Trump to meet Putin again next month after another White House reversal
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris next month, their second one-on-one meeting this year as the Justice Department continues looking into whether the president’s 2016 campaign sought help from Moscow.
National security adviser John Bolton made the announcement — another reversal from the White House — in Moscow, where he has been meeting with Russian officials about a decades-old nuclear treaty from which Trump says he intends to withdraw.
“We will make precise arrangements on that, but it will happen in connection with the 100th anniversary of the celebration of the (World War I) armistice that the French are hosting on November the 11th,” Bolton told reporters.
Scheduling the summit for November is yet another reversal from Trump.
In July, the White House issued this statement from Bolton: “The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year.”
But special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is still conducting his investigation; for instance, his team and Trump’s counsel reportedly have discussed the president submitting written answers to some questions. Mueller has not yet signaled to Congress to expect one or more reports with his conclusions.
— CQ-Roll Call
Rod Rosenstein’s closed-door interview abruptly postponed
WASHINGTON — Late Tuesday, the chairmen of two House oversight committees announced they would be delaying a highly anticipated interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that had been scheduled for Wednesday.
“The Committees are unable to ask all questions of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein within the time allotted for tomorrow’s transcribed interview, therefore, the interview will be postponed. Mr. Rosenstein has indicated his willingness to testify before the Judiciary and Oversight Committees in the coming weeks in either a transcribed interview or a public setting,” Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy said in a joint statement.
Conservative House members had criticized the interview for cutting them out of the process. The chairmen did not immediately announce when the much anticipated Rosenstein testimony might take place.
— CQ-Roll Call
Richard Spencer’s wife files for divorce, claims he was ‘physically, verbally and financially abusive’
Richard Spencer’s wife detailed multiple allegations of abuse, including when she was pregnant, in a lengthy divorce filing.
Nina Kroupianova and Spencer, the white nationalist who takes credit for the term “alt-right,” were married in August 2010. Five months later, she claims he dragged her by her “legs, arms and hair” down a staircase and threw her onto a couch, according to the divorce filings acquired by the New York Daily News and first reported by Buzzfeed.
In July 2014, Kroupianova claims, he “got on top of me, held me down with his bodyweight, and held me by my neck and lower jaw” while she was four months’ pregnant with their daughter.
“He often went into ‘Mr. Hyde’ mode in the evenings and had issues with physical intimacy, including hugs,” she wrote in the documents.
During her second pregnancy in late 2017, Kroupianova claims Spencer tried to punch her in the face while visiting their daughter. In the documents, which were initially filed in Flathead County District Court in Montana in June, Kroupianova said she and Spencer have been living apart since July 1, 2017.
Attempts to reach Spencer or his attorneys Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Kroupianova also alleged verbal and emotional abuse, including repeatedly waking her up in the middle of the night or keeping her from falling asleep at all.
— N.Y. Daily News
Challenger seeks federal probe of Rep. Lee Zeldin’s mailer on absentee ballots
MELVILLE, N.Y. — Democratic congressional candidate Perry Gershon called on the U.S. attorney’s office to investigate Republican opponent Rep. Lee Zeldin for sending a campaign mailer with the wrong deadline to return absentee ballots.
The mailers told voters to postmark their ballots by Nov. 6. The actual deadline is Nov. 5. Ballots mailed in late are disqualified under New York election law.
In 2016, Zeldin’s campaign also listed the deadline to return absentee ballots a day late.
“It’s absolutely outrageous that Lee Zeldin is continuing to pull voter suppression and voter fraud against all of us,” Gershon said at a news conference in Stony Brook.
Gershon also called on Zeldin’s campaign to release the list of voters who received the mailer, and pay for Gershon to mail them correct information. Based on complaints, he said it targeted college-age and minority voters.
Zeldin’s campaign has blamed its printer for the mistake, and said it had sent out additional mailers to correct it.
Zeldin campaign spokesman Chris Boyle on Tuesday called assertions that it targeted young people or minorities “dishonest.”
“This faux outrage on (Gershon’s) part on something that was completely addressed before he said his first word on it has gotten pretty ridiculous,” Boyle said in an email.
Boyle also dismissed Gershon’s demand for a list of voters who received the mailer. Boyle said “less than half” of recipients of the incorrect mail pieces were Democrats.