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‘He doesn’t have the balls to fire him’: White House insiders claim Trump fears blowback if he dumps Kelly

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According to friends of Donald Trump, the president is afraid to dismiss Chief of Staff John Kelly out of fears that the White House will descend in to even more chaos — even though he wants him gone.

Speaking with Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, five Republicans close to the White House claimed that the president has admitted that he won’t fire Kelly despite intense pressure by son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka.

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According to the report, those sources say Trump’s reluctance to fire Kelly comes down to a belief that the White House can’t handle another staffing blow-up at a time when it is still reeling from the dismissal of White House adviser Rob Porter over domestic abuse charges.

As one Trump friend noted, “The president doesn’t have the balls to fire Kelly.”

With no logical successor waiting in the wings to replace Kelly, Trump reportedly sees limited options for a replacement and has indicated that he would like to see either fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci in the role or son-in-law Kushner who is already a major target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the administration.

Dogging the president is his regret at picking Kelly to replace former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, with Trump admitting, “he was too impulsive to get Kelly. He bought into Kelly’s resume, and not his personality,” said one friend.

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Adding to his woes is the daily pressure from Kushner and his daughter, with Trump’s son-in-law feeling he is “being slow-rolled by Kelly’s cronies,” over his full security clearance that he feels should have been granted already — paving the way for taking Kelly’s job.

Earlier on Tuesday, Scaramucci also tried to undercut Kelly, telling a forum in San Francisco that Kelly has crushed morale in the White House “through fear and intimidation.”

You can read the whole report here.

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Ukrainian journalist throws down gauntlet after Giuliani smear: ‘I express my readiness to testify’

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A Ukrainian journalist said on Sunday that he would be willing to testify to Congress against President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

After Giuliani unleashed a bizarre rant on CNN accusing Democrats of trying to get help from Ukraine in the 2016 election, Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote an op-ed exposing the accusation as a lie.

In his op-ed, Leshchenko explains:

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the Manafort revelations would become fodder for the U.S. elections in 2020. President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mouthpiece of this campaign, is not only attempting to rehabilitate Manafort but is also working to undermine U.S. relations with Ukraine, which has been confronting Russian aggression on its own for more than five years. Giuliani and his associates are trying to drag our newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into a conflict between two foreign political parties, drastically limiting Ukraine’s room for maneuver in respect to the United States, perhaps its most important international partner.

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Trump is openly colluding with Ukraine to smear Biden

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President Donald Trump is defending his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, one that recent media reports suggest may have been made in order to dig up dirt about one of Trump's likeliest and strongest opponents in the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!"

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Democrats’ refusal to impeach Trump is a ‘bigger national scandal’ than him breaking the law: Ocasio-Cortez

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., criticized House Democrats on Saturday for their unwillingness to impeach President Donald Trump despite new revelations that he may have pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on one of his potential Democratic rivals in 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden.

This article first appeared in Salon.

"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior - it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday night.

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