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Stock SectorOctober 19, 201823min6

‘That’s My Kind of Guy,’ Trump Says of Republican Lawmaker Who Body-Slammed a Reporter

President Trump urged the crowd to vote for Representative Greg Gianforte, who is running for re-election, during a rally on Thursday in Missoula, Mont.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

By Emily Cochrane

  • Oct. 19, 2018

MISSOULA, Mont. — President Trump praised a Republican candidate’s assault last year on a reporter and fumed over his Democratic opponents here on Thursday night in a freewheeling rally meant to mobilize his base’s support in the coming midterm elections.

In urging the crowd to vote for Representative Greg Gianforte, who is running for re-election and who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for assaulting a reporter last spring, Mr. Trump jokingly warned the crowd to “never wrestle him.”

“I had heard he body-slammed a reporter,” Mr. Trump said, noting that he was initially concerned that Mr. Gianforte would lose in a special election last May. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. I know Montana pretty well; I think it might help him.’ And it did.”

“Anybody that can do a body-slam,” the president added, “that’s my kind of guy.”

Mr. Trump made no mention at the rally of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, who disappeared this month after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. United States intelligence officials say Mr. Khashoggi was most likely killed by Saudi officials.

Backlash against the president over his attacks on the news media and over his administration’s mild response to allegations that the Saudi government orchestrated the killing has been swift.

The Guardian U.S., which employs the reporter whom Mr. Gianforte body-slammed, issued a statement on Thursday night after Mr. Trump finished speaking.

Supporters at the rally on Thursday. Mr. Trump ultimately returned to the campaign message that he is likely to use as he spends the rest of the week campaigning for Republicans in the West.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

“To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it,” said John Mulholland, the editor of The Guardian U.S. “In the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats.”

Mr. Trump’s recent campaign blitz is part of a broader effort to establish support for Republican midterm candidates. At the rally, the president portrayed votes for Mr. Gianforte; Matt Rosendale, who is running for Senate; and other candidates here as a referendum on his first 21 months in office and as insurance that his policies can continue unhindered.

But Mr. Trump frequently veered off topic: He mounted a defense against the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference; he relitigated both his election victory and the bitter fight to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court; and he dismissed the idea that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help his campaign. (Intelligence officials have indicted a number of Russian officials and companies for doing so.)

“Can you imagine me saying, ‘Gee, let’s call the Russians’?” Mr. Trump said, speaking as the sun set over the Minuteman Aviation hangar here in Missoula. “If I ever call the Russians, the first ones to know would be the state of Montana, and they wouldn’t be too happy about it.”

But Mr. Trump ultimately returned to the message that he is likely to use as he spends the rest of the week campaigning for Republicans in the West.

“It’s an election of Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense,” the president told the crowd, singling out the Kavanaugh nomination battle and a caravan of migrants making its way toward Mexico and the United States.

The Senate election here in Montana, a state he won comfortably in 2016, he said, also serves as vengeance for his personal vendetta against Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, who was among the first to raise concerns in April about Mr. Trump’s nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson.

“I’m here because I can never forget what Jon Tester did to a man who’s of the highest quality,” Mr. Trump said, again targeting Mr. Tester as the catalyst for the failed nomination of Dr. Jackson. “So I got to come, and I got to help, because what he did was unfair.”

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Stock SectorOctober 19, 201825min5

Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Trump, and Herself, at Al Smith Dinner

Nikki R. Haley delivering a speech at the annual Al Smith dinner in New York on Thursday.CreditCreditDrew Angerer/Getty Images
  • Oct. 18, 2018

Nikki R. Haley joked about President Trump’s braggadocio in his United Nations speech last month. Once, she said, he asked if she belonged to the same Native American tribe as Senator Elizabeth Warren. And as a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet, she added, “It is a thrill to be out to dinner without being harassed.”

For about 17 minutes Thursday night in the New York Hilton ballroom, Ms. Haley, Mr. Trump’s soon-to-be-leaving ambassador to the United Nations, tried her hand at one-liners before a crowd of 700 guests at the annual Al Smith charity dinner, a high-powered event of the political and Roman Catholic elite hosted by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

It was a sort of let-loose opportunity for Ms. Haley, 46, a Republican star who is widely thought to have presidential ambitions — although she has dismissed the idea of running against Mr. Trump, with whom she appears to have a good relationship.

Still, it remains unclear precisely why Ms. Haley is leaving her United Nations post after less than two years, and her monologue did nothing to provide answers.

But she joked about it. Having breakfast with Cardinal Dolan a few weeks ago to prepare for her speech, she told the crowd, “I asked, ‘Was there anything I could do to really boost attendance?’ And he said, ‘Why don’t you resign as U.N. ambassador?’”

Ms. Haley said the president also called her with some advice.

“Just brag about my accomplishments,” she quoted him as recommending. “It really killed at the U.N., I’ve got to tell you.”

Ms. Haley is the daughter of immigrants from India, who grew up in the South and became South Carolina’s first female governor and first minority governor. She had a little fun with that, too.

When the president first learned of her Indian heritage, she said, “He asked me if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren,” the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who may challenge Mr. Trump in 2020. He has ridiculed Ms. Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry.

The benefit of growing up as an Indian-American who experienced discrimination in South Carolina, Ms. Haley said, was that it “totally prepared me for being a Republican in New York.”

Ms. Haley also chided The New York Times for an article last month that left the misimpression that the Trump administration had spent more than $52,000 on curtains for her diplomatic residence. The curtains had been ordered by the Obama administration. (The Times corrected the article to make that clear.)

But Ms. Haley wasn’t satisfied. She joked that the newspaper had merely “changed the headline to ‘Obama Creates High-Paying Jobs in the Curtain Industry.”

Ms. Haley also complained about other fake headlines, including one that said the rapper Kanye West had been sworn in as her replacement. “Oh wait, that could really happen,” she said.

Ms. Haley was introduced as guest speaker by the dinner’s master of ceremonies, the comedian Jim Gaffigan, who said, “It’s amazing how Nikki Haley has exited this administration with such dignity.”

Seated on the three-tiered dais in the Hilton ballroom, Ms. Haley and her husband, Michael, were surrounded by powerful figures in New York government, finance, media, real estate and philanthropy. They included Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Senator Chuck Schumer, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, the Wall Street financier Stephen A. Schwarzman and the television journalists Maria Bartiromo of Fox News and Jeff Glor of CBS News.

The keynote address by Ms. Haley was the first high-profile New York appearance she has made outside the United Nations since she announced last week that she was resigning the ambassador’s post at year’s end.

Her notice, which took many White House officials by surprise, immediately stirred recurrent speculation that Ms. Haley might run for office again and possibly even challenge Mr. Trump. But Ms. Haley emphatically denied such a prospect when she appeared with the president at the White House on Oct. 9 to formally announce her resignation.

On the contrary, Ms. Haley said she intended to campaign for Mr. Trump’s re-election. And Mr. Trump said he hoped she would return to work for him.

Despite her assurances of fealty to the president, Ms. Haley’s departure from the administration will enable her to distance herself from any setbacks that may be suffered by the Republicans in the November midterm elections, which are less than three weeks away.

Coming into the job with little diplomatic experience, Ms. Haley has nonetheless been something of a foreign policy star in the Trump administration and one of its few prominent women. She has been seen as a steady voice in the midst of White House turnover and dysfunction.

The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, as it is formally known, has evolved into a prominent political showcase over its seven decades.

Its keynote speakers have included presidents, presidential candidates and diplomatic and cultural figures like Winston Churchill, Tony Blair, John F. Kennedy and Bob Hope.

The speakers often serve up self-deprecating jokes, coupled with messages of morality and the charitable work of the foundation, which this year raised nearly $4 million for Catholic children’s charities.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A27 of the New York edition with the headline: Haley Aims One-Liners, at Trump and at Herself, During an Annual Charity Dinner. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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Stock SectorOctober 19, 20188min7

Business was brisk in Cobb County, Ga., for early voting.



MARIETTA, Ga.—With a contentious governor’s race on the ballot, early voter turnout in Georgia is up substantially in the first few days compared with the same period in the previous midterm.

About 296,500 Georgia residents had cast ballots by late Wednesday, either at a polling station or via mail. During the same period in 2014, about 100,400 Georgia residents had voted, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

The governor’s race is dominating Georgia’s elections this year. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, faces against Democrat Stacey Abrams, a former House minority leader seeking to be the first African-American woman to serve as governor in the U.S. Ms. Abrams has accused Mr. Kemp of using various tactics to suppress voting by minorities and called for his resignation. Mr. Kemp, whose office oversees elections, denies the charges and says Ms. Abrams is a radical who has strong support among illegal immigrants.

The race, which recent polls show is neck-and-neck, is drawing national attention, with both parties sending leaders to stump. Former President Obama endorsed Ms. Abrams, and President Trump endorsed Mr. Kemp.

Mr. Kemp and Ms. Abrams have battled for years over voting rights, long before either announced a run for governor. Despite allegations of voter suppression, Georgia’s active voter registrations have increased in recent years. An automatic voter-registration change on a state driver’s license form has brought in hundreds of thousands of new potential voters since 2016, The Wall Street Journal recently reported.

High early turnout doesn’t necessarily equate with high total turnout, but it indicates both parties have canvassed aggressively to get committed voters to the polls early, freeing them up to focus on undecided voters on Election Day, said Chris Grant, a political science professor at Mercer University in Macon.

“It’s up everywhere, which suggests to me that both sides are doing really, really well,” he said.

Some early voters in Cobb County, a suburban area northwest of Atlanta, had to stand in line for several hours before casting their ballot, in part because the county has only one early polling place this week. The county, with a population of 756,000, was traditionally a Republican stronghold, but its demographics are shifting, with more minorities and younger people moving in. In 2016, Mr. Trump won the state, but Democrat Hillary Clinton carried Cobb County.

Alejandro Aguilar, 22 years old, of Kennesaw, waited with a friend for more than three hours Thursday. Mr. Aguilar said he was voting for the first time and planned to cast a ballot for Ms. Abrams and send a message to the Republican Party that he opposed their immigration policies.

“I want to put a halt to this,” he said. He added that when he was younger, he didn’t think his vote mattered, but now believed enough votes can bring change.

Jack Michelitch, 77, who voted with his wife Thursday, only had to wait about 20 minutes because voters over 75 are given preferential treatment at the voting station. Mr. Michelitch, who voted for Mr. Kemp, said he often votes early, but this year the crowds are large because the state is so polarized.

“People want to make sure their side is counted,” he said.

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Stock SectorOctober 19, 20189min5

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton acknowledged on Thursday they had received federal subpoenas.
“The Diocese of Pittsburgh has received the subpoena from the US Department of Justice and will cooperate fully with any and all investigations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy in Pennsylvania,” said spokesman the Rev. Nicholas S. Vaskov.
The department is also looking into the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, a source with knowledge of the federal subpoena told CNN.
Several groups that represent abuse survivors said this appears to be the first federal probe of this size and scope into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United States. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice in Washington declined to comment.
Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church
The federal probes come on the heels of a damning grand jury report in Pennsylvania that found credible evidence that 301 “predator priests” abused more than 1,000 children in six dioceses since 1947.
Because the statute of limitations had run out on most of the crimes, only two priests have been charged as a result of the two-year-long investigation.
But the Pennsylvania report has prompted officials in several other states to open inquiries into allegations of sexual misconduct by Catholic clergy.
The Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests has been asking for a federal investigation into the Catholic Church since 2003, during the church’s last widespread scandal of clergy sex abuse.
David Clohessy, SNAP’s former national director, said “as best we can tell” this is the first such federal probe into the Catholic Church in the United States targeting clergy sexual abuse. “And it is long overdue.”

Dioceses respond

“This subpoena is no surprise considering the horrific misconduct detailed in the statewide grand jury report,” said Jerome Zufelt, spokesman for the Diocese of Greensburg.
“Survivors, parishioners and the public want to see proof that every diocese has taken sweeping, decisive and impactful action to make children safer. We see this as another opportunity for the Diocese of Greensburg to be transparent.”
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia likewise pledged to cooperate with the probe.
Abuse survivors angry over Pope's praise for fallen cardinalAbuse survivors angry over Pope's praise for fallen cardinal
“The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has received a subpoena issued by a federal grand jury, which requires the production of certain documents. The archdiocese will cooperate with the United States Department of Justice in this matter,” the archdiocese said.
The Diocese of Allentown said it “is responding to an information request contained in a subpoena from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” adding, “The diocese will cooperate fully with the request, just as it cooperated fully with the information requests related to the statewide grand jury.
“The diocese sees itself as a partner with law enforcement in its goal to eliminate the abuse of minors wherever it may occur in society.”
The Diocese of Erie also confirmed that it had received a subpoena. “Its counsel is in conversation with the Department of Justice. We will have no further comment at this time,” a spokeswoman said.
A spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia told CNN, “The US Department of Justice generally does not confirm, deny or otherwise comment on the existence or nonexistence of an investigation.”

Investigators in Buffalo seek documents about porn, source says

The Justice Department subpoenaed the Buffalo diocese in late May, a source with knowledge of the federal subpoena told CNN.
The source said the subpoena sought diocesan documentation regarding pornography, taking victims across state lines, and inappropriate use of cell phones and social media. The subpoena did not indicate toward what specific end this information was directed, the source said.
Bishop Richard Malone was frustrated the subpoena did not list specific names or the overall reason for the subpoena, the source added. Diocesan lawyers were not able to ascertain any more details despite negotiating to limit the documentation to living priests only, according to the source.
A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Buffalo said it received a request from the US attorney’s office several months ago to review documents.
“A subpoena was provided and after some discussion, an agreement was reached to produce documents,” communications director Kathy Spangler said. “We have heard nothing since early June. As far as we know, our response has nothing to do with the current Pennsylvania investigation that has just begun.”
Barbara Burns, public affairs officer of the US Attorney’s Office of the Western District of New York, told CNN by phone that the office cannot confirm nor deny investigations.

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Stock SectorOctober 18, 20189min14

At a rally in Montana Thursday, President Trump praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter in 2016 while also continuing his line of attack that voting for Democrats is voting for a “mob.” Mr. Trump’s Thursday rally was his first of three consecutive days of rallies. 

“Any guy who can do a body slam, he’s my candidate, he’s my guy,” Mr. Trump said about freshman Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte. Gianforte pleaded guilty in June 2017 to assaulting a Guardian reporter the day before the state’s special election. Mr. Trump’s comment elicited cheers from the crowd. 

Mr. Trump was also rallying support for Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. Although Mr. Trump won Montana by 20 points, a September CBS News Battleground Tracker poll showed Tester leading Rosendale by two points.The CBS News Battleground Tracker rates the race as “Edge Democrat.” 

Mr. Trump began the rally by ruminating on his victory in the 2016 election, and discussing his recent accomplishments, such as the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Mr. Trump has taken to discussing Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh — who was accused of sexual assault — as further evidence that Democrats are unfit to take majorities in Congress. He also called the allegations against Kavanaugh were a Democratic “con job.”

President Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Missoula International Airport in Missoula, Montana, on Thu., Oct. 18, 2018.


“This will be an election of Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense,” Mr. Trump said, referring to a caravan of migrants from Honduras on their way to the American border. “As you know, I’m willing to send the military to protect our southern border if necessary.”

Mr. Trump, who often discusses immigration in his rallies, focused on criminals entering the country illegally and building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. He tied the issue of illegal immigration to Democrats, saying that they are the party of “open borders” and of “crime.”

“They figure everyone coming in is going to vote Democrat,” Mr. Trump said. “They’re not so stupid when you think about it, right?”

He also jokingly said that it was his fault that so many people wanted to migrate to the U.S., because the economy was so strong under his administration.

“Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump painted Gianforte’s opponent, Democrat Kathleen Williams, as a radical left-wing Democrats who support “open borders” and “sanctuary cities” — lumping together the relatively moderate Montana Democrats with the more progressive wing of the party. This is a pattern Mr. Trump follows when attacking the Democratic opponents of the Republicans for whom he is campaigning.

Mr. Trump also has personal animosity towards Tester, as the senator was instrumental in torpedoing the nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson for secretary for Veterans Affairs, due to allegations of substance abuse while working. He brought up Jackson during the rally. However, he acknowledged that Jackson “didn’t really want it. And he might not have been qualified.”

Thursday morning, Mr. Trump sent a series of tweets in which he threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border and cut off payments to Latin American countries if they do not do a better job of preventing their citizens from entering the U.S. illegally.

“In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught — and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” Mr. Trump said in one tweet. In another, he said that the “onslaught” of immigrants at the border was more important to him than the recently approved U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement.

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Stock SectorOctober 18, 201827min6

John Kelly and John Bolton Have Shouting Match Over Immigration

Workers replacing a section of the wall between the United States and Mexico near Ciudad Juárez.CreditCreditHerika Martinez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The White House chief of staff and the national security adviser got into a profanity-laced argument about immigration outside the Oval Office early Thursday morning, two people briefed on the altercation said, prompting the chief of staff to leave the White House complex and not return for the rest of the day.

The blowup between John F. Kelly, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, and John R. Bolton, his national security adviser, was loud enough to be overheard by several officials in the West Wing. It erupted as the president — disappointed by new government data showing that his restrictive immigration policies have failed to discourage migrants from seeking entry into the United States — is grasping to resolve a problem that has bedeviled his administration.

A third person described the episode as little more than a typical airing of differences between Mr. Bolton and Mr. Kelly, who has a temper. All three spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an internal conversation.

The three people said Mr. Kelly and Mr. Bolton were sparring over an issue that has frequently angered the president and has often prompted him to lash out at Kirstjen Nielsen, who succeeded Mr. Kelly as the secretary of homeland security after serving as his deputy chief of staff in the White House. Mr. Bolton was siding with the president, who has angrily blamed Ms. Nielsen for failing to staunch the flow of migrants across the border, while Mr. Kelly, who is fiercely protective of his protégé, defended her, the people said.

The two men also differed over how aggressively to push Central American countries to do more to discourage their citizens from seeking refuge in the United States.

The shouting match exploded not long after Mr. Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that Democrats were leading an “assault on our country” by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, a reference to a caravan of Central American migrants who are making their way north through Mexico with the goal of entering the United States. The president threatened to use the military to seal off the border, and hinted vaguely that he might sacrifice a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada to retaliate against Mexico for failing to “stop this onslaught.”

The argument between John F. Kelly, left, and John R. Bolton came as the president is grasping to resolve a problem that has bedeviled his administration.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump threatened to yank foreign aid from Central American countries that allow their people to make the journey north.

Weeks before the midterm congressional elections, Mr. Trump is trying to elevate the issue of illegal immigration, an animating topic for the base of conservative white voters who powered his campaign, and one that many Republicans are leaning on in an attempt to hold on to their seats.

The White House declined to comment directly on the quarrel between Mr. Kelly and Mr. Bolton, but after hours of questions about it, issued a statement Thursday evening suggesting there was no bad blood in the West Wing.

“While we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement that played down the infighting in the West Wing and instead said Mr. Trump’s team was “furious” at Democrats over the issue.

Mr. Trump said last month that the United States would be reviewing its foreign aid with an eye toward providing it only “to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends,” and Mr. Bolton has advocated revoking it from countries who take steps at odds with United States objectives. Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine general and former commander of United States Southern Command, which oversees military operations in Central and South America, has made the case that American aid is vital to helping the region cope with its drug and economic problems, thus preventing an even larger flood of migration to the United States.

The president’s renewed complaints about immigration appear to be driven in part by new data. Numbers compiled by the Department of Homeland Security show that Mr. Trump’s policies, including his administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the border, have failed to deter people from trying to gain entry to the United States.

The data, which has yet to be released publicly by the administration but was obtained by The New York Times, shows that 16,658 people traveling in families were apprehended at the border last month, the highest single-month total, and a total of 107,212 have been apprehended over the last year, the highest ever for families. That is substantially higher than the previous year-end total of 77,857 in the 2016 fiscal year.

Still, Ms. Sanders insisted the White House was pleased with its own immigration efforts. “Despite us having the worst laws in the world and no help from Democrats, our administration is doing a great job on the border,” she said.

Ron Nixon contributed reporting.

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Stock SectorOctober 18, 201828min6

Justice Department Investigates Pennsylvania Dioceses Accused of Sex Abuse Cover-Up

A church in Hays, Pa. A number of state dioceses confirmed receiving subpoenas in the Justice Department investigation.CreditCreditSam Hodgson for The New York Times

By Campbell Robertson and Elizabeth Dias

  • Oct. 18, 2018

ERIE, Pa. — The Justice Department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sex abuse for decades, a significant escalation in scrutiny of the church.

The inquiry is believed to be the first statewide investigation by the federal government of the church’s sex abuse problems. And it comes two months after the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office released an explosive grand jury report charging that bishops and other church leaders had covered up the abuse of more than 1,000 people over a period of more than 70 years.

Seven of the eight dioceses in the state, Philadelphia, Erie, Harrisburg, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Allentown all said they had received federal grand jury subpoenas from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania requesting documents. The eighth, Altoona-Johnstown, did not respond to a request for comment.

“This subpoena is no surprise considering the horrific misconduct detailed in the statewide grand jury report,” said the Diocese of Greensburg in a statement. “Survivors, parishioners and the public want to see proof that every diocese has taken sweeping, decisive and impactful action to make children safer.”

News of the subpoenas threatened to deepen the crisis faced by the Catholic Church as it struggles through a new chapter of the sex abuse scandal, which emerged out of Boston more than 15 years ago. The Pennsylvania report followed the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, who is accused of sexually abusing seminarians and minors.

Since then, the fallout has continued. Last week, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, who was described in the Pennsylvania report as mishandling sex abuse allegations against priests when he was bishop of Pittsburgh.

One issue, experts say, is that there has been no comprehensive and independent measurement of the full scope of sex abuse in the church in the United States. Until the Pennsylvania report, investigations by grand juries and attorneys general only looked at single dioceses or counties.

“I hope that this encourages church leaders at every level, and in every locale, to voluntarily open their files on all priests who have been credibly accused in past decades,” said The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at America Magazine. “It’s also important to note that, today, any credibly accused priest is immediately removed from ministry. But before the truth can set us free, it must first be revealed.”

On Wednesday, a former priest in the Diocese of Erie, who was named in the report, pleaded guilty in state court to felonies for the repeated sexual assault of an altar boy and the attempted assault of another boy.

[Read about the grand jury report here.]

The scope of the Justice Department’s investigation is unclear, including whether it could cover other states in the country. A spokesman for the archdiocese of Chicago said Thursday that it had not received a subpoena from the Department of Justice, and a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Washington said it had no knowledge of the investigation. The subpoenas were first reported by The Associated Press.

The A.P. reported that the subpoenas, which sought testimony as well as records, were aimed at finding any evidence of federal crimes, including whether sexual predators were reassigned, people were instructed not to contact police or any children were taken across state lines for illicit purposes.

Since the Pennsylvania grand jury report, the attorneys general in at least a dozen other states, including New York, New Jersey and Florida, have said they will investigate possible sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. A number of states have already set up tip lines, and others have appointed special task forces with subpoena power.

The New York State attorney general has issued subpoenas to all eight dioceses in the state, in the first statewide investigation of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The attorney general, Barbara Underwood, has said she was inspired by the Pennsylvania report.

The ambition and scope of the investigations vary by state, with some set up to be more combative than others. Bishops have mostly pledged cooperation, and in some cases, the announcement of a government inquiry has followed voluntary disclosures of abuse by church leaders.

On Thursday, some American Catholics said they were relieved to hear there would be further investigation by the federal government.

“It’s a reasonable next step,” said William Maher, 61, a practicing Catholic in Western Pennsylvania who had two uncles who were priests. “Certainly something that needs to occur to continue to clean out and get to the bottom of it, and hold people accountable for some pretty horrific things.”

The grand jury report this summer has continued to reverberate through Pennsylvania. On Wednesday night, the State Senate adjourned without voting on a measure, prompted by the grand jury report, that would create a brief window for victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers, and institutions that may have shielded them, even after the civil statute of limitations had passed.

The measure, which was opposed by some Republican leaders, was pushed chiefly by State Representative Mark Rozzi, who was raped over 30 years ago by a priest in the Allentown diocese. Mr. Rozzi hopes the federal investigation might encourage the State Senate to take the matter back up.

“This is so much bigger than we think it is, still,” Mr. Rozzi said.

“It will expose the hierarchy of the bishops and their role in this,” he said, adding that he had forgiven the priest who had abused him but not the church officials who knew and did nothing. “Judgment Day is coming for them and they’d better be prepared.”

Campbell Robertson reported from Erie, Pa. and Elizabeth Dias from St. Paul, Minn. Julia Jacobs contributed from New York.

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Stock SectorOctober 18, 20188min6

National security adviser John Bolton and White House chief of staff John Kelly, shown earlier in October, had a shouting match outside the Oval Office.


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WASHINGTON—White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton engaged in an “explosive” shouting match outside the Oval Office on Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter.

The argument, which was marked by several expletives and took place early Thursday afternoon, was prompted by a recent report that said border crossings had increased in the past month, according to one of the people.

The discussion involved criticism of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a close ally of Mr. Kelly who previously served as his deputy in the White House, according to one of the people familiar with the matter. Mr. Kelly has often fiercely defended his former aide.

The White House declined to comment on the episode. President Trump, asked about the fight as he left Washington for a campaign swing starting in Montana Thursday afternoon, said he wasn’t aware of it. A person familiar with the matter said Mr. Trump was alerted to the fight at the time.

While the fight alarmed some aides who overheard it, according to the people familiar with the matter, neither official is expected to resign over it.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly tweeted in recent days about a caravan of migrants headed for the southern U.S. border. Early Thursday, he threatened to deploy the military and close the southern border if Mexico didn’t stop an “onslaught” of Latin American migrants passing through its country from reaching the U.S.

As of August, more than 90,000 immigrants traveling as families had been arrested at the border in the prior 11 months, a 27% increase. That figure likely reached about 105,000 by September, the end of the federal fiscal year, according to a person familiar with the government’s border-arrest data. The prior high for a full fiscal year was 77,000.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement late Thursday, “While we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another. However, we are furious at the failure of congressional Democrats to help us address this growing crisis. They should be ashamed for pushing an open borders agenda and are only doing this for strictly political reasons.”

The dispute came as the White House is grappling with how to respond to the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mr. Trump said Thursday he believes Mr. Khashoggi is dead but is waiting for the result of Saudi and Turkish officials’ investigations to determine what consequences the U.S. should impose. The White House and national security officials have been under intense pressure in recent days to determine what happened to Mr. Khashoggi and respond accordingly.

Bloomberg first reported the fight on Thursday.

The episode laid bare the high tensions running at the White House, which has sought to tamp down reports of chaos within its ranks. Messrs. Kelly and Bolton are two of Mr. Trump’s closest aides, though the president and his chief of staff have had their share of tensions in Mr. Kelly’s nearly 15-month tenure.

Mr. Kelly told staffers in July that he had accepted the president’s request to stay in his job through the 2020 election. But Mr. Bolton’s role is in some ways symbolic of Mr. Kelly’s loosened grip on the administration since he first joined last summer. While Mr. Kelly had initially ordered all officials to report to him, Mr. Bolton reports directly to the president.

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