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Trump may have asked Whitaker in 2018 to meddle in New York investigations — and congress thinks they have the proof

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According to The Wall Street Journal, The House Judiciary Committee believes it has evidence of President Donald Trump’s communication with his former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker about his former fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

The committee says it has evidence of Trump meddling into the 2018 investigation into Cohen and the Southern District of New York’s probes into the Trump Organization.

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“Talking to advisers, Mr. Trump appeared concerned that an ‘out-of-control prosecutor’ examining a person involved in large business transactions would easily be able to find a ‘technical violation,'” the report said.

“If they really want to, they can always find something on anyone,” Trump said, according to the source.

Trump has maintained that a “red line” would be an investigation into his finances, though he’s now growing exasperated that Congress is looking into Cohen’s finances and business dealings.

“He’s frustrated that Congress wants to keep peeling at this,” one of the people close to Mr. Trump said.

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The report also revealed Trump’s advisors are relieved that the president is out of the country during Cohen’s three hearings this week. While he’s at his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, Trump will have very limited access to watch cable news.

“You’re not going to have a president who is up in the White House residence watching the hearing and then watching the coverage for 24 hours straight,” a close Trump ally told The Journal.

The person noted that while on Air Force One, Trump doesn’t have access to TiVo replay that he does at the White House.

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Mulvaney’s ‘astonishing public act of legal self-destruction’ can be used against Trump: ex-prosecutor

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In the opening segment on CNN's "New Day," former prosecutor Elie Honig claimed he was stunned by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press conference on Thursday, saying he just handed prosecutors all they need to go after President Donald Trump.

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, the former prosecutor  could only describe Mulvaney's presser, where he admitted that the administration was indulging in quid pro quo negotiations with foreign governments to get dirt on political opponents, as an "astonishing public act of legal and strategic self-destruction."

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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