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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.

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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.”

Watch the video below.

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White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Furthermore, there is fear in the White House that some Republicans may defect and vote to impeach the president — which would wreck their narrative.

"I just spoke with a source close to the White House a short while ago who objected to the president continuing to say that his phone call with the leader of the Ukraine was 'perfect,'" said Acosta. "Nobody really is echoing that message on behalf of the president. It doesn't seem that anybody here in Washington, except for the most partisan of partisans feels, that the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was perfect."

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House Democrat smacks down Trump’s claim of ‘doctored’ transcripts: ‘Those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.

"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."

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Trump’s decision to cut off Ukraine aid is something ‘you would expect to read about in a dictatorship’: Ex-Obama official

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former Obama administration official and national security analyst Samantha Vinograd excoriated President Donald Trump for his decision — further laid out in newly released House transcripts — to suspend military aid to Ukraine.

"This process that is described and echoed in other depositions is a process that you would expect to read about in a dictatorship, where a leader rules by fiat and his national security team scrambles to find a legal justification and to sell a bill of goods to legislators and the American people about why the president has made a certain decision," said Vinograd.

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