COMEY UNLEASHED: EX-FBI BOSS ACCUSES TEAM TRUMP OF ‘LIES,’ SUGGESTS LYNCH COVERED FOR CLINTON

COMEY UNLEASHED: EX-FBI BOSS ACCUSES TEAM TRUMP OF ‘LIES,’ SUGGESTS LYNCH COVERED FOR CLINTON

by Fox News By Barnini Chakraborty COMEY TESTIMONY: EX-FBI BOSS SAYS TRUMP TEAM LIED, BUT STOPS SHORT OF OBSTRUCTION CHARGE Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate panel on Thursday could have President Trump’s legal team breathing a sigh of relief since he stopped short of alleging obstruction of justice – but his otherwise scathing comments guarantee the political controversy and Russia-related probes are far from over. “This is nowhere near the end of our investigation,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said moments after the hearing’s conclusion. Comey, in his high-profile appearance before the committee, accused the administration of defaming him and said comments made about his competency “were lies, plain and simple.” RELATED: UK-ELECTIONS-MAY-WIN-NO-LONGER-A-SURE-BET-AFTER-TERROR-ATTACKS Comey also told lawmakers he decided to document meetings he had with Trump because he was “honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature” of their discussions. “I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI,” he added. RELATED: KABUKI-THEATRE-JAMES-COMEY-EDITION White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on Comey’s comments, telling reporters at a press briefing, “I can definitively say the president is not a liar.” Comey went further, saying he believes he was fired because of the Russia investigation — and that in a now-famous February meeting, Trump directed him to ease off an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. At the same time, Comey told lawmakers that Trump did not ask him to end the Russia investigation as a whole — a key piece of testimony that...
UK ELECTIONS: MAY WIN NO LONGER A SURE BET AFTER TERROR ATTACKS

UK ELECTIONS: MAY WIN NO LONGER A SURE BET AFTER TERROR ATTACKS

by Fox News British Prime Minister Theresa May was battling to hold on to a narrowing lead as U.K. voters weighed terror, Brexit, and immigration in an election that once seemed like a landslide for the incumbent. Late polls show a tightening race between May and her lead opponent, Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in a general election that will determine how the U.K. negotiates its exit from the European Union and how it handles attacks from radical Muslims, among other things. But surveys showed May carrying a lead of as much as 8 points, and had her on pace to keep a 50-seat majority in Parliament. The 60-year-old May, who took over as prime minister last year after David Cameron stepped down following the Brexit referendum result, had what many saw as an insurmountable lead over her political rivals, a lead that could actually widen her current majority in the House of Commons. Then came the Manchester bombing on May 22 and the London Bridge van and stabbing attacks on June 3. The Manchester attack left at least 22 dead and some 119 injured, while at least 8 were killed and more than 50 injured in the assault at London Bridge. Corbyn quickly jumped on the opportunity to remind voters of what May did when she was Cameron’s home secretary, or top law officer: She oversaw cuts to the police department of some 20,000 local officers. Suddenly the 68-year-old socialist appeared within striking distance of No. 10 Downing St. RELATED: COMEY-UNLEASHED-EXFBI-BOSS-ACCUSES-TEAM-TRUMP-OF-LIES-SUGGESTS-LYNCH-COVERED-FOR-CLINTON One recent poll shows May with a relatively small 6 percent lead over Corbyn — though British political...
VIRGINIA IMAM PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER ENDORSING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

VIRGINIA IMAM PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER ENDORSING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

by Fox News By Jason Kopp   A Virginia imam has been placed on leave after advocating for the controversial practice of female genital mutilation. Imam Shaker Elsayed of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, made the controversial comments on a video, posted to the center’s YouTube page, that has since been removed. It was first picked up by Middle East Research Media Institute (MEMRI), a non-profit that monitors and translates Iranian and Arab television channels, as well as sermons in the West. RELATED: RESTORING-CREDIBILITY-TRUMPS-SLATE-OF-11-JUDICIAL-NOMINEES-COULD-SHAKE-UP-COURTS “We thought it important to publish this sermon on the topic of FGM [female genital mutilation] because it has been in the news recently,” MEMRI Executive Director Steven Salinsky told Fox News. MOSQUE CONDEMNS IMAM’S COMMENTS ON GENITAL MUTILATION “(Circumcision is) a sunna [traditional Islamic practice] for the boys, and the honorable thing to do – if needed – for the girls. This is something that a Muslim gynecologist can tell you if you need to or not,” Imam Elsayed said in the video. He went on to describe a woman who performed the practice, saying “she is expected to cut only the tip of the sexual sensitive part in the girl, so that she is not hyper-sexually active. This is the purpose.” He then seemed to suggest the practice is so controversial because people don’t understand it. “Of course, if that lady or surgeon cut more than the tip, it causes serious harm in the sexual life of the child when she grows up, and this is why the West thinks of (it) as sexual mutilation,” he said. After talking about unqualified people performing the...
RESTORING CREDIBILITY? TRUMP’S SLATE OF 11 JUDICIAL NOMINEES COULD SHAKE UP COURTS

RESTORING CREDIBILITY? TRUMP’S SLATE OF 11 JUDICIAL NOMINEES COULD SHAKE UP COURTS

by Fox News By Steve Kurtz White House releases names of federal court nominees. Whether former President Barack Obama transformed the country is an open question – but there’s no question he transformed the federal courts. For example, in the federal appeals courts, one level below the Supreme Court, Obama named about one-third of all judges presently sitting. Now it’s Donald Trump’s turn to transform the courts. With more than 120 openings on the federal bench, the White House has just announced a slate of 11 new judicial nominees. Court observers say the nominees will be a positive addition to the courts. RELATED: VIRGINIA-IMAM-PLACED-ON-LEAVE-AFTER-ENDORSING-FEMALE-GENITAL-MUTILATION Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, called it a “fantastic list” with nominees who “have shown commitment to principled and even-handed application of the law throughout their careers.” Jonathan Adler, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Ohio, called the choices “superlative judicial nominees with sterling credentials and impressive intellects.” RELATED: SYMPATHIES-REJECTED–REPORT-IRAN-CALLS-TRUMPS-CONDOLENCES-REPUGNANT The list includes Stephanos Bibas for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Allison H. Eid for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ralph R. Erickson for the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals. Bibas is a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Eid, who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas and was professor of law at the University of Colorado, is at present a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Erickson is a district court judge in North Dakota who presided over the state’s first federal death penalty case. “President Trump continues to pick current and...
FORMER FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH CELEBRATES 92ND BIRTHDAY

FORMER FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH CELEBRATES 92ND BIRTHDAY

by Fox News In this March 8, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush attend an awards ceremony hosted by Congregation Beth Israel after the Mensch International Foundation presented its annual Mensch Award to the former president in Houston.  (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP) KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine –  Former first lady Barbara Bush is celebrating her 92nd birthday on the Maine coast. She and former President George H.W. Bush are planning a low-key day Thursday in Kennebunkport, where they spend their summers. A family spokesman says several family members were with them. RELATED: PARENTING-DONE-RIGHT–YOUR-FEEL-GOOD-STORY-OF-THE-DAY View image on Twitter Follow George Bush ✔@GeorgeHWBush Happiest of birthdays to Barbara Pierce of Rye, NY. I’m still the luckiest guy in the world. 2:46 PM – 8 Jun 2017 3,9033,903 Retweets 21,91921,919 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Her husband, the nation’s 41st president, also is celebrating a birthday soon. George H.W. Bush turns 93 on Monday. RELATED: PLAYMATE-RECREATES-RACY-SNAP The Bushes spend most of the year in Houston, but return each summer to their home on Maine’s rocky coast....