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White House ‘put out an all-points bulletin’ to ‘find something’ to back Trump’s wiretap charge: report

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In the days after Donald Trump erroneously accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 election, the White House “put out an all-points bulletin” to “find something that justified the President’s crazy tweets about surveillance,” The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza reports.

That bulletin eventually led to House Oversight Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ “revelation” that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice “unmasked” the name of U.S. citizens related to the Trump transition team—a routine request with significant oversight in the intelligence community. As CNN reported last week, Democrats and Republicans who reviewed the material referenced by Nunes found “no evidence that Obama Administration officials did anything unusual or illegal.”

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“The White House said, ‘We are going to mobilize to find something to justify the President’s tweet that he was being surveilled.’ They put out an all-points bulletin and said, ‘We need to find something that justifies the President’s crazy tweet about surveillance at Trump Tower,’” the source told Lizza. “And I’m telling you there is no way you get that from those transcripts, which are about as plain vanilla as can be.”

“They manufactured a scandal to distract from a serious investigation,” Democratic House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell said.

But despite the bipartisan acknowledgement that there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, Republican members on the House Intelligence Committee still plan to focus on the Obama Administration in their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

According to one source, while Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee plan to call Trump campaign officials linked to Russia as witnesses, “the Republican list is almost entirely people from the Obama Administration.”

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President helped ‘increase anti-Trump turnout’ in red-state governor’s races — which could spell disaster for the GOP

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President Donald Trump was once the Republican Party's greatest asset in an election, mobilizing thousands of supporters to rush to the polls. Recently, however, it seems he's now driving anti-Trump votes up so much that it may no longer be worth the Trump trouble.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” Trump told a Louisiana crowd this week before the GOP candidate lost the governor's race in a red state.

“What Trump did in Louisiana was increase voter participation. While he increased the pro-Trump turnout, he also increased the anti-Trump turnout. That’s kind of the lesson here,” polling analyst Ron Faucheux told The Washington Post in an interview.

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Ambassador Sondland was updating Trump officials on progress of ‘push for investigations’ — including Mulvaney

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The Wall Street Journal obtained emails showing that ahead of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was updating officials on the strive for investigations.

Chief of staff and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was one of the main points of contact, and he replied to the email saying he would schedule the call with Zelensky.

“I talked to Zelensky just now. He is prepared to receive Potus’ call. Will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone,’” Sondland wrote in an email on July 19.

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White House desperately scheduling things for Trump to do so he won’t watch the impeachment hearings

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Given President Donald Trump worked to intimidate witnesses in real-time during the hearings on the impeachment inquiry last week, the White House is desperately searching for something that can keep him busy.

Axios reported Sunday, the presidential daily schedule will be designed to keep the president distracted with their own counter-programming.

"Trump's schedule for the coming week shows him governing," Axios reported. He'll be promoting jobs and talking about things like "art and culture."

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