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Russia ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’ — and Trump might ignore it: Democratic Congressman

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One Democratic Congressman called the Russia invasion of the 2016 election “the political equivalent of 9/11,” during a CNN interview Wednesday.

“A continued attack on the rule of law,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) told Wolf Blitzer. “I have often said, what the Russians did was the political equivalent of 9/11. When this is all over, I’m worried that the president’s reaction to what the Russians did will have a longer term, more lasting impact on the rule of law and our country.”

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He went on to say that a big concern he has is that former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the president were sharing information about what the Justice Department was doing on the investigation.

“Did he share with him information about the investigation? This goes from being unethical to extraordinarily illegal,” he said.

Quigley said that Whitaker should have been aware of investigations in the Southern District of New York and that the president was potentially implicated.

“From what he said his knowledge of the case,” Quigley continued. “So he is now using his office to help someone implicated in the case with — no other way to describe it. With the defense of their case. Again, it’s not just unethical. It’s illegal. It’s an extraordinary broadside on the rule of law.”

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‘Something wrong’ with Trump’s mental health — and he needs an ‘intervention’: Dem lawmaker

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Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) told CNN's John Berman that President Donald Trump's mental health should be a cause of deep concern for all Americans.

In particular, Deutch pointed to Trump's string of strange statements on Wednesday, in which he favorably quoted someone who called him "The Second Coming of God" and then flat-out referred to himself as "The Chosen One."

"If you or I had an uncle who went on social media and started making claims or tweeting claims about being the 'King of Israel' and the 'Second Coming; and then went out into public and talked about being the 'Chosen One,' you know what we would do?" he asked rhetorically. "We would gather our family members and figure out how to have an intervention because there's something clearly wrong there."

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Sidestepping questions over whether he will primary Donald Trump, former Tea Party Republican lawmaker Joe Walsh launched a brutal attack on the president comparing him unfavorably to one of his previous foes: President Barack Obama.

Speaking with CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, the former Illinois congressman refused to commit to running but sketched out what any GOP candidates running against the embattled president must do to have a chance to rally disaffected Republican voters.

"I think we overanalyze Trump, "Walsh began. "He's not complicated, he's a horrible human being. He's a bad, bad guy."

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Trump’s tweets are getting crazier because there’s no one left in the White House to stop him: NYT reporter

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New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Thursday that President Donald Trump's tweets lately have grown even more unhinged than usual because there's no one left in the White House who can impose any kind of discipline.

In particular, Haberman pointed to chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who hasn't even tried to stop the president from sending out bizarre tweets comparing himself to the "King of Israel" and the "Second Coming of God." The New York Times reporter also suggested that former chief of staff John Kelly would not have allowed the president to tweet out something like that.

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