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‘The country went through this nightmare because of Trump’: biographer

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President Donald Trump is the one responsible for the special counsel investigation, biographer Michael d’Antonio said Sunday during a CNN panel discussion.

CNN host Don Lemon played the footage of Trump’s comments on the tarmac in Palm Beach, where he’d been vacationing again.

“It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this for before I even got elected, it began,” Trump said, speaking of himself in the third-person.

D’Antonio called the self-victimization “vintage Trump.”

“We went through this because he had fired James Comey and told everybody it was because of Russia,” he said. “So, you know, this was brought on by the president himself. It was brought on by his denial that there had been Russian interference in the election in the first place. Remember when he said, ‘Well, some 400-pound guy on a sofa in New Jersey?’ This is all on him; it’s not on the Democrats, it’s not on Hillary Clinton. This all emerged because Jeff Sessions recognized that he had a conflict, he stepped back from it, and we got the special, and the country went through this nightmare solely because of Donald Trump.”

D’Antonio also noted that all Trump could come up with to say after flying back to Washington was that he loved America. After all of this, Trump could have said something about bringing Americans together after this investigation was over, but he didn’t.

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“Come on, Mike,” Lemon said. “He’s going to gloat for another five years.”

“The certain thing that has happened through all of this is the stress has revealed Donald Trump’s character,” d’Antonio said. “We may not all agree on the legal issues. We may not understand Barr’s memo entirely until we see the Mueller report. But the stress of this, under stress, people’s character emerges. And this stress has shown Donald Trump to be the person who he is. He’s solely interested in himself. He lies reflexively. He lied today when he said; I am fully exonerated. He’s not been. But he’s going back to who he is.”

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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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