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Trump’s ‘good luck’ tweet to Flynn shows someone is feeding him secrets from Mueller probe: Legal expert

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President Donald Trump wished “good luck” to disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn — who will be sentenced Tuesday for lying to FBI agents.

The retired U.S. Army general has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, and has agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, who said Flynn deserved a light sentence because had provided him with substantial assistance in the Russia probe.

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“Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn,” Trump tweeted. “Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!”

Former U.S. Attorney Daniel Goldman and other legal experts were astonished by the president’s tweet, and they tried to decipher what the president actually meant with the statement.

“No doubt he has been told that Flynn did not provide evidence to the special counsel of a conspiracy with Russia to interfere with the election,” Goldman tweeted. “Big question: who told him?”

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Lawfare managing editor Quinta Jurecic said the president had again apparently violated the law against witness tampering with his tweet, after a similar one aimed at associate Roger Stone.

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National security journalist Marcy Wheeler said the president’s tweet could come back to haunt Flynn as he hopes to avoid prison.

“Flynn’s got ground to make up on showing remorse,” she tweeted. “Now Trump is pressuring him not to.”

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The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

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Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker.

Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable.

Along the way, she manages to count votes, keep her caucus in line and stand up for a totally understandable and admirable bar of justice and American value, for the Constitution itself.

Her statements yesterday in outlining in measured tones the reasoning that Donald Trump’s actions have left “no choice” but moving forward towards impeachment were well-said, logical, and belied the emotion behind them.

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Trump’s tax cuts and tariffs have been even more disastrous than skeptics predicted: Paul Krugman

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In a column celebrating the first anniversary of Donald Trump declaring himself "Tariff Man," New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman attempted to explain the president's love of tariffs and noted that the negative economic impact in the past year has surpassed even the worst expectations.

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Trump’s undermining of efforts to fight Putin detailed in ex-CIA agent’s disturbing new column

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A recently retired CIA agent reveals that President Donald Trump was a "wild card" that prevented a full-scale effort to combat Russian aggression against the U.S. and its allies.

Marc Polymeropoulos, who retired from the agency in June, said in column posted at Just Security that the CIA issued an informal "call to arms" in the wake of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, but those efforts were hampered by Trump's relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

"The Call to Arms required a whole-of-agency effort to counter the Kremlin," Polymeropoulos wrote. "It involved moving resources and personnel inside CIA. Most importantly, it required a change in mindset, similar to what occurred within the Intelligence Community after 9/11, that an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach was required."

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