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CNN PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Trump, without evidence, accuses James Comey of lying to House Judiciary Committee
President Donald Trump lashed out at former FBI Director James Comey over testimony he gave to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Friday, accusing the former FBI chief, without evidence, of lying to lawmakers and questioning his inability to recall events related to certain questions.

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Fox PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Comey reveals he concealed Trump meeting memo from DOJ leaders
Former FBI Director James Comey revealed in closed-door testimony with House Republicans on Friday that he deliberately concealed an explosive memorandum about his one-on-one Oval Office meeting with President Trump in February 2017 from top Department of Justice officials.

Drudge ReportDec 09, 2018
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CNN PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Rubio: Pardoning Paul Manafort 'would be a mistake'
Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he doesn't think President Donald Trump should grant a pardon to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, calling such a move "a mistake."

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COMEY: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans...




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The Daily BeastDec 09, 2018
SNL's Weekend Update Trashes Trump's Cohen Defense: You're Not ‘Totally Clear'
NBCLast week's "Weekend Update" saw co-host Michael Che deliver a hilarious bit on President Trump's poor taste in men, including former campaign chief Paul Manafort and ex-fixer Michael Cohen, both of whom are likely going to be behind bars soon. "Honey, it's you," Che concluded, placing the blame squarely on Trump's broad shoulders.

This time around, following a brief cold open featuring Robert De Niro's Bob Mueller, Saturday Night Live's resident "newsreaders" tackled this week's big Mueller news—namely, that Cohen committed a felony on behalf of "Individual-1," largely believed to be Donald Trump. 

"This week, Robert Mueller released the teaser-trailer for Trump: Endgame," joked Colin Jost, referencing the Avengers trailer. "Federal prosecutors said Friday that Michael Cohen committed two election-related crimes at the direction of a person identified as ‘Individual-1.' Now, we don't know for sure who ‘Individual-1' is, but let's just say things are getting tense right now at Individual-1 Tower."

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Washington Post PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Republicans defend Trump amid brewing legal storm
On NBC News, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) played down the alleged campaign finance violations detailed by prosecutors. Meanwhile, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) was cautious on the issue of impeachment.

Drudge ReportDec 09, 2018
Mueller flashes some cards, but hides his hand...




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Fox PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Comey says Trump wasn't among 'four Americans' targeted in FBI probe
An FBI counterintelligence probe into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election initially targeted "four Americans," but not Republican nominee Donald Trump nor his campaign, according to former FBI Director James Comey.

New York Times PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Prosecutors Effectively Accuse Trump of Defrauding Voters. What Does It Mean?
President Trump's lawyer minimized the importance of any potential campaign finance violations, but Democrats said they could potentially lead to impeachment.

PoliticoDec 09, 2018
Trump uses French protests to attack Paris climate deal


Fox PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Rubio: Trump pardoning Manafort would be a 'terrible mistake'
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., warned President Trump on Sunday that it would really stink if he decided to pardon Paul Manafort.

The Daily BeastDec 08, 2018
John Kelly and the Feverish White House Shuffle is a Potential Vulnerability Goldmine For Opportunists
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt's like the Hunger Games finally came to Washington. Whether it's a desire to shift attention away from legal filings and criminal charges or just the normal cycle of midterm transitions, the feverish pace of personnel announcements and character assassinations guarantee that we're worse off security wise today and down the road.

I worked under four chiefs of staff, two Secretaries of State, two Secretaries of the Treasury, and three Secretaries of Defense during President Obama's first term. Change is not necessarily a bad thing, but it's chaotic under the best of circumstances. And with the shadow of the Mueller probe hanging over each and every personnel decision, President Trump's approach to these changes is a lesson in how not to pick, choose, and fire members of a team if you want it to be cohesive going forward.

Handling even one transition at a time takes a lot of work. While coming up with a list of potential replacements, vetting them, figuring out how they would play with various constituencies, and then managing the actual announcement itself, the primary focus is often on avoiding any blackout period during which important work and institutional knowledge could fall through the cracks. Any public image of disorganization or lack of continuity signals that we're disorganized and vulnerable—it's a prime time for opportunists of all shades and colors (including our enemies) to try to take advantage of dropped balls to make headway against us.



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John Kelly to Step Down as Trump, Facing New Perils, Shakes Up Staff (New York Times Politics)

Huffington Post PoliticsDec 08, 2018
Trump Scorched Over Tweet Bashing Obama For Burning Through 'Chief Of Staffs'
That's why Obama couldn't get his agenda passed, Trump scolded..

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The Daily BeastDec 08, 2018
James Comey to Congressional Investigators: Four Americans Connected to Trump Probed Ahead of Election for Russian Meddling
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyThe FBI scrutinized four Americans with some connection to Donald Trump's campaign starting in the summer of 2016 for potentially helping the Kremlin meddle in the presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey revealed in testimony to Congressional investigators..

The details were made public for the first time on Saturday when the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees released the transcript of Friday's seven-hour, closed-door interview with Comey.

Comey's statements provide new information about the timing of the federal government's probe into the 2016 presidential election between Trump and Democrat Party nominee Hillary Clinton, and could offer new clues about what's coming down the pipeline from the Department of Justice.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Washington Post PoliticsDec 08, 2018
Congress will have to ‘start impeachment' process after Cohen filings, former Nixon counsel says
The comments from John Dean, who was convicted for his role in the Watergate scandal, come in the wake of court filings Friday that implicated President Trump in hush-money payments facilitated by his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

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Washington Post PoliticsDec 08, 2018
Chief of Staff John Kelly to leave White House by end of month, Trump says
Nick Ayers, currently Vice President Pence's chief of staff, is widely expected to be Kelly's replacement.

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The Daily BeastDec 08, 2018
SNL: Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller Closes in on Donald Trump
NBCThere's been a lot—I mean a lot—of Trumpworld news this week, from the Justice Department revelations in Michael Cohen's sentencing (namely, that President Trump directed his fixer to commit a felony) to many more purported Trump-Russia ties.

So naturally, the latest edition of Saturday Night Live would tackle the chaos surrounding the president during its much-ballyhooed cold open. But instead of focusing on Alec Baldwin's tired Trump shtick, and the even more uninspired barrage of homophobic Trump-Putin jokes, the action opened on Trump Tower.

There, presidential spawn Don Jr. and Eric were huddled together by Eric's tiny twin bed, with Eric nervously clenching a stuffed-animal shark.

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Yahoo PoliticsDec 08, 2018
Trump first wanted his attorney general pick William Barr for another job: Defense lawyer
President Trump initially wanted William Barr to be his defense counsel, sources say, but Trump has tapped Barr for an even more important position: attorney general, a post that, if he is confirmed, would put him in charge of the Mueller investigation.


Washington Post PoliticsDec 08, 2018
‘Siege warfare': Republican anxiety spikes as Trump faces growing legal and political perils
The White House is adopting a ‘shrugged shoulders' strategy to Mueller's Russia probe, calculating that GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.

PoliticoDec 08, 2018
Takeaways from a frenetic week of Mueller filings
The special counsel left a series of public hints that prosecutors are closing in on President Donald Trump and his inner circle.

Reuters PoliticsDec 08, 2018
Trump calls for end to Mueller probe despite Russian campaign bid findings
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday renewed his call to end a federal probe into Russian election meddling, describing the investigation as a "witch hunt" a day after U.S. prosecutors detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help his 2016 presidential election campaign.

Washington Post PoliticsDec 08, 2018
Trump announces Gen. Mark Milley as pick for next Joint Chiefs chairman
A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army general advocated the creation of specialized units to train local forces in Afghanistan.

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PoliticoDec 08, 2018
Trump: Chief of staff Kelly leaving by the end of the year
His exit ends a tumultuous tenure in the West Wing that was riven with internal tension and constant questions about his future.

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White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly will leave by year's end, Trump tells reporters (Washington Post Politics)

Drudge ReportDec 08, 2018
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Politics - U.S. SenateDec 07, 2018
Whose Attorney General Will William Barr Be?
The Senate has a long list of questions for President Trump's latest nominee.

The Daily BeastDec 07, 2018
Rex Tillerson Says He Stopped Trump From Doing Illegal Things; Trump Calls Him ‘Dumb as Rocks'
ReutersFormer Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sharply criticized his former boss in a wide-ranging interview at the MD Anderson Cancer Center on Thursday night, admitting publicly that President Trump was a "pretty undisciplined" man who "doesn't like to read" and often had to be reminded about the law.

Hours later, the president fired off an angry tweet calling his former top diplomat "dumb as rocks."

In the rare public appearance since his ouster from Trump's cabinet, Tillerson told CBS News reporter Bob Schieffer at the Houston event that he had never met Trump until the day he was asked to be secretary of state.

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Washington Post PoliticsDec 07, 2018
Schumer, Pelosi want climate-change measures in any infrastructure deal with Trump
The Democratic leaders are pushing for key provisions in one potential area of compromise with the Republican president.

Reuters PoliticsDec 07, 2018
Trump upbeat on China talks; aides downplay Huawei arrest friction
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday sounded an optimistic note about trade negotiations with China as two of his top economic advisers downplayed friction from the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies.
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