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Donald Trump is ‘bluffing’ when he claims he knows who the next White House counsel will be: Axios

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Soon to be former White House Counsel Don McGahn wasn’t interested in staying much longer, but his boss gave him a quick shove out the door with a single tweet. While he has claimed to know the replacement, Axios reported Sunday that President Donald Trump is bluffing.

“I am very excited about the person who will be taking the place of Don McGahn as White House Councel [sic]!” the president tweeted after the McGahn announcement.

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According to two sources obtained by Axios, one of the new names on the list is Fannie Mae general counsel Brian Brooks.

He’s one of several the president is thinking might fall under his requirement of being “unquestionably loyal” and “his guy” to defend the president on cable news. Currently, McGahn doesn’t do either. Instead, he has spent his term in the White House trying to stop the president from doing something that would cause greater problems.

Axios described it as one of the biggest decisions that Trump can make as Mueller’s final report looms on the horizon and the possibility of impeachment may follow closely behind.

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Emmet Flood was considered to be the man for the job, but Axios reported Trump is looking at Brooks, recommended by Sec. Steve Mnuchin. Brooks may be a high-powered lawyer in the Beltway, but he stays out of the public eye. If Flood isn’t the one, however, he might take it personally and some say they can’t survive if Flood leaves.

“If they lose [Flood] they are f*cked. Because they are never going to find a decent white-collar type to fill Emmet’s shoes,” said one senior Washington attorney.

The White House Counsel’s office is “down to bare bones,” Axios said, with nearly all of McGahn’s deputies jumping overboard. The president is meanwhile looking at Brooks and Flood, but he’s open to other names too.

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Another possibility is Matt Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney and the current chief of staff for Jeff Sessions. Despite Trump’s war with the attorney general, Whitaker has managed to maintain a positive relationship, Axios reported.

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House Intelligence report on Trump is scathing — but does anyone really care?

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On Wednesday of last week, the House Intelligence Committee issued its impeachment report on President Trump. The facts are clear. Trump has engaged in obstruction of justice, abuse of power and other high crimes and misdemeanors in his effort to extort or bribe the government of Ukraine into aiding him in the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump also usurped the power of Congress to allocate public money in the form of military aid to Ukraine. Trump has also repeatedly invited foreign countries to interfere in America’s elections on his behalf.
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‘Giuliani did all the wrong things’ on 9/11: Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett

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Janine Jackson interviewed the Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett about Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 for the August 17, 2007, episode of CounterSpin; that conversation was rebroadcast for the November 29, 2019, show. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Saturday Night Live mocks Trump as an unpopular high school dork after disastrous NATO Summit

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday ridiculed President Donald Trump after he was laughed at by world leaders during a NATO Summit in London.

The skit featured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emanuel Macron as the cool kids at the NATO cafeteria, while U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to join their cliche.

Trump asked to sit at their table, but they suggested he sit with Latvia.

They said the seat was for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was then invited to join the cool kids table.

The skit included Johnson taping an "impeach me" sign to Trump's back.

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