CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked President Donald Trump what would happen if he thought Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied about his drinking while giving Senate testimony, denying allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Amazon is investigating allegations that some of its employees have offered to leak confidential information and delete negative product reviews in exchange for money.
According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, Amazon ( staff members are peddling internal data and other advantages that independent merchants can use to try to get higher rankings for their products in searches on the site. The practice is “particularly pronounced in China,” the article said. )
An Amazon spokeswoman told CNN that the company has launched an investigation into the claims.
“We hold our employees to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our code faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties,” she said.
Brokers for Amazon employees in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen offered internal sales metrics and reviewer email addresses to independent sellers for payments of between $80 and $2,000, according to the Journal report. The brokers were also proposing to delete negative reviews and restore banned accounts, it said.
Amazon has “sophisticated systems to restrict and audit access to information,” the company spokeswoman said, adding that it would also punish sellers who break its rules.
“We have zero tolerance for abuse of our systems and if we find bad actors who have engaged in this behavior, we will take swift action against them, including terminating their selling accounts, deleting reviews, withholding funds, and taking legal action,” she said.
The Journal reported that Amazon was investigating several incidents, including some involving employees in the United States.
The e-commerce giant has had issues with its product reviews dating back years.
In 2015, the company sued more than 1,000 people who were “misleading Amazon’s customers” by selling “fake reviews of products,” according to a complaint. That lawsuit targeted account holders on Fiverr.com, a marketplace for odd-jobs where “gigs” are sold for $5 and up.
President Trump said Monday it’s “too early to talk” with China on a new trade agreement, despite ongoing discussions carried out over the last several months by his Treasury Secretary.
“China wants to talk very badly. And I said, frankly, it’s too early to talk,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “Can’t talk now because they’re not ready. Because they have been ripping us for so many years, it doesn’t happen that quickly.”
What this is all about: Trump’s remarks came after imposition of new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The tariffs stalled ongoing talks led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who had been expected to meet with Chinese negotiators in Washington last month before the meetings were scrapped.
“If politically people force it too quickly, you’re not going to make the right deal for our workers and for our country,” Trump said. “But China wants to talk. We want to talk to them. We want them to help us with North Korea. We want them to continue to help us with North Korea. That’s very important.”
A short-handed Supreme Court will take the bench again on Monday to gavel in a term that has been totally eclipsed by the raging battle over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.
Back in July when President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Kavanaugh to take the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a move that would cement a conservative majority for decades to come, Republicans hoped that Kavanaugh would be seated for the start of the new term.
That all changed when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations of sexual assault, which Kavanaugh vehemently denies. Now Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which seemed certain a few weeks ago, has been thrown into question.
So for the second time in recent years, Chief Justice John Roberts will find himself having to navigate the docket with only eight justices.
That means he will proceed gingerly, perhaps delaying some pending petitions to hear cases, examining existing cases to see if more narrow avenues of agreement are available and hoping that some cases currently in the lower courts on divisive issues continue to percolate below before reaching the high court.
All the while, the justices know that even if Kavanaugh is not confirmed, President Donald Trump will likely nominate another conservative, and the court is still poised to take a hard right turn.
“I think a more accurate caption for this term is the ‘calm before the storm,'” Irving Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown Law said at a recent event.
President Trump says he wants a “comprehensive” but “quick” FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I want the FBI — this is now their seventh investigation — I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “Whatever that means according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority, I want them to do that.”
But, Trump said “I want it to go quickly” since the lingering accusations are unfair to Kavanaugh.
“It’s unfair to him at this point,” Trump said.
Trump decried the “trauma” Kavanaugh has been subjected to in the confirmation process.
‘This is our seventh investigation of a man who has really — you look at his life, until this happened, what a change he’s gone through. The trauma for a man who has never had any accusations, Trump said.
Trump continued: “So I want the FBI, this is now the 7th investigation. It’s not like they are just starting. I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation.”