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‘A mess of his own making’: CNN legal analyst explains why Trump’s DC hotel is causing him big legal headaches

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Former federal prosecutor and current CNN legal analyst Shan Wu said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has only himself to blame for the big legal headaches being caused by his hotel in Washington, D.C. that is located just blocks away from the White House.

Wu was brought onto CNN to explain the significance of the lawsuit filed against Trump that claims his D.C. hotel is a violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which states that the president may not “accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

The lawsuit argues that Trump is violating this clause if states such as Saudi Arabia feel they can get special treatment from his administration if they regularly send their officials to stay at Trump’s hotels as a kind of financial gift to him.

“As with so many things regarding the president, it’s basically a mess of his own making,” Wu explained. “Trump has all these businesses that, unlike any other president, he has not put into a blind trust, and so now this is a question of, let’s take a look at his interests, can it be that you’re profiting from being president when foreign dignitaries come and are staying at your hotel?”

Wu also said that Trump has helped raise suspicions even further by refusing to release his tax returns.

“It’s something that really could be avoided if the president was really more transparent about his finances,” he said.

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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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CNN panel destroys Trump’s mass arrest threat of millions as a wildly unrealistic Orlando rally stunt

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The panel on CNN's New Day cast a jaundiced eye at a threat Donald Trump made on Monday night where he threatened mass arrests of millions of immigrant families as part of an ICE operation.

On Twitter, the president wrote: "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people."

According to one panelist on CNN, the president's threat was timed as a political stunt, with the contributor Jackie Kucinich calling it "rally-fodder" before his Orlando campaign kickoff.

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