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Pence thinks God wants him to be president — and Trump’s scandals are how he’ll get there: Trump biographer

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Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio told CNN on Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence believes he has a divine mission to become president — and he thinks President Donald Trump’s plethora of scandals are his ticket to the Oval Office.

In an interview promoting his new book — “The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence” — D’Antonio claimed that Pence is preparing himself to take over as president should Trump’s scandals consume the rest of his first term.

“Absolutely everything Mike Pence does is oriented toward him becoming president,” D’Antonio said. “His decision to accept Donald Trump’s offer to be his running mate — it even goes back much further. By the time he had left high school, he had decided that he was going to be president of the United States… He thought God was calling him to, now, be vice president and function as a president-in-waiting.”

D’Antonio then turned to Trump’s assorted scandals, which picked up even more steam last week with the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

“We see Donald Trump in this huge crisis, this rolling chaos,” he said. “And I think, with every day, Mike Pence imagines he’s one day closer to the Oval Office.”

CNN’s John Berman then asked D’Antonio if Pence is maneuvering to get to the Oval Office at Trump’s expense.

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“Oh, I think yes,” he replied. “I think he’s positioning himself to be the normal guy — the guy you can trust.”

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Mitch McConnell busted on CNN as the ‘ringmaster’ leaving the door open for more Russian election interference

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On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon broke down how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is every bit the obstacle to secure and safe elections as President Donald Trump is.

"There should be things that transcend petty politics, and towards the top of that list is stopping foreign powers from interfering in our elections," said Avlon, playing a clip of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about the dangers. "Robert Mueller's warning is again, falling on willfully deaf ears. We know that foreign powers continue to try to meddle in our elections. Trump's FBI director and Director of National Intelligence have made this crystal clear."

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CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt

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The panel on CNN's New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.

On Twitter, the president wrote: "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people."

According to one panelist on CNN, the president's threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it "rally-fodder" before his Orlando campaign kickoff.

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CNN’s Cuomo demands Scott Jennings admit if he’ll ever be tired of Trump lying — but he refuses to say

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On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Republican adviser Scott Jennings over President Donald Trump's decision to fire pollsters that showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I don't want to get too in the weeds for people especially this far out," said Cuomo. "But the word of one of the reasons that there's some resonance and relevance of the internal polls that the president lied to the American people about in terms of what they say is his lying, Scott, that it's a problem. It's a problem for him across the country. It makes people wonder whether or not they can count on his word. When you see a scenario like this one, don't believe the polls, they were your own polls, Scott, from inside the campaign. How damaging is that to this president?"

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