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John Kelly refused Trump order to promote Rudy Giuliani’s son — who’s now out of the West Wing

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Rudy Giuliani’s son has lost his West Wing access after chief of staff John Kelly disobeyed President Donald Trump’s order to promote him to special assistant.

The president ordered Andrew Giuliani’s promotion after dining at Mar-A-Lago with Rudy Giuliani, shortly before Trump hired the former New York City mayor as his personal lawyer, reported Axios.

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Trump directed his body man, Jordan Karem, to make sure Kelly promoted the younger Giuliani to special assistant to the president, sources told the website.

But Kelly and other White House officials, including Office of Public Liaison director Justin Clark, refused to promote Giuliani’s son because he “subverts the chain of command” and had other, unspecified workplace issues.

A source told Axios that Kelly took away the younger Giuliani’s blue visitor’s pass about two weeks ago, and he now cannot enter the West Wing without an escort.

Andrew Giuliani is a scratch golfer who has played many times with the president over the years, and he volunteered on the Trump campaign.

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He credits the president for helping to mend his relationship with his father after his parents divorced.

The website reported that it’s unclear whether Trump knew Kelly had refused to act on his order.


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WATCH: Lewandowski’s lawyer freaks out, tries to block Congress from asking any further questions

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During the House Judiciary Committee testimony of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski about the Russia investigation, Lewandowski's attorney frantically crashed the witness table and demanded that Congress stop asking questions of his client.

"Mister Chairman, as you know I am counsel for Mr. Lewandowski—" began the attorney.

"You are not a witness and you should not be seated at that table," cut in House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sharply.

"I understand that," said Lewandowski's attorney. "I will leave after I register a formal protest based upon the debate that I heard. These seem to be unauthorized questions and I know you choose your words carefully—"

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Lewandowski’s testimony will let Democrats build Nixon-like articles of impeachment: Ex-prosecutor

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As President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski combatively testified before the House Judiciary Committee, he admitted that Trump asked him to communicate to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must be shut down. Aside from that revelation, most of the testimony was unproductive, with Lewandowski lashing out at members of Congress and running interference for the president.

But as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote on Twitter, these outbursts — and the fact that Trump sanctioned the way that Lewandowski behaved in the hearing — could be the basis for Democrats to write up articles of impeachment against Trump similar to those drafted against Richard Nixon in 1974:

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Putin aims a weaponized barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark

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Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.

It was a masterful piece of trolling by the czar of trolls – a snide, disparaging jibe with an element of truth twisted into absurdity for maximum effect and laughs. At a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday, Putin cast his bait into the volatile Persian Gulf region just days after devastating attacks on Saudi oil facilities exposed the limits of the Gulf kingdom’s expensive defense systems.

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