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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin provides roadmap for House Intel Democrats to expose Trump’s sketchy finances

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wrote Friday that House Democrats are not just planning to step over Donald Trump’s supposed “red line” — but that they are going to “obliterate” it.

Toobin recalled in his New Yorker column that in 2017, the president told the New York Times that if special counsel Robert Mueller investigated his family finances, he’d be crossing a “red line.”

It’s unclear whether Mueller has investigated Trump’s finances — but the president’s warnings against doing so did catch the attention of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Democrat poised to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

In an interview with Toobin, Schiff explained that his committee’s job is different from Mueller’s in one significant way: Congressional committees “are supposed to monitor the executive branch and expose wrongdoing.”

“The one that has always concerned me is the financial issues, which obviously have come much to the fore this week,” the congressman told the reporter soon after Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow.

“At the end of the day, what should concern us most is anything that can have a continuing impact on the foreign policy and national-security policy of the United States,” Schiff said, adding that “if the Russians were laundering money for the Trump Organization, that would be totally compromising.”

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The congressman, Toobin wrote, has hypothesized that Trump not only “went beyond using his campaign and the Presidency as a vehicle for advancing his business interests,” but also “shaped policy with an eye to expanding his fortune.”

Schiff will soon go from having an 11-person staff as ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee to directing 25 as its chairman — and will get to the bottom of whether his hypothesis is correct.

Read the entire interview via The New Yorker.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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