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Phyllis Schlafly wanted Michele Bachmann to succeed her — but she was too much of a nitwit

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Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly had hoped to name Michele Bachmann as her successor — but she found the former Republican lawmaker’s qualifications lacking.

The 91-year-old Schlafly is embroiled in a power struggle and family feud within the Eagle Forum activist group she founded over her endorsement of Donald Trump.

Schlafly explained to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that she had passed over her own daughter, Cori, as her hand-picked successor — which she believes may have sowed the seeds of a coup attempt, reported Right Wing Watch.

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Bachmann, who retired last year from her Minnesota congressional seat, was considered as a potential successor to Schlafly — but Eagle Forum officials found she lacked the experience and knowledge to lead the conservative interest group.

“A lot of our people wanted us to pick Michele Bachmann, and she certainly has a lot of talent, a very fine speaker and so forth,” Schlafly said. “But she knew nothing about running an organization and she knew nothing about politics outside of her own domain.”

Now the group — and Schlafly’s family — is being torn apart in an argument over whether Trump or Ted Cruz would make a better president.

Watch portions of her interview with Jones posted online by RWW Blog:

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Trump told Rick Perry to ‘visit with Rudy’ when he asked why he called off meetings with Ukraine’s president: report

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On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Energy Secretary Rick Perry was ordered by President Donald Trump to get in touch with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about "corruption" in Ukraine — at the same time that he and Giuliani were attempting to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to help him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking to the Journal, Perry denied knowing anything about Trump going after Biden specifically, but said the Trump told him he was not "comfortable" that the Ukrainians had "straightened up their act" — an apparent reference to Trump's belief that Ukraine tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton.

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Sondland was going to testify Trump gave the impression they should coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine: report

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European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland is slated to give testimony Thursday to the House committees on President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.

Sondland was slated to tell investigators that Trump gave him the impression that he and two other officials should coordinate with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times said in an explosive report Wednesday.

"That command effectively created a foreign policy back channel that cut the State Department and National Security Council out of deliberations involving a pivotal ally against Russia," The Times reported.

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Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing

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President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.

Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."

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