WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s lawyer says the president doesn’t believe Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement is valid and won’t carry out a threat to sue the porn star for discussing her alleged affair with him. Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, says in court papers Saturday the president has never believed he was a party in the agreement, which he didn’t sign. Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which Trump denies. She was suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions loyalty to President Donald Trump has not been rewarded with loyalty from the president. Sessions has vigorously pushed Trump’s agenda at the Justice Department, and before that, he spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final stretch of his Cabinet tenure, those efforts are at risk of being eclipsed by his boss’ frequent attacks that reflect Trump’s outrage over the Russia investigation.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama says November midterm elections give Americans “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics.” Appearing in Southern California on Saturday, the former president took another swipe at his successor as he raised his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House. Obama didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name during a 20-minute speech in California. Vice President Mike Pence says it’s disappointing Obama is criticizing Trump.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open says the decision by the chair umpire to hit Serena Williams with code violations is final and the actions were not reviewable. Williams received a warning from umpire Carlos Ramos for receiving coaching; was assessed a second code violation for racket abuse, which required a point penalty; a got a third code violation for verbal abuse in the judgment of the umpire, which then required a game penalty.
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. East Coast could be hit with a powerful hurricane next week as Tropical Storm Florence continues to strengthen as it moves toward the mainland. The National Hurricane Center says Florence is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday. A “significant phase of intensification” is expected late Saturday. Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared states of emergency.