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Ex-Bush adviser: Trump needs to stop listening to ‘conspiracy theorists’ and ‘lay off’ Mueller

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The former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration explained his worries about President Donald Trump committing further acts of obstruction of justice when Congress is out of Washington, DC for the holiday recess.

MSNBC anchor Katy Tur featured Professor Richard Painter to discuss the “four threats to Robert Mueller” that Painter outlined in the New York Times, writing with Norman Eisen, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer in the Barack Obama administration. Eisen is the chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) and Painter is the vice chair.

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“I hope it’s a merry Christmas, but I was worried that today we might have some negative developments,” Painter admitted. “I think we may be out of the woods on that, but over the holidays, when the members of Congress are out of Washington and the House and Senate Judiciary Committee are not as able to respond as quickly as they should in this situation, I think the president could try any of those strategies or people at the Justice Department or the White House could implement some of those strategies for undermining Robert Mueller.”

“It’s critically important for the president and his staff to understand that attempts to interfere with this investigation, with them — would be an obstruction of justice,” Painter reminded. “And already he has exposed himself to an obstruction of justice charge through the firing of James Comey and the pressure put on James Comey for loyalty pledge when James Comey was head of the FBI.”

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“I’m very much hoping that none of those things happen, that President Trump simply stops talking about this investigation, stops tweeting about it, and stops obstructing justice so Robert Mueller can do his job,” Painter explained.

Tur also asked W. Bush’s former chief ethics lawyer about a public letter he co-signed, with other former top Republicans, defending the special counsel.

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“The reason we wrote that letter was that we were concerned that the president was not listening, that he was listening to political operatives in the White House, some of the remaining alt-right faction and other conspiracy theorists who put him down in front of Fox News and he listens to what’s going on, on Fox News instead of talking to his lawyers,” Painter explained.

“I think if he talks to his lawyers, he’s going to figure it out pretty quickly that he better lay off of Robert Mueller, lay off this investigation and do his job while Robert Mueller does his,” Painter predicted. “That’s the reason we wrote those letters, I’m very much hoping the president listens.”

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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