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NYT reporter explains how Trump finally figured out the biggest threat to his presidency — and it’s not Mueller

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The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman told CNN Thursday what’s behind President Donald Trump’s week of hysterics on Twitter. She said the president has finally realized that he’s in bigger trouble with the Southern District of New York than he is with Robert Mueller, and he’s not happy about it.

“We talked about what was behind the Twitter spew over the weekend,” said host Erica Hill. “What is the thinking on this Thursday morning from the White House about how much the impending Mueller report is weighing on the president?”

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Haberman replied that the Mueller investigation was a concern, but that Trump and his advisors were beginning to believe it wouldn’t be that “damning.” On the other hand, the SDNY material related to Michael Cohen had thrown the administration for a loop

“I do think the other thing people are missing that took place this week that got under his skin was this unredacted search warrant material that supported the FBI searches on Michael Cohen,” she said. “There were several pages of redacted material that looked like they related to Trump organization issues. I think that was in his head as much as anything.”

“You think some of the legal activity that’s taken place — because we always wonder how much of the president’s public statements and public activity is a response to the investigation,” said co-host John Berman. “That, you do think, has been a little bit of the impetus here?”

“I do. I think it has gotten through to him that his biggest legal exposure is likely in the Southern District of New York,” Haberman responded. “The Southern District investigations which were spun off from Mueller — this was the Michael Cohen case and its various tentacles since his guilty plea — that’s a greater risk to him and I think the people around him know that and he knows it as well. The documents got in his head.”

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CNN host threatens to end interview after Trump spokesperson smears the New York Times

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CNN host Poppy Harlow lost patience with a White House spokesperson on Monday afternoon after he deflected questions about the New York Times reporting on Donald Trump's taxes by trying to smear the paper and the reporters behind the bombshell report.

After White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern tried to smirk his way through an attack on the report and the journalists who compiled it, Harlow warned him the interview would end immediately if he didn't stick the subject and answer her questions.

"In 2017, Brian, in 2017, according to all of these documents, it appears the president paid more in taxes to Panama, India, and the Philippines than he did to Uncle Sam. How is that America first?" the CNN host pressed.

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‘This is the smoking gun’: Carl Bernstein claims Trump’s taxes expose his ‘grifter presidency’

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Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein called revelations exposed in the New York Times report on Donald Trump's taxes the "smoking gun" that could end his presidency.

Speaking with "New Day" hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, the author and journalist declared the current administration is the "first grifter presidency."

"The two numbers that jump off the page, the $750, that's what the president paid in taxes his first two years in office, but then, Carl, the other number that I think people need to know is $421 million. this is what the president owes," Camerota prompted. "These are the loans that will come due over the next four or five years. So when you see this article, Carl, what's your major takeaway?"

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Former GOP governor slams Trump over ‘disturbing’ tax revelations — and throws his support behind Biden

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On CNN Monday, former Pennsylvania Republican governor and inaugural Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge — one of many Republicans who has come out in endorsement of Joe Biden — reacted with outrage to the bombshell New York Times report that President Donald Trump has paid virtually no taxes and papered over financial losses for years.

"The fact that he has paid $750 annually in income tax is revealing of many, many things," said Ridge. "Most of all, I think, it kind of reveals the lack of transparency, the lack of honesty, and his inability ultimately, I think, to connect with people who scramble, maybe two household incomes, scramble to pay $1,000 or two in taxes, and speaks to not only the lack of transparency but I think historically he's shown a tremendous lack of empathy and appreciation for those people who struggle with limited income. He certainly doesn't live the lifestyle of limited income, although he's paying taxes as if he has limited income, and professes to be different, but he has no empathy and no transparency there. That's probably more disturbing than anything else."

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