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CNN panel reveals how Trump’s claim he can fire whoever he wants is complete nonsense

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President Donald Trump and his defenders have claimed that as the president he has the power to hire and fire whomever he wishes whenever he wishes.

In a CNN panel discussion, conservative commentator Scott Jennings, whose LinkedIn profile does not say he attended law school, explained this reasoning comes from the three-word “bottom line” that justifies everything: “Because I can.” Jennings explained that as president, Trump has no obligation to justify any hiring or firing decisions to the American people. He cited a 1968 law that claimed the president has that ability specifically with the FBI director.

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“So, you think he can fire him if someone gives him a suitcase full of cash to fire him, that would be OK?” asked CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin.

Jennings said “of course not,” claiming that when it comes to the FBI director, however, the president has the ability to hire and fire as he sees fit.

“No you don’t,” the Harvard Law graduate broke in. “No you don’t. Because the president is not allowed to act out of a corrupt motive, in firing someone who is investigating him. I mean, this is the key issue here, and that’s why what [Rudy] Giuliani said yesterday was not an explanation, it was a confession. It was Giuliani saying, ‘The reason he fired him is that he wouldn’t exculpate the man who fired him. ”

“So, you’re saying that you believe that the 1968 law about hiring and firing the FBI director can be interrupted by certain issues?” Jennings asked.

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“Absolutely!” Toobin exclaimed.

Jennings asked if Toobin knew for a fact there was corruption, but Toobin said that the the investigation is about that.

Lawyer and democratic strategist Van Jones said that he’s done employment law in the past and he knows that “at will” employees can be fired for whatever reason the employer decides.

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“But not an illegal reason,” he qualified. “So, you can’t fire someone just because they’re a woman” or for someone’s race or other reasons that are illegal. “I think that’s what we’re dealing with here. If you have a corrupt motive, you’re firing someone to conceal a crime, you can still get in trouble.”

Democratic commentator Maria Cardona explained that the retrospective of all of the reasons that Trump has given for firing former FBI Director James Comey is all the evidence that anyone needs.

“There is clearly not an innocent reason that he did that,” she said. “Because you wouldn’t have to be making up different reasons as to why you did something. If you did it on the up and up.”

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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs

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Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.

While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.

"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."

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Trump aide Cuccinelli snaps after CNN’s Camerota shows him pictures of caged kids: ‘I’m not going to take that’

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A CNN interview with acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli took a contentious turn on Friday morning after host Alisyn Camerota showed him pictures of immigrant children being held in cages and asked him why he would want to hold them even longer based upon a recent policy change he instituted.

As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.

"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.

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Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.

"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."

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