DC Daily: Trump calls latest sexual misconduct claim 'another false accusation'

DC Daily: Trump calls latest sexual misconduct claim 'another false accusation'
Posted at 8:37 AM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 11:37:37-05

What's happening in the political world:

Trump slams Obama, denies sexual misconduct accusation
-- President Trump criticized his predecessor Barack Obama over Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and addressed a woman's sexual misconduct claim.

On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted: "Thank you to @foxandfriends for the great timeline on all of the failures the Obama Administration had against Russia, including Crimea, Syria and so much more. We are now starting to win again!"

Trump then posted a quote from Obama from October 2016: “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes.”

Trump said Obama made the statement because "he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win ..."

Following his tweets regarding Obama, Trump moved on to speak on a Washington Post report in which a woman accuses him of sexual misconduct.

Trump said: "A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago. Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security......"

He then added: "....cameras running. Another False Accusation. Why doesn’t @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me? One had her home mortgage paid off. Only @FoxNews so reported...doesn’t fit the Mainstream Media narrative."

In the Post report, Rachel Crooks, who worked at Trump Tower in New York, accuses Trump of kissing her without her consent in 2006.

Lawyer charged by Special Counsel Mueller for lying to investigators
-- Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a charge against a lawyer for lying to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in September 2016.

Alex Van der Zwaan is expected to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon. He is also accused of lying about the failure to turn over an email communication to the special counsel's office. He was speaking with investigators about his work with Skadden Arps in 2012 when the firm did work for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice to prepare a report on the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Trump administration unveils Obamacare alternative
-- Americans will soon have one more alternative to Obamacare, thanks to the Trump administration.

Officials Tuesday proposed regulations that will make it easier to obtain coverage through short-term health insurance plans by allowing insurers to sell policies that last just under a year. The new rules stem from an executive order President Donald Trump signed in October aimed at boosting competition, giving consumers more choices and lowering premiums.

"Americans need more choices in health insurance so they can find coverage that meets their needs," said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. "The status quo is failing too many Americans who face skyrocketing costs and fewer and fewer choices. The Trump Administration is taking action so individuals and families have access to quality, affordable healthcare that works for them."

The proposal would reverse an Obama administration decision to limit the duration of short-term health plans to no more than 90 days in order to make them less attractive.

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CNN contributed to this report