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Trump fumes Mueller probe is ‘going to choke the life out of’ his presidency

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President Donald Trump is privately fuming and publicly lashing out over special counsel Robert Mueller and his sprawling probe of the president’s ties to Russia.

Republican lawmakers have bluntly told Trump to tone down his escalating criticism of Mueller, the former FBI director, and his investigation, but GOP leaders have taken no action to protect the special counsel and instead are hoping to wait out the storm, reported the Associated Press.

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The president has griped to confidants that the Mueller probe was “going to choke the life out of” his presidency if allowed to continue indefinitely,” one outside adviser told the AP.

The Washington Post reported Monday night that Trump was not consulting with top advisers, such as chief of staff John Kelly or White House counsel Donald McGahn, on the Russia probe but was instead “watching television and calling friends,” according to a source who apparently receives those calls.

He added attorney Joe diGenova, who floats “deep state” conspiracy theories on Fox News and other TV networks, to his legal team this week.

Trump tweeted Mueller’s name for the first time over the weekend, after his legal team received some questions the special counsel might ask during a face-to-face interview with the president.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb issued a statement Sunday insisting that the president was not considering Mueller’s removal, a day after Trump attorney John Dowd called for an end to the special counsel probe.

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“Multiple White House officials said Monday that they believe Trump is now acutely aware of the political — and even legal — consequences of taking action against Mueller,” the AP reported. “For now, they predicted, Trump will snipe at Mueller from the outside.”


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Shocking photos document the devastating flooding pummeling San Francisco

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San Francisco was battered by a heavy winter storm on Saturday that caused localized flooding throughout the city.

"A low pressure system off the Northern California coast Saturday hurled bans of strong downpours into the Bay Area, triggering a flood warning for San Francisco," KPIX-TV reported.

"San Francisco Muni officials tweeted that train service between West Portal to Embarcadero Station had been shut down due to flooding. Several streets were flooded in San Francisco’s western neighborhood including knee-high water at 15th Ave and Wawona," the station noted.

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North Korea announces ‘test of very great importance’ occurred at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground: report

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North Korea state media reported on a "successful" test at a missile launch site.

"A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019," a spokesperson for the Academy of the National Defense Science said.

The spokesperson said the test was "of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

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#UPDATE North Korea conducts a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reports, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked https://t.co/abYhRDvBic pic.twitter.com/neCYEQTEhf

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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.

"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.

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