Trump keeps up attacks on Mueller, McCabe, Comey
- Just a day after news that Mueller had interviewed McCabe and asked him about Comey's firing, Trump attacked the special counsel's team, seeming to suggest it has a partisan bias.
- Trump's criticism of Mueller, a Republican, also came a day after his personal lawyer, John Dowd, called for an end to the special counsel's probe into Russian election meddling.
- Dowd's comment wasn't authorized by the President, a person close to Trump told CNN.
- The President also called into question news that McCabe had written memos about their interactions.
- A source told CNN Saturday that Mueller's team has those memos.
- McCabe told CNN that he had three in-person interactions and one phone call with Trump.
- Trump's attacks on the special counsel team will likely reinforce demands by Democrats to protect Mueller's investigation.
Your Toys 'R' Us closing questions answered
- There's a bankruptcy hearing on Tuesday where the company can get approval to start steep discounts and hang "Store Closing Sale" signs at most locations, according to Robert LeHane, an attorney representing creditors in the bankruptcy proceedings.
- Bankruptcy attorneys told CNNMoney that most locations will likely shut their doors within the next two months, and Toys "R" Us will pay employees through the next 60 days.
- Toys "R" Us is "holding back" on liquidating about 200 of its best performing US stores in the hopes that it will find a buyer, CEO Dave Brandon told employees.
- If a buyer "wants to keep a foothold in the US they will likely do that in such a way that they can retain customers, [such as] people involved in our baby registry programs," Brandon told employees.
One of the last TV shows starring Stephen Hawking is now streaming for free — here's how to watch it
- In the show, which is one of the last Hawking ever worked on, he flies around in a spaceship called the "S.S. Hawking" and explores deep scientific mysteries.
- The fictional "S.S. Hawking" spaceship.CuriosityStream CuriosityStream planned to release the third and final episode, which in part dives into Hawking's fears about artificial intelligence, in mid-April.
- But a representative for the company told Business Insider that, following the death of Hawking, its creators decided to release the last episode today.
- Through March 23, Anyone can also watch the series for free for a limited time.
- It's normally packaged in a streaming subscription that costs between $2.99 and $11.99 per month.
- You can find all of the "Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places" episodes at curiositystream.com/hawking.
Here's what you missed in less than a day in Washington
- In the less than 24 hours following close of business that day, Washington has seen a litany of major headlines involving President Donald Trump, porn star Stormy Daniels, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and a host of others.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement.
- Facebook's vice president and deputy general counsel said in a statement that a University of Cambridge psychology professor had passed personal user data gained through an app on to third-parties, including Cambridge Analytica.
- Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, called for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
- McCabe told CNN he had four interactions with the President while he was acting FBI director last May -- three in-person meetings and a phone call.
McCabe has memos documenting his conversations with Trump
- Washington (CNN) - Much like fired FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump before he was fired Friday, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
- Following his firing, McCabe told CNN in an interview that he spoke to the President several times while he was acting FBI director in May after Comey's dismissal, and Trump berated him about his wife's failed state Senate campaign.
- It is unclear what is in McCabe's memos and what span of time they cover.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on Friday, about a day before his 50th birthday and the date he was set to retire and begin receiving his anticipated pension, over accusations that McCabe directed FBI officials to speak to the media about an investigation tied to the Clinton Foundation and misled investigators about his actions.
Trump lawyer calls for end of Mueller probe
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd is calling for the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling.
- Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, is overseeing the Russia investigation after Sessions recused himself from the probe last year.
- Dowd told CNN he was speaking on his own behalf, although he had earlier told the Daily Beast, which first reported the statement, that he was speaking on behalf of the President.
- Mueller is currently investigating any ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia during the 2016 election.
- On Friday evening, the Justice Department announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had fired McCabe just days before he was set to receive his pension.
- McCabe had been regularly taunted by Trump and besieged by accusations that he had misled internal investigators at the Justice Department.
Days before Florida bridge collapsed, engineer reported cracks
- It's too early to tell whether the bridge failed when construction workers were applying post-tensioning force to strengthen the beams, said Robert Accetta of the National Transportation Safety Board.
- Of the six people who died, five bodies remained under the wreckage Friday, Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.
- The bridge was scheduled to open to foot traffic in 2019, and was designed to boost safety on busy 8th Street, where an 18-year-old FIU student was fatally struck by a vehicle in August.
- A spokesman for MCM told CNN the company has had $152 million in federally funded government projects in the past five years.
- At least one MCM project resulted in a lawsuit concerning safety, CNN has learned.
- Records show the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited MCM for 11 violations involving construction projects in Miami and Hialeah, Florida, between 2014 and 2017.
Trump's lawyer seeks $20 million in damages from porn star Stormy Daniels
- A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.
- In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California made public on Friday, the Blakely Law Group also asked for a lawsuit by Daniels that seeks to nullify the agreement to be moved to a federal district court from a county court.
- Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, said on Friday: "This is simply more of the same bullying tactics from the president and Mr. Cohen.
- He told Reuters on Friday that six women had been in touch with his law firm to describe relationships with Trump, and that two had signed nondisclosure agreements.
Stormy Daniels' lawyer: 6 more women claim sexual relationships with Trump
- CNN's Chris Cuomo asked, "Do these women, in terms of what their allegations are at this point before you vet them, do they all involve the President of the United States?
- Avenatti also told Cuomo his legal team is "not vouching for these stories" and said it was possible he won't represent the women.
- CNN has reached out to Larry Rosen, a lawyer representing Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, and Jill Martin, a Trump Organization lawyer who has been involved in legal matters related to the Daniels allegations.
- He would not answer whether or not it was someone close to the President who threatened her, and later told CNN he couldn't answer a question about whether he or Daniels filed a police report.
- The agreement was made just before the 2016 election with Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who paid Daniels $130,000 for her silence about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.
At least one dead in pedestrian bridge collapse at university in Miami, authorities say
- At least eight people have been transported to hospitals to receive medical attention, said a spokesman with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue at a press conference.
- A spokesman with the Florida Highway Patrol previously told CNN that multiple people had died as a result of the collapse.
- A spokeswoman with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told CNN there were multiple injuries.
- A tactical response team with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is working to secure the bridge while searching for victims, the agency said on its Twitter account.
- According to a fact sheet about the bridge on FIU's website, it cost $14.2 million to build and was funded as part of a $19.4 million grant from the US Department of Transportation.
- The 950-ton bridge was meant to connect the school's campus to the Sweetwater neighborhood, home to many FIU students, according to a press release on the school's website.