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84-year-old woman confesses to murder plot against attorney from jail

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An 84-year-old Texas woman already in jail on felony theft charges confessed on Monday to trying to hire someone to attack members of the local district attorney’s office.

KHOU-TV reported that Dorothy Canfield told Texas Rangers she met with an undercover officer believing he was a hitman and agreed to pay him $5,000 to kill Montgomery County prosecutors Robert Freyer and another $2,500 to hospitalize District Attorney Brett Ligon for “two to three weeks” in efforts officials said were based on other recent killings of their former colleague in Kaufman County, Mike McClelland.

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“Dorothy Canfield hoped to capitalize on the tragic murder of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse to disrupt the prosecution of her theft charge in the most violent way possible,” Ligon said on Monday.

Authorities said that Canfield showed no remorse when shown pictures of another crime scene and told they depicted Freyer’s murder.

Canfield was originally arrested in November 2012 for allegedly swindling undocumented immigrants out of more than $50,000 by pretending to be an immigration attorney.

This is the second inmate murder plot uncovered by officials in a month; Johnson County inmate Tab Denny Johnson was caught attempting to hire someone to kill his wife and her boyfriend.

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Watch KHOU’s report on Canfield’s confession, aired April 15, 2013, below.

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Larry Kudlow, who appeared to have been drinking before his FOX News appearance last Sunday, probably wished he was drinking this Sunday after his stammering performance on CNN where he faced a barrage of questions from "State of the Union" fill-in host Brianna Keilar.

Speaking from France where he is attending the G7 conference with Donald Trump, Kudlow was put on the spot over the president's comments where he seemed to express regret over launching a trade war with China.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted on Sunday that Americans should take President Donald Trump's hyperbolic comments "very literally" -- but he allowed for some exceptions.

During an interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that Trump had recently "ordered" companies not to do business with China.

"When the president says something, how seriously, how literally should we take it?" Wallace asked.

"I think most of the time, you should take it very literally," Mnuchin insisted. "I think sometimes he says things that are meant to be a joke."

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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