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GOP senator’s defense of Trump backfires when he tweets story alleging Russian agents in Trump Tower

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President Donald Trump made a wildly unsubstantiated claim over the weekend that former President Barack Obama wiretapped phones at Trump Tower just weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas attempted to have Trump’s back on the matter on Monday tweeting an article with the headline, “Former Bush attorney general: Trump likely right about surveillance.” Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey spoke with ABC’s This Week on Sunday and agreed he believed there was likely surveillance at Trump Tower.

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However, Mukasey added that if there was a wiretap at Trump Tower, it’s because there was suspicion of a Russian agent. “It means there was some basis to believe that somebody in Trump Tower may have been acting as an agent of the Russians for whatever purpose,” Mukasey said in the clip.

President Trump’s administration has been under fire over the last few weeks due to suspicious ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government ahead of the election.

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You can watch the clip of Mukasey’s Sunday remarks below.

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Mick Mulvaney is Trump’s new fall guy on corruption — and Republicans just play along

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It's getting increasingly more difficult to keep track of all the new impeachable acts President Trump commits every day. And perhaps even more difficult to imagine the most outrageous thing he can do that the Republican Party would still defend.

This article first appeared in Salon.

It took almost two weeks, but the White House has finally admitting what everyone knew from day one: Trump demanded a quid pro quo from the Ukrainian government before releasing military aid authorized by Congress. Republicans have been denying the obvious, remaining willfully blind to a brazen scheme. That suddenly seems quaint, now that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has confessed on live television that there was a quid pro quo.

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The week Donald Trump’s presidency crashed and burned — and Republicans noticed

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It feels as though every week during the Trump administration is a year and every year a decade. Every day there is a crisis or an outrage or a revelation that takes your breath away. But the underlying dynamics always seem to be the same no matter what. The press reports the story, the Democrats get outraged, the pundits analyze it, the president rages and then Fox and the Republicans all line up like a bunch of robots and salute smartly. Then we reset until the next crisis, outrage or revelation. It's an exhausting cycle that never seems to get us anywhere and it's bred a fatalistic response in many of us: "Nothing matters."

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Turkish president threatens US over Trump’s insulting letter: ‘When the time comes necessary steps will be taken’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Friday warned the United States that it would pay a price for the letter send by President Donald Trump that warned him that history "will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen" in northern Syria.

The letter, which also advised Erdo?an to not "be a tough guy" or "a fool," was widely ridiculed in the media for sounding childish. Erdo?an, however, said on Friday that he took the president's letter as a serious insult to his stature as a world leader.

As reported by the BBC's Jon Sopel, Erdo?an called out the president's letter for being out of line with standard diplomatic protocol, and he suggested his country would not forget how the president showed them such little respect.

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