Faith No More’s Chuck Mosley- LIVE from a Tree House (LAST performance)

LIVE FROM A TREE HOUSE- Pilot Online Episode #1 w/Chuck Mosley of Faith No More/Bad Brains. Hosted/created by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen.

So I talked to his backing band, and as this was shot a mere four weeks or so before Chuck’s passing, this stands as one of his last “studio” performances, and one of his last filmed (aside from iPhones at his last few live shows) performances in general. I’m so glad we got it all on tape (and about another 30 minutes of interviewing beyond what you’ll find here).

Whatever the case, I hope some of you enjoy it, and I am thankful that I had a chance to meet Chuck before he “shuffled off this mortal coil”, as they say. He was a very open and friendly guy, incredibly easy to work with, and so very appreciative of his fans- all of which I could gather within mere minutes of talking to him before the cameras rolled. He also left his pack of Marlboro Blacks in my front foyer, which still sits, eerily, exactly where he forgot them only weeks prior. I can’t bring myself to move them yet- something about it doesn’t yet feel like it’d be right to.

Charles Henry Mosley III was also humble and shy- surprising for someone who lived a good deal of his life on stage, but charming and respectable at the same time. You’ll see throughout the interview that he progressively warms up and gets more talkative as time passes. “Thats how Chuck always was in front of a camera”, according to Douglas Esper, Chuck’s touring percussionist.

I didn’t know Chuck, at all, but he instantly was a fascinated person who seemed to have so much more about him than just music- and we talk about some of that later in the interview.

All in all, I’m honored that he thought this VERY ODD Tree House video-shoot idea was something worthy of his time, and as he left, he not only signed the wall of our micro studio, but signed and cartooned over a vintage paint by numbers art piece that I handed him- something I will hold onto, and add to our “wall of fame” in this very tree house.

Thank You Chuck, wherever you are.
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Kanye West to meet Trump at White House

Kanye West to meet Trump at White House

Kanye West, the at times controversial rapper-turned-prison reform activist, is slated to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.

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The president and rapper are slated to discuss prison reform, the African American jobs unemployment rate and the surge in violence in West’s hometown of Chicago, according to a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. West is also expected to bring Jim Brown, a former star running back for the Cleveland Browns and someone who has previously spoken with Trump about issues impacting the black community.

In an interview on Fox and Friends on Thursday, Trump spoke glowingly about the rapper calling him “a friend of mine.” On Tuesday, Trump called West ” a terrific guy” and someone who “loves what we’re doing for African-American jobs.”

PHOTO: In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, has visited the White House twice this year – most recently in Septemeber – to discuss prison reform with the president as well as with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

In May, Kardashian West met with President Trump in the Oval Office to talk about prison reform and clemency for Alice Marie Johnson. The 63-year old grandmother was serving a life sentence on drug charges. Shortly after Kardashian West’s meeting with the president about Johnson, the president commuted the grandmother’s sentence.

While the couple’s increased public advocacy for prison reform has drawn lauds in some circles, Kanye West’s relationship with Trump has been a source of criticism in the hip-hop community.

West declared earlier this year that the “mob” can’t make him abandon President Trump. Following months of criticism from hip-hop fans, recording artists and friends alike over his support for the president, the rapper remains undeterred.

During a recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live”, West wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and dove into a passionate, pro-Trump rant on live TV – one that continued even after the show ended.

In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Kim Kardashian West, left, and Kanye West arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.AP
In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Kim Kardashian West, left, and Kanye West arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

The following Sunday afternoon, amid backlash over his “SNL” appearance, the rapper tweeted a photo of himself wearing a red hat with the MAGA campaign slogan, writing that “this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”

The thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the U.S., “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

West later tweeted that “the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals.” In another tweet he added “not abolish but. let’s amend the 13th amendment We apply everyone’s opinions to our platform.”

Trump, who has repeatedly touted West’s support, gave him a reciprocal shoutout on Sunday morning.

“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!” the president tweeted.

ABC News’ Meridith McGraw and Jordyn Phelps contributed to this report.

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Kanye West to meet with Trump, Kushner at White House

Rap star Kanye West is to visit the White House on Thursday where he will meet with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders said.

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“Kanye West is coming to the White House to have lunch with President Trump and he will also meet with Jared Kushner,” Sanders said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.”

PHOTO: Kanye West posted this photo of himself wearing a hat saying Make America Great Again to his Twitter account, Sept. 30, 2018.@kanyewest/Twitter
Kanye West posted this photo of himself wearing a hat saying “Make America Great Again” to his Twitter account, Sept. 30, 2018.

It’s unclear whether the White House will open West’s visit to the press. During the presidential transition, Trump memorably brought West in front of cameras in the Trump Tower lobby for an impromptu gaggle with reporters.

West has faced backlash in recent months after announcing his full-throated support of the president, including in a recent “Saturday Night Live” appearance in which he said cast members “bullied” him.

“They bullied me backstage. They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on,’” West said of his red ‘Make America Great Again’ cap. “They bullied me backstage. They bullied me. And then they say I’m in a sunken place.”

The president soon after tweeted his support of West.

PHOTO: Kanye West and then-President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower, Dec. 13, 2016 in New York.Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images, FILE
Kanye West and then-President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower, Dec. 13, 2016 in New York.

Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018

The timing of the White House visit is notable, coming just days after pop singer Taylor Swift broke her long silence on politics and announced her support of Democratic candidates in Tennessee’s Senate and congressional races.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, has visited the Trump White House twice since her husband announced his backing of the president. She went for meetings related to her goal of securing clemency for individuals facing life sentences from nonviolent drug crimes.

The president has repeatedly touted West’s support as evidence that his political message is resonating with the black community writ large, including at a recent political rally in Topeka, Kansas.

“It’s habit because for a hundred years, African-Americans have gone with Democrats but now they’re changing and they’re changing fast and they’re coming. Thank you, Kanye West,” Trump said.

It’s that very messaging which has generated significant criticism against West by some of his fellow entertainers, including rapper T.I. and singer Janelle Monae.

West deleted both his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Saturday following a flood of criticism over his ‘SNL’ appearance and a tweet afterwards where he called for the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery in the U.S., to be abolished.

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Rosenstein agrees to meet with House Republicans next week

Rosenstein agrees to meet with House Republicans next week

Embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to meet with House Republicans next week to explain reports he allegedly suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump and raised invoking the 25th Amendment to have him removed from office as unfit, sources told ABC News on Friday.

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House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., invited Rosenstein to meet with House Republicans at some point over the next week or so. In a conversation with Goodlatte late Thursday, Rosenstein agreed, sources familiar with the matter said.

PHOTO: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte questions FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during a hearing on on Capitol Hill, July 12, 2018, in Washington.Evan Vucci/AP
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte questions FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during a hearing on on Capitol Hill, July 12, 2018, in Washington.

“There are many questions we have for Mr. Rosenstein, including questions about allegations made against him in a recent news article,” Goodlatte said in statement released Friday. “We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims.”

In a tweet sent Friday morning, House Oversight Committee member Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., threatened to subpoena Rosenstein if he “fails to show up.”

Rosenstein’s future appeared to be jeopardy last week following the allegations reported by ABC News and other outlets that, at a May 2017 meeting between Rosenstein and then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Rosenstein suggested McCabe or others wear a wire when speaking with the president, according to memos McCabe made of the conversation, sources familiar with them told ABC News.

The meeting took place a week after President Donald Trump had fired James Comey as FBI director, the sources said.

Additionally, sources told ABC News that, according to the memos, Rosenstein told McCabe he could recruit members of the president’s Cabinet to help invoke the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein said he believed he would be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to sign on, according to the sources.

McCabe’s memos have since been subpoenaed by Goodlatte.

In a statement on Friday, Rosenstein insisted he “never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false.”

The coming week is shaping up to be a busy and consequential one for Rosenstein, who, in addition to his planned meeting with House Republicans, is scheduled to sit down with President Trump at the White House.

Originally scheduled for Thursday, the White House said the president put off the meeting until next week so it wouldn’t distract from Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republicans on Capitol Hill have previously targeted Rosenstein in their criticism of the Justice Department’s handling of the Russia probe, going so far as to introduce articles of impeachment. Members of the conservative Freedom Caucus have accused the Justice Department of hiding investigative information from Congress, abusing the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act, and failing to comply with subpoenas.

The House is now out of session until November, so any votes on impeachment would have to wait until after the midterm elections.

ABC News’ Ben Siegel contributed reporting.

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Rosenstein agrees to private meeting with House lawmakers

Rosenstein agrees to private meeting with House lawmakers

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to speak privately with lawmakers following reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.

A person familiar with the situation said Rosenstein agreed to the meeting during a call Thursday evening with the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte. The Virginia Republican said Friday he was working out details with the Justice Department for a closed-door session.

“There are many questions we have for Mr. Rosenstein, including questions about allegations made against him in a recent news article,” Goodlatte said in a statement. We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims.”

GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who leads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, tweeted Friday that Republican leaders agreed to ask Rosenstein for a private meeting and said lawmakers would subpoena Rosenstein if he refused to answer questions. He said the goal of the questioning was to make Rosenstein “explain his alleged comments on ‘wiring’ POTUS–as well as other inconsistent statements.”

But the person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, said Rosenstein had agreed to a meeting in upcoming weeks even before that tweet. The person said the conversation with lawmakers was not described to Rosenstein as a hearing or an interview. Rosenstein is also to meet next week with Trump.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in his own tweet that House Republicans “cannot be left alone in a room with DAG Rosenstein” and that he would demand that House Speaker Paul Ryan grant Democrats access to that meeting.

He called the meeting with Rosenstein part of a Republican effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel and oversees that investigation.

Rosenstein’s job as the Justice Department’s No. 2 official had appeared imperiled since a New York Times report last week that said he had discussed possibly recording the president to expose chaos in the White House and invoking constitutional procedures to have the Cabinet remove Trump from office. The Justice Department issued statements from Rosenstein meant to deny the report, and released a statement from someone who recalled the recording comment but said it was meant sarcastically.

Rosenstein headed to the White House on Monday with the expectation that he would be fired. Instead, the White House said he would meet on Thursday with Trump. That meeting was postponed until sometime next week after the White House said Trump wanted to focus on a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting him when they were teenagers.

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