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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.

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.

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“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 elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"

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9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’

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Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.

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