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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.

“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.

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

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.

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

This story is still developing.


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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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Opponents of Fox News’ racism are ignoring the most important target: columnist

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Over the weekend, Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a rant against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (R-MN), claiming that she poses a danger to America and is the reason U.S. immigration laws should be changed.

Writing in The Intercept, columnist Peter Maas points out that while it's important to call out Carlson's racism, journalists shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the real culprits are the Murdoch family, which funds the xenophobia and racism of Fox News.

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Trump says his racist attacks were ‘not at all’ racist as Pelosi preps resolution condemning him

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President Donald Trump on Monday said his racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were "not at all" racist, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a congressional resolution to condemn him for his "disgusting" smears.

While taking questions from reporters, the president was asked if he believed his attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) -- whom Trump told to "go back" to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens -- were racist.

"Not at all," the president replied.

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