Oh Come Let Us Enjoy Meghan Markle Doing Arts and Crafts at This Festive Christmas Gathering

Meghan Markle got into the holiday spirit by paying a special visit for caroling around a Christmas tree, arts and crafts and jokes.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, popped into Brinsworth House, a Twickenham, England nursing and care home for English people retired from the entertainment industry, on Tuesday morning.

No stranger to show business, Meghan spent seven seasons in the role of an attorney on legal drama Suits, so she had plenty to talk about with the members of the home who used to be performers themselves.

During her visit, she said she’s feeling “very good” and “looking very pregnant” in videos captured by royal reporters.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex says she’s “very good” . . . very pregnant” as she meets a resident of Brinsworth House (📹 @RoyalReporter ) pic.twitter.com/5F6p2mRvhm

— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) December 18, 2018

Wearing a dress by Brock Collection and a coat by Soia and Kyo for the festivities, she got crafty with the other members at a table where members used construction paper to create paper ornament decorations to deck out the home. From the looks of this photo shared by the Daily Mail, she put her stellar calligraphy to use.

Meghan did some Christmas arts and crafts at Brinsworth House – you can tell which one is hers. It’s written beautifully! @RoyalVariety pic.twitter.com/3YwFfcuU09

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) December 18, 2018

She also encountered some star power herself, and was treated to some cheerful songs.

The Duchess of Sussex meets Richard O’Sullivan, a huge television star in the 1970s @RoyalVariety pic.twitter.com/maXzufXwzw

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) December 18, 2018

She even said that she would like to be a member someday.

Some lovely moments as #Meghan meets some of the residents at Brinsworth House. One told her “we’re all friends here.” Meghan replied “I hope I can join the club”. @RoyalVariety pic.twitter.com/ky7XbV5QmW

— Rhiannon Mills (@SkyRhiannon) December 18, 2018

The Royal Variety Charity organization runs the home, and the name should sound familiar to royal fans. Prince Harry and Meghan made headlines when they went to the annual Royal Variety Performance in November. (The proceeds from the event go to support those retired from the entertainment industry, according to Kensington Palace.)

Meghan, who is expecting her first child with …read more

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Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts.

The former Trump national security adviser’s lawyers have suggested that investigators discouraged him from having an attorney present during the January 2017 interview and never informed him it was a crime to lie. Prosecutors shot back, “He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth.”

On Monday evening, the dispute — and a judge’s intervention — led prosecutors to publicly file a redacted copy of the notes from Flynn’s FBI interview that largely bolster the case, showing he told agents things he later said were false.

Still, the mere insinuation of underhanded tactics has been startling given the seemingly productive relationship between the two sides, and it was especially striking since prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office have praised Flynn’s cooperation and recommended against prison time. The defense arguments spurred speculation that Flynn may be trying to get sympathy from President Donald Trump or may be playing to a judge known for a zero-tolerance view of government misconduct.

“It’s an attempt, I think, to perhaps characterize Flynn as a victim or perhaps to make him look sympathetic in the eyes of a judge — and, at the same time, to portray the special counsel in a negative light,” said former federal prosecutor Jimmy Gurule, a University of Notre Dame law school professor.

Trump wished Flynn “Good luck” in court on Tuesday.

“Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!” Trump tweeted hours before Flynn was to be sentenced.

Until the dueling memos were filed last week, Flynn had cooperated extensively and largely eschewed the aggressive tactics of others involved in the Mueller probe.

Prosecutors, for instance, have accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to them even after he agreed to cooperate. Another potential target, Jerome Corsi, leaked draft court documents and accused Mueller’s team of bullying him. And George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser recently released from a two-week prison sentence, has lambasted the investigation and publicly …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

      

Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn will likely walk out of a courtroom a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts.

The former Trump national security adviser’s lawyers have suggested that investigators discouraged him from having an attorney present during the January 2017 interview and never informed him it was a crime to lie. Prosecutors shot back, “He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth.”

On Monday evening, the dispute — and a judge’s intervention — led prosecutors to publicly file a redacted copy of the notes from Flynn’s FBI interview that largely bolster the case, showing he told agents things he later said were false.

Still, the mere insinuation of underhanded tactics has been startling given the seemingly productive relationship between the two sides, and it was especially striking since prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office have praised Flynn’s cooperation and recommended against prison time. The defense arguments spurred speculation that Flynn may be trying to get sympathy from President Donald Trump or may be playing to a judge known for a zero-tolerance view of government misconduct.

“It’s an attempt, I think, to perhaps characterize Flynn as a victim or perhaps to make him look sympathetic in the eyes of a judge — and, at the same time, to portray the special counsel in a negative light,” said former federal prosecutor Jimmy Gurule, a University of Notre Dame law school professor.

Trump wished Flynn “Good luck” in court on Tuesday.

“Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!” Trump tweeted hours before Flynn was to be sentenced.

Until the dueling memos were filed last week, Flynn had cooperated extensively and largely eschewed the aggressive tactics of others involved in the Mueller probe.

Prosecutors, for instance, have accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to them even after he agreed to cooperate. Another potential target, Jerome Corsi, leaked draft court documents and accused Mueller’s team of bullying him. And George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser recently released from a two-week prison sentence, has lambasted the investigation and publicly …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News