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‘Don’t mess with Mueller — he’ll crush you’: Ex-CIA officer issues sharp warning to Trump

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Former CIA officer Phil Mudd joined former Watergate investigator Carl Bernstein and former fall-guy for Richard Nixon, John Dean in urging President Donald Trump and anyone affiliated with him not to mess with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Bernstein noted that there have already been many people who have gone before Mueller release a statement noting the investigators had everything the witness said before he’d even asked them about it.

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“It’s been a frightening experience,” he said for the witnesses. “They’ve talked as a result of it, as the result of so-called perjury… But the underlying fact is, if there is no ‘there’ there, if there is no quote collusion or manipulation, or anything of the kind, Donald Trump should welcome Mueller’s investigation, because Mueller is the kind of guy who will issue a report that says ‘there is no ‘there’ there.’ But that seems very unlikely at this date.”

Mudd agreed, noting that he sat beside Mueller for 2,000 meetings and never once “saw him sweat or say anything political.”

“I don’t think he’s sweating this at all,” Mudd continued. “I think what you are looking at is a methodical investigation. You start to interview dozens and dozens of people, you review millions of financial records, e-mail records, phone, text records. Then you go in, in a conversation with somebody in the White House, maybe even the president of the United States.”

He anticipated what might happen is is that Mueller will collect all of the evidence he can before approaching Trump.

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“The investigators, by the time they walked into that meeting, they already know what the answer is,” Mudd explained. “This is complicated. This is methodical and the president ought to be cautious if he ever goes into the conversation. Don’t ever mess with Director Mueller. He’ll crush you.”

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CNN analyst has a question for Dems: ‘How low will Trump have to go for you to impeach him?’

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Following a day of bombshell reports on the rapidly-growing scandal involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine, a CNN analyst wondered what it will take for House Democrats to impeach the commander-in-chief.

Earlier on Friday, in an interview with NPR, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was still not in favor of impeaching Trump.

CNN analyst and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali wondered what -- if anything -- could result in Speaker Pelosi backing impeachment.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’

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CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.

The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."

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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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