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Phil Mudd nails why Trump won’t criticize Putin: His ‘Achilles heel’ is whether or not Russia helped him win

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Former CIA counterterrorism expect Phil Mudd told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump’s “Achilles heel” is the question of his electoral legitimacy raised by the Russia investigation and the president’s refusal to criticize Vladimir Putin.

Mudd explained how Trump’s legal battles over his sex life have escalated in recent days.

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“This story is transitioning and I think we need to focus on that transition,” Mudd explained. “We have a judge in the past day or two who has agreed that a suit should go forward, that suit includes allegations of assault by the president.”

“So we’re transitioning from a vaguely humorous story about what the president did ten years ago to an ongoing lawsuit, including allegations of illegal activity: assault against a woman,” Mudd noted. “I think we need to focus on that that transition.”

“Why is the president so reluctant to criticize Putin?” Blitzer asked.

“I think because as soon as he criticizes him, it suggests the Russians did interfere and people start getting to that Achilles’ heel that he worries about: is your election legitimate or did the Russians influence it?” Mudd replied.

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.

"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."

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