More Northeast snow as West Coast storms form

U.S. NEWS More Northeast snow as West Coast storms form

ABC News(NEW YORK) — As one storm system delivers heavy snow to coastal Maine Monday morning, another is brewing off the West Coast.

In the East, 3 to 5 inches of rain fell in several regions, prompting water rescues, as more snow in northern New England and Maine is expected throughout Monday — up to 8 inches in some parts.

Snowfall in Maine is expected to end by Monday evening as an arctic air mass settles into the Northeast, producing very cold wind chills on Tuesday morning.

A series of storms is heading for the western U.S. and then likely will make their way east throughout the week.

Wind, snow and flood alerts have been issued from Washington to California in anticipation of the coming weather systems. Snow, rain, waves and wind all are possible up and down and near the coastline.

A stronger storm is expected in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California on Tuesday, with more precipitation and strong winds.

This storm will head east over the next few days, and by late Wednesday or early Thursday should be delivering rain to the South and East, where already-saturated areas will be vulnerable to potential flooding.

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Posted On 17 Dec 2018

North Korea warns US over stalled nuclear negotiations

WORLD NEWS North Korea warns US over stalled nuclear negotiations

200mm/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — As tens of thousands of North Koreans, including current leader Kim Jong Un, paid a visit on Sunday to Kim Jong Il’s mausoleum in Pyongyang to commemorate the seventh anniversary of his death, North Korean state media also used the opportunity to take a jab at U.S. foreign policy.

Pyongyang criticized Washington in a lengthy commentary by Korean Central News Agency, but the state-run media arm didn’t directly criticize President Donald Trump. The commentary mostly took issue with stalled nuclear negotiations.

The commentary “made sure to control the level of criticism so as to not agitate the U.S.,” hinting North Korea still would consider a second summit between Kim and Trump, according to Shin Beom-chul, director of the Center for Security and Unification at the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

“They want direct talks at the top level,” Shin added. “They don’t want to involve high-level officials.”

Park Hwee-rhak, a professer of politics at Kookmin University in Seoul, told ABC News that North Korea “is extremely afraid to pursue hardline provocations.”

“In that sense,” Park added, “the current U.S. strategy seems to be working on containing North Korea.”

The commentary by KCNA was at least partially a response to the latest round of sanctions levied against North Korea by the U.S.

Last week, three officials, including Choe Ryong Hae, a close adviser to Kim who’s seen as second-highest-ranking official in the regime, were condemned for alleged abuses of human rights.

“The U.S. should realize before it is too late that ‘maximum pressure’ would not work against us and take a sincere approach to implementing the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement,” the KCNA report said.

Kim Jong Il is believed to have died from a heart attack on Dec. 17, 2011.

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Japan restaurant explosion injures dozens

WORLD NEWS Japan restaurant explosion injures dozens

JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — More than 40 people were injured Sunday when a massive explosion rocked a restaurant in northern Japan, according to local news reports.

A swath of Sapporo City, the capital city of Japan’s main northern island of Hokkaido, was covered with smoke, shattered glass and collapsed debris in the aftermath of a suspected gas explosion, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

Most of the injuries were minor, but at least one person was in serious condition, according to the report.

Flames still were smoldering among the wreckage of the two-story wooden building around 1 a.m. Monday local time, nearly five hours after the explosion occurred, NHK and other local media outlets reported.

The building, a pub on one floor and a real estate office on the other, was destroyed.

Authorities suspect gas leaking from more than 100 deodorizer spray cans in the building, which may have been intended for disposal, caught fire, local media outlet Kyodo News reported.

Some witnesses said the blast felt like an earthquake.

“Dawn and a tremendous explosion sounded from two taverns nearby,” a witness told NHK. “The explosion broke the window glass of the shop where I worked. It seems there are many injured people on site.”

“I felt that it rocked as much as in the September earthquake,” another witness said.

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ comes out swinging with $35.4 million opening

Entertainment News  'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' comes out swinging with $35.4 million opening


Credit: Sony Pictures Animation. © 2018 CTMG, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse snared the top spot at the box office with an estimated $35.4 million weekend, while recording the largest December opening ever for an animated film. Additionally, Spider-Verse — featuring the voices of The Get Down‘s Shameik Moore, along with Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage and Liev Schreiber — earned an estimated $21 million.

Clint Eastwood’s thriller The Mule took second place, delivering an estimated $17.2 million in its debut. That marks the the third-biggest opening for the 88-year-old as an actor, behind 2000’s Space Cowboys and 2009’s Gran Torino, which earned $18 million and $29 million, respectively.

The Grinch finished in third place with an estimated $11.58 million. The film has now grossed nearly $240 million stateside and $133.4 million worldwide.

Ralph Breaks the Internet, dropped to fourth place after spending its first three weeks a number one, delivering and estimated $9.58 million.The animated film’s earnings stateside now stand at just under $155 million. Internationally, Ralph added $7.9 million this weekend, bringing its worldwide tally to upwards of $285 million.

Rounding out the top five was Mortal Engines. The action/adventure film from Lord of the Rings writer/producer Peter Jackson, sputtered in its opening weekend, delivering an estimated $7.5 million.

Once Upon a Deadpool, the PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2, which opened on Wednesday, brought in an estimated $3.88 million and $2.6 million over the three-day weekend.

Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk — starring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Michael Beach, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King — impressed in its debut weekend, earning an estimated $219,173 from four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, $35.4 million
2. The Mule, $17.2 million
3. The Grinch, $11.58 million
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet, $9.58 million
5. Mortal Engines, $7.5 million
6. Creed II, $5.398 million
7. Bohemian Rhapsody, $4.1 million
8. Instant Family, $3.7 million
9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $3.65 million
10. Green Book, $2.78 million

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Posted On 17 Dec 2018

‘SNL’ shows world without Donald Trump as president in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ spoof

Entertainment News  'SNL' shows world without Donald Trump as president in 'It's a Wonderful Life' spoof


NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Saturday Night Live took us to a world without Donald Trump as president in a send-up of the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life, with Alec Baldwin’s Trump wishing he was never president.

Kenan Thompson then appears beside him to take him to a party and show him just that reality.

“Everyone looks so different, what are those things on their faces?” Trump asked.

“Those are called smiles, Mr. Trump,” Thompson replied.

As the sketch progresses, Baldwin’s Trump is visited by a number of people, including Aidy Bryant’s Sarah Sanders, now a successful PR person, and a guilt-free Kellyanne Conway, played by Kate McKinnon.

It’s at this point that the faux Trump realizes Hillary Clinton must be president.

“Did they find her emails?” Trump asks.

“Yes, they did,” Thompson deadpans. “They were all Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons.”

Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump, sans accent and now married to Papa John, also shows up, along with Trump’s new wife, Hernia.

A thrilled Michael Cohen, played by Ben Stiller as always, shows up, no longer facing years in prison.

“I’ll see you tomorrow at the opening of Trump Tower Moscow,” Cohen gleefully blurts out before exiting.

Brett Kavanaugh makes an appearance — played by the week’s host Matt Damon — to say he’s not on the Supreme Court: “Me on the Supreme Court? With my temper?”

“This is all so great, it’s like Robert Mueller doesn’t exist!” Trump exclaims.

“Oh really?” Robert De Niro, returning as Mueller, says. “Hello Mr. Trump, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

Mueller hands him a paper, which reveals a photo of his grandson, not a subpoena.

“I guess the world does need me to be president!” he says.

“Yeah, that was not the lesson at all,” a frustrated Thompson says.

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Woman accuses Sandals resort of mishandling her report of sexual assault by employee

WORLD NEWS Woman accuses Sandals resort of mishandling her report of sexual assault by employee

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an employee at a Sandals resort in Jamaica is accusing the hotel chain of mishandling the reporting of her case to authorities.

Professional makeup artist Melissa Blayton, 45, was staying at the Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in spring 2017 when she says one of the hotel’s employees offered her a solo sailing lesson.

Blayton was lying by the pool when a man cleaning the pool and wearing the same color shirt as other employees began chit-chatting with her, she said. She did not filter her answers to his questions because she felt “completely safe” on the property and let a “dumb comment” slip, she said.

“Looking back, I remember him asking, ‘Where is your husband? Where are your friends?'” she said. “And I remember saying, ‘Oh, I don’t have a husband.’ Looking back, you can’t take back what you say.”

Blayton said after the man offered to teach her how to sail, she met him on the beach in the water sports area 30 minutes later. She knew something was wrong when she realized they were sailing much farther out than other sailboats from the resort that had gone out at the same time.

“I think he noticed that I was looking at why the sailboat is turning around, and he was like, ‘Oh, it is much prettier out here,'” Blayton said.

At one point, the man made a turn on the sailboat and then “immediately” got on top of her and began kissing her, she said.

The man was pinning her down, but she was able to get enough leverage to push him off of her, she said. She then demanded that the man take her back to shore.

Blayton then went to her room and “pulled” herself “together,” because she had to work a wedding reception for a vow renewal that night, she said. The next few days, she holed up in her room and cried, she said.

“I stayed in my room the entire time and it wasn’t until my butler that I had who kept checking on me and he noticed I am crying constantly,” she said. It was that butler who advised her to talk to the hotel manager, Blayton added.

The manager came up to her room and asked what happened and if she knew the man’s name, Blayton said. When she showed the manager a photo of the employee, that she took while out on the sailboat, the manager allegedly said something along the lines of, “He has been with us for over 20 years and he has a family to support,” according to Blayton.

After Blayton was done recapping what happened to her, the manager left and came back 30 minutes later with a piece of paper, Blayton said.

When Blayton asked the manager if she should call police after reporting the assault, the manager told her they would take care of it and quickly offered her the voucher for a $4,500 credit for a future trip, which came attached with a nondisclosure agreement, she said.

“I had the option of signing this and taking what they were offering or lose it,” she said. “You don’t get anything and it was basically this or nothing.”

Blayton said the manager also told her that the employee had been fired that day.

Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International Adam Stewart told ABC News that while such incidents are rare, he is aware that “a handful” — somewhere “in the region around 10” — have happened at their resorts.

However, Sandals resorts have strict safety and security protocols and that police are always called, Stewart said.

Blayton said she never heard from police, but according to Stewart, “in this particular case and in all cases, the police are notified.” Authorities are “immediately” informed, per resort policy, he said.

The Detroit Free Press published a report last month that a variety of resorts in Jamaica were allegedly covering up sexual assaults and silencing victims “for years.” The Sandals resort chain denied the allegations.

Tresa Baldas, the Free Press reporter who wrote the story, told ABC News that she began investigating the resort when two Detroit women who went to Jamaica and stayed at a Sandals were allegedly raped. After that, she began finding more and more alleged victims from a variety of resorts, she said.

“The recurring theme” is that the alleged cover-ups seem to almost be protocol, Baldas said.

“When a woman reports this, at least the ones that I spoke to and that is resort management or staff will quickly huddle around, they’ll talk to the victim and they try to take care of things by themselves,” Baldas said.

In addition, several of the women Baldas spoke to alleged an element of victim shaming when they reported their assaults, she said.

“When someone calls you from halfway around the world and says I was raped at a resort while I was on vacation and nobody believes me, as a reporter that gets to you,” Baldas said. “It sticks to you and you are thinking to yourself, tell me your story.”

Another couple, Jeff and Ashley Pascarella, described a similar incident to ABC News when Ashley was allegedly sexually assaulted by the room’s butler the night before her wedding at Sandals in 2016.

Sandals offered the couple a $15,000 voucher if they agreed to sign a nondisclosure agreement, they said, but they refused and are now suing the resort for $30 million, they said.

Stewart could not comment specifically on the Pascarella’s case due to the pending litigation, but said “refunds are a part of the tapestry” of the hotel industry when expectations are not met.

When asked if it was standard to offer a refund in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement, Stewart called it a “settlement agreement” instead, saying the hotel’s safety protocols are “crystal clear.”

“We follow them to the book to ensure that we take care of our clients and their safety,” he said.

Stewart said that the company has “evolved over the years” and continues to work with local authorities in every country to ensure guests are safe.

In addition, the company conducts background checks and enforces “zero-tolerance” policies to ensure safety, he said, adding that he was “proud” that it was a Sandals team member who told Blayton to report her assault.

Blayton is disappointed in the way Sandals allegedly handled the situation and believes the company acted in its own interests, she said.

“Give somebody time. Don’t force somebody into signing something so quickly when they are not in their right state of mind,” she said. “They should always call the police, call the police when something like this happens. That should be standard across the board, but it makes me think that they are definitely not thinking about the best interest of the people spending money to come do business with them.”

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Posted On 17 Dec 2018

Republicans treading cautiously on Trump’s potential legal trouble

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A number of Republicans on Capitol Hill are treading cautiously in the wake of Michael Cohen’s allegations that President Trump directed him to arrange hush-money payments with two women because the then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if their allegations of affairs became public.

The allegations about Trump’s motives, leveled during an exclusive interview with ABC News, by the president’s former personal attorney and fixer, came on the heels of Cohen being sentenced to three years in prison for various crimes, including campaign finance violation, tax evasion and lying to Congress.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Cohen violated campaign finance laws by paying off two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump acting “in coordination with and at the direction of” the then-candidate.

Trump has argued the payments amount to nothing more than a “simple private transaction,” and do not qualify as campaign finance violations.

“‘Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.’ @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,” Trump tweeted Dec. 10. “….which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s – but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!”

The response among Republicans has been reserved.

“I don’t think any of us can predict the future,” GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana told reporters on Thursday.

“And I certainly can’t read these tea leaves. The U.S. attorney and Mr. Mueller … they have evidence that I’m not aware of, so I don’t want to pre-judge it,” Kennedy said.

The president’s top ally in the Senate — and the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — Sen. Lindsey Graham demurred when asked if Cohen’s misdeeds could implicate the president.

“Well, I mean, all I can tell you is what I see on the television,” Graham said.

Regarding Cohen, Graham said last week: “He plead guilty to some business misdeeds, and they’re claiming a campaign finance violation and…I think that would be a difficult case for somebody to prove, but we’ll see where it goes.”

Another top ally, retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, initially pinned the blame squarely on Democrats.

Asked if he had any concerns that Trump was implicated, Hatch told CNN on Wednesday: “The Democrats will do anything to hurt this president.”

When he was informed it was alleged by federal prosecutors in New York, Hatch said: “OK, but I don’t care, all I can say is he’s doing a good job as president.”

But on Friday, Hatch’s office released a lengthy statement apologizing for what he called his “irresponsible” remarks.

“I don’t believe the President broke the law, but one of the core principles of our country is that no one is above the law. That means anyone who does break the law should face appropriate consequences,” Hatch said.

At ABC News’ latest count, only one other GOP senator — Marco Rubio — has gone as far saying that no one, including the president, is above the law.

“If someone has violated the law, the application of the law should be applied to them like it would to any other citizen in this country, and obviously if you’re in a position of great authority like the presidency, that would be the case,” Rubio said Sunday on CNN when asked about Trump’s possible involvement in the violation of campaign finance laws.

Rubio said his decision on how Congress should respond to federal investigators’ final findings on the payments “will not be a political decision, it’ll be the fact that we are a nation of laws and no one in this country no matter who you are is above it.”

Meanwhile, Democrats say Trump should be worried.

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy compared the current situation to that of the special counsel investigation that ultimately led to former President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

“The president has now stepped into the same territory that ultimately led to President Nixon resigning the office. President Nixon was an unindicted co-conspirator. Was certainly a different set of facts, but this investigation is now starting to put the president in serious legal crosshairs and he should be worried and the whole country should be worried,” Murphy said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Trump has not been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Cohen case.

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Posted On 16 Dec 2018

Pilot whose plane crashed near Honolulu credits good Samaritan who jumped into water to save him

U.S. NEWS Pilot whose plane crashed near Honolulu credits good Samaritan who jumped into water to save him

KITV-TV(HONOLULU) — The pilot who crashed a 1950s-era fighter plane into waters off the coast of Honolulu, is crediting a bystander who untangled his parachute with helping to save his life.

Matt Pothier, 47, ejected himself from a plane Thursday after the plane malfunctioned, he told ABC Honolulu affiliate KITV-TV.

When Pothier realized he wasn’t going to make it to the runway, he “just pulled the handle and got out,” he said.

“I’m just looking down at the water and I see all kinds of boats and things,” he said. “I didn’t want to hurt those folks either, so I made a couple of turns and realized the airplane’s not going to make it, so I just pulled the handle and got out.”

Once Pothier was in the water, Mack Ladner, jumped into the ocean help the injured pilot get out of his parachute.

“You can’t ask for a better, more qualified person to be right there in an ejection scenario than Mack was,” Pothier said. “I mean, I was the most fortunate person ever. I get out of there, I land in the water, I’m in a little pain, and Mack comes up and is like, ‘Hey, you alright, dude?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, man.'”

 In addition, Pothier was able to land safely without injuring anyone on the ground or in the water, KITV reported.

“I was just doing my job at the time,” he said. “I think every one of us would try not to hurt anybody, so that’s what you do.”

Pothier is now recovering from a crushed vertebrae and fractures in his spine, he said.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam confirmed to ABC News that a Hawker-Hunter aircraft operated by a civilian contractor crashed into the waters near Sand Island on Thursday afternoon and was rescued.

Pothier said it was his “many years of training” that allowed him to respond well under pressure.

It was the first time he ever had to eject himself from a plane, he said, adding that he’s lucky to be alive.

“Don’t want to do it again, either!” he said.

The experience won’t deter him from going back to the open sky, though.

“I’m just happy to be here,” he said. “Looking forward to flying again, looking forward to surfing again, playing a little bit of hockey, and hanging out with my beautiful family — my wife and daughters.”

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Posted On 16 Dec 2018

Crane operator fired for taking insensitive photos on properties destroyed by the Camp Fire

U.S. NEWS Crane operator fired for taking insensitive photos on properties destroyed by the Camp Fire

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Workers who were hired to clear the remnants of properties incinerated by the Camp Fire in California have been fired after they posted for photos appearing to make light of the inferno that wiped out nearly an entire community and killed 85 people.

Screenshots posted to the Butte County Fires, Accidents, Crimes Facebook page showed photos that crane operator Rob Freestone posted on his own account on Friday of himself and other workers posing with items left out at the burned-out properties.

In one photo, Freestone posted a photo of the corpse of a burned cat, placing a beer bottle next to the dead animal’s mouth.

“Dude… I was just chilling with my homies, having a couple of cold ones, and BAM… damn fire breaks out,” Freestone captioned the photo, the screenshot shows.

In another photo, Freestone smiles as he sits on top of a mailbox shaped like a firetruck, writing, “I got to ride on a fire truck today.”

A photo showing a man and women clad in safety vests sitting on top of a singed motor home was captioned, “They’re off on a fun filled vacation to unknown destinations in their new RV.”

Another posted photo showed Freestone standing inside the remaining metal ring of a trampoline, in which he wrote, “Trampolines are stupid. BTW, it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it.” Another shows him resting his feet on the dashboard of a vehicle with the caption, “The struggles are real !!”

Freestone’s Facebook page has since been taken down. He was contracted to work on the cleanup in Butte County through the International Union of Operating Engineers, according to the Facebook post. He worked for the Bigge Crane and Rigging Company, which was subcontracted to remove trees by PG&E, ABC Sacramento affiliate KXTV-TV reported.

The Town of Paradise described Freestone’s actions as “unacceptable and reprehensible behavior,” adding that town officials contacted his employer and that he would not longer be working in the town.

Biggs Crane and Rigging Company wrote in a statement on its Facebook page that Freestone and the two other workers seen in the photos were identified and terminated.

The Paradise Police Department is working with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether a crime was committed, according to KXTV.

More than 18,000 buildings — the majority of them homes — were destroyed by the Camp Fire.

ABC News could not immediately reach Freestone for comment. The Paradise Police Department, the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, the Bigge Crane and Rigging Company and the International Union of Operating Engineers for comment did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Posted On 16 Dec 2018

Giuliani says ‘parking tickets and jaywalking’ all that’s left for investigators — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, classified the investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign as done and said that the only things they have left to look into are petty crimes.

 “I’m telling you, George, they’re going to go try to look for unpaid parking tickets and see if they can nail him for unpaid parking tickets,” he told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, referring to the investigation in the Southern District of New York.

“As you know, the Southern District said this is far more serious than an unpaid parking ticket,” Stephanopoulos pressed during the interview on “This Week,” Sunday. “They said this strikes at the heart of our democratic system.”

Giuliani responded, “Oh – oh, right. A campaign finance violation? Give me a break.”

Stephanopoulos also asked Giuliani if special counsel Robert Mueller was “almost done” with his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump campaign members directly coordinated with the Russian government.

Giuliani said, “He is done. I don’t know what else — I told you. No, the only thing left are the parking tickets and jaywalking.”

ABC News has previously reported that investigations like Mueller’s can take years to completely finish. Mueller was appointed in May 2017.

Stephanopoulos went on to ask more specific questions about the investigations surrounding the president.

He asked Giuliani if Roger Stone, Trump’s former longtime political adviser, ever gave the president a heads up concerning Wikileaks planning to release information concerning former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democractic National Committee.

“No, he didn’t. No,” Giuliani said.

But when Stephanopoulos asked again, Giuliani said, “I don’t believe so.”

“If Roger Stone gave anybody a heads up about WikiLeaks leaks, that’s not a crime,” he added. “It would be like giving him a heads up that the [New York] Times is going to print something.”

In an exclusive interview on “This Week” earlier this month, Stephanopoulos asked Stone whether he had any contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Wikileaks or if he ever had spoken to Trump about alleged contacts.

“You are saying you never spoke to Julian Assange, never contacted WikiLeaks, never spoke to any of that to President Trump?” Stephanopoulos said.

“That is absolutely correct,” Stone said on Dec. 2. “No, I had no contact with Assange.”

ABC News has previously reported on emails that special counsel Robert Mueller seems to be zeroing in on between Stone and one of his associates, former InfoWars bureau chief Jerome Corsi. According to the emails, Stone directs Corsi to contact Assange and Corsi appears to successfully do so, with emails from Corsi to Stone suggesting Corsi knew about planned releases from WikiLeaks of material meant to be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. In his interview on “This Week,” Stone said those emails were being “mischaracterized.”

On “This Week” Sunday, Stephanopoulos also asked Giuliani about a June 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. The Trump campaign attendees, which included the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, expected to get compromising information on Clinton from the Russians.

“Did the president know about Don Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with the Russians at the time?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“No,” Giuliani said. “Definitely, he didn’t know about it.”

The president has also previously denied knowing about the meeting before it occurred.

Stephanopoulos asked if there was still the potential for the president to sit down with Mueller for an interview, in addition to the written answers he submitted to the special counsel.

In an interview on Fox Sunday, Giuliani called the special counsel a “joke” and said Trump would be interviewed by the special counsel “over [his] dead body.”

On “This Week,” he had a more measured response.

“The agreement we had [with the special counsel] did contemplate that there’d be a period of time after the questions that we would have a discussion about whether there should be any further questions,” Giuliani said. “So I’m not saying we are or we aren’t, but that’s in the agreement.”

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Posted On 16 Dec 2018