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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:00 am

Politics

Bannon bashes DC in Alabama barn

Associated Press

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – Populist firebrand Steve Bannon savaged national Republican leaders Tuesday night in a fiery call to rally voters behind embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore as the battle for the GOP's soul spilled into a dirt-floor barn deep in rural Alabama.

Bannon, known best for his former role as President Donald Trump's chief strategist, called GOP leaders in Congress “cowards” and attacked the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, as a draft dodger as he defended Moore, who is fighting several allegations of sexual misconduct and a Washington establishment that wants him to lose the Dec. 12 election.

“The days of taking it silently are over,” Bannon declared at a rally that drew hundreds of Moore supporters to a local farm in the southwestern corner of the state.

Trump's lawyers want suit delayed

Lawyers for President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that a defamation lawsuit filed by a former contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” who accused him of unwanted sexual contact should at least be blocked while he's in office because he's too busy and important.

Summer Zervos was a contestant on the show in 2006 and sued the Republican after he dismissed as “fabricated and made-up charges” her claims that he made unwanted sexual contact with her at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel in 2007. Her lawsuit sought an apology and at least $2,914.

Zervos' attorneys argued that delaying the case would mean witnesses would forget and documents could be destroyed.

Bank subpoena report disputed

A lawyer for President Donald Trump is denying that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank relating to the president.

“We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the President are false,” one of Trump's personal attorneys, Jay Sekulow, said in a statement.

German newspaper Handelsblatt had reported that Mueller had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank as part of his investigation into possible Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election campaign.

Homeland Security chief confirmed

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed deputy White House chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen as President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Senators approved Nielsen's nomination, 62-37, on Tuesday. Nielsen, 45, is a former DHS official who is considered a protegé of White House chief of staff John Kelly, a former DHS secretary.

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Nielsen a qualified candidate with the talent and experience to succeed. Democrats complained that Nielsen lacks the experience needed to run a major agency with 240,000 employees.

Democrat pushes for impeachment

A liberal Democrat is putting the House on track for a likely vote today on impeaching President Donald Trump, an effort that's certain to lose and has drawn opposition even from many in his own party.

“Friends, whether we like it or not, we now have a bigot in the White House who incites hatred and hostility,” Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, wrote in a letter to colleagues Tuesday explaining his proposal. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is among many Democrats who also oppose the idea, seeing no evidence of an impeachable offense.