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‘Mr. Trump knows what he’s done’: Former CIA chief John Brennan explains president’s Mueller meltdown

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Former CIA director John Brennan torched an “increasingly desperate” President Donald Trump over his Twitter meltdown over the Russia probe, which should see several major developments later in the day.

The former intelligence chief appeared Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” just as the president appeared to have concluded a series of tweets attacking special counsel Robert Mueller, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, various other law enforcement officials — and Brennan himself.

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“I don’t know what we expect to see today based on that tweet,” Brennan said. “I think Mr. Trump is seeing more and more of the walls closing in on him, which is why he’s becoming increasingly desperate. But I think some of his tweets just indicate how ill-suited he is for the presidency, and his handling of some of these issues demonstrates again he’s incompetent.”

Brennan said the president should fear the Mueller investigation, which he said appears to be coming to a crescendo.

“Who knows what sealed indictments are already out there?” Brennan said. “Now that Mr. Trump has given his written responses to questions, I think Bob Mueller and his team will feel that they can move forward with some of the other shoes that will be dropping on the people who are in the inner circle.”

The former CIA director said Trump appears to fear Russian president Vladimir Putin, and he said the special counsel would try to determine what leverage the foreign leader had over the U.S. president.

“I think if you just look at his tweets and his comments and his increasingly desperate attitude, I think he has a lot to fear, which is why he continues to try to delegitimatize the Mueller team’s efforts and the investigation overall,” Brennan said.

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“Mr. Trump knows what he has done in the past,” he added. “He has demonstrated a lack of ethics, a lack of principle, and whether it be in his government affairs or in his private business dealings, this is something that’s going, to I think, come back and haunt him.”

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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Greece elects first woman president

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Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in favour of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said.

"Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic," Tassoulas said.

The new president, until now the head of Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, will take her oath of office on March 13, he added.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou completed postgraduate studies at Paris's Sorbonne university.

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I spent MLK Day reading Stephen Miller’s racist emails — here’s why

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is in the pantheon of American heroes. He is honored with a national holiday. For those of us who write about American politics, life and society it is expected – rightly or wrongly – that on King's designated holiday we offer a comment, essay or some other thought about his legacy.

The expectation is even greater for black Americans and other nonwhites. Brother King was and is a gift to all Americans — and, yes, the world — but black people are the most direct beneficiaries of his struggle.

Every year brings more writing about King's legacy and the work which remains. Interviews and talks will be given. Brother King will be quoted. The "I Have a Dream Speech" and the March on Washington will be obsessively referenced by the mass media and others. Of course, the "Jobs and Freedom" part of the march will be left out.

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