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Trump’s third chief of staff Mick Mulvaney already wants out of the job: report

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Mick Mulvaney is reportedly looking to leave his role as acting White House chief of staff — but doesn’t want to leave the Trump administration yet.

As Vanity Fair‘s Bess Levin noted Thursday, Mulvaney — who also serves as the Office of Management and Budget director — is eyeing Wilbur Ross’ job as Commerce Secretary.

Politico reported via its “Playbook” podcast earlier on Thursday that Mulvaney has been seeking out the Commerce Secretary role since at least November, but according to Trump administration officials, “now that he’s in the White House’s top job, the positioning has started anew, and seems to have picked up in recent weeks.”

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“Constantly looking for a new government agency to destroy is kind of Mulvaney’s thing,” Levin wrote in Vanity Fair. Along with his roles as Donald Trump’s chief of staff and OMB director, he also was acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from November 2017 to December 2018.

Mulvaney was also, according to the New York Times, “exploring the possibility of becoming president of the University of South Carolina.”

The reported possibility led Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to call for an ethics probe, but the OMB director and acting White House chief of staff said he’d been merely discussing the role with a friend and had subsequently abandoned it after taking over for John Kelly.

Levin added that Vanity Fair reported yesterday that Trump may blame Mulvaney for the bad optics from his government shutdown over his border wall, which, if true, may add “a little more urgency to his job search.”

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‘Possibly the craziest and scariest thing he has done’: Conservative blasts Trump for DNI Richard Grenell

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot blasted President Donald Trump's new appointee Richard Grenell to take over as acting director of national intelligence.

Previously, Trump was furious at his acting DNI when he learned that Democrats were given an intelligence briefing. The source speaking to the Post said that Trump gave Maguire a “dressing down” that left the former acting DNI “despondent.”

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FBI investigating Erik Prince for arms trafficking after attempt to modify crop dusters into attack aircraft: report

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly investigating prominent Donald Trump supporter Erik Prince for violating arms trafficking laws.

"Prince, an heir to a billion-dollar fortune who is widely viewed as a shadow adviser to the president, is under federal investigation for his 2015 attempt to modify two American-made crop-dusting planes into attack aircraft — a violation of arms trafficking regulations," The Intercept reported Thursday, citing "two people familiar with the investigation."

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‘This is not how words work’: Trump trashed after ranting that Roger Stone will be ‘exonerated’

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President Donald Trump went off on a strange rant after the sentence was handed down in the Roger Stone case.

Trump was supposed to be speaking about his new system of pardons which would pass down recommendations, but instead, he wanted to talk about those he felt should be prosecuted instead of Stone.

"But it happened to Roger Stone, and it happened to Gen. Flynn. and it happened to -- I won't name names," Trump continued during his Hope for Prisoners commencement address. "I know Roger but a lot of people know Roger. Everybody sort of knows Roger. And what happened to him is unbelievable. They say he lied. But other people lied, too. Just to mention [James] Comey lied. [Andrew] McCabe lied. Lisa Page lied. Her lover Strzok, Peter Strzok, lied. You don't know who these people are? Trust me. They all lied."

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