"Sunday Morning" begins the New Year with a look ahead for the region, reported by CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata in London: Brexit: the word that dominated debate in Britain in 2018 will define its future in 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May faces a March deadline to broker the U.K.'s exit from the European Union, after fending off a no-confidence vote from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. Earlier this month, speaking in the House of Commons, May said, "If he wants a meaningful date, I'll give him one: 29th of March 2019, when we leave the European Union." What might Brexit actually look like? (CBS News, 11/15/18) U.K. to put troops on standby for no-deal Brexit "contingencies" (CBS News, 12/18/18) Across the English Channel, French President Emmanuel Macron is facing his own crisis. Paris has become a city under siege, with protesters squaring off against riot police over a fuel tax hike. The so-called "yellow vest" protesters, who confront walls of riot police, have a … [Read more...] about A look ahead: What’s next for Europe and Russia in 2019?
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WASHINGTON -- In a tense meeting in early March with the special counsel, President Donald Trump's lawyers insisted he had no obligation to talk with federal investigators probing Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But Special Counsel Robert Mueller responded that he had another option if Trump declined: He could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury, according to four people familiar with the encounter. Mueller's warning -- the first time he is known to have mentioned a possible subpoena to Trump's legal team -- spurred a sharp retort from John Dowd, then the president's lead lawyer."This isn't some game," Dowd said, according to two people with knowledge of his comments. "You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States."The flare-up set in motion weeks of turmoil among Trump's attorneys as they debated how to deal with the special counsel's request for an interview, a dispute that ultimately led to Dowd's … [Read more...] about Mueller raised possibility of presidential subpoena in meeting with Trump’s legal team
By The Washington Post | April 13, 2018 at 5:16 pm By Tom Hamburger, Ellen Nakashima, Beth Reinhard and Emma Brown | Washington Post A top GOP fundraiser and prominent backer of President Donald Trump stepped down from his Republican National Committee post Friday after revelations that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $1.6 million settlement with a former Playboy model the donor had impregnated. Los Angeles-based investor Elliott Broidy, who has been a top fundraiser for Trump and the party, issued a statement Friday acknowledging that he “had a consensual relationship” with the woman, who got pregnant. He said he retained Cohen after the Trump lawyer told Broidy he had been contacted by the woman’s attorney. “It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen’s involvement,” Broidy said in the statement. In the wake of the revelation … [Read more...] about RNC official quits after admitting Trump’s lawyer negotiated deal with Playboy model
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.It would also be one of the most significant developments thus far in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether the Trump campaign and the Kremlin worked together to help Trump win the presidency.Trump’s threats to fire Mueller or the deputy attorney general overseeing the investigation, Rod Rosenstein, escalated this week when the FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room and office Monday. The raid was unrelated to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, but instead focused on payments made to women … [Read more...] about Mueller has evidence that Trump lawyer met in Prague with Russians during campaign, sources say
The U.S. Justice Department will allow German drugs and pesticides group Bayer AG to acquire Monsanto Co in a $62.5 billion deal, after the companies agreed to sell more assets to win antitrust approval, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.Shares of Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, approached a four-year high on the news, before closing up 6.2 percent at $125.15.The takeover, one of a trio of major deals in the agribusiness sector in recent years, would create a company with a share of more than a quarter of the world's seed and pesticides market. A souring global farm economy has spurred consolidation among the major players, triggering protests from environmental and farming groups worried about their market power.The Justice Department reached an agreement in principle with Bayer and Monsanto in recent days, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Under the deal, Bayer agreed to sell additional seed and treatment assets to BASF SE and agreed to … [Read more...] about Bayer reaches deal with U.S. for approval to buy Monsanto: Report