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Trump White House officials panicking as Mueller ‘works through the staff like Pac-Man’: report

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Top White House aides are trying to project calm in the West Wing, even as special counsel Robert Mueller draws closer to the Oval Office with his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign.

As Vanity Fair reports, GOP operatives in contact with Trump believe the special counsel’s investigation is nearing the president, causing anxiety among White House staffers and top Trump advisors. “I’m told that Mueller’s team is rooting around inside Trumpworld more deeply than is publicly known,” one source said. “Outside West Wing advisers tell me that may create a showdown.”

The operative described Mueller as “working through the staff like Pac-Man,” and pushed back on the administration’s efforts to downplay the special counsel probe, noting White House staffers are “of course” worried by the Russia investigation.

“Anybody that ever had the words ‘Russia’ come out of their lips or in an e-mail, they’re going to get talked to,” the source said. “These things are thorough and deep. It’s going to be a long winter.”

According to the Washington Post, a source close to the administration agrees the president’s public efforts to downplay Mueller’s probe is at odds with reality.

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“The president says, ‘This is all just an annoyance. I did nothing,’ ” a source told the Post. “He is somewhat arrogant about it. But this investigation is a classic Gambino-style roll-up. You have to anticipate this roll-up will reach everyone in this administration.”

Still, the narrative that Trump is not focused on Mueller’s investigation remains pervasive. One White House official told Axios Monday, “the only people focused on or consumed by this are the press.”

“The White House staff are working to carry out the president’s agenda on behalf of the American people,” the source said.

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That sentiment is shared by White House lawyer Ty Cobb who dismissed notions that Mueller’s probe is rattling members of the Trump administration.

“The people who have been interviewed generally feel they were treated fairly by the special counsel, and adequately prepared to assist them in understanding the relevant material,” Cobb told the Post. “They came back feeling relieved that it was over, but nobody I know of was shaken or scared.”


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‘Gaslighting Grand Poobah’ Trump scorched on Twitter for lying about trying to stop racist ‘send her back’ chant

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Donald Trump's attempt to disassociate himself with the racist "Send her back" chant he incited while trashing Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN) in North Carolina on Wednesday night is being greeted with rolled-eyes and exasperation by Twitter users who have seen the video.

Asked about the offensive chant by ABC White House reporter Jonathan Karl  who pressed the president with “Why didn’t you ask them to stop saying it?” Trump answered, “Number one, I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.”

He then added, “I disagree with it, by the way. But it was quite a chant and I felt a little bit badly about it but I will say this, I did and I started speaking very quickly, I started rather fast as you probably noticed.”

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Trump-loving Christian reporter freaks out at CNN after it busts Trump for lying about ‘send her back’ chants

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David Brody, a reporter for the Christian Broadcasting Network, delivered an angry tirade at CNN because the network caught President Donald Trump red-handed telling lies about his reaction to Wednesday night's racist "send her back" chants at his campaign rally.

Shortly after Trump falsely claimed that he tried to stop his supporters from chanting about deporting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), CNN rolled a video that showed the president stood in silence for at least 12 seconds while letting the crowd chant.

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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