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US intelligence officials are withholding information from Trump over fears he can’t be trusted: report

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U.S. intelligence officials are withholding information from Donald Trump over concerns that the president cannot be trusted with sensitive intelligence material, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The decision, according to the WSJ, is in part due to the intelligence community’s mistrust towards the president, particularly over contacts between his confidants and the Russian government.

The president has publicly disparaged the intelligence community on more than one occasion, including today, when he tweeted that the “real scandal” arising from the resignation of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn “is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy.”

“Very un-American!” Trump added.

Officials reportedly withheld information including “the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information,” in large part because of the president’s repeated and vocal admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“I’ve talked with people in the intelligence community that do have concerns about the White House, about the president, and I think those concerns take a number of forms,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told the Wall Street Journal. “What the intelligence community considers their most sacred obligation is to protect the very best intelligence and to protect the people that are producing it.”

A White House official on Wednesday refuted the report. “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening,” the official said.

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National security lawyer: Trump might ‘already be in prison’ if not for the DOJ policy

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On Thursday, newly unsealed documents showed that FBI agents believed President Donald Trump was personally involved in the illegal scheme to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair she had with him ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Furthermore, the Office of Legal Counsel memo prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president reportedly "factored into" the end of the probe.

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Trump picks Antonin Scalia’s son to replace disgraced former Labor Secretary: report

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On Thursday, NPR reported that President Donald Trump is naming Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to take over as Secretary of Labor.

Scalia, who served on the court from 1986 to his death in 2016, was known as one of the staunchest conservatives on the bench. His seat was deliberately kept vacant by Republicans for over a year to deny President Barack Obama the ability to make an appointment to it.

The Department of Labor was until this month run by former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in disgrace amid renewed questions about his role in brokering a potentially illegal sweetheart plea agreement with hedge fund manager and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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DOJ policy blocking Trump from being indicted ‘factored into’ the end of the Stormy Daniels case: report

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Federal prosecutors decided to close the investigation into the 2016 criminal hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that benefitted the Trump campaign because, in part, of the policy that prevents the indictment of a sitting president, according to a new report from USA Today citing an anonymous source.

Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the violation of campaign finance law. He said that he carried out the effort in coordination with and at the direction of then-candidate Donald Trump in order to increase his chances of victory in the 2016 presidential election.

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