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White House says report that Trump directed lawyer to lie is false


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A BuzzFeed News report that said U.S. President Donald Trump had directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was false, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday.

“Look, that’s absolutely ridiculous,” Sanders told reporters during a brief exchange on the White House driveway. She said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani had addressed this subject and had said in a statement that the report was “categorically false.”

Congressional investigators said they plan to examine whether Trump broke the law in the wake of the report by BuzzFeed News.

BuzzFeed said Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about building a skyscraper in Moscow while he was running for president.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Susan Heavey and Makini Brice; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Bill Trott



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U.S. Supreme Court scraps arguments on Trump census appeal


The U.S. Supreme Court building in seen in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday canceled arguments that had been scheduled for next month in an appeal by President Donald Trump’s administration relating to its contentious move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census.

The administration had challenged the scope of evidence that U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan could use in considering his decision in a lawsuit filed by 18 U.S. states, 15 cities and various civil rights groups challenging the legality of the citizenship question.

The justices disclosed the cancellation of the Feb. 19 arguments in a notation on the court docket a day after the challengers, including New York state, filed court papers calling the administration’s appeal moot because Furman issued his final decision this week invalidating the census question.

Furman on Tuesday found that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, concealed the true motives for his “arbitrary and capricious” decision to add the question in violation of federal law. The Justice Department on Thursday said it would appeal Furman’s ruling and it could seek to fast-track the case to the high court.

Opponents have accused the Trump administration of devising a citizenship question to use the census to pursue the political objectives of Trump’s fellow Republicans by engineering an undercount of the true population and reducing the electoral representation of Democratic-leaning communities in Congress.

The challengers in the case said a citizenship question would frighten immigrants and Latinos into abstaining from the count. Trump has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigrants.

Ross has said the citizenship question was needed to provide data to better enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects eligible voters from discrimination. Only American citizens can vote in federal elections.



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