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Trump was ‘startled’ when he saw AG nominee talking about ‘warm relationship’ with Robert Mueller: CNN

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President Donald Trump reportedly had an adverse reaction when he learned that William Barr, his nominee to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, is friends with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“We are learning from sources that the president was startled as he watched bill Barr testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and describing the warm relationship he has with the special counsel Robert Mueller,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported on-air Thursday based on information from three sources with knowledge of the conversation.

Trump, Collins added, “did not like that.”

“He was complaining to aides,” the White House correspondent reported, “saying he didn’t know how close they were and he didn’t know how much their work had overlapped previously.”

Nonetheless, Trump is not reported to be thinking about withdrawing Barr’s nomination.

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“The president calmed down from being so upset about the new details that emerged during that hearing,” Collins said. “He said, ‘Bill Barr and Robert Mueller are part of the Washington establishment. That’s why they have this relation going on.'”

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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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Mueller probably won’t be giving new information — here’s why that can still sink Trump

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will appear in Congress this week to testify for two hours about the report he authored on the case of Russian collusion.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, though Mueller has said that he won't have any additional information other than what is in his report. A Washington Post report used examples of past Mueller testimony to outline what can be anticipated. The reality, however, is that regardless of whether Mueller sticks to the report or not, he'll deliver enough to put the president in a difficult situation.

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