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February 18, 2019

Trump Slams ‘Deranged’ McCabe: Planned ‘A Very Illegal Act’

President Donald Trump early Monday lambasted former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, calling his claims to CBS’ “60 Minutes”  that deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was “absolutely” on board with investigations targeting the president after he fired FBI Director James Comey “deranged.”

He also looped in fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his early morning Twitter attacks.

“Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe,” Trump tweeted. “He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught.

CHICAGO POLICE SEEK FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEW WITH JUSSIE SMOLLETT

Chicago police and representatives for Jussie Smollett weren’t speaking publicly about the investigation into a reported attack on the “Empire” actor a day after authorities said the case had “shifted” and they wanted to interview Smollett again.

Pamela Sharp, a spokeswoman for Smollett, said Sunday that there were no updates “as of now.” Another spokeswoman, Anne Kavanagh, later said she couldn’t comment on whether Smollett had agreed to another interview.

The website TMZ, meanwhile, reported Sunday that the case would be heard by a grand jury”earyl next week.”

AMAZON PAID NO FEDERAL TAXES ON $11.2 BILLION IN PROFITS LAST YEAR

Chicago Tribune -Amazon, the e-commerce giant helmed by the world’s richest man, paid no federal taxes on profit of $11.2 billion last year, according to an analysis of the company’s corporate filings by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a progressive think tank.

Thanks to a variety of tax credits and a significant tax break available on pay handed out in the form of company stock, Amazon actually received a federal tax rebate of $129 million last year, giving it an effective federal tax rate of roughly -1 percent.

DISGRACED EX-REP. ANTHONY WEINER RELEASED FROM PRISON

The New York Post – Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts.

The New York Democrat, a once-rising star who also ran for mayor, was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017. He began serving a 21-month prison sentence that November at the Federal Medical Center Devens, located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Boston in Ayer, Massachusetts.

KAEPERNICK’S LAWYER PREDICTS NFL RETURN

Now that Colin Kaepernick has settled his collusion grievances with the NFL, the next step is getting him back in the league, his lawyer said Saturday night.

Attorney Mark Geragos told CNN that Kaepernick “absolutely wants to play” and made a pretty bold prediction about when that might happen.

“I think you’re going to see … within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing, and you want me to predict who?” Geragos asked, per ESPN. “Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if Bob Kraft makes a move.”

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