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Ex-DOJ spokesman says latest Trump attack on Sessions blows up his own legal defense in obstruction probe

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A former Justice Department spokesman said President Donald Trump had blown up another legal defense with his latest tweet griping about the Russia probe.

The president’s lawyers argued in a controversial 20-page memo that Trump was not trying to end the investigation of his campaign ties to Russia when he fired FBI director James Comey — but he contradicted that position Tuesday morning on Twitter.

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The tweet seems to confirm Trump’s own public statements to NBC News and top Russian officials that he fired Comey over his concerns about the probe, which has been taken up by special counsel Robert Mueller since Sessions recused himself.

“Trump’s attorneys argued in their memo that he always expected the Russia probe would continue and wasn’t trying to end it when he fired Comey and took other actions,” tweeted Matthew Miller, an MSNBC legal analyst and former spokesman for the Department of Justice. “This tweet proves the opposite.”

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Mueller and his team are investigating whether the president attempted to obstruct justice by firing Comey in May 2017.


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Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’

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Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.

The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.

United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.

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Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president

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Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."

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Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign

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Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.

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