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Ken Starr says acting AG Whitaker wouldn’t dare shut down the Mueller probe — but Jeffrey Toobin’s not buying it

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin clashed with Clinton-era independent counsel Ken Starr on acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker’s lack of credentials, saying the president had appointed him based solely on his hostility to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s dealings with Russia.

Starr said he believed that Whitaker wouldn’t dare interfere with the investigation, saying any bad actions would force the special counsel to resign, setting off “a firestorm”.

“Wow, Ken. I mean, that’s a pretty extreme idea, that Robert Mueller would resign in protest,” said Toobin, rolling his eyes and shaking his head as Starr presented a rosy scenario in which Whitaker was constrained by the fair-play culture of Washington D.C.

“The question that is, I think, troubling to a lot of people is why was he appointed,” Toobin continued, highlighting that Whitaker has most recently been a CNN contributor and served briefly as in Iowa. “The only thing we know about him as a public person in recent years is that he has been critical of the Mueller investigation. Is that really the qualification that an attorney general should have?”

Starr pointed out that Whitaker had been “serving as chief of staff for the attorney general of the United States,” but Toobin wasn’t satisfied.

“For a few months, just for a few months Ken. C’mon,” Toobin replied, shaking his head skeptically.

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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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