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Trump’s declassification order could backfire and show even more evidence of Russian meddling: CNN guest

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A. B. Stoddard told CNN’s Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto Tuesday that President Trump runs a big risk by declassifying documents relating to the Russia probe and the Carter Page FISA warrant: the documents could justify the entire special counsel investigation.

One danger the president faced was “the substance of the text messages and when they come out, what they will reveal,” Stoddard said. “Potentially does it not show that there was a deep state, tainted probe into the Trump campaign, but they were in fact following the correct protocols.”

“I think that the Trump administration shrewdly chose to make this announcement in the middle of the Brett Kavanaugh controversy so voters might not notice,” Stoddard added, noting that the timing of the release shows the White House knows the risks of declassification.

Stoddard said that while “Republicans will never come out and say this is an abuse of power,” the real impact will be seen when the documents are actually released.

“At that point, do the voters pay attention?” she asked. “And does it become part of the calculus of what we see now in polling, which is 50% of Americans want Democrats to come in to the majority as a check on an overreaching President Trump.”

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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US foes are goading Trump because they know he’s a ‘blow-hard and full of bluster’: CNN analyst

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President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.

On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.

"I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point," said Toobin. "I mean, I think people around the world know he's a blowhard, knows he's full of bluster. But that's no reason to get into a war."

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin stunned that Trump fans don’t care how many women accuse him of assault

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CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Monday expressed astonishment that journalist E. Jean Carroll's rape allegations against President Donald Trump haven't gotten more attention.

During a discussion with CNN's Gloria Borger, Baldwin broke down how a shocking number of women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against the president, who was also caught on camera bragging about sexually assaulting women in the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape from 2006.

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