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‘President Putin can fire anybody’: Federal official says Comey ouster is absolutely about Russia

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A senior law enforcement official who asked not to be named told The Daily Beast late on Tuesday that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey to protect himself and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“President Putin can fire anybody. If Putin can put Trump in the White House, he can get rid of the FBI director,” the official told the Beast’s Michael Daly.

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The official said, “Basically [Trump] is saying, ‘I’m firing Comey for doing the things that got me elected because I’m afraid people are going to find out who did the rest of the things to get me elected.’”

“The things that got Trump elected being Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail case. The other things being the Russian interference in the election,” said Daly.

The official looked askance at the Trump administration’s public statement that Comey was fired over his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State.

“If that’s the case, then why the f—- did you wait five and a half months to fire him?” the official said. “The real reason is he’s inching closer to Trump. He’s getting uncomfortably close to people who are uncomfortably close.”

Furthermore, he said, Trump rushed out the news in an arguably successful attempt to turn the conversation away from why his administration waited as long as it did to fire disgraced national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

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“Five-thirty on a Tuesday?” he asked. “Whatever happened to five-thirty on a Friday?”

Daly said that it’s highly unlikely that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took it upon himself to write the 6-page firing memo and that the deputy was more likely acting at the White House’s behest. Rosenstein is acting on the matter because Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from matters pertaining to Russia and the president due to his own record of fabrications and omissions regarding his own interactions with agents of the Russian government like purported spymaster and current Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.


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Lindsey Graham rails at Dems after flip-flop on court vacancy: ‘They would do this in a New York minute’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) insisted on Tuesday that Republicans already have the votes needed to confirm President Donald Trump's eventual Supreme Court nominee.

During an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, Graham defended changing his 2016 pledge not to confirm a Supreme Court nomination in an election year.

According to Graham, the Democrats' treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh caused him to rethink his position.

"The whole game has changed," he explained. "If the shoe were on the other foot, [Democrats] would do this in a New York minute."

"It really pissed me off what they would do to Brett," Graham continued. "I've known him for 20 years."

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Russian TV produces deepfake of Trump signing up to work for Putin propaganda network

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that Russia Today (RT), one of the most prominent Russian state-owned networks, posted a satirical "deepfake" video of President Donald Trump accepting a contract to work for the network — overlaid with his actual words, but superimposed with the fake images to create different context.

"The advert starts with Trump rolling up outside RT HQ in a limo and waddling to a dressing room which has the sign 'Donald Trump: RT Special Host' on the door," reported Jamie Ross. "Proudly holding up a signed RT contract which has '$1,000,000,000' scrawled across it in marker pen, the deep-faked Trump says: 'It was a very nice offer from President Putin.'"

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‘It’s very disrespectful to me — I’m in my 70s!’: Dr Fauci knocks down Trump claims about COVID-19 and the elderly

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Dr. Anthony Fauci knocked down President Donald Trump's claims about the coronavirus affecting only older people.

The infectious disease expert apparently took umbrage to the president's assurance to rallygoers Monday in Ohio that only "elderly people with heart problems and other problems" can get sick from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In some states, thousands of people — nobody young," Trump told his supporters. "Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”

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