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Pro-Trump senator Orrin Hatch walks back comments saying he ‘doesn’t care’ about the president’s crimes

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Earlier in the week, outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) brushed off Donald Trump’s alleged role in crimes committed by his former attorney Michael Cohen — and he’s now walking those comments back.

“The Democrats will do anything to hurt this president,” Hatch said.

When a reporter noted that the allegations came from federal prosecutors, he continued his defense: “OK, but I don’t care, all I can say is he’s doing a good job as president.”

In a statement released Friday, the senator said he made the comments “in an unplanned hallway interview” and that what he said was “irresponsible and a poor reflection on my lengthy record of dedication to the rule of law.”

Though he doesn’t think Cohen is a “reliable voice,” Hatch said he’s in the past “expressed confidence” in special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation “countless times.”

The senator went on to tell CNN that nobody is above the law.

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“At a time when faith in so many of our institutions is an all-time low, I regret speaking imprudently,” Hatch said. “I don’t believe the president broke the law but one of the core principles of our country is that no one is above that law, and that means anyone that does break the law should face appropriate consequences.”

You can read the statement and watch CNN read parts of a separate statement he gave the network below:

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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Trump: Immigrants didn’t want to come to America before I was president because ‘Obama wasn’t a cheerleader’

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President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

During another part of the interview, Trump was asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) criticism of the internment camps he's been using to house immigrant children.

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Trump is unhappy in reality — so he’s inviting everyone into his world of make-believe: columnist

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Confabulation is an unintentional event where someone's memory creates "fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world." Parataxic distortion is when a person tends to "skew perceptions" of others based on fantasy. Then there's political opportunism, a "diagnosis" that plagues politicians almost exclusively. Regardless of the cause, Washington Post syndicated columnist Michael Gerson noted President Donald Trump is not only creating his own reality, he's inviting his supporters to live inside of it.

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