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White House feels like a ‘bunker’ as Trump does damage control over Bannon’s ‘Fire & Fury’ confessions: report

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Though it’s not the first storm the Trump White House has weathered, the ranks of the West Wing are reportedly in full damage control mode amid revelations from former chief strategist Steve Bannon in a new book titled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

As The Daily Beast reported Wednesday afternoon, sources inside the White House say “a bunker mentality took hold” in the aftermath of Bannon’s many confessions about the atmosphere when he worked for the administration.

“There was a sense of palpable anger at the quotes Bannon gave to [writer Michael] Wolff for his book,” the Beast’s report read.

People who spoke with the president following the Fire and Fury excerpt’s release said he seemed “more furious that Bannon appeared to take too much credit for the 2016 victory,” and appeared less focused on the Breitbart executive’s comments that Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous Trump Tower meeting was “treasonous.”

“Members of President Trump’s inner circle, including his immediate family, were instantly enraged on Wednesday after the Bannon excerpts dropped,” the report continued, “and began hitting the phones to communicate to friends the imperative of ensuring Bannon is banished in Trump-world.”

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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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Mueller probably won’t be giving new information — here’s why that can still sink Trump

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will appear in Congress this week to testify for two hours about the report he authored on the case of Russian collusion.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, though Mueller has said that he won't have any additional information other than what is in his report. A Washington Post report used examples of past Mueller testimony to outline what can be anticipated. The reality, however, is that regardless of whether Mueller sticks to the report or not, he'll deliver enough to put the president in a difficult situation.

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