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‘Put him in a padded room’: Former FBI agent says Trump’s lawyers should stop him from implicating himself

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Former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa told CNN on Friday that she was amazed at the ways that President Donald Trump keeps implicating himself in crimes.

After playing a clip of a Fox News interview this week in which Trump insisted he never instructed former “fixer” Michael Cohen to do anything illegal when he authorized hush-money payments to former mistresses, CNN’s John Berman said that it was the “fifth of sixth version of the story that President Trump has given” about the payments.

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Rangappa then spoke up to say that interviews like this were just one reason the president is in so much legal trouble.

“This is going to be the president’s Achilles heel, because he’s going to keep talking,” she said. “From the get-go, I’ve said his lawyers need to put him in a padded room with mittens on and no phone because he will continue to implicate himself.”

Unless his lawyers somehow get control of the president, Rangappa explained, “at some point he’s just going to come out and say, ‘I ordered the Code Red!'”

Conservative S.E. Cupp shared Rangappa’s assessment and chimed in to say she’s certain that Trump will once again do himself damage when responding to Cohen’s latest interview on Twitter.

“Gird your loins, people,” she said. “Trump is going to tweet about this and it’s going to be on fire.”

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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Trump ‘crossed the line’ with the military this week — leading retired officers to revolt: former general

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Appearing on CNN's New Day with host John Berman, retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute explained that Donald Trump finally went a bridge too far this week with retired military officials when his administration deployed military police to turn on peaceful protesters in a Washington D.C. park.

Speaking with the host, Lute -- who also served as U.S. ambassador to NATO -- said tension between the president and military officials has gradually increased over the past three and a half years, but that the past week's incidents led to a "tipping point."

After host Berman read off a list of high profile ex-military officials who have either criticized Trump or defended their former colleagues from attacks from the president, Lute was asked what had changed.

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