At a multitudinous rally in Florida, President Donald Trump called on voters in Alabama -- just 15 miles away -- to back Roy Moore in that state’s Senate race. Trump endorsed Moore despite the allegations of sexual improprieties that the former judge continues to battle. Speaking in Pensacola, Trump made a quip about one of Moore’s accusers, who revised a significant part of her claims on Friday.

“You know the yearbook? Did you see that? That was a little mistake made. She started writing things in the yearbook,' the president scolded in a reference to Beverly Young Nelson. Nelson, who is represented by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, had once offered her high school yearbook as evidence that Moore knew her when she was a minor in their hometown in Alabama. She admitted that she had altered part of the writing on the page.

At the Pensacola rally, Trump also stopped and pointed to a man in the crowd and said, “This guy's screaming, 'We want Roy Moore!' He's right”

Kicking off the speech, Trump again took potshots at “fake news” on the day CNN had to correct a story. CNN had erroneously claimed that Trump's son Donald Jr. was tipped off to a cache of hacked emails before WikiLeaks published them. Trump said the reporters he loves to hate “have been apologizing left and right.” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has also called out CNN for its false reports. 

Major media had a tough week, especially with regard to the Russia probe being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In addition to the above, for example, last Friday, ABC reported that Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that the president, while still a candidate, had ordered him to contact Russian officials. However, the network had to issue a “clarification” on the same day that Trump had issued the direction while he was president-elect. The impact of the report thus changed entirely because it is common practice for transition teams to contact foreign governments before taking office.

Then, on Tuesday both Reuters and Bloomberg both Mueller's investigation had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for information on accounts relating to Trump and his family. This appeared to confirm that the special counsel had expanded the investigation to the president's financial dealings. However, the Wall Street Journal deflated the report in a follow-up that showed that the subpoenas dealt with "people or entities close to Mr. Trump."

WikiLeaks emails: CNN reported this morning that senior Trump campaign officials, including Trump himself, received an email from an unknown sender on September 4, 2016 that linked them to what could have been unreleased WikiLeaks documents. WaPo issued their own report later in the afternoon that the email was actually sent on September 14 — and linked to a trove of documents that WikiLeaks had publicly released a day earlier.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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