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Five former presidents attend hurricane relief event

With the American flag as a backdrop and surrounded by Texas A&M University singing cadets, all five living former presidents stood on stage together in College Station, Texas, on Saturday night to kick off a benefit concert to help raise money for hurricane victims.

President Donald Trump was not in attendance, but a video of his remarks played.

"Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction, but it also bought out the best in humanity," Bill Clinton said in a pre-recorded introduction to the event.

"As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover," Barack Obama continued.

"Our friends in Texas, including Presidents Bush 41 and 43, are doing just that," Jimmy Carter followed.

"People are hurting down here, but as one Texan put it, we got more love in Texas than water," George W. Bush said.

"We love you, Texas," George H.W. Bush said as the introduction ended.

The event, titled "Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal," was held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

In the six weeks since the campaign began, more than $31 million has been raised from some 80,000 contributors, according to David Jones, chief executive of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

In Trump’s video, the president said the nation has mourned those who have died as a result of the hurricanes, adding that Americans "pray for those who lost their homes or their livelihoods."

"In the aftermath of these terrible storms, the American people have done what they do best, we came together, we helped one another and through it all we remained resilient. We came together as one as we rush to the aid of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands," the president said.

"Through this effort, all five living former presidents are playing a tremendous role in helping our fellow citizens recover. To Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Melania and I want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance. This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God all unified by our values and our devotion to one another," Trump continued.

On Saturday morning, Clinton said he was proud to be involved in the event.

"As Americans, we lift each other up. I’m proud to be a part of this night. Hope you’ll tune in," the 42nd president tweeted, linking to the One American Appeal livestream of the event.

Prior to the event, Obama also tweeted the livestream link and urged his people to join in.

"Tonight the ex-Presidents are getting together in Texas to support all our fellow Americans rebuilding from this year’s hurricanes. Join us," he tweeted.

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/21/presidents-hurricane-relief-event-texas-244030

Trump pledges at least $430,000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers

President Donald Trump is committing at least $430,000 from his own wallet to help White House and former campaign staffers pay legal bills tied to the Russia investigation, White House officials said on Saturday.

Details on how and where Trump will make the donation remain a work in progress, though a White House aide acknowledged the president’s team has been working with outside attorneys and the Office of Government Ethics since the summer to establish a legal defense fund as one outlet to help support some mid-level aides who are facing unexpected attorney bills connected to the congressional and special counsel Russia probes.

Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have said Russia-related work is a driver behind the more than $2 million spent this year on law firms and lawyers who work at the company owned by the president.

Recent payments have included $230,000 from the RNC in September to Trump’s primary outside co-counsels: Jay Sekulow and John Dowd. The Trump campaign last Sunday also disclosed spending $802,185 for “legal consulting” from its law firm Jones Day, as well as $25,885 to the Trump Corporation.

Trump’s campaign, in its last disclosures to the Federal Election Committee, also said it had paid $237,924 to Alan Futerfas, who is representing the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., as well as other members of the Trump Organization, as part of the Russia probe, and $30,000 to Williams & Jensen, the law firm of another Trump Jr. attorney, Karina Lynch.

The president’s plan to make a personal donation of $430,000 or more was first reported Saturday by Axios. One White House official said the story was accurate but declined to offer any additional details.

A second senior White House aide familiar with the process explained Saturday evening that the president’s commitment to pay the legal bills of his current and former aides was “aspirational” and would be done “to the extent allowable” by the Office of Government Ethics and tax requirements.

Trump’s donations, the White House staffer added, would not go toward either former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn or former campaign chairman Paul Manafort – two staffers who were under FBI scrutiny before special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment in mid-May.

Mueller’s wide-ranging Russia probe is likely to draw in a dozen or more current and former White House aides. Earlier this month, the special counsel held day-long interviews with Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, the former White House press secretary and chief of staff, respectively. POLITICO also reported that Trump’s lawyers are considering approaching Mueller by Thanksgiving to see if he wants to schedule an interview with Trump himself — if the special counsel hasn’t already made the request by then.

Trump’s offer to help current and former staff pay their legal bills has already sparked controversy over the optics.

“A potential witness or target of an investigation (and boss of investigators) paying for legal fees of other potential witnesses or targets?” Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics and a frequent Trump critic, wrote Saturday on Twitter.

But Trump’s attempt wouldn’t be without precedent. Corporations often pay their employees’ legal bills. President Bill Clinton made his own pledge to support many of his aides during the investigation into his Whitewater land deals. “I am going to help them pay their legal bills if it’s the last thing I ever do and I stay healthy,” the Democrat told CNN in a 1996 interview, though his lawyers ultimately talked him out of the move.

Current Trump White House aides have multiple options to help them afford white-collar lawyers, with a premier attorney charging as much as $1,500 an hour for their services. But their choices also come with ethical and legal challenges.

Free or discounted legal advice from friends or family is possible, though they must list the gift on their next financial disclosure forms. Law firms with business or clients that work with the executive branch – which covers some of Washington’s biggest legal operations – pose potential conflict of interest for aides who would likely need to recuse themselves from the firm’s issues.

Getting an attorney who reduces their legal fees also may matter little if the staffer ends up making multiple visits before a grand jury or with congressional investigators, driving up their bill.

Defense funds are one of the more common approaches for administration employees caught in a major investigation. Clinton aides set up their own funds. And former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s family also established a fund in September.

The Trump legal defense fund is still being finalized, according to the senior White House staffer who explained that key tax and administration questions must be resolved before it can become operational.

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/21/trump-russia-probe-legal-bills-aides-244029

DNC imposes new restrictions on corporate donations

LAS VEGAS – The Democratic National Committee on Saturday unanimously approved a resolution banning donations from corporate contributors whose work conflicts with the party platform.

The proposal, introduced by California member Christine Pelosi, would likely target businesses such as payday lenders and potentially others like gun manufacturers.

An earlier version of the proposal failed at previous DNC meetings amid broader tensions between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, as well as questions about which industries would be covered by the ban.

The topic of contributions to the party has long been fraught: no donations from federal lobbyists had been allowed during most of President Barack Obama’s tenure, until that restriction was rolled back in 2016.

But the easy passage of Pelosi’s measure on Saturday provided a quiet conclusion to a previously controversial fight.

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/21/dnc-donations-corporations-pay-day-lenders-gun-manufacturers-244028

Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossier

President Donald Trump on Saturday called on the Justice Department "and/or" the FBI to identify who paid for a dossier that contains allegations of ties between his campaign and Russian officials, and about the president himself.

"Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it," the president wrote on Twitter.

On Thursday, the president suggested the FBI and Democrats paid for the creation of the leaked dossier, which created a stir on its publication as a result of salacious allegations against the president and his campaign.

The dossier was compiled for the firm Fusion GPS, whose partners earlier this week invoked their Fifth Amendment rights to not answer questions during a closed-door session of the House intelligence committee.

Trump also tweeted Saturday afternoon downplaying news of multiple investigations into alleged Russian use of Facebook ads to sow social and racial discord throughout the 2016 election.

"Keep hearing about ‘tiny’ amount of money spent on Facebook ads. What about the billions of dollars of Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC & CBS?"

Throughout the campaign season, some 3,000 Russian-linked ads ran on Facebook, which the company provided to congressional investigators.

The president tweeted later Saturday that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was backed by Facebook in the election, a claim he has made before and which the social media company has denied.

"Crooked Hillary Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars more on Presidential Election than I did. Facebook was on her side, not mine!"

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/21/trump-russia-dossier-justice-dept-fbi-244026