Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trump said to block campaign's requests to do self-opposition research


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By Kevin Cirilli,

Bloomberg News

3 hrs ago


WASHINGTON _ Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rebuffed political aides' requests to research his past, people familiar with the matter said, a decision that contributed to his campaign being caught unprepared for the past week's barrage of claims he mistreated women.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first campaign manager, requested that Trump submit himself to a forensic evaluation that is traditional for any public figure seeking office, according to people granted anonymity to speak freely about the campaign's early days last year. Opposition research would allow Trump's new political team to prepare for potential attacks on his candidacy.

Paul Manafort and his team made a similar request when they took over the reins after Lewandowski, who was ousted this June.

Trump declined, the people said, and the issue became a point of contention among his closest political advisers and some longtime employees at the Trump Organization. Trump spokespeople Jason Miller and Hope Hicks didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Now, Trump is fighting an onslaught of scrutiny of his behavior toward women, less than one month before voters cast final judgment on him and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Some of the scrutiny is a result of Trump's own words, including in a 2005 tape that surfaced Friday where he bragged about being able to do "anything" to women because of his fame.

Both The New York Times and People magazine reported fresh allegations Wednesday from women who say Trump touched them inappropriately, without their consent. The candidate has flatly denied all accusations, tweeting that the incidents never happened.

Roger Stone and Michael Cohen, two of Trump's earliest advisers, also advocated for a forensic research effort to be conducted when Trump was considering running for governor, but Trump declined.

Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and Paul Manafort of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's staff speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and Paul Manafort of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's staff speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016… In the months before Trump announced his presidential candidacy in June 2015, Lewandowski huddled with a small team of aides in Trump Tower to prepare for his candidacy. They knew early on that Trump would rely on an abundance of free media and utilize his celebrity appeal to bolster crowd sizes that they anticipated would dwarf a packed Republican field of candidates. His unpredictability, they argued, would be an asset.

But they also recognized it would be a liability. His new political team wondered about the secrets that might be lurking in the real estate developer and TV personality's past _ beyond the pages of New York City tabloids, where the candidate, who is now 70, was a regular feature for his entire adult life.

Republican National Committee officials conducted opposition research on Trump and the other members of the GOP field, one of the people familiar with the matter said, but the results yielded nothing substantial. There was no mention, for example, of the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that The Washington Post first reported last week, sending Trump's campaign into crisis.

Lewandowski, according to people familiar with the matter, did prepare research regarding Trump's positions on the Iraq War (Trump has said he opposed the war from the beginning, though he said in a radio interview prior to the invasion that he supported the war). Lewandowski also researched how to respond to criticism during the Republican primary that Trump had given money to Democrats.

Trump's decision not to bless a full opposition research effort about himself was seen inside the campaign as one of the first in a series of unconventional decisions that Trump would make. Indeed, while Trump's inner circle has gone through various iterations, his political advisers still do not know the extent of the material his opponents may have prepared to mount against him.

"I don't know what's out there," said Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who took the job this August, on Fox News on Wednesday. "There's no way for me to know what is and isn't out there."

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Clinton answers written questions under penalty of perjury in email lawsuit




Clinton answers written questions under penalty of perjury in email lawsuit

By Josh Gerstein

10/13/16 07:34 PM EDT

Updated 10/13/16 07:05 PM EDT


Hillary Clinton submitted formal answers under penalty of perjury on Thursday about her use of a private email server, saying 20 times that she did not recall the requested information or related discussions, while also asserting that no one ever warned her that the practice could run afoul of laws on preserving federal records.

"Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that her use of a e-mail account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws," lawyers for Clinton wrote.

Clinton also said she could not recall ever being warned about any hacking or attempted hacking of her private account or server.

Clinton signed the legal filing Monday "under penalty of perjury." The submission was ordered by a federal judge in connection with a Freedom of Information Action lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch.

Lawyers for the group asked for a live deposition where they could question Clinton in person, but U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan instead ordered Clinton to answer written questions.

Hillary Clinton and her team appeared to take a softer tone for her testimony to the House Benghazi committee than the first draft of the statement.

Hacked emails show Clinton toned down Benghazi testimony

By Zach Montellaro


Clinton's answers generally track with her public statements on the issue and with FBI reports about what she said during an interview conducted in July.

Clinton "decided to use a account for the purpose of convenience," her lawyers said. Asked what other reasons she may have had for doing so, she gave no ground.

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Boone County’s new planner: Hilary Arther


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Hilary Arther

Hilary Arther

Land Use Planner at Boone County

Greater Chicago Area
Government Administration


  1. Boone County,
  2. McHenry County


  1. Village Of Antioch,
  2. University of Illinois at Chicago,
  3. Village of Schiller Park


  1. University of Illinois at Chicago



Exemplary problem-solving skills; able to identify problems and implement corrective processes; Strong leadership skills; ability to prioritize, and make sound decisions quickly while maintaining a focus on the bottom line; A track record for meeting timelines and exceeding expectations; High-energy, confident professional with an infectious enthusiasm for providing quality service; Experience includes permitting/planning in diverse governing settings with knowledge of regulations and procedures; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Land Use Planner
    Boone County

    September 2016 – Present (2 months)

  • McHenry County
    Permit Technician
    McHenry County

    March 2015 – Present (1 year 8 months)

    • Review, record, and issue utility and access permit applications
    • Created standard operating procedure and updated forms for job position
    • Project coordinator for “Touch-a-Truck” community engagement event with local schools
    • Maintain the MCDOT Facebook Page with daily posts and interactions with the public
    • Increased participation in the Adopt-A-Highway Program by adding 38 groups and 75% adoption rate

  • Permit Coordinator & Planning and Zoning Clerk
    Village Of Antioch

    May 2013 – March 2015 (1 year 11 months)

    • Processed and issued approximately 500 construction permit applications per year
    • Grant administrator for EPA Brownfield Grant; providing quarterly reports and financial accounting
    • Provided staff support to the Local Technical Assistance program for the “Lifestyle Corridor Plan”
    • Responsible for record keeping, cashier work, and issuing licenses for food, liquor, and gaming
    • Updated standard operating procedures and department forms

  • Supervisor
    University of Illinois at Chicago

    September 2010 – May 2013 (2 years 9 months)

    Managed staff and oversaw daily tasks such as: processing and selling new memberships, maintaining equipment, in charge of conflict resolution, and providing customer service to patrons using the facility.
    • Assisted professional staff in hiring and interviewing potential new staff members
    • Promoted from desk attendant to supervisor in less than a year

  • Community Development Intern
    Village of Schiller Park

    September 2012 – December 2012 (4 months)

    • Processed and issued construction permits
    • Learned site plan review and development
    • Updated the Schiller Park zoning map

  • Administration Intern
    Village of Antioch

    May 2012 – August 2012 (4 months)

    • Researched and wrote forestry grant that was awarded to the Village
    • Contributed to the creation of the Strategic Plan and Community Vision Statement for the Village
    • Collected data for multiple projects, including video gambling research
    • Lead for Human Resources employee-benefit project

  • Teacher Aid
    Grace Lutheran Child Development Center

    August 2008 – August 2010 (2 years 1 month)

    • Prepared activities and supervised children.
    • Established positive relationships with students, parents, fellow teachers and school administrators and staff
    • Personally requested by parents to babysit outside of the Day Care Center



  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Bachelor of Arts (BA), Urban Planning and Public AffairsBachelor of Arts (BA), Urban Planning and Public Affairs

    2009 – 2013

  • Richmond-Burton Community High School

    2005 – 2009

    Activities and Societies: I participated in dance primarily ballet.

  • McHenry County
    • Government Communication 101Government Communication 101
    • Electricity in Public WorksElectricity in Public Works
    • ADA and PROWAG PolicyADA and PROWAG Policy
    • Improving Public Works Construction Inspection SkillsImproving Public Works Construction Inspection Skills
Volunteer Experience & Causes
Causes Hilary cares about:
  • Animal Welfare
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environment
  • Human Rights




Below is Ms. Arthur’s salary and benefits at McHenry County as detailed at: