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Dem senator lays bare Kavanaugh pick: ‘Trump nominated him because of Mueller and to be free from prosecution’

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U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat representing Hawaii, charged this week that President Donald Trump had nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to as a way to avoid prosecution in the Mueller investigation.

According to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, Hirono told Fox News producer Anne Ball that she was cynical about Trump’s Supreme Court nomination.

“I think Trump nominated him because of Mueller and to be free from prosecution,” Hirono reportedly said.

Pergram also noted that Sen. Richard Blumenthal had called Kavanaugh’s nomination a “get out of jail free card” for Trump.

In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote that “the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office,” including prosecutions.

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Hope Hicks may have lied under oath that she wasn’t present when Trump and Cohen discussed Stormy Daniels

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Newly unsealed documents in the campaign finance case where Michael Cohen pleaded guilty may provide evidence that Hope Hicks lied to Congress under oath.

According to the court documents, President Donald Trump, Hope Hicks and Cohen were all in communication about the hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Not only did Hicks discuss the payments with both men, she exchanged text messages and emails on the topic.

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Anti-vaxxer threatened to kill Democratic congresswoman over vaccine bill: report

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A Pentagon contractor has been charged with threatening to kill a U.S. Congresswoman over a bill that would require all public schools receiving federal funds to ensure all children are vaccinated.

The Daily Beast reports the court filing does not name the lawmaker, but they have determined it is Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL). It says Darryl Albert Varnum of Westminster, Maryland is the person named in the criminal complaint filed in federal court.

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White House aides fear Trump believes House vote against impeachment means it’s never going to happen: report

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A proposal to start impeachment hearings that failed in the House on Wednesday led Donald Trump to optimistically proclaim that his presidency is safe at his North Carolina rally last night. But his proclamation has some White House officials worried the president really believes he is out of the woods.

According to a report at Politico, close aides to the president worry that his comment that "we have all this [impeachment] behind us," may be based on an unfounded notion by Trump about how Congress works.

Speaking at his campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., Trump boasted to the crowd, "I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I’ve ever been involved in: the resolution -- how stupid is that -- on impeachment. I want to thank those Democrats because many of them voted for us, the vote was a totally lopsided 332-95-1.”

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