TV star and renowned chef Mario Batali is stepping down from his company and TV show for an indefinite period after being accused of habitually sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women as he ruled his food empire.
Multiple anonymous women alleged in a story by online food-trade publication Eater New York that Batali had groped their breasts or buttocks, amid other allegations.
Without addressing the specific allegations, Batali acknowledged personal “failures” and pledged to try to “regain” the “respect and trust” of his fans, family, business partners and employees.
“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted,” Batali said in a statement. “That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”
Former President Barack Obama wants Americans to believe the U.S.’s sunny economic outlook is thanks to his administration’s policies. In a speech this week in Chicago, Obama took full credit for President Trump’s record economic numbers.
The notion is so comical that it even prompted Trump official Gary Cohn to laugh out loud during an appearance on the Fox Business Channel this week.
Via Varney and Co.:
Quoting Investors Business Daily, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders served Obama with the stone cold truth about the ‘Trump Economy,’ on Sunday.
“Donald Trump’s relentless focus on tax cuts, deregulation and draining the swamp is great for job growth… with minorities, women, men and even those with low incomes, showing the best gains.”
Among other incredible economic metrics, African-Americans and Hispanics are doing better than ever.
“Since the election “the jobless rate for African Americans dropped from 8% to 7.3%, while for Hispanics it fell from 5.7% to 4.7%…and with Trump’s big tax cuts on the way, job growth isn’t likely to end soon -more good news for all Americans.” -Investor’s Business Daily,” tweeted Sanders.
Sanders followed up the statistics with “Can’t make it up: Obama now wants credit for the booming Trump economy. At least we can all agree the economy is better under President Trump.”
Few have written as in-depth about Obama’s economic failures as The Gateway Pundit‘s Joe Hoft, whose economic analysis is frequently featured on The Drudge Report.
Barack Obama has the worst GDP growth of any postwar president, writes Hoft.
Barack Obama’s best year of GDP growth was 2.6 in 2015 (a year in which the stock market decreased in value).
2009 — -2.8
2010 — 2.5
2011 — 1.6
2012 — 2.2
2013 — 1.7
2014 — 2.4
2015 — 2.6
2016 — 1.5
President Trump has seen quarterly GDP rates of 1.2, 3.1 and 3.3.
The New York Federal Reserve revised its estimated fourth quarter GDP of 2017 to 3.93.
This will give President Trump an annual GDP rate of 2.9 in 2017 or possibly higher.
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit
The FBI agent who was fired from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team for sending anti-Donald Trump text messages conducted the interviews with two Hillary Clinton aides accused of giving false statements about what they knew of the former secretary of state’s private email server.
Neither of the Clinton associates, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, faced legal consequences for their misleading ( LYING ) statements, which they made in interviews last year with former FBI section chief Peter Strzok. (RELATED: Anti-Trump Text Messages Show Pattern Of Bias On Mueller Team)…..VIDEO HERE
But another Strzok interview subject was not so lucky.
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, pleaded guilty last week to lying during an interview he gave on Jan. 24 to Strzok and another FBI agent. Circa journalist Sara Carter reported on Monday that Strzok took part in that interview with the retired lieutenant general. (RELATED: Anti-Trump FBI Agent Conducted Interview With Michael Flynn)……VIDEO HERE
At the time, Strzok was the FBI’s top investigator on the fledgling investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign. He was appointed to supervise that effort at the end of July 2016, just weeks after the conclusion of the Clinton email probe. CNN reported on Monday that as the FBI’s No. 2 counterintelligence official, Strzok signed the documents that officially opened the collusion inquiry.
The starkly different outcomes from Strzok’s interviews — a felony charge against Flynn and a free pass to Mills and Abedin — are sure to raise questions from Republicans about double-standards in the FBI’s two most prominent political investigations. FBI Director Christopher Wray will likely be pressed on the Strzok scandal on Thursday when he attends an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
Strzok was also a prominent part of the Clinton investigation, so much so that he conducted all of the most significant interviews in the case.
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Judge Andrew Napolitano on Thursday implored Jeff Sessions to take the case against Hillary Clinton to a grand jury, saying the “evidence of her guilt is overwhelming on espionage.”
Napolitano made the comments on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning show, adding the attorney general should make up for the sins committed by former FBI Director James Comey.
“They did go easy on Hillary Clinton,” Judge Nap told the Fox News panel. “Jim Comey was profoundly wrong. He was wrong on the facts. He was wrong on the law. He was wrong to make the decision we’re not going to prosecute her.
“Jeff Sessions . . . should re-examine the evidence against Mrs. Clinton, give it to prosecutors and say present it to a grand jury,” Judge Nap said. “The evidence of her guilt is overwhelming on espionage.
“Now we know the evidence of her guilt in lying to the FBI is overwhelming. All of that should be sent to a grand jury,” Judge Nap said.
Napolitano offered high praise to “very trustworthy” Christopher Wray, the new FBI director who spent Thursday testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.
“The wrong people are testifying,” Judge Nap said on the show. “Loretta Lynch should be testifying. Jim Comey should be testifying.
“Chris Wray is very trustworthy. He is very new in the job. He is going to get some slack, basically,” Napolitano said. “He has the unenviable position of defending events and decisions that took place long before he was there. . . . Chris Wray had nothing to do with this.”
Judge Nap disagreed with the lather being worked up over reports an FBI agent working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team was removed over bias for Clinton.
“Every FBI agent I know – you know these men and women – they have political opinions like the rest of us,” Judge Nap said. “If the FBI hates the mob, can he be involved in a mob investigation? FBI agents have biases like everybody.
“Judges and juries have to be pure as Caesar’s wife,” Napolitano said.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes told Fox News’ Catherine Herridge Friday his investigators have already uncovered evidence of abuse in U.S. government’s surveillance practices.
As previously reported, the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it cleared Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA) of claims he mishandled classified information after dragging it out for eight months.
Rep. Devin Nunes walked away from the House Intelligence Committee Russia probe in April after he said in a press conference in March that Trump and his associates were unmasked after viewing intelligence reports.
Nunes then went to brief the President on the information in the intelligence reports before meeting with the Intelligence Committee.
The left-wing lunatics came unglued and hit Nunes with a probe that lasted eight months. Nunes slammed the accusations as “entirely false and politically motivated”.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) gave his first interview since being cleared of a House Ethics probe and spoke to Catherine Herridge of Fox News.
“I believe there’s evidence that abuses have occurred,” Nunes told Herridge regarding the FISA courts and other surveillance practices.
“We have had an ongoing investigation into DOJ and FBI since mid-summer for both FISA abuse and other matters that we can’t get into too much. But it is very concerning.”
“I hate to use the word corrupt, but they become so dirty that, who is watching the watchmen? Who is investigating these people? There is no one.”
“It’s hard to believe that all of them, there was a very small circle that we’re looking into the Trump dossier overall.” Nunes said.
VIDEO and partially transcribed by Fox News:
Media was set ablaze Thursday after FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. He defended the FBI against Trump’s scorched earth tweets attacking the institution’s corrupt leadership and refused to answer many key questions.
All eyes are on Trump-hating and Hillary-loving FBI agent Peter Strzok. The disgraced agent was removed from Mueller’s witch hunt after it was discovered he was sending anti-Trump text messages to his mistress FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Mueller covered-up this scandal, which is a scandal in itself.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also unloaded on FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday during a House hearing. The conservative firebrand demanded Wray confirm whether or not Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok applied for the FISA warrant to spy on Trump officials.
Jordan told Lou Dobbs Thursday night he believes the FISA court application to spy on the Trump campaign will prove the FBI used fake dossier to spy on opposing party!
Perhaps it was discovered over the summer that Strzok used the dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump’s camp. Many people believe there is more to the story than Strzok being removed for anti-Trump text messages. All of Mueller’s associates are anti-Trump liberal hacks so why was Strzok singled out?
We will find out soon. The wheels on Mueller’s Deep State witch hunt are starting to fall off.
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit