defended Stoltenberg, boasting that NATO members have massively increased their defence spending thanks to his pressure.
But the president then reiterated his long-standing complaints about European spending.
„When I came in, I was angry at NATO, and now I’ve raised $130 billion,” Trump said, referring to the sum Stoltenberg says Canada and European members will have added to defence budgets by next year.
„And yet you still have many delinquent — you know I call them delinquent when they’re not paid up in full,” he said.
Only nine of NATO’s 29 members have reached the target agreed at the 2014 summit to spend two percent of their GDP on defence before 2024.
Trump cited in particular Germany as falling short, spending only 1.2 percent.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was open to cooperation with NATO against joint threats such as terrorism.
In a move likely to unsettle eastern European NATO allies that feel threatened by Moscow, Macron appeared receptive to the idea, calling for a „strategic dialogue” with Russia.
– Where next? –
The substance of the summit is thin, with only one three-hour session planned, where leaders are expected to sign off on a set of decisions already taken by NATO foreign and defence ministers.
These include making space a full domain of conflict — alongside land, sea, air and cyber space — as well as acknowledging the „challenges” posed by China for the first time.
They are expected to approve a new report on how the alliance should approach China and its growing international assertiveness.
„We have now recognised that the rise of China has security implications for all allies,” Stoltenberg said.
What is likely to be more significant in the longer run is the fallout from Macron’s broadside, in which he complained NATO talks too much about money and not enough about strategic priorities.
In response, Germany has suggested setting up an expert panel to look at how NATO can be adapted to address political questions more effectively.
In a testy exchange on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London Tuesday, President Trump clashed with French President Emmanuel Macron about Macron’s criticism of the 70-year-old Western alliance — and over what to do with 2,000 foreign Islamic State fighters being held in Syria.
Asked by a reporter whether Macron had committed to allowing the captured French ISIS fighters to return to his country, Trump said he hadn’t asked.
“Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?” Trump said, turning to Macron. “I could give them to you. You could take every one you want.”
Macron did not appear to be amused.
“Let’s be serious,” Macron replied. “A very large number of fighters you have on the ground — ISIS fighters coming from Syria, Iraq and the region. It is true you have foreign fighters coming from Europe, but this is a tiny minority of the overall problem we have.
“And I think the No. 1 priority, because it’s not yet finished, is to get rid of ISIS,” Macron continued. “It’s not yet done. I’m sorry to say that. You still have fighters in Syria and Iraq, and more and more.”
Trump has claimed repeatedly that U.S. forces defeated “100 percent” of the ISIS caliphate, and used it to justify the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria at the border with Turkey in October.
But while the terror group lost its “final stronghold” in eastern Syria in March, the U.S. military issued a report in June stating ISIS had been able to “regroup and sustain operations” in Iraq and Syria.
Trump also falsely claimed ISIS prisoners being held in Syria are “mostly from Europe.”
In August, James Jeffrey, Trump’s special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, said that roughly 8,000 of about 10,000 terrorist fighters being held in northeastern Syria were Iraqi or Syrian nationals. The rest were from other countries.
Macron said the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and Turkey’s invasion, has led to a “destabilization” of the region, making it “more difficult to fix the situation.”
“Make no mistake,” Macron added. “Your No. 1 problem [is] not the foreign fighters. It is the ISIS fighters in the region.”
Trump turned back to the cameras to respond to Macron.
“This is why he’s a great politician,” he said of Macron. “Because that was one of the greatest nonanswers I’ve ever heard.”
In an interview with the Economist magazine last month, Macron said the United States is “turning its back on us.”
“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron said after Trump assured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he would withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria ahead of Turkey’s planned invasion.
Before their sit-down Tuesday, Trump called the French president’s comments “very, very nasty.”
“You can’t just go around making statements like that about NATO, it’s very disrespectful,” Trump said, in a turnabout from his position as a candidate and then as president, in which he called NATO “obsolete,” “too expensive” and “unfair” to the United States.
Macron, for his part, stood by his “brain death” remark.
“My statement created some reactions,” he said. “I do stand by.”
After months of campaigning, the Democratic Party primary will at last begin in February, with voting in the Iowa caucuses. And after the field of candidates swelled to nearly two dozen, it has continued to contract.
Still, ahead of next summer’s Democratic National Convention in Wisconsin, a dozen-plus politicians are vying for voters, fundraising dollars and media attention against President Donald Trump.
Among other prominent names past and present, such as Sen. Cory Booker and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (who dropped out in November), Biden and three others have pulled ahead thanks to their polling averages and the millions of dollars they’ve raised.
Here’s what you need to know about them.
- National polling average as of this writing: 27 percent, according to RealClear Politics
- Fundraising in the third quarter of 2019: $15.7 million
The vice president under Barack Obama, Biden emerged early as the presumed frontrunner in the race to the White House — and that’s where he’s stayed since launching his campaign in April, despite at-times insurgent challenges from others and relatively uninspiring fundraising. Unlike his fellow Democrats in the race, Biden consistently draws robust support from black voters, a constituency.
The 77-year-old has been a major figure in the Democratic Party for decades, serving as a senator from Delaware from the early ‘70s until 2009, when he left to be Obama’s second-in-command. During his time in Congress, Biden served on both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Biden has said his priorities as president would be rebuilding the middle class, tackling climate change, reforming the criminal justice system and protecting the Affordable Care Act, a signature achievement in Obama’s White House.
Key point: The B-21 is a powerful and modern weapon system, but so is Russia’s new S-400 system.
The Air Force is preparing for a substantial technical “critical design review” of its next-generation B-21 Raider bomber, an aircraft said by developers to mark a new “generation” in stealth technology able to elude the most advanced air defenses in the world.
The review, described by Air Force officials as a key step prior to formal construction of the aircraft, will assess design specs, technology plans, computing power and weapons integration for the new bomber – a platform which service developers say will advance stealth technology itself to new, unprecedented dimensions of technological sophistication.
“The B-21 program has completed preliminary design review. The next step is critical design review. The Air Force remains confident in the B-21’s progress and in delivering this new capability as planned in the mid-2020s,” senior Air Force public affairs director Anne Stefanek, told Warrior Maven earlier this year.
Critical reviews of the emerging B-21 design are essential to engineering a platform able to accommodate the most advanced current and anticipated future stealth properties – which include stealth coating and configuration, radar cross section reduction and heat signature suppression technologies, among other things.
A new generation of stealth technology is being pursued with a sense of urgency, in light of rapid global modernization of new Russian and Chinese-built air defense technologies; advances in computer processing, digital networking technology and targeting systems now enable air defenses to detect even stealth aircraft with much greater effectiveness.
Russian built S-300 and S-400 air defense weapons, believed by many to be among the best in the world, are able to use digital technology to network “nodes” to one another to pass tracking and targeting data across wide swaths of terrain. New air defenses also use advanced command and control technology to detect aircraft across a much wider spectrum of frequencies than previous systems could.
This technical trend has ignited global debates about whether stealth technology itself could become obsolete. “Not so fast,” says a recent Mitchell Institute essay – “The Imperative for Stealth,” which makes a lengthy case for a continued need for advanced stealth platforms.
Moscow (AFP) – Investigators said Tuesday that two sisters who killed their father after years of abuse should face murder charges, in a case highlighting Russia’s dire record on domestic violence.
Three Russian sisters — Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan — stabbed their father Mikhail to death in July 2018 after suffering years of beatings and sexual assault.
They were 17, 18 and 19 at the time.
Their case has sparked protests and calls for the women to receive psychological help instead of being sent to prison.
There is no specific law against domestic violence in Russia and activists have long accused authorities of turning a blind eye to abuse.
Russia’s Investigate Committee said in a statement on Tuesday that it had completed a probe into the killing and was recommending charges of premeditated murder against the two older sisters, Krestina and Angelina, now 21 and 19.
The probe established that the sisters stabbed their father with a knife and beat him with a hammer, causing fatal injuries.
It pointed to „mitigating circumstances” but said the two older sisters were of sound mind and aware of their actions at the time of the attack.
They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Investigators recommended that the youngest sister, Maria, should enter mandatory psychiatric care.
Lawyers and activists say the teenagers were forced to act to save their lives, pointing to poor legal protections for abuse victims.
Mari Davtyan, a lawyer for Angelina, told AFP the case should not go to trial because the sisters „used reasonable force in self-defence”.
– ‘Fought for their lives’ –
Alexei Liptser, a lawyer for Krestina, said the sisters were likely to be convicted despite the campaign in their defence.
„We know that if investigators decide something this is simply a matter of time,” he told AFP, pointing to Russia’s extremely low acquittal rates.
He said the two sisters were asking for a jury trial, adding: „A trial by jury can not only soften the punishment but also acquit.”
The three sisters now live in separate homes and are forbidden to communicate with each other.
North Korea marked the start of the advent season on Tuesday with the promise of a “Christmas gift” for the US if it made no progress on reviving stalled nuclear talks in December.
In April, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, set an end-of-year deadline for Washington to show flexibility in its position, but US officials have described the deadline as artificial, appearing to wave off its significance.
The past few months have been marked by a series of North Korean weapons tests, widely viewed as a sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at failed international efforts to resume talks after the collapse of a February summit in Hanoi between Kim and Donald Trump, the US president.
In the latest statement from Pyongyang, one of several warnings issued via state media, Ri Thae Song, vice minister of foreign affairs, in charge of US relations, accused Washington of trying to drag out denuclearisation talks ahead of the US presidential election next year.
The threat appeared to be in response to a US state department statement calling for “sustained and substantial dialogue” after North Korea’s test of new multiple rocket launchers last Thursday.
“The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US,” he said, referring to the official name used for North Korea.
Pyongyang had “done its utmost with maximum perseverance,” Mr Ri added. “What is left to be done now is the US option and it is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get.”
The US and North Korea attempted to restart backroom negotiations in October but quickly hit another stalemate.
Washington has not yet responded to the veiled warning. However, the statement led to speculation on social media about whether the “gift” could be an intercontinental ballistic missile or a nuclear test.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti told investigators he wanted to help the country’s military learn marksmanship and defeat “thugs” causing instability there, according to a criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint filed last week in a North Carolina federal court charges Marine Sgt. Jacques Yves Duroseau with smuggling firearms. Prosecutors say Duroseau flew from North Carolina to Haiti with baggage including eight firearms — at least five of which he bought himself — but lacked needed authorization to take them abroad.
Duroseau, an active-duty U.S. Marine, and another unnamed person departed an airport in New Bern, North Carolina, on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, bound for Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, with two plastic containers of firearms and a third with ammunition, according to the court filing.
Duroseau had filled out a firearm declaration form with American Airlines stating he was carrying unloaded guns but didn’t have permission from the U.S. Marines to leave the country or permission from U.S. authorities to export firearms, according to the complaint signed by Homeland Security Special Agent Charles Kitchen.
Haitian authorities took Duroseau into custody and ultimately, he was questioned by U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents in that country.
The criminal complaint said he told the agents he had traveled there to “defeat the thugs that have been creating a little bit part of the instability in Haiti.” In describing the eight firearms, he told the agents he “picked every gun” to teach marksmanship to the Haitian Army, according to the court documents.
The Miami Herald first reported on what was in the criminal complaint.
The firearms included five handguns and three rifles, and they were able to trace at least five of them to purchases made by Duroseau, according to court documents. Authorities say they found a 2018 receipt for one of the guns, which was bought at a store in North Carolina, in his trash.
Kitchen stated that Duroseau also brought body armor and an officer’s uniform with him.
The complaint said he has served as a firearms instructor and knew that bringing the guns to Haiti was illegal. He told investigators he knew he would be arrested in Haiti and that it was part of a plan to get attention to make a statement, according to the court documents.
The U.S. Marine Corps confirmed that Deroseau is a machine gunner assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, which is based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He enlisted in 2011, according to a statement from the Marines.
The statement said the allegations are inconsistent with Marine values and “if substantiated, the situation will be expediently, firmly, and fairly adjudicated.”
The NCIS said in a statement that it couldn’t release further information about the investigation.
American Airlines spokeswoman Martha Pantin said it appears Duroseau filled out American’s forms to ship guns and ammunition, which mostly occurs on domestic flights. She said American complies with federal regulations covering the shipment of guns and customer service agents verify that gun cases are locked before the bags are screened. She said employees do not open gun cases.
The criminal complaint said the other person with Duroseau, who wasn’t identified, told agents Duroseau “was in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti to tell them that he wanted to be President of Haiti.” The criminal complaint doesn’t list any charges against the second person.
The electronic court docket doesn’t identify a defense attorney who could speak on Duroseau’s behalf. A spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office, Don Connelly, declined to answer questions about whether Duroseau had a lawyer or when he would be brought back to the U.S. The docket also lists a variation of his surname as Durosau, but the indictment refers to him as Duroseau throughout.
A federal magistrate judge issued an arrest warrant for Duroseau last week and asked the U.S. Marshal’s Office to serve it.
AP Airlines Writer David Koenig contributed to this report.
President Trump employed a now-familiar refrain on Tuesday when asked by reporters in London to comment on Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s younger son, who has been linked to the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. While awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in jail, Epstein allegedly killed himself.
“I don’t know Prince Andrew,” Trump responded, “but it’s a tough story.”
Although the president has been photographed with the prominent member of the royal family on numerous occasions, Trump doubled down on his claim. “I don’t know him, no,” he said of Andrew, who has retreated to private life after a woman who said she was part of Epstein’s teenage sex ring identified the prince as one of her abusers.
Over the years, Trump has denied meeting or knowing many people, including former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; retired Marine Gen. John Allen; New York Times columnist David Brooks; former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and an unnamed woman who claimed he kissed her in the lobby of Trump Tower. Since becoming president, Trump has often tried to distance himself from known associates who have become political liabilities. In the past few months alone, the White House has seemingly put that alibi on a “tape loop” when asked about the witnesses testifying in the House impeachment inquiry. While Trump clearly doesn’t know, or doesn’t remember meeting, some of them, in other cases his denials have the definite ring of implausibility. Here’s a partial sampling:
One day after Bill Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, gave his deposition to House investigators in which he described the Trump administration’s efforts to convince Kyiv to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Trump responded in a tweet.
WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday that phone records unearthed in the impeachment investigation raised questions about whether his Republican counterpart on the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, might have been “complicit” in a White House plot to pressure Ukraine.
“It is, I think, deeply concerning that at a time when the president of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity,” said Schiff, the California Democrat who led the House impeachment inquiry investigation.
„Now there is a lot more to learn about that and I don’t want to state that that is an unequivocal fact,” Schiff added. „But the allegations are deeply concerning. Our focus is on the president’s conduct first and foremost. It may be the role of others to evaluate the conduct of members of Congress.”
Schiff spoke to the press after releasing a 300-page report detailing the findings of his committee’s investigation. The report is being referred now to the House Judiciary Committee, where articles of impeachment against President Trump will be drafted.
In the report, the Intelligence Committee divulged new details about a series of phone calls in early April among a handful of individuals, including Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer; Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani’s who has been indicted for campaign finance violations related to a Trump super-PAC; conservative journalist John Solomon; and Nunes.
The calls listed in the impeachment report took place in the days leading up to the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, in late April, following what the report described as a coordinated “smear campaign” to oust the diplomat from her post in Kyiv.
Solomon wrote articles for The Hill newspaper, beginning in late March, in which he aired a number of accusations against Yovanovitch, painting her as disloyal to Trump.
Yovanovitch called the accusations against her “baseless” in her appearance before the Intelligence Committee and asked, “How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government?”
“Ukrainians who sought to play by the old corrupt rules sought to remove me. What continues to amaze me is they found Americans willing to partner with them, and working together, they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of a U.S. ambassador. How could our system fail like this?” Yovanovitch said.
The accusations against Yovanovitch have fallen apart under closer examination, or have been retracted by their original sources. For example, former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko told Solomon in an article published March 20 that Yovanovitch had given him a list of people not to prosecute, but reversed himself a month later and said that had not happened.
The Intelligence Committee impeachment report paints Parnas as an intermediary between Solomon and various contacts in or around the Trump administration, including the president himself.
“On March 20, 2019, the day The Hill opinion piece was published, Mr. Parnas again spoke with Mr. Solomon for 11 minutes. Shortly after that phone call, President Trump promoted Mr. Solomon’s article in a tweet,” the impeachment report states. It also notes that the Solomon articles were “amplified on social media” by public figures close to the president, such as his son, Donald Trump Jr., and on Fox News.
At the same time, Solomon was writing articles alleging unethical behavior by former Vice President Joe Biden. Solomon’s reporting alleged Biden pressured authorities in Kyiv to fire a prosecutor to prevent an investigation into a Ukrainian energy company that had hired his son, Hunter Biden, to sit on its board. No evidence has surfaced to support this claim.
But the impeachment report indicates that the phone records also show this loose crew of associates passing information along to get the Biden story into Solomon’s articles and then onto Fox News.
Over several days just prior to an April 7 article by Solomon that alleged anti-Trump behavior by Yovanovitch, phone records showed Parnas speaking to Solomon 10 different times, and to Giuliani 16 different times.
And then, on April 10, Nunes and Giuliani exchanged a series of short phone calls. On April 12, Nunes spoke to Parnas twice, once for a minute and a second time for eight minutes, on a day when Parnas was busy calling Solomon and Giuliani multiple times, along with a several-minute call with Trump attorney Jay Sekulow.
Yovanovitch was fired April 23. Schiff said the phone records were “consistent with a lot of coordination of this scheme” to oust Yovanovitch.
The firing of Yovanovitch, according to the impeachment report, removed a principled ambassador and left a vacuum that could be filled by “political appointees far more willing to engage in an improper ‘domestic political errand,’” namely Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into Biden, a political rival.
Trump eventually asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden in a July 25 phone call.
A lawyer for Parnas has already told the Daily Beast that Parnas helped arrange meetings for Nunes with people in Europe in late 2018, as Nunes sought information about the origins of the Mueller probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The Parnas attorney, Joseph Bondy, then told CNN that Parnas is willing to testify to Congress that Nunes met with a former Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, to discuss finding political dirt on Biden.
Nunes has sued CNN and said he did not meet with Shokin.
By Brendan Pierson and Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday handed President Donald Trump another defeat in his bid to keep his financial records secret, directing Deutsche Bank AG <DBKGn.DE> and Capital One Financial Corp <COF.N> to comply with subpoenas from congressional Democrats demanding the material.
A three-judge panel of the Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against Trump’s bid to block two House of Representatives committees from enforcing subpoenas issued in April to the two banks seeking the documents. Trump is expected to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 2nd Circuit rejected Trump’s arguments that Congress lacked a valid purpose for seeking his records and that disclosure of the material would compromise his and his family’s privacy and distract the Republican president from his duties.
The material sought by the committees include records of accounts, transactions and investments linked to Trump, his three oldest children, their immediate family members and several Trump Organization entities.
„The Committees’ interests in pursuing their constitutional legislative function is a far more significant public interest than whatever public interest inheres in avoiding the risk of a Chief Executive’s distraction arising from disclosure of documents reflecting his private financial transactions,” Judge Jon Newman wrote in the ruling.
Trump had sued the two banks in an effort to prevent the disclosure of his financial records. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled in May that the subpoenas could be enforced, prompting Trump to appeal.
„We believe the subpoenas at issue are not valid,” said Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump. „In light of the 2nd Circuit decision, we are evaluating our next options including seeking review at the Supreme Court of the United States.”
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 conservative majority includes two justices appointed by Trump.
Democratic House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the ruling „another victory for the rule of law, our constitution and our American democracy.”
Leaders of the two House panels that issued the subpoenas – Maxine Waters of the Financial Services Committee and Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee – said in a statement the ruling „ensures that a significant amount of the materials sought by our committees will continue to be produced.”
In separate legal cases, Trump also has sought to block House Democrats from obtaining his tax and financial records from his long-time accounting firm.
The subpoenas involved in Tuesday’s ruling were issued months before House Democrats began an inquiry in September into whether there were grounds to impeach Trump over his request to Ukraine to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Trump, running for re-election in 2020, has fought hard to keep his financial and tax records private. He broke with tradition by not releasing his tax returns as a candidate in 2016 and as president.
A PRINCIPAL LENDER
Germany’s Deutsche Bank has long been a principal lender for Trump’s real estate business. A 2017 disclosure form showed that Trump had at least $130 million of liabilities to the bank.
„As we have said previously, we remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,” a Deutsche Bank spokesman said of Tuesday’s decision.
Capital One did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The House Financial Services Committee and the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for records related to Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization. Lawmakers have said the requests are part of a wider investigation into money laundering and foreign influence over U.S. politics.
The Financial Services Committee subpoenaed Virginia-based Capital One, seeking records related to the Trump Organization’s hotel business.
The two banks have said the records involved in the case do not include Trump’s tax returns.
Congressional investigators have already identified possible failures in Deutsche Bank’s money laundering controls in its dealings with Russian oligarchs, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.
Judge Debra Ann Livingston dissented from the ruling, saying Trump and his family raised „serious constitutional questions” about congressional authority to enforce „deeply troubling” subpoenas seeking „voluminous” financial records, and deserved a chance to object to disclosure of more sensitive materials.
Newman was appointed by President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat. Livingston was appointed by President George W. Bush, a Republican. Newman was joined in the ruling by Judge Peter Hall, a Bush appointee.
The Supreme Court as soon as Dec. 13 will decide whether to hear Trump’s appeal of lower court rulings that directed Mazars LLP, his accounting firm, to provide local prosecutors in New York Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018 as part of a criminal investigation.
Trump also is due to file to the Supreme Court by Thursday his appeal of a court ruling in Washington directing Mazars to turn over his financial records to the House Oversight Committee. The Supreme Court last week put the lower court ruling on hold to give Trump time to appeal.
(Reporting by Brendan Pierson and Jonathan Stempel in New York; Additional reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York and Lawrence Hurley in Washington; Editing by Will Dunham and Chizu Nomiyama)
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A U.S. Marine was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday on charges of smuggling undocumented immigrants across the southern border outside of San Diego, according to the Marine Corps.
„On December 2, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a junior-enlisted Marine with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel for allegedly bringing in undocumented immigrants at the San Ysidro port of entry,” the Marine Corps said in a statement. „The Marine is currently being held in civilian custody. The determination as to the adjudicating authority has not yet been made.”
The Marine Corps said that the Marine arrested on Monday had not served as part of the Trump administration’s southwest border support mission. CBP and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are currently investigating the incident, according to the Marine Corps.
The San Ysidro port of entry is the busiest land border crossing in the western hemisphere, processing an average of 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians per day.
The arrest follows the detention of 23 Marines also from 1st Marine Division who were detained in July for human trafficking, drug distribution, and weapons charges. Of those, six have pleaded guilty to charges at courts-martial, according to the service.
„Thirteen Marines submitted and have approved pre-trial agreements requesting separation in lieu of courts-martial or waiving administrative separation boards,” the Marine Corps told ABC News in a statement.”The remaining four Marines are currently in the process of being adjudicated.”
The Marines charged with human trafficking this past summer were alleged to have moved undocumented immigrants from locations within the U.S., not across the border.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday.
Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called “the ‘forgotten’ Jewish refugees.”
“We don’t hear the international community speak of them when they discuss the refugees of the conflict, perhaps because it doesn’t serve the Palestinian narrative,” Danon said, accusing the international community of taking a one-sided approach to refugees and other aspects of the conflict.
He didn’t detail his planned resolution, except to say that it would “acknowledge the wrong done” to the Jews in question and “make right the injustice that they suffered.”
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour reiterated appeals for humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees and said the assembly’s long history of resolutions on the conflict don’t amount to prejudice against Israel.
“It doesn’t work that way,” he told the group.
The remarks came as the assembly weighed, and ultimately approved, resolutions that continue the work of various U.N. components concerned with Palestinian matters and reiterate a roster of longstanding positions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. One measure includes a call for a stop to Israeli settlement of areas Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war — a stance given new resonance by the recent U.S. announcement that it no longer believes the settlements violate international law.
Danon said an estimated 850,000 Jews were forced out of Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Iran, and many other countries during the 20th century after enduring violence and persecution. Many fled to Israel around the time of its establishment in 1948.
The uprooted Jews were absorbed in Israel, where their descendants now make up about half the country’s Jewish population.
The bid for refugee recognition may be largely symbolic at this juncture, but it reflects Israel’s determination to highlight what it considers to be years of pro-Palestinian bias at the U.N., including on the issue of refugees.
An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes during the war. A U.N. agency assists them and their descendants — all told, about 5.5 million people — in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
The Palestinians and the U.N. see its Relief and Works Agency as a lifeline for impoverished people with no state of their own. International support for it is “an indispensable source of hope and stability until a just solution for the Palestine refugees is realized,” Mansour told the General Assembly on Tuesday.
Israel and the United States, however, have lambasted UNRWA as anti-Israel and badly run. The U.S. cut its funding for the agency from $360 million in 2017 to $60 million in 2018 and nothing this year, calling the agency “irredeemably flawed.”
On the settlements issue, one of Tuesday’s Assembly resolutions stresses a call for “an immediate halt to all settlement activities,” among many other oft-repeated themes. It passed 147-7, with 13 abstentions.
Assembly resolutions are not legally binding or enforceable, but they indicate world opinion.
Hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers live in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas that Palestinians claim for their future state.
The U.N. and the Palestinians say the settlements are illegal and undermine hopes for the long-discussed two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2016, a U.N. Security Council resolution called the settlements “a flagrant violation under international law.”
The U.S. announcement last month upended a four-decade-old State Department legal opinion and subsequent years of carefully calibrated U.S. opposition to settlement construction.
Israeli leaders welcomed the U.S. decision. Palestinians bitterly protested it.
Associated Press writer Aron Heller in Jerusalem contributed to this report.