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Bernstein: Trump is already talking up retribution when we haven’t even seen Mueller’s report

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Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump is already planning his revenge on his “perceived enemies” even though Americans have yet to see the Mueller report, which found no collusion in the Trump presidential campaign’s contacts with Russia.

“The American system of justice has delivered to President Trump the greatest gift of his presidency in this finding of no collusion,” said Bernstein. “And just as significant, almost, is the president’s response, which is to say he’s going to go after his perceived enemies, that he’s going to use this as an occasion for retribution.”

“Meanwhile, we haven’t seen the whole report,” Bernstein added. “We need to see the whole report. Every word of it that’s possible. This is a sprawling investigation.”

“There was great question apparently about whether or not Mr. Mueller thought there was indictable material involving obstruction of justice,” he went on, raising the first of many questions.

“What would that obstruction have been about? Why did the president seek to impede and undermine this investigation at so many turns? And why has he and his associates lied at virtually every turn about so many things Russian?” Bernstein asked. “The answers may be in that report, and it’s imperative to all Americans, and I do hear some Republicans starting to back pedal about whether or not they really want to see that whole report released.”

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Trump is ‘completely shutting down’ oversight: CNN’s Toobin slams the White House’s move to limit Hope Hicks testimony

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On Tuesday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin tore into President Donald Trump's White House for moving to limit what former Communications Director Hope Hicks can tell the House Judiciary Committee in her upcoming testimony.

Hope Hicks, a former communications official at the White House, will testify behind closed doors tomorrow in the House of Representatives, the Judiciary Committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "But the White House is now saying she has immunity — she doesn't have to answer questions regarding the time she served in the White House."

"You said she's going to give testimony," said Toobin. "I believe she will attend the hearing. I think that's the accurate way to put this."

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Trump had two goals in ramping up pressure on Iran — and he’s failing at both: CNN

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't want war with Iran, which would likely put him at odds with his more bellicose advisers like John Bolton.

That being said, the president clearly believes he can bully Iran into unconditional submission to whatever the United States demands. And Iran is having none of it, escalating its own acts of maritime aggression and proclaiming they have missile technology capable of striking U.S. aircraft carriers.

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Mitch McConnell busted on CNN as the ‘ringmaster’ leaving the door open for more Russian election interference

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On Tuesday, CNN's John Avlon broke down how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is every bit the obstacle to secure and safe elections as President Donald Trump is.

"There should be things that transcend petty politics, and towards the top of that list is stopping foreign powers from interfering in our elections," said Avlon, playing a clip of former special counsel Robert Mueller warning about the dangers. "Robert Mueller's warning is again, falling on willfully deaf ears. We know that foreign powers continue to try to meddle in our elections. Trump's FBI director and Director of National Intelligence have made this crystal clear."

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