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White House staff ‘gnashing their teeth’ over ‘toxic’ Lewandowski’s imminent return: report

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As scandal after scandal rocks President Donald Trump’s White House, news that his fired ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski may return to lead the president’s Russia “war room” has, according to The Daily Beast, caused concern among staffers.

Lewandowski’s imminent return is the reported cause of “senior Trump administration officials gnashing their teeth” in trepidation for the president’s former campaign manager to come into the Trump administration in a “crisis management” capacity.

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“It would be another trainwreck,” an anonymous White House official “bluntly” told the Beast. The official said they’re “dreading that it could even happen,” but that it appears Lewandowski will, at the very least, be “outside” the White House itself.

Other White House staffers who spoke with the Beast confirmed that Lewandowski “won’t be in the White House proper,” and will be more of a “shadow adviser”.

“When, not if, he does something crazy, there’ll at least be a degree of separation,” one official noted.

According to another Trump administration and former campaign official who spoke anonymously to the Beast, Lewandowski would “only add to the toxicity of the White House”.

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An article released last week claimed that Lewandowski is already bragging about being brought into the White House, though it didn’t mention the exact role he would take or whether he’d be working inside the grounds at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Read the entire report on White House staff reactions to Lewandowski’s potential hiring via the Beast.


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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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‘Time for a new special counsel’: Ex-DOJ inspector general calls for formal probe of Trump-Ukraine calls

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A veteran law enforcement official called for a new special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump's communications with the Ukrainian president.

An intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against the president, and speculation has begun to focus the report concerns Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. aid -- and former Justice Department official Michael Bromwich called for a formal probe.

"Time for a new Special Counsel," Bromwich tweeted.

Bromwich -- inspector general for the Department of Justice from 1994-1999, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra -- was responding to a summation of the allegations against Trump.

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Defiant Trump tells reporters ‘it doesn’t matter what I discussed’ with Ukrainian PM — then smears Joe Biden

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A defiant President Donald Trump said on Friday that whatever he told Ukraine's prime minister about seeking dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden wasn't important.

As reported by CNN's Jim Acosta, the president told reporters in the Oval Office that "it doesn’t matter what I discussed" recently with Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and then pivoted to attacking Biden.

"Someone ought to look into Joe Biden," the president said.

In Oval, Trump tells reporters when asked about Ukraine and whistleblower “it doesn’t matter what i discussed” and adds “someone ought to look into Joe Biden” (per WH pool).

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