Former top White House adviser Steve Bannon was issued a subpoena on Tuesday during his 10-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee after refusing to answer lawmakers’ questions. According to CNN, Bannon “was still not forthcoming” even after being issued the subpoena. He also reportedly invoked executive privilege in not answering questions about the presidential transition period and his time at the White House. CNN reported that GOP lawmakers were not ruling out the possibility of holding Bannon in contempt. The New York Times revealed earlier Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller had also subpoenaed Bannon.
Fox News political analyst Brit Hume late Tuesday offered reassurances on Twitter that he is not “having fantasies about Trump’s penis” in a heated debate about the president’s recent physical exam. Hume was in the midst of defending President Trump against claims of a major discrepancy in his physical exam, the details of which were revealed to the public Tuesday. Hume’s defense of the president prompted a producer for The Daily Show to suggest Hume might soon begin “aggressively defending the size of Trump’s penis.” Hume was quick to “assure” social media users he is having no such “fantasies.” “You’ll need to look elsewhere,” he wrote in response to the joke. The unexpected veering off into the topic of Trump’s genitalia came as journalists questioned why Trump’s recent physical exam put his height at 6-foot-3 rather than 6-foot-2, which is the height reportedly listed on his New York driver’s license and in previous reports. Maggie Haberman, a reporter for The New York Times, noted that the extra inch means the difference between being classified as obese rather than overweight.
Democrats won a state Senate seat in a deeply red Wisconsin district on Tuesday night, their 34th legislative pickup since President Trump’s inauguration. Patty Schachtner defeated Republican Adam Jarchow in Wisconsin’s Senate District 10, flipping the seat, which has been held by Republicans since 2000. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump beat Hillary Clinton 55-38 in SD-10. Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin spent a reported $50,000 on ads for the race, hoping to boost the Republican’s prospects.
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday charged two commanders whose ships were involved in deadly collisions in the Pacific Ocean last year. The commanders, who were not named in the Navy’s official statement on the matter, were charged with negligent homicide. Seven sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald crashed into a commercial vessel, while 10 sailors died in a collision involving the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker.
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In the days before the 2016 presidential election, Fox News reportedly sat on a story about an alleged sexual relationship between then-candidate Donald Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels. CNN reports that the story—which was first revealed on Friday when The Wall Street Journal reported on an alleged $130,000 payment arranged by a Trump lawyer to keep Daniels quiet—was spiked in October even after reporter Diana Falzone had a statement from Daniels’ manager confirming the alleged relationship with Trump. Fox’s digital chief, Noah Kotch, told CNN that “we were unable to verify all of the facts and publish a story.”
Former gymnastics sports doctor and convicted child molester Larry Nassar on Tuesday heard the impact statements of the nearly 100 women and girls who were forced to endure abuse at his hands. Kyle Stephens, the first to speak at the hearing, told the 54-year-old that she wanted the world to “know that you are a repulsive liar.” Stephens said she was repeatedly abused by Nassar from age 6 to age 12. “Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don’t stay little forever,” she continued. “They grow into strong women that... destroy your world.” The state attorney general’s office has sought a sentence of 40 to 125 years in prison in addition to the 60 years in federal prison he must serve for separate child-pornography crimes.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, the physician who examined President Trump last week, said Tuesday that the president personally requested a cognitive exam and that the results were “normal.” Jackson said he did not feel that such a test was necessary. Additionally, the doctor revealed, Trump is 75 inches tall and weighs 239 pounds. After the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury book and Trump’s subsequent tweets calling himself a “very stable genius,” questions have swirled about Trump’s mental capacity and his fitness for the office he holds. “I have absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Jackson said. “I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term and for the remainder of the next term if he’s re-elected.”
Corey Lewandowski, the president’s erstwhile campaign manager, has lawyered up. The Daily Beast has learned that Peter Chavkin, of Mintz Levin, is representing Lewandowski for purposes of the Russia investigations. Lewandowski helmed Trump’s campaign until Paul Manafort took over on May 19, 2016. A month later, the campaign announced that Lewandowski was out. There’s significant animosity between the two men. Chavkin has significant experience representing people with messy legal situations. His law-firm bio says he’s represented Ruth Madoff for years, and also represented two investors in the disastrous Fyre Festival. Court documents show he also represented Fortunato Scalamandre, who pleaded guilty in 2001 to making payments to the Lucchese crime family. Lewandowski will testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week.
Asked Tuesday why President Trump doesn’t take Sen. Chuck Schumer’s advice and prove he’s not a “racist” by making a deal on DACA, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called that an “outrageous claim” and asked in return, if Trump really is “racist,” then “why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?” It was a reasonable question from Fox News correspondent John Roberts that says more about the network that hired Trump to host The Apprentice than it does about the man currently occupying the Oval Office. Complicating matters is the racist behavior that The Daily Beast reported Trump allegedly displayed on the set of that show. After Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015 by labeling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” NBC did cut ties with him. However, after he was elected, the network allowed him to retain an executive producer credit on a revamped version of The Celebrity Apprentice.
— Matt Wilstein