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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.”

“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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Defiant Trump tells reporters ‘it doesn’t matter what I discussed’ with Ukrainian PM — then smears Joe Biden

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A defiant President Donald Trump said on Friday that whatever he told Ukraine's prime minister about seeking dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden wasn't important.

As reported by CNN's Jim Acosta, the president told reporters in the Oval Office that "it doesn’t matter what I discussed" recently with Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and then pivoted to attacking Biden.

"Someone ought to look into Joe Biden," the president said.

In Oval, Trump tells reporters when asked about Ukraine and whistleblower “it doesn’t matter what i discussed” and adds “someone ought to look into Joe Biden” (per WH pool).

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Trump’s excuses for Ukraine call obliterated by ex-Bush national security aide

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Appearing with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle, a former National Security Council staffer under President George W. Bush knocked down Donald Trump's claims about his scandalous call with the president of Ukraine where he reportedly offered military aid in exchange for opposition research on former VP Joe Biden.

With the president asserting that people other than the whistleblower were aware of his comments and didn't object, former presidential special assistant Michael Allen, said that would be unlikely.

"That is not necessarily true," Allen explained. "In the White House, there are people listening in on the conversations, properly, for the purpose of taking notes. A greater number of people see transcripts. But I don't think it is the case that, just because one person came forward, that others wouldn't or couldn't corroborate that story."

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Rick Wilson changes his mind on Trump impeachment: It’s ‘clearly the only way’ to hold him accountable

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Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson has long warned Democrats against launching impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but the latest revelations about the president reportedly making "promises" to the Ukrainian government in exchange for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden have changed his mind.

Wilson on Friday morning responded to a tweet from former Florida Republican congressman David Jolly, who recommended filing an article of impeachment against the president to force the Department of Justice to let Congress see an intelligence community whistleblower's complaint about the president's actions.

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