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Trump lied about having tapes to ‘rattle’ Comey, source says

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Former FBI director James Comey and President Donald Trump (Photo: Screen capture and Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

There are no recordings of President Donald Trump asking former FBI director James Comey to pull back on the investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

The president suggested he had recordings that might dispute Comey’s account of their private conversation in the Oval Office, which the former FBI director told lawmakers he would welcome — but a source told Bloomberg those tapes never existed.

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“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” the president tweeted, and then called the investigation into his campaign ties to Russia a “witch hunt.”

The source told Bloomberg on the condition of anonymity that Trump hinted the tapes existed as part of a strategy to ensure Comey told the truth.

That account matches claims made earlier Thursday by former house speaker Newt Gingrich, who told the Associated Press that Trump was bluffing about the tapes in an attempt to “rattle Comey.”

“He’s not a professional politician,” Gingrich said. “He doesn’t come back and think about Nixon and Watergate. His instinct is: ‘I’ll outbluff you.’ ”

The House Intelligence Committee conducting the Russia probe asked White House Counsel Don McGahn to provide information about those recordings and turn them over by Friday if they exist.

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The president promised June 9 to confirm whether the tapes exist or not, and he tweeted a short time after the Bloomberg report broke that he did not make any such recordings and was not sure whether they existed.

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Brett Kavanaugh caught lying in SCOTUS opinion against voting access during the pandemic: report

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday voted that 2020 elections ballots in Wisconsin can only be counted if received by Election Day.

Kavanaugh issued his own concurring opinion, where he suggested that state courts should be barred from protecting voting rights.

Kavanaugh also made a mistake of fact.

Sam Levine, a voting rights reporter for the Guardian, noted Kavanaugh was inaccurate in his concurring opinion.

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Lincoln Project releases harrowing new video of the future if Trump wins re-election

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The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists seeking to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, released another new video on Monday evening.

Unlike other videos, the latest release did not feature Trump saying crazy things. Instead, it is more like a 60-second short film.

It features a mother listening to election night returns. She goes into her son's bedroom and lovingly awakens him.

"Hey honey, you asked me to wake you and tell you what happened in the election," she says.

"Who won?" the child asked.

"Trump," she replied. "Trump won."

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Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court despite questions of legitimacy

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The US Senate confirmed conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court's newest justice Monday, delivering President Donald Trump a landmark win just eight days before the election.

The deeply divided chamber voted 52 to 48, largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate, making Barrett the third Trump nominee to reach the high court and cementing a six-to-three conservative majority.

Republican lawmakers broke into applause as the tally was read out, and the White House is also expected to celebrate the confirmation in the final run-up to the November 3 election, in which more than 60 million Americans have already voted.

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