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Conservative author wallops Trump for allowing ‘nativist fanatic’ Stephen Miller to be his ‘puppet master’

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Conservative writer Max Boot on Monday revealed that White House aide Stephen Miller is the “puppet master” behind the Trump administration’s descent into draconian immigration policy.

Boot made the remarks during a CNN panel discussion about the revelations that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned because President Donald Trump wanted her to illegally reinstate the family separation policy for immigrants and refugees.

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“The problem is the policy, which was not set by Secretary Nielsen,” Boot said. “It was dictated from the White House by Trump and by Stephen Miller, and they’re unhappy with the policy implementation because the policy makes no sense.”

“They had this cruel and barbarous policy of separating children from their parents, but they’re upset it creates bad news coverage,” he added. “What a surprise. Now they’re back to apparently if the reporting can be believed, back to considering that separation policy.”

Boot then unleashed on Miller.

“I think it’s a sign of just how nativist and xenophobic this administration is that this 33-year-old nativist fanatic is the person dictating immigration policy for the United States,” Boot said of the White House adviser. “Remember, he has a long and odious agenda, which includes repealing birthright citizenship, includes cutting levels of legal immigration, not just illegal. He wants to deport Dreamers. He has a monstrous agenda. The only thing I would say to the administration is if they’re serious about this, nominate Stephen Miller to be the next DHS secretary. Take the puppet master behind the curtain.”

“Seriously?” CNN host Kate Bolduan gasped at the idea of nominating Miller to head DHS.

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“He ought to take responsibility and ownership of this policy instead of manipulating things from behind the White House,” Boot insisted. “Put him out there and have him speak and see if he can get — I don’t know that he can get confirmed even by a Republican Senate, but if he can’t, that tells you something about how awful this policy is.”

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CNN’s Elie Honig praises DOJ lawyers for revolt against Barr: ‘Like students rising up against the oppressive headmaster’

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Thursday heaped praise upon Department of Justice prosecutors who disregarded many of the changes to sentencing guidelines for convicted Trump ally Roger Stone that were made by Attorney General Bill Barr.

When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.

"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."

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‘Barr is a toady’: Jeffrey Toobin says talk of attorney general resigning is ‘just a big show’

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Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.

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‘That’s how authoritarian countries work’: CNN’s Toobin warns Trump is acting like a dictator

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On CNN Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the significance of President Donald Trump's decision to pardon several high-powered friends accused of political corruption and tax crimes.

"There is no doubt, under the Constitution, the president has the power to do this," said Toobin. "This is not legally a — an open question. And there is a history of controversial pardons, whether it's President Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, a fugitive financier, or George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning the Iran-Contra people on his way out of the office."

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