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GOP Rep trashes Mueller’s Russia indictments — then reluctantly admits she hasn’t read them

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CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield had to repeatedly push back against a first-term Tea Party congresswoman who was drawing inaccurate conclusions from a document she admitted she had not read.

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), a conservative upstate Republican, went on CNN “Newsroom” on Saturday, attempting to defend President Donald Trump.

“Thirteen Russians now indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, charged with attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Whitfield noted. “The indictment describes an unprecedented campaign by Russia to support Donald Trump, disparage Hillary Clinton and communicate with, quote, unwitting people tied to the Trump campaign.'”

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“The indictments say there were Americans who were unwitting participants, the president continues to say there was no collusion,” Whitfield noted. “How do you interpret these indictments?”

“Well, I think the indictments are instructive because what they show is the Russians really are trying to create some kind of chaos in our country,” Rep. Tenney replied. “I think it’s unfortunate that the Democrats are overreacting to this as far as, you know, really focusing on just Trump/Russia collusion, I think this doesn’t say …”

“Well,” Whitfield interrupted, “it’s the president who brought up the word ‘collusion’ actually.”

“But actually, this has been going on for over a year that the Democrats have been trying to take down the administration claiming there was Russian collusion. I sat at the State of the Union address and listened to ‘Russian collusion’ being yelled out behind me from many of the Democrats,” Rep. Tenney claimed.

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“I think it’s really clear from the indictment of whether the Department of Justice and others in the FBI, what they’re saying is it was clear that they didn’t affect the elections but they attempted to,” she continued. “We’ve used millions of dollars and thousands of hours of time and wasted resources on investigating something that looks like it wasn’t really there in the first place.”

“Why aren’t Democrats working together with Republicans to stop this instead of trying to create, what looks like an unending smear campaign,” she continued.

Apparently Rep. Tenney, who is a lawyer, did not actually read the indictment before going on national television to answer questions about what it alleges.

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“It is a 37-page indictment, I haven’t read it all,” Rep. Tenney admitted. “I’m skimming through it right now.”

“I think that this is showing that there is clearly not collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian operatives to try to steal the election from Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Tenney argued.

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Trump whines about having to cancel his corrupt G7 stunt: ‘Doral would have been the best!’

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President Donald Trump may have cancelled his bid to hold the G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida -- but he is not happy about it.

Writing on Twitter Monday morning, the president bitterly complained about having to hold the G7 at a different location after his announcement that he would be hosting in at his own golf resort drew accusations of corruption and self dealing.

"Doral in Miami would have been the best place to hold the G-7, and free, but too much heat from the Do Nothing Radical Left Democrats & their Partner, the Fake News Media!" the president fumed. "I’m surprised that they allow me to give up my $400,000 Plus Presidential Salary! We’ll find someplace else!"

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REVEALED: Trump interrupted Pentagon briefing about America’s commitment to the world with bizarre rant about himself

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President Donald Trump interrupted his very first Pentagon briefing on America's commitment to the world with a bizarre rant about himself.

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis had prepared meticulously for the July 20, 2017, meeting, and his former speechwriter Guy Snodgrass said the retired U.S. Marine Corps general appeared extremely nervous about briefing the new president for the first time, according to a new Politico feature.

"As the seconds ticked down, Mattis’ nervous energy had been palpable," Snodgrass wrote in the article. "Unusually so. Normally stoic and deliberate with his movements, this morning he was electrified."

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Ex-Trump staffer: Mulvaney needs to resign and get himself a good lawyer

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney resign immediately and lawyer up due to his complicity in Donald Trump's Ukraine phone call seeking dirt on Joe Biden.

Ostensibly brought on to talk about his plan to attempt to draft Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to run against Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, Scaramucci -- who host John Berman jokingly noted only lasted 11 days in his White House job -- admitted that he was a fan of Mulvaney, but that he has put himself in a bad place.

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