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CIA director Mike Pompeo spends 3 hours a day commuting to White House to deliver intel briefings

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President Donald Trump likes to meet daily with his favored Cabinet members and other top officials, which keeps some of them away from their other job duties for hours at a time.

Senior aides told Politico that Trump preferred to meet face to face with his Cabinet secretaries because he distrusted the bureaucrats who run the federal government as disloyal agents of a “deep state” conspiracy against his presidency.

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Trump meets frequently with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has met with the president 34 times since February, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a longtime friend of the president, also visit the White House often.

“Wilbur practically lives here,” said one White House staffer of Ross, who Trump calls “my Wilbur” and is a frequent guest at Mar-A-Lago.

CIA director Mike Pompeo spends three house a day to drive from Langley, Virginia, to the White Hose to personally deliver the daily national security briefing.

He’s there so much that the White House has set up a temporary workspace in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the director of national intelligence.

Sources told Politico that Pompeo has griped privately about the near-daily inconvenience, but a CIA spokesperson said those presidential meetings were “important.”

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But not all Cabinet secretaries — including Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson — have enjoyed the same access, according to a Politico analysis.

“Who gets to sit in meetings is highly competitive,” said one Trump adviser. “People want to be in those meetings, because information is power.”

Many of those executive agencies still lack top deputies and other political leaders, and some Trump aides and former Obama administration officials are concerned the frequent White House meetings are distracting Cabinet secretaries from their official duties.

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“Everyone is in events all day long,” one senior agency official told Politico. “Everything about this White House — it’s a dog and pony show.”


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‘Bulletproof from a pardon’: Fox News analyst says judge in Stone case just made things tough for Trump

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In the wake of Roger Stone's sentencing of 3.5 years in prison this Thursday, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano posited that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's choice to go along with Attorney General Bill Barr's sentencing recommendation could have been an effort to pardon-proof the sentence from President Trump.

"[Jackson's] trying to make this bulletproof from a pardon," Napolitano said. "Because she went along exactly with what [Barr] requested."

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Adam Schiff sends signal that a Roger Stone pardon would be another impeachable offense

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Rep. Adam Schiff suggested that a presidential pardon for Roger Stone would be an impeachable offense.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the longtime Republican operative to 40 months in prison, saying Stone had lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump -- and Schiff sent a warning against a pardon.

"Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness," Schiff tweeted.

Schiff, who led the impeachment inquiry and trial, agreed with Jackson -- whose language echoed the lawmaker's "corrupt scheme and cover-up" indictment during the Senate trial.

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WATCH: Roger Stone greeted with ‘Lock Him Up!’ chants after getting sentenced to 40 months

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Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.

After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.

At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.

Watch the video below.

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