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‘Demented’: Historian blasts Trump for being ‘proud as a rooster’ over Arpaio pardon

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In a Monday night panel on CNN, one presidential historian used harsh terms to describe President Donald Trump’s bizarre defense of the timing of his pardon for racist ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Earlier in the evening, Trump told a crowd of Finnish media that he announced his pardon as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston Friday night on purpose.

“In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally,” Trump said during his joint press conference with Finland’s President, Sauli Niinistö. “You know, the hurricane was just starting.

Rice University professor and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said he was “incredulous” that the president would bring up “ratings” when discussing a deadly hurricane.

“He pardoned someone who was seen as a race-baiter, anti-Latino, somebody who is really the kingpin of racial profiling,” Brinkley said. “And he pardons him in the middle of a catastrophic category four storm slamming into the Texas coast and has the gall in the East Room of the White House to say that he did it for TV ratings.”

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Regardless of the reasoning behind the pardon, Brinkley continued, Trump failed at the optics of doing so during a hurricane.

“Clearly Friday wasn’t the right time, but he’s proud as a rooster over it,” he concluded. “And I find it a bit demented.”

Watch the entire segment below, via CNN.

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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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Mueller probably won’t be giving new information — here’s why that can still sink Trump

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will appear in Congress this week to testify for two hours about the report he authored on the case of Russian collusion.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, though Mueller has said that he won't have any additional information other than what is in his report. A Washington Post report used examples of past Mueller testimony to outline what can be anticipated. The reality, however, is that regardless of whether Mueller sticks to the report or not, he'll deliver enough to put the president in a difficult situation.

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