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Trump ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Bob Mueller last summer — here’s why he didn’t

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Robert Mueller in the Oval Office on July 20, 2012. (Photo by Pete Souza.)

In a New York Times report Thursday, it was revealed President Donald Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller — but McGahn said he’d quit.

The order came last June and it marks the first time “Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel,” The Times said.

It’s unclear if Mueller knew about the incident during the time, but recent interviews from former senior White House officials alerted Mueller’s team of the incident. The investigation into Trump not only deals with potential collusion with Russia but whether the president obstructed justice when he fired former FBI director James Comey.

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CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin said that it can’t be proof of obstruction of justice because Trump never fired Mueller.

The story is developing and we’ll fill you in as facts become available.


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Mary Trump sheds light on the president’s bizarre pattern of psychological projection

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President Donald Trump's niece, psychologist Mary Trump, appeared Friday on CNN to discuss her uncle's behavior during the recent president debate.

CNN host Anderson Cooper noted that Tony Schwartz, who is best known for ghostwriting "Trump: The Art of the Deal," has said "that when the president attacks people, the words he uses, the attacks he wages against other people are really things that are true about himself."

The CNN host said a similar dynamic was at play during the final presidential debate when Trump attacked Biden as being part of an organized crime family.

"It is amazing how much projection there is and I don't know if that's the term," Cooper said.

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WATCH: Shep Smith ends his show with a passionate plea to ‘follow the Fauci’ as COVID-19 surges

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CNBC host Shepard Smith, a former veteran newsman at Fox News, on Friday begged Americans to follow guidance from Anthony Fauci to prevent the spread of COVID-19

“Those of us in New York and the Northeast are worried about you, our friends, our loved ones and our viewers across the country, now more than ever really,” Smith said. “This new COVID surge is awful. So, follow the Fauci. Not for us, we are mostly good around here, we are worried for you. So please, follow the Fauci," he said.

New York was hit hard during the initial stages of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States. "We lived the horror of neighbors and friends sick and dying," Smith said.

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Trump gets schooled by a historian for comparing his achievements to Abraham Lincoln’s

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During the final presidential debate on Thursday, President Donald Trump boasted that he had done more for Black Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln. On Friday, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin appeared on CNN and blasted Trump for his remark.

“The most important thing in a time of crisis is for a president to be willing it take responsibility. One of FDR’s aides once said when things are going on right, people don't have to think a lot about the character demanded by the presidency. He can just stay in that old picture frame,” she told CNN host Chris Cuomo.

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