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Jeff Sessions Lawyers Up, Hires Attorney Who Failed In Defense Of Anti-Gay Prop 8 Before Supreme Court

USA Today reports: Jeff Sessions, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and top prosecutor, has private lawyer of his own. Attorney Charles “Chuck” Cooper, a longtime advocate for conservative causes, has been providing counsel to the attorney general, most recently in preparation for his appearance last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible collusion between President Trump’s ...

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No More White House Press Briefings From Sean Spicer, He’s Now Interviewing Candidates To Replace Him

Politico reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer is leading a search for his own replacement at the briefing room podium as part of a larger plan to shake up the White House communications operations, according to two people with knowledge of the effort. Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reached out to Fox News ...

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REPORT: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein May Also Recuse Himself From The Russia Investigation

ABC News reports: The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ own recusal, sources tell ABC News. Those private remarks from ...

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Pence Cancels Interview In Wake Of Comey Statement

According to a tweet from PBS NewsHour executive producer Sara Just, Mike Pence has abruptly canceled an interview scheduled for this afternoon. As much of Twitter has noted, the cancellation came shortly after former FBI director James Comey released his statement an advance of tomorrow’s public testimony before the Senate. The PBS NewsHour team had traveled with Pence to Johnson ...

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Kellyanne Conway On Jeff Sessions’ Offer To Resign: Trump Has Confidence In The People Who Work For Him

Axios reports: Kellyanne Conway told Mike Allen this morning that Trump “has confidence in the people who work for him” when asked if POTUS still believes in his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who allegedly offered to resign over tensions with Trump. On the Russia investigation: Trump “sees that there’s nothing there…if you look at everything that’s been said and done ...

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AG Jeff Sessions Offered To Resign After Trump Rant

ABC News has the scoop: As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign. The friction between the two men stems from the attorney general’s abrupt ...

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POLLS: Approval 36%, Impeachment 43%

Newsweek reports: Virtually every single poll tracking President Donald Trump’s approval rating showed the figure plummeting Monday morning, well below the margin of error compared to the rising level of support for impeachment. The results follow Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord; the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to the Kremlin ...

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Sean Spicer: The President And A Small Group Of People Know Exactly What “Covfefe” Means [AUDIO]

Raw Story reports: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer drew widespread laughter from reporters when he insisted that President Donald Trump’s infamous “covfefe” tweet was not a misspelling. After one reporter asked Spicer if “people should be concerned that the president posted somewhat of an incoherent tweet last night,” Spicer simply replied, “No.” The reporter then asked Spicer why the ...

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Trump Cancels Iowa Campaign Rally

Hmm. The Hill reports: President Trump has canceled a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that was previously scheduled to be held next week. “Due to an unfortunate change in President Trump’s schedule, we will need to unfortunately postpone the previously schedule rally in Cedar Rapids,” a statement from the Trump campaign read. “President Trump will see you in Iowa ...

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Lawyers May Start Vetting Trump’s Tweets In Advance

CNBC reports: The White House is considering having a team of lawyers approve Donald Trump’s tweets, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing an advisor to the president. Although the idea is under consideration, Trump aides told the Journal that such a procedure would be hard to put in place. If implemented, the move would certainly lift a burden ...

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Intelligence Leaker Trump Orders Justice Department To Root Out US Leakers Of Intel On Manchester Attack

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump Thursday ordered the Justice Department and other agencies to conduct a “complete review” of government leaks of sensitive information and hunt for culprits in the wake of a furor with Great Britain over publicly revealed intelligence. “The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “These ...

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BRITAIN: Furious Theresa May To Confront Trump At NATO Meeting Over New US Leaks Of Terrorism Intel

The Guardian reports: Theresa May will confront Donald Trump over the stream of leaks of crucial intelligence about the Manchester bomb attack when she meets the US president at a Nato summit in Brussels on Thursday. British officials were infuriated on Wednesday when the New York Times published forensic photographs of sophisticated bomb parts that UK authorities fear could complicate ...

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Israel Changes Intelligence-Sharing Protocols With US In Wake Of Trump’s Blabby Leak To Russian Officials

Foreign Policy reports: Donald Trump disclosure of top secret Israeli intelligence to top Russian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office is not without repercussions. On Wednesday, Israeli Defense chief Avigdor Lieberman said his country tweaked its intelligence-sharing protocols with the United States after Trump’s off-script remarks. “I can confirm that we did a spot repair and that there’s ...

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Trump Declares He “Never Mentioned Israel” When He Revealed Classified Intel To The Russians [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump said Monday that he never mentioned Israel during an Oval Office meeting when he disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats, which has never been claimed. “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned during that conversation,” Trump said in Jerusalem during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “They’re all ...

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Wall Street Journal: Trump Aides Staged Intervention To Curb Trump’s Self-Damaging Batshit Tweeting

The Hill reports: President Trump’s advisers reportedly held an intervention to tame his use of Twitter. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that aides called for an “intervention” to urge the president to use restraint on the social media platform, specifically pointing to some of his more incendiary claims posted there. Aides told Trump that his unfiltered tweets could “paint ...

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REPORT: Russian Officials Heard Bragging About Using Michael Flynn To Influence Trump Team [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN. The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much ...

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REPORT: Jared Kushner Is The “Person Of Interest”

The Independent reports: Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. The Washington Post said that a senior advisor to Mr Trump had been identified as someone that investigators wanted to speak to. A New York magazine reporter then reported that ...

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BREAKING: Current White House Official Identified As “Significant Person Of Interest” In Russia Probe

The Washington Post reports: The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone ...

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REPORT: Trump Told Russian Diplomats That Firing The “Nut Job” Comey Eased Pressure Of Investigation

The New York Times reports: President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which ...

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Trump Departs For Nine-Day Foreign Trip Amid Roiling Domestic Scandals, Nation Hurriedly Changes Locks

The Hill reports: President Trump set off Friday for his first foreign trip, a nine-day, five-stop tour of the Middle East and Europe that comes amid turmoil at home. rump said in a Friday morning tweet he’s excited for the trip. He tweeted Friday morning: “Getting ready for my big foreign trip. Will be strongly protecting American interests – that’s ...

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