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Ex-Trump executive explains why Mueller is scary enough to make the president’s oldest allies flip on him

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As President Donald Trump is bemoaning the prosecutorial practice of “flipping” criminals to testify against their superiors, it appears many of his old associates are planning to do exactly that.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty this week to eight counts of criminal activity and signaled his willingness to testify against the president. After that, it was reported in multiple outlets that David Pecker, Trump’s longtime ally at the top of American Media Inc., and the former CFO of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, have both been given immunity deals — suggesting they may turn on the president as well.

Barbara Res, a former executive at the Trump Organization, discussed the implications of these developments Friday afternoon on CNN.

“He was an executive vice president like myself,” she said, referring to Weisselberg. “I didn’t think that he was so much in the inner circle with Donald. I think he was more, you know, an everyday kind of, pay the bills, see the payroll, that kind of thing.”

She continued: “Over time it is very possible that he may have changed his position. When I heard that he was being granted immunity, my knee-jerk was: Immunity for what? I didn’t think that Allen would necessarily have committed a crime that he could be charged with. But now I realize that — as scary as Trump is — Mueller is scarier. And I think that Allen probably said, ‘I will talk,’ or his lawyers probably advised him, but, ‘You have to grant me immunity just in case there is something that you think I may have done wrong that you can charge me with.’ That would be my gut on it.”

Asked about how Trump would react to this news, Res said: “He may have known it since it happened a while ago. But as far as what he is thinking about these people turning on him, I think he is probably extremely angry, maybe a little surprised, although I don’t think he should be surprised.”

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Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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