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Whitaker nomination is ‘red alert time’ for Mueller investigation: MSNBC legal analyst

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MSNBC legal analyst Matt Miller said President Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general was “a red alert” for anyone trying to protect Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“I think for anyone who wants to protect the integrity of the Mueller investigation, this is really the worst possible choice,” Miller said. “Matthew Whitaker, before he joined the Justice Department, actually wrote an op-ed that laid out a blueprint for how you could starve the Mueller investigation of funds and bring it to an end.”

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Miller said it was no coincidence that the president selected Whitaker, and suggested he shouldn’t be allowed to do so.

“There ought to be a principle at the Justice Department that no one can pick the person who oversees an investigation into them, including the president,” he said.

Miller said that as the Mueller investigation wraps up, the special counsel will need to get approval from his supervisor, “whether that’s Rod Rosenstein or Matt Whitaker”, to continue with an indictment for obstruction or submit a report to Congress

“The president has now reached into the Justice Department and picked someone who appears to be hostile to that investigation,” Miller worried. “It is really red alert time for anyone who cares about it.”

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‘Smart rats jump a sinking orange ship’: Columnist predicts more Republicans will flee Trump

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New York Times contributing columnist Wajahat Ali predicted that more Republicans would likely flee President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.

Already, Trump's own officials, appointees, and staff are lining up to testify to the House committees, despite Trump saying they will not cooperate with any investigations.

"I believe smart rats jump a sinking orange ship, and if you don't believe me, you haven't paid attention to the last week," Ali told CNN's Don Lemon. In the past week, several of Trump's appointees have lined up to give a deposition or testify. Even outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry revealed in a Wall Street Journal interview, that Rudy Giuliani was to be the point person on all things related to Ukraine.

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CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi

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The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.

According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.

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Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment

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President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.

In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.

"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"

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