REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

May 28, 2017

… join the administration as early as next week, a source close to him said. This month, the Justice Department named Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, as an independent special counsel in the probe. Trump has been frustrated of late that his communications team hasnt done a more effective job at making the case that he isnt implicated in the Russia probe and highlighting his administrations successes, sources close to the president said. Another Republican close to the White House said …

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‘The Simpsons’ Trolls Trump With A Visit From Nixons Ghost

May 27, 2017

In a new short posted online Friday the cartoon version of Trump attempts to patch things up with fired FBI director James Comey, whod been leading But their White House bedroom rendezvous is interrupted by a visit from former President Richard Nixons ghost, whothanks Trump for bumping him up in the best president stakes before offering him some sage advice. …

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Trump Should Be ‘Scared’ Of Comey Testimony, Says Former FBI Director’s Friend

May 26, 2017

President Donald Trump should be concerned when former FBI director James Comey testifies before Congress later this month. That, at least, is the view from a self-described confidant of Comeys, Benjamin Wittes. Wittes spoke to CNNs Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, telling the anchor, I thoughtit was interesting and very telling that he [Comey]declined any opportunity to tell his story in private. He clearly wants to do it in a public setting And I think thats a reflection of the fact that …

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First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former FBI director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday. The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey believed the …

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GOP congressman: Comey may break his silence as early as next week

May 20, 2017

(CNN)A Republican congressman said Thursday night that Congress and the nation may be just days away from James Comey breaking his silence after being fired as FBI director by President Donald Trump. A senior GOP source previously told CNN it was unlikely Comey would testify publicly now that former FBI director Robert Mueller has been named special counsel for the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Hurd also disagreed with the President’s …

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Donald Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment ‘Hurts Our Country Terribly’

May 19, 2017

I believe it hurts our country terribly because it shows were a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country, Trumpsaidin his first public remarks about the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to probe the Russian controversy. And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether its trade deals, whether its military, whether its stopping nuclear all of the things that we discussed today. And I think this shows a very divided country. Trump spoke at a meeting with top news …

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Besieged at home, Trump sets off for ‘do-or-die’ foreign trip

May 19, 2017

… election hacking effort capped a stunning rush of events unleashed by the President’s firing of FBI director James Comey, who declined Trump’s request to shield former national security adviser Michael Flynn in the Russia probe, The New York Times first reported and CNN confirmed. Trump says his staff can’t keep up Trump still threatening to quit NATO Pres. Carter hopes Trump pushes Mid-East peace …

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Now it’s up to the special counsel

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

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Even if Trump obstructed justice, so what?

May 18, 2017

(CNN)This is like a law school exam that never ends. What law did the President break or not break today? Last week, I was uncertain about whether or not President Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI director James Comey just when the Russia investigation appeared to be heating up. I was still uncertain when it turned out that Trump fired Comey, at least in part, because he was tired of “the Russia thing.” And I remained skeptical even when it was reported that …

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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)America faces a fateful choice: Does it believe Donald Trump or James Comey? A theatrical showdown is now looming between the President with a hazy relationship with the truth and the FBI director he fired, whose finely tuned sense of his own integrity has often steered him into rocky political waters. The epic head-to-head was set up by stunning allegations that in February Trump pressured Comey to shut down the FBI’s Russia probe that was, among other avenues of inquiry, …

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James Clapper: Defending democracy from Trump

May 16, 2017

… exactly 24 hours later, President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey — began in some measure because of his understated but highly damning testimony. Now, as he voluntarily makes the media circuit since the firing, Clapper sees the consequences of Trump’s actions as so threatening to our democracy that he is not likely to recede soon. He shouldn’t have focused on Clapper. Because, of course, that tweet amounted to a lie. Clapper had said …

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