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Trump is incredibly ‘p*ssed off’ no one believes his Obama ‘wiretaps’ story, says adviser

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One of Pres. Donald Trump’s top confidants and close White House advisers said on Sunday that he hasn’t seen the president “this p*ssed off in a long time” and that Trump is vowing, “I will be proven right” about accusations that former Pres. Barack Obama wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

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TheHill.com reported that Newsmax.com CEO Christopher Ruddy published an essay on Sunday attacking Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) and praising his boss’ performance through a week rocked by major revelations regarding Trump and his staff’s communications with agents of the Russian government during the 2016 campaign and White House transition.

“I’ve been watching Chuck Todd’s ‘Meet the Press’ as I write this. There is actually little talk about this unprecedented wire-tapping and even less worry over it,” wrote Ruddy.

On Sunday morning, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told “Meet the Press” emphatically that the wiretapping does not exist. It never happened, he said, “There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign.”

Ruddy said, “I spoke with the President twice yesterday about the wiretap story. I haven’t seen him this p*ssed off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama ‘denials’ about the wiretaps, he shot back: ‘This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right.’”

Former Obama administration officials pointed out on Saturday and Sunday that no president has the power to unilaterally authorize wiretaps or surveillance of any kind. Requests for surveillance require a warrant that must be approved by a federal judge.

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“Trump will be justified when he claimed in tweets yesterday that this was Nixon-style ‘Watergate’ activities,” Ruddy insisted.

At this juncture, it appears most likely that Pres. Trump got the idea that Obama wiretapped Trump Towers from right-wing news sites Breitbart.com and InfoWars, which both — along with conservative radio shouter Mark Levin — ran with the wiretap story on Thursday and Friday in spite of a lack of evidence supporting the charges.

On Sunday, FBI Director James Comey urged the Justice Department to speak out against the president’s calls for investigations into wiretaps he has yet to prove exist. The White House has given its top attorneys the job of producing evidence of the wiretaps and ordered Congress to investigate them, as well.

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Comey may have difficulty getting a statement from a sufficiently senior official at the Justice Department, however, given that embattled Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from all matters pertaining to the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Furthermore, the Trump administration is running far behind other administrations in federal appointments. The State Department is reportedly adrift and understaffed after a walkout of senior officials and the Trump administration’s chaotic, lackadaisical approach to cabinet positions.


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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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