Did Trump Just Admit to Obstruction of Justice?

Donald Trump’s latest tweet has sparked more allegations of obstruction of justice.

On Saturday, POTUS took to the social media platform to defend Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” the president tweeted. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

Many politicians and political commentators said they believe this single tweet was an admission to obstruction of justice. You see: Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser back in February; Trump’s most recent tweet implies he was aware the general had lied to federal authorities in the month prior. So if Trump knew about Flynn’s crime, why would he allegedly ask former FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn shortly after he was ousted? During a testimony back in June, Comey told Congress the president asked him to consider “letting Flynn go.”

Trump fired Comey in May.  

As he was departing from the White House on Saturday morning, several reporters asked Trump about his thoughts on Flynn’s recent guilty plea. The president suggested he was not worried, and instead focused on the passing of the GOP tax bill.

“No, I’m not. And what has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” Trump said. “There’s been absolutely no collusion so we’re very happy, and frankly last night was one of the big nights.”  

 

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Now that we all have our iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices either currently in our hands or en route to our homes, we are at peace with the crumbling world around us. You could even say we are content and have no interest in entertaining the usual premature hype given to whatever next year's phones may bring, as we have learned the power of simply appreciating what we have.

Obvious lies and idealistic bullshit aside, let's get real. The chatter about Apple's 2018 plans has indeed already kicked off and you know damn well any self-respecting publication will publish every single rumor, even when the rumors contradict each other and offer zero clarity. In that spirit, strap in for the rumored allegedness surrounding whisperings of Apple having a trio of new iPhones on deck for next year.

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As spotted by CNBC Monday, a note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (by way of MacRumors) suggests Apple is planning to drop a “high-end” device with a massive 6.5-inch display. Apple is also reportedly (allegedly, possibly, maybe, etc.) dropping a 5.8-incher and a 6.1-incher. The 6.5 and 5.8-inch devices, MacRumors said, will boast OLED displays, while the 6.1-incher will have LCD. Presumably, the rumored device with a 6.5-inch display is the iPhone X Plus.

All three devices will reportedly arrive with full-screen notched design and the X's TrueDepth camera capabilities. The source of these whisperings, Ming-Chi Kuo, is touted by MacRumors as someone who “doesn't have an absolutely perfect track record, [but] often relays accurate information from his sources within Apple's supply chain.” Fair enough.

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Lil Yachty and Lil Pump Promise to Drop a Collaborative Tape Next Year

Lil Yachty and Lil Pump took to Twitter Sunday to announce something their devoted fanbases will definitely love: they have a tape together, and it sounds like it'll drop in the next few months. Plus, they could be touring together as well.

You can definitely trust the information since it comes directly from the source: Lil Yachty posted a screenshot of his and Lil Pump’s text conversations on his Twitter, adding that the project will be “first of the year, we promise.” Lil Yachty himself told Lil Pump that the tape needs to be released in January or February, after which the two would go on tour together. The conversation ended with Lil Pump’s iconic “eskitteeet!”

(And while we’re here peeping on Lil Yachty’s text messages, it looks like he has that extra long screenshot which suggest he already got his hands on the new iPhone X. Plus, he has a bunch of messages he should really be paying attention to.)

But that’s not all that Lil Yachty announced. He was full of promises today, in fact: he reminded his fans that Lil Boat 2 is still scheduled to drop the year. He's been teasing the project since August. “Another promise,” he wrote, really binding himself to his word publicly to his fans.

The two have previously collaborated, most recently on Lil Pump's track “Back” from his self-titled debut album, Lil Pump

Whatever you may think this joint project will sound like, it looks like the two rappers are determined to start the year releasing new music and performing for their fans. Love 'em or hate 'em, it doesn't sound like they're bothered (at least not Lil Pump, judging by a recent tweet.) They're here for the youth. 

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Lonzo Ball Becomes Youngest NBA Player to Notch a Triple-Double

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball messed around and got a triple-double Saturday night, and the much-hyped UCLA product made some history in the process. Early in the fourth quarter of a 98-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Ball grabbed his tenth rebound to go along with his 13 points and 11 assists. You can see Ball make history at the 2:23 mark in the video above.

At the age of 20 years, 15 days, Ball surpassed LeBron James as the youngest NBA player to record a triple double—the statistical achievement of reaching double figures in three statistical categories.

Former Lakers great and current Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, saw his share of triple doubles as a player and offered his rook some congratulations via Twitter.

“Congratulations to Lonzo @ZO2_ for becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double,” Johnson tweeted.

Given that the young Lakers took an L to drop their overall record to 5-8, Ball didn’t seem particularly impressed with his achievement.

“I really don't care,” Ball told reporters after the game. “We took a loss. It don’t really mean nothing.”

Earlier this summer, Ball became the first NBA rookie to get a triple-double during the Las Vegas Summer League.

The first 13 games of Ball’s professional career have been expectedly uneven, as Ball’s highlight reel assists have come with shooting woes and his brother LiAngelo being detained in China for a reported shoplifting charge. When speaking exclusively with Shams Charania of Yahoo’s The Vertical, Ball shrugged off his early season scoring struggles.

“I really don’t give a … I’ve played this way my whole life,” Ball told Charania. “In today’s NBA, a lot of point guards get buckets, but I go off my impact and what I can do to win games. It’s not going to be scoring every night, but I’m trying to improve that. The way I play, it comes from Dad. He really don’t care about noise either. My dad had me on lesser teams, so I had to do more and it prepares me.”

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Cam’ron Calls Out Kanye for the Way He Handled Jay Z Feud

This time last week, all we knew was that Cam'ron was dropping his latest mixtape. After gracing ComplexCon over the weekend (with a gang of puppies), we didn't know WHAT to expect from Cam's new project, The Program, although he did drop some hints at the material he'd be releasing, posting on Instagram earlier this week that he was “on some bullshit on this joint,” then warning “If u emotional don't listen.” Who was thinking that this meant he had some lines ready for Kanye West?

On the mixtape's fourth track, “Coleslaw,” Cam starts things off speaking about the situation between Kanye West and Jay Z, which rose back into conversation via Hov's “Kill Jay Z” on 4:44. After saying “you don't like it when I'm nice. You only like it when I'm ignorant, so that's exactly what you get,” Cam went in.

Kanye got on stage, what he do? Play Jay-Z out
What he do next? Check into the crazy house?
Fuck that, you made a living talking greasy
Besides that, man, you Yeezy with the Yeezys
Be yourself, you ain't gotta go AWOL
And fuck that, 'Ye, I been that way since yay tall
If you regret it, then dead it, but if you said it, you said it

It's hard to tell what made Cam address the situation, aside from a longstanding (and still extant) antagonism towards Hov. No matter what, it's an interesting verse. On one hand, Cam appears to be throwing shots at Kanye, but on the other hand, Killa Cam is also encouraging 'Ye to stand behind his words.

Interesting times, either way. Check out The Program for more of Cam's fire.

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Here’s Why Drake’s ‘More Life’ May Not Be Nominated for a Single Grammy

Do you remember where you were when Drake dropped More Life? I imagine most of you do, with headphones up LOUD to the Apple Music broadcast of the playlist that felt like the best of Drake's albums. That's right, even if it's one of the best albums of 2017 (so far), Drake's always considered this to be a playlist (which would explain the volume of collaborators throughout the release). That said, it's still surprising that, according to HITS Daily Double, Drake has not entered More Life for “any 'genre album' awards.” Even the official Grammys website took a look at Drake riding the wave of the digital revolution with this playlist, but the question is, why?

It's hard to say. Many have been conflicted on what to call More Life. Sure, Drake says it's a playlist, but what do we, the critics, call it when it comes to breaking down the best releases of the year? It's hard to ignore the release when literally every song hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It could also just be a sign o' the (digital) times, where the confines of what denoted an album or a mixtape or a “project” or whatever are virtually unnecessary. The thing is, just doing a bit of a glance at Drake's history can (hopefully) help us shed some light on why More Life would not have been submitted for genre album awards for the Grammys.

Drake still doesn't consider it an album

Drake, and his crew, are adamant that More Life should be treated as a playlist, and not a proper album follow-up to Views. Nineteen85 told Billboard that because Drake had “so many good ideas,” he “just wants to put it out without making it a big ordeal.” He also alluded to the idea that Drake “has a bunch of people in a space, hanging out,” as well as saying More Life somehow helped “introduce new music and new artists to the rest of the world.” You might think that's crazy, but the average Drake listener wasn't up on Black Coffee or Jorja Smith before he featured them on this release.

Even the “more tune for ya headtop” drop during the initial release (which debuted on OVO Sound Radio before popping up on Apple Music) made this feel more like Drake just running through a gaggle of bangers that he was sitting on without a proper destination, as opposed to a refined statement. Hell, it was 22 tracks, with little to no interludes, which made for more of a mixtape vibe than anything.

Drake has some issues with the Grammys

Back in February of 2017, Drake sat down with DJ Semtex for an interview that was recorded the day after the Grammys. In it, Drake explained why he wasn't feeling the Recording Academy for, in essence, pigeonholing him and his output, primarily because of “Hotline Bling,” which won two Rap Grammys (Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance) despite Drake not spitting a single bar on the track.

“I’m a black artist, I’m apparently a rapper, even though 'Hotline Bling' is not a rap song,” Drake said. “The only category that they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black.”

Maybe Drake decided to be super petty, dropping a project that he knew had some Grammy-worthy heat on it that he wouldn't submit to the Grammys out of spite. You almost hope that these rumors are true and Drake never speaks on it, just because he can. Keep it 100: even if Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z put out some critically-acclaimed albums in 2017, going up against Drake's More Life in a Rap Album category would be interesting.

The bigger statement here, though, is Drake sort of carving a lane all his own. He can and does rap on the regular, and has had loads of success in the rap game, but he's also surpassed the usual “rap” goals, and is a bona fide pop star. No one wants to be looked at as one particular thing, especially when they've exhausted that box. Maybe Drake is just looking for his proper respect and figured ducking the Grammys was the best statement he could make.

Drake's more focused on his next album

Oh, you didn't know? You must not be following Drake on the 'gram. The 6 God has been posting a number of studio shots since the tail-end of summer 2017, and said he was “about to go back to making this new album” during OVO Fest back in August. With no real word on when we will be hearing new material, or when this new album would be released, it really has been quiet on the new Drake music front. He's taking in movies and basketball games, and we have to imagine that these exercises are breaks for inspiration outside of the studio, where he has to be hyper-focused on topping Views.

At the end of the day, these aren't confirmed rumors; we won't 100 percent know that More Life isn't up for anything until the 60th Grammy nominees are revealed on Nov. 28. That is, unless Drake comes out and confirms these reports. Again, he might not even need to, though; mans might not even be thinking on the next batch of Grammy awards. Drake's probably so focused he's working on the 61st Grammys ceremony.

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