‘No evidence’ Trump campaign aides recruited by Russia – Clapper; GOP’s Health care overhaul scores early triumph despite opposition; Saint Laurent campaign ad degrading to women; FBI investigating source of WikiLeaks’ ‘CIA document’ dump . . .
‘No evidence’ Trump campaign aides recruited by Russia – Clapper
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told ABC News he did not see anything to suggest that Russia successfully infiltrated Donald Trump’s presidential campaign or recruited any of Trump’s advisers – at least as of Jan. 20, when the retired three-star general left office.
“There was no evidence whatsoever, at the time, of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Clapper, a career intelligence officer, told ABC News’ Brian Ross in an interview Monday for “World News Tonight.”
The Clapper comments came amid a fight between the Trump administration and the FBI over the wiretapping claim the President made in a series of early morning tweets Saturday from his Palm Beach getaway, in which he accused former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. The president compared it to the Watergate scandal but without backing that up with any explanation as to why he believes the eavesdropping occurred.
GOP’s Health care overhaul scores early triumph despite opposition
House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the GOP health care drive.
After nearly 18 hours of debate and over two dozen party-line votes, Republicans pushed legislation through the Ways and Means Committee abolishing the tax penalty Obama’s statute imposes on people who don’t purchase insurance and reshaping how millions of Americans buy medical care.
It was a victory of high symbolism because Obama’s so-called individual mandate is perhaps the part of the statute that Republicans most detest. Even so, the White House and Republican leaders confront a GOP and outside groups badly divided over the party’s high-stakes overhaul crusade.
Saint Laurent campaign ad degrading to women
“Degrading” Saint Laurent Campaign Under Fire by French Ad Watchdog
France’s advertising watchdog, the Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité (ARPP), has called on Saint Laurent to modify two ads from its spring 2017 campaign for being “degrading” to women.
The two photos in question feature a woman in roller skates and fishnets with her legs spread and another with a woman in roller skates bent over a stool. The French fashion house has received plenty of backlash on social media and 50 formal complaints to the ARPP, according to Reuters.
ARPP director Stéphane Martin said the brand “incontestably breached” rules that state advertisements should maintain “dignity and respect in representation of the person.” A meeting between Saint Laurent and ARPP is scheduled for Friday, after which the committee will ask the brand to either change its campaign or have the ads withdrawn.
“I am not sure that [Saint Laurent’s] female clients would like to be associated with these images,” Martin said to The Guardian, “We had a similar type of porno chic [in fashion advertising] a decade ago, and here we have it coming back again, which isn’t acceptable.”
FBI investigating source of WikiLeaks’ ‘CIA document’ dump
The FBI is investigating the source of documents published by WikiLeaks that purport to be from the CIA, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News.
WikiLeaks published more than 8,000 pages of documents that it says are classified files from the CIA that purportedly reveal secrets about agency hacking tools used to break into computers, cellphones and smart TVs. In a statement released earlier Wednesday, the CIA said it had “no comment on the authenticity of the documents.”
The CIA then said that its “mission is to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries” and that it is “legally prohibited from conducting electronic surveillance targeting individuals here at home.”
The activities conducted by the CIA are subject to “rigorous oversight” to ensure that they comply fully with the law and U.S. Constitution, it said. “The American public should be deeply troubled by any Wikileaks disclosure designed to damage the Intelligence Community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries,” the CIA said. “Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm.”
WikiLeaks said a former government contractor circulated the files, in a statement accompanying the documents.