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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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Trump blasted with ridicule for praising Ivanka and Jared on vacation: ‘Everybody works harder than those two’

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President Donald Trump was blasted with ridicule for praising his "incredible" daughter and son-in-law for taking a break from working in his White House.

Ivanka Trump shared photos on social media of herself and husband Jared Kushner -- both senior advisers to the president -- on a camping vacation trip, and Trump retweeted one post in a busy morning commenting on social media.

Two incredible people. I can’t believe they’re not working (few work harder)! https://t.co/tsh8KDS8Qs

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019

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‘It’s terrifying’: Vandals burn Virginia Beach military family’s car after long string of incidents

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On Tuesday, WAVY CBS 17 News reported that a military family in Virginia Beach, Virginia had their car set on fire, in the latest and most severe incident in a long string of vandalism targeting their property.

“It’s terrifying, hearing my kids scream this morning,” said Mendy Hanner. “I don’t see any reason to put anyone through this."

The incidents started last year, with nails left in their driveway. It escalated to graffiti on the garage door and rocks being thrown through their windows. The Hanners put up surveillance equipment, but the perpetrator knocked over their floodlights and spray-painted their camera.

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Trump slurs media as ‘fake and corrupt’ for disputing his claims about Elton John

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President Donald Trump hyped his claims about selling out a New Hampshire rally in a new attack on the news media.

The president insisted Monday that he enjoyed "massive overflow crowds" at his rally last week at SNHU Arena in Manchester, and slurred journalists as "fake and corrupt" for reporting the venue wasn't filled to capacity.

The Fake and Corrupt Media is sooo bad for our Country, The Enemy of the People! https://t.co/GPiklem0u1

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