Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Says Trump’s ‘Sad’ Travel Ban Tweets ‘Won’t Help’

WASHINGTON ? George Conway, a conservative lawyer who last week dropped out of the running for a key position in the Justice Department, said Monday that President Donald Trump?s tweets about his administration?s travel ban could hurt the case in court.

Conway, who is married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, was until last week reportedly the front-runner to become assistant attorney general of the Justice Department?s civil division, a prominent role that involves defending and representing the Trump administration in court. Conway was never formally nominated and said last week he had ?reluctantly concluded? that ?this is not the right time for me to leave the private sector and take on a new role in the federal government.?

A tweet from Conway on Monday suggested one of the factors that may have contributed to his decision to drop out. Conway referenced a tweet from Trump on Monday morning in which the president said the Justice Department ?should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted? to the Supreme Court.

?These tweets may make some [people] feel better, but they certainly won?t help [the Office of the Solicitor General] get 5 votes in [the Supreme Court], which is what actually matters,? Conway tweeted. ?Sad.?

Trump himself signed the very ?watered down? executive order he referred to in his tweet on Monday. Trump?s tweets and anti-Muslim rhetoric have repeatedly been cited by federal judges who ruled against the administration?s executive order, which would halt immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. 

In other tweets, Trump referred to the executive order as a ?TRAVEL BAN? and said the Justice Department ?should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court ? & seek much tougher version!? The tweets were evidently inspired by the terror attack in London over the weekend.

Earlier on Monday, Kellyanne Conway said the media had an ?obsession? with covering Trump?s tweets. George Conway, on the other hand, acknowledged the effect that Trump?s tweets could have. 

The Justice Department last week filed emergency applications to the Supreme Court asking the nation?s highest court to reinstate the travel ban.

George Conway?s Twitter account had been dormant since December 2015. Neither Conway nor a spokesman for his law firm immediately responded to HuffPost?s request to confirm that the Twitter account belonged to Conway, but the account?s first follower was his wife, and George Conway confirmed the legitimacy of the Twitter account in an email to a Washington Post reporter.

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Mark Warner Wants To Know How Russians Knew Best Ways To Help Trump

WASHINGTON ? The top Democrat on the Senate panel investigating Russian interference in last year?s presidential campaign said Sunday that a major unresolved issue is how the Russians knew which states to target to help President Donald Trump.

?This is one of the questions we have to sort through,? Virginia?s Mark Warner said on CNN?s State of the Union. ?It does seem strange, it appears, that Russian-paid Internet trolls who created bots were then able to put forward fake news, selective stories in a way that seemed targeted.?

He added that while he knows of no iron-clad proof of collusion between Russia and Trump?s campaign, ?there is a lot of smoke.?

Crucial to Trump winning the the White House was that he carried three states ? Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania ? by a combined margin of about 76,000 votes. Polls had shown Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading in the trio of states, and all of them had been won by Democrats in the six presidential elections before last year?s vote.

Warner in March told reporters that more than 1,000 paid Internet ?trolls? working out of Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in Trump?s favor by disseminating unflattering and, at times, untrue information about Clinton.

Clinton in an interview last week also suggested that the Russians could not have known how to ?weaponize? the emails they stole from the Democratic National Committee and from her campaign chairman, John Podesta, unless they had been helped ?by Americans and guided by people who had polling and data information.?

Warner and the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, North Carolina?s Richard Burr, have been examining the question of Russian meddling for months. Last month they issued subpoenas asking Trump?s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to turn over documents related to his contacts with Russia. Flynn has refused to comply with that order.

Flynn was fired less than a month into the job after reports surfaced that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russians, potentially making him a blackmail target.

Trump has vehemently denied that his campaign colluded with the Russian intelligence agencies last year and has called the entire probe ?fake news? generated by Democrats to explain how they lost an election they thought they would win.

He told the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador to the United States that he had fired FBI Director James Comey last month to take ?great pressure? off of himself regarding the agency?s investigation into Flynn?s contact with Russian officials, according to a published report.

Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 about Trump?s request that he drop the probe, which the then-FBI director refused.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia worked to hurt Clinton and help Trump during the 2016 election, in part by stealing documents and emails from the Democratic Party and from Clinton?s campaign chairman and then releasing embarrassing ones on a near daily basis in the final weeks of the campaign through WikiLeaks.

Trump praised WikiLeaks for doing this in almost every campaign appearance in October, and for months claimed that it was impossible to know who had stolen the emails.

That Russian meddling, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, remains under investigation by the FBI and committees in both the House and Senate. After Trump fired Comey, Trump?s Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller, who headed the FBI from 2001-2013, as special counsel to run the Russia investigation.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Shatters Box Office With Biggest Female Director Opening. Ever.

A box office wonder.

?Wonder Woman? smashed records this weekend to become the biggest domestic opening for a female director ever. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot under Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the film grossed an estimated $100.5 million at more than 4,000 theaters domestically, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Sunday. Thursday night?s pre-show raked in $11 million alone. 

Sam Taylor-Johnson previously held the record for ?Fifty Shades of Grey,? which opened Valentine?s Day weekend in 2015 and grossed $85 million domestically (and $94 million over the four-day President?s Day weekend). The Hollywood Reporter previously pegged Jenkins? ?Wonder Woman? debut at $95 million in North America and upward of $100 million internationally, based on pre-release tracking.  

Jenkins said she was intent on getting the character of Wonder Woman right because of what the representation of heroism means. 

?I?m such a believer in the genre because I?m a believer in mankind turning stories into about what it means to be a hero and what would I do if I was a hero and how would that feel,? she told Screen Rant. ?And so, you know, there is always that opportunity in any movie with a metaphor to use to make something beautiful that really touches people. And this is such an important time in the world for people to think about what kind of hero they would want to be and what we?re going to do to save this world that I was honored to get to join in the dialogue.?

And that representation matters to viewers young and old alike. 

?Wonder Woman,? which had a $149 million production budget and currently boasts a 93 percent certified-fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, had to face an uphill battle of sexism both on screen and off. From perfectly chiding ?its male mudslingers with humor and grace? in the script to offering a women-only screening of the film in spite of male critics, ?Wonder Woman? stands as an emblem of female empowerment

Reaching Hollywood?s biggest opening weekend for a female director is certainly a glass-ceiling-breaking milestone, but Jenkins says there is still more that needs to be done when it comes to who gets to tell Hollywood?s stories. 

?Until studios change their ways and stop only generating from within the same small group of people ? and until they become interested in attracting more diverse kinds of stories and audiences ? women directors will continue to be one of the many, many kind of collateral damage,? she told LeanIn. ?If you are still focused on attracting young men to the box office, you will continue to hire mostly (formerly) young men to speak to them. The irony is that the data now clearly shows that this audience is no longer the most powerful in the world. Middle-aged women are. Yet the studio system still seems very slow to figure out how to shift their approach.? 

After the weekend?s box office numbers came out, Twitter users wanted to remind the world that female directors and superhero fans are ? and have always been ? awesome. 

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