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Here’s how General Kelly and Ted Cruz just might save Sessions’ — and Trump’s — butt

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President Donald Trump appointment John Kelly as White House chief of staff will create a leadership vacancy at the Department of Homeland Security.

“Secretary Kelly remains the Secretary of Homeland Security until Monday, July 31,” the department clarified in a statement. “At which time Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke will become acting Secretary.”

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Thus, the humiliating ouster of Reince Pribus will eventually turn into a confirmation battle over the next Secretary of Homeland Security — the $40 billion department with nearly a quarter million employees.

As Donald Trump is fixated on the dark cloud of Robert Mueller’s investigation, could Trump use his power of appointment to end the investigation?

Here’s how it would work.

Trump blames Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. But Trump can’t fire Sessions, because Republicans would be up in arms.

But Trump could nominate Sessions to be the Secretary of Homeland Security and then use the “The Vacancies Reform Act of 1998” to laterally move in a new Attorney General – absent consent from the senate on fitness for the position. Washington Post reporter Philip Bump had Georgetown Law professor Paul Butler explain this scenario.

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“So, in other words, if Sessions were to resign, President Trump could appoint, say, Rick Perry, the Secretary of Energy, to be the acting Attorney General?” Bump asked.

“The answer is yes,” Prof. Butler replied.

Since Trump announced who would be replacing Priebus but not who would replace Kelly, there is rampant speculation that this is the first step in an effort to quash the Russia investigation.

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“I know it’s a crazy thought, but what if Trump tries to put Sessions at DHS as a way of getting a new Attorney General to fire Mueller?” Tufts professor Dan Drezer wondered.

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Just getting Sessions to leave Justice for Homeland Security would also allow Trump to pick an AG who could be confirmed.

For instance, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) might be able to be confirmed just to get him out of the building.

“I like Ted Cruz more than most of my other colleagues like Ted Cruz,” Senator Al Franken (D-MN) quipped about his colleagues. “And I hate Ted Cruz.”

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Conservatives rage after Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright compares armed protest to Klan rally

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Actor Jeffrey Wright kicked a hornet's nest of conservative fury by comparing an armed protest in Virginia to a Ku Klux Klan rally.

The star of HBO's Westworld three James Bond films mocked the Richmond gun rally in a tweet, which linked to a Washington Post article on the armed demonstration, and noted the event was scheduled on Martin Luther King Day.

“The organizers aren’t at all bothered that a gun circle jerk in Richmond, VA on #MLKDay has a Klan-rally smell to it?" Wright tweeted. "Wonder why."

The organizers aren’t at all bothered that a gun circle jerk in Richmond, VA on #MLKDay has a Klan-rally smell to it? Wonder why. https://t.co/1kq9pu1is1

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‘Dead wrong’: House Dems release scathing rebuttal to White House’s widely panned legal brief

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The Trump White House's latest defense of the president ahead of his impending impeachment trial has been widely panned, and has even sparked speculation that Trump himself had a hand in writing it due to its low-grade legal analysis.

A legal brief filed by President Donald Trump's lawyers late last week called impeachment proceedings "constitutionally invalid," even though impeachment is literally a part of the Constitution, and also accused Democrats of engaging in a "brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election," even though Vice President Mike Pence would take over in the event that Trump was removed by the Senate.

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White nationalist speaker heckled for denying Holocaust at Virginia gun march: ‘You are literally a neo-Nazi’

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A white nationalist speaker who has been affiliated with neo-Nazi rhetoric was caught on video denying the Holocaust at a pro-Second Amendment march in Richmond, Virginia.

The remarks were made by former Proud Boy Jovanni Valle, who goes by the name Jovi Val. Video clips of Valle's speech were shared on Twitter by writer Robert Evans.

"You wear a swastika and walk down the street," a man can be heard telling Valle. "You took it off and now you are like, oh no. You are denying the existence of the Holocaust."

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