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Anthony Scaramucci blames news about Trump wanting to fire Bob Mueller on Steve Bannon — then denies he said it

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In a bizarre interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, former advisor and brief White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci demanded that Steve Bannon’s phone records be investigated because he thought the former Breitbart CEO was behind a shocking leak that came out Thursday.

“I find it very ironic that this information is coming out while [Donald Trump] is here in Davos while he’s had great fanfare,” Scaramucci said. “Between you and me I would like to get a look at somebody like Steve Bannon’s phone records to see who he’s talking to and how this information is out there.”

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The story from The New York Times revealed that Trump sought to fire special counsel Robert Mueller but White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit if it happened. Scaramucci also claimed that the story was completely irrelevant because Trump never did fire Mueller, which Cuomo quickly pounced on.

“Don’t say that the information can’t be believed because of the timing,” Cuomo said. Scaramucci cut in to say that it wasn’t that he doesn’t believe the reporting, rather that it was suspect.

Scaramucci said that the conversion was a “privileged conversation” and thus shouldn’t have been released to begin with. The White House counsel doesn’t have executive privilege with the president as found by the U.S. Supreme Court during the investigation into President Richard Nixon.

The two argued about whether or not it was important before returning to the issue of Bannon, where Scaramucci backtracked.

“This distraction is about leaks and Steve Bannon,” Cuomo said.

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“You don’t want to let me finish because you know I’m making a lot of sense to your viewers,” Scaramucci alleged. “The guy was never fired.”

“You’re saying it was leaked by Bannon,” Cuomo said.

“I did not say that. I’m not saying that. I’m accepting the reporting,” Scaramucci said. “I’m not saying that. Don’t say I’m saying that when I’m not saying that. What I am saying is he didn’t fire the guy. He may have had a conversation about firing the guy and then made a decision not to fire the guy.”

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Cuomo clarified that it wasn’t what the reporting was about. The conversation devolved from there.

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MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch compares Trump to Hitler: ‘Let’s just say it once and for all’

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MSNBC's Donny Deutsch compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler -- and urged the president's Jewish supporters to "wake up."

The president's rally Tuesday night in Pennsylvania set off alarm bells on the "Morning Joe" set, and Deutsch came out and said what the other panelists were hinting at.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe fears US cannot survive four more years of Trump’s ‘fascist instincts’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called out President Donald Trump's "fascist instincts" and worried that democratic institutions could not survive a second term.

The "Morning Joe" host was alarmed by the president's latest racist attacks at a Pennsylvania rally, and panelist Jason Johnson said Germans warned him in 2016 that Trump reminded them of Adolf Hitler.

"I was across the ocean and had Germans saying, 'I can't believe you Americans don't see that this is coming,'" Johnson said, "and I think the most worrisome part that I have to say in all of this is, you're right, yeah, there were people who called it out, Black people, Latinos, Asians who called it out. I think it took too long for many members of the press to accept that, and people who were saying it in 2015 were sometimes called, you know, you're being hyperbolic, you're using extreme language, it won't get that bad, other people will keep him in control, and that's why we are where we are today."

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‘Dangerous’ Trump is glorifying violence — and his ‘fascist’ fans love it: Morning Joe panelists

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called out President Donald Trump's latest racist rally speech as "fascist."

The president told cheering supporters in western Pennsylvania that it was "dangerous" to criticize him, and he questioned the right of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to serve in Congress -- and the "Morning Joe" host said there was only one word to describe Trump's language.

"I don't know, we won't call them fascist comments and won't say that it's what autocrats do and say, but it is what autocrats do and say, when you're once again glorifying violence," Scarborough said, "and as the president's long done, you know, celebrated the fact that people could get hurt at their rally if they exercise their First Amendment rights, and of course, later on in the rally, the president, basically said a member of Congress was not an American, that you know, the whole, 'How is her country doing, why is she telling us what to do in our country?'"

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